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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 […]

December 13, 2016 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo Celebrates December Commencement

On Friday, Dec. 9, the University of Montevallo recognized 263 students for the completion of degrees at UM’s fall commencement held in the McChesney Student Activity Center. A massive crowd of family, friends and other supporters cheered as UM presented its last class of 2016. Adding to the evening’s festivities, graduating senior and vocalist Margaret […]

December 9, 2016 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Kiera Hood

Senior Kiera Hood is accustomed to roving deadlines, late work nights and the constant shift of new information. As a student reporter, those trends have consistently domineered over her college career. She is thankful her last semester has consisted of only two classes. “It’s really nice,” she laughed. “It’s given me the time to figure […]

December 2, 2016 | Faculty Spotlight

Environmental Studies Blooms Under Caplow

With only three years to take root on Montevallo’s brick streets, Dr. Susan Caplow, assistant professor of environmental studies, has already grown a healthy, flourishing program. Caplow came to UM directly after graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in Environment and Ecology. Before Caplow’s arrival, Dr. Lee Rozelle, professor […]

November 22, 2016 | UM in the News

Black Belt exposes Montevallo students to outdoor Alabama occupations

The University of Montevallo President’s Outdoor Scholars Program continues to thrive in its second year. Recently, the students took a trip just south of Montgomery to Hope Hull to visit Gusto, a hunting preserve and cattle farm. While visiting, students heard from Ted DeVos, a wildlife biologist and forester, regarding what it took to return […]

November 22, 2016 | Press Releases

UM Students Volunteer at Bibb County Alligator Glade Complex

This semester, 28 University of Montevallo students spent a day working in the Bibb County Alligator Glade complex to help restore critical habitat for numerous rare and endangered plant species.    The UM volunteers worked alongside members of the Alabama Plant Conservation Alliance (APCA), educators, plant professionals and enthusiastic citizens dedicated to preserving Alabama’s rarest […]

November 21, 2016 | Alumni Profile

Q & A with Kate Hayden

Your name: Kate Hayden Your home: Chelsea, Al. Your hometown: Pelham, Al. Tell us about your family: My husband, Patrick Hayden, and I are both from Pelham, Alabama. We both attended the University of Montevallo for our undergraduate work and we are both chemists. We currently have one son, Wesley, who is 3 years old […]

November 16, 2016 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Neal Van Marter

The life of a modern college student often involves time management, stress maintenance and an active social life. Add one more responsibility for junior Neal Van Marter: service to his country. Van Marter currently serves as a first sergeant in the college Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Van Marter, who grew up in San Juan, […]

November 4, 2016 | Press Releases

Boys and Girls Club Visits UM for Trick-Or-Treating Fun

On Thursday, Oct. 27, 60 young trick-or-treaters arrived on the bricks of the University of Montevallo campus with a singular goal: leave with as much candy as their bags could carry. The children were participating in an annual collaboration between the Montevallo Boys and Girls Club and UM Housing & Residence Life. Each year, resident […]

November 1, 2016 | Press Releases

Truss awarded 2016 Faculty Service Award during 120th Founders' Day

As part of the University of Montevallo’s Founders’ Day tradition, deserving faculty are annually honored for their achievements and work to better the University. For her more than 20 years of teaching at UM, the University faculty senate selected Professor of History Ruth Truss of Clanton, Alabama for the 2016 Faculty Service Award. The award […]

November 1, 2016 | Press Releases

Robinson Receives Alumna Loyalty Award

During the celebration of the University of Montevallo’s 120th Founders’ Day, the University honored deserving UM staff, faculty members and alumni for their service. This year’s Alumna Loyalty Award went to Mel Robinson of Cullman, Alabama. Robinson graduated from UM in 1952 with a degree in social work and used her education to advocate for […]

November 1, 2016 | Press Releases

Tinsley Recognized as 2016 University Scholar During UM’s 120th Founders’ Day

As part of the University of Montevallo’s Founders’ Day tradition, deserving faculty are annually honored for their achievements and work to better the University. This year, Heather Tinsley was recognized as the 2016 University Scholar. Each year, this honor is bestowed to a faculty member with significant achievements in research, creativity or scholarship. Tinsley, a […]

October 28, 2016 | Press Releases

Hardig Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Teaching and Superior Academic Advising

During the celebration of the University of Montevallo’s 120th Founders’ Day, the University honored deserving UM staff, faculty members and fellow alumni for their service. This year, the University of Montevallo’s National Alumni Association recognized Sally Hardig of Brierfield, Alabama with the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. Hardig also received the University’s Academic Advising Award […]

October 28, 2016 | Press Releases

Smith Recognized as Outstanding Staff Member

-During the celebration of the University of Montevallo’s 120th Founders’ Day, the University honored deserving UM staff, faculty members and fellow alumni for their service. This year, Montevallo’s National Alumni Association’s Outstanding Staff Service Award was awarded to DeAnna Smith of Morris, Alabama, for her time served as UM’s Vice President for Business Affairs and […]

October 28, 2016 | Press Releases

Faulkner Receives 2016 Adjunct Faculty Award During 120th Founders’ Day

As part of the University of Montevallo’s Founders’ Day tradition, deserving faculty are annually honored for their achievements and work to better the University. While several full-time faculty are often honored, the University’s Provost Office annually recognizes the hard work of a member of the University’s adjunct faculty, as well. This year, Lynn Faulkner, adjunct […]

October 24, 2016 | Press Releases

Center for Professional Practice Dedicated to Montevallo Alumni Donors

On Oct. 18, UM’s center for professional practice was officially dedicated to Michael J. Grainger ’73 and his wife, Donna Grainger ’74, as part of The Campaign for the University of Montevallo: It’s About Family. Now referred to as the Grainger Center for Professional Practice, the space will continue to serve as a valuable resource […]

October 24, 2016 | UM in the News

UM hosts talk on race and law enforcement

MONTEVALLO–A capacity crowd filled LeBaron Recital Hall at the University of Montevallo on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to witness several local and state leaders discuss current race relations and how to improve those relationships moving forward.   Shelby Coutny Reporter

October 20, 2016 | Press Releases

UM Celebrates 120th Founders’ Day

The University of Montevallo celebrated the 120th year of its founding on Oct. 13. UM was founded on Oct. 12, 1896 as Alabama Girls’ Industrial School and has since grown into the state’s premiere public liberal arts institution. The theme of this year’s Founders’ Day was “Truth and Honor Crown Thy Name,” a reference to […]

October 17, 2016 | Press Releases

Trust and Communication Among Topics Discussed During UM Race & Law Enforcement Symposium

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the University of Montevallo President’s Office hosted “Better Together: A Conversation on Race and Law Enforcement” in LeBaron Recital Hall. The numerous racial conflicts across the country this summer inspired UM President Dr. John W. Stewart III and UM trustees Brian Hamilton and LeRoy Nix to hold the symposium. Cedric Norman, […]

September 30, 2016 | Press Releases

UM to host talk on race and law enforcement with state leaders

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the University of Montevallo President’s Office will host “Better Together: A Conversation on Race and Law Enforcement,” at 6:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall.   The symposium will feature an impressive lineup of guest panelists. These include Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Director of Minority Affairs for Governor Robert Bentley’s Office Nichelle Nix, Reverend […]