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:
- 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.
- 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 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 email@example.com.
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.