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UM Temporarily Starting Spring Classes Virtually

As we prepare to begin the spring semester, COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout the nation.

Because there is much uncertainty regarding the direction the pandemic will take in the wake of the holidays and in the coming weeks, all classes will be conducted virtually for the first two weeks of the semester.

Students will still be able to move into their residence halls and utilize campus dining beginning on Friday, Jan. 8, but all classes will be held remotely from Jan. 11-22. In-person classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 25.

Delaying the start of in-person classes will allow us to better understand the impact the holiday break will have on COVID-19 numbers in Alabama.

Staff will still return to work on Monday, Jan. 4. As with the fall, department directors will have discretion on workforce density in their respective areas.

Faculty will begin delivering classes remotely on Jan. 11. During these two weeks, faculty access to campus and equipment will be similar to post-Thanksgiving break circumstances.

It is our hope that delaying the start of in-person classes will allow us to take additional steps to provide a safer, healthier environment once in-person classes resume.

As we continue to closely monitor the pandemic, please regularly check your UM email and official UM social media accounts for additional updates.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Student Spotlights

Do you know a student who is doing great things on campus or in the community? University Marketing & Communications is looking for standout students to feature in our student spotlight series in the spring. Visit this link to nominate a student to be featured.

 

UM Adopts State Community Engagement Guidelines

In a further effort to mitigate the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Faculty Senate and the University’s Executive Cabinet have adopted statewide recommendations for community engagement. These recommendations pertain to engagement activities that are not otherwise covered by internship or accreditation requirements.

In general, faculty and staff are to restrict engagement activities for students to low contact or no contact service, specifically avoiding contact with vulnerable populations as defined in this document. For questions, please refer to your division dean or the University Outreach Interim Director, Dr. Hollie Cost.

 

Classes Meeting Normally on Feb. 12

Since College Night dates have been rescheduled from Feb. 10-13 to March 10-13, the Feb. 12 “no class” day has been changed to March 12. Friday classes will meet as scheduled on Feb. 12.

 

Ensure You are Signed Up for UMAlert

Please take a few minutes to ensure you have provided accurate and up-to-date contact information in the UMAlert system by visiting myschoolcast.com/go/um. It is highly encouraged that you list multiple phone numbers (work, cell, home) and email addresses in the UMAlert system to ensure messages reach you in the event of campus emergency. UMAlert phone calls will come from 205-665-6911 and text alerts from 223-83. Please save these numbers as contacts in your phone to prevent UMAlert notifications from being categorized as spam.

 

Shelby County Free Emergency Alert Service

Get emergency alerts and other important community news by signing up for ShelbyALerts. This system provides critical information in situations such as severe weather, road closures, missing persons and evacuations. Sign up for your free account today to receive emergency and weather alerts the way you choose — on your cell, home or work phone and/or by email.

 

UMCSM Private Music Lessons

The University of Montevallo Community School of Music is accepting spring 2021 registrations for private music lessons! We welcome all ages and all skill levels. Private lessons would make a great gift for any musician or an enriching new year’s resolution for yourself! UMCSM is offering options of 15 lessons, 10 lessons or six lessons during the spring 2021 semester. Discounts are available for families with two or more students. For more information contact the director at UMCSM@montevallo.edu or 205-665-6678 or visit the website to learn about pricing and registration.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Daniel Birdsong, adjunct instructor of counseling, earned a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Samford University on Saturday, Dec.12. His dissertation, “Implementation of and Support for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs: An Examination of Alabama Program of Distinction Recipients,” is currently in the publication process with ProQuest and was nominated for the American Educational Research Association Division H (Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools) Outstanding Dissertation Award. He presented his research findings in November at the Alabama Counseling Association Conference.

Marcus Moore, admissions counselor, and Jason Perry, student diversity and recruitment coordinator were recently named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s NextGenBHM: Education & Workforce awards list. The list honors emerging leaders in education, training and workforce development who are spearheading innovative programs, new initiatives and collaborative efforts.

Student Highlights

Sophomore Molly Hansen, an accounting major and member of the UM swim team, has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. During her three-year term on the committee, Hansen will represent UM and the Gulf South Conference on a national level.

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Upcoming Events

Jan. 4
University opens
 
Men’s swimming vs. Ouachita Baptist
SAC Natatorium

Jan. 8
Faculty Senate Meeting
Zoom
2 p.m.
 
Jan. 9
Men’s and women’s swimming vs. Birmingham Southern
SAC Natatorium
 
Men’s basketball vs. West Florida
TrustMark Arena
2 p.m.
 
Jan. 11
Spring term classes begin virtually
 
Jan. 16
Men’s basketball vs. West Georgia
TrustMark Arena
2 p.m.
 
Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
University Closed
 
Jan. 19
Men’s basketball vs. AUM
TrustMark Arena
6 p.m.

Jan. 25
In-person classes resume

 

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