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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.