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 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 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 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 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 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, […]

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 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 | 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 […]