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Montevallo Athletics Teaming Up Continuing the Fight vs. Breast Cancer

Athletics to Host Breast Cancer Awareness Night

University of Montevallo athletic teams are teaming up to continue the fight against breast cancer with Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Falcons’ volleyball match against Christian Brothers on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Kona Ice and Big Slice Pizza food trucks will be at the Student Activity Center from 5 to 7 p.m.

Throughout the game, the Athletic Department will host a silent auction with gift baskets, a pink volleyball, a pink basketball, official U.S. Mint Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coins and Falcon athletic gear. They will also be selling t-shirts supporting the fight against breast cancer for $10. All proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.

The Falcons are also asking you to show your school spirit and creativity with a Best Sign Contest. Prizes for best signs include gift certificates to local businesses.

Choose Your Own Adventure

The Communication Studies program invites you to the 8th annual COMS Day this Thursday, Oct. 25, in the McChesney Student Activity Center from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Each year, students enrolled in the program’s senior capstone course are tasked with planning and executing the event in its entirety. They work to ensure that the day functions as both a celebration of the discipline of communication as well as an invitation to learn more about career options.

The 2018 COMS Day theme, Choose Your Own Adventure, is meant to capture the versatility of opportunities one can pursue at both the collegiate and career-levels with a degree in communication studies from UM. Activities planned for the day include presentations by program alumnae Chasidy Atchison ’03 and Giselle Casadaban ’17; COMS-themed games; an Adventure Mixer with booths featuring campus resources, graduate school representatives and local businesses; roundtable discussions and prizes.

Scare My Shorts Off Film Festival

The Scare My Shorts Off Film Festival, featuring 5-minute horror films, will be held Friday, Oct. 26 in Strong Hall, Room 119. Films from the high school division will be shown at 2 p.m. and the college division at 3:30 p.m.

The festival is part of the Exploring Mass Communication Day being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exploring Mass Communication Day offers career exploration workshops for high school and community college students in TV production, digital filmmaking and multimedia journalism. To see the full Fall Season of performances and events from the College of Fine Arts, please visit this link.

Montevallo Artwalk and Ghost Walk to be held Oct. 27

Join the Montevallo Arts Council, the University of Montevallo and the City of Montevallo at Art Stalk, the Halloween-themed Artwalk, on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. After a brief sojourn to the Promenade last year due to construction, Art Stalk is back on Main Street where the event will feature more than 80 artists and vendors. Learn more about the event. Volunteers are still needed, so please sign up now.

Ghost Walk, the annual tour of campus buildings haunted by ghosts, will be held after the annual Art Stalk downtown. Tours will begin at 6 p.m. in front of Palmer Hall and depart every 10 minutes. The last tour will leave at approximately 8:30 p.m. Storytellers at each stop on the tour will share the story of the ghost that haunts the building. Ghost Walk is sponsored by Carmichael Library and The Alabamian.

After the Ghost Walk, stop by the ground floor of Carmichael Library for their Fall Festival. Events are open to the public at no charge.

Run a Trunk at STAT's Trunk or Treat!

Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow is putting on a Trunk or Treat Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carmichael Library parking lot. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are welcome to participate. Design your trunk in the theme of your choosing and you could win a prize. There is no cost to sign up, but you will need to provide enough candy for the expected 250 guests. Email Danielle Richardson for more information or to sign up.

BooYo Night yoga class

BooYo 2018 is a spooktacular workout of ghosts, goblins and high-energy fun on Monday, Oct. 29 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bibb-Graves Dance Studio. The class will be taught by certified instructor and UM alumna, Kacie Kilpatrick. So, put on your BOOgie shoes and come dance the night away to your favorite Halloween hits! This class will be a mix of Zumba, Hip Hop, toning and stretching. FREE to UM students, faculty, staff and SAC members and $5 admission charge to the general public. For more information, contact

Poarch Creek Archivist to Visit Campus

Join the College of Arts and Sciences as Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees, archivist of the Poarch Creek Nation, presents the current digitization project preserving artifacts related to the Creek tribe’s successful efforts to gain federal recognition on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2-3 p.m. in Comer Auditorium.

Before the discussion, please stop by the reception at Hill House on Tuesday, Oct. 30 between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to meet Dr. Dees. She is interested in partnering with UM faculty to explore how you or your students might collaborate with the Poarch Creek Archives.

13th Annual Run for Research

Make plans to participate in the 13th Annual Run for Research 5-K Run and 1-mile Walk to be held Thursday, Nov. 1. Registration begins at 3 p.m. at the McChesney Student Activity Center parking lot and the race will begin promptly at 3:45 p.m. Please note that in the event of inclement weather, registration will take place inside the SAC.

Entry fee is $10 for faculty, staff and community members. Register now for the Run with Tonja Battle in Hill House. Free t-shirt for first 75 registrants! Participants will receive an email when t-shirts are ready to pick up.

Falcon Scholars in Action

The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement is continuously looking for students to serve as Falcon Scholars in Action and we need your help. Please consider allowing Falcon Scholar in Action Aliya Carpenter, to visit your classes to discuss this exciting opportunity. Students that participate in the program gain invaluable work experience while serving others, earn a stipend and can potentially earn course credit. Visit this link to schedule a class visit, Learn more about the Falcon Scholars in Action program here.

ACT Prep Classes

If you know someone who is planning to take the ACT this year, online registration is now available for single-day ACT Prep Courses at the University of Montevallo. The cost per participant is $110 for general registration with a 20% discount for children of UM employees and for students receiving free and reduced lunch. Each single-day course is held on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., includes lunch and a snack, and covers all ACT test subjects with in-class practice testing. Plus, each participant will receive a copy of the official ACT Test Prep book, a math review card, and other goodies! To register, visit

 Current dates are:

  •  Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  •  Saturday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  •  Saturday, Mar. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Gaming the System: Technology and Art in the History of Play”

The Art Department will present the lecture “Gaming the System: Technology and Art in the History of Play,” by Dr. Kelli Wood, assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and postdoctoral scholar with Michigan Society of Fellows. The lecture will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium, Comer Hall. This event is sponsored by the Art Department, Martha Allen Lecture Series, Game Studies & Design and the University of Montevallo Concert & Lecture Series.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Jim Day, professor of history, was honored as a Veteran of Influence by the Birmingham Business Journal at a breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 18. Day was selected for his exemplary work as a distinguished veteran, historian, author and professor along with his devotion to the community. He was also recently honored as the first Michael J. Grainger Endowed Professorship in Modern History at the University.

Student Highlight

Waid Jones, junior political science major, was honored as a Rising Star as part of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Veterans of Influence awards on Thursday, Oct. 18 for his academic dedication, involvement on campus and career goals. He plans to attend law school after UM. With a law degree, Jones hopes to provide better defense for veterans involved in disability disputes with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

Upcoming Events
Oct. 24
Southern Exposure Films
Comer Auditorium
6 p.m.
Oct. 25
McChesney Student Activity Center Atrium
12 to 4 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
7 p.m.
Concert Choir and University Chorus
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26
Future Falcon Day
8th graders on campus
Exploring Mass Communication
Strong Hall
1 to 3 p.m.
“Scare My Shorts Off” Film Festival
Strong Hall, Room 119
2 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
Breast Cancer Awareness Night
6 p.m.
Oct. 27
Montevallo Artwalk’s Art Stalk
Downtown Montevallo
1 to 6 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
1:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
Georgine Lemak Soccer Field
3:30 p.m.
Ghost Walk
Hosted by Carmichael Library, The Alabamian and The Tower
UM Campus
6 p.m.
STAT’s Trunk or Treat
Carmichael Library parking lot
6 to 8 p.m.
Oct. 28 - Dec. 7
BFA Capstone Art Exhibitions
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 29
Brass and Percussion Chamber Ensembles
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
BooYo Night Yoga Class
Bibb-Graves Dance Studio
8 to 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 30
Reception for Poarch Creek Archivist
Hill House
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Poarch Creek Archivist lecture
Comer Auditorium
2 to 3 p.m.
Oct. 31
Hometown Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Main Street Montevallo
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Observatory Wednesday
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Nov. 1
Staff Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
9 a.m.
Run for Research
SAC parking lot
3 p.m.
Shelby County Alumni Club Fish Fry
Stewart Student Retreat
6 to 8 p.m.
Foreign Language Film Series presents Disney-Pixar's Coco (shown in English)
Comer Auditorium
6 p.m.
Nov. 2
Board of Trustees meeting
Merrill Room
1:45 p.m.
Nov. 3
ACT Prep Camp
Wills 201
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 4
National Association of Composers, USA
LeBaron Recital Hall
2 p.m.
Nov. 7
Gaming the System: Technology and Art in the History of Play
Comer Auditorium
5 to 6 p.m.
Observatory Wednesday
James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Nov. 9
Faculty Senate Meeting
Merrill Room
2 p.m.
Women’s Basketball
7 p.m.
Nov. 9-10
Opera Scenes
LeBaron Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 10
Women’s Basketball
4 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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