A time capsule located in the floor of the University of Mobile’s newest residence hall, The Timbers, will be opened in 50 years for coming generations of students to see memorabilia from the first five decades of the school’s existence.
SGA president William Dorminy and student leaders Jessica Catlin and Jeremy Crews placed the items in the time capsule and sealed it in February 2013.
University of Mobile Board of Trustees, student leaders, and members of the faculty and staff gathered previously during fall semester to view artifacts and dedicate The Timbers, which opened in 2012. The new residence hall is a three-story, 39,918 square-foot building. It has 24 apartments that house four students each. The dorm includes a common living area, a lobby, and laundry rooms at the end of each hall.
The Timbers is the latest of three residence halls built during the tenure of UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley as the Christian school has strategically aimed to increase on-campus enrollment.
“As a student, I am honored to be a part of a historical event for our campus in this dedication,” Dorminy said during the ceremony. “My hope is that the next 50 years would build off the foundation set by the faithful men and women who have made the University of Mobile such a great environment for students to learn, grow, and be equipped to change the world around them.”
Dr. William K. Weaver Jr. was founding president of Mobile College in 1961, which inducted its first class in 1963, and graduated its first class in 1967. More than a half-century later, UMobile has grown from 400 to 880 acres, offers housing to 655 on-campus residents, and teaches approximately 1,800 students per year.
Included in the time capsule were 60 photos featuring the groundbreaking of Mobile College, original faculty and staff, the first graduating class in 1967, the 50th anniversary faculty in 2011, the 2012 President’s Cabinet, Miss UM 2012, the 2012-2013 SGA president, and Dr. Mark Foley at the time capsule dedication in November 2012.
Also included are the first yearbook of Mobile College in 1964, an Urban Plunge T-shirt, a stuffed ram mascot, a UMobile class of 2015 ring, a tie chain worn by Dr. Weaver, a cell phone used in the 1990s, a Dr. Mark Foley twelve23 Movement CD, an NAIA uniform patch, October 2012 Board of Trustees booklet, ‘It’s Time’ book by Dr. Mark Foley, a University of Mobile lapel pin, a Voices of Mobile flash drive, a UMobile shaker, Mobile College Homecoming 1987 mini megaphone, a Weaver Hall ornament, a Vision 2000 coaster, a baseball signed by current student athletes, and various promotional brochures used throughout the history of the University of Mobile.
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located just north of Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus about an hour from Gulf Coast beaches. Approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu
or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.
By Will Drake, media relations writer
Photos included in the time capsule
Scenes from Fall 2012 dedication ceremony
University of Mobile President Dr.
Mark Foley at dedication ceremony
Student Government Association President
Will Dorminy, center, speaks during dedication
ceremony as The Timbers architect Jeff Jordan,
left, and UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley
Exterior of The Timbers
Students Will Dorminy, Jessica Catlin and
Jeremy Crews place items in the time capsule
in February 2013
Memorabilia placed in the time capsule
Gordon Construction Company built The
Timbers, as well as UMobile's first building,
Weaver Hall, among others. Company officials
set the time capsule slab in the entry to The
Memorabilia: see the University of Mobile class
ring on the Ram mascot