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Important COVID-19 Student Testing Information

In the coming weeks, all University of Montevallo students will receive free COVID-19 testing through the statewide GuideSafe (formerly Stay Safe Together) program for Alabama. All students will be required to be tested before returning to campus for the fall semester.

This testing program is funded by the federal CARES Act, and is part of the University’s plan for students to return to campus this fall. Students, be sure to check your UM email regularly for a very important email that will include full details regarding testing protocols. This email will be sent from either GuideSafe or Stay Safe Together.

Visit our FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions. Please continue to monitor your UM email, UM social media and montevallo.edu/falconforward for frequent updates as well.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

GSC Delays Start of Fall Competition

The Gulf South Conference will delay the start of intercollegiate competition in the fall semester to either the last week of September or the first week of October.

Administrators from across the league will jointly work on a schedule that fits the timeline for competition in an effort to provide a meaningful fall competition season for conference members. To accommodate this new schedule, soccer and volleyball will exclusively play against conference opponents. Additionally, a corresponding delay to the beginning of official practices will be instituted.

New schedules and additional details on implementation of the delayed fall season will be distributed by the conference as they are approved by the membership. The conference will continue to monitor the situation and will be prepared to make any further changes prior to the start of practice for the adjusted championship segment.


Know the Symptoms of COVID-19

Make sure you know the symptoms of COVID-19 and monitor your health on a daily basis. Symptoms include:

• Fever or chills
• Cough and/or sore throat
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue, muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

If you experience any of these symptoms STAY HOME and call your health care provider or UM Student Health Services at 205-665-6275.


Important Deadlines

The Cashier’s Office encourages students to view its Important Deadlines webpage for information on fall 2020 payment plan options, charging books at the UM Bookstore against credit balances and more.

Student Highlights

A total of 1,313 teams have earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 season, the United States Marine Corps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced recently. Among those honored were Montevallo’s volleyball program who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom.

The team’s cumulative GPA of 3.69 was amongst the top 35 highest in the country, allowing them to earn this honor for the 12th consecutive year. “I am proud of our student-athletes for doing well in the classroom,” head coach Katie O’Brien said. “Spring semester was a challenge with virtual learning, but they rose to the occasion. We have quite the tradition, 12 consecutive years, and I hope it continues.”

The award, initiated in the 1992-1993 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 on a 5.0 scale. “Coaches have the most influence during difficult times,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “Keeping student-athletes focused on their academic success when their volleyball identity was suddenly gone is leadership worth celebrating!”

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