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21st Undergraduate Research Day Set for Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 21, 55 students, who worked with 33 faculty mentors, will present their research from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Harman Hall during the 21st annual Undergraduate Research Day. Oral presentations will occur during two sessions between 9 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Poster presentations will take place between noon and 2:30 p.m.

At 4 p.m., all presenters will convene for the awards ceremony. A panel of judges will award cash prizes for the three most outstanding oral presentations and the three most outstanding poster presentations. For more information, consult the UR Day 2018 program online.

UM to Add Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams in 2019

President John W. Stewart III recently announced the addition of men’s and women’s swimming as intercollegiate sports within the athletic department.

The addition of these teams brings Montevallo’s total intercollegiate sports to 21. The announcement marks the addition of the tenth new intercollegiate sport added at Montevallo within the past six years.

A national search for the first head coach of the swimming teams will begin this spring. The inaugural season for both programs will be in the fall of 2019. The teams will compete at the state-of-the-art natatorium inside the Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center.

Montevallo is the first NCAA Division II institution in the state of Alabama to add men’s and women’s swimming as an intercollegiate sport.

2018-19 University Scholar Nomination Period Now Open

The University Scholar is named in recognition of exceptional achievement in areas of research, creativity and scholarship. The recipient is recognized during Founders’ Day with a plaque and a monetary award of $1,250. The University Scholar will then give a presentation to the university community before the end of the academic year.

The nominee must be a professor who has completed at least five years of service at UM in a tenured or tenure-track position.

Nominators should be those with knowledge of the nominee’s research, scholarship and/or creative achievements and potential. No self-nominations will be accepted.

Letters of nomination should be sent as Word documents or as an email to Dr. Jim Murphy, chair of the University Scholar Selection Committee by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The email subject line for all nominations should read “2018-2019 University Scholar Nomination for (insert name).”

Nominations for the 2018 Faculty Service Award Are Now Open

Nominations for the 2018 Faculty Service Award are now open. Please take the time to nominate a worthy candidate by the deadline of Friday, March 23. The nominating letter and any additional supporting documentation (resume, vita etc.) should be sent to Dr. Jennifer Alexiou-Ray.

The nominee must be a full-time tenure-track faculty member who has worked at the University for a minimum of six years. They must have demonstrated exemplary service to the University through departmental, college, university, professional and community activities. The award is officially presented in October at the Founders’ Day Convocation where the recipient is recognized with a plaque and a $1,000 gift from the Faculty Senate.

Nominations remain on file for three years. So, if you nominated someone in 2016 or 2017, and would like to update that file, please email Dr. Ray with your additions/edits by March 23.

Spring ACT Prep Camp to be held March 24

UM will host its next ACT Prep Camp for high school students this spring semester on Saturday, March 24. The total cost of the camp is $110, which includes lunch and a snack. Children of UM faculty and staff members are eligible to receive a special scholarship which will take 20 percent off the total cost of the camp.

Register for the camp online.

Fall 2018 Schedule of Classes Available Online

Advisors may begin clearing students to register for both terms in Banner (Self Service).

Students register according to their current classification (not counting currently enrolled hours) beginning with graduate students. Registration for each student classification will begin at 7 a.m. on the designated start dates. The registration dates are as follows:

Classification Start Date
Graduate students Monday, 4/9
Seniors (90+ earned hours) Wednesday, 4/11
Juniors (60-89 earned hours) Friday, 4/13
Sophomores (30-59 earned hours) Tuesday, 4/17
Freshmen (less than 30 earned hours) Thursday, 4/19


Applications Encouraged for 2018-2019 Montevallo Masters

Students can now submit applications to become a 2018-2019 Montevallo Master. Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 2, with interviews scheduled the same week.

The Montevallo Masters is a student organization comprised of 16-18 students who serve as the official hosts and ambassadors of the University of Montevallo. Their primary function is to lead the academic stage party, faculty and students at all Commencement and Founders’ Day ceremonies as well as campus events like Undergraduate Research Day.

If you know someone who would represent UM well as a Montevallo Master, please point them to the applications available on OrgSync.

Bookstore Sets April Deadline for Fall Textbook Adoptions

The Fall 2018 term is available online at Faculty Enlight. The UM bookstore is asking for all fall book adoptions to be submitted by April 6 so students can begin registering on April 9 with full knowledge of what they will need for their classes.

If a faculty member needs help with the adoption process, contact Store Manager Ben Varner.

Family and Consumer Sciences Seeking Volunteers for Mock Interviews

The Family and Consumer Sciences department will host a mock interview session with Montevallo High School seniors on Tuesday, April 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bloch Hall. These mock interviews offer graduating seniors the chance to hone their interviewing skills and also serve as a wonderful recruitment opportunity.

Approximately 80 students from MHS will meet with two interviewers in 15-minute sessions. FCS needs a minimum of 45 faculty/staff members to assist with the interviews.

FCS will provide interview questions and evaluation sheets. Volunteers simply need to arrive at 12:45 p.m. and stay until 2 p.m. on April 17 to assist with the interviews.

If interested, please complete the online volunteer form. Once all 45 volunteer spots are filled, FCS will send out a schedule with assigned room numbers and other necessary details.

Call for Applications for Grainger Endowed Chair in Business and Accounting

The Office of Academic Affairs is currently accepting applications for the Michael J. and Donna H. Grainger Endowed Chair in Business and Accounting. Tenured Stephens College of Business faculty members at the rank of associate professor or professor are eligible to apply.

Please provide all required application materials to Dr. Ray Ozley, chair of the Faculty Development Advisory Committee, by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

The appointed faculty member will be announced by Monday, April 23, and the appointment will go into effect on August 15, 2018.

Information about endowed chairs and professorships, including the application process may be found online.

Call for Academic Calendar Submissions

Please send information about academic events that you would like included in the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar to Mary Horton, assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Please submit all entries by email or hand-mail no later than Friday, April 20.

Faculty and Staff Highlights

Dr. Roderick George, professor of music, was the featured guest tenor soloist in Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” with the Shoals Symphony at the University of North Alabama on Sunday, March 4.
Dr. Dalila Mathews, assistant professor of chemistry recently published an article titled, “Heat Capacity of an Insulated Cup: Connecting students to science” in volume 23 of The Chemical Educator.
Scott Stephens, chair of the department of art, and Lee Somers, assistant professor of art, along with Elisabeth Pellathy, assistant professor of new media at UAB, have an exhibition of their Cahaba River Watershed project on display at Arts Revive in Selma in conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways traveling exhibition. Stephens gave a talk on the project at the Selma Art Guild on March 11. The exhibition runs through April 8.


As a token of our appreciation to all of our loyal weekly Vallo Voice readers, we are continuing to host a small contest each week. Below are three questions pertaining to this week’s issue. Submit the correct answers with this survey link to enter a monthly drawing for a UM giveaway item!

  1. Why won’t faculty and staff be on campus next week? (Answer must end in at least three exclamation points to be considered)
  2. When can juniors register for classes?
  3. Where and when can you get fresh fried fish on campus after spring break?
Upcoming Events
March 20
Kermit A. Johnson Baseball Field
2 p.m.
March 21
Undergraduate Research Day
Harman Hall
Observatory Wednesday
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory 
7:30 to 9 p.m.
March 22
Leslye Ames and Cynthia MacCrae, Music for Piano Four Hands
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
AAUW Style Show, Luncheon and Silent Auction
Stewart Student Retreat
11:30 a.m.
Women’s lacrosse
Track and field/lacrosse stadium
3 p.m.
Women’s tennis
Tennis courts
3 p.m.
March 23-24
Falcon Classic:
Men and women’s track and field
Track and field/lacrosse stadium
March 24
ACT Prep Camp
Wills Hall
8:30 a.m.
March 26-30
Spring Break
University Closed
March 30
Men’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
11 a.m.
Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
1 p.m.
Softball Stadium
1 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Baseball Field
6 p.m.
March 31
Softball Stadium
12 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Baseball Field
1 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Baseball Field
April 2  
Classes Resume
April 4  
University Faculty Meeting
Comer Auditorium
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Baseball Field
5 p.m.
April 5
Staff Senate Meeting
9 to 11 a.m.
April 6
Faculty Book Adoptions Due to UM Bookstore
UM Fishing Team Fish Fry
King House
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April 6-7
UM Opera 
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
April 7
The BIG Event
8 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse
Track and field/lacrosse stadium
12 p.m.
Men’s Lacrosse  
Track and field/lacrosse stadium
7 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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