A look inside Bonnie Swearingen’s life and estate sale through Dec 7th

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Bonnie Swearingen, lover of the arts. Photo via KW Estate Sales

Generous philanthropist, Hollywood actress, and Chicago socialite—Bonnie Bolding Swearingen was all of these things and more, but her legacy as a Samford graduate stands out to us here at Bham Now. Read on to learn more about Bonnie’s life PLUS get info about Bonnie Swearingen’s estate sale.

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Game Design, 3D animation, Commercial Music + more. Expansions for Samford’s School of the Arts

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Growth is coming to Samford’s School of the Arts in the form of two new programs. Photo submitted

Samford’s School of the Arts is adding two new programs this fall to meet the needs of growing industries in the arts. The new Commercial Music, and Game Design and 3D Animation programs were developed by industry professionals who joined Samford last summer. Keep reading for more details on these exciting additions to their current curriculum.

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Local and state colleges’ plans for Move-in Day and 2020 Fall Semester

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Go Panthers! Photo via Birmingham-Southern College’s Facebook.

As spring semesters come to an end and summer begins, many students are left wondering what’s in store for the 2020 fall semester. Hopefully, we can answer some of your burning questions with information from colleges throughout Alabama.

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Spiders, ticks and poison ivy. Local scientists share examples of Alabama’s changing climate

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Golden Silk Spider. Photo courtesy of Mike Howell

When I began writing this series about Alabama’s changing climate and the impacts it will have on us and our natural world, I am reminded of the line in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, the Tin Man, and The Scarecrow are frightened in the forest. They started chanting, “lions and tigers and bears,” oh my!

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Clear skies predicted in Birmingham for ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ total lunar eclipse events

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Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse in Huntsville taken in 2018, photo by Sam Calhoun

For skywatchers anxious to see the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ Total Lunar Eclipse on the evening of January 20, the Weather Channel forecast for Birmingham is clear and very cold.

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A November to remember. Samford Arts debuts its own new American Opera and invites Birmingham to join a Christmas tradition

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This November, Samford University’s School of the Arts will be holding two unforgettable events. On November 15-18, Samford Arts will be premiering a new American opera called The Ghosts of Gatsby. At the end of the month, on November 30, the university will be kicking off the holiday season with the Celebrate Christmas with Samford Arts.

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Samford University named the 5th best Christian university in the U.S. by College Atlas

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Statue of Ralph Waldo Beeson at Samford University – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Over the last couple of years, Samford University has been recognized nationally by numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes Inc., The Economist, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Wall Street Journal, as one of the best colleges in Alabama and the South. Continue reading “Samford University named the 5th best Christian university in the U.S. by College Atlas”

Develop your inner artist with Birmingham’s guide to art classes this summer

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Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art’s Facebook page.

So you’re not exactly Jackson Pollock or Frida Kahlo. So what? You don’t have to be a master to be an artist, and Birmingham offers plenty of art classes to refine (or find!) your craft. Continue reading “Develop your inner artist with Birmingham’s guide to art classes this summer”

The spring guide to Easter Bunny photos and egg hunts happening around Birmingham

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Spring is exploding in Birmingham! With Easter coming up at the end of March, can you guess who will be hopping our way? The Easter Bunny, of course! And he’s bringing lots of eggs, chocolate candy and cuteness along with him. Continue reading “The spring guide to Easter Bunny photos and egg hunts happening around Birmingham”

Birmingham Does Broadway: An evening with the Magic City’s best performers and the Alabama Symphony

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Leah Luker and Caleb Clark will be performing at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Birmingham Does Broadway on February 17th at Samford University’s Wright Center

Take note! On February 17th at the Samford University Wright Center, Birmingham’s most renowned vocalists and performers will be joining the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus for an evening concert titled, Birmingham Does Broadway.

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Online programs rank high for UAB and Samford in 2017 U.S. News and World Report

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Great news has been reported for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University. In a 2017 U.S. News and World Report ranking of best online programs in the nation, both universities land high on the list. Continue reading “Online programs rank high for UAB and Samford in 2017 U.S. News and World Report”