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 …

Retrospect

Kathy Dean Features, Winter 2018

Drive on the University of Mobile campus, and the first building you see beyond the flagpoles is William K. Weaver Hall. If there is one place on campus that alumni of all generations would have memory of, this is it. Anyone who has taken a class on campus has walked these halls at some point.  A publicity photo promoting the …

The Resolution That Changed Everything

Rivers Brunson Experience, Winter 2018

Dana Watson ’00 Dana Watson is the chief operating officer for the South Alabama division of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, holds three master’s degrees, and in pursuit of a doctorate in organizational leadership. But before the University of Mobile alumnus achieved all of this, he was first a resident of the Children’s Home himself.  He relayed his life story recently …

Building a Good Foundation

Kathy Dean Experience, Winter 2018

Michelle Manley Thomason ’92 Her University of Mobile education gave Michelle Manley Thomason a good foundation – one that ultimately landed her a seat on the bench as the presiding district judge in Baldwin County, Alabama. Now the 1992 graduate is excited about reconnecting with her alma mater to serve on the first Board of Directors of the new University …

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 …

Empowering

Rivers Brunson Experience, Winter 2018

Michele Rigby Assad is a powerhouse storyteller – but that’s how it goes when you’ve lived some powerful stories. Last spring, Julie Clow visited University of Mobile to speak at he Torch Society’s Spring Scholarship Banquet. The UM alumna, published author and head of global people development for CHANEL mentioned her brilliant sister who also had a book coming out. …

A Life of Service

Jessica Sawyer Faith, Winter 2018

Abbie George Maggio ’18 Abbie George Maggio was focused on a life of service even before she arrived at University of Mobile – but her time at UM would prepare her for ministry as an accomplished singer, songwriter and worship leader.  The 2018 Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award winner, Maggio grew up in a family of ministry in Louisiana.  …

Real Success

Jessica Sawyer Experience, Winter 2018

For Chris Brazell, Cottage Hill Christian Academy head football coach, success isn’t measured by wins, though his track record certainly shows them. With a playoff spot secured early in the 2018 season, regular rankings in the Top 10 and weekly awards for players, this 2002 University of Mobile graduate and former UM baseball player has helped the school start a …

Women & Work

Martha Simmons Faith, Winter 2018

It’s an internal debate with which many women of faith struggle: Am I serving God best by working in a job in the secular world, or should I be staying at home to take care of my family? Childhood friends and University of Mobile graduates Courtney Cassady Moore and Mary Carlisle Wiley are tackling that quandary through their Women & …