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UM Earns High Praise from U.S. News and World Report 

For the 11th 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 2020 Best Colleges rankings. 

UM was named the best value out of all regional universities in Alabama, and ranked in the top 20 in its category in the Southeast. 

“These recognitions from U.S. News and World Report reflect an institutional devotion to the students we serve at Montevallo,” said UM President Dr. John W. Stewart III. “Our campus family is committed to providing life-changing learning experiences that prepare students for meaningful, rewarding lives and careers.” 

QEP Topic Selection Committee Hosting Listening Sessions

This September the UM QEP Topic Selection Committee is hosting targeted listening sessions regarding the topics under consideration for the University’s quality enhancement plan, a key part of the SACSCOC reaffirmation effort.
The remaining dates for these sessions are as follows:

  • Student Listening Session: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m. in Farmer Hall
  • Staff Listening Session: Friday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. in Morgan 103


While each listening session has a target audience, all sessions are public and open to anyone who would like to attend. Once sessions are complete, campus constituents will receive information regarding a brief online survey where everyone can once again offer feedback regarding the potential topics. The QEP Topic Selection Committee will then review all feedback and formulate a recommendation for UM’s SACSCOC Reaffirmation Leadership Team. The topic will be determined no later than November, at which time a soon-to-be-formed QEP Development Committee will move the topic into its development phase. Topic proposals are available for review at this link.

 

Falcon Scholars in Action

The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement is accepting applications for the Falcon Scholars in Action program. Falcon Scholars in Action is an honors program in which UM students are selected each year to serve clients in agencies and programs throughout Shelby County. Students selected are provided with a monthly stipend from Shelby County in exchange for their service (at least 10 hours each week). Examples of services provided include GED/ACT/SAT preparation, tutoring, coordinating physical activities and training in job skills, computer skills and social skills. All majors are eligible. Students are chosen through a highly competitive application process and will be enrolled in UM 222, which can be taken for variable credit ranging from zero to three credit hours. Apply online now. For questions, please email falconscholars@montevallo.edu.

 

Graduation Gown Lending Project

Graduating from college is meant to be one of the most exciting and important moments of a student’s academic achievement, but for many, the cost of buying a graduation gown is another expense that prevents them from fully experiencing the moment. Considering this, the University of Montevallo, as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, has created the Graduation Gown Lending Project to support first-generation and low-income UM students with free rentals of graduation gowns for Founders’ Day and commencement ceremonies.

Any and all gown or monetary donations are welcome. With your assistance, we can ensure that all students fully experience the special Founders’ Day and graduation day they have worked so hard to earn. Gowns may be dropped off at Comer 101 during regular office hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monetary donations may be made via the UM Foundation using the following account number: 36271.

 

Call for Information: Successful Young Alumni

The Alumni Office is looking for young alumni to profile. If you know of a successful recent grad (within the last 10 years) who we should consider highlighting, please email the info to alumni@montevallo.edu with the subject line “young alum profile.” Please also include the best way to contact the alumnus/alumna.

 

Open Positions on Campus

Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions. For full position descriptions and to apply, visit jobs.montevallo.edu. You may also click on the UM Employment Opportunities link featured on the right in each edition of Vallo Voice for the latest open positions on campus.

Staff Positions

  • Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Administrative Assistant II, Housing and Residence Life
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Child Study Center Substitute Teacher (part-time, temporary)
  • Communications Operator — Night Shift
  • Custodian I
  • Director of Budget
  • Director, Sports Information
  • Executive Assistant to the Provost/VP for Academic Affairs
  • Fire Safety Technician
  • Math and Science Coordinator, Upward Bound (part-time)
  • Van Driver, Alabama Science in Motion (part-time)
  • Prosperity Coach, Thrive Together (Shelby County)
  • Special Equipment Operator
  • Sports Information Assistant (part-time)

Faculty Positions

  • Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders (tenure-track)
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology (tenure-track)

Vitae Bank 2020

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education & Human Development
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Stephens College of Business
 

Student Leaders Needed for Sustainability Committee

We are looking for students who want to help UM set and meet sustainability goals. Positions are open to students in any major and any year in school. Student terms on the committee are a one-year commitment.

The sustainability committee has five overarching goals:

  1. Oversee and promote current campus sustainability initiatives.
  1. Recommend and promote ways for the University to become more energy-efficient.
  1. Implement plans for long-term sustainability.
  1. Facilitate integration of academic initiatives with campus sustainability activities and plans.
  1. Select the projects that will be financed by the Green Fund.

If you know a student who may be interested in this opportunity, please have them contact Dr. Susan Caplow with their name, major, school year and a brief, one-paragraph explanation of why they are interested in serving on this committee. The extended deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 18.

 

VALIC Financial Advisor On-Campus

Are you interested in saving for retirement? Al Perry, UM’s VALIC financial advisor, will be offering individual retirement counseling on campus at the Carmichael Library Large Group Study Room Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, see the information provided here. Schedule your appointment at this link.

 

Health & Wellness Resource Fair

Health Services and Counseling Services are hosting a Health & Wellness Resource Fair Wednesday, Sept. 18. Stop by Anna Irvin Dining Hall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for helpful information.

 

Toolbox Talk: Improving Your Exams

The Malone Center’s September Toolbox Talk will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at noon in Wills 200. This month’s topic is “Improving Your Exams.” Faculty know that assessment is critical for both measuring and driving learning, but its effectiveness hinges on the validity and reliability of the assessment instrument.

During this workshop, you will learn tips for creating more valid and robust exams as well as techniques for analyzing the effectiveness of your exams. You will also be introduced to the new Scantron Remark Classroom software that is available campus-wide for test item analysis of multiple-choice exams. Lunch will be provided for participants who register online by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

 

Successful First Semester Presentation

The Campus Veterans Association, along with the Falcon Success Center, will hold a “Successful First Semester” presentation at UM’s Veteran Center on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m. Students will learn the importance of seeking assistance, utilizing technology, becoming involved on campus and the value of self-care. This presentation is open to all UM military-related students. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse

The Office of Partnerships and Outreach is excited to offer a free professional learning workshop: Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse. Learn how to cultivate student empathy and empower young voices through discourse and classroom debates. In this interactive workshop, participants will hear from Birmingham civil rights advocate Lisa McNair and Elizabeth Wood-Weas, director of speech and debate for Mountain Brook Schools.

This workshop includes:

  • Q&A with Ms. McNair
  • Panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the classroom with UM faculty, staff, students and other guests
  • Presentation led by Ms. Wood-Weas teaching creative ways discourse can be used in any middle or high school class
  • Adaptable lesson plans to facilitate classroom learning that builds listening and speaking skills while boosting overall student confidence

The workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall. Check-in and networking begin at 12:30 p.m.

Participating educators must register online in advance in order to receive a certificate for three hours of PL credit at the completion of the course. For more information, contact the Office of Partnerships and Outreach at partnerships@montevallo.edu or 205-665-6077.

 

Kinesthetic Learning: Students on the Move

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching, in conjunction with composition/rhetoric professor Dr. Cynthia Mwenja, invite you to a special workshop — Kinesthetic Learning: Students on the Move. This event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Wills 200. This workshop will discuss the benefits of incorporating movement and physical activity into classes and will demonstrate some kinesthetic activities. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.

 

Alumni Meet & Sweets

UM Alumni Affairs invites all faculty and staff who are alumni of the University of Montevallo to the Alumni Meet & Sweets. This event will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. in the foyer of Reynolds Hall. RSVP by Sept. 20 to guarantee your free gift. You must be present to receive your free gift.

 

Faculty Sabbatical Leave

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) is accepting applications for sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal. The deadline for submission for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 leave is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. More information about sabbatical leave and a link to the application form can be found on the FDAC webpage. Questions may be directed to FDAC co-chairs Dr. Ray Ozley and Dr. Heather Tinsley. Please note, a cover sheet containing signatures of the Department Chair and College Dean is required for submission.

 

University of Montevallo to host ACT Prep Course

The University of Montevallo will be hosting a single-day ACT Prep Course for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The $110 single-day course covers all ACT test subjects with in-class practice testing and includes lunch and a snack. Each participant will also receive a copy of the official ACT Prep book, a math review card and other resources. Register online now or contact Sarah Hendren, director of partnerships and outreach, at 205-665-6077.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Faculty Senate is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Alexiou-Ray, associate professor of secondary education/instructional technology, has been selected as the 2019 Faculty Service Award winner. Ray will receive her award at Founders’ Day in October.
 
UM’s New Faces  — August  2019  

  • Austin Billings, Assistant Coach, Track & Field
  • Sheila Brandt, Systems & Digital Services Librarian/Assistant Professor
  • Virginia Ceesay, Project Director, GEAR UP
  • Savannah Crenshaw, Residence Life Coordinator
  • Sandra Edwards, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education/Collaborative
  • Laura Howard, Administrative Assistant I, GEAR UP
  • Milad Jasemi-Zargani, Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems
  • Hallie Johnston, Instructor of English
  • Rachel Jubran, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Monica Lewis, Instructor of Biology
  • George Lytle, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Johnna Matthews, Clinical Instructor of Social Work
  • Urist McCauley, Library Assistant II/Evening Supervisor
  • Alina Olteanu, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Kailin Parker, Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Allen Phillips, Visiting Assistant Professor, Mass Communications
  • Gerald Pitchford, Assistant Professor, Theatre History/Criticism & Directing
  • Jessica Shumate, Environmental Education Program Director
  • Daniel Steele, Assistant Professor, Instructional Leadership
  • Lauren Veal, Clinical Supervisor
  • Jefferson Walker, Instructor of Communication Studies

Student Highlights

Taylor Gonzales has been named the Gulf South Conference Runner of the Week. Gonzales finished third overall in her first ever collegiate cross country race at the Falcon Classic.

Sophomore goalkeeper Annie Mason received Gulf South Conference weekly honors from the conference office this week. Mason was named the GSC Defender of the Week for her play against Trevecca Nazarene University last week.

Redshirt junior defender Rob McNeal received Gulf South Conference weekly honors from the conference office this week. McNeal was named the GSC Defender of the Week for his play against Florida Southern College last week.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 29-Sept. 19
Shadowtime by Wade Folger MacDonald
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Sept. 16
Grad School Informational Session
Comer 100
3:30 p.m.
 
Sept. 17
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Sept. 18
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Health and Wellness Resource Fair
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Toolbox Talk: Improving Your Exams
Wills 200
Noon to 1 p.m.
 
Presentation: Successful First Semester
UM Veterans Center
3:30 p.m.
 
QEP Topic Selection Committee: Student Listening Session
Farmer Hall
4:30 p.m.
 
Sept. 19
Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
1 to 4 p.m.
Register online
 
Sept. 20
QEP Topic Selection Committee: Staff Listening Session
Morgan 103
1 p.m.
 
Sept. 21
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
11 a.m.
 
Sept. 24
Kinesthetic Learning: Students on the Move
Wills 200
3:30 p.m.
 
Faculty Recital: Dr. Joseph Ardovino, trumpet
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Sept. 25
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Sept. 26
Alumni Meet & Sweets
Reynolds Hall foyer
Noon to 2 p.m.
 
Sept. 26-Oct. 17
Access for All by Teayoun Kim-Kassor
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 26, 4:30 to 6 p.m. — Reception and gallery talk 
 
Sept. 27
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
6 p.m.
 
Sept. 28
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
2 p.m.
 
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
4 p.m.
 
Sept. 30
BACHE Visiting Writers Series: Natashia Deon Book Reading
Pat Scales Special Collection Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m.
 
Festival of Voices Concert
Palmer Auditorium
4:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 1
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Oct. 2
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
University Faculty Meeting
Comer Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 3
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
9 a.m.
 
Oct. 3-6
The Weir
Chichester Black Box Theatre
Schedule information
 
Oct. 5
ACT Prep Course
Wills Hall
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Register here
 
Oct. 7
Guest Artist Nicholas Robertson, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 9
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Oct. 10
Founders’ Day
 
Oct. 11
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
2 p.m.
 
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
5 p.m.
 
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
6 p.m.
 
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 12
Fall Preview Day
SAC
8:30 a.m.
Register here
 
UM Baseball: Top Prospect Showcase
Kermit A. Johnson Field
9 a.m.
Register here
 
Oct. 13
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m.
 
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3:30 p.m.


Learn about disability-related accommodations for these events by contacting Disability Support Services.

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