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.
Feathered fundraiser—Each year, the Birmingham-Southern chapter of Mortar Board participates in the Virtual Book Drive Challenge by raising funds to provide new and high-quality books to children from low-income families, both locally and nationally. The “Dress Like a Turkey” holiday fundraiser is held in conjunction with First Book, a national literacy nonprofit. The BSC professor who collects the most money from members of the campus community and alumni is asked to dress in a full-body turkey costume for several hours. This year, donors chose between four faculty members: Bernie Mullins (mathematics), Victoria Ott (history), Mark Rupright (physics), and Shane Pitts (psychology). Pitts was this year’s winner. He is pictured above with members of Mortar Board. The fundraiser, held during the week of Thanksgiving, raised enough money to provide 200 books to the library and classrooms of nearby Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Mortar Board is a nationally recognized senior honor society dedicated to the principles of scholarship, leadership, and service.
Community of compassion—The college’s Coalition for Human Dignity recently hosted an awareness event called “It’s Scary to Starve” in the Norton Campus Center—one of four annual Dignity gatherings. The focus of the event was roundtable discussions with students, faculty, and staff sharing various perspectives on hunger and the actions needed to end it. Tom Duly, director of Urban Ministries, and Kristin Harper ’92, director of the college’s Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, facilitated the discussion. There was also a campus food drive benefiting Urban Ministries’ community kitchen. Dignity gatherings are open to all, and the Dignity Declaration is available in the Bunting Center for anyone to sign. Each themed gathering is a chance for people from the campus and surrounding communities to come together around a compassionate concern and share ideas and tools for building a more dignified community for all.
Photo by Coty Lovelady