from the Hilltop

December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the BSC Alumni Association!
We send our best wishes to you and your families for a joyful season and a wonderful new year. Please note that BSC's administrative offices will close at the end of the work day on Friday, Dec. 16, and re-open at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2. The Institutional Advancement Office will remain open in the Stockham Building from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30 to assist with your year-end gifts. Campus Police are always available at (205) 226-4700 or (800) 523-5793. We thank each of you for your support of the college

President Flaherty-Goldsmith announces bold goal
With the support of the college's Board of Trustees and BSC's newly restructured Alumni Board, the president recently launched Bridge to the Future, a three-year initiative to raise $30 million to introduce innovative academic programs, increase enrollment, remodel first-year student housing, attract and retain exceptional faculty and staff, and reinvest in our community through a meaningful and forward-thinking academic curriculum. Read more at News@BSC.

With the help of our loyal alumni and friends, Birmingham-Southern will achieve the bold goal to support and value each student's educational experience on the Hilltop, strengthen BSC's influential alumni network through future enrollment growth, and continue to offer the best liberal arts education possible. Support BSC's Bridge to the Future with a contribution to the Forward Ever Fund today.

Alumni letter-writing campaign
The college is seeking assistance from alumni to write congratulatory letters to students who have recently been accepted to BSC. These are quick notes that express your excitement and welcome the students into the Birmingham-Southern family. Last year we had a wonderful response from this campaign and we're looking to do it again. If you're interested in volunteering your time to write these notes, please fill out the form here by Dec. 31. All letter-writing materials and postage will be provided. If you have any questions about this project, don't hesitate to contact Kathryn Pace '15, admission counselor, at

BSC provost stepping down in January
Dr. Michelle Behr has been named the next chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a public liberal arts college, starting Feb. 6; she will continue in her current role until at least mid-January. Associate Provost Dr. Susan Hagen will serve as interim provost for the remainder of the academic year. In the meantime, the college will conduct a national search for its next provost. We wish Behr much success in her new role

Campus Police offer holiday crime tips
The Christmas season is supposed to be a joyous time of year. Unfortunately, thieves like the season too. Here are some helpful hints from the Campus Police Department to consider so burglars and pickpockets won't dampen your holiday spirit while you shop this month.

BSC names new head football coach
Tony Joe White was named the new head football coach for the Panthers in November. He becomes the sixth head coach in program history. Read more

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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