Tuesday, December 17, 2013

E-Term Library Hours

The Library will have adjusted hours during the winter term, but we will still be able to accommodate all of your studying needs:

December 18: 8am-noon
December 19-January 1: CLOSED
January 2-3: 8am-5pm
January 4: CLOSED
January 5: (begin regular E-Term hours--see below)
January 20: CLOSED -- MLK, Jr. Holiday
January 31: (last day of regular E-Term hours)
February 1-2: CLOSED -- Winter Break
February 3: 8am-5pm

Our regular E-Term hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 8am-10pm
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 1pm-5pm
Sunday: 2pm-10pm

As always, our schedule can also be viewed here.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Final Exam Hours

The library will have adjusted hours during exams to help out our study marathoners! Beginning on Wednesday, our hours can be found here, and are as follows:

Wednesday and Thursday, December 4-5: 8:00 am- open all night
Friday, December 6: 8:00 am- 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 7: 9:00 am- midnight
Sunday, December 8: 2:00 pm- open all night
Monday, December 9: 8:00 am- 2:00 am
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 10-11: 8:00 am- open all night
Thursday, December 12: 8:00 am- 10:00 pm
Friday, December 13: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15: Closed
Monday - Wednesday, December 16-18: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
December 19- January 1: Closed for Christmas/ New Years

A big THANK YOU to SGA and Campus Police for making the all-nighters possible!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Library Thanksgiving Hours

The library will have adjusted hours for the Thanksgiving holiday, as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 26: 8am-10pm
Wednesday, Nov. 27: 8am-noon
Thursday, Nov. 28: CLOSED
Friday, Nov. 29: CLOSED
Saturday, Nov. 30: CLOSED
Sunday, Dec. 1: 2pm-12am (normal hours)

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Performances by Gospel Choir and Symphonic Band

Mark your calenders! BSC's Gospel Choir and Symphonic Band will both host performances this coming week.

Gospel Choir Fall Concert
When? November 24th, 6 PM
Where? Bruno Great Hall

Symphonic Band Prism Concert
When? November 25th, 7:30 PM
Where? Hill Recital Hall

Each event listed above counts for EEIS credit.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dr. Guy Hubbs, Giving Thanks in 1863

This Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of America's first observance of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was a time in which the country was divided by a civil war that would ultimately cost 750,000 American lives. The future of the country was held in the balance Why, in the midst of all this suffering and uncertainty, did they choose to set aside a day to give thanks? For what did these people feel grateful?

Professor Guy Hubbs will examine these questions at his Provost's Forum on Tuesday (November 26) at 11 in Norton Theatre. He will also consider what we today can learn from how these Americans in turmoil understood gratitude.

Students who attend will receive EEIS credits.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

BSC Theater Production of "Company"

The Birmingham-Southern College Theater Department will be putting on Stephen Sondheim's classic Tony award-winning musical "Company". The play focuses around the protagonist, Bobby, a single man in his mid-thirties who finds himself unable to commit to a steady relationship, the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most plays, "Company" is considered a concept play where the events that take place have no real chronological order and the emphasis is placed on the meaning behind what happens, rather than on the actual events themselves. According to Sondheim:
"Broadway theatre has been for many years supported by upper-middleclass people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we're going to bring it right back in their faces."

Performances will be held November 21, 22, & 23 at 7:30 p.m. and on November 24 at 2:30 p.m. on the College Theatre Mainstage. General public reservations began on November 7, 2013 and are still continuing up until the day of the show. Ticket are $20.00 general public and $10.00 students, regardless of the school you attend.  Cash, checks, and major credit cards accepted for payment. The BSC Theatre Box Office can be reached at (205) 226-4780, Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Attendance qualifies as an EEIS credit for BSC students.

Additionally, a Provost's Forum will be held featuring BSC Professor of Theatre Michael Flowers and BSC Associate Professor of Psychology Heather Meggers-Wright along with select cast and crew members of the production at the College Theater Mainstage on November 19 during Common Hour. The panel discussion is entitled "Hooking Up in 1970: Sex and Relationships in the Musical 'Company'". This event also qualifies as an EEIS credit for all BSC students.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Leadership Matters lecture by Rabbi Eric Yoffie

This Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Rabbi Eric Yoffie will be delivering a lecture at 6:30 PM in the Bruno Great Hall. Rabbi Yoffie is the President Emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism which is America’s largest Jewish organization. Rabbi Yoffie’s talk is titled “Righteousness vs. Self-Righteousness: Some thoughts on Political and Religious Leadership”. Rabbi Yoffie is a world renowned speaker and writer who appears regularly on Fox News, CNN and many other news outlets, and he often writes for the Huffington Post and the Jerusalem Post .

Also on Tuesday, Rabbi Yoffie will participate in a panel during Common Hour (11:00AM-12:00PM) in Norton Theater. The panel is titled “Faith Matters: Spiritual Views on Death and the Afterlife”. Both events will satisfy anybody’s intellectual curiosity and will each count for an EEIS credit!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Suggestions needed for the Library's SGA movie collection!

The BSC Library needs more student suggestions to help expand the SGA movie collection -- please submit! Whether it's a certain film in a more obsolete medium or just something we don't own, expanding and updating the media collection is an important part of library upkeep, and students play an important part in that selection process. The suggestions box is conveniently placed on the Circulation Desk, so the next time you check out a book or movie, feel free to throw a few suggestions in there!

A very large and grateful thank you to SGA for providing the funds to grow our film collection for the BSC community's use!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Homecoming Book Sale and Alumni Artist Display!

To our alumni: welcome back to the Hilltop! If you find time in between all of the other Homecoming activities, please consider dropping by the Library and the Kennedy Art Center for two other exciting events (which are open to everyone!):

The Library will be hosting its annual Homecoming week book sale this Friday 8:00am-5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. Every year the library sells a plethora of books, ranging from self-help to books about the Constitution and the American founding. Hardback books are only $1.00 and paperbacks $.50! From the mainstream to the bizarre, the library sale has a wide spectrum of titles, sure to satisfy anyone’s intellectual curiosity.

Just across the Alumni Plaza, the Durbin Gallery in Kennedy Art Center will be presenting the “Chroma” works from Birmingham-Southern College alumni Natalie Dunham ’07 and Jamey Grimes ‘00. Both Dunham and Grimes have had their works widely circulated and displayed across the southeastern United States. Dunham has been published numerous times in the Nashville Arts magazine and The Tennessean periodical. Grimes has delivered art lectures all over the Southeast, from cities like Savannah, Georgia, down to Tampa Bay, Florida, all the way over to Jonesboro, Arkansas. The Kennedy Art Center will be hosting an opening reception from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday November 1, 2013. For more information, call the Art Center at 205-226-4929.

Have fun during your time back on the Hilltop!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Kathryn Davis, BACHE Visiting Writer

Kathryn Davis, a novelist of the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) Visiting Writer Series, will read from her fiction on Tuesday, October 29th during the common hour.

A professor of the English department at Skidmore College and a distinguished author of multiple books, Davis is a recipient of the Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2006 Lannan Award for Fiction. Davis’ work ranges from the French Revolution to Welsh myth to operatic history.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this event will count towards an EEIS culture credit. Make your way to Norton Theatre at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29 to hear Kathryn Davis read from her distinguished fiction!

An Interview With Kathryn Davis
Kathryn Davis
Kathryn Davis
Kathryn Davis

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Guest Speaker Dr. Genny Beemyn: 'Gender Identity'

Guest speaker Dr. Genny Beemyn will lead a compelling discussion on the topic 'Gender Identity' on Tuesday, October 22 during the common hour.
Beemyn, a transgender individual, is a distinguished speaker and writer on the experiences of transgender people and gender-nonconforming students.  Promoting the need for transgender-inclusive policies and practices in higher education, Beemyn serves as the coordinator for Campus Pride.
Beemyn is the director of the Stonewall Center, a LGBTQ educational resource center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute Board.  Find out more information about Dr. Genny Beemyn and the Stonewall Center here and additional information about Campus Pride here

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this event will count towards an EEIS culture credit. Head over to the Norton Theatre at 11 a.m. on Oct. 22 to hear Dr. Genny Beemyn!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Library Fall Hours

Fall Break is coming up, and that means altered hours for the library. Here are the hours for this week:

Monday, October 7th -- 8 am to Midnight
Tuesday, October 8th -- 8 am to Midnight
Wednesday, October 9th -- 8 am-10 pm
Thursday, October 10th -- 8 am- 10 pm
Friday, October 11th -- 8 am- 5 pm
Saturday, October 12th -- Closed for Fall Break
Sunday, October 13th -- Resume normal hours

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Event-filled Weekend at The Durbin Gallery

This week the Kennedy Art Center will host two different exciting events in the Durbin Gallery-- the Sloss Furance Iron Pour as well as an exhibit by artist David Meyer called "More Questions than Answers".

David Meyer is currently an Associate Professor of the Sculpture Area in the Art Department at the University of Delaware and has had two major, large-scale, commissioned works installed in Oklahoma which includes the Oklahoma City Memorial in downtown Oklahoma City. Meyer is know for his unique approach of his use of materials for his works.

David Meyer was quoted saying this about his exhibit at the Durbin Gallery:
 "The artwork in this exhibition stems from my thoughts and ideas concerning the distortion of seeing in relationship to our personal experiences. All the work originates from a photographic image and, through various processes, is altered to create a new truth. Because of the undefined nature of the imagery within the work, the subject matter can shift from one thought to another and only becomes real when we believe it, like a ghost."

David Meyer will give an artist lecture on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Kennedy Lecture Hall and the opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013, 5-8 p.m.

Meyers' exhibit will be on display from October 4-24.
More information on David Meyer can be found on his website: http://davidmeyer.info/

Also going on this weekend is the Sloss Furnace Iron Pour which will take place October 4, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. outside Durbin Gallery.

Attendees will be able to watch up-close as the Sloss Furnace metal arts sculptors set up a small furnace to melt down hundreds of pounds of scrap iron. Small 4"x4" sand molds will be for sale to decorate for the sculptors to fill with molten iron to create custom molds.

The Herb Trotman Band will be performing during the event as well.

The David Meyer Exhibit Opening Reception will count as an EEIS credit. Be sure to stop by to these events this weekend!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

BSC Theatre Production "ReEntry", Provost's Forum with Prof. Alan Litsey

Next weekend, BSC Theatre will present Emily Ackerman and K.J. Sanchez's play "ReEntry" -- a current exploration of the lives of military personnel after they return home from combat in the Middle East. Performed in the College Theatre's Theatre One, it promises to be an intimate production, with a combination of both dramatic and comedic elements to make incisive points about current military conflict and its resounding effects on the lives of United States soldiers.

Performances are on October 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 7:30 p.m. and on October 6th at 2:30 p.m. in Theatre One. Tickets are currently on sale: $15.00 to the general public and $10.00 to BSC students. The BSC Theatre Box Office can be reached at (205) 226-4780, Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Attendance qualifies as an EEIS credit for BSC students.

An accompanying Provost's Forum featuring college president General Charles C. Krulak, BSC Theatre Professor Matthew Mielke, and a selection of BSC Theatre students is set to take place at Common Hour on  October 1st on the College Theatre's Main Stage. The panel will discuss ideas relevant to current global conflict, the military state of the United States, and how these elements manifest theatrically in Ackerman and Sanchez's production. Attendance is strongly welcomed and also qualifies as an EEIS credit for BSC students.

- Andrew Wisecarver -
BSC Library Student Blogger

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Steve Cole, Provost's Forum: "Haters Gonna Hate"

This Thursday, September 26, at 11 a.m. in Norton Theatre, Professor Steve Cole will deliver a Provost’s Forum. Professor Cole’s artist lecture, “Haters Gonna Hate,” is presented in combination with his art exhibit, “The Hate Project.” The factual exhibit depicts the growing popularity of intolerance by graphically illustrating the 1,007 hate groups currently active in the United States according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to Prof. Cole, his accompanying presentation “should be offensive to the sensibilities of normal people.” The exhibit will be on display until the end of the day on Thursday. So if you have some spare time, head on over to the Norton Theatre Thursday! And remember kids, in the wise words of Miley Cyrus, "forget the haters because somebody loves you."

Monday, September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week 2013

Artwork Courtesy of the
American Library Association
That's right, it's Banned Books Week, where we celebrate and defend the freedom to read!

Did you know that 9 of the top 10 novels of the 20th Century have been challenged or banned outright? From 1990 to 2009 the most prevalent reasons for attempting to ban books were "sexually explicit", "offensive language", and "unsuited for age group". More often than not, the challenges were initiated by parents concerned with the books on their children's school reading lists. However, most challenges end up being pretty ridiculous, as seen in the ten most farfetched reasons to ban a book (according to the ALA):

1. “Encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.” (A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstien)

2. “It caused a wave of rapes.” (Arabian Nights, or Thousand and One Nights, anonymous)

3. “If there is a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?” (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown)

4. “Tarzan was ‘living in sin’ with Jane.” (Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs)

5. “It is a real ‘downer.’” (Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank)

6. “The basket carried by Little Red Riding Hood contained a bottle of wine, which condones the use of alcohol.” (Little Red Riding Hood, by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm K. Grimm)

7. “One bunny is white and the other is black and this ‘brainwashes’ readers into accepting miscegenation.” (The Rabbit’s Wedding, by Garth Williams)

8. “It is a religious book and public funds should not be used to purchase religious books.” (Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, by Walter A. Elwell, ed.)

9. “A female dog is called a bitch.” (My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara)

10. “An unofficial version of the story of Noah’s Ark will confuse children.” (Many Waters, by Madeleine C. L’Engle)

Ridiculous? Absolutely. Real? Unfortunately, and the worst part is that attempts at censorship are still ongoing. To learn more about Banned Books Week and how you can help in the fight against censorship, visit the American Library Association's website.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Four Spirits: 50th Anniversary Event

“He spoke almost accusingly, as though she and the college students had caused the disruption. Actually, they’d done very little, and Stella felt ashamed. Only a few people, like Marti Turnipseed, had dared to align themselves with freedom. Tom somebody, too—very quiet, inoffensive-looking young man.” -- from Four Spirits, by Sena Jeter Naslund '64

Set primarily in Birmingham during the civil rights era, Four Spirits is dedicated to the four girls--Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair-- who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on Sept.15, 1963. It artfully weaves together the lives of blacks and whites, activists and bystanders, the wealthy and the poor, to create a panoramic tapestry of the social and political landscape of the Deep South during this turbulent period in our history.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights events of 1963. To help celebrate the movement and the great strides our state has taken to move forward, Birmingham-Southern will host Sena Jeter Naslund '64 as part of its Forward, Ever Birmingham commemoration program. Naslund's talk, "Four Spirits: Presentation and Reading" is open to the public, and will be held in the Norton Theatre at 11am on Sept. 17.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Summer Research Poster Session

The Science Center will be hosting its annual Summer Research Celebration and Poster Session this Thursday, September 12, during Common Hour. The posters will be displayed on the third floor of the Stephens Science Center, and refreshments will be provided by the Provost's Office and Isa Delgado. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the fascinating research your fellow students are involved in (plus, it's also a great time to find out about how you can be involved in research too)!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Dr. Paul Cleveland, Provost's Forum

This week, Dr. Paul Cleveland will be featured in the first Provost's Forum of the semester! Dr. Cleveland’s lecture, “Christianity, Private Property, and the Dominion Mandate,” explores the nature of human action that gives rise to property as an offshoot of how people achieve their self-defined goals and purposes in this life, and Dr. Cleveland will examine why private exchange provides a non-violent means for the achievement of our ends, providing the most peaceful social setting. He will be giving his lecture during Common Hour on Tuesday the 10th in Norton Theatre (on the 2nd floor). This event is also an EEIS credit, so make plans to be there!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Welcome to the Hilltop!

To our new students: welcome! It's great to have you here on the Hilltop! We know you've had a busy few days with Orientation, but hopefully all of you (returning students included) have enough energy to make it through the start of classes this week! We hope you will take a breather for a minute to check out this FAQ we've prepared. It's a handy reference tool that should help you all (even returning students) get better acquainted with our wonderful library. Enjoy the first day of classes, and we hope to see you in here soon!

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Library Site!

Welcome back, athletes, and those of you still waiting to return, we hope to see you soon! As some of you may have noticed, the Library website has undergone a complete transformation. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the new site, as we hope it will be much easier and more intuitive for you to use. We have prepared a Quick Start Guide to help orient you to some of the new features of the site, so whenever you get a chance, please check it out!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August Hours

The summer term is winding a close, and with its end come new hours of operation for the library. Beginning on Monday, July 29th, the library will be open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. This schedule will be in place until the first day of fall term classes, August 28th, so please don't forget about this when you get the urge to come visit!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Time for a study break?

Hello, Panthers! As we switch between half-terms (or for some of you, move into the last stretch of the full-term classes), please don't forget about the library! Take a break from your studies with the latest edition of the Quad, Birmingham-Southern's Literature and Arts Journal, or if you'd rather grab something to go, we've got plenty of new DVDs to help you unwind and give your brain a break! The library has once again expanded its film collection, thanks to funding by SGA, which now includes such gems as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Double Indemnity, and the ever-popular Alien quadrilogy. Be sure to visit our new videos page to see what else has been recently added to our collection!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Audrey Davis: 2013 Library Art Purchase Award winner!

The recipient of this year's BSC Library Art Purchase Award is Audrey Davis, who graduated from Birmingham-Southern this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Summa Cum Laude). Her compelling photographic print, Drama #22, was acquired by the BSC library in May and will be displayed on the ground floor of the building. 
Audrey Davis, Drama #22

The Art Purchase Award is funded through the library's used book sales, which enable us to purchase at least one outstanding piece of art from the Juried Student Art Exhibition each year.  Wander down to the ground floor next time you're in the library, to enjoy the work of some of Birmingham-Southern's talented artists... and check out the used books for sale in the lobby, if you'd like to contribute to making the library a more beautiful and interesting space!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Library hours for summer term

Welcome back, students! Whether you're on campus doing research or taking a class or two, library's got you covered, both figuratively and literally. Our hours have shifted a little from what they are during the fall and spring, so pay close attention!

Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm-10:00pm

This schedule will be in effect through July 28 (Sunday). In addition, we will be closed on June 8 (Saturday), July 4 (Thursday, Independence Day), and July 6 (Saturday). Please make a note of these dates on your calendar! Good luck with your studies in the coming month, Panthers!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer Library Hours (between terms)

Congratulations on finishing Spring term! As we wind down before the Summer term, our Library hours will be shifting to:

Monday through Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

We will be closed Memorial Day (May 27th)

AFTER classes start back up June 5th (Wednesday), our hours will change to:

Monday-Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Have a wonderful and relaxing break!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Extended Library Hours For Finals!

Stressing out because of finals and the semester coming to a fast close? Just feel like there isn't enough time in the day to get all of your work done? Well, chances are there isn't, but there are extended library hours starting May 9th to help! Thanks to our awesome SGA for making it possible and also Campus Police staff for making sure we are safe in the late hours of the night!

The library will be open for the following hours:
Thursday, May 9: 8am - open all night (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Friday, May 10: 8am-10pm
Saturday, May 11: 9am-midnight
Sunday, May 12: 2pm - open all night (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Monday, May 13: Open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Tuesday, May 14: Open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Wednesday, May 15: Open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Thursday, May 16: 8am-10pm
Friday, May 17: 8am-5pm

You can also find the library's extended hours here, as well as our hours for the remainder of May. Good luck studying, Panthers! Finish the semester strong!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Summer Work-studies needed!

The Library needs summer work-studies!

BSC students who are interested in working in the Library this summer, please leave your name and contact information at the Library Circulation Desk or send an e-mail to libcirc@bsc.edu not later than May 13.

Duties include but are not limited to checking out and checking in library materials, re-shelving returned materials, maintaining library collections, running errands, etc.  Availability to work during the entire summer class term, June 5 – July 29, is required.

Interested students must complete the 2013-14 FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) as soon as possible and must meet all eligibility requirements for participating in the work-study program as determined by the BSC Financial Aid Office before being hired.  Applicants need not be enrolled in summer classes to be eligible but must be enrolled during the 2013-14 academic year.

Thanks for your interest.  We hope to hear from some of you very soon!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hilltop Singers Season Finale

In the mood for some a Capella tunes?

Then you're in luck! The fantastic Hilltop Singers will be presenting their season finale concert next week on May 6th. If you've never heard the Hilltop Singers before, get ready to be blown away. Described as an "unaccompanied chamber vocal ensemble", the Hilltop singers is a group of sixteen talented students who are all also members of the BSC Concert Choir. Throughout the year, the Hilltop Singers develop and perform a "wide-ranging repertoire of music from classical works to vocal jazz", and this performance will mark the end of their 2012-2013 season.

The concert will be presented in the Recital Hall in Hill Music Building at 7:30pm. This performance qualifies as EEIS credit #3696 which easily makes this one of the most entertaining cultural events of the year!

Clip from the Hilltop Singers Season Finale in 2011:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring Music Performances at Birmingham-Southern

'Tis the season for spring music! This upcoming week Birmingham-Southern will host several music performances by groups from around campus. These performances include:

Symphonic Band Outdoor Concert
When? Tuesday, April 30 @ 7PM
Where? Hill Music Building Amphitheater

May Dance Concert
When? Tuesday, April 30 @ 8PM
Where? Munger Hall Auditorium

Jazz Band Outdoor Concert
When? Wednesday, May 1 @ 4PM
Where? Alumni Plaza in front of Norton Campus Center

Southern Chorale Spring Concert
When? Thursday, May 2 @ 7:30PM
Where? Hill Recital Hall

Southern Voice Recital
When? Friday, May 3 @ 7:30PM
Where? Hill Recital Hall

All events listed count for an EEIS credit.

Come out, enjoy some live music, and support your fellow panthers!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The BSC Theatre and Music Departments Present `Die Fledermaus (The Bat)'

BSC students, have you been looking to fulfill your opera needs? If so, don't miss the opportunity to show support for your fellow students as the music and theatre program presents Die Fledermaus (The Bat). The production will open at the College Theatre on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. with an additional show on Sunday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 and students only $10! The production will be starring Josh Phillips as Dr. Falke, Colin Alexander as Gabriel Eisenstien, and Daniel Wiggins as Alfred, Liz Drugan as Adele, Hollie Russell as Rosalinda, and DeQuincy Harris as Dr. Blind. Also, Professor of Theatre Alan Litsey and Professor of Music Dr. David Smith will be featured in the show as they take on the characters of Frosch and Chief Inspector Frank. With the setting in modern New York City, this lively comic operetta is filled with melodies, revenge, and drama, and has delighted audiences around the world since its premiere in 1874. The production will be performed by a full orchestra with the music composed by Johann Strauss. Come share a night out at the theatre and receive an EEIS credit in return, see you there!

Tickets can be pre-ordered by clicking the link below.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Brett M. Levine: Writer, Curator, Editor

On Tuesday, April 23, BSC will host Brett Levine, a curator and writer known worldwide for catalog design, curating, and essay writing, among a host of other things. With over 25 major clients all over the world, including Birmingham Art Alliance, Art New Zealand, and LIVESTRONG.COM, and with a range of exhibitions by such artists as Brad Buckley, Dalek, and Elizabeth Thomson (to name a few), he is a very well-respected man in the art community. So if you are at all interested in modern art or design (or even writing or curating), stop by Kenney Art Center Lecture Room 10 during Common Hour on Tuesday! (psst, it's also an EEIS credit!)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Provost's Forum Featuring Dr. Scott Dorman

This week's Provost Forum will be presented by Dr. Scott Dorman! He will be presenting his piece "Marking the Zenith: Comparing the Ancient Khmer to the Ancient Maya". Dr. Dorman, who is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry as well as the Department Head of Chemistry at Birmingham-Southern, teaches several lecture and lab chemistry courses that include CH 110 (Skills in Chemistry), CH 120 (General Chemistry), and CH 220 (Equilibrium and Analysis).
   The forum will discuss comparisons between the Ancient Khmer Empire in present-day Cambodia to the Ancient Maya Civilization in present-day Southern Mexico.In previous years Dr. Dorman has led an Interim trip to the Mayan Ruins.
    This Provost Forum will take place during Common Hour (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) in the Norton Theater, this Thursday, 4/18. Take some time to stop by to learn about ancient cultures (bonus: this is also an EEIS credit)!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

BSC Symphonic Band Concert at the Alabama Theatre! - Thursday, 4/11 at 7 p.m.

     Under the leadership of Benjamin C. Posey, Director of Bands, the Birmingham-Southern College Symphonic Band will be performing their first off-campus concert at the Alabama Theatre this Thursday, 4/11, at 7 p.m.!
     The repertoire pulls from a variety of styles, from the classic, emphatic march to the brooding, postmodern madness of David Maslanka's "Give Us This Day"! Notably, Richard Saucedo's "Walking Into History (The Clinton Twelve)" will be performed as well. This piece in particular references a great historical event in the American Civil Rights movement.
     The eponymous "Clinton Twelve" refers to a group of twelve teenagers that, in 1956, marched for the desegregation of a state-run high school in eastern Tennessee. Indeed, the city of Birmingham holds great history involving American civil rights, and the exhibition of this piece holds great socio-political significance still relevant today.
     Best of all, the concert is free of charge and open to the public! Students can earn an EEIS credit by attending this event and filling out the appropriate form.
     With regards to location, the Alabama Theatre is situated at 1817 3rd Avenue N., Birmingham, AL 35203, and can be reached at (205) 252-2262. Doors open at 6:00, and the show itself begins at 7:00. Don't miss this great opportunity to see the BSC Symphonic Band in action!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit Opening and Reception

It's that time again! Beginning on Thursday, April 4th, the Durbin Gallery (located within the Kennedy Art Center/Azar Studios complex) will be opening a brand new exhibition of senior BFA artwork.

Earlier this semester, the first exhibition in this category allowed the campus community to view the artwork of several senior art majors, and this week a new set of artists are biting their nails in anticipation of the event.

 Once the exhibit opens, it can be viewed at any time during Gallery hours (Monday- Friday 8:30am-4:45 pm) and a special reception will be held on Friday April 5th from 6-8pm in celebration of the hard work and achievements of the senior artists featured. BONUS: THE RECEPTION IS AN EEIS CREDIT EVENT! So uh, why wouldn't you go?

 The artists featured in this Exhibition will include Rachel Kaletski, Rachel Levinson, Jennifer Oxford, Elizabeth Perry and Katie Stanley. The exhibit will be on display through April 18th.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April is Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, so of course the library has to do something! We will have a community poetry board set up in front of the Circulation Desk for the rest of the month, so while you're in the building, or just in the area, pop in and write a poem to post on the board!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bill Rancic to Deliver the 2013 Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture

The Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture is part of the Birmingham-Southern College Entrepreneurship Programs, endowed by Jane and Kevin Stump of Birmingham, both graduates of BSC, with support from an existing endowed fund created by Joseph S. Bruno. Kevin Stump is founder, chairman, and CEO of Interconn Resources, Inc.

Birmingham-Southern is proud to announce that the first ever winner of Donald Trump's The Apprentice, Bill Rancic, will be delivering the Stump Lecture this year. At the conclusion of the season in 2004, Rancic was offered a one-year internship with Trump to oversee the construction of the Trump Tower Chicago. He still remains apart of the Trump Organization today.

After his apprenticeship ended, his initial fame and entrepreneurship endeavors continue to thrive. Currently, Rancic works as a real estate developer in his home of Chicago. He produces and stars in several television shows, including Guiliana and Bill on the Style Network (which also stars his wife Guiliana DePandi Rancic), We Mean Business on A&E, and Repo Man on Discovery Channel. Rancic also travels around to speak at businesses and organizations nationwide.

Rancic is set to speak in the Bruno Great Hall, located on the third floor of Norton Campus Center, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday April, 1st.

Birmingham-Southern College offers the Stump Lecture as a part of the college's Entrepreneurship Program. This program was created from the endowment by two BSC graduates, Jane and Kevin Stump, along with funding from Joseph S. Bruno.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Bunny at the Library?

Get ready everyone! The moment you've been waiting for has arrived! We've heard rumors that the Easter Bunny will be visiting the library for a couple of hours today starting around 5PM!

Are the rumors true?
Will he really be here?
Will the esteemed Bunny also let you sit in his lap and maybe let you take pictures with him?
Will we be seeing you there?

I guess we'll find out tonight...

And don't forget about the library's Easter weekend hours!
Friday (Mar. 29): CLOSED
Saturday (Mar. 30): CLOSED
Sunday (Mar. 31): CLOSED
Monday (Apr. 1): Resume normal schedule

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dr. Thayer Scudder, Visiting Scholar

Dr. Thayer Scudder, Anthropology Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, will be visiting BSC as part of Phi Beta Kappa's Visiting Scholar Lecture Series. Each year PBK, our nation's oldest academic honor society, sends about a dozen distinguished scholars around the country to give lectures and visit institutions with PBK chapters.

Dr. Scudder was educated at Harvard University, and earned an A.B. in Biology and Anthropology in 1952, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1960. He then did a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the London School of Economics, which was followed by positions at institutes in Rhodesia and Cairo. He joined the faculty at Caltech in 1962. His research into the socioeconomic issues of river basin development has made him a leading expert on dams and refugee relocation effects. For more information about Dr. Scudder's research and his recent publications, visit his Caltech faculty profile.

Dr. Scudder will deliver two lectures during his two-day visit. The first, "NGOs and Non-Profits: The Global Career Landscape", will be given as part of the Career Seminar Series on March 27 from 2-3:30 in Norton Center 270. The other, "Global Threats, Global Futures: Learning to Live with Declining Living Standards", will be given in the Norton Theatre during Common Hour on Thursday, March 28, and will count as an EEIS credit.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Time for Spring Break!

Alright, it's finally time for everyone's favorite week.....SPRING BREAK!!!

Now I know some of you may not be going home for the week, so if you will be remaining on campus and need to use the library, here are our hours.

  • The library will be closed the starting weekend of the break, Saturday March 16th and Sunday March 17th.
  • During the week our hours will be shorter than usual: 8 AM through 5 PM Monday through Friday, the 18th-22nd.
  • Also, we will be closed the last Saturday of the break, March 23rd.
  • On Sunday March 24th we will resume regular scheduling by opening at 2 PM and be here till midnight for all of you that forgot to print off the paper or finish up the project that is due the week we return from break (who wants to work on homework over spring break??)

In case you need our hours of operation before or after spring break, here is a link for you to check our calendar: http://library.bsc.edu/hours.htm

Hope you all have a wonderful break! Have fun and stay safe!

Forward, ever.
BSC Library Student Blogger

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Provost's Forum feat. Dr. Laura Stultz

     This week's Provost Forum, presented by Dr. Laura K. Stultz, is entitled "Using Mass Spectrometry to Find the Biological Targets of an Anti-Cancer Drug". Dr. Stultz, who has been at the College since 1997, is part of the chemistry faculty at Birmingham-Southern and routinely teaches several lecture and lab courses, including CH 149 (Chemical Principles) and CH 306 (Inorganic Chemistry).
     The seminar, which concerns specific chemical techniques to determining specific properties of anti-cancer compounds, falls right into place with Dr. Stultz's academic interests, including bioinorganic chemistry, material science, and transition metal chemistry. Dr. Stultz has worked closely with Dr. Pamela Hanson of the Biology department before on metal-based anti-cancer complexes, including KP1019.
     This Provost Forum will take place during Common Hour (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) in the Norton Theater, this Thursday, 3/14. If you have a special interest in the science behind new revolutions in medical technology, don't forget to make a note in your schedule to attend!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Antonya Nelson- BACHE Visiting Writer

Antonya Nelson is a part of the BACHE Visiting Writing Series. BACHE (The Birmingham Consortium for Higher Education) is a partnership among 5 colleges and universities in the Birmingham area. The goal of the partnership is to promote education through sharing resources. It essentially created a network amongst the colleges.

Antonya Nelson is the author of 4 novels and numerous short stories. Her work has appeared in several famous magazines, including the New Yorker and Harper's. We encourage everyone to come hear her talk about her work.

When? Tuesday, March 12 @ Common Hour (11AM)
Where? Harbert Auditorium
Why? Because this is a great opportunity to hear the perspective of a creative author!

We hope to see you there!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Common Hour on LGBTQ+ Rights

Dr. Tim Smith, Associate Professor of Art History, and Dr. Mary-Kate Lizotte, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will be giving a joint presentation Thursday (March 7) during Common Hour. Their discussion of "Political and Popular Discourse on LGBTQ+ Rights: An Interdisciplinary Conversation?" will tie in closely with the other Civil Rights lectures given next week and earlier this week, and will be held in the Norton Theatre at 11 a.m.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Library needs student suggestions for SGA movie collection!

Have you ever gone to check out a movie from the library, only to find that after thoroughly searching, it's nowhere to be found? Well now is the time to change that! The library is gearing up to order some new movies for the SGA recreational video collection, and we need student input.  Whether it's an older movie that we have on VHS but not DVD, or a new movie that's just been released on DVD, or maybe even a movie that we don't have in either format, please drop by the Circulation Desk some time over the next few days to put your suggestions in the box!

A big THANK YOU to SGA for providing the funds for us to be able to purchase these movies!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Muslim Journeys: Films, books, and more!

Birmingham-Southern College is honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association

The Bookshelf includes 25 books, 3 films, and a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies database.  The resources were selected "with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world." (from the ALA website)

Two film viewings will be offered to highlight some of these excellent resources: 

February 25: Come see Prince among Slaves at 6 p.m. in the Loft, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Union.  Ms. Erica Brown, Director of Multicultural Affairs, will introduce the film and lead a discussion.

March 28: Koran by Heart will be shown at 7 p.m. in Norton Theatre.  Dr. Amy Cottrill, Assistant Professor of Religion at BSC, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.  Refreshments will be provided by the Office of Religious Life.

The Library has also developed a research guide for the Bookshelf that describes the organizational themes present in the collection and provides call numbers for all the books and films.

Friday, February 8, 2013

February Database Trials!

The BSC library has several database trials available during the month of February:  EBSCOHost Academic eBooks, Ambrose Video, Black Studies in Video, and the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Online. See below for more information!

[image of Reptiles and Amphibians of Alabama,
one of the many titles available through EBSCOhost's eBooks collection]
  • Ambrose Video 2.0 (currently available from on-campus networked computers only):
    The BBC Shakespeare plays; Human Geography and Physical Geography series; A History of Civil Rights in America; and A History of Christianity are among the closed captioned, streaming videos available through this Ambrose trial.
[engraving depicting the blockade of Louisbourg, N.S. during the French & Indian War, c. 1775
image from Britannica.com]

  • Black Studies in Video (Alexander Street Press):
    Award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States.
[MLK in a Birmingham jail
image from history.com]

  • Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (Proquest):
    The newly privatized version of the long-running Statistical Abstract.  Login and password (available to BSC community only from the library's Database Trials page) is required to access this resource.

Please test out these new databases this month and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quick Reference Help

As you hopefully already know, we offer quick reference services to our patrons via both text and online web chat. Anyone can easily access our "Ask a Librarian" chat service by clicking on the link from the library homepage, and now it is even easier to text our librarians for your reference needs. Simply scan this QR code with your smart phone or mobile device:

This will open a text message already addressed to our texting services, all you need to do is type in your question and hit send and help is on the way! These quick reference services are available
Monday-Thursday 9a-9p
Friday 9a-4p
Sunday 2p-9p

Please take advantage of these services, as we are here to help you!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Quest II Gaming Tournament!!

BSC Students,

Some of us are still here on campus, though we may be few and far between, and are looking for something fun to do between our E-Term classes.  Well....How about coming to the library tonight from 5-7 for a gaming tournament hosted by Quest II? It will be held in the Screening Room downstairs in the library.  There will be Wii and PS3 consoles and some games available; such as: Mario Party 8 (Wii), New Super Mario Bros (Wii), WarioWare and MarioKart (Wii), on PS3 we'll have Little Big Planet 1&2, Grand Theft Auto 4, Skate 2, and Gran Turismo 5.

If you have other multiplayer games for these consoles that you would like to bring, by all means do so. No RSVP required, just show up with your game face and be prepared to have some fun!

Also, this will be hosted for the next two weeks in the same spot! So you can get a gaming kick tonight, next Wednesday (Jan 16th), AND the one after that (Jan 23rd)!!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 already?!

A new year has arrived - and with it comes a new Exploration Term!

The BSC Library will be open the following hours during the E-Term (Jan. 2 - Jan. 31):

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00 pm - 5:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm

The library will be closed on Monday, January 21, for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Happy new year!