Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

Undergraduate Student Services & Activities

    Administrative Offices and Services



Concert, Lecture and Performances
Student Activities and Organizations

Administrative Offices and Services

Access and Compliance Office

Dr. Tomeiko Scott, Executive Director
Main Hall Central, Lower Level
(205) 665-6250

The Office of Access and Compliance (AAC) coordinates access and services for qualified students with a wide variety of disabilities, such as learning disabilities, attention disorders, vision or hearing loss, medical, mental health, orthopedic/mobility, autism spectrum, brain injury/post-concussive syndrome, and speech/language disorders. Links regarding documentation guidelines and registration with AAC can be found on the AAC web page. Services may include but are not limited to classroom and testing accommodations, note-taking support, alternate format texts, assistive software/equipment, disability-related housing and/or dietary needs, and temporary/permanent accessible parking permits. AAC staff coordinates closely with other campus departments, such as Housing, Counseling, UM Police, Dining Services, Veteran and Military Affairs, and various academic support departments to provide access and accommodations as necessary. AAC also serves as a resource to faculty and staff, providing training and assistance in implementing student accommodations.


Freddie’s Books and More
845 Main Street
(205) 665-6575

 Follett operates the University bookstore, it is located on Main Street in Montevallo, across from McDonald’s (two blocks from the center of campus). Distance learning students may order their books and materials online and have them delivered to their homes.  

Career Development Center

Michael Lebeau, Director
Farmer Hall (2nd floor)
(205) 665-6262

The Career Development Center offers comprehensive services to undergraduates, graduates, and alumni regarding their career planning efforts, job market strategies, and professional development.

Trained staff offer individual career counseling and personality testing. They also provide information, assistance, tools and resources to help students identify personal strengths, career interests, and work values to define a good academic and career fit.

Staff assist students in devising a career action plan to help them explore career options, make critical decisions, and set achievable goals.

Overall, the Career Development Center equips students with the tools they need to be successful in the job market, including assistance with networking techniques, interview skills, resume writing, letter writing, and professional etiquette. They help students locate and obtain job shadowing, volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities in their fields.

Carmichael Library

Charlotte Ford, Director
(205) 665-6100

Librarians offer individualized assistance with research assignments via face-to-face, chat, email and phone. Librarians and staff also provide support for creative endeavors involving digital media and archival research. Distance education students have full access to library collections via our “scan and deliver” service, and all students can use our free interlibrary loan service to request materials from other libraries. Access to online databases, research guides and tutorials, and library faculty and staff are available on the Library’s web page.

Counseling Services

Josh Miller, Director
Grainger Family Center for Personal Development
Puryear House
(205) 665-6245

Whether this is a student’s first semester on campus, they are preparing to graduate, or somewhere in between, college can be challenging. The Counseling Services office is here to help! They understand the pressures of being a college student and are available to meet. All services are free and confidential and are available to currently enrolled, degree-seeking students.

Services include individual and group counseling. These services can help students learn to deal with relationships, live away from home, balance a variety of responsibilities, and handle everyday life, among other things. Counseling Services is also involved in raising awareness on campus about mental-health issues that are relevant to students.

To schedule an appointment with a counselor, students may stop by their office in the Puryear House or call 665-6245. For more information, visit the Counseling Services webpage.

Dining Services

Dining Hall

The University contracts with Chartwells to operate Falcon Foods. Falcon Foods includes services in Anna Irvin Dining Hall (seating capacity of 650) where various choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in a traditional food court setting. In addition, Einstein’s, and Pita Pit offer fast-food style walk-up counter service located in the James R. Wilkinson Student Life Center in Farmer Hall. Chartwells also partners with several off-campus vendors which allows students to use their flex points at various locations surrounding campus.

Engaged Education and Public Service

Joyce Jones, Director
GloCo, 845 Valley Street
(205) 665-6030

The Office and Engaged Education and Public Service oversees outreach initiatives designed to promote engaged education and public service at the University of Montevallo. Opportunities include service learning, including public-service oriented internships and professional development opportunities for students; connecting academics and practitioners; dual enrollment; and convening events and forums on issues of critical public importance that bring together community and student audiences. The Office of Engaged Education and Public Service plans, schedules, and implements engaged learning and public service activities appropriate to student needs. 

Falcon Success Center

Randi Tubbs Northcutt, Director
Van Tuyll House
(205) 665-6092

The Falcon Success Center (FCS) works with students as they begin to navigate their college experience, helping them identify and address barriers to their success by offering the following services to the campus community:

  • Academic counseling and student success plans
  • Connections to campus resources
  • Classroom presentations on topics related to academic success
  • Early Academic Alerts
  • General Studies advising
  • Great Start Program
  • Student Success Coaching
  • Transfer student transition and integration
  • Tutoring at the Learning Enrichment Center

Harbert Writing Center

Dr. Cynthia Mwenja, Director
Humanities Hall, Room 311
(205) 476-2042

The Harbert Writing Center (HWC) offers one-on-one writing consultation services online and in person to all members of the University of Montevallo community. Consultations take place at any stage of the writing process, from planning the assignment to polishing the composition. HWC consultants are skilled student writers who have been trained to work with both strong and struggling writers. We encourage all students to come to the HWC for support with writing-intensive classes at any level and in any discipline. Students may make appointments at www.montevallo.mywconline.com; drop-in appointments are available as the schedule allows. This service is free to all students and community members.

Housing and Residence Life

John Denson, Director
Main Hall, West First Floor
(205) 665-6235
jdenson1@montevallo.edu or Housing@montevallo.edu

Research shows that living on campus is a very positive factor for a student’s success and, at Montevallo, helping all students succeed is a priority. Living on campus allows students to experience college life to its fullest. UM residence halls provide convenience, a sense of community, and constant opportunities for intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Living on campus puts students close to classes, the dining hall, the student activity center, the library, and all the campus activities. Self-government is encouraged in all residence halls. Residence Hall Directors are aided by student Resident Assistants (RAs), who are responsible for the floors on which they live. The Housing and Residence Life Office coordinates all on-campus housing assignments.

To be eligible to live on campus, a student must be a high-school graduate and be enrolled for at least six hours of classes per term (three hours per summer term). All freshmen under 19 must live on campus unless they are married or living with parents or guardians. Students with special circumstances may contact the Director of Housing and Residence Life.  

There are eleven air-conditioned residence halls on campus, with internet access in each room.

Residence Hall Residents Capacity
Brooke (open during winter and spring breaks) Female 199
College Creek Apartments Co-ed 27-55 (private or double rooms)
College Park Apartments (open during winter and spring breaks) Co-ed 19-39 (private or double rooms)
Hanson Female 157
Lund (open during winter and spring breaks) Male 96
Main Female 286
Napier Male 154
New Res Co-ed 153
Peck (12-month) Co-ed 99
Ramsay Co-ed 76
Tutwiler Female 113











International Student Services

Jason Perry, Director, Multicultural Student Engagement
Sharpe House
930 Bloch Street
(205) 665-6219

Amy Minor, Assistant Registrar and Designated School Official (DSO)
Palmer Hall, Second Floor


The following services are available to international students attending the University:

  • Friendship Partners - pairs international students with local families to expose them to our culture and provide them a source of support and sense of family
  • International Student Advisory Committee - advocates for the needs of our international students to ensure they have the necessary support and resources to thrive throughout their Montevallo experience
  • International Student Organization - represented by our international student body and is committed to developing the international presence at UM, including assisting in advocating for needs of international students, creating events to build community, collaborating with campus, etc.
  • International Student Shuttle - provides a safe and easy transition process for our international students, we offer a free student shuttle to them, to and from the Birmingham Airport.

Additionally, the P/DSO (Primary/Designated School Officials) located in the Registrar’s Office provides assistants with documentation (I-20) needed for compliance with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and SEVIS (SEVP) to maintain F-1 student status.  For additional information visit the International Student Information site.

Learning Enrichment Center (Undergraduate Students)

Randi Tubbs Northcutt, Director
TBA, Coordinator of Tutoring
Carmichael Library, Lower Level
(205) 665-6113

As part of the Falcon Success Center, the Learning Enrichment Center (LEC) assists students in identifying their academic needs and provides them with support that will strengthen their academic skills, helping them become more confident students. The LEC provides the following services:

  • Assessment of academic needs
  • Tutoring for a variety of courses in the following formats:
    • Drop-In tutoring
    • Individual tutoring
    • Online tutoring
    • Small group tutoring

For more information, or to submit a tutoring request, please visit the LEC website.

MADE Program

Jason Perry, Director
Sharpe House
930 Bloch Street
(205) 665-6219

The MADE Program’s purpose is to help under-served students overcome the social, emotional, academic, and professional challenges that come with college. MADE provides a safe and supportive environment for under-served students to grow and build a community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff committed to their success.  

Public Safety

Tim Alexander, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety
L.H. Floyd Physical Plant Building
(205) 665-6155

The UM Police Department (UMPD) is a service-oriented, professional department committed to the concept of community policing. Providing the University of Montevallo community with a safe and secure environment is our priority. UMPD’s mission is to be involved with the people we serve, building collaborative partnerships, and working together as a team. Our goal is to support everyone in their educational pursuits by maintaining a safe community that is conducive to the spirit of learning. We provide the University with a full-service Public Safety Agency that is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We encourage prompt reporting of all crimes and suspicious activity to the UMPD to assist us in providing the best possible service. Working as a team in our community can only enhance the quality of life on our campus. Other services provided by the UMPD include vehicle registration, after-hours escort service, campus blue light phones, traffic appeals, and the UMAlert Emergency Notification System. For more information, refer to the website above.

Regional Inservice Education Center

Brooke Hughston, Director
Wills Hall, Suite 114
(205) 358-8543

The University of Montevallo Regional Inservice Education Center (UM-RIEC)’s mission is to provide sustained, comprehensive, effective professional development that addresses the needs of all educators across the region. In doing so, we aim to enable educators to provide the best opportunities for all students to achieve educational success. Recognizing that becoming an effective educator is a continuous process, we are committed to providing ongoing opportunities to all educational personnel to maximize their understanding and abilities in specific content areas as well as in the areas of effective pedagogical methods and state-of-the-art technological applications. By developing and maintaining a community of learners among district and University of Montevallo personnel, we provide collaborative opportunities for cooperative work, research, and mentoring.

Programs and initiatives associated with the UM-RIEC include the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM), Technology in Motion (TIM), and the National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) Candidate Support Program.

The Center serves thirteen public school districts including: Alabaster City, Bibb County, Chilton County, Coosa County, Homewood City, Hoover City, Mountain Brook City, Pelham City, Shelby County, Sylacauga City, Talladega County, Talladega City, and Vestavia Hills City.

Registrar’s Office

Amanda Tinney Fox, Registrar
Palmer Hall, Second Floor
(205) 665-6040
The Registrar’s Office supports students and the University’s mission by ensuring the accuracy and security of student information and academic records, providing exceptional service to students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community, all while acting in a manner of compliance with University policy as well as state and federal law.

The Registrar’s Office provides the following services:

  • Degree requirement evaluation
  • Enrollment and degree verifications
  • FERPA and privacy compliance
  • Graduation certification and verification
  • International student information and support
  • Major, minor, and program resources
  • Registration and class schedule information and support
  • Residency (In-state) status
  • Student information updates
  • Transcript request
  • Transfer and transient credit
  • Withdrawal and drop

Solution Center

Morgan Hall, Room 108
(205) 665-6512

The Solution Center offers technology assistance to all students including email accounts, passwords, Wi-Fi or network access, printing, university ID cards, and Canvas. The Solution Center does not support personal computers or mobile devices.

The Solution Center is located on the first floor of Morgan Hall and walk-ins are welcome. Assistance is also available by phone at (205) 665-6512 or via email at solutioncenter@montevallo.edu. For business hours and further information, please visit the Solution Center webpage.

Speech and Language Services

Melissa Cheslock, Staff Clinical Director
UM Speech & Language Center
(205) 665-6720

The University of Montevallo Speech and Language Center in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders aids students and the general public who have hearing, speech, or language difficulties. Any person may arrange for a hearing screening, speech evaluation (e.g., articulation, voice, fluency), and/or language evaluation by filling out an online Request for Service form at the above website or by calling the Speech and Language Center and requesting an appointment. Evaluation and therapeutic services are provided at no charge.

Student Affairs/Dean of Students 

Dr. Tammi S. Dahle, Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management 
Main Hall, Lower Level
(205) 665-6020 

Staff in Student Affairs motivate, support, and challenge students in their pursuit of becoming meaningfully employed, responsible, and informed citizens by assisting students to identify and pursue their passions. In addition, Student Affairs staff members collaborate with faculty, students, staff, and the community to provide a unique liberal education experience rooted in values of diversity and social justice in order to honor the unique talents of each individual. Refer to the Fledgling(Student Handbook) for more information. 

Student Aid

Kimberly Miller, Director
Palmer Hall, First Floor
(205) 665-6050

The Student Aid Office assists undergraduate students with the financial aid process, including applications for scholarships, grants, federal work study, and loans. Students are encouraged to contact the Student Aid Office to learn more about their financial aid options. Once unconditionally admitted to UM, undergraduates should annually apply for scholarships. Information and instructions are available on the scholarshipwebpage at montevallo.edu/scholarships. Undergraduates should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year at https://studentaid.gov. This application is used to determine eligibility for state and federal grants, work study, and loans. The Student Aid Office looks forward to serving all undergraduates and ensuring their financial needs are met.

Student Conduct

Alexander Maxwell, Director
Main Hall, Lower level
(205) 665-6020

The Office of Student Conduct encourages academic excellence, accountability, integrity, moral courage, and respect by holding students accountable to the student Code of Conduct. We assist students in bringing their actions into congruence with their values.

Student Health Services

Erica Hutchens, Director
Main Hall, East First Floor
(205) 665-6275

Student Health Services is an on-campus clinic providing basic medical care for minor acute illnesses to enrolled undergraduate students. Services provided are covered by a mandatory undergraduate health fee.  Student Health Services also serves as a referral source for students needing care beyond that available on campus. Expenses incurred from care provided off-campus are the responsibility of the student. Appointments are required.

Student Life

Jenny Bell, Director
Farmer Hall, Second Floor
(205) 665-6565

The Student Life Office coordinates orientation, student organizations and student events both on and off campus. The staff coordinates student leadership development programs, meets with the advisors to all campus groups, and advises the Panhellenic, National Panhellenic, and Interfraternity councils, the Student Government Association, and the University Program Council. The office also schedules functions at the Stewart Student Retreat, Farmer Hall Meeting Room, SGA Conference Room, and Student Life Center Stage.

Title IX

Dr. Tomeiko Scott, Title IX Coordinator
Main Hall, Lower Level
(205) 665-6250

Ashley Baugh, Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Will Lyman House
(205) 665-6055

Dawn Makofski, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
McChesney Student Activities Center
(205) 665-6633


The University of Montevallo is committed to providing an educational and employment environment free of harassment and other forms of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, national origin, or veteran status of and by faculty, staff, and students. The University of Montevallo does not discriminate on the basis of sex in our education program or activities we operate and is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner. The requirement not to discriminate in our education program or activities extends to admission and employment. If you have any inquiries about the application of Title IX, please contact our Title IX Coordinator. Please visit the University’s Title IX web page at montevallo.edu/about-um/administration/human-resources/title-ix-sexual-harassment/

TRIO McNair Scholars Program (Undergraduate Students)

Jamaica Dunigan, Director
Main Hall, Lower Level, Room 45B
(205) 665-6570

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program is designed to assist qualified undergraduate students in successfully completing the baccalaureate degree and entering graduate school. The McNair Program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The ultimate goal of the program is to assist students in earning a doctorate. Services provided to participants include:

  • graduate admissions assistance
  • graduate school and professional site visits
  • academic, professional, and personal development classes
  • admissions examination preparation
  • cultural enrichment opportunities 
  • an array of other services to assist students.

The program’s highlight is a summer research opportunity in which scholars are paired with faculty mentors to conduct scholarly research. Tuition, room, board, supplies, and a stipend are provided for the students during the research internship. The purpose is to prepare scholars for research they will encounter in graduate school. Students are encouraged to visit the McNair office during their sophomore year to inquire about eligibility criteria.

TRIO Student Support Services (Undergraduate Students)

Dr. Portia Stallworth, Director
Main Hall, Lower Level
(205) 665-6094

TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded, comprehensive academic support program designed to increase the retention and graduation rates for students traditionally under-represented in higher education. TRIO SSS offers eligible students an extraordinary experience at the University of Montevallo, providing individualized assistance from the day they enter the program until the day they graduate. The program’s wide array of required and recommended services and useful resources help program participants develop the academic skills, mindset, and motivation necessary to be successful and graduate. All services are free of charge and include but are not limited to one-on-one tutoring, personal and academic counseling, career and graduate school preparation, financial literacy, opportunities for an SSS Grant Award for freshmen and sophomores (specific requirements apply), and cultural/social events. Active participants also have access to a dedicated computer lab with printing privileges and leadership opportunities such as Peer Tutors and Peer Coaches.

Students must meet at least one of these eligibility criteria to qualify: first-generation college attendee (neither parent has earned a four-year college degree), a limited family income, or a documented disability. TRIO Student Support Services is funded to serve only 200 students per year, so students are encouraged to apply in early May for Fall semester consideration. Applicants will be screened through an interview process and will be notified of their acceptance by letter. Students interested in participating may apply online at www.montevallo.edu/sss or visit the TRIO SSS office for more information.

TRIO Upward Bound (Classic and Math & Science)

Paul Barnes, Director
Humanities Hall, Third Floor
(205) 665-6268

UM TRIO Upward Bound is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education that provides high school students in Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties from low-income families or who are potential first-generation college graduates with an intensive, year-round program of academic and personal support and guidance to develop the skills and motivation to complete both secondary and postsecondary education. Students meet on weeknights at the University of Montevallo throughout the academic year to receive these services. During the summer, the program conducts an intensive six-week summer academy. The Upward Bound Math/Science program provides similar services with a more intense focus on STEM for qualified students who are interested in studying STEM fields in college and pursuing STEM-related careers.
The program employs UM students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to tutor and mentor program participants and assist instructors in classroom activities both during the academic year and for the summer academy. 

Veteran and Military Affairs

Traci Crenshaw, Director
GloCo Building, 845 Valley Street
(205) 665-6472

The University of Montevallo and the UM Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is honored to serve our student veterans, servicepersons, and their families as they study with us. The Vet Center provides, facilitates, and coordinates programs and services to meet the needs of this student population. Students are encouraged to visit the Veterans’ Center, located in the GloCo Building, which offers a computer lab, free printing services, a lounge area, phone charging stations, a quiet area for studying, and a conference room. For more information contact our office or visit our website.

Concerts, Lectures, and Performances

Distinguished speakers, lecturers, and artists appear several times each year. With a few exceptions, there is no admission charge for these events.

Dancy Lecture Series

Launched in 1939, the Dancy Lecture Series brings a distinguished scholar of literature or language arts to campus every two years. Scholars, critics, and writers who have served as Dancy lecturers include Houston Baker, Joseph Campbell, Horton Foote, Stephen Greenblatt, Elaine Pagels, Natasha Trethewey, Helen Vendler, and UM poet Laureate Ada Limón. 

Dr. Wilson Fallin Lecture Series

Established in 2021, the Dr. Wilson Fallin Jr. Lecture Series highlights educational and social-cultural topics related to African American heritage, social justice and racist justice. 

Hallie Farmer Lecture Series

The Hallie Farmer lectures bring distinguished figures in the social sciences to Montevallo for two to three days of lectures and informal appearances. Guests have ranged from a former U.S. secretary of state to a Russian-American documentary filmmaker. The lecture series was established in 1985 in memory of Montevallo professor and civic leader Hallie Farmer.

Fine Arts Performances and Event Series: Communication Events, Gallery Shows, Concerts, Recitals, and Theatre Productions


The College of Fine Arts produces a unified season of approximately 60 performances and events annually, many of which are free. The Department of Art presents several professional and student BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) capstone exhibitions each semester, including regular showings of work by UM art faculty. Professional exhibitions at the Alan and Lindsay Song Center for the Arts’ Poole Art Gallery include a gallery talk or lecture by the artist. The Department of Communication presents ValloVision news broadcasts, Media Day and COMS Day events each year, as well as a festival of short, student-produced films. The Department of Music presents multiple concerts featuring student choirs and instrumental ensembles, recitals by faculty, students, and guest artists, and opera. The Department of Theatre stages a wide range of plays and musical theatre productions, guest artist workshops, BFA showcases, and student-directed work. Auditions and technical theatre interviews for departmental productions in Theatre are open to all UM students and are held twice a year for the productions produced in a regular semester. Students interested in participating should contact the main department email address: theatre@montevallo.edu, to be directed to the appropriate faculty member or they are welcome to message any department faculty member with questions. 

Martha Allen Lecture Series in the Visual Arts


These annual lectures bring prominent artists, art historians, and critics to campus to deliver major public lectures and to meet directly with students and faculty.

Pat Scales Lecture Series

Launched in 2018, the Pat Scales Lecture Series brings a scholar, author, or illustrator to campus each spring to speak about issues related to children’s or young adult literature, including intellectual freedom. The lecture series is an extension of the Pat Scales Special Collections mission of promoting individual and collaborative study and research of children’s and young adult literature.

Vacca Lectures


An eminent teacher-scholar in the liberal arts is invited periodically to Montevallo to teach a special undergraduate course and deliver public lectures as the Paschal P. Vacca Professor of Liberal Arts. The guest scholar also assists the faculty by reviewing the University’s curriculum and library holdings. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, Vacca professors contribute new perspectives to the learning experience at Montevallo.

Student Activities and Organizations

Students at Montevallo have many opportunities for group participation and leadership experiences. There are clubs and organizations of all kinds such as academic, honorary, professional, religious, and special interest. Additionally, some 15 percent of Montevallo students choose to affiliate with one of 15 national fraternities or sororities active at UM. A complete list of active student organizations, fraternities, and sororities is available on the University’s Student Organization webpage. 

Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center

Ed A. Langham, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Recreational Programs
McChesney Student Activity Center
(205) 665-6611

The Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center provides a variety of recreational opportunities for students enrolled in the University. In addition to hosting home volleyball and basketball games, concerts, convocations, and other University-wide events, the McChesney Student Activity Center offers a state-of-the-art cardio-weight area, racquetball courts, walleyball courts, multi-purpose rooms, an intercollegiate swimming pool, and a walking track. An 18-hole disc golf course, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts are available in the area outside the facility. The mission of the McChesney Student Activity Center is to support the student’s higher educational experience by providing comprehensive wellness components through recreational facilities and programs, including cardiovascular, weight training, and aquatic activities.


Mark J. Richard, Vice President for Athletic and Special Programs
McChesney Student Activity Center
(205) 665-6612

Athletics are an integral part of the total University program, complementing the goals of general education. The intercollegiate athletic program makes its contribution to individual development through competitive sports activities designed to improve individual fitness, develop neuromuscular skills, foster and maintain socially positive standards of conduct, and create desirable attitudes toward physical recreation, rest, and relaxation.

The ideal of the student-athlete is taken very seriously at Montevallo, where the coaching staff places a high priority on success in the classroom as well as in the game. As a result, Montevallo student-athletes exceed both state and national averages for academic success.

The University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II. Men compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track and field, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, soccer, swimming, tennis, and wrestling. Women compete in acrobatics and tumbling, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track and field, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. The University also offers Spirit Squads in cheer and dance. Additionally, the Athletics department sponsors the University’s Esports team.

Montevallo has an outstanding reputation for athletic excellence, with a long list of All-American athletes and frequent appearances in championship tournaments.

Students may request the University Athletic Program Equity in Athletics Disclosure by contacting the Director of Athletics.

College Night


College Night is known as the only Homecoming tradition of its kind in the nation. Selected as a “Local Legacy” for the Library of Congress’s bicentennial celebration in 2000, College Night is a festival of comedy, drama, music and athletics that lasts four nights.

College Night leaders are elected in the spring and recruitment of new “Purples” and “Golds” begins during the Fall Semester.

Each February, hundreds of alumni return to campus for this annual event, which has taken place each year since its beginning in 1919. Students and alumni enjoy contests culminating in a pair of rival theatre productions.

Students elect to “play” on either the Gold or Purple Side and compete in a series of events that culminate in stage productions. The winner is decided on the basis of a point system. Points are earned in various ways, such as winning a sporting event, winning a cheer competition, or designing the best side sign. The largest number of possible points are awarded to the side that stages the best production. A panel of guest judges reviews the performances. The productions are created completely by students, including scripts, music, sets, acting, directing, and conducting. The winning side has bragging rights for the upcoming year.

In the words of a former student, “Saturday night of College Night can be the most thrilling, totally unique evening of your life, or the most disappointing, almost agonizing experience imaginable. But after being involved in it in some way, the feeling remains that, win or lose, either way, it was worth it.”

Community School of Music

Davis Hall
(205) 665-6678

Established in 1972, the Community School of Music provides exceptional music instruction to all ages and levels of ability within the surrounding communities. Non-credit private lessons are available in piano, guitar, voice, organ, saxophone, violin, French horn, flute, trombone, trumpet, mandolin, bass guitar, ukulele, clarinet, and percussion. A free Musicianship Class is available for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years of age during the Fall and Spring semesters. Recitals are free of charge and open to the public each semester. The CSM is in Davis Hall. To register, visit the University’s website or call 205-665-6678. 

Intramural Sports

Ed A. Langham, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Recreational Programs
McChesney Student Activity Center
(205) 665-6611

Athletics organizes and provides intramural athletic events for students, faculty, and staff. Intramural sports include flag football, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, basketball, and kickball as well as smaller tournaments for yard games. Intramurals are played in September, October, November, February, March, and April.

Music Ensembles


Students may audition for any of several choral and instrumental ensembles. Performing groups include the Concert Choir, University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble (Concert Band), Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and Chamber-Music Ensembles.

Religious Life

The Montevallo Campus Ministry Association, an ecumenical consortium of ministers who act as chaplains for the residence halls, enhances religious life on campus by sponsoring special events and providing places where students can find religious fellowship. Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, and Methodist churches are all located within three blocks of campus, along with a Roman Catholic chapel and Baptist and Presbyterian campus-ministry buildings. The Church of Christ, Church of God, Church of the Nazarene, and several other Baptist or independent churches are also active in Montevallo. Lutheran, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and other denominations are represented in the county. People of the Jewish and Muslim faiths meet at locations in Birmingham and Shelby County.

Student Government Association


Since 1916, the president and faculty have encouraged students to govern themselves in important areas of campus life. Meetings of the SGA Senate are open to students. Graduate students have representation in the SGA through one elected graduate senator who works with the SGA on programs of specific interest to graduate students. Each year the SGA updates The Fledgling (found on the University’s website), a student handbook containing pertinent information regarding student life on campus.

Student Publications and Productions

The Alabamian


The campus newspaper was first published in 1922 and is issued semimonthly during the academic year. The Alabamian is published by students under the direction of student editors. It is distributed free to students, and students are encouraged to apply for staff positions as writers, photographers, artists, editors, or salespeople.

Vallo Vision

The University’s live-to-tape weekly newscast is reported and produced by students in a fully equipped TV studio in the Mass Communication building. Students also live-stream athletic events and produce a variety of student-run programming for the campus.



Students have published an annual yearbook since 1907. Now known as the Montage, it was the first yearbook in Alabama to be produced with desktop-publishing equipment. The Montage is published by students under the direction of student editors. It is distributed free to students, and students are encouraged to apply for staff positions as writers, photographers, artists, editors, or salespeople.

The Tower


The Tower, Montevallo’s campus literary and arts magazine, has been publishing UM students’ original creative writing and artwork since 1932. The Tower is edited and published by a team of student readers and editors and is distributed on campus free of charge. UM students are encouraged to apply for staff positions as editors, readers, social media/PR managers, graphic designers, and copy editors. Submissions of creative work can be sent to Tower@montevallo.edu. Follow The Tower at @umthetower on Twitter or @um_thetower on Instagram.

Theatre Productions

Students are invited to participate as actors and technicians in plays and musicals regularly staged on campus. The University Theatre draws from many different authors, periods, countries, styles, and types of drama, from Shakespearean tragedy to contemporary farce to musicals. Student-directed productions enhance the annual cycle of productions.

University Program Council (UPC)


The purpose of the UPC is to arrange concerts, movies, and special entertainment events for students at Montevallo. Funded by the Student Government Association, the UPC is governed by students and is responsive to their needs for special programs.