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Esports Team Coming Fall 2019

The University of Montevallo is pleased to announce the development of the University’s first Esports team. UM will join the Peach Belt Conference as an associate member for Esports and will begin full participation in fall 2019, playing “League of Legends” from Riot Games.

The PBC is the first NCAA conference in any division to offer Esports as a conference championship event and was the first to hold an in-person tournament in March of 2018. The conference is preparing to enter their second regular season of “League of Legends” starting in January 2019. Learn more

Montevallo Today Winter 2019

In the Winter 2019 Issue of “Montevallo Today,” we celebrate the founding of our beloved university as we explore the connections that form through our traditions and friendships while at the University of Montevallo. These traditions reflect our ideals, our priorities, and our sense of belonging to create connections that begin on these bricks, but reach far beyond these gates. View it now online

Complimentary Wednesday Night Ticket to College Night

On behalf of the College Night Committee, all faculty and staff are invited to the Wednesday evening performances of the Centennial College Night productions, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. Email 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 Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Strategic Plan 2020-2025 Town Halls

Preparation for UM’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is underway. The first step is a series of Town Hall Meetings. Please make plans to participate in one of the scheduled meetings. If you cannot attend a meeting, you are also invited to take the online survey. Your participation is appreciated and is important to the process.

Foreign Language Film Series Continues

The Foreign Language Film Series, sponsored by the Foreign Language Program and the Latin American Studies Minor, continues this semester. The series will feature four films over the course of the semester.  All films are free and open to the public and will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. The first film in the series will be “Flor Silvestre” (Wild Flower), on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. in Comer Auditorium.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Nominations

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recognizes students who exhibit exceptional humanitarian and spiritual qualities at the University. The award honors those who put service above self. Students graduating in December 2018 and May 2019 are eligible for consideration. Contact the Dean of Students office at 205-665-6020 for a nomination form. Nominations should be submitted by Feb. 1 to:

UM Dean of Students
Attn: Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Station 6020

The selection committee will determine the award recipients and the announcement of Sullivan Award recipients will be made during Honors Day ceremonies. For more information regarding the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, visit their website at

Falcon Success Center Class Visitations

The Falcon Success Center (FSC) aspires to support every UM student as they achieve academic and personal success at the University and beyond. If you are interested in having a representative from the FSC speak to your classes about the services provided, such as free tutoring, study away opportunities or scholarship management, please contact the FSC with class information, including the location and days/times you would like a representative to visit. The visit should take no longer than ten minutes. The FSC is also available for class presentations on a number of topics, including Successful First Semester, Active Reading and Note-Taking Skills, Preparing for Advising and much more. Please visit for more details.

Annual Staff Performance Evaluations

It is time to start the annual staff performance evaluation process. This process will provide an opportunity to reflect on 2018 accomplishments and set professional goals for 2019. The University's salary administration process for staff employees includes a pay-for-performance component that is administered through our online performance evaluation system, PeopleAdmin.

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. However, if you would like a refresher training session, please feel free to sign up and attend a session. All training sessions will be held in the Wills Master Classroom, Room 200. Please email 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.

  • Jan. 24 — 9 to 10:30 a.m.                             
  • Jan. 28 — 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 6 — 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Green Fund Call for Proposals: Due Feb. 1

The UM Green Fund is a pool of money used to provide grants for campus projects that improve sustainability, decrease our ecological footprint and educate the University and local communities about sustainable practices, environmental issues, and caring for the planet. The Green Fund has $5,610 remaining! Any member of the UM community, including students and student groups, can write a Green Fund grant proposal. Application guidelines are available by request. Contact Dr. Caplow at for more information. All proposals are due Friday, Feb. 1.

2019 Undergraduate Research Day Planning

The Undergraduate Research Program announces a t-shirt design contest for the 2019 Run for Research. This contest is open to all students, faculty and staff. Design should be suitable for a shirt with a background color of purple, gold, white, black or gray and imprint color of white, black, purple or gold. Submissions may include a large design to fill the back of the shirt and a small design for the front shirt pocket. Designs should be submitted as a .pdf file to with the subject line “t-shirt design” no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. The winner will be announced at Undergraduate Research Day in March and will receive $75!

Introducing Faculty Fridays

Beginning this month, University Marketing & Communications will be highlighting a faculty member each Friday (during the spring and fall semesters) on the University website and UM social media.
How it works:

  • Submit a blurb about your latest research, conference presentation, performance, exhibit, etc. to “Vallo Voice.”
  • Selections for each Faculty Friday will come from these submissions.
  • To submit information for “Vallo Voice,” email

Submissions will continue to be published in “Vallo Voice.” To view previous “Vallo Voice” newsletters, visit

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Roderick George, professor of music, presented a guest artist concert titled “American Poetry in Song: Celebrating the Legacy of Langston Hughes” for the concert series at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music on Jan. 9. Dr. Laurie Middaugh, staff accompanist and instructor of music, served as the collaborative pianist for this performance. Dr. George was also a featured soloist with the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble in concert for the National Summit on the Economics of Ministry held in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan. 16-18.
“Essie,” the documentary produced by Brook Pruitt, assistant professor of Mass Communication, has been selected to screen at the 21st annual George Lindsay UNA Film Festival, March 1-3, in Florence, Alabama. The documentary will also compete for the Clyde “Sappo” Black Sweet Home Alabama award for the best submission from Alabama.
University of Montevallo Head Baseball Coach Chandler Rose has been named the 2019 Small College Coach of the Year for the 2018 season, by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association. Rose received the award on Jan. 18, at the 2019 ABCA Awards Banquet in Birmingham.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 24
Foreign Language Film Series Presents: Flor Silvestre (Wild Flower)

Comer Auditorium
5 p.m. 

Pac the SAC
Women’s Basketball

Trustmark Arena
5:30 p.m.

College Night Sign
Raising and Pep Rally

Farmer Hall & Myrick Gym
6 p.m. 

Pac the SAC
Men’s Basketball

Trustmark Arena
7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25
Strategic Plan Town Hall for Department Chairs

Morgan Hall Conference Room
2 to 3 p.m.

Men’s Choir Festival Concert
Palmer Auditorium
4:30 p.m.

Jan. 26
College Night Women’s Volleyball

Myrick Gym
2 p.m.

Feb. 1
Faculty Senate Meeting

Merrill Room
2 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse
Lacrosse Field
7 p.m.

Feb. 2
Men’s Tennis

Tennis Courts
10 a.m.

Women’s Tennis
Tennis Courts
10 a.m.

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

College Night Ultimate Frisbee
Intramural Fields
2 p.m.

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

Feb. 3
Women’s Lacrosse

Lacrosse Field
12 p.m.

College Night Women’s Basketball
Myrick Gym
2 p.m.

Feb. 5
College of Education Homecoming Dinner

Anna Irvin Dining Hall
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 6-9
College Night Productions

Palmer Auditorium
7 p.m.

Feb. 7
Women’s Basketball

Trustmark Arena
5:30 p.m.

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

Feb. 8
Board of Trustees Meeting

Merrill Room
1:45 p.m.

Kermit A. Johnson Field
2 p.m.

Centennial College Night Parade
UM campus and Main St.
3:30 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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