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  • September 2020

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    Faulkner University Purchases Local Shopping Center
    Faulkner University recently bought the Montgomery East Plaza Shopping Center, which will become the new site for the University’s College of Health Sciences. The purchase was in late June. Once renovation is completed, the facility will house all of Faulkner's health science programs including Speech and Language Pathology, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. The Physician Assistant program will began this fall, while Physical Therapy is scheduled to begin in 2021, followed by Occupational Therapy in 2022.

    Montgomery Regional Airport Enhances Safety & Dannelly Field Project Completed
    Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) has implemented strong measures to keep passengers safe. In accordance with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the airport has introduced a number of changes to help protect passengers from the transmission of COVID-19. Airport employees are required to wear masks. All airport visitors are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings. For additional protection among employees and passengers, plexiglass shields have been installed throughout the airport at ticket counters, rental car counters and the MGM customer service desk.

    The airport has also completed the rehabilitation of Taxiway Alpha, its main taxiway. In July 2019, airport leaders announced the start of the project as a new phase of ongoing efforts to improve aviation infrastructure at Dannelly Field and to support air service development. Work included milling, paving and surface improvements. The $1.2 million project was largely funded through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

    Beasley Allen Filed The Most Product Liability Lawsuits from 2015-2019
    Product liability cases in the U.S. federal court system reached an eight-year high last year, maintaining an upward trend that started in 2015, according to a new litigation report by Lex Machina. Lex Machina’s 2020 Product Liability Litigation Report also shows Montgomery’s Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles handling the second-largest volume of product liability lawsuits, with 6,470 cases from 2015-2019, just behind Weitz & Luxenberg.

    AUM Adds New Certificate
    AUM has added The Professional and Technical Writing Certificate, which provides students with experience in writing concise technical documents. The first of its kind in the River Region and one of the few in Alabama, the AUM Professional and Technical Writing Certificate will allow each student to focus on the specific kind of writing that will be required in their career.

    Huntingdon Receives Grant
    Huntingdon College will receive a Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Vocation Across the Academy Grant, allowing the College to expand its Vocation and Calling Initiatives to an exploration of race and justice.

    Rotary Club Presents Donation to Faulkner Pre-K Program
    Members of the Montgomery Rotary Club presented a generous donation to Faulkner University’s Pre-K program to provide students with new books. The $500 check was presented to Faulkner Pre-K lead teacher Mila Stevens and Director of the Faulkner University Pre-K program, Dr. Leslie Cowell.
     
    Phi Beta Sigma Chapter Earns Charter at Huntingdon
    Huntingdon College Greek Life added a chapter earlier this month as a charter was granted for the Gamma Rho Mu chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The fraternity joins seven other national fraternities and sororities at Huntingdon.

    Montgomery-Based Small Businesses Launch New MGM Beer
    Montgomery’s Common Bond Brewing and The Montgomery Biscuits baseball team have collaborated on a special craft beer, “Crafty Lefty Ale,” a light lemon shandy-style beer that’s named after the term for a left- handed pitcher who uses everything in his arsenal to get outs.

    Biscuits COO Brendon Porter, General Manager, Mike Murphy and Common Bond’s Andrew McNally share the “common bond” of loving both baseball and beer, and their idea was to create a beer that was refreshing for a hot day at the ballpark. The conversations about creating a Biscuits and baseball branded beer began shortly after the three first met, but when the pandemic hit, the conversations were accelerated, and the new brew was released in late July, timing just right with the start of the Major League Baseball season.
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