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Opening screen of Outdoor Scholars TV. Split screen with hunter on one side and the view off of the back of a moving fishing boat on the other.

Outdoor Scholars Program Premieres First Episode of Outdoor Scholars TV

The President’s Outdoor Scholars Program at the University of Montevallo is now sharing its special hunting and fishing trips with the rest of the world via their new YouTube series, “Outdoor Scholars TV.”

The show’s first season will consist of 10 episodes running just under 10 minutes each. The first episode, released on July 1, is the longest at 14 minutes and follows the Outdoor Scholars as they fish for blue marlin with UM President John W. Stewart III.

A new episode will be published to the Outdoor Scholars YouTube channel every Sunday through Sept. 2.

University Seeking Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

The University of Montevallo is seeking a new chief diversity and inclusion officer. This position advises the University president on issues of diversity, inclusion and equitable practices throughout the entire University community.

Other responsibilities include providing University-wide direction in areas of diversity inclusion, staying up-to-date on the latest federal laws and regulations regarding matters of diversity and serving on UM’s Diversity Task Force Committee.

This position is open to internal candidates only. It will be offered to a current UM employee who is qualified and able to assume the responsibilities and perform the applicable duties as a secondary assignment along with those of their current, regular position. It is a 12-month position with an annual commensurate stipend of $8,000.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest (or the recommendation of a colleague) and any supporting materials, including qualifications, no later than July 31 to Kristy Lee, director of executive affairs and liaison to the board of trustees.

Academic Affairs Seeking Candidate to Fulfill Service Learning Coordinator Position

The Office of Academic Affairs is seeking applications from full-time regular faculty members to fulfill the role of service learning coordinator.

The coordinator reports to the provost and receives a one-course release each semester and a stipend in the summer. The job duties include chairing the Service Learning and Community Engagement Committee, serving as the academic coordinator of the Falcon Scholars in Action program and promoting the expansion of service learning courses and other service learning opportunities for students, among other responsibilities.

The letter of application should explain your interest in the position, your experience with the Service Learning Program, the strengths you would bring to the role of coordinator and any goals you might have for the program.

Applications, along with a recommendation from your department chair, should be submitted to Mary Horton by Thursday, July 12. 

Call for Fall 2018 Event Information

University Relations wants to promote your upcoming fall 2018 events in the online campus life calendar, on UM official social media and beyond!

Send specific details about your events, along with an event photo, to Kira Thomas.

And as always, please see for assistance with any of your marketing and communications needs.

Falcon Foods Shifts to Summer II Hours

Anna Irvin Dining Hall operating hours will be as follows through July 21:

  • Breakfast: 7 to 10:15 a.m.
  • Lunch: 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Anna Irvin will run all three meal periods every day including Saturdays and Sundays.

Beginning July 22 thru the culmination of the Summer II term, Anna Irvin will return to regular summer hours:

  • Breakfast: 7 to 9 a.m.,
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Cooked-to-order grill on weekends: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Jennifer A. Alexiou-Ray, associate professor of secondary education and coordinator of instructional technology & leadership programs, along with Dr. Catherine Raulston, assistant professor of secondary education, presented “Using Scratch and Robotics to Support Multiple Literacies,” a three-hour bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workshop during the pre-conference activities at the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Conference in Chicago in June.

Dr. Steve Peters, dean of the College of Fine Arts, was named Arts Patron of the Year for 2018 by the Montevallo Arts Council.
Dr. Jennifer Rickel, assistant professor of English, wrote an article titled “The Refugee and the Reader in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s ‘By the Sea’ and Edwidge Danticat’s ‘The Dew Breaker’” that is now published in “LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory” 29.2. It is part of a special issue “Precarious Subjects II: Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Refugee Narratives.”

Upcoming Events

July 12
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room 
9 to 11 a.m.

July 13
Summer Preview Day

8:30 a.m. 

July 21-22
UM Women’s Soccer Falcon Footy ID Showcase

July 23
UM Soccer Day Camp

July 26
Transfer Orientation

July 27
Freshman Orientation

July 30-Aug. 2
UM Women’s Basketball Grassroots Camp

 Aug. 3-4
UM Women’s Basketball Elite Girls Camp

Aug 3
Board of Trustees Meeting

Merrill Room
1:45 p.m.

 Aug. 17
Freshman Move-In Day

8 a.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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