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Montevallo Athletics Teaming Up Continuing the Fight vs. Breast Cancer

Athletics to Host Breast Cancer Awareness Night

University of Montevallo athletic teams are teaming up to continue the fight against breast cancer with Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Falcons’ women’s basketball game against West Florida on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. Kona Ice and Big Slice Pizza food trucks will be at the Student Activity Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

At the game, the Athletic Department will host a silent auction with a pink basketball signed by the women’s basketball team. Other activities include a bake sale, face painting, and a photo booth with Freddie the Falcon. T-shirts supporting the fight against breast cancer will be on sale for $10. All proceeds will benefit breast cancer research. Contact the Athletic Department at 205-665-6600 for more information.

Choir Debuts at Carnegie Hall

The University of Montevallo Concert Choir performed at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. for the 2019 Gotham SINGS! Choral Festival and Ensemble Showcase. Learn more

In addition to the Carnegie Hall performance, the choir made appearances at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Professional Photo Days

University Marketing & Communications is pleased to announce Professional Photo Days. Each month, the university photographer will have designated times on two selected days available for professional headshots. Anyone on campus is welcome to request a headshot (faculty, staff or student). Simply watch for the announcement each month and email to schedule your photo.

This month’s Professional Photo Days are Monday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday Feb. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You must contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.

UM Ranked Among Top Nutritional Science Degree Programs

Bachelor’s Degree Center recently named the University of Montevallo in the 25 Best Bachelor’s in Nutritional Sciences Degree Programs for 2019. To determine the ranking, Bachelor’s Degree Center editors began by researching all of the nutrition and dietetics programs in the U.S. accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). From there, programs were ranked across 5 criteria to determine the overall best: reputation (Niche student reviews), cost (IPEDS data), alumni salary (College Scorecard data), graduation rate (IPEDS data) and job placement (IPEDS data). UM’s program ranked #18 on the list.

Media Day, Feb. 20

Mass Communication will host Media Day Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McChesney Student Activity Center and Strong Hall. MC majors meet and network with representatives from mass media outlets and other communication professions. The event features Q&A panels for Multimedia Journalism, Creative Media Production, Corporate Communication, and Public Relations. For more information, contact Dr. Bruce Finklea at or 205-665-6629.

Montevallo Connection Meeting

Please join our local schools for the upcoming Montevallo Connection meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Montevallo Middle School. You’ll hear updates and plans from MES, MMS, MHS and UM. Montevallo Connection is a great opportunity to find ways for your class or department to plug into the community or assist next semester!

Foreign Language Film Series Continues with Coqueta

The Foreign Language Film Series continues on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. in Comer Auditorium with the 1949 Mexican film “Coqueta” (Teaser). When 19-year-old Marta del Valle (Ninón Sevilla) is liberated from the orphan asylum in Mexico City where she has spent her entire life, she naively accepts a proposal of marriage, only to find herself abandoned in the city of Veracruz, where she knows no one. She finds employment at a cabaret club and is befriended by the blind piano player, Don Rubén (Agustín Lara), who offers her his home and his companionship. When Rubén’s son, Rodolfo (Armando Silvestre), falls in love with Marta, Rubén’s goodhearted affection for her transforms into a jealous obsession. As a musical, the story is told largely as a dialogue between Marta’s over-the-top cabaret performances and Rubén’s heart-rending love songs. It’s a fast-paced drama that is full of surprises!

Alertus Mobile App Available

The Alertus Mobile Recipient App offers a panic button feature that allows users across campus to quickly request help by sending geo-targeted incident reports directly to UMPD. Visit this link for more information about the Alertus App and setup information.

DO NOT TEST THE SUBMISSION BUTTON. Please only use for true emergencies.

Financial Aid Scam Warning

The FBI has identified successful spear-phishing campaigns directed at college and university students across the country, especially during periods when financial aid funds are disbursed in large volumes. In general, the spear-phishing emails request students’ login credentials for their respective university’s internal intranet (student portal). The cyber criminals then capture students’ login credentials, and after gaining access, change the students’ direct deposit destination to bank accounts within the criminal’s control.

Please note that UM Student Aid will never request login credentials or personal information via email. Please advise students to contact the UM Solution Center at 665-6512 if they receive an email of questionable nature.

Montevallo Main Street Survey

The City of Montevallo would like to hear from you! Montevallo Main Street is directed by a board of volunteers who work to make the downtown area thrive. If you live and/or shop in Montevallo, please complete this short survey by Feb. 22, so the Main St. Board will know where to concentrate their efforts.

Montevallo Chamber Chatter

The Montevallo Chamber of Commerce invites all faculty and staff to learn more about businesses and news in the Montevallo community. Check out the February issue of the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, the Chamber Chatter.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Susan Caplow, assistant professor of environmental studies, has had two articles published. The first article, titled “Are we preaching to the same choir? A mixed-methods comparison of audiences at animal-themed interpretive facilities,” was published in Journal of Interpretation Research. Her second article, co-authored with Jenn Thomsen (University of Montana), titled “Significant Life Experiences and Animal-themed Education,” was published by “Palgrave Macmillan in Animals in Environmental Education: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Curriculum and Pedagogy,” edited by Teresa Lloro-Bidart and Valerie Banschbach.  

Faculty Fridays

University Marketing & Communications will be highlighting a faculty member each Friday (during the spring and fall semesters) on UM social media.

How it works:

  • Submit a blurb about your latest research, conference presentation, performance, exhibit, activity for students, etc. to “Vallo Voice.”
  •  Faculty Friday selections will come from theseVallo Voice” submissions.
  • To submit information for “Vallo Voice,” email

Submissions will continue to be published in “Vallo Voice.” To view previous “Vallo Voice” newsletters, visit

Student Highlight

University of Montevallo Fishing Team duo Justin Barnes and Adam Carroll won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Seminole Saturday, Feb. 9 with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Falcon’s Bass Club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 19
ValloCycle Glow Ride

Meet at 5:30 p.m. 

Feb. 20
Media Day

SAC & Strong Hall
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Montevallo Connection
4 to 5 p.m.
Montevallo Middle School

Feb. 21
Foreign Language Film Series presents “Coqueta” (Teaser)

Comer Auditorium
5 p.m. 

Chamber Recital: Dr. Eun-Hee Park & Cholong Park, piano; Dr. Benjamin Fraley & Dr. Tracy Wiggins, percussion
Thompson High School Performing Arts Center
7:30 p.m.

Feb. 21-24
BFA Senior Project Production: “Seminar”

Reynolds Theatre
Feb. 21-23: 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24: 2 p.m.

Feb. 23
Women’s Basketball
Breast Cancer Awareness Game

Trustmark Arena
2 p.m.
Doors open at 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena
4 p.m.

Feb. 24
Men’s Lacrosse

Lacrosse Field
12 p.m.

Feb. 27

Softball Field
4 p.m. 

Women’s Lacrosse
Lacrosse Field
7 p.m.

Feb. 28
Women’s Basketball

Trustmark Arena
5:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena
7:30 p.m.

March 1
Wind Ensemble

Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m. 

March 2
Women’s Soccer (Tournament)

Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
9 a.m.

March 3
Women’s Lacrosse

Lacrosse Field
3 p.m.

High School Honor Band Concert
Palmer Auditorium
3 p.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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