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Dr. Jason Newell to Deliver 2018-2019 University Scholar Presentation

The 2018-2019 University Scholar Presentation will be held Wednesday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the J.A. Brown Room of Carmichael Library. Dr. Jason Newell of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences will present “Cultivating Professional Resilience: A New Dimension in Trauma Research.”

Newell’s research focuses on the psychological impact of providing services to trauma populations on the providers themselves. The concept of professional resilience refers to the overall health and well-being of social workers and other human service professionals as they navigate the daily challenges of providing services to those who are vulnerable, oppressed or otherwise suffering in some way.

 “The overarching goal of my research is to keep the human service workforce thriving and free of professional burnout and compassion fatigue,” said Newell. “I am just so grateful and humbled to be named a University Scholar and to be included in the ranks of such distinguished scholars before me.”

The designation of University Scholar recognizes a faculty member who has shown exemplary strides in creativity, research and scholarship.

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.
 

Self-Care Workshop

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 grad@montevallo.edu 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

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Lynn Faulkner and Dr. Eun-Hee Park were invited to perform a piano duo concert for the Terrific Tuesday series at Shelton Community College in Tuscaloosa on March 19. The program featured works by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Corigliano.  
 
Dr. Jody Landers has been named the Todd and Linda Strange Endowed Professorship. Dr. Landers joined the music faculty in 2003. He was the recipient of the 2008 College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award and was named University Scholar in 2010.  A distinguished record of creative and scholarly accomplishments matches his excellence as a teacher.  Most notable are his multi-movement compositions, such as “Sinfonia da Requiem,” as well as “Four Thames Crossings.” This composition was commissioned by the Tuscaloosa Symphony to memorialize the victims of a devastating tornado in the city in 2011.  Alabama Symphony Orchestra performed a more recent composition, “Violin Concerto” in 2014. His music has been recognized and performed internationally by prestigious institutions such as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Netherlands Radio Orchestra and the Gaudeamus Foundation.

Landers composed and performed an opera that celebrates the bicentennial of the State of Alabama.  He adapted James Agee’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” a testament to the courage and resilience of sharecroppers in Hale County in the 1930s. Landers premiered the work in Birmingham in 2018. He has been described by one of his peers as “one of the most refreshing American voices in composition today.”

Dr. Cathlena Martin and Dr. Benton Tyler, along with Game Studies and Design alumna Mollie Boynton published “Conflict Management 101: University Edition” in the inaugural issue of “OneShot: A Journal of Critical Games and Play.” The article is a critical essay over the research and design process for their their card game, which is published as a print-and-play version in the journal.
 
Dr. Cathlena Martin with Game Studies and Design alumni Stephen Gilbert, Jesus “Chuy” Guizar, Will Kirkpatrick and Sara Perry published “Roanoke: A Post-Mortem on Undergraduate Research Game Design” in the inaugural issue of “OneShot: A Journal of Critical Games and Play, Volume 1” in March 2019.
 
Dr. Gheni Platenburg, assistant professor of multimedia journalism, won the top faculty paper award for the history division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) 44th annual Southeast Colloquium for her research “Thinking Black; an Analysis of the Impact of Black Racial Identity on the Discourse and Work Routines of Cable Media Practitioners.”
 
Dr. Catherine Walsh, assistant professor of art, co-lead the workshop, Data Organization and Visualization for Beginners, at the Renaissance Society of America pre-conference Day of Digital Learning, where she presented, "Trial and Error While Mapping Sculpture, 2015-2019." At the RSA conference, Walsh also chaired a session on digital art history, art and visual perception. She then presented a paper, "Moving Stones Around the Early Modern Mediterranean: Real and Notional Geographies of Sculptures' Materials," in the session Moving Materials in the Early Modern World. The conference was held in Toronto, Canada, March 17-19.
 
The Falcon Success Center is pleased to announce the 2019 Falcon Success Champions. Launched fall 2018, Falcon Success Champions is an initiative that encourages the UM community to recognize the contributions UM faculty, staff, departments and divisions have made to the success of our students. Falcon Success Champions does not involve the presentation of an award for a single individual or office but, rather, provides an opportunity to recognize all contributions. This year’s honorees include UM Physical Plant, Tonja Battle, Dr. Houston Byrd, Audrey Crawford, Dr. Lolita Kincade, Dr. Dalila Mathews, Tony Miller Jr., Dr. Cindy Tidwell, Dr. Alicia Turner and Courtney Van Atta.

Upcoming Events

March 31-May 3
BFA Senior Capstone Art Shows

Bloch Hall
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays 

April 2
Women’s Tennis

Tennis Courts
2 p.m.

April 3
BSS Brown Bag: “Cultural Resistance on China’s Internet”

UMOM 309
1 p.m. 

Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
5 p.m.

April 4
Staff Senate Meeting

Merrill Room
9 a.m. 

Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.

Guest Artist Kevin Manderville
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m. 

April 5
Men’s Tennis

Tennis Courts
11 a.m.

Toolbox Talk: Self-Care Workshop
Wills 200
12 p.m.

Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
2 p.m. 

Falcon Success Center First Anniversary Celebration
Van Tuyll House
2 to 4 p.m.

Joint Junior Recital: Jahleel Walker & Wesley Hood
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.

April 5-7
Greek Weekend

UM campus

April 6
The Big Event

Montevallo community
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
1 p.m.

Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
1 p.m.

Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
2 p.m.

Justice Allen, baritone, Senior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall
2:30 p.m.

Molly Mize, piano, Junior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.

April 7
Softball

Softball Stadium at Orr Park
11 a.m.

Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 p.m.

April 7-11
BFA Senior Capstone Art Show: Jo Northern & Katlyn Coley

The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Opening reception, April 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Runs through April 11

April 8
ASO Brass Quintet

LeBaron Recital Hall
5:30 p.m.

April 9
Faculty/Staff Campaign Kickoff Breakfast

Reynolds Hall Lobby
8 to 10 a.m.

April 10
2018-2019 University Scholar Presentation
“Cultivating Professional Resilience: A New Dimension in Trauma Research”

J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m.

Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
5 p.m.

April 11
Jazz Ensemble

Stewart Student Retreat Center
11 a.m.

Retirees Reception
Reynolds Hall Foyer
2 p.m.

April 13
Warrior Challenge

UM Disc Golf Course
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

15th annual FFA Farm Day
Orr Park
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m.

Lauren Brown, soprano, Senior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall
2 p.m.

April 14
Men’s Tennis

Tennis Court Complex
9:30 a.m.

Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
9:30 a.m.

 

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during UM events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205-665-6250, DSS@montevallo.edu) 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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