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University of Mobile Ram Rush Starts College off with Concerts, Food, Fun

Concerts, food, fun and athletic competition make Ram Rush, the University of Mobile’s annual week-long new student orientation, a much-anticipated event for both new and returning students.

Ram Rush kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 when students move in to residence halls. Student and parent meetings wrap up by 4:30 p.m., when Ram Rush begins with a Meet-n-Greet for new students to meet their new “Ram Fam” groups and a “Ramily Dinner.” Ram Fam groups give new students opportunities to get to know one another, as Ram Fam leaders help show them the ropes of college life.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in Ram Hall for UMobile students, who will be treated to a concert featuring Andrew Ripp and Steve Moakler. The night ends with treats at Java City in Bedsole Commons student center.

Festivities continue Saturday, Aug. 17, with a variety of events leading up to the Goodwill Gala Roller Derby ’80s Skate Party at Rambo’s Skateland in Saraland.

Students are invited to attend a worship service at Ram Hall on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley will meet and greet students at the “Picnic with the Prez Carnival” on the front steps of Weaver Hall at 6 p.m.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 19 and freshmen will attend their first Freshman Seminar class. Freshman Seminar provides new students with information to help them navigate their new college world, from study skills and time management tips to advice on budgeting and an introduction to the many service and leadership opportunities available through campus organizations.

A men’s soccer exhibition game follows at 6 p.m. at The Jungle soccer field, and the Rampede student competition begins at 8 p.m. on the intramural field

Ram Rush continues Tuesday, Aug. 20, with free Kona Ice and ice cream on the front steps of Weaver Hall at noon. Doors open in Ram Hall at 8:30 p.m. for a worship concert with Jimmy Needham at True Spin, the university’s campus-wide Bible study.

First Wednesday chapel with Dr. Foley will be held at 11 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Weaver Hall Auditorium.

Thursday, Aug. 22, includes UM Expo from noon to 2 p.m. in Ram Hall, with give-aways and information about college organizations and extracurricular opportunities. At 6 p.m. the women’s soccer team will play at The Jungle for a Black Out Soccer Game, and an outdoor movie will be shown at 9 p.m. at the intramural field.

On Friday, Aug. 23, the UMobile volleyball team will play two games, then students have an opportunity to visit area churches for “Dinner on the Run.” The evening ends with a 10 p.m. gathering on Ram Hall patio for live music, mingling and Moka’s.

Ram Rush ends with Rams athletic competitions in volleyball and soccer, plus a “Maroon Platoon Tailgate” at Pharr Gym.

For more information, check the Ram Rush 2013 Schedule and check out University of Mobile – Campus Life on Facebook.
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The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near 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.

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