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News and updates from the brick streets – September edition
College Colors alumna photo


College Colors Day, Sept. 4

Show “You Always Belong at Montevallo” by wearing your purple and gold this Friday, Sept. 4, for College Colors Day. University Marketing & Communications will award a Montevallo Spirit Pack to the alum showing the most school spirit. To participate:

  1. Wear purple & gold on Friday, Sept. 4
  2. Post a (public) photo or video to social media
  3. Use hashtags: #IBelongAtMontevallo, #MontevalloAlum and #CollegeColorsDay

UMNAA Founders’ Day Award Recipients Announced

The UM National Alumni Association announced Dr. Jo A. Rayfield ’62 as the recipient of the Mary Lou Elder Williams Alumna Loyalty Award. This award honors an alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated loyalty and dedication in his/her strength of service to UM through contributions of his/her time, talents or resources.

Collin Williams, professor of art, is receiving the 2020 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. The purpose of the award is to honor a UM professor’s dedication to the provision of a quality education and his/her impact upon students through the teaching-learning process.

The recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Staff Service Award is Coty Jones, director of facilities. The award recognizes a staff member’s excellence in service and loyalty to the University.

The honorees will be formally recognized during Founders’ Day activities on Oct. 8. 

Photo of masks

Alumni Mask-Making Initiative Update

On Friday, Aug. 25, the Alumni Office delivered 575 handmade and purchased masks provided by alumni across the U.S. to the UM Student Affairs office. The masks will be distributed to students who need an additional mask and will be replenished periodically as more are donated. 

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.

University Enrollment Up for Fall Semester

During a time when many universities across the nation are experiencing declining enrollment, the University of Montevallo saw an overall increase in its number of students for the fall.

“The fact that enrollment has increased as we begin the year is a testament to Montevallo’s deep commitment to student success and to the personal attention our faculty and staff impart to the students we serve,” said Dr. John W. Stewart III, UM president. “We are immensely proud of our wonderful students and happy to grow the UM family, especially at such an unusual time in our nation’s history.” Read more.

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! 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. Jennifer Rickel and Dr. Meredith Tetloff will discuss the new Peace & Justice Studies program on Friday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. Learn more and register.

Scholarship Fund

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!  


Tiffany Bunt
Tiffany R. Bunt
Carolyn Jones
Asst. Director


Cynthia Todd
UMNAA President
Kacie Kilpatrick
Jr. Board President


Sept. 4
College Colors Day

Sept. 25
Alumni Coffee Break:
Topic: Peace & Justice Studies

11 a.m., Zoom

Oct. 8
Founders’ Day
(more info to come)

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. 
As the fall season begins, update your Zoom back-ground, with a Montevallo photo! Browse and download virtual Montevallo backgrounds at

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