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Falcon Digest Transition to Vallo Voice

In an effort to streamline email communication across campus, the Technology Advisory Council (TAC) has approved a change in email newsletter notifications to be piloted throughout the summer months and into the beginning of the fall semester.

The Falcon Digest daily email newsletter will cease to campus effective Friday, May 31.

Email news notifications will then move to a weekly format through Vallo Voice. Vallo Voice is currently received weekly by faculty and staff. A second version will now be produced for students.

The newsletter will be published with new content every Monday and as a refresher every Thursday (no new content — only updates to current content on Thursdays). Learn more about the transition.

To submit information to Vallo Voice, simply fill out the appropriate form at

*The deadline for submission will be noon on Thursday each week prior to publication.

Campus Migration to Outlook 365

The email migration to Outlook 365 will start Wednesday, May 8. This change brings a host of benefits including added security and manageability. Most important of these benefits is a virtually unlimited inbox (50 Gig).

Mailbox migrations will be conducted after hours over the course of several weeks. When you are on the schedule for migration you will receive an email that your account is about to be migrated to Office 365.

After your mailbox has been migrated, your devices may need to be updated to access your email account. Android, iPhone and Apple Mail users will need to remove their current UM account and add the Office 365 account. Email addresses will be unchanged. Instructional documents can be found on the UM website under Faculty & Staff.

May Lunch & Learn

This month’s Lunch & Learn is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8. Join us as Kelli Holmes presents “Communication is Key” from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Wills Hall Master Classroom. RSVP to

Spring Soirée, May 10

Join the Junior Alumni Board on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. for the 11th annual Spring Soirée and Silent Auction! With the success of last year, this event will again be held at the Hoover Randle Home & Gardens.

Enjoy appetizers, two free drinks per person and some great fun with all your fellow Montevallo friends, while you bid on auction items. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the University of Montevallo Young Alumni Scholarship. This event is free for University of Montevallo faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Learn more about the event.

Student Employee Supervisor Meeting

Human Resources and Student Aid invite you to attend a meeting for supervisors of student employees. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Wills Hall Master Classroom. All faculty and staff who supervise student employees are invited. Topics to be discussed include:

  1. Federal Work-Study procedures for 2019-2020
  2. Student Employee Compensation Administrative Policy
  3. Disciplinary/Performance Improvement Procedures
  4. Timesheet Approval and Submission

Faculty/Staff Picnic Gear

Did you miss the University Faculty/Staff Picnic? Don’t forget to pick up your goodies in the purchasing office located in Puryear House.

May is National Military Appreciation Month

Did you know the EpiPen auto-injection device was used first in the Military? Long before kids, parents and schools were carrying EpiPens around for allergic reactions, the U.S. Military provided the device to soldiers. Early versions of the EpiPen auto-injection technology were used by the military to safeguard against nerve gas attacks. The Mark I NAAK (Nerve Agent Antidote Kit) is still a part of every service member’s survival kit. This fun fact is provided by the UM Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, who encourages you to do something special this month to honor those who are serving or have served our country in the military.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Will Hasenbein was recently named as the Student Aid Office’s new loan administrator. Hasenbein graduated from UM in 2013 and previously served as student aid assistant.
At the Board of Trustees meeting, held May 1, the following faculty were approved for promotion or tenure.

Promotion to professor: Joseph Bennett, Carey Heatherly, Min Sun Lee and Dr. Brett Noerager.

Promotion to associate professor and tenure: Dr. Stacy Bishop, Dr. Laura Bloom, Dr. Bruce Finklea, Dr. Judith Harrington, Dr. Mary Maxwell and Dr. Jun Wang.

The BOT also approved the following individuals for emeritus status: Jeannie Duke, Lanny McMinn and Dr. Don Ratchford.

Upcoming Events

May 8
Lunch & Learn: “Communication is Key”

Wills Hall Master Classroom
Noon to 1:15 p.m. 

May 10
11th Annual Spring Soirée and Silent Auction

Hoover Randle Home and Gardens
6 p.m. 

May 11
Track and Field Falcon Finale

Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
9 a.m.

May 16
Student Employee Supervisors Meeting

Wills Hall Master Classroom
10:30 a.m. to noon

Technology Advisory Council Meeting
Merrill Room
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 18
Montevallo Yoga Festival (MoYo)


May 19
UM Baseball Top Prospect Showcase


May 27
Memorial Day

University Closed

May 28
Summer School Orientation 

May 28-31
ACT Prep Camp

Wills Hall
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

June 6
Transfer Orientation 

June 7
Freshman Orientation

June 9-14
Young Musicians’ Camp

June 13

Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 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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