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Home is Where the Bricks are
Homecoming is that exciting time in February for alumni from near and far to come home to Montevallo, reunite with former classmates and renew old friendships. This year, we are honoring the Classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 along with our beloved Alabama College Society, Young Alumni, Minority Alumni and other affinity groups. For students, Homecoming is also the culmination of the Purple and Gold competition of College Night. Please join us for the festivities this week.
Bloch Party
As part of the Homecoming celebration, the Art Department invites the campus community to attend the 21st annual Alumni Art Auction and Bloch Party on Saturday, Feb. 11. The silent auction features affordable works of art in all media by alumni, current students and faculty members. The gallery is open for a preview on Friday, Feb. 10, and bidding starts on Saturday at 10 a.m. Food and refreshments are available at the Bloch Party beginning at 4 p.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. Winners may collect items at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds directly benefit art students with this year’s proceeds directed toward the Ted Metz Scholarship.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Faculty members, Dr. Jason Newell and Jeannie Duke (also an alumna of UM) were recently featured on the PBS documentary “Ready to Help” along with alumnae Betty Glasscock and Joyce Greathouse. The documentary catalogs the history of social work in Alabama.

As the first social work educational program in Alabama, the University has trained social workers for nearly 92 years.

Student Achievements

Political Science major Molly Green and Spanish major Neal Van Marter were elected to the State Democratic Executive Committee. This committee is made up of one male and one female representative from each Alabama House District. Theses students were elected to represent District 73. They will attend meetings of the Alabama Democratic Party and vote on new bylaws and amendments that will affect the way the party is run in the state.

University Happenings

Lunch & Learn
The Staff Senate’s February Lunch & Learn will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Master Classroom in Wills Hall. This free monthly professional-development event is offered through the lunch hour for all staff to grow their professional and personal skills.

This month’s topic is Social Media and How it Affects You. Bring your own lunch and beverage. Dessert will be provided. R.S.V.P. to B.J. Posey. Please specify which session you will be attending.

February Lights Night Ride
Take a break from College Night festivities to get some exercise and have some fun!

ValloCycle will host a nighttime bike ride around the city of Montevallo on Wednesday, Feb. 8. To participate, meet in front of UMOM at 6:30 p.m. The five-mile ride will depart at 7 p.m. and stretch through the residential areas of Montevallo, ending at Eclipse Coffee and Books between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m.

All riders are encouraged to decorate their bicycles with lights and wear side colors, if so inclined. Anyone in need of a bike is encouraged to contact Dr. Susan Caplow to reserve one through ValloCycle.

Food Truck Thursday
The Office of Partnerships and Outreach is excited to announce Food Truck Thursdays are back!

Visit the first truck of the semester Thursday, Feb. 9, on Brooke Quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This semester’s line up includes seven new food vendors, as well as favorites from last semester. Be sure to follow UM’s official social media to find out which food truck will be visiting each week.

Clothing Drive Donations Requested
The offices of Partnerships and Outreach, Service Learning and the Career Center will host another Dress For Success event for students on April 13.

They are currently seeking clean, gently-used donations for men and women for the annual UM professional clothing drive benefiting UM students:
Men — suites, ties, shirts, jackets, slacks, belts and shoes
Women — suites, shirts, jackets, slacks, skirts, dresses, shoes and accessories

Donations will be accepted through Friday, March 24, and can be dropped off from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. at the GloCo Building, located at 845 Valley Street. To schedule a pick up, email Kelli Holmes.

Upcoming University Summer Festivities
This summer, UM will host an exciting new festival and camp.

The inaugural Montevallo Yoga Festival will take place on May 20. This day-long festival will be the first of its kind in Alabama. MoYo is designed to attract those interested in yoga, nature, healthy living, wellness, fitness, natural healing, meditation and mind and body connections.

The College of Fine Arts’ Department of Theatre will host the Alabama High School Theatre Camp from June 11 to 16. This state-wide residential camp will provide a process-focused approach, engaging several aspects of theatre study to train young high school actors of all levels.

Anyone interested is encouraged to register quickly before all available spaces are filled.

Environmental Studies Seeks Courses
The interdisciplinary program, Environmental Studies is seeking faculty interested in teaching courses with environmental content to cross list as ES 310/410: Special Topics in Environmental Studies for Fall 2017. To learn more, contact Dr. Susan Caplow.

Main Street Renovations
To follow the roadwork closings in downtown Montevallo, visit the City of Montevallo’s website or Facebook page.

Upcoming Events
Feb. 7
College of Education Homecoming Dinner
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
5:30 p.m.
Feb. 8
Lunch & Learn: Social Media and How it Affects You
Master Classroom, Wills Hall
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
2 p.m.
Faculty Senate Faculty Assembly
Comer Auditorium
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Women’s/Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena
5:30 p.m.
February Lights Night Ride
6:30 p.m.
Feb. 8-11
College Night Productions
Palmer Auditorium
7 p.m.
Feb. 9
Food Truck Thursday
Brooke Quad
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Feb. 10-Feb. 11
(See full schedule)
No classes
Feb. 10
Board of Trustees Meeting
Merrill Room
1:45 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
2 p.m.
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
6 p.m.
Feb. 11
Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
11 a.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 p.m.
Women’s/Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena
1:30/3:30 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
4 p.m.
Feb. 12
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
3:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Feb. 13
Graduate Council Meeting
Wills 200
3:30 p.m.
Feb. 15
Registration for Undergraduate Research Day closes
Blood Drive
Farmer Hall Meeting Room
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Q & A on disruptive behaviors and interactions in the classroom
Montevallo Room, Anna Irvin
12 to 1 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
2 p.m.
Feb. 17
Faculty Senate Committee Meetings
Merrill Room
2 to 5 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
2 p.m.
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
4 p.m.
Upcoming Events
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