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University Scores High Marks in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges

The University of Montevallo continues to receive high accolades in the “Best Colleges,” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. According to rankings for the 2019 edition, released Sept. 10, Montevallo has retained the top spot among public regional universities in Alabama, a distinction it has held for ten years.

The University was named in the

  • Top 15 Best Public Regional Universities in the South,
  • Top 20 Most Innovative Schools,
  • Top 20 in Best Undergraduate Teaching,
  • Top 25 Best Value Schools

To learn more, read the full news release.

The University was also recently recognized by the Wall Street Journal for being on par with MIT for students saying their college experience was worth the expense. WSJ revealed students find UM inspiring and the right choice for them.

Montevallo to Play Alabama in Men’s Basketball Exhibition

The Falcons men’s basketball team will face The University of Alabama in an exhibition game Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Coleman Coliseum.

The contest will mark the Falcons’ fourth meeting with the Crimson Tide in an exhibition game, and the 11th contest against a team from the Southeastern Conference in program history. Tip-off time, ticket information and television information will be announced at a later date. Visit Falcons Athletics for the latest information.

Introducing Falcon Photo Library

Falcon Photo Library is UM’s new, cloud-based media management system for photography. It allows faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community to search, view and download photos.

You can access Falcon Photo Library anywhere you have web access. Simply visit and create a login using your UM credentials in order to download. For more information, please email Alyssa Green, or call 205-665-6241.

New URL Created for Required Accommodation Notice

All University public event notices (such as guest lectures, debates, concerts, theater productions, etc.) should contain the required disability accommodation statement: Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during this event 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.

Due to space constraints on digital signage and some social media platforms, and when printing small post-card type announcements, a new shorter URL: has been created which will link those interested to the full statement. Use of the full statement is encouraged whenever space is available.

Call For Green Fund Proposals + Drop-in Workshop

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. Application guidelines are available on request. Contact Dr. Caplow for more information.

Proposals are due Oct. 1. To assist with writing your proposal, they will be hosting a drop-in proposal workshop on Friday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Tower.

Free Bicycle Registration

UMPD and UM Sustainability have partnered together to create a Bicycle Registration Program. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to register their bicycles at no cost. This program is voluntary and offers the following advantages:

  • Serves as a deterrent to theft
  • Assists in the identification of lost or stolen bicycles.
  • Easily notify the owner of found bicycles.
  • Helps the University better plan for the future of bicycle facilities.

Follow these instructions to register your bicycle now.

Art Exhibition: New Work by Ying Kit Chan

New work by visiting artist Ying Kit Chan is on exhibit in The Gallery at Bloch Hall through Sept. 20. Chan examines environmental ethics, a philosophical study of the moral relationship between human beings and nature and the value that society extends to the environment. By utilizing a wide range of mediums, yet focusing on common recycled materials, Chan employs the Deep Ecology philosophy as well as Taoist and Buddhist ideologies in an effort to examine the relationship between human beings and nature. This work manifests the mental effect of contemplation, as well as the impact of physical actions, which result in degradation of the earth.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

New staff members joining the UM family in August:

Franklin Bush — assistant coach, baseball
Amanda Compton — assistant athletic trainer
Jasmine Densmore — assignment coordinator, Housing & Residence Life
Mallory Lamm — coordinator, case management & prevention, Counseling Services
Jason Perry — manager, donor relations
Tanner Stancil — head coach, men’s & women’s tennis
Alexander Sugg — assistant athletic groundskeeper
Kasey Wagers — assistant athletic trainer
Dr. Tammi Dahle, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, was named to BBJ’s 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 annual Women's Summit hosted at The Club on Sept. 21. 
Mary Ellen Heuton, vice president for Business Affairs, and Kristy Lee, director of executive affairs and liaison to the Board of Trustees, were selected for the 2019 class of Leadership Shelby County. Through the competitive selection process, individuals are chosen based on demonstrated leadership ability in their chosen field, exhibited interest and commitment to the future of Shelby County and the potential for exercising substantial leadership in the future. 
Dr. Ted Hoffman, associate professor and director of music education, along with Dr. Jennifer L. R. Greene and Dr. Christopher M. Baumgartner of Fayetteville-Manlius High School in New York and the University of Oklahoma respectively, coauthored an article titled “Practical Tips for Beginning Music Teacher Mentoring.” The article appeared in the most recent issue of the Maryland Music Educator.
Dr. Clark Hultquist, professor of history, published an article titled “Contemporary Remembrance: The Battle of Verdun in the Public Eye 1916,” in the journal Lingua Romana: A Journal of French, Italian, and Romanian Culture.
Brook Pruitt’s documentary “Essie,” based on the skilled craftsmanship and life of Essie Ebrahimi, has been accepted to the Hollywood Divine International Film Festival in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, to be held Oct.11-13.
Dr. Scott Varagona won the 2018 Alabama State Chess Championship held in Birmingham Aug. 31-Sept. 2. This hard-fought tournament, which featured many of the strongest active chess competitors in Alabama, ended in a tie for first place, whereupon Dr. Varagona won the championship trophy on tiebreaks. This is his second state title in a row and his eighth state title overall. For more information, visit the Alabama Chess Federation website.

Student Highlight

Junior Robert Kuta has been named the first Gulf South Conference Defender of the Week in the 2018 season. Kuta registered eight saves in the Falcons’ 2-1 overtime victory on the road at Eckerd College in their season-opening match.

Upcoming Events
Sept. 11
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.
An Evening of Chamber Music
Brittney Patterson, flute; Dr. Lori Ardovino, clarinet; Patti Pilon, cello; Dr. Laurie Middaugh, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11-12
SGA Blood Drive
Farmer Hall Meeting Room
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 12
Lunch and Learn: Beyond the Basics
Wills 200
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Montevallo Connection
Montevallo High School
4 to 5 p.m.
ValloCycle Glow Ride
Meet at UMOM
6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13
Third annual Coffee & Convo
For Faculty & Staff Alumni
Reynolds Hall Lobby
7:30 to 10 a.m.
Sept. 14
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.
Sept. 15
Falcon Classic
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
Cross Country Course
8 a.m.
Sept. 16
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m.
Guest Artist Daniel Szasz, violin; Alina Voicu, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19
Montevallo Chamber Luncheon
Parnell Library
11:30 a.m.
Sept. 21
20th annual Loretta G. Brown Symposium
Comer Auditorium
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
Sept. 22
Women’s Volleyball
2 p.m.
Sept. 24
BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series presents poet Derrick Harriell
Pat Scales Special Collections Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Sept. 25
Foreign Language Film Series presents “Sensualidad (Sensuality)
Comer Auditorium
5 p.m.
Sept. 28
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
5 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29
Women’s Volleyball
2 p.m.
Sept. 30
2017-2018 Fiscal Year End
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3:30 p.m.

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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