from the Hilltop

November 2014

Durbin Gallery to showcase alumni artwork this month, pay tribute to Bob Tucker
The Department of Art and Art History will host a special alumni art exhibition in honor of BSC Emeritus Professor of Art Robert "Bob" Tucker III. "Celebration: Work by Robert Tucker and his Students," curated by BSC Professor of Art Steve Cole and fine artist Allen Peterson '94 of Atlanta, will open this Friday and continue through Nov. 25 in the Durbin Gallery. Read more at News@BSC.

Birmingham Business Lunch series kicks off Dec. 3
Please join us for a great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Birmingham area and learn from interesting and inspirational speakers. Birmingham-Southern will host a luncheon and speaker series for alumni starting Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at Innovation Depot. We'll explore through the eyes of two BSC entrepreneurs—Dewar Gaines '14 and Brooke Tanner Battle '96—how they are launching new ventures from right here in the Magic City. Cost is $20 to attend. Please RSVP by Dec. 1 at or for more information, contact Haley Ingrum '14, coordinator of alumni relations and campus relations, at (205) 226-7738 or

Birmingham-Southern honors local business leaders
BSC's Department of Business Administration recently honored Kevin Stump Sr. '80; Philip Jackson Jr. '49; and the late Wayne Killion Sr., father of past BSC board chair Dr. Wayne Killion Jr. '72, for their commitment to enhancing experiential education. At the ceremony, plaques were erected in each of their names at the Marguerite Jones Harbert Building, which houses the Business Department. Read more at News@BSC.

Student-directed theatre production to feature collected plays of Tennessee Williams
This month, the college's theatre program will stage four classic one-act plays by Tennessee Williams that celebrate the will of the human spirit to overcome insurmountable odds. BSC student Brent Irwin is directing the production as a rise3 senior capstone project. The shows will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20; Friday, Nov. 21; and Saturday, Nov. 22; and on 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, in the College Theatre/The Underground. Tickets are on sale now for Fine Arts Society members and become available to the general public on Thursday (buy tickets here). Read more about the production at News@BSC.

BSC night at Zoolight Safari
Bundle up in your best black and gold and join BSC alumni at the Birmingham Zoo for Zoolight Safari on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 5-9 p.m. We'll have a special check-in for BSC alums and their guests, so register through our link and join us. We'd love to see you and your kids and grandkids–even your favorite neighbors. Register online at by Dec. 4.

College offering several free lectures in November
Did you know that most talks at BSC are open to alumni? There is a full line-up of free lectures this month on a variety of subjects:

  • Dr. Jason Heaton, BSC assistant professor of biology and this year's Whetstone Award winner, will talk about "From Ape to Man: The Tale of the Sterkfontein Valley" on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Award-winning author Tayari Jones, a native of Atlanta who works as an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark University, will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre as part of the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) Visiting Writers Series.
  • Dr. Vince Gawronski, BSC associate professor of political science, will talk on the topic "Guns, Drugs, and Violence in the Americas," on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Harbert Auditorium.
  • Dr. Alan Litsey, BSC professor of theatre arts, will talk about the upcoming play "Four by Tenn: Measuring the Artistry of Tennessee Williams" on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Dr. William Holt, BSC assistant professor of urban environmental studies, and the UES 360 Environmental Justice Class will lead a rise3 panel on "Service Learning: Engaging with the Community through the Classroom" on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.

BSCconnects students calling for college's Annual Fund
This week, student leaders will begin reaching out to connect. Answer the call and support Birmingham-Southern's Annual Fund. Increasing your annual gift will move BSC forward and will leave a lasting impact on future alums. In the meantime, visit the Annual Fund website for more information on how to join or renew your membership in BSC's giving societies or email for assistance.

Goldfarb records 350th win in home finale
The men's soccer team played its final home game of the season on Saturday and defeated Hendrix 1-0, marking a career milestone for Head Coach Preston Goldfarb as he recorded his 350th career victory in his 32nd season at the helm of the program.

Basketball teams preparing to start season
The BSC basketball season will open with the women playing at home against Piedmont College on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m., followed by the men playing Rust College in the Black Tie Classic at 6 p.m. On Nov. 20, the college will host its first Autism Awareness event at a basketball doubleheader vs. Huntingdon at home; the women play at 5 p.m. and the men tip off at 7 p.m.

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