News for the Birmingham-Southern College community
News for the Birmingham-Southern College community
November 14, 2022
Lessons and Carols
Please join Birmingham-Southern College's combined Concert and Alumni Choirs for the 85th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols. This year, the services will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The choirs will be under the direction of Dr. Lester C. Seigel '79, the Joseph Hugh Thomas Endowed Professor of Music, and accompanied by organist Dr. James Heustis Cook '68 and pianist Ken Watson '80.  
Biology Majors Awarded Prestigious Research Grants
Seniors Davis Fisher and Jonah Dennis were recently awarded grants from the TriBeta Research Foundation Program, providing financial support for their senior research projects. Jonah works in Dr. Sarah Beno’s laboratory to investigate honey as a potential antimicrobial treatment. Specifically, he studies the production of hydrogen peroxide in honey as a driving factor for antimicrobial activity. Davis works in Dr. Kevin Drace’s laboratory investigating the impact of heavy metal pollution on the microbial communities at Sloss Furnaces. Both students will present the results of their research at the TriBeta Research Conference in Winston-Salem, NC this spring.
Josh Waites, a sophomore chemistry major, recently presented his ongoing research at the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology Conference in Savannah GA. The research was performed at and funded by UAB. Josh received an undergraduate student travel award to attend the conference, which he attended with his father Dr. Kenneth Waites '77, pathology professor at UAB. Josh will also present this work as it is expanded to include additional clinical specimens at the International Organization for Mycoplasmology Congress in Osaka, Japan, in July.

Can you guess the date of the ginkgo tree leaf-drop? Enter our contest here 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.
 November 14  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 Psalm this week. Worship is student-led and all are invited!
 November 14  Descendant Documentary Panel Discussion
6:30 p.m. Monday | Geodome | Lecture and Arts Credit | Panel discussion and viewing "Descendant" documentary. Descendants of the survivors from the Clotilda celebrate their heritage and take command of their legacy, as the discovery of the remains of the last-known slave ship to arrive in the United States offers them a tangible link to their ancestors.
 November 14-18  'Southern Ambassador Appreciation Week
Please join the Office of Admission as we celebrate 'Southern Ambassador Appreciation Week! Be on the lookout for special events happening throughout the week including cookies during common hour on Tuesday and a Resume Building Workshop during common hour on Thursday.
'Southern Ambassadors are a group of students charged with managing and executing the campus visit experience. In the last year alone, Ambassadors have helped increase campus yield, increase the amount of campus visitors, and created a greater campus visit experience. Thank you, 'Southern Ambassadors!!

 November 15  Provost's Forum: "Milking Christmas"
11 a.m. | College Theatre | Lecture and Arts Credit | Dr. Lusie Cuskey, visiting assistant professor of theatre arts.
 November 15  Guest Speaker Dr. Marcus Witcher
7 p.m. | Norton Theatre | Lecture and Arts Credit | Dr. Witcher, assistant professor of history at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, will speak on his book published previously this year, "Black Liberation Through the Market Place." 
 November 15  Bon Appetit! 
7:30 p.m. | Hill Recital Hall | Lecture and Arts Credit | Bon Appetit! Performance of BSC Opera Work Shop. Directed by BSC Opera Director Jeff Kensmoe.
 November 16  BSC Symphonic Band and Jazz Band Concert
6 p.m. | Hill Recital Hall | Lecture and Arts Credit | A variety of compositions for symphonic band and jazz band, led by Prof. Alexander Taylor.
 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 17  Mandatory E-Term 2023 Project Orientation
11 a.m. | All students enrolled in an E-Term project are required to meet with their instructor on Nov. 17 during common hour for a project orientation meeting. Room assignments for project orientation meetings can be found here. Contact the Krulak Institute,, with any questions.
 November 17  Hope Initiatives Talk
5-6 p.m. | Norton Theatre | Kelly Klehm, the director of Hope Initiatives for One Place, will give a talk on hope with Pardons and Paroles. This will be a discussion about trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), hope science and how to build hope.
 November 17-20  Milking Christmas Theatre Production
7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 17-19 | 2:30 pm Sun., Nov. 20 | Underground Theatre, College Theatre building | It’s always been Swans-a-Swimming, Lords-a-Leaping, and Naughty and Nice lists in sweet, sleepy Christmastown. But this holiday season, something just doesn’t seem right, and Macey Maid-a-Milking is on the case in this regional premiere of a new musical comedy. This wacky Christmas mystery is a fun-filled farce celebrating the importance of cultivating community, asking questions, and clapping for Calling-Birds.

Milking Christmas Theatre
 November 21  Holiday Friendsgiving
6 p.m. Monday | Admissions Building | Join Religious Life for our annual holiday party where we cover all the holiday favorites. Thanksgiving meal, gingerbread house competition, and more!

 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.).
 November 30  SGA Holiday Party
5-7:30 p.m. | Bruno Great Hall | Join SGA for its annual Holiday Party! Enjoy an evening of food, cookie decorating, music, a gingerbread house contest, and more. Please note: SGA will gladly cover the cost for anyone not on the All You Can Eat meal plan.

United Way Campaign
Each year the College offers the opportunity for employees to participate in the United Way of Central Alabama, Inc. campaign. When you give to United Way, your gift is combined with thousands in our community, and together change lives for the better. Your gift enables the Untied Way to:
Support partners and programs – More than 100 partner agencies and programs function as the safety net, supporting those who need us most through Central Alabama.
Respond to emerging needs – Whether in the aftermath of disaster or in response to unmet needs, United Way provides solutions to address immediate crises and long-term community advancement.
Innovate services to address complex issues – United Way continuously innovate our methods of service by creating new programs, coalitions, and processes to solve complex issues.
If you are so inclined there are pledge forms available in Human Resources which include options for one-time or payroll deduction contributions.
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.
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).
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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