• A Big Brothers Big Sisters School Supply Drive is being sponsored by the Family and Consumer Sciences student group for the Alabama Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Items needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, ponytail holders, socks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, activity books, coloring books, educational card games and board games. All donations are due by Tuesday, Feb. 24, and can be dropped off at the FCS office, located just inside the front entrance to Bloch Hall.
• The Montevallo branch of AAUW will host a Black History Month Celebration Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m., in the Brown Room of Carmichael Library. Paul Mahaffey will review The Invitation, Clifton Taulbert’s memoir. Amazon.com describes this timely book as follows: “When international lecturer Clifton Taulbert receives an unexpected invitation to supper in Allendale, South Carolina, he brings with him Little Cliff, the colored boy from the Mississippi Delta who is also Clifton Taulbert, carrying all he was taught as a child about staying “in his place” and surviving in the Jim Crow South. Transported back into a setting that looks and feels like the cotton fields and shotgun shacks of his childhood, Taulbert finds himself expected to cross racial barriers he would have been forbidden to cross before. The Invitation is the story of the man and the little boy inside him wrestling with a past they both know so well, while stepping into a future that is still being determined.” The book focuses on the importance of building community and the principles required to do so. The event will also include a short poetry reading by Upward Bound and other UM students from Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century. The public is welcome to attend this event. Light refreshments will be served.
• “Possibilities of Prison Reform,” a public forum on Alabama’s 2015 prison reform, will take place Thursday, Feb. 26. from 6-8 p.m. in the Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium, Comer Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Behavioral and Social sciences and the UM Social Work Club, the event will feature forum panelists Senator Cam Ward, Alabama Prison Reform Task Force; Shay Farley, Alabama Prison Reform Task Force and Alabama Appleseed; Shay Golden, Criminal Defense Attorney; K.A. Turner, Alabama Media Group; Charlotte Morrison, Equal Justice Initiative; and Stephen Wallace, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County. Light refreshments will follow the forum. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
• UM’s running and walking group has begun for the Spring semester. The group walks Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., on Vine Street between Main and Reynolds Halls. Running and walking routes are available, water is provided and all levels are welcome. Sponsored by UM Counseling Services and UM Health Services. For more information, contact Counseling@montevallo.edu or call 9-665-6245.
• The UM Bookstore will soon be collecting book adoptions for the upcoming terms. Faculty are asked to submit May, Summer 1, Summer 2 and Fall textbook adoptions through Faculty Enlight online between Friday, Feb. 20 and Friday, March 20. Questions or concerns? Contact the bookstore at 9-665-6575 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email at email@example.com. Nominations stay on file for three years, so if you nominated someone in 2013 or 2014 and would like to update that file, please email your additions/edits to Heatherly by March 20.
• 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.