University of Mobile Homecoming & Family Weekend set for Oct. 26-28

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile invites all alumni and parents of current students to Homecoming & Family Weekend, a three-day carnival of events on the university campus Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 26-28.

Highlights include a movie night and fall carnival fun day, the annual Ram Run certified 5K and 3/4-mile Fun Run, a president’s reception, department open houses, lunch with the deans, an alumni baseball game and alumni-student flag football face-off, and more. Most events are free or have a nominal charge.

See the full schedule of events and register to attend Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017 at

Activities begin Thursday, Oct. 26 with an Art Talk and reception at 11 a.m. in the Donald Gallery in Martin Hall, featuring artist Conroy Hudlow. The UM Jazz Band will present an evening celebrating the 100th birthday of the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, at 7 p.m. in Ram Hall.

Friday’s activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and include Dine and Dialogue with the Deans, opportunities to attend special classes taught by UM faculty, a 50 Club event for alumni who have graduated 50 or more years ago, and an outdoor movie at the intramural fields.

A full slate of activities on Saturday, Oct. 28, begins with the sixth annual Ram Run 5K and Fun Run. To register in advance, visit Registration will also be available before the race. Packet pick-up and race day registration begins at 7 a.m.

Entry fees prior to race day are $20 for adults, $15 for youth ages 10 and under, $15 for UM faculty and staff, and $10 for UM students. Day-of registration is $25 for adults, $20 for youth ages 10 and under, $20 for UM faculty and staff, and $15 for UM students.

Department open houses will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. and provide an opportunity for alumni and parents to visit with professors and staff while touring renovated campus spaces. Also at 9:30 a.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Bedsole Library for the new Honors Lounge.

The President’s Reception is set for 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Donald Gallery in Martin Hall.

Under the Big Top Fall Carnival begins at 11 a.m. and continues to 1 p.m. on the Great Commission Lawn. The carnival will feature inflatables, face-painting, dunk tank, photo booth, bungee cord races, rock wall and more. Ensembles from the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts will provide entertainment throughout the carnival.

The Alumni Baseball Game begins at 1 p.m. on Jacobs Field and features former Rams baseball players. An alumni-student flag football face-off begins at 2 p.m. on the intramural fields.

For more information, contact Lauren McCaghren, senior director for alumni programs and annual giving, at 251.442.2226 or


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 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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