from the Hilltop

May 2015

Alumni are invited to share the excitement of Commencement Weekend ceremonies
Some 230 students are expected to be honored at Birmingham-Southern's 2015 Commencement, which is set for Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum. Because seating is limited, we invite you to join via a live web stream of the ceremony at You are invited to attend two other events in person: the traditional Baccalaureate service at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook, and the Capping ceremony that same day at 3 p.m. in the coliseum. More details on graduation weekend can be found on our Commencement web page. Also, we encourage you to connect with other alumni and families during graduation via Twitter by following the #bscgrad15 hashtag.

Make your best gift to the Annual Fund by May 31!
Your alma mater is rising even higher than the Hilltop! Right now we are on track to welcome one of our strongest classes of first-year students in several years--more than 400 prospective students have made their deposits to say "I'm coming to BSC." A gift to the Annual Fund is one way to keep Birmingham-Southern rising above other schools. Your gift will provide support for scholarship and programming and show others how much you appreciate the start you got here on the Hilltop. Make your best gift by May 31 at to be included in this year's donor report.

Fight summer boredom--send your kid to BSC camps
The college offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports, leadership, and business programs for children of all ages during June and July. Registration and prices vary. Read more.

Julie Blackwelder Holly '01 named new Birmingham-Southern chaplain
The associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook will become the new chaplain at Birmingham-Southern on June 10. Read more.

Are you looking to help earthquake victims in Nepal?
Saurav Bhandary, a Birmingham-Southern student from Nepal, is leading an effort to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake that struck his home country on April 25. Read more.

Three professors retiring this spring
Three of the college's longtime faculty members, Professor of Sociology Dr. Guy Dalto, Professor of Biology Dr. Leo Pezzementi, and Professor of Library Science Dr. Guy Hubbs, will retire at the end of 2014-15. Their combined 79-year tenure has been marked by excellent teaching and innovative curriculum development. If you'd like to join us in wishing them well, feel free to send them an email at their college accounts.

Reunion@Homecoming: Oct. 16 & 17
Join hundreds of BSC alumni and friends on Friday and Saturday for Homecoming/Alumni Reunion/Family Weekend. We'll celebrate the Class of 1965 50th Reunion, Class of 1990 25th Reunion, and Class of 2005 10th Reunion, along with an all-alumni celebration on the quad and, of course, tailgating at the Homecoming game vs. Millsaps. If you're interested in working on a class committee, contact Chris Wenning Lambert '86, at (205) 226-4912 or

Business professor receives ODK teaching excellence award
Dr. Rick Lester, associate professor of management at BSC, won the Omicron Delta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award presented during the college's 2015 Honors Day Convocation on April 30. Click here for an Honors Day recap. Lester will speak at the Capping ceremony next Friday after being selected by the senior class to provide words of wisdom.

Gen. Krulak Stump Lecture available online
BSC's president, Gen. Charles C. Krulak, spoke to a campus audience of some 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests on entrepreneurship April 9. He also talked about his father, U.S. Marine Gen. Victor "Brute" Krulak, and his example of leadership. Check out a video and picture gallery from the event.

Relay for Life exceeds goal
The Birmingham-Southern community exceeded its $40,000 goal and ultimately raised $52,447 in April for the American Cancer Society through Relay For Life. Read more.

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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