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UM MBA Program Ranked Among Top in State

The University of Montevallo’s Michael E. Stephens College of Business has been named one of the top universities in the state for online Master of Business Administration programs. Collegeconsensus.com recently released its list of the Best Online MBA Programs in Alabama, and Montevallo came in at No. 2 on a list including public and private colleges from throughout the state. Read more about the ranking.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Falcon Flight Looking to Connect with Faculty

The Falcon Flight Program, which is operated by Shelby County Schools and partners with the University, provides college-aged students with disabilities a chance to get a true college experience on the UM campus. Through the program, participants attend classes on an exploratory basis at UM and take part in other activities aimed at developing important job and life skills as they make the transition from high school to adulthood.

The program is looking for faculty who are interested in hosting Falcon Flight students in their spring 2020 classes. If you think your classroom would be a good fit with the program, contact the University’s Falcon Flight liaison, Sarah Hendren.

 

Undergraduate Research Deadline Extended

The deadline for spring 2020 Undergraduate Research applications has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Students are invited to engage in research, scholarship and creative activity with faculty mentors through Undergraduate Research, for which they may receive academic credit. It is the aim of the program to involve students in their own learning, develop teamwork and pride, enhance interdisciplinary learning and share in the exhilaration of discovery. The application process consists of a completed application form including description of research, bibliography, presentation/publication outlets, letters of support and budget if applicable. For additional information, and to download the application, visit montevallo.edu/application-process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Questions can be emailed to Dr. Cindy Tidwell or Tonja Battle at URProgram@montevallo.edu.

 

Montevallo Main Street Window Decorating Contest

Student groups and youth groups are invited to create holiday designs in empty storefronts on Main Street for a chance to win a cash prize for their organization. Interested groups and organizations must register by emailing mainstreet@cityofmontevallo.com. Participants will then be given guidelines and assigned a supervisor and a building. Submissions will be judged starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and all windows must be finalized prior to that time. Winners will be announced at the tree lighting ceremony immediately preceding the Holiday Parade on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in front of the downtown post office. Complete details can be found here.

 

November Professional Photo Days

University Marketing & Communications is pleased to offer Professional Photo Days. Each month, the University photographer will have two designated mornings available for professional headshots. Anyone on campus is welcome to participate (faculty, staff or student). There is no charge. This month’s Professional Photo Days are Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact Alyssa Green to reserve a time slot.

 

VALIC/AIG Financial Advisor on Campus

Interested in saving for retirement? Al Perry, UM’s VALIC/AIG financial advisor, will be offering individual retirement counseling on campus in the Carmichael Library Large Group Study Room on Tuesday, Nov. 12, between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Schedule an appointment online.

 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

As the holidays approach, now is a good time to think about those who are less fortunate. Help us kick off the holiday season by donating non-perishable items to local families in need.

We will gladly accept all non-perishable food items, especially the following: stuffing mix, canned vegetables (corn, peas and green beans), boxed potatoes (mashed, au gratin or scalloped), cranberry sauce, gravy (mixes, jars or cans), cake mix and icing, broth or stock, canned fruit, sugar, flour, macaroni and cheese, cornbread mix and rice.

You may drop off donations through Nov. 20 at the following locations:

  • Comer 101 (Main Office): Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Comer 102: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, please email diversityandinclusion@montevallo.edu.

Food Drive sponsored by the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement, M.A.D.E., the African American Studies Club and Minor, UM Minority Faculty and Staff, Minority Student Union, the Hispanic Student Organization and the National Panhellenic Council Organizations.

 

United Way Employee Campaign a Success

The UM employee United Way campaign was a huge success, collecting a total of $3,538 from 25 employee participants. This number significantly exceeded the campaign’s $3,000 goal, and is the highest total the employee campaign has seen in several years.

 

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   

  • Administrative Assistant I, Student Health Services
  • Administrative Assistant I, Upward Bound
  • Admissions Counselor 
  • Assistant to the Vice President of Business Affairs (VPBA) 
  • Child Study Center Substitute Teacher (part-time, temporary)  
  • Custodian I   
  • Director, Career Development Center
  • Director, Sports Information
  • Director of Budget
  • Math and Science Coordinator, Upward Bound
  • Special Equipment Operator 
  • Sports Information Assistant (part-time)
  • Van Driver, Alabama Science in Motion (part-time)

  
Faculty Positions   

  • Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders
  • Assistant Professor of Mass Communication
  • Assistant Professor of Art — Graphic and Interactive Design
  • Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Assistant Professor of Operations Management
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Assistant Professor of Secondary Education — General Science or Mathematics

  
Vitae Bank 2020   

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education & Human Development 
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Stephens College of Business

EVENTS

Veterans Day Celebration

Monday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Global Community Outreach Building

The Campus Veterans Association is pleased to host a Veterans Day Celebration. We encourage you to drop by for a snack and to sign holiday cards for our military members who will be deployed during the upcoming holidays.

 

Poetry@UM

Monday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the J.A. Brown Room of Carmichael Library

Poetry@UM presents The Dark Salt Sisters with the Music of Arturo LaCruz. Join us for an afternoon of poetry and musical improv, where poetry and music meet and free each other, featuring award-winning poets Tina M. Braziel and Ashley M. Jones, with special guest Arturo LaCruz.

 

Brass and Percussion Ensembles

Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall

An evening of music that covers many styles including classical, contemporary and Latin/African, specifically written for small groups of players such as brass quintet, trumpet ensemble, low brass ensemble, trombone choir and percussion ensemble.

 

Women’s Basketball Hosting Education Day

Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. in Trustmark Arena, SAC

The UM women’s basketball team will take on St. Leo University in a special 11 a.m. home game. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Montevallo Elementary School will be in attendance as the team celebrates Education Day. Bring your lunch or enjoy a $5 special including a drink, hot dog and chips and come cheer the Falcons to victory.

 

Lunch and Learn: Self Care and Managing Stress

Wednesday, Nov. 13, at noon in Wills 200

Please join the Staff Senate for the last Lunch and Learn of 2019. Brooke Harris and Nicole Mullis will present Self Care and Managing Stress. Lunch and Learn events are open to faculty and staff.

 

Job Searches for Military-Related Students

Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Global Community Outreach Building

UM’s Veteran and Military Affairs office will hold a group discussion on job searches for military-related students. Job hunting, job seeking or job searching is the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment, underemployment, discontent with a current position or a desire for a better position. The immediate goal of job seeking is usually to obtain a job interview with an employer which may lead to getting hired. UM’s Veterans Center is located behind Napier Hall and across the street from the Center for the Arts. All UM military-related students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided and the discussion will last no longer than an hour.

 

Students Invited to Coffee with the Mayor

Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. at C’s Cake & Coffee House

All UM students are invited to discuss city issues or concerns with Mayor Cost. Free coffee and pastries will be available. This event is sponsored by the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce.

 

From Earth to Art

Thursday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. in Comer Auditorium

Join us for From Earth to Art where Craigger Browne ’91 will discuss marble, his sculpting practice and his recent public artworks, including Sylacauga Emerging, Sylacauga, Alabama; Madonna and Child, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Birmingham, Alabama; Once Upon a Time, Sylacauga, Alabama; and The Warmth of Enlightenment, Ivy Green, Tuscumbia, Alabama. Browne is an Alabama native and currently the sculptor in residence in Sylacauga, Alabama. Sponsored by the University of Montevallo Art Department and Martha All Lecture Series. For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Walsh.

 

Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium

The 15-piece jazz band will feature music selections from the Big Band Swing Era of the mid-1930s to late 1940s, as well as present-day compositions.

 

Senior Recital: DeLee Benton, Soprano

Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall

This senior recital is a capstone performance that captures the high degree of performance ability and musical understanding obtained by the music student and serves as preparation for a career in music. This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education degree. Benton is from the studio of Dr. Melanie Williams and Dr. Chris O’Rear.

 

Single Reed Symposium Concert

Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall

The finale concert of the Single Reed Symposium will feature all of the participants performing in one of the instrumental choirs.

 

Junior Recital: Randall Cooley, French Horn

Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall

This junior recital is a capstone performance that captures the high degree of performance ability and musical understanding obtained by the music student and serves as preparation for a career in music. This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance degree, and will feature works by Beethoven, Messiaen and Mozart. Cooley is from the studio of Adam Pandolfi.

 

Toolbox Talk: What UM Students Want Their Faculty to Know

Wednesday, Nov. 20, at noon in Wills 200

The Malone Center’s November Toolbox Talk will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20. This month’s event is hosted in collaboration with the SGA and the topic is “What UM Students Want Their Faculty to Know.” A panel of UM students will provide insight into their lives by explaining the top ten things that they and their friends wish their professors knew about them. Time will be spent exploring the implications of this knowledge for how we approach teaching. Lunch is provided for participants who register online by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.

 

Thanksgiving Lunch in Anna Irvin

Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Anna Irving banquet hall

The annual UM Thanksgiving meal will be served Thursday, Nov. 21. This meal is also a faculty/staff appreciation meal which means anyone with a Montevallo employee/contractor ID badge can eat for $5 plus tax ($5.50).

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Nikki Bradbury, Director of UM’s Student Aid Office, was recently nominated for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Student Financial Services Award. This award recognizes individuals dedicated to NACUBO’s advocacy efforts and educational resources related to student financial services. The nomination is a great honor as UM’s Student Aid Office, under Nikki’s leadership, strives to support and comply with all efforts and resources provided by and through NACUBO in an effort to serve students and their families in the most compliant manner.
 
The College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office is pleased to announce that Andrew Fancher ’14 is the new Center for the Arts facility manager and special events coordinator. During his time as a student, Fancher began working with the Facility and Event Scheduling Office, organizing and executing a variety of aspects for special University events as well as managing facility usage. He has continued to advance his role at Montevallo since graduation and is excited for this new challenge. He will continue his oversight of Palmer Auditorium for the Facility & Events Scheduling Office and will provide managerial oversight of the Center. Outside of his work at Montevallo, Andrew is also co-owner of an event company with his wife Emily ’16.
 
Staci Kolb, accounting instructor in the Stephens College of Business, was recently featured in a Wallethub.com spending and financial fears survey. To see the full article, click here.
 
Dr. Rosa María Stoops, Professor of Spanish, presented the paper “Curiosidad masculina y agencialidad femenina: La trasformación del mito en La tía fingida, una novela ejemplar de Miguel de Cervantes” at the XIX Congreso De La Asociación Internacional De Teatro Español Y Novohispano De Los Siglos De Oro (Aitenso), Oct. 14-17, in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Stoops’ article “Of Rodajas, Redomas, Ruedas, Vitro, Vitriolo, V.I.T.R.I.O.L., Vidriera: The Occult Symbolism of the Names in El licenciado Vidriera,&qrdquo; originally presented at the Cervantes Society of America Annual Conference in Calgary, Canada, Sept. 27-29, 2018, has been published in the academic journal “Cervantes: The Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America.” 39.1, 2019.

Student Highlights

Junior Miller Spivey and sophomore Trey Dickert had a strong showing in the final FLW tournament of the year on Lake Hartwell. The duo managed to finish in fourth place out of 216 boats. The top 20 from this tournament have qualified to fish in the FLW National Championship in February in Florida on the Harris Chain. Joining Spivey and Dickert will be freshman James Willoughby and freshman Chance Schwartz (11th place) and freshman Wesley Gore and junior West Hollar (19th Place). The Montevallo fishing team will have 10 anglers (five boats) competing for the National Championship. James Willoughby and Chance Schwartz also recently won first place at the Clemson University Invitational. With the FLW season coming to a close, the UM fishing team managed to win first place in the FLW southeastern division for the 2019 season.

Upcoming Events

Please call 205-665-6250 at least one week prior to events to request disability-related accommodations. montevallo.edu/disabilityaccess

Now through Nov. 20
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Comer 101 (Main Office): Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon
Comer 102: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
 
Now through Nov. 21
BFA Exhibition: Christa Kimbrough and Ashlie Lodge
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through Nov. 21, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Nov. 11
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Veterans Day Celebration
Global Community Outreach Building (behind Napier Hall)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Poetry@UM
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m.
 
Brass and Percussion Ensembles
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 12
Professional Photo Day
Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Schedule an appt.
 
VALIC/AIG Financial Advisor On Campus
Carmichael Library
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Schedule an appt.
 
History Day
UMOM Lobby
5 p.m.
 
Nov. 13
Professional Photo Day
Peterson House
8 to 11 a.m.
Schedule an appt.
 
Women’s Basketball – Education Day
Trustmark Arena, SAC
11 a.m.
 
Lunch and Learn: Self Care and Managing Stress
Wills 200
Noon
 
State of the University – Faculty
Comer Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
 
Job Searches for Military-related Students
Global Community Outreach Building
3:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 14
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
From Earth to Art: Craigger Browne, Guest Speaker
Comer Auditorium
5 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7 p.m.
 
Shelby County Alumni Fish Fry
Student Retreat Center
6 to 8 p.m.
$20 per adult ticket
Register online
 
Jazz Ensemble
Palmer Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 15
DeLee Benton, soprano, Senior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 16
Women’s Volleyball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
2 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
6 p.m.
 
Nov. 17
Single Reed Symposium Concert
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
2 p.m.
 
Randall Cooley, French horn, Junior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7 p.m.
 
Nov. 18
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Woodwind and String Ensembles
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 19
Food Truck: City Bowls 2
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
7 p.m.
 
Nov. 20
Toolbox Talk
Wills 200
Noon
 
Nov. 21
Food Truck: Vessel Coffee Co.
Anna Irvin Dining Hall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
UM Thanksgiving Lunch
Anna Irvin Banquet Hall
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
State of the University – staff
Palmer Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
 
Won Cho & Kyung Cho, voice, and Dr. Eun-Hee Park, piano
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 21-24
Chicago
Reynolds Theatre
Nov. 21-23, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 24, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Purchase tickets
 
Nov. 22
Aaron Saxon, trumpet, Senior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
4 p.m.
 
Nov. 22-23
Opera Scenes
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
7:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 23
Meagan Gamble, clarinet, and Amy Summersett, trumpet, Joint Senior Recital
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall
2 p.m.
 
Women’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
2 p.m.
 
Men’s Basketball
Trustmark Arena, SAC
4 p.m.

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