Hilltop Photo of the Week
Welcome to Birmingham-Southern's “Hilltop Photo of the Week” webpage and archives. Each week at this site, we'll feature a photo that depicts some aspect of life on the Hilltop campus, along with brief information about what is taking place in the Photo of the Week.
The college welcomes submissions to be considered for the Hilltop Photo of the Week. Scanned or digital photos can be e-mailed to the Office of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org, or photographic prints may be sent through campus mail to Box 549004. Please limit photo submissions to those that depict some aspect of the BSC experience, and be sure to identify what is taking place in the photo, along with location and people involved.
View the Photo of the Week archive here.
Recognizing BSC's best—On April 22, classes were canceled for the day to celebrate the academic and creative achievements of Birmingham-Southern students and faculty. After BSC President David Pollick's welcoming remarks at the Honors Day Convocation in Munger Auditorium that morning, Emily Kyzer Browne '00 (pictured) delivered the keynote address. Browne, a pediatric nurse practitioner working with leukemia and lymphoma patients at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, spoke on the topic "Elements That Make a Well-Rounded Life." Pictured with Browne are Pollick (on left) and BSC Provost Mark Schantz.
The annual event included the Class of 2010 in cap and gown marching in a processional to the Convocation, followed by lunch and afternoon demonstrations of scholarship and creative works by students and faculty. The highest award presented was the Robert Jackson Meritorious Scholarship Award, given every year to an individual recognized as the top academic student at BSC and named after the 1862 graduate of Southern University (the college's founding institution). The award was presented this year to seniors James Randolph, a history major from Anniston, and Kathleen Smith, an interdisciplinary philosophy/political science/economics major from Hixson, Tenn. Congratulations to all the winners.
Scholars and teachers—Also during Honor's week on the Hilltop, the library hosted its annual reception honoring the faculties' scholarship and artistic contributions. BSC has been so known for the quality of its teaching that the quality of its research has too often been overlooked. In former years, its faculty has included such figures as Benjamin Thomas, the foremost Abraham Lincoln scholar of the mid-20th century, and Charles Matthews, an orientalist of international renown. Current faculty include composer and Professor of Music Charles Mason, who joined Claude Debussy and Georges Bizet as Prix de Rome winners; medievalist Susan Hagen, Mary Collett Munger Professor of English; and Morris T. Hackney Professor of Physics Duane Pontius, who helped to discover geysers on one of Saturn's moons. The reception took place two days before the awarding of the Richebourg G. McWilliams Faculty Scholarship Award on Honors Day. The award this year went to Professor of Biology Leo Pezzementi, who is shown here reviewing a display of some current scholarship.