50th Anniversary Celebration

Join the University of Mobile
as we celebrate 50 years of
Learning, Faith & Leadership!

50th Anniversary Celebration Events:
  • September 16th - Project Serve
  • September 23rd & 24th - UMobile Family Weekend
  • November 10th - University of Mobile Leadership Banquet, An Evening with Dr. Condoleezza Rice
  • November 30th-December 2nd - Christmas Spectacular (click link to see photos)
  • December 12th - Faculty/Staff Anniversary Celebration
  • April 29th - Center for Performing Arts Spring Finale
Read the latest article from the Mobile Press Register.

Fox 10 TV Interview

Fox 10 News Interview from University of Mobile

Dr. Mark Foley - Fox 10 News interview from the 4 pm newscast on December 1, 2011.

December 12, 2011 Celebration

Project Serve

Project Serve Impacts Community

In celebration of the University of Mobile's 50th anniversary, the university cancelled classes for a day to engage in Project Serve.

On September 16, 2011, more than 1,100 UMobile faculty, staff, alumni and students began a day of service by gathering in front of Weaver Hall for a rally. Participants were welcomed by Director of Residential Life Kris Nelson; followed by words of encouragement from Assistant Professor of Accounting and President of the Faculty Council Kathy Dunning and an inspiring send-off from President Mark Foley.

As an expression of UMobile's culture of learning, faith and leadership, the teams departed to community service efforts at more than 50 locations throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties. The projects were selected by each field of study in order for participants to serve with their specific expertise.

Included in the day's projects was the School of Business serving the Dumas Wesley Community Center through landscaping, van detailing, fence repair, interacting with residents and more. School of Education students and faculty assisted in public school classrooms while nursing students conducted blood pressure checks and taught proper hygiene practices. Science and Mathematics students and faculty collected and delivered school supplies for children at USA Women's and Children's Hospital while art students painted a mural for residents in a nearby nursing home. Center for Performing Arts members sang hymns and led choir rehearsals at more than 20 assisted living facilities in the area.

Other departments and alumni participated in projects with organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Claire's Hope, the Home of Grace, the Alabama Baptist Children's Home, and many more.

The university takes a practical, hands-on approach to cultivating life-change in its circle of influence, through classroom learning and community service alike. The UMobile mission of "Changing lives to change the world" isn't about education along – it's about practically transforming the nation by meeting both spiritual and physical needs of people.

Through Project Serve, UMobile impacts thousands of lives by being the hands and feet of the gospel of Christ throughout the community.

Project Serve Photos


Fun Facts from 1961

  1. JFK took office as the 35th President
  2. Barbie gets a boyfriend, "Ken" doll was introduced
  3. Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is the first man in space
  4. Move hits: 101 Dalmations, The Guns
  5. NY Yankees win the World Series
  6. Beach Boys musical career began
  7. Soviets build wall dividing East and West Berlin
  8. First lasers are developed
  9. Electric toothbrush is introduced
  10. "Frito" Corn Chips appear
  11. U.S. breaks diplomatic ties with Cuba
  12. "Mister Ed" debuts
  13. Record of the Year: "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
  14. Gas price was $.27 a gallon
  15. Peace Corps established by JFK
  16. First "Six Flags" theme park opened in Arlington, TX
  17. First disposable diaper was introduced
  18. Barrack Obama was born this year

Historical Dates

  • April 1, 1961 - Dr. William K. Weaver Jr. assumes position of founding president of Mobile College
  • November 14, 1961 - Alabama Baptist State Convention formally approves establishment of Mobile College
  • December 12, 1961 - Alabama Gov. John Patterson signs college charter
  • September 9, 1963 - First class enrolled

UMobile Firsts

  • First President of Mobile College: Dr. William K. Weaver, Jr.
  • First Building Campaign: "The Book of Remembrance" contains the names of 6,413 individuals and 186 business firms that contributed to the original campaign to build Mobile College
  • First building on campus: William K. Weaver Hall
  • First Miss Mobile College: Sally Holmes, crowned in 1964
  • First Student Government Offers: Tommy Strong, president; Tommy Butler, vice president; Sharron Beasley, treasurer; Susan Lavinghouse, secretary
  • First Master's Degree program: Education
  • First Board of Trustee Chairman: J.L. Bedsole, Mobile business and civic leader
  • First Honorary Doctorate Awarded: In 1968 to J.L. Bedsole
  • First Book in the Mobile College Library: The Holy Bible, given in 1962 by Edna Eaves, the first librarian

Contact UMobile

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5735 College Parkway
Mobile, Alabama 36613