FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE
Ram Rush is the official University of Mobile New Student Orientation. It is organized by the University of Mobile’s Student Life Department and is full of concerts, free food, free give-aways, games, new friends, orientation info, and tons of fun!
Every new student is assigned a Ram Fam Group (RFG) upon registration. Your group assignment is based on your Freshman Seminar class section number. Groups range in size from 15-20 students. Each RFG has two active and engaged UM student leaders to guide you through your first week at UM, help you meet other students, and get involved. They will fill you in on all the details of each event, what to wear, and where to be using your RFG Facebook Group you will be invited to in a few short weeks.
Ram Rush will begin at move-in on Friday, August 17, 2018 and continues through the first week of classes to Friday, August 23. Events are not mandatory except for orientation on Saturday, however participation is highly encouraged, as Ram Rush is one of your best ways to get connected to fellow students and get involved in Student Life. Dress is casual at all events and all event meals are free.
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2018 Ram Rush Schedule
Friday – August 17
9am – Residential Life Move In (Assigned Residence Hall)
Check in with the Residential Life Staff at your Residence Hall to receive your room key. Once you have checked in, Faculty, Staff & Student Leaders will be on hand to assist you in your move.
11:30am-1pm – Lunch (Ingram Dining Hall)
Lunch is provided for students and families in Ingram Dining Hall.
1-2pm – Parent Session (Ram Hall)
Meet academic deans, prepare your care package with Student Success, and learn more about services available to you as a parent.
2-5pm – Parent Hospitality Corner (Bedsole Commons)
This your time to finish up those last-minute runs to Walmart for dorm storage OR just hang out with other parents in Bedsole Commons. This event is hosted by the Office for Advancement.
5pm – President’s Commissioning (Lackey Great Commission Lawn)
It’s a new day, and a new journey! New students and your family are invited to join the UM Family for a special commissioning service led by Dr. Smith. This event is mandatory for students, and parents are welcome.
6pm – Dinner at the Circus (Bedsole Commons Front Lawn)
Come one, come all to a dinner under the Big Top with both your real fam and your Ram Fam! Enjoy free dinner and entertainment, complete with jugglers, a stilt walker, photo booth and much more. Parents are welcome.
8pm (Doors Open)– Cody Fry in Concert (Ram Hall)
Enjoy a private concert with former American Idol contestant and singer/songwriter Cody Fry!
Saturday – August 18
8am – Breakfast (Ingram Dining Hall)
9am – New Student Orientation (Ram Hall)
This event is mandatory for all new students.
- 9-9:45am Residential Students Only
- 9:45-11am All New Students (Residential & Commuter)
11am – Foo and a Friend (Foosackly’s Saraland)
Indulge in your new favorite $5 treat with your new best friends. Claim your favorite seat and pick your favorite sauce! And the best part? It’s on us!
Goodwill Gala Shopping (Time and Location determined by Ram Fam Leaders)
Find your best “Tacky Tourist” outfit at Goodwill with your Ram Fam for tonight’s Goodwill Gala!
5pm – Dinner (Ingram Dining Hall)
10pm – Goodwill Gala “Tacky Tourist” (Skateland in Saraland: 531 Saraland Blvd S)
It’s everyone’s favorite event of the year! Dance and skate the night away with your new friends Tacky Tourist Style! The students with the tackiest tourist outfit will win prizes!
Sunday – August 19
7–10am – Breakfast (Ingram Dining Hall)
9am-3pm – For the Church/Sundaes with the Smiths (Bus pick-up at The Ram)
- Join your Ram Rush group in visiting a local church together! Bus to 1 of 3 local churches to experience their worship service and enjoy free lunch immediately following.
- After lunch, Dr. & Mrs. Smith want to get to know you! You’re invited to an ice cream party at their home. Transportation will be provided from churches.
7pm – Ram Rush Pool Party (Campus Pool)
For the last night of your first weekend of college, cool off at the pool with all your classmates. There will be free yard games, sno cones, and giant inflatables.
Monday – August 20
Classes Begin – 8am
8pm – Intramural Glow-in-the-Dark Dodgeball (Tennis Center)
Blow off the steam of the first Monday of your college career with a tournament against other Ram Fam groups for the prestigious Ram Cup.
Tuesday – August 21
11am – University Chapel with Dr. Smith (Ram Hall)
6pm – For the Church and City (Lackey Great Commission Lawn)
For the Church and City is an awesome opportunity for students to get plugged into churches and ministries around Mobile.Dinner will be provided.
Wednesday – August 22
11am – University Chapel with Dr. Smith (Ram Hall)
Thursday – August 23rd
12-2pm – UM Expo (Ram Hall)
Looking for a bank, new favorite coffee shop, internship or part-time job? Check out over 50 local businesses, and don’t forget an extra bag for all the free goodies!
3pm – Ram UnRushed (Student Success Center)
A little overwhelmed with Ram Rush? Take some time to drink coffee, enjoy live music with Caleb Huynh, and eat s’mores with other introverts like you!
4:30pm – Ram Madness Tailgate (Dinner served at The Jungle)
Support the UM Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams as they battle in The Jungle!
5pm – Women’s Soccer vs Spring Hill College
7:30pm – Men’s vs LSU-Shreveport
Ram Fam Leaders
- Sydney McConnell & Charlie Gessner
- Sophia Colbert & Cam Ballard
- Abbie Williams & Tyler Allen
- Josie Busby & Johnny Howard
- Isabelle Watt & Joel Griffith
- Itzamar Garcia & JC Adams
- Hannah Senteney & David Miller
- Ali Gardner & Brandon Oliver
- Nicole White & Cameron Smith
- Tabitha Robinson & Tucker Hill
- Shelby Roberts & Micah Steadham
- Elisabeth Twilley & Phillip Vo
- Laiken Gendregske & Travis Hudson
- Lauren Story & Phillip Maddox
- Emily Phillips & Joseph Mohr
Freshman Seminar is a course designed to assist freshmen in their transition from high school to college. This course is an excellent way to get acquainted with the University of Mobile, UM faculty and staff, and UM peers. Freshman Seminar seeks to enhance the learning experience by providing opportunities for students to develop the skills, values, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for success at the University of Mobile. Through the semester topics discussed include study skills, time management, budgeting, health and wellness, Christian Worldview, professionalism, major selection, career exploration and confirmation. Students will hear from various university officials regarding UM procedures, learn to access MyUM, and utilize campus resources.
In addition to the course instructor, each course section has been assigned an upperclassman, a UM student serving as your Peer Leader. Your PL will help answer any questions you have along the way, aid in the transition, and help inform you of campus events and UM opportunities. Through the Freshman Seminar course we want to help you make the most of your first semester, laying the foundation for a successful college career.