from the Hilltop

September 2014

Hilltop Weekend Reunion 2014 registration is live!
We're bringing fun for everyone to Hilltop Weekend Reunion 2014, Oct. 2-4, which this year will include Family Weekend as well as Homecoming. In addition, Ecofest will kick off the weekend on Oct. 2 (see below), and we've added a Shrimp Boil for the entire BSC family to all the returning favorite activities: the 50th Class Celebration for the Class of 1964, Honor Class Tailgating, and a Young Alumni Fifth Quarter Party. Details will arrive in your mailbox soon, but schedule and registration form are available online now at If you'd like to help with Hilltop Weekend, contact Chris Lambert '86 at or (205) 226-4912.

Ecofest 2014 celebrates 20 years of the SEC
Enjoy a harvest supper by Whole Foods and Birmingham Chef Franklin Biggs, great libations, and both a live and silent auction during Ecofest 2014, which benefits the college's Southern Environmental Center. This year's event, set for Thursday, Oct. 2, from 5:30-9 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center, will celebrate 20 years of BSC's SEC and will honor Dr. Neal Berte, Stewart Dansby, and Ken Jackson for their contributions to its establishment. Discount tickets are available to BSC alumni only for a limited time ($150 for two tickets at Visit or call (205) 226-4934 for more information.

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 is available here and you can also participate 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 photographers Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon on display Sept. 5-25 in the Durbin Gallery. An opening reception will be held this Friday from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery. For more, call (205) 226-4929.

College to host alumni guest musician in concert Sept. 6
Pianist/composer Philip Schuessler '99 and saxophonist Richard Schwartz will present an evening of contemporary chamber works with electronics from their forthcoming CD release on the Centaur Label titled Embers. The concert, a 45-minute program of contemporary works for solo saxophone, solo saxophone with electronic accompaniment, and saxophone with piano and electronic accompaniment, will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public, and the CD will be available for purchase at the concert. Read more at News@BSC.

Autumn Social for Young Alumni, Sept. 18
Alums who graduated from 2005 to 2014 are invited to our Young Alumni Autumn Social on Sept. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at The Southern Kitchen in Birmingham's Uptown District. Enjoy a complimentary gourmet burger bar (cash bar available) and catch up with other young alums. We'd also love to see you and hear what activities or events the Young Alumni Council, host for this event, should offer this year. Free to attend but registration is requested. RSVP by Sept. 15 at

BSC president, athletics director get doused in ice bucket challenge
The Panther volleyball team took on the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge last month for its fifth annual McK Attack competition, which raised $1,600 for ALS education and research. The team has focused on ALS since 2008, when David McKannan, the father of then-player Jennifer McKannan and a staunch supporter of the Panther volleyball program, was diagnosed with the disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Gen. Charles Krulak and Athletics Director Joe Dean Jr. agreed to be doused with ice water at the competition once the goal was met. Watch the video.

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

Fall term under way at Birmingham-Southern
BSC began its 159th academic year on Aug. 27 by welcoming 385 new students to campus, including 360 freshmen and 25 transfers. This brought fall undergraduate enrollment to about 1,200 students attending classes with a 13-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The new first-year class has an average GPA of 3.5 and an average ACT score of 26. Get a taste of Move-In Day 2014 and a glimpse of the Class of 2018 here.

Three steps to positively affect BSC this fall:

  1. Refer outstanding high school students to our Office of Admission at
  2. Update your contact information at or call (205) 226-7738 so we can send you the appropriate information on networking, mentoring, youth summer camps, and 'Southern legacy invitations.
  3. Give at Every alumnus benefited from the generosity of donors during their years on the Hilltop. Now it's time to give back by paying it forward, ever. Your contributions will help 'Southern continue to offer the best and brightest students a transformational college experience.

Fall sports season kicks off
The fall 2014 athletics season at Birmingham-Southern is in full swing with six Panther teams in action. The football team will kick off their season under the lights at Battle Field at Panther Stadium vs. the Panthers of LaGrange College on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. Bring the family and join us in the Fun Zone, from 5-8 p.m., for activities sure to entertain everyone. To see schedules of all the BSC sports teams that are in action this fall and how the teams are faring, including volleyball and men's and women's soccer, visit

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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