A small act of kindness can leave a lasting impression.
Bill Holley was just a child in the 1930s when his parents divorced, leaving him and his mother destitute. As a teenager, he worked odd jobs after high school to help make ends meet. He would ride his bike from his home on St. Joseph Street in downtown Mobile to Murphy High School, and after school to Albright & Woods Drug Store at the foot of Spring Hill, where he worked as a soda jerk.
My days at Spring Hill College are blessed with the beauty of life on campus. The Hill adds dimension to our students' lives. It gives them pride in the roots they form here, a common ground when they come across fellow alumni one day. Our picturesque campus provides an environment in which our students grow during this truly transformative time in their lives.
Michael P. Coghlan was recently elected as chairman of the Spring Hill College Board of Trustees. He served on the board from 2002 to 2011 and was re-elected in 2013. He replaces Jim McKinney '69 as chair.
"Yellow Day," a faith-based feature film and fairy tale, premiered Sept. 16, at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. The film is a blend of animation and live action. The live-action scenes were filmed over the course of 20 days in the summer of 2012 in St. Joseph Chapel and Mobile's Camp Grace.
Dr. Thomas M. Kelly, professor of theology at Creighton University, presented "Remembering the Jesuit Martyrs: A Faith That Does Justice" to the Spring Hill community Nov. 17. His talk focused on the events leading up to the Jesuits' massacre and why their work with the poor and marginalized made them targets of the Salvadoran military.
"Between 1980 and 1991, the Republic of El Salvador...was engulfed in a war which plunged Salvadorian society into violence, left it with thousands and thousands of people dead. ... Violence was a fire which swept over the fields of El Salvador; it burst into villages, cut off roads and destroyed highways and bridges, energy sources and transmission lines; it reached cities and entered families, sacred areas and educational centres. ... Violence turned everything to death and destruction."
The softball team followed up its National Runner-Up finish at the 2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Softball World Series by beginning the 2014 season ranked No. 2 in the NAIA Coaches' Poll.
The setting may have been different, but the spirit was just as celebratory. For the first time since 1987, Spring Hill College put the commencement rain plan into effect, moving the May 10 ceremony from the traditional Avenue of the Oaks to the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
The majority of Spring Hill students would consider the Avenue of the Oaks or St. Joseph Chapel their favorite place on campus, primarily because of their aesthetic pleasure and historic atmosphere.
However, senior Harrison McNab is more practical. His favorite place is where he spends most of his free time and where he gets the most joy, the Outlaw Recreation Center. McNab says, "If I could live in the gym, I would in a heartbeat."
Dr. Hugh Anson Moye '61 understands the impact of financial aid on a person's education. In fact, it was Spring Hill's academic scholarships that ensured his attendance at the College. At Spring Hill, Moye played on the tennis team all four years and fed his love of chemistry, especially in his favorite class on quantitative analysis.