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Wednesday Memo
April 29, 2015

Bill Richardson to be commencement speaker

President’s travel awards announced

Athletics announces inaugural UM lacrosse team


Bill Richardson to be commencement speaker



The University of Montevallo will have a distinguished guest delivering the keynote at their spring commencement ceremonies on May 2, Bill Richardson. Richardson is a former U.N. Ambassador, New Mexico Governor, Secretary of Energy and U.S. Congressman. He is well-known for his distinguished public-service career spanning over three decades.



Richardson has also started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution and prisoner release, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife with actor and conservationist Robert Redford, which has led the charge to protect wild horses and provide alternatives to horse slaughter.

Recently, the Richardson Center for Global Engagement played an instrumental role in the successful release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from prison in Tijuana, Mexico.

“We are proud to have Bill Richardson speak to our graduates, their families, our faculty and staff. His work to promote democracy and human rights worldwide is to be commended,” said Dr. John Stewart, President of the University of Montevallo. “He has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize and his words will provide a valuable understanding into how young adults can acclimate to diverse business cultures as they enter the work force.”

Richardson has served on the boards of the National Resource Defense Council and United Way International. He has been an adjunct professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and has received several honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning that include Tufts University and the University of New Mexico.

As Governor, he taught courses at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University; he will be teaching courses at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and Columbia University beginning in this fall. More recently, he was given the National Hispanic Hero Award by the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.

The University of Montevallo is anticipating the largest freshman class in school history later this year. Freshmen enrollment has increased by 31% from fall of 2010 to fall of 2014

“Applications for fall 2015 are over 30 percent higher than they were this time last year, undergraduate enrollment has increased by 4% from fall of 2010 to fall of 2014 to 2,665 students,” said Stewart. “The University of Montevallo is has a reputation of producing graduates who are prepared to immediately succeed in their career field of choice, we are growing at a rapid pace.”

The May 2, graduation ceremony will start at 9 a.m. on the Flowerhill lawn at the University of Montevallo campus.


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President’s travel awards announced

Recipients of the President’s Travel Awards for 2015 have recently been announced.

Ryan Foster, Art, received a $1,600 grant for travel to two separate art exhibitions in New Haven, Connecticut and Pensacola, Florida, where he will deliver his work, present gallery talks, attend opening/closing exhibitions and meet fellow artists.

Becky Halliday and Ted Hoffman, Music, will make a collaborative presentation at the Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods in Pembroke, Virginia. They were awarded $1,400 for travel for their project, which focuses on the relevance of practitioner-directed professional development for instructors of undergraduate teacher education courses.

Joseph Landers, Music, received a $1,700 grant for travel to Cluj, Romania, where he will serve as guest composer for the 2015 Romanian American Music Festival. As part of the festival, his Violin Concerto will be performed by the Cluj Philharmonic and the State Philharmonic of Sibiu.

Cynthia MacCrae, Music, will attend the Keyboard Wellness Seminar at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The seminar includes a week-long series of sessions on promoting healthy techniques among pianists including better cooperation with their bodies, avoiding tension, reducing stress and dealing with performance anxiety. Her travel award was for $1,300.

Alexander Mechitov, Business, will present a paper titled, “Ordinal Inconsistencies in Pairwise Comparisons: Problems and Solutions” at the International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making in Hamburg, Germany. He was awarded $1,300.

Jason Newell, Social Work, was awarded $1,000 to attend a leadership training and seminar at the Institute for Mindful Leadership in Garrison, New York, in connection with a text he is writing on stress management.

Rosa Maria Stoops, Spanish, will present the paper “Nigredo, Albedo, Rubedo y otras alegorías alquímicas en La fuerza de la sangre, una novela exemplar de Miguel de Cervantes” at a conference in Burgos, Spain. She will further conduct research for a monograph in Burgos and throughout Spain, complete a book review, and collect materials for an upcoming Spanish Literature in Translation course at UM. Her travel award totals $1,700.

The President’s Travel Awards are given annually, in amounts varying with availability of funding. All travel proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee and its recommendations endorsed by the Provost.



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Athletics announces inaugural UM lacrosse team

Courtesy: UM Sports Information

University of Montevallo Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Frank Rogers is proud to announce the first 15 members of the inaugural team at the University, which will take the field in spring 2016 in its inaugural season.

The first recruiting class for Montevallo women’s lacrosse includes recruits from New York, Maryland, California, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama. The class also features one recruit from Canada.

“I am very excited to welcome this group of outstanding young ladies to the University of Montevallo,” Rogers said. “Our Class of 2015 at this time represents eight different states and Canada. These young ladies bring a strong background and they are all very athletic and versatile. They play at a very good level. We are all looking forward to introducing lacrosse to the University and the Montevallo community.”

Fourteen of the first 15 members of the team will enroll at the University as freshmen in the fall, with one team member who will be a sophomore in the fall and who is currently enrolled at Montevallo.

Team members are:

  • Jessica Culver of Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Andriana Smith of Birmingham;
  • Jennifer Toney of New Orleans;
  • Aliya Carpenter of Hawthorne, California;
  • Kristen Rudell of Houston;
  • Lara Michaelyn Scheutz of Houston;
  • Brenna Dwyer of Austin, Texas;
  • Georgi Griffin of Seabrook, Texas;
  • Micah (Bebe) Wheeles of Birmingham;
  • Tatiana Samuel of Tomball, Texas;
  • Samantha (Goose) Farrell of Katy, Texas (native of New Brunswick, Canada);
  • Nicholette Wood of Katy, Texas;
  • Jami Hudak of Palmyra, New York;
  • Jo Northern of Prince Frederick, Maryland; and
  • Emily Yarbrough of Newnan, Georgia.

“We have compiled a strong group of young ladies who will help us establish a solid foundation and help us hit the ground running,” Rogers stated. “They are all very excited about coming to the area and representing the community and our University, while also helping to grow the game of lacrosse in the Birmingham area and the state of Alabama.”

To view the complete profiles of the first 15 members of UM’s lacrosse team, visit the UM Athletics website.