December 16, 2013 | UM in the News

Bench commemorates 65-year-old love story that began at ‘Angel Farm’

Back when the University of Montevallo was still Alabama College, an all-girls school, it was called “Angel Farm” by the young men who would visit the college campus on weekends. It was at “Angel Farm” that Frances Yates Shaw met the man who would later become her husband. Read the full story at

December 16, 2013 | Press Releases

Fall Commencement held at University of Montevallo

The University of Montevallo held its fall commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 13, at the McChesney Student Activity Center on the UM campus. Those in attendance had the privilege of hearing Andrew Young, politician, human rights activist and businessman, speak. Degrees were awarded to 222 students. One hundred fifty-nine students received their undergraduate degrees, while 63 […]

December 13, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo Opera Ensemble in National Finals

For the third consecutive year, the University of Montevallo Opera Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Charles Wood, has been selected as a finalist in the National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. Last year, the University of Montevallo won the national competition, held in Portland, Ore. This year, seniors Mattie Crisp of Oxford and […]

December 13, 2013 | Press Releases

Andrew Young to speak at December 13 commencement

WHAT: FALL COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER WILL BE ANDREW YOUNG WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 5 p.m. WHERE: Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center on the UM campus ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Andrew Young is a former U.N. ambassador, former mayor of Atlanta and civil rights activist. He served as co-chair for the 1996 Olympic Games and is currently […]

December 10, 2013 | Press Releases

UM assistant professor receives fellowship to study conspiracy theorizing

Alexander Beringer, University of Montevallo assistant professor of English, has received a fellowship to serve as a visiting scholar for the Conspiracy and Democracy project at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 2014. The goal of this five-year research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is to explore the pervasiveness of conspiracy […]

December 9, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo SGA to host legislative forum

The Student Government Association at the University of Montevallo will host a legislative forum Jan. 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall on the UM campus. This forum will give students, faculty, staff and community members an opportunity to hear from local politicians and advocates for higher education and ask them questions. […]

December 5, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo organization receives award

The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) recently recognized the University of Montevallo chapter with its Presidential Chapter Award. NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. Led by Dr. Courtney Bentley, chapter president, the UM organization has increased its membership dramatically and now includes students. […]

November 25, 2013 | Press Releases

Hightower represents University of Montevallo in national project

University of Montevallo senior and Huntsville native Christopher Hightower has been chosen to participate in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges’ (COPLAC) Digital Humanities “Century America” project. Hightower is one of only 10 participants chosen from the 27 colleges comprising COPLAC nationwide. Funded by the Teagle Foundation of New York, the project will focus […]

November 21, 2013 | UM in the News

UM campus to play host to cross cycle event

The campus of the University of Montevallo will serve as host of the inaugural Max A. Bynum Agency Team Magic Crosscycle event Nov. 24. Read the full story at

November 20, 2013 | UM Happenings

Falcons fall to top-ranked Kentucky 95-72 in exhibition game

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Montevallo junior Troran Brown finished just one point shy of his career high as he led the Falcons with 30 points in a 95-72 loss on the road at top-ranked Kentucky in front of the largest crowd in school history at historic Rupp Arena in an exhibition game Nov. 4. Brown finished 12-of-34 […]

November 18, 2013 | UM in the News

Thinking outside the kiln: Firing prompts 'think tank'

Sometimes, the best learning experiences occur outside classroom walls. Such is the case with the University of Montevallo’s anagama kiln, which was lit Nov. 5 and has brought art students from the walls Bloch Hall to a bustling area of woods on the northern edge of campus. Read the full story at

November 12, 2013 | UM in the News

UM hires head softball coach for new program

The University of Montevallo Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of current Dartmouth College Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Lindsay Vanover as the first Head Coach of the Montevallo softball program. “We had a very talented pool of candidates and incredible interest from coaches around the country in building a new NCAA DII […]

November 12, 2013 | UM in the News

University of Montevallo’s Standard and Poor rating upgraded to 'A'

The University of Montevallo’s Standard and Poor long-term rating was recently upgraded from “A-“ to “A” because of the university’s ability to “utilize financial resources that will help meet the needs of its students,” according to a University of Montevallo press release. Read the full story at

November 12, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo receives upgraded rating from Standard & Poor’s

The University of Montevallo is pleased to announce that Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services has recently upgraded the long-term rating for the University from “A-” to “A,” and notes the outlook as stable. The upgraded rating comes at a time when state funding for public higher education has declined for a half decade, and so […]

November 1, 2013 | UM Happenings

Freddie the Falcon returns at Midnight Madness

Freddie the Falcon made his return to the University of Montevallo campus Oct. 17 during Midnight Madness, which served as the official kick off of the Montevallo men’s and women’s basketball season. Freddie performed a pair of skits with Montevallo cheerleaders in front of a packed Trustmark Arena before ending the night by having his […]

November 1, 2013 | UM in the News

Montevallo Chamber of Commerce's new executive director is a longtime resident

The Montevallo Chamber of Commerce’s new executive director has roots in the community going back more than three decades, around the time he arrived to attend the University of Montevallo. “I’ve lived and worked in the Montevallo area for the past 35 years or so, since the late ’70s when I came to school here,” […]

October 29, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo readies for Operation Wood-Stoke

The wood is cut, the supplies are laid in, and the artists are gathering for Operation Wood-Stoke, the firing of the anagama kiln at the University of Montevallo. The raw ceramic creations will be loaded into the kiln, affectionately called “Fat Bastard,” beginning Thursday, Oct. 31, and continuing through Monday, Nov. 4., and a group […]

October 27, 2013 | UM in the News

The lawyer who worked for free loved politics, justice and life

After a long career as a political science professor at the University of Montevallo, Jack Hamilton decided he wanted to be a lawyer too. He started attending night school at the Birmingham School of Law in 1992, while still teaching classes during the day. He began practicing as a lawyer on the side in 1966, though […]