from the Hilltop

June 2015

Welcome Birmingham-Southern's 14th president
Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, was introduced May 13 as the 14th president of BSC. Dr. Leonard, who will officially begin his duties full time in July, is already active on campus. Get to know Dr. Leonard here:

Thank you!
The college's fiscal year closed on May 31, and we have had another great year of alumni giving! We would like to thank all of the alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and parents who have helped to make this year's Annual Fund a success. We are still calculating our totals for the year, so look for the final numbers in next month's From the Hilltop! If you would like to make a gift for the next fiscal year, please go online to or contact Bobby Watson at or (205) 226-4908.

College receives $1 million gift from alumni couple
Birmingham-Southern is grateful for a $1 million gift last month from two of its long-standing supporters and graduates, Dr. Peter and Derry Bunting (Class of '66 and '69). Read more about the Buntings and their reasons for supporting their alma mater at News@BSC

BSC Day at the Barons returns Aug. 30
The BSC Alumni Association will once again host BSC Day at the Barons. Last summer's gathering brought together generations of alums and their families, and we can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Mark your calendar for Aug 30 at 3 p.m. at Regions Park--ticket information coming soon!

Spread the word about Reunion/Homecoming/Family Day Oct. 16-17!
Oct 16-17 is Alumni Weekend as well as Homecoming and Family Weekend! The weekend will celebrate the Class of 1965 50th Reunion, Class of 1990 25th Reunion, and Class of 2005 10th Reunion, along with an all-alumni celebration on the quad and, of course, tailgating at the Homecoming game vs. Millsaps. If you're interested in working on a class committee, contact Chris Wenning Lambert '86 at (205) 226-4912 or

Birmingham-Southern congratulates the Class of 2015!
At the college's 156th commencement celebration on May 16, more than 200 students walked across the stage in Bill Battle Coliseum to receive their undergraduate degrees (see full list here.) Dr. Bob Slagter, professor of political science, addressed the graduates. Professor of Theatre Dr. Alan Litsey was presented with the 11th annual Outstanding Educator Award and will speak at the 2016 commencement. Click here for a recap of the ceremony and a highlight video.

College offers fun, educational summer camps
Looking for summer classes and camp options for your child or teen? It's not too late to sign up! BSC offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor programs during June and July. Registration deadlines vary; click here for more information.

Do you have a future BSC legacy in your family?
The alumni and admission offices at Birmingham-Southern are looking for legacies. If you have a child or grandchild (including step-children and step-grandchildren) of any age who is a potential BSC student, please submit send their name along with your name and relationship here.

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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