‘Tips for Designing Your Home’ is October Topic for University of Mobile Torch Society

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MOBILE, Ala. – Interior designer Annie Ly Johnson is the featured speaker for the Oct. 10 meeting of the Torch Society, a service organization that raises funds for college scholarships for University of Mobile students.

Johnson, owner and lead designer of ALJ Interiors of Fairhope, Alabama, will discuss tips and tricks for creating a warm, inviting and practical home for any phase and age of life.

Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. at Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus, 5735 College Pkwy. Johnson will speak at 10:30 a.m. and the meeting ends at 11:30 a.m. The event is free for members and first-time guests, and $15 for non-members. RSVP online at umobile.edu/torchsocietyevents. For information, call 251.442.2201.

The Torch Society, and the Junior Torch Society for members ages 22 to 35, is starting its first year with a full schedule of engaging programs and speakers, social gatherings and philanthropic events. Membership is open to individuals interesting in the society’s vision of “Lighting the Way through Scholarships.”

Johnson is a certified and registered interior designer, ASID professional, and Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Her design experience includes commercial and residential interiors over a 10-year span, including designing with two architectural firms and contracting independently with private clients in the New York City metro area.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design and has taught interior design courses as an adjunct professor at the Michael Graves College of Architecture and Design at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.

As a young immigrant, Johnson embraced Western sensibilities while appreciating her Far Eastern heritage. Her youth was spent strolling the relaxing shores of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, while her early adult life involved pacing the corporate streets of New York City and Tokyo.

“As a designer, I draw upon my varied experiences to help clients balance beauty with function and vision within the constraints of execution. I love the challenge of creative problem-solving when designing with style, function and individuals in mind,” Johnson said.

For more information about the Torch Society, visit umobile.edu/torchsocietyevents.



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 public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; 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 University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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