from the Hilltop

November 2015

Join BSC's president in Huntsville and Nashville
The BSC Alumni Association invites you to meet Dr. Edward F. Leonard III at receptions in his honor in Huntsville on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Bridge Street, and in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the home of David Taylor '86 and Michael Ward. Please RSVP at and share the link with your classmates. (There is no cost to attend, but please let us know if you will be there.)

Diversity, Divinity, and Disco: Brown Bag Lunch on Nov. 4
What do these three things have in common? Bishop James "Jim" Lowe, Jr. '74, the next Brown Bag Lunch speaker! Join the BSC Black Alumni Group on Wednesday, Nov. 4 as they welcome him to discuss "Growing a Diverse Community." Lowe, who has served Birmingham in many roles over the past 40 years, will share his experiences and discuss how growing diversity can impact a community. Bring your own lunch or order a boxed lunch through the registration link.

College's Bunting Center joins Alzheimer's walk
You may not know that former BSC trustee Dr. Peter Bunting '66 has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Now, his wife and current BSC trustee Derry Brice Bunting '69 and their family are serving as honorary co-chairs of the 2015 Alzheimer's of Central Alabama's "Walking to Remember," scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 a.m. at Birmingham's Riverchase Galleria. As a way to honor the Bunting family and raise awareness and funds to fight the disease, the Bunting Center is building a team to participate. If you would like to join the team or sponsor it, contact Kristin Harper at Or you can donate online and mark your gift for "Team Bunting."

Next Young Alumni Lifestyle Learning event: "Risky Business"
Handling the transition to professional life, with all its bills and financial decisions, can be full of questions. Thomas Waters '86 will discuss how to assess financial risk vs. achieving financial goals using some of the same strategies he's used with his State Farm clients for nearly three decades. Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 at Birmingham's Trim Tab Brewery, and for only $25 per person, receive financial guidance, two drink tickets, and delicious food from Cantina on Wheels. Bring your questions--and your BSC classmates. Click here to secure your spot.

More than 1,500 "Come Home to the Hilltop"
BSC celebrated its combined Homecoming, Alumni Reunion, and Family Weekend with dozens of events on and off campus. Watch the video and then look for yourself and your friends on the BSC Flicker site. We've uploaded hundreds of photos of all the events, from the class celebrations to Friday night on the Quad to game day tailgating. They're free to download and share--tag BSC Alumni if you do!

A new name for annual giving to BSC
Annual giving to Birmingham-Southern has a new name: the Forward Ever Fund. Rather than directing your annual gift to broadly stated programs, we're focusing annual giving on an area of importance: providing scholarships to students who want the BSC experience. How can you help? Make a commitment to giving annually to the Forward Ever Fund. Give through our secure online site and support our students with strong, competitive scholarships. Keep BSC moving forward, ever!

Help us pick BSC for Alabama's top marching band
The BSC Marching Band has made it to Round 2 of's poll to select the best marching bands in Alabama! We have until Nov. 1 to push them into the finals. Visit the contest page to vote--you can vote every day--and pass the word along to your friends and family to collect as many votes as possible by Sunday!

Annual "Organ Spooktacular" is Oct. 31
What would a BSC Halloween be without the annual ritual of "organists behaving badly"?! Come out to the Hill Recital Hall on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. and listen to BSC students, faculty, and alumni performers--all in costume--playing hauntingly beautiful music. Coordinated by Dr. Leon W. Couch III, this event has become a campus favorite. Don't forget your costume!

New art show launches in November
Starting next week, Benjie Heu, professor of ceramics at Southeast Missouri State University, will exhibit his fanciful sculptures in the Durbin Gallery. The show opens Friday, Nov. 6 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. and runs through Nov. 26.

Birmingham-Southern theatre journeying "Into the Woods"
Tickets are on sale now for the BSC theatre program's upcoming production of "Into the Woods," a brilliant postmodern reimagining of Grimm's Fairy Tales, which opens Thursday, Nov. 12. Read more at News@BSC. The BSC Arts Alliance will host a musical brunch on Sunday, Nov. 15 prior to the matinee performance. Arts Alliance members and their guests may attend the brunch at no cost; non-members pay $15. Learn more about joining the BSC Arts Alliance and make your brunch reservation here.

BSC choirs to present annual Christmas concert
Join the campus and community for the 79th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring three BSC choirs. This popular tradition will take place Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook.

College hosting several speakers in November
Along with the college's arts events, several free and public lectures will be held this month:

  • Alfonzo Alexander, president of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust, will speak Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in Harbert Auditorium. He will discuss real ethical challenges faced by young professionals and how to manage them.
  • Fred Gray, a civil rights attorney and author, will speak about his experiences in the civil rights movement on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in Norton Theatre as part of the college's Leadership Matters Speaker Series.
  • Dr. Melissa McGrath of the Southwest Research Institute and SETI Institute will talk about "Jupiter's Galilean Satellites" on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in the Stephens Science Center, room 130.
  • Actor Kal Penn, who put his career on hold to take a post in President Barack Obama's administration, will deliver the 2015-16 Stirling Lecture on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Norton Center's Bruno Great Hall. He will speak about politics and how it is relevant to young people, pop culture, and diversity.
  • BSC Professor of Theatre Michael Flowers will present a lecture about the musical, "Into the Woods: No One is Alone?" and the cast and crew will perform a scene on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. in the College Theatre/The Underground. The hour-long talk is part of BSC's series of Provost's Forums.
  • Dr. Casey Morrow, professor of cell biology and director of UAB's Microbiome/Gnotobiotic Animal Core Facility, will discuss "UAB Microbiome Resource: Precision Medicine to Repair Dysbiotic Microbial Communities" on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. in Harbert Auditorium.

Still time to reserve a spot to travel with BSC faculty
Don't miss a great travel opportunity this spring with two Birmingham-Southern professors. Click here for more details on a trip to the gardens of Rome and Lazio.

Wanted: alumni for well-wishing
As we approach this holiday season, we'd like to extend the same hospitality and warmth you felt during your years on the Hilltop. We hope to find 100 alumni who would be excited about making a quick phone call or writing a short note to prospective students who will have just received their acceptance. Let's celebrate these students as we celebrate the holidays! Contact admission counselor Kathryn Pace '15 at (205) 226-4684 or

College inducts five alumni into Sports Hall of Fame
Birmingham-Southern inducted its 35th class into its Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 16 at the annual Hall of Fame banquet on campus. Read more here.

Basketball teams preparing to start season
The BSC basketball season opens in November with two away games: the women play LaGrange on Nov. 14 and the men play Emory on Nov. 15. The first home game for the women is slated for Friday, Nov. 20, as the Panthers host Emory University at 6 p.m. The men's first home game will be Monday, Dec. 14, against Maryville College at 4 p.m.

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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