Tag Archives: Birmingham-Southern College

Are you ready to Trek Birmingham?

screenshot of TrekBirmingham.comA couple of weeks ago Birmingham-Southern College and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama joined forces with other organizations to launch a new website geared at makes residents and visitors to the city more aware of the opportunities around them to enjoy the state’s  natural environment.

TrekBirmingham.com was built by local design firm Scout Branding. The official release announcing the site’s launch back on May 10 points out that six locations are currently included in the project, with another four “treks” to be added in the next phase.

The site will take the opportunity to educate its captive audience about just how the city and its residents can and should relate to nature with maps showing things like the area’s geology and biodiversity, making the site an invaluable educational resource.

Gen. Charles Krulak named new BSC president

Gen. Charles Krulak. Courtesy of Birmingham-Southern CollegeThe board of trustees at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) unanimously approved the selection of Gen. Charles “Chuck” A. Krulak as its thirteen president earlier this morning. According to BSC he will assume the duties of president effective June 1 though he will be available as his schedule allows before then.

A press conference called for 12 p.m. Monday afternoon and was live streamed. was scheduled to be live streamed and can be viewed via the college’s website.

The 69 year old Quantico, VA native has requested that he not receive a salary for the first twelve months of employment. Gen. Krulak served as the 31st commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps; he has also worked as chairman and CEO of MBNA Europe Bank and vice chairman and chief administrative officer for MBNA American Bank, N.A. He currently serves on

Krulak was presented with the National Veterans Award at the 63rd National Veterans Day celebration here in Birmingham last November, giving him his first opportunity to visit the college. The Birmingham News reported on Krulak’s visit to BSC to interview for the position two weeks ago, with Kyle Whitmire posting yesterday that Krulak may be offered the position today on Second Front.

UPDATE: 12:35 p.m.the official BSC press release about the announcement is now available to view on their website.

Photo: Gen. Charles Krulak. Courtesy of BSC

Tickets limited for Condi Rice lecture at BSC

Condoleezza Rice - courtesy of BSCFormer U.S. Secretary of State (and Birmingham, AL nativeCondoleezza Rice will be the featured speaker for this year’s Alex P. Stirling Lecture at Birmingham Southern College. The lecture, named for a BSC student who died of cancer in 1995, will take place on February 11 at the college’s Bill Battle Coliseum. You’ll need a ticket to get in to hear Stanford University’s former provost speak even though it is a free event and they first will go to students, faculty, staff and alumni before being opened to the general public (as it should be).

Those interested in securing whatever tickets may be left are encouraged to fill out the request form at the bottom of the page announcing the lecture located on the college’s website. They’ve got all of the other information that you’ll need over there as well.

Photo: courtesy of BSC website.

Writing Today conference cancelled

The 2009 Writing Today Conference that was scheduled to take place this weekend (March 13 & 14) on the campus of Birmingham Southern College was cancelled due to “these uncertain economic times.” The announcement was made yesterday, both via traditional press release and via Birmingham Weekly’s new Twitter profile. As mentioned over on Laura Axelrod’s blog, Gasp!, this is a big deal

The press release states that all registration fees are being refunded in full. For more information on registration refunds, you’re asked to contact Sandy Barr at Birmingham-Southern College by phone at 205.226.4921

A Summer Splash for a Birmingham institution

Southern Environmental Center logoThe Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham Southern College is starting to celebrate its 10th anniversary this month with its first ever online auction. Summer Splash currently has 19 items available for visitors to bid on with all proceeds going to support the organizations educational efforts. We’re pretty sure they’d appreciate you visiting (and bidding) early and often. But no worries, you can visit and bid until May 21 and there’s always EcoFest 10 in October…

A look back: March 17


The first meeting of the Board of Trustees for what is now Birmingham-Southern College was held.


Mayor Larry Langford was born in Birmingham.

Courtesy: Bhamwiki.com logo

Still wondering what to do tomorrow? Lectures and writing workshops among options

Now that you’ve had a chance to recover from yesterday’s “2nd most watched television event of all time,” why not start thinking about what you may want to do tomorrow… after voting (or getting your friends to) that is.

For those of our regular visitors of high school age, you’ve got a chance to take part in the Writing Today High School Workshop. It goes from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (February 5) on the campus of Birmingham Southern College. The workshop will include sessions led by University of North Alabama professor and author Daryl Brown; Birmingham News reporter Victoria Coman; and UAB English professor Tina Harris, with a performance by spoken word artist Sharrif Simmons. It’s part of the upcoming 28th annual Writing Today conference on March 8 & 9.

Afterwards you can head on over to Vulcan Park tomorrow evening as their Collective Perspectives series in honor of Black History Month begins with The Women of Sloss Furnaces. A reception begins at 5 p.m. with the lecture starting at 6 p.m.