from the Hilltop

April 2016

2015 Alumni Award honorees announced
Five outstanding graduates of the college---William M. Dawson Jr. '66, Timothy A.R. Callahan '70, Christopher Dupont '85, Herb Williams '96, and Camille Spratling '98 (MPPM '07)---will be honored as Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Gala on Sunday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall. Tickets are $35 per person (includes reception and plated dinner) and may be purchased here. Please join BSC in celebrating and honoring these alumni who are leading lives of significance. Read more at News@BSC.

Are you ready to serve?
The Alumni Association is seeking leaders for the association as it launches a new structure. Apply yourself or nominate a classmate! We need individuals who can contribute their time and talents to creating meaningful opportunities for alums to engage with the college and to stay connected. Learn more and complete the application/nomination form; the deadline is April 11.

Atlanta in April for BSC alumni
The Alumni Association will host two events in Atlanta: a Ginkgo Gathering on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Miller & Martin law firm for alumni and prospective students, and a Business Luncheon on Thursday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cherokee Town Club. These events are great opportunities to meet BSC's current president and to reconnect with alums in the Atlanta area. Hope to see you at both! Register here.

The battle is on!
The Battle of the Greeks launched on March 29--who will prevail? Last year, the Battle of the Greeks raised more than $130,000 for student scholarships--all thanks to you! This year, up to half of the funds raised will support the chapters; the rest will support the Forward Ever Fund. Help your chapter dominate Greek Week by making your gift at

Darter Festival coming up
The Southern Environmental Center will host its Darter Festival on Sunday, April 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at Good People Brewery in downtown Birmingham. The event is free. A range of artists will perform, their seasonal Darter Ale will be offered, an interactive darter art sculpture installation will be on view, and BSC's Urban Environmental Studies program and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve will be on hand to share information about the colorful endangered fish. Read more.

Jazz on the Hilltop returns
The fourth annual Jazz on the Hilltop community concert will take place on April 17 from 4-7 p.m. on the Academic Quad. Everyone is invited to this free, public, family-friendly event, featuring jazz artist Bob Baldwin. In addition to his work as a composer, keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host, and author, Baldwin hosts a nationally syndicated weekly radio show.

Arts season in high gear this spring
View Birmingham-Southern's visual and performing arts spring season highlights, including:

  • The Concert Choir will present its annual Homecoming Concert on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall. The performance will include major works by German composer Johannes Brahms and other classical music composers. Admission is free.
  • As part of BSC's participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' "Big Read" program, the college will host events this spring focused on Emily Dickinson's poetry, including a lecture and exhibition by New York-based artist Lesley Dill, who incorporates Dickinson's text in her creations. The exhibition kicks off Monday, April 4; opening reception is Friday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the Durbin Gallery.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, BSC soprano and associate professor of voice, will perform "Love Springs Eternal," a program of love-themed songs and operatic arias, by women composers on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall.
  • BSC students will present an evening of one-act operas at the annual Opera Workshop Spring Scenes Program on Monday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall.
  • American Idiot, a musical about three young men struggling to make meaning of a chaotic post-9/11 world, will be staged April 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the College Theatre/Mainstage. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now.
  • The college's Symphonic Band will hold its annual outdoor concert on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Hill Amphitheatre. Bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy some family-friendly music.

College hosting roster of impressive speakers in April
Several free and public lectures will be held this month:

  • Dr. Michelle Kohler, a professor at Tulane University, will talk on "Fatal Promptness: Dickinson, Clocks, and the Disarray of Time" as part of the Big Read program. The talk will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and paleontologist Dr. Timothy Rowe will address the campus community on Thursday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre. Read more at News@BSC.
  • Dinesh D'Souza, author, filmmaker, and conservative analyst, will speak April 7 at 7 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall as part of the college's William M. Acker Jr. Visiting Lecture Series. Read more at News@BSC.
  • Donald Ray Pollick, the award-winning author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time, will speak on Tuesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre as part of BSC's BACHE Visiting Writers Series.
  • Michael Flowers, BSC professor of theatre arts and 2015 CASE/Carnegie Alabama Professor of the Year, will present "American Idiot, Don't Wanna Be an American Idiot???" and the cast and crew will perform a scene from the play on Tuesday, April 19 at 11 a.m. in the College Theatre/Mainstage. The talk is part of the college's series of Provost's Forums.
  • Dr. Mark Rupright, associate professor of physics at BSC, will present the Provost's Forum "Developing a Course in Computational Science" on Thursday, April 21 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Dr. Bert Morrow, BSC associate professor of business administration, will present the Provost's Forum "Cooperation among Ugandan Farmers: Cultivating Social Capital" on Tuesday, April 26 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.

BSC alumna to speak at Honors Day
Caitlin Hartley Harper '09, associate pastor of Community Church Without Walls in Birmingham, will deliver the keynote address at the college's 2016 Honors Day Convocation on Thursday, May 5.

Save the date: Reunion/Homecoming/Family Weekend 2016
Mark your calendars for Oct. 21-22 for a weekend filled with reunion celebrations, Homecoming activities, and athletic events. We'll honor the Class of 2006 (10th reunion), Class of 1991 (25th), and Class of 1966 (50th). If you're interested in serving on the committee for your honor class, contact Chris Wenning Lambert '86 at (205) 226-4912 or

Tell us your story
Our alumni are the absolute best advertisement for BSC. Tell us what you're up to--and how BSC helped you get there--so we can better tell the Birmingham-Southern story and inspire the next wave of students. Send your story to, or just send us a note and we'll call you!

Help the next generation experience BSC
The Admission Office is busily recruiting the next group of entering first-year students and transfers to join our BSC family. Alumni are the strongest advocates, so keep spreading the word about BSC and continue to send the Admissions Office prospective student referrals, no matter what the age. Call (205) 226-4696 or send referrals online.

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