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UM Recognized Among Most Beautiful Campuses by Southern Living

The University of Montevallo has been named one of the most picturesque college campuses in the South by Southern Living magazine.

The publication recently released its 2020 list of the South’s Most Beautiful Colleges, which honored institutions in several states “where both the academics and aesthetics are impressive.” Read more.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

UM Department of Theatre Receives National Accreditation

The University of Montevallo’s Department of Theatre has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), meaning every visual and performing arts department at the University is now nationally accredited.

Montevallo joins only about 190 other schools across the nation in holding the prestigious NAST accreditation. NAST voted to admit UM as an associate member in August following a comprehensive and rigorous review of the University’s Department of Theatre. Read more.

 

QEP Feedback Requested

The QEP Development Committee is soliciting feedback from faculty, staff and administration. Please visit the QEP webpage, review the presentation and send feedback by contacting Dr. Linda Murdock directly or by attending a Zoom Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. Interested participants should email Murdock for a Zoom invitation.

 

Converting a Test from Word to Canvas

Do you have exams already written in Word that you would like to convert to a Canvas-based exam? The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching can help you with this using Respondus software. Visit the Malone Center’s test conversion request webpage for more information and to find a link to submit requests for conversion.

Please note that this process requires the Word file to be properly formatted. Files that are not properly formatted will be returned for formatting prior to conversion. Also, this process takes time, so please submit requests as early as possible and at least one week prior to your scheduled exam date.

 

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 Caplow to request the Zoom meeting invitation.

 

Professional Development and Group Support Opportunities

This fall, the Malone Center will offer two opportunities for professional development and group support:

  1. Pandemic PD will be our professional development series for the semester. These sessions will be hosted Wednesdays at noon through Zoom. The sessions will begin with a brief presentation about the week’s topic, followed by an open discussion among participants. Register at this link to receive login information for the sessions.
  2. The Malone Center staff will hold Virtual Office Hours every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. also through Zoom. Drop in at your convenience for support with your classes. Whether you need help designing an activity, using Canvas, ensuring your course materials are accessible or adopting a tech tool, we are here to answer your questions! Log in at this link.

EVENTS

Pandemic PD: Ways to Promote Academic Integrity in Writing Assignments

Wednesday, Sept. 23, at noon, via Zoom

This week’s Pandemic PD session, hosted by the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching, will discuss ways to promote academic integrity in writing assignments. We will also demonstrate how to use one of UM’s newest software tools, TurnItIn, which integrates with Canvas to support faculty and students in identifying potential instances of plagiarism. Register at this link to receive the login information for the session.

 

Virtual Preview Day

Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., Register here

The University of Montevallo invites prospective students and their families to attend a Virtual Preview Day! Preview Day is an interactive, welcoming event for interested high school and community college students. Students and families can sign up at this link to hear from representatives in the following areas: Student Aid, Housing and Residence life, Student Life and the Office of Admissions.

 

Flu Vaccine Clinic

Thursday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farmer Hall Meeting Room

Student Health Services will host a flu vaccine clinic for UM students, faculty, staff, family members and members of the community in the Farmer Hall meeting room Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 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 who present their UM ID card, 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.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. David Callaghan, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, recently presented two panel papers about directing and season planning during the pandemic at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Virtual Conference (August 2020).

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 23
Pandemic PD: Ways to Promote Academic Integrity in Writing Assignments

Zoom — Register here 
Noon

Sept. 24
Malone Center Virtual Office Hours
Zoom
3:40 to 4:30 p.m.
 
Sept. 28
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
 
Sept. 29
Virtual Preview Day
Register here
6 p.m.
 
Oct. 1
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Farmer Hall meeting room
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

QEP Town Hall
Zoom – Request invitation information
1 p.m.
 
Malone Center Virtual Office Hours
Zoom
3:40 to 4:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 5
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
 
Oct. 7
University Faculty Meeting
Zoom
3:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 8
Founders’ Day
 
Malone Center Virtual Office Hours
Zoom
3:40 to 4:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 9
Faculty Senate Meeting
Zoom
2 p.m.

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