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News and updates from the brick streets – October edition

Founders’ Day, Oct. 8

Building for the Future: Strong & Resilient

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the University of Montevallo will celebrate the founding of our beloved institution and honor the success of our students, faculty, staff and alumni and their impact on campus and in the greater community.

This virtual ceremony will be available on the University of Montevallo YouTube channel at 11 a.m.

To commemorate this occasion, please utilize the downloadable desktop, Zoom and phone backgrounds. And on Facebook, use the special Founders’ Day profile frame, just search for Montevallo or Founders Day.

Although we will not be shoulder-to-shoulder on Thursday, belonging is a feeling that we carry in our heart and head, no matter where we are!

UMNAA Founders’ Day  Awards Recognition

Please make plans to attend the UMNAA Virtual Awards Reception on Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Award recipients, Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield ’62, Collin Williams and Coty Jones will be honored with an awards recognition reception via Zoom. At the end of the reception, the Board will toast the award winners and attendees will be separated into three breakout rooms for each of the recipients and their guests. Register by Oct. 7 to attend. If you have any questions, contact the Alumni Office at 205-665-6223.

Alumni Coffee Break 

Since we haven’t been able to hold our standard events, we wanted the opportunity to stay connected virtually. So, take a coffee break with us! Join the video conference on the fourth Friday of the month, as a representative from a UM office will give a few updates and we will talk.

Next up, Dr. Alina Olteanu will discuss the new Computer Science program on Friday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. Learn more and register.

University of Montevallo Continues to Climb in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

For the 12th consecutive year, the University of Montevallo continues to be the top-ranked public regional university in Alabama, and has earned multiple other accolades in U.S. News & World Report’s recently released 2021 Best Colleges rankings.

The publication released the rankings on Sept. 14, and UM earned praise for its high value to students and for being one of the top regional public universities in the South. UM’s rankings improved in all categories compared to 2020.

UM Named Among Souths Most Beautiful Colleges

The University of Montevallo has been named one of the most picturesque college campuses in the South by Southern Living magazine.

The publication recently released its 2020 list of the South’s Most Beautiful Colleges, which honored institutions in several states “where both the academics and aesthetics are impressive.” Learn more.

New Allison and Mike Stephens Hall Opens

The University of Montevallo opened a new 10,000-square-foot facility adding space for the Michael E. Stephens College of Business with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 24, greatly enhancing the college’s offerings.

The new home for the College of Business is a state-of-the-art and technology-rich facility. It features a large student commons and event space to facilitate interactions between students, faculty and the business community. Two additional technology-enhanced classrooms, student team study rooms, professional development spaces and a case presentation boardroom add much-needed expansion spaces for the college. Learn more.

Department of Theatre Receives National Accreditation 

UM’s Department of Theatre has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), meaning every visual and performing arts department at the University is now nationally accredited.

Montevallo joins only about 190 other schools across the nation in holding the prestigious NAST accreditation. NAST voted to admit UM as an associate member in August following a comprehensive and rigorous review of the University’s Department of Theatre. Learn more.


Tiffany Bunt
Tiffany R. Bunt
Carolyn Jones
Asst. Director


Cynthia Todd
UMNAA President
Kacie Kilpatrick
Jr. Board President


Oct. 8
Founders’ Day
Virtual Ceremony

Founders’ Day UMNAA Awards Recognition
5:30 p.m. via Zoom
RSVP by Oct. 7

Oct. 23
Alumni Coffee Break
Topic: Computer Science

11 a.m., RSVP


UM Marketing & Comm. and Alumni Affairs are looking to highlight the silver linings that have come about during the difficulties of the past several months in the next issue of Montevallo Today. While we’ve all experienced some form of hardship as a result of the COVID-19 quarantine, the changes have also brought unexpected positives such as more time spent with family and developing new hobbies.

What are some good changes you have experienced despite the challenges of the pandemic? Send responses to Neal Wagner, manager of communications and media relations.
Please update your record (addresses, email addresses, new jobs, marriage, etc.) Fill out the online form and share it with your fellow alumni. The form can also be found at
Do you own a business or know an alum who owns a business? The UMNAA is starting an entrepreneurs list of UM alumni business owners and needs your help. Please fill out the UM Entrepreneur Form or send it to alumni who are business owners. 
In these uncertain times, your support is more important than ever. Your contribution not only helps students earn a degree from one of the best universities while gaining life-changing experiences, but it will also assist students on the verge of dropping out due to unforeseen financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. You make their success possible. Donate today
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