Time and time again I run across alumni and current students who say it is the people that make Spring Hill College special. In this issue of The Spring Hill College Magazine you will find many of the reasons why this statement rings so true. It features the Spring Hill stories of some of our most dedicated employees, including Cynthia Dunklin, Tony Mixon, Laury Rowland, Leola Sanders and Juanita Sasser. Each of their reflections reminds me of the people and hard work it takes to keep this campus humming, day in and day out.
They are doctors, lawyers, professors, accountants, researchers and project managers. And they might not be where they are today if, more than three decades ago, they hadn't received the prestigious Miller-LeJeune Scholarship to attend Spring Hill College.
Established by Clark and Eleanor Akers of Nashville, the scholarship was awarded annually to four incoming freshmen from 1977 to 1980. The scholarship, named using the couple's mothers' maiden names, covered complete tuition, room and board. Spring Hill College continued to award the scholarship until 1991.
"All of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it." – I Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
Spring Hill College employees bring various gifts and talents to their roles as faculty and staff members, all contributing to the greater good of this institution. Some are on the forefront of college action, while others work behind the scenes. Yet, like the body of Christ, each member of this community is vitally important and significant.
The Board of Trustees announced in early November a new leadership structure for the College. Effective Dec. 14, 2013, Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., once again assumed the presidency of Spring Hill College. John Barter '68, who was appointed chief operating officer, oversees daily operations of the College and leads the cabinet.
The Spring Hill College community celebrated milestones in the lives of two leaders integral to our campus life with a Jubilee Mass and reception on Sept. 8. This year, Rev. Marvin Kitten, S.J., marks 60 years as a Jesuit; and Rev. David Borbridge, S.J., will commemorate 50 years in the priesthood.
Visitors to Spring Hill can navigate their way through campus following the new purple street signs. Now, all buildings on campus have four-digit street addresses that are in the Global Positioning System. This allows first responders to locate buildings quickly in the event of an emergency. Hamilton Carrio, campus planner and special projects manager, led the project and designed the street signs.
A few of the new street names and their significance:
Students filled the LeBlanc Ballroom of the Student Center to capacity to hear the stories of Matt D'Arrigo '95, founder of the San Diego-based nonprofit A Reason To Survive (ARTS), and Inocente Izucar, subject of the 2013 Academy Award-winning documentary "Inocente."
D'Arrigo and Inocente were on campus Oct. 22 for two screenings of the film, followed by question-and-answer sessions. The documentary follows the heartbreak and success of Inocente, a homeless teenage artist with whom D'Arrigo worked at ARTS.
In July, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) accepted Spring Hill College's application for membership in NCAA Division II, but even before hearing the official response, the Badgers have been working toward a successful transition to the NCAA.
The Badger men's basketball team entered a new era this summer with the hiring of Aaron Niven as the program's 14th head coach.
Niven spent the last six seasons as the assistant basketball coach at John Brown University (JBU) in Siloam Springs, Ark., and helped build the JBU men's program into one of the top programs in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).
George Steger '57 recently wrote and published his first novel, "Sebastian's Way." The novel is set during the Frankish-Saxon war and features some of the great warriors like Charlemagne and the young warrior and main character, Sebastian.
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