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UM Celebrating 123rd Founders’ Day

The University of Montevallo will celebrate its 123rd Founders’ Day on Thursday, Oct. 10. The theme of the celebration will be “A great institution is born of its time” and will focus on how the University has evolved since its founding.

The day’s main focus will be a formal ceremony in Palmer Hall beginning at 11 a.m. University faculty and the senior class will march into Palmer Auditorium for the annual convocation. This ceremony celebrates the founding of UM, the robing of the seniors and the honoring of outstanding faculty, staff and alumni.

Dr. Lonnie Edwards, a 1971 graduate of UM and notable educational consultant, educator and CEO of Edwards and Associates in Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker during the ceremony.

Edwards was one of the first two male African American athletes at the University and helped to pave the way for other African American students and athletes. He is a member of the UM Athletics Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards for his teaching and service throughout his career.

The UM National Alumni Association will then present its annual awards at 5 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall. These awards will recognize outstanding members of UM’s alumni, faculty and staff who have dedicated themselves to service to the University.

The day will conclude with the 22nd annual Life Raft Debate in Palmer Auditorium at 7 p.m. Learn more about the 123rd Founders’ Day celebration.

Social Media Student Showcase

University Marketing & Communications is using social media to highlight current UM students who are doing amazing things in and out of the classroom. The goal is to show prospective students, alumni and other University stakeholders how extraordinary our students are. MarComm strives to always provide equal promotional representation of all colleges and departments across campus, so we are asking for your help in identifying students for our showcase pool. Please nominate students here.

Stock the UM Food Pantry

Please consider helping to stock the UM Food Pantry. Items needed include spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, macaroni and cheese (boxes and individual cups), granola bars, individual fruit cups and oatmeal. Donations can be dropped off at Counseling Services located in lower Main Hall.


October Campus Sustainability Month Events

Join UM Environmental Studies in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month! Details on scheduled events can be found online and in the Upcoming Events calendar to the right.


Guest Pianist Recital

Guest pianist Nicholas Robertson will present a solo recital featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Frank on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall.


HIV Testing Available Oct. 8

The Alabama Department of Public Health will be offering free rapid HIV testing on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Student Health Services in East Main Hall. What to expect: fingerstick testing and results within 20 minutes.


Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium

The Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the J.A. Brown Room of Carmichael Library. During this event, we will highlight accomplishments of UM faculty in teaching and creative endeavors. The day will feature a keynote address from the 2019-2020 University Scholar as well as short oral presentations, artistic demonstrations and posters.


Résumé Preparation and Perfection for Military-Related Students

UM’s Campus Veterans Association, in association with the Career Development Center, will present a session on résumé preparation and perfection for all military-related students. The group will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Veteran Center (located in the Global Community Outreach Building behind Napier Hall). The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and light refreshments will be served.


Carnival for a Cause

Carnival for a Cause will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Main Quad. All proceeds benefit the UM Emergency Fund for students. Tickets to play games at the booths are 10 cents each and each booth takes 1-10 tickets to play. Donations will also be accepted, and checks can be made out to UM Foundation. Everyone is welcome!


Writing Workshop

The Tower and The Falcon Poets will hold a writing workshop for those who would like an open critique to make sure their work is in tip-top shape for any submission. The workshop will take place at Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Comer 202.


Fall Preview Day Set for Oct. 12

The University of Montevallo invites prospective students and their families to attend Fall Preview Day on Saturday, Oct. 12. Activities for the day begin at the McChesney Student Activity Center at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Preview Day gives high school and transfer students a close-up look at the Montevallo experience. More information can be found online.


Safe Zone Training

The fall semester Safe Zone training for students, faculty and staff will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Wills 200 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Safe Zone training aims to increase awareness, knowledge and sensitivity about important issues affecting LGBT+ students, faculty and staff to foster a safe, welcoming climate for all members of the UM community. Completion of the training earns participants a decal that can be displayed to designate a space as a Safe Zone on campus. Please join us — no reservations required. For more information and additional resources, please visit the UM Safe Zone webpage.


Antiques Roadshow Montevallo

Join us for Antiques Roadshow Montevallo on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the J.A. Brown Room of Carmichael Library. History faculty and majors will attempt to appraise items provided. UM professors will bring objects for display such as Roman coins, Civil War-era rarities and other curious objects. University archivist Carey Heatherly will have items from early college history. Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring historical objects, photographs and miscellanea. Light refreshments will be provided.


UM Ghost Walk Events

The University will host several Ghost Walk events on Saturday, Oct. 26:

The ground floor of Carmichael Library will show a short video of Frankenstein film adaptations over the years beginning at 5:30 p.m., with repeat showings of the video occurring every 10 minutes.

Ghost Walk tours will begin at 6 p.m. and will depart every 10 minutes in 20-person groups. The final tour will depart at 8:30 p.m. The walking tours will last approximately 45 minutes each, and check-in will be held outside Palmer Hall. The ghost walk is a free event but donations are welcome.

Trunk or Treat will be held in the parking lot behind Carmichael Library from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase and picnic tables will be available throughout the event.

The Montevallo Artwalk will be held along Main Street in downtown Montevallo from 1 to 6 p.m. The event is a collaboration between the University, the city of Montevallo and the Montevallo Arts Council. The event includes art, food, fun and activities for all ages. An Artwalk afterparty featuring live music will be held at Owl's Cove from 6 to 9 p.m.

Student Highlights

UM women’s golf redshirt senior Alexis Berger received Gulf South Conference monthly honors from the conference office this week. Berger was named the GSC Player of the Month for her play on the links during the month of September.

University of Montevallo seniors Brioni Dixon and Liam Moore were named the Falcons’ Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of Sept. 30.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 26-Oct. 17
Access for All by Teayoun Kim-Kassor
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 7
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guest Artist Nicholas Robertson, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8
HIV Testing
Student Health Services, East Main Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Climate Change Teach-In
Wills 100/120
5 to 7 p.m.
Montevallo Police Dept. National Night Out
Orr Park
6 to 8 p.m.
Oct. 9
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Résumé Preparation for Military-Related Students
Veteran Center, Global Community Outreach Building
3:30 p.m.
ValloCycle Glow Ride
Meet at UMOM
6:30 p.m.
Oct. 10
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Founders’ Day Convocation
Palmer Auditorium
11 a.m.
Founders’ Day Lunch
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
12:30 p.m.

Life Raft Debate
Palmer Auditorium
7 p.m.
Oct. 11
Carnival for a Cure
Main Quad
4 to 6 p.m.
Women’s Soccer 
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
5 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
Men’s Soccer 
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12
Fall Preview Day
8:30 a.m.
Register here
UM Baseball: Top Prospect Showcase
Kermit A. Johnson Field
9 a.m. 
Register here
42ndAnnual Fire Prevention Parade
Main Street, Montevallo
10 a.m.
Oct. 13
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3:30 p.m.
Oct. 14
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 15
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Safe Zone Training
Wills 200
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Birmingham Art Music Alliance presents Adam Bowles, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vegan Bake Sale
Farmer Hall outside
2 to 5 p.m.
Observatory Hours
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Oct. 17
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pumpkin Painting
Student Retreat Center
4 p.m.

Wind Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 
Fall Plant Sale
UM Organic Community Garden
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 19
All-State Choir Workshop
Davis Hall
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Register here

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

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