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UM Receives STARS Bronze Rating for Sustainability Efforts

The University of Montevallo has earned a STARS Bronze rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

The Bronze rating was the result of months of data collection and reporting on the UM campus, and serves to solidify Montevallo’s status as a leader in campus sustainability. UM houses the first and only environmental studies major in public higher education in Alabama.

Learn more about this recognition.

City of Montevallo Resources

Main Street Montevallo & the Economic Vitality Committee are excited to provide a few new resources for UM students, faculty and staff. See helpful links below.

 

Feel Like Dining Out?

You can use your Falcon Flex Points at these participating Montevallo vendors:

Off Campus

  • El Agave
  • Frios
  • Jack’s
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Main Street Tavern
  • Subway
On Campus
  • Canteen (Smart Market in Carmichael Library)
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Smooth Sailing
 

Food Trucks on Campus

The following food trucks can be found outside Anna Irvin Dining Hall throughout the fall semester:

City Bowls 2
Every first and third Tuesday of the month
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mustard Seed Food Company (vegan/vegetarian)
Every Wednesday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vessel Coffee Co.
Every Monday and Thursday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

If you’re an athlete here at UM looking for a place to dive deeper into your faith, then FCA is the place for you! Come join Fellowship of Christian Athletes every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the SAC Conference Room. We hope to see you there, and be sure to invite a friend.


Join the UM Flute Choir

Come one, come all to the University of Montevallo Flute Choir. All ability levels accepted. The flute choir meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the band room on the bottom floor of Davis Hall. This ensemble is a great opportunity to make friends and music. Contact Dr. Brittney Patterson with questions.

 

Interfaith Forum

We Exist. Does God? Join UM Secular Student Alliance Monday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Comer 100 for a forum discussion on whether we believe a god or gods exist and to discuss what we think our purpose as humans is on this planet.

 

Faculty Recital: Joseph Ardovino, trumpet

Enjoy the music of Purcell, Suderburg, York and more on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall. Dr. Joseph Ardovino will perform on a variety of trumpets including a hand-made Baroque trumpet replica. Ardovino will share his experiences with the audience as they are transported back in time to hear what the trumpet would have sounded like in the early Baroque period.

 

Undergraduate Research Informational Meeting

An informational meeting regarding Undergraduate Research will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Comer Auditorium.
 

Banned Books Week Photo Booth

Join UM Secular Student Alliance in front of Anna Irvin Dining Hall Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. to have your mugshot taken with a “banned book” to fight against censorship. 

 

Montevallo Astronomical Society and UM Astronomy Club

There will be a meeting of the Montevallo Astronomical Society and the UM Astronomy Club this Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory (JWSO). This is a community event and all visitors are welcome for an evening of celestial observing and good company.

Fall observing dates: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20

All dates are 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will be held provided it is not raining or overcast.

For those with GPS navigation systems, the physical address of the JWSO is 1093 Pebble Road, Montevallo, 35115. Gates will be open. Ignore the “No Trespassing” signs.

Directions to the JWSO: Following 119 South through Montevallo, turn right onto 10 West (Middle Street) for 1 mile, bearing right onto 17 North. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto 206 West, and after 0.4 miles, turn right onto Pebble Road, continuing 0.7 miles to the UM Gentry Springs property.

 

Access for All by Teayoun Kim-Kassor

The tangible doorknobs without doors, the visual description of non-tangible ropes and the use of fragile paraffin mold vs. metal screws create a paradoxical and contradictory statement. The purpose of the project is to enhance an awareness and better understanding of the different processes involved in our social and cultural context of the identity question. The artist’s hope is to trigger the larger audience by allowing them a reflective moment, which will direct them expectantly toward retracing their own history and by leading them to question “what is reality” and “what defines us.”

Runs Sept. 26 through Oct.17, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Gallery at Bloch Hall

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

 

Natasha Deon Book Reading

The BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series will welcome novelist Natasha Deon to campus on Monday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m. Deon is the author of Grace, a multi-generational novel about enslaved women that Bookish calls “a violent but important story about mothers and daughters and a dark chapter in American history.” The reading will be held in the Pat Scales Special Collection Room in Carmichael Library. Read more about Deon and her book.

 

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.

 

October 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 Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.

 

University of Montevallo to host ACT Prep Course

The University of Montevallo will be hosting a single-day ACT Prep Course for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The $110 single-day course covers all ACT test subjects with in-class practice testing and includes lunch and a snack. Each participant will also receive a copy of the official ACT Prep book, a math review card and other resources. Register online now or contact Sarah Hendren, director of partnerships and outreach, at 205-665-6077.

 

Department of Theatre Presents The Weir

The Weir details a group of men who gather in a small pub in rural Ireland for their nightly ritual of drinking and telling ghost stories; which is interrupted by a stranger with a haunting tale of her own that has unexpected consequences.

The Weir by Conor McPherson. Directed by Marcus Lane.
Oct. 3-5, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Chichester Black Box Theatre

Faculty/staff tickets are only $12 and are available for purchase online or at the door as available.

The Weir is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. *Adult Content*

Student Cast List:

  • Kamron Sanderfer
  • Aaron Coleman
  • Ryan Rorick
  • Alex Binion
  • Macy Robinson.

Artistic Staff:

  • Marcus Lane — director
  • Kel Laeger — scenic design
  • Kyle Moore — technical director
  • Emily Gill — costume design
  • Cameron Wasner — associate costume designer
  • Krystal Adams and Kel Laeger — lighting designers
  • Michael Walker — dialect coach.
 

October is Campus Sustainability Month

Join UM Environmental Studies in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month! Scheduled events are listed below.

Fashion Clothing Swap & Documentary Screening
Thursday, Oct. 3
Clothing swap 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall
Screening/Panel: 4:20 p.m., location TBA
Swap old clothes with new ones and stay for a screening/panel discussion of the documentary film Overload. Refreshments provided. This event is co-sponsored by UM’s E Club and FCS Club.
 
Climate Change Teach-In
Tuesday, Oct. 8
5 to 7 p.m. in Wills 100/120
Come discuss climate change and sustainability with faculty from across campus. The keynote speaker will be Mike Kensler, director of sustainability at Auburn University. Refreshments provided.
 
ValloCycle Glow Ride
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Meet in front of UMOM at 6:30 p.m. Ride begins at 7 p.m.
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. We will end with socializing at Frios  —  our treat.  If you need to borrow a free bike, email vallocycle@gmail.com.  
 
Fall Plant Sale
Friday, Oct. 11
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UM Organic Community Garden
Stock up for your fall garden — most plants $1!
 
Vegan Bake Sale
Wednesday, Oct. 16
2 to 5 p.m. outside of Farmer Hall
You don’t have to sacrifice taste buds to be eco-friendly! All vegan items will be handmade from scratch by our very own E club members. Prices are low.
 
Southern Exposure Film Festival
Tuesday, Oct. 22
6 p.m. in Wills 100
The Southern Exposure Film Festival aims to shine a light on environmental issues in Alabama. A panel discussion with environmental experts will follow. Snacks provided.
 
Garden Work Day
Saturday, Oct. 26
9 a.m. to noon at the UM Organic Community Garden
If you are in need of community service hours or just want to get your hands dirty, come help E Club with garden maintenance. A picnic lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
 
Halloween Garden Party
Monday, Oct. 28
7:30 to 9 p.m. at the UM Organic Community Garden
Join E Club for a spooky night of carving pumpkins, watching old scary movies, roasting marshmallows and being Halloweeny! Costumes and pets are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Student Highlights

Nemanja Acimovic received Gulf South Conference weekly honors from the conference office this week. Acimovic was named the GSC Player of the Week for his play against Palm Beach Atlantic and Christian Brothers. The forward led the Falcons’ offensive attack, scoring three goals in a 4-0 win over Christian Brothers. The Belgrade, Serbia, native added five shots, including one on goal, in the 1-0 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic.
 
Annie Mason received Gulf South Conference weekly honors from the conference office this week. Mason was named the GSC Co-Defender of the Week for her play against St. Leo and Tampa. The goalkeeper led the Falcons for 200 minutes in goal. She totaled nine saves in a double overtime, 1-1 tie against St. Leo. Mason also registered six saves in a 3-0 shutout win over Tampa. Mason has totaled 22 saves and two shutouts this season, while only allowing one goal. Mason leads the GSC with a .957 save percentage. This is the second GSC weekly award for Mason this season.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 23
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Interfaith Forum presented by UM Secular Student Alliance
Comer 100
6:30 p.m.
 
Sept. 24
Faculty Recital: Dr. Joseph Ardovino, trumpet
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Sept. 25
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Undergraduate Research Informational Meeting
Comer Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
 
Banned Books Week Photo Booth presented by UM Secular Student Alliance
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
4 p.m.
 
Magician Peter Boie
Palmer Auditorium
6:30 p.m.
 
Observatory Hours
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
 
Sept. 26
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Sept. 26-Oct. 17
Access for All by Teayoun Kim-Kassor
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Sept. 27
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
6 p.m.
 
Sept. 28
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
2 p.m.
 
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
4 p.m.
 
Sept. 30
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
BACHE Visiting Writers Series: Natashia Deon Book Reading
Pat Scales Special Collection Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m.
 
Festival of Voices Concert
Palmer Auditorium
4:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 1
Professional Photo Day
Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Schedule now
 
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Oct. 2
Professional Photo Day
Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Schedule now
 
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Glow Golf
SAC Atrium
7 to 9 p.m.
 
Observatory Hours
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
 
Oct. 3
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Fashion Clothing Swap
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
3:30 top 4:15 p.m.
 
Documentary Screening and Panel: Overload
Location TBD
4:20 p.m.
 
Oct. 3-6
The Weir
Chichester Black Box Theatre
Schedule information
 
Oct. 5
ACT Prep Course
Wills Hall
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Register here
 
Oct. 7
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Guest Artist Nicholas Robertson, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 8
Climate Change Teach-In
Wills 100/120
5 to 7 p.m.
 
Oct. 9
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
ValloCycle Glow Ride
Meet at UMOM
6:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 10
Founders’ Day
 
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Oct. 11
Fall Plant Sale
UM Organic Community Garden
7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
5 p.m.
 
Women’s Volleyball
SAC
6 p.m.
 
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 12
Fall Preview Day
SAC
8:30 a.m.
Register here
 
UM Baseball: Top Prospect Showcase
Kermit A. Johnson Field
9 a.m.
Register here
 
42nd Annual Fire Prevention Parade
Main Street, Montevallo
10 a.m.
 
Oct. 13
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m.
 
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 14
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Oct. 15
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Birmingham Art Music Alliance presents Adam Bowles, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 16
Food Truck: Mustard Seed Food Company
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Vegan Bake Sale
Farmer Hall outside
2 to 5 p.m.
 
Observatory Hours
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
 
Oct. 17
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Pumpkin Painting
Student Retreat Center
4 to 6 p.m.
 
Wind Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 19
All-State Choir Workshop
Davis Hall
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Register here


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

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