from the Hilltop

July 2014

Welcome Michelle Behr, BSC's new provost
After an extensive national search, Birmingham-Southern announced the appointment of Dr. Michelle Behr of the University of Northern Colorado to succeed Dr. Mark Schantz as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Behr started at the Hilltop on July 7. Read a Q&A in which she shares how her path led to BSC.

BSC recognized by Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015
Birmingham-Southern has again been highlighted in a leading guide that helps students and families identify schools that offer the best education for the price. Read more at News@BSC.

Birmingham-Southern student attending British Studies at Oxford program
Clayton Humphries, a rising senior at Birmingham-Southern, is spending six weeks this summer in Oxford, England, becoming immersed in British culture and earning academic credit. Read more at News@BSC.

BSC alumnus wins top organ performance prize at national artists competition
Dr. Patrick Scott '08 won first prize as well as the audience prize at the National Competition in Organ Improvisation held recently in Boston. Part of Scott's prize includes a monetary award as well as an opportunity to perform at the American Guild of Organists' National Convention in Houston. Scott earned his BSC degree in organ performance, studying with Emeritus Professor of Music Dr. James Cook, and his graduate degrees in organ at the University of Texas at Austin. He now serves as associate director of music and organist at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

College launches first Entrepreneurship Camp this summer
Eighteen high school students with an innate desire to start a business descended upon the Birmingham-Southern campus in June for a week of highly interactive sessions that taught them the basics of entrepreneurship. See a highlight video from the camp.

Join us for these summer events and have some fun!
The BSC Alumni Association is making plans to host some great events this summer, so look for invitations and registration coming soon:

  • July 29, 6-7:30 p.m., Lawyer Summer Send Off, our annual networking social for Birmingham area lawyers and law students, hosted by Maynard Cooper & Gale PC.
  • Aug. 10, 3 p.m., BSC Alumni Day at the Birmingham Barons, where we've reserved the Home Run Porch and Gen. Krulak will throw out the first pitch.
  • Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brown Bag Lunch Series, Stockham Parlor, featuring Ty Williams, director of development and community relations at Restoration Academy. discussing why education is a game-changer for urban youth.

If you'd like to volunteer to help the Alumni Association with any of these events, please contact Chris Wenning Lambert '86, director of alumni affairs and stewardship, at or (205) 226-4912.

We hope to see you at Reunion/Homecoming/Family DayOct. 3-4!
Oct. 3-4 is Alumni Weekend as well as Homecoming and Family Day. The weekend will honor class years ending in "4" and "9" and include the 50th Class Celebration for the Class of 1964, Honor Class Tailgating, and Young Alumni Fifth Quarter Party. If you'd like to serve on an Honor Class Committee, please contact Chris Lambert at or (205) 226-4912.

TODAY Show picks BSC for World Cup coverage
Preston Goldfarb's "Excellence through Fundamentals" summer soccer camp was thrown into the NBC TODAY Show's cauldron of live World Cup soccer coverage recently. The young campers were filmed taking a break from practice to watch the USA vs. Germany match on a TV that was set up by the field. Watch the segment.

Birmingham-Southern alumnus drafted by Minnesota Twins
Miles Nordgren '14 was selected by the Minnesota Twins on June 8 in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, becoming BSC's third player in the last four seasons to be selected. Read more here.

Former BSC player Bruce Maxwell named to California-Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star roster
Former Birmingham-Southern standout and current Stockton Ports catcher Bruce Maxwell has been named to the 2014 Mid-Season All-Star roster of the California-Carolina League. Read more here.

Garfinkle to hold free one-day football clinic
Birmingham-Southern Head Football Coach Eddie Garfinkle will hold a free one-day fundamentals football clinic Wednesday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for youth ages 8-14 at Panther Stadium. To register, contact Kathy Webster at (205) 226-7800 or BSC offers a variety of athletic, academic, and artistic camps during the summer. Read more here.​

Keep up with all BSC campus events and activities online
The Birmingham-Southern campus is full of life and activity during the academic terms, and we want to make sure you are in on all the action! You can check our website at any time to get event updates and additional details at Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive information throughout each week and see what we have planned for you on campus. We hope to see you on campus soon and often!

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