News for the Birmingham-Southern College community
News for the Birmingham-Southern College community
November 7, 2022
Funny thing about ginkgo trees: they put on a show with leaves of gold, and then one day in mid-November, they suddenly drop 'em like they’re hot.

Think you can guess the date of the leaf-drop? Enter our contest here — or stop by our table in Norton atrium on Tuesday or Thursday — for a chance to win a Year of the Ginkgo prize pack. The contest is open to alumni, faculty/staff, current students and prospective students, and prizes will be awarded in each category.

You'll need all the help you can get for this challenge. Check out this helpful and educational lesson from Dr. Herman von German, BSC Professor of Ginkgology (also known as Jack Dominick '21).  

Prof Herman von German Lesson on Ginkgoes

Thanks to all of the students and campus organizations who participated in last week's super fun events! Halloween on the Hilltop, the annual Organ Spooktacular, and the Dia de los Muertos festival were all a great success. Click on a photo to see a slideshow. 

Halloween on the Hilltop Halloween fun Organ Spooktacular 2022
 November 7  Worship in the Chapel
7:30 p.m. Monday | Yeilding Chapel | Join us for a "Holy Pause" as we make time to be still and reconnect. Chaplain Julie Holly will teach from the Book of John this week and communion will be served. Worship is student-led and all are invited!
 November 8   Celebrate Your Birthday with Us
11 a.m.-Noon Tuesday | Norton 120 | IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY (sorta). If you were born in July - December, join Religious Life for cookie cake to celebrate! A.k.a. we love any excuse to party. 
 November 8   Eradication of Poverty Panel Discussion
11 a.m.-Noon Tuesday | Stockham Parlor | Lecture and Arts Credit | with Dr. Amy Cottrill, Dr. Umesh Ghimire, Dr. M. Keely Sutton, and Hattie O'Hara, as part of Service Learning.
 November 8   Wellness Week LGBTQIA+ Presentation
11 a.m.-Noon Tuesday | Norton Theatre | Lecture and Arts Credit | Amanda Keller, director of the Magic City Acceptance Center, will speak as part of BSC Cross Cultural Committee Wellness Week.
 November 10  Guest Speaker Dr. Daniel Weller
11 a.m.-Noon Thursday | Munger Auditorium | Lecture and Arts CreditDaniel Weller, Ph.D. from the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will present, "Data, Data Everywhere: Using big data analytics to help stakeholders mitigate preharvest food safety risks."
 November 10  STEMMing the Tide
11 a.m.-Noon Thursday | Norton Theatre | Lecture and Arts CreditSTEMMing the Tide: Empowering Youth to Meet Coastal Environmental Challenges.
 November 10  EnAct Zines and Art
4 p.m. Thursday | Owenton Conference Room | Join EnAct (BSC's Environmental Club) to make zines and art about nature, justice/resistance, community, the climate crisis, or anything related while we talk about our upcoming elections. Bring any art, excerpts from literature, pressed leaves, or any other ideas.
 November 13  Women's Success Event
5-7 p.m. Sunday | Norton Theatre and Bruno Great Hall | Join Career Services, the Krulak Institute, Panhellenic Council, Cross Cultural Committee, Black Women's Union, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Momentum to prepare women for the workplace and beyond! During this event we will have three breakout sessions that focus on overcoming imposter syndrome, intentional networking, and the value of mentoring. There will also be a chance for networking with peers and Momentum mentors following the breakout sessions. Attire is business casual, and we will provide light snacks during the networking portion of the event. Registration is required for this event! Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 9 through Engage.
 November 16  Book Signing - Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. '84
5 p.m. | St. Luke's Episcopal Church | Birmingham-Southern College and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church invite you to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. ’84 and the release of his latest book “A Witness to Dignity: The Life and Faith of George H.W. and Barbara Bush.” The book signing will be held at 5 p.m. and the lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at, or call 205-871-3583. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
 November 27  Organ Recital Series at Independent Presbyterian Church
4 p.m. | Independent Presbyterian Church | Theodore S. (Ted) Davis '85, a Birmingham-native now based in Baltimore, will perform the final recital of a rich and varied series. He holds music degrees in organ performance from Birmingham-Southern College (B. Mus.), choral conducting from Northwestern University (M. Mus.), harpsichord from the Longy School of Music (A.D.), and organ performance from the Peabody Conservatory (D.M.A.).
That paper you're writing now? It could win $500.
Submit your best work to the Southern Academic Review, and the Excellence in Library Research Award could be yours! The fine print: Submit by Feb. 10 to The prize goes to first or second-year students only and is awarded to the paper that best demonstrates exemplary research using library resources.
Career Peers
BSC's first ever Career Peers - Julia Scarinci and Nathan Benko - will be available to all students via office hours each week to go over resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and to discuss internships and study abroad. Book appointments via Handshake and learn more about Julia and Nathan here.
Sponsored external scholarships for study or internships abroad
Critical Language Scholarship - for students interested in studying critical languages (beginner to advanced levels) Deadline: mid-November.
Fund for Education Abroad - open to students with US citizenship, DACA, permanent residency (preference for students with high financial need and underrepresented in study abroad) Deadline - early January.
For information about these and any other global scholarships, please contact Anne Ledvina in the Krulak Institute ( or 205-226-1722).
Graphic Design Blackout Dates
Communications will be in production on ’Southern Magazine Oct. 25 - Nov. 12. Requests received through Nov. 12 will be considered for production after Nov. 12. Request projects here.

Web Design Blackout Dates
Website design projects will be placed on hold beginning Nov. 7 through the end of the year. Only simple updates to text or photos will be made.
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
Four-Wheeler For Sale
Immaculate Four-Wheeler For Sale - 2022 CF Moto 600. Black and gray. Like brand new with only 3.5 hours and 11 miles on it. Great four-wheeler with power steering, we just don’t have time to ride it. Garage kept. $7700. Please call or email Michelle at x1740 or for more information

Home for Sale on Greensboro Road
1233 Greensboro Road is available for sale to eligible faculty and staff. Details: approximately 3400 square feet with a main floor and finished basement; three large bedrooms, and two full bathrooms on the main floor; spacious and open kitchen and living room with large windows overlooking the backyard and woods; finished basement with second living room, full bedroom/bathroom. 
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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