October 9, 2013 | UM in the News

Gulf Shores man kayaks entire Alabama Scenic River Trail

For Montevallo graduate Matt Reynolds, 18 days and 631 miles alone in a kayak was the most difficult and rewarding experience of his life. “It took me three days to get to the starting point,” he says. “I kept thinking, ‘If it took that long going 80 mph, this is a ridiculous idea.” But Matt […]

October 8, 2013 | UM Happenings

UM Theatre to present The Thugs

UM Theatre will present The Thugs, a recent off-Broadway play by NYC-based playwright Adam Bock. The production will open Thursday, Oct. 10, with a 2 p.m. matinee. Additional performances will take place Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in […]

October 8, 2013 | UM Happenings

2013 Founders' Day

The University of Montevallo will celebrate its 117th Founders’ Day Thursday, Oct. 10. The day will begin with an 11 a.m. convocation in Palmer Auditorium on the UM campus, during which Michael E. Stephens ’73 will deliver the keynote address. In keeping with annual tradition, the senior class will be invested into the Community of […]

October 8, 2013 | UM in the News

History of Montevallo inspires new work of fiction

When Shelly Miller first visited the University of Montevallo’s campus, she looked around and thought, “Gosh, this would be a good book setting.” Then she started researching and delving into the place. Since then, Miller has published a work of historical fiction, “Whispered Secrets of the South: Montevallo, Alabama,” inspired by the small, Southern town. […]

October 7, 2013 | UM in the News

UM hosting Olympics Day along with “Coming Home” weekend

Most schools celebrate homecoming with a giant football game that alumni come and watch from a seat. The University of Montevallo, however, allows alumni to participate in games of their own while getting a chance to take in the school’s sports teams as well. As part of Montevallo’s “Coming Home” weekend Oct. 17-19, the school […]

October 3, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo students design games for the physically disabled

While gaming is a fast-growing pastime worldwide, accessibility is a fast-growing concern for those with physical disabilities. Traditional controller input is not an option for gamers without the use of their hands. When GameCareerGuide, a nationally recognized website for game design, recently issued their Design Challenge calling for ideas for hands-free games and controllers, four […]

October 3, 2013 | UM in the News

Falcons participating in Make-A-Wish fundraising campaign

The University of Montevallo Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s efforts to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation received a boost Oct. 1 when the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it will match all funds raised by the group. Read the full story at

October 1, 2013 | UM in the News

Williams announces State Senate run

University of Montevallo alumnus Michael Williams has announced his candidacy for State Senate District 27 in north Georgia. Read the full story at

October 1, 2013 | UM in the News

Birmingham Art Music Alliance pianists taking modern sounds on the road

Adam Bowles, who holds positions at the University of Montevallo and Birmingham-Southern College, is teaming up with a fellow Birmingham Art Music Alliance member to take their modern, post-modern and avant garde stylings on the road. The program will be performed at four venues across the state, including the University of Montevallo. For the full […]

September 30, 2013 | UM in the News

Ceramics exhibit at Parnell Memorial Library Gallery

The very unusual ceramics exhibit now in the art gallery at Parnell Memorial Library is the work of Melissa Moody, an Artist in Residence at the University of Montevallo. Read the full story at

September 30, 2013 | UM in the News

MDCD finalizes $5 million loan

The Montevallo Development Cooperative District has finalized a roughly $5 million loan that will help fund projects with both the city and the university. Projects with the university include a $146,760 payment for the University of Montevallo’s new track facility and $71,760 to renovate the softball field at Orr Park into a stadium for the […]

September 26, 2013 | UM in the News

UM volleyball teaming up with puppies for Falcons 4 Paws event

The University of Montevallo volleyball team is partnering up with Joe Jackson’s Dog World for its upcoming Falcons 4 Paws event at the next home match Friday, Sept. 27. The Falcons are operating a drive to help supply Joe Jackson’s Dog World with the items it needs to run the shelter. Fans are encouraged to bring […]

September 26, 2013 | UM in the News

UM volleyball wins sixth straight

The volleyball team was riding a five match winning streak heading into Wednesday night’s matchup with the Stillman Tigers. After posting a dominating performance against the Tigers, that winning streak was extended to six. The Falcons earned a three set sweep (25-7, 25-9 and 25-14) to improve their record to 9-2 overall (2-1 PBC). Read […]

September 26, 2013 | UM in the News

Leaders tread lightly on segregation

University of Montevallo alumnus Brandt Montgomery was among the hundreds of people who marched in a campus demonstration last week against segregation in Greek groups on the University of Alabama’s campus. Montgomery, who is black, was not only a member of the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha while at Montevallo, but he was also elected president […]

September 26, 2013 | UM in the News

Alabama Media Group's Randy Kennedy to speak at GSPC lunch today

University of Montevallo alumnus Randy Kennedy will speak at the Government Street Forum lunch today with an inside look at the Press-Register’s changes and future plans. Kennedy, who moved to Mobile 11 years ago as sports editor for the Press-Register, was named community news director for Alabama Media Group’s Mobile division on July 12. The […]

September 24, 2013 | UM in the News

Eugene Sledge inducted in Alabama Men's Hall of Fame

Eugene B. Sledge, an educator, biologist and author who taught biology at the University of Montevallo for 28 years was inducted into the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame on Sept. 24, 2013. Read the full story at

September 20, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo chief of police receives recognition

Chadd Adams, chief of police and director of public safety at the University of Montevallo, recently completed the second level of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program. The certification was awarded by the University Partnership for Alabama Continuing Education (UPACE) at the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Gulf Shores. Belinda Blackburn, director […]

September 18, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo faculty member garners fifth chess title

Scott Varagona, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Montevallo and sponsor of UM’s chess club, recently won the 2013 Alabama State Chess Championship, the largest annual chess tournament in Alabama. Varagona, who achieved the title of National Master in 2012, has won the state title five times. He scored 5.5 points out of […]

September 12, 2013 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo Social Work Program to host Advocacy Day 2013

The University of Montevallo Social Work Program will host the 2013 Advocacy Day conference Friday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 a.m.-noon, in Anna Irvin Hall on the University of Montevallo campus. The aim of this conference is to provide participants with important information regarding changes in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual – Fifth Edition (DSM-V) and how […]