from the Hilltop

August 2014

Send us your bucket list!
Birmingham-Southern alumni, send us your ideas for what should be on the bucket lists of BSC's new first-year students. This fall, the college will welcome about 380 new students from 21 states and 11 countries and we want your recommendations of things to do and unforgettable experiences to have on the Hilltop and around Birmingham. We'll publish a selection of your suggestions in the fall issue of 'Southern magazine. Please send them to by Aug. 30.

Three Birmingham-Southern professors to lead talks at local Japanese Film Festival
You're invited to join Professor of History Dr. Matt Levey, Assistant Professor of Media and Film Studies Dr. David Resha, and Emeritus Professor of Art Bob Shelton for some cinematic conversation at the Japanese Film Festival: Tales of the Taira Clan, set for Aug. 7-10 at the Birmingham Museum of Art. They will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening, along with UAB Associate Professor of Art History Cathleen Cummings. More details about the free festival are here.

Come to campus for the next Brown Bag Lunch
The BSC Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Affinity Group are hosting a Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Stockham Parlor. Ty Williams, director of development and community relations at Restoration Academy, will discuss why education is a game-changer for urban youth. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested and a box lunch can be ordered. Visit for more information and to register.

Countdown to Hilltop Weekend Reunion 2014!
Oct. 2-4 is Hilltop Weekend Reunion 2014 as well as Homecoming and Family Day. The weekend will honor class years ending in "4" and "9" and includes EcoFest (celebrating the 20th year of the Southern Environmental Center), a Shrimp Boil for the entire BSC family, the 50th Class Celebration for the Class of 1964, Honor Class Tailgating, and a Young Alumni Fifth Quarter Party. If you'd like to serve on an Honor Class Committee or help with Hilltop Weekend, please contact Chris Lambert '86, director of alumni affairs, at or (205) 226-4912. Registration and more information coming soon!

Help Admission identify qualified students for next fall
The Admission Office is accepting applications for the fall of 2016. Help us identify as many qualified students as we can to continue the tradition of academic excellence on The Hilltop. Please continue to send names of prospective students to the Admission Office and invite them to visit campus. To recommend a student, click here.

BSC's venues are lighting up with exciting performances and exhibits
The Birmingham-Southern Art, Theatre, and Music Departments are offering up a spectacular season of performances and exhibits for 2014-15. The full performance calendar will be available in late August, but you can participate today by joining the BSC Fine Arts Society and by making plans to attend the opening event of the arts season: "Defining Place," an art installation by Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon on display Sept. 5-25 in the Durbin Gallery. Their two photographic series, Anti-local and Conflation, along with solo works, open an expanded dialogue about home, domesticity, and space. An opening reception will be held Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery. For more information, call (205) 226-4929.

Thank you for investing in Birmingham-Southern!
Did you know that in the last fiscal year alumni and friends of BSC contributed more than $2 million to the Annual Fund? The Annual Fund supports the college's operating budget and is used in areas with the greatest need, and our goal is to raise another $2 million this fiscal year. Annual Fund gifts go directly into the budget to support student scholarships, academic programs, faculty salaries, and instructional equipment. Make your pledge or gift at or by contacting one of our development officers (meet the team here).

BSC to re-offer free open online course (MOOC) to teach the history of terrorism
Students, staff, alumni or anyone interested in learning about political violence in a broad historical context can sign up for a free online course taught by BSC Associate Professor of History Dr. Randall Law, a Fulbright Scholar and an expert in the history of terrorism. The eight-week non-credit class will begin on Sept. 8. To learn more, see a video, or sign up, click here.

iMyne offers generous incentives for online shopping
Shop. Earn. Donate to BSC. All at once. Birmingham-Southern is proud to partner with a new community of shoppers who are changing the world just by buying from sites they already love. Using iMyne, online purchases generate an automatic donation—and cash back for you, too. Many of the retailers you love offer money back for online purchases. iMyne works with those sites to send those savings back to you and to BSC. Start imyning today.

Are you ready for some football?
The Birmingham-Southern Panthers kick off the 2014 football season at home at Bill Battle Field on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. when they take on the Panthers of LaGrange College. To see schedules of all six BSC sports teams that will be in action this fall, including volleyball and men's and women's soccer, visit

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
The Birmingham-Southern campus is full of life and activity during the academic terms, and we want to make sure you are in on all the action! You can check our website at any time to get event updates and additional details at Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive information throughout each week and see what we have planned for you on campus. We hope to see you on campus soon and often!

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