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Carmichael Library Awarded $50K Technology Grant

UM’s Carmichael Library has been awarded a nearly $50,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to make its offerings more accessible to remote users.

The agency recently awarded the grants to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. UM was one of 68 institutions selected from 1,701 applications nationwide. UM Digital Media and Emerging Technologies Librarian Michael Price is the project director.

“While the pandemic’s widespread impact has changed how museums and libraries engage with their communities, it has not stopped them from providing information, education, support, entertainment and other incredible resources,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “We deeply appreciate the work that museums and libraries are doing as they continue their missions in the face of hardship.”

The grant will allow Carmichael Library to purchase Chromebooks, portable battery packs, hotspots, iPads and Wacom tablets.

These additional resources will be available for student check-out, allowing students without reliable technology and internet access to engage in remote learning while off campus.

The grant will also fund a graduate assistant for one year to assist in the production of training materials and in offering support and instruction.


University Plans for Spring 2021

This spring, the University will continue to follow the same protocols as outlined in the Falcon Forward plan developed and distributed last summer, with minor changes related to academics, re-entry testing and more. Details about the University’s spring plans can be found at

UM to Host 2023 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional

The NCAA has awarded the Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional to UM for the 2023 season. This will be the third time the NCAA has hosted a cross country championship at UM, after the University previously hosted events in 2014 and 2016. Read more.

Undergraduate Research Day 2021

Undergraduate Research Day will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Online registration is open now through Feb. 5, 2021, at The format of the event will be determined as the date approaches. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cindy Tidwell or Tonja Battle at

Montevallo Connection Needs

Please see below for some areas in which you, your class or your department can assist and support our local schools based on our latest Montevallo Connection meeting with MES, MMS and MHS administrators.

Montevallo Elementary

  • Volunteers will be needed closer to Christmas to wrap a present provided by the administrators for every single student at MES.

Montevallo Middle

  • Leaders of Tomorrow (L.O.T.) group needs virtual speakers to promote leadership. This could be a motivational speech or even a skill (i.e. interview skills) you would like to teach.

Montevallo High

  • The Ready to Work program needs volunteers to speak to students about what to expect after high school in the career world.
  • Tutors are needed as students have missed more days of school than normal due to the pandemic.

Contact Dr. Ji Ji Davis if would like more information on these needs.

Spring 2021 Peace and Justice Studies Courses

Advisors, please share our spring 2021 Peace and Justice Studies (PJS) courses with your advisees:

  • ENG 232-001, ENG 232-002 (non-cross-listed elective) Global Literature: Shakespeare and Contemporary Society, Atwood
  • PJS 370/SOC 360 Social Change, Lowry
  • PJS 370/SWK 373 Social Policy, Tetloff
  • PJS 470/ES 401/SWK 411 Immersive Environmental Storytelling, Tetloff
  • PJS 470/NPS 420/MG 420 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Smith
  • PJS 470/POS448/ES350 Environmental Policy, Eckelman

Visit the Peace and Justice Studies webpage for more information about courses and the PJS minor.

Fundraisers for UM Cheer and Dance Teams

UM cheer and dance teams are now selling Cloud9 bedsheets. The sale runs through Friday, Nov. 6. No matter the size, each four-piece (three-piece for twin) set is $40. Bamboo pillows, pillow cases and more are also available. For more information and to purchase, please contact your favorite cheerleader, dance team member or Melissa Stano.

UM cheer is also raising money for competition and you can show your support by grabbing dinner at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Hoover on Wednesday, Oct. 28. You MUST bring the flyer for your order to count for fundraising efforts. You can find the flyer at or by emailing Melissa Stano.

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.


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.


Pandemic PD: Grading Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, Oct. 28, at noon, via  Zoom

This week’s Pandemic PD session hosted by the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will highlight tips and tricks for making grading easier and more efficient. We would love for you to come prepared to share your own! Register at this link to receive login information for the session.


On Repeat — Ellen Mueller

Runs Thursday, Oct. 29 through Tuesday, Nov. 24, Poole Gallery, visit

Ellen Mueller explores issues related to the environment,  hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media. Virtual walkthrough and artist talk are published at


COMS Senior Showcase

Thursday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The First Annual COMS Senior Showcase will be held virtually. COMS (Communication Studies) seniors will demonstrate what they have been doing as a COMS major and how that maps on to their post-graduation career and academic goals. Details on how to attend virtually are coming soon. For additional information, call the Department of Communication at 205-665-6625.


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


Senior BFA Exhibition — Morgan Capps and Tomeca Reed

Runs Sunday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 19, The Gallery at Bloch Hall, visit

These exhibitions from Morgan Capps, sculpture, and Tomeca Reed, graphic design, present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Virtual content will be published at

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Danielle Deavours, instructor of multimedia journalism, recently presented four research papers at BEA On-Location, including work on participatory journalism during crisis events, the impact of vicarious traumatization on journalists reporting during crises, rape culture myths present in the news coverage of sexual assault cases and a survey of broadcasters on nonverbal neutrality norms in the journalism industry. Deavours also participated in two additional panels on service learning projects for journalism and PR curriculum and the international Festival of the Arts competition.

Deavours was also published in peer-review journal Electronic News. Her study “Written All Over Their Faces: Neutrality and Nonverbal Expression in Sandy Hook Coverage” examines the nonverbal behavior of broadcast journalists covering the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Dr. Ted Hoffman, associate professor and director of music education, presented a research session titled “Recruiting Marginalized Students to the Music Profession: A review of Literature” at the College Music Society’s 2020 National Conference held Oct. 16-18.

Student Highlights

Lucy Frost-Helms and Will Lindbergh represented the Honors Program and attended the online National Collegiate Honors Council conference, NCHC20 Student Events, held Oct. 8-9.

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 26
Spring term registration begins for currently enrolled graduate students
Oct. 28
Spring term registration begins for currently enrolled undergraduate students
Campus Flu Clinic
Farmer Hall meeting room
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pandemic PD: Grading Tips and Tricks

Oct. 29-Nov. 24
On Repeat — Ellen Mueller
Poole Gallery
Virtual walkthrough and artist talk
Oct. 29
COMS Senior Showcase
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ValloCycle Witch’s Ride
Meet at UMOM
5:30 p.m.

Nov. 1-Nov. 19
Senior BFA Exhibition — Morgan Capps and Tomeca Reed
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Virtual content
Nov. 3
Election Day
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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