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UM Waiving Standardized Test Scores Through Spring 2022

Spread the word! Standardized test scores for undergraduate programs and most graduate programs are not required for admission through spring 2022.

UM made the decision to waive the test score requirements for admission due to the cancelation and limited availability of standardized testing dates because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More details are available here.

*This promotion excludes Speech and Language Pathology and Alternative Masters of Education admissions testing.


Information Services & Technology News

The University of Montevallo now has a Zoom site license which allows all faculty, staff and students to have a licensed account. You can sign up for an account using your UM email address at If you have any issues, please contact the Solution Center by emailing


Moe’s and Smooth Sailing to Close Friday, Nov. 13

Moe’s Southwest Grill and Smooth Sailing in Farmer Hall will cease operations at closing time on Friday, Nov. 13, to begin construction of Pita Pit.


Instructional Technology Survey

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching invites you to complete the 2020-2021 Instructional Technology Survey. This anonymous survey is designed to provide us with a better understanding of how you are currently using instructional technology and how you plan to use instructional technology in the future. The results of this survey will guide us in developing resources and services to better support you in the use of instructional technologies as well as in advocating for access to important technology resources. The survey will be available Monday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Nov. 13. Complete the survey at this link.


Pandemic PD: Canceled for Nov. 4

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will not host a Pandemic PD webinar Wednesday, Nov. 4. We hope you will join us when we resume on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to discuss ways to organize your content in Canvas.


October Green Fund Grant Recipients

Student Projects

  • Go Green and Get Lean: Yeldray Perkins, Parker Brandt (Kaycee Ledbetter) — $780
  • EcoBrick Compost Bin for Garden: Candler Brown (Dr. Susan Caplow) — $249.78
  • Recycled Play-Sustainable Art/Music Wall Installation: Katharine Murray, Marcos Lopez, Cheyanne Smith (Dr. Qshequilla Mitchell) — $250

Special Projects

  • Bloch Hall LED Exhibition Lighting, Part III: Lee Somers, Michael Willett — $5,450
  • UMPD Bike: Brian Prady — $905

Total spent academic year thus far: $7,634.78

There will be another call for Green Fund proposals in January. We want to hear your ideas! Please direct any questions about the Green Fund to Dr. Susan Caplow.


Spring 2021 Peace and Justice Studies Courses

Advisors, please share our spring 2021 Peace and Justice Studies (PJS) courses with your advisees:

  • ENG 232-001, ENG 232-002 (non-cross-listed elective) Global Literature: Shakespeare and Contemporary Society, Atwood
  • PJS 370/SOC 360 Social Change, Lowry
  • PJS 370/SWK 373 Social Policy, Tetloff
  • PJS 470/ES 401/SWK 411 Immersive Environmental Storytelling, Tetloff
  • PJS 470/NPS 420/MG 420 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Smith
  • PJS 470/POS448/ES350 Environmental Policy, Eckelman

Visit the Peace and Justice Studies webpage for more information about courses and the PJS minor.


15th Annual Run for Research Canceled

The 15th Annual Run for Research is canceled this year. While we can’t run together, we can still celebrate Undergraduate Research on our campus by wearing the awesome 2020 run T-shirts. This year’s T-shirts were designed by Keller Makemson, a recent 2020 graduate from the College of Fine Arts. Keller graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with graphic design emphasis. The 15th Annual Run T-shirts are $5 each. If you would like a T-shirt, please email Tonja Battle


On Repeat — Ellen Mueller

Runs Thursday, Oct. 29, through Tuesday, Nov. 24, Poole Gallery, visit

Ellen Mueller explores issues related to the environment,  hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media. Virtual walkthrough and artist talk are published at


Senior BFA Exhibition — Morgan Capps and Tomeca Reed

Runs Sunday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 19, The Gallery at Bloch Hall, visit

These exhibitions from Morgan Capps, sculpture, and Tomeca Reed, graphic design, present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Virtual content will be published at

UM Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m., via Zoom

The University of Montevallo Board of Trustees will convene on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom video conferencing. This meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to attend is welcome to do so.


Alumni Environmental Careers Panel

Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m., via  Zoom

Join this interactive Zoom discussion to learn how UM grads found their way into diverse and interesting work in environmental law, education, science and toxicology. The panel will feature:

  • Bridget Benson ’15, Education Programs Manager, Louisville Nature Center
  • Blake Hudson ’02, Professor of Law, Co-Director of Environmental and Land Use Law Program, University of Florida
  • Robbie McKinney ’01, Environmental Scientist III, Suwannee River Water Management District
  • Kristin Henson ’88, Director, Strategy and Planning Lead, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

Use the Zoom link above. Contact Dr. Susan Caplow for the Zoom invitation, to receive the recording of the event or with any questions.


First Generation Celebration

Friday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Anna Irvin Dining Hall

It’s First-Gen Student Week! A first generation student is one who is the first person in their family to graduate with a college degree. UM wants to honor the perseverance, resilience, resourcefulness and hard work you demonstrate every day to achieve your dreams. Stop by Anna Irvin Dining Hall Friday, Nov. 6, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate with the Falcon Success Center, TRIO programs and M.A.D.E.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Cathlena Martin, associate professor of game studies and design, presented an online workshop, “Collaborative Online Card Game Creation,” at the North American Simulation and Gaming Association’s annual conference on Oct. 28.

English professor Dr. Lee Rozelle published the academic horror story “Foundling” in the anthology If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Deadly Women and Retribution, book three of the Better off Dead Series by Sinister Smile Press.

Student Highlights

Congratulations to this year’s University of Montevallo delegation to the Southern Regional Model United Nations’ first-ever online conference, Oct. 23-25. Representing Japan, they won a team award for best position papers, and Xander Swain (Swain in top right) won the Best Delegate award for the Peace Building Commission.

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 29-Nov. 24
On Repeat — Ellen Mueller

Poole Gallery
Virtual walkthrough and artist talk
Nov. 1-Nov. 19
Senior BFA Exhibition — Morgan Capps and Tomeca Reed

The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Virtual content
Nov. 3
Election Day
Nov. 4
Board of Trustees meeting
11:30 a.m.
Nov. 5
Alumni Environmental Careers Panel
5 p.m.

Nov. 6
First Generation Celebration

Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 13
Faculty Senate Meeting
2 p.m.
Nov. 25-27
Thanksgiving holidays
University closed
Nov. 30
UM transitions to distance education
Dec. 7-11
Final exams
Dec. 21-Jan. 1
Winter holidays
University closed

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