from the Hilltop

October 2014

Reunion 2014 video and photos now online!
Want to relive the fun? Want to see what you missed? Then take a look at our Reunion/Homecoming video and then tag your friends in our Facebook album here. You can also submit photos via Facebook message or email and we'll add them to the album. And pencil in the date for next year's Hilltop Weekend Reunion: Oct. 16-17, 2015.

Homecoming game excitement
During halftime of the Homecoming football game, seniors Michael Cowan and Kat McCain were crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Read more about these outstanding students at News@BSC. The football team clinched its first win of the season at homecoming, defeating Sewanee 20-9. Go Panthers!

Alumni magazine on its way
We are pleased to report that the fall issue of 'Southern will soon be in your mailboxes. One of the features in this issue is on BSC's newest initiative, rise3, which takes learning beyond the classroom with collaborative research, service learning, and internships. The magazine also includes a story on Dewar Gaines '14, CEO of the tech startup Abracadabra Health; a look at the Class of 2018, starting their first year on campus this fall; a new sleep study by Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Joe Chandler '03; and much, much more! We welcome your feedback and comments.

Carrie: the Musical to take center stage Oct. 30-Nov. 2
Birmingham actress and singer Kristi Tingle Higginbotham '87 returns to the Birmingham-Southern stage for Carrie: the Musical, opening pre-Halloween night. Performing alongside a cast of 13 BSC students, Higginbotham will portray Carrie White's mother, Margaret. Tickets are on sale now for Fine Arts Society members and become available to the general public on Thursday (buy tickets here). It's not too late to join the Fine Arts Society and secure your tickets early for what we know will be a popular show. Join online at

As a preview to the production, BSC Professor of Theatre Michael Flowers will present a Provost's Forum, "The Abuse and Bullying of Carrie: How the Remake of a Modern Musical Addresses One of the Major Issues of Our Time," on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. in the College Theatre/Mainstage. Cast members will perform a scene from the musical. Read more about the production.

BSC's 2014 Organ Spooktacular set for Halloween night
The Halloween Organ Spooktacular will take place Friday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall. The event, billed as "organists behaving badly," celebrates the long association of the king of instruments with the spooky, fun, and gothic, performed by BSC faculty, alumni and students, including the annual sing-a-long of "Pumpkin Carols." Dr. Leon Couch and Dr.Lester Seigel '79 will be joined by Mark Hayes '84, music director at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham. Also performing will be Prof. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, Daniel Seigel '02, and Chelsea Kendrick '14. Shorter works by student organists will round out the merriment. Costumes are encouraged and everyone is invited to this free and family friendly event; combine it with the Halloween showing of Carrie: the Musical if you dare! For more information, call (205) 226-4957.

BSConnects student 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.

Swimming and diving opens season in Kentucky
The swimming and diving teams opened the season in Kentucky this past weekend, defeating Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday and then competing in the Louisville Quad Meet on Sunday, where the men finished second and the women were fourth.

Volleyball splits on the road
The volleyball team saw its nine-match win streak come to an end on Saturday, falling to Hendrix 3-0 on the road. The Panthers rebounded on Sunday with a 3-1 win against Rhodes. BSC now stands at 8-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, tied with Hendrix and Berry at the top of the league standings. The Panthers are at home Oct. 14, hosting No. 3 Emory at 5 p.m. and in-state rival Huntingdon at 7 p.m. BSC then travels to face Sewanee and Centre this weekend.

Football, soccer teams fall on the road
The football team traveled to Lakeland, Fla., on Saturday and lost 42-21 to Southeastern University. BSC travels to Jackson, Miss., this Saturday to face Millsaps. Both soccer teams also lost this past weekend on the road, falling to Rhodes in Memphis. The women lost 4-2, and the men lost 1-0 in double overtime, with the Lynx scoring the game-winner with less than a minute left. The men's and women's teams host Oglethorpe this Friday in a 5 p.m. doubleheader, and Berry on Sunday in a noon doubleheader.

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