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Reminder: Classes Going Remote After Thanksgiving

As a reminder, the University will transition to a distance education model for all classes for the remainder of the fall semester beginning Monday, Nov. 30. This transition was included in the University’s Falcon Forward plan for the fall semester, which was published and distributed to campus this summer.

Although all classes will be held remotely after the Thanksgiving break, residence halls and campus dining facilities will remain open to serve resident students as well as employees for the remainder of the semester. Accordingly, all UM staff employees are expected to continue to work on campus for the remainder of the fall semester, with the exception of employees whose circumstances warrant a leave of absence or remote work. In such cases, staff should consult their supervisor or Human Resources prior to the Thanksgiving break for guidance and authorization.

University officials continue to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and will determine any future calendar modifications based on community spread of the disease and sound medical and professional advice. The University’s academic calendar is available at


Update on Malone Center Virtual Office Hours

Due to low participation, the Malone Center has discontinued weekly office hours. Our staff continues to be available to answer questions and provide support. Please email us your questions at and indicate if you would like to schedule a consultation. We offer phone, Zoom and in-person consultations.

University Branding Standards Updated

The University of Montevallo’s branding standards and guidelines were developed in 2011 to help bring consistency to how UM presents itself through a variety of mediums and to diverse audiences, essentially strengthening the University’s identity. The document includes branding, editorial and graphic guidelines that must be used in all University communications and other applications.

You can find a link to the latest version of branding standards at

See also Policy 01:016 – Consistency of University Representation.


Open Enrollment for UM Benefits

The Annual Open Enrollment for UM benefits runs through Friday, Oct. 23. This is the time of the year when benefits-eligible UM faculty and staff can re-evaluate their needs and make benefit selections for the 2021 calendar year. Please review the HR Benefits U newsletter which provides pertinent information regarding open enrollment, deadlines for submission, enrollment forms and general benefits information.

Please note the Mandatory Benefits Election form and the Flexible Spending Account Plans Enrollment/Waiver form are available online as dynamic forms. The links are included in the newsletter and are required to be submitted to HR by Oct. 23. The Vision Enrollment Application form and the Sick Leave Membership Application/Cancellation form are located at the end of the newsletter. The Office of Human Resources is happy to assist you during open enrollment to answer any questions you may have regarding your UM benefits.

We Want to Hear from You!

University Marketing & Communications is looking to highlight the silver linings that have come about during the difficulties of the past several months in the next issue of Montevallo Today.

While we’ve all experienced some form of hardship as a result of the COVID-19 quarantine, the changes have also brought unexpected positives such as more time spent with family and developing new hobbies. What are some good changes you have experienced despite the challenges of the pandemic?

Please send responses to Neal Wagner, manager of communications and media relations, at

College Drive Closure Update

Due to weather, a section of College Drive will continue to be blocked off until approximately Tuesday, Oct. 13, for road repair. The section of the road is located behind the outdoor basketball court behind the SAC. This closure will only block access to the Physical Plant employee parking lot. To access the Student Retreat Center, tennis courts, sand volleyball court or the back of the SAC, traffic must enter the Student Retreat Drive loop across from Peck Hall.


TRIO Upward Bound Hiring Tutors 

TRIO Upward Bound is hiring for tutors to provide high school students in grades nine through 12 with individual and group tutoring in math, science, social studies, English and foreign languages (Spanish and French) after school, some nights and optional Saturdays. Tutors must have completed their freshman year of college and have a 3.0 grade point average in the field they will be tutoring. Applicants must be dependable with a genuine interest in helping first-generation, low-income students. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary. Interested students can apply at this link.


Library e-Books and Streaming Videos for Online Instruction

Carmichael Library has several e-book and online video collections available to support your online classes this year, including EBSCO eBook Academic Collection, ProQuest eBook Central College Collection, Films on Demand, Academic Video Online and Swank Films (with faculty-selected titles). A guide to using these resources (including embedding films in Canvas) is available here. Please feel free to contact any of the UM librarians at with questions you may have about accessing or using these resources!


Guest Artist Exhibition — Small Bites: Kenny Jensen

Runs through Friday, Oct. 16, Poole Gallery, visit

Florida native Kenny Jensen maintains a deep connection to the state’s unique natural environment. Jensen actively seeks, collects and re-contextualizes overlooked, organic phenomena and man-made artifacts. Virtual walkthrough and artist talk are published at

Strategic Plan Town Hall Meetings

Faculty Town Halls
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Zoom
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Zoom

Staff Town Halls

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Zoom
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2 to 2:30 p.m., Zoom

The University is in the process of developing its 2021-2026 strategic plan, which will guide its actions and goals for the next five years. The next step in the protocol for approving the plan calls for faculty and staff town hall-style Zoom meetings hosted by President Stewart. During these meetings, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to share their feedback on the most recent draft of the strategic plan, which was distributed in August.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important process. We look forward to your questions, input and participation.

Pandemic PD: Academic Integrity in Online Exams

Wednesday, Oct. 7, at noon, via  Zoom

This week’s Pandemic PD session hosted by the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will highlight ways to promote academic integrity in online exams. We will also demonstrate UM’s newest software tool, Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor. Register at this link to receive the login information for the session.

124th Founders’ Day

Thursday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m., University of Montevallo YouTube

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the University of Montevallo will celebrate the founding of our beloved institution and honor the success of our students, faculty, staff and alumni and their impact on campus and in the greater community.

This virtual ceremony will be available on the University of Montevallo YouTube channel at 11 a.m.

Seniors, it is time to officially don the robes that mark your entry into the Community of Scholars. Our Provost, Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong, will lead the investiture of the senior class and robe your class president. Then, it will be time to put on your academic armor and finish the journey you began several years ago.

To mark this milestone for our seniors, a photo frame will be installed in front of Palmer Hall. Stop by Oct. 7-9 in your robe and take a snapshot to share on social media using #IBelongAtMontevallo. Please remember to adhere to face-mask and social-distancing guidelines. We encourage all members of the campus community to also pose and post! To order your cap and gown, use the following link:

Although we will not be shoulder-to-shoulder that day, belonging is a feeling that we carry in our heart and head, no matter where we are.

UMNAA Awards Recognition

Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

The University of Montevallo National Alumni Association cordially invites you to attend the Founders’ Day UMNAA Awards Recognition honoring:

  • Coty Jones, Outstanding Staff Service Award
  • Collin Williams, Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award
  • Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield ’62, Mary Lou Elder Williams Alumna Loyalty Award

Please register by Tuesday, Oct. 6. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at or 205-665-6223.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Ted Hoffman, associate professor of music education, was appointed by the National Executive Board of the National Association for Music Education as a member of the Music Educators Journal Advisory Committee. In this capacity, Hoffman will review and select manuscripts for publication in this national peer-reviewed journal.

Dr. Lee Rozelle, professor of English, published the academic article “Southern Neogothic: Trash and Terror in William Gay’s Twilight and Poppy Z. Brite’s Exquisite Corpse” in Mississippi Quarterly, vol 72, no 3, pp. 331-349.

Student Highlights

UM freshman cross country runner Amber Fisher was recently tabbed as the Gulf South Conference Cross Country Freshman of the Week.

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 27-Oct. 16
Guest Artist Exhibition — Small Bites: Kenny Jensen
Poole Gallery
Virtual walkthrough and artist talk
Oct. 6
Strategic Plan Town Hall — Staff
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Strategic Plan Town Hall — Faculty
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Oct. 7
Strategic Plan Town Hall — Faculty
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pandemic PD: Academic Integrity in Online Exams  
Strategic Plan Town Hall — Staff
2 to 3:30 p.m.
University Faculty Meeting
3:30 p.m.
Oct. 8
Founders’ Day
UM YouTube
11 a.m.
Oct. 9
Faculty Senate Meeting
2 p.m.
Oct. 26
Spring & Summer Term registration begins for currently enrolled graduate students
Oct. 28
Spring and Summer term registration begins for currently enrolled undergraduate students
Campus Flu Clinic
Farmer Hall meeting room
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 25-27
Thanksgiving holidays
University closed
Dec. 7-11
Final exams

UM Employment Opportunities
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