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UM Named a Top School in the State

The University of Montevallo has been named one of the top higher education institutions in the state by Wallethub.com for providing a strong education at an affordable cost.

The website recently released its “2020 College and University Rankings,” which compared more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the nation. UM placed in the top three in Alabama while being compared to other public and private colleges and universities across the state.

While compiling the rankings, Wallethub studied several key indicators for each school, including student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes and career outcomes.

Check Your Student Email Regularly

With registration right around the corner, it's important for students to read their emails. Your UM email is the ONLY place where Student Aid, Cashier's Office, Registrar's Office and more will communicate with you. Don't miss deadlines and important information that you need for your time here on the bricks!


Important Deadlines from the Cashier’s Office

Plan ahead for Spring 2020 — Information about important deadline dates from the Cashier’s Office can be found here.


Scholarships Available Through AwardSpring

All current UM students are invited to apply for scholarships through AwardSpring. AwardSpring applications will be accepted through March 1, 2020. Students will be notified via their University email accounts of the scholarship decisions by mid-April 2020. You can log in using your UM username and password. If you have problems logging in, contact the UM Solution Center. Students are also encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early in order to take advantage of every opportunity available to fund their college education. Apply at fafsa.ed.gov. Your FAFSA school code is 001004.

 

Making Montevallo Comprehensive Plan

The city of Montevallo requests your feedback on how to improve the future of Montevallo. Complete the online survey at makingmontevallo.com.

 

Vallo Voice Feedback Requested

In May, UM’s Technology Advisory Council approved a change in campus email notifications to be piloted through the summer months and into the fall semester. You can read more here.

As a result, Vallo Voice is now the University’s official e-newsletter providing campus news, announcements, event information and highlights on student, faculty and staff achievements.

Your feedback on Vallo Voice is requested at this link. The survey will remain open through Thursday, Oct. 31.

 

Retail Dining Hours

Please note that effective Friday, Nov. 1, retail dining operating hours will be as follows:

Moe’s and Smooth Sailing
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Einstein Bros. Bagels
Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Falcon Scholars in Action

The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement is accepting applications for the Falcon Scholars in Action program. Falcon Scholars in Action is an honors program in which UM students are selected each year to serve clients in agencies and programs throughout Shelby County. Students selected are provided with a monthly stipend from Shelby County in exchange for their service (at least 10 hours each week). Examples of services provided include GED/ACT/SAT preparation, tutoring, coordinating physical activities and training in job skills, computer skills and social skills. All majors are eligible. Students are chosen through a highly competitive application process and will be enrolled in UM 222, which can be taken for variable credit ranging from zero to three credit hours.

Students can contact falconscholars@montevallo.edu for more information on applying for the program.

Falcon Scholars in Action would love to visit your class to talk with your students about this wonderful opportunity to gain professional skills while earning a little money. To schedule a class visit, please email falconscholars@montevallo.edu.

 

Shoal Creek Park Survey

The SCP (Shoal Creek Park) Board and Mayor Cost are collecting feedback from local residents, University students and the surrounding communities about Shoal Creek Park. This survey also provides opportunities for volunteers who would like to support the park and are willing to contribute by helping to build new trails and maintain current trails.
 
The SCP Board is also working on a project developing launch sites where kayaks, canoes and inner tubes can have access points in and out of the creek. We appreciate and thank you for your feedback! You can find the survey here.


Homelessness Awareness Donation Drive

Now through Saturday, Nov. 9, a table will be set up at the SAC during regular hours where donations for the Firehouse Ministries Men's Homeless Shelter in Birmingham will be accepted. The Shelter is in dire need of jackets, jeans, socks and underwear. Other donations are also welcome and will be delivered to respective shelters. There will also be an informational brochure provided at the table to learn more about the homeless population and local shelters.

 

“Happy Like This” Book Reading

Dr. Ashley Wurzbacher will read from her recently released short story collection, “Happy Like This,” on Monday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Carmichael Library. Dr. Wurzbacher’s book received a positive review in The New York Times, which called her “a writer at the top of her game; but hopefully she’s only just getting started.”

 

UM Women’s Basketball Hosting Meet-Greet-Play

The UM women’s basketball team will host a Meet-Greet-Play basketball event on Monday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center. The event will include a potluck-style meal (bring whatever you can) from 5 to 6 p.m. prior to the team’s scrimmage game against Wallace State-Hanceville, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Please come out, eat with and meet the team and hear about their upcoming season.

 

ValloCycle Witches’ Ride

All costumed female adult bike riders are invited to gather at Main Quad on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. and ride to Orr Park where riders will throw candy to children who congregate in Orr Park.

Go all-out on your costumes, dearies! Use hats, socks, tights, suspenders, glow paraphernalia, etc. and make sure you have a basket or bag on your bike to hold the candy to be thrown. If you have a bike, decorate it. Check with ValloCycle if you need to borrow a bike.

Kids of all ages are welcome and should congregate along the walking path at Orr Park so that they can safely collect candy without being in the road.

 

COMS Day

COMS Day will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Activity Center. Each year, the Communication Studies senior class organizes a day devoted to career options in communication with guest presentations and networking opportunities. The purpose of this year’s event is to empower an engaged community of aspiring scholars and practitioners by showcasing how the communication discipline instills ethical and collaborative communication, advancing their personal and professional goals.

 

Study Abroad Informational Session

Have you ever wondered: What is study abroad? What are the advantages of studying abroad? Is it very expensive? Can I get financial aid? Do I need to speak another language? Does the University of Montevallo have study abroad opportunities? Do I get credit for classes taken in another country? Where can I travel? Where can I stay? Who do I talk to for information?

The Foreign Languages Department and the Office of Academic Success invite students, faculty and academic advisers to an information session on faculty-led and independent study abroad and study away possibilities at the University of Montevallo Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m. in Comer Auditorium. Join us to learn more about UM opportunities for faculty-led and independent traveling opportunities, credit, financial aid, etc.

 

Nominations for Annual Homecoming Awards Due Nov. 1

The UM National Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2020 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 Friday, Nov. 1. Find the criteria for each award as well as the nomination forms online.

 

Study Abroad Program: Montevallo in Burgos

An information session about the study abroad program “Montevallo in Burgos” will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. in Comer Hall, Room 104. Take Environmental Sciences and/or Spanish classes during Summer I 2020. For more information contact Dr. Leonor Vázquez-González.

 

Exploring Mass Communication Day

Join us for Exploring Mass Communication Day Friday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. in Strong Hall. Career exploration workshops will be held for high school and community college students in TV, film production and radio, plus multi-media journalism across all print, electronic and social media platforms.

The day concludes with the Scare My Shorts Off Film Festival from 5 to 6 p.m. in Strong Hall, Room 119. The festival presents screenings of five-minute horror films in high school, college and professional divisions.

 

Senior Recital: Ryan Meier, Trumpet

This senior recital, presented Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall, is a capstone performance that captures the high degree of performance ability and musical understanding obtained by the music student, and serves as preparation for a career in music. This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music in instrumental music education degree. Meier is from the studio of Dr. Joe Ardovino.

 

Soft Lockdown Drill Nov. 6

At 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, the University of Montevallo and the UM Police Department will hold a soft lockdown drill in a building on the UM campus. The drill will provide a valuable opportunity for the UM community to practice and evaluate its emergency response and notification procedures in order to be better prepared in the case of an actual emergency.

During the drill, the University will test its UMAlert system, and all notifications related to the lockdown drill will be clearly identified as tests. Please take time to review the University’s lockdown procedures, which will be enacted during the lockdown drill and are viewable at this link.

 

14th Annual Run for Research

The 14th annual Run for Research with 5k run and 1-mile walk will be held Thursday, Nov. 7. On-site registration begins at 3 p.m. and the race begins promptly at 3:45 p.m. at the McChesney Student Activity Center parking lot. In the event of inclement weather, registration will take place inside the SAC. Pre-registration is open now. Submit your registration form to Tonja Battle in Hill House to be eligible for a free T-shirt! T-shirts are first come, first serve, so register soon.

There will also be a student organization contest and department contest which includes a prize for the student group and department group with the largest number of participants in the run. If you have questions, please email Tonja Battle or call 205-665-6508.

 

First-Generation Celebration

The Falcon Success Center, along with the TRIO SSS and McNair programs, invite you to attend the inaugural First-Generation Celebration Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall and Wills Hall. Join us as we highlight the contributions of first-generation college students who are UM faculty, staff and students. Activities will include a panel, keynote speaker and breakout sessions. For more information, please contact Dr. Denise Myers, Dr. Qshequilla Mitchell or Randi Tubbs. #CelebratedFirstGen #UMFirstGen19 #FalconSuccessStory

 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

As the holidays approach, now is a good time to think about those who are less fortunate. Help us kick off the holiday season by donating nonperishable items to local families in need.

We will gladly accept all nonperishable food items, especially the following: stuffing mix, canned vegetables (corn, peas and green beans), boxed potatoes (mashed, au gratin or scalloped), cranberry sauce, gravy (mixes, jars or cans), cake mix and icing, broth or stock, canned fruit, sugar, flour, macaroni and cheese, corn bread mix and rice.

You may drop off donations between Oct. 21 and Nov. 20 at the following locations:

Comer 101 (Main Office): Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon

Comer 102: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, please email diversityandinclusion@montevallo.edu.

Student Highlights

In the latest Bass Pro Shops School of the Year standings, the University of Montevallo fishing team is currently ranked in 6th place.
 
UM senior middle blocker Brioni Dixon received Gulf South Conference weekly honors from the conference office on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Dixon was named the GSC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for her play in the Gulf South Conference / Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Crossover in Hoover, Alabama over the weekend. Dixon had 21 total blocks in 13 sets, averaging 1.62 blocks per set, to lead all players at the GSC/SSC Crossover. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 26-Nov. 9
Homelessness Awareness Donation Drive
SAC
During regular SAC hours
 
Oct. 21-Nov. 20
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Farmer Hall, lower level
9 to 11 a.m.
 
Oct. 27-Nov. 7
BFA Exhibition: Rilee Garrett and Sara Scott
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Oct. 27: Opening Reception, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through Nov. 7, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Oct. 28
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
“Happy Like This” Book Reading by Dr. Ashley Wurzbacher
Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m.
 
Women’s Basketball Meet-Greet-Play
SAC
Potluck dinner at 5 p.m.
Scrimmage game starts at 6:30 p.m.
 
Fright Night
Bibb Graves Gym
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 30
ValloCycle Witches’ Ride
Meet at Main Quad
5:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 31
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
COMS Day
SAC
1 to 4 p.m.
 
Study Abroad Informational Session
Comer Auditorium
3 p.m.
 
Nov. 1
Exploring Mass Communication Day
Strong Hall
10 a.m.
 
Study Abroad Program: Montevallo in Burgos
Comer 104
1 p.m.
 
Military Alumni and Student Appreciation Reception
Global Community Outreach Building
3 to 5 p.m.
 
Scare My Shorts Off Film Festival
Strong Hall, Room 119
5 to 6 p.m.
 
Nov. 3
Ryan Meier, trumpet, Senior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
2 p.m.
 
Nov. 4
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Dr. Roderick George, tenor, Faculty Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 5
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Women’s Volleyball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
6 p.m.
 
Nov. 6
Campus Soft Lockdown Drill
3:30 p.m.
 
Interest Meeting for Regeneration Sustainable Fashion Show
Bloch 112
3:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 7
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
14th Annual Run for Research
SAC parking lot
Registration at 3 p.m.
Race begins at 3:45 p.m.
 
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
5 p.m.
 
Nov. 8
First-Generation Celebration
Anna Irving Dining Hall and Wills Hall
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
 
Inaugural Men’s and Women’s Swim Meet
SAC
3 p.m.
 
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7 p.m.
 
Nov. 9
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m.
 
Women’s Basketball — GSC/SIAC Challenge
Trustmark Arena, SAC
2 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball — GSC/SIAC Challenge
Trustmark Arena, SAC
4 p.m.
 
Nov. 10
Men’s Basketball — GSC/SIAC Challenge
Trustmark Arena, SAC
2 p.m.
 
Guest Artists Phil Pierick, saxophone and Kurt Galaván, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 10-21
BFA Exhibition: Christa Kimbrough and Ashlie Lodge
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Nov. 10: Opening Reception, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through Nov. 21, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Nov. 11
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Poetry@UM
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m.
 
Brass and Percussion Ensembles
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 12
Vegas in Vallo
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
7 to 9 p.m.
 
Nov. 13
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
11 a.m.
 
Nov. 14
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7 p.m.
 
Jazz Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 15
Delee Benton, soprano, Senior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 16
Women’s Volleyball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
2 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
6 p.m.


Learn about disability-related accommodations for these events by contacting Disability Support Services.

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