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UM Students Attend Higher Education Day in Montgomery
On Thursday, Feb. 23, approximately 60 UM students traveled to Alabama’s state capitol alongside representatives from 13 of the state’s other public universities demonstrating the need for more funding for higher education.

According to Jenny Bell, director of Student Life, the University had the largest Higher Ed Day participation in three years thanks to faculty support and encouragement.

McDonald Accepts Provost Position
After a nationwide search, Dr. Jim McDonald of Southern Utah University will be the University of Montevallo’s new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

McDonald holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University, an M.S. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Arizona. For the past nine years, he has served as the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Southern Utah University, a fellow COPLAC institution.

McDonald will assume his new role on July 1. In June, the University community will say goodbye to Dr. Suzanne Ozment, who has excelled in the provost position for the last five years.

UM Makes List of Most Affordable Colleges for Freshmen with Financial Need
According to a recent report, the University of Montevallo is one of the most affordable colleges for incoming freshmen in financial need. This analysis was determined by the Student Loan Report, a website covering the latest in higher education financial aid.

The website analyzed over 1,000 institutions to determine which schools offered “the most need-based scholarships and grants to incoming freshmen.”

Of the top 250 culled from that analysis, UM ranked 91st, marking it third in the state of Alabama and in the top 10 percent in the country for least student debt.

FCS Seeks Mock Interview Help
On April 6, the Family & Consumer Sciences Department will host a mock interview session with Montevallo High School seniors from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bloch Hall.

The department is seeking a minimum of 45 faculty and staff to assist with the interviews. Volunteers will need to arrive at 12:45 and stay until 2 p.m. If interested, complete the online form. Once all volunteer positions are filled, a schedule with room assignments and all other details will be distributed. Interview questions and evaluation sheets will be provided.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Amanda Fox was recently announced as the University’s new registrar. Amanda is an alumna of the University and has worked as a staff member for more than a decade. She most recently served as the director of student success and is also the president of Staff Senate.
Dr. Scott Meyer, professor of art, will be part of an artists’ panel exploring contemporary applications of wood-dyed ceramic sculpture. The event will be hosted by the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri on March 4 as the culmination of their exhibition featuring Meyer’s work along with an international roster of sculptors. Meyer will also be conducting a 2-day workshop and giving a lecture on his work March 2 and 3 at Missouri State University.

University Happenings

Donations Needed for Second Professional Clothing Drive
Throughout the month of March, the University will be accepting community donations for the second Professional Clothing Drive, hosted by the Offices of Partnerships and Outreach, Service Learning, the Career Development Center and Phi Chi Theta.

Donations will benefit UM students as they prepare for job interviews, internships and other business professional dress requirements.

The drive is requesting men’s ties, shirts, jackets, slacks, belts and shoes and women’s shirts, jackets, slacks, skirts, dresses and shoes. Donors can drop off items Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Global Community and Outreach Building (GLOCO) or schedule a pickup by emailing Kelli Holmes.

ValloCycle Plans Two Group Rides for March
ValloCycle, the collaborative bike-sharing program between the city and University, is hosting two forthcoming group rides around the Montevallo community.

On Saturday, March 4, the group will ride 15 miles from UMOM to Ebenezer Swamp and back. Riders will meet at UMOM at 10 a.m., depart at 10:30 a.m. and ride for two hours. Snacks and water are suggested.

On Wednesday, March 8, riders will decorate their bikes for a night ride around the city. Everyone will meet at UMOM at 6:30 p.m., depart at 7 p.m. and ride five miles in 45 minutes, with the ride ending at Eclipse Coffee and Books.

If in need of a bike or helmet for either ride, contact ValloCycle with your request prior to the ride date.

Bookstore Sales
Currently, the University Barnes & Noble Bookstore is running three special sales. All regular retail priced items are 20 percent off. Customers can also purchase College Night side shirts for 50 percent off and all clearance items for an additional 75 percent off.

Main Street Renovations
To follow the roadwork closings in downtown Montevallo, visit the City of Montevallo’s website or Facebook page.

Upcoming Events
March 1
Observatory Wednesday
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
9 p.m.
March 2
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 a.m.
Food Truck Thursday
Brooke Quad
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Teaching With An Interactive Whiteboard or Projector
Malone Center Training Lab, Wills 115
3:30 to 4 p.m.
March 3
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
2 to 5 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
6 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Concert
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
March 4
Free Income Tax Assistance
Morgan Hall 202
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Call 205-665-6531 for appointments)
ValloCycle Ebenezer Swamp Group Ride
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March 5
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 p.m.
March 6
Building A Brighter Future:
Students Pitch Ways to Boost Local Non-Profits
Morgan Hall Breezeway
2 to 3:15 p.m.
Guest Artist Performance:
Pedro Alliprandini, clarinet & Charles Young, saxophone
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
March 7
Orr Park Stadium
5 p.m.
Faculty Recital:
Charles Wood, baritone
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
March 8
Lunch & Learn: Back to School
Wills Master Classroom
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
3 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
5 p.m.
ValloCycle March Glow Group Ride
6:30 to 8 p.m.

March 9
Food Truck Thursday
Brooke Quad
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March 10
Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
2 p.m.
Faculty Senate Committee Meeting
Merrill Room
2 to 5 p.m.
Sustainable Campus Planning Workshop
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
2 to 5 p.m.
Upcoming Events
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