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Founders' Day celebration

UM Celebrates 123rd Founders’ Day

The University celebrated 123 years of making a difference in students’ lives during its annual Founders’ Day celebration on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The day featured several events, including multiple alumni gatherings, Convocation and the investiture of the 2019-2020 senior class. Dr. Lonnie Edwards, who graduated from UM in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and psychology and earned a master’s degree in school administration and physical education in 1974, served as the keynote speaker during Convocation.

Edwards, who was one of the first African American male student-athletes to play on the University’s basketball team, encouraged this year’s seniors to step out of their comfort zones to make a difference in the world. He credited Montevallo with much of the success he has seen in his life.

“I want to say today that Montevallo was a great fit for me. We enroll here and we make a commitment to make a difference in our lives and the lives of those we associate with,” Edwards said. “Everywhere I go now, I’m proud to acknowledge that I attended the University of Montevallo. As I think about my decision to come to Montevallo, I’m proud of each degree that I’ve earned here. Montevallo chose me and I chose Montevallo. It was a perfect fit, and that has made all the difference in my life.”

Convocation also featured several award presentations to UM faculty, staff and alumni:

2019 University Scholar: Dr. Gregory Samuels, assistant professor of secondary education
Faculty Service Award: Dr. Jennifer Alexiou-Ray, associate professor of secondary education and instructional technology
Adjunct Teaching Award: Amy Murphy, adjunct theatre faculty in the College of Fine Arts
Outstanding Staff Service Award: Donna Murphy, front of the house supervisor for Falcon Foods/Chartwells
Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award: Dr. James Day, professor of history and Grainger Professor in modern history
Mary Lou Elder Williams Alumna Loyalty Award: Kit Waters ’78


English Spring and Summer 2020 Course Descriptions

Spring and Summer 2020 English Global Literature and upper-level course descriptions are now available on the English and Foreign Languages webpage.


Safe Zone Training

The fall semester Safe Zone training for students, faculty and staff will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Wills 200 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Safe Zone training aims to increase awareness, knowledge and sensitivity about important issues affecting LGBT+ students, faculty and staff to foster a safe, welcoming climate for all members of the UM community. Completion of the training earns participants a decal that can be displayed to designate a space as a Safe Zone on campus. Please join us — no reservations required. For more information and additional resources, please visit the UM Safe Zone webpage.


Birmingham New Music Festival: Adam Bowles

The Birmingham New Music Festival featuring pianist Dr. Adam Bowles will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall. This recital, in conjunction with the Birmingham New Music Festival, is sponsored by the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, a consortium of area composers who are advocates for contemporary and experimental music. Dr. Bowles will present a thought-provoking recital of new works that push the traditional boundaries of piano performance.


Active Reading, Note Taking and Time Management for Military-Related Students

The University of Montevallo’s Campus Veterans Association, in conjunction with the Falcon Success Center, will present a group session on active reading, note taking and time management for UM military-related students. The group will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Veteran Center (located in the Global Community Outreach Building behind Napier Hall). The session will last no longer than 45 minutes and snacks will be provided.


Montevallo Astronomical Society and UM Astronomy Club 

There will be a meeting of the Montevallo Astronomical Society and the UM Astronomy Club this Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory (JWSO). This is a community event and all visitors are welcome for an evening of celestial observing and good company. This event will be held provided it is not raining or overcast.

For those with GPS navigation systems, the physical address of the JWSO is 1093 Pebble Road, Montevallo, AL, 35115. Gates will be open. Ignore the “No Trespassing” signs.

Directions to the JWSO: Following 119 South through Montevallo, turn right onto 10 West (Middle Street) for 1 mile, bearing right onto 17 North. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto 206 West, and after 0.4 miles, turn right onto Pebble Road, continuing 0.7 miles to the UM Gentry Springs property.


Wind Ensemble Performance

The Wind Ensemble, consisting of approximately 60 woodwind, brass and percussion students, both music majors and non-majors, will perform classic wind band repertory and contemporary works on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium.

National Association of Composers, USA Concert

NACUSA is one of the oldest organizations devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music. This concert Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall will feature exciting new works of composers from the Mid-South Region.


Say Boo to the Flu

Student Health Services is hosting a “Say Boo to the Flu” flu shot clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Student Health Services office is located in East Main Hall. Please bring your health insurance card. Cost of the flu vaccine with no health insurance is $25. The vaccine will be available at no cost to insured students, University employees, spouses, dependents older than 18 years of age and retirees. If you have any questions regarding the clinic, please call Student Health Services at 205-665-6275.


FCS Bake Sale

UMFCS will host a bake sale Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. outside Anna Irvin Dining Hall and from noon to 1 p.m. outside Farmer Hall. Cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, candy apples and chocolate covered pretzels will all be available for purchase.


Antiques Roadshow Montevallo

Join us for Antiques Roadshow Montevallo on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the J.A. Brown Room of Carmichael Library. History faculty and majors will attempt to appraise items provided. UM professors will bring objects for display such as Roman coins, Civil War-era rarities and other curious objects. University archivist Carey Heatherly will have items from early college history. Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring historical objects, photographs and miscellanea. Light refreshments will be provided.


UM Ghost Walk Events

The University will host several Ghost Walk events on Saturday, Oct. 26:

The ground floor of Carmichael Library will show a short video of Frankenstein film adaptations over the years beginning at 5:30 p.m., with repeat showings of the video occurring every 10 minutes.

Ghost Walk tours will begin at 6 p.m. and will depart every 10 minutes in 20-person groups. The final tour will depart at 8:30 p.m. The walking tours will last approximately 45 minutes each, and check-in will be held outside Palmer Hall. The ghost walk is a free event but donations are welcome.

Trunk or Treat will be held in the parking lot behind Carmichael Library from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase and picnic tables will be available throughout the event.

The Montevallo Artwalk will be held along Main Street in downtown Montevallo from 1 to 6 p.m. The event is a collaboration between the University, the city of Montevallo and the Montevallo Arts Council. The event includes art, food, fun and activities for all ages. An Artwalk afterparty featuring live music will be held at Owl’s Cove from 6 to 9 p.m.

Student Highlights

UM graduate student Taylor Gonzales and freshman Courtney Keeler have been recognized by the Gulf South Conference office as runners of the week. Gonzales has been named the GSC Runner of the Week for the second time this season, while Keeler has been named the GSC Freshman of the week for the first time this season.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 26-Oct. 17
Access for All by Teayoun Kim-Kassor
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 14
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 15
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Safe Zone Training
Wills 200
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
UMPD Officer of the Year Reception
Honoring JaRon Thomas
Student Retreat Center
5 p.m.
Birmingham Art Music Alliance presents Adam Bowles, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16
Montevallo Chamber Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Alex Dudchock
Montevallo First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
11:30 a.m.
Cost: $12 at the door
Toolbox Talk: Developing Digital Course Materials
Wills 200
Vegan Bake Sale
Outside Farmer Hall 
2 to 5 p.m.
Active Reading, Note Taking and Time Management for Military-Related Students
Global Community Outreach Building (behind Napier Hall)
3:30 p.m.
Observatory Hours
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Oct. 17
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wind Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
City of Montevallo Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off
Parnell Memorial Library
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 
VALIC/AIG Financial Advisor on Campus
Carmichael Library Study Room
Schedule an appointment
Fall Plant Sale
UM Organic Community Garden
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 19
All-State Choir Workshop
Davis Hall
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Register here
Oct. 20
NACUSA Concert

LeBaron Recital Hall
2 p.m.

Oct. 21
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 22
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
Concert Choir and University Chorus
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23
Say Boo to the Flu – flu shot clinic
Health Services, East Main Hall
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
BSS Brown Bag
UMOM 201
Antiques Roadshow Montevallo
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
1:30 to 4 p.m.
Oct. 24
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 25
Deadline: Open Enrollment for UM Benefits
Future Falcon Day
MMS students on campus
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
5 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26
Gulf South Conference Championship – 
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
Cross Country Course
9 a.m.
Montevallo Artwalk
Downtown Montevallo 
1 to 6 p.m.
Learn more
Women’s Volleyball
2 p.m.
Frankenstein film adaptations
Ground floor, Carmichael Library
5:30 p.m.
Ghost Walk Tours
Check-in at Palmer Hall
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Trunk or Treat
Carmichael Library parking lot
6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

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