Jamie Browder

Montevallo makers

Photo by Jamie Browder When Casie Tate opened The Art Studio in downtown Montevallo six months ago it was fueled by her love of teaching crafts and of the city itself.    Tate and her husband Lee have been living in Montevallo for 10 years. They were brought to the area because of Lee’s career with the sheriff’s office in Shelby County.     “We’ve always lived in Shelby County, but we fell in love with Montevallo,” shared Tate.    Originally, The Art Studio found its home in Calera, which is where it was located for two years before she moved the store to its teal...

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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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Students voice concern over Life Raft Debate joke

Brook Pruitt, associate professor of communication, stood on stage at the Life Raft Debate in defense of why, he, as a mass comm professor, deserved to be on the hypothetical life raft. He chose to perform a comedy routine, in hopes to make students feel ‘entertained’ and win them over.   The nature of comedy is that no one has final say over what is truly funny, but people have a right to say when shock value has crossed into genuine discomfort. I firmly believe this is one of those instances.   “In 1993 when I started school, or college, I thought I...

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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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