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University Awarded GEAR UP Grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Montevallo a seven-year, $25 million Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant.

The University will be partnering with five school systems in Jefferson County to serve a cohort of approximately 4,500 students from the following school systems: Bessemer City Schools, Fairfield City Schools, Jefferson County Schools, Midfield City Schools, and Tarrant City Schools. Students will begin in either the sixth or seventh grade and the grant funding will move with them as they progress through and graduate from high school.

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UM Among Top 5 Alabama Universities in WalletHub Ranking

WalletHub recently announced their 2019 Best Universities Rankings, naming the University of Montevallo to the top 5 universities in Alabama. To determine the top-performing schools at the lowest possible costs to undergraduates, WalletHub compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. across 30 key measures. The data set is grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The metrics range from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Recognizing the challenge of predicting future outcomes, WalletHub’s Best Colleges ranking also analyzes post-attendance metrics — the student-loan default rate and other aspects — to show the value of the education students can expect to receive beyond their undergraduate studies.

UM United Way Campaign

The University of Montevallo has set an employee goal of raising $3,500 as part of the 2018 United Way Campaign. Please help us reach our goal this year by considering a pledge of $1 (or more!) per pay period in 2019. Even though $12/$26 for the entire year (depending on your pay periods) may not sound like much — it can do a world of good if everyone pitches in! Pledge forms will be collected until Friday, Nov. 9. Please contact Sarah Hendren with any questions or to request a pledge form.

Green Fund Awards October 2018

The Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce the October 2018 UM Green Fund award recipients:

Student Projects
From Table to Garden: Composting Expansion
Liz Vann, Holly Wadleigh, Coty Jones, Jason Quarles. $1,250

Bike Racks: We’ve Got You Covered
Liz Vann, Dr. Hollie Cost (Education). $17,830

Reason to Reuse
Michelle Johnson, Jason Quarles. $1,800

Special Projects
Bloch Hall LED Exhibition Lighting, Part II
Lee Somers (Art). $3,510

The committee received six proposals requesting $34,770 in funding and were able to fully or partially fund four projects for a total of $24,390. The next call for proposals will be due Feb. 1, 2019.

BSS Brown Bag

Dr. Brendan Beal, assistant professor of social work, will lead a brown bag discussion titled, “What is Real? Virtual Reality, Simulated Experience, and How to Develop Immersive Role-Plays for Class” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in UMOM 309.

Falcon Scholars in Action

The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement is continuously looking for students to serve as Falcon Scholars in Action and we need your help. Please consider allowing Falcon Scholar in Action Aliya Carpenter, to visit your classes to discuss this exciting opportunity. Students that participate in the program gain invaluable work experience while serving others, earn a stipend and can potentially earn course credit. Visit this link to schedule a class visit, Learn more about the Falcon Scholars in Action program here.

ACT Prep Classes

If you know someone who is planning to take the ACT this year, online registration is now available for single-day ACT Prep Courses at the University. The cost per participant is $110 for general registration with a 20 percent discount for children of UM employees and for students receiving free and reduced lunch. Each single-day course is held on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., includes lunch and a snack and covers all ACT test subjects with in-class practice testing. Plus, each participant will receive a copy of the official ACT Test Prep book, a math review card and other goodies! Register now.

Current dates are:

  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Mar. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Gaming the System: Technology and Art in the History of Play”

The Art Department will present the lecture “Gaming the System: Technology and Art in the History of Play,” by Dr. Kelli Wood, assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and postdoctoral scholar with Michigan Society of Fellows. The lecture will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium, Comer Hall. This event is sponsored by the Art Department, Martha Allen Lecture Series, Game Studies & Design and the University of Montevallo Concert & Lecture Series.

Partnerships and Outreach Survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete the recent Partnerships and Outreach survey! If you didn’t get a chance to participate, but would like to do so, please visit this link or email Sarah Hendren. Congratulations to Dr. Tiffany Wang who won the drawing! Thanks again to all who participated and provided excellent information.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Carey Heatherly, archivist & special collections librarian, and Dr. Clark Hultquist, professor of history, presented “In the News: Montevallo Media and the Crafting of Local Identity” to the Montevallo Historical Society on Oct. 21.
Dr. Cathlena Martin, assistant professor of game studies, was the recipient of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association’s Rising Star Award for her panel at the 2018 NASAGA conference on her game “Conflict Management 101.” The game was designed in collaboration with GSD alumna Mollie Boynton and Dr. Benton Tyler, professor of mathematics.

Upcoming Events
Oct. 30
Men’s Basketball (exhibition)
University of Alabama
7 p.m.
Oct. 31
BSS Brown Bag: “What is Real? Virtual Reality, Simulated Experience, and How to Develop Immersive Role-Plays for Class”
UMOM 309
12 p.m.
Hometown Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Main Street Montevallo
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Observatory Wednesday
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Nov. 1
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 a.m.
Run for Research
SAC parking lot
3 p.m.
Shelby County Alumni Club Fish Fry
Stewart Student Retreat
6 to 8 p.m.
Foreign Language Film Series presents Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” (shown in English)
Comer Auditorium
6 p.m.
Nov. 2
Board of Trustees meeting
Merrill Room
1:45 p.m.
Nov. 3
ACT Prep Camp
Wills 201
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 4
National Association of Composers, USA
LeBaron Recital Hall
2 p.m.
Nov. 7
“Gaming the System: Technology and Art in the History of Play”
Comer Auditorium
5 to 6 p.m.
Observatory Wednesday
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Nov. 9
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
2 p.m.
Women’s Basketball
7 p.m.
Nov. 10
Women’s Basketball
4 p.m.
Nov. 12
Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 13
History Day
UMOM Lobby
2 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
7 p.m.
Nov. 15
Jazz Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 15-18
“Carrie the Musical”
Reynolds Studio Theatre
7:30 p.m.

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during UM events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205-665-6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.

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