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. Each day, he uses the communication skills he learned from UM instructors and leaders to interact with customers and potential clients.

Casey was back on UM’s campus in October for the dedication of a new mixing and visualization lab in Martin Hall that allows students to work on the latest high-tech equipment. He said it was like visiting family: “…you may be gone for a while, but you pick right back up where you left off.”

“UM is a place for you to grow, and it gives you opportunities to learn how to live well,” Casey said – words that have certainly proven true when looking at his life today.

As a student in the Alabama School of the Arts, Casey participated in Christmas Spectacular and traveled with Voices of Mobile and Ignite, formerly known as Impact, where he mixed audio and gained hands-on experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in worship leadership.

He remembers college with fondness: riding his mountain bike around campus with friends and eating buffalo chicken wraps in the dining hall. 

One professor was a tremendous influence. Dr. Steve Bowersox, chair of the Department of Worship Leadership and Technology, taught Casey the value of persistence, time management and attention to detail. More importantly, Bowersox taught life lessons by showing compassion toward others.

“He always encouraged me to take care of my relationship with God and my family first, rather than get too focused on my work,” Casey said.

He and his wife, Tiffani Tallent ’11,met when she was singing soprano for Voices. They will welcome their first child in December.

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Valerie Cockrell