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UM Freezes Tuition for Second Consecutive Year

To help maintain its status as one of the best quality-for-cost higher education institutions in the state, the University of Montevallo has frozen tuition for the second straight year. In addition to freezing tuition, the University also took the extra steps of freezing fees and housing rates.

The UM Board of Trustees voted to approve the tuition, fee and housing rate freeze during its Feb. 7 meeting.

“Montevallo’s tuition freeze is yet another example of our family of learners putting students first,” said Dr. John W. Stewart III, UM president. “The trustees, faculty and staff are here to serve students first, and freezing tuition for yet another year is one more way we can help UM students prepare for exciting and meaningful futures.”

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Construction Traffic Expected Feb. 25 around Morgan Hall

As part of the construction at Morgan Hall, Farmer Street will experience traffic that is heavier than usual on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 25. Between 7 and 9 a.m., Farmer Street will become a one-lane road from College Drive to Morgan Hall. There will be a 10- to 15-minute period within this timeframe in which the Farmer Street access from College Drive will be closed completely for the crane unloading of an HVAC unit. The street access will be reopened after unloading is complete. Please use caution and expect delays in this area.

 

Online Education at UM

UM’s online and hybrid course enrollments continue to increase. The Distance Education Advisory Committee is interested in hearing from students, staff and faculty who have questions, needs or insights related to distance education and its expansion at UM. What issues would you like the Distance Education Advisory Committee to address as we pursue how to best support quality distance education and the student experience at UM? Please follow this link to respond.

 

Social Media Student Showcase

University Marketing & Communications is using social media to highlight current UM students who are doing amazing things in and out of the classroom. The goal is to show prospective students, alumni and other University stakeholders how extraordinary our students are. MarComm strives to always provide equal promotional representation of all colleges and departments across campus, so we are asking for your help in identifying students for our showcase pool. Please nominate students here

 

Applications Open for Enrollment in Child Study Center Pre-K

UM’s Child Study Center Pre-K program is now accepting applications for pre-registration for the 2020-2021 school year. The random drawing for acceptance will be held on March 20.

A copy of the child’s birth certificate and a recent utility bill must be uploaded or provided prior to the lottery drawing. Fees (tuition) for this program will be paid monthly during the school year and are based off a sliding income scale. We do not receive the sliding income scale until mid-summer.

For full details, visit this link. Even more detailed instructions in English or Spanish can be provided by request. If you need assistance or more detailed instructions, please call the FCS Office at 205-665-6385 or email Amanda Grauel.

EVENTS

BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series presents Ann Fisher-Wirth and Maude Schuyler Clay

Monday, Feb. 24, at 3:30 p.m., Pat Scales Special Collections Room, Carmichael Library

The BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series will host poet Ann Fisher-Wirth and photographer Maude Schuyler Clay in a discussion of their collaborative work.

Ann Fisher-Wirth is the author of six poetry collections, including “The Bones of Winter Birds,” “Mississippi” (with Maude Schuyler Clay) and “Dream Cabinet.” She is coeditor of “The Ecopoetry Anthology” and as professor of English at the University of Mississippi, she directs the university’s interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies and teaches yoga.

Maude Schuyler Clay was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. She was photography editor of Oxford American from 1999-2004. Her work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum for Women and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, among others. Her books include Delta land, Delta dogs and Mississippi history.

 

Guest Artists: Carlos Feller, Flute & Mary Chung, Piano

Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall

Ouachita Baptist University music faculty members Dr. Mary Chung and Dr. Carlos Feller will present a Guest Artist Recital featuring music for flute and piano. Chung and Feller have performed together extensively as a duo both nationally and internationally since they met in the mid-2000s, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Switzerland.

 

Emerita Faculty Recital: Cynthia MacCrae, Piano

Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall

During this performance audience members will be invited to consider specific thoughts, emotions and moods that might be linked to each piece. Program selections will range from the hectic pace that most of us experience daily to pieces that invite relaxation, reflection, visualization and empowerment.

 

Montevallo Astronomical Society and UM Astronomy Club Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., James Wylie Shepherd Observatory

All visitors are welcome for an evening of celestial observing and good company. Spring observing dates are scheduled for Feb. 26, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 15 and April 22. All dates are 7:30 to 9 p.m., and will be held provided it is not raining or overcast.

For those with GPS navigation systems, the physical address of the JWSO is 1093 Pebble Road, Montevallo, 35115. The gates will be open. (Ignore the No Trespassing signs). Directions to the JWSO: Following 119 South through Montevallo, turn right onto 10 West (Middle Street) for 1 mile, bearing right onto 17 North. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto 206 West, and after 0.4 miles, turn right onto Pebble Road, continuing 0.7 miles to the UM Gentry Springs property.

 

Building Administrator Training

Thursday, Feb. 27, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Farmer Hall Meeting Room

If you are a campus building administrator, please make plans to attend this training. We will review the role and responsibilities of a building administrator.

 

Department of Theatre Presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Feb. 27-29, at 7:30 p.m.
March 1, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Chichester Black Box Theatre
Tickets may be purchased online or at the door as available.
$12 for UM faculty and staff, $10 for UM students.

By William Shakespeare, Directed by Michael Walker
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” — Midsummer Night’s Dream

One of Shakespeare’s most beloved classics comes to life in this fast-paced, zany and comical production. Set on the rooftop bar of The Globe restaurant in modern-day NYC, misplaced affections mix with mischievous spells as four young lovers and an unsuspecting troupe of aspirational actors cross paths with the fairy king and queen. ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ dives in headfirst, creating a playful piece filled with music, dance and a contemporary twist. Twelve actors take on multiple roles as the lines between worlds, characters, reality and audience begin to blur.

 

March Professional Photo Days

Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4, from 8 to 11 a.m., Peterson House

University Marketing & Communications is pleased to offer Professional Photo Days. Each month, the digital marketing manager will have two designated mornings available for professional headshots. Anyone on campus is welcome to participate (faculty, staff or student). There is no charge. This month’s Professional Photo Days are Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.

 

Homegrown Heroines

Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wills 200

In celebration of International Women’s Day, four amazing local women will share insights about their experiences as leaders and role models, and will answer questions from attendees. Speakers: Dr. Hollie Cost, Stacia Brady, Jackie Chappell and Julia Davis.

 

Spring Preview Day 

Saturday, March 7, at 8:30 a.m., McChesney Student Activity Center

The University of Montevallo invites prospective students and their families to attend Spring Preview Day on Saturday, March 7. Activities for the day begin at the McChesney Student Activity Center at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Preview Day gives high school and transfer students a close-up look at the Montevallo experience. More information can be found online.

 

ACT Prep Course

Saturday, March 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wills Hall

The University of Montevallo will host a single-day ACT prep course for local high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The $110 single-day course covers all ACT test subjects with in-class practice testing and includes lunch and a snack. Each participant will also receive a copy of the official ACT prep book, a math review card and other resources. Children of UM employees and students receiving free and reduced lunch get a 20 percent discount. Register online now or contact Sarah Hendren, director of partnerships and outreach, at 205-665-6077.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Mathew B. Vansant, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, and colleagues from Louisiana State University and Louisiana State University-Health Science Center recently published an article, “Predicting Swallowing Outcomes from Objective Videofluoroscopic Timing and Displacement Measures in Head and Neck Cancer Patients,” in the journal Dysphagia.

Michael Walker, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre, was nominated for a St. Louis Theatre Circle award for his play “Canfield Drive.” The play was produced in January 2019 by The Black Rep and was met with rave reviews and sold-out audiences over its three-week run as part of the company’s 42nd season. The St. Louis Theater Circle honors the best of local professional theater in St. Louis and is voted on by local critics. The awards will be announced at a gala ceremony March 30. In addition, Feb. 13 was opening night for Bristol Community College’s production of “Canfield Drive.” This is the second professional production of the play which was presented as part of Bristol Community College’s Black History Month celebration. “Canfield Drive” blends hundreds of interviews and first-hand accounts of those directly impacted by the death of Michael Brown, a young black teenager shot in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The play strives to provide a depth of understanding of the historical framework of the region that created the simmering pot of racial tension, systemic racism and subsequent frustration that boiled over on Aug. 9, 2014.

Student Highlights

Kendall Criswell, a senior political science major, has been awarded the 2020 Siegler Fellowship from the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center. Criswell currently studies the Holocaust with Dr. Clark Hultquist, professor of history. The Siegler Fellowship was created in 2017 in honor of Holocaust survivor Ruth Siegler’s 90th birthday. Her children and grandchildren worked with the BHEC to create this paid summer research fellowship opportunity for a graduate or post-graduate student to ensure that the stories of Holocaust survivors would be preserved for future generations. Read more about Ruth Siegler, the recent subject of a People magazine article commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact 205-665-6250 or dss@montevallo.edu at least one week prior to event to request disability-related accommodations. Learn more at montevallo.edu/disabilityaccess.

Feb. 13-March 6
Azul/Blue Exhibition

The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through March 6, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closing reception and gallery talk, Thursday, March 5, 5 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 24
Food Truck: City Bowls
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series presents Ann Fisher-Wirth and Maude Schuyler Clay
Pat Scales Special Collections Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m.
 
Guest Artists: Dr. Carlos Feller, Flute, and Dr. Mary Chung, Piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 25
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Emerita Faculty Recital: Cynthia MacCrae, Piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 26
Montevallo Astronomical Society and UM Astronomy Club Meeting
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
 
Feb. 27
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
1 p.m.
 
Building Administrator Training
Farmer Hall Meeting Room
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
 
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 27-March 1
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Chichester Black Box Theatre
Feb. 27-29, 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 28
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
1 p.m.
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
3 p.m.
 
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
6 p.m.
 
Feb. 29
City of Montevallo Arbor Day Celebration
Montevallo Recycling Center
9 a.m. to Noon
 
Softball Doubleheader
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
Noon and 2 p.m.
 
Baseball Doubleheader
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 and 4 p.m.
 
March 3
Professional Photo Day
8 to 11 a.m.
Peterson House
Make an appointment
 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
March 4
Professional Photo Day
8 to 11 a.m.
Peterson House
Make an appointment
 
Homegrown Heroines
Wills 200
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
 
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
4 p.m.
 
March 5
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
9 a.m.
 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Men’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
2 p.m.
 
Faculty Recital: Jonathan Houghtling, Trombone
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
March 5-6
Blue Nature: A Colloquium
Merchants & Planters Bank Auditorium, Comer Hall
March 5, 2 to 7 p.m.
March 6, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Schedule of events: montevallo.edu/blue-nature
 
March 6
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
2 p.m.
 
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
6 p.m.
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
6 p.m.
 
Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
7 p.m.
 
Wind Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
 
March 7
Spring Preview Day
McChesney Student Activity Center
8:30 a.m.
Register now
 
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
1 p.m.
 
Softball Doubleheader
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
Noon and 2 p.m.
 
Baseball Doubleheader
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 and 4 p.m.
 
March 8
Daylight Savings
 
Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
1 p.m.
 
High School Honor Band Concert
Palmer Auditorium
3 p.m.
 
March 9
Food Truck: City Bowls
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
March 9-12
Financial Literacy Week
 
March 10
Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
3 p.m.
 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
March 11
Toolbox Talk: Connecting with Students Digitally
Wills 200
Noon
Register now
 
March 12
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Exploring Communication Studies Day
Main Quad
1 to 3 p.m.
 
March 12-19
Annual Juried Foundations Exhibition
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening reception, Thursday, March 12, 4 to 6 p.m.
 
March 13
Ebenezer’s Explorers Day Camp
Wills 201 (drop-off and pick-up)
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Register now
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
6 p.m.
 
March 13-14
2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships
Birmingham Crossplex
 
March 14
ACT Prep Course
Wills Hall
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Register now
 
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
9 a.m.
 
Love Montevallo Day
Downtown Montevallo
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Be Well Shelby — Family Fun Day
Orr Park
Noon to 4 p.m.
 
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
1 p.m.
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
2 p.m.
 
March 15
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
Noon
 
National Association of Composers, USA
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
2 p.m.
 
Junior Recital: Quinton Mims, Clarinet
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.

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