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News and updates from the brick streets – August edition
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Montevallo Today Published Online

This issue of Montevallo Today was in the final phase of production when the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown occurred. Due to the delay and as a cost-saving measure, this issue is being published online only. While we all endeavor to find our new sense of normalcy, we hope you will enjoy reminiscing Homecoming 2020 and other events that were held from November through February.

The UM National Alumni Association has paused our regularly scheduled events and programming. We will continue to offer virtual events and modified services during this time. We look forward to resuming traditional alumni events when it is safe.

Alumni Coffee Break 

Since we haven’t been able to hold our standard summer events, we wanted the opportunity to stay connected virtually. So, take a coffee break with us! The weekly coffee breaks are now bi-weekly and will become monthly in the fall. Join the video conference as a representative from a UM office will give a few updates and we will talk.

Next up, Carey Heatherly, university archivist, will discuss the Carmichael Library Archives and will share information about what is available to alumni online. Join us, Friday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. Learn more and register.

Montevallo Mask-Making Initiative

Through the generosity of the UMNAA, students, faculty, staff and board members are being provided with one cloth mask. Students, however, will need extra masks to ensure they always have access to a clean mask between washes. The masks donated will be available for students to pick up on campus as needed along with a card explaining best practices for using and sanitizing their new masks.

That’s where you come in! We’re looking for alumni donors and sewists to provide extra masks for UM students. Our initial goal is to have 500 masks ready by the first week of classes and more in the following months. If you are a maker or know a maker, we need your help!

Don’t sew? We’re collecting materials for our sewists, like fabric, elastic and thread. We can also accept donations of pre-purchased fabric masks, or you can make monetary donations to cover materials.

Learn more about the project and ways to help. Special thanks to coordinators Savannah Kitchens ’09, Dr. Lindsey Sherrill ’07, Lauren Murphy ’10, Christine Soria ’12, Claudia Harrell ’73 and Dr. Leonor Vázquez-González.

UM Earns Military Support Recognition

The University has earned the Military Support accolade from Colleges of Distinction for 2020-2021 for its extensive efforts to serve military-related students.

As the number of veterans pursuing higher education increases, so too does the demand for their personal and academic support. Veterans can be some of the most dedicated, hard-working and capable students on a college campus, but the unique challenges they face can impede their success. That is why UM has been selected as a standout institution dedicated to helping veterans overcome their obstacles and achieve success.

Schools like Montevallo ensure that military-related students are supported through comprehensive education benefits, a committed military and veterans affairs team, flexible options, trained faculty and dedicated campus activities and community support. Read more.

Outdoor Scholars Program Sees Record Enrollment

The President’s Outdoor Scholars Program at the University of Montevallo will see its highest-ever enrollment this fall, nearly doubling in size thanks to a large incoming class.

In the next couple of weeks, the program will welcome 40 new students, bringing its total enrollment to 83 students. The program includes students from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana and Wisconsin. Read more.

Falcon Forward: An Overview of Fall Opening

UM administration formed the Roadmap to Fall Opening Task Force which has developed the Falcon Forward plan to guide the University as it prepares for the upcoming semester. The task force used guidelines provided by the American College Health Association couched in a framework developed by Johns Hopkins University to establish a plan for critical areas. In addition, the task force developed a communication plan with educational and training resources for the campus community in order to prepare all constituents for fall opening. They drew from federal, state, local and professional resources to develop this plan.


Tiffany Bunt
Tiffany R. Bunt
Carolyn Jones
Asst. Director


Cynthia Todd
UMNAA President
Kacie Kilpatrick
Jr. Board President


Aug. 21
Freshman Move-In Day

Alumni Coffee Break:

Topic: Library Archives

11 a.m., Zoom

Aug. 24
Fall Term Classes Begin

Please update your record (addresses, email addresses, new jobs, marriage, etc.) Please 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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