September 25, 2018 | Student Spotlight

Dothan student selected as Montevallo SGA Vice President

Olivia Eldridge, a University of Montevallo student from Dothan, became vice president of the UM Student Government Association this semester.     Eldridge is a junior chemistry major and an active participant in campus life at UM. Beyond SGA, Eldridge is involved with the Pre-Health Professions Society and Montevallo Civitan Club. She also works as a Montevallo Maven, providing campus tours to […]

September 25, 2018 | Student Spotlight

Sterrett student selected as Montevallo SGA Treasurer

Alex Weldon, a University of Montevallo student from Sterrett, recently began the position of treasurer of the UM Student Government Association.     Weldon is a senior, double majoring in biology and chemistry. As treasurer, Weldon will be responsible for handling day-to-day SGA finances, as well as delegation of funds to clubs and organizations on campus.  Weldon’s other activities at Montevallo include membership in Phi […]

September 20, 2018 | Student Spotlight

Terrance Boykin takes center stage

For most of July, UM musical theatre major Terrance Boykin wasn’t himself. In fact, he was often five different people: a guard, a beggar, the Duke of Buckingham, another guard named Debris and a man named Rochefort, a henchman of the evil Cardinal Richelieu. To clarify, Boykin performed as these characters in the Birmingham Children’s […]

June 10, 2018 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Jennifer Payne

Happiness Can be Found Even in the Darkest of Times: Jennifer Payne and The Schweitzer Fellows Each year, The Schweitzer Fellowship selects up to 16 graduate students across the state of Alabama to become Albert Schweitzer Fellows. Once selected, these students each plan a year-long service project to address a variety of public health issues in […]

May 8, 2018 | Student Spotlight

Student Profile: Mary Light

When Mary Light interned with U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, one of her favorite aspects of the job was her morning routine. She would get up at 5 a.m., walk down to the D.C. metro, grab a quick breakfast and coffee and head into the city. It was a lifestyle she wasn’t familiar with at home in Enterprise, Alabama, but she grew to love the constant  hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital.  “Knowing that you’re […]

February 28, 2018 | Student Spotlight

Student Profile: Brian Kirkwood & Amber Quinn

During the University of Montevallo’s Homecoming activities on Friday, Feb. 9, the student body crowned seniors Brian Kirkwood and Amber Quinn as Mr. and Ms. Montevallo. Each year, the titles of Mr. and Ms. Montevallo are awarded to two seniors whose peers believe exemplify the top qualities of a University of Montevallo student. In the […]

January 31, 2018 | Student Spotlight

Student Profile: Rebekah Koen

Inspired by Life By Madison Griggs ’17 Like most students on the cusp of graduation, Rebekah Koen is determined to make a difference. As a social work major at UM, Koen’s motivation to affect change in the world comes from a very real place. Her family was in and out of homeless shelters throughout Koen’s […]

January 30, 2018 | Student Spotlight


Encouraging Student Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement By Jamie Haas ’19 New student organization Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) is making waves on the UM campus. First proposed to the Office of Student Life in December 2016, STAT has since hit the ground running in its effort to provide for University students through various acts of philanthropy. […]

December 27, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Student Profile: Paris Nelson

Paris Nelson doesn’t take being a first-generation college student lightly. From the very beginning, she has done everything possible to get her hands in every aspect of the college experience, cherishing the opportunities she made for herself along the way.   Nelson grew up with her father in Haleyville, Alabama, where the two made ends meet on their own. Her brother […]

November 21, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Student Profile: Cage Williamson

By the time Cage Williamson stepped onto the brick streets to begin his freshman year, he had  already founded a non-profit and was operating his own custom car parts business. Williamson was raised in the small town of Hazel Green, Alabama, where he learned from an early age to take every opportunity given to him and run with it. “I knew that I needed to be involved and not just because my […]

October 18, 2017 | Press Releases

UM students present at the annual meeting of the Society of Alabama Archivists

University of Montevallo students Mary-Haynes Furman and Savannah Willard presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Alabama Archivists (SALA) at the University of Alabama on Oct. 13. Their presentation, entitled “The Social Life of Production Books,” focused on their experience in the COPLAC Digital course as well as their research done for the class.   Mary-Haynes Furman is a senior […]

September 27, 2017 | Press Releases

Kirkwood spends summer as Harvard medical research intern

Brian Kirkwood, a University of Montevallo student from Huntsville, Alabama, spent the summer working alongside UM alumnus Dr. Richard Cummings at the National Center for Glycomics Research lab, located in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard University. As a founding father of Phi Gamma Delta, former SGA vice president and current College Night […]

August 23, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Student Profile: Hannah Garner

If she’s not in class or spending time with her sisters in Chi Omega, it might prove difficult to pinpoint exactly where junior Hannah Garner could be. There’s a strong possibility she is camouflaged somewhere in the great outdoors of Alabama, poised and ready for passing wildlife. Garner grew up in the small town of […]

August 1, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Huntsville student selected as editor of The Tower

Ryann Taylor, a University of Montevallo student from Huntsville, was recently selected as The Tower’s editor-in-chief.   Taylor is an English major and an upcoming senior at the University. In addition to her new position with The Tower, she is an active member of Chi Omega Sorority, the Montevallo Honors Program, Golden Key, Montevallo College Democrats, […]

July 28, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Daniel Yates receives professional achievement award

William Daniel Yates, a University of Montevallo student from Alabaster, was recently selected to receive the Professional Achievement Award for his commitment and dedication to the National Association for Music Education.    Yates is an upcoming senior and music education major at the University. He and four other students across the United States were selected for the Professional Achievement Award, […]

July 27, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Odenville student selected as STARS and Higher Education Day coordinator

Kendall Rae Criswell, a University of Montevallo Student from Odenville, was recently selected as the STARS coordinator and Higher Education Day coordinator at UM.   Criswell is a sophomore and a political science major at the University. As the new STARS/Higher Education Day coordinator, she will help organize the University’s participation in advocating for funds toward higher education. She will also […]

July 27, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Vestavia student elected president pro tempore

Tyon Hudson, a University of Montevallo student from Vestavia, was recently elected president pro tempore in the University’s Student Government Association.   Hudson is a junior and biochemistry major at the University. He graduated from Hueytown High school in 2015 and expects to graduate from UM in 2019.   In his position, he will be responsible for the UM Senate’s learning and practice of […]

July 27, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Gardendale student elected SGA treasurer

Jordon Wilson, a University of Montevallo student from Gardendale was recently elected to the position of treasurer for the UM Student Government Association.   Wilson is an upcoming senior at the University and is currently majoring in chemistry. He is highly accomplished within the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, having presented research in multiple conferences. In serving as treasurer, Wilson will be overseeing the SGA’s budget and expenditures during the school year.  […]

July 26, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Huntsville student selected as Montage editor

Erica Lewis, a University of Montevallo student from Huntsville, was recently chosen as the editor-in-chief of UM’s yearbook.    Lewis is an English and art major at the University and will be a junior this upcoming fall. In addition to contributing ideas she will be managing deadlines, holding staff accountable, running meetings, editing content and providing input on photos and layouts.   “I am so […]

July 25, 2017 | Student Spotlight

Guntersville student selected as SGA administrative vice president

Abbey Rothfeldt, a University of Montevallo student from Guntersville, was recently appointed to the position of administrative vice president for UM’s Student Government Association.   Rothfeldt is a sociology and psychology major at the University, and will be a junior this fall. She was chosen for the position by SGA President Liz Juarez.  “I’m really excited about this upcoming year,” said Rothfeldt. “We did a lot of hard work last year, […]