Falcon Flight Looking to Connect with Faculty
The Falcon Flight Program, which is operated by Shelby County Schools and partners with the University, provides college-aged students with disabilities a chance to get a true college experience on the UM campus. Through the program, participants attend classes on an exploratory basis at UM and take part in other activities aimed at developing important job and life skills as they make the transition from high school to adulthood.
The program is looking for faculty who are interested in hosting Falcon Flight students in their classes. If you think your classroom would be a good fit with the program, contact the University’s Falcon Flight liaison, Sarah Hendren, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Montevallo Resources
Main Street Montevallo & the Economic Vitality Committee are excited to provide a few new resources for UM students, faculty and staff. See helpful links below.
Feel Like Dining Out?
You can use your Falcon Flex Points at these participating Montevallo vendors:
- El Agave
- Kentucky Fried Chicken
- Main Street Tavern
- Canteen (Smart Market in Carmichael Library)
- Einstein Bros. Bagels
- Moe’s Southwest Grill
- Smooth Sailing
Food Trucks on Campus
The following food trucks can be found outside Anna Irvin Dining Hall throughout the fall semester:
City Bowls 2
Every first and third Tuesday of the month
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mustard Seed Food Company (vegan/vegetarian)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vessel Coffee Co.
Every Monday and Thursday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the UM Flute Choir
Come one, come all to the University of Montevallo Flute Choir. All ability levels accepted. The flute choir meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the band room on the bottom floor of Davis Hall. This ensemble is a great opportunity to make friends and music. Contact Dr. Brittney Patterson with questions.
Teachers’ Retirement System Annual Statements
Please note the University received this information from the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) for employees who are members of the Teachers’ Retirement System.
Annual Statements should have been mailed in the previous week. If a member has “email” listed as their preferred method of contact, they will receive an email notifying them to log in to their Member Online Service account to view the statement. If the member has “mail” listed as their preferred method of contact, they will receive a printed copy of the statement. Members will need to utilize Member Online Services for future statements, as this is the last year RSA will mail statements.
BSS Brown Bag Sept. 23
The first BSS Brown Bag of the semester will be held Monday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. in UMOM 201. Dr. Stephen Parker will present “You teach where? Challenges and opportunities for teaching sociology (and the social sciences) in Alabama.” College students are college students. And yet, we all believe Montevallo provides a distinct, and perhaps even unique, educational environment. We’ll begin by discussing the questions, “What is it about teaching at Montevallo that makes our jobs distinctly challenging?” and, “What opportunities are we provided by the distinctiveness of our student body?” Please contact Dr. Clark Hultquist for further details.
Kinesthetic Learning: Students on the Move
The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching, in conjunction with composition/rhetoric professor Dr. Cynthia Mwenja, invite you to a special workshop — Kinesthetic Learning: Students on the Move. This event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Wills 200. This workshop will discuss the benefits of incorporating movement and physical activity into classes and will demonstrate some kinesthetic activities. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.
Faculty Recital: Joseph Ardovino, trumpet
Enjoy the music of Purcell, Suderburg, York and more on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall. Dr. Joseph Ardovino will perform on a variety of trumpets including a hand-made Baroque trumpet replica. Ardovino will share his experiences with the audience as they are transported back in time to hear what the trumpet would have sounded like in the early Baroque period.
Undergraduate Research Informational Meeting
An informational meeting regarding Undergraduate Research will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Comer Auditorium.
Montevallo Astronomical Society and UM Astronomy Club
There will be a meeting of the Montevallo Astronomical Society and the UM Astronomy Club this Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory (JWSO). This is a community event and all visitors are welcome for an evening of celestial observing and good company.
Fall observing dates: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20
All dates are 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will be held provided it is not raining or overcast.
For those with GPS navigation systems, the physical address of the JWSO is 1093 Pebble Road, Montevallo, 35115. Gates will be open. Ignore the “No Trespassing” signs.
Directions to the JWSO: Following 119 South through Montevallo, turn right onto 10 West (Middle Street) for 1 mile, bearing right onto 17 North. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto 206 West, and after 0.4 miles, turn right onto Pebble Road, continuing 0.7 miles to the UM Gentry Springs property.
Access for All by Teayoun Kim-Kassor
The tangible doorknobs without doors, the visual description of non-tangible ropes and the use of fragile paraffin mold vs. metal screws create a paradoxical and contradictory statement. The purpose of the project is to enhance an awareness and better understanding of the different processes involved in our social and cultural context of the identity question. The artist’s hope is to trigger the larger audience by allowing them a reflective moment, which will direct them expectantly toward retracing their own history and by leading them to question “what is reality” and “what defines us.”
Runs Sept. 26 through Oct.17, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Faculty Sabbatical Leave
The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) is accepting applications for sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal. The deadline for submission for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 leave is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. More information about sabbatical leave and a link to the application form can be found on the FDAC webpage. Questions may be directed to FDAC co-chairs Dr. Ray Ozley and Dr. Heather Tinsley. Please note, a cover sheet containing signatures of the Department Chair and College Dean is required for submission.
Natasha Deon Book Reading
The BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series will welcome novelist Natasha Deon to campus on Monday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m. Deon is the author of Grace, a multi-generational novel about enslaved women that Bookish calls “a violent but important story about mothers and daughters and a dark chapter in American history.” The reading will be held in the Pat Scales Special Collection Room in Carmichael Library. Read more about Deon and her book.
UM Green Fund Call for Proposals
Did you know that the University of Montevallo was the first college in Alabama to have a green fund? 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 $30,000 available! 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. Susan Caplow for more information. All proposals are due by Tuesday, Oct. 1.
A drop-in proposal workshop will be held Friday, Sept. 13, between 1 and 4 p.m. in the Tower. Bring your ideas and we’ll answer questions, brainstorm ideas and help you strengthen your proposal before you submit.
Training for Student Employees
The Career Development Center and the Office of Student Employment will be providing professional development training for UM’s student employees on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Wills 200. All student employees will benefit from the training, but those requiring office etiquette and telephone skills are highly encouraged to attend. The time spent in the training session will be considered time worked and compensable. Please email Mark Bolton to register your student employee(s) for this training opportunity.
October Professional Photo Days
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 students. There is no charge. This month’s Professional Photo Days are Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.
University of Montevallo to host ACT Prep Course
The University of Montevallo will be hosting a single-day ACT Prep Course for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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. Register online now or contact Sarah Hendren, director of partnerships and outreach, at 205-665-6077.
Department of Theatre Presents The Weir
The Weir details a group of men who gather in a small pub in rural Ireland for their nightly ritual of drinking and telling ghost stories; which is interrupted by a stranger with a haunting tale of her own that has unexpected consequences.
The Weir by Conor McPherson. Directed by Marcus Lane.
Oct. 3-5, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Chichester Black Box Theatre
Faculty/staff tickets are only $12 and are available for purchase online or at the door as available.
The Weir is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. *Adult Content*
Student Cast List:
- Kamron Sanderfer
- Aaron Coleman
- Ryan Rorick
- Alex Binion
- Macy Robinson
- Marcus Lane — director
- Kel Laeger — scenic design
- Kyle Moore — technical director
- Emily Gill — costume design
- Cameron Wasner — associate costume designer
- Krystal Adams and Kel Laeger — lighting designers
- Michael Walker — dialect coach
October is Campus Sustainability Month
Join UM Environmental Studies in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month! Scheduled events are listed below.
Fashion Clothing Swap & Documentary Screening
Thursday, Oct. 3
Clothing swap 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall
Screening/Panel: 4:20 p.m., location TBA
Swap old clothes with new ones and stay for a screening/panel discussion of the documentary film Overload. Refreshments provided. This event is co-sponsored by UM’s E Club and FCS Club.
Climate Change Teach-In
Tuesday, Oct. 8
5 to 7 p.m. in Wills 100/120
Come discuss climate change and sustainability with faculty from across campus. The keynote speaker will be Mike Kensler, director of sustainability at Auburn University. Refreshments provided.
ValloCycle Glow Ride
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Meet in front of UMOM at 6:30 p.m. Ride begins at 7 p.m.
Join us for a leisurely, 45-minute night ride around Montevallo. Our journey takes us through the town and off the main roads (no one is left behind). We ride after dark, so decorate your bike with lights. We will end with socializing at Frios — our treat. If you need to borrow a free bike, email email@example.com.
Fall Plant Sale
Friday, Oct. 11
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UM Organic Community Garden
Stock up for your fall garden — most plants $1!
Vegan Bake Sale
Wednesday, Oct. 16
2 to 5 p.m. outside of Farmer Hall
You don’t have to sacrifice taste buds to be eco-friendly! All vegan items will be handmade from scratch by our very own E club members. Prices are low.
Southern Exposure Film Festival
Tuesday, Oct. 22
6 p.m. in Wills 100
The Southern Exposure Film Festival aims to shine a light on environmental issues in Alabama. A panel discussion with environmental experts will follow. Snacks provided.
Garden Work Day
Saturday, Oct. 26
9 a.m. to noon at the UM Organic Community Garden
If you are in need of community service hours or just want to get your hands dirty, come help E Club with garden maintenance. A picnic lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
Halloween Garden Party
Monday, Oct. 28
7:30 to 9 p.m. at the UM Organic Community Garden
Join E Club for a spooky night of carving pumpkins, watching old scary movies, roasting marshmallows and being Halloweeny! Costumes and pets are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.