News for the Birmingham-Southern College community.
News for the Birmingham-Southern College community.
August 22, 2022
Year of the Ginkgo
The Birmingham-Southern College ginkgo trees were planted between Munger Hall and the Stockham Building in 1957 in memory of Frances Sensabaugh Real ’55. In the 65 years since, the trees have grown into campus icons. Throughout this academic year — the Year of the Ginkgo — BSC will honor what the ginkgo symbolizes, both worldwide and on the Hilltop, and celebrate the alumni, students, faculty, and staff who grow and thrive here — in purpose, connection, resilience, caring, creativity, leadership, tenacity, and confidence.

We want to hear from you: Tell us about alumni, faculty, staff, or students who embody each of the words of the year.
Who in your BSC circle exemplifies purpose?
Who has shown tenacity or resilience in the face of challenge, or has excelled as a leader?
Who keeps you connected to the Hilltop, or demonstrates creativity or confidence?
Who is living a life that shows caring for others?
Or tell us how BSC helped you grow in one of these characteristics.

Throughout 2022-2023, we’ll share your stories on the BSC Blog and in the next issue of ’Southern magazine. Email us at

As we kick off the Year of the Ginkgo, we are especially grateful for the creativity of Birmingham artist Don Stewart ’81, whose “ginkgo panther” design will grace light pole banners, welcome signs, and more during the Year of the Ginkgo.
 August 22-28  Sidewalk Film Festival 
11 a.m - 1 p.m. Monday - Sunday | Downtown Birmingham
BSC will sponsor Alabama Narrative Shorts 2, which will include four short films by BSC students and recent alumni. Find festival details here.
 August 24  Queso Kick-Off
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday | Norton 120 | Kick-off the new school year with QUESO! Meet new friends and mingle with those you haven't seen all summer. We will serve Taco Mama's chips and queso, plus salsa and guacamole. Hope to see you there!
 August 25  Student Involvement Fair 
11 a.m - 1 p.m. | Norton Campus Center Alumni Plaza 
Learn more about organizations, clubs, and opportunities to get involved at BSC. 
 August 26  Celebrate National Dog Day with Religious Life Pups
Norton 120 | Drop by anytime from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday 
and meet the Religious Life pups, Susie and Murray! They're usually in the office on Wednesdays, but this time we'll make an exception to celebrate National Dog Day.
 August 30  BSC Travel Expo
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Norton 2nd Floor
At this event, travel leaders will answer questions about upcoming trips and provide information about financial aid and travel scholarships, along with international snacks.

 September 22  7th Annual Krulak Institute Poster Expo
11 a.m. | Bruno Great Hall | Norton Campus Center
Students who've engaged in experiential learning projects (e.g., collaborative research, internships, service-learning, study abroad experiences, etc.) over the summer are encouraged to participate in the 7th Annual Krulak Institute Poster Expo. Interested students should submit a registration form on Engage. The deadline to register is midnight Sept. 8. Participating students must submit their final poster to Amanda Coshatt by 5 p.m. Sept. 12.
Athletic Work Study
The Athletic Department has work-study positions available for the 2022-23 athletic season. Gain experience in many aspects of how the athletic department and BSC athletic events operate. If interested, contact Sports Information Director Nick Mathey at
Travel to Belize this December
Say YES to study abroad in Belize in December 2022! BSC is offering a faculty/staff-led trip with Dr. Desireé Melonas and Aaliyah Moore to the Caribbean nation of Belize, a place of diverse African diasporic communities and extraordinary natural beauty. This program will excite the senses with cuisine, music, dance and other cultural activities from Garifuna and Kriol communities, visits to Mayan communities old and new, homestay visits with Garifuna families, and more. Travel dates: Dec. 8-17, 2022. Travel scholarships are available. Apply here. For information, please contact
E-Term Travel Award Application
The application is now live on Engage. The deadline to apply for a travel award is Sept. 8. Award notifications will be made via email early in the week of Sept. 12, and students will have until Sept. 15 to make a deposit (if they haven't yet) and accept their travel award. Typical award amounts range from $250-$2,000 depending on need, merit, class standing, and availability of funds.
Please reach out the Krulak Institute at with any questions.
Fulbright Applications Open Now
Calling all juniors – Fulbright applications are open now until Sept. 15. If you have any interest in doing research, study, or serving as a teaching assistant for English language abroad, then consider a Fulbright scholarship. This is a fully paid opportunity to live, study, and work abroad after graduation. Check out or contact Anne Ledvina at in BSC's Krulak Institute for more information.

Solar Charging Station

New Eco-Friendly Solar Charging Station

Thanks to the support of the Hilltop Parent and Family Fund, an eco-friendly solar charging station is now available for use in the Alumni Fountain Plaza outside of Norton Campus Center. This station is fully solar powered and includes both plug-in and wireless charging options. Thank you to the BSC parents who made this possible.

Library Hours

Beginning Wednesday, the library building will be open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Full hours for the fall: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 12-4 p.m. Saturday*; and 2:30-11 p.m. Sunday. Hours are partly based on student staff availability. We'll continue to evaluate the schedule and extend hours when possible. *Saturday hours will begin Sept. 10.

Independent Study Contract Changes

Students submitting contracts for individualized study should do so using the online form on Engage. Students and faculty sponsors are encouraged to use the Academic Contract Proposal Worksheet to draft their contract. Once this is completed, students can cut and paste relevant information into the online form. Both the form and the worksheet are linked on the Krulak Institute Forms page. Contract deadlines correspond to registration dates; the deadline to turn in E-Term and Spring 2023 contracts is Nov. 2. Questions? Contact
COVID-19 Protocols
As COVID-19 variants continue to spread, we will continue to follow protocols established in spring 2022.  Masks are not required on BSC’s campus. However, masking is required for recently positive or exposed individuals until cleared. We encourage and support masking by anyone who feels doing so is in their and others’ best interests. If you exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or test positive, isolate immediately and report your symptoms or test result through BSC HealthCheck. Find more details and updates here.
COVID-19 Boosters
Cahaba Medical has boosters available on campus free of charge from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursdays. No appointment necessary. If you cannot come on a Thursday, contact Cahaba at (205) 440-1432 or Health Services at (205) 226-7720.
Graphic Design Blackout Dates
The BSC Communications Department will be in production on ’Southern Magazine Oct. 25 - Nov. 12. If you anticipate need for a graphic design project during this time, please make your request by Sept. 25 so that it can be completed before Oct. 25. Requests received during the blackout dates will be considered for production after Nov. 12.

Web Design Blackout Dates
Website design projects will be placed on hold Nov. 7 - Dec. 9. Only simple updates to text or photos will be made during this time. If you anticipate an upcoming web design project, fill out the project request form by Sept. 15.

Communications project requests must be made through the form here.
Resources for Students
Find links below to counseling resources, tutoring, and more.
ARC Tutoring
Counseling and Health Services
First Day Complete Program
Major Information Sheets
The Math Lab
The Writing Center
Resources for Faculty and Staff
Find links below to technology resources, benefits information, and more.
Book Adoption Portal
Employee Assistance Program
Major Information Sheets
Payment Request Form
TAC Resource Library
TIAA Financial Counseling
Vacant Faculty and Staff Positions
Home for Sale on Greensboro Road
1233 Greensboro Road is available for sale to eligible faculty and staff. The house is approximately 3400 square feet with a main floor and finished basement. There are three large bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the main floor. The kitchen and living room are spacious and open with large windows overlooking the back yard and the woods. The finished basement has another living room, full bedroom/bathroom.
Please contact Mike Ricks at or (832) 527-4524 or Dana Ricks at or (832) 527-3417 for more information or to schedule a visit.
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