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May 8, 2008

Award-winning faculty member to deliver Birmingham-Southern's Commencement address

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Professor of Mathematics Dr. Barry Spieler will address the Birmingham-Southern College class of 2008 during the college's 149th Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m.

Spieler was named the Birmingham-Southern Outstanding Educator of the Year last May during the 2007 graduation ceremonies in recognition of excellence in all aspects of teaching. The award included a $2,500 cash stipend and an invitation to speak at this year's Commencement.

He will deliver the keynote address at the event in Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham. More than 3,000 family members and friends are expected to attend Commencement, where Birmingham-Southern will confer some 304 bachelor's degrees and 20 master's degrees.

Birmingham-Southern's Commencement Day begins with the Baccalaureate Service at 10 a.m. in the Bill Battle Coliseum on the BSC campus. Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, who is dean of the chapel and religious life at Emory University, will be the keynote speaker.

The college's traditional Capping Ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, in the Bill Battle Coliseum. During the ceremony, graduating students are “capped” with their mortar boards by a loved one or friend.

Spieler joined the BSC faculty in 1994. He received a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his master's and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.

Henry-Crowe is an associate professor of ministerial studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory. She is a native of South Carolina and is ordained as an elder in the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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