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University of Montevallo Continues to Climb in U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings

For the 12th 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 2021 Best Colleges rankings.

The publication released the rankings on Sept. 14, and UM earned praise for its high value to students and for being one of the top regional public universities in the South. UM’s rankings improved in all categories compared to 2020. Full details.


What You Need to Know About Sentinel Testing

Members of the campus community are expected to participate in sentinel testing. All students who participate will receive a gift certificate. Please read all of the FAQs below for important information about sentinel testing.

What is sentinel testing and why is it important?
Sentinel testing involves testing a random sample of UM’s population each week to help monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in our campus community. Every week, we intend to randomly test 3-5 percent of our on-campus population.

Sentinel testing helps monitor levels of COVID-19 on campus and identify potential outbreaks. We all have a role to play in keeping our campus as healthy as possible.

How will I know that I have been selected to participate in sentinel testing?
Each day, randomly selected individuals will receive an email from Verily ( directing them to sign up for a testing appointment on campus during the next seven days. Please check your UM email regularly to see if you have been selected. Some of these emails have been found in spam/clutter folders so be sure to check those as well.

Can I participate if I am currently experiencing symptoms?
Sentinel tests are intended for individuals who are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. As part of scheduling your test through Verily, you will be asked to report if you are currently experiencing any NEW symptoms not related to other conditions. If your responses show you are symptomatic, you will be asked to not test through this program and will be directed to contact your personal medical provider about alternative testing options.

Where do I get tested?
Testing will take place on the second floor of Farmer Hall in the Farmer Hall Meeting Room.

What do I need to bring with me?
You will need a photo ID (driver’s license or UM ID) and your confirmation email. Please wear a mask as directed by campus policy.

How long does it take to be tested?
The sentinel testing process typically takes 5 to 7 minutes from arrival to departure.

Does the test hurt?
The test may tickle your nose and make you sneeze, but it should not be painful. You will be given a test kit including a nasal swab that you will self-administer with observation. The observer will help guide you through the testing process.

When will I get my results?
Results are typically provided within 24 to 48 hours. You will be notified by email when your test results are ready to access online. The University will also be notified of your test results.

What if I test positive?
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from Student Health Services to discuss next steps.

Who can I contact with questions?
If you have any questions, please contact or GuideSafe™️ at or 1-866-839-5308.


How to Properly Wear Your Mask

Did you know there is a correct way to wear your face mask? Follow these tips to get it right and help keep the Falcon family healthy.

  • Wash your hands before and after touching the mask.
  • Touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask.
  • Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Make sure you can breathe and talk comfortably.
  • Wash reusable masks after each use. Change disposable masks regularly.

COVID-19 Reporting for Students

As we all continue to work together to keep the UM campus safe and healthy this semester, it is very important that the University be made aware of any student positive COVID-19 tests.

If you test positive, please complete the COVID-19 reporting form at  as soon as possible.

Once a student fills out the form, the University will follow up with appropriate instructions related to quarantining and other safety measures.


UM Green Fund Call for Proposals

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. See this list for past funded proposals. Application guidelines available on request. Contact Dr. Susan Caplow for more information. Proposals are due by Thursday, Oct. 15.

A drop-in proposal workshop will be held via Zoom Friday, Oct. 2, between 1 and 5 p.m. Bring your ideas and we’ll answer questions, brainstorm ideas and help you strengthen your proposal before you submit. Email Dr. Caplow to request the Zoom meeting invitation.


Montage Positions Available

Montage is still accepting applications for talented writers, photographers, graphic designers and those skilled in communication. Become a part of the team that creates the University’s yearbook! No extensive resume required. Students can apply by going to our organization page on FalconLink. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10 p.m.


Apply for Environmental Student Leadership Opportunities at UM

Students can participate in three different ways depending on specific interests:

  1. Sustainability Committee
    This University-level committee oversees, promotes and initiates current campus sustainability projects, and it selects the projects that will be financed by the Green Fund.
  2. Campus Tree Committee
    This committee engages in campus tree care decision-making and service projects related to our tree population.
  3. ValloCycle Board
    ValloCycle is the local bike share organization whose goal is to increase the number of cyclists on the road through our bike rental program, group rides and general advocacy efforts.
If you are interested in applying to serve on any or all of these committees, please send Dr. Susan Caplow an email with your name, major, year and a brief explanation of why you are interested in serving on the committee. Please write one paragraph for each committee you are interested in joining and submit by Tuesday, Sept. 15. Leadership positions are open to all students, all years, in all majors and all three committees require a one-year commitment.

Tutoring Available Through the LEC

The Learning Enrichment Center is open and offers free tutoring to all UM students! We have trained tutors available to assist you in a variety of courses including accounting, biology, chemistry, math, physics, psychology, Spanish, French and more. You can request a tutor for your classes now using this link.

This fall, we are offering a combination of in-person and online tutoring services. Visit our webpage to learn more.


Falcon Foods Update

You’ve spoken and we’ve listened. After much feedback about the reduced offerings available at UM2GO, starting Friday, Sept. 18, the entire dining hall will be available for carryout meals. All daily offerings except for salad will be combined into one serving area. Carryout bags will not be supplied, so please bring your own if needed. Salads will be made-to-order directly into a box for carryout customers, allowing full customization. We are also removing a section of seating near the soda fountains to ease traffic flow. Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot bring back the customization of deli or Innovation Kitchen. This is simply because the wait time to prepare your item to-order causes disruption in the traffic flow and social distancing. Also, did you know bagels and toast are still available? For toast or a bagel, please inform the grill server who will make the toast or toast the bagel for you. 


Exercise Science Club Interest Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m., via Zoom
(Meeting ID: 428 756 4356, Passcode: ESC)

An interest meeting for the Exercise Science Club will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The purpose of the Exercise Science Club is to promote undergraduate study and research and to stimulate scholarship and leadership toward the betterment of individuals and society in terms of exercise, nutrition, fitness and related areas.

Flu Vaccine Clinic

Thursday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farmer Hall Meeting Room

Student Health Services will host flu vaccine clinics for UM students, faculty, staff, family members and members of the community in the Farmer Hall meeting room during three upcoming dates. The clinics will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees must bring their health insurance card. Masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to at the clinic. The cost of the vaccine with no health insurance is $25 for UM students and employees, and $30 for family members and members of the community. The vaccine is available at NO COST to insured individuals.

Flu clinic participants should print and fill out a vaccination form and bring it with them to the clinic. Forms are available here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza vaccination will be especially important this upcoming flu season to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses in the population and resulting burdens on the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms, individuals who display flu-like symptoms may be required to quarantine until they receive a negative COVID-19 test. Getting a flu vaccine mitigates this by helping to prevent the onset of symptoms due to the flu.

Student Highlights

UM fishing team members Cade Holcomb and Kopeland Rosser finished in second place at the FLW Southeastern Division tournament at Lake Guntersville. This finish qualifies them for the FLW College National Championship. The Montevallo fishing team is now ranked fourth in the Tackle Warehouse School of the Year rankings. Cal Culpepper won the Southeastern FLW Toyota Series Co-Angler of the Year after a second-place finish at Neely Henry Lake.

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 14
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
Sept. 16
Exercise Science Club Interest Meeting
1 p.m.
Sept. 17
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Farmer Hall Meeting Room
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sept. 21
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  

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