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14th Annual Run for Research Winners

It was raining for the 14th Annual Run for Research on Nov. 7, but we had a few dedicated participants. The winner of the 1-mile run went to Katrina Morris. In the women’s division of the 5K, first place went to Kira Morris, second place was a tie between Katelyn Chadwick and Dr. Karli Morris and third place went to Dr. Emma Atwood.

In the men’s division of the 5K, first place went to Joshua Evans and second place went to Dr. Jody Landers. The winners for the departmental and student group contests for the most participants were the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and the McNair Scholars.

A special thanks to Dr. Brett Noerager, Dr. Ruth Truss, the grounds staff in the Physical Plant, Marcelo Galafassi, Kaley Martin, Breanna Malone and Sgt. Joey Glass for all their support in making this year’s Run for Research go smoothly on a rainy day. A very big thank you to everyone who registered and participated. We hope to see you next year for the 15th Annual Run for Research.


Falcon Food Pantry Donations Welcome

UM Counseling Services invites you to support the Falcon Food Pantry Nov. 25 through Dec. 13 in Farmer Hall. What do you need to do to support?

  1. Look for the tree next to our shopping cart.
  2. Select an ornament off the tree.
  3. Purchase the non-perishable item listed on your ornament. The quantity is up to you.
  4. Bring your donation and ornament to Counseling Services by Friday, Dec. 13.

Counseling Services is located in the lower part of Main Hall. Call 205-665-6245 if additional information is needed. All donations benefit UM students.


Thanksgiving Food Drive Update

The African American Studies Club, M.A.D.E., the Hispanic Student Organization and the minority faculty and staff on campus collected more than 250 food items as part of their joint Thanksgiving Food Drive. Twelve families in need throughout the greater Shelby County area were fed with the donated items. A special thanks to the students in Dr. Sierra Turner’s SPN 201-001, SPN 201-002 and AAS 370-001 courses who donated all of the items and encouraged friends to donate.


December Professional Photo Days

Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, between 8 and 11 a.m. (by appointment), in Peterson House

University Marketing & Communications is pleased to offer Professional Photo Days. Each month, the University photographer will have two designated mornings available for professional headshots. Anyone on campus is welcome to participate (faculty, staff or student). There is no charge. Next month’s Professional Photo Days are Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.


Flowerhill Holiday Reception

Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Flowerhill

Dr. and Mrs. John W. Stewart III cordially invite you and your family for merriment and hors d’oeuvres in celebration of a successful semester and the forthcoming holiday season. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available from 4 to 6 p.m.


City of Montevallo Christmas Parade

Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m., on Main Street

Join the city of Montevallo Thursday, Dec. 5, for the most magical night of the year.

The tree lighting and announcement of winners from Montevallo Main Street’s window decorating contests will happen in front of the post office at 5:30 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas parade on Main Street at 6 p.m.

Any groups wishing to participate in the parade must register with the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce by Monday, Nov. 25.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has been named to the prestigious list of “Women Who Shape the State” by This is Alabama and Birmingham Magazine for the impact she has had on the University and the state. Armstrong was one of just 30 women in the state to make this year’s list, which was published in the November issue of Birmingham magazine and on in October. The list celebrates women in Alabama who have relentlessly pursued their goals in an effort to transform the state for the better.
Dr. Becky Halliday and Dr. Ted Hoffman, both associate professors of music education, published an article titled “NAfME Professional Development eKit: A Blueprint for Kentucky Music Educators” in the most recent issue of Bluegrass Music News, the official journal of the Kentucky Music Educators Association. The article was coauthored by Dr. Alden H. Snell II of the Eastman School of Music and Dr. Lisa M. Gruenhagen of Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Lee Rozelle, professor of English, presented an academic paper titled “Neogothic Bodies: Biomimetic Collocation and Ecological Doubling in Jeff VanderMeer’s Area X Trilogy” at the MMLA Conference in Chicago, Nov. 14-17.
UM women’s soccer head coach Jake Wyman was named the Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year.

Student Highlights

University of Montevallo women’s soccer student-athletes Romee Contreras, Melanie Stevens, Michaila Franklin and Hannah Waki earned spots on the 2019 All-Gulf South Conference Team. Contreras and Stevens earned First Team All-GSC and Franklin and Waki earned Second Team All-GSC.

University of Montevallo men’s soccer student-athletes Ruben Carvalho and Vladik Margolin earned spots on the 2019 All-Gulf South Conference Team. Carvalho and Margolin both earned Second-Team All-GSC honors.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact 205-665-6250 or at least one week prior to event to request disability-related accommodations, visit

Nov. 25
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 27-29
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
University closed
Dec. 2
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dec. 3
Professional Photo Day 
Peterson House 
8 to 11 a.m. 
Schedule an appt. 
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Flowerhill Holiday Reception
4 to 7 p.m.
Montevallo Choral Christmas
The American Village
7:30 p.m.
Purchase tickets
Dec. 4
Professional Photo Day 
Peterson House 
8 to 11 a.m. 
Schedule an appt. 
Student Composers’ Concert
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
11 a.m.
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
6 p.m.
Dec. 5
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
9 a.m.
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
City of Montevallo Christmas Parade
Main Street
6 p.m.
Wind Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6
Community School of Music Honors Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7 p.m.
Dec. 8
Community School of Music Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
2 p.m.
Midnight Breakfast
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 p.m.
Dec. 9-13
Final Exams
Dec. 12
Spring Semester Orientation
Farmer Hall
Noon to 4 p.m.
Dec. 13
Fall Commencement
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5 p.m.
Dec.19-Jan. 1
Holiday Break
University closed

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