from the Hilltop

October 2015

Reunion Weekend 2015 - less than two weeks away!
Registration is live for Reunion Weekend 2015! Come home to the Hilltop Oct. 16 and 17 for a weekend filled with reunion celebrations, Homecoming activities, and athletic events. For double the fun, Reunion and Family Weekend are combined this year. We've also added a few special events to the schedule. Some of the weekend's highlights are:

  • A chance to hear from new BSC President Dr. Edward F. Leonard III at Friday's College Update;
  • The inaugural Golden Ginkgoes Reception for classes '64 and earlier on Saturday morning;
  • RECENTLY CONFIRMED: The Heavy Hearts band, featuring alums Lauren-Michael Sellers '13 and Zac Baldwin '13, performing during the Shrimp Boil/Family Party on the Quad on Friday;
  • Alumni reception celebrating 25 years since BSC's Points of Light Award, with Dr. Neal Berte as special guest on Friday;
  • Milestone Class parties for the classes of '65 (Bistro 218), '90 (The Wine Loft), and '05 (Vino) on Saturday evening; and
  • JUST ADDED: Young Alumni Saturday Ticket with admission to the football game, dining at the tailgate, and two drink tickets at the Alumni Hospitality Tent.

See who is already registered here, then register you and your guest(s) for the weekend's events here.

SEC celebrates twice this fall
The Southern Environmental Center at BSC will honor Elton Stephens Jr., for his support of the SEC at the 2015 Ecofest on Thursday, Oct. 15 in Bruno Great Hall; cocktails and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a harvest supper by Chef Franklin Biggs and a live auction. Discount tickets are available to BSC alumni couples for a limited time ($150 for two tickets). The SEC celebrates again on Oct. 16 when it commemorates the 25th anniversary of BSC's Points of Light Award, which was personally extended by President George H. Bush to the college's Conservancy--the organization that launched the SEC--during a visit to campus in 1990. A special reception, part of Reunion activities, will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. at the SEC; BSC President Emeritus Dr. Neal Berte will be attending, along with alumni who were members of the former Conservancy. Registration is not required, but RSVP to (205) 226-4934.

Celebrate the arts and join the new BSC Arts Alliance
Thanks to the generosity of Gloria Spruill '58, the college announces the creation of the BSC Arts Alliance, an updated fine arts society offering new ways to support BSC students and enjoy the fine and performing arts on campus. This year's season features an array of performances by talented students in the visual and performing arts, and your membership supports their artistic growth and success. Consider becoming a charter member today.

BSC Black Alumni Group to host Brown Bag Luncheon Nov. 4
BSC's Alumni Association and Black Alumni Group will host a Brown Bag Luncheon featuring Bishop James "Jim" Lowe, Jr. '74 on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Stockham Parlor. Lowe, pastor of Birmingham's Guiding Light Church, will speak on "Growing a Diverse Community." Bring your own lunch or order a box lunch ($12 payment in advance required). Register online by Nov. 2 or contact Haley Ingrum '14 at (205) 226-7738.

Annual "Organ Spooktacular" is Oct. 31
What would a BSC Halloween be without the annual ritual of "organists behaving badly"?! Come out to the Hill Recital Hall on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. and listen to BSC students, faculty, and alumni performers--all in costume--playing hauntingly beautiful music. Coordinated by Dr. Leon W. Couch III, this event has become a campus favorite. Don't forget your costume!

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

  • Lino Gutiérrez, Cuba native and former U.S. ambassador to Argentina, will speak on "The Cuban Thaw: U.S. Cuban Relations" as part of BSC's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Dr. Mustafa Morsy, associate professor of biology at the University of West Alabama, will lecture on "Fungal Endophytes as a Tool to Increase Crop Productivity" on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. in room 138 of the Stephens Science Center.
  • Dr. Natalie Davis, Howell T. Heflin Professor of Political Science at BSC, will discuss "Campaign Television Ads: Is the South Really Different?" as part of the college's series of Provost Forum's on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Dr. Melanie Styers '99, BSC assistant professor of biology, will present the Provost's Forum "You've Got Mail: Unraveling the Cellular Postal System" on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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