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August 31, 2022 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Cody Hodge

The University of Montevallo wasn’t on SGA President Cody Hodge’s radar when he was a high school senior in his hometown of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. But that changed with one letter. “I came to the University of Montevallo because I received a letter in the mail that described the Montevallo experience,” he said. “It immediately […]

June 1, 2022 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Jamiya Williams

When Jamiya Williams moved from Adamsville, Alabama, to the University of Montevallo to earn a degree in psychology, she was shy and reserved. But in the four years she spent at UM, everything for Williams – also known as Ms. Montevallo – changed. “Before I came to college, I was really quiet and shy and […]

June 1, 2022 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Hannah Waki

As a California native, senior Hannah Waki moved thousands of miles to find the University she will forever consider home. “I truly cannot put into words the amount of gratitude I have for the University and the people who I have met in my time here,” Waki said. “The memories, opportunities and relationships I have […]

February 22, 2022 | Press Releases

Student Spotlight: Sydney Hollars

University of Montevallo Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Student Sydney Hollars was selected as the University’s first SLP Scholarship Program recipient from Sidekick Therapy Partners. Sidekick is a Tennessee-based pediatric private practice with over 125 speech-language pathologists, or SLPs, whose mission is to employ teamwork and therapeutic excellence to empower their clients to live full and purposeful […]

February 8, 2022 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight - Ellie Tarpley

Ellie Tarpley is grateful for second chances. In 2007 she came to the University of Montevallo as a mass communication major with aspirations of becoming a writer. She graduated in 2011, but shortly afterward went through a divorce, became a single mom and struggled to find a job in her field. “Things didn’t turn out […]

December 7, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight - Dorian Bayles

Dorian Bayles, a senior majoring in psychology, recalls that she felt an immediate connection to the University of Montevallo as soon as she stepped onto the bricks during her campus tour. She said that connection has strengthened over time, allowing her to enjoy the sense of community and support at UM. Bayles is active in […]

October 25, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight - Jay Houser

University of Montevallo senior business management major Jay Houser had already found professional success as a high school student before setting a foot on the UM campus. Now, he’s planning to use his Montevallo education to take his business to the next level. Houser founded his company, SkyRocket, when he was a junior in high […]

September 30, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight – Hannah Waki continues UM-Harvard connection 

As a California native, University of Montevallo senior Hannah Waki moved thousands of miles to find the University she will forever consider home.   “I truly cannot put into words the amount of gratitude I have for the University and the people who I have met in my time here,” Waki said. “The memories, opportunities and […]

September 17, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight – Armando Flores

Coming to the University of Montevallo as a transfer student a couple of years ago, senior Armando Flores wasted no time in getting involved with his new college home. His eagerness to join several of UM’s student organizations not only helped him to surround himself with new friends, it also helped to prepare him for […]

August 25, 2021 | Press Releases

Student spotlight – Grace Hancock

For more than a year, University of Montevallo senior Grace Hancock’s job as a student employee in UM’s Carmichael Library has been helping her to hone skills she plans to use throughout her professional career. After she earns her degree in communication studies in December 2022, Hancock plans to pursue a Master of Library and […]

August 6, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight – Dakota DuBose  

As a Montevallo native, senior Dakota DuBose has a unique perspective on life as a UM student, and knows firsthand the importance of being involved in the community.   DuBose, who is majoring in education of the deaf and hard of hearing and is set to graduate in December, has made it a priority to volunteer on campus […]

July 22, 2021 | Press Releases

Student spotlight – Manuel Munoz 

During his time at the University of Montevallo, rising sophomore exercise and nutrition science major Manuel Munoz hasn’t just found a college home – he’s found a family.  From the first moment he arrived on campus, Munoz knew it was where he belonged.   “When I first stepped on the bricks to do a campus tour, I knew that […]

June 22, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight – Benedikt Schlederer 

When University of Montevallo international graduate student Benedikt Schlederer came to the University as an undergraduate freshman several years ago, he said he could not have asked for a more welcoming atmosphere.   Schlederer, who is from Austria and was a member of the UM men’s tennis team, earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from UM’s Stephens College […]

June 11, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight – Jamie Myers

When first-generation college student Jamie Myers came to Montevallo as a freshman, she immediately felt the University’s welcoming and close-knit atmosphere. “I know I belong at Montevallo because of the wonderful professors I’ve had and how extremely helpful all the staff are,” she said. “The relationships I’ve made here feel familial. At first, Montevallo was […]

June 9, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Smith continues UM’s legacy at Harvard Medical School

For Rachael Smith, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry from UM in December 2020 was just the first step toward making groundbreaking discoveries in the international medical field. During her time as an undergraduate at Montevallo, Smith was selected to serve as an intern at Harvard University Medical School in […]

April 29, 2021 | Press Releases

Student Spotlight – Meghan Hilley

University of Montevallo senior communication studies major Meghan Hilley feels confident about her future in the PR field. Through heavy involvement with College Night and several campus organizations over the last few years, Hilley has developed a strong foundation for professional success. Beginning with her freshman year, Hilley jumped straight into college life with College […]

April 15, 2021 | Press Releases

Student spotlight: Justin Greene

University of Montevallo senior Justin Greene will forever have a place in the University’s history books. As one of the founding members of the UM men’s lacrosse team, Greene and his teammates helped to pave the way for generations to come. “I am very proud of the fact that I and my fellow seniors were […]

March 31, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight: Nadarria Inge 

If UM graduate student Nadarria Inge could go back to the beginning of her college career, she wouldn’t change a single thing.   “Being a student at Montevallo has truly been one of the best experiences,” Inge said. “If I had to go back in time, I’d choose Montevallo over and over again. I’ve met so many […]

March 18, 2021 | Press Releases

Student spotlight: Rachael Smith

For Rachael Smith, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry from UM in December 2020 was just the first step toward making groundbreaking discoveries in the international medical field. During her time as an undergraduate at Montevallo, Smith was selected to serve as an intern at Harvard University Medical School in […]

February 25, 2021 | Press Releases

Student spotlight – Jonathan Everheart

University of Montevallo senior musical theatre major Jonathan Everheart doesn’t shy away from tackling a challenge, even if it’s something no other student at the University has faced before. As a 2021 Gold Side leader along with Abby Jo Askins, Everheart was tasked with continuing the College Night tradition during the most unusual of times […]