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July 9, 2018 | Articles by faculty & staff

What veterans need to know about higher education

By Amanda Fox, registrar & interim coordinator of veteran affairs Guest Column, published July 4, 2018 in the Shelby County Reporter Veterans have the most sought-after skills employers value including leadership, management, problem solving, logistics, strategic thinking and teamwork, to name a few. If your occupational pursuit after service requires you to go to college, here […]

April 19, 2018 | Articles by faculty & staff

Small tweaks provide for living a greener life

By Dr. Susan Caplow, assistant professor & coordinator of environmental studies  Guest Column, published April 18, 2018 in the Shelby County Reporter  As an environmental studies professor, the number one question I get from students and community members is, “how can I best help the environment?” A lot of people are interested in treading more […]

April 4, 2018 | Articles by faculty & staff

The rules of the digital road: What parents and teachers need to know about kids & smart phones

By Dr. Jennifer-Alexiou Ray, associate professor secondary education/program coordinator of technology & leadership programs  As adults, mobile devices are something we use for work, communication and entertainment. Many people wouldn’t consider leaving the house without their smartphone because it is their calendar, GPS, social networking hub, weather forecaster, personal digital assistant and the list goes […]

February 14, 2018 | Articles by faculty & staff

The horsemen of failed relationships

By Sherry Ford, professor of communication studies Guest Column, published Feb. 14, 2018 in the Shelby County Reporter  Here we are again—at that date on the calendar that reminds us to express love and appreciation to our special someone. Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day if not accompanied by complex dinner plans, decadent chocolates […]

December 30, 2017 | Articles by faculty & staff

Giving to others gives you more

By Dr. Amiee Mellon, assistant marketing professor & coordinator of service learning Guest Column, published Dec. 27, 2017 in the Shelby County Reporter It’s that time of year – the time when people want to give back to the community through volunteering. What better way to show how thankful you are for what you have […]

November 29, 2017 | Articles by faculty & staff

Understanding the stakes: the U.S. Senate special election & you

By Dr. Andrea Eckelman, assistant professor of political science  Guest Column, published Nov. 22, 2017 in the Shelby County Reporter Many of us currently have Thanksgiving and Christmas plans on our minds. But this year, Alabamians have one really important civic duty to tend to on Dec. 12 – a special election for one of […]

September 29, 2017 | Articles by faculty & staff

UM creating quality journalists

By Dr. Bruce Finklea, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Guest Column, published September 27, 2017 in the Shelby County Reporter. “I want to be on TV.” I hear that often from prospective students visiting the University of Montevallo who want to study multimedia journalism. But being a reporter is much more than just being on TV […]

September 5, 2017 | Articles by faculty & staff

Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

By Dr. Alvin Taylor, Assistant Professor of Instructional/Teacher Leadership Guest Column, published August 23, 2017 in the Shelby County Reporter The beginning of school is upon us. This is the time of year when students, parents, educators and educational support staff are all making preparations and setting goals. One goal that all of these vested stakeholders have? Student success. The most important skill teachers and […]

July 5, 2017 | Articles by faculty & staff

Dual enrollment gives high school students college advantage

By Tiffany R. Bunt Guest Column, published June 21, 2017 in the Shelby County Reporter Is college in your child’s future? Looking for ways to save money on the cost of tuition? Want your child to have an advantage in college preparation? Starting the college search and application process can be a daunting task. In the overwhelming […]

June 15, 2017 | Articles by faculty & staff

Investing In Your Own Human Capital

By Dr. Stephen Craft Guest Column, published May 17, 2017 in the Shelby County Reporter   Careers have changed. Prior generations valued long term employment with one organization. Now staying too long with one employer raises concerns as to whether someone can adapt to a new culture. Although it is still important to network face-to-face, […]

May 2, 2017 | Articles by faculty & staff

You’re Not in Kansas Anymore

The World of a New Teacher By Dr. Alvin Taylor   Well, you’re almost there. Time to complete your degree in education and step out into the unknown. Are you ready? I will never forget my first year as a teacher. The excitement, the nervousness, and simply not knowing what to expect. Trust me, veteran teachers […]

December 13, 2016 | Articles by faculty & staff

The Low Unemployment Rate Is Real!

By Dr. Stephen Craft Forgive me for “going professor” on the world, but it is an occupational hazard … According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate is 4.9% as of June 2016. This is significantly below the level of unemployment when the current administration took office and below the post-war mean […]