from the Hilltop

May 2016

Alumni invited to share in excitement of Commencement
More than 240 students will be honored at BSC's 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 21, at 9 a.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum. BSC Professor of Theatre Dr. Alan Litsey is this year's speaker. Because seating is limited, we invite you to join via a live web stream of the ceremony at You are invited to attend in person for two other events: the traditional Baccalaureate service at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 20, at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook, led by Rev. Brian Erickson '97, senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, and the Capping ceremony that same day at 3 p.m. in the coliseum, featuring BSC Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Joe Chandler '03 as speaker. More details on graduation weekend can be found on our Commencement webpage. Connect with other alumni and families during graduation via Twitter by following the #bscgrad16 hashtag.

Alumna to keynote Honors Day
The college will celebrate faculty, staff, student, and alumni achievement at its 2016 Honors Day Convocation on Thursday, May 5. Alumni are cordially invited to attend. Caitlin Hartley Harper '09, associate pastor of Community Church Without Walls in Birmingham, will deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. in Munger Auditorium. Read more at News@BSC.

Mayday Fundraising Challenge!
Birmingham-Southern seniors are beating alumni in participation this year. The Senior Gift Campaign celebrates its highest participation in years with 55% of graduating seniors donating a total of $11,500! This places the senior class well ahead of our competitor schools and ahead of most alumni giving programs--even ours! That's why we've issued a Mayday Challenge. While our seniors enjoy all of the festivities that May brings, we're asking you to give. Let's join the Class of 2016 and help the college reach its highest alumni giving percentage since 2012. Visit to pledge your support by May 31. Remember, your best gift--whether it's $5 or $5,000--moves BSC forward.

Alumni Athlete Luncheon registration open
Alumni athletes are invited to reconnect and hear updates from Kyndall Waters '06, BSC's first female athletic director, and newly appointed Senior VP of Advancement Joe Dean Jr. on Thursday, May 12, at 11:30 a.m. in Bruno Great Hall. Register here.

Fund for athletics created
This year, an unprecedented eight Panther teams won Southern Athletic Association Championships, including the men's track team that captured its first conference title. The college won the SAA All Sports Trophy, and, 450 of our scholar-athletes excelled academically with an average GPA higher than the student body overall. In honor of their success, we're thrilled to introduce the BSC Athletics Fund--supporting excellence for student athletes. Former BSC athletes understand how a strong athletics program forever changes the lives of young adults, and your contributions will give our student athletes the resources they need to excel on and off the field--and the Hilltop. Give today!

Six alums join board of trustees
Six alumni have been elected to BSC's Board of Trustees. The college extended thanks to three members, two of whom are alums, who have completed their service. Read more at News@BSC.

Goodwill Wednesday benefiting BSC
Every Wednesday, Cahaba Brewing Co. in Birmingham partners with a nonprofit organization at their Avondale taproom, and on May 4, BSC will benefit. Enjoy some great beer while supporting a good cause: BSC's Forward Ever Scholarship Fund. 10% of all sales will go to this valuable scholarship fund!

Announcing winner of Battle of the Greeks
Thanks to everyone who supported the BSC Forward Ever Fund and our Greek chapters through Battle of the Greeks participation! AOII is the overall winner with highest participation and giving. In three short weeks, Tau Delta chapter successfully raised $16,942 from 127 donors. Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers are the highest ranking fraternity with 53 gifts totaling $8,432. This year, we had nearly 600 gifts to the challenge, and a portion of those gifts will be designated toward each chapter's fundraising accounts. Forget to make your BOG contribution? It's not too late! Send in your BOG pledge card or visit any time before May 31.

Variety of free arts events this week and next

  • The Jazz Band will perform on the plaza outside the Norton Center tomorrow, May 4, at 4 p.m. In case of rain, the band will perform inside the Phillips Building.
  • The Southern Chorale will perform on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall. They will feature a wide variety of choral works and arrangements by Poulenc, Copland, and more.
  • BSC's annual Art Student League Juried Student Exhibition will be on display May 5-13 in the Durbin Gallery, featuring the best student work across artistic mediums. This year's juror is Karen Graffeo, professor of art at the University of Montevallo.
  • The BSC Hilltop Singers will present its annual Season Finale performance on Monday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall. The 16-member vocal ensemble, directed by Prof. Lester Seigel, will feature vocal jazz and popular hits--plus the annual "Senior Solos."
  • An uproarious and unpredictable evening of drama and comedy will be presented by first-time student directors as part of BSC's directing and stage management course. The performances will be Wednesday and Thursday, May 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the College Theatre/Underground.

Concert Choir hits Carnegie Hall
The BSC Concert Choir, joined by former alumni choir members from several states, have been invited to perform Bloch's Sacred Service at Carnegie Hall on Monday, May 30. The Memorial Day concert, presented by MidAmerica Productions, will begin at 8 p.m. Click here for a flyer.

You won't want to miss reunion
Mark your calendars for Reunion Weekend, Oct. 21-22! In addition to the Party on the Quad and the Big Tailgate, the Iron Pour returns on Friday evening, Fiddler on the Roof will be performed in the theatre, an art exhibition by a BSC alum will be in Durbin Gallery, and there will be more opportunities to connect with faculty and students. Look for a detailed schedule and registration information this summer. If you have questions or suggestions, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (205) 226-4912.

Baseball, men's track and field win SAA Championships
Thanks to a seven-run fourth inning, the No. 4 BSC baseball team defeated Rhodes 13-5 yesterday in the title game of the Southern Athletic Association Championship. The win earned them their second SAA title in three years and third conference championship in five years. The Panthers will earn the SAA's automatic berth to the NCAA postseason, beginning with regional play May 18-22; the NCAA will announce the entire tournament field on May 16. It will be BSC's third-straight trip to the NCAA regional and fourth trip in five seasons. Just last month at Krulak Stadium, the Panther men's track and field team captured its first conference title, winning the 2016 SAA Championship. The Panther men won seven individual titles as well.

College offers fun, educational summer camps
Looking for summer classes and camp options for your child or teen? It's not too late to sign up! BSC offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor programs during June and July. Registration deadlines vary; click here for more information.

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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