Jamie Browder

Human trafficking, should we be worried?

The Junior League of Birmingham estimated that human traffickers are making $250 – $275k per victim each year. Birmingham is a prime hub for human trafficking and drug trade because of the I-20 corridor, which connects Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.   40% of human trafficking takes place in the South East US and I-20 is one of the nation’s most active corridors where victims are sold at various stops, according to WellHouse, a human trafficking hotline.   The Bringing the Exploitation of Alabama Minors Program estimated that 5-thousand people are being human trafficked through Alabama each month.    Claims of traffickers began to circulate...

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Donors offer LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness Scholarship

Anonymous donors offer spring LGBTQ+ inclusiveness scholarship to UM students   Starting in the spring semester of 2020, UM will begin offering a scholarship dedicated to LGBTQ+ and other people of minorities. It is called the University of Montevallo LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness and Social Activism Endowed Scholarship.  The recipient of the scholarship will receive $500 for two semesters.   “The scholarship was created to honor UM students, faculty, and staff who in the course of their lives sought to ensure everyone they encountered felt included. The scholarship is amazing because it both recognizes the legacy of our students and staff, and also sets the...

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UM students seize internship opportunities

According to College Recruiter, 75% of college students participate in internships. Students of UM were no exception this summer from social media to Capitol Hill.    Kristen Lively worked with bridal fashion designer Heidi Elnora in Birmingham. Elnora is known for being on Project Runway and having her own show on TLC called Bride by Design.   The bridal shop located in Birmingham provided Lively with an opportunity to sew, help brides develop their dresses and conceptualize visual merchandising.   “Sometimes we sewed for 8 hours a day, but it was all worth it to see a bride smile at her fitting. ...

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Alabama lawmakers talk budget, prison reform and State lottery

Lawmakers pose for a photo inside C’s Cakes and Coffee House. Photo by Kat Bell Early morning on April 8, Alabama legislators met with Montevallo locals as part of an outreach program at C’s Cake and Coffee House.  With 10 more weeks in this legislative session, Alabama State Representatives Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, and April Weaver, R-Brierfield, met with residents to inform them of actions taking place in legislature.   While topics like the gas tax had local representatives busy for many weeks, the regular session has brought about news of a large portion of money coming to Alabama.   “Last week the house passed the general fund budget. We’re excited to get that...

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La Conchita provides sweet treats to Vallo community

Pastries range in price from 99 cents to $3.99 at La Conchita. Photo by Jamie Browder As Montevallo students were ushered home for spring break on Friday, March 29, the newest addition to Main Street businesses, La Conchita, opened its doors and ushered in its first customers.  Owners Alejandro Sanchez, Antonio Sanchez and Moises Mateo sought to bring a taste of Mexico to Main Street Montevallo with the breads and pastries of bakery La Conchita, located just across the street from El Agave.   The family also owns two food outlets in Nashville and are hoping to open a second...

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