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Forte Festival to Offer Interdisciplinary Weekend of Creativity
Between April 20 and 22, the UM College of Fine Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Montevallo Arts Council will co-host the Forte Festival of Creativity, a weekend of interdisciplinary events and performances funded in part by a grant from the UM Concert and Lecture Series.

Led by Dr. Steve Peters, dean of the College of Fine Arts, the three-day celebration will consist of approximately 20 workshops, lectures and performances. Some of these will include:


  • Jazz on the Green
  • Telling Your Story Workshop
  • “Godspell”
  • Earth Fest
  • Walking in the Comics VR
  • “Godspell”
  • “La Sonnambula”
  • Anagama Kiln Unloading
  • Fight Choreography Demo & Workshop
  • “Godspell”
  • “La Sonnambula”
  • Montevallo Arts Fest
  • Pop Up Shakespeare

Full Schedule

Renowned Cuban Scholar to Speak at Forthcoming Hallie Farmer Lecture
Dr. Rafael M. Hernández, scholar of Cuban culture and society, will be the University of Montevallo’s 2017 Hallie Farmer Lecturer with a talk titled, Cuba at a Crossroads.

The event will be held in Comer Auditorium on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A public reception will follow at 8 p.m.

Learn more about Hernández’s impressive accolades.

Student Highlights

Carmichael Library Tech Services student worker Ian Lee was chosen out of 16 other nominees as the University’s first student employee of the year. Ian enjoyed a special luncheon in his honor on April 13 where he received a plaque and a $500 check. For two years, his supervisors say he has come to work everyday with a positive attitude and a strong sense of determination.
Students Andrew Glover, Kristen Berry, Savannah Smith, Anna Walls, Krisalyn Hammond and Kady Wohlfarth (joining from UAB) competed in and attended the 2017 Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Arts + Practices at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham from April 5 to April 8. Team Director Tanner Young, UM assistant professor of art, guided the students as they constructed a fully functioning furnace for casting iron.
Emily Reed has been awarded the Margaret S. Odom Scholarship by the Alabama Gerontological Society. The scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career working with senior adults and who has demonstrated excellent academic achievement and service with senior adults. Emily will receive her scholarship at the AGS annual conference at 4:30 p.m. on April 19 held at the Pelham Civic Center Arena.

University Happenings

Race Matters in France Lecture With Historian Dr. Pap Ndiaye
On April 19, French historian Dr. Pap Ndiaye will deliver a lecture on race issues in France. The presentation will also serve as part of a series commemorating the centennial of World War I. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in Carmichael Library’s J.A. Brown Room.
Comics of Alabama to Bring Seven Local Artists to Campus
On Friday, April 21, the Forte Festival will feature Comics of Alabama, an exploration and exhibition of comics by artists and writers from across the state. Beginning at 4 p.m. in Carmichael Library, there will be an opening reception followed by a roundtable with all seven local artists. In addition, guests will be able to learn from the Comics of Alabama Exhibit and explore the panels of a comic in the virtual reality game, Walking Through the Comics. For more information, check out the event Facebook page.
UM Green Fund Accepting New Proposals
The UM community is encouraged to submit a proposal for the 2017 Green Fund. Each year, the Sustainability Program accepts these proposals to provide grants for new sustainability-focused campus projects and programs.

Currently, the Green Fund has $954 available for grants. All proposals are due by May 1. Contact Dr. Susan Caplow with any questions.

Students to Host Fundraising Event for The ARC of Shelby County
On April 29, students from Dr. Amiee Mellon’s Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability course will host the Warrior Challenge, a one-mile obstacle fun run with proceeds benefitting The Arc of Shelby County.

For $35, participants can compete in the fun run, participate in other family friendly activities and enjoy food. Each warrior challenger will receive a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and will take place on the disc golf course next to the McChesney Student Activity Center. Register for the event. If you cannot participate, please donate to the cause.
UM Organic Community Garden to Host Annual Plant Sale
Faculty, staff, students and community members have the chance to purchase a variety of vegetables and other plants from the organic community garden during two spring time sales.

The first sale runs through Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30 a.m. to the afternoon. There will be large varieties of pepper, tomatoes, lettuce, flowers, eggplant, fennel, okra and oregano for sale.

Next week’s sale will be held during the same hours beginning on Monday, April 24 and ending on Wednesday, April 26. The second sale will have different types of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, basil, cucumber, melon and sunflowers.

Main Street Renovations
To follow the roadwork closings in downtown Montevallo, visit the City of Montevallo’s website or Facebook page.

Upcoming Events
April 17-19
Organic Community Garden Plant Sale
Community Garden
6:30 a.m. to afternoon
April 17-21
UM Dance Team’s
Spring Cleaning Change Drive
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April 18
Orr Park Softball Stadium
1 p.m.
Housing Luau
Main Quad
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Department of Design Lecture Series:
M. Umair Khan
Bloch 202
6 p.m.
Hallie Farmer Lecture:
Cuba at a Crossroads
Comer Auditorium
7 to 9 p.m.
April 19
Blood Drive
Farmer Hall Meeting Room
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
5 p.m.
Race Matters in France:
Lecture With Dr. Pap Ndiaye
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
5 to 6 p.m.
April 20
Food Truck Thursday
Brooke Quad
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Retiree Reception
Reynolds Hall Foyer
2 p.m.
Storytelling: A Force for Social Change
LeBaron Recital Hall
5 p.m.
April 20-April 22
Forte Festival
See events
Peach Belt Conference Track & Field Championship:
Track and Field Stadium
Reynolds Hall Theatre
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

April 21
Deadline for Faculty Commencement Regalia
Earth Fest
Farmer Hall
1 p.m.
The Comics of Alabama
Carmichael Library
4 to 6 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
7:30 p.m.
April 21-22
“La Sonnambula”
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 to 9 p.m.
April 22
Montevallo Arts Fest
Orr Park
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kermit A. Johnson Field
3 p.m.

April 23
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 p.m.
“La Sonnambula”
LeBaron Recital Hall
2 p.m.
April 24-26
UM Organic Community Garden Sale
Community Garden
6:30 a.m. to afternoon
April 25
Wind Ensemble Concert
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 to 9 p.m.
April 26
Faculty/Staff Picnic
Flowerhill Lawn
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 27
Food Truck Thursday
Brooke Quad
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Concert Choir & University Chorus
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
April 27-28
Dead Days
April 28
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
2:30 p.m.
April 29
ARC of Shelby County Fundraiser:
Warrior Challenge
Disc Golf Course
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Upcoming Events
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