University of Mobile Presents Academic Achievement Awards, President’s Scholastic Awards to Outstanding Graduating Seniors

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile presented academic awards to outstanding graduating seniors of the Class of 2017 during an awards convocation May 3 at Ram Hall on campus.

Honors presented Wednesday included academic achievement awards for the outstanding graduate in each college and school who were recognized for academic accomplishment, service, scholarship and Christian character. The President’s Scholastic Award was presented to graduates earning perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

The university’s two top student awards, the William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award and the Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award, will be announced during graduation ceremonies May 13. Approximately 250 students will receive master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at commencement, which will be held on campus for the first time in 41 years.

The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the Lackey Great Commission Lawn and launches a new tradition. The new tradition begins and ends with students placing their hands on the globe, first as they start their college journey and again as they graduate. The gesture signifies each graduate’s commitment to use their University of Mobile education and experience to serve others and share the message and love of Jesus Christ.

Receiving Academic Achievement Awards were:

Kelli Rae Brown of Jasper, AL – College of Arts and Sciences Achievement Award, undergraduate
Tammy Wadsworth Brown of Turnerville, AL – School of Nursing Achievement Award, graduate
Jessica Nicole Cunningham of Satsuma, AL – School of Health and Sports Science Achievement Award, undergraduate
Catharine Q. Hardyman of Daphne, AL – School of Nursing Achievement Award, undergraduate
Ryan Eric Ivy of Semmes, AL – School of Christian Studies Achievement Award, undergraduate
Denee Marie Jackson of Sylacauga, AL – School of Education Achievement Award, undergraduate
Emily Christine La Force of Mobile, AL – Alabama School of the Arts Achievement Award, undergraduate
Abigail Elizabeth Pressley of Chattanooga, TN – School of Business Achievement Award, graduate
Deborah E. Strausbaugh of Mobile, AL – College of Arts and Sciences Achievement Award, graduate
Marianna Alves dos Santos Velozo of Ilheus, Bahia – School of Business Achievement Award, undergraduate

Receiving the President’s Scholastic Awards were:

Ashley M. Acosta of Mobile, AL –School of Nursing
Pratima Aryal of Mobile, AL – School of Nursing, graduate program
Paul N. Brown of Biloxi, MS – College of Arts and Sciences
Tammy Wadsworth Brown of Turnerville, AL – School of Nursing, graduate program
Taylor Danielle Clinkenbeard of Hueytown, AL – School of Business
Kathryn Anne Currier of Theodore, AL – School of Nursing
Marcio Dal Pont of Foz do Iguassu, Parana, Brazil – School of Business, graduate program
Lisa M. Dunaway of Mobile, AL – School of Nursing
Dakota Danielle Lancaster of Citronelle, AL – School of Education, graduate program
Paige Nicole McAuley of Mobile, AL – School of Nursing, graduate program
Meshelle Graham Miller of Semmes, AL – Alabama School of the Arts
Phoebe Rebecca Owen of Alexandria, AL – School of Business
Emilee Brooke Presnell of Saraland, AL – School of Education
Deborah E. Strausbaugh of Mobile, AL – College of Arts and Sciences, graduate program
Sarah Marie Teichmeier of Ravenna, NE – College of Arts and Sciences
Allyson Raye Thomas of Stockton, AL – School of Nursing
Stefanie Lyne Willis-Turner of Mobile, AL – School of Nursing, graduate programs


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 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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