November 12, 2013 | UM in the News

UM hires head softball coach for new program

The University of Montevallo Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of current Dartmouth College Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Lindsay Vanover as the first Head Coach of the Montevallo softball program. “We had a very talented pool of candidates and incredible interest from coaches around the country in building a new NCAA DII […]

November 12, 2013 | UM in the News

University of Montevallo’s Standard and Poor rating upgraded to 'A'

The University of Montevallo’s Standard and Poor long-term rating was recently upgraded from “A-“ to “A” because of the university’s ability to “utilize financial resources that will help meet the needs of its students,” according to a University of Montevallo press release. Read the full story at

November 12, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo receives upgraded rating from Standard & Poor’s

The University of Montevallo is pleased to announce that Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services has recently upgraded the long-term rating for the University from “A-” to “A,” and notes the outlook as stable. The upgraded rating comes at a time when state funding for public higher education has declined for a half decade, and so […]

November 1, 2013 | UM Happenings

Freddie the Falcon returns at Midnight Madness

Freddie the Falcon made his return to the University of Montevallo campus Oct. 17 during Midnight Madness, which served as the official kick off of the Montevallo men’s and women’s basketball season. Freddie performed a pair of skits with Montevallo cheerleaders in front of a packed Trustmark Arena before ending the night by having his […]

November 1, 2013 | UM in the News

Montevallo Chamber of Commerce's new executive director is a longtime resident

The Montevallo Chamber of Commerce’s new executive director has roots in the community going back more than three decades, around the time he arrived to attend the University of Montevallo. “I’ve lived and worked in the Montevallo area for the past 35 years or so, since the late ’70s when I came to school here,” […]

October 29, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo readies for Operation Wood-Stoke

The wood is cut, the supplies are laid in, and the artists are gathering for Operation Wood-Stoke, the firing of the anagama kiln at the University of Montevallo. The raw ceramic creations will be loaded into the kiln, affectionately called “Fat Bastard,” beginning Thursday, Oct. 31, and continuing through Monday, Nov. 4., and a group […]

October 27, 2013 | UM in the News

The lawyer who worked for free loved politics, justice and life

After a long career as a political science professor at the University of Montevallo, Jack Hamilton decided he wanted to be a lawyer too. He started attending night school at the Birmingham School of Law in 1992, while still teaching classes during the day. He began practicing as a lawyer on the side in 1966, though […]

October 23, 2013 | UM in the News

UM game design students win contest

What would it be like to play a game without using your hands? A little more than a month ago, the challenge of creating a hands-free game was posed to game designers nationwide by GameCareerGuide, a nationally recognized website for game design. Once all entries were submitted, four University of Montevallo students came out on […]

October 22, 2013 | Press Releases

Operation Wood-Stoke at the University of Montevallo

When the anagama kiln at the University of Montevallo is fired in early November in an event dubbed “Wood-Stoke,” there will be a “dream team” of ceramic artists present to observe, assist, and fire their own works of art. Ceramicists from as far away as New York and Louisiana, as well as from the Birmingham […]

October 21, 2013 | UM in the News

Cynthia Perry MacCrae reaching halfway point in Beethoven quest Monday and Tuesday

Session Number 5 in Cynthia Perry MacCrae’s series of 10 Beethoven sonata recitals takes place Monday and Tuesday, in Montevallo and Vestavia Hills. The University of Montevallo faculty pianist has rolled out 13 of the 32 sonatas so far. The next round stays in the composer’s middle period (ca. 1801-1814), with one notable exception. Although […]

October 17, 2013 | UM in the News

UM previews basketball teams, new mascot at Midnight Madness

The Falcons have landed. On Oct. 17, the University of Montevallo athletic department held Midnight Madness, a preview for the 2013-2014 men’s and women’s basketball teams. It also featured the debut of the newest Freddie the Falcon mascot costume. Read the full story at

October 17, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo student wins mass communication award

Sloan Gibby of Montgomery, a student in the Mass Communication program at the University of Montevallo, was recognized recently at the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Region 2 convention. Her story, “Montevallo Students Serve at ‘The Big Event,’” won first place in the News/Sports Package category in a competition open to students from across the Southeast. […]

October 16, 2013 | Press Releases

World-renowned guitarist to play at University of Montevallo

David Burgess, world-renowned guitarist and musical performer, will play a guitar concert on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Montevallo. Sponsored by the UM Concert and Lecture Series committee and the UM department of English and foreign languages, the event will be part of […]

October 15, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo students intern through The Washington Center

“I need a job, but employers say, ‘I need someone with experience.’ But how can I get experience if no one will give me a job?” This dilemma has plagued college graduates and other young job seekers for many years, and the University of Montevallo has an answer – internships. While many students at UM […]

October 11, 2013 | UM in the News

Varagona wins 16th annual Life Raft Debate

In a battle of the minds, University of Montevallo professors closed out UM’s annual Founders’ Day celebration with a sort-of dueling of disciplines, making arguments in front of hundreds of UM students as to why their disciplines should be brought on a fictional life raft and survive all other disciplines in the event of a […]

October 11, 2013 | Press Releases

Michael E. Stephens is UM Founders’ Day speaker

At the recent 117th celebration of Founders’ Day at the University of Montevallo, UM welcomed one of its most notable and generous alumni to speak to those attending the convocation. Michael E. Stephens is a successful entrepreneur, a leader in the field of health care and physical rehabilitation, and a philanthropist. His generosity and service […]

October 11, 2013 | UM Happenings

UM honors its own at 117th Founders’ Day

The University of Montevallo celebrated Founders’ Day on Oct. 10, commemorating 117 years of service to its alumni and to education in the State of Alabama. The day began with a convocation in Palmer Hall featuring a message by entrepreneur and UM alumnus Michael E. Stephens, awards presentations to several members of the university faculty, […]

October 10, 2013 | UM in the News

University of Montevallo's 117th annual Founders' Day ceremony celebrates seniors

As Neil Montgomery, a resident of Lawley in Bibb County, anticipates earning an accounting degree from the University of Montevallo in May, he can’t help but think about his graduation from high school in 1977. Today’s 117th annual celebration of the university’s roots is a family affair for Montgomery, standing next to his 21-year-old daughter, […]