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Birds of a Feather Flock Together: UM Loves JSU

Now is the time to join together to help our friends at Jacksonville State University who suffered tremendous damage and loss during the March 19 tornadoes.

The UM Student Government Association will be collecting donations through April 9.

Needs include:

  • Backpacks
  • First aid kits
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Pillows
  • Rain jackets and ponchos
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Twin bed sheets/comforters

Donation drop-off boxes are located outside of Student Life in Farmer Hall and at the UM Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Main Street.

Monetary donations can be made at or by stopping by the Student Life office. Gift cards for groceries and other necessities are also welcome.

IS&T Launches Encrypted FalconNet for Campus Wide Use

In an effort to enhance network security and comply with Federal laws, UM’s Office of IS&T turned off UMNET and officially relaunched a newly encrypted version of FalconNet on Friday, March 30.

This upgrade, in addition to being more secure, will allow devices to connect seamlessly between the residential and academic areas on campus.

In order to login to the new FalconNet, all users will need to go through a one-time enrollment process that involves downloading a security certificate for each device.

To connect, follow these instructions:


  1. Open the Wi-Fi setting on your device and connect to UMConnect
  2. Open a web browser (Apple devices must use Safari) and go to
  3. Agree to the terms & conditions
  4. Select whether you are registering as: student, faculty/staff, visitor or gaming device
  5. Log in with your username and password
The device’s operating system will automatically be detected and provided with a link to download the appropriate application. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the SSL certificate file and connect to FalconNet.

Academic Affairs announces new Falcon Success Center

Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the formation of the Falcon Success Center, consolidating both the Office of Student Success and the Academic Success Center, including the Learning Enrichment Center.

The FSC will be the primary support for students’ academic experience at UM. The goal is to provide student-centered, retention-focused resources, empowering students to achieve academic success. Leading this office as senior director will be Heather Ammons, former director of student success.

In addition to hiring an assistant director, Brenda Knight will move from her current position in University Advancement to become the director of scholarships for the FSC reporting to the vice president for business affairs.

FSC will be headquartered in Van Tuyll House, while the Learning Enrichment Center will remain in Carmichael Library. The TRIO Programs will remain in Academic Affairs but will report directly to the provost.

Speech & Language Center to Offer Free Community Clinics this Summer

UM’s Speech and Language Center will offer various free clinic services to current UM students, faculty/staff, alumni and children along with adults of all ages in the Montevallo/Birmingham communities this summer.

This clinic will provide quality evaluations and therapy services for a multitude of speech/language and swallowing difficulties. All therapy services will be offered during normal business hours and will be provided by graduate students under the supervision of licensed speech-pathologists.

To request an evaluation or therapy, please fill out the online request for services form and call 205-665-6720 or email the center for questions. More information about the services offered can be found at the center’s page online.

UM Child Study Center Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

After an extensive self-study and quality improvement process, UM’s Child Study Center has earned accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. Less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools and kindergartens achieve this recognition.

To earn accreditation, NAEYC assessors visited the Child Study Center to verify and ensure the program met each of the 10 program standards as well as hundreds of corresponding individual criteria.

Fall 2018 Schedule of Classes Available Online

Advisors may begin clearing students to register for summer and fall terms in Banner (Self Service).

Students register according to their current classification (not counting currently enrolled hours) beginning with graduate students. Registration for each student classification will begin at 7 a.m. on the designated start dates. The registration dates are as follows:

Classification Start Date
Graduate students Monday, 4/9
Seniors (90+ earned hours) Wednesday, 4/11
Juniors (60-89 earned hours) Friday, 4/13
Sophomores (30-59 earned hours) Tuesday, 4/17
Freshmen (less than 30 earned hours) Thursday, 4/19

Bookstore Sets April Deadline for Fall Textbook Adoptions

The Fall 2018 term is available online at Faculty Enlight. The UM bookstore is asking for all fall book adoptions to be submitted by April 6 so students can begin registering on April 9 with full knowledge of what they will need for their classes.

If a faculty member needs help with the adoption process, contact Store Manager Ben Varner.

Call for Academic Calendar Submissions

Please send information about academic events that you would like included in the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar to Mary Horton, assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Please submit all entries by email or hand-mail no later than Friday, April 20.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Carolyn Garrity, assistant professor of marketing, recently contributed to an online feature about Easter spending for WalletHub.
Dr. Eun-Hee Park, assistant professor of music, was invited to adjudicate the Opelika Piano Festival in Auburn on March 3 and the Donna P. Shugart Sonata/Sonatina Competition at Samford University, sponsored by Birmingham Music Teachers Association, on March 17.


Congratulations to our March Giveaway winner, Erin Limerick, administrative assistant III in the College of Fine Arts Deans Office.

As a token of our appreciation to all of our loyal weekly Vallo Voice readers, we are continuing to host a small contest each week. Below are three questions pertaining to this week’s issue. Submit the correct answers with this survey link to enter a monthly drawing for a UM giveaway item!

  1. According to Dr. Garrity’s article, what are the three biggest Easter money wasters?
  2. What two offices are consolidating to form the Falcon Success Center?
  3. What are the main items you can donate to offer aid to JSU?
Upcoming Events
April 1-5
BFA Exhibition:
Taylor Atkinson and Xantha McFarland
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
April 4  
University Faculty Meeting
Comer Auditorium
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Housing Luau
Main Quad
4 to 6 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Baseball Field
5 p.m.
April 5
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 to 11 a.m.
April 6
Faculty Book Adoptions Due to UM Bookstore
UM Fishing Team Fish Fry
King House
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
2 p.m.
SGA Decade Party
Farmer Hall
6 to 8 p.m.
April 6-7
UM Opera 
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
April 7
The BIG Event
8 a.m.
Women's Lacrosse
Track & Field/Lacrosse Stadium
12 p.m.
Men’s Lacrosse  
Track & Field/Lacrosse Stadium
7 p.m.
April 8
UM Opera
LeBaron Recital Hall
2 p.m.
April 9-13
Greek Week
April 9
Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
April 10
History Day
12 to 2 p.m.
April 14
Men and Women’s Tennis
Tennis Courts
11 a.m.

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during UM events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205-665-6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.

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