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Reminder: Classes Going Remote After Thanksgiving

As a reminder, the University will transition to a distance education model for all classes for the remainder of the fall semester beginning Monday, Nov. 30. This transition was included in the University’s Falcon Forward plan for the fall semester, which was published and distributed to campus this summer.

Although all classes will be held remotely after the Thanksgiving break, residence halls and campus dining facilities will remain open to serve resident students for the remainder of the semester.

Plans for December Commencement will be determined at a later date. University officials continue to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and will determine any future calendar modifications based on community spread of the disease and sound medical and professional advice. The University’s academic calendar is available at


Students, We Want to Hear from You

Opportunity One:
University Marketing & Communications is looking to highlight the silver linings that have come about during the difficulties of the past several months in the next issue of Montevallo Today.

While we’ve all experienced some form of hardship as a result of the COVID-19 quarantine, the changes have also brought unexpected positives such as more time spent with family and developing new hobbies. What are some good changes you have experienced despite the challenges of the pandemic?

Please send responses to Neal Wagner, manager of communications and media relations, at

Opportunity Two:
Milner Archives and Special Collections is asking students to consider sharing their experiences over the past several months. The program, Stories of the Pandemic, intends to record personal narratives relating to the disruption caused by COVID-19.

If you wish to participate, sign up for a timeslot here for Oct. 8 or 9. Students will have up to 25 minutes to record a particular story or talk about a series of events. The archives will provide a clean space, a digital voice recorder and discussion prompts (if needed). All you have to do is sign up and show up next week.


College Drive Closure Update

Due to weather, a section of College Drive will continue to be blocked off until approximately Tuesday, Oct. 13, for road repair. The section of the road is located behind the outdoor basketball court behind the SAC. This closure will only block access to the Physical Plant employee parking lot. To access the Student Retreat Center, tennis courts, sand volleyball court or the back of the SAC, traffic must enter the Student Retreat Drive loop across from Peck Hall.


TRIO Upward Bound Hiring Tutors

TRIO Upward Bound is hiring for tutors to provide high school students in grades nine through 12 with individual and group tutoring in math, science, social studies, English and foreign languages (Spanish and French) after school, some nights and optional Saturdays. Tutors must have completed their freshman year of college and have a 3.0 grade point average in the field they will be tutoring. Applicants must be dependable with a genuine interest in helping first-generation, low-income students. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary. Interested students can apply at this link.


Tutoring Available Through the LEC

The Learning Enrichment  Center  is  open and offers free tutoring to all UM students! We have trained tutors available to assist you in a variety of courses including accounting, biology, chemistry, math, physics, psychology, Spanish, French and more. You can request a tutor for your classes now  using  this  link.

This fall, we are offering a combination of in-person and online tutoring services.  Visit our webpage  to learn more.


Guest Artist Exhibition — Small Bites: Kenny Jensen

Runs through Friday, Oct. 16, Poole Gallery, visit

Florida native Kenny Jensen maintains a deep connection to the state’s unique natural environment. Jensen actively seeks, collects and re-contextualizes overlooked, organic phenomena and man-made artifacts. Virtual walkthrough and artist talk are published at

124th Founders’ Day

Thursday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m., University of Montevallo YouTube

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the University of Montevallo will celebrate the founding of our beloved institution and honor the success of our students, faculty, staff and alumni and their impact on campus and in the greater community.

This virtual ceremony will be available on the University of Montevallo YouTube channel at 11 a.m.

Seniors, it is time to officially don the robes that mark your entry into the Community of Scholars. Our Provost, Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong, will lead the investiture of the senior class and robe your class president. Then, it will be time to put on your academic armor and finish the journey you began several years ago.

To mark this milestone for our seniors, a photo frame will be installed in front of Palmer Hall. Stop by Oct. 7-9 in your robe and take a snapshot to share on social media using #IBelongAtMontevallo. Please remember to adhere to face-mask and social-distancing guidelines. We encourage all members of the campus community to also pose and post! To order your cap and gown, use the following link:

Although we will not be shoulder-to-shoulder that day, belonging is a feeling that we carry in our heart and head, no matter where we are.

Virtual Escape Room

Thursday, Oct. 8, 4 to 6 p.m., RSVP via FalconLink

Follow Me is a brain-boggling and mind-blowing adventure where an escape room meets true detective. You’ll live-chat with your fellow group members, scour our virtual world, and examine the internet for clues while racing against the clock. This is a high-stakes, all-or-nothing, maximum-speed adventure to save your partner and make the bad guys pay. Can you put the clues of this escape room together and finish before the time runs out? Buckle up, it’s going to be a fast ride!

Chris Turner, Freestyle Rapper

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., RSVP via FalconLink

Chris Turner is an Edinburgh Fringe Festival favorite who has won multiple awards during 11 years of sell-out shows. Turner is a British comedian and freestyle rapper based in the USA where he writes for Epic Rap Battles of History and is a regular closing act at the world-famous Comedy Cellar in New York and the Comedy and Magic Club in Los Angeles. Turner is unabashedly the world’s greatest freestyle rapping comic, and has lent his talents to promotional campaigns by Coca-Cola, Toyota, Telefonica and, in especially English fashion, Yorkshire Tea.

Student Highlights

UM freshman cross country runner Amber Fisher was recently tabbed as the Gulf South Conference Cross Country Freshman of the Week.

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 27-Oct. 16
Guest Artist Exhibition — Small Bites: Kenny Jensen
Poole Gallery
Virtual walkthrough and artist talk
Oct. 8
Founders’ Day
UM YouTube
11 a.m.
Virtual Escape Room 
RSVP via FalconLink 
4 to 6 p.m.   
Oct. 13
Chris Turner, Freestyle Rapper
RSVP via FalconLink
7 p.m.
Oct. 22
Eric Dittelman, Mind Reader
RSVP via FalconLink
7 p.m.
Oct. 26
Spring & Summer Term registration begins for currently enrolled graduate students
Oct. 28
Spring and Summer term registration begins for currently enrolled undergraduate students
Campus Flu Clinic
Farmer Hall meeting room
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cyber Sleuth Murder Mystery Event
RSVP via FalconLink
7 p.m.
Nov. 12
Trivia, Grey’s Anatomy Themed
RSVP via FalconLink
7 p.m.
Nov. 16
Chloe Hilliard, Don’t Be a Karen, Constructive Ways to Use Your Voice
RSVP via FalconLink
7 p.m.
Nov. 25-27
Thanksgiving holidays
University closed
Dec. 7-11
Final exams

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