from the Hilltop

March 2015

Get ready to reconnect and reminisce at Alumni Spring Weekend!
Please make plans to join us April 16-19 for our inaugural Spring Alumni Weekend. We heard from many alumni that getting to the Hilltop for Homecoming/Reunion can be challenging, so we are taking advantage of some existing events and adding new ones to provide an opportunity for you to reconnect with your classmates and with your alma mater this season. To register and for a detailed description of the weekend's events, including the Alumni Awards Gala and Jazz on the Hilltop, click here. See you in April!

Alum to speak about crowdfunding and digital entrepreneurship
Christopher Cage '10, founder of Greenbelly LLC, will present "Kickstarter and Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age" on Tuesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre on campus. Cage, who launched his own company's Kickstarter campaign this week, will discuss how to prepare and run a campaign and why he believes now is the best time in history to start a business.

Join fellow alums for Birmingham lunches
The next Brown Bag Lunch, hosted by BSC's Black Alumni Group, will take place Wednesday, March 11. Rodney Bargainer '94, Alicia Fritz Bennett '92, and Stephanie Houston Mays '04 will share their perspectives on Birmingham's progress and challenges through a legal lens. Boxed lunches are available for purchase or you may bring your own. For more information, to register, and to secure your seat at the table, click here.

Attend the last BSC Birmingham Business Lunch for this season on Wednesday, March 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Architecture Works, located at 130 19th St. South. Hear from select teams of BSC business students who launched unique business ventures during E-Term and were recognized by the business faculty as the best of the best. Boxed lunches will be pre-ordered, so register by March 23.

Be #somebody4BSC!
Did your BSC experience help you become the somebody you are today? Help BSC continue to make "somebodies" by making your gift to the Annual Fund and be #somebody4BSC. Check out how other alums are being "somebody" in this video and share your own photo on the alumni Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds with #somebody4BSC.

Share BSC stories at our Southern Swap events
The Alumni Association and Admission Office are joining forces to tell the BSC story in Mobile and Atlanta. Alumni and prospective students and their parents are invited to attend and to share BSC stories and swap contact information. It's an ideal opportunity for alumni to reconnect with each other and to meet with future alumni! Southern Swap will come to Mobile on Tuesday, March 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Café 615 and to Atlanta on Thursday, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Saltyard. Details and registration are available at

Upcoming visual and performing arts events at BSC
An exhibition honoring the work of the late Cooper "Bud" Spivey, who taught in BSC's Art Department for more than two decades, will be on display March 6-26 in the Durbin Gallery. The works chosen will span two decades of his oeuvre and include paintings, collages, drawings, digital images, and constructions. An opening reception will be held this Friday from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery

The BSC Symphonic Band will perform at Birmingham's historic Alabama Theatre on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature a varied repertoire of music for wind and percussion, concluding with a full ensemble performance with the venue's Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

If you live in Anniston, Chattanooga, Charlotte, or Atlanta, don't miss the BSC Concert Choir's annual spring tour! The tour program, led by Lester Seigel '79, Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music, includes a variety of choral classics plus an array of folk songs and spiritual arrangements that are a hallmark of the choir. Spring tour dates include:

  • Wednesday, March 11, 6 p.m.--Anniston First United Methodist Church, 1400 Noble Street, Anniston
  • Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.--Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga
  • Friday, March 13, 7 p.m.--Christ Church Episcopal, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sunday, March 15, 6 p.m.--Buford First United Methodist Church, 285 East Main Street, Buford, Ga.

College hosting several speakers in March
Along with the college's arts events, several free and public lectures will be held this month:

  • Dr. Kathleen Spies, BSC Professor of Art History, will present the Provost's Forum "Walt Kuhn, the 'Buckeye,' and American Modernism" on Wednesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • R.J. Mitte, co-star of AMC's Breaking Bad and equality and diversity activist, will deliver the college's 2015 Stirling Lecture on March 26 at 7 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall.
  • Visiting Scholar Dr. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, will deliver the college's Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on Tuesday, March 31, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre. Wasserstrom studies modern China and is especially interested in student protest.

BSC baseball to take on Birmingham Barons on April 7
Make plans to cheer on the BSC Panthers as they take on the Birmingham Barons at Regions Field on Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. This pre-season game is a showcase for the BSC baseball program and another great opportunity to enjoy this premiere baseball park. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students are all invited; alumni tickets will be available through the BSC Alumni Association later this month

BSC celebrates successes of swimming and diving teams
Congratulations to the Panther men's and women's swimming and diving teams for their stellar season. The men won the 2015 Southern Athletic Association Championship in mid-February at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The women finished a very close second to Rhodes, by less than two seconds, in the 400-yard freestyle relay

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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