Parents Newsletter

Season's Greetings, BSC Parents!
As the last of the final exams are completed, the end of the Fall 2011 Term is coming to a close on the Hilltop. It's been an exciting time here during General Krulak's first semester as our President, as you've likely heard through numerous updates from him and through contacts with your student.

This semester, we’ve hosted fantastic speakers on leadership, including Andrew Card and Elisa Massimino. Our fall sports teams excelled athletically and academically. Our students have worked hard in the classrooms and laboratories, performed in theatre productions and concerts, served the less fortunate in our community in many ways, and still found time to participate in numerous extracurricular activities.

It has been an outstanding and meaningful fall at Birmingham-Southern, and we thank you for your continued support.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or anyone on the Student Development staff if you ever have questions or need assistance at 205-226-4729.

Dr. David Eberhardt
Vice President for Student Development

Save the Date: Family Weekend March 30 – 31, 2012
Family Weekend will be held March 30 and March 31, 2012. Among the activities planned are a reception on Friday evening and several opportunities for you and your BSC student to interact with General Krulak, professors, and student organizations on Saturday. More details will follow by regular mail and email in January, including registration information.

Residence Hall Closing & Exploration Term Opening Information
The residence halls close on December 16, 2011, at 10 a.m. and will reopen for Exploration Term on Monday, January 2, at Noon. Students who are not enrolled in an Exploration Term course or project are required to submit an application to the Office of Residence Life in order to reside on campus during January. Applications will be approved for students who have a valid reason to live on campus, even though they are not enrolled in credit-earning activity. Some examples are participation in athletics, on- or off-campus employment, research, and MCAT/GMAT/GRE preparation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Residence Life (, 205-226-4724).

Career Activities for Exploration Term

Career Factor: Targeted to first-year and sophomore students, this workshop will offer valuable information, resources, and tools to guide students' efforts in their career exploration and development. Students will have three opportunities to attend, all held in the Norton Campus Center Theater. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend if you believe they would benefit from this session.

Thursday, January 12, 4 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 18, 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 4 to 5 p.m.

Career Workshops: Targeted to junior and senior students, this workshop series will provide practical, comprehensive training for job market success, including search strategies, résumé writing, and interview preparation. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend these sessions, all held in the Norton Campus Center Theater, if you believe they would benefit.

Job Search Strategies—Wednesday, January 11, 4 to 5 p.m.
Résumé Writing—Tuesday, January 17, 4 to 5 p.m.
Preparing for Job Interviews—Monday, January 23, 4 to 5 p.m.

Health Forms and Immunizations
As we look forward to the New Year, help us ensure your student’s health by making sure all of their required immunizations and forms are up to date. The forms are online on the BSC Health Services website. Contact Yvette Spencer in Health Services (; 205-226-4717) if you still need to submit forms or complete immunizations, or if you have any questions. Please help your child avoid registration holds for the upcoming semester by ensuring you take care of this during January.

Keep Up With BSC
As always, we invite you to keep up with all that is happening on the Hilltop by visiting our website at Of particular interest are the Photo of the Week, Events@BSC, and the News@BSC links.

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