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Volunteers Needed for Homecoming 2020

Homecoming is that exciting time in February for alumni from near and far to come home to UM (or for some, Alabama College) to see former classmates and renew old friendships. For students, the College Night aspect of Homecoming is the culmination of a month of Purple and Gold competition. Celebrating Purple and Gold is what Homecoming at UM is really all about.

Homecoming is only successful with committed volunteers. You do not have to be an alum to help. We need faculty and staff members to help with activities and other tasks Feb. 7-8. Please sign up now. For the complete list of Homecoming activities, visit montevallo.edu/hc-schedule20.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Paycheck Checkup

The Internal Revenue Service has released the 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, and it is significantly different from previous versions. The IRS is not requiring all employees to complete the revised form and has designed the withholding tables to work with both the new 2020 and prior year forms. However, certain employees will be required to use the new form:

  1. Those hired in 2020

  1. Anyone who makes withholding changes during 2020

Even though a revised form may not be required, it is recommended that all employees perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if any adjustments to current withholdings are warranted.

To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS’s Tax Withholding Estimator. To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most recent pay stub and tax return. If you do not submit a new Form W-4, withholding will continue based on your previously submitted form.

Employees choosing to complete the new 2020 Form W-4 should carefully read the form instructions.

  1. You MUST complete Steps 1 and 5.

  1. Steps 2, 3 and 4 are optional, but completing them may help ensure that your federal income tax withholding will more accurately match your tax liability.

The IRS has also published Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful as you complete the form. Please note: University of Montevallo Human Resources and Payroll staff are not tax advisors and may not assist employees in completing the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator or the 2020 Form W-4. If you require assistance in either of these areas, contact a personal tax advisor.

 

Annual Staff Performance Evaluation Training

*This message applies only to staff employees and their supervisors.

If you are a new staff employee (including part-time employees, but excluding temporary and student employees) or if you are new to supervising staff employees and you did not attend a training session last year, you must attend a training session this year. If you attended a performance evaluation training session last year, you are not required to attend one this year. However, we strongly encourage all employees, especially if you serve in a supervisory capacity, to attend one of these sessions.

All training sessions will be held in the Master Classroom located in Wills 200. Please email hr@montevallo.edu to register. Space is limited and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to ensure you can attend at your preferred time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Training Dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 22, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

 

Staff Survey

The Staff Survey will be distributed to all staff on Monday, Feb. 3. Please make sure to submit your responses.

 

Training Opportunity: Teaching Effectively Online

Do you plan to teach online? Would you like to learn how to better utilize Canvas for your courses? Please join Online Instructional Designer Audra White for the training series “Teaching Effectively Online.” Completion of the three-part training certifies instructors to teach online or hybrid courses at the University. The training phases are sequential and must be completed in order. However, all phases do not have to be completed within a single semester or academic year.

The training phases and dates for this semester are:

Canvas Basics (face-to-face)

Friday, Feb. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., or Tuesday, March 17, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Pedagogy and Policy (online)

Feb. 21-27 or March 26-April 16

Building your Course (online)

April 17-24

To find out more about the individual phases of training and to register, please visit the Malone Center webpage and scroll to Teaching Effectively Online Training.

 

Swim Program Gets Its First Win in Program History

In its inaugural season, the University of Montevallo women’s swim team got its first victory in program history on Jan. 11. The Falcons beat Iowa Central Community College, 120-78, to cap a two-day meet.

The historic moment for the Montevallo women’s swim team came after dropping a 126-78 contest against Henderson State University.

The men’s team fell short to Iowa Central CC and Henderson State, but showed promise as Thom Naccarato set a new personal record in the 100 yard freestyle among several others who were close to setting new records. Read more.

 

Falcon Success Center Offering Class Visits

The Falcon Success Center (FSC) aspires to support every University of Montevallo student as they achieve academic and personal success at UM and beyond. If you are interested in having a representative from the FSC speak to your classes about the services we provide — such as free tutoring, study away opportunities or scholarship management — please contact the FSC with your class information, including the location and the days and times you would like a representative to visit. The visit should take no longer than 10 minutes. We are also available for class presentations on a number of different topics, such as having a successful first semester, active reading and note-taking skills, preparing for advising and much more.

Please visit the Falcon Success Center webpage for more information. Thank you for your time and support.

 

Nominations Open for Student Employee of the Year

The Office of Student Employment is accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 Student Employee of the Year. The winner will receive a $500 award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Saturday, Feb. 15. Nominations may be submitted at the Student Employee of the Year webpage.

 

Vessel Coffee Co. Food Truck on Campus

Vessel Coffee Co. will be set up outside Anna Irvin Dining Hall every Tuesday and Thursday this spring semester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Montevallo Today Winter 2020

The latest edition of Montevallo Today is out now. Learn about current students, alumni and stakeholders making an impact on the bricks and around the world. You can find an accessible version of Montevallo Today at montevallo.edu/montevallo-today.

 

College Night Tickets 

College Night ticket information is now available online. Please be sure to note the specifics for each on sale date listed.

On behalf of the College Night Committee, all faculty and staff are invited to the Wednesday evening performances of the productions, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. Email Kathy Adams to reserve your free ticket. If you do not already have an account on University Tickets, you will need to sign up for one. Once your email is received, tickets will be processed within three days and assigned to you in University Tickets. You will receive a confirmation email when this is completed. Complimentary tickets must be reserved by Monday, Feb. 3.

 

Online Registration for Undergraduate Research Day 2020 Now Open

To register online for Undergraduate Research Day 2020, please visit this link. UR Day registration will close on Friday, Feb. 7. Undergraduate Research Day 2020 will be held Wednesday, March 18, in Harman Hall. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Questions can be emailed to Dr. Cindy Tidwell or Tonja Battle at URProgram@montevallo.edu.

EVENTS

BSS Brown Bag

Wednesday, Jan. 22, at noon, in UMOM 201

Dr. Jim McDonald, professor of anthropology, will discuss “Human Value and Endemic Precarity in Guatemala: Life and Death in a Fragile Neoliberal State.” Please join us for a fascinating discussion. We invite the entire campus community to attend. For more details, please contact Dr. Clark Hultquist.

 

AAUW Book Chat

Thursday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m., in the J.A. Brown Room of Carmichael Library

Please join the American Association of University Women for a book talk. AAUW member Dr. Anna Lott, with help from David Haws, will facilitate a discussion of Tara Westover’s bestseller “Educated: A Memoir.” Have you read (or want to read) the book? Come chat! Everyone is welcome.

 

ACT Prep Course

Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Wills Hall

The University of Montevallo will host a single-day ACT prep course for local high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The $110 single-day course covers all ACT test subjects with in-class practice testing and includes lunch and a snack. Each participant will also receive a copy of the official ACT prep book, a math review card and other resources. Children of UM employees and students receiving free and reduced lunch get a 20 percent discount. Register online now or contact Sarah Hendren, director of partnerships and outreach, at 205-665-6077.

 

Eating Disorder Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 30, from 3 to 4 p.m., in Wills 200

Counseling Services will host an Eating Disorder Workshop for faculty, staff and students. The workshop will provide an overview of eating disorders, signs of distress and resources to assist students. If you are interested in attending, please email counseling@montevallo.edu. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Workshop: “Play Therapy for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence”

Friday, Jan. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Student Retreat Center

The University of Montevallo chapter of the counseling honor society Chi Sigma Iota will host a workshop presented by the Alabama Association for Play Therapy entitled “Play Therapy for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence.” All are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. James Jackson.

Student Highlights

Senior BFA Theatre major Amber Hayes recently spent nine days in NYC participating in the LINK program at The Growing Studio. This program selects 15 college seniors from more than 500 auditions around the U.S. to coach them and connect them to agents and casting directors in the professional industry. Hayes will also participate in the Theatre Department’s Unified Senior Showcase with The Growing Studio in March 2020 and plans to move to NYC after graduation to pursue an acting career.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Lori Ardovino, professor of music, recently received the 2019 ASCAP Plus Award for Music. The ASCAP Plus Awards recognizes writer members whose works are substantially performed in media not surveyed by ASCAP, or whose works have a unique prestige value for which adequate compensation would not otherwise be received. The awards are determined by an independent panel of distinguished music experts who are neither members nor employees or ASCAP. 

Dr. Ted Hoffman, associate professor and director of music education, presented a session titled “Music Teacher Educator and Higher Education Forum” at the 2020 Alabama Music Educators Association’s Professional Development Conference, Jan. 15-18, at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center. 

Dr. Meredith Tetloff, associate professor of social work, has been named a 2020 Teaching Fellow for the Alabama Community Capacity Network. ACCN is a coalition of college and university faculty members, students and community organizations collaborating for the public good in Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Alabama. Tetloff also received a grant from ACCN to fund a project designed to assist students in developing leadership skills and to present at the network conference in April. 

Dr. Catherine Walsh, assistant professor of art, published an essay, “Mapping Michelangelo’s Marble and Its Temporalities,” in the most recent issue of Artl@s Bulletin, “Putting the Arts in their Place.” 

Submit Your News
Upcoming Events

Please contact 205-665-6250 or dss@montevallo.edu at least one week prior to event to request disability-related accommodations. Learn more at montevallo.edu/disabilityaccess.

Jan. 21 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Jan. 22 
Staff Performance Evaluation Training 

Wills 200 
9 to 10:30 a.m. 
Email HR to register 

Montevallo Chamber Luncheon: State of the City Address 
Parnell Memorial Library 
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
More information 

BSS Brown Bag 
UMOM 201 
Noon 

Jan. 23 
Staff Performance Evaluation Training 

Wills 200 
9 to 10:30 a.m. 
Email HR to register 

VALIC/AIG Financial Advisor 
Group Study Room, Carmichael Library 
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Schedule an appointment 

Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co. 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

AAUW Book Chat 
2 to 3 p.m. 
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library 

Women’s Basketball 
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m. 

Men’s Basketball 
Trustmark Arena, SAC 
7:30 p.m. 

Jan. 25 
ACT Prep Course 

Wills Hall 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Register online 

Men’s and Women’s Swimming 
SAC Natatorium 
Noon 

Jan. 28 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co. 

Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Staff Performance Evaluation Training 
Wills 200 
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Email HR to register 

Faculty Recital: Brittney Patterson, flute and Eun-Hee Park, piano 
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall 
7:30 p.m. 

Jan. 29 
Staff Performance Evaluation Training 

Wills 200 
2:30 to 4 p.m. 
Email HR to register 

Jan. 30 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co. 

Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Eating Disorder Workshop 
Wills 200 
3 to 4 p.m. 

Jan. 31 
Workshop: “Play Therapy for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence” 

Student Retreat Center 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Baseball 
Kermit A. Johnson Field 
2 p.m. 

Women’s Lacrosse 
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium 
3 p.m. 

Feb. 1 
Baseball 

Kermit A. Johnson Field 
1 p.m. 

Men’s Lacrosse 
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium 
1 p.m. 

Women’s Basketball 
Trustmark Arena, SAC 
1:30 p.m. 

Men’s Basketball 
Trustmark Arena, SAC 
3:30 p.m. 

Feb. 2 
Baseball 

Kermit A. Johnson Field 
Noon 

Feb. 4 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co. 

Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Softball Doubleheader 
Softball Stadium at Orr Park 
3 and 5:30 p.m. 

CEHD Homecoming Dinner 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
5:30 p.m. 

Feb. 6 
Staff Senate Meeting 

Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall 
9 a.m. 

Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co. 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Feb. 7 
No Classes 

Board of Trustees Meeting 

Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall 
1:45 p.m. 

Baseball 
Kermit A. Johnson Field 
2 p.m. 

Feb. 7-8 
Homecoming Activities 

Schedule available here 

Feb. 8 
Baseball Doubleheader 

Kermit A. Johnson Field 
1 and 4 p.m. 

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