• All are invited to the first Montevallo Connection meeting of the 2014-2015 school year! The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m., at Montevallo Elementary School. During this meeting, the principals from Montevallo Elementary School, Montevallo Middle School and Montevallo High School will share news about exciting events occurring in each of their schools. This will also be a time for the principals and teachers to tell the participants from the University of Montevallo and the community about areas in which they need assistance or support for this school year. This meeting is open to anyone who is willing to help our local schools and students achieve excellence!
• UM’s McNair Scholars will present their research Friday, Sept. 12, from 2-4 p.m., in the Farmer Hall meeting room. Additionally, they will talk about the research process and answer questions about the procedures they used. Participants include Brittany Headley, Kimberly McWhorter, Charmella Williams and Lindsay Hodgens. For more information, call 9-665-6570.
• The next Safe Zone training at UM will take place Monday, Sept. 15, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Wills Hall 201. Safe Zone is an educational program created to educate, advocate and celebrate diversity on the University of Montevallo campus. Safe Zone training aims to increase awareness, knowledge and sensitivity about important issues affecting LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to foster a safe, welcoming climate for all members of the UM community. Training participants are provided valuable tools including a Safe Zone resource manual and a Safe Zone sticker upon completion. To help training organizers be prepared with the appropriate amount of materials, let them know if you are planning to attend by contacting Angela Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The University of Montevallo will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15 with events including a special dinner, speakers and movies. The festivities will begin with a traditional Hispanic meal served in UM’s Anna Irvin Dining Hall on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 18. The menu will include a culinary celebration of Hispanic heritage. On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Minority Student Union will hold a discussion, “Speak Up: Hispanic in Montevallo,” in the Student Life Center at 6 p.m. The movie, The Mask of Zorro, starring Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, will be shown in the Student Life Center Monday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m., motivational speaker John Mejia will share “How to Succeed in a Negative World” in Anna Irvin Dining Hall.
• UM’s running and walking group meets 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.
• Constitution Day will take place at UM Wednesday, Sept. 17. The event, “A More Perfect Union,” explores the question, “Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with modern America?” All are invited to attend the showing of the first of a four-part PBS documentary, “Constitution USA,” which will be shown at 3:30 p.m. in the Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium in Comer Hall. An SGA voter registration drive will also take place that day at 11 a.m. in the Anna Irvin Dining Hall.
• The Montevallo Branch of AAUW will host a branch reception for prospective, new and returning members and guests Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Reynolds Hall on the UM campus. Refreshments will be served. The Montevallo Branch of AAUW invites all to this gathering, which will offer an opportunity to meet new people, renew old friendships and learn more about AAUW projects and plans for the coming year. New officers will be confirmed and introduced. Branch leaders will distribute information about programs and projects for the year — at the local, state and national levels. Branch leaders believe that returning members will want to be a part of the exciting opportunities and challenges that lie before us, and are hopeful that guests will consider membership in the group. To reserve places at the reception, members and guests should contact Branch President Tracy Payne-Rockco at PayneT@montevallo.edu, or Co-Vice President of Membership Carolyn Jones at JonesCL@montevallo.edu. A full schedule of activities will be provided at this gathering, as will additional branch and state information and opportunities.