from the Hilltop

April 2015

Spring Alumni Weekend - reconnect with fellow alums and friends!
We invite you to return to the Hilltop April 16-19 for the inaugural Spring Alumni Weekend and celebrate all that is great about BSC. The weekend will feature some traditional events and some new events designed to bring alumni together. Register now for these exciting activities, which include:

  • Dozens of BSC and alumni teams have signed on for the student-organized Relay for Life event against cancer, taking place Thursday, April 16, beginning at 7 p.m. on campus. If you haven't yet signed up to be on a relay team, you can do so here.
  • Five outstanding graduates of the college--Norton Dill '68, Dr. Thomas Moody '69, Dr. Helen Krontiras Anderson '89, Ansley Collins Browns '01, and Kyle Whitmire '01--will be honored for careers of distinction at an Alumni Awards Gala on Friday, April 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and be purchased here.
  • BSC will kick off the second annual Steel City Service Day on April 18, starting at 9 a.m. to give alumni and students an opportunity to volunteer in the Birmingham community. Register here. Cost is $15 and includes lunch, transportation, and a t-shirt.
  • The third annual Jazz on the Hilltop community concert, featuring rock band Clutch and guitarist Marc Antoine, will be held on Sunday, April 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the heart of the campus on the Academic Quad.

Learn more about Spring Alumni Weekend at

Marguerite Harbert, BSC alumna, trustee, and stalwart supporter, passes away
Birmingham-Southern paid tribute to Marguerite Jones "Wita" Harbert, a 1944 graduate and former trustee of the college, who died March 17 at the age of 91. Read more at News@BSC.

Be #somebody4BSC!
Did your BSC experience help you become the somebody you are today? Help BSC continue to make "somebodies" by making your gift to the Annual Fund and be #somebody4BSC. Check out how other alums are being "somebody" in this video and share your own photo on the alumni Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds with #somebody4BSC.

Campus hosting full slate of visual and performing arts events this month
The Spring Term is in full swing and so is the campus calendar, which is filled with free musical performances and other artistic events that are open to alumni:

  • Four seniors in the college's Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program--Kate Boliek, Mackenzie Hagen, Emily Rice, and Alexandra Ross--are exhibiting their original artwork April 6-17 in the Durbin Gallery; an opening reception will be held in the gallery this Friday from 6-8 p.m.
  • The BSC One-A-Chord Gospel Choir will perform melodious songs of praise on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall.
  • The Birmingham-Southern Department of Theatre will conclude its 2014-15 season with its first production of Ralph Williams' The Mother and Stanley Hollingsworth's Riders to the Sea, two one-act dramatic operas, April 24 & 26. Read more on the production, including ticket information, here.
  • The choirs of BSC and Canterbury UMC join the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to perform the "Sacred Service" by Ernest Bloch on Monday, April 27. This monumental work of 20th century choral literature sets the liturgy of the Sabbath morning service of Reform Judaism, and features baritone soloist Daniel Seigel '02 and Cantor Jessica Roskin of Temple Emanu-El as narrator. The performance, conducted by Dr. Lester Seigel '79, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center.
  • The Jazz Band will perform its spring concert, "Jazz by the Fountain," on Wednesday, April 29, at 4 p.m. on the plaza outside the Norton Center. The ensemble will perform a wide variety of styles from standard jazz charts through Latin styles and ballroom dance music.
  • The BSC Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor spring concert featuring selected BSC student conductors on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the Hill Amphitheatre. Bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy some family-friendly music beside the Edwards Bell Tower.
  • The annual Juried Student Exhibition will be on display April 30-May 6 in the Durbin Gallery.

College offering several free talks in April
In addition to all the arts events, alumni are invited to attend several free lectures this month on a variety of subjects:

  • Dr. Eric Sorscher, director of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center at UAB, will talk about "Research and Development of Novel Treatments of Cystic Fibrosis" on Thursday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Stephens Science Center, room 336.
  • Dr. Lester Seigel, Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music, will present "FDR, Can You Spare a Dime?: American Music and the WPA (Work Projects Administration)" on April 9 at 11 a.m. in the Hill Recital Hall.
  • Gen. Charles Krulak will share his entrepreneurial journey as the speaker for BSC's 2015 Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Center. Read more at News@BSC.
  • Dr. Sadanandan Velu, professor of chemistry at UAB, will speak on "Research and Development of Anti-cancer Drugs" on Thursday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Stephens Science Center, room 336.
  • Dr. Heather Meggers-Wright, BSC associate professor of psychology, will discuss "Everybody is Doing It: The Ignorance and Bliss of College Hook-Up Culture" on Tuesday, April 21, at 11 a.m. in Norton Theatre.
  • Dr. Mark Suto, vice president of drug discovery at Southern Research Institute, will talk about "Optimization of Drug Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Excretion (ADME)" on Thursday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m. in the Stephens Science Center, room 336.
  • Stephanie Houston Mays, a 2004 BSC graduate and partner at the law firm of Maynard Cooper & Gale PC in Birmingham, will be the keynote speaker for the Honors Day Convocation on Thursday, April 30, at 10 a.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium.

SEC's fourth annual Darter Festival is April 18
The Southern Environmental Center will host its 2015 Darter Festival on Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Railroad Park. Good People Brewing Co. will introduce a special Darter Spring Ale it has donated, and the SEC and Railroad Park will share the proceeds. The event is free and open to the public. Jim 'N Nicks Barbecue will be selling food, BSC art students will help visitors decorate kites to fly at the park, a range of artists will perform, and a Darter art exhibition featuring works from BSC students and other college and high school students will be on display. The festival will culminate with a Tour de Ham bicycle parade. More information about the festival is here.

Annual Latin American Studies Symposium set for April 24-25, 1940 alumna to be recognized
Dr. Richard Olson, a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University, will keynote the 2015 Latin American Studies Symposium on campus, April 24-25. In addition to speakers and student research on Latin America, there will be a free, public pre-screening of the documentary First Lady of the Revolution at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, in Norton Theatre. The documentary portrays the remarkable story of BSC alumna Henrietta Boggs MacGuire, who became the first lady of Costa Rica in 1948 when her husband, José Figueres, became president. The filmmakers will show selections of the documentary, which is still in production, and MacGuire will be present for questions. More information about the symposium can be found here.

BSC to hold 2015 Commencement Ceremony indoors on campus
Birmingham-Southern will host this year's Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. at Bill Battle Coliseum, with the President's Reception to immediately follow on the academic quad. The traditional Baccalaureate service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. The Capping Ceremony is set for May 15 at 3 p.m. in the coliseum. Complete details on Commencement, Baccalaureate, and Capping can be found on our Commencement webpage.

Thanks to you, admissions stronger than ever at Birmingham-Southern
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Show your colors
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