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UM officials and special guests participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Center for the Arts.

UM Breaks Ground on New Center for the Arts

On Thursday, April 19, University of Montevallo representatives overturned the first bit of dirt to officially begin the construction of the new Center for the Arts.

The 36,000-square-foot facility will allow the College of Fine Arts to provide a more comprehensive teaching and learning space giving fine arts programs a location to collaborate more across disciplines.

The performance venue will include a 350-seat theater with state-of-the-art acoustics and technology for music concerts and theater performances, a 100-seat black box theater and a courtyard suitable for outdoor performances and receptions.

The additional classrooms and labs will serve as a major asset for the COFA recruitment program.

The multi-million-dollar project is expected to be completed sometime in summer 2019.

Advancement to Host Senior Day Lunch

On Friday, May 4, the Office of Advancement will host a fundraiser lunch on Flowerhill before graduation rehearsal. Between 2:30 and 4 p.m., faculty, staff and the senior class are encouraged to come out and make a minimum $5 donation for a lunch consisting of a Chik-fil-A sandwich and Frios pop.

These contributions will benefit the senior class project to jumpstart a book emergency scholarship to address the increasing financial needs of our students. RSVP by Friday, April 30.

UM to host CoffeeNET event for local businesses

On Tuesday, May 8, join the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce for CoffeeNET in Farmer Hall from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The morning meeting is designed for investors to enjoy networking, coffee and light refreshments — all before heading to the office.

Montevallo High School Seeking Vendors for Community Yard Sale

On Saturday, May 5, Montevallo High School will host a community yard sale at the marching band’s practice field. 12x12 spots are available to reserve for a $30 fee, which will go toward the Montevallo High School Band. All vendors are responsible for supplying their own tables.

Donated items are also welcomed, but must be delivered the afternoon of Friday, May 4, between 3 and 6 p.m. All unwanted items will be donated to Shelby Emergency Assistance.

Vendors will setup between 6 and 7 a.m. and the yard sale will open to the public from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Dawn Cabrera or call 205-682-6400 to reserve a space.

Yearly Foodservice Surveys

Dining services requests that faculty and staff participate in its annual foodservice assessment surveys. The brief questionnaire aims to gauge how Chartwells is currently doing on campus and what can be improved in the future. The surveys can be completed online throughout the month of April.

Faculty & Staff Highlight

Dr. Robert Barone, professor of history, and Dr. Karli Morris, associate professor of mathematics, presented a paper titled “Robert Recorde: Teaching Mathematics in the Tudor Age” at the annual meeting of the Alabama Association of Historians held in Birmingham on April 14.
Dr. Alex Beringer won a fellowship with the American Antiquarian Society, the largest collection of pre-1876 American print matter in the world, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Next year, Beringer will travel to Worcester to be the Jay and Deborah Last Visiting Researcher. While there, he will work on his book, “Lost Literacies: Experiments in the 19th Century American Comic Strip.”

Additionally, Beringer received the Honors Faculty Award during the spring Honors Program recognition luncheon on Monday, April 16.
Dr. Tammi Dahle, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management/dean of students, received the Golden Ladle Award at the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, April 19 after impressing a panel of judges with her “Dahle-Licious Chili.” Matt Walker, director of the office of sponsored programs, took home the People’s Choice Award for his “Chili Like A Back Road.” In all, the event managed to raise around $150 for the Student Emergency Fund.
Dr. Clark Hultquist, professor of history, delivered “French Media Representations of the United States in the Great War in 1918” at the Alabama Association of Historians annual meeting in Birmingham on April 14.
Carolyn Jones, assistant director of alumni affairs and advisor to S.T.A.T., and Jason Perry, student president of S.T.A.T., won Advisor of the Year and President of the Year, respectively at the Student Life Banquet for Student Organizations on Tuesday, April 17.
Amanda Melcher, associate professor and head of technical services in Carmichael Library, presented the annual Alabama Library Association Awards at the Alabama Library Association Annual Convention, held April 11-13 in Florence.
Jim Murphy, professor of English, read his poetry at the Alabama School of Fine Arts’ Poetry Month Celebration at ASFA’s campus in Birmingham on April 12. 
Dr. Eun-Hee Park, assistant professor of music, adjudicated the Alabama Music Teachers Association’s District VIII (Huntsville) piano auditions on April 14. She also judged the Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory Awards Competition on April 21.


As a token of our appreciation to all of our loyal weekly Vallo Voice readers, we are continuing to host a small contest each week. Below are three questions pertaining to this week’s issue. Submit the correct answers with this survey link to enter a monthly drawing for a UM giveaway item!

  1. When are grades for spring and summer graduates due?
  2. What is the name of Dr. Tammi Dahle’s award-winning chili?
  3. What is this year’s senior class project?
Upcoming Events
April 24
Honors 308 Digital Storytelling Showcase
Comer Hall Auditorium
4:30 p.m.
Concert Choir & University Chorus
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
April 26
Dead Day
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 a.m.
Shelby County Alumni Club Benefit Bash
Stewart Student Retreat Center
6 to 8 p.m.
Wind Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
April 27
Dead Day
CSM Honors Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall
7 p.m.
April 29
CSM Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall
2 p.m.
Midnight Breakfast
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 p.m.
April 30-May 4
May 2
Grades for Spring & Summer Grads Due
3 p.m.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Merrill Room
1:45 p.m.
May 4
Senior Day
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Minimum $5 donation
May 5
Spring Commencement
9 a.m.
May 7
May Term Begins
All Spring Grades Due
10 a.m.
May 8
Farmer Hall
8 to 9:30 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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