Alan and Lindsey Song Center for the Arts
The University of Montevallo launched the public phase of the MomentUM comprehensive campaign in October 2023 on the institution’s 127th Founders’ Day with the dedication of the Alan and Lindsey Song Center for the Arts. The campaign priorities are student scholarships, support for faculty and academic programs and capital projects. Alan and Lindsey ‘06 Song announced the first leadership level gift of $1 million in support of scholarships to kick off the campaign on Founders’ Day.
James Elroe Hood Pavilion
The University of Montevallo President’s Outdoor Scholars Program dedicated the James Elroe Hood Pavilion at Bearden House in March 2023. The pavilion, supporting a program that brings together students with a passion for hunting and fishing and cherishes the comradery around their interests, honors the memory of Hood’s affinity for hunting and fishing and his deep-rooted friendships built around the outdoors in the Bibb County and Shelby County communities. The pavilion will serve multiple purposes for the program as a space for students in the Outdoor Scholars Program to gather and share their passion for the outdoors. It also serves as an indoor practice facility for the archery team.
The University of Montevallo held a building dedication ceremony officially renaming the University of Montevallo on Main to Dr. Wilson Fallin Jr. Hall in May 2022. Fallin M.A. ’89 served as director of minority affairs at the University from 1988 to 1999 and was a history professor at Montevallo for 28 years, retiring in 2020. In May 2021, the UM Board of Trustees established the “Dr. Wilson Fallin Jr. Lecture Series” to honor the history professor emeritus’ dedication to civil rights, as he was a consistent and fearless supporter of numerous efforts in the area of civil rights and social justice.
Grainger Center for Professional Development
The Grainger Center for Professional Practice was dedicated in October 2016. The space serves as a valuable resource for business students to gain important knowledge on résumé building, interviewing, networking and other essential skills.
Grainger Community Counseling and Wellness Clinic
The Grainger Community Counseling and Wellness Clinic opened in February 2023. The clinic was made possible through a partnership between the clinic’s namesakes Michael and Donna Grainger, who donated to fund the clinic, the Hill Crest Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Shelby County Community Health Foundation, the Montevallo Development Cooperative District (MDCD), which is a partnership comprised of the University, the city of Montevallo and Shelby County, and several individual donors. The clinic will provide free mental health care to Montevallo residents and other local communities.
Grainger Family Center for Professional Development
The University of Montevallo opened the new Grainger Family Center for Personal Development in January 2020. The center occupies the newly renovated Puryear House and increases counseling service space by 85 percent. The flexibility of the building’s design allows Counseling Services to grow and adapt as student needs change in the future. In addition to Counseling Services, the center houses the Falcon Food Pantry and Student Emergency Assistance programs. Generous support from donors, especially Michael and Donna Grainger, made the new space possible.
The University of Montevallo held a grand opening and dedication for Allison and Michael Stephens Hall in November 2021. The new facility houses the Michael E. Stephens College of Business, named for its most generous alumni benefactor.
Old Gym Dedication
As the Montevallo Department of Athletics has grown so too has the need for adequate training and workout space. Traditionally, the UM student-athletes used the workout facility in the Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center that is open to all UM students and employees, which led to crowding and space management issues. To alleviate this issue the UM Department of Athletics transformed the Old Gym facility into a strength and conditioning center for UM’s student athletes in August 2021.