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College of Education Celebrates New Name

The College of Education and Human Development celebrated its recent name change with a celebration on King House quad on the afternoon of Sept. 18.

In May, the UM Board of Trustees voted to approve the renaming of the College of Education to the College of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Courtney Bentley, CEHD dean, said the name change is more encompassing of the college’s offerings and its efforts to produce well-rounded professionals who are prepared to make an impact in the world.

“While we are proud of our legacy and reputation as an education preparation provider, we are equally proud of our programs in health and human sciences,” Bentley said. “Our new, amended name better reflects all the applied programs offered through what is now officially recognized as the College of Education and Human Development.”

QEP Feedback Requested

Thank you to all students, staff and faculty who attended recent listening sessions and read the Quality Enhancement Plan topic proposals still available on the UM QEP webpage. As we enter the final phase of determining the next QEP topic, the Topic Selection Committee requests your feedback. Please use this link to provide your responses to a brief survey. As the committee finalizes its recommendation, we will review this and all other input received. Your participation in this process is essential and much appreciated.

 

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Information Session

UM graduate students who are interested in making a true difference in the community are invited to an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship information session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Wills 100. Pizza will be served. Those selected as Albert Schweitzer Fellows will design and implement an innovative yearlong service project to address an underserved community’s health and social needs with the guidance of mentors, and will receive a $2,750 stipend.

 

Falcon Scholars in Action

The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement is accepting applications for the Falcon Scholars in Action program. Falcon Scholars in Action is an honors program in which UM students are selected each year to serve clients in agencies and programs throughout Shelby County. Students selected are provided with a monthly stipend from Shelby County in exchange for their service (at least 10 hours each week). Examples of services provided include GED/ACT/SAT preparation, tutoring, coordinating physical activities and training in job skills, computer skills and social skills. All majors are eligible. Students are chosen through a highly competitive application process and will be enrolled in UM 222, which can be taken for variable credit ranging from zero to three credit hours. Students can apply online.

Falcon Scholars in Action would love to come to your class to talk with your students about this wonderful opportunity to gain professional skills while earning a little money. Please fill out the Falcon Scholars in Action Class Visit Form if you are interested in having a program representative visit. For questions, please email falconscholars@montevallo.edu.

 

Graduation Gown Lending Project

Graduating from college is meant to be one of the most exciting and important moments of a student’s academic achievement. But for many, the cost of buying a graduation gown is another expense that prevents them from fully experiencing the moment. Considering this, the University of Montevallo, as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, has created the Graduation Gown Lending Project to support first-generation and low-income UM students with free rentals of graduation gowns for Founders’ Day and commencement ceremonies.

Any and all gown or monetary donations are welcome. With your assistance, we can ensure that all students fully experience the special Founders’ Day and graduation day they have worked so hard to earn. Gowns may be dropped off at Comer 101 during regular office hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monetary donations may be made via the UM Foundation using the following account number: 36271.

 

Festival of Voices Concert

The finale concert of Festival of Voices will feature a combined choir of all participants performing a large choral work Monday, Sept. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium.

 

UM Green Fund Proposals Due Oct. 1

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.

 

Training for Student Employees

The Career Development Center and the Office of Student Employment will be providing professional development training for UM’s student employees on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Wills 200. All student employees will benefit from the training, but those requiring office etiquette and telephone skills are highly encouraged to attend. The time spent in the training session will be considered time worked and compensable. Please email Mark Bolton to register your student employee(s) for this training opportunity.

 

October Professional Photo Days

University Marketing & Communications is pleased to offer Professional Photo Days. Each month, the University photographer will have two designated mornings available for professional headshots. Anyone on campus is welcome to participate — faculty, staff or students. There is no charge. This month’s Professional Photo Days are Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.

 

Montevallo Astronomical Society and UM Astronomy Club

There will be a meeting of the Montevallo Astronomical Society and the UM Astronomy Club this Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory (JWSO). This is a community event and all visitors are welcome for an evening of celestial observing and good company.

Fall observing dates: Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20

All dates are 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will be held provided it is not raining or overcast.

For those with GPS navigation systems, the physical address of the JWSO is 1093 Pebble Road, Montevallo, AL, 35115. Gates will be open. Ignore the “No Trespassing” signs.

Directions to the JWSO: Following 119 South through Montevallo, turn right onto 10 West (Middle Street) for 1 mile, bearing right onto 17 North. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto 206 West, and after 0.4 miles, turn right onto Pebble Road, continuing 0.7 miles to the UM Gentry Springs property.

 

UM Employee Veterans Photo

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs welcomes all UM employee veterans to participate in a group photo. Please wear either UM or your military branch apparel. The photo will be taken at Friday, Oct. 4, at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Becoming statue located between Palmer Hall, Main Hall and Wills Hall. It should not take more than 15 minutes to complete the photo. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs at 205-665-6472.

 

University of Montevallo to Host ACT Prep Course

The University of Montevallo will be hosting a single-day ACT Prep Course for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The $110 single-day course covers all ACT test subjects with in-class practice testing and includes lunch and a snack. Each participant will also receive a copy of the official ACT Prep book, a math review card and other resources. Register online now or contact Sarah Hendren, director of partnerships and outreach, at 205-665-6077.

 

Department of Theatre Presents The Weir

The Weir details a group of men who gather in a small pub in rural Ireland for their nightly ritual of drinking and telling ghost stories; which is interrupted by a stranger with a haunting tale of her own that has unexpected consequences.

The Weir by Conor McPherson. Directed by Marcus Lane.
Oct. 3-5, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Chichester Black Box Theatre

Faculty/staff tickets are only $12 and are available for purchase online or at the door as available.

The Weir is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. *Adult Content*

 

October is Campus Sustainability Month

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Volunteer Teachers Needed for Future Falcon Day

Future Falcon Day will be held on campus on Friday, Oct. 25. During this program, eighth graders from Montevallo Middle School will live the life of a college student for the day. If you would be willing to teach a 30-minute mini version of your favorite class on that day, please email Dr. Ji Ji Davis. The students love rotating through classes from different departments.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. John W. Stewart III and Dr. Stephen Craft were recently honored in Birmingham Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Education.” In this section, BBJ highlighted key leaders in Alabama’s academic world who are educating and building the workforce of the future.
 

The LeBaron Trio (Dr. Melanie Williams, Dr. Lori Ardovino and Dr. Laurie Middaugh) and Dr. Alan Goldspiel presented a concert for students at Boaz High School and Snead State Community College on Sept. 17. The Lebaron Trio also held a concert on Sept. 19 at Pensacola State University titled “New Music by Alabama Composers.” The programs included Goldspiel’s original work, “Sometimes Y” and Ardovino’s two works, “Letters” and “Nonsense Songs.” The Sept. 19 performance also included Ardovino’s work “Under Water.”

Student Highlights

University of Montevallo Athletics joined Calera’s Field of Angels league Sept. 21 at the Eagle Sports Complex to cheer on the players. The UM baseball, dance and cheer teams assisted with the games and Freddie the Falcon came to support as well. What a fun day to be a Falcon!
 
Freshman forward Fausto Castillo received Gulf South Conference weekly honors from the conference office this week. Castillo was named the GSC Player of the Week for his play against No. 19 Clayton State and Francis Marion last week. The forward scored the game-winning goal for the Falcons against No. 19 Clayton State, to win 1-0 in overtime. The Guatemala City, Guatemala, native totaled five shots, two shots on goal, and one goal this past weekend. This is the first GSC weekly award for Castillo this season.

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.
 
Sept. 30
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
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.
 
Oct. 1
Professional Photo Day
Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Schedule now
 
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Oct. 2
Professional Photo Day
Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Schedule now
 
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Student Employee Training
Wills 200
3:30 p.m.
 
University Faculty Meeting
Comer Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
 
Observatory Hours
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
 
Oct. 3
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
9 a.m.
 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Fashion Clothing Swap
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
3:30 top 4:15 p.m.
 
Documentary Screening and Panel: Overload
Location TBD
4:20 p.m.
 
Oct. 3-6
The Weir
Chichester Black Box Theatre
Schedule information
 
Oct. 4
UM Employee Veteran Photo
Becoming statue
2:15 p.m.
 
Oct. 5
ACT Prep Course
Wills Hall
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Register here
 
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
Climate Change Teach-In
Wills 100/120
5 to 7 p.m.
 
Oct. 9
Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 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
Fall Plant Sale
UM Organic Community Garden
7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
2 p.m.
 
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
5 p.m.
 
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
6 p.m.
 
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 12
Fall Preview Day
SAC
8:30 a.m.
Register here
 
UM Baseball: Top Prospect Showcase
Kermit A. Johnson Field
9 a.m.
Register here
 
42nd Annual 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.
 
Wind Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 19
All-State Choir Workshop
Davis Hall
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Register here
 
Oct. 21
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Oct. 22
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
6 p.m.
 
Concert Choir and University Chorus
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 23
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Oct. 24
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Oct. 25
Future Falcon Day
MMS students on campus
 
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
5 p.m.
 
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
6 p.m.
 
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 26
Gulf South Conference Championship – Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
Cross Country Course
9 a.m.
 
Montevallo Artstalk
Downtown Montevallo
1 to 6 p.m.
Learn more
 
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
2 p.m.


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