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Colleges of Distinction 2018-2019

Montevallo Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction 2018-2019 

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Montevallo has been recognized as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. It continues to be one of only two schools in Alabama marked with the Public College of Distinction achievement.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process reviews several facets of each institution, including general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more. Schools are chosen on the basis that they adhere to the following four distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.

Read more about this prestigious designation online.

Global and Targeted Email Changes

The new Global and Targeted Email Guidelines, which allow informative University-related emails to be sent to more specific groups, went into effect on June 25. These guidelines were designed based on feedback given by Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, SGA, TAC and other departments across campus. The final copy is available online.

Academic Affairs Seeking Candidate to Fulfill Service Learning Coordinator Position

The Office of Academic Affairs is seeking applications from full-time regular faculty members to fulfill the role of service learning coordinator.

The coordinator reports to the provost and receives a one-course release each semester and a stipend in the summer. The job duties include chairing the Service Learning and Community Engagement Committee, serving as the academic coordinator of the Falcon Scholars in Action program and promoting the expansion of service learning courses and other service learning opportunities for students, among other responsibilities.

The letter of application should explain your interest in the position, your experience with the Service Learning Program, the strengths you would bring to the role of coordinator and any goals you might have for the program.

Applications, along with a recommendation from your department chair, should be submitted to Mary Horton by Thursday, July 12.

UM to Swear in Alexander as Police Chief June 26

On Tuesday, June 26, UM will host a swearing in ceremony for its new chief of police and director of public safety, Tim Alexander. The ceremony will take place in Anna Irvin Dining Hall between 5 and 6 p.m. Members of the campus and local community are encouraged to attend and welcome Chief Alexander.

Campus Paving Improvements

The Physical Plant announced paving on Bloch Street (behind 3D building), College DriveLund parking lotNew Hall parking lot, and the overflow parking lot which began on Monday, June 25 and will continue through approximately July 4.

Please avoid traveling the College Drive route when possible. There may be delays when traveling near this area. As always, use caution around all construction zones.

Campus to Close July 2 and 3 for Independence Day 

The President’s Office announced that all non-critical offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, July 2-3, 2018, in recognition of the July 4 holiday. Certain personnel in critical areas may be notified of the need to work on these days. The University will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2018.  

Nominations Open for Retired Faculty and Staff Award

The Retired Faculty and Staff Award is presented by University Advancement in the fall to honor a retired faculty or staff member for excellence in service and loyalty to UM.

To be eligible, a nominee must  have retired from UM before July 1, 2013. Retired faculty and staff that have returned to UM in a full-time or part-time capacity are not eligible.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year with a deadline of July 1. The nomination form may be submitted electronically or in hard copy and is available online. Call 205-665-6219 for more information.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Jennifer Alexiou-Ray, assistant professor of secondary education and program coordinator of technology and leadership, was recently announced as UM’s first Provost Fellow-Graduate Studies. In this role, she will work closely with the Provost in developing a strategic plan for graduate studies at UM.

Dr. Laura Bloom, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, along with Dr. Charlotte Daughhetee, professor of counseling, and Maegan Vick ’08, current doctoral student at Auburn, collaborated on the article, “Serving prekindergarten (Pre-K) children in Alabama elementary schools: Age appropriate support of social and emotional development” which was recently published in the “Alabama Counseling Association Journal.

Dr. James S. Day, professor of history, was recently announced as the newly established Michael J. Grainger Professorship in Modern History for a term of three years.

Dr. Clark Hultquist, professor of history, served as assistant to the chief reader for the AP European History Reading in Kansas City, Missouri, May 27 to June 8.

Upcoming Events

June 26
Swearing in Ceremony for Chief Alexander
Anna Irvin
5 to 6 p.m.

City of Montevallo:
Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting

Parnell Memorial Library
6 p.m.

July 2-3 
University Closed 

July 4 
Independence Day 
University Closed 

July 12 
Staff Senate Meeting 
Merrill Room 
9 to 11 a.m. 

July 13
Summer Preview Day

8:30 a.m. 

July 21-22
UM Women’s Soccer Falcon Footy ID Showcase

July 23
UM Soccer Day Camp

July 26
Transfer Orientation

July 27
Freshman Orientation

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during UM events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205-665-6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.

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