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UM Named One of the Safest College Campuses in Alabama

Recently, Montevallo was ranked the fourth safest college campus in Alabama, also coming in as the top ranked safest campus in the Birmingham-metro area.

Niche.com recently researched campus crime rates to determine the 15 safest colleges in Alabama.

The 2018 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student-reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs or alcohol usage.

Read more about how the rankings were determined here.

Annual FORTE Festival of Creativity Set for April 19-21

The Forte Festival of Creativity is an interdisciplinary collaboration co-sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Montevallo Arts Council. The three-day celebration consists of interactive workshops, an arts and crafts fair in Orr Park, exhibitions, innovative performances and spirited post-event discussions with attendees.

This year’s theme is Heroes & Heroines. Visit the FORTE website for more details and a complete schedule of events.
 

Retiree Reception to be Held April 24

On Tuesday, April 24, (not Thursday, as in previous years) the University will honor retiring employees at the annual retiree reception in Reynolds Hall Foyer starting at 2 p.m. During the reception, 12 retiring employees will be honored. The reception will offer food catered by Chartwells and is open to all faculty and staff.
 

Sick Leave Bank Now Open for Enrollment

The purpose of the Sick Leave Bank is to provide eligible UM employees with an emergency pool of sick leave days to mitigate the impact of lost wages during a time of illness or injury or due to a medically necessary procedure.

To participate in the Sick Leave Bank, an employee must:

  1. Be eligible to accrue sick leave;
  2. Have completed one (1) year of continuous service to the University;
  3. Complete a Sick Leave Bank enrollment form during one of the semi-annual enrollment periods (April and October) and submit to the Human Resources Office, according to the dates indicated on the enrollment form;
  4. Have accumulated a minimum combined total of 40 hours of sick and/or vacation leave at the time of enrollment in the Sick Leave Bank.

If you wish to enroll for the first time or are currently enrolled and wish to cancel your membership, please complete an application and cancellation form and return it to Human Resources by Monday, April 30.
 

Montevallo High School Seeking Vendors for Community Yard Sale

On Saturday, May 5, Montevallo High School will host a community yard sale at the marching band’s practice field. 12x12 spots are available to reserve for a $30 fee, which will go toward the Montevallo High School Band. All vendors are responsible for supplying their own tables.

Donated items are also welcomed, but must be delivered the afternoon of Friday, May 4 between 3 and 6 p.m. All unwanted items will be donated to Shelby Emergency Assistance.

Vendors will setup between 6 and 7 a.m. and the yard sale will open to the public from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. MHS is also selling Charles River-Pack-N-Go pullover embroidered jackets. Each jacket is available to order in a variety of sizes and four different colors for $35.00. All jacket orders are required by April 20.

Contact Dawn Cabrera or call 205-682-6400 to reserve a space/place an order.
 

College of Education to Host Ethics in Advocacy Workshop

The College of Education’s Diversity Speaker Series and the Graduate Counseling Program will present an Ethics in Advocacy Workshop in Wills 200 on Friday, April 13. The workshop will include five sessions hosted by faculty members and graduate students throughout the day. The schedule is as follows:

  • 8:50-10:25 a.m.: The Indigenous Informed Approach: A New Ethical Practice for Counselors
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: The Ethics of Political Discourse, Meditation and Activism
  • 12-12:30 p.m.: Brief lunch break
  • 12:30-1:25 p.m.: The Ethics of Language: Beyond Political Correctness
  • 1:30-2:25 p.m.: Understanding Ethics & Equity in School Leadership
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Self-Care for Counselors-in-Training: An Ethical Imperative for Counselor Supervision Practices 
 

SafeHouse and SafeShelby Clothing/Toiletry Drive Seeks Donations

Counseling Services is hosting a drive benefitting SafeHouse and SafeShelby. Drop-off boxes for donations will be located at the library, Anna Irvin Dining Hall, the SAC, UMOM, Farmer Hall, Main Hall, Napier Hall and the Counseling Services office in Main Hall between April 9-13.
 

Faculty Commencement Regalia Orders Due by April 20

Faculty members who would like to rent regalia for Spring Commencement should contact the University bookstore by Friday, April 20.

Rental regalia is $72.98 and is due back the Monday following commencement.
 

Yearly Foodservice Surveys

Dining services requests that faculty and staff participate in its annual foodservice assessment surveys. The brief questionnaire aims to gauge how Chartwells is currently doing on campus and what can be improved in the future. The surveys can be completed online throughout the month of April.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Ted Hoffman, associate professor and director of music education, presented the results of a collaborative research study titled “Teaching Music at Small Colleges and Universities: A Pilot Study” at the National Association for Music Education’s Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference March 21-24 in Atlanta.
 
Dr. Eun-Hee Park, assistant professor of music, performed as a guest pianist at Troy University’s Clarinet Day on March 24. Dr. Park collaborated with Maria Du Toit and Katrina Phillips, performing works by Bernstein, Peter Klatzow and Chausson.
 
Dr. Steve Peters, dean of the College of Fine Arts (COFA), was elected to the Board of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) at the council’s recent annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Peters, who is also Chair of ICFAD’s Cultivation and Stewardship Committee, will serve on the board’s executive committee in his new role.

Giveaway

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!

  1. When is faculty rental regalia due back to the UM bookstore?
  2. When is the rescheduled faculty/staff appreciation lunch?
  3. Which UM faculty member has a play in development that will be read as part of the UM FORTE festival? (Follow the link in the blurb to see the schedule)
Upcoming Events
April 11
Lunch & Learn
Wills 200
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
 
BSS Brown Bag Lecture:
“Reflections on Beijing and Modern China”
UMOM 309
12 p.m.
 
Guest Artist:
Joong Han Jung, Piano
LeBaron Rectial Hall
3 p.m.
 
April 12
Foreign Language Film Series (final installment)
“Maria Candelaria”
Comer Auditorium
5 p.m.
 
April 13
Community Garden Plant Sale
Community Garden (adjacent to baseball fields)
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Faculty Senate
Merrill Room
2 to 4 p.m.
 
Urinetown: The Musical
Reynolds Studio Theatre
7:30 p.m.
 
April 14
Men and Women’s Tennis
Tennis Courts
11 a.m.
 
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
1 p.m.
 
Urinetown: The Musical
Reynolds Studio Theatre
7:30 p.m.
 
April 15-19
Senior Capstone Art Exhibition:
Savannah Ricks, Nigel Shaw, Amanda South, Hunter Vroonland
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
April 15
Urinetown: The Musical
Reynolds Studio Theatre
2 p.m.
 
Pattin Piano Fund
LeBaron Recital Hall
3 p.m.
 
April 16
Community Garden Plant Sale
Community Garden (adjacent to baseball fields)
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Brass and Percussion Chamber Ensembles
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
April 17
Faculty & Staff Appreciation
TBA
 
Earth Fest
Main Quad
2 to 6 p.m.
 
Jazz Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
 
April 18
Documentary Screening:
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time
Comer Auditorium
6 to 7:45 p.m.
 
April 19-21
FORTE Festival of Creativity
 
April 19
Community Garden Plant Sale
Community Garden (adjacent to baseball fields)
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Ceremonial Groundbreaking:
Center for the Arts
University Promenade (at the corner of Oak/North Boundary Street)
4 p.m.
 
April 20
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
7 p.m.
 
Urinetown: The Musical
Reynolds Studio Theatre
7:30 p.m.

April 21
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 p.m.
 
Athletic Alumni Club Tailgating
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 to 4 p.m.
 
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
4 p.m.

Urinetown: The Musical
Reynolds Studio Theatre
7:30 p.m.
 
April 22
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
11:30 a.m.
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 p.m.
 
Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
1 p.m.

Urinetown: The Musical
Reynolds Studio Theatre
2 p.m.
 
April 24
UM Retiree Reception
Reynolds Hall Foyer
2 p.m.


 

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during UM events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205-665-6250, DSS@montevallo.edu) 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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