Friday, Aug. 31, is College Colors Day across the nation, and the University of Montevallo is a big part of the festivities in Alabama! Your participation requires just one easy step: Wear purple and gold on Friday! That’s it! (If you don’t have your Falcon colors ready, a quick trip to the bookstore will remedy that.) Think of this as the kick-off to the fall semester, a preliminary celebration of UM’s athletic seasons, a head start on College Night or just a fun thing to do! College Colors Day is an annual occasion that promotes the traditions and spirit of the college experience. Join your fellow University of Montevallo Falcons fans in wearing purple and gold this Friday, Aug. 31! Go Falcons!
The competition for 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipends has recently been announced. Awards of $6,000 to support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months are available from the NEH. Awards can be used to support projects at any stage of development. All UM faculty working on a humanities project are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be nominated by the University, and only two proposals can be sent forward. Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC). Proposals submitted to the FDAC should follow instructions on the NEH website. Proposals should consist of three parts: 1) a narrative (not to exceed 3 single-spaced pages), 2) bibliography (not to exceed 1 page), 3) resumé (not to exceed 2 pages). For application materials and detailed instructions, visit www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends. Submit proposals electronically to email@example.com by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12. Include the phrase “NEH grant application” in the subject line. Do not consider the application process complete until you receive acknowledgement from the Office of FDAC. Direct questions to Kathy King at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Ext. 6504.
The UM Green Fund has recently sent out a call for proposals. The UM Green Fund is a pool of money used to provide grants for campus projects that improve sustainability, decrease our ecological footprint and educate the university and local communities about sustainable practices, environmental issues and caring for the planet. The Green Fund has $30,000 available this year! Any member of the UM community, including students and student groups, can write a Green Fund grant proposal. Details are available online. Proposals are due by Saturday, Sept. 15, and funds will be available through Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
The UM QEP has recently sent out a call for ILlUMinate grant proposals. This is a competitive funding program to encourage faculty who are integrating information literacy in their courses to do so in innovative, unique and engaging ways. Funds may be used in a variety of ways (travel funds, books, software, hardware, equipment, etc.), as long as the goals and outcomes are related to information literacy. Awards will be up to $1,000 and will be available to grantees for use during fall 2012. The deadline for this distribution is Monday, Sept. 17. For more information and application directions, visit the QEP website. Still have questions? Contact Kristen Gilbert at Ext. 6300 or at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars! The University of Montevallo will host a town hall meeting featuring a presentation by Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1:30 p.m., in the Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium in Comer Hall on the UM campus. McMahon will speak on “Building Eco-friendly Sustainable Communities.” A leading authority on topics related to sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth and historic preservation, McMahon, an Alabama native, leads ULI’s worldwide efforts in research and education related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices. More information will appear in a future issue of Wednesday Memo.
Mark your calendars! Plans are under way for an exciting year of AAUW activities and programs! Members of the Montevallo branch of AAUW invite all interested individuals to attend a reception for prospective and returning members, to be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m., in the Mary Lee Garrett Brown Alumni Center in Reynolds Hall. This gathering will offer an opportunity to meet new people, renew old friendships and learn more about AAUW projects and plans for the coming year. AAUW members also hope interested individuals will consider becoming members of AAUW (the American Association of University Women). AAUW’s mission includes equity for all women and girls and lifelong educational opportunities. AAUW’s programs include philanthropy, advocacy and research. The organization values diversity and promotes a strong, nurturing and inclusive community at the local, state and national levels. For more information about AAUW, contact Sandra Lott at 665-2127 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mary Jo Buff at 665-6289 or via e-mail at email@example.com, or Kelsey Dobyne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars! A Kinesiology Program Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12. Lunch begins at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Lunch/concessions will be available for purchase by spectators. Funds raised will be used to renovate and refurbish a classroom in memory of Miriam Collins, a former professor of physical education at UM. For more information, contact the Kinesiology Office at Ext. 6590. Unable to play in the tournament but want to make a gift? Contact the Kinesiology Office as noted previously, or the Alumni Relations Office at Ext. 6215.