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COVID-19 Update

University Plans for Spring 2021

This spring, the University will continue to follow the same protocols as outlined in the Falcon Forward plan developed and distributed last summer, with minor changes related to academics, re-entry testing and more. Details about the University’s spring plans can be found at


UM to Host 2023 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional

The NCAA has awarded the Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional to UM for the 2023 season. This will be the third time the NCAA has hosted a cross country championship at UM, after the University previously hosted events in 2014 and 2016. Read more.

Undergraduate Research Day 2021

Undergraduate Research Day will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Online registration is open now through Feb. 5, 2021, at The format of the event will be determined as the date approaches. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cindy Tidwell or Tonja Battle at

Opportunities Available through Falcon Scholars in Action

Falcon Scholars in Action has some open opportunities for students of all majors to serve their community while gaining hands-on, major-specific experience and earning a monthly stipend. For more information, including how to apply, visit or email

Spring 2021 Peace and Justice Studies Courses

Enroll in one of our Spring 2021 PJS courses:

  • ENG 232-001, ENG 232-002 (non-cross-listed elective) Global Literature: Shakespeare and Contemporary Society, Atwood
  • PJS 370/SOC 360 Social Change, Lowry
  • PJS 370/SWK 373 Social Policy, Tetloff
  • PJS 470/ES 401/SWK 411 Immersive Environmental Storytelling, Tetloff
  • PJS 470/NPS 420/MG 420 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Smith
  • PJS 470/POS448/ES350 Environmental Policy, Eckelman

Visit the Peace and Justice Studies webpage for more information about courses and the PJS minor.

Share Your Campus Ghost Encounters

Condie? Captain Reynolds? Mr. King? If you’ve had a spooky encounter with a ghost on campus, the Montage and Milner Archives and Special Collections want to hear from you. Please sign up for a time to drop by Milner Archives (Carmichael Library) in-person or via Zoom on Oct. 29 or 30 to have your story recorded and added to UM’s ghost lore.

Special Topics Course: Immersive Environmental Storytelling

A one-time, special topics course called immersive environmental storytelling will be available for spring 2021. This will be an interdisciplinary course in which we examine inequalities that result from the development and implementation of environmental policies. Utilizing 360/VR video, you will create interactive documentaries that explore local environmental injustices. No prior knowledge of 360 screenwriting or production is required. This course is part of the VACCA program and is in collaboration with the departments of Communication, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Environmental Studies.

UM Cheer Fundraiser

UM cheer is raising money for competition and you can show your support by grabbing dinner at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Hoover on Wednesday, Oct. 28. You MUST bring the flyer for your order to count for fundraising efforts. You can find the flyer at or by emailing Melissa Stano.

Carmichael Library Awarded $50K Technology Grant

UM’s Carmichael Library has been awarded a nearly $50,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to make its offerings more accessible to remote users.

The agency recently awarded the grants to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. UM was one of 68 institutions selected from 1,701 applications nationwide. UM Digital Media and Emerging Technologies Librarian Michael Price is the project director.

“While the pandemic’s widespread impact has changed how museums and libraries engage with their communities, it has not stopped them from providing information, education, support, entertainment and other incredible resources,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “We deeply appreciate the work that museums and libraries are doing as they continue their missions in the face of hardship.”

The grant will allow Carmichael Library to purchase Chromebooks, portable battery packs, hotspots, iPads and Wacom tablets.

These additional resources will be available for student check-out, allowing students without reliable technology and internet access to engage in remote learning while off campus.

The grant will also fund a graduate assistant for one year to assist in the production of training materials and in offering support and instruction.


Montage Annual Yearbook Giveaway

Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Anna Irvin Dining Hall

Stop by to pick up your free 2019-2020 yearbook! All are welcome.

Flu Vaccine Clinic

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Farmer Hall Meeting Room

Student Health Services will host a flu vaccine clinic for UM students, faculty,  staff,  family members and members of the community in the Farmer Hall meeting room.

Attendees must bring their health insurance card. Masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to at the clinic. The cost of the vaccine with no health insurance is $25 for UM students and employees who present their UM ID card, and $30 for family members and members of the community. The vaccine is available at NO COST to insured individuals.

Flu clinic participants should print and fill out a vaccination form and bring it with them to the clinic. Forms are available  here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza vaccination will be especially important this upcoming flu season to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses in the population and resulting burdens on the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms, individuals who display flu-like symptoms may be required to quarantine until they receive a negative COVID-19 test. Getting a flu vaccine mitigates this by helping to prevent the onset of symptoms due to the flu.

Cyber Sleuth Murder Mystery Event

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., RSVP via FalconLink

Grab your detective badges as you and a group of fellow sleuths are recruited to solve a high-profile murder investigation!  Interact through a live chat with fellow players and our live moderator while you pour over the QR clues that are regularly pushed to your mobile device.  Just remember…TRUST NO ONE in this game, and whatever you do, don’t answer the door!  Work to solve the crime, keep your answers to yourself and there will only be one winner!

On Repeat — Ellen Mueller

Runs Thursday, Oct. 29 through Tuesday, Nov. 24, Poole Gallery, visit

Ellen Mueller explores issues related to the environment,  hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media. Virtual walkthrough and artist talk are published at

COMS Senior Showcase

Thursday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first COMS Senior Showcase will be held virtually. COMS (Communication Studies) seniors will demonstrate what they have been doing as a COMS major and how that maps on to their post-graduation career and academic goals. Details on how to attend virtually are coming soon. For additional information, call the Department of Communication at 205-665-6625.

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

Horror Movie Trivia Night

Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., RSVP via FalconLink

Come to Montage’s fourth annual Horror Movie Trivia Night, where you can test your knowledge of horror cinema history. Come dressed up in costume, in your coziest pajamas--anything to prep you for this thrilling night. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card if your skills are high enough. Attend if you dare! RSVP via FalconLink.

Senior BFA Exhibition — Morgan Capps and Tomeca Reed

Runs Sunday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 19, The Gallery at Bloch Hall, visit

These exhibitions from Morgan Capps, sculpture, and Tomeca Reed, graphic design, present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Virtual content will be published at

Student Highlights

Lucy Frost-Helms and Will Lindbergh represented the Honors Program and attended the online National Collegiate Honors Council conference, NCHC20 Student Events, held Oct. 8-9.

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 26
Spring term registration begins for currently enrolled graduate students

Oct. 26-27

Montage Annual Yearbook Giveaway
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oct. 28
Spring term registration begins for currently enrolled undergraduate students
Campus Flu Clinic
Farmer Hall meeting room
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cyber Sleuth Murder Mystery Event 
RSVP via  FalconLink  
7 p.m. 

Oct. 29-Nov. 24
On Repeat — Ellen Mueller
Poole Gallery
Virtual walkthrough and artist talk
Oct. 29
COMS Senior Showcase
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ValloCycle Witch’s Ride
Meet at UMOM
5:30 p.m.

Oct. 30
Horror Movie Trivia Night
RSVP via  FalconLink
7 p.m.

Nov. 1-Nov. 19
Senior BFA Exhibition — Morgan Capps and Tomeca Reed
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Virtual content
Nov. 3
Election Day

Nov. 12 
Trivia, Grey’s Anatomy Themed 
RSVP via  FalconLink 
7 p.m. 
Nov. 16 
Chloe Hilliard, Don’t Be a Karen, Constructive Ways to Use Your Voice 
RSVP via  FalconLink 
7 p.m. 
Nov. 25-27
Thanksgiving holidays
University closed
Nov. 30
UM transitions to distance education
Dec. 7-11
Final exams
Dec. 21-Jan. 1
Winter holidays
University closed

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