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President’s Message Dear Montevallo family, I am excited to relay that, last May, the trustees approved our recommendation to launch a comprehensive fundraising campaign with a goal of $20,000,000 over seven years. Following vetting sessions with faculty, students, staff, coaches, alumni, Foundation and alumni boards, community members and other friends, we have established campaign priorities which will, at once, honor our rich traditions and also position us solidly for the future. These priorities touch many aspects of our mission, and, most importantly, will help us preserve and enhance the unique learning experience we have offered our students for more than a century. The focus will be to increase funding for: Scholarships and Student Support –The cost of a college education is climbing. We want to maintain our tradition of providing a transformative educational experience for an investment that is valuable and accessible to hardworking students and families. This year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Montevallo #4 in our category in the Southeast for graduating students with the least amount of student loan debt. Scholarships and internships provide our students with life changing opportunities. Faculty and Staff Development – Endowed academic chairs, distinguished professorships, coaching and staff positions will support excellence in teaching and scholarship and will keep us competitive as we recruit and maintain the finest professionals to serve our students. Facilities for Living and Learning – Funding new construction, renovation and restoration projects, both in academic and athletic facilities, will keep our historic campus functional, beautiful and current with technology. Building the Annual Fund – Robust annual giving helps us offset rising costs and diminished state support and provides budget relief to areas of greatest current needs. The Traditions Fund – Gifts to this fund will help us to protect and preserve those traditions most dear to us. Whether you’re a Purple, a Gold or Green, it is critical that we endow support for the traditions that have distinguished us: College Night, brick streets and sidewalks, The Alabamian, the Crook, Main Hall fire escapes, Greek life, the University Lake (anyone seen the cafeteria trays?), the Life Raft Debate, a proud Falcons athletics heritage, preservation of our iconic buildings and many others. The University Advancement team is working diligently with campus constituents to engineer the campaign, draft the Case for Support, adopt and establish reporting guidelines, promote naming opportunities and identify prospective donors. During the planning phase, we will ask for lead gifts, both pledged and deferred, which will provide us the strong foundation for a wider public launch within the next 18-24 months. With your help, we will deepen Montevallo’s resources, extend her many strengths and continue to transform lives – as we have for 117 years.

MONTEVALLO TODAY Vol. CII, No. 3 Fall 2013 Montevallo ll Today d (USPS 005432; ISSN 1052-3634) is published bl h d three times a year by the University of Montevallo, Alumni Affairs/University Relations, Reynolds Hall, Highland St., Montevallo, AL 35115. Periodicals postage paid at Montevallo, AL, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER, send address changes to Montevallo Today, Station 6215, P.O. Box 6000, Montevallo, AL 35115. To contact the Alumni Affairs office, please call 205-665-6215. Text, photographs and graphic images included in this publication may not be reproduced without written permission from the editor. The University of Montevallo does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or in the provision of services.

Montevallo Today University of Montevallo alumni magazine EDITOR Tiffany Roskamp-Bunt ’00


COPY EDITORS Diane Kennedy-Jackson Heather Buckner ’14

ALUMNI EDITOR Tracy Payne-Rockco ’94, M.Ed. ’98

PHOTOGRAPHERS Matt Orton, Brittany Headley ’14, Kiera Hood ’15, Ashlynn Postell ’13, Tracy PayneRockco ’94, M.Ed. ’98

DESIGNERS Justin Barron ’12, Tiffany Roskamp-Bunt ’00, Hannah Stein ’14


CONTRIBUTORS Heather Buckner ’14, Rachel Daniel ’09, Wesley Hallman, Tonya Fleming ’13, Tim Lupinacci ’88, Cathlena Martin, Cynthia Tidwell ’94, Jah’zmin Young ’09

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UMNAA President—Jim Methvin ’73 President-Elect—Michael Malone ’69 Past President/Parliamentarian Kit Waters ’78 Alumni Council Representative Mary Lou Williams ’69 Admissions Representative Greg Embry ’96 Faculty Representative Carolyn Miller-Kirby SGA President Rachael Swokowski ’14 UMNAA Vice Presidents Barbara Bonfield ’58, Sandi Falkenhagen ’68, Wadia B. Josof ’79, Jalete Nelms ’90, Laurl Self ’94, Keith Shoemaker ’98 Members at Large Jeffery J. Adams ’85, Matthew Arnold ’93, Glenda L. Bland ’89, Barbara J. Bradford ’56, Lewis Brooks ’88, Vera S. Cox ’56, Claudia Sue Harrell ’73, Toni Leo ’80, Andy Meginniss ’68, Megan E. Randolph ’06, J. Corey Stewart ’03, David W. Thomas ’97, Chris Willis ’07, Warwick M. Woodall ’82 Ex-Officio John W. Stewart III Tracy Payne-Rockco ’94, M.Ed. ’98 Patrick McDonald ’01

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Undergraduate Research UM student Katherine Savell pursued a research project over the summer at the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of South Alabama. Savell is shown here at left with Dr. Sinéad M. Ni Chadhain of the biology department at USA.

12 Sports UM’s baseball team advanced to the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship game in the spring and finished the season with an overall 34–20 record. The inaugural season for the track and field team yielded good results as did the other spring sports teams. Montevallo will add a softball team to its athletics offerings in February 2015.


Alumni clubs enjoy fellowship Alumni from coast to coast enjoyed spring and summer gatherings to catch up on news from UM, celebrate special occasions, raise funds for scholarships and simply have a good time. At left (from left), Toni Leo ’80, Sandy Falkenhagen ’68, Kit Waters ’78 and Laurl Self ’94 set up refreshments for the Jefferson County Art Auction.

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22 Alumni Activities

On the cover The new Barnes & Noble university bookstore is a beacon calling UM students, faculty and staff, as well as townsfolk to come in and shop for all things Montevallo. From t-shirts to hoodies, from cups to umbrellas, from textbooks to best sellers, it’s all there in a bright new location, welcoming browsers and shoppers. See page 4 for more details. PHOTOS: MATT ORTON


UM’s footprint| When students arrived on campus this fall, they were met with several improvements and additions that have expanded UM’s footprint into downtown Montevallo and beyond. From extra classroom and office space to cyberspace, Montevallo is growing and updating services. Renovations were completed at the University of Montevallo on Main building over the summer, and with a ribbon cutting and reception on Aug. 23, also “Move-in Day” for freshmen, the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences officially “moved in” to their new offices and classrooms. Formerly housed in Jeter Hall, the faculty, staff and students in BSS will enjoy a state-of-the-art facility that brings the University to Main Street. The building housed the offices of Alabama Power Co. in years past, and it was constructed with many energy-saving features at the time. It is now considered the ultimate recycling project. In another move to unite the University with the City of Montevallo, the Barnes & Noble university bookstore held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Sept. 4 at the new location on Main Street. In addition to student textbooks and school supplies, the bookstore also stocks casual clothing, cups and mugs, miscellaneous decorative items, (most decorated in purple and gold), as well as … books. Bestsellers occupy the racks alongside coffee table books and paperbacks. Anna Irvin Hall also underwent major upgrades with the arrival of a new food service vendor. The University has engaged Chartwells to provide not only cafeteria service, but also to establish Moe’s Southwestern Grill


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and Olo Sushi in Farmer Hall. Under the title, Falcon Foods, Chartwells will serve 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. In addition, Chartwells assures diners that they serve “environmentally friendly and socially conscious foods.” At Montevallo, a university that places a high value on sustainability and environmental awareness, this is expected to be a factor in their popularity with students, faculty and staff. Main Hall, the oldest residence hall on campus, received a major facelift over the summer. In student residence areas, all the windows, ceilings, carpets and bathroom floors were replaced, all the rooms were painted, and the HVAC system was upgraded with an individual thermostat in each room. The HVAC improvements are connected to the energy management system in order to save energy and provide an improved comfort level for residents. New furnishings rounded out the improvements, making Main a popular choice for on-campus housing. The change that will be seen by more constituents than the physical improvements to the campus is the new University of Montevallo website. Launched on Sept. 6, has an entirely new appearance. UM partnered with Big Communications, an awardwinning creative communications firm located in Birmingham, to produce a visually lighter and more open “window on the world.” It is designed to engage the viewer and be more “conversational.” Navigation has also been simplified to make information more readily available.

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1. Barnes & Noble College opens on Main Street. 2. Welcome to Moe’s! in Farmer Hall. 3. A new classroom welcomes students to Montevallo on Main. 4. A wide selection of UM apparel at the new Barnes & Noble bookstore. 5. New furnishings and other improvements in a room in Main Hall. 6. The homepage on UM’s new website: 7. Ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of Montevallo on Main. 8. Murals in the side dining room in the cafeteria. 9. The main dining area in Anna Irvin Hall.




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|MBA program rapidly developing| The University of Montevallo’s MBA, offered through the Stephens College of Business (SCOB), just concluded its third year, graduating the largest class to date. Fifteen graduates from as near as Birmingham and as far away as Puebla, Mexico, were awarded the MBA at the summer commencement ceremony, held Aug. 2 in Palmer Auditorium. The SCOB MBA is a student-focused program that has developed into the most rapidly growing of its kind in Alabama. For those who have seen this program develop and expand, it is a time to not only look back on its beginnings and current standing, but also to look ahead to its future. UM launched the MBA in the fall of 2010 after receiving approval from the state and gathering public input on the design and format of the program so that it would best fit the needs of the citizens in the area. As a result, the MBA, even from its onset, offered convenient evening classes at a north Shelby County campus and allowed students to pursue either full-time or part-time study to accommodate their schedules. Not long after its beginning, the SCOB began to offer all of the prerequisite courses for the MBA in one summer of study so that new students from diverse undergraduate majors could get a quick start on the program. The program has made remarkable strides since its inception. Three years and many graduates later, the faculty and staff of the SCOB are still carefully attending to the needs of the students to ensure that they are provided an environment with the latest technologies as well as the professional support that is essential to growing a career of distinction. The SCOB has listened, and the students, both current and former, have spoken out with praise for the program. Brandon Dainas, an MBA graduate of August 2011 who serves as a consumer loan underwriter for Wells


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Genessa Lang, a recent graduate of UM’s MBA program, says, “I loved the personal attention that I received from my professors and the relationships that I developed with my fellow colleagues. The varied student backgrounds initiated diverse class discussions, which kept us all on our toes.”

Fargo & Company in Birmingham, was among the first small group of students to complete the program and reap its rewards. In reflecting on the then-new program that was “a good fit” for him and how it promoted his professional growth, Dainas stressed the value of his liberal arts MBA. “Having completed my MBA at Montevallo has helped me to stand out in the job market. My MBA set me apart from other candidates and allowed me to get my foot in the door with a great company,” Dainas stated. As one of the most recent graduates to emerge from the MBA, Genessa Lang spoke highly of her time in the program that she described as “refreshing” after transitioning from a larger university to a smaller university environment for her graduate studies. Although Lang appreciated the accessibility that allowed her to continue working while she attended graduate school, she

especially valued the unique exchanges that the MBA fostered: “I loved the personal attention that I received from my professors and the relationships that I developed with my fellow colleagues. The varied student backgrounds initiated diverse class discussions, which kept us all on our toes.” Kelly Benton, a student who is currently enrolled in the MBA program, commented on her experiences so far and explained that the effectiveness of the program rested in its construction of “a hands-on environment” that allowed “students to learn by doing.” Benton also noted that the classroom collaborations have aided in her preparation for real world scenarios that she will encounter throughout her professional career: “The teamwork exercises focus on approaches to business problems and helps (sic) prepare students for interactions in corporate environments.”

Carlos Barahona, a native of Puebla, Mexico, recently received his MBA at Montevallo after completing a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, also at UM.

While students and faculty are enthusiastic about the experiences and successes that they have already had with the program over its threeyear history, they are equally enthused about the direction they see it going in the future. Having served as the head of the SCOB since January 2010, Dean Stephen Craft has personally spearheaded much of the strategic planning of the MBA to attract new students, implement resources such as the Center for Professional Practice and ensure that the curriculum excels nationally in accreditation and benchmarking. Craft recently provided observations on the direction of UM’s MBA in The Stephens Business Review and hinted that great things are on the horizon, including the potential for an MBA cohort at an alternate location and a con-

tinued emphasis on strengthening of the academic quality of the program. “We’re focused on growth, focused on enrollment, updating curriculum, updating courses. It’s a very exciting place to be right now. There’s a lot of energy. With an outstanding faculty and students, a supportive board of advisers, a new focus on growth and a lot of energy, it is no longer business as usual for Stephens,” Craft said. Like all the SCOB programs, the MBA is fully accredited by AACSB International, the highest possible accreditation standard for programs in business. For more information on UM’s MBA program, please visit the SCOB MBA website at mbaprogram or the Graduate Admissions & Records website at

|Montevallo recognized as “Great College to Work For”|

UM has recently been named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2013 Great Colleges to Work For® program. The program recognizes small groups of colleges (based on enrollment size) for specific best practices and policies. Montevallo received recognition in both the Teaching Environment and Tenure Clarity and Process categories. The former is based on faculty members stating that the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching. The

University of Montevallo’s results in the recent Chronicle of Higher Education survey,” stated Dr. John W. Stewart III, president of UM. “Montevallo is not only a great place for our students, but for our dedicated faculty and staff, as well. This important recognition stands as an affirmation of the stalwart efforts of the entire Montevallo family.” Published since 1966, The Chronicle of Higher Education provides the academic community with an independent, global hub for news, sophisticated analysis, opinion and engagement, and is read by more college and university faculty members and administrators than any other source in higher education. Now in its sixth year, the Great Colleges to Work For® program has become one of the largest and most-respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

latter is based on faculty indicating that requirements for tenure are clear. The Chronicle partnered with ModernThink, a strategic human-capital consulting firm, to administer the survey and analyze the results. The Great Colleges® survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff, as well as an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received a Great College to Work For® recognition was employee feedback. Results analysis by ModernThink placed the University of Montevallo as one of 76 four-year institutions to be recognized from among 227 participants. “We are extremely pleased with the


|Undergrad Research| While many undergraduate students take the summer off to enjoy some downtime or work at a summer job, others pursue research projects in their fields, not only extending their learning, but also their resumés. Senior Katherine Savell participated in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of South Alabama. Her project, guided by Dr. Sinéad M. Ni Chadhain in the biology department, focused on isolating and screening soil bacteria in pursuit of a model biofuel. Emily MacCrae, also a senior, spent her summer working in the laboratory of the Department of Biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, chaired by Richard Cummings ’74. MacCrae’s project involved the development of a more mobile and less costly test for influenza. Students in the Game Studies and Design (GSD) program have also been busy, attending conferences and conventions, demonstrating their newly designed games and presenting their findings. Thanks to Undergraduate Research travel grants, two faculty members, one alumnus and eight students attended the Dice Tower Gaming Con, a five-day gaming convention in Orlando, Fla. While the academic study of games is the focus at scholarly conferences, the industry side of gaming happens at conventions like this one. During this convention, which had more than 650 attendees, six GSD students presented their original games during a prototype event. Students were able to have published designers play their games and provide feedback. A marketing director for one company specifically asked two students to send him copies or revised copies of their games for further consideration. Matt Cox conducted undergraduate research over the summer with advising by Cathlena Martin, assistant professor of game studies and design. Cox and Martin presented their findings at the


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Popular Culture Association South Conference in Savannah, Ga. Cox has been accepted to present his essay titled Do You Feel Like a Hero Yet?: An Analysis of Spec Ops: The Line and the Power of Interactive Narrative. Martin will present her essay, Leveling Up the Classroom: Using Tabletop Role-playing Games to Help Craft College Curricula and Assessment, which was the topic of another undergraduate research project with students Gabrielle Railey and Peter Sugg. Katherine Savell conducts an experiment in the biology department at the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of South Alabama.

Undergraduate research provides in-depth learning opportunities, ideally leading to a career opportunity or an advantage when applying to graduate school. The latter was the case with Charles Tyler Smith, who conducted research with Martin last summer and was awarded multiple scholarships to attend Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD’s) MFA program in Interactive Design and Game Development starting Winter 2013.

|Green Fund, the first of its kind| The state’s first Green Fund is celebrating its third year at UM. The fund exists to decrease UM’s ecological footprint and educate the University and local communities about sustainable practices and environmental issues. In the past two years, students, faculty and staff have used more than $60,000 for 20 projects, including shades for the Carmichael Library windows to reduce energy costs and a water filtration station in Farmer Hall to serve as an alternative to bottled water. The project was initiated by members of the Environmental Club and supported by more than 45 percent of students—receiving 1,351 petition signatures. Faculty adviser Jill Wicknick, who holds her doctorate in biology, said such student participation and leadership has been a priority from the beginning.

The Green Fund document is online, and a portion of it is quoted directly from the original student proposal. The money comes from a Green Fund fee tacked on to every student’s tuition—$5 a semester. Altogether, the fund receive about $30,000 a year. After applicants present their project ideas, the Sustainability Committee determines who will receive support. The committee has 11 voting members, and of those 11, six are students. “It’s students’ money, it should be students’ say,” said Wicknick. “They are our priority. Anyone can propose a project, but student projects come first. We fund almost all student projects.” Projects can range anywhere from guest workshops and lectures to sculptural bike racks—one student simply made a map of local walking and biking trails.

The Montevallo Green Fund’s impact doesn’t stop at Main Street, though; earlier this year, students from the Environmental Club began collaborating with students at the University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama at Huntsville and Auburn University to help them start their own Green Funds. As members of the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment, the students pledged to create four new funds that would generate $1 million for their campuses by January 2014. In May, they achieved their goal at the University of Alabama. Pledging $1 million over the course of the next five years, UA is believed to now have the second largest Green Fund in the Southeast—and it's modeled directly from what’s going on in Montevallo.

|Legacy Scholarship assists children of alumni| Is a degree from the University of Montevallo a tradition in your family? Have you (or will you) encourage your children, grandchildren or other members of your family to come to UM? If so, then that tradition may pay dividends to them as well as to the following generation of prospective Falcons. When students enroll at the University of Montevallo following in the footsteps of one or more generations of their family, those students may be eligible to apply for UM’s Legacy Scholarship. While there are several scholarships awarded by the National Alumni Association, this scholarship was created to recognize the diligence of active alumni and to encourage their children and grandchildren to attend their alma mater. It provides funding for students to purchase textbooks and other materials needed for academic success. Beginning in 2014, the Legacy Scholarship will be available to any second or third generation student (previously only available to entering students)

Legacy scholarship awardee, Faith Christine Vines (third from left) with her family: Ned A. Lowery ’62, M.Ed. ’67 (grandfather); Carol Brasher Lowery ’77 (grandmother); Lisa Lowery Vines ’89, M.Ed. ’96 (mother).

whose parent or grandparent is an active alumnus (defined by donor status in at least three of the last five years). One of this year’s recipients of the Legacy Scholarship is Faith Christine Vines, a graduate of Hoover High School majoring in music education. Her parents and grandparents attended UM, as did a host of aunts, uncles and other family members. Faith says she is

“so grateful to have been chosen to receive the Legacy Scholarship. My family really appreciates the financial help from an institution they’ve been so loyal to.” The deadline for the Legacy Scholarship is July 1. For more information about UMNAA scholarships, please visit: undergraduate-admissions/scholarships/ alumni-scholarships


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|Commencement Speakers| Cassandra King

Author Cassandra King ’67 addresses graduates at spring commencement May 4 in the Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center.

Bestselling author Cassandra King ’67 delivered the address at spring commencement May 4. She spoke to more than 300 graduates, their families and friends, as well as others gathered for the occasion in the Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center. Commencement exercises were moved from Flowerhill lawn due to inclement weather. King was awarded a doctor of letters degree, honoris causa from UM in recognition of her loyalty to her alma mater. King’s first novel, Making Waves in Zion, began as a graduate thesis, receiving the outstanding graduate thesis award at UM in 1988. It was published by Hyperion of New York in 2001 as Making Waves, beginning a career-long

relationship between King and the publishing company. Three more of King’s novels, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls and Queen of Broken Hearts, all published by Hyperion, have received numerous awards including Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month Club selections. The Sunday Wife and The Same Sweet Girls were also named to The New York Times bestseller list. The Same Sweet Girls was inspired by a real-life group of women who attended Alabama College together in the 1960s. King’s fifth novel, Moonrise, was released recently and is available in bookstores and online. King and her husband, writer Pat Conroy, live in the Low Country of South Carolina.

Michael J. Grainger

Businessman Michael J. Grainger ’73 speaks to graduates at summer commencement Aug. 2 in Palmer Auditorium.


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Michael J. Grainger ’73, a Birmingham native, was the speaker at summer commencement, held Aug. 2 in Palmer Auditorium. Grainger has guided a number of companies to financial success. After working with Price Waterhouse & Co. from graduation until 1980, he joined Coble Systems Inc., a privately held truck transportation group, as chief financial officer. After assisting in the sale of most of the group in 1986, he remained involved in mergers and acquisitions as a consultant until 1990. In 1990, Grainger joined Ingram Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the nation, as vice president and controller. In 1996, the company spun off its largest subsidiary, Ingram Micro Inc., a wholesale computer distributor located in Orange County, Calif. Grainger transferred to California as the chief financial officer, being part of the management group that completed what was at that time

the largest technology company initial public offering (IPO). In 2000, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer. After retiring in 2004, Grainger and his wife, Donna, moved to Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville. He remains involved in business, serving on the boards of directors of Ingram Industries Inc., ScanSource Inc. and Belkin International. Grainger also has been able to become the student of history he always wanted to be. He is the chairman of The Civil War Trust, a national nonprofit organization and the leader in the preservation of America's Civil War battlefields. In addition, he is a member of Tennessee's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and sits on the board of the Tennessee Historical Society. He is a member of the board of directors of the University of Montevallo Foundation and the advisory board of the Michael E. Stephens College of Business.

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|Change your world| BY TIM LUPINACCI ’88

I have long been challenged by the often-quoted Gandhi statement, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Lofty goals of having a lasting impact in the world have driven me since my years at UM. Occasionally I would get discouraged at the enormity of such thinking. My conscience would argue, “What can one corporate bankruptcy attorney do that would matter to the global society?” Then I would read an inspiring story of one ordinary person’s vision and work— a person who, over time, actually did extraordinary things to change the world in a profound way: people like a passionate Montgomery pastor who fueled a movement in the 1960s; a quiet, humble woman who worked among the poorest of the poor in India; a simple man who remained faithful while locked in a cell on Robben Island, South Africa; or a businessman who saw the limitless potential of small loans in impoverished places to transform communities. As a result, I persevered to help others by serving on local charity boards, teaching leadership classes to non-profit workers in Northern Thailand and teaching the next generation in Sunday School. A few years ago, I came across a book titled Radical Leap Re-energized by Steve Farber. The book provides a lot of interesting principles on leadership and mentoring. One idea that really struck me was the charge to “change your world”— with lowercase “w.” Some of us might

actually change the (capital “W”) World in our life’s endeavors; others may not get that chance. However, we can change the world that we are in—the world of our family, our work, our community, our church and our university—those with whom we live and work on a daily basis. While the task of contemplating global change may seem impossible, when we break it down to our areas of personal influence, we can have a real positive impact. Through the education and life preparation that I received at Montevallo, I believe I have been given much. The education, real-life experiences, friendships, mentoring and intellectual challenges helped propel me to success. But to whom much is given, much is required. That is why I have been passionate not only about helping better the world around me (and the capital “W” World in the best ways that I can), but also about helping this generation and future generations of Montevallo students. I benefitted from receiving a scholarship to the University, and several years ago, my wife, Ellen Lupinacci (’89, M. Ed.’89), and I began funding scholarships for UM students. It started slowly over a decade ago with contributions as we had opportunities, but it has been rewarding to see it grow. This growth led us to the point last year of making a five-year commitment to fund a more substantive scholarship to assist minority applicants who plan to attend UM. We view this concept of “paying it forward” as helping change our world, since some of the students who are able to attend Montevallo because of our small scholarship help may well be one of the people who discovers the cure for cancer, facilitates peace in some corner of the world or helps end child trafficking across the globe. It could also be a person who ends up working in rural Alabama, teaching children and challenging them to dream big dreams. Providing scholarships to worthy UM students is our small step


to change the world that we live in. This investment in the University continued earlier this year as I joined the UM Foundation Board. It is encouraging to see the great work that alumni and friends of the University contribute toward building a legacy for generations to follow. I am also excited about the University’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. When I think about the broad impact that UM has had over the past century, and the specific impact that it had on Ellen and me in the mid-’80s, I can’t help but look forward to seeing the greater impact—and change in the world—that can come from successfully implementing this campaign. The improved and expanded facilities and faculty and multiple other opportunities that will arise by the year 2020 will greatly enhance Montevallo’s impact around the globe. This summer, I attended JH Ranch in Northern California with my teenage daughter. One of their creeds is, “I heard and I forgot. I saw and I remembered. I did, and I understood.” I firmly believe that each one of us has the opportunity, the responsibility and the ability to change our world (whether in a lowercase “w” or capital “W” sense). However, we need to take the leap and start doing it! I encourage you to survey your own sphere of influence, including your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and UM connections. Identify how you can better their lives and your community as a whole. Then commit with all you have to do it. Ellen and I are excited to consider our next phase of pouring resources and time into future generations of students who will follow our footsteps on the brick-lined streets, who will proudly proclaim GV or PV and who will walk across the graduation stage at Flowerhill into a world waiting for their impact. Some of our work to change the world involves impacting the next and future generations passing through the iron gates of the University of Montevallo—join us!


|Falcons recap| the conference tournament and earning a spot on the All-PBC Tournament team. Godsey was also named to both first team All-Peach Belt Conference and to the PING NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region and received an All-America honorable mention selection following the season. The women’s tennis team recorded its first ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent this spring with a 5-4 victory over Georgia College on March 2. Sophomore Niki Polcerova finished the season ranked No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NCAA Division II women’s tennis singles rankings. Polcerova also became the first Montevallo women’s tennis studentathlete to earn Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors. Photo by Brittany Headley ’14

The Falcons, led by Brown’s title win in the javelin throw competition, finished seventh overall in team standings in their first conference championship meet. “We are very proud of the way the team competed,” said Montevallo women’s track and field coach Tommy Barksdale. “The effort they showed is what we were looking for as the program continues to grow.” Brown posted the longest throw with a 122’ 9” toss during the regular season and claimed the javelin throw title after her toss of 116’ 10” in the championship meet. Brown was named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Sportsmanship team at the conclusion of the championship meet. Senior Kaley Glover also earned All-Peach Belt Conference status after finishing second in individual standings in the 10,000-meter run. The men’s and women’s golf teams completed their seasons at the Peach Belt Conference tournament in April, with junior Connor Godsey earning the men’s golf program’s first ever bid to the NCAA Division II Southeast Region tournament. Godsey earned a berth in the region tournament after finishing in a tie for fifth at Photo by Kiera Hood ’15

UM’s baseball team continued its rise to the top in the Peach Belt Conference under third-year coach Chandler Rose during the 2013 season. The Falcons have experienced an impressive turnaround in Rose’s three years at the helm. After taking over a team that won only 13 games in 2010, Rose had the program to the cusp of a conference championship in just his third season. The Falcons advanced to the conference tournament championship game, defeating the No. 1 ranked team in the country for the first time in their NCAA Division II era. Montevallo also clinched a conference series against a pair of nationally-ranked teams during the regular season with a 34-20 overall record—including a 16-14 mark in Peach Belt Conference play. The Falcons secured the 34 wins with the No. 1 strength-of-schedule ranking in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region. Montevallo spent several weeks ranked in multiple national polls during the season. Sophomores Vinny Rodriguez and Zack Willoughby were each named second team All-Peach Belt Conference following the season. Rodriguez was also selected third team NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Junior Will Fulmer was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region Hitter of the Week and the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week once, while freshman Cody Hughes was named the conference’s Freshman of the Week. University of Montevallo sophomore Madison Brown became the Falcons’ first ever individual title winner in the inaugural Peach Belt Conference women’s track and field championship meet April 20 in the inaugural season for the Montevallo women’s track and field program.

UM’s women’s track team competes in its inaugural season.

A Falcon baserunner dives for the base.

Record number of Falcons named to conference honor roll UM’s athletic department featured a record number of student-athletes to be named to the 2012-2013 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll. The student-athletes edged Montevallo’s previous mark of 100 named the year before. The honor roll recognizes all studentathletes at the 14 PBC member institutions who earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the academic year. GOLD SCHOLARS (3.75–4.00): Taylor Burr (baseball), Ryan York (baseball), Katie Colson (women’s basketball), Alex Strickland (women’s basketball), Justin Arsement (men’s cross country), In-Mi Matsunaga (women’s cross country), Katie Vanover (women’s cross country), Andres Morales (men’s golf), Stephen Beatty (men’s soccer), Steven Didik (men’s soccer), Jackson Tolleson (men’s soccer), Camilla Alderin (women’s soccer), Katy Hutto (women’s soccer), Tiffany Polson (women’s soccer), Nicola Stolworthy (women’s soccer), Kaitlin Thomas (women’s soccer), Lauren Blair (women’s tennis), Haley Highfield (women’s tennis), Juanita Ossa (women’s tennis), Nikola Polcerova (women’s tennis), Connor Dixon (women’s track and field), Jessica Falletta (women’s volleyball), Kaleigh Harvey (women’s volleyball), Rebekah Phelps (women’s volleyball), Anna Quinn (women’s volleyball) and Betsy Stevenson (women’s volleyball).

SILVER SCHOLARS (3.50– 3.74): Austin Dubberly (baseball), Pablo Martell (baseball), Scotty Smith (baseball), Zack Willoughby (baseball), Carolyn Taite (women’s basketball), Jake Davidson (men’s cross country), Matt Hobbs (men’s cross country), Kaley Glover (women’s cross country), Jill Kleist (women’s cross country), Lauren Recchia (women’s cross country), Hilary Shaner (women’s golf), Giuliano Frano (men’s soccer), Alex Morton (men’s soccer), Taylor Kerr (women’s soccer), Paige Scott (women’s soccer), Maury Tacon (women’s soccer), Yulia Shvetsova (women’s tennis), Manyi Ati (women’s volleyball), Michelle Carle (women’s volleyball), Kady Curl (women’s volleyball) and Brianna Guzinski (women’s volleyball). BRONZE SCHOLARS (3.25– 3.49): Will Fulmer (baseball), Matthew Graben (baseball), D.J. Hess (baseball), Cody Hughes (baseball), Nash Osborne (baseball), Michael Simmons (baseball), Todd Thompson (baseball), Aaron Bush (men’s cross country), Philip Dublin (men’s cross country), Zack Walsh (men’s cross country), Mason Webber (men’s cross country), Jessi Clark (women’s cross country), Pedro Carneiro (men’s soccer), Ricky Davey (men’s soccer), Patrick Dougall (men’s soccer), Shane Howard (men’s soccer), Ryuhei Nose (men’s soccer), Nick Saboe

(men’s soccer), Melissa Bode (women’s soccer), Abby Carfantan (women’s soccer), Shyanne Erickson (women’s track and field) and Jordan Spinks (women’s volleyball). PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS (3.00–3.24): Thomas Bradey (baseball), Dustin Cowart (baseball), John Maxwell (baseball), Mason Morris (baseball), Vinny Rodriguez (baseball), David Stasiak (baseball), Cody White (baseball), Danny Cummins (men’s basketball), Jeff Hefner (men’s basketball), Ryan May (men’s basketball), Cam Wiehe (men’s basketball), Jasmine Thomas (women’s basketball), Jacquelyn Thompson (women’s basketball), Nicholas Fasanello (men’s cross country), Connor Marullo (men’s cross country), Mark McDonald (men’s cross country), Brandi Hatter (women’s track and field), Andrew Lowry (men’s golf), Thomas Davis (men’s soccer), Jonathan Oprandy (men’s soccer), Tyler Schnuelle (men’s soccer), Stefan Vaziri (men’s soccer), Andre Williams (men’s soccer), Brittany Gable (women’s soccer), Emma Greenwood (women’s soccer), Julie Heltne (women’s soccer), Octavia Saunders (women’s soccer), Allison Howell (women’s tennis), Meagan Stevens (women’s tennis), Katie Best (women’s volleyball), Birta Bjorsndottir (women’s volleyball) and Michelle Walker (women’s volleyball).

|University to add softball| The University has announced that it will add an intercollegiate softball team to its athletics offerings for the first time in the school’s history. A vote by the University of Montevallo Board of Trustees to approve UM’s share of facility funding cleared the way for softball to become the eighth women’s sport and the 13th intercollegiate athletic team at the University.

The team will practice and compete at the softball fields in the City of Montevallo’s Orr Park, which will be renovated to meet NCAA standards. The improvements will be made using funds from the University, Shelby County, and the Montevallo Development Cooperative District (MDCD), a three-member entity comprised of directors from the City of Montevallo, Shelby County and the University of Montevallo.


UM President John W. Stewart III stated, “Student-athletes at Montevallo enjoy a meaningful collegiate athletic experience highlighted by academic success, and softball will be an important addition to our athletics program.” The team will begin its inaugural season in February 2015 and will be immediately eligible to participate in Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Division II Championship competition.

Harriette Hawkins Work Class of 1951


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|Montevallo Profile| Your home: Carmichael, California (suburb of Sacramento) Your hometown: Sulligent, Alabama Tell us about your family: My mother was a schoolteacher and my father a civil engineer for the Alabama State Highway Dept. I had a sister who also attended Montevallo and a brother who graduated from Auburn University and worked for IBM. He became a successful playwright after retirement! We have two daughters, one who lives in London with her three children: one beginning graduate school at Oxford, another son teaching at Lansing College and a daughter a junior at Aberdeen University in Scotland. Both my daughter Lucie and her husband teach. Our daughter Emily lives in Piedmont, CA, (near San Francisco) and has one daughter who is now a graduate student at Princeton University. Emily’s husband is an ophthalmologist, and she is communications director for the California Board of Equalization. We also have a cat, Percy, whom we adore. My profession: I worked for the Area 4 Agency on Aging for 20 years as a community information director. Following my retirement, I worked a year as associate state director for AARP California. I also taught English part-time for a number of years at American River College. When my husband was drafted in the Army, he was sent to Honolulu, Hawaii. I followed and was director of the student YWCA on the university campus. The last book I read and really enjoyed was: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. Awards/honors: I received a Declaration of Appreciation and Congratulations from the California Senate Rules Committee upon my retirement as well as a Certificate of Appreciation from the California Dept. of Aging. Secret for success: I doubt I have a secret for success, but I value completion of a task well-done. What’s new: I participate in a Learning in Retirement program (The Renaissance Society) on the California State University Campus. Membership now is over 1,700 members. I was the president of the program. Education foundation: I attended Montevallo for 4 years and graduated in 1951. I went to work for the YWCA in New Orleans following graduation. Following my husband’s graduation from Tulane University, we came to Sacramento where I earned a master’s degree in English at California State University Sacramento.

The picture of the Model T is significant because when my husband and I were both teenagers, he purchased the 1926 Model T Touring Car with his summer earnings, and along with my cousin, they drove from Chicago south, on a fun excursion trip. They came to Sulligent to see my cousin’s grandmother, (and my grandmother), and we met at that time. We were married in 1953 and just celebrated our 60th anniversary. The Model T, now much restored, is a prized possession.

How did Montevallo affect my career path? Since Montevallo was a girls’ school when I attended, there was an emphasis on achieving leadership positions. Faculty were helpful and supportive. Students were encouraged to take responsibilities and to be creative and inventive. Memories of Montevallo: College Nights are a real memory, sending our laundry down the chute outside Main Hall, Sunday ice cream in the Main dining room, rocking in the rocking chairs on the porch at Main, the long walks on the campus, wonderful concerts and enjoying a multitude of friends. I continue to correspond with my roommate, Anna Lukes Hartz, from Mobile and Raj Chowdhry Sarup from New Delhi, India.


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field of education. She retired as principal of W.E.S.



Donald Boatright of Pelham has retired from McGriff, Seibels & Williams Inc. as a senior vice president after 25 years in the commercial insurance brokerage industry. He writes that he and wife Sharon are planning to travel and spend time with their grandchildren.

Faye Dockery Smith of Tallahassee, Fla., is retired from a 34-year career as a teacher and has written a book, Tommy: The Civil War Childhood of a President, based on the childhood years of Woodrow Wilson. Her writing career began with a family history as well as the special books she wrote for each of her grandchildren.

1968 Shirley Harrison and her husband, Wallis A. Harrison ’69, have relocated to Montevallo after residing in Helena for 37 years. Wallis retired from Southern Company Services after 29 years of service and now owns PCT Inc., an environmental testing company, and Mercury Research Center, based in Pensacola, Fla. Shirley, retired from teaching and other work, volunteers at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster.

William “Tim” Averett of Monroeville placed first in his division in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association cross country event at Barber Motor Sports Park near Birmingham in October 2012. He raced on an XR200R Honda that he had restored over the previous year. His wife, Kathy, and daughters Jessica Averett ’04 and Melissa Averett Kim ’06, M.S. ’08 were present to cheer him on. Retired from the State of Alabama as a property appraiser, he owns his own appraisal business.

Peggy Scruggs Palmiter has retired after teaching for more than 33 years in Tennessee public schools. She resides in Hampton Cove near Huntsville and writes that she is “so glad to be back home again.”

Ronnie Brewer M.Ed. ’94 has stepped down as coordinator of the Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to accept the position of pastor at the First Baptist Church of Bristol, Va.

1974 The new library at Wilsonville Elemetary School was named in honor of Rosemary Cosper Liveoak M.Ed. ’76, a 39-year veteran in the

Jerry Burden has joined United Bank in Atmore as a vice president and business banker. His duties will include growing and maintaining the bank’s small business relationships in the Florida panhandle area.

Tim Haas has been appointed senior pastor at Memorial United Methodist Church in Lake Placid, Fla. He and his wife, Phyllis Lockhart Haas ’75, had previously served Keystone United Methodist Church in Odessa, Fla.

1979 Rebecca Adams has accepted the position of senior manager in the National Consulting and Advisory Services Group of Keane Unclaimed Property in King of Prussia, Pa.


Margaret Morelock Arnold of Milton, Fla., teaches music in the Santa Rosa district schools. She gave a traditional Christmas concert in 2012 at the Christmas Gala for the Bagdad Village Preservation Assn. in Bagdad, Fla. She also published a CD titled Inspirations for the Journey in the fall of 2012.

1984 Beth Killough Chapman has stepped down from her position as Alabama’s Secretary of State to join Alabama Farmers Federation as a political consultant. A resident of Shelby County, Beth also serves on the Board of Trustees at UM.

1985 Pamela Davis has relocated to Birmingham to work with Regions Bank as a data mapping specialist in the business intelligence department. She had previously worked with the Royal Bank of Canada as a technical systems analyst.

1986 Randy Kennedy has been named community news director for Alabama Media Group’s Mobile hub. A member of the Mobile Press-Register staff since 2002, he had previously served as managing producer for business, sports and entertainment.

Margaret Morelock Arnold

Andrea Baldwin Ridgely recently received her certified public accountant’s license in North Carolina.

The Career Development Center The Career Development Center services are available and FREE for alumni to assist you with an ever-changing career landscape! Alumni can view full-time and part-time job postings as well as downloadable resources and helpful links at www. If further assistance is needed, call 205.665.6262 to schedule an appointment; these can be in-person, via email or over the phone. A counselor will work with you to define your career goals and assist with resumé creation, cover letter writing and interviewing techniques to showcase your professional skills and abilities. If your company has internships or jobs that you would like to advertise, please visit our website to post available opportunities. Find your purpose, pursue your passion and plan your future with the Career Development Center!


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1989 Michael Shane Mills has been elected rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Dallas. Prior to his election, he was an attorney with the law firm of Fletcher, Farley, Shipman & Salinas. Michael and his wife, Susan Lee Mills ’87, have two children, Clare, 17, and John, 14.

1991 Michelle Head M.Ed. ’92, Ed.S. ’01 has been named principal of Winterboro High School in Talladega County. A 23-year veteran of public education, she had previously served as principal of Sycamore Elementary School.

1992 Rachea Gould Simms M.Ed. ’94, Ed.S. ’02 has accepted the position of principal at Meadow View Elementary School in the newly-formed Alabaster city school system. A 20-year veteran of education, Rachea had previously served as assistant principal at Meadow View.

1993 Jim Smothers M.Ed. has been named commentary editor of The Daily Home newspaper in Talladega. A 34-year veteran of The Daily Home, Jim started as a photographer and worked his way up to his current position. He has won more than 50 awards from the Alabama Press Association and the Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Alabama.

Methodist Church in Clanton. He had previously served as senior pastor at Enterprise United Methodist Church in Enterprise.

1994 William Sellers M.Ed., assistant principal at Oak Mountain Middle School in north Shelby County, was named Alabama’s Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Assocciation of Secondary School Principals.

1995 Andy Brindley M.Ed. and Kim Brindley M.Ed. ’95 have established the Brindley Group LLC, a counseling and consulting company in Vestavia. Both are supervising licensed professional counselors with extensive experience.

1996 Eric White has accepted the position of director of basketball operations at the University of Mississippi. He previously had served as associaate head coach of women’s basketball at Morehead State University in Kentucky for three years.

1998 April Evans Stone has been appointed executive director of the South Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. She had previously worked with the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce as its director of community and workforce development.

1999 Rebekah Bynum has grown a small art class into a thriving franchise concept. Spirited Art®, a studio offering acrylic painting classes to a variety of groups, is now franchised in several cities in the Southeast. Adult guests can bring their own wine and food to enjoy while they paint.

Alabaster. She had previously served as assistant principal.

2003 Robert “Robbie” Brown recently received a master’s degree in education from Auburn University at Montgomery and will be teaching physical education at Zion Chapel School in Coffee Co. He will also serve as head boys’ basketball coach and assistant football and baseball coach. Amanda Hood M.Ed., Ed.S. ’10 has been appointed principal at Mountain Brook High School where she had previously served as assistant principal. She replaces Paul “Vic” Wilson Ed.S. ’04 (see below). Amanda also had served as principal of Mountain Brook Junior High.

2004 Paul “Vic” Wilson Ed.S. has accepted the position of superintendent of the Hartselle school system. He had previously served as principal of Mountain Brook High School near Birmingham.

2005 Jeff Atkins M.Ed., Ed.S. ’09 has been named coordinator of operations for the Alabaster city schools, a newly-formed system in Shelby County. He will oversee issues ranging from building maintenance and construction to transportation operations. John Lowry M.Ed. has been named principal of Shades Cahaba Elementary School near Birmingham after serving as assistant principal for three years. He replaces Sue Grogan Ed.S. ’02, who is retiring.

Paul Dompierre is a social worker in the health center at Westminster Oaks, a continuing care community in Tallahassee, Fla.

2002 Rob West has been appointed senior pastor at Clanton First United

Katie Zielinski M.Ed., Ed.S. ’06 has been appointed principal at Thompson Middle School in

Kevin Thornthwaite M.Ed. has accepted the position of Director of


Tracey Morant Adams ’88 (shown above) and Suzanne Durham ’68 were recently named to the inaugural list of Women Who Make A Difference in the Birmingham area. Sponsored by The Birmingham News and, in conjunction with Red Mountain Theatre Company, the list recognized 21 influential women in and around Birmingham. Adams currently serves as executive director of economic development with the City of Birmingham. In that position, she works toward cultivating a stronger and more diverse economic platform for the city. She continually seeks to develop job opportunities for the citizens of Birmingham, and so far, projects she has helped to advance have brought more than 5,500 new jobs to the area. Adams earned the MBA from Samford University, graduated from Leadership Birmingham in 2008, and from the MOMENTUM program for female executives in 2011. She is an active member of her church and in the Birmingham community, serving on several boards for various businesses, charities and institutions of higher learning. Suzanne Durham is CEO of the YWCA of Central Alabama and is a past chair of the national board of YWCA USA. See Durham’s alumni profile in the Fall 2011 issue of Montevallo Today.

|Class Notes| Graduate Admissions and Records at UM. He comes to Montevallo from New College at the University of Alabama. Kevin and his wife, Daphne Duren Thornthwaite ’03, reside in Montevallo.

2008 Jeff Walker recently earned the Ph.D. in communication and information sciences from the University of Alabama. He was the 20122013 recipient of UA’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student. He has accepted the position of visiting instructor of communication studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Jeff came back to Montevallo in July to direct the second annual Spirit of the Arts fundraiser for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

2009 Kimberly Kirby Baker and her husband, Vic Baker ’09, of Pell City operate a small business, Baker Pageants, that promotes poise, self-esteem and stage presence in young women in Alabama. A portion of their profits has been applied to a scholarship to a graduating senior at the Alabama School for the Deaf where Kim teaches mathematics. Vic is pursuing the juris doctorate at the Birmingham School of Law. Laura Mason is the new compliance coordinator in the athletics department at Stetson University

in DeLand, Fla. She will monitor all facets of recruiting, awards, amateurism, as well as playing and practice sessions.

2011 Brittany Bivins is the weekend anchor on the Alabama News Network on WAKA, the CBS TV affiliate in Montgomery. Drew Granthum has accepted the position of sports writer at the Shelby County Reporter. He also is pursuing his master’s degree in English at UM.

2012 Todd Crenshaw M.Ed. has been named assistant principal of the Linda Nolen Learning Center in Alabaster. Todd is a 15-year veteran of special education and has served the Linda Nolen Learning Center for 12 years. Jeff Norris M.Ed., Ed.S. ’12 is the new assistant principal at Inverness Elementary School in Shelby County. An educator in Shelby County for eight years, he was previously the administrative assistant at Montevallo Elementary School. A National Board Certified middle childhood generalist, he was named Shelby County’s Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Misty Bailey and James Edwards were married Aug. 24, 2012. The couple resides in Calera. Misty is a registered nurse at Baptist Medical Center Princeton, and James is a financial adviser for Edward Jones Financial.



Kyle Jones is a staff writer and copy editor for the Ashland Daily Press in Ashland, Wisc.

Jacklyn Hobson and Brandon Greenhill ’11 were married May 5 at the American Village in Montevallo. The couple resides in Calera. Jacklyn is a graphic designer with H & F Media in Hoover.

Weddings 2005

Births 1994 Bryan Comer and his wife, Sarah, celebrated the birth of their third son, Jonathan Vincent Comer, June 7. “Vinnie” was welcomed to the Comers’ Huntsville home by big brothers Jack, 13, and Tony, 5.

Ingrid Johnson and Eugene Abner were married May 25. The couple resides in Birmingham where Ingrid is an instructional coach with Tarrant city schools and Eugene is a civil engineer.


Joshua Skelton of Jemison, a staff sergeant in the Army Reserve, recently was chosen to compete in the 2013 Army Reserve Best War-

Three Kappa Alpha Psi brothers attended an event honoring U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2012. From left: Fred Miller ’04, Willie Phillips ’00 and Leroy Nix ’03.



rior Competition. Joshua was one of only 39 soldiers nationwide to be selected for the competition, testing physical fitness, general military topics, first aid and hand-to-hand combat, among other courses. Joshua has served two deployments in Iraq and has been an Army Reservist for nine years.

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Christen Cassady (photo by Lori Dill Cummings ’04) and Matthew Carmen were married April 13 in an outdoor ceremony at the Alabama Wildlife Federation in Millbrook. After a honeymoon cruise in the Caribbean, the couple resides in Merritt Island, Fla., where Christen is a photographer and Matt is a catastrophe field adjuster with Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Keri Turpin Howard and husband David Howard M.Ed. ’01 welcomed daughter Amelia Mae to their home in Columbiana on Dec. 25. Amelia was born June 22, 2011, in Chongqing, China. David is director of administrative services for the Vestavia city schools, and Keri is on extended maternity leave from her job as a special education teacher at Liberty Park Middle School.

the position of digital media manager for the NFL’s Houston Texans. He will work with the Texans’ website and social media platforms.

2003 Mary Hicks Hughes and husband Bryan, of Madison, announce the birth of their second child, Henry Forest Hughes, Jan. 11. Henry was welcomed home by big sister Eleanor.


Jason Allen and his wife, Carrie, celebrated the birth of their son, Joshua Paul, Jan. 21. The Allens reside in Kingwood, Texas. Jason works in business development with Agility Project Logistics in Houston. Joshua’s godfather is Joseph Towey ’01 of Denver.


Ashley Mantooth Chance M.Ed. ’05 and husband Jason welcomed the birth of their daughter, Kayson Jolie Chance, March 3. The Chance family resides in Woodstock. Ashley teaches 5th grade at Hall-Kent Elemetary School in Homewood.

1927 Dorothy W. Barnes, 109, of Mobile, recently of Panama City, Fla., died May 24. She was a retired teacher.


Amanda Causey Killough and husband Brian of Wetumpka welcomed the birth of their daughter, Lucy Lynn, June 12, 2012. Amanda, a teacher with the Montgomery County Board of Education, received the Ed.S. in 2012 from the University of West Alabama.


Laura Beth Harris Twilley and husband Gene Twilley ’03 celebrated the birth of their second child, Virginia Iris Twilley, March 21. Virginia joins big brother Jude Shannon Twilley, 2, in the family home in Philadelphia. Gene recently received a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and began employment with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. He also serves as the young adult ministry director at Springton Lake Presbyterian Church in Newtown Square, Pa.

2006 Rachel McCaleb Hartsell M.Ed. ’10 and her husband, Chuck, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Carrie Catherine Hartsell, June 25. Carrie Catherine was welcomed to the Hartsells’ home in Hoover by big sister Samantha.


2007 Mindy Miller Hermecz and husband Ryan, of Calera, announce the birth of their daughter, Rylan Katherine, April 11.

Trista Phillips Brom and husband Max announce the birth of their son, Samuel Allen Brom, Dec. 26, 2012. The family resides in Alabaster. Trista is employed with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, and Max is a firefighter with the City of Tuscaloosa.

Britney Young Dickson and her husband, John, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cecilia Faye, March 28. The Dicksons reside in Montevallo where Britney is the coordinator of grants and scholarships at UM.

Heather Huot Saninocencio and husband Eric Saninocencio ’03 celebrated the birth of their daughter, Isla Annette, Feb. 25. Isla was welcomed to the family home by big brother Deric, 2. Eric was named an “Outstanding Young Professional” in the February issue of Birmingham magazine for his work as the SEC’s digital media director. He recently accepted

2008 Cecilia Faye Dickson


Betty Eatman Cobb Willingham, 102, of Talladega, died May 30. She had served UM as assistant to the dean of women in the 1960s.

1934 Bernice May Garrett, 99, of Grove Hill, died July 30.

1935 Lena Oleta Jeter, 98, of Montevallo, died May 2. She served as a secretary at Alabama College for 35 years. Survivors who are UM alumni include son Ashley C. Jeter ’58; daughters Sara Jeter Pankaskie ’62 and Elizabeth Jeter Bishop ’70, M.A. ’72; and son-in-law Larry Bruce Bishop ’66. Bernice Davis Sellers, 100, of Ramer, died Dec. 27.

1937 Elizabeth Griswold Black, 96, of Montgomery, recently of Winter Park, Fla., died July 2. She was a retired teacher, school administrator and education consultant. Jane Fowler Carter, 95, of Columbiana, died July 7. Susie L. DeMent, 96, of Montevallo, died Aug. 7. She was a retired teacher, student publications adviser and legendary athletics booster at Montevallo High School for more than 40 years.

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Eleanor K. Whichard, 96, of Davie, Fla., formerly of Homestead, Fla., died June 12. She was a teacher for a number of years and retired as registrar at South Dade High School.

Florence Holland Graybill, 90, of San Rafael, Calif., died May 12.

1940 Frances Williams Rutherford Crawley, 94, of Picayune, Miss., died March 25. She was a retired teacher with more than 35 years of service.

Martha Jackson Ross, 89, of Fremont, Ohio, died April 5. She was a retired teacher of oral history.

1941 Minnie Priester Dorman of Richland Hills, Texas, died May 5. She was an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and she and her husband served churches in five states over the course of their careers. The Minnie Agnes Priester Dorman Music Scholarship has been established at UM in her honor. To donate, contact the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, Station 6220, Montevallo, Ala. 35115. Ann Canon Price, 92, of Opelika, died July 7. She was a retired teacher and the first director of Opelika Parks and Recreation.

1942 Louise Ryder Bush, 92, of New Orleans, died April 26. She was a retired contract administrator for the Defense Supply Agency. Virginia Pitts Rembert Liles, of Birmingham, died July 5. She was a teacher and administrator at several colleges and universities including Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama where she retired in 1990 as professor emeritus. She also authored two books.


Lerah Sterling Tyson, 89, of Cumming, Ga., died June 10.

1947 Wanda R. Roy, 86, of Tucson, Ariz., died April 7. She was a retired teacher with more than 30 years of service in the classroom.

1950 Mary Elizabeth Mattill, 88, of Gordo, died Aug. 31. She was a retired librarian. Betty Jean Gore McClure, 84, of Wilsonville, died May 4. She had served as a teacher and retired as supervisor of Shelby County’s school lunch program. Billie Joyce Furr Rigsby of Pensacola, Fla., died June 19. She was a retired teacher. Sara Nell Lightsey Sharbutt, 85, of Bibb County, died July 11. She was an associate professor of home economics emerita at UM, serving the university for 25 years. Macie May Simpson M.Ed. ’75, Ed.S. ’86, of Montevallo, died Aug. 30. She was a retired teacher.

1951 Martha Helen Kennedy Echols, 83, of Homewood, died May 31.

1952 Vera C. Auerbach, 88, of Merritt Island, Fla., died Feb. 3. Molly Whitehead Commander, 84, of Henry County near Abbeville,

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1958 Mary Ann “Martie” Norman, 75, of Jonesborough, Tenn., died May 2. She retired as director of the DeKalb County Workshop in metro Atlanta in 1997 after 34 years of service with the State of Georgia. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ann Norman ’58, of Norcross, Ga.

1945 Eugenia Kilgoar Corina, 89, of Birmingham, died May 12. She was a retired teacher and school administrator.

Faye Sawyer Landrum, 92, of Clinton, Miss., died July 22. She had worked at a number of businesses including Landrum Construction and Building Supply in Clinton.

died July 5. She was a retired teacher with 34 years of service.


Mary Blackshear Montgomery, 82, of Blacksburg, Va., died July 16. She was a retired teacher and school administrator.

1954 Dorothy Mason Nix, 80, of Columbus, Ga., died Aug. 7. She was a retired teacher with more than 30 years of experience in the classroom.

James L. King, 78, of Pelham, died July 23. He served as an IRS agent for 20 years then opened a private accounting practice.

1963 Marvorene Henley Tucker, 86, of Montgomery, died May 28. She was a retired teacher and school administrator.



John W. McCurdy M.A., 74, of Des Moines, Iowa, died June 19. He was a retired science teacher.

Barbara Ann Harris, 79, of Moundville, died Jan. 10. She had worked for Moundville Motor Co. and the First National Bank of Tuscaloosa.

Carolyn “Lovey” Smoot, 71, of Fairhope, died June 19. She had served as director of guest services during race week at Talladega Speedway for 30 years.

Mary Kirk Kelly, 94, of Axis, died May 6. She was a ceramicist.

1956 Mary Green Bradford, of Hueytown, died May 7. Roberta Dobbs, 78, of Fort Payne, died June 28. She was a highly decorated, retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, serving as a physical therapist at a number of stations in the United States. Through her estate, Roberta has funded and/or endowed several scholarships and programs at UM.

1957 Nancy Capell Cates, 78, of Fort Deposit, died May 30. Ramsey Trawick M.A. ’62, of Marion, died Dec. 27, 2012. He was a retired science teacher.

1966 Jane Crutcher Fort Dever, 91, of Talladega, died March 10. She taught in the Talladega city schools for four years and at the Alabama School for the Deaf for 28 years.

1969 Nellie Marie Nannini, 67, of Montevallo, died May 15. She was an educator and a sales manager.

1970 Gayle Filip Flowers Akins, 65, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., died June 5. Charlotte Fowler Lusco M.Ed., 72, of Birmingham, died July 8. She was a retired educator and school administrator.

1971 Issac J. “Ike” Abrams Jr., 65, of Montgomery, died Aug. 28. He

worked with the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Barbara Anne Self Summers M.Ed., 78, of Prattville, died Aug. 3. She was an educator and school administrator in Talladega and Autauga county schools as well as at Troy State University in Montgomery.

1972 Mary Anne Boyer, 63, of Birmingham, died Aug. 16. She had worked as a teacher, salesperson and office manager.


Anniston, died July 18. She had been employed at Westinghouse.


Nancy Treadwell Baggett, 58, of Birmingham, died June 13. She was a speech pathologist in the Blount County school system and also worked for Cook Publications in Birmingham until 1998.


To Catherine Vogle Cannady M.Ed. ’00 of Hoover on the death of her husband, Michael D. Cannady, July 11. He was an engineer. Michael is also survived by daughters Lauren Cannady ’04 and Allison Cannady ’08, M.S. ’11.

1977 Stephen A. Porter, 58, of Birmingham, died July 5. He was a CPA and served as controller at Warren Manufacturing Co. for 28 years.


John Marshall Murray III M.Ed. ’75, 62, of Birmingham, died May 14. He was an educator.

Evelyn Margaret “Margo” Gibson M.Ed. ’92, 67, of Thorsby, died May 4. She was a retired educator and school administrator in Chilton County.



John Franklin Ammons, 69, of Birmingham, died March 9. He was a retired banker. Survivors who are UM alumni include John’s wife of 46 years, Jacqueline Little Ammons ’66, M.A. ’75, and daughter Julia Elizabeth Ammons ’91, M.Ed. ’94, M.Ed. ’99.

John C. Johnson, 50, of Birmingham, died May 9. He was president of JSS Inc. and also worked at several local restaurants.


Mary Kathleen Maddox Anderson, 40, of Kimberly, died April 17. She was a teacher of children with special needs as well as an adjunct professor at Virginia College in Birmingham.

2007 Gordon Frank Taylor, 28, of Bessemer, died Aug. 23 as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was employed with PepBoys in McCalla.

Condolences 1955 To Geri Dunning McQueen of Redlands, Calif., on the death of her husband, Col. James. E. McQueen, USAF Ret. McQueen, a career Air Force officer, died May 2. He is also survived by his daughter, Robyn McQueen ’81.

Barbara Suzanne Stanley, 43, of

To the family of Joseph F. DiOrio Jr., 81, of York, Pa., who died July 5. He was an associate professor of foreign languages emeritus at UM, teaching from 1964 to 1993 . To the family of Raymond V. Dunmire of Maylene, who died May 24. Ray was an associate professor and technical services librarian emeritus who was on staff at UM from 1983 to 1995. To the family of Zachary Colin Gallaway, 20, of Vestavia Hills, a sophomore art major at UM, who died in a motorcycle accident Aug. 1. To the family of George Franklin Inzer Jr., of Birmingham, who died July 12. He was an instructor of mass communication at UM from 1980 to 1993.

|Honoring the legacy of Sarah Palmer through adult-returning student scholarship| It was 30 years ago, in 1983, when the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award was first given at UM’s Founders’ Day. One of two recipients was associate professor of English Sarah Palmer. That same year, she was awarded the Outstanding Female Faculty Award by Lambda Sigma Pi, the senior women’s honorary. College Night and Elite Night dedications, as well as other awards, came her way in other years. Palmer touched the lives of countless students during her 32 years of service to the University with her love of art, classical music and good writing – to say nothing of her mischievous sense of humor. Today she touches a new generation of students through a scholarship established in her honor. The Sarah G. Palmer Adult Returning Student Scholarship is awarded annually to an older student who has returned to

school or entered college for the first time. In addition to providing much-appreciated financial aid, the scholarship promotes Palmer’s vision of the transformative power of education, especially in the lives of “nontraditional” or “returning” adult students. She delighted in bright young people, but she deeply admired older students who came to college to pursue a long-deferred dream or turn their lives in a new direction. “They are so brave,” she would say. She hoped that the scholarship would encourage adults who, for one reason or another, had been unable to take advantage of a college education earlier in their lives. The endowment established when she retired in 2000 has grown steadily, thanks to people throughout the state of Alabama (and beyond) who share Palmer’s vision of the transformative power of education. It stands today at


about $50,000. The goal now is to double that amount in order to award two scholarships annually of $2,000 each. Palmer died at her home in Catawba, N.C., in 2011, but her legacy as a teacher lives on in the students she inspired. Those who wish to honor her legacy can send a contribution to the Office of University Advancement, Station 6220, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, 35115, with a note indicating that it is to go to the Sarah Palmer endowment fund.

|Alumni Activities| WASHINGTON, D.C. >>>>>>> President John W. Stewart III and Trustee David Wheeler ’72 met with young alumni from the Washington, D.C., area. Those in attendance, were from left: (front row) Nick Holt ’08, Marina Stonewall ’03, Mary Morgan Wilson ’10, Amos Snead ’02, Stewart, Wheeler, Terra Moody ’06, and Eddie Baker III ’04; (back row) Fred Miller ’04, Willie Phillips ’00.

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Angela Thomas ’05 was one of the many winners at this annual event where guests enjoyed Nathews family BBQ. Alumnus Freddie Ford ’74 nearly single-handedly secured over $4,000 worth of prizes awarded throughout the evening with the proceeds benefiting the Emma Dean Nathews Shelby County Scholarship Fund.

MONTGOMERY/RIVER REGION UM Alumni enjoyed a great view of the Montgomery Biscuits game from the City Suite and Owner’s Suite and also joined Board of Trustees Chair Todd Strange ’66 in celebrating his birthday. Special thanks to Alana Hataway Barranco ’06 for assisting with the coordination of the evening's festivities.

SAN FRANCISCO >>>>>>> Alums gathered at the Cliff House Restaurant by the Bay to hear updates from President Stewart about all of the progress taking place “back home” on campus. While in San Francisco, Dr. Stewart was also able to meet with other alumni who were not able to attend the event. Appreciation is extended to Andrew Heaton ’04, who did the lion's share of work on coordinating this event.


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<<<<<<<<<<< VIZZINI FARMS WINERY Mark and Anne Falkenhagen join Brent and Sandi (’68) Falkenhagen at the firstever wine tasting social held at Vizzini Farms in Calera. Despite the heavy rain, the winery was the site of a packed house of alumni and friends who enjoyed wine tasting, winery tours, as well as the soulful music of Clay States featuring artists Stephen Collins ’06 and Lauren Little.

YOUNG ALUMNI Junior Board members Lindsey Sherrill ’07 and Kelly Curry ’08 purchase their coveted items as others wait to check out at the Junior Board’s Annual Spring Soireé and Silent Auction, held this year at Aloft in Homewood’s Soho Square, to raise funds for the Young Alumni Scholarship Fund.


JEFF CO ART AUCTION Toni Leo ’80 (left) is the proud owner of an Andrea Bliss ’11 (right) original that she purchased at the annual Jefferson County Art Auction. Proceeds from the evening’s event benefit the Jefferson County Scholarship Fund.

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The Houston Zoo Aquarium was the scene of a large turnout of UM alumni and friends who enjoyed fellowship and received updates on UM’s progress from Dr. Stewart. Special thanks to Donna Smith Landers ’82 for assisting with the on-site coordination of this event.


|Alumni Activities| Words of wisdom to offer students? To students who are going into the field of Deaf Education, it is a challenging road, but you learn more about service toward both your fellow peers as well as your students. What you get out of it is the satisfaction of enriching the lives of students, removing the “ dis” in disability and encouraging “ability.”


Teacher at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf

Recent Accolades: Last year, I was selected to be one of six teachers in Jefferson County to be trained in a specialized multisensory reading program. What was your favorite aspect of Montevallo? My favorite part of Montevallo was the size of the campus and classes. It allowed you to be an individual while providing an atmosphere to develop long lasting relationships.


Special Education Teacher/Lead Teacher, Pinson Elementary School

Who would you like to thank for your success? Dr. Sally Smith, who is still at Montevallo, had a lot to do with my career. Her guidance and experience in the field of Deaf Education provided me with a top-notch education and teacher preparation that equipped me to individualize education for deaf and hard of hearing students in the way it should be. The on-site lab school program for deaf and hard of hearing elementary students established on the Montevallo campus at that time gave me priceless experience with students that shaped my career as an educator.


Superintendent, Oklahoma School for the Deaf


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|Professional Spotlight: Special Education Alumni in special education share a few words What was your favorite aspect of Montevallo? I enjoyed the class size and strong sense of community at Montevallo. I also appreciated the relationships that were formed with my professors. They were all easily accessible and committed to developing my leadership potential. How did Montevallo affect your career choice? My experiences at the University of Montevallo prepared me for my current career in administration. The coursework at UM helped to develop my problem-solving skills, which are critical in my field.


Administrative Assistant/Special Assistan Education Resource Shelby County College and Career Center

How did Montevallo affect your career choice? I had some wonderful professors at Montevallo who showed me how great the field of Special Education is and how you can touch the lives of children and their families every day. What was your favorite aspect of Montevallo? I loved the atmosphere and relationships that I formed. I am still good friends with dorm and roommates today. I will always be grateful for the experiences we shared at Montevallo.

K ATHERINE WRIGHT WILLIAMS ’09 Early Intervention Vision Mentor, Lighthouse Central Florida, Inc.

How did Montevallo affect your career choice? Montevallo allowed me to stay within the community where I was raised. In addition, the professors at Montevallo helped me realize the passion I had for teaching, especially students with special needs. Words of wisdom to offer students: I always try to encourage and bring out the best in my students. So that being said, I always remind my students that they are the only ones who can decide what they can and cannot do, not anyone else. I believe Dr. Seuss said it best when he said, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ ll decide where to go...”


Teacher of 3rd Grade, Jemison Elementary School

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|Annual Fund strives for high goals|

Jeffrey Purvis ’02 Annual Fund Chair

Cynthia Tidwell ’94 Annual Fund Faculty Chair

Tonja Battle ’05 Annual Fund Staff Chair


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Emily Pentecost ’63, Tracy Payne Rockco ’94, M.Ed. ’98 and Mary Jane Taylor ’63 enjoy cold treats as a thank you for their participation in the Annual Fund.

The annual giving program continues to grow with the support of our alumni, faculty, staff and students, whose generosity has a significant impact on the lives of our students and on the needs of our campus and those who work here. The Annual Fund supports a variety of campus initiatives such as scholarships, faculty development and student experiences, but it also serves as an important repository of unrestricted gifts that meet a variety of campus needs during the year. The staff of the Office of University Advancement is grateful for the hard work and support of our Annual Fund leadership, especially our chair, Jeffrey Purvis ’02, and our faculty and staff chairs, Cynthia Tidwell ’94 and Tonja Battle ’05, respectively. Their leadership and hard work has resulted in a successful campaign and increased engagement with our donors. This year, our chairpersons hosted a new stewardship event, which featured our campaign and campus leaders touring campus in a special ice cream truck and passing out ice cream as a “thank you” to members of the faculty and staff who donated to this year’s Annual Fund campaign. “It is a great pleasure being the staff Annual Fund chair. I enjoy being a helping hand to Annual Fund events with UM faculty, staff and students,” says Tonja Battle.

The Annual Fund leadership also recognized the dedication of those who work in our physical plant for their consistent support of the Annual Fund, as they once again have the highest percentage of employees participating in the campaign. Our dedicated class representatives also are working hard to solicit Annual Fund gifts from their fellow class members to support scholarships, building projects or unrestricted giving to the University. For a second year, our Phonathon has continued year-round calling, allowing us to reach more alumni and other donors – and not always for a gift. Many calls are made to update alumni and donors on campus activities, invite them to special events, update our records, or just to say, “Thank you.” Jana Taunton ’14, one of those hardworking student callers, said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student caller for the University. I have the chance to speak to those who have come before me and who share my love for Montevallo and all it has to offer our students.” Every gift counts! Every gift matters! If you support the Annual Fund, thank you! If you would like to support our Annual Fund campaign, please contact Kimberly Hunter, Director of Annual Giving, at 205-665-6213 or at

|Junior Board of Directors| Meet the finance chair: Jeffrey Purvis ’02 What was your favorite aspect of Montevallo as a student, and what is your favorite aspect now? I loved playing intramurals and just doing random things with my Montevallo friends. Whether it was just hanging out in old Fuller Hall or eating in the Cafe, we always had a good time. As an alum, my favorite thing is getting back on campus for special events or athletics. I didn't truly realize how special Montevallo was to me until after I graduated and lived elsewhere. Why did you get involved with the Junior Board? I wanted to stay connected to other alumni and my University. The Junior Board has defi nitely helped and encouraged me to stay active in the University community. What are your goals for the Junior Board? To grow the number of young alumni events, attendees to these events, and donors. Our mission is not only to keep young alums connected, but to get them in the habit of giving back. It doesn't matter if it is $5 or $100. Every last bit helps.

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What would you like the alumni to know about the Junior Board? Our events are open to all alumni. They are always a good time and a great chance to network for personal and professional growth.


President Patrick McDonald ’01 Vice President Julie Harbin ’00 Treasurer Jeffrey Purvis ’02 Secretary Lindsey Sherrill ’07 Social/Special Events Chair Dan McBrayer ’08

Wes Anania ’06 Eddie Baker ’04 Zach Banks ’08 Jason Booi ’04 David Clemons ’03 Kelly Curry ’08 Andrea Echols ’12 Jordan Hutchison ’10 Sky Johnson ’10, M.Ed. ’12 Brandt Montgomery ’07 Terra Moody ’06 Cedric Norman ’09 Tiffany Roskamp-Bunt ’00 Kaci Slaughter ’09 Lauren Smith ’06 Aimee Sumrall ’08 Angela Thomas ’05 Christopher Willis ’07



“Civil Rights Leaders - Then and Now: Photographs by Spider Martin and Jonathan Purvis” The Gallery in Bloch Hall Oct. 3-24 Founders’ Day Oct. 10

Palmer Hall 11 a.m.

University Chorus LeBaron Recital Hall Oct. 15 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble Palmer Hall Oct. 17 7:30-8:30 p.m. Olympics Day & Coming Home weekend Oct. 17, 18 & 19 Concert Choir LeBaron Recital Hall Oct. 24 7:30-8:30 p.m. Montevallo Artwalk Main Street, Montevallo Oct. 26 3-7 p.m. “Into the Woods” Reynolds Theatre Nov. 7-9, Nov. 14-17 Jazz Ensemble Palmer Hall Nov. 14 7:30-8:30 p.m. Opera Scenes LeBaron Recital Hall Nov. 22 7:30-8:30 p.m. Choral Christmas Concert American Village Chapel Dec. 3 7:30-8:30 p.m. Fall Commencement Dec. 13 5-7 p.m.


Friends of Athletics and Alumni Olympics Day Weekend 2013

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Friends of Athletics & Alumni Golf Tournament registration Includes golf shirt, lunch, and dinner at UM Lake Specify golf shirt size ____________________ Golf Awards Dinner at UM Lake (non-golfers) Montevallo golf shirt (non-golfers, specify size ________)




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*Hope Byrant Smith Memorial 5K Run registration *Fun Run/Walk/Stroll registration *Tennis Tournament registration *Racquetball Tournament registration *Disc Golf Tournament registration *Corn Hole Toss Tournament registration

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Additional Donation q Hope Bryant Smith Memorial Scholarship

Make check payable to “UM Foundation” and return to Advancement & Alumni Affairs • Reynolds Hall • Station 6215 • Montevallo, AL 35115 I, the undersigned, give permission for the staff and facility to obtain emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation, should I be deemed incapable of such decisions myself. I further understand and agree that any cost associated with such medical care shall be my financial responsibility. This signed statement certifies that I am medically cleared and physically fit to attend the University of Montevallo Friends of Athletics & Alumni Golf Tournament and Alumni Olympics Day and participate in all event activities.

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