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Enrichment Team to
promote new perspectives
Birmingham-Southern has officially launched
a new campus advisory group, the Diversity
The role of the team will be to develop,
implement, and assess a strategic plan to
increase diversity across campus and to foster
an academically and socially inclusive academic
The volunteer-based team consists of staff,
faculty, students, and alumni. They will serve a
“A BSC education is built around rigorous
inquiry that demands multiple and often
competing perspectives so that all of our students,
and indeed our entire campus community, truly
have a fuller understanding of the world,” Gen.
Charles C. Krulak, BSC’s president, said in his
announcement. “We must continually seek
ways to give these young men and women an
educational environment that values a rich mix of
individuals with varied viewpoints.”
Serving on the inaugural Diversity Enrichment
president of institutional advancement
director of multicultural affairs
track and field head coach
Angela Fisher Hall ’82
director of career services
Armond Moyo ’14
dean of students
Dr. Mark Schantz
Dr. Louanne Jacobs
associate professor of
professor of art history
Speakers named for spring
Dr. Barbara Domcekova, associate professor of Spanish
at Birmingham-Southern and chair of the college’s Latin
American Studies program, will address the class of 2013
during the 154th Commencement ceremony May 18
at 9 a.m. at the Lake Park on campus.
Domcekova was named the BSC Outstanding Educator
of the Year during the college’s 2012 graduation ceremony.
The award is given to a member of the BSC faculty who,
according to recommendations by his or her colleagues,
is characterized by excellence in all aspects of teaching,
including scholarship, classroom performance, and student
advising. The award includes a cash stipend and an
invitation to speak at the following Commencement.
Domcekova joined the BSC faculty in 1999 after receiving
her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of
Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Comenius
University in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Domcekova coordinates Birmingham-Southern’s annual
Latin American Studies Symposium, which celebrates
its 21st anniversary in April. She has also led numerous
Exploration Term trips to South America.
Rev. Debra Wallace-Padgett, the newest bishop of
the United Methodist Church, will deliver the annual
Baccalaureate address May 17 at 1 p.m. at Canterbury
United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook.
Wallace-Padgett was elected bishop at the 2012
Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. At the time of
her election, she served as lead pastor of St. Luke UMC
in Lexington, Ky. Wallace-Padgett is a graduate of Berea
College, Scarritt Graduate School, Lexington Theological
Seminary, and Asbury Theological Seminary.