Harrison Neville

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The April board of trustees meeting marked what was, according Chairman Todd Strange, the very first UM Board of Trustees meeting held remotely. The meeting covered a broad host of topics, but the main focus was on the future of the University in the fall.   Before they really dug down into business, UM President, Dr. John Stewart took a moment to acknowledge faculty senate president elect, Emily Gill, who would be taking over from the current president, Dr. Tiffany Wang.   For her part, Wang wrapped up her time representing the faculty senate by sharing a list of faculty priorities for the 2020-2021 year, and announcing that Dr. Raymond Ozley was the faculty service award winner for this year and would be honored at Founder’s Day.   The staff senate also gave a brief report with staff senate president Dawn Makofski stating to the board that the staff survey had been completed, and that the results would be compiled and passed on to the board of trustees.   Next up, the SGA reported to the board of trustees. Thomas Dillard, the current student trustee, was officially announced to the board as the next SGA president. Both Dillard and the current SGA president, Olivia Eldridge, expressed gratitude to the board for their work involving refunds, pass/fail option for grades and the student relief fund.   “On behalf of student, Olivia and I can both say we...

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SGA Recap April 15

This previous Wednesday, April 15, marked the last day that the SGA elected last spring would meet for the year.   Olivia Eldridge, SGA President, informed the senate that the process for students to receive their refunds for housing could be a slow one due to the University having to determine students’ eligibility to receive refunds on a case by case basis.   “It’s going to take some time before we see that money,” said Eldridge.   Eldridge also said that she would be speaking to the administration to determine how the refunds would work for students who have scholarships which lacked...

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First generation college student’s views on commencement

One of the greatest impacts that COVID-19 had on college students everywhere was the closing of universities. With the closing of their schools, college seniors across the country were left wondering what this would mean for their commencement.   Some universities, like UAB, responded to the situation by going online. Many others, including the University of Montevallo, chose to delay commencement. In the case of UM, commencement is currently scheduled for Aug. 7.  This change in plans is saddening for many seniors, but it hits many first-generation college students particularly hard.  “This is a major milestone; and not to be able to savor that moment would be extremely disappointing, I would imagine,” said Dr. Denise Myers, the director of the TRIO Student Support Services.   The sentiment expressed by Myers was shared by senior history major Thomas Reid. Though Reid agreed with UM’s decision to push back commencement, it didn’t stop him from feeling disappointed when he received the news.  “I had anticipated to graduate in May — party plans had been in the works, my parents and in-laws prepared to watch me cross the stage as one of the first people in the family to earn a bachelors,” said Reid. “I was dismayed, angry, even depressed when I received the email which pushed graduation back to August.”  Justin Williams, an accounting major and the senior class president, expressed a hope...

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Pita Pit in Farmer is delayed due to COVID-19

The University of Montevallo has been working to replace the Moe’s in Farmer for almost two years now, but the road to change has been a long and bumpy one. In the previous academic year, it appeared that Moe’s would be replaced by an in-house option run through Chartwells, the company that runs on-campus dining.   This idea received some negative feedback from students on campus and was ultimately rejected by the University.  “They wanted to look at some different options, so that’s why it didn’t happen last year,” explained Jason Quarles, Director of Dining Services at UM in an interview in January.   In January of this year, it became clear that UM was considering bringing in Pita Pit, a Mediterranean-style restaurant known for its pita wraps, as a replacement for Moe’s.   “It’s got the pita wrap section, but they also do rice bowls and they do hamburgers and they also do smoothies. It’s a broad concept,” said Quarles adding that, “it kinda fits with all the different things that student groups were asking for.”  Originally, it looked as though Pita Pit would be coming to campus in August of 2020, but COVID-19 has caused this plan to be reevaluated.   “Because of COVID-19 our timeline for the changeover from Moe’s to Pita Pit is not totally set in stone. Prior to COVID-19 the plan was to do the remodel over the summer so it...

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SGA Senate recap April 8 2020

The SGA Senate held its second zoom meeting this past Wednesday, April 8. The meeting started with a brief update from SGA President Olivia Eldridge about the possibility of students receiving refunds for on-campus fees, room and board.   According to Eldridge, Dr. John Stewart, UM’s President, had informed her that he would be attending a meeting to speak with the board of trustees on the issue. Eldridge said that it had been conveyed to her that a refund was likely to require a vote by the entire board of trustees and that it could be awhile before students heard anything for certain.   Moving on to executive officer reports, Madison Hollon, SGA Vice President, announced that she was working to have the student resource room fully set up.   “I’m still navigating the whole resource room thing,” said Hollon.  Hollon told the senate that she intends to go in on April 30 to set the room up. Hollon’s was the only executive report, so the senate moved on to legislation.  Two bills were on the senate floor this week. The first was Bill 1920-B-037, which was tabled from last week, and would install an amazon tablet in the basement of the library for students to use to file electronic constituent reports.   The goal of this, according to senate clerk, Zoe Scott, is “to make Senate better connected to the student body.”  The...

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