Important Deadlines from the Cashier’s Office
Plan ahead for Spring 2020 — Information about important deadline dates from the Cashier’s Office can be found here.
2019 Faculty and Staff Campaign
With a new fiscal year upon us, it is once again time for our annual faculty and staff campaign. This year’s campaign chairs are Dr. Benton Tyler and Police Chief Tim Alexander. You will be hearing from them in the weeks to come.
The campaign will run Nov. 7-22, and our goal is 75 percent faculty/staff participation. All gifts make a significant difference in the lives of UM students and the University, so every dollar counts.
We would like to invite you to our faculty and staff campaign kickoff which will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Light refreshments will be provided, along with a small token of appreciation. RSVP to Jacob Gordon.
As an additional incentive, if you are currently in a payroll deduction, or if you sign up prior to Nov. 14, you will be entered for a chance to receive a $50 Amazon gift card. In order to sign up for payroll deduction or to make a one-time gift, please visit montevallo.edu/faculty-and-staff-giving.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Green Fund Award Recipients
The Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce the October 2019 UM Green Fund award recipients.
- Electric Vehicle Chargers on Campus — Anitra Ford and Dr. Mathew Vansant
- “From Pot to Plot” — Caleb Jones, Tyler Warlick, Meghan Hilley, Madison Friley, Monique Nelson, Marcos Lopez, Lily Cooper, Abby Jo Askins, Nicholas Neill and Dr. Sally Hardig
- Strong Hall Native Plant Beautification & Habitation Project — Ellie Fulbright, Alexis Martinez, Shelby Friedman and Dr. Sally Hardig
- Strong Hall Bike Rack — Camryn Denver, Anna Farley, Alvin Frazier Jr., Alecia King-Harper, Vick Kienell, Kenny McCurdy, Marquise Toyer and Dr. Sally Hardig
- A Living Macro-display of Microbial Communities in Ebenezer Swamp — Rachel Cox and Dr. Mike Hardig
- Regeneration: A Sustainable Fashion Show — Kristen Lively and Dr. Lolita Kincade
- Sustainability Elements for “Walden Studio” and Outdoor Classroom — Dr. Alex Beringer
- Reusable Metal Frames for Art Exhibitions — Karen Graffeo
- Blue Nature: A Colloquium — Dr. Catherine Walsh and Karen Graffeo
- The UM Harman Hall Greenhouse Update — Dr. Mike Hardig and Holly Wadleigh
Faculty Recital: Dr. Roderick George
Tenor Dr. Roderick George will perform a program titled “American Poetry in Song: Celebrating the Legacy of Langston Hughes.” Hughes’ life and work were immensely important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance movement of the 1920s. Highlighting this concert dedicated to songs composed to poems by Hughes will be “Langston’s Lot,” Doug McConnell’s eclectic chamber work that illuminates a series of texts that capture Hughes’ essence and spirit, along with the influences of jazz, blues and gospel music in the poet’s life. George will share the stage with Dr. Laurie Middaugh, piano, and Dr. Lori Ardovino, alto saxophone. The event will be held Monday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall.
BSS Brown Bag
This month’s BSS Brown Bag will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, at noon in UMOM 201. Dr. John Bawden, associate professor of history, will speak about “Montezuma Meets Cortés: What happened five hundred years ago this week and why it matters today?” Please join us for a fascinating conversation on the implications of the collision of two worlds. Contact Dr. Clark Hultquist for any questions.
Montevallo Connection Meetings
Please mark your calendars and join Montevallo Connection for its upcoming meetings where you will hear updates and needs from our local principals and teachers at Montevallo Elementary School, Montevallo Middle School and Montevallo High School. This is a great opportunity for your department or your class to determine where you can collaborate and help local students. Remaining meetings for this academic year are scheduled for:
- Wednesday, Nov. 6, Montevallo Middle School, 4 to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, Montevallo High School, 4 to 5 p.m.
Join UM Counseling Services and the Stephens College of Business for a budgeting workshop on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wills 200.
It’s First-Gen Student Week and UM is celebrating! A first-generation student is one who is the first person in their family to graduate with a college degree. UM wants to honor the perseverance, resilience, resourcefulness and hard work you demonstrate every day to achieve your dreams. Visit the Office of Admissions in Reynolds Hall or University Marketing & Communications in Peterson House (different from Peterson Hall) to pick up a “I Am First-Gen” button to wear on National First-Gen Day, Friday, Nov. 8.
The Falcon Success Center, along with the TRIO SSS and McNair programs, invite you to attend the inaugural First-Generation Celebration Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall and Wills Hall. Join us as we highlight the contributions of first-generation college students who are UM faculty, staff and students. Activities will include a panel, keynote speaker and breakout sessions. RSVP to email@example.com by Monday, Nov. 4.
For more information, please contact Dr. Denise Myers, Dr. Qshequilla Mitchell or Randi Tubbs. #CelebratedFirstGen #UMFirstGen19 #FalconSuccessStory
Falcons Inaugural Swim Meet
Join UM Athletics for the inaugural men’s and women’s swim meet Friday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Student Activity Center. Come out for a cookout and to cheer our Falcons to victory. Free T-shirt for the first 100 students and free UM swag. Find the full season schedule here.
BFA Exhibition: Christa Kimbrough and Ashlie Lodge
Christa Kimbrough, ceramics, and Ashlie Lodge, new media, will present their BFA Exhibition Nov. 10-21 in The Gallery at Bloch Hall. The opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, and the exhibition will run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 21. These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester.
Guest Artist: Phil Pierick, Saxophone & Kurt Galaván, Piano
Phil Pierick is a saxophonist, improviser, singer and educator based in Chicago. Classically trained and experimentally minded, Pierick is dedicated to championing the diverse body of vibrant works written for the saxophone in the past century. Pierick regularly collaborates with pianist Kurt Eric Galaván, presenting both classical repertoire and new commissions. This event will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall. All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
Veterans Day Celebration
The Campus Veterans Association is pleased to host a Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Global Community Outreach Building. 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 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, Monday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the J.A. Brown Room in Carmichael Library.
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.
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.
Lunch and Learn: Self Care and Managing Stress
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 on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at noon in Wills 200. Lunch and Learn events are open to faculty and staff.