• The General Education Review Committee has announced the schedule for the next open forum, which will take place Wednesday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m., in Wills 201. At this final spring-term session, the committee will invite those in attendance to discuss with the committee their thoughts about various ideas that are being explored (first-year experience, capstone experience, LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes, UM’s current general education curriculum, etc.). These sessions are open to anyone —students, faculty, staff, administrators — interested in hearing where the committee is in the review process and in interacting with others about future possibilities for UM’s general-education curriculum. All are encouraged to attend, and those whose schedules will allow them to attend only part of a session are encouraged to do so.
• An end-of-the-semester fiction celebration and reading by writers in UM’s ENG 461/561 advanced fiction creative writing workshop will take place Wednesday, April 24, from 5-7:30 p.m., in Palmer Commons (Comer 202). Each writer will read for 5-7 minutes (order determined by drawing). Graduate and undergraduate students participating include Manny Awotona, Carrie Busby, Beau Buchanan, Kendra Cherry, Matt Cox, Megan Doll, Kristin Gilmore, Michael Hawkins, Brittany Headley, Kathleen Kryger, Riley McEuen, Nichole Peacock, Samuel Phillips, Joel Pierce and Jonathan Rutan. Those wishing to attend these readings but who are unable to stay for the entire event are welcome to drop in as time permits. Light refreshments will be provided. Note: Some work may contain adult themes or language.
• The annual retirees’ reception will take place Thursday, April 25, at 2:30 p.m., in the Reynolds Hall foyer. Honorees and their years of service include Eleanor Davis (18), Leland Doebler (29), John Hoerner (16), Jimmy Martin (29), Robert Moss (30), Carolyn Owens (34), Rebecca Richardson (16) and Terry Roberson (29).
• The Montevallo branch of AAUW will host an end-of-year reception Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m., at the Parnell Memorial Library meeting room and patio. The event will honor seniors and other award recipients. The program will include updates on the Parnell Memorial Library garden and other community action projects.
• The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, in partnership with the Pelham Police Department, the Shelby County Drug-Free Coalition and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will sponsor five drug take-back locations Saturday, April 27. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and one of the locations will be the UM Police Department at the UM Department of Public Safety. During the drive-through take-back event, citizens will be able to drop off unused, expired, or unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. The drop-offs will be anonymous and no questions will be asked.
• Submissions for the 2013-2014 academic calendar should be sent to Mary Horton at email@example.com no later than Wednesday, May 1.
• Plans are under way for the 2013-2014 edition of The Fledgling. Those wishing to have event dates included in the calendar section should submit them via e-mail to Jennifer Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, May 17. Additionally, favorite quotes will again be included in the calendar section. Favorite quotes should also be submitted to Bell by Friday, May 17.
• Mark your calendars! The UM Kinesiology Department will host a free Teen Yoga Camp on campus June 10-14. The camp is open to teens ages 13-18 and will be held in the Bibb Graves Dance Studio. For more information, contact Diane Landers at 205-665-2373 or at email@example.com.