from the Hilltop

October 2016

Homecoming is less than three weeks away!
The college is excited to invite you to attend Homecoming 2016, a weekend that will celebrate all members of the Birmingham-Southern College family, including current students, their families, and all alumni! Make plans to come home to the Hilltop on Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22. We can't wait to see your BSC spirit! Among the many activities you will get to enjoy are:

  • Guided tours and special open houses on Friday afternoon;
  • A cocktail reception for all alumni, where you can meet the college's 15th president, Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith (this event is free for all alums on Friday evening);
  • Party on the Quad/Shrimp Boil on Friday evening, along with the annual Iron Pour;
  • Golden Ginkgoes Reception for the Class of 1966 and all pre-1966 graduates on Saturday morning;
  • The "Big Tailgate" on the Academic Quad before the Homecoming football game vs. Rhodes at 2 p.m.; and
  • Milestone Reunion celebrations for the classes of 1966, 1991, and 2006 at The Club.

REGISTER NOW and view more details at our Homecoming information site or call Christie Wenke Janey '09, associate director of alumni affairs, at (205) 226-4912.

Hilltop Band Day is Saturday
BSC music department alumni are invited to Hilltop Band Day on Saturday, Oct. 8. The annual event includes a rehearsal with the Panther Pride Marching Band, free lunch, and a performance with the band at the Hendrix vs. BSC football game that day. Complete this form and you will receive a schedule, music, and more details. Contact Ginger Zingara, director of bands, at x4953 or with questions.

Attorney breakfast and election talk
Please join fellow attorneys and BSC alums for a breakfast and talk featuring Dr. Natalie Davis, BSC's Howell T. Heflin Professor of Political Science, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 8-9 a.m. at Sirotte and Permutt PC, located at 2311 Highland Avenue in Birmingham. Davis, a sought-after political commentator, will share her insights on the presidential election of 2016. Register here. (There is no cost to attend, but please let us know if you will be there.)

Join BSC's president in Houston
The BSC Alumni Association invites you to enjoy delicious food, beer, and wine and meet Pres. Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith at a reception in her honor in Houston on Monday, Oct. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ouisie's Table, located at 3939 St. Felipe St. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 12, at and share the link with your classmates. (There is no cost to attend, but please let us know if you will be there.)

EcoFest 16 set for Oct. 20 on campus
Enjoy a three-course harvest supper from Whole Foods, great libations, and the best auction in town during EcoFest 16, which benefits the college's Southern Environmental Center. Choose from guided nature hikes of local natural wonders, beach and mountain destinations, and gourmet dining experiences. Alumni may register and purchase discounted tickets to this year's event, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the SEC. Tickets typically sell for $100 each, but alumni may purchase two tickets for $150. Or, call Roald Hazelhoff, SEC director, at (205) 226-4934 for tickets or more information.

Introducing Gloria
The college is excited to launch the first edition of Gloria, the magazine for the visual and performing arts at BSC. The new format replaces the previous season calendar for arts events and is designed to share the stories of student and alumni successes; it is named for one of BSC's great art patrons, Gloria Spruill '58, whose donation formed the basis for the BSC Arts Alliance. Read it here.

Fall into the arts
BSC's visual and performing arts fall season highlights include a powerful new sculpture installation, Concomitant, by BSC Professor of Art Jim Neel '71 that is on display through Oct. 27 in the Durbin Gallery; a performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Einav Yarden on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall as part of the Hugh and Barbara Thomas Master Class Series; the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof, which will be staged Oct. 19-29 at the College Theatre/Mainstage; and the annual Organ Spooktacular on Halloween night at 9 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall, featuring hauntingly beautiful music (wear a costume!).

College offering free lectures, screening in October
Along with the college's arts events, we are offering an inspiring line-up of free talks this month on a variety of subjects, as well as a movie screening. Alumni are always welcome! A sampling:

  • A "Don't Tell Anyone/No Le Digas a Nadie" movie screening about illegal immigration will take place Wednesday, Oct. 12, as part of BSC's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. It will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in Olin 205. A Q&A with the director and Angy Rivera, who is featured in the movie, will take place after the screening via video chat.
  • Michael Flowers, BSC professor of theatre, will present the Provost's Forum "Fiddler on the Roof: Caught Between Tradition and the Future--A People in Search of a Home" on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. in the College Theatre/Mainstage. He'll be joined by company members who will perform short scenes.
  • American poet and novelist Kim Addonizio will read from her works as part of the annual BACHE Visiting Writers Series. The event is Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. in the Harbert Auditorium.
  • BSC Professor of Art Jim Neel '71 will deliver a Provost's Forum on Thursday, Oct. 20, titled "Echoes Along the Syrian Border: Family Archaeology and the Sound of Distant Gunfire" in conjunction with his campus art exhibition, Concomitant. It will be held at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Dr. Guy Hubbs, BSC professor emeritus of library science, will give a talk on "The Origins of Southern University," hosted by the college's History Department. It will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Dr. David Areford, associate professor of art history at the university of Massachusetts in Boston, will explore the printmaking of American artist Sol LeWitt, a pioneer of minimalism and conceptual art, from the curator of a major upcoming exhibition on the topic on Thursday, Oct. 27. Areford will talk about "The Strict Beauty of Sol LeWitt" at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.

Fall/winter sports
Panther fall sports are in peak form. Men's soccer outscored opponents 17-2 at home in September and women's volleyball closed out their first month of play with an 11-3 record, sitting in second place in the conference. But with four home games or less remaining for each fall sport, the winter programs are gearing up for their seasons. Men's and women's swimming and diving opened the 2016-17 season on the road Oct. 1 with the men trouncing Rhodes College 164-88. Men's and women's basketball begin preseason practice Oct. 15. Their home games start Nov. 19 with the men's Black Tie Classic held in Bill Battle Coliseum.

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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