2019-2020 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks 
    
    Sep 16, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks

Overview of the University



 

Mission Statement

The 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

The 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, the 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

The University of Mobile story 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, opened in 1963. On May 12, 1967, Mobile College graduated a 67- member charter class.  The college was accredited in 1968 by 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. He 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 selected Dr. Mark R. Foley as the third president.  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 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.

On April 11, 2016, Dr. Timothy L. Smith, was named president. The university significantly expanded academic programs and established its first two doctoral programs.  Over 34 academic programs were added, nearly doubling offerings to 76 programs.  New labs such as the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice emphasized practical learning experiences, or Prac-ademics.  The university implemented a four-day academic/work week with “Focus Fridays.”  Dr. Smith resigned on February 27, 2019.

On May 28, 2019, University of Mobile alumnus Lonnie Burnett, PhD, became the institution’s fifth president, selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as interim president for the next 16 months.  A 1979 graduate of the University of Mobile, then Mobile College, Dr. Burnett joined the faculty in 2005 teaching history and gained tenure in 2012.  He served in a variety of administrative positions, most recently as executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Burnett is the author of two books of history, numerous academic articles and reviews, and serves as managing editor for The Alabama Review quarterly journal of Alabama history.  He has served as a member of the Saraland City School Board since 2010, where he earned state-wide honors from the Alabama Association of School Boards.  He is an active member of Redemption Church in north Mobile.  His wife, Lynne, and daughter, Lauren Burnett Wetzell, are also University of Mobile graduates. 

Throughout the decades, the University has maintained a highly dedicated faculty providing quality Christian higher education with devotion to the intellectual and spiritual development of students:  Higher Education for a Higher Purpose.

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

The University of Mobile is situated on a beautiful 880-acre campus in south Alabama, just 10 minutes north of downtown Mobile, Alabama, and about an hour from Gulf Coast beaches.  Live oaks line the single entrance onto a wooded campus where classrooms, residence halls, student services and dining facilities are just a short walk away.

William K. Weaver Hall, named in honor of the university’s first president, was built in 1963 as the first University of Mobile building.  Today, Weaver Hall remains the main administrative structure on campus and is home to the President’s Office, Academic Affairs, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Business Office, Marketing & Public Relations, Advancement, Mailroom and Sub Zone on the first floor.  The second floor houses the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice with the latest high-tech simulation labs for hands-on Prac-ademics learning, and the anatomy lab in the College of Arts and Sciences natural sciences department.  The third floor includes classrooms and labs for chemistry, biology and physics in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Board of Trustees conference room; faculty offices for the College of Health Professions with the School of Nursing, School of Health and Sports Science and School of Allied Health; and faculty offices for the Department of Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

In honor of the late UM trustee and regent Dr. Fred Lackey, and his wife Sue Lackey, the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Lawn in front of Weaver Hall is the site of one of the University of Mobile’s newest traditions.  The tradition begins and ends with students placing their hands on the Great Commission Globe in the center of the lawn as they start their college journey and again as they graduate, symbolizing their academic preparation to pursue their Great Commission calling.  Graduation ceremonies are held on the lawn, in addition to special events.

Just above the University of Mobile bookstore, Fitness Center, Grille Works and Common Grounds coffee shop in the J.L. Bedsole Library building, the J.L. Bedsole Learning Commons provides a central space where the curricular and co-curricular meet.  The newly renovated space includes a library, honors room, research area and makers room, in addition to central gathering spaces.  Offices for Student Life staff are also housed on the second floor, and Phase II renovations will create a game room and student lounge.  The Bedsole Commons outdoor patio is popular location for outdoor campus events such as banquets, movies, and lawn games.

Being home to the Alabama School of the Arts guarantees that Thomas T. Martin’s halls are filled with music. From the annual Christmas Spectacular to a wide range of performing ensembles, instrumentals, and band groups, students are always practicing for an upcoming performance.  On the second floor, Martin Hall is home to the Fisher-Brewer Recording Studio and 8Eighty Records - University of Mobile’s exclusive music publishing label.  It also houses Worship Leadership 210, a cutting-edge laboratory with the latest audio, video and lighting equipment, including a mixing and visualization lab where students remotely design lighting and mechanics for shows. Art exhibits are regularly on display on the first floor Donald Gallery, and recitals are held in Moorer Auditorium.

Ram Hall includes a state-of-the-art auditorium that accommodates both concerts and other indoor student events.  During finals, the “Caf” is home to “Up All Night” where faculty and staff cook up an unceasing flow of food into the late night and early morning hours for hungry students.  Whether it is a nationally acclaimed speaker at Chapel, dinner time at the Caf on a weeknight, or a giraffe in the auditorium during Ram Rush, Ram Hall is the place to be and be seen.

A gift given by the Class of 2009, the Ram statue stands proudly at the entrance to the athletics and intramural portion of campus.  Home to eight national championships, the University of Mobile offers Tennis, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, and Coed Cheerleading to collegiate athletes.  In addition to these sports, a student intramural committee schedules and stages events such as the Flag Football Championship, the Putt-Putt Masters and many more that take place nearly every weekend during the academic school year.

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.

Jim and Dot Boothe Hall serves the university’s athletics programs offering athletic training coverage for UM’s 18 intercollegiate sports teams.  The building houses four certified athletic trainers and serves as a real-world experience for master’s-level athletic training students.

Lyon Chapel was originally built in 1883 in St. Stephens, Alabama and was moved to the University of Mobile campus in 1987 as an exemplification of the university’s Baptist heritage.  At over 130 years old, historic Lyon Chapel is still home to worship and prayer - only now in the form of university students.

The three buildings located behind Lyon Chapel comprise the Academic Park with classrooms and faculty offices.  The largest of the three buildings, Ben May Hall, is home to College of Arts and Sciences, including social science, communication, philosophy and history departments.  The art department in the Alabama School of the Arts is housed in M.C. Farmer Hall, while Frances Garner Hall is home to the English department in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The University of Mobile’s School of Business  is nestled amid a grove of beautiful trees in Harrigan Hall.  Harrigan’s location off the beaten path provides a unique learning experience for students, with opportunities for quiet study and long talks with faculty.  The Good Work Agency, a student-run marketing firm, is located in Harrigan.

Home to the Student Success Center and Registrar’s Office, Rosemary Adams Hall is the go-to place for students seeking academic information; jobs; internships; and career, academic or personal counseling.  The bottom floor is home to the Chora Godwin Learning and Writing Center, where students can receive extra tutoring or guidance to help them succeed in the classroom. 

In the smaller building tucked behind Weaver Hall sits the School of Christian Studies.  Home to the Theology Commons, this wood-paneled library is often host to deeper spiritual conversations and is a welcome quiet gathering space amidst the hustle and bustle of campus.

The School of Education is housed in Oakdale Hall, where students study all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education.  The School of Education building is continually showcasing student teaching methodologies and innovations through creative exhibits and activities.