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SCOB Breaks Ground on New Building

The University broke ground on a new 10,000-square-foot Michael E. Stephens College of Business building on Sept. 5, officially beginning a project to greatly enhance the college’s offerings.
The new home for the College of Business will be a state-of-the-art and technology-rich facility. It will feature a large student commons and event space to facilitate interactions between students, faculty and the business community. Two additional technology-enhanced classrooms, student team study rooms, professional development spaces and a case presentation boardroom will add much-needed expansion spaces for the college. 
“Thanks to the largesse of Allison Stephens and Michael E. Stephens, we’ve designed a building that is going to honor Michael’s memory and honor the vision that Allison has for Montevallo. In my 10 years of knowing Michael, this was his dream. He always wanted a new building for the College of Business, and so I’m so grateful that this day has come,” said UM President Dr. John W. Stewart III. “It will serve students well into the next generation. Breaking ground today is emblematic of the trajectory our University is enjoying."

SGA Freshman Forum

The Student Life Office is accepting Freshman Forum applications through Friday, Sept. 13. Freshman Forum is a great way to meet new people and get involved on campus. Applications are located in the front of the Student Life Office in Farmer Hall.

Secular Student Alliance

Doubts about your faith? Questioning religion? Looking for other nonreligious safe places? Wanting to join an organization dedicated to activism? Come to the UM Secular Student Alliance (SSA) interest meeting/mixer! SSA is an organization that fights for secularism, or the acknowledgement of separating religion in certain situations. If you are agnostic, atheist, “not religious, but spiritual” or interested in social justice, SSA is the group for you. This interest meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Comer 100. We will have free merchandise, free snacks and information about how to get more involved.

Learn to Swim Program

The University of Montevallo swimming coaching staff and student-athletes are offering a Learn to Swim program to both Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center members and non-members. The lessons are available to anyone ages 4 and up. Each session includes eight lessons that last 30 minutes each. Please contact Aaron Mahaney for more information at or 205-665-6631. Member and non-member rates for swim lesson sessions are listed below:

Semi-private: $100, Private: $150

Community SAC member
Semi-private: $125, Private: $200

Semi-private: $165, Private: $240

Shelby County Free Emergency Alert Service

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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.


It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health

Join Counseling Services on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a special screening of It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day. This free event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Comer Auditorium.


ValloCycle Glow Ride  

The next ValloCycle Glow Ride is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10. Join us for a leisurely, 45-minute night ride around Montevallo. Our journey takes us through the town and off the main roads (no one is left behind). We ride after dark, so decorate your bike with lights. If you need to borrow a free bike, email   

Please plan to meet in front of UMOM (University of Montevallo on Main Street) at 6:30 p.m. We will ride at 7 p.m. and end with socializing at Frios  —  our treat.  

Myers-Briggs Available for Military-Related Students

Veteran and Military Affairs is offering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for UM’s military-related students Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Veteran Center located in the Global and Community Outreach Building (across from the new Center for the Arts). The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. Please make plans to attend. Refreshments will be provided and the presentation will last no longer than an hour.


The Moth Project

Artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki will give an afternoon lecture and install a Nighttime Moth Garden on Wednesday, Sept 11. The lecture will be held in Harman 104 from 4 to 5 p.m. and the Nighttime Moth Garden will be installed from 7 to 11 p.m. on Main Quad. The artists will talk about their collaborative project, PlantBot Genetics at the lecture. During the magical nighttime event, the public will take part in an experiential and educational survey of nighttime pollinators.

Participants aid in the non-destructive survey of insects drawn to the off-grid solar-powered light tents adjacent to the onsite gardens. This visually stunning project compiles educational outreach, videos, discussions, field reports and other documentation for a field guide that promotes an understanding and appreciation for pollinators, native plants, ecologically responsible sources of power and citizen science. This is a fun, family-friendly event.


Student Leaders Needed for Sustainability Committee

We are looking for students who want to help UM set and meet sustainability goals. Positions are open to students in any major and any year in school. Student terms on the committee are a one-year commitment.

The sustainability committee has five overarching goals:

  1. Oversee and promote current campus sustainability initiatives.
  1. Recommend and promote ways for the University to become more energy-efficient.
  1. Implement plans for long-term sustainability.
  1. Facilitate integration of academic initiatives with campus sustainability activities and plans.
  1. Select the projects that will be financed by the Green Fund.

If you know a student who may be interested in this opportunity, please have them contact Dr. Susan Caplow with their name, major, school year and a brief, one-paragraph explanation of why they are interested in serving on this committee. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 11.


Health & Wellness Resource Fair

Health Services and Counseling Services are hosting a Health & Wellness Resource Fair Wednesday, Sept. 18. Stop by Anna Irvin Dining Hall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for helpful information.


Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse

The Office of Partnerships and Outreach is excited to offer a free professional learning workshop: Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse. Learn how to cultivate student empathy and empower young voices through discourse and classroom debates. In this interactive workshop, participants will hear from Birmingham civil rights advocate Lisa McNair and Elizabeth Wood-Weas, director of speech and debate for Mountain Brook Schools.

This workshop includes:

  • Q&A with Ms. McNair
  • Panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the classroom with UM faculty, staff, students and other guests
  • Presentation led by Ms. Wood-Weas teaching creative ways discourse can be used in any middle or high school class
  • Adaptable lesson plans to facilitate classroom learning that builds listening and speaking skills while boosting overall student confidence

The workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall. Check-in and networking begin at 12:30 p.m.
Participating educators must register online in advance in order to receive a certificate for three hours of PL credit at the completion of the course. For more information, contact the Office of Partnerships and Outreach at or 205-665-6077.


UM Green Fund Call for Proposals

Did you know that the University of Montevallo was the first college in Alabama to have a green fund? The UM Green Fund is a pool of money used to provide grants for campus projects that improve sustainability, decrease our ecological footprint and educate the University and local communities about sustainable practices, environmental issues and caring for the planet. The Green Fund has $30,000 available! Any member of the UM community, including students and student groups, can write a Green Fund grant proposal.

Application guidelines are available by request. Contact Dr. Susan Caplow for more information. All proposals are due by Tuesday, Oct. 1.

A drop-in proposal workshop will be held Friday, Sept. 13, between 1 and 4 p.m. in the Tower. Bring your ideas and we’ll answer questions, brainstorm ideas and help you strengthen your proposal before you submit.

Student Highlights

Art majors Hannah Lewis, Lindsey Greer, Sara Scott, Emily Tucker and recent UM alumna Erica Lewis have their work in printmaking on display at INK ONLY II — A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Printmaking hosted by PaperWorkers Local and showing at the Project Space at UAB. This biennial exhibition features innovative work in printmaking selected from regional entries that were judged by Hallie Ringle, The Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 29-Sept. 19
Shadowtime by Wade Folger MacDonald
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 9
Secular Student Alliance Interest Meeting
Comer 100
6:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.
Sept. 9-10
Full Moon Invitational: Men’s and Women’s Golf
Timberline Golf Course
Sept. 10
It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health
Comer Auditorium
4 to 5 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
6 p.m.
ValloCycle Glow Ride
Meet at UMOM
6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Myers-Briggs for UM Military-Related Students
UM Veteran Center – GLOCO
3:30 p.m.
SGA Executive Cabinet Meeting 
Farmer Hall Conference Room 
3:30 p.m. 
The Moth Project
4 p.m., Artist Talk, Harman 103
7 p.m., Nighttime Moth Garden, Main Quad
Learn more
SGA Senate Meeting 
Farmer Hall Meeting Room 
4:30 p.m. 
Sept. 12  
Campus Escape Room — The Philosopher  
Farmer Hall Meeting Room  
4 to 8 p.m.  
SGA Town Hall 
Farmer Hall Stage 
5 p.m. 
Sept. 13
Drop-In Green Fund Proposal Workshop
The Tower
1 to 4 p.m.
Sept. 14
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3 p.m.
Sept. 16
Grad School Informational Session
Comer 100
3:30 p.m.
Sept. 17
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Terracotta Pot Painting
Student Retreat Center
4 to 6 p.m.
Constitution Day Celebration
Farmer Stage
6 p.m.
Sept. 17-18
Blood Drive
Farmer Meeting Room
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sept. 18
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Health and Wellness Resource Fair
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
QEP Topic Selection Committee: Student Listening Session
Farmer Hall
4:30 p.m.
Sept. 19
Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
1 to 4 p.m.
Register online.
Sept. 21
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
11 a.m.

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

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