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NOTICE: Monday, Dec. 9, will be the last new Vallo Voice for the fall semester. Vallo Voice will resume on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Happy holidays!
Todd Strange

Hon. Todd Strange ’66 to Speak at Fall Commencement

University of Montevallo Board of Trustees Chairman Todd Strange will deliver the keynote address and will receive an honorary doctorate degree at the University’s fall commencement at the McChesney Student Activity Center Friday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m.

Strange graduated from UM in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and served as the mayor of Montgomery for more than 10 years until his recent retirement.

Read more here.


UM Post Office Holiday Hours

With the holiday break approaching, please note that UM Post Office services will be as follows:

UM Post Office in Farmer Hall will close Monday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m.

Farmer Hall and the UM Post Office will open Thursday, Dec. 26, from noon until 5 p.m. for access to UM Post Office boxes. The UM Post Office window/counter will be open between noon and 1 p.m. If you are expecting large amounts of mail or have outgoing mail, this will be the time to pick up mail or drop off outgoing mail.

UPS, FedEx and other special carriers will not run to campus over the break. All packages will be held at their facilities until Jan. 2, 2020.

If you have any questions, please call Amy Brown at 205-665-6571 or Johnny Holsombeck at 205-665-6146. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!


Plan Ahead for Spring 2020

Charge books at UM’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore against your credit balance and make sure to read these important deadlines from the Cashier’s Office.


Congratulations to FDAC Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grant Recipients

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee would like to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants. Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants are designed to support and promote faculty innovation in scholarship, creative endeavors and/or teaching. The grant provides up to $2,000 for supplies and expenses necessary to achieve the project’s stated goals.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Marcus Lane — New Play Development: the Bone Orchard by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
  • Brook Pruitt — Errors & Trials
  • Dr. Betsy Richardson and Dr. Melissa Shepherd — “Biopsychosocial factors affecting the social evaluation of pain”
  • Lee Somers — “Scapes: East and West Remixed”
  • Dr. Meredith Tetloff and Dr. Jennifer Rickel — “Peace and Justice Studies Mino Enhancement”
  • Dr. Eric Vaccarella — “Using Camtasia Software to Subtitle Foreign Language Films”
  • Dr. Kelly Wacker — “Looking for William Holbrook Beard: a new approach using podcasting”
  • Dr. Ashley Wurzbacher — “Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers”

Due to the availability of additional funding, there will be a second round of applications accepted for the Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at this link.

More information about this funding mechanism and application instructions can be found on the FDAC webpage. Questions may be directed to


Falcons Soar Higher in Latest D2 Regional Poll

Off the heels of a 22-point victory last week, the University of Montevallo women’s basketball team moved up into the top five in the week’s D2SIDA Regional poll. Read more.


Falcons Fighting Cancer T-Shirts Available

UM Athletics is still selling Falcons Fighting Cancer T-shirts. These long sleeve shirts make great stocking stuffers and the proceeds will stay in the local area to support breast cancer research and awareness. $15 for sizes S-XL, $20 for XXL and XXXL. Cash or check only. Visit the Athletics Department in the SAC to purchase your shirts.


Faculty Book Club Spring 2020

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching’s Spring 2020 Faculty Book Club will feature "Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes" by Flower Darby and James M. Lang. This book provides practical, easily implemented strategies to improve student learning in online classes. Book discussions will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, March 2 and April 6. Books are provided, but participation is limited to the first 10 registrants. Register today at


Falcon Food Pantry Donations Welcome

UM Counseling Services invites you to support the Falcon Food Pantry now through Dec. 13 in Farmer Hall. What do you need to do to support?

  1. Look for the tree next to our shopping cart.
  2. Select an ornament off the tree.
  3. Purchase the non-perishable item listed on your ornament. The quantity is up to you.
  4. Bring your donation and ornament to Counseling Services by Friday, Dec. 13.

Counseling Services is located in the lower part of Main Hall. Call 205-665-6245 if additional information is needed. All donations benefit UM students.


De-Stress Fest

Monday, Dec. 9 — Pop! Away the Stress
Tuesday, Dec. 10 — Hot Cocoa and Hand in Paw
Wednesday, Dec. 11 — Stress Less Coloring

Join UM Counseling Services during finals week for a study break with De-Stress Fest!

All events will be held on the Farmer Hall stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Military-Related Students Invited to Recharge for Finals

Monday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Vet Center (GLOCO Building)

All military-related students can come by to relax in the lounge, use the computer lab and grab a snack before their exams. For questions, please contact the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs at 205-665-6472.


Blue Planet: Water, Survival and Artistic Expression

Opening reception Monday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on the lower level of Carmichael Library.

Come see photography/mixed media work by students in this interdisciplinary course (ART, ES and HNRS). In Blue Planet, students examine the role of water in human history/culture/biology, explore water sustainability challenges and use artistic expression to advocate for a healthier relationship between humans and the water they depend on for life. Refreshments provided.


Sound Meditation for Stress Management

Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Bibb Graves Dance Studio

The Montevallo Yoga Festival is excited to host Jessica Carmen on campus for a special event: Sound Meditation for Stress Management. Allow an hour to get still and let the end of semester stress melt away. You will be guided into meditation and then experience the soothing tones of Himalayan Sound Bowls. These bowls are tuned to balance the chakras offering deep relaxation and energetic alignment. Participants are encouraged to sit or lie down in a comfortable position while in meditation. No experience necessary to enjoy the full benefits. We have some yoga mats and feel free to bring a small blanket and/or pillow and wear comfortable clothes. For more information, contact


ValloCycle Glow Ride — Finals Edition

Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m., in front of UMOM

Join ValloCycle for our final glow ride of the year, a great way to de-stress during final exams. We’ll enjoy a leisurely, 45-minute, 5-mile 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. If you need to borrow a free bike, email Please plan to meet in front of UMOM (University of Montevallo on Main Street) at 5:30 p.m. We will ride at 6 p.m. and end at a surprise location with snacks provided!


Pack the SAC

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Arena

Join UM Athletics to Pack the SAC as the Falcons take on West Florida. Free T-shirts to the first 500 fans in attendance. Women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. and men’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact 205-665-6250 or at least one week prior to event to request disability-related accommodations, visit

Dec. 9-13
Final Exams
Dec. 9
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co. 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
De-Stress Fest: Pop! Away the Stress
Farmer Hall Stage
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Recharge for Finals (for military-related students)
Vet Center, GLOCO Building
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Blue Planet: Water, Survival and Artistic Expression
Lower level, Carmichael Library
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 10
De-Stress Fest: Hot Cocoa and Hand in Paw
Farmer Hall Stage
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sound Meditation for Stress Management
Bibb Graves Dance Studio
5 to 6 p.m.
Dec. 11
De-Stress Fest: Stress Less Coloring
Farmer Hall Stage
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ValloCycle Glow Ride – Finals Edition
Meet in front of UMOM
5:30 p.m.
Dec. 12
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co. 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
Spring Semester Orientation
Farmer Hall
Noon to 4 p.m.
Dec. 13
Fall Commencement
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5 p.m.
Dec.17-Jan. 1
Holiday Break
University closed
Jan. 2
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds, Hall
9 a.m.
Jan. 3
Spring Semester Orientation
Farmer Hall
Noon to 4 p.m.
Jan. 4
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
2 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
4 p.m.
Jan. 6
Spring Semester Classes Begin
Pack the SAC: Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m.
Pack the SAC: Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8
Faculty Senate Spring Faculty Assembly
Wills 200
3:30 p.m.
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m.
Jan. 10
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
2 p.m.
Men’s Festival Chorus
Palmer Auditorium
4:30 p.m.

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