Expect a Surprise | Dr. Karen Dennis

Grace Thornton Fall 2019, Learning

Karen Dennis says she vividly remembers the day when she realized all the things she had been trained to do weren’t enough. Her nephew was struggling to read, and it seemed no one could help him. Dennis, a young teacherat the time, decided to give it a shot — and she couldn’t help him either. “He has dyslexia,” she said. …

Understand the Past | Dr. Matthew Downs

Grace Thornton Fall 2019, Learning

Matthew Downs says the first thing he asks every new class is simply this — “Do you like history?” “They can tell me ‘no’ — that’s totally fine,” he said. “But what I want them to know and take away is that we all have a past — I do, you do, Mobile does, and Alabama does. If we don’t …

It Happens All the Time

Kathy Dean Fall 2019, Learning

“Their mentoring helped me to grow and become stronger in my faith while attending UM, but most importantly after I graduated and as I continue to move forward with life.” – Alexia Washington ’17 & ’19 If a natural or man-made disaster strikes the gulf coast of Alabama, the person in charge of the military response is University of Mobile …

Good People, Good Work

Michael Dumas Learning, Spring 2019

Business is booming in Mobile as industries global and domestic invest new resources to take advantage of an increasingly driven and inspired workforce. The University of Mobile School of Business is partnering with industry leaders to educate the next generation of professionals to help foster this unprecedented growth. It is through those partnerships that students enrolled in the School of …

Growing by Degrees

Kathy Dean Learning, Winter 2018

The world of higher education is defined by degrees – the higher level degree a university offers, the more respected a university becomes in the world of academia. So when University of Mobile enrolled its first doctoral students in Fall 2018, the occasion marked more than the addition of some excellent students in two new programs. It marked UM’s entry …

A Place to Grow

Valerie Cockrell Learning, Winter 2018

Michael Casey ’12  University of Mobile prepares students for the real world. For Michael Casey ’12, that means a world filled with travel, from Los Angeles to New York to Paris. Casey is sales manager for L-Acoustics, the main audio system used this year in Christmas Spectacular. He sells products to performing arts centers, churches, and integration and rental companies. …

Weaver Hall Renovation

Kathy Dean Learning, Winter 2018

The technology is astounding. Augmented reality that allows students to view a virtual 3-D model of the circulatory system –and walk around the room to see it from different angles. High-fidelity human patient simulators that can be programmed by professors to mimic a heart attack, birth a baby – even speak. An anatomical lab where seniors bound for medical school …

Student-Devoted: What Sets Us Apart

Heath Vester Learning, Spring 2018

Most universities say they care about students, but from my own experience at University of Mobile, I know there is something that sets UM apart from the rest. At University of Mobile, it’s more than just a slogan; it’s a way of life embodied by each faculty and staff member. The idea that a student can truly be known by …

Academically-Focused: Academic Rigor, Living Laboratories

Kathy Dean Learning, Spring 2018

The days of sitting in a college classroom for an hour while a professor lectures are gone. Today’s students expect a robust learning environment that extends beyond the classroom. This fresh, new approach is changing how UM professors teach – and even where they teach – as classrooms convert into living laboratories and partnerships are developed that take students from all academic disciplines off campus and into the community for internships, mentoring and professional experiences. …

Know and Be Known

Kathy Dean Learning, Spring 2018

“At University of Mobile, to ‘Know and Be Known’ is really a lifetime journey about the process of preparing intellectually and spiritually. In the journey of a life, it’s about bringing Christ to the forefront, so that He is the one to be known through your faith and your works.” – Dr. Timothy L. Smith, President  “This is a university that …