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UM Shatters Goal in Largest Campaign in School History

The University of Montevallo raised nearly $36.5 million over the past seven years to benefit scholarships, campus improvements, faculty development and more through the “It’s About Family” campaign.

The announcement came during a Feb. 7 ceremony on campus, during which students, alumni, faculty and leaders celebrated nearly doubling the campaign’s original goal. Read more.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ebenezer’s Explorers Day Camp

The UM Environmental Education Program is excited to announce registration for the first Ebenezer’s Explorers Day Camp will open later this week. We will host fourth through sixth graders on Friday, March 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Camper drop-off and pick-up will be at Wills 201. Ebenezer’s Explorers will take a field trip to our very own Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve for educational activities and games, ensuring campers get plenty of fresh air. Lunch is included in the price of $65 and there is a $10 discount for UM employees. Check out our webpage for more information.

 

Ensure You are Signed Up for UMAlert 

Please take a few minutes to ensure you have provided accurate and up-to-date contact information in the UMAlert system by visiting Myschoolcast.com/go/um. It is highly encouraged that you list multiple phone numbers (work, cell, home) and email addresses in the UMAlert system to ensure messages reach you in the event of a true campus emergency.

UMAlert phone calls will come from 205-665-6911, and text alerts will come from 223-83. Please save these numbers as contacts in your phone to prevent UMAlert notifications from being categorized as spam.

 

Shelby County Free Emergency Alert Service 

Get emergency alerts and other important community news by signing up for ShelbyALerts. This system provides critical information in situations such as severe weather, road closures, missing persons and evacuations. Sign up for your free account today to receive emergency and weather alerts the way you choose — on your cell, home or work phone and/or by email. Sign up.

 

Training Opportunity: Teaching Effectively Online

Do you plan to teach online? Would you like to learn how to better utilize Canvas for your courses? Please join Online Instructional Designer Audra White for the training series “Teaching Effectively Online.” Completion of the three-part training certifies instructors to teach online or hybrid courses at the University. The training phases are sequential and must be completed in order. However, all phases do not have to be completed within a single semester or academic year.

The training phases and dates for this semester are:

Canvas Basics (face-to-face)
Friday, Feb. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., or Tuesday, March 17, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Pedagogy and Policy (online)
Feb. 21-27 or March 26-April 16

Building your Course (online)
April 17-24

To find out more about the individual phases of training and to register, please visit the Malone Center webpage and scroll to Teaching Effectively Online Training.

 

Applications Open for Enrollment in Child Study Center Pre-K

UM’s Child Study Center Pre-K program is now accepting applications for pre-registration for the 2020-2021 school year. The random drawing for acceptance will be held on March 20.

A copy of the child’s birth certificate and a recent utility bill must be uploaded or provided prior to the lottery drawing. Fees (tuition) for this program will be paid monthly during the school year and are based off a sliding income scale. We do not receive the sliding income scale until mid-summer.

For full details, visit this link. Even more detailed instructions in English or Spanish can be provided by request. If you need assistance or more detailed instructions, please call the FCS Office at 205-665-6385 or email Amanda Grauel.

 

Open Positions on Campus   

Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions. For full position descriptions and to apply, visit  jobs.montevallo.edu. You may also click on the UM Employment Opportunities link featured on the right in each edition of Vallo Voice for the latest open positions on campus.

Staff Positions 
Assistant Director, Student Life
Carpenter II
Child Study Center Substitute Teacher  (part-time, temporary)
Coordinator of General Studies and Transfer Advising
Coordinator of Tutoring
Custodian I
Custodian II (Internal Only)
Grants and FWS Administrator
Groundskeeper
Scholarship Assistant (part-time)
Special Equipment Operator
Sports  Information Assistant  (part-time)
Vice President, Business Affairs & Treasurer

Faculty Positions
Assistant or Associate Professor of  Communication Science and Disorders
Assistant Professor in Mass Communication
Assistant Professor in Mass Communication (tenure track)
Assistant Professor of Art — Graphic and Interactive Design
Assistant Professor of Operations Management
Assistant Professor of Secondary Education — General Science or Mathematics
Instructor or Assistant Professor of Psychology

Vitae Bank 2020 
College of Arts and Sciences   
College of Education & Human Development 
College of Fine Arts
Stephens College of Business

EVENTS

HSO Hosting Salsa Showdown

Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Farmer Hall

The Hispanic Student Organization will host its first ever Salsa Showdown. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. All are welcome to sample and vote for your favorite salsa.

 

Media Day

Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., SAC Atrium

Mass Communication majors meet and network with representatives from mass media outlets and other communication professionals. Features Q&A panels for multimedia journalism, creative media production, corporate communication and public relations.

 

Toolbox Talk: Cultivating Empathy

Wednesday, Feb. 19, at noon, Wills 200

This month’s topic is “Cultivating Empathy.” Through careful design of assignments and activities, teachers have the capacity to cultivate empathy in their students. This empathy — valuing the perspective of others — is imperative for leading meaningful class discussions and carries well beyond the classroom. During this workshop, participants will learn about and practice a few practical techniques for cultivating empathy in the classroom. Lunch is provided for participants who register by prior to 8 a.m. on Feb. 17. Register online now.

 

BSS Brown Bag

Wednesday, Feb. 19, at noon, UMOM 201

Dr. Melissa Shepherd, assistant professor of psychology, will lead a fascinating conversation on: “Childhood Illness as an Antecedent of Perceived Vulnerability to Disease.” For more information please contact Dr. Clark Hultquist.

 

The Importance of Time Management

Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m., UM’s Veteran Center *This event is for all UM military-related students.

Ever heard “so much to accomplish and so little time?” At this event, the Falcon Success Center will discuss the importance of time management for college students. We will help students learn to prioritize, focus their energies on the task at hand and organize their weekly calendars to ensure they are preparing for the work they have ahead of them each semester.

UM’s Vet Center is located behind Napier Hall and across the street from the Center for the Arts. Refreshments will be provided and the presentation will last no longer than an hour.

 

AAUW Presents: “Intersections of Race and Gender: A Social-Ecological Model of Support for Women of Color in Higher Education”

Thursday, Feb. 20, at noon, J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library

Please join the American Association of University Women for a presentation of “Intersections of Race and Gender: A Social-Ecological Model of Support for Women of Color in Higher Education” featuring Dr. Lolita Kincade, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences.

 

UM Cheer Stunt Clinic

Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, SAC

Open to all high school and college students. $20 per individual. Email Coach Melissa Stano for more information.

 

Middle School Honor Band Concert

Saturday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

Finale concert of the Middle School Honor Band two-day festival consisting of three bands of students conducted by guest conductors.

 

Building Administrator Training

Thursday, Feb. 27, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Farmer Hall Meeting Room

If you are a campus building administrator, please make plans to attend this training. We will review the role and responsibilities of a building administrator.

 

Department of Theatre Presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Feb. 27-29, at 7:30 p.m.
March 1, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Chichester Black Box Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Walker
Tickets may be purchased online or at the door as available.
$12 for UM faculty and staff, $10 for UM students

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Bruce Finklea, associate professor of mass communication, is a national finalist in three video categories of the National Broadcasting Society Professional/Alumni Production competition. The winner will be announced at the annual convention in March.

Dr. Roderick George, professor of music, presented “Poetry in Song: Celebrating the Legacy of Langston Hughes” in a guest artist recital at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 8. Included on the program were various art song settings of texts by Langston Hughes and Douglas McConnell’s chamber work, “Langston’s Lot,” composed for tenor voice, alto saxophone and piano. George was accompanied by Dr. Gail B. Levinsky, associate professor of music at Susquehanna University, and Dr. Jackie Edwards-Henry, professor of piano and piano pedagogy at Mississippi State University.

Audra White, online instructional designer for the Malone Center, recently presented Effective Group Work at the University of Alabama’s Online Learning Innovation Summit. White joined other instructional designers to share tips and techniques for teaching online. This presentation was based on a workshop previously presented to UM faculty and staff.

Student Highlights

Congratulations to Gloria Canul and Diedra Darby for competing in the Collegiate Marketing Strategy Competition at UAB on Feb. 6. They represented the Stephens College of Business and #ValloAMA competed against teams from across the Birmingham metro area.

The UM Fishing Team, reigning Southeastern FLW champions, picked up where they left off in 2019. Lake Seminole was the first stop of the year and the team of Hunter Ward/Solomon Glenn made the most of it as they finished in seventh place. This qualified Ward/Glenn for the 2021 FLW National Championship. Also qualifying for the FLW National Championship was Weston Hollar/Wesley Gore (10th place) and Bradley Martin/Jack Baron (12th place).

Michaela Parker, a senior vocal performance major, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2020 Orpheus Vocal Competition sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Choral Society. Parker will compete in the next round of competition on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from March 6-8. Parker studies voice with Dr. Roderick George, professor of music.

Submit Your News
Upcoming Events

Please contact 205-665-6250 or dss@montevallo.edu at least one week prior to event to request disability-related accommodations. Learn more at montevallo.edu/disabilityaccess.

Feb. 13-March 6
Azul/Blue Exhibition

The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through March 6, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closing reception and gallery talk, Thursday, March 5, at 5 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 17
Child Study Center closed
for professional development
 
Food Truck: City Bowls
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 18
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
HSO Salsa Showdown
Farmer Hall
4:30 to 6 p.m.
 
Feb. 19
Media Day
SAC Atrium
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Montevallo Chamber Luncheon:
American Village
Parnell Memorial Library
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
More information
 
BSS Brown Bag
UMOM 201
Noon
 
Toolbox Talk: Cultivating Empathy
Wills 200
Noon
 
The Importance of Time Management
*For UM military-related students
UM’s Veteran Center
3:30 p.m.
 
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
6 p.m.
 
Feb. 20
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
AAUW Presents: “Intersections of Race and Gender: A Social-Ecological Model of Support for Women of Color in Higher Education”
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
Noon
 
Training: Canvas Basics
Wills 115
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Register now
 
Feb. 21-27
Training: Pedagogy and Policy
Online
Register now
 
Feb. 22
UM Cheer Stunt Clinic
SAC
9 a.m. to noon
Email Melissa Stano for info
 
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
Noon
 
Middle School Honor Band Concert
Palmer Auditorium
5:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 24
Food Truck: City Bowls
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Guest Artists: Dr. Carlos Feller, Flute, and Dr. Mary Chung, Piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 25
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Emerita Faculty Recital: Cynthia MacCrae, Piano
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 27
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
1 p.m.
 
Building Administrator Training
Farmer Hall Meeting Room
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
 
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
5:30 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 27-March 1
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Chichester Black Box Theatre
Feb. 27-29, 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
 
Feb. 28
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
1 p.m.
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
3 p.m.
 
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
6 p.m.
 
Feb. 29
City of Montevallo Arbor Day Celebration
Montevallo Recycling Center
9 a.m. to Noon
 
Softball Doubleheader
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
Noon and 2 p.m.
 
Baseball Doubleheader
Kermit A. Johnson Field
1 and 4 p.m.
 
March 4
Men’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
4 p.m.
 
March 5
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
9 a.m.
 
Men’s Tennis
Tennis Court Complex
2 p.m.
 
Homegrown Heroines
Wills 200
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
 
Jonathan Houghtling, Trombone, Faculty Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
March 5-6
Blue Nature: A Colloquium
Merchants & Planters Bank Auditorium, Comer Hall
March 5, 2 to 7 p.m.
March 6, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Schedule of events: montevallo.edu/blue-nature
 
March 6
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room, Reynolds Hall
2 p.m.
 
Softball
Softball Stadium at Orr Park
6 p.m.
 
Baseball
Kermit A. Johnson Field
6 p.m.
 
Women’s Lacrosse
Track and Field/Lacrosse Stadium
7 p.m.
 
Wind Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

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