October 23, 2013 | UM in the News

UM game design students win contest

What would it be like to play a game without using your hands? A little more than a month ago, the challenge of creating a hands-free game was posed to game designers nationwide by GameCareerGuide, a nationally recognized website for game design. Once all entries were submitted, four University of Montevallo students came out on […]

October 22, 2013 | Press Releases

Operation Wood-Stoke at the University of Montevallo

When the anagama kiln at the University of Montevallo is fired in early November in an event dubbed “Wood-Stoke,” there will be a “dream team” of ceramic artists present to observe, assist, and fire their own works of art. Ceramicists from as far away as New York and Louisiana, as well as from the Birmingham […]

October 21, 2013 | UM in the News

Cynthia Perry MacCrae reaching halfway point in Beethoven quest Monday and Tuesday

Session Number 5 in Cynthia Perry MacCrae’s series of 10 Beethoven sonata recitals takes place Monday and Tuesday, in Montevallo and Vestavia Hills. The University of Montevallo faculty pianist has rolled out 13 of the 32 sonatas so far. The next round stays in the composer’s middle period (ca. 1801-1814), with one notable exception. Although […]

October 17, 2013 | UM in the News

UM previews basketball teams, new mascot at Midnight Madness

The Falcons have landed. On Oct. 17, the University of Montevallo athletic department held Midnight Madness, a preview for the 2013-2014 men’s and women’s basketball teams. It also featured the debut of the newest Freddie the Falcon mascot costume. Read the full story at

October 17, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo student wins mass communication award

Sloan Gibby of Montgomery, a student in the Mass Communication program at the University of Montevallo, was recognized recently at the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Region 2 convention. Her story, “Montevallo Students Serve at ‘The Big Event,’” won first place in the News/Sports Package category in a competition open to students from across the Southeast. […]

October 16, 2013 | Press Releases

World-renowned guitarist to play at University of Montevallo

David Burgess, world-renowned guitarist and musical performer, will play a guitar concert on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Montevallo. Sponsored by the UM Concert and Lecture Series committee and the UM department of English and foreign languages, the event will be part of […]

October 15, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo students intern through The Washington Center

“I need a job, but employers say, ‘I need someone with experience.’ But how can I get experience if no one will give me a job?” This dilemma has plagued college graduates and other young job seekers for many years, and the University of Montevallo has an answer – internships. While many students at UM […]

October 11, 2013 | UM in the News

Varagona wins 16th annual Life Raft Debate

In a battle of the minds, University of Montevallo professors closed out UM’s annual Founders’ Day celebration with a sort-of dueling of disciplines, making arguments in front of hundreds of UM students as to why their disciplines should be brought on a fictional life raft and survive all other disciplines in the event of a […]

October 11, 2013 | Press Releases

Michael E. Stephens is UM Founders’ Day speaker

At the recent 117th celebration of Founders’ Day at the University of Montevallo, UM welcomed one of its most notable and generous alumni to speak to those attending the convocation. Michael E. Stephens is a successful entrepreneur, a leader in the field of health care and physical rehabilitation, and a philanthropist. His generosity and service […]

October 11, 2013 | UM Happenings

UM honors its own at 117th Founders’ Day

The University of Montevallo celebrated Founders’ Day on Oct. 10, commemorating 117 years of service to its alumni and to education in the State of Alabama. The day began with a convocation in Palmer Hall featuring a message by entrepreneur and UM alumnus Michael E. Stephens, awards presentations to several members of the university faculty, […]

October 10, 2013 | UM in the News

University of Montevallo's 117th annual Founders' Day ceremony celebrates seniors

As Neil Montgomery, a resident of Lawley in Bibb County, anticipates earning an accounting degree from the University of Montevallo in May, he can’t help but think about his graduation from high school in 1977. Today’s 117th annual celebration of the university’s roots is a family affair for Montgomery, standing next to his 21-year-old daughter, […]

October 9, 2013 | UM in the News

Gulf Shores man kayaks entire Alabama Scenic River Trail

For Montevallo graduate Matt Reynolds, 18 days and 631 miles alone in a kayak was the most difficult and rewarding experience of his life. “It took me three days to get to the starting point,” he says. “I kept thinking, ‘If it took that long going 80 mph, this is a ridiculous idea.” But Matt […]

October 8, 2013 | UM Happenings

UM Theatre to present The Thugs

UM Theatre will present The Thugs, a recent off-Broadway play by NYC-based playwright Adam Bock. The production will open Thursday, Oct. 10, with a 2 p.m. matinee. Additional performances will take place Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in […]

October 8, 2013 | UM Happenings

2013 Founders' Day

The University of Montevallo will celebrate its 117th Founders’ Day Thursday, Oct. 10. The day will begin with an 11 a.m. convocation in Palmer Auditorium on the UM campus, during which Michael E. Stephens ’73 will deliver the keynote address. In keeping with annual tradition, the senior class will be invested into the Community of […]

October 8, 2013 | UM in the News

History of Montevallo inspires new work of fiction

When Shelly Miller first visited the University of Montevallo’s campus, she looked around and thought, “Gosh, this would be a good book setting.” Then she started researching and delving into the place. Since then, Miller has published a work of historical fiction, “Whispered Secrets of the South: Montevallo, Alabama,” inspired by the small, Southern town. […]

October 7, 2013 | UM in the News

UM hosting Olympics Day along with “Coming Home” weekend

Most schools celebrate homecoming with a giant football game that alumni come and watch from a seat. The University of Montevallo, however, allows alumni to participate in games of their own while getting a chance to take in the school’s sports teams as well. As part of Montevallo’s “Coming Home” weekend Oct. 17-19, the school […]

October 3, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo students design games for the physically disabled

While gaming is a fast-growing pastime worldwide, accessibility is a fast-growing concern for those with physical disabilities. Traditional controller input is not an option for gamers without the use of their hands. When GameCareerGuide, a nationally recognized website for game design, recently issued their Design Challenge calling for ideas for hands-free games and controllers, four […]

October 3, 2013 | UM in the News

Falcons participating in Make-A-Wish fundraising campaign

The University of Montevallo Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s efforts to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation received a boost Oct. 1 when the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it will match all funds raised by the group. Read the full story at