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UM Ranks High for On-campus and Online Offerings

The University of Montevallo has been named one of the top accredited higher education institutions in the state for its mix of on-campus and online degree programs. recently released its list of the “Best online and on-campus colleges in Alabama,” and UM placed in the top five in the state and was the highest-ranking university in central Alabama. UM’s high ranking was based on performance across three National Center for Education Statistics categories: affordability, student satisfaction and student outcomes.

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2021 QEP: Progression to Profession

The name for the 2021 QEP will be Progression to Profession. This winning entry was submitted by marketing major Jodi Martin. Progression to Profession will be a campus-wide initiative to help students focus on career planning and development of crucial skills for the workplace.


UM Post Office Holiday Hours

The UM Post Office will offer services as follows during the winter holiday break:

Farmer Hall access to UM Post Office Boxes
Open Thursday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday, Dec. 29
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UM Post Office Window/Counter
Open Thursday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are expecting large amounts of mail or have outgoing mail, this will be the time to pick it up or drop it off.

All University-related outgoing or incoming packages will be processed on Friday, Dec. 11. UPS, FEDEX, DHL and other special carriers do not run over the break. All packages are held at their facilities until we return from the break.

If you have any questions, contact Amy Brown at 205-665-6571 or Johnny Holsombeck at 205-665-6146.


Updated SAC Hours

The McChesney Student Activity Center has updated its hours for the remainder of the fall semester beginning Nov. 30. The weight room/cardio area will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pool will be open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Visit the McChesney Student Activity Center webpage for additional information.


Learning Enrichment Center Seeking Peer Tutors

The Learning Enrichment Center (LEC) is seeking excellent students to become peer tutors with us for the spring 2021 semester. If you have any students you would like to recommend for peer tutoring positions, please send them this link to our job posting. The qualifications for peer tutors include: (1) overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, (2) have passed the course(s) they would like to tutor with an “A,” and (3) a faculty recommendation for the course(s) they wish to tutor. Please reach out to Jessica Robbins with any questions about LEC tutoring.


Important HR Holiday Deadlines

With the excitement of the upcoming holidays, please read the following information to be sure all HR and payroll responsibilities are handled in a timely manner. The deadlines below are not timesheet deadlines. These are the dates that PAFs, deduction changes, direct deposit information, etc., need to be received for HR/payroll purposes.

Remaining holiday deadlines for December payrolls for all faculty, staff and students:

  • All information affecting the Dec. 24 and Jan. 8 bi-weekly payroll and the Jan. 4 monthly payroll needs to be received by Human Resources no later than Wednesday, Dec. 10, at noon.
  • Per the Payroll Office, timesheet deadlines will remain the same with the exception of the Dec. 6-Dec. 19 pay period. Timesheets for this pay period are due by Sunday, Dec. 20, at noon.

You will notice there will be several pay periods open at the same time. Please pay close attention to the dates when you are entering or approving time. If you are not working over the holiday break, you may submit all timesheets as soon as you see they are available. Further details and instructions will be included on the normal timesheet reminder emails you receive every two weeks.


Student Spotlights

Do you know a student who is doing great things on campus or in the community? University Marketing & Communications is looking for standout students to feature in our student spotlight series in the spring. Visit this link to nominate a student to be featured.


Course Reserves at Carmichael Library

Faculty, please remember the library has a course reserves collection located at the circulation desk. We accept donated textbooks and supplemental materials to put on reserve for your students to use anytime the library is open. This is a great money-saving resource for students. The items have loan periods of one, two or three hours, overnight, three days or one week. For precaution, students are required to wear gloves (provided) and a mask while using these items. If you have any questions or would like to add materials, please contact Kaycee Ledbetter.


Carmichael Library Hours and Services

The Library is open and ready to offer research assistance, access to print and digital resources, study space and more as fall 2020 comes to a close.
Library hours for Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 11, are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 2 to 10 p.m.

Please note: For the final two hours on Sunday through Thursday (8 to 10 p.m.), the ground floor only will be open. Students who are on the upper floors at that time will be asked to relocate to the ground floor. Research assistance from a librarian (online or in-person) will be available until 8 p.m.


Alumni Association Accepting Award Nominations

Please consider nominating deserving individuals to receive one of the Alumni Association’s awards, which are presented at various times during the year. The following award nominations are due Dec. 1:

  • Nathalie Molton Gibbons Young Achiever’s Award
  • Nathalie Molton Gibbons Alumni Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are welcome to nominate alumni for these awards. Nominate today!


Spring 2021 Re-entry Testing Details

Re-entry testing is a requirement for students who will be on campus during the spring 2021 semester. Students who choose to be completely online and who will not be living on campus or using campus facilities (dining, recreation, library, etc.) will not be tested.

This month, the University will distribute Everlywell self-administered COVID-19 test kits to all students who will be attending in-person classes or utilizing campus facilities during the spring 2021 semester. Students will be instructed on how to self-administer the test which will then need to be shipped to a certified lab through the method indicated seven days PRIOR to their intended date of return to campus. Tests MUST be taken and shipped on the same day. Everlywell results will automatically be submitted to the University. Students who misplace their free Everlywell test kits will be responsible for securing their own test at their expense prior to returning for spring semester AND will need to submit results to

Remaining re-entry test distribution dates:

  • Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Self-administer test kits will be available for pickup by all students at Farmer Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Dec. 8: Spring 2021 new registrants will be mailed self-administer test kits.
  • Jan. 4: Returning students who registered over the winter break will be mailed test kits.
  • Jan. 6: Spring 2021 new registrants will be mailed self-administer test kits.
  • Jan. 11-15: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to students who did not previously receive a test kit in Farmer Hall.

Questions about testing should be sent to


Important Information for Students from the Cashier’s Office

Students can plan ahead now for spring 2021 by reviewing the Important Deadlines page regarding spring 2021 at

  • Interested students may enroll in a spring 2021 payment plan at zero percent down and $40 enrollment through the end of November.
  • Students with no SSN on file must complete the W-9s form and submit it with proper identification to the Registrar’s Office. This will update the student’s account for tax reporting (1098-T).
  • If students would like to receive their 1098-T electronically in 2021, they can opt-in or if students would like to withdraw their consent due to graduation or other reasons, they can opt-out. If students are receiving their tax form via paper mail, they should make sure their address is up-to-date in Banner Self-Service. To opt-in or opt-out, please visit for further information.
  • Any student interested in setting up direct deposit must provide their UM ID or a valid state ID with voided check or bank letterhead with account number and routing number IN PERSON to the Cashier’s Office. Due to security reasons, this is not acceptable by email or fax.
  • Students who have credit balances beginning Nov. 16, 2020, through Jan. 20, 2021, may charge books at UM’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
  • Employee waivers, dependent waivers or third-party contract forms must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 14. for funds to reflect on student accounts in a timely manner.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Cashier’s Office at 205-665-6065 or visit


Pandemic PD: Lessons Learned

Wednesday, Dec. 2, Noon, via Zoom

For our last Pandemic PD of the fall semester, the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching would like to hear from you about what lessons you have learned this semester. What will you carry with you into the spring semester? Register at this link to receive the login information for the session.

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Upcoming Events

Nov. 30
UM transitions to distance education
Nov. 30-Dec. 4
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
for all students
Farmer Hall
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 2
Pandemic PD: Lessons Learned
Dec. 3
Montevallo Christmas Parade
Main Street
6 p.m.
Dec. 7-11
Final exams
Dec. 12
Flowerhill lawn
10:30 a.m.
Dec. 14-Jan. 1
Winter holidays
University closed
Jan. 4
University opens
Jan. 8
Faculty Senate Meeting
2 p.m.
Jan. 11
Spring term classes begin
Jan. 11-15
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to any remaining students
Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
University Closed

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