Freshman Seminar

What is Freshman Seminar?

 Freshman Seminar is a course designed to assist Freshmen in their transition from high school to college. This course is an excellent way to get acquainted with the University of Mobile, UM faculty and staff, and UM peers. Freshman Seminar seeks to enhance the learning experience by providing opportunities for students to develop the skills, values, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for success at the University of Mobile. Through the semester topics discussed include study skills, time management, budgeting, health and wellness, Christian Worldview, professionalism, major selection and career exploration and confirmation. Students will hear from various university officials regarding UM procedures, learn to access MyUM and utilize campus resources.
In addition to the course instructor, each course section has been assigned an upperclassman, UM student serving as your Peer Leader. Your PL will help answer any questions you have along the way, aid in the transition and help inform you of campus events and UM opportunities. Freshman Seminar wants to help make the most of your first semester, laying the foundation for a successful college career.

For more information on Freshman Seminar, preview the course syllabus.

Welcome to UM and welcome to Freshman Seminar. We hope you have a great time!

Meet Your Instructor

Mr. Danny Chancey

Adjunct Instructor, Director for CAP and UM Online
B.A., University of Mobile
M.A., University of South Alabama
“Freshman Seminar makes the transition into college life exciting as the students learn how to navigate through the next stage of their life.  It is thrilling to me to play a small role in helping students become successful and continue the process of becoming leaders who will make a difference.” 

Mrs. Brenda Chastain

Assistant Professor in Education
B.S. Troy University
M. Ed. University of West Alabama
Ed. Specialist University of South Alabama
"I am looking forward to meeting and working with UMobile Freshmen! We will learn from each other all about Freshmen life at UMobile. This course will be beneficial to you in learning about the UMobile family and campus activities. FS 100 will be an interactive course to help you learn everything from managing your time to what it takes to be a successful college student."

Mrs. Brenda Davis

Coordinator for Career Development
B.S., University of Souther Mississippi
M.A., University of Mobile
"Freshman Seminar is a wonderful 'bridge' opportunity between high school and college. It is a time that freshmen come to understand what is required of them as college students while having a Freshman Seminar professor to guide them into the new 'land' of college. I love walking with these freshmen into the new adventure of college and all that it holds for them."

Dr. Troy Henderson

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S. University of Alabama
M.A. University of Alabama
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
"Freshman Seminar provides an avenue for which faculty and first-year students can informally discuss a wide variety of topics for the purpose of making the transition from high school to college smoother. Since many students enroll with an undecided major, Freshman Seminar, among other things, aids in determining a career path with an emphasis on each student seeking God's will in their life."

Mr. Neal Ledbetter

Director of Campus Life
B.S., Auburn University
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"You chose our university because you believed we could help you become a successful professional, spouse and parent. Freshman Seminar is the class that begins that process by first helping you become a successful student."

Mr. Justin McGehee

Assistant Director of Enrollment
B.A., University of Mobile
"You chose our university because you believed we could help you become a successful professional, spouse and parent. Freshman Seminar is the class that begins that process by first helping you become a successful student."


Ms. Kalia Jones 

Campus Life Coordinator of Athletic Ministries 
B.S., University of Mobile
M.B.A., University of Mobile
"Freshman Seminar is the perfect class to help students transition from high school to college.  Freshman Seminar is a valuable class for all incoming freshmen and I am honored that I get to play a part in helping students succeed and excel while in college."

Dr. Robert Olsen

Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries
B.A., North Carolina State University
M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Freshman Seminar is valuable for helping students understand the differences between college and high school and how to excel in the college environment. In Freshman Seminar, you learn how to take an active role in your college experience and not just be a bystander.”

Mrs. Sara Parker

Student Relations Supervisor
B.S. Texas A&M University
M.A. University of Mobile
"I am a huge fan of Freshman Seminar and the opportunity that it gives new students to have a closer connection with a Faculty/Staff member at the University. I encourage students to take advantage of the information that they will receive in this course and to enjoy the relationships that they will form. I know that all of the Freshman Seminar instructors hope to give students the tools that they need to succeed at the University of Mobile!"

Mr. Trey Taulbee

Creative Director
B.S., University of Mobile
M.A., Full Sail University
"Freshman Seminar is an excellent way for first-year students to transition from high school to college. I personally look forward to meeting new students and challenging them to succeed, not only as students but as people of influence that will make an impact in our culture."

Dr. Melissa Thomas, M.A., Ed.D, ATC

Assistant Professor HPE/ Head Athletic Trainer
Doctoral Studies, United States Sports Academy
"The influence a faculty member has in easing a student through this very special, but often overwhelming first year of college is one that is not taken lightly at the University of Mobile. I consider it a pleasure to assist these students in developing skills that will allow them to excel in courses at UMobile and in life. I hope that the lessons they learn and the memories they make while at UMobile are life-changing."

Your Peer Leaders

Brittany Anderson

Peer Leader for Allison Nelson
Senior, Elementary Education
I grew up as a missionary kid in the Philippines and have now lived in Mobile for the past three years. I am very excited for the opportunity to return as a Peer Leader this year and have the chance to assist with freshman seminar, helping new students during a time of transition to college.

Rebekah Dye

Peer Leader for Robert Olsen
Junior, Elementray Education 
Huntsville, AL
Freshman Seminar is a great growing experience for both students, and peer leaders. My freshman seminar class helped make my transition into college smooth and easy. I want to help freshman make college all that it can be.

Caleb Godfrey

Peer Leader for Justin McGehee
Senior, Worship Leadership- Church Ministry 
Wetumpka, AL
Freshman Seminar is created to help make the transition from high school to college smooth. I am excited to be apart of this process, helping freshmen learn all they need to know to succeed here at the University of Mobile.

Emily Griner

Peer Leader for Danny Chancey
Senior, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Pelham, AL
The freshman year is full of experiences that can be exciting and at the same time challenging. My role as Peer Leader is to help student’s make the best of these exciting experiences to ultimately make the best of the four years here at UM. 

Logan Harvey

Peer Leader for Neal Leadbetter
Senior, Biology- pre-vet
Tallahassee, FL
I became a Peer Leader last year to be a mentor and encouragement to new college students, and it’s been such a blessing! This program continues to give freshmen a successful start to college.

Daniel Holley

Peer Leader for Sara Parker
Junior, Elementary Education
Bay Minette, AL
Attending Freshman Seminar is a great way to dig into the countless opportunities that the University of Mobile offers to its students. I hope student’s will feel free to inquire about getting involved.

Sophia Houston

Peer Leader for Brenda Davis
Senior, Marine Science
Mobile, AL
Freshman Seminar is a great way for freshman students to meet each other and learn how to be freshman together. The class teaches students the importance of good study habits early on, as well as money management skills, and identifying their sensory way of learning material. The class is invaluable as it is the foundation for the rest of their education. 

Barbara Scott

Peer Leader for Brenda Davis
Junior, Political Science
McCrory, AR 
I decided to be a Peer Leader for Freshman Seminar because I want to help make a difference in the lives of incoming freshman and be another support person for students making such a big transition in their lives. 

Molly Speed

Peer Leader for Brenda Chastain
Junior, Psychology  
Collins, MS 
Freshman seminar is a very helpful class; it helps incoming freshman transition from high school to college. As a freshman, this class was very helpful to me. I am very excited about the opportunity to be a Peer Leader for Freshman Seminar!

Danielle Standifer

Peer Leader for Trey Taulbee
Senior, English and Humanities double major
Chattanooga, TN
Freshman Seminar helped me connect to my fellow students as well as the campus around me. Through this class I hope to help others adjust to college life so that they will come to love it as much as I do!

Sara Van Wert

Peer Leader for Melissa Thomas
Senior, Biology- pre-med
Franklin, OH
Peer leadership is such a great opportunity and I am so excited I get to be a part of it. I cannot wait to make new relationships and invest in UM’s future. Not only that, but also to make the student’s first year experience one they will never forget. 

Emily Wieber

Peer Leader for Troy Henderson
Senior, Double major in Music and Intercultural Studies
Jacksonville, FL
Being a Peer Leader in Freshman Seminar is an amazing opportunity to make an impact on the next generation of Umobile; to influence and encourage the students to give God the Glory in everything they do, in and outside the classroom. 

What Students Say

 "This semester has been so much. I have learned so many lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. This class has taught me more about school, my future and God, I have come to learn so much about myself as well, and have become even more confident in my choice to come to the University of Mobile."
Freshman , Spring 2013

"I really enjoyed freshman seminar because as an incoming freshman I really had no idea what to expect and FS helped shed light on how to make the most of my time at UM. Freshman Seminar taught me how to register for class, gave me insight by letting older students come and speak, and overall prepared me to have a productive and fun college experience!"
Rachel Lucus
Freshman, Fall 2012

"My Freshman Seminar class not only taught me about college life, but about my life as a Christian in college. My group also became really close and we still hang out. We really are a family."
Freshman, Fall 2011

"Freshman Seminar was a great class that helped me adapt and transition easily to college life. I love how the people in my Ram Rush group were my classmates for Freshman Seminar. Having familiar faces made the class feel even more comfortable. My instructor was passionate about teaching which made the class more interesting and fun! She was very friendly and she made it clear to us that we could go to her for help about anything. She really encouraged us to ask questions and we had a lot of class discussions. The assignments we had to complete for Freshman Seminar were designed to get us more familiar with how UM worked and to remind us of the 'little things' that can be easily overlooked - especially as freshmen. One assignment in particular that I know was to our benefit was for us to meet our advisors and have them sign a sheet saying they met with us. This task pushed us to get know our advisor and prepared us for when we would have to meet with them and register for the following spring and so on. Overall I know I transitioned very smoothly into college because this class helped prepare me for what was to come. It was not overwhelming in anyway. It made me feel more ready as a freshman for the next semester and the next years ahead."
Hannah Perez
Freshman, Fall 2011

"Freshman Seminar was very helpful and made the transition from high school to college SO much easier."
Freshman, Fall 2011

"I really enjoyed Freshman Seminar. I was able to build long lasting relationships with my classmates and teacher. Freshman Seminar helps students to transition from high school to college and teaches important skills that will be needed for college like; career planning, budgeting, social skills, and helpful ways to study."
Dakota Cantrell
Freshman, Fall 2010

"Freshman Seminar is a great way to learn more about how the university works and provides students with the tools to succeed in their college careers. It's also a fun way to connect with fellow students."
Alli Colquett
Freshman, Fall 2010

"Freshman Seminar is a safe place for students to ask questions and be able to relate to other student who are experiencing the same things as they are. Freshman Seminar focuses on the academic side of school and well as encourages the students to get involved with campus life, making the most out of their time here."
Savannah Thigpen
Freshman, Fall 2010

After you register for classes, you will be invited to join the Freshman Seminar Group on MyUM. There you will have access to additional Freshman Seminar information.