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UM Earns High Praise from U.S. News and World Report 

For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Montevallo continues to be the top-ranked public regional university in Alabama, and has earned multiple other accolades in U.S. News and World Report’s recently released 2020 Best Colleges rankings. 

UM was named the best value out of all regional universities in Alabama, and ranked in the top 20 in its category in the Southeast. 

“These recognitions from U.S. News and World Report reflect an institutional devotion to the students we serve at Montevallo,” said UM President Dr. John W. Stewart III. “Our campus family is committed to providing life-changing learning experiences that prepare students for meaningful, rewarding lives and careers.” 

Falcon Scholars in Action

The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement is accepting applications for the Falcon Scholars in Action program. Falcon Scholars in Action is an honors program in which UM students are selected each year to serve clients in agencies and programs throughout Shelby County. Students selected are provided with a monthly stipend from Shelby County in exchange for their service (at least 10 hours each week). Examples of services provided include GED/ACT/SAT preparation, tutoring, coordinating physical activities and training in job skills, computer skills and social skills. All majors are eligible. Students are chosen through a highly competitive application process and will be enrolled in UM 222, which can be taken for variable credit ranging from zero to three credit hours. Apply online now. For questions, please email

Free Tutoring at the LEC

The LEC (Learning Enrichment Center) offers the following services free to UM students:

  • individual tutoring
  • drop-in tutoring
  • small group tutoring
  • assessment of academic needs

Tutors at the LEC are well-versed and can help students in a number of different courses across the curriculum. Please call, email or drop by to inquire about LEC services. We are located on the lower level of Carmichael Library and can be reached by phone at 205-665-6113, by text at 205-810-1665, or by email at More information can be found on our webpage.

Student Leaders Needed for Sustainability Committee

We are looking for students who want to help UM set and meet sustainability goals. Positions are open to students in any major and any year in school. Student terms on the committee are a one-year commitment.

The sustainability committee has five overarching goals:

  1. Oversee and promote current campus sustainability initiatives.
  1. Recommend and promote ways for the University to become more energy-efficient.
  1. Implement plans for long-term sustainability.
  1. Facilitate integration of academic initiatives with campus sustainability activities and plans.
  1. Select the projects that will be financed by the Green Fund.

If you know a student who may be interested in this opportunity, please have them contact Dr. Susan Caplow with their name, major, school year and a brief, one-paragraph explanation of why they are interested in serving on this committee. The extended deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 18.

QEP Topic Selection Committee Hosting Listening Sessions

This September the UM QEP Topic Selection Committee is hosting targeted listening sessions regarding the topics under consideration for the University’s quality enhancement plan, a key part of the SACSCOC reaffirmation effort.
The remaining dates for these sessions are as follows:

  • Student Listening Session: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m. in Farmer Hall
  • Staff Listening Session: Friday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. in Morgan 103

While each listening session has a target audience, all sessions are public and open to anyone who would like to attend. Once sessions are complete, campus constituents will receive information regarding a brief online survey where everyone can once again offer feedback regarding the potential topics. The QEP Topic Selection Committee will then review all feedback and formulate a recommendation for UM’s SACSCOC Reaffirmation Leadership Team. The topic will be determined no later than November, at which time a soon-to-be-formed QEP Development Committee will move the topic into its development phase. Topic proposals are available for review at this link.


Join the F.A.M. — Future Alumni of Montevallo

The Alumni Office is looking for a few select students to serve as alumni ambassadors and fundraising team members. What does this entail?

  • Event planning: help with alumni events and plan student philanthropy events.
  • Networking: opportunities to network with alumni
  • Brainstorming & development: share ideas on new programming for students and alumni and then implement these ideas as a team
  • Skills needed: leadership, strong communication skills, professionalism and school spirit

Look for F.A.M. on FalconLink and apply now! For more information, call 205-665-6223.

The Tower Submissions

Fall 2019 submission dates for The Tower are Sept. 1 through Nov. 29. Submit your poetry, prose, painting, drawings and photography to for a chance to be featured on The Tower website and the chance of being published in the physical journal printed in the spring.

Health & Wellness Resource Fair

Health Services and Counseling Services are hosting a Health & Wellness Resource Fair Wednesday, Sept. 18. Stop by Anna Irvin Dining Hall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for helpful information.


Successful First Semester Presentation

The Campus Veterans Association, along with the Falcon Success Center, will hold a “Successful First Semester” presentation at UM’s Veteran Center on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m. Students will learn the importance of seeking assistance, utilizing technology, becoming involved on campus and the value of self-care. This presentation is open to all UM military-related students. Light refreshments will be served.


Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse

The Office of Partnerships and Outreach is excited to offer a free professional learning workshop: Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse. Learn how to cultivate student empathy and empower young voices through discourse and classroom debates. In this interactive workshop, participants will hear from Birmingham civil rights advocate Lisa McNair and Elizabeth Wood-Weas, director of speech and debate for Mountain Brook Schools.

This workshop includes:

  • Q&A with Ms. McNair
  • Panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the classroom with UM faculty, staff, students and other guests
  • Presentation led by Ms. Wood-Weas teaching creative ways discourse can be used in any middle or high school class
  • Adaptable lesson plans to facilitate classroom learning that builds listening and speaking skills while boosting overall student confidence

The workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall. Check-in and networking begin at 12:30 p.m.

Participating educators must register online in advance in order to receive a certificate for three hours of PL credit at the completion of the course. For more information, contact the Office of Partnerships and Outreach at or 205-665-6077.

Student Highlights

Taylor Gonzales has been named the Gulf South Conference Runner of the Week. Gonzales finished third overall in her first ever collegiate cross country race at the Falcon Classic.

Sophomore goalkeeper Annie Mason received Gulf South Conference weekly honors from the conference office this week. Mason was named the GSC Defender of the Week for her play against Trevecca Nazarene University last week.

Redshirt junior defender Rob McNeal received Gulf South Conference weekly honors from the conference office this week. McNeal was named the GSC Defender of the Week for his play against Florida Southern College last week.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 29-Sept. 19
Shadowtime by Wade Folger MacDonald
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 16
Grad School Informational Session
Comer 100
3:30 p.m.
Sept. 17
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Terracotta Pot Painting
Student Retreat Center
4 p.m.
Sept. 18
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Health and Wellness Resource Fair
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Presentation: Successful First Semester
UM Veterans Center
3:30 p.m.
QEP Topic Selection Committee: Student Listening Session
Farmer Hall
4:30 p.m.
Sept. 19
Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
1 to 4 p.m.
Register online
Sept. 21
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
11 a.m.
Sept. 24
Faculty Recital: Dr. Joseph Ardovino, trumpet
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Magician: Peter Boie
Palmer Auditorium
6:30 p.m.
Sept. 26-Oct. 17
Access for All by Teayoun Kim-Kassor
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 26, 4:30 to 6 p.m. — Reception and gallery talk
Sept. 27
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
Sept. 28
Women’s Volleyball
2 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
4 p.m.
Sept. 30
BACHE Visiting Writers Series: Natashia Deon Book Reading
Pat Scales Special Collection Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m.
Festival of Voices Concert
Palmer Auditorium
4:30 p.m.
Oct. 1
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oct. 2
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Glow Golf
SAC Atrium
7 p.m.
Oct. 3-6
The Weir
Chichester Black Box Theatre
Schedule information

Learn about disability-related accommodations for these events by contacting Disability Support Services.

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