University of Mobile Partners with MMI Dining Systems to Bring New Dining Options

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MOBILE, Ala. – Freshly baked “Ram Rolls” with flavored butter choices and “Pop-up Restaurant Days” with culinary creations from Mobile’s best chefs are just some of the options University of Mobile students will have through a new partnership between the university and MMI Dining Systems.

The collaboration between the university and the Mississippi-based family-owned hospitality company brings expanded menu options to the university’s dining hall and three specialty fast-food centers. It will also bring to campus food trucks, local and national restaurant brands, special “guest chef” nights with area chefs, extended hours and flexible meal plans.

University of Mobile president Dr. Timothy L. Smith said the enhanced dining service is part of the university’s commitment to providing a campus community that is welcoming.

“The goal of our concierge model throughout the university is to keep the needs of our customer – the student – at the forefront. Providing the very best in dining services is an important part of serving our community,” Smith said.

Dr. Neal Ledbetter, vice president for student life, said the new menus include the variety and healthy options students have requested. A new student focus group will give input into dining operations, including menu options and special events.

“Choice is important to our students, and we are excited about the many options our campus community will have as a result of our partnership with MMI,” Ledbetter said.

Susan Smith, director of business development for MMI, said, “We are thrilled that University of Mobile and their trustees have made the decision to partner with us.  We believe our commitment to hospitality service will greatly enhance their complete campus experience and are certain that meal time in the dining venues will become a highlight of the students’ day.  We are excited to make improvements and look forward to serving the students, faculty, staff and guests for many years to come.”

MMI will rebrand the three fast-food restaurants, update the dining hall, and create a variety of build-your-own stations to give customers more choices. Gluten-free and clean-eating choices, take-out pizza, and “Ram Rolls” – fresh-baked rolls imprinted with the university’s logo – will be on the menu. Staples always on the menu include hand-dipped Blue Bell Ice Cream, a salad bar color-coded to provide nutritional information, soup and baked potato bar and more. Service starts in May 2018.

For more information about MMI Dining Systems, visit their website at or check out MMI Dining Systems on YouTube.


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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