Encouraging young Falcons to soar

Published 1:54 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Montevallo Connection, a liaison between the University of Montevallo and local public schools, will host its second Future Falcon Day Oct. 29 on the UM campus.

This year eighth graders from Montevallo Middle School will be special guests. The program’s intent is to encourage students to finish their high school educations and to pursue college degrees. Director of Montevallo Connection is Hollie Cost, associate professor in the College of Education.

UM students, faculty, and alumni will act as Future Falcon guides and mentors on Future Falcon Day.

Future Falcon Day will start at 8:15 a.m. and will finish at 2 p.m. It will consist of almost a dozen activities and sessions.

The students will start with a music activity and will go on to a scavenger hunt. Then they will break up into small groups.

Within the small groups, the students will participate in three sessions with UM faculty.

The sessions will be led by the following faculty: Ted Metz, professor of art, Sally Bell, assistant professor of communication studies, and Carolyn Miller-Kirby, professor of kinesiology.

Following lunch in the cafeteria, students will end the day with an athletic event in the Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center.

Patricia Hughes, assistant director of athletics and head women’s soccer coach, will coordinate the activity.

Dr. Cost said participants in the first Future Falcon Day program this past spring had an opportunity to assess sessions with faculty members and other activities and to provide feedback to her.

That information was used to tweak activities included in the event this year.

For additional information about Montevallo Connection, interested persons may visit the following web site: Montevallo.edu/ci/mc/home.shtm.

Laura Wise is a student worker in the public relations department for the University of Montevallo.