• The University of Montevallo Latin American studies program recently held an informational session in Carmichael Library to publicize the creation of an 18-credit-hour minor drawing from classes in history, anthropology, geography, literature, foreign languages and study abroad experiences. The program also plans to offer interdisciplinary courses in the future. The Latin American studies faculty include John Bawden, Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller, Rosa María Stoops, Eric Vaccarella and Leonor Vázquez. At the event each faculty member spoke for approximately 10 minutes on the theme “Why Latin America Matters.” Speakers highlighted the region’s diversity, growing international importance and the value of knowing something about Latin American history and culture in light of Hispanic immigration to Alabama and the Southeast. Afterward, attendees enjoyed light refreshments.
• UM students will have an opportunity to participate in an alternative spring break service trip March 24-28. The trip will involve working with Bama Covered in Escambia County, Ala., and in Pensacola, Fla., to assist people with signing up for health insurance prior to the March 31 deadline. For more information, contact Lauren Wallis at email@example.com or at 9-665-6108.
• The Adelante book group of the Montevallo branch of AAUW will meet Wednesday, March 12, at 4 p.m., in the Brown Room of Carmichael Library, for a discussion of The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout and Orphan Train by Cristina Kline. Presenters and discussion leaders include John Lott, Anna Lott, Mary Jo Buff and Kathy Daum.
• The 4th annual Alabama Region 3 NAME conference will take place Friday, March 14, on the UM campus. The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. CEU credits (8) are available for teachers and social workers. LPC credits (8) are available for counselors. Cost is $45 for NAME members and $65 for non-NAME members. The keynote speakers will be Tondra Loder-Jackson, director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Vera Stenhouse, Georgia NAME leadership team. Rhonda Thomas of Welcoming Schools will lead the interactive general session. For more information, contact Courtney Bentley at 9-665-6362.
• The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement (OSLACE) will hold a service fair Tuesday, March 18, from 9 a.m.-noon, in the Anna Irvin Dining Hall. Participants will have the opportunity to meet representatives from local non-profit agencies to learn about short- and long-term volunteering opportunities. Questions? Contact OSLACE at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 9-665-6077.
• The Montevallo branch of AAUW will hold its annual spring fundraiser Thursday, March 20. Proceeds from “Springtime Celebration,” a style show, luncheon and silent auction, benefit Reading is Fundamental, adult literacy and AAUW’s educational programs. The event will take place at the Stewart Student Retreat on the UM campus. The silent auction begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon. Styles are by Belk and lunches by Southern Sweets. Arts and crafts auction items include seasonal gifts and decorations, as well as items by area artists and craftspersons. Tickets are $15 each. The AAUW group hopes everyone will plan to support this event through ticket purchases and sales, and through silent auction donations and purchases. More information about ticket sales will be available soon.
• Need help filing your IRS forms? Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers, consisting of students from the Stephens College of Business, will provide free income tax preparation assistance to eligible individuals. Sessions will take place at the Parnell Library in Montevallo through April 15 (closed March 24-29). Volunteers will be available Tuesdays from 2-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This service is free to all eligible individuals who want to participate. You do not have to reside in Montevallo. To be eligible, you cannot earn more than $58,000 annually. For assistance, bring with you the following:
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