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Falcon Digest Transitions to Vallo Voice

In an effort to streamline email communication across campus, the Technology Advisory Council last spring approved a change in email newsletter notifications to be piloted throughout the summer months and into the beginning of the fall semester.

On June 1, campus email news notifications moved to a weekly format through Vallo Voice. The newsletter is published with new content every Monday and as a refresher every Thursday (no new content on Thursdays — only updates to current content). Learn more about the transition.

To submit information to Vallo Voice, fill out the appropriate form at

Please note that the deadline for submission is noon on Thursday the week prior to publication.

Student Absence Notifications

Guidelines on how excused student absences should be communicated in light of the (pilot) change to Vallo Voice as the official UM email newsletter can be found below. These guidelines were drafted by the Digital Communications Committee and approved by the Technology Advisory Council.

Athletics Travel Absences
The Faculty Athletics Representative will continue to email a weekly travel roster to faculty from the Athletics email account.

Non-Athletics Absences
The organizer of any University organization or activity sanctioned for approved class absence shall be responsible for providing official absence notification, in the form of a PDF document, to all students participating in said activity and/or the students’ professors. In the event that the organizer sends official notification only, and directly, to the participating students, the student is then responsible for providing the notification to their professor(s).

Student Meal Plans Updated

The fall 2019 semester is bringing changes to the University’s student meal plans. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the updated policy by visiting the Housing and Residence Life Dining page here.

Controller’s Office Updated Locations & Staff

The below information is provided to familiarize campus with staff in the Controller’s Office.

*Please note that Travel and Purchasing have moved from Puryear House to the Palmer Hall basement.

  • Susan Hayes, Controller — Palmer Hall, Room 201
  • Melissa Higgins, Assistant Controller — Palmer Hall, Room 201
  • Aimee Byerman, Grant Accountant — Palmer Hall, Room 201
  • Lizbeth Juarez, Staff Accountant — Palmer Hall, Room 201
  • Accounts Payable Specialist (open position) — Palmer Hall, Room 201
  • Tenika Kidd, Bursar — Palmer Hall, second floor, Cashier’s Office
  • SueEllen Schack, Students Account Teller — Palmer Hall, second floor, Cashier’s Office
  • Alicia Smith, Accounts Payable and Travel Services Accountant — Palmer Hall, basement level
  • BJ Posey, Purchasing Manager — Palmer Hall, basement level
  • Mitzi Bentley, Payroll Manager — Will Lyman House, second floor
  • Tammy Plier, Payroll Technician — Will Lyman House, second floor  

Openings at UM’s Child Study Center

The Child Study Center has two student openings in the 3-year-old classroom for the 2019-2020 academic year. Children must be three years of age prior to Sept. 1, 2019, and be potty trained. The positions are for full-time attendance only at a $575 monthly tuition rate. The academic year is from August 2019 through May 2020. If interested, please call 205-665-6385.

FDAC Funding Workshop

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC), in conjunction with the Malone Center, is hosting a Funding Workshop Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wills 200. Participants will learn about new FDAC funding opportunities, review procedures and hear tips and advice for successfully preparing applications. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.

QEP Topic Selection Update

This summer, the 25-member QEP Topic Selection committee, which is tasked with identifying potential topics for UM’s next Quality Enhancement Plan, continued its work and is now ready to share results with the UM community.

After reviewing reams of University data, ranging from results of national student surveys and strategic planning feedback to three years’ worth of student learning outcome assessments from every one of our academic programs, two topics emerged: quantitative reasoning and professional development.

As a means of communicating information to all University constituents, the committee created proposals for each topic. These white papers are available for review at this link. Campus feedback about the potential topics is vital to the process, so the committee developed a plan for facilitating that effort, which includes several listening sessions.

This week, committee members will offer a brief presentation about each topic at Faculty Convocation. They will then host three targeted listening sessions — one each for students, faculty and staff. The dates for those sessions are as follows:

  • Faculty Listening Session: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m. in Wills 200 (as part of Faculty Assembly)
  • Student Listening Session: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m. in Farmer Hall
  • Staff Listening Session: Friday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m., location TBA

While each listening session has a target audience, all sessions are public and open to anyone who would like to attend. Once sessions are complete, campus constituents will receive information regarding a brief online survey where everyone can once again offer feedback regarding the potential topics. The QEP Topic Selection Committee will then review all feedback and formulate a recommendation for UM’s SACSCOC Reaffirmation Leadership Team. The topic will be determined no later than November, at which time a soon-to-be-formed QEP Development Committee will move the topic into its development phase.

Fall Registration Open for UM Community School of Music

Have you wanted to learn to play a new musical instrument or are you looking to polish your musical talent? Fall registration is open for private music lessons with the University of Montevallo Community School of Music (UMCSM). Lessons are offered for all instruments and are 30 minutes in length, once per week on campus in Davis Hall. Students of all ages and skill levels are welcome and do not need to be enrolled at UM. Check out the website or contact the Director at 205-665-6678 or

UMCSM also offers a no-cost musicianship class for children between the ages of 5 and 11. In this class, students will play interactive music games that help develop music reading and rhythm skills, learn about famous composers, listen and learn about music from around the world and create their own compositions to share with family and friends. Classes are held on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. in Davis Hall. The first fall class will be Monday, Sept. 9. There is plenty of time to register!

Fall 2019 Faculty Book Club

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching’s fall 2019 Faculty Book Club will feature Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Join us as we explore Westover’s inspiring memoir of grit as she escapes an uneducated, survivalist upbringing in rural Idaho to eventually earn a doctorate from Cambridge University. Together, we will discuss the nuanced message in Westover’s book and its implications for us, our students and our classrooms. This semester’s book club will meet in the Malone Center’s Digital Café, located in Wills 114 at 2 p.m. on Sept. 27, Nov. 1 and Nov. 22. Registered participants will receive a free hardback copy of the book. Reserve your spot today. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, or when the 10-participant limit has been met.

Stock the UM Food Pantry

As the school year is starting up, please consider helping to stock the UM Food Pantry. Items needed include spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, macaroni and cheese (boxes and individual cups), granola bars, individual fruit cups and oatmeal. Donations can be dropped off at Counseling Services located in lower Main Hall.

ValloCycle Orientation Ride

Ever wonder what fun places are easily accessible on a bicycle? The ValloCycle orientation ride is designed for UM students and employees (new and existing) who are interested in learning more about the Montevallo area. Join us Sunday, Aug. 25, for a leisurely, 45-minute ride around Montevallo. Our journey takes us through the town and off the main roads (no one is left behind). If you need to borrow a bike for the ride, email

Please plan to meet on Main Quad at 9:30 a.m. The ride will be approximately four miles and will end with socializing and snacks — ValloCycle’s treat.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

This month, Routledge published Dr. John Bawden’s book Latin American Soldiers: Armed Forces in the Region’s History. In this book, Bawden introduces readers to the study of armed forces in Latin American history through vivid narratives about four very different countries: Mexico, Cuba, Brazil and Chile. Designed as an introductory text for undergraduates, Latin American Soldiers identifies major concepts, factors and trends that have shaped modern Latin America.
Scott Stephens, professor of art, is included in the new publication Alabama Creates: 200 Years of Art and Artists, edited by Elliot Knight of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and published by the University of Alabama Press in recognition of Alabama’s Bicentennial. The entry on Stephens includes biographical information and commentary by Paul Richelson, curator emeritus, Mobile Museum of Art and features reproductions of two prints from the Birmingham and Montgomery Museums of Art. Noted Alabama College/University of Montevallo alum and faculty member Virginia Barnes (1895-1984) is also included in the book.

Upcoming Events
Aug. 19-20
New Faculty Orientation
Aug. 21
Syllabus Workshop
Wills 200
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Register now
Faculty Convocation
Comer Auditorium
2 p.m.
Aug. 23
Move-In Day
Campus Residence Halls
8 a.m. to noon
Late Orientation
Aug. 23-25
Welcome Weekend
Learn more
Aug. 24
ACT Prep Course
Wills Hall
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Learn more
Minority Alumni Club Summer Social
EastWest Birmingham
2 to 4 p.m.
Learn more
Aug. 25
ValloCycle Orientation Ride
Meet on Main Quad
9:30 a.m.

Aug. 26
Fall Classes Begin
Back to School Bash
Main Quad
4 to 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 28
FDAC Funding Workshop
Wills 200
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 28-30
Falcon Facts Trivia Cab
Across campus
9 a.m. to noon
Learn more
Aug. 29
Vuorovesi Trio
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Aug. 29-Sept. 19
Shadowtime by Wade Folger MacDonald
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug. 30
College Colors Day
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
2 p.m.
Aug. 31
Men’s Lacrosse Falcon Prospect Camp
Lacrosse Stadium
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Register now
Softball Top Prospect Camp
Softball Field at Orr Park
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Register now
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.
Sept. 2
Labor Day
University Closed
Softball Future Falcons Camp
Softball Field at Orr Park
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Register now
Sept. 5
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 a.m.
Women’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
6 p.m.
Magnolia Trio
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.
Sept. 7
Falcon Classic: Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
Cross Country Course
8 a.m.
Tinglewood Festival
Orr Park
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Learn more


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

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