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UM Unveils Grainger Family Center for Personal Development

The University of Montevallo will be able to greatly enhance its counseling services to students, faculty and staff after opening the new Grainger Family Center for Personal Development during a Jan. 6 ceremony.

The center occupies the newly renovated Puryear House off Middle Street on the UM campus, and increases counseling service space by 85 percent. The flexibility of the building’s design will allow Counseling Services to grow and adapt as student needs change in the future.

In addition to Counseling Services, the new center will house the Falcon Food Pantry and Student Emergency Assistance programs.

Generous support from donors, especially Michael and Donna Grainger, made the new space possible. Read more.


College Night Tickets

College Night ticket information is now available online. Please be sure to note the specifics for each on sale date listed. 

On behalf of the College Night Committee, all faculty and staff are invited to the Wednesday evening performances of the productions, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. Email Kathy Adams to reserve your free ticket. If you do not already have an account on University Tickets, you will need to sign up for one. Once your email is received, tickets will be processed within three days and assigned to you in University Tickets. You will receive a confirmation email when this is completed. Complimentary tickets must be reserved by Monday, Feb. 3.

Online Registration for Undergraduate Research Day 2020 Now Open

To register online for Undergraduate Research Day 2020, please visit this link. UR Day registration will close on Friday, Feb. 7. Undergraduate Research Day 2020 will be held Wednesday, March 18, in Harman Hall. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Questions can be emailed to Dr. Cindy Tidwell or Tonja Battle at 


UM Cheer & Dance Fundraising for National Competition

Please help the UM Cheer and Dance teams on their road to NCA/NDA National Competition in Daytona, Florida. The teams are selling BOGO dozen cards for Krispy Kreme. The card is valid to buy one dozen donuts and get one dozen donuts free up to 10 times. This is a $120-140 value for only $25. There is no expiration and the cards can be used at any Krispy Kreme location. Purchase by emailing Melissa Stano.


Participate in Psychology Research

We are conducting a study to understand how we evaluate the pain of others. We are seeking healthy individuals who do not have chronic pain to participate, and participants will be compensated $20 for their time. Sign up here. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Shepherd.


Community School of Music Private Music Lessons

The University of Montevallo Community School of Music is accepting private music lesson registrations for the spring semester. Private lessons are available for all members of the community and all skill levels from beginner to advanced. We teach any instrument including piano, voice, guitar, violin, trumpet, flute, French horn, trombone, clarinet, mandolin, ukulele and organ.

Pricing and registration information can be found online at For families with young children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old, the University of Montevallo Community School of Music offers a no-cost musicianship class. In this class students play interactive music games that help develop music reading and rhythm skills, learn about famous composers, listen and learn about music from around the world and create their own compositions to share with family and friends.

Classes are held on Monday evenings in Davis Hall beginning on Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. To learn more, please contact the Program Director at 205-665-6678 or or visit this link.


LeBaron Trio

Monday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in LeBaron Recital Hall

The Lebaron Trio consists of members of the music faculty at the University of Montevallo. Their repertoire spans a wide range of styles and they are advocates for new music. Members are Dr. Melanie Williams, soprano, Dr. Lori Ardovino, clarinet, and Dr. Laurie Middaugh, piano. All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.


Mexican Hot Chocolate and Sweet Treats

Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Farmer Lobby

Come try Mexican Hot Chocolate for $0.50 and baked goods for $1. Hosted by the Hispanic Student Organization.


BSS Brown Bag

Wednesday, Jan. 22, at noon, in UMOM 201

Dr. Jim McDonald, professor of anthropology, will discuss “Human Value and Endemic Precarity in Guatemala: Life and Death in a Fragile Neoliberal State.” Please join us for a fascinating discussion. We invite the entire campus community to attend. For more details, please contact Dr. Clark Hultquist.


Workshop: “Play Therapy for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Friday, Jan. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Student Retreat Center

The University of Montevallo chapter of the counseling honor society Chi Sigma Iota will host a workshop presented by the Alabama Association for Play Therapy entitled “Play Therapy for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence.” All are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. James Jackson.

Student Highlights

Junior COMS major Raina Verser and junior ART major/COMS minor Laura Dudley had a co-authored paper entitled “Multilevel Communicative Resilience: Exploring the Communicative Processes of Coping with Parental Alienation” selected as the top paper in the Interpersonal and Family Communication Interest Group at the Central States Communication Association Convention.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact 205-665-6250 or at least one week prior to event to request disability-related accommodations. Learn more at

Jan. 13
LeBaron Trio

LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.

Jan. 14
Professional Photo Days

Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Schedule an appointment

Jan. 15
Professional Photo Days

Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Schedule an appointment

Mexican Hot Chocolate and Sweets
Farmer Hall Lobby
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jan. 16
Women’s Basketball

Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18
UM Softball Winter Prospect Camp

Softball Stadium at Orr Park
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Register here

Jan. 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

University Closed

Jan. 22
Montevallo Chamber Luncheon: State of the City Address

Parnell Memorial Library
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
More information 

BSS Brown Bag

UMOM 201

Jan. 23
Women’s Basketball

Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25
Men’s and Women’s Swimming

SAC Natatorium

Jan. 28
Faculty Recital: Brittney Patterson, flute, and Eun-Hee Park, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31
Workshop: “Play Therapy for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence”

Student Retreat Center
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kermit A. Johnson Field
2 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
3 p.m.

UM Employment Opportunities
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