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University of Mobile Plans Massive Day of Service: University of Mobile Project Serve

In celebration of the University of Mobile’s 50th anniversary year, the university will cancel classes Friday, Sept. 16 for “University of Mobile Project Serve,” a life lesson in community service that impacts the lives of people along the Gulf Coast.

More than a thousand students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees will spread out in teams throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties to volunteer a day of service to the community. As part of its strong culture of service, the Christian university has held smaller “Project Serve” events in the past, but never on this university-wide scale.

“University of Mobile Project Serve has the potential to change lives in our community as well as on our campus,” said UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley.

Team leaders in academic areas throughout campus are coordinating with more than 60 locations in the community to plan the day of service. Students in a variety of majors are using their skills and talents alongside faculty and staff in projects range from leading choir rehearsals in nursing homes to working in homeless shelters, giving blood pressure checks, helping in classrooms, teaching children flu hygiene and proper handwashing techniques, and assisting the elderly with home maintenance. Alumni are invited to work together on alumni teams, or join student and faculty teams in the academic areas from which they graduated.

The idea, Foley said, is for each academic department to choose a service project that is meaningful to them and impacts people.

Foley said the university’s culture of learning, faith and leadership and the example of Jesus Christ are inspiring the decision to celebrate the school’s golden anniversary with a day of service.

”We want to saturate this city with a very real example of how you transform a nation. You do it by investing in someone’s life, and allowing that experience to touch your own life. Our university has always had an emphasis on service. We hope this day puts an exclamation point on that,” Foley said.

The university family will gather in front of Weaver Hall on campus for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Dr. Mark Foley will address the more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff at 8 a.m., then groups will depart to service locations.

Details about Project Serve and a list of team leaders are available at or by calling 251.442.2210. Alumni are invited to contact the Alumni Office at 251.442.2226.

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