News for the Birmingham-Southern College community.
News for the Birmingham-Southern College community.
August 29, 2022
First Day of Classes

New Beginnings and Fresh Inspiration

From Move-In Day to the first day of classes, campus is alive again. At New Student Convocation Aug. 23, Dr. Richard Rector shared the value of finding purpose, kicking off the Year of the Ginkgo with one of the words characterizing what it means to be a part of Birmingham-Southern. Read his speech on The BSC Blog. On the first day of classes, students enjoyed coffee and donuts from Baba Java Coffee and Heavenly Donut food trucks, as they snapped photos with friends. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see photos and keep up with other goings-on around campus. Tag us in your photos, and we'll share in our Instagram stories.
Football team Bell tower Student President speech
Year of the Ginkgo
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. Email:

 August 29  Worship in the Chapel
7:30 p.m. Tonight | Yeilding Chapel | Kick off the school year with "People of Courage." Worship is student-led, and Chaplain Julie Holly will preach a short message. All are invited, and snacks are provided.
 August 30  BSC Travel Expo
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tuesday | Norton 2nd Floor
Travel leaders will answer questions about upcoming trips and provide information about financial aid and travel scholarships, along with international snacks.

 September 1  Methodist Scholarship Dinner
5:30 p.m. Thursday | Bruno Great Hall | A brief dinner to orient each UMC Scholarship student to the program and help build a community around service. All UMC Scholarship students are required to attend. Questions? Email Clay Farrington,
 September 5  Pizza Pie Party - First-Years Only
6 p.m. Monday | Res Hall Quad | Join Religious Life staff for a pizza party on the Res Hall Quad. Invite your roommate, and meet other first years. We will also serve our famous Smooshie Pie for dessert.
 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.) are encouraged to participate. Submit a registration form on Engage. The deadline to register is midnight Sept. 8. Participating students must submit final posters 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.

Phonathon is hiring!


ARC Opens on the Hilltop

Subject-based tutoring with the Academic Resource Center is now open. If you need assistance, reach out to the tutors for an appointment. Visit the ARC webpage for more information. 

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
Masks are not required on campus, except for recently positive or exposed individuals. 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 symptoms or test result through BSC HealthCheck. Find details 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. Please submit requests by Sept. 25 so they 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, when only simple updates to text or photos will be made. 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.

Babysitter Needed
Yingling Liu, assistant professor of sociology, is seeking a babysitter for her two-year-old on weekday mornings Monday through Thursday. Other times may also be needed occasionally. The family lives on campus. Please contact Yingling Liu at (325) 267-5353 if you are interested.
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