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.
Restoring the Longleaf Pine—Birmingham-Southern students (from left) Caroline King, Rachele Struthers, Shelby Moore, Meredith Councell, and Paterson Graham pose next to a massive, relict Longleaf Pine stump discovered in Oak Mountain State Park. The tree was cut in the mid-1900s before the area was protected. When cut, this tree was several hundred years old, and was a seedling in the 1700s, possibly 1600s. Longleaf Pine woodlands, with their rich biodiversity, once blanketed most of the park. They were maintained by fires recurring every 5-7 years or less. Due to fire suppression over the last 50 years, remnant patches of longleaf woodland have been overtaken by oaks, maples, and other broadleaf trees intolerant of fire. This fall, Dr. Scot Duncan’s BI 411 General Ecology students, composed of biology and urban environmental studies majors, are surveying this forest ahead of a restoration project to be initiated by Alabama State Parks this winter. Duncan is collaborating with State Parks to guide the restoration and study its progress.
Caroling, caroling into the season—Birmingham Southern College recently celebrated the start of the Christmas and holiday season with its annual Service of Lessons and Carols, which took place at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. The 76th concert featured the Concert Choir and Alumni Choir, conducted by Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music Lester Seigel, and the Southern Chorale, directed by Opera Director Jeff Kensmoe. It continues to be a cherished holiday tradition for thousands of students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Premiere performances at this year’s service included a work composed by Josh Crowe '11 for the Alumni Choir, two works by Daniel Potts ‘88, and a work for women's voices, violin, and organ by Phillip Rhodes, performed by the Concert Choir.
Photo by Audrey Davis