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Wednesday Memo
March 25, 2015


• The UM Bookstore is collecting book adoptions for the upcoming terms. Faculty are asked to submit May, Summer 1, Summer 2 and Fall textbook adoptions through Faculty Enlight by March 27. Questions or concerns? Contact the bookstore at 9-665-6575 or at

• The call for nominations for University Scholar has recently gone out. The University Scholar is named in recognition of exceptional achievement in areas of research, creativity and scholarship. The recipient is recognized at the Founders’ Day Convocation with a plaque and a monetary award. The University Scholar is expected to give a presentation to the University community before the end of the academic year. To be eligible, the nominee must have completed at least five years of service at UM in a tenured or tenure-track position. The nominee is expected to have produced a body of work recognized as excellent by an audience of peers beyond the institution. This work may include peer-reviewed publications and presentations, including not only traditional forms of scholarship but also creative writing, musical composition, performances, event production, exhibitions and other activities that reflect commitment to research, creativity and scholarly endeavor. In addition, the nominee should show promise of sustained commitment to excellence in scholarship. Letters of nomination should be sent via e-mail to Jim Murphy, chair of the University Scholar selection committee, at by Friday, March 27. Nominees will be contacted with a request for a CV and supporting documentation. Supporting documentation must be submitted by Friday, April 10. The recommendation for University Scholar is then made by a committee consisting of former University Scholars. Note: Previously named University Scholars are not eligible for consideration. Questions? Contact Murphy.

• Nominations for the 2015 faculty service award are now being accepted. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 27. Nomination letters and any additional supporting documentation should be submitted to Carey Heatherly, faculty senate president, via e-mail at Nominations stay on file for three years, so if you nominated someone in 2013 or 2014 and would like to update that file, please e-mail your additions/edits to Heatherly by March 20.

• Plans are underway for the annual AAUW style show, luncheon and silent auction—a fundraising project sponsored by the Montevallo branch of AAUW to benefit AAUW’s educational programs, educational initiatives and scholarships for women. This year’s event is set for Thursday, March 26, at the John W. Stewart Student Retreat Center. The silent auction begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the style show and luncheon at noon. Styles will be provided by Belk and lunches by Southern Sweets. The silent auction will offer arts, crafts and other seasonal specialty items. Tickets are $16 each and include the luncheon, style show, silent auction and donation to support initiatives of the Montevallo branch of AAUW. Tickets are available from AAUW members. To purchase tickets or for further information, contact Tonja Battle at, Suzanne Hurst at Blue Phrog Gallery at 205-665-3766, or any other AAUW member. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, March 24. Contributions to the silent auction are welcome. Items may be dropped off at the Blue Phrog Gallery on Main Street in Montevallo, or at Tracy Payne-Rockco’s office in Reynolds Hall. For pickup of auction items, contact Sandra Lott at or at 205-665-2127. Members of the organization are grateful for the community’s continued support, which helps further the goals of educational opportunity for all.

• UM is once again offering free tax return filing assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This will be the fourth consecutive year for the program, which has grown from just 30 clients in 2012, the first year it was offered, to 71 in 2014. The goal for this year’s program, which provides free services to the community and invaluable experience to qualified business students, is 100 or more. Services will be offered each Saturday through April 11. The location for this year’s services will be Morgan Hall, room 202, on the UM campus. Hours will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. An additional time will be offered Wednesday, April 8, from 4-8 p.m. Individuals interested in utilizing these services should bring a photo ID, social security number for each family member and working adult, W-2s and other income forms, childcare provider name, address, tax ID and bank routing and account numbers for checking and savings accounts. In past years, there was an income cap of $53,000, but for 2015 that cap has been removed.


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