February 13, 2020 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo freezes tuition for second consecutive year

To help maintain its status as one of the best quality-for-cost higher education institutions in the state, the University of Montevallo has frozen tuition for the second straight year. In addition to freezing tuition, the University also took the extra steps of freezing fees and housing rates. The UM Board of Trustees voted to approve […]

February 13, 2020 | Alumni Profile

Alumni profile: Emily Bowen '19

While talking with other members in her cohort in George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, University of Montevallo alumna Emily Bowen discovered her liberal arts background gave her an uncommon advantage. The well-rounded and balanced nature of the education she received at Montevallo provided a perfect foundation for the myriad topics covered […]

February 11, 2020 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight: Amber Hayes

University of Montevallo senior theatre major Amber Hayes has already made great strides toward her dream job of acting in New York City, and she credits UM for helping her get there. Hayes recently returned from a 10-day experience in The Growing Studio’s LINK Program, which took her to New York City to meet and […]

February 10, 2020 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo shatters goal in largest campaign in school history

The University of Montevallo raised nearly $36.5 million over the past seven years to benefit scholarships, campus improvements, faculty development and more through the “It’s About Family” campaign. The announcement came during a Feb. 7 ceremony on campus, during which students, alumni, faculty and leaders celebrated nearly doubling the campaign’s original goal. “Today, we are […]

February 10, 2020 | Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Dr. Kristin Henson

Dr. Kristin Henson ’88 has built a successful career in the veterinary and pharmaceutical fields over the past few decades, and she attributes her education at the University of Montevallo for laying the foundation for all of it. Henson is a director at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is a […]

January 31, 2020 | Press Releases

UM students learn coastal conservation at Florida Keys

A group of University of Montevallo students received firsthand experience in managing conservation efforts in one of the most environmentally unique parts of the country in December 2019. Dr. Susan Caplow, assistant professor of environmental studies, Dr. Meredith Tetloff, associate professor of social work, and Dr. John W. Stewart III, UM president, led an eight-day trip […]

January 29, 2020 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight – Jay Mobley

As a University of Montevallo new student orientation leader, sophomore Jay Mobley frequently hears the same question from those who are beginning their journey at UM: “How did you know you belonged at Montevallo?” “We get that one a lot,” Mobley said with a laugh. “You hear the phrase ‘You belong at Montevallo” at lot, […]

January 27, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

Montevallo M.A.D.E. Receives Donation from Alabama Power Foundation

On Friday, Jan. 24, the University of Montevallo accepted a donation from the Alabama Power Foundation for the Montevallo M.A.D.E. program. The M.A.D.E. (Minorities Achieving Dreams of Excellence) peer mentoring program serves first-year, minority students enrolled at UM. It is designed to assist participants in adjusting to the academic, social, personal and professional challenges experienced […]

January 23, 2020 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo named among top in state for financial aid

The University of Montevallo has been named one of the top universities in the state for financial aid by, earning high marks for student scholarships, grants, student loans and work-study programs. recently released its list of the Best Colleges for Financial Aid in Alabama, and UM ranked in the top five. It ranked […]

January 22, 2020 | Student Spotlight

Student spotlight - Torian Blackburn

It didn’t take long for University of Montevallo senior Torian Blackburn to know she had found the right collegiate home after she arrived on campus. “I knew I belonged at Montevallo when I first stepped on the campus and it felt like home,” Blackburn said. “I felt like that was validated when I joined my […]

January 15, 2020 | UM Happenings

Meet the New Junior Alumni Board President 

By Emily Reed   When Kacie Kilpatrick graduated from the University in 2009, she started attending alumni activities immediately.  “I wanted to be involved as an alum, and give back to my University that had already given me so much,” Kilpatrick said. “We [alumni] have a lot of really fun events, such as a College Night […]

January 13, 2020 | UM Happenings

Dr. Sierra Turner focuses on creating more diversity at UM 

By Emily Reed   For Dr. Sierra Turner, creating opportunities for more diversity at the University is a key goal.  “I am responsible for cultivating relationships with minority communities in and around Montevallo in order to increase the diversity of our student population,” Turner, who is the University’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, said. “I am always looking […]

January 13, 2020 | UM Happenings

Minority initiatives build campus connections

A few days before Move-In Day in late August 2019, about 25 freshmen and their families began a journey to pioneer a new initiative aimed at recruiting and empowering minority students to become deeply rooted in the campus community during their time at UM.   These students became the inaugural members of the new four-year Montevallo M.A.D.E. initiative, […]

January 13, 2020 | UM Happenings

Perez paves the way for future students 

By Lindsay Schluntz  When Alexis Perez ’21 transferred to UM from Bevel State Community College last year to pursue a social work major, she admits that she felt a little lost at first. “I attended new student orientation all by myself and really didn’t know what I was doing.”  This experience isn’t unique to Perez. She […]

January 13, 2020 | UM Happenings

Co-taught classes tie into University’s philosophy 

By Dr. Bruce Finklea ’07  A map of Alabama’s multiple habitat zones colored in various shades of blue filled the screen in the Harman 104 biology lab while Dr. Jill Wicknick, associate professor of biology, led a group of students — a mixture of biology and art majors — in a discussion about bird migration patterns in the state.   She drew their attention to the boundary between the coastal plains region and […]

January 13, 2020 | UM Happenings

McDaniels’ legacy leading to success for Stephens College of Business grads 

While Steve McDaniels ’74 discussed the decision he and his wife, Donna, made to fund the installation of a professional interview room in the University’s Stephens College of Business, his eyes were alight with pride.   “I chose to give back because that’s what my family does,” Steve said. “My family is very strong in […]

January 13, 2020 | UM Happenings

UM’s new esports team the first of its kind in the state 

By Waid Jones ‘20  Esports is rapidly gaining recognition as a sport. Internationally, players and teams have earned millions of dollars and have garnered the notice of major athletics brands such as Nike and Adidas.   Esports is short for electronic sports and serves as a broad term to describe any video game played competitively. These games are typically played […]

January 13, 2020 | UM Happenings

UM Swim Team dives into competition 

By Chris Megginson ’05 When members of the University’s inaugural swim team took their mark and dove into the water at the Sewanee Invitational in Tennessee in October 2019, it marked the realization of a dream conceived half a century ago.   Fifty years after the first reported discussions of adding competitive swimming at Montevallo, the UM […]

January 13, 2020 | Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Jim Dunaway ’88 

Your home: Oak Mountain area of Shelby County   Your hometown: Born in Alabaster, Alabama  Education: B.A. in mass communication with an emphasis on public relations.  Tell us about your family: I’ve been married now for 21 years to Margaret Hahn (Dunaway) Class of 1995. We have two children, my oldest daughter, Harper Dunaway, is a freshman at Montevallo this semester. My son Carter […]

January 13, 2020 | UM Happenings

Building projects transforming campus

On the afternoon of April 19, 2018, University leaders joined students, members of the community and campus guests near the intersection of Oak Street and University Promenade to break ground on UM’s new Center for the Arts.   While the ceremony marked the official start of construction on the new arts facility, it also represented the […]