from the Hilltop

February 2016

Wanted: alumni for well-wishing 
Acceptance letters are going out for the Class of 2020 and BSC needs your help moving those students from "admitted" to "deposited." We need 100 alumni who are excited about making a quick phone call or writing a short note to prospective Panthers. Our alumni and your successes are living proof of the value of a BSC education--help us tell that story! If you participated last fall we'd love to have you back, but this year we need more volunteers. Contact admission counselor Kathryn Pace '15 at (205) 226-4684 or

College launches MPPM Luncheon
BSC President Edward F. Leonard III and BSC's Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Sarah Helms Robicheaux '97 will be featured speakers at the first MPPM Executive Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the Executive Dining Room on campus. The event is hosted by Herschell Hamilton MPPM '97 of BLOC Global, Andy Raine MPPM '97 of Wells Fargo, and David Smitherman MPPM '04 of the Better Business Bureau of Central Alabama. All MPPM graduates are invited. RSVP by Feb. 9 to Sunny Scott at (205) 226-7738 or

Next Brown Bag luncheon to feature Jody Jacobs '87
Jody Jacobs '87, investigator for the Jefferson County Examiners Office and former Birmingham police detective, will share his perspectives on crime in our communities and how we can respond at the next BSC Black Alumni Group Brown Bag luncheon on March 9. Recognized as the first Detective of the Year by the Birmingham Police Department, Jacobs has handled thousands of homicide cases during his 17 years with the department. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. You may purchase a lunch through the online registration or bring your own. Reserve your seat by March 4.

Thank you to our donors
The 2014-15 Donor Report is available online. This is our chance to thank you, once again, for your generosity to the college last year. You make the BSC experience possible!

Spring into the 2016 arts season at BSC
View BSC's visual and performing arts spring season highlights, which include the Faculty Art Exhibition on display Feb. 5-25 (opening reception is tomorrow), the annual Whittington Competition performance on Feb. 28 in Munger Auditorium (date and location changed), and the play Probably, showing Feb. 25-28.

College offering several free lectures in February
Along with the college's arts events, we are offering an inspiring line-up of free talks this month, on a variety of subjects, including Black History Month. Alumni are always welcome! A sampling:

  • Dr. Barbara Domcekova, BSC professor of Spanish, will present a Provost's Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in Norton Theatre. She will talk about "Translating and Interpreting: Practice and Pedagogy."
  • Joan Witherspoon-Norris, director of social justice at the YWCA of Central Alabama, will present "Understanding Predatory Lending: Organizing for Change" on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre.
  • Michael Flowers, BSC Professor of Theatre and 2015 CASE/Carnegie Alabama Professor of the Year, will present the Provost's Forum "Probably: Truth, Denial, and Civility?" and the cast and crew will perform a scene on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in theCollege Theatre-Mainstage.
  • Ann Pancake, short story writer and author of the novel Strange as This Weather Has Been, will speak on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre. The hour-long talk is part of BSC's BACHE Visiting Writers Series.

Birmingham-Southern to co-host 2017 JCC Maccabi Games
The JCC Maccabi Headquarters and the city of Birmingham have announced that BSC and two other sites will host the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games, an Olympic-style international sports competition for Jewish teens ages 13-16. Read more at News@BSC.

Fall 2015 Dean's List announced
The names of students who achieved Dean's List honors for the 2015 fall term are now available on the web. View the listing.

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
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