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UM to Host Potential New Students During Fall Preview Day 2017

The University of Montevallo invites prospective students and their families to attend Fall Preview Day on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Activities for the day begin at the McChesney Student Activity Center at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.

Preview Day gives high school and transfer students a close-up look at the Montevallo experience. More information can be found online.

Students and Faculty Participate in Run for Research 2017

The weather was perfect for the 12th annual Run for Research on Thursday, Oct. 26. A total of 42 runners participated in this year’s run. The winners of each division of the race are as follows:

One-Mile Walk, Female Division:

  • Dr. Denise Myers, director of TRiO Support Services

One-Mile Walk, Male Division:

  • Dr. Robert Barone, professor of history

5K Women’s Division:

  1. Dr. Emma Atwood, assistant professor of English
  2. Erin McDaniel, student
  3. Aliya Carpenter, student

5K Men’s Division:

  1. Dr. Alex Beringer, assistant professor of English
  2. Dr. Joe Sargent, assistant professor of music history
  3. Julio Sebastian, student 

Most participants from a UM department: Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Most participants from a student organization: Pre-Health Professionals Society.

Mentor Volunteers Needed at Montevallo High School

Leaders Building Leaders is a program for sophomores and freshmen at Montevallo High School. Through this program, volunteers mentor 8 to 10 students at the high school on their career and college goals three times per year.

It is preferred that students have the same mentor throughout their high school career. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Aubri McClendon, Montevallo High School’s career coach.

The mentoring dates are:
Nov. 2: 8:15 to 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 11: 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.
April 12: 8:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Renowned Environmental Author to Host Talk at UM on the Limits of Manipulating Nature

On Thursday, Nov. 2, the University of Montevallo will host environmental author Jordan Fisher Smith as part of the University’s Concert and Lecture Series.

Smith spent approximately 20 years as a California park ranger before authoring two critically acclaimed books, “Nature Noir” (a Wall Street Journal summer reading selection) and “Engineering Eden” (winner of the California Book Award silver medal for nonfiction).

In his lecture, Smith will use the contexts of national parks to explore questions about the necessity and limits of human manipulation in natural systems. The talk will take place in Comer Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. A reception and book singing will follow the event.

Nominations for Annual Homecoming Awards Due Nov. 1

The UM National Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2018 Alumni Homecoming awards.

All online nomination materials for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Nathalie Molton Gibbons Alumni Achievement Award and the Nathalie Molton Gibbons Young Alumni Achievement Award are due by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Find the criteria of each award as well as the nomination forms online.

Course Development Grant Applications Due Nov. 3

Applications for this year’s Course Development Grants and Summer Stipends for pre-tenured faculty are due Friday, Nov. 3 by 5 p.m. Application forms can be found online.

Faculty Highlight

Dr. Roderick George, professor of music, was the guest tenor soloist in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Gregory Vajda on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Von Braun Center.

Student Highlight

Game Studies and Design students Senny Nguyen and Zane Wilson each won best entries in the GameCareerGuide’s design challenge “Costume Craze.” This is an online, international design competition hosted once a month on the GameCareerGuide website.


As a token of our appreciation to all of our loyal weekly Vallo Voice readers, we are continuing to host a small contest each week. Below are three questions pertaining to this week’s issue. Submit the correct answers with this survey link to enter a monthly drawing for a UM giveaway item! This month’s giveaway is a UM camping chair. This is the final opportunity to enter this month’s giveaway!

  1. What is the title of Jordan Fisher Smith’s presentation on Nov. 2?
  2. How many runners were there in the 12th annual run for research?
  3. What is the name of the volunteering opportunity at Montevallo High School?
Upcoming Events
Oct. 31
Montevallo Hometown Trick or Treat
North Boundary St. to City Hall
3:30 to 5 p.m.
UM Softball’s Halloween Spooktacular
UM Softball Field at Orr Park
3 to 7 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
Trustmark Arena
6 p.m.
Nov. 1
Homecoming Award Nominations Due
Montevallo Connection Meeting
Montevallo Middle School
4 p.m.

Nov. 2
AAUW & Carmichael Library Present: Female Politicians and the Political Pipeline
J.A. Brown Room in Carmichael Library
4 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Jordan Fisher Smith Engineering Eden: How Much Should We Manipulate Nature?
Comer Auditorium
6 p.m.
Nov. 3
Board of Trustees Meeting
Merrill Room
1:45 p.m.
Nov. 4
Fall Preview Day
McChesney Student Activity Center
8:30 a.m.
Guest Artists Joseph Lulloff, saxophone and Keith Lemmons, clarinet
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 8
Senior Elite Night
Palmer Auditorium
6 p.m.
Nov. 10
Women's Volleyball
Trustmark Arena
6 p.m.
Opera Scenes
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena
3:30 p.m.
Opera Scenes
Lebaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 12
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena
3:30 p.m.
UM Employment Opportunities
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