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, […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

Purple Side Victory Highlights 2020 Homecoming 

Campus was a flurry of activity during this year’s Homecoming festivities, as hundreds of UM alumni, students and friends celebrated being a part of the Montevallo family. The University hosted reunions for Alabama College; the classes of 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010; Young Alumni, Old Golds and Vintage Purples.   The festivities also included several […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

UMNAA Honors Outstanding Alumni Achievement 

During this year’s Homecoming celebration themed 20/20 Vision: Eye on the Future, the UM National Alumni Association honored three alumni for their outstanding contributions to the community. The honorees received their awards in front of a full house in Anna Irvin Dining Hall during the Saturday Homecoming Recognition Luncheon.   The luncheon also served as the […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

Bosdell’s Gift Will Impact Many Generations

During her 88 years on earth, Dr. Betty J. Bosdell ’49 showcased the gift of being able to foster positivity and encourage everyone around her to strive for greatness in their lives.   Bosdell, who passed away in 2017, lived a life of selflessness, generosity and loyalty to her loved ones. These were traits prompted by her father’s […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

University Shatters Goal in Largest Campaign in School History  

The University raised more than $36.5 million over the past seven years to benefit scholarships, campus improvements, faculty development and more through the “It’s About Family” comprehensive campaign.    The big announcement came during a Feb. 7 ceremony on campus, during which alumni, faculty and University leaders gathered in Anna Irvin Dining Hall to celebrate nearly doubling the […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

Falcons Celebrate Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Alumni Reunion 

The University of Montevallo Athletics Department inducted seven individuals as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 during an induction ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Anna Irvin Dining Hall.   Coinciding with the Hall of Fame induction was the University’s inaugural student-athlete alumni reunion on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in the McChesney Student Activity Center. The reunion brought together […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

The faces of success 

Montevallo’s students and young alumni have a vision for the future and are already taking actions to ensure it’s a bright one.   Whether preparing the next generation of leaders in a middle school classroom or preparing for a successful career on Broadway, the students and young alumni are setting the bar for success. And no […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

Chemistry Major Olivia Eldridge ’20 Finds Chemistry with UM

By Lindsay Schluntz  Olivia Eldridge developed her vision for the future the first time she set foot on Montevallo’s campus.   The small class sizes, generous scholarships and chances to work with faculty members on undergraduate research projects were major factors in her decision to attend UM.   She attributes part of the success of her journey at […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

Dr. JiJi Davis Connects a Community of Educators 

By Emily Reed  Each day holds something different for Dr. Jennifer “JiJi” Davis ’99 M.Ed. ’01, as she keeps her eye on the future by preparing tomorrow’s educators to achieve success wherever life takes them after college.   In her 11th year of teaching at UM, Davis works to build partnerships between the University and Montevallo […]

June 4, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

UM Environmental Education program launches summer offerings

The University of Montevallo’s Environmental Education program is working to keep kids connected to nature this summer by offering simple and fun activities children can complete at home. Although social distancing guidelines will prevent the Environmental Education program from holding in-person camps this summer, the program has partnered with the UM Office of Partnerships and […]

February 27, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

Ricardo Conte receives UM Young Achiever's Award

During this year’s Homecoming celebration, the UM National Alumni Association honored alumni for their outstanding contributions to the greater education community. The honorees received their awards in front of a full house in Anna Irvin Dining Hall during the Feb. 8 Recognition Luncheon. Ricardo Conte received the Nathalie Molton Gibbons Young Achiever’s Award. Conte, an […]