April 25, 2014 | UM in the News

Montevallo's Spring Artwalk bringing artists, music to downtown May 2

The University of Montevallo’s spring commencement on May 3 will begin celebration a day earlier thanks to the city’s Artwalk event happening in downtown. The university and city are getting together with more than 55 area artists for the Spring Artwalk from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 2. Visitors can expect plenty of artwork in a […]

April 25, 2014 | UM in the News

Montevallo kicks off commencement with annual ArtWalk

A few hundred people will attend the spring ArtWalk, hosted by the University of Montevallo and the City of Montevallo. “It does become a street festival as much as it is an art walk,” lead coordinator for the event Tiffany Bunt said. Many local businesses extend their hours and offer snacks during the event, and […]

April 22, 2014 | UM in the News

Internet use decreases depression among elderly Americans, University of Montevallo research finds

Internet use can reduce depression among elderly Americans by as much as 34 percent, according to a new academic paper co-authored by an associate professor at the University of Montevallo. The paper, published in the peer-reviewed Journals of Gerontology, was co-authored by Sherry Ford, associate professor of communications studies at the University of Montevallo. Read the […]

April 14, 2014 | UM in the News

UM hosts Harvard Art Museums speaker

Mellisa Renn, senior curatorial research associate at Harvard Art Museums, will present a lecture at the University of Montevallo Tuesday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. Renn will present “Beyond the ‘Shingle Factory’: The Armory Show in the popular Press after 1913,” a historiographical study, which explores how the 1913 Armory Show was portrayed in popular […]

April 14, 2014 | UM in the News

Students paint outdoor mural at Chelsea General Store

In recent weeks, students from Chelsea High School, Oak Mountain High School and the University of Montevallo have spent afternoons and weekends painting a mural on the exterior of Chelsea General Store. Read the full story at

April 3, 2014 | UM in the News

'Language of Comics' history exhibit returns to University of Montevallo

An exhibit on the history of comics and the graphical storytelling method is returning to the University of Montevallo thanks to its English and foreign languages department. The exhibit called “The Language of Comics” will happen from April 11 through May 12 at the Carmichael Library on the university’s campus. An opening reception is set […]

April 2, 2014 | UM in the News

$1 million cash endowment given to the University of Montevallo

The University of Montevallo recently announced the Alice Aldora “Slim” Hyatt Endowed Scholarship, which is made possible by a $1 million gift given by the estate of Alice Hyatt and her best friend, who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift is the largest single scholarship donation in school history, according to a news release from […]

March 28, 2014 | UM in the News

Award-winning author coming to Montevallo

Margaret Wrinkle, Birmingham native and author of the award-winning novel “Wash,” will speak at Eclipse Coffee and Books in Montevallo on April 9 at 4 p.m. Read more at  

March 24, 2014 | UM in the News

UM to perform ‘The Mikado’

Thanks to a generous gift from Merril Lynch and Co. Inc., the University of Montevallo music department will perform “The Mikado” April 24 through 27. “The Mikado” is a two-act comic opera, written by W. S. Gilbert with music by Arthur Sullivan, which originally opened in 1885. The opera is set in Japan, and satirizes […]

March 24, 2014 | UM in the News

Shelby County district employees honored at UM Alumni Awards

The College of Education at the University of Montevallo recently honored a number of its alumni at a dinner held in conjunction with homecoming activities, including several Shelby County School District employees. Read more at

March 19, 2014 | UM in the News

ASO to perform world premiere of original composition at University of Montevallo

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra at the University of Montevallo March 30. Joseph Landers, associate professor of music at the University of Montevallo, composed the original piece. Landers has written more than 40 compositions, commemorating occasions such as the inauguration of two university presidents and […]

February 28, 2014 | UM in the News

Two University of Montevallo students receive Order of Omega scholarships

Two University of Montevallo students have received scholarships from Order of Omega, a national leadership society for members of campus sororities and fraternities. Order of Omega, founded in 1959, recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship and leadership. Students must also be involved in their respective organizations and […]

February 26, 2014 | UM in the News

Averette elected Alabama Press Association Journalism Foundation president

Demopolis Times publisher Justin Averette has been elected president of the Alabama Press Association’s Journalism Foundation for 2014. The Foundation supports journalism education in Alabama by awarding grants that support college and high school newspapers, workshops, an annual job fair and internships. The Foundation’s board also traditionally meets once a year on a college campus […]

February 17, 2014 | UM in the News

What's it gonna be? An AV!

The University of Montevallo has the oldest homecoming tradition in America. The community of Calera is fortunate to have this tradition, known as College Night, right in their own backyard. Since 1919, the entire UM campus divides into Purple or Gold sides, and there are events and intramurals, pitting the sides against each other. Calera […]

February 16, 2014 | UM in the News

Plans for walkable communities making strides in metro Birmingham

In Jefferson and Shelby counties, The Metropolitan Planning Organization is working with communities on more than 120 miles of new sidewalks or improvements to existing ones. There are plans for 29 miles of sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes in Birmingham alone. The City of Montevallo and the Alabama Department of Transportation are hosting an open house […]