Freshman Forum is a group of freshmen selected to receive in-depth knowledge of the political body and structure of the University. Members become actively involved with the Student Government Association and learn the necessary tools needed to become well-informed members of the University student body upon entering their sophomore year. Members of the forum also plan events for the benefit of their fellow freshmen as well as for the University. In the past, events such as a campus-wide bar-b-que, a talent show, and a town hall meeting were all implemented. Being a member of Freshman Forum is a great way to get involved and become familiar with the SGA during your first year at Montevallo. The selection process consists of an application followed by a possible interview. The application score will be based on the applicant’s leadership positions, high school GPA., and essay question answers. The first cut will include 15-20 students, depending on the natural break in the application process. The remaining students will be interviewed by a panel of judges.
The IFC is a self-governing body representing the three member fraternities at the University of Montevallo (Alpha Kappa Lambda, Alpha Tau Omega, and Lambda Chi Alpha). The IFC strives to promote excellence in all aspects of fraternity life and academic pursuits. The Council also works together to help the entire Greek system better achieve its common goal of membership development and service to the Montevallo community.
The goals of MSU are to include and understand the voice, opinion, need, and concern of all minority students. The mission or purpose is to promote a diverse and culturally enriched experience with all students in efforts to create an inclusive environment at this campus. Activities will encompass the goals and mission of MSU.
The NPHC is the umbrella organization that governs the five National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations. (Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Zeta Phi Beta). The UM National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing body for the historically African American Greek-letter organizations represented on campus. The council coordinates programs and activities for the member chapters and is comprised of delegates from each of the organizations. The purpose is to maintain high positive standards for its member organizations and to ensure the perpetuation of the responsibility and privilege of engaging in appropriate service to the African American community at UM as well as in the larger community.
Panhellenic Council is the umbrella organization that governs the five National Panhellenic Council organizations (Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, and Phi Mu). Panhellenic Council plans events and Formal Recruitment for all five chapters.
Panhellenic Council Code of Ethics:
We, the Panhellenic representatives of the University of Montevallo, hope to promote unity and understanding among the different chapters within our Greek community. We strive to uphold honesty and respect to the greatest of our ability and in all aspects of our mutual endeavors. It is our goal to lead by example, thereby holding ourselves accountable with the promise to maintain the highest degree of respectability within ourselves and our fellow sororities. Therefore, we shall make every effort to promote fairness and deem it an obligation of our responsibilities to sustain these lofty ideals within each facet of our duties.
Upon our honor, we, the members of the Panhellenic Council, in accordance with the University and our respective chapters, shall equally uphold ourselves to be women of integrity.
We swear to maintain this code until the completion of our offices.
The purpose of the RHA is to provide a formal means of allowing residents to voice their problems and opinions with on-campus living and find solutions to them. One representative is elected from each hall to serve on a board that writes new solutions to problems occurring in residence halls. A president will be chosen by the board to serve as their head of staff and as the housing senator on SGA.
Since 1916, the University president and faculty have encouraged students to govern themselves in important areas of campus life. Every student is a voting member of the SGA, and meetings of the SGA Senate are open to students. Each year the SGA updates The Fledgling, a student handbook containing pertinent information regarding student life on campus(found on the University’s website). Elections for SGA Senators and executive officers are held in March of each year. There are Senator positions for the following: adult returning students, College of Arts and Sciences, Athletics, College of Business, commuter students, College of Education, College of Fine Arts, graduate students, international students, juniors, minority students, seniors, and sophomores. The elected executive officers are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Senior Class President, and UPC Coordinator.
The Executive Cabinet is appointed by the SGA president. Those positions are as follows: Student Trustee, Administrative Vice President, Executive Secretary, Senate Secretary, Director of Social Services, Higher Ed Day Coordinator, STARS Coordinator, Chaplain, Director of Digital Media, Director of Special Events, Freshman Forum Advisor, and President Pro-Tempore.