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College Colors Day Aug. 30

Show “You Belong at Montevallo” by wearing your purple and gold on Friday, Aug. 30, for College Colors Day. Those showing the most school spirit will win a Montevallo spirit pack. Categories include faculty, staff, students and alumni. To participate, post your photo on social media with the hashtags #IBelongAtMontevallo and #CollegeColorsDay and be sure your post settings are set to public.

Copyright Compliance

In accordance with University Policy 01:012 - Copyright Compliance, licensing documentation must be acquired prior to promoting or screening any copyrighted works to a broad audience for entertainment purposes. For questions regarding fair use of copyrighted material and exemptions for educational purposes, please contact Charlotte Ford at 205-665-6110.


Campus Dining News

Be sure to check out the latest UM dining concept in Farmer Hall beginning Monday, Aug. 26. Smooth Sailing offers made-to-order smoothies, iced granita cocktails, snacks and sundries.

Students spoke and UM Dining Services listened with a mild dining hall refresh which includes Cucina, a daily self-serve pasta bar located adjacent to the salad bar. Also, look for an expanded menu of vegan and vegetarian options at Rooted, which has relocated to the back line next to the deli. Falcon Foods now offers a total of 36 beverage options in the dining hall including the new Vitality flavor-enhanced water dispensing station.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, the City Bowls 2 food truck will be on campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Anna Irvin Dining Hall and Wills Hall every first and third Tuesday of the month through the end of the semester. More food truck options will be announced in the near future.

The fall 2019 semester is bringing changes to the University’s student meal plans as well. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the updated policy by visiting the Housing and Residence Life dining page here.


September Professional Photo Days

University Marketing & Communications is pleased to offer Professional Photo Days. Each month, the University photographer will have two designated mornings available for professional headshots. Anyone on campus is welcome to participate (faculty, staff or students). There is no charge. This month’s Professional Photo Days are Thursday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 6, from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.


2019-2020 Parking Permit Registration

For instructions on how to register your vehicle for a 2019-2020 parking permit, please visit this page. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact the University Police Department at 205-666-6155. If you have already registered for a 2019-2020 permit, or you are an employee who already has a permit, you may disregard this notice.


Tenure and Promotion Panel Discussion

A Tenure and Promotion Panel Discussion will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Hill House Classroom. Participants will hear tips for success from recently tenured and/or promoted faculty. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.


Training Opportunity: Canvas Basics

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will conduct Canvas Basics training on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Wills 115. If you plan to teach online or just want to learn how to better utilize Canvas for your courses, please join Online Instructional Designer Audra White for this session which is the first in a three-part series. Register at this link.


Pre-tenured Faculty Summer Stipends

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) is accepting applications for Pre-tenured Faculty Summer Stipends. The Summer Stipend Program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for two months of continuous full-time research or creative endeavor during the summer of the award year. The deadline for submission for summer 2020 proposals is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. More information about the Pre-tenured Faculty Summer Stipend program and a link to the application form can be found on the FDAC website. Questions may be directed to FDAC co-chairs Dr. Ray Ozley and Dr. Heather Tinsley.


Honors Program Special Topics Classes

Now is the time for those interested in teaching a special topics class to academically motivated students in the Honors Program to request honors courses for spring/summer 2020. Please complete the brief online course proposal to request a non-general education honors class. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Sept. 13. Contact Dr. Cathlena Martin with any questions.


QEP Topic Selection Committee Hosting Listening Sessions

This September the UM QEP Topic Selection Committee will host three targeted listening sessions regarding the topics under consideration for the University’s quality enhancement plan, a key part of the SACSCOC reaffirmation effort.

The dates for these sessions are as follows:

  • Faculty Listening Session: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m. in Wills 200 (as part of Faculty Assembly)   
  • Student Listening Session: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m. in Farmer Hall   
  • Staff Listening Session: Friday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. in Morgan 103

While each listening session has a target audience, all sessions are public and open to anyone who would like to attend. Once sessions are complete, campus constituents will receive information regarding a brief online survey where everyone can once again offer feedback regarding the potential topics. The QEP Topic Selection Committee will then review all feedback and formulate a recommendation for UM’s SACSCOC Reaffirmation Leadership Team. The topic will be determined no later than November, at which time a soon-to-be-formed QEP Development Committee will move the topic into its development phase. Topic proposals are available for review at this link.



Wade Folger MacDonald presents Shadowtime. Shadowtime refers to an acute realization that the near future could be drastically different than the present. When one experiences shadowtime or the temporal sublime, one’s senses of self and reality are challenged. The works in this exhibition use design, architecture and craft to explore personal moments of sublimity. Through the depiction of complex interpersonal relationships and unknowable historical narratives, we discover a collective inability to grasp fully our profound connection to one another and the world we inhabit.

Opening reception and gallery talk will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Exhibit open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, Thursday, Aug. 29, through Thursday, Sept. 19, in The Gallery at Bloch Hall.


Vuorovesi Trio

Vuorovesi Trio (Finnish for tide) is one of the leading woodwind trios of the combination of flute, oboe and clarinet. Comprised of University of Alabama School of Music faculty members Diane Boyd Schultz, Mary Lindsey Bailey and Osiris J. Molina, the trio specializes in the unique repertoire for that combination and has garnered significant critical acclaim. The trio will perform on campus Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall.


Student Absence Notifications

Guidelines on how excused student absences should be communicated in light of the (pilot) change to Vallo Voice as the official UM email newsletter can be found below. These guidelines were drafted by the Digital Communications Committee and approved by the Technology Advisory Council. 

Athletics Travel Absences

The Faculty Athletics Representative will continue to email a weekly travel roster to faculty from the Athletics email account. 

Non-Athletics Absences

The organizer of any University organization or activity sanctioned for approved class absence shall be responsible for providing official absence notification, in the form of a PDF document, to all students participating in said activity and/or the students’ professors. In the event that the organizer sends official notification only, and directly, to the participating students, the student is then responsible for providing the notification to their professor(s).


FDAC Funding Workshop

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC), in conjunction with the Malone Center, will host a Funding Workshop Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wills 200. Participants will learn about new FDAC funding opportunities, review procedures and hear tips and advice for successfully preparing applications. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.


Fall Registration Open for UM Community School of Music

Have you wanted to learn to play a new musical instrument or are you looking to polish your musical talent? Fall registration is open for private music lessons with the University of Montevallo Community School of Music (UMCSM). Lessons are offered for all instruments and are 30 minutes in length, once per week on campus in Davis Hall. Students of all ages and skill levels are welcome and do not need to be enrolled at UM. Check out the website or contact the director at 205-665-6678 or 

UMCSM also offers a no-cost musicianship class for children between the ages of 5 and 11. In this class, students will 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 nights at 6:15 p.m. in Davis Hall. The first fall class will be Monday, Sept. 9. There is plenty of time to register!


University Marketing Services

The Office of University Marketing & Communications is here to offer you support in your promotional endeavors.

To ensure brand identity on and off campus, please contact our team for any of the following services:

  • Graphic design and/or printing 
  • Photography  
  • Writing and copy editing 
  • Social media and web content assistance 
  • Community and media relations 
  • Marketing and advertising coordination 

*All services are provided at no cost to your department, with the exception of printing or vendor-related costs.


Controller’s Office Updated Locations and Staff

The below information is provided to familiarize campus with staff in the Controller’s Office.

*Please note that Travel and Purchasing have moved from Puryear House to the Palmer Hall Basement.

  • Susan Hayes, Controller — Palmer Hall, Room 201  
  • Melissa Higgins, Assistant Controller — Palmer Hall, Room 201   
  • Aimee Byerman, Grant Accountant — Palmer Hall, Room 201  
  • Lizbeth Juarez, Staff Accountant — Palmer Hall, Room 201  
  • Accounts Payable Specialist  (open position) — Palmer Hall, Room 201  
  • Tenika Kidd, Bursar — Palmer Hall, second floor, Cashier’s Office  
  • SueEllen Schack, University Cashier — Palmer Hall, second floor, Cashier’s Office  
  • Alicia Smith, Accounts Payable and Travel Services Accountant — Palmer Hall, basement level   
  • BJ Posey, Purchasing Manager — Palmer Hall, basement level  
  • Mitzi Bentley, Payroll Manager — Will Lyman House, second floor  
  • Tammy Plier, Payroll Technician — Will Lyman House, second floor  

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Professor of communication Dr. Jay Cofield’s documentary, “Aldrich, Henry’s Hometown,” had its world premiere at the Lanett City Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. The documentary is the story of Aldrich, a sleepy little former coal mining camp in central Alabama. It is the home of a unique coal mine museum and the man who runs it, Henry Emfinger. Henry tells the story of the mine and the hidden history in Aldrich. A mysterious convict cemetery is contrasted with the beautiful Farrington Hall and the church life of the town. Experience Henry’s love for the town, its people and the visually striking images of the area. 

Professor of art Scott Meyer’s ceramic sculpture is currently on display as part of the Alabama State Council on the Arts 2019 Fellowship Recipients’ Exhibition. The work will be on display in the Georgine Clark Alabama Artist Gallery daily during business hours. A closing reception with an artists’ gallery talk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Assistant professor of music Dr. Eun-Hee Park collaborated with clarinetist Jonathan Holden of Florida State University on the CD album Notes from Home — Music of the British Isles. The album features works for clarinet and piano and for solo clarinet by British composers, such as Hurlstone, Finzi, Bliss, Roxburgh, Benett, Stanford and Ireland. 

UM’s New Faces – July 2019  

Chris Stano, assistant director, Outdoor Scholars 

Upcoming Events

Aug. 26 
Fall Classes Begin 

Back to School Bash 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
4 to 6:30 p.m. 

Aug. 28 
FDAC Funding Workshop 

Wills 200 
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

Aug. 29 
Vuorovesi Trio

LeBaron Recital Hall 
7:30 p.m. 

Aug. 29-Sept. 19 
Shadowtime by Wade Folger MacDonald 

The Gallery at Bloch Hall 
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Aug. 30 
College Colors Day 

Faculty Senate Meeting 
Merrill Room 
2 p.m. 

Aug. 31 
Men’s Lacrosse Falcon Prospect Camp 

Lacrosse Stadium 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Register now 

Softball Top Prospect Camp 
Softball Field at Orr Park 
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Register now 

Women’s Soccer  
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m. 

Men’s Soccer 
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field 
7 p.m. 

Sept. 2 
Labor Day 

University Closed 

Softball Future Falcons Camp 
Softball Field at Orr Park 
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Register now 

Sept. 3 
City Bowls 2 Food Truck 

Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Sept. 4 
Tenure and Promotion Panel Discussion 

Hill House Classroom 
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

Sept. 5 
Staff Senate Meeting 

Merrill Room 
9 a.m. 

Women’s Soccer 
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field 
6 p.m. 

Magnolia Trio 
LeBaron Recital Hall 
7:30 p.m. 

Sept. 6 
Men’s Soccer 

Georgine Lemak Soccer Field 
7 p.m. 

Sept. 7 
Falcon Classic: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country 

Cross Country Course 
8 a.m. 

Tinglewood Festival 
Orr Park 
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Learn more 

Sept. 8 
Women’s Soccer 

Georgine Lemak Soccer Field 
1 p.m.

Sept. 9 
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
Women’s Volleyball 

6 p.m. 

Sept. 11 
Faculty Senate Fall Faculty Assembly 

Wills 200 
3:30 p.m. 

Sept. 13 
Faculty Senate Meeting 

Merrill Room
Reynolds Hall 
2 p.m. 

Sept. 14 
Hope Bryant Smith 5k and Fun Run 

8 a.m. 
Register here 

Men’s Soccer 
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field 
3:30 p.m.

Sept. 17 
City Bowls 2 Food Truck 

Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Sept. 18 
QEP Topic Selection Committee: Student Listening Session 

Farmer Hall 
4:30 p.m. 

Sept. 20 
QEP Topic Selection Committee: Staff Listening Session 

Morgan 103 
1 p.m. 

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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