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Faculty and staff Founders' Day award winners

Exemplary Faculty and Staff Honored During 122nd Founders’ Day

On Oct. 11, the University of Montevallo community gathered to celebrate 122 years as an institution of higher learning. During the annual convocation in Palmer Hall, several UM faculty and staff members were honored for their hard work and dedication to the University.

Each spring, the University recognizes one faculty member who has shown exemplary strides in creativity, research and scholarship as the University Scholar. This year, Dr. Jason Newell, professor and director of the social work program, was formally honored with that distinction.

The University’s National Alumni Association presented three awards during the Founders’ Day ceremony. Dr. John Herron, associate professor of mathematics, received the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, Mary Horton received the Outstanding Staff Service Award and Mike Meadows ’79 received the Mary Lou Elder Williams Alumnus Loyalty Award.

Dr. Dan Valentine, president of the faculty senate presented this year’s Faculty Service Award to Carey Heatherly, associate professor and archive & special collections librarian.

Chirayu Madhu Shah, adjunct instructor in the Stephens College of Business, then received the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award presented by Dr. Jim McDonald.

Georgine Lemak Soccer Field Dedication Rescheduled

The University will dedicate Georgine Lemak Soccer Field, formerly known as Varsity Field, in honor of Georgine and the Lemak family for their commitment to student-athletes for more than 20 years. The ceremony will be held at 12 p.m. prior to the women’s soccer match against Delta State on Sunday, Oct. 21. Refreshments will be served and all students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Flu Shot Clinic

Protect yourself this Flu Season. Get your flu shot at the University of Montevallo Flu Vaccine Clinic on Monday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Health Services, located in East Main Hall.

Shots are available at no cost to insured students, UM employees, spouses, dependents older than 18 years of age and retirees. To receive the vaccine at no cost, you must bring your health insurance card. The cost of the vaccine with no health insurance will be $25.

Marketing Students Competing in UWCA Social Media Challenge

University of Montevallo marketing students are again competing in the United Way of Central Alabama Social Media Challenge. This year’s Montevallo United team includes Kai’Onna Miller, Danielle Roberts, Erica Roberts and Brenna Washburn. UM Marketing students have won this challenge for the past two years, but the competition is coming for them. Help support these students by following Montevallo United on Facebook and Instagram.

Ghost Walk to be Held Oct. 27

Ghost Walk, the annual tour of campus buildings haunted by ghosts, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, after the annual Art Stalk downtown.

Tours will begin at 6 p.m. in front of Palmer Hall and depart every 10 minutes. The last tour will leave at approximately 8:30 p.m. Storytellers at each stop on the tour will share the story of the ghost that haunts the building. Ghost Walk is sponsored by Carmichael Library and The Alabamian.

After the Ghost Walk, stop by the ground floor of Carmichael Library for their Fall Festival. Events are open to the public at no charge.

Run a Trunk at STAT’s Trunk or Treat!

Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow is putting on a Trunk or Treat Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carmichael Library parking lot. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are welcome to participate. Design your trunk in the theme of your choosing and you could win a prize. There is no cost to sign up, but you will need to provide enough candy for the expected 250 guests. Email Danielle Richardson for more information or to sign up.

13th Annual Run for Research

Make plans to participate in the 13th Annual Run for Research 5-K Run and 1-mile Walk to be held Thursday, Nov. 1. Registration begins at 3 p.m. at the McChesney Student Activity Center parking lot and the race will begin promptly at 3:45 p.m. Please note that in the event of inclement weather, registration will take place inside the SAC.

Entry fee is $10 for faculty, staff and community members. Register now for the Run with Tonja Battle in Hill House. Free t-shirt for first 75 registrants! Participants will receive an email when t-shirts are ready to pick up.

Poarch Creek Archivist to Visit Campus

Faculty, please meet Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees, archivist of the Poarch Creek Nation, to explore how you or your students might collaborate with the Poarch Creek Archives. Stop by the reception at Hill House on Tuesday, Oct. 30 between 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Faculty, staff, students and community members: hear Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees, archivist of the Poarch Creek Nation, discuss the current digitization project preserving artifacts related to the tribe’s successful efforts to gain federal recognition on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2 to 3 p.m. in Comer Auditorium.

Annual Open Enrollment for UM Benefits

The open enrollment period for University of Montevallo benefits is Monday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 19. Eligible UM faculty and staff can re-evaluate their needs and make changes to benefit selections for calendar year 2019.

Please note that all employees are required to fill out an open enrollment form to waive coverage, continue coverage and/or elect coverage.

Contact Ashley Baugh at ext. 6091 or to discuss any questions you may have about open enrollment/benefits.

Campus Dining Services Fall Survey

Chartwells will be conducting the dining services survey throughout the month of October. The survey can be taken at any time by students, faculty or staff online.

The survey takes just a few minutes to complete and will help improve the dining services on campus. To access the survey, students can use the Dine On Campus site or simply go straight to the survey.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Alex Beringer, associate professor of English, won the 2018 Life Raft Debate with his argument that stories and narratives connect us in ways essential to survival.
On October 11-13, Dr. Ted Hoffman, associate professor of music and director of music education, presented a session titled “Influences on Academic Major and Career Selection: Implications for Student Recruitment in College and University Music Programs” at the joint national conference of the College Music Society (CMS), Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 18
Wind Ensemble

Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

Oct. 19
Future Falcons Day

Elementary kids on campus 

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

Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21
Soccer Field Dedication

Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
12 p.m. 

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

Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3:30 p.m.

Oct. 22
Flu Vaccine Clinic

Health Services, East Main Hall
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 24
Southern Exposure Films

Comer Auditorium
6 p.m.

Oct. 25

McChesney Student Activity Center Atrium
12 to 4 p.m.

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

Campus Choir and University Chorus
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26
Future Falcon Day

8th graders on campus

Exploring Mass Communication
Strong Hall
1 to 3 p.m.

“Scare My Shorts Off” Film Festival
Strong Hall, Room 119
3:30 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.

Oct. 27
Montevallo Artwalk’s Art Stalk

Downtown Montevallo
1 to 6 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball
1:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3:30 p.m.

Ghost Walk
Hosted by Carmichael Library, The Alabamian and The Tower
UM Campus
6 p.m.

Oct. 28-Dec. 7
BFA Capstone Art Exhibitions

The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oct. 29
Brass and Percussion Chamber Ensembles

LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31
Hometown Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Main Street Montevallo
3:30 to 5 p.m.

Nov. 1
Staff Senate Meeting

Merrill Room
9 a.m.

Run for Research
McChesney Student Activity Center
3 p.m.

Nov. 2
Board of Trustees meeting

Merrill Room
1:45 p.m.


Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during UM events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205-665-6250, 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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