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The University continues to hold randomized on-campus sentinel testing this semester to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among UM’s faculty, staff and students.

If you have not already done so, please do your part to keep campus safe and health by visiting to set up an account to be included in on-campus sentinel testing. Use your UM email address to create your account. You will answer some basic questions and verify your email. Once your account is created, keep an eye on your email, including your junk mail folder, for a potential invitation to participate in sentinel testing.

Sentinel testing involves testing a random sample of UM’s population each week to help monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in our campus community. Every week, UM aims to randomly test at least 3% of its on-campus population.


Tour the New Center for the Arts

Socially distanced tours of the Center for the Arts are available for UM employees. Masks are required and the tours will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Tour groups will include no more than five people at a time. To sign up, contact Andrew Fancher.

Available tour times:

  • Friday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 6, 2 and 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 2 and 4 p.m.

Yoga Classes Continue

Yoga classes are ongoing Tuesdays and Thursdays in the dance studio in the former Bibb Graves Hall from 4 to 5 p.m. These classes offer a whole-body, balanced practice for all levels that allows for variations, exploration and modifications all while stretching, strengthening, flexing and toning so that you leave feeling better and healthier. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel.


Open Enrollment for UM Benefits Ends Friday, Oct. 23

The annual open enrollment for UM benefits began on Oct. 1 and lasts through Friday, Oct. 23. This is the time of the year when benefits-eligible UM faculty and staff can re-evaluate their needs and make benefit selections for the 2021 calendar year. Please review the HR Benefits U newsletter which provides pertinent information regarding open enrollment, deadlines for submission, enrollment forms and general benefits information.

Please note the Mandatory Benefits Election form and the Flexible Spending Account Plans Enrollment/Waiver form are available online as dynamic forms. The links are included in the newsletter and are required to be submitted to HR by Oct. 23. The Vision Enrollment Application form and the Sick Leave Membership Application/Cancelation form are located at the end of the newsletter. The Office of Human Resources is happy to assist you during open enrollment to answer any questions you may have regarding your UM benefits.


Nominations Open for 15 Within 15

Do you know an accomplished young alum of the University of Montevallo? The UMNAA Junior Board is looking to honor alumni who have achieved greatness within 15 years of graduating. Nominations are now being accepted for the new 15 Within 15 young alumni recognition. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1. Submit your nomination online.


Pandemic PD: Introducing the Malone Center’s Go2 Learning Studio and Premium Classroom Technology

Wednesday, Oct. 21, at noon, via  Zoom

This week’s Pandemic PD session hosted by the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will give you a tour of the Malone Center’s newest innovative teaching space — the Go2 Learning Studio, which is located in Wills Hall, room G2. This technology-enhanced classroom includes the University’s premium technology to facilitate log-in/drop-in participation by students as well as two additional monitors, an Aquos Board interactive touchscreen display and modular classroom furniture to facilitate a variety of unique teaching strategies. We will also use this opportunity to explain the benefits and utility of premium classroom technology, which is available in more than 15 instructional spaces across campus. Register at this link to receive the login information for the session.


ValloCycle Mini-ride

Saturday, Oct. 24, meet at 10 a.m., UMOM

The Mini-ride is designed to accommodate riders of all ages and skill levels. We meet in front of University of Montevallo on Main (UMOM) and bike down to Orr Park. There, we will do as many laps as the group likes and will head to La Conchita’s on Main Street for popsicles — our treat! If you would like to borrow a bike for the ride, contact ValloCycle at


Flu Vaccine Clinic

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 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.

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.


ValloCycle Witch’s Ride

Thursday, Oct. 29, meet at 5:30 p.m., UMOM

The Witch’s Ride is ValloCycle’s glow ride with a spooky twist. Come dressed in a bike-safe costume and decorate your bike with lights. We also have bike lights to lend out for the ride. We meet in front of UMOM, the ride is approximately five miles through town. We stay off of major roads and no one is left behind. We will again end at La Conchita’s for popsicles on us! If you would like to borrow a bike for the ride, contact ValloCycle at

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Kristy Lee, vice president for administration and liaison to the Board of Trustees, was recently included among Birmingham Business Journal’s 2020 Women to Watch. Honorees were chosen based on their career accomplishments, their potential for future leadership and contributions to their organization and the overall economy and other factors. The honorees will be featured at the BBJ’s annual Women’s Summit.

Dr. Eun-Hee Park, assistant professor of music, collaborated with Alabama Symphony Orchestra Oct. 11. The concert celebrated Beethoven’s 250th birthday by featuring the composer’s “Ghost” Trio Op. 70 No. 1 and “Kakadu” Variations Op. 121a.

Dr. John W. Stewart III and Dr. Stephen Craft were recently honored in the Birmingham Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Alabama Education. In this section, BBJ highlighted key leaders in Alabama’s academic world who are educating and building the workforce of the future.

Dr. Meredith Tetloff, associate professor of social work, served on the Council on Social Work Education’s national task force for developing Curricular Guide for Environmental Justice. The guide addresses “the underlying contexts of environmental injustice that have not received adequate attention in mainstream social work despite its disparate and expanding impact on communities already marginalized by race, ethnicity, gender or income.”

Student Highlights

Landon Wockenfuss, a member of the UM men’s golf team, was recently named Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week.

Bernardita Villalba, a member of the UM women's golf team, was recently named Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week.

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 21
Pandemic PD: Introducing the Malone Center’s Go2 Learning Studio and Premium Classroom Technology
Oct. 24
ValloCycle Mini-ride
Meet at UMOM
10 a.m.
Oct. 26
Spring semester registration begins for currently enrolled graduate students
Oct. 28
Spring semester registration begins for currently enrolled undergraduate students
Campus Flu Clinic
Farmer Hall meeting room
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 29
ValloCycle Witch’s Ride
Meet at UMOM
5:30 p.m.
Nov. 4
Board of Trustees meeting
11:30 a.m.
Nov. 13
Faculty Senate Meeting
2 p.m.
Nov. 25-27
Thanksgiving holidays
University closed
Nov. 30
UM transitions to distance education
Dec. 7-11
Final exams
Dec. 21-Jan. 1
Winter holidays
University closed

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