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)
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.
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.