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University of Mobile    
 
    
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks

Overview of the University



 

Mission Statement

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered academic community providing liberal arts and professional programs to renew minds through intellectual and spiritual development for the fulfilling of one’s professional calling.

Vision Statement

University of Mobile is committed to being a premier Christ-centered academic community providing comprehensive liberal arts and professional programs to distinctively transform the world.

Biblical Worldview

The biblical worldview serves as the pathway by which students are prepared to fulfill the Great Commission as noted in God’s Word through:

Proverbs 9:10 - “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Describes our calling to Him

Genesis 1:26 - “Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Describes who we are in Him

Romans 12:2 - “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may provide what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Describes our transformation by Him

Core Values

  • Christ-centered
  • Academically-focused
  • Student-devoted
  • Distinctively-driven

Statement of Christian Affirmation

As a Christian university, University of Mobile affirms…

…the Nature of Christ.

Jesus Christ is the physical expression of the eternal, transcendent, and triune God of the universe. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe and all contained therein.

There is one and only one living and true God. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but with no division of nature, essence, or being. God is infinite in holiness, justice, and all other perfections. God is all-powerful and all-knowing, and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures.

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, all-wise, and His presence fills the universe He created. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Christ is the eternal Son of God. He possesses and embodies the full nature of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born by the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities, and in so doing, He identified Himself completely with mankind but without sin. He honored divine law by His personal obedience, and, in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever-present Lord.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer for the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

God the Father…Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.

God the Son…Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16, 28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20, 28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5, 20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3, 34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8, 24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15, 24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

God the Holy Spirit…Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17, 39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

… the Ethic of Christ.

The ethic of Jesus is love. The model of His self-less love is most perfectly demonstrated in His sacrificial and substitutionary death, burial, and resurrection and His offer of regeneration to individuals through His saving grace.

His love directs and defines interaction with all persons. All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the love of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in such love.

The self-less or other-focused nature of God’s love is defined in the person, work, and teaching of Christ and was introduced by Christ as a new way of conducting interpersonal relationships. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” So important is this concept that Jesus declared it the basis by which his followers would be identified. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Modeling the ethic of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all persons of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16 ,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 12-14; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 6:9-10, 13; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; 5:19-24; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.

… the Mission of Christ.

The mission of Christ is to save the world from sin, offering reconciliation to God and eternal life to all persons who accept His salvation. It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ to participate in His mission, seeking constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the intent and goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal, based upon His righteousness, of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart for God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final and eternal abiding state of the redeemed in the presence of God.

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His full authority over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly, the kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. All Christians should pray and work toward the establishment of God’s kingdom and God’s will on earth. The full consummation of the kingdom will be realized upon the physical return to the earth of Jesus Christ.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16, 27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6, 19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18, 29; 10:30, 38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16, 28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20, 28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5, 20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3, 34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8, 24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15, 24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

Man Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7, 18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6, 12, 19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18, 29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11; Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

Salvation Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14, 29; 3:3-21, 36; 5:24; 10:9, 28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18, 29-39; 10:9-10, 13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

Kingdom Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10, 23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6, 9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.

…the Revelation of Christ and His Authority Over Mankind.

All understanding and values are defined in terms of the relationship of human beings to Christ as He is revealed in Holy Scripture. It is the responsibility of every believer to read, seek to understand, and follow the teachings of Scripture.

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its content.

Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true description of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be judged. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11, 89, 105, 140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21

Source: Baptist Faith & Message, Southern Baptist Convention

History of University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose”, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located on over 880 wooded acres approximately 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama.

The story of the university began in 1952, when the Mobile Baptist Association appointed a committee to study the feasibility of starting a Baptist-affiliated college in Mobile. In 1959, the Alabama Baptist State Convention agreed to build and operate a college if the Mobile community would raise $1.5 million within two years. Only one year later, area churches, businesses, and industries pledged more than $2 million to the effort.

Dr. William K. Weaver, Jr., was appointed President of Mobile College on April 1, 1961, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1984. When Alabama Governor John Patterson signed the College’s charter on December 12, 1961, Mobile College became the first senior college to be chartered in the state in 57 years. Reflecting the institution’s Christian foundation, the college seal includes the phrase from Proverbs 9:10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

The first administration and classroom building, now named Weaver Hall in honor of the institution’s first president, was completed in 1963 and the first class of freshmen enrolled in the fall of that year. The charter class selected the school colors and mascot. Four years later, on May 12, 1967, Mobile College graduated 67 students from its charter class during a ceremony on what was then a 400-acre campus with classroom/administration building, residence halls and cafeteria. The college gained accreditation in 1968 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The second President, Dr. Michael A. Magnoli, was inaugurated in 1984. He was a member of the university’s first graduating class of 1967. During his tenure as president, Dr. Magnoli initiated a campus expansion that added acreage, athletic facilities and classroom buildings. Academic programs were added, including the graduate program offering master’s degrees in education, business administration, nursing, and theology. In 1985 the intercollegiate athletic program started with two sports, men’s tennis and golf, and quickly expanded. On July 1, 1993, the institution celebrated its growth by adopting a new name that reflected its continuing development: University of Mobile.

On February 13, 1998, University of Mobile Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Mark R. Foley as the third president. Under Dr. Foley’s leadership, University of Mobile entered the new millennium with the express purpose of preparing students academically, socially, and spiritually to impact the world. Renovation of Weaver Hall, including a hipped roof with cupola and portico, provided a new focal point for the campus. Samford Hall, a 101-bed residence hall, was completed in 2004. In 2006, the 151-bed Karlene Farmer Faulkner Hall opened. In 2009, Ram Hall expanded the cafeteria and provided a state-of-art auditorium for student events and concerts. The Timbers, a 96-bed apartment-style residence, was added in 2012. In 2013 the university completed an extensive $7 million campus-wide enhancement project. The university’s Center for Performing Arts was established, a professional recording studio built, and online academic programs were launched. Dr. Foley retired in 2016 after more than 18 years as president.

The university entered a new era on April 11, 2016, with the unanimous selection of the institution’s fourth president, Timothy L. Smith, Ph.D., Ph.D, CRNA, APRN. Smith brings to University of Mobile a commitment to academic excellence, a passion to collaborate and partner, and an innovative spirit of educational entrepreneurship. Under Smith’s leadership, the university is expanding academic programs, creating the Alabama School of the Arts with Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts; the College of Health Professions umbrella for the School of Nursing, new School of Health and Sports Science, and new School of Allied Health; and the Alabama College for Online Studies with expanded degree programs for post-traditional adult students.

In the first year of the new administration, UM opened the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice with state-of-the-art simulators; expanded graduate programs in healthcare, education and music; initiated a “concierge model” to enhance the university emphasis on personal attention to students; launched “Focus Fridays”, an innovative four-day academic week; and rebranded using the phrases “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose” and “Know and Be Known” to communicate the university’s mission.

In keeping with the university’s Great Commission focus and as a constant visible reminder of the purpose of Christian higher education, the university dedicated the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Lawn in May 2017. Its centerpiece is the Great Commission Globe, a granite and water feature situated in the most prominent location on campus in front of Weaver Hall. The Class of 2017 was the first to start a new Great Commission Tradition at University of Mobile during the May 2017 graduation ceremony that was held on campus for the first time in 41 years. More than 3,500 people were in attendance, including members of the first graduating Class of 1967 who were celebrating their 50th anniversary class reunion.

The symbolism of the Great Commission Globe was evident as new graduates, diplomas in hand, touched the globe to signify their intent to go out in the world to fulfill the Great Commission. Future commencements will be held on the lawn, including the new December graduation ceremony. The first President’s Commissioning service in the fall semester 2017 brought new students together for a ceremony in which they touched the globe for the first time, signifying their commitment during their time at University of Mobile to prepare their hearts and minds to fulfill their professional calling for a Great Commission purpose.

Throughout the decades, the University has maintained a highly dedicated faculty providing quality Christian higher education. Faculty and staff partner to develop students as the imago Dei or image bearers of God (Gen 1:27) while engaging in academic learning processes that support the renewing of their minds and assisting students to find the good and perfect will of God for their professional lives (Rom 12:2).

Student Life

The non-academic aspects of life at University of Mobile are an important part of a liberal arts education. Thus, the University provides a well-rounded program of social and extracurricular activities for its students. For more information on student services, residential life, activities, facilities, student rights, responsibilities, and regulations, please refer to the University Student Handbook in the Student Handbooks  section of the catalog.

Campus Communication University E-mail

Each student at University of Mobile is assigned an official University e-mail address (@rams.umobile.edu). Student e-mail is the official method of communication between the various campus offices and students. Instructors utilize the official student e-mail address to communicate with students. Students are responsible for regularly reading e-mail sent to this address.

Campus Setting and Facilities

Located on a beautiful 880-acre campus in south Alabama, University of Mobile is listed among the “25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” and the “50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities” in the nation. The campus is under constant development, with a master plan guiding its growth.

William K. Weaver Hall, the first building constructed on campus, today is home  to the College of Health Professions (School of Nursing, School of Health and Sports Science, School of Allied Health), and the new Center of Excellence in Healthcare Practice with state-of-the-art simulators. The Campus Concierge is located on the first-floor lobby. Adminstrative and faculty offices, classrooms, science laboratories, and a teaching auditorium are also located in Weaver Hall.

Thomas T. Martin Hall houses the Alabama School of the Arts, the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts, and the Fisher-Brewer Recording Studio, and art galleries. Faculty offices, classrooms, music studios, a 150-seat lecture/recital hall, seminar rooms and practice facilities for the program that has gained the international designation of “All-Steinway School”.

The College of Arts and Sciences is housed in Ben May Hall in the Academic Park. Art studios, classrooms, and faculty offices are located in M.C. Farmer Hall and Frances Garner Hall, also in the Academic Park. Additional buildings throughout campus provide classroom, laboratory, and faculty office space.

The Student Success Center, tutoring, career placement and counseling services are located in Rosemary Adams Hall behind Weaver Hall, with the adjacent School of Christian Studies.

The J.L. Bedsole Library is home to Bedsole Commons student center located on the first floor, with Java City coffee shop, Grille Works food service, UM Spirit Shop/Bookstore, student fitness center, computers and copy center, a small stage and comfortable student lounge. The second floor includes the Honors Lounge, Board of Trustees conference room, study and lounge areas, and main library with access to a wide range of full-text online databases, electronic journals and materials obtained from other libraries through interlibrary loan. The library maintains membership in the American Library Association, Alabama Library Association, Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, LYRASIS, OCLC and the Southern Baptist Library Association. The library website can be accessed through the university homepage at www.umobile.edu, MyUM, or at http://library.umobile.edu.

Dwight Harrigan Hall is encircled by 125 acres of forestland and nature trails that extend to Chickasobogue Creek. The building houses the School of Business and the Marketing and Public Relations offices. The natural setting provides a serene atmosphere for business courses. Harrigan Commons, stretching the length of the Learning Center, offers students a comfortable place to study and relax.

The H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium is home to University of Mobile Rams basketball and volleyball programs. Athletic facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a baseball complex, a softball field, a golf driving range, two soccer fields, and the Gerald L. Wallace Sr. Tennis Complex.

Comfortable, attractive residence halls provide on-campus housing to approximately 655 students. The Timbers new apartment-style residence hall features 24 apartments, each housing four students with their own private bedroom, two shared bathrooms, and a common living area and kitchenette. Samford Hall and Karlene Farmer Faulkner Hall include rooms for two occupants with a private bathroom. Central lounge areas and full-sized kitchens are available for student use. Other amenities include energy-efficient laundry facilities on each floor that allow students to check the availability of machines and monitor the progress of their laundry through the Internet and text alerts. Additional housing options are available on-campus close to classes, cafeteria and recreational areas.

Meals are provided cafeteria style in the Forrest H. Ingram Dining Hall. Additional food options are provided in the Java City Snack Shop and Grille Works dining in Bedsole Commons and Ram Deli in Weaver Hall. Ram Hall, a 7,690 square foot addition to Ingram Dining Hall, expands cafeteria seating and provides an auditorium with seating for up to 450 and state-of-the-art digital audio and video, including two high definition wide screens.

Historic St. Stephens Baptist Church was moved to the campus in November 1987 and is now named the Mrs. J. Maury Lyon Chapel, in honor of former trustee Mrs. Willie Mae Lewis Lyon. The chapel stands as a symbol of University of Mobile’s deep appreciation for the continuing commitment of Alabama Baptists.