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September 27, 2012 | UM in the News

Rinzema preparing for future off the field

Many student-athletes retire to their dorms for a quick shower before bedtime after a day filled with academic courses, study hall, team meetings and practice. Many days, University of Montevallo senior Mike Rinzema has one more item to check off his list. The Toronto, Canada native often wraps up his day at the Montevallo Fire […]

September 20, 2012 | UM in the News

Stewart touts school at Rotary meeting

University of Montevallo President John Stewart touted his university’s affordability and value while speaking about the school’s rapid growth during a Sept. 20 meeting of the Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club. During the meeting, Stewart said UM welcomed its largest freshman class in 14 years this fall, and said the university has recorded steady growth over the […]

September 5, 2012 | UM in the News

Montevallo hires new Sports Information Director

The University of Montevallo announced the hiring of Wesley Hallman as the athletic department’s new Sports Information Director. “We are pleased to have Wesley join our department,” said University of Montevallo Athletic Director Jim Herlihy. “He brings a great understanding of our campus, community and marketplace to our publicity and promotional efforts.” Read the full […]

August 22, 2012 | UM in the News

Montevallo and UM to collaborate for Artwalk on Saturday

Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. A collaboration between the city of Montevallo and University of Montevallo, the event takes place in the downtown area. In addition to live music, many businesses will remain open on Main Street to provide refreshments as artists display their work. A student exhibit is also included at UM’s Napier […]

July 17, 2012 | UM in the News

Cost to run for Montevallo mayor

After serving on Montevallo’s City Council for two terms, Hollie Cost has decided to run for mayor. “I felt like it was time to step up and take a stronger role in city government,” Cost said. “With the partnership between the city, university and county, I feel like I’m in the best position to lead […]

February 14, 2012 | UM in the News

Gold and purple pride radiates from UM

The energy was electric in Palmer Auditorium during the University of Montevallo’s College Night. The atmosphere was similar to that of a high school pep rally but with the addition of harmonized vocal music, ball gowns, 20-something-year-olds and deep-seeded rivalry. Read the full story at

February 12, 2012 | UM in the News

UM College Night remains golden

Before Student Government President Sherrod Hall even had a chance to finish speaking, the Gold side members erupted into cheers as Gold Victory won College Night for the second year running. On Feb. 11, Palmer Auditorium was packed full of students and alumni alike sporting colors that represented their loyalty to either the purple or […]

January 23, 2012 | UM in the News

UM student to present research at national conference

Mikia Carter is a senior at the University of Montevallo and author of the paper, “The Role of Anticipatory Socialism and Communication Competency in Leadership Development.” The paper not only earned her an “A,” but also earned her way to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), a three-day conference being held at Weaver State […]

December 29, 2011 | UM in the News

Montevallo receives $100k grant for eco park

It’s a gift that will continue to give for generations of Montevallo residents. The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham recently awarded the University of Montevallo a $100,000 grant to create an eco park on its campus. Dr. John Stewart, president of the university, said the grant will be used to fund construction of picnic and […]

November 28, 2011 | UM in the News

Same Sweet Girls together again

What better weekend could there be than to join good friends for two days of non-stop reminiscing about college days and catching up on families and friends? Twenty-two lucky Alabama College (University of Montevallo) graduates, of maybe 45 years ago, who call themselves “The Same Sweet Girls,” do just that as they come together twice […]

November 8, 2011 | UM in the News

Montevallo coach recognized as region Coach of the Year

First-year University of Montevallo women’s cross country head coach Tommy Barksdale was named the Southeast Region women’s Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Barksdale becomes just the second coach of a women’s program at Montevallo to be named region Coach of the Year since the Falcons […]

October 25, 2011 | UM in the News

A new logo, a new day at UM

Many who live in Shelby County and beyond recognize the University of Montevallo as a jewel in the county’s crown. As the only four-year university with its main campus in Shelby County, Montevallo has educated thousands of Shelby County denizens, as well as students from all over the state, country and the globe. On Sept. […]

October 14, 2011 | UM in the News

ValloCycle program rolls into reality

A long-awaited dream became a reality as the University of Montevallo and the City of Montevallo kicked off the ValloCycle bike share program during UM’s Founder’s Day celebration Oct. 13. “Last year, when (these students) came into my office with a petition, it got me thinking. I’m a preservationist, but sometimes the business of the […]

October 10, 2011 | UM in the News

Bringing history to life

On a Friday morning, students in Dr. Ruth Truss’s history class at the University of Montevallo class got into a heated debate. The topic was secession and whether the Kentucky legislature should hold a convention to discuss seceding from the union. The students were participating in a Reacting to the Past historical simulation. While they […]

September 27, 2011 | UM in the News

Retired UM professor receives AHF award

Elaine Hughes described humanities as humanity’s history, language, literature, religion and philosophy, “all of those things that allow us to study and learn more about ourselves.” Hughes spent nearly 40 years of her life imparting a love of the humanities onto her students at the University of Montevallo as a professor of English. While she […]

September 22, 2011 | UM in the News

UM: ‘The best-kept secret’ shared

The University of Montevallo unveiled a new look during The Main Event launch celebration on Sept. 21 UM’s quad was full of midway-style games and food, along with a sea of students, university trustees, the majority of the Shelby County legislative delegation, faculty and staff and community members. Mayor of Montgomery and Chairman of UM’s […]

September 21, 2011 | UM in the News

UM students assist FocusFirst

Five University of Montevallo students got some hands-on experience in their future professions Sept. 21 by helping a non-profit group conduct high-tech eye exams for kids. The students, all elementary education or family and consumer science majors, assisted FocusFirst – a student service initiative and signature project of Impact Alabama – at Calera Head Start. […]