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Wednesday Memo
Sept. 24, 2014

UM softball hosting ‘leave your mark on Orr Park’

UM Theatre to open season with ‘God of Carnage’

Women’s cross country receives highest regional ranking in program history

Shelby County drug take-back day is this Saturday

 

UM softball hosting ‘leave your mark on Orr Park’

Courtesy: UM Sports Information

A little more than four months remain until the inaugural University of Montevallo softball team hits the beautiful new diamond at Orr Park. However, before the first pitch is ever thrown, there’s an opportunity to leave your lasting mark on the new home of the Falcons. This Wednesday, Sept. 24, UM Softball will host a “Leave Your Mark on Orr Park” event.

An idea first thought of by Freda Shivers of the Montevallo Boys and Girls Club, the event will give the community a chance to be a part of the new facility. Before the final touches are put on the home-side dugout, anyone and everyone will have an opportunity to leave words of encouragement for the Falcons.

The event will take place from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Between 3:30 and 5 p.m., people will have a chance to write well wishes to the team and to put their own purple and gold pride in a designated section of the dugout.

Members of the team will also be available until 5 p.m. to sign autographs and take pictures. From 5-6:30 p.m., there will be an inter-squad scrimmage, for which everyone is encouraged to stay.

 

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UM Theatre to open season with ‘God of Carnage’

UM Theatre will present God of Carnage as its opening performance of the 2014-2015 theatre season.

This emotionally charged, actor-driven drama by Yasmina Reza starred James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels on Broadway.

UM’s production will take place Thursday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 5, with 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday-Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinée on Sunday. All performances will take place in the Chi-Box Theatre, and seating is limited.

The cast includes Bailey Gaskin, Hannah Mansfield, James Powers and Peter Strickland.

UM’s production is directed by Marcus Lane, with assistant direction by Chance Caruthers. Lighting and scenic design is by Kel Laeger, with costume design by Emily Gill. Kyle Moore will provide technical direction, while Ashley Knowles will serve as the stage manager.

Tickets will go on sale Monday morning, Sept. 29. Call 9-665-6200 to make reservations. Tickets are $8 with a UM ID and $12 general admission.

Note: This production contains adult content.

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Women’s cross country receives
highest regional ranking in program history

Courtesy: UM Sports Information

The University of Montevallo women’s cross country team is the top-ranked team in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings this week, marking its highest region ranking in program history.

Montevallo, which moved up three spots in the latest region rankings, finished second in the final region poll during the 2011 season.

The Falcons moved up to the top spot in the region poll after back-to-back team championships at the UAH Earl Jacoby Memorial and the Jaguar Invitational, hosted by GRU Augusta.

Freshman Katie Nelson, the reigning Peach Belt Conference Runner of the Week, won the 5K at the UAH Earl Jacoby Memorial with a school-record time and claimed the individual title at the Jaguar Invitational with the fourth-fastest 6K time in program history.

The Falcons saw five runners finish among the top 15 individuals in the season-opening UAH Earl Jacoby Memorial before placing seven individuals in the top 15 in the Jaguar Invitational.

Sophomores Cheyenne Thompson and Katherine Terino, along with freshmen Hannah Evans and Sierra Millsaps, have placed in the top 15 in individual standings in both races this season.

The Falcons are one of seven Peach Belt Conference teams ranked in the region poll. North Georgia, Wingate, Flagler and Columbus State round out the top five. Queens (N.C.), Georgia College, UNC Pembroke, King and GRU Augusta complete the top 10 teams in the region poll.

This just in!

Wednesday, Sept. 24, just one day after earning its highest ever region ranking, the University of Montevallo women’s cross country team is nationally ranked in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll for the second time in program history.

The Falcons are ranked No. 24 in the latest poll, tying their highest ranking ever. Montevallo finished the 2011 season ranked No. 24 in the final poll of the season after finishing 24th in team standings in the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Montevallo is the only Peach Belt Conference school ranked in the top 25 nationally. The University of North Georgia is listed in the receiving votes category in the latest poll.

The Falcons earned the national ranking after back-to-back team championships at the UAH Earl Jacoby Memorial and the Jaguar Invitational, hosted by GRU Augusta.

Grand Valley State is the top-ranked team in the nation in the latest poll. Adams State, Western State, Minnesota-Duluth and Chico State round out the top five teams in the country.

The Falcons return to action Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic.

 

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Shelby County drug take-back day is this Saturday

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are sponsoring National Prescription Take Back Day this Saturday, Sept. 27, at various locations throughout Shelby County.

The drug take-back day provides citizens the opportunity to properly dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications. The drop-off is free and anonymous. No questions asked.

Bring your medications for disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to one of the following locations:

  • CVS at 520 Highway 119, Alabaster;
  • CVS at 4685 Highway 17, Helena;
  • Pelham Police Department at 32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham;
  • University of Montevallo on Main at 737 Main Street, Montevallo; and
  • Winn Dixie at 500 Inverness Corners, Hoover.

Medication take-back events address a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that stay in home cabinets are easily stolen and abused. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

According to the DEA, on April 26, 2014, citizens turned in 780,168 pounds (390 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 6,072 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Shelby County residents turned in approximately 166 pounds of unwanted medications at six locations that day.

Lt. Turner of the SCDETF stated, “Prescription medication is the number one drug of choice in Alabama, and these take-back events afford our citizens the opportunity to safely and securely dispose of unwanted medications that might end up in the hands of our children, spouse, family members, and others.”

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