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September 21, 2015 | UM in the News

UM faculty member displays exhibition at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Karen Graffeo, an associate professor of art and director of photography concentration at The University of Montevallo, has an exhibit on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The exhibit is titled ‘Let us Now Praise the Roma Photography,’ and will be on display until Sunday, Sept. 27 in the Odessa Woolfolk Gallery. – See […]

May 28, 2015 | UM in the News

C-Suite: Heather Howell, Rock Wool Manufacturing Co.

How did you choose the industry you ended up in? I chose accounting in college simply because I liked the courses and the range of industries open to that field. From there, I went to public accounting, working with clients of many different industries and decided I really wanted to be in manufacturing. Read the […]

May 15, 2015 | UM in the News

Vestavia Hills teacher named Alabama's teacher of the year for 2015-16

Vestavia Hills High School science teacher and University of Montevallo alumna Jennifer Brown is Alabama’s Teacher of the Year for 2015-16, the state’s Department of Education announced Wednesday night at a ceremony in Montgomery. Brown will serve as the official spokesperson and representative for teachers in Alabama for the next year. Read the full story […]

March 11, 2015 | UM in the News

UM Music to hold benefit piano concert

MONTEVALLO — The University of Montevallo Music Department will hold a benefit piano concert by Anthony Pattin, UM professor of music emeritus, on Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall. Pattin taught piano at UM for 24 years, retiring in 2011. During his years at Montevallo, he played a number of concerts at […]

February 4, 2015 | UM in the News

Strong Automotive CEO donates $250K for Montevallo expansion

Strong Automotive Merchandising CEO John Paul Strong and his father, Mike, have donated $250,000 to expand the communication department at the University of Montevallo. The expansion will include the establishment of the Strong Hall Communication Building and will add four faculty offices along with two classrooms. Read more at

February 4, 2015 | UM in the News

The Smithsonian wants what? Man's passion for lifetime hobby pays off

John Cooke’s siblings teased him for four decades, saying he had – well — rocks in his head. Because he had rocks everywhere else. He had rocks in most every room of his Pleasant Grove house, and rocks piling up in his storage building out back – the one he was supposed to share with […]

October 17, 2014 | UM in the News

UM alumnus named to BBJ's Top 40 Under 40 list

Daryl Spears, who graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2000 with a BBA in finance, was recently named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 list. Spears is a senior vice president at Aliant Bank in Birmingham, specializing in commercial real estate. Read the full story at

August 7, 2014 | UM in the News

UM named a College of Distinction

For the third consecutive year, the University of Montevallo has been named a College of Distinction. Montevallo is the only public university in Alabama to receive this recognition for 2014-2015. Read the full story at

July 15, 2014 | UM in the News

University, town break ground on softball complex

University of Montevallo softball coach Lindsay Vanover is building a collegiate softball program from the ground up — literally. The University of Montevallo, in a partnership with the Montevallo Development Cooperative District and Shelby County, recently broke ground on a new softball complex located at Orr Park. Read the full story at

June 27, 2014 | UM in the News

Times-Journal names Heather Buckner managing editor

Heather Buckner has been named as the new managing editor of the Times-Journal, and associated magazines, effective Monday. Buckner, 22, is a recent graduate of the University of Montevallo, where she was editor of The Alabamian for two years. Read the full story at  

June 24, 2014 | UM in the News

UM addresses educational technology needs with new master's degree

The University of Montevallo seeks to offer degree programs that fall within its mission as a public liberal arts university and that meet identified regional and national needs. As the use of technology in schools and other educational settings continues to grow, there is an increased demand for highly trained individuals who are responsible for […]

June 19, 2014 | UM in the News

Fairhope native Haley Evans 'thru-hiking' Appalachian Trail

Haley Evans, a Fairhope High School graduate and one of the most decorated runners in the University of Montevallo’s history, is in the middle of a challenge that only a handful of people in America have done. Read the full story at

June 18, 2014 | UM in the News

Tucker to hold book signing at DPL on Friday

A new “lest we forget” kind of book will make its debut in a book signing Friday at 2 p.m. at the Demopolis Library. Dr. Betty Jean Tucker’s book, On a Darkling Plain, is a collection of ten short stories with the unifying theme of the effect of The Great Depression on people in the […]

June 17, 2014 | UM in the News

New UM athletic director 'excited' about opportunities

It’s safe to say that recently hired University of Montevallo athletic director Mark Richard brings a wealth of experience to the Falcons’ athletic department. Richard, who was named to the position June 12, has more than 26 years in collegiate sports administration. Read the full story at

June 12, 2014 | UM in the News

Students paint mural in downtown Montevallo

Elementary, high school and university students are working together to paint a colorful mural on the side of the Subway building, facing McDonald’s, in downtown Montevallo. Read the full story at