The Spring Hill College Magazine

Winter 2015-16

The winter 2015-16 edition of The Spring Hill College Magazine welcomes Dr. Christopher P. Puto '64 as the 37th president of the College. See coverage from the Inauguration, as well as an in-depth profile of our new president.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Spring Hill College alumni, parents, and friends,

Happy New Year! I hope that your holidays were filled with family, friends, and the cheer of the happiest season. I find that the beginning of a new year and a new semester are extraordinarily exciting times; the days ahead are filled with the promise of wonderful progress and development for our students and our community.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

By Lindsay Hughes, MLA '08

It’s an opportunity he calls a “wonderful happenstance of good luck” and a job he’s been preparing for his whole life.

Dr. Christopher P. Puto ’64 took the reins as the 37th president of Spring Hill College in June 2015 and was formally installed at the inauguration ceremony in September. Inauguration week evoked a whirlwind of emotions for the College’s first lay president. As the big day approached, he felt “first, a sense of excitement that this is really happening, and second, a tinge of anxiety that I hope I don’t foul it up somehow.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Compiled by Lindsay Hughes, MLA '08

If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be?

I think, Star Trek. They discovered and dealt with so many new and unexplained things that required them to produce thoughtful and innovative solutions.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Archbishop Rodi, Provincial Fr. Mercier, Members of the Spring Hill College Board of Trustees, Members of the Spring Hill Jesuit Community, Faculty, Staff, Students, Spring Hill Alumni and distinguished guests,

I am deeply humbled and greatly honored to accept this appointment as the 37th president of this College we love so dearly. I am deeply humbled by the awesome responsibility with which you have entrusted me. I am greatly honored by your confidence that I can succeed in this monumental role and undertaking.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Spring Hill College Magazine sat down with SGA President Conner Bueche to get his thoughts on the inauguration of the College’s first lay president, as well as the advice he’d offer Dr. Puto in his first year at the College.

While Conner Bueche didn’t have any idea that his term as SGA president would include speaking at a presidential inauguration in September 2015, he was happy to welcome Dr. Christopher P. Puto on behalf of the students with a speech that focused on growth, success and prosperity.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

At the inauguration of Dr. Christopher P. Puto in September, Dr. Leigh Ann Litwiller Berte extended greetings to those gathered on behalf of the Spring Hill College faculty. Dr. Litwiller Berte is an associate professor of English and writing; she was also honored as the 2015 Teacher of the Year.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

By Rinda Mueller

Having grown up in the area and having a father who is a Spring Hill College alumnus (class of 1970), Danielle Cruthirds was familiar with the southern Jesuit campus. When she came for a visit, though, she was amazed at how beautiful it was. There was a warm and welcoming atmosphere. “Once you enter the gates, you feel like you are in another world. It’s a great place to start living on your own,” she said.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

With three college-aged children, Dr. Tom and Karen Novak visited 23 campuses looking for the right school. What attracted their daughter, Kim, to Spring Hill College was the small size, its location in the south and Catholic affiliation. “It was everything we were hoping for,” said Tom. “Everybody looks out for our daughter. It’s almost as if we have extended family over there.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

By Rinda Mueller

“It is my responsibility to acknowledge my blessings by sharing them. This is not completely unselfish because I find that being able to give – whether it is of my time, my abilities or my resources – makes me very happy.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Everyone could use a friend like the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library. Established in 1990, the organization has raised more than $500,000 for the library in its 25-year history. In 2015, in celebration of its quarter-century of service to Spring Hill College, the Friends presented the Burke Memorial Library with a $25,000 gift to be used to enhance library services.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

18 teams compete in Outlaw Golf Classic

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Spring Hill College Department of Athletics celebrated the first year of the Arthur R. Outlaw Memorial Golf Classic at the Spring Hill Golf Course as 18 teams battled for the crown. The event was a huge success and all the participants had a great time while raising funds for the Badger athletic teams.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cynthia Figueroa ’95
Elected to Board: 2015

Cynthia Figueroa is president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Founded in 1977, Congreso is Philadelphia’s largest non-profit agency providing expert services to the Latino community. Prior to leading Congreso, Figueroa served as the deputy commissioner for Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS), and as the executive director of Women Against Abuse, the largest domestic violence agency in Pennsylvania.

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