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 email@example.com, 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.
Rescuing the Chestnut—On Feb. 20, students of the Religion and the Natural World course led by BSC Professor of Religion Larry Brasher visited the Brasher Woods Preserve in Etowah County, Ala., to learn about the history of the American Chestnut tree. They are pictured removing and transporting the last remaining part of an American Chestnut trunk from the old-growth woods so that it can be preserved for future generations to see. From left to right are Will Temple, Julia Guyton, Brittany Wheeler, Sam Wilson, Anna Bianchi, Drew Little, and Eli Burnham. The tree died over 70 years ago. The remnant shows that the tree was originally at least five feet in diameter. "American Chestnut trees were once the dominant tree in the eastern forests," Brasher said. "An Asian blight introduced in New York in 1903 spread and exterminated the tree throughout the East. It was the greatest environmental disaster in the history of the eastern forests. Alabama was the southernmost part of the Chestnut's range. The last trees died here in the 1930s, so remnants in the woods are now very rare."
Fun and family—Birmingham-Southern celebrated Family Weekend Feb. 25-26 with food, fun, and of course family. More than 100 families representing numerous cities and states returned to campus for a variety of activities that showcased the BSC community. Highlights of the weekend included a welcome from Interim President Mark Schantz, academic open houses, informational sessions, and student organization events. Shown enjoying the weekend are (from left) Hope Lloyd, a freshman dance major and Harrison Scholar from Gadsden, and Missy McIntyre with her parents, Connie and Steve McIntyre. Missy is a freshman psychology major from Memphis. The sketches they're holding were done by a character artist who was on hand at the Norton Campus Center open house. His visit was sponsored by the college's Office of Student Affairs, Parents Club, and Student Government Association.