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SCOB Breaks Ground on New Building

The University broke ground on a new 10,000-square-foot Michael E. Stephens College of Business building on Sept. 5, officially beginning a project to greatly enhance the college’s offerings.
The new home for the College of Business will be a state-of-the-art and technology-rich facility. It will feature a large student commons and event space to facilitate interactions between students, faculty and the business community. Two additional technology-enhanced classrooms, student team study rooms, professional development spaces and a case presentation boardroom will add much-needed expansion spaces for the college. 
“Thanks to the largesse of Allison Stephens and Michael E. Stephens, we’ve designed a building that is going to honor Michael’s memory and honor the vision that Allison has for Montevallo. In my 10 years of knowing Michael, this was his dream. He always wanted a new building for the College of Business, and so I’m so grateful that this day has come,” said UM President Dr. John W. Stewart III. “It will serve students well into the next generation. Breaking ground today is emblematic of the trajectory our University is enjoying."

Learn to Swim Program

The University of Montevallo swimming coaching staff and student-athletes are offering a Learn to Swim program to both Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center members and non-members. The lessons are available to anyone ages 4 and up. Each session includes eight lessons that last 30 minutes each. Please contact Aaron Mahaney for more information at or 205-665-6631. Member and non-member rates for swim lesson sessions are listed below:

Semi-private: $100, Private: $150

Community SAC member
Semi-private: $125, Private: $200

Semi-private: $165, Private: $240

Shelby County Free Emergency Alert Service

Get emergency alerts and other important community news by signing up for ShelbyALerts. This system provides critical information in situations such as severe weather, road closures, missing persons and evacuations.

Sign up for your free account today to receive emergency and weather alerts the way you choose — on your cell, home or work phone and/or by email.


Sexual Misconduct Training

The University of Montevallo is required to provide annual sexual misconduct training to faculty and staff. UM has partnered with 3rd Millennium to provide this year’s training through a specific training module in an online format. This training module is now available to all employees. If you are a new hire or have not completed the training, you will soon receive an email message directly from 3rd Millennium. Please click the link provided in the email and follow the log-in instructions and you will be entered into your sexual misconduct training for the year. A record of your completion will be sent to Human Resources and placed in your personnel file.

If you have any questions about sexual misconduct or need to report an incident of sexual misconduct, please contact Barbara Forrest. If you have technical questions about the module, please contact the HR Office at 205-665-6055.


It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health

Join Counseling Services on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a special screening of It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day. This free event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Comer Auditorium.


ValloCycle Glow Ride  

The next ValloCycle Glow Ride is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10. Join us for a leisurely, 45-minute night ride around Montevallo. Our journey takes us through the town and off the main roads (no one is left behind). We ride after dark, so decorate your bike with lights. If you need to borrow a free bike, email   

Please plan to meet in front of UMOM (University of Montevallo on Main Street) at 6:30 p.m. We will ride at 7 p.m. and end with socializing at Frios  —  our treat.  

Myers-Briggs Available for Military-Related Students

Veteran and Military Affairs is offering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for UM’s military-related students Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Veteran Center located in the Global and Community Outreach Building (across from the new Center for the Arts). The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. Please make plans to attend. Refreshments will be provided and the presentation will last no longer than an hour.


The Moth Project

Artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki will give an afternoon lecture and install a Nighttime Moth Garden on Wednesday, Sept 11. The lecture will be held in Harman 104 from 4 to 5 p.m. and the Nighttime Moth Garden will be installed from 7 to 11 p.m. on Main Quad. The artists will talk about their collaborative project, PlantBot Genetics at the lecture. During the magical nighttime event, the public will take part in an experiential and educational survey of nighttime pollinators.

Participants aid in the non-destructive survey of insects drawn to the off-grid solar-powered light tents adjacent to the onsite gardens. This visually stunning project compiles educational outreach, videos, discussions, field reports and other documentation for a field guide that promotes an understanding and appreciation for pollinators, native plants, ecologically responsible sources of power and citizen science. This is a fun, family-friendly event.


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. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 11.


VALIC Financial Advisor On-Campus

Are you interested in saving for retirement? Al Perry, UM’s VALIC financial advisor, will be offering individual retirement counseling on campus at the Carmichael Library Large Group Study Room Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to schedule your appointment, see the information provided here.


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.

Toolbox Talk: Improving Your Exams

The Malone Center’s September Toolbox Talk will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at noon in Wills 200. This month’s topic is “Improving Your Exams.” Faculty know that assessment is critical for both measuring and driving learning, but its effectiveness hinges on the validity and reliability of the assessment instrument. During this workshop you will learn tips for creating more valid and robust exams as well as techniques for analyzing the effectiveness of your exams. You will also be introduced to the new Scantron Remark Classroom software that is available campus-wide for test item analysis of multiple-choice exams. Lunch will be provided for participants who register online by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.


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.


Faculty Sabbatical Leave

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) is accepting applications for sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal. The deadline for submission for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 leave is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. More information about sabbatical leave and a link to the application form can be found on the FDAC webpage. Questions may be directed to FDAC co-chairs Dr. Ray Ozley and Dr. Heather Tinsley. Please note, a cover sheet containing signatures of the Department Chair and College Dean is required for submission.


UM Green Fund Call for Proposals

Did you know that the University of Montevallo was the first college in Alabama to have a green fund? The UM Green Fund is a pool of money used to provide grants for campus projects that improve sustainability, decrease our ecological footprint and educate the University and local communities about sustainable practices, environmental issues and caring for the planet. The Green Fund has $30,000 available! Any member of the UM community, including students and student groups, can write a Green Fund grant proposal.

Application guidelines are available by request. Contact Dr. Susan Caplow for more information. All proposals are due by Tuesday, Oct. 1.

A drop-in proposal workshop will be held Friday, Sept. 13, between 1 and 4 p.m. in the Tower. Bring your ideas and we’ll answer questions, brainstorm ideas and help you strengthen your proposal before you submit.

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 endeavor. The day will feature a keynote address from the 2019-2020 University Scholar as well as short oral presentations, artistic demonstrations and posters. Please consider presenting your scholarly, creative and/or pedagogical project. You may choose to present a 15-minute talk, conduct a 15-minute performance, display an artistic work or present a research poster. Submit your abstract online at this link. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Presenters will be notified of their presentation time by Oct. 2.

Montevallo Connection Meetings

Please mark your calendars and join Montevallo Connection for its upcoming meetings where 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. Meetings for this academic year are scheduled for: 

  • Wednesday, Sept. 11, Montevallo High School, 4 to 5 p.m. *Notice of location change.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, Montevallo Middle School, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, Montevallo Elementary School, 4 to 5 p.m.

Student Highlights

Art majors Hannah Lewis, Lindsey Greer, Sara Scott, Emily Tucker and recent UM alumna Erica Lewis have their work in printmaking on display at INK ONLY II — A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Printmaking hosted by PaperWorkers Local and showing at the Project Space at UAB. This biennial exhibition features innovative work in printmaking selected from regional entries that were judged by Hallie Ringle, The Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Emma Atwood, assistant professor in English and foreign languages, participated in the 2019 Attingham Summer School, an intensive three-week study course in England highly regarded by museums, universities and historic preservation societies throughout the world. As part of this research program, Atwood traveled with 40 international scholars, architects, art historians and museum curators to visit more than 25 historic country houses in Sussex, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Norfolk. While on tour, she enjoyed private access to the collections, discussions with their owners and lectures on English history, art and collecting practices. Participation in this program was made possible by the FDAC’s Summer Stipend.
Dr. Becky Halliday and Dr. Ted Hoffman, both associate professors of music education, published an article titled “NAfME Professional Development eKit: A Blueprint for Georgia Music Educators” in the most recent issue of “Georgia Music News,” the official journal of the Georgia Music Educators Association. The article was coauthored by Dr. Alden H. Snell II of the Eastman School of Music and Dr. Lisa M. Gruenhagen of Bowling Green State University.

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. 9
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.
Sept. 9-10
Full Moon Invitational: Men’s and Women’s Golf
Timberline Golf Course
Sept. 10
It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health
Comer Auditorium
4 to 5 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
ValloCycle Glow Ride
Meet at UMOM
6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Faculty Senate Fall Faculty Assembly
Wills 200
3:30 p.m.
Myers-Briggs for UM Military-Related Students
UM Veteran Center — GLOCO
3:30 p.m.
Montevallo Connection
Montevallo High School
4 to 5 p.m.
The Moth Project
4 p.m., Artist Talk, Harman 103
7 p.m., Nighttime Moth Garden, Main Quad
Learn more
Sept. 13
Drop-In Green Fund Proposal Workshop
The Tower
1 to 4 p.m.
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
2 p.m.
Sept. 14
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3 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.
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.
Toolbox Talk: Improving Your Exams
Wills 200
Noon to 1 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. 20
QEP Topic Selection Committee: Staff Listening Session
Morgan 103
1 p.m.
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.
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. 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.

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

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