Nominations for University Scholar 2019-2020 Now Open
The nomination period for the 2019-2020 University Scholar is now open. The University Scholar is named in recognition of exceptional achievement in areas of research, creativity and scholarship. The recipient is recognized at the Founders’ Day Convocation with a plaque and a monetary award. The University Scholar will then give a presentation to the university community before the end of the academic year.
Any nominee must be a professor who has completed at least five years of service at UM in a tenured or tenure-track position. The nominee is expected to have produced a body of work recognized as excellent by an audience of peers beyond the institution. This work may be comprised of peer-reviewed publications and presentations, including not only traditional forms of scholarship but also performances, creative writing, musical composition, event production, exhibitions, and other activities that reflect a commitment to research, creativity and scholarly endeavors. In addition, the nominee should show a pattern of sustained engagement in this work, as well as promise for its continuance.
Nominators should be those with knowledge of the nominee’s research, scholarship and/or creative achievements. No self-nominations will be accepted. Letters of nomination should be sent via email as either attached Word documents or within the body of the text to Jim Murphy, chair of the University Scholar Selection Committee by the end of the business day on Friday, April 5. The email subject line for all nominations should read “2019-2020 University Scholar Nomination for ___________.”
Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey
You Belong at Montevallo! Share your voice by taking the Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey. This is your opportunity to assess our campus climate and participate in creating an environment that is diverse, inclusive and welcoming to all faculty, staff and students.
Check your inbox on Wednesday, April 3, for your personal survey link. The survey will be available until Friday, April 26. All responses will be kept strictly confidential.
Are you feeling stressed out or overwhelmed? The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching invites you to attend our final Toolbox Talk of the semester, which will be focused on self-care. Please join guest presenter Dr. Jason Newell, Professor of Social Work, as he walks you through the creation of a self-care plan to help you achieve balance and enhance your well-being. The workshop will be held Friday, April 5 at noon in Wills 200. Lunch will be provided for participants who register at http://bit.ly/MCSelfCare by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. We hope you will join us!
BSS Brown Bag: “Cultural Resistance on China’s Internet”
The Wednesday, April 3 BSS Brown Bag will feature Dr. Deb Lowry, associate professor of Sociology at 1 p.m. in UMOM 309.
Restrictions on certain types of public speech in the People’s Republic of China, fortified by its “Great Firewall” and “army of censors,” remain strong in the early 21st century. Still, everyday Chinese citizens find ways to circumvent censorship, air grievances, and mobilize protest. This presentation offers a glimpse into resistance on China’s internet and the extent to which people utilize the special attributes of Chinese language in those efforts. Please join us for a fascinating conversation on contemporary China.
For more information, please contact Clark Hultquist.
Falcon Success Center Celebrates First Anniversary
Join the Falcon Success Center in celebrating their first year. Stop by Van Tuyll House on April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and enjoy food, fun and games to commemorate student success.
Graduate Teaching Award and Graduate Commitment to Diversity Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
The purpose of the Graduate Teaching Award is to recognize the crucial role that graduate faculty have in the preparation of students for professional careers. The recipient must be a full-time graduate faculty member and spend at least half of his/her time in direct teaching activities at the University. Candidates will be selected on the criteria of commitment to teaching and the influence that they have had on students in the teaching and learning process. Nominations may be submitted by an alumnus, a student or a University faculty or staff member. One recipient is selected annually to receive this award. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a nomination form.
The Graduate Commitment to Diversity Award is presented to a graduate student who has excelled in his/her field of study and has demonstrated extraordinary commitment toward diversity and inclusivity initiatives. This awardee is honored for creating or fostering a positive impact on traditionally marginalized people or communities and serves as an advocate to amplify silenced voices and/or fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion in their immediate spaces. Please see the Graduate Council representative in your department for a nomination form.
Nominations for the two awards are due by Friday, April 5.
Faculty/Staff Campaign Kickoff Breakfast
Please join University Advancement for breakfast on Tuesday, April 9, from 8 to 10 a.m. in Reynolds Hall Lobby. Stop by, grab a free Chick-fil-A breakfast and chat with our Advancement representatives.
VALIC Financial Advisor on Campus
Interested in saving for retirement? Tammy Shyrock, UM’s VALIC Financial Advisor, will be offering individual retirement counseling on campus at the Carmichael Library Wilson Room (top floor) Tuesday, April 9. To schedule your appointment, please refer to the UM Human Resources webpage and scroll down to the Tax Deferred Investments (403[b]) Plans section. If there are any questions, please contact the HR office at 205-665-6055.
Participate in UM’s Warrior Challenge
The third annual Warrior Challenge will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Disc Golf Course, located near the McChesney Student Activity Center.
Students from DeAnna Smith’s Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability class are applying their academic knowledge to benefit local charity The Arc of Shelby County. Expanding upon the previous Warrior Challenge obstacle course event, the 2019 Warrior Challenge will feature a 5k and 1-mile obstacle fun run. Participants are encouraged to form teams for chances to win prizes.
Proceeds from the event will benefit The Arc of Shelby County which serves more than 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities in Shelby County each year. Learn more and register to participate at montevallo.edu/warrior-challenge
Food Trucks on Campus
Beginning this week the following food trucks will be on campus in front of Anna Irvin Dining Hall during lunch:
- City Bowls — April 15 & 22
- Mustard Seed Foods — every Wednesday throughout the spring semester