University of Mobile’s New Torch Society Sets Open House to Kick Off First Year of Service

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile’s new Torch Society will hold an open house Sept. 12 to introduce the community and potential members to the philanthropic service organization and its goal of raising support for college scholarships.

“We are starting our first year with a full schedule of entertaining programs and speakers, social gatherings and philanthropic events. This Open House is an opportunity to drop in, enjoy refreshments, and learn about ways to get involved and make an impact in the lives of students,” said Mary Brown, Torch Society president.

Penney Smith, executive director, said the Torch Society builds on the legacy of the original Mobile College Auxiliary that was founded by Annie Boyd Parker Weaver, wife of the university’s founding president, Dr. William K. Weaver Jr.

When her husband, Dr. Timothy L. Smith, was named the fourth president of the Christian university, Smith saw the need for a similar organization, but updated to the interests of today’s women.

“The new Torch Society generation brings its God-given gifts and talents to fulfill our vision, which is ‘Lighting the Way through Scholarships.’ Each year, the Torch Society will award scholarships that have a life-changing impact for University of Mobile students,” Smith said.

The Junior Torch Society, led by UM alumna Morgan Carnley, aims to connect younger members with the organization’s overall efforts, plus add social and volunteer events that appeal more specifically to those ages 22 to 35.

The come-and-go open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus. For more information about Torch Society or to RSVP for the Open House and other upcoming events, go online to or call 251.442.2201.


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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