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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’ […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

UM mourns passing of former president 

UM president emeritus Dr. John W. Stewart Sr., who served the University for more than 30 years from 1961 until his retirement in 1992, died at the age of 92 on Nov. 4.   Stewart joined the University of Montevallo faculty in 1961 as a professor of music. He was promoted to department chair in 1963, serving in that position until 1978. […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Alumna spotlight: Maggie Davis '89

A Q&A with Maggie Davis ’89  Your home:  Pell City, Alabama  Your hometown:   I am originally from Pell City, but my family moved to Gulf Breeze, Florida, the summer before my eighth-grade year in school. I consider Gulf Breeze a hometown as well.  Tell us about your family.   I am married to Gregory Neal Davis who is a […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Foundation funds scholarships for new and returning students 

The University’s Foundation board of directors took steps to ensure deserving students who were facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic were able to attend UM this fall, as it approved an additional $1.25 million in scholarship funding during a May 2020 meeting.  The additional needs-based scholarships assisted new and returning students who were […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

UM Athletics finds way to honor Falcons despite COVID-19’s effects 

Last March, Montevallo’s spring student-athletes experienced an abrupt end to their seasons as the Gulf South Conference canceled all athletic competitions and championships as the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold.   The outbreak’s effects extended into the fall semester as well. In August, the Gulf South Conference Board of Directors made the decision to postpone […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Positive changes come about during a difficult year 

While most people have experienced some form of hardship as a result of the COVID-19 quarantine, the changes have also brought unexpected positives such as more time spent with family and developing new hobbies. We asked UM alumni, students and employees to share the good changes they have experienced despite the challenges of the pandemic.    Madisen Ricks Current student  […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

UM provides financial support to students in wake of COVID-19 

The University took multiple steps to provide financial relief to students who were dealing with the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic last spring.   In April, the University approved refunds for unused housing and meal plans for students who were required to leave campus as a result of the pandemic.   In addition, the University distributed $1.2 million in federal emergency funds directly […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Student Life pivots to overcome COVID-19 challenges 

Although students faced a fall semester different than any other, the UM Office of Student Life kept them connected to campus despite the difficulties presented by COVID-19.   The pandemic prevented large in-person events from happening, so Student Life rolled out numerous virtual offerings to keep students engaged while keeping them as safe as possible. Student Life […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Malone Center prepares faculty for remote teaching 

In the months leading up to the fall 2020 semester, the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching played a major role in equipping the University’s faculty to offer online delivery methods for courses.   Because the effects of COVID-19 required a hybrid education model for the fall semester, the staff of five in the Malone Center performed […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

UM supplies 3D printed face masks to hospitals, first responders 

A group of employees at the University put their expertise and resources to work for the state’s health care industry last spring and summer in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  In March, Michael Price ’15, the digital media and emerging technologies librarian at UM’s Carmichael Library, heard news reports about hospitals across the nation facing a severe shortage of personal protective equipment such […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Founders’ Day virtually celebrates UM’s 124 years 

Due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, the format for the University’s 124th Founders’ Day on Oct. 8 was unlike any before it. However, its purpose of celebrating this year’s seniors and UM’s more than a century of making a difference in students’ lives remained unchanged.   The theme of this year’s Founders’ Day was “Building for the […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Faculty spotlight: Williams teaches compassion through art 

By Lindsay Schluntz   During the COVID-19 pandemic, Collin Williams has felt the depth of value that his role as an art professor at UM brings to campus and to society as a whole.   In light of the pandemic, in addition to balancing multiple modalities and significantly increasing the amount of content prepared online, the most substantive change that he determined to make to his teaching has been to prioritize compassion.   “None of us asked for this,” Williams said. During […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Staff spotlight: Jones keeps UM going during pandemic 

By Emily Reed   When things changed this year due to COVID-19, UM Physical Plant Director Coty Jones was quick to step up with ideas to ensure students the ability to return to campus.  “One of the biggest challenges with helping students to prepare to come to campus was balancing everything with the constantly changing realities and […]

January 5, 2021 | More Montevallo Stories

Student spotlight: Dillard serves as SGA president during challenging times 

By Emily Reed  As the president of the University’s Student Government Association this year, Thomas Dillard has spent plenty of his time making sure the SGA is giving students at Montevallo the best college experience they can have under the unusual circumstances related to COVID-19.  “In planning events, we focus on first keeping students safe, […]