Lighting a Legacy

Kala Hembree Fall 2017, Giving

September of 2017 brings the official launch of “a dynamic community dedicated to creating vibrant programs and ideas to support scholarship efforts.” This is the mission statement of the University of Mobile Torch Society, a newly formed group of individuals passionate about “Lighting the Way through Scholarships” and through crafting impactful relationships with students. This vision ignites a legacy of …

Creating a Lasting Legacy

Kathy Dean Giving, Spring 2017

Before there were computers, there was Doris Davis and her Rolodex. When attorney Massey Bedsole wanted to correspond with someone, he would call out from his office in Mobile to his longtime legal secretary, whose desk was just a few feet away. Plucking a card from her Rolodex, Doris would give Massey all the information he needed to write a …

Mother Would Be Proud’

Kathy Dean Fall 2016, Giving

The Louise VanLandingham Memorial Endowed Scholarship   After their mother passed away at age 84, Maureen Nichols was a bit afraid to tell her older sister what she did with a portion of the inheritance. She shouldn’t have worried. “I was ecstatic,” said Kathy Hawsey. With a donation to University of Mobile, Maureen established the Louise VanLandingham Memorial Endowed Scholarship. …

2014 Endowed Scholarship Luncheon

Shannon Mason Giving, Spring 2015

The 2014 University of Mobile Endowed Scholarship Luncheon was held Nov. 13 in Ram Hall on the UMobile campus. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of good food and music from the Center for Performing Arts group “Welsh Revival.” Students Kei Martin and Andrew Cunningham spoke about the impact the University of Mobile has had on their lives and how thankful they …

Making Edna Proud

Kathy Dean Giving, Spring 2015

There was no doubt in Otis Brunson’s mind that his Murphy High School English teacher thought he was special. Miss Edna Olson had even picked out a girl she thought he ought to marry — something she would confess in later years to his wife, Jacquelyn, as they attended First Baptist Theodore together. “You don’t want to disappoint a person …

Ram Run 2014

Shannon Mason Fall 2014, Giving

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday morning? Sign up for a Ram Run! Whether you’re running on the UMobile campus or at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham, you will experience a family-friendly event with your UMobile family. The Mobile run was held on a foggy morning Saturday, April 12, at the University of Mobile. Beginning at …

2014 University of Mobile Classic

Shannon Mason Fall 2014, Giving

More than 100 golfers enjoyed a great day of golf at the 17th annual University of Mobile Golf Classic. This event took place on the breathtakingly beautiful course of Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear, AL on Sept. 19 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. “The day always provides a perfect opportunity for meaningful fellowship, all while raising money …

Campus Grows: With Purchase of College Park Building

Kathy Dean Fall 2014, Giving

The University of Mobile campus is expanding through an agreement to purchase the College Park Baptist Church facility, as that congregation builds at another site. The purchase will add 14 acres to the university’s 880-acre campus and expand facilities by more than 32,000 square feet. The property is located adjacent to UMobile on the east side of College Parkway, across …

It’s an Honor: Honorary Fellows use Influence to Support University

Will Drake Giving, Spring 2014

A legacy must have a starting point. For an institution to impact thousands of lives every year, it must build a foundation. Dr. William K. Weaver Jr., founding president of the University of Mobile, foresaw the impact UMobile could make, and he established a program that would play a significant role in propelling the new institution to greatness: the Association …

Giving Cooperatively

Dr. Doug Wilson Giving, Spring 2014

The Southern Baptist Convention was established in 1845, with churches unified through state conventions and local associations, to which individual congregations petitioned for membership. Autonomy of the local church is one of the major tenets of Baptist doctrine, and Baptists are fiercely independent. A seminary professor once likened the term “independent Baptist” to “tooth dentist” or “hair barber.” It’s redundant; …