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Open Enrollment for UM Benefits

The annual open enrollment for UM benefits began on Oct. 1 and lasts through Friday, Oct. 23. This is the time of the year when benefits-eligible UM faculty and staff can re-evaluate their needs and make benefit selections for the 2021 calendar year. Please review the HR Benefits U newsletter which provides pertinent information regarding open enrollment, deadlines for submission, enrollment forms and general benefits information.

Please note the Mandatory Benefits Election form and the Flexible Spending Account Plans Enrollment/Waiver form are available online as dynamic forms. The links are included in the newsletter and are required to be submitted to HR by Oct. 23. The Vision Enrollment Application form and the Sick Leave Membership Application/Cancelation form are located at the end of the newsletter. The Office of Human Resources is happy to assist you during open enrollment to answer any questions you may have regarding your UM benefits.


Adjusted Dining Hall Hours

Beginning Friday, Oct. 16, Anna Irvin Dining Hall will operate on the following meal schedule Monday through Friday:

  • Breakfast, 7:30 to 10:15 a.m.
  • Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dinner, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Weekend hours remain unchanged.


Nominations Open for 15 Within 15

Do you know an accomplished young alum of the University of Montevallo? The UMNAA Junior Board is looking to honor alumni who have achieved greatness within 15 years of graduating. Nominations are now being accepted for the new 15 Within 15 young alumni recognition. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1. Submit your nomination online.


Harbert Writing Center Offering Online Assistance

Even though the Harbert Writing Center is completely online this semester, we are still available to help your students develop strong written submissions. Please remind your students to go to to set up their accounts, make appointments and meet individually with trained consultants. We have appointments available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 noon on Friday. Please email Dr. Cynthia Mwenja with any questions you have.


Family Field Trips to Ebenezer Swamp Available

The Environmental Education Program is excited to offer family field trips! Ebenezer’s Swamp School is held on Wednesdays in October from 9 to 11 a.m. and various dates in November. These events require masks and social distancing. Space is limited, so be sure to register today. The lessons are geared toward learners in grades K-5 and the cost is $6 per student. (Adults are free.) Please visit our webpage for more information or contact us at We look forward to welcoming you to the swamp!


FWS Student Workers Ready to Help

There are a number of students with Federal Work Study awards who have not yet found on-campus employment. If you need a student worker, please email Mark Bolton for assistance in posting a student employment FWS opportunity in your department.


Updates from Carmichael Library

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Want to know what’s happening in Carmichael Library? Read all the latest library news — from database, book and e-book highlights to Digital Media Lab happenings to the Milner Archives move — in the fall 2020 issue of Books & Bricks. Need more information? Stop by the library or chat with a librarian!


College Drive Closure Update

Due to weather, a section of College Drive will continue to be blocked off until approximately Tuesday, Oct. 13, for road repair. The section of the road is located behind the outdoor basketball court behind the SAC. This closure will only block access to the Physical Plant employee parking lot. To access the Student Retreat Center, tennis courts, sand volleyball court or the back of the SAC, traffic must enter the Student Retreat Drive loop across from Peck Hall.


Guest Artist Exhibition — Small Bites: Kenny Jensen

Runs through Friday, Oct. 16, Poole Gallery, visit

Florida native Kenny Jensen maintains a deep connection to the state’s unique natural environment. Jensen actively seeks, collects and re-contextualizes overlooked, organic phenomena and man-made artifacts. Virtual walkthrough and artist talk are published at


Pandemic PD: Mid-term Check-in

Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon, via  Zoom

Now that we have made it to mid-term week, this week’s Pandemic PD session hosted by the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will highlight ways to evaluate your course design and student performance while there is still time left in the semester to make adjustments. Register at this link to receive the login information for the session.

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m., via  Zoom

Sharon Louden is an active artist and passionate advocate for artists. The author of two critically acclaimed books, “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists” and “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” she wants to foster a community of artists who seek the well-being of each other. She reminds artists and non-creatives alike that artists are integral to society, that their paths through life are varied, rich and important. As Louden points out, contrary to stereotypes, artists aren’t hidden away working, they are on the front lines of education, the nonprofit sector and corporate environments where they provide measurable and innovative outcomes.

Please join us for what will be an inspiring, uplifting and stimulating talk. This event is hosted by the UM Art Department and is a part of the Martha Allen Lecture Series on Art. Register here.

Montevallo Connection

Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m., via  Zoom

Please join us for our first ever VIRTUAL Montevallo Connection meeting. We will hear from Montevallo Elementary School, Montevallo Middle School and Montevallo High School principals about current projects and needs for collaboration. This is a great way for you, your class or even your department to assist with our local schools. Please use this Zoom link to join the meeting.

ValloCycle Mini-ride

Saturday, Oct. 24, meet at 10 a.m., UMOM

The Mini-ride is designed to accommodate riders of all ages and skill levels. We meet in front of University of Montevallo on Main (UMOM) and bike down to Orr Park. There, we will do as many laps as the group likes and will head to La Conchita’s on Main Street for popsicles — our treat! If you would like to borrow a bike for the ride, contact ValloCycle at


ValloCycle Witch’s Ride

Thursday, Oct. 29, meet at 5:30 p.m., UMOM

The Witch’s Ride is ValloCycle’s glow ride with a spooky twist. Come dressed in a bike-safe costume and decorate your bike with lights. We also have bike lights to lend out for the ride. We meet in front of UMOM, the ride is approximately five miles through town. We stay off of major roads and no one is left behind. We will again end at La Conchita’s for popsicles on us! If you would like to borrow a bike for the ride, contact ValloCycle at

Student Highlights

The Founders’ Day committee would like to congratulate Irelan Childress on finding the Crook. The Crook was located in Anna Crawford Milner Archives, which recently moved from the bottom floor to the third floor in Carmichael Library. Way to go, Irelan! To learn more about this tradition, visit

Members of the UM fishing team Ethan King and Griffin Phillips recently finished second at the Bassmaster College Series tournament on Lake Cumberland. This qualifies the duo for the Bassmaster College National Championship. Weston Hollar and Wesley Gore also qualified for the national championship and this makes the eighth Montevallo team to qualify for the Bassmaster College National Championship.

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 27-Oct. 16
Guest Artist Exhibition — Small Bites: Kenny Jensen
Poole Gallery
Virtual walkthrough and artist talk
Oct. 14
Pandemic PD: Mid-term Check-in
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life
2 p.m.
Montevallo Connection
4 p.m.
Oct. 24
ValloCycle Mini-ride
Meet at UMOM
10 a.m.
Oct. 26
Spring & Summer term registration begins for currently enrolled graduate students
Oct. 28
Spring and Summer term registration begins for currently enrolled undergraduate students
Campus Flu Clinic
Farmer Hall meeting room
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 29
ValloCycle Witch’s Ride
Meet at UMOM
5:30 p.m.
Nov. 25-27
Thanksgiving holidays
University closed
Dec. 7-11
Final exams

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