Caleb Jones

History Department hosts Antique Roadshow

Books were provided to the show by the library archive. Photo by Jamie Browder. On Oct. 23, the University of Montevallo History Department held Antiques Roadshow Montevallo in the J.A. Brown Room of Carmichael Library.   Organized by associate professor of history John Bawden, the event was modeled after the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow” in which specialists from auction houses and dealers across the country come to offer free appraisals of antiques and other rare items, offering insight into their historical origins.   “It’s a fun opportunity for people to talk about objects that are precious to their families, and to find...

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Senator discusses teacher shortage at roundtable

Mark Dixon, Avis Williams, J.W. Carpenter, Sen. Doug Jones and Dr. Courtney Bentley dissing teacher retention at roundtable. Photo by Caleb Jones On Saturday, Aug. 24, Senator Doug Jones, D-Ala, hosted a roundtable discussion in Anna Irvin, which featured educators from across the state.   The discussion focused on the challenges involved in increasing Alabama’s teacher workforce and how to work on strategies to effectively combat those challenges, as well as how to improve the educational experience for K-12 and college students.  After opening remarks from UM President John Stewart, Jones began by stressing the importance of teachers’ place in shaping the...

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UM students present undergraduate research

Undergraduate Research Day is hosted in Harman Hall every year. Photo by Caleb Jones On Wednesday, March 20, 43 University of Montevallo students took part in the 22nd annual Undergraduate Research Day.  According to UM’s website, the goal of Undergraduate Research Day is to involve students in their own learning, to develop teamwork and pride, to enhance interdisciplinary learning and to share in the exhilaration of discovery.   Students from all four colleges at UM are invited to engage in research, scholarship and creative activity with faculty mentors, demonstrating their research via posters and oral presentations.  The event was held...

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URGE hosts spring Abortion positive tour

URGE-branded koozies, condoms, stuckers, buttons and popsockets were available for students to pick up at the ABT tent. Photo by Kat Bell On Monday, March 19, Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) representatives visited UM’s campus as part of their Abortion Positive Tour.   URGE data manager Taylor Harrison and Alabama state organizer Andi Lawhead, along with members of UM’s URGE chapter, set up outside of Farmer Hall to educate students about abortion and the obstacles people often face when seeking the procedure in Alabama, or the U.S. in general  The group also sought to reframe how the public thinks of the issue of abortion as...

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Taking a stand: America is transgender

A leaked memo recently obtained by the New York Times revealed that the Trump administration is considering a move that would define “transgender” out of existence.    The memo showed that the Department of Health and Human Services wanted to change the definition of gender to an extremely narrow definition of “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” and also stated that “the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate as originally issued shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”  According to the memo, they are trying to...

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