April 13, 2016 | UM in the News

Jonathan Nelson

Montevallo graduate and Birmingham Barons General Manager, Jonathan Nelson, recently sat down with Birmingham magazine to discuss baseball and the positive growth of downtown Birmingham since the Barons took residence in Regions Field. Click here to read more.  

March 11, 2016 | UM in the News

Heather Andrews

Heather Andrews ’01 has joined DPR Group Inc. as account executive. In this position, Andrews will manage and implement public relations and marketing campaigns for several current and new high-tech clients. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., DPR Group is a full-service agency that specializes in providing public relations, marketing and communications services to a broad range […]

January 6, 2016 | UM in the News

Thom Gossom Jr.

UM graduate authors series of books recalling growing up in Alabama. Click the link to learn more about his work.

December 14, 2015 | UM in the News

UM Alumna, President nominated for BBJ CEO of the Year Awards

The University of Montevallo had two representatives at the recent Birmingham Business Journal CEO of the Year Awards held on December 3 at Regions Field. Darlene Wilson, CEO of RAM Accounting, was nominated in the Small Business category. Dr. John W. Stewart III, University of Montevallo President, was nominated for the Large Business category.   […]

December 14, 2015 | UM in the News

UM Graduate is Keynote Speaker at Autism Conference

Montevallo graduate, Hunter Manasco Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P, associate professor of speech-language pathology at Misericordia University, was recently the keynote speaker at the Education Service Center-Region 19’s Together for Autism 12th Annual Conference in El Paso, Texas. Manasco holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Montevallo.

September 28, 2015 | UM in the News

UM Professor Wins 6th Alabama State Chess Championship

Scott Varagona is the new Alabama State Chess Champion. Varagona, an assistant professor of math at the University of Montevallo, has won the state chess title six times since 2002. He was undefeated in his bid to regain the state championship. -See more at:

September 21, 2015 | UM in the News

UM faculty member displays exhibition at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Karen Graffeo, an associate professor of art and director of photography concentration at The University of Montevallo, has an exhibit on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The exhibit is titled ‘Let us Now Praise the Roma Photography,’ and will be on display until Sunday, Sept. 27 in the Odessa Woolfolk Gallery. – See […]

May 28, 2015 | UM in the News

C-Suite: Heather Howell, Rock Wool Manufacturing Co.

How did you choose the industry you ended up in? I chose accounting in college simply because I liked the courses and the range of industries open to that field. From there, I went to public accounting, working with clients of many different industries and decided I really wanted to be in manufacturing. Read the […]

May 15, 2015 | UM in the News

Vestavia Hills teacher named Alabama's teacher of the year for 2015-16

Vestavia Hills High School science teacher and University of Montevallo alumna Jennifer Brown is Alabama’s Teacher of the Year for 2015-16, the state’s Department of Education announced Wednesday night at a ceremony in Montgomery. Brown will serve as the official spokesperson and representative for teachers in Alabama for the next year. Read the full story […]

March 11, 2015 | UM in the News

UM Music to hold benefit piano concert

MONTEVALLO — The University of Montevallo Music Department will hold a benefit piano concert by Anthony Pattin, UM professor of music emeritus, on Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall. Pattin taught piano at UM for 24 years, retiring in 2011. During his years at Montevallo, he played a number of concerts at […]

February 4, 2015 | UM in the News

Strong Automotive CEO donates $250K for Montevallo expansion

Strong Automotive Merchandising CEO John Paul Strong and his father, Mike, have donated $250,000 to expand the communication department at the University of Montevallo. The expansion will include the establishment of the Strong Hall Communication Building and will add four faculty offices along with two classrooms. Read more at

February 4, 2015 | UM in the News

The Smithsonian wants what? Man's passion for lifetime hobby pays off

John Cooke’s siblings teased him for four decades, saying he had – well — rocks in his head. Because he had rocks everywhere else. He had rocks in most every room of his Pleasant Grove house, and rocks piling up in his storage building out back – the one he was supposed to share with […]

October 17, 2014 | UM in the News

UM alumnus named to BBJ's Top 40 Under 40 list

Daryl Spears, who graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2000 with a BBA in finance, was recently named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 list. Spears is a senior vice president at Aliant Bank in Birmingham, specializing in commercial real estate. Read the full story at

August 7, 2014 | UM in the News

UM named a College of Distinction

For the third consecutive year, the University of Montevallo has been named a College of Distinction. Montevallo is the only public university in Alabama to receive this recognition for 2014-2015. Read the full story at

July 15, 2014 | UM in the News

University, town break ground on softball complex

University of Montevallo softball coach Lindsay Vanover is building a collegiate softball program from the ground up — literally. The University of Montevallo, in a partnership with the Montevallo Development Cooperative District and Shelby County, recently broke ground on a new softball complex located at Orr Park. Read the full story at

June 27, 2014 | UM in the News

Times-Journal names Heather Buckner managing editor

Heather Buckner has been named as the new managing editor of the Times-Journal, and associated magazines, effective Monday. Buckner, 22, is a recent graduate of the University of Montevallo, where she was editor of The Alabamian for two years. Read the full story at