from the Hilltop

August 2015

Young alums to raise the bar on Aug. 13
Young alumni, come learn how to create a classic cocktail, host the perfect cocktail party, and curate your home bar with award-winning bartender Eric Bennett '07 on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 6-8 p.m. at Carrigan's Public House, located at 2430 Morris Ave. in downtown Birmingham. Your ticket includes a tasting of a classic cocktail, Southeastern Weekend Punch served during the event, food from the Carrigan's Pub menu, plus $1 off three canned beer options the entire evening. Secure your seat at the bar!

BSC Alumni Day at the Barons returns Aug. 30
Last year's Alumni Day at Regions Field was a home run--so let's return to root for the Birmingham Barons! We've reserved the Home Run Porch on Sunday, Aug. 30, starting at 3 p.m., where you can eat hamburgers, hotdogs, and all the extras, including ice cold beverages. We'll also have game-day activities in the perfect spot to watch the game! Sign up (two ticket options are available) and join us on the porch. Friends and family are welcome!

College gearing up for fall term
The campus will soon be bustling again. This year, BSC will welcome one of the largest first-year student classes in school history, including more than 50 legacy students. The Convocation for New Students and Families for the Class of 2019 will take place on the afternoon of Move-In Day on Saturday, Aug. 22. Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Investiture ceremony scheduled for new president
Along with welcoming the Class of 2019 on Aug. 22, the college will celebrate the investiture of Dr. Edward F. Leonard III as BSC's 14th president. The short ceremony--including a procession of faculty, the bestowing of the presidential medallion, and the singing of the Alma Mater--will be incorporated into the Convocation for New Students and Families. As a sign of his commitment to students and stewardship, Dr. Leonard has decided to forgo a formal inauguration and redirect the funds that would have required to scholarships. Please be sure to welcome him to the BSC family and keep an eye out for opportunities to meet him in the coming months.

The countdown begins to Reunion/Homecoming/Family Weekend, Oct. 16-17
Your alma mater is calling you back home for a weekend of reunion celebrations, Homecoming activities, and fun on the Hilltop. Festivities begin Friday, Oct. 16, and will culminate on Saturday evening with milestone class reunion parties off campus. Mark your calendar in black and gold for Reunion 2015! Registration will be available later this month, but a preliminary schedule is available now.

Gallery opening begins visual and performing arts season at BSC
The Durbin Gallery will kick off the 2015-16 visual and performing arts season on the Hilltop with an exhibition of charcoal drawings by Chris Troutman and Gerry Wubben, beginning with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 4, from 6-8 p.m. The full calendar of exhibitions and performances will be available soon, along with information about membership in BSC's new fine arts society. If you're interested in learning more, email to add your name to the mailing list.

Are you ready for some football?
The Panthers will face off against Huntingdon for a tradition known as the Wesley Cup on Saturday, Sept. 12. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Panther Stadium. Huntingdon and BSC alums are also competing this year with the "Everybody Wins" giving challenge. More details coming soon. For the entire fall sports schedule, visit

Tour Italy with Drs. Hagen & Pezzillo
See the gardens of Rome and Lazio with two beloved professors, Dr. Susan Hagen and Dr. Sam Pezzillo, as your guides. You'll start and end in Rome, but you'll tour gardens throughout the region in this excursion that runs from May 25 to June 5, 2016. Here's your chance to travel like it's interim again! Learn more.

Help identify the Class of 2020
The Admission Office is well underway accepting applications for the fall of 2016. Encourage prospective students to apply for admission. BSC has two application deadlines: Nov. 15 (Early Action) and Feb. 1 (Regular Decision). Also, please continue to send names of prospective students to the Admission Office and invite them to visit campus.

We'd love to hear from you
You can send news of weddings, births, deaths, job changes, career highlights, honors, and awards for 'Southern magazine directly to Birmingham-Southern through the college's online alumni community at Or you may submit them via e-mail to Pat Cole (MPPM '11) at

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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