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Homecoming 2020

Homecoming 2020 will be held Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 and the theme is 20/20 Vision: Eye on the Future! Homecoming at the University of Montevallo is a festive week of things to see and do. It is an exciting time for alumni from near and far to come home to UM (or for some, Alabama College) to see former classmates and renew old friendships. For students, Homecoming is also the culmination of a month of Purple and Gold competition. Celebrating Purple and Gold is what Homecoming at UM is really all about. It begins as early as January with the ribbon hanging on campus. Students, declaring allegiance to either Gold Side or Purple Side, compete in athletic events and work to prepare original musical shows for the main Homecoming event: College Night.

Don’t miss out on all the festivities. View the full Homecoming schedule here.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

UM Named Among Top in State for Financial Aid

The University of Montevallo has been named one of the top universities in the state for financial aid by Lendedu.com, earning high marks for student scholarships, grants, student loans and Work-Study programs.

Lendedu.com recently released its list of the Best Colleges for Financial Aid in Alabama, and UM ranked in the top five. It ranked the highest among public universities in central Alabama. Read more online.

 

Montevallo M.A.D.E. Receives Donation

On Friday, Jan. 24, the University accepted a donation from the Alabama Power Foundation for the Montevallo M.A.D.E. program.

The M.A.D.E. (Minorities Achieving Dreams of Excellence) peer mentoring program serves first-year, minority students enrolled at UM. It is designed to assist participants in adjusting to the academic, social, personal and professional challenges experienced by first-year students.

 

FDAC Accepting Applications for Campus Grants and Stipends

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) is accepting additional applications for Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants. Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants are designed to support and promote faculty innovation in scholarship, creative endeavors and/or teaching.

The grant provides up to $2,000 for supplies and expenses necessary to achieve the project’s stated goals. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, the purchase of books, software and consumable materials; the payment of student assistant(s); and the payment or reimbursement of participant expenses. The deadline for submission for 2019-2020 projects is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

Academic Development Stipends

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) is accepting applications for Academic Development Stipends. The Academic Development program is intended to support faculty efforts in developing new courses, significantly redesigning existing courses or pursuing other major academic development initiatives (i.e. creating a new minor).

The program provides a $2,000 stipend for summer efforts. If multiple faculty members will be working on the project, the stipend may be split among the faculty. The deadline for submission for 2019-2020 stipends is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

More information about the above grants and stipends and a link to the application form can be found on the FDAC webpage. Questions may be directed to FDAC@montevallo.edu.

 

Training Opportunity: Teaching Effectively Online

Do you plan to teach online? Would you like to learn how to better utilize Canvas for your courses? Please join Online Instructional Designer Audra White for the training series “Teaching Effectively Online.” Completion of the three-part training certifies instructors to teach online or hybrid courses at the University. The training phases are sequential and must be completed in order. However, all phases do not have to be completed within a single semester or academic year.

The training phases and dates for this semester are:

Canvas Basics (face-to-face)
Friday, Feb. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., or Tuesday, March 17, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Pedagogy and Policy (online)
Feb. 21-27 or March 26-April 16

Building your Course (online)
April 17-24

To find out more about the individual phases of training and to register, please visit the Malone Center webpage and scroll to Teaching Effectively Online Training.

 

Esports Update

The Montevallo Esports team will be playing League of Legends in the Peach Belt Conference every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. through March 21. Catch their livestreamed games on their Twitch channel.

 

Announcements from the College of Fine Arts

After 22 years of service to the UM College of Fine Arts, Dr. Randall K. Scott, professor and chair of the Department of Communication, is retiring Aug. 1. Communication studies professor

Dr. Sherry Ford has been selected to succeed Scott as chair of the department upon his retirement.

Scott joined UM in 1998 as chair of the Department of Communication Arts, which at the time was composed of the speech communication, mass communication and theatre majors.

Scott’s mandate from then-Dean Frank McCoy was to reorganize and reinvigorate the department, which was suffering low enrollment. After extensive personnel and structural changes, enrollment slowly increased to viable levels in all three majors.

Scott has taught for a total of 40 total years at the university level.

Scott praised the UM communication faculty, and said each contributed significantly to the success of the programs.

In retirement, Scott looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Marc’a, and their three dogs: Ra’sco, Gus and Harper. He plans to begin writing full time, starting with his current project, “Like a Shadow That Does Not Depart. The Story of Ananda: Buddha’s Chief-of-Staff.”

Ford is in her 17th year in the College of Fine Arts at UM. She has served the Department of Communication as the communication studies program coordinator for the last three years.

She chaired the topic selection process through which the University identified its next Quality Enhancement Plan. She also co-chaired the University’s last general education curriculum review and directed the University Honors Program for five years.

Her teaching includes courses on interpersonal communication, conflict management, nonverbal communication and deliberation and collaboration. Her research interests are broad-ranging and include communication in bereavement experiences, internet use in relationship maintenance, deliberative communication for community problem-solving, communication pedagogy and social cognition in communication.

“Dr. Ford is a highly regarded academic leader in the college who has also served the University in a number of important academic initiative” said Dr. Steve Peters, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “She has been the Communication Studies Program coordinator for the last three years and is eminently prepared to serve the department in this new, expanded role.”

 

Student Host Families Needed for Sister City Visit

The Montevallo Sister City Commission is looking for families to host students. Exchange students from Montevallo’s Sister City of Echizen, Japan, will arrive March 13 and return home March 21. While here, they will learn about American customs, traditions and art. If you are interested in being a host, please contact Chris Fulmer by Feb. 29.

 

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

February Professional Photo Days

Tuesday, Feb. 4, and Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 8 to 11 a.m., Peterson House

University Marketing & Communications is pleased to offer Professional Photo Days. Each month, the University photographer 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, Feb. 4, and Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.

 

Montevallo Softball Home Opener

Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Softball Stadium at Orr Park

Montevallo Softball wants to honor and celebrate you for all that you do at Montevallo. We hope you will stop by and join us. It’s so “SWEET” to have such amazing faculty and staff like you!

 

Montevallo Connection Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m., Montevallo Elementary School

Please mark your calendars and join Montevallo Connection for its final meeting of the academic year. You will hear updates and needs from our local principals and teachers at Montevallo Elementary School, Montevallo Middle School and Montevallo High School. This is a great opportunity for your department or your class to determine where you can collaborate and help local students.

 

Center for the Arts Floor Signing

Friday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Center for the Arts lobby

The College of Fine Arts will be opening the lobby of the new Center for the Arts at the intersection of Oak Street and University Promenade for the University community to come be part of the foundation and leave a message and sign the floor of the lobby.

 

Montevallo Artwalk Pop-Up Artist Market: Victory at Victory!

Friday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m., Victory Auto building (corner of Main and Shelby Streets)

Montevallo Artwalk is holding a pop-up artist market, Victory at Victory! Themed offerings in purple and gold as well as Montevallo-unique items will be available. Need a last-minute gift? Have guests in town you need to entertain? Come out before the performances and then make your way to Montevallo’s many other businesses and restaurants.

 

Annual Alumni Art Auction & Bloch Party

Preview and early bidding of Art Auction, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bloch Party, Saturday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Gallery at Bloch Hall

This exciting auction and party is your best opportunity to take home some of the incredible works of art created and donated by alumni, faculty and current students in all media. For 24 years, this event has been the centerpiece fundraiser for the Department of Art.

 

Make and Take Event

Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., Bloch Hall 112
Co-sponsored by E-club, FCS and Sustainability Committee

What are we making? Sustainable meals, facial cleansers, laundry detergent, small clothing alterations and patches. First come, first served for containers. Bring your own containers to maximize sustainability efforts. Wear comfortable work clothes and bring any small hems, buttons and patchwork alterations you would like to fix. First come, first served for patches provided.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Alyssa Luna Green has accepted the role of digital marketing manager in the Office of University Marketing & Communications. Green is a 2014 graduate of the University of Montevallo and has served as the University photographer since 2016. In her new role, she will continue to manage all University photography as well as monitor and manage/create content for the University’s official social media channels.

Dr. Scott Meyer, professor of art, will have a one-man exhibition of his ceramic sculpture on display in the featured space, the Sunlight Gallery, at The Yingge Museum of Ceramic Art in Taipei, Taiwan. Meyer will travel to Taiwan for the opening of his exhibition, The Crucible as Iconic Vessel, Feb. 21 and will deliver a talk on his work. The exhibition will be on display through April 12. While in Taiwan, Meyer will lecture at the Tainan National University of the Arts where he will also critique graduate students' work.

Dr. Eun-Hee Park, assistant professor of music, was invited to adjudicate Alabama Federation of Music Clubs’ Junior Level Scholarship Auditions. The event was held at UAB on Jan. 18.

Dr. Brittney Patterson and Dr. Eun-Hee Park, both assistant professors of music, presented a flute-piano duo recital at Ouachita Baptist University on Jan. 30. The program featured works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Germaine Tailleferre, Ian Clarke, François Devienne, Cécile Chaminade, Samuel Barber and Radamés Gnattali.

Student Highlights

Game Studies and Design minors Adair Tabb and Mercury Sapp presented their original game, Ariadne’s Thread, at the Rocket City Gamefest in Huntsville the weekend of Jan 24-26.

The UM fishing team had a strong finish at the first Bassmaster College Series tournament of 2020 held at Toledo Bend on the Louisiana-Texas line. Griffin Phillips and Ethan King finished in ninth place and qualified for the 2020 Bassmaster National Championship. The teams of Justin Barnes/Adam Carroll and Chance Schwartz/James Willoughby finished in 16th and 17th places also qualifying for the national championship.

Submit Your News
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. 4
Professional Photo Days
Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Make an appointment
 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Softball Doubleheader
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
3 and 5 p.m.
 
CEHD Homecoming Dinner
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
5:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 5
Professional Photo Days
Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Make an appointment
 
Montevallo Connection Meeting
Montevallo Elementary School
4 p.m.
 
Feb. 6
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.
 
Feb. 7
No Classes
 
Center for the Arts Floor Signing
Center for the Arts lobby
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
 
Board of Trustees Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
1:45 p.m.
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
2 p.m.
 
Montevallo Artwalk Pop-Up Artist Market: Victory at Victory!
Victory Auto building (Main and Shelby Streets)
2 to 6 p.m.
 
Feb. 7-8
Homecoming Activities
Schedule available here
 
Feb. 8
Baseball Doubleheader
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 and 4 p.m.
 
Feb. 9
Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
11 a.m.
 
Feb. 10
Food Truck: City Bowls
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 11
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Make and Take Event
Bloch Hall 112
4 to 6 p.m.
 
Feb. 12
Softball Doubleheader
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
1 and 3 p.m.
 
University Faculty Meeting
Comer Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 13
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7:30 p.m.
 
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, at 5 p.m.
 
Feb. 14
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
2 p.m.
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
5 p.m.
 
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
6 p.m.
 
Feb. 15
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
9 a.m.
 
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
11 a.m.
 
Softball Doubleheader
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
Noon and 2 p.m.
 
Baseball Doubleheader
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
 
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
2 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
4 p.m.
 
Feb. 16
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
Noon
 
Feb. 17
Child Study Center closed
for professional development
 
Food Truck: City Bowls
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 18
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Feb. 19
Media Day
SAC Atrium
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
6 p.m.
 
Feb. 20
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Feb. 22
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
Noon
 
Middle School Honor Band Concert
Palmer Auditorium
5:30 p.m.

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