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University of Montevallo Continues to Climb in U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings

For the 12th consecutive year, the University of Montevallo continues to be the top-ranked public regional university in Alabama, and has earned multiple other accolades in U.S. News and World Report’s recently released 2021 Best Colleges rankings.

The publication released the rankings on Sept. 14, and UM earned praise for its high value to students and for being one of the top regional public universities in the South. UM’s rankings improved in all categories compared to 2020. Full details.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Center for the Arts Earns Birmingham Building Award

The University’s newly opened Center for the Arts has been selected as one of the most important construction projects in the Birmingham metropolitan area.

The Birmingham Business Journal honored the Center for the Arts on its 2020 Building Birmingham list, which recognizes projects based on their impact, degree of difficulty and unique offerings. Read more here.

 

How to Properly Wear Your Mask

Did you know there is a correct way to wear your face mask? Follow these tips to get it right and help keep the Falcon family healthy.

  • Wash your hands before and after touching the mask.
  • Touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask.
  • Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Make sure you can breathe and talk comfortably.
  • Wash reusable masks after each use. Change disposable masks regularly.
 

UM Green Fund Call for Proposals

The UM Green Fund is a pool of money used to provide grants for campus projects that improve sustainability, decrease our ecological footprint and educate the University and local communities about sustainable practices, environmental issues and caring for the planet. The Green Fund has $30,000 available! Any member of the UM community, including students and student groups, can write a Green Fund grant proposal. See this list for past funded proposals. Application guidelines available on request. Contact Dr. Susan Caplow for more information. Proposals are due by Thursday, Oct. 15.

A drop-in proposal workshop will be held via Zoom Friday, Oct. 2, between 1 and 5 p.m. Bring your ideas and we’ll answer questions, brainstorm ideas and help you strengthen your proposal before you submit. Email Dr. Caplow to request the Zoom meeting invitation.

 

Teach an Honors Course in 2021

While you may not know the modality yet, you can still apply to teach an Honors Program course for spring or summer 2021! All full-time faculty, with the approval of their chair, may request to teach either a 1- or 3-credit honors class. This can be a stand-alone honors class or a cross-listed honors class. Any professor teaching an honors course as an overload will be compensated with a stipend. Please apply online at this link and contact Dr. Cathlena Martin with any questions.

 

Professional Development and Group Support Opportunities

This fall, the Malone Center will offer two opportunities for professional development and group support:

  1. Pandemic PD will be our professional development series for the semester. These sessions will be hosted Wednesdays at noon through Zoom. The sessions will begin with a brief presentation about the week’s topic, followed by an open discussion among participants. Register at this link to receive login information for the sessions.
  2. The Malone Center staff will hold Virtual Office Hours every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. also through Zoom. Drop in at your convenience for support with your classes. Whether you need help designing an activity, using Canvas, ensuring your course materials are accessible or adopting a tech tool, we are here to answer your questions! Log in at this link.
 

Grants and Sabbatical Opportunities for Faculty

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee is now accepting applications for the following funding mechanisms:

Summer Stipend for Pre-Tenured Faculty
The Summer Stipend Program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for two months of continuous full-time research or creative endeavor during the summer of the award year.

Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal.

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants
Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants are designed to support and promote faculty innovation in scholarship, creative endeavors and/or teaching. The grant provides up to $2,000 for supplies and expenses necessary to achieve the project’s stated goals. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, the purchase of books, software and consumable materials; the payment of student assistant(s); and the payment or reimbursement of participant expenses.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. More information about the application process, links to the application forms and application templates are& available on the FDAC webpage. Any questions may be directed to FDAC leadership by emailing fdac@montevallo.edu.

 

Falcon Foods Update

You’ve spoken and we’ve listened. After much feedback about the reduced offerings available at UM2GO, starting Friday, Sept. 18, the entire dining hall will be available for carryout meals. All daily offerings except for salad will be combined into one serving area. Carryout bags will not be supplied, so please bring your own if needed. Salads will be made-to-order directly into a box for carryout customers, allowing full customization. We are also removing a section of seating near the soda fountains to ease traffic flow. Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot bring back the customization of deli or Innovation Kitchen. This is simply because the wait time to prepare your item to-order causes disruption in the traffic flow and social distancing. Also, did you know bagels and toast are still available? For toast or a bagel, please inform the grill server who will make the toast or toast the bagel for you.

EVENTS

Pandemic PD: Creating Course Videos

Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon, via Zoom

This week’s Pandemic PD session hosted by the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will discuss different tools for creating, editing and sharing course videos. Register at this link to receive the login information.

 

Flu Vaccine Clinic

Thursday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farmer Hall Meeting Room

Student Health Services will host flu vaccine clinics for UM students, faculty, staff, family members and members of the community in the Farmer Hall meeting room during three upcoming dates. The clinics will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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, 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.

 

Virtual Preview Day

Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., Register here

The University of Montevallo invites prospective students and their families to attend a Virtual Preview Day! Preview Day is an interactive, welcoming event for interested high school and community college students. Students and families can sign up at this link to hear from representatives in the following areas: Student Aid, Housing and Residence life, Student Life and the Office of Admissions.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Staff accountant Lizbeth Juarez ’18 and Student Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Jason Perry ’18 recently became members of the Shelby Emergency Assistance Board of Directors after previously serving as founding members of the organization’s Junior Board. SEA works to provide assistance to individuals in Shelby County facing crisis situations.

Dr. Jody Landers, professor of music, will have his opera “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” broadcast on PBS on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Landers originally composed the opera for the Alabama Bicentennial in 2019 after five years of work. The opera is an adaptation of the 1936 work produced by writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans after they spent eight weeks documenting the lives of impoverished tenant farmers living in Tuscaloosa and Hale counties.

Professor Lee Rozelle, English and Foreign Languages, published the short story “Mandibular Fixation” in Shadowy Natures: Stories of Psychological Horror by Dark Ink Books.

Student Highlights

UM fishing team members Cade Holcomb and Kopeland Rosser finished in second place at the FLW Southeastern Division tournament at Lake Guntersville. This finish qualifies them for the FLW College National Championship. The Montevallo fishing team is now ranked fourth in the Tackle Warehouse School of the Year rankings. Cal Culpepper won the Southeastern FLW Toyota Series Co-Angler of the Year after a second-place finish at Neely Henry Lake.

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 14
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
 
Sept. 16
Pandemic PD: Creating Course Videos
Zoom — Register here 
Noon 
 
Sept. 17
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Farmer Hall Meeting Room
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Malone Center Virtual Office Hours
Zoom
3:40 to 4:30 p.m.
 
Sept. 21
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
 
Sept. 24
Malone Center Virtual Office Hours
Zoom
3:40 to 4:30 p.m.

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