June 1, 2022 | More Montevallo Stories

Falcons on Fire: Trailblazing Alumni Who Are Making a Big Impact

For a small university tucked away in a tiny town, Montevallo produces many purple and gold-clad giants. In this issue of Montevallo Today, we pay tribute to Falcons from the past quarter century who have been trailblazers in their respective fields. Nichole M. Harris ’13  Hueytown, Alabama, native Nichole M. Harris graduated from UM in […]

June 1, 2022 | More Montevallo Stories

Questions and Answers with Willie Phillips '00

Your home: Washington, D.C. Your hometown: Fairhope, Alabama Tell us about your family. I’ve been married to my wife, Gabrielle, for 14 years. We have two small children — Peyton and Tripp. What is your profession? Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). I am also an attorney. What made you choose this profession? After […]

December 2, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Outstanding UM students recognized on Elite Night

Many University of Montevallo students were honored for their achievements during the University’s Elite Night on Nov. 10. The event is a longstanding tradition dating back to 1933, and honors students who have demonstrated outstanding academic and leadership abilities during their time on campus. Faculty in each academic department select the student Senior Elite honorees, […]

December 1, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Questions and Answers with Mary Haynes Furman '18

Your home: Montgomery  Your hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana  Tell us about your family: I am the oldest of eight children. Both of my parents were raised in Tennessee before meeting at The University of Alabama. I was born in New Orleans, and after a few years in Tennessee we moved back to Mandeville where I was raised.  What is […]

December 1, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

UM Inducts 2021 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

The Department of Athletics hosted the 2021 Hall of Fame induction ceremony June 12 in Trustmark Arena in the McChesney Student Activity Center honoring former Falcons who made a lasting impact, whether from athletic accomplishment or meritorious service. The 11-member Montevallo Athletics Hall of Fame committee was tasked with selecting some of the best individuals […]

December 1, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Renovations modernize Carmichael Library and Harman Hall

Over the last several months, a pair of renovation projects has helped modernize UM’s Carmichael Library, Harman Hall and Sims House allowing programs in the two facilities to better serve students, faculty and the community.  Carmichael Library transformed Throughout summer 2021, crews worked to transform several areas of the library into state-of-the-art spaces for instruction, […]

December 1, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Student Profile: UM involvement preparing path to United Nations for Amamoo

By Emily Reed Senior Claudia Bonney Amamoo made it a goal to be actively involved during her time as a student at UM. Amamoo said when deciding where she would attend college, she chose the University of Montevallo because she believed she belonged. “I was vastly impressed by the welcoming staff and the serene environment,” […]

December 1, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Faculty Profile: Heatherly preserves the past

By Emily Reed Carey Heatherly has a penchant for uncovering things about the past, something he often does in his role as the UM archivist and special collections librarian. “I love being able to snoop through old documents and uncover interesting tidbits of information,” Heatherly said. “Reading old newspapers is one of my absolute favorite […]

September 13, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

U.S. News & World Report names UM among top schools in the South 

For the 13th consecutive year, the University of Montevallo continues to be the top-ranked public regional university in Alabama, and again has earned a plethora of other accolades in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings. The publication released the rankings on Sept. 13, and UM earned praise for its high value to […]

June 9, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

UMNAA Celebrates Alumni Achievement

During this year’s Homecoming celebration in mid-March, themed We’re All in This Together, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UM National Alumni Association recognized three alumni for their success and contributions to the community. The honorees received their awards during the virtual UMNAA Awards Presentation on Friday, March 12, and were honored during […]

June 9, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Collide of the Sides: Golds, Purples present joint College Night show

By Harrison Neville ’22 For this year’s College Night production, “Collide of the Sides; Royal and Loyal,” the Purple and Gold sides united to create a story that visited potential scripts of the past and told the story of a student who wants to join a side but is currently undecided. The two sides rehearsed […]

June 9, 2021 | Alumni Profile

Performing through the pandemic

The performing arts industry was one of the hardest-hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, as demand for in-person performances ground to a halt beginning in March 2020. However, many of UM’s theatre alumni have shown incredible resilience as they have found success and adapted to a new normal.   Rebecca Aparicio ’07 Major: Musical theatre […]

June 9, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Center of attention: University opens state-of-the-art Center for the Arts

The University’s new Center for the Arts opened in August 2020 and began hosting classes and events with the start of the fall 2020 semester. The 36,750-square-foot building is located at the intersection of Oak Street and North Boundary Street and is unique among collegiate facilities in the state of Alabama. It brings together academic […]

June 9, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Educators use newfound creativity to continue teaching during COVID-19

Ted Seabury ’80 has been working in the education field for decades. But he, like nearly every other teacher in the country, had never experienced a disruption on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. Seabury, who is the director of bands at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, went from having […]

June 9, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Athletic department overcomes year like no other

By Emily Reed During an indoor track and field event in March 2020, everything changed for the Athletics Department at the University of Montevallo. “We were hosting the event at the Birmingham Crossplex when we got the call that the event was canceled due to everything shutting down with the pandemic,” said Athletics Director Mark […]

June 9, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

On- and off-campus telehealth programs serve UM, greater community

UM’s Student Health Services and Counseling Services adapted to continue delivering assistance to students and employees despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, and the University’s counseling master’s degree program is looking to expand its counseling services to rural areas in central Alabama. Over the past year, Student Health Services and Counseling Services pivoted to a […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Unified loyalty: Sides joining forces for 2021 College Night 

In March, College Night will look significantly different than it has in the past, as the Purple and Gold leaders have developed a plan to celebrate the tradition while staying safe during the pandemic.  College Night leaders, in coordination with advisors from the College Night Committee and University administration, finalized the plan in early October.  […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Alumni spotlight: Rayfield ensures current students have same support she did 

Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield’s life has taken her many places in the United States and abroad since she graduated from Montevallo in 1962. But regardless of where she has lived and worked, UM has never been far from her mind.   Rayfield, the recipient of the 2020 Mary Lou Elder Williams Alumna Loyalty Award during Founders’ […]