3 University Venues to Throw the Perfect Birmingham AL College Orientation Party
Birmingham is a city with universities and colleges that are well-ranked and well-known for their traditions. Orientation parties are the first and the best of the various festivities that become a staple of the college experience. Kick off the semester with a venue already familiar on campus and consider throwing a Birmingham, AL Silent Events orientation dance for your new students, a cocktail party for your donors, or a homecoming gathering for your alumni.
The UAB National Alumni Society House is strategically located near the center of UAB’s campus and is easily accessible from the Alys Stephens Center, the Campus Green, the Mervyn Sterne Library, many of the major classroom buildings, deans’ offices, and most of it’s residence halls. The Alumni Society House has 40 dedicated parking spaces with a generous amount of overflow parking located across the street. UAB alumni and friends alike can enjoy The UAB National Alumni Society House’s large amount of dedicated space for large scale meetings, boardroom functions, casual get-togethers, private dinners, and wedding receptions.
The Stockham Building and Parlor is the official Alumni House of Birmingham-Southern College. It is open to both students and the public for meetings, lectures, seminars, dinners, and receptions. Formerly known as the Stockham Woman’s Building, this two-story, neoclassical structure has served many purposes throughout the years and plays an important role in the history of the college. The “piano nobile” basement foundation is the perfect nod to the piano located in the parlor and favored among many who visit. Unlike many college and university facilities, the Stockham Parlor is licensed to serve beer and wine making it an obvious choice for a private party.
Located on the north side of campus, across from Lena Vail Davis Residence Hall, the Art Lofts at Samford University opened in the Fall of 2015. Birmingham-based Davis Architects completed the renovation to the old facilities management building just as the fall semester began. The two-story, open-air Lofts contain what is referred to as the “messy” arts; ceramics, sculpture, and painting. Art students had grown accustomed to borrowing classrooms and then lugging their art across campus for storage but not anymore. Now students can work and store their art in the same space, taking in inspiration from other classes throughout the day. It’s a game changer. Loft spaces are reservable and would be an amazing space for a private party or gallery show.