Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

The University



History

On October 12, 1896, the Alabama Girls’ Industrial School opened for its first session. After years of legislation and planning, the town of Montevallo was chosen as the home for 10 faculty members and 145 students. Young women, from ages 14 to 22, now had an institution where they could seek a college degree, teacher training or an education in domestic science, business or industrial arts. These practical fields of study were designed to help women enter the expanding workforce of the Second Industrial Revolution.

To better reflect a changing curriculum, the Alabama Girls’ Industrial School updated its name to the Alabama Girls’ Technical Institute in 1911. The school still offered its industrial education courses but enhanced and focused on its technical training in order to keep up with rapidly developing innovations and to grow enrollment to over 500 students.

As the United States transitioned to peacetime after World War I, the school recognized a need for a four-year educational experience for women. On September 9, 1923, Alabama College was “…established for the purpose of giving therein instruction in the liberal arts and sciences and in technical subjects suitable for women…” This transition also included accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 1925, a designation the school still holds today. Enrollment continued to increase during the following years. In 1956, men were officially welcomed and within a decade the campus boasted over 1,700 students.

The late 1960s brought significant changes to the school. In 1968, Alabama College welcomed African-American students for the first time. In 1969, Alabama College became the University of Montevallo. Departments were organized into colleges under the leadership of deans to better reflect existing graduate programs and the addition of new ones. The University operates under this model today, boasting the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Health Professions, and the Michael E. Stephens College of Business. The University of Montevallo is governed by a 14-person Board of Trustees led by the Governor of Alabama with an enrollment of over 2,600 students.

List of Presidents

Henry Clay Reynolds, 1896-1899

Francis Marion Peterson, 1899-1907

Thomas Waverly Palmer, 1907-1926

Oliver Cromwell Carmichael, 1926-1935

Arthur Fort Harman, 1935-1947

Dr. John Tyler Caldwell, 1947-1952

Dr. Franze Edward Lund, 1952-1957

Dr. Howard Mitchell Phillips, 1957-1963

Dr. Delos Poe Culp, 1963-1968

Dr. Kermit Alonzo Johnson, 1968-1977

Dr. James F. Vickery, Jr., 1977-1988

Dr. John Walter Stewart, Sr.,1988-1992

Dr. Robert M. McChesney, 1992-2006

Dr. Philip Carlton Williams, 2006-2010

Dr. John Wesley Stewart, III, 2010-present

Mission

The overriding mission of the University of Montevallo, unique in higher education in Alabama, is to provide to students from throughout the state an affordable, geographically accessible, ‘small college’ public higher educational experience of high quality, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate liberal studies and with professional programs supported by a broad base of arts and sciences, designed for their intellectual and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful employment and responsible, informed citizenship.

The mission is periodically reviewed and reaffirmed by the Board of Trustees as part of the University’s five-year strategic planning cycle. The mission was first affirmed by the University’s Board of Trustees in 1978 and most recently in 2021at the time of the approval of the current strategic plan. The University also regularly adopts and publishes a strategic plan, which becomes the basis for developing and evaluating all of the institution’s activities. The current strategic plan includes four themes: Identity and Mission, Focus on Growth, Innovations for Teaching and Learning, and Support for Learning. 

Vision

UM offers undergraduate and graduate students a learner-centered 21st century education informed by our liberal arts identity.

Core Values
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Intellectual and personal growth
  • Civic engagement and social justice
  • Global citizenship and sustainability

Assessment Program

The University-wide assessment program measures progress toward established goals and student learning outcomes, promotes improvements in teaching and learning, evaluates the accomplishment of educational and administrative goals and facilitates continuing review of institutional effectiveness. Students participate in a variety of evaluative activities, beginning during the freshman year and continuing beyond graduation. Students may be required to take nationally and locally developed tests and surveys, contribute to portfolios, share ideas in focus groups, respond to interviews or participate in other ways to improve the education and services provided by the University. Faculty and staff actively participate in assessment through annual surveys, and participation in the University’s formal academic and administrative unit planning and assessment process.  The institutional effectiveness processes at the University are overseen by a formally established Committee that includes faculty, staff and student representatives.

Accreditation

The University of Montevallo is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University of Montevallo also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Montevallo may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Additionally, the University is committed to attaining national accreditation in its programs where such recognition is available and appropriate. The University of Montevallo and its programs have been accredited or approved by the following organizations:

  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educatior Preparation (CAEP)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre (NASM), Associate Member

All education programs that result in state licensure are also approved by the Alabama State Department of Education.

The University is also a member of the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) and the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE).

Campus

Famous for its red brick streets and paths, the 160-acre main campus has more than 60 buildings surrounded by lawns, groves and flowerbeds. The central portion of the campus is a National Historic District with two antebellum structures, including the 1823 Edmund King House. The Olmsted Brothers - of the landscape architecture firm famous for designing New York’s Central Park, Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue parks and the grounds of Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina - also developed the first plan for the Montevallo campus. Their basic design ideas are still followed.

Facilities

UM’s campus offers a number of well-equipped facilities available to students.

Farmer Hall, the Student Union Building, is home to the James R. Wilkinson Student Life Center. The Center includes dining options, a game room and an indoor lounge area, which is the location of many student events. Farmer Hall also houses the Charles Webb Jr. Post Office, the Career Development Center, and the Student Life and SGA offices.

The Global Community and Outreach (GloCo) building houses the Veteran and Military Affairs program supporting veteran students and their families, as well as the Engaged Education initiatives with the Falcon Scholars in Action and National Student Exchange program

The 97,000 square-foot Robert M McChesney Student Activity Center, opened in 2004, features an indoor walking track, indoor swimming pool, weight room, cardio room and racquetball courts for use by all students, faculty and staff. It is also the home of the Athletic Department offices, host swim meets, wrestling, acrobatics and tumbling, volleyball games and basketball games. Outside are a disc golf course, tennis courts, sand volleyball court and basketball courts set up for student use. Additionally, Old Gym houses a dance studio and strength and conditioning facilities for student-athletes, and Myrick Hall includes a gymnasium. University athletic facilities include Kermit A. Johnson Baseball Field at the Bob Riesner Stadium, tennis courts, a soccer field, a softball field, a track and field/lacrosse complex, a cross-country course, and a mountain biking course

Vacca Hall has recently been renovated with training facilities for the lacrosse and wrestling programs.

Palmer Hall, which opened in 1930, houses the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Student Accounts, and the Student Aid Office. It also holds the 1,200-seat Palmer Auditorium: this space is used for assemblies, shows and - most famously - UM’s College Night performances. The ornate auditorium includes a large stage, orchestra pit and a Holtkamp organ. The acoustically advanced, 250-seat LeBaron Recital Hall was completed in 1972. The Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium at Humanities Hall contains technologically advanced multimedia equipment and is used extensively for lectures and films. Reynolds Studio Theatre, housed in the historic Reynolds Hall, is a flexible performance space of approximately 160 seats. The Alan and Lindsey Song Center for the Arts houses two performance venues: The Discover Shelby Theatre, which seats 350 and allows students to utilize technology used by professional theatre companies, and the Michael and Sue Meadows Black Box, a 100-seat theatre that offers a more intimate performance space.

Peterson Hall was originally constructed in 1914 as a campus infirmary. The building was renovated in 2014 and reopened with classroom and instructional spaces for the Art department. 

Ramsay Hall was constructed in 1925 as a dormitory before renovations in 1979 converted the building to a conference center with lodging. Ramsay currently houses the Honors Program, the Graduate Studies office, the Events office and the Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) office. 

The Sharp House is the home of the MADE program and staff.

The University’s Bookstore, Freddie’s Books and More, is a few blocks from campus, on Main Street. It is the go-to place for not only textbooks and supplies, but also a variety of University gear.

Flowerhill is the University’s presidential residence since 1926. The beautiful home sits atop an expansive and picturesque lawn, which is the site of spring graduation.

Carmichael Library is a 3-story, 52,000-square-foot facility offering a variety of labs, study rooms, resources, common space, the Learning Enrichment Center, and the Solution Center.

Anna Irvin Dining Hall was built in 1928 and serves as the University’s primary dining facility. Falcon Foods serves made-to-order entrees of regional and traditional cuisines as well as salads, sandwiches and wraps, bakery items, baked entrees and pastries, all focusing on fresh ingredients and healthy offerings. Anna Irvin Dining Hall was renovated in 2013.

Eleven student residence halls provide in-room wireless internet access and cable television access in each room. A network of television and fiber-optic cable also connects all classroom buildings. Many of the residence halls are also the home of resource offices for students, such as Housing and Residence Life, the Dean of Students and Health Services offices. Throughout campus, there are several computer labs, supported by Information Services & Technology, available for student use. The campus has access to the Internet through the Alabama Supercomputer Authority. The University is recognized by the National Weather Service as “StormReady,” as campus is equipped with FEMA rated shelters located in the 3D Art Complex and the Alan and Lindsey Song Center for the Arts.

All areas of study have campus facilities with various features to accommodate their respective coursework.

Harman Hall houses the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences and 16 classrooms, 13 laboratory-lecture rooms and a computer room. Harman Hall also includes an atrium/courtyard within the center of the building containing one of the world’s largest geodes, weighing over 8 tons.

Allison and Mike Stephens Hall is a modern 10,000 square-foot facility that opened in 2020 and houses the Michael E. Stephens College of Business. Stephens Hall features technology-enhanced classrooms, team study rooms, boardrooms, and event space. The adjoining Morgan Hall also houses several business-related classrooms as well as the Information Services and Technology offices.

Bloch Hall, built in 1915, was the first separate permanent classroom building on campus. It houses the Department of Art, the Family and Consumer Sciences and the Coordinated Dietetics programs, as well as their classrooms, laboratories, and studio spaces. Art students display their work in The Gallery at Bloch Hall, which is located on the lower level of the building.

The 3D Art Complex was constructed in 2015 and houses the Department of Art’s 3D program with modern amenities for sculpture, ceramics, woodworking and metal fabrication. The Department also has workspace in Peterson Hall and the Anagama Kiln.

Wills Hall, the home of the College of Education & Human Development, houses classrooms, faculty offices. Most Wills Hall classrooms provide innovated, multimedia-enhanced instruction.

Hill House houses the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching and includes an up-to-date microcomputer laboratory.

Strong Hall, a state-of-the-art facility opened in Fall 2017, houses the Department of Communication. Majors in Communication Studies and Mass Communication learn their craft on industry-standard, digital equipment.

Humanities Hall houses the Department of English and World Languages. Humanities Hall contains three floors of classrooms, the Psychology Program lab, World Language lab, the Harbert Writing Center and the newly renovated Merchants and Planters Auditorium.

Fallin Hall is a striking building on Main Street. It opened as the home of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2013 and features several modern classrooms.

Myrick Hall is the home of the College of Health Professions including the Exercise and Nutrition Science and Nursing programs. Myrick Hall includes a several technologically equipped classroom spaces, a gymnasium, human performance, and clinical, and  simulation, and clinical laboratories.

The Wallace Speech and Language Center houses the offices and classrooms of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Expanded in 1991, it includes a diagnostic center for the treatment of speech, language, and communicative disorders.

Davis Hall houses the Department of Music. It boasts soundproof practice rooms, a music technology laboratory, classrooms, and the recently renovated LeBaron Recital Hall, featuring a Flentrop organ.

The Alan and Lindsey Song Center for the Arts, a 36,000-square-foot facility, opened in 2020, is home to the Department of Theatre and features an art gallery, multipurpose classrooms and studios, a digital fabrication lab, a state-of-the-art performance venue and more. Known across campus as a “collaboratory,” the Center serves as UM’s hub for innovative, creative engagement in art and communication through academic, performance and production spaces, new equipment and the latest technology. The Center is unique among collegiate facilities in the state of Alabama, because it brings together many academic disciplines previously spread out across multiple buildings on the UM campus. 

Adjacent to campus, the Alabama Traffic Safety Center offers traffic safety teacher preparation coursework, as well as corporate-sector and public-sector driver training programs. The Center houses classrooms, a driving range and skid pad training facilities. Center personnel deliver motorcycle rider training at sites in Dothan, Huntsville and Montgomery, as well as on campus.

The University also holds in-person classes for the Stephens College of Business MBA program in the General Studies Building at the Jefferson State Community College Shelby/Hoover campus. The General Studies Building is a 64,000-square foot multi-purpose building that opened in September 2000. In addition to classrooms and laboratories for Jefferson State’s Physical Therapist Assistant and Emergency Medical Services Programs, this building includes seventeen other classrooms, science laboratories, computer laboratories, and faculty and administrative offices utilized by the two-year community college. The UM MBA classes are held in Room 213 in the General Studies Building. 

On campus, the last decade has seen 17 facility renovations and 13 new constructions. The University’s facilities are always changing and improving, making it a dynamic environment in which to learn and grow.

Carmichael Library

The Oliver Cromwell Carmichael Library includes a collection of approximately 190,000 print books, 300,000 e-books, 1,200 print and microfilm journal titles and numerous DVDs, CDs and music scores. More than 140 online databases provide access to thousands of online journals, streaming videos and digital reference materials. The library has over 40computers (including 20 iMacs), scanners and printers for student use and lends Chromebooks, iPads, and digital cameras. A variety of group and individual study spaces are available to students.

The EBSCO electronic classroom provides space for students to receive hands-on instruction. Professional librarians teach research skills through information literacy programs customized for undergraduate, upper-level and graduate students. Librarians also offer research consultations and reference assistance in-person as well as via chat and email.

Milner Archives and Special Collections preserves the institutional memory of the University of Montevallo from its founding in 1896 to the present day. The archives include College Night scrapbooks, records of student organizations, material pertaining to alumni, University publications, photographs, scrapbooks and artifacts. Digitized collections include UM yearbooks, newspapers and bulletins, as well as the W.M. “Mac” Wyatt collection of digitized newspapers from the early 20th century Montevallo and Calera area.

The Pat Scales Special Collections Room houses a research collection of children’s and young adult literature. The collection includes signed, first edition Newbery and Caldecott award books, interactive (pop-up) books, children’s books of historical significance, intellectual freedom papers, correspondence and marginalia.

The Luis Benejam Music Library, part of the Carmichael Library collection, was named for Luis Benejam, violinist and composer- in-residence at the University for many years. The Benejam Music Library includes audio equipment, sound recordings and music scores, including manuscripts of Benejam’s works. Many of Benejam’s original manuscripts are housed in the University’s archives.

The Digital Media Lab and 3D Print Lab offers expertise to faculty and students who are doing transformative work in digital media and 3D printing. Students and faculty can find assistance with audio and video editing, audio recording, laser cutting, scanning and 3D modeling. The Digital Media Lab includes Macs, scanners and software to create multimedia projects for classes.

The Information Services and Technology Solution Center is located on the ground floor of the library. Faculty, staff and students can walk up to the Solution Center Help Desk and ask for assistance to solve technology or computer issues.

The Learning Enrichment Center (LEC) is located on the ground floor of the library. More information about the LEC can be found in the Student Services and Activities section of this Bulletin

Materials not owned by Carmichael Library can be obtained through interlibrary loan at no cost to students, faculty and staff. Through UM’s participation in a statewide library access program, students can also use the libraries and borrow materials from Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, Samford University and UAB’s Sterne Library, as well as 10 other libraries across Alabama, by presenting a valid UM ID card.

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching models and promotes the use of innovative ideas and practices that will enhance teaching, learning and instructional technology use. It offers a wide range of resources and services that support and guide UM faculty and students in striving to continually improve teaching and learning experiences.

The Malone Center sponsors a number of professional development programs designed to support faculty in the use of evidence-based instructional approaches, to promote the integration of innovative instructional technologies, and to foster students’ academic success. Regular programs include faculty book clubs and monthly interactive workshops as well as training courses in online course design and pedagogy, annual institutes focused on high impact instructional practices, and regular structured discussions of key current challenges in high education. In addition to professional development events, the Malone Center maintains two online access resource banks for Faculty: the Technology Toolkit accessible through the Malone Center web pages suite, and within Canvas an Instructional Resources course for all UM Faculty and academic staff.  

The Malone Center also provides instructional support services that include instructional technology support, instructional design and assistive technology assistance. An instructional technologist is available to support faculty integration of technology into traditional and online classrooms by working with faculty to connect their teaching to an available and appropriate technology. An instructional designer is available to work collaboratively with faculty to develop learning modules for hybrid and online course delivery. An assistive technology specialist is available to ensure all digital materials used for instruction are ADA compliant; services include closed captioning videos, tagging PDF documents and more.

The Malone Center is home to several innovative and technology-enhanced spaces. These spaces facilitate small group and class meetings that focus on collaboration. The Collaborative Discussion Space in Hill House 103 is designed as a technology-enhanced but casual meeting space equipped with web conferencing and digital presentation technology. It is perfect for small group discussions and seamlessly supports break-out sessions within a single space. The H2 Learning Studio in Hill House features classroom instructional technology installed in most campus learning spaces and can be reserved for regular course sections or occasional class or other group needs as well as faculty training sessions. It is also equipped for Flexible/HyFlex instruction via Zoom. The Malone center offers portable computing equipment to be checked our or used in any of these spaces: laptop computers with Camtasia video editing software included, WiFi enabled iPads, video recording equipment, and other specialty equipment to support in-person, hybrid, flexible/hyflex, and online instruction needs. The Lightboard Studio in Hill House allows for recording innovative, high quality course videos, and also houses the Malone Center podcast studio equipment.

Surrounding Area

Montevallo

Gentle ridges crisscross the heavily wooded countryside around Montevallo. 

Orr Park, located within walking distance to the University, is home to the unique tree carvings of Tim Tingle and features walking trails, picnic facilities and benches bordering a preserve along Shoal Creek.

The town of approximately 4,200 residents is seven miles from Interstate 65 and U.S. 31. Near the geographic center of Alabama, Montevallo is about 35 miles south of Birmingham and 60 miles north of Montgomery. State highways 25, 119 and 155 intersect at Montevallo. Several major airlines serve the Birmingham airport, and there is a small municipal airport in Calera, within 10 miles of campus.

The American Village is located on Highway 119, just a few miles north of the city of Montevallo. Created by legislative act in 1995 and dedicated in November 1999, the American Village is the first civic education campus in the country built to provide experience-based learning for young people. In addition, the Alabama National Cemetery, a 479-acre facility owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is also located in Montevallo on Highway 119.

Nearby Oak Mountain State Park offers 10,000 acres of hiking, boating, swimming, golf, tennis and fishing, plus a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. Historic Brierfield Ironworks Park features a pool and facilities for picnicking or camping.

Alabaster

Alabaster, the 16th largest city in Alabama, is located just 10 miles north of Montevallo and offers a variety of shopping and entertainment options. The Propst Promenade in Alabaster, a 685,000-square-foot shopping center, contains more than 40 stores and is the largest shopping center in Shelby County. Additionally, Alabaster has a multi-screen theater, mini golf, arcade and parks for visitors to enjoy.

Birmingham

An industrial center since the 19th century, the nearby “Magic City” is now a world leader in health-care technology. The city’s Kirklin Clinic is a masterpiece of renowned architect I. M. Pei, and the Birmingham Museum of Art is a cultural resource.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute commemorates the city’s recent history as a center of the struggle for racial justice. The Institute’s museum makes innovative use of video, artifacts and interactive displays, and its facilities regularly house programs and exhibits concerning human rights. Other Birmingham-area attractions include a zoo, botanical gardens, the Five Points South district and Sloss Furnaces, a historic landmark that also serves as a unique gathering place for concerts and festivals. The Parkside area of downtown Birmingham is home to Railroad Park and Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons. Birmingham is home to the Riverchase Galleria, one of the largest shopping malls in the nation, as well as The Summit and several factory outlets, specialty shops and boutiques. Birmingham is also home to the McWane Science Center, a hands-on science and technology center.

UM’s Funding

Montevallo is a public university and receives slightly less than 37 percent of its annual operating budget from state appropriations. Thirty-three percent of the budget is derived from tuition and fees. Other income and gifts provide the balance for annual operations. Private charitable gifts and bequests are an increasingly important source of funds. Through the Annual Fund, Comprehensive Campaign and other giving programs, alumni, parents, students and friends provide additional support for scholarships, academic and athletic programs, research, equipment and special recognitions. Tax-deductible gifts for University programs, scholarships, and other uses are received by the University of Montevallo Foundation. The Foundation is an autonomous, private, non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors.

General Information

Alumni Association

Organized in 1902, the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association helps maintain ties between the University and its alumni. Everyone who has graduated from the University is eligible for active membership in the Association. Students can also participate through the Student Alumni Association of Montevallo. The Mary Lee Garrett Brown Alumni Center is located in Reynolds Hall. Alumni chapters meet in all parts of Alabama and in other states. An elected Board of Directors manages the affairs of the association. In addition to planning special events and educational opportunities for alumni, the association awards the prestigious Alumni Honors Scholarships.

Food Service

Student dining services are provided in Anna Irvin Hall, a centrally located campus dining facility. Faculty, staff and visitors may also enjoy the dining hall on a per-meal basis. Campus dining is contracted through a national higher education dining organization, serving students 7 days per week any time students are in dorms. Retail dining operations on campus operate following the class schedule. Students with special dietary needs should contact disability services on campus, who in turn will work with the dining provider to ensure those students have adequate nutritional meals. Additional food options are available in the Wilkinson Student Life Center in Farmer Hall. Students on a campus meal plan may also purchase food from several local restaurants off campus.  

Holidays

University holidays, which are listed in the University Calendar, are winter and spring vacations, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving. There are no classes during University holidays. The cafeteria and residence halls, except Brooke Hall, Lund Hall, Peck Hall, and College Park are closed during the Thanksgiving holiday and winter and spring holiday breaks.

Technology Access

The University recognizes the value of technology, both as an instructional medium and in fostering essential skills that will benefit students after graduation. Students are encouraged to use computers whenever possible in their class preparation and study. Computers are available across campus for student use either in general-purpose or discipline-specific laboratories, or in technology-enhanced classrooms. The general-purpose lab, located in Carmichael Library, has Apple® and PC platforms for student use.

Students also have access through the Internet to a variety of information about the University and outside educational resources. From the Current Students link on the top of the University’s website, students may access Banner Self Service, Canvas, UM Email, other services and department-specific information. UM email is an official method of communication between the University and students. UM email accounts are provided free of charge. Students are responsible for regularly checking their UM email accounts in a timely fashion. For more information on UM email, refer to the “Communications with Students” section in this chapter. A local area network connects all academic buildings and each residence hall room.

Communications with Students

The University uses an email system and post office boxes, to officially communicate with students. Each undergraduate student is assigned a UM email address, and resident students are assigned a mailbox in the Charles Webb Jr. Post Office located in Farmer Hall. Both are provided at no charge to registered students. Students are responsible for checking their email and post boxes regularly.

UM email is the official means of communication among students, faculty and administrators at the University of Montevallo and may be the official means of communication between students and their instructors. Students may receive particularly important UM emails from various offices on campus for which some timely response will be required. The official email system for students is identified by userID@forum.montevallo.edu and can be accessed via the Current Students link at the top of the University’s website.

Students should remember that:

  • They are responsible for monitoring and managing their account regularly, even during breaks.
  • They are responsible for all announcements, requests and/or sensitive information delivered to their UM email account, including information provided by the instructors of courses in which they are enrolled.
  • They may electronically forward their UM email to another email address (e.g., @hotmail.com, @gmail.com), but at their own risk. The University is not responsible for the handling of forwarded email. Having email forwarded does not absolve students from the responsibilities associated with communication sent to their official UM email address.
  • Questions regarding UM email accounts should be directed to Information Services & Technology at (205) 665-6512 or by email to solutioncenter@montevallo.edu.

UM Alert Emergency Contact System

The University of Montevallo utilizes a state-of-the-art, rapid-alert system called UM Alert. This system provides members of the UM community with the most-advanced rapid communication program currently available for schools.

UM Alert enhances the timeliness of UM’s emergency communications and provides the University with a convenient and effective tool for informing students, faculty and staff of human or natural threats. Through UM Alert, members of the University community, whether on campus or not, can be notified within moments of an urgent event. Emergency messages are sent via telephone (landline and mobile), voice mail, text messaging and email. Students are automatically enrolled for UM Alert. Students can enroll other interested people, such as friends or family, for UM Alert via a link on the Police Services’ webpage on the University website.

Telephone System

The University telephone service is toll-free in the greater-Birmingham area. Students living on campus may arrange for telephone service through the local provider.

University Publications

Students should retain this Bulletin throughout their enrollment at the University. It contains essential information for prospective and enrolled students and the general public regarding admission requirements, course listings, curricula, academic standards and general regulations.

The Fledgling, published on the University’s website by the Student Government Association, contains the traditions and regulations of the University.

Vallo Voice, the official weekly campus-wide communication news source for faculty and staff, is distributed through email by the University Marketing and Communications Office.

The alumni magazine, Montevallo Today, is published two times per year and is mailed to alumni and friends of the University.