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Winter Commencement Scheduled for Dec. 12

On Dec. 12, the University of Montevallo will hold its winter commencement for fall graduates at 10:30 a.m. on Flowerhill Lawn.

The University’s winter commencement has traditionally been held indoors. However, due to COVID-19 precautions, the event will be held outside this year and graduates will be able to invite up to four guests each. The ceremony will also be live-streamed online.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed and all attendees will be required to wear masks during the commencement.

In order to maintain appropriate social distancing, the event will only be open to fall 2020 graduates.

As is the case for winter commencements, most faculty are excused from attending.

There will be no rehearsal, so it will be important for students to read directions that will be posted in the coming days.

Graduates should report to Main Quad by 10 a.m. to line up for the processional. To order commencement regalia, visit Students will be provided a mask in their regalia order.

Please note: A special ceremony for last spring’s graduates (May 2020) is being planned for spring 2021. The details about that event are also forthcoming.


Moe’s and Smooth Sailing to Close Friday, Nov. 13

Moe’s Southwest Grill and Smooth Sailing in Farmer Hall will cease operations at closing time on Friday, Nov. 13, to begin construction of Pita Pit.


Spring 2021 Re-entry Testing Details

Re-entry testing is a requirement for students who will be on campus during the spring 2021 semester. Students who choose to be completely online and who will not be living on campus or using campus facilities (dining, recreation, library, etc.) will not be tested.

This month, the University will distribute Everlywell self-administered COVID-19 test kits to all students who will be attending in-person classes or utilizing campus facilities during the spring 2021 semester. Students will be instructed on how to self-administer the test which will then need to be shipped to a certified lab through the method indicated seven days PRIOR to their intended date of return to campus. Tests MUST be taken and shipped on the same day. Everlywell results will automatically be submitted to the University. Students who misplace their free Everlywell test kits will be responsible for securing their own test at their expense prior to returning for spring semester AND will need to submit results to

Re-entry test distribution dates:

  • Nov. 16-20: Housing and Residence Life staff will distribute self-administer test kits to all students living in residence halls.
  • Nov. 18-20: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to commuter students at Farmer Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Nov. 23-24: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to commuter students at Farmer Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Self-administer test kits will be available for pickup by all students at Farmer Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Dec. 8: Spring 2021 new registrants will be mailed self-administer test kits.
  • Jan. 4: Returning students who registered over the winter break will be mailed test kits.
  • Jan. 6: Spring 2021 new registrants will be mailed self-administer test kits.
  • Jan. 11-15: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to students who did not previously receive a test kit in Farmer Hall.

Questions about testing should be sent to


Important Information for Students from the Cashier’s Office

Students can plan ahead now for spring 2021 by reviewing the Important Deadlines page regarding spring 2021 at

  • Interested students may enroll in a spring 2021 payment plan at zero percent down and $40 enrollment through the end of November.
  • Students with no SSN on file must complete the W-9s form and submit it with proper identification to the Registrar’s Office. This will update the student’s account for tax reporting (1098-T).
  • If students would like to receive their 1098-T electronically in 2021, they can opt-in or if students would like to withdraw their consent due to graduation or other reasons, they can opt-out. If students are receiving their tax form via paper mail, they should make sure their address is up-to-date in Banner Self-Service. To opt-in or opt-out, please visit for further information.
  • Any student interested in setting up direct deposit must provide their UM ID or a valid state ID with voided check or bank letterhead with account number and routing number IN PERSON to the Cashier’s Office. Due to security reasons this is not acceptable by email or fax.
  • Students who have credit balances beginning Nov. 16, 2020, through Jan. 20, 2021, may charge books at UM’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
  • Employee waivers, dependent waivers or third-party contract forms must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 14. for funds to reflect on student accounts in a timely manner.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Cashier’s Office at 205-665-6065 or visit


Happy Veterans Day

The Office of Veteran & Military Affairs (VMA) would like to wish all UM students that are veterans, a Happy Veterans Day! Thank you so much for your service to our country. All veteran students that are registered with VMA will be receiving a token of our appreciation to commemorate the day. Veterans can come by the Vet Center this week to pick it up.


Want to Make a Difference?

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) supports graduate students in becoming dedicated to and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved populations. This year, ASF of Alabama will select up to 14 local graduate students from multiple schools and disciplines. Working individually or with a partner, Fellows design and implement a community service project addressing local unmet health needs and the social determinants of health. In the process, Fellows develop as lifelong leaders in service through a yearlong program of leadership development training, reflection and mentoring. The Fellowship is open to students enrolled in any graduate or professional degree program at the time of application and through the 2021-2022 school year. Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2021.

Want more information?

  •
  • Attend a virtual information session (found under “Events” on the ASF website).
  • Watch a recorded session on YouTube.
  • Sign up to show your interest at
  • Contact Kristin Boggs, executive director, with any questions.

ESC Collecting Donations for Shelby Emergency Assistance

The Exercise Science Club is requesting your support and donations for Shelby Emergency Assistance. SEA is in need of hygiene and toiletry items to provide to those in need. This includes toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors, soap, shampoo, baby wipes, diapers, etc. Donation boxes will be located in each residence hall and in main office of Myrick Hall through Wednesday, Nov. 25. Let’s make a difference in our community!


Spring 2021 Peace and Justice Studies Courses

Advisors, please share our spring 2021 Peace and Justice Studies (PJS) courses with your advisees:

  • ENG 232-001, ENG 232-002 (non-cross-listed elective) Global Literature: Shakespeare and Contemporary Society, Atwood
  • PJS 370/SOC 360 Social Change, Lowry
  • PJS 370/SWK 373 Social Policy, Tetloff
  • PJS 470/ES 401/SWK 411 Immersive Environmental Storytelling, Tetloff
  • PJS 470/NPS 420/MG 420 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Smith
  • PJS 470/POS448/ES350 Environmental Policy, Eckelman

Visit the Peace and Justice Studies webpage for more information about courses and the PJS minor.


Playfair Online

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m., RSVP via FalconLink

In Playfair Online, students discover the many things they have in common as they work together in ever-changing team building events. They are creatively challenged to create rhyming poems on the fly, perform physical challenges in unison with their virtual teammates and share their favorite pop-culture moments in a truly unique format that produces lots of shared laughter. In a very fun and safe online environment they get to share their own thoughts and feelings and get to know their fellow students as well.

Grey’s Anatomy-Themed Trivia

Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., RSVP via FalconLink

Join UPC for a night of Grey’s Anatomy-themed trivia!

Chloe Hilliard, Don’t Be a Karen

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m., RSVP via FalconLink

Entitlement is the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. In “Don’t Be a Karen,” Chloe Hilliard addresses the pop-culture origin of “Karen,” the catastrophe of race riots and lynchings, feminism vs. white feminism, the 53%, benefits of the patriarchy and how to be an advocate for all.

Hilliard program is presented in a way that holds up a mirror and that will cause some to take offense. Hilliard will only present this program in spaces that are willing to support open conversations.

For more than 10 years, Hilliard was a culture and entertainment journalist, writing for The Village Voice, Essence, Vibe, King and The Source. For her expertise on Hip Hop culture she’s appeared on CNN Headline News, ABC News, Our World with Black Enterprise and C-Span.

Her work has been featured in Best African American Essays: 2009. She made her national TV debut on NBC’s smash hit “Last Comic Standing” and has since appeared on Comedy Central, Tru TV, MTV, BET and made her late-night talk show debut on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

Student Highlights

The Theatre Department recently held a virtual workshop focusing on musical theatre audition technique. Students worked with Broadway performers Krystina Alabado (“Mean Girls”) and Desi Oakley (“Waitress” and “Chicago”) on using pop/rock song cuts for auditions.

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Upcoming Events

Runs through Nov. 19
Senior BFA Exhibition — Morgan Capps and Tomeca Reed
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Virtual content
Runs through Nov. 24
On Repeat — Ellen Mueller

Poole Gallery
Virtual walkthrough and artist talk
Nov. 11
Playfair Online
RSVP via FalconLink
6 p.m.
Nov. 12 
Grey’s Anatomy-Themed Trivia
RSVP via  FalconLink 
7 p.m. 
Nov. 13
Moe’s Southwest Grill and Smooth Sailing Closing
Farmer Hall
Nov. 16 
Chloe Hilliard, Don’t Be a Karen, Constructive Ways to Use Your Voice 
RSVP via  FalconLink 
7 p.m.
Nov. 16-20
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to residential students
Nov. 18-20
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to commuter students
Farmer Hall
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 23-24
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to commuter students
Farmer Hall
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 25-27
Thanksgiving holidays
University closed
Nov. 30
UM transitions to distance education
Nov. 30-Dec. 4
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
for all students
Farmer Hall
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 3
Montevallo Christmas Parade
Main Street
6 p.m.
Dec. 7-11
Final exams
Dec. 12
Flowerhill lawn
10:30 a.m.
Dec. 14-Jan. 1
Winter holidays
University closed
Jan. 4
University opens
Jan. 11
Spring term classes begin
Jan. 11-15
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to any remaining students

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