Falcon Family Update

December 2022 Newsletter

Campus Resources for Student Employment
College Night and Homecoming 2023
Important Dates to Remember

Campus Resources for Student Employment

Is your student looking for a job? The University of Montevallo provides resources to students seeking employment through the Student Employment Office and the Career Development Center.

The Student Employment Office is designed to help students pursue their educational goals by providing employment opportunities and professional development resources. Additionally, the Student Employment Office provides the human resources function for student employees and University departments. The Student Employment Office maintains an online on-campus job database, supports an applicant tracking system and assists student employees with the onboarding process.

There are generally two classifications of on-campus positions: Work Study and Jobship.
Work Study positions are for students who meet specific criteria and have been awarded aid by the UM Student Aid Office. To determine if you are eligible for Work Study, contact the UM Student Aid Office at 205-665-6050. Having an award for Work Study will increase your chances of finding on-campus employment.
Jobship positions may be filled by any UM student based on the results of a competitive application and interview process.

For more information about the services provided by the Student Employment Office or to search for available on-campus jobs visit montevallo.edu/student-employment-office.

The Career Development Center (CDC) offers a variety of services and resources to help students reach their professional goals. The CDC is located on the second floor of Farmer Hall and provides career counseling, comprehensive assistance with career planning, career exploration, professional development and job market strategies. Services are available to all current students and alumni. To request an appointment, email career@montevallo.edu, call 205-665-6262 or drop by the CDC office. For more information about the services and resources the CDC provides, visit montevallo.edu/career-development-center.

College Night and Homecoming 2023

Since 1919, College Night has defined our homecoming tradition. UM students have participated in a school spirit competition unlike any other. First designed to celebrate the introduction of a four-year college curriculum, the early celebrations were competitions between classes. In 1921, to celebrate UM’s 25th anniversary, students were divided into two teams, the Gold Side and the Purple Side. Growing in importance and attracting large numbers of alumni, it became the date for the observance of homecoming activities. It is a unique phenomenon in higher education — a pair of competitive, original, student-produced musical shows augmented by concurrent competitive athletic events.

In 2000, College Night was named a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress. It has an exhibit there in the American Folklife Center.

Throughout the celebration, points are accumulated through pre-production events including sporting competitions and the productions themselves. The crowning star of UM’s College Night is the musical productions. Each side produces an original musical. Everything is created by current students — scripts, music, lyrics, costumes, choreography, sets and lighting.

Mixers and pre-production events occur during the fall semester and actual production work begins early in the spring semester. Each side tries to keep the secret of its preparation until the first performance during homecoming week.

Juggling rehearsals and classes, members of each side give up weekends and work into the wee hours of the morning to perfect their productions until homecoming week, usually the second week of February. Independent judges review and assign points to the Saturday night shows, and these points are added to pre-production points, revealing either a Gold Victory or a Purple Victory.

Though at a passing glance it can appear to be a short-lived event, the College Night experience lasts a lifetime.

College Night has been described as the “crest of the wave of school spirit,” but it is so much more. The leadership and camaraderie necessary to create the productions with such limited time and resources build strong friendships that endure beyond the college years.

Alumni Homecoming reunions and celebrations are held in conjunction with our beloved student tradition of College Night. The theme selected for this year’s Homecoming is “The Legacy Continues!” And we look forward to seeing you at our beloved Homecoming traditions on Feb. 10-11.

Alumni Pre-Sale College Night tickets are available to active alumni donors who have made a minimum $40 contribution to the University of Montevallo Foundation since Oct. 1, 2022. The donation may be made at the time of ticket purchase. Alumni event registration is not considered a tax-deductible donation. Donations added are considered tax-deductible and included in alumni giving. The Alumni Pre-Sale ends on Jan. 9 (contingent upon ticket availability).

Alumni will be able to select a seat based on availability for the night tickets as desired. The same limits will be in effect for a maximum of two (2) tickets for Friday, two (2) tickets for Saturday, OR one (1) for each night.

Ticket purchases will be monitored. If tickets purchased do not meet the criteria (contribution and amount ordered) by Jan. 9, the ticket purchase will be voided. Donations and College Night ticket purchases are non-refundable. In the event of cancelation, every effort will be made to provide ticket holders with livestream access.

If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 205-665-6223 or email alumni@montevallo.edu.

For more information about College Night or Homecoming 2023, visit monetvallo.edu/college-night or montevallo.edu/homecoming.

Important Dates to Remember

Dec. 17-Jan. 3         Winter holidays (University closed)
Jan. 4                       University opens
Jan. 6                       8 a.m. — residence halls open for spring semester
Jan. 9                       Classes begin for spring semester
Jan. 9-13                  Drop/Add period
Jan. 13                     Last day for refund for dropped spring courses
Jan. 16                     Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (University closed)
Feb. 8-11                 College Night and Homecoming activities
Feb. 10                    No classes
Feb. 27                    Mid-semester week begins
March 13                 Last day for course or semester withdrawal
March 24                 Spring Holidays for students and faculty begin at 5 p.m.
April 3                      Classes resume
April 10                    Fall 2023 registration begins for currently enrolled graduate students/Summer 2023 registration remains open
April 12                    Fall 2023 registration begins for currently enrolled seniors
April 14                    Fall 2023 registration begins for currently enrolled juniors
April 18                    Fall 2023 registration begins for currently enrolled sophomores
April 20                    Fall 2023 registration begins for currently enrolled freshmen
April 27-28               Classes meet as scheduled; no exams or quizzes administered or other graded assignments due
May 1-5                   Final exams
May 6                      Spring Commencement (TBA)