Neal Berte Legacy Award - Year of the Ginkgo

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An Anonymous DonorThomas and Jennifer Waters '86 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000Just for Forward Ever Day - Neal Berte Legacy Gift

An Anonymous DonorMoving Forward Match courtesy of Dr. Weily Soong '95 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $10,000
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An Anonymous DonorBlair Danley Schoenvogel '01 gave $5,000 because 20 donors gaveJust for Classes between 2000 & 2009

An Anonymous DonorFranklin Danley '97 gave $5,000 because 20 donors gaveJust for Classes between 1990 & 1999

An Anonymous DonorAfter Hours Match (Courtesy of Ragan Cain '99) gave $5,000 because $5,000 was given by donors
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Forward Ever Day 2023
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About

In celebration of 65 years of our ginkgo trees, Birmingham-Southern College has designated 2023 as the “Year of the Ginkgo” and has identified eight important attributes of BSC students and faculty: Purpose, Connection, Resilience, Caring, Creativity, Leadership, Tenacity and Confidence.

During this year’s Forward Ever Day, we are identifying giving opportunities for each of these attributes. Within the Leadership ideal, no one better exemplifies that role better than Dr. Neal Berte.

Dr. Berte served as Birmingham-Southern's President from 1976 until 2004, when he was appointed Chancellor. During those 28 ½ years, BSC rose to new and greater heights. Dr. Berte was also the founding Chair of Leadership Birmingham, was the President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and led Birmingham’s United Way as Campaign Chair and President. He was Chair of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and was a member of the 16th Street Baptist Church Foundation Board. He also served on the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Dr. Berte’s leadership not only helped Birmingham-Southern flourish, but also made Birmingham and Alabama a better place to live and work. He accomplished all that and could still call each incoming Freshman at BSC by their first name and make time to acknowledge student successes with a coveted “Neal Note” or “Berte-gram”- “I look forward to your continued success.”

And now we can recognize Dr. Berte’s amazing and sincere dedication to Birmingham-Southern by contributing to the Neal Berte Legacy Gift, a non-restricted fund presented to the College in his honor, as part of Forward Ever Day on April 6. A specially designed printed piece will be presented to Dr. Berte containing the names of those who contribute to it once the campaign ends.

Help us honor and celebrate Dr. Berte by making your gift today.

Updates
#NealReel - Joelle James Phillips '89

Joelle James Phillips '89, member of the BSC Board of Trustees, shares her #NealReel

Did you receive a "Berte-gram" or a "Neal Note" during your time at Birmingham-Southern? Join The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. in sharing your favorite memories and stories as we honor Dr. Berte.

463 days ago by Danielle Ivey Buchanan
#NealReel - Rev. Keith Thompson '83

Rev. Keith Thompson '83, President of the Birmingham-Southern College Board of Trustees, shares his #NealReel

Did you receive a "Berte-gram" or a "Neal Note" during your time at Birmingham-Southern? Join The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. in sharing your favorite memories and stories as we honor Dr. Berte.

464 days ago by Danielle Ivey Buchanan
#NealReel - Sheri S. Salmon '85


Sheri S. Salmon '85, BSC's Associate AthleticDirector, shares her #NealReel

Did you receive a "Berte-gram" or a "Neal Note" during your time at Birmingham-Southern? Join The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. in sharing your favorite memories and stories as we honor Dr. Berte.

466 days ago by Danielle Ivey Buchanan
#NealReel - Jamie Box Dabal '03


Jamie Box Dabal '03, Vice President of Operations at Children's of Alabama, shares her #NealReel

Did you receive a "Berte-gram" or a "Neal Note" during your time at Birmingham-Southern? Join The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. in sharing your favorite memories and stories as we honor Dr. Berte.

466 days ago by Danielle Ivey Buchanan
The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. - Honoring Neal Berte

The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Levenson Video

Did you receive a "Berte-gram" or a "Neal Note" during your time at Birmingham-Southern? Join The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. in sharing your favorite memories and stories as we honor Dr. Berte.

473 days ago by Danielle Ivey Buchanan
Dr. Neal Berte - A Lasting Legacy


So many in our Birmingham-Southern family have fond memories of receiving a "Neal Note” or “Berte-gram” from Dr. Berte to celebrate an achievement or a job well done. Now it's our turn to return the favor! 

When you make your gift, you can "record your personal plea" to share your favorite Dr. Berte story, send him your gratitude, or encourage others in our community to support his legacy. 

You can also record a reel on Facebook or Instagram. Use #NealReel when you post so that we can collect videos to share with Dr. Berte as we honor him this Forward Ever Day!

485 days ago by Danielle Ivey Buchanan

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