from the Hilltop

December 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Birmingham-Southern Alumni Association!
Classes are over and students are preparing to take their final exams. We send our best wishes to you and your families for a memorable and relaxing holiday season and a new year filled with peace, health, and happiness!

Please note that the administrative offices at the college will close at the end of the workday on Friday, Dec. 19, and will re-open at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. During that period, BSC Campus Police will be available for any emergencies at (205) 226-4700 or (800) 523-5793.

If you are planning to make a gift to BSC before the year ends, the Office of Institutional Advancement will be open for limited hours during the college's holiday break. Giving officers will be available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31 to receive gifts or to provide assistance. They can be reached during those hours at (205) 226-4909 or by visiting the Stockham Women's Building. You can also give online at any time at And don't forget to check on your company's matching gift program.

General K to retire June 1
By now, you have probably read or heard about Gen. Krulak's announcement that he will retire on June 1, 2015. The outpouring of gratitude and praise for his leadership over the past four years has been inspiring, and we wanted to share some of the news and videos with you. Here are a few:

Last chance for Alumni Awards nominations
Today is the final day to nominate your classmates for the Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni Awards, which will be presented in April 2015. Submit your nomination and learn more at

BSC night at Zoolight Safari (register today!)
Bundle up in your best black and gold and join Birmingham-Southern alumni at the Birmingham Zoo for Zoolight Safari on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 5-9 p.m. We'll have a special check-in for BSC alums and their guests, so register online--today is the last day to do so!--and join us. We'd love to see you and your kids and grandkids--even your favorite neighbors.

Alumni Choir integral part of storied annual BSC Carol Service; performances Friday and Sunday
The college will present its 78th annual Service of Lessons and Carols--one of its oldest beloved traditions--on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The BSC Concert Choir, Southern Chorale, and Alumni Choir will present carols and anthems for the season. Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music Lester Seigel '79 and Associate Professor Jeff Kensmoe, who chairs the music department, are leading the choirs. Assistant Professor of Music Leon W. Couch III is organist, and the liturgist is BSC's chaplain, Rev. Jack Hinnen. Members of the college community will read scripture lessons. The service runs about 90 minutes. Make advance reservations for child care by calling (205) 874-1546 by noon tomorrow (Dec. 5).

Alumni events coming to NYC and Tuscaloosa
The BSC Alumni Association is already planning events for 2015, and we're going to visit New York City and Tuscaloosa early in the year. Right now, we plan to host a reception in NYC on Jan. 11 for alums to meet our students who will be there during Exploration Term (formerly known as Interim). On Feb. 10, we'll host a reception in Tuscaloosa for alums to have an opportunity to talk with Gen. Krulak. Look for details in your mailbox or email box as well as on our alumni Facebook page.

Spread the word about Birmingham-Southern
Alumni make an impact in the life of BSC in so many ways. One important way you can get involved is by sharing your experience and referring prospective students. We make it easy with a simple online form available here.

Basketball teams split games
On Tuesday, the women defeated Agnes Scott College 76-36 at home, and on Sunday, the men fell to conference rival Millsaps 69-67 on the road. Both teams take a break for final exams before the women return to the home court on Friday, Dec. 12, to host LaGrange at 6 p.m. and the men face Maryville on the road on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. ET.

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.

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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