from the Hilltop

September 2016

Homecoming/Alumni Reunion right around the corner
Don't forget to mark your calendars in black and gold for Homecoming/Alumni Reunion Weekend Oct. 21-22! This year, Homecoming, Family Weekend, and Alumni Reunion are one big event! In addition to the Party on the Quad and the Big Tailgate, the Iron Pour returns on Friday evening, Fiddler on the Roof will be performed in the theatre, Jim Neel '71 will hold an art exhibition in the Durbin Gallery, and there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty and students. See the schedule of events and registration information.

Reserve your spot for the Wesley Cup Tailgate
Each year the Panthers take on the Huntingdon Hawks in the Wesley Cup, honoring Alabama's two Methodist private colleges. The 8th annual Wesley Cup showdown is Saturday, Sept. 10, at Huntingdon's Samford Stadium in Montgomery, and this year, we invite you and your family and friends to join our pregame tailgate festivities from 4:30-6 p.m. Get more information and register online.

Alumni Board in development
The Office of Advancement has been working this summer to set up a new alumni board with primary chapters in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Atlanta, Nashville, Pensacola, and D.C., and additional chapters in New York City and Houston. The revamped board will give BSC a stronger presence and outreach in those key cities. Read more at News@BSC.

September alumni event in Huntsville
The Alumni Association will host a President's Reception in Huntsville on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow BSC alums from the Huntsville area; meet the college's new president, Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith; and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine. Hope to see you there! Get more information and register online.

BSC names new associate director of alumni affairs
The college's Office of Advancement is pleased to welcome Christie Wenke Janey '09 as its new associate director of alumni affairs. You can contact her at or (205) 226-4912. Welcome back to the Hilltop, Christie!

Updates to alumni website
The Alumni Office is overhauling the alumni website this fall to improve navigation and make all pages mobile-friendly. This will make it easier to register for events, find other grads, and make your annual gift. Stay up-to-date with website enhancements and other alumni news by updating your profile. Visit, then select “My Public Profile” from the top links and update your information.

Documentary on BSC alum wins film festival awards
The short film First Lady of the Revolution, featuring Henrietta Boggs '40, won the Audience Choice Award for “Best Alabama Film,” the Jury Award Honorable Mention, and the Spirit Award at Birmingham's 18th annual Sidewalk Film Festival, which wrapped up Aug. 28. Boggs married three-time president José Figueres before he came to power following the Costa Rican Civil War; she became an integral part of the country's lasting reform. Boggs, who resides in Montgomery, turned 98 in May. View the film's trailer.

College's fall term under way
BSC began its 161st academic year on Aug. 24 by welcoming its new and transfer students to campus. The Class of 2020--from states as far as California--includes talented entrepreneurs who've started their own businesses, athletes at the top of their high school rosters, and a gifted group of artists and musicians. Their success leaves no question that they will go on to lead lives of significance after their time at BSC.

Alum receives faculty development award
Congratulations to Dr. Joe Chandler '03, BSC assistant professor of psychology, who received this year's Bob Whetstone Faculty Development Award, given by the Provost's Office. Chandler has been teaching at the college since 2013.

BSC earns high marks in Forbes, Fiske rankings
Birmingham-Southern is one of the nation's best buys for higher education and has one of the highest rates of return on investment, according to two national publications issued this summer. Read more at News@BSC.

Gallery opening, concert begins visual and performing arts season
The 2016-17 visual and performing arts season on the Hilltop has officially begun. All alumni are invited back to campus to view a retrospective exhibition by BSC Professor Emeritus of Art Bob Shelton, which is on display through Sept. 22, and to enjoy a performance of works by internationally renowned composer and visiting artist Lori Laitman on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. The full calendar of exhibitions and performances will be available soon, along with information about membership in BSC's Art Alliance.

Retired professor awarded emeritus status
The college has awarded retired faculty member Dr. Wayne Shew the title of emeritus professor of biology. Shew, who retired in May, taught in the Biology Department for 38 years, including three years as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics. He also served as interim and associate provost.

Alumnus hits the majors
Bruce Maxwell, former BSC Panther and 2012 ABCA/Rawlings and National Player of the Year, made his Major League Baseball debut this summer for the Oakland Athletics. The 6-1, 250-pound catcher is the second Panther to make it to the Bigs. Connor Robertson '04, also drafted by the A's, was called up in 2007. Read more.

Fall sports season in full swing
Women's volleyball went 3-1 over the weekend to open the season and will remain on the road before hosting their first home game on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. Women's soccer outlasted Belhaven University on Sept. 3 in a double-overtime victory; the Panthers improved to 2-0 on the year with the win. The men's soccer team moved to 3-0 overall on the season with a 9-0 win against Louisiana College on Monday to close out the 2016 BSC Labor Day Classic. To see schedules of all six BSC sports teams that are in action this fall, including cross country and football, visit

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
The Hilltop 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 For athletic schedules, visit Also, like Birmingham-Southern and Birmingham-Southern Alumni on Facebook and follow both on Twitter: @FromTheHilltop and @AlumniBSC.

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