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You Belong At Montevallo

On Monday, Aug. 20, the University of Montevallo announced its latest marketing campaign with the tagline: You Belong At Montevallo.

We encourage all faculty, staff, alumni and students to engage and share with the University on social media proudly proclaiming “I belong at Montevallo.” See for more information, including a promotional video, Facebook photo frame and more.

Departmental Mail Procedures Updated

As part of the University’s data governance project and to improve security of mail handling, the University is implementing changes to Departmental Mail Procedures. Effective Aug. 15, all departmental mail will be dropped off and picked up at the UM Post Office in Farmer Hall. Packages will still be delivered to departments by Central Receiving. Your department’s mailbox key may be claimed at the UM Post Office on weekdays between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 13.

Carmichael Library Begins Fall Hours

The Library’s regular semester hours began on Aug. 20, and are as follows:

  • Mon.-Wed., 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Thurs., 7:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sat., 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Sun., 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Library databases are available 24/7 at

Fall Schedule for McChesney Student Activity Center

View the full schedule of fall hours (Aug. 20-Dec. 8)

The following classes will be held in the SAC during the fall:

  •  Water Aerobics: Mon. & Wed., 6 to 7 p.m.
  •  Learn to Lift: Tues. & Thurs., 7 to 8 p.m.

The following classes will be held in Bibb Graves Dance Studio: 

  • Kick Boxing: Mon. & Wed., 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Yoga: Tues. & Thurs., 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Zumba: Tues. & Thurs., 7 to 8 p.m.

Take Private Music Lessons with the Community School of Music

The Community School of Music is taking registrations for private music lessons during the fall 2018 semester. They welcome all ages and skill levels. Instruments include voice, piano, guitar, violin, trumpet, flute, trombone, clarinet and percussion plus more! Learn more and register online.

For children between 5 and 11 years old, they offer a free musicianship class on Monday evenings beginning Sept. 10. Classes start in Davis Hall at 6:15 p.m. and last 45 minutes. In this class, students will play interactive music games that help develop music reading and rhythm skills, learn about famous composers, listen and learn about music from around the world and create their own compositions to share with family and friends. Register your child online. For more information, email Pamela Smith or call 665-6678.

Montevallo Connection Meetings

Please mark your calendars and join Montevallo Connection for their upcoming meetings where you will hear updates and needs from our local principals and teachers at Montevallo Elementary School, Montevallo Middle School and Montevallo High School. This is a great opportunity for your department or your class to determine where you can collaborate and help local students. Meetings for this academic year are scheduled for:

  • Wed. Sept. 12, at Montevallo High School from 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov. 14, at Montevallo Elementary School from 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Wed., Feb. 20, at Montevallo Middle School from 4 to 5 p.m.

Call for Fall 2018 Event Information

University Relations wants to promote your upcoming fall 2018 events in the online campus life calendar, on UM official social media and beyond!

Send specific details about your events, along with an event photo, to Kira Thomas.

And as always, please see the newly refreshed for assistance with any of your marketing and communications needs.

The City by Night: Noir, Crime and Mystery from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

The Foreign Language Program and Latin American Studies Minor presents a film series from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema in Comer Auditorium. Films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Dr. Eric Vaccarella will provide a brief introduction for each film.

  • Thurs., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. — Salón México (1949)
  • Tues., Sept. 25, 5 p.m. — Sensualidad (Sensuality) (1951)
  • Tues., Oct. 9, 5 p.m. — En la palma de tu mano (In The Palm of Your Hand) (1951)
  • Tues., Nov. 13, 5 p.m. — La otra (The Other One) (1946)

Contact the Foreign Language Office at 205-665-6410 for more information.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Bruce Finklea, assistant professor of mass communication, presented at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention as part of the “Teaching With Trek” lecture series. He spoke about his experience offering a Star Trek-based course at UM, which he is offering again this fall.

Art Professor Dr. Scott Meyer recently won the 2018-2019 Visual Artist Fellowship awarded by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The annual award is made to an individual artist in the visual arts based on merit of work, career achievement, career potential and service to the State. With the award, the Council recognizes artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity. The award contributes to the further development of the artist and the advancement of his or her professional career. This is the second time Meyer has been recognized with the award.

Student Highlight

Montevallo students Laura Derocher, Brianna Garner, Elizabeth Shelnutt, Leigh Knighton, Chelsea Yates and Abigail Rothfeldt traveled to Houston, Texas, for the Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers as part of Dr. Ashley Wurzbacher’s May Term Intermediate Creative Writing course. Laura Derocher also represented The Tower at a book/magazine fair on the final day of the conference.

Upcoming Events
Aug. 21
Guest Artist:
Andrew Miller, Tuba; Laurie Middaugh, Piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Aug. 24
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
2 p.m.
Aug. 25
Women’s Volleyball
4 p.m.
Aug. 27
Eun-Hee Park, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Aug. 28
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
Aug. 30
Opening Reception
New Work: Ying Kit Chan
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
4:30 to 6 p.m.
5 p.m. Gallery Talk
Exhibit runs through Sept. 20
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Student T-shirt swap
Farmer Hall
2 to 5 p.m.
Aug. 31
College Colors Day
Women’s Volleyball
11:30 a.m.
Women’s Volleyball
5:30 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
2 p.m.
Sept. 3
Labor Day
University Closed
Sept. 5
Faculty Senate Fall Faculty Assembly
Wills 200
3:30 p.m.
Sept. 6
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 a.m.
Sept. 7
“UMmm It’s Music”: All or Nothing
Watch at
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.
Sept. 8
Inaugural Tinglewood Festival
Orr Park
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
11 a.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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