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UM Ranked 5th Best College in Alabama by College Consensus

According to a recent ranking by College Consensus, the University of Montevallo is the 5th best college in the state of Alabama.

To achieve the most accurate results, College Consensus averaged data from respected college ranking publishers (U.S. News & World Report, Wallethub) and student-written reviews (,

UM has a combined College Consensus score of 63.8, with a publisher consensus of 56 and a student consensus of 71.5. All are above average scores in each ranking category.

Police Panic Button Added to Latest Computer Refresh

Those with newly refreshed desktop computers may have noticed a new shortcut: a red button with the words “PANIC, SEND POLICE” written in all caps.

This panic button is a direct line to UM police and should only be used in case of a life-threatening emergency. Do not “test” this button.

To use it, double-click the button and expect a police response to be quick with appropriate concern.

This will only appear on recently refreshed desktop computers. If your icon is blank or missing, please email Adam Boothe.

Montevallo Mural Camp Returns to Campus in June

The annual Montevallo Mural Camp gives local students, ages 11-17, the opportunity to conceptualize, design and install a mural in Montevallo Middle School.

The camp will be offered in two sessions, one between June 4-8 and the other June 18-22. Parent and camper orientation for registered campers is June 3 at 4 p.m. in Montevallo High School. For more information, contact Dr. Hollie Cost at 205-914-0106. 

Future UM student wins Congressional Art Competition

Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer announced Grace Varner, a recent Hoover High School graduate and an incoming UM freshman, as the first-place winner of this year’s Alabama 6th Congressional District Art Competition.

Each year, this nation-wide contest features student artwork from more than 200 Congressional offices. The winning artwork from each district is later displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for one year.

Nominations Open for Retired Faculty and Staff Award

The Retired Faculty and Staff Award is presented by University Advancement in the fall to honor a retired faculty or staff member for excellence in service and loyalty to UM.

To be eligible, a nominee must have retired from UM before July 1, 2013. Retired faculty and staff that have returned to UM in a full-time or part-time capacity are not eligible.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year with a deadline of July 1 prior to the award presentation at the annual Retired Faculty and Staff Luncheon in September. The nomination form may be submitted electronically or in print form and is available online. Call 205-665-6219 for more information.

Anna Irvin Dining Hall Opens for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The dining hall will reopen on May 29. Summer hours are (excluding ODP):  

  • Breakfast: 7 to 9 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Weekends: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (cooked to order grill only, unless a camp is visiting)

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Tim Alexander will join the University as chief of police and director of public safety. Alexander brings more than 20 years of law enforcement experience to the UMPD. For the past 12 years, Alexander has worked for the city of Montevallo Police Department, where he currently serves as captain. He will begin this role at the University June 1.
Dr. Courtney Bentley has been named dean of the College of Education at the University of Montevallo. She returns to UM from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she has served as associate dean of programs for the School of Education. She will begin her duties at Montevallo June 1.
Dr. Alan Goldspiel, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, was awarded The NAMM Foundation-College Music Society Grant, which designates him as a 2018 NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellow. In June, Goldspiel will attend the Summer NAMM conference in Nashville as part of the GenNext college music program. The NAMM-CMS Summer Fellows will gain an insider’s perspective of the music products industry through a mix of scheduled workshops and free time to explore the trade show floor.
Dr. Charles Wood, professor of voice and opera, recently traveled to Évora, Portugal where he presented a lecture and master classes to students at the University of Évora. Dr. Wood has already been invited by the university to return next year to continue his master classes and to stage the university’s opera production.

Student Highlights

Art student Shelby Bock will be a workshop intern this summer for sculptor Michael Lorsung at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, near Aspen, Colorado.
Art student Hannah Irelan will be an arts counselor at the Blue Lake Summer Fine Arts Camp near Manistee, Michigan.
Art majors Taylor Atkinson and Victoria Nichols had their work shown at the recent juried portrait exhibition, “A Look at Us,” at Ground Floor Contemporary in Birmingham.

Upcoming Events
May 29
Summer School Orientation
2 p.m.
May 29-June 1
ACT Prep Camp
May 30
Summer I Begins
June 2-3
Softball Prospect Camp
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 4-7
Women’s Soccer Day Camp
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 4-8
Coding Camp
June 4-8
Mural Camp
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

June 7
Transfer Orientation
1 p.m.

Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 a.m.
June 7-9
Volleyball All-Skills Camp
June 8
Freshman Orientation
1 p.m.
June 10
Volleyball Advanced Clinic
3 to 6 p.m.

June 10-15
Young Musicians’ Camp
June 15-16
Women’s Basketball UM Plays Days Camp
June 18-22
Earth & Sky Camp
June 18-22
Mural Camp
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
June 22
Freshman Orientation
1 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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