Miss University of Mobile 2018 Pageant is ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz!’

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile will be “Puttin’ on the Ritz” as eight beautiful and talented young women take the stage to compete for the title of Miss University of Mobile 2018 on Nov. 4. Miss University of Mobile 2017 Chelsey Sayasane will pass the crown on to the 53rd Miss University of Mobile.

The young woman crowned will represent University of Mobile at various events, including the Miss Alabama pageant. Participation in this pageant is the next stage of the Miss America pageants across the United States. The Miss America Organization is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers.

Contestants for this year include Kristina Swearingen of Mobile, Alabama; Olivia Phillips of Shawnee, Kansas; Erica Burleson of Satsuma, Alabama; Morgan Lee Bates of Mobile, Alabama; Courtney Dorminy of Dothan, Alabama; Olivia Robinson of Thomasville, Alabama; Breanna Sullivan of Millry, Alabama; and Kailee-Grace Montes of Atlanta, Georgia.

There are five phases of competition: Interview, On-Stage Question, Talent, Evening Wear, and Lifestyle and Fitness Swimwear. In addition to the phases of competition, each contestant is asked to raise money for the Miss America Platform of Children’s Miracle Network in addition to their own platforms. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships.

Competition for Miss University of Mobile will take place at Saraland Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. with entertainment by the University of Mobile Jazz Band.  Admission is $10 per person and $5 for students with an ID.

For information, contact Haley Ikner, assistant director for the Miss University of Mobile Pageant, at 251.442.2587.


About 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. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about 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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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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