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Moving Classroom to Community: Project Serve 2013

The University of Mobile is moving the classroom to the community for a campus-wide day of service during the third annual UMobile Project Serve on Friday, Sept. 20.

More than 1,100 students, faculty and staff will start the day with a rally on the Christian university campus at 7:30 a.m., then spread across Mobile and Baldwin counties to serve at over 60 locations.

UMobile Student Government Association President Seth Brasher said, “Project Serve means the world to us as students. It is the physical example of our university living out James 2:18 -- 'Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by my deeds.' Project Serve reminds us and reaffirms that we are a servant-minded, Christian university.”

Brasher, a senior majoring in worship leadership, added, “To see that our president will cancel classes is one thing. To see our entire faculty working alongside their students, that shows the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than any lecture ever could."”

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast and rally in front of J.L. Bedsole Library. After a send-off from UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley and a group photo, teams will depart to various locations to serve. The university is using #ProjectServe13, #umobile and @umobilenews to share experiences and photographs of the day through social media.

Foley said 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 University of Mobile mission of ‘Changing Lives to Change the World’ isn’t about education alone – it’s about 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,” Foley said.

Service leaders are chosen from each area of the university to coordinate teams and locations in which to serve. Students serve side-by-side with professors and coaches on projects that include:

• Singing at assisted living centers and nursing homes
• Building homes for Habitat for Humanity
• Painting a mural at Mobile County Training School cafeteria
• Assisting in classrooms throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties
• Yard work for the elderly in Chickasaw and Wilmer
• Working in a community vegetable garden that supplies area food pantries
• Organizing and packing boxes at Prodisee Pantry and Bay Area Food Bank
• Visiting and singing for veterans at the William F. Green Veterans Home
• Landscaping, painting and organizing a clothes closet at the Dumas Wesley Community Center
• Providing lunch and doing yard work at the Ronald McDonald House
• Feeding residents and the homeless at Wings of Life

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About the University of Mobile:

The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 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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