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What was the most significant or important thing you gained fromyour experience

in the first-year leadership challenge?

“Seeing how much the College wants us to succeed on campus and in life.”

—FYLC participant, 2016

“The thought that everything we do now affects whether we achieve our vision or not in the future.”

—FYLC participant, 2016

“The knowledge I gained from the student panel and speaking with different organizations about how to get involved.”

—FYLC participant, 2016

Norton Board Annual Meeting

The Norton Board Annual Meeting was held on March 2. Seventy-five members attended and learned about the Krulak Institute’s

plans for increasing experiential learning opportunities. The Panther Partnerships Program, on hold for this academic year, will

begin again in the fall of 2016.


On April 21, twelve students and staff members participated in Birmingham Reads,

an annual event sponsored by Better Basics. Each volunteer read a book to students

in a classroom and then provided copies of the book to each child in the class.

The College’s readers were among hundreds of volunteers that read to classes in 28

Birmingham city schools, collectively reaching more than 14,000 children.

Student Leaders

in Service

For the week of June 12-17,

the Bunting and Hess Centers

partnered with the Office of

Admission to host high school

juniors and seniors from across

the Southeast for Student Leaders

in Service (SLS). Now over

22 years old, SLS is an annual

weeklong residential summer

camp. Campers participate in

service projects, deepen their

understanding of Birmingham,

and experience college life on

the Hilltop. The week concludes

with each participant developing

a public narrative in which they call on their fellow campers to address a specific community challenge. Approximately two-

thirds of the SLS participants go on to apply to Birmingham-Southern and one-third eventually matriculate . This year, campers

completed service projects at Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Girls, Inc., Community Foodbank of Central Alabama, and Red

Mountain Park. Participants also had the opportunity to experience a Baron’s baseball game, tour the Alabama Theater, enjoy

Steel City Pops at Railroad Park, and visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum.