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Jan. 28, 2015

Athletics to look to past and future on historic weekend

UM again named to president’s honor roll

Robert Lane named UM women’s soccer coach

Faculty research symposium announced

 

Athletics to look to past and future on historic weekend

Story updated 01-29-2014, 2:40 p.m.

Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the inaugural softball game at the University of Montevallo will now be played on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Opening Day festivities, with promotional giveaways and photo opportunities with Freddie the Falcon, will begin at noon. First pitch at the new University of Montevallo Softball Stadium at Orr Park is set for 1 p.m. Softball is just one of three exciting athletics events Saturday. The Falcons also have a basketball doubleheader at Trustmark Arena, with the women taking on Armstrong State University at 1:30 p.m. and the men's game beginning at 3:30 p.m. During halftime of the men's game, Montevallo will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of men's basketball, along with recognizing the eight inductees that comprise the University of Montevallo Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Make plans on Saturday to be a part of one of the biggest moments in the history of University of Montevallo athletics.

GO FALCONS!

 

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UM again named to president’s honor roll

UM student Courtney Hyde tutors at Montevallo’s Boys and Girls Club.

The University of Montevallo has again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This honor roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for a commitment to voluntary community outreach, recognizes institutions of higher education that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

UM students have, traditionally, displayed a commitment to community service, and that initiative culminated in the formation of the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement (OSLACE) beginning in 2009. This department serves as a connecting rod among UM faculty, staff, students, student-athletes and student Greek organizations and approximately 70 community partner agencies in the Shelby County area.

In 2014, UM was ranked in the “General Community Service” category. A few examples of service projects include the Montevallo Connection/Future Falcons program, which promotes interaction between University students and school children in the community; the Gifted Resource Class (GRC) Fun Night, in which UM Honors Program students hosted local GRC students for a night of educational entertainment and mentoring; and a senior-level class for Spanish majors, who translated documents for the Hispanic community and served at local outreach organizations. In addition, UM participated in The Big Event, a one-day service project in the local community, including such services as picking up trash, cleaning and planting flower beds, caulking windows, trimming hedges, washing windows and painting. This project has been incorporated into the university’s service mission since 2011.

Hollie Cost, service learning coordinator in UM’s Department of Service Learning and Community Engagement, who also serves as mayor of the City of Montevallo, said, “Being placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor roll for the second year is a tremendous recognition and a testament to the dedication of University of Montevallo faculty, staff and students to meeting the needs of our community in unique and substantial ways.”

The University of Montevallo’s mission statement, vision statement and strategic plan explicitly identify service and informed citizenship as university emphases. In support of this culture, a number of academic courses include a Service Learning designation, and students who excel in service are recognized with a service cord at graduation and with a certificate on Honors Day.

 

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Robert Lane named UM women’s soccer coach

   

Courtesy: UM Sports Information

The University of Montevallo athletic department has announced the hiring of Robert Lane as the head women’s soccer coach. He is the fourth head coach in the program’s history.

Lane comes to Montevallo after serving as the assistant women’s coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was in that role with the 49ers for four seasons.

“I just want to thank Dr. Stewart and Mr. Richard for the opportunity to join the Athletic Department here at Montevallo,” said Lane. “From the moment I stepped on campus I realized how special the University of Montevallo is as well as the potential this Athletic Department can achieve. The staff here understands the importance of developing a culture of success both on and off the field, and I’m eager and excited to get started as we look to move the program forward.”

“We’re excited about the addition of Robert Lane to our coaching staff,” said Athletic Director Mark Richard. “He has a proven record of success, both in terms of wins and losses and academic achievement, which will make him a perfect fit at Montevallo.”

At UNC Charlotte, Lane was very successful, reaching postseason conference play four straight years. The 49ers also won the Conference USA Championship in the regular season in 2013.

Lane’s teams also thrived in the classroom, winning the NSCAA Academic Team Award four years in a row.

Lane’s roles with the 49ers included coaching at training sessions, scouting opponents, on- and off-campus recruiting, game day administration, academic monitoring of student-athletes, fundraising and organizing travel.

Prior to UNC Charlotte, Lane was the head coach at fellow Division II University, Belmont Abbey. Lane had tremendous success in his two years with the Crusaders, amassing a record of 31-7-3 and winning Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year in 2010.

Under Lane, Belmont Abbey won the Conference Carolinas Championship in the regular season in both 2009 and 2010 and won the Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship in 2009. The Crusaders made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in both years under Lane.

Before taking over at Belmont Abbey, Lane was the head coach for the men’s soccer team at Coker College for three seasons.

Lane is a graduate of East Carolina University, holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science. He played collegiately both at ECU and Barton College.

 

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Faculty research symposium announced

   

The 6th Annual Faculty Research Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, in Wills 200 (master classroom).

This year’s roster is already taking shape, showcasing the creative and scholarly work of faculty across campus. Topics already scheduled range from the history of Alabama’s Cahaba coal field to radio advertising in 1930s France to 3D images of clay figurines from Belize.

Presentations are typically 15 minutes long and encompass a great variety of formats — completed conference papers, artistic presentations, works in progress — and everything in between.

Faculty who wish to present at the symposium and who have not already done so should contact Joseph Sargent via e-mail at jsargent@montevallo.edu no later than Monday, Feb. 2. Participants should include a title and brief description of the presentation.

The presentation schedule and other details will be announced at a later date.

 

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