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UM Supplying 3D Printed Face Masks to Local Hospital

A group of employees at the University of Montevallo are putting their expertise and resources to work for the local health care industry in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

A few weeks ago, Michael Price, the digital media and emerging technologies librarian at UM’s Carmichael Library, heard news reports about hospitals across the nation facing a severe shortage of personal protective equipment such as face masks due to the pandemic.

After reading about people using 3D printers to create personal protective equipment to donate to health care facilities, Price knew he could do the same. He reached out to Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, which said it would be happy to accept the 3D printed face masks.

Price then contacted his colleague Kyle Moore, assistant professor of theatre at UM, who also had access to a 3D printer. Together, the two used their expertise to create a plan to help the hospital by 3D printing as many protective face masks as possible for Shelby Baptist.

“We both have had printers running for the past week,” Price said on March 27. “Printing two masks and two filter holders takes about six-and-a-half hours.”

Price and Moore received support from Dr. David Callaghan, chair of UM’s Department of Theatre, Carmichael Library Director Dr. Charlotte Ford and UM Associate Professor of Theatre Emily Gill, who helped to secure material to use for straps on the face masks. Continue reading.


COVID-19 Campus Updates

To catch up on all information communicated to campus related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of campus resources and spring 2020 grading information, visit

Please also stay tuned to the UM official social media channels linked below.


Check out these special projects while you’re at it:

Campus Zoom Backgrounds
Campus is blossoming, the birds are chirping and the bricks wish you were here. We know you’re probably missing the beautiful campus views, so we’re bringing campus to you! Browse and download the virtual backgrounds we’ve created with you in mind at

Student Encouragement
We asked UM faculty and staff to submit their words of encouragement and support for students during this time and they showed up in a big way. (No surprise there.) Falcon family, we can do this together. Let’s finish this semester strong! Wherever you are, #YouBelongAtMontevallo. View video here.


COVID-19 Student Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Student Relief Fund provides limited emergency financial support to University of Montevallo students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship caused in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For application information, email Kelli J. Holmes.


We are All Counting on You: Census 2020

Make your voice heard in the 2020 Census. It’s a safe and secure way to obtain federal funding for our state’s future. This money means better health care, schools, roads, job opportunities and more.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census is sent to every household in the country. The Census is a count of everyone residing in the U.S. The Census counts every person living in Alabama once, only once, and in the right place. It contains 10 simple questions and only takes six minutes to complete. Please complete the Census here.

Students are counted where they spend most of their time, which means that the majority of University of Montevallo students will be counted in our community. Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, Montevallo students temporarily living away from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic should still be counted for the state of Alabama.

Learn more at


Special Summer 2020 Tuition Rates

Special summer tuition rates are available for undergraduate courses during May, Summer I and Summer II terms. Learn more at

If a student received financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year, they could also be eligible for summer. Please note, in most cases, the student must take six or more credit hours during the summer term(s) to receive aid, and federal aid is determined based on each individual student’s eligibility.

Students should contact the UM Student Aid Office at 205-665-6050 if they have any questions once they have received their summer financial aid offer notification. The Student Aid Office is located on the first floor of Palmer Hall.


The Harbert Writing Center is Still Open Online

All Harbert Writing Center writing consultations will be online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Just visit to set up your account and schedule your appointment with any of our consultants. Please email Dr. Cynthia Mwenja at if you have any questions.


New Peace & Justice Studies Minor to launch Fall 2020

UM’s new Peace & Justice Studies minor is launching this fall. Several classes will be offered, including Intro to Peace & Justice Studies (PJS 200), Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Fall 2020 classes include:

  • PJS 200 – Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies, Dr. Jennifer Rickel and Dr. Meredith Tetloff
  • AAS 302/PJS 370 – Race, Class and Gender, Dr. Sierra Turner
  • ENG 301/HNRS 309-005/AAS elective/PJS 370 – The 1619 Project: Cultural and Rhetorical Legacies of U.S. Chattel Slavery, Dr. Cynthia Mwenja
  • ENG 475/PJS 470 – Sex, Gender and the Contemporary Global Economy, Dr. Jennifer Rickel
  • MG 371/NPS 371/ES 310/PJS 370 – Nonprofit Organizations: Overview and Operations, Dr. Tom Sanders
  • POS 330/PJS 370 – Women in Politics, Dr. Andrea Eckelman
  • POS 350/HNRS 309 / PJS 370 – Model UN, Dr. Scott Turner
  • SOC 324/PJS 370 – Social Stratification, Dr. Stephen Parker
  • SWK 373/PJS 370 – Social Policy, Dr. Meredith Tetloff
Learn more at this link.

Student Publications Positions Available

The UM Student Publications Committee is looking for editors for next year’s student publications.

Positions Available:

Editor of The Alabamian (student newspaper)
Editor of the Montage (student yearbook)
Editor of The Tower (student arts & literary magazine)

The applications deadline is Friday, April 10, by 2 p.m. Visit FalconLink to apply. For more information, please contact Tiffany Bunt.

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Upcoming Events

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Beginning April 6
Summer and Fall 2020 Registration

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