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Welcome Home, Falcons!

We’ve planned and prepared all summer so we could safely come back to the bricks. Now, it’s up to each and every one of us to do our part to keep our Falcon family healthy so we can have a successful semester. We’re in this together!

Freddie the Falcon encourages you to take precautions to help prevent the spread of viral respiratory infections like the flu and COVID-19. Check out his demonstrational video.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear a mask in public to protect others.
  • Monitor your health and stay home if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • Call your health care provider or Student Health Services.


Falcon Healthcheck Reminder

This fall, the UM campus community is encouraged to regularly visit the Falcon Healthcheck website, which is a COVID-19 assessment tool serving as a daily reminder to monitor health and understand how one person’s health can impact those around them. To access Falcon Healthcheck, visit


Safety and Awareness Educational Module — Faculty Deadline

Faculty, if you have not already completed the basic safety and awareness course in Canvas, please do so by 5 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 28. The course covers many of the basic safeguards to keep you, your colleagues and our community safe and healthy this semester. After reviewing the course presentation, you will be asked to complete a brief assessment to demonstrate understanding of the topics covered. To access the Canvas course, click here: and sign in with your UM credentials.


Montevallo Today Spring 2020 Issue Now Available

“While we endeavor to find our new sense of normalcy, we hope you will enjoy reminiscing about Homecoming 2020 and other events that were held from November through February.” — Alumni Affairs

Check out the latest issue of Montevallo Today at this link.


Grants and Sabbatical Opportunities for Faculty

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee is now accepting applications for the following funding mechanisms:

Summer Stipend for Pre-Tenured Faculty
The Summer Stipend Program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for two months of continuous full-time research or creative endeavor during the summer of the award year.

Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal.

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants
Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants are designed to support and promote faculty innovation in scholarship, creative endeavors and/or teaching. The grant provides up to $2,000 for supplies and expenses necessary to achieve the project’s stated goals. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, the purchase of books, software and consumable materials; the payment of student assistant(s); and the payment or reimbursement of participant expenses.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. More information about the application process, links to the application forms and application templates are available on the FDAC webpage.


A Message from Falcon Foods

Our team at Falcon Foods takes great pride in the services we provide to the students at the University of Montevallo. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, our service delivery model will look a bit different. Many of the changes you see in place are a result of guidelines and recommendations set forth by the local, county or state health department, and are in place to increase safety to our guests and our staff. Whether dining in, providing quarantine meals or carry-out to-go only dining, your satisfaction is more important than ever.

Please let us know how we can make your dining experience better and we will do our very best to deliver and make adjustments based on your comments and suggestions. You may text comments and suggestions to Falcon Foods at 205-236-2277.


Yoga Classes

Yoga classes for UM students, faculty and staff resume Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Bibb Graves Dance Studio. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. It is a whole-body, balanced class suitable for all levels that will allow for variations, modifications, exploration, rest and renewal.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the maximum attendance is seven people on a first-come, first-served basis. All attendees must bring their own mat and masks will remain on throughout the practice. Direct questions to Diane Landers.


UM Zoom Backgrounds

As you get ready to start the fall semester, go ahead and update your Zoom background! Browse and download the virtual backgrounds we’ve created with you in mind at


Parking Permit Registration 

For instructions on how to register your vehicle for a 2020-2021 parking permit, please visit this link. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact the University Police Department at 205-666-6155. If you have already registered for a 2020-2021 permit, or you are an employee who already has a permit, you may disregard this notice.


How to Submit to Vallo Voice and Digital Signage

Vallo Voice is published every week on Mondays, followed by an update on Thursdays. Share news, announcements and upcoming events with campus by submitting requests at*The deadline for submission is noon on Thursday each week prior to publication.

Simply check the box for digital signage if you would like your submitted information to be included on screens across campus. Please review the Digital Signage Guidelines prior to submitting information.


University Marketing Services

The Office of University Marketing & Communications is  here to offer you support in your promotional endeavors.

To ensure brand identity  on and off campus,  please  contact our team for any of the following services:

  • Graphic design and/or printing
  • Photography
  • Writing and  copy editing
  • Social media and  web content  assistance
  • Campus digital signage
  • Community and media relations
  • Marketing  and advertising coordination

*All services are provided at no cost to your department, with the exception of printing or vendor-related costs.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Emma Atwood, assistant professor of English, and English major Sarah Williamson have published a collaborative piece titled “Plague and Protest Go Hand in Hand” with JSTOR Daily. Read it here.
Dr. Roderick George, professor of music, is a featured artist on the Aeolians of Oakwood University’s newly released self-titled album with Jason Max Ferdinand, conductor. George performs as the tenor soloist in R. Nathaniel Dett’s “The Chariot Jubilee.” The project, produced by GIA Publications, Inc., is available on all major music outlets.

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 24
Fall Term Classes Begin
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
Aug. 31
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
Sept. 7
Labor Day
University Closed

UM Employment Opportunities
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