It’s not often Spring Hill College receives a substantial gift from someone with no connection to the college, other than a one-time campus visit and a drive down the Avenue of the Oaks. Yet, that’s precisely what led Ernst M. Cohn to name Spring Hill College as the beneficiary of his trust, now valued at $1.68 million.
The fund establishes the Ernst M. and Doris B. Cohn Endowed Scholarship for the Sciences. The scholarship is to be based on financial need and will be awarded annually to students majoring in math or science-related fields.
Spring Hill College has always been a place where the uncommon is commonplace. So, it should not be surprising that the Badger rugby cub has broken new cultural ground.
In the spring of 2013, Spring Hill hired its first full-time rugby head coach to lead not only the men's squad, but to inaugurate a women's program as well. Just adding women's rugby was a radical idea in itself, but more surprising to some observers was the selection as head coach: Mollie McCarthy.
A family legacy and love of the ocean led Thomas Kinsey '13 to Spring Hill College. "Both my mother and father, as well as my father's parents, went to Spring Hill, so the college seemed like a good fit right away," said Kinsey. "I received scholarships from other schools, but the campus and location near the Gulf hooked me. Spring Hill is on the coast, near the beach, and close to my family in Fairhope (Ala.)."
Stephanie Myers put on her dancing shoes at age 4, and she's been dancing ever since.
Trained in ballet, pointe, tap and jazz, Myers was on the dance team in high school and re-founded the cheerleading team at Spring Hill her freshman year. "Dancing professionally was the next logical step for me to pursue my passion," she says.
It's not often that a chance encounter leads to the opportunity of a lifetime, but that's exactly what happened with Spring Hill senior Luke Hayes when he attended the 2013 Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala.
The group had just finished painting a mural of animals on the wall of My Father's House, a home to children with physical and cognitive disabilities.
A little boy came out of his room to observe the new artwork, scooting his wheelchair with one foot because the other was of no use.
"All the artists were gone, but a few of us were able to witness him sitting there in awe of a new world, an escape he was experiencing," recalled Carolina Dominguez '13. "He wiped his hand over the mural and smiled."
Ashley Sanders '13 had never had the opportunity to travel outside of the United States before receiving a scholarship to study at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies.
"This experience has provided me with a new outlook on life and worldview," Sanders said. "From gaining language skills to insight into another culture, I was able to truly immerse myself in Chinese life for five months."
"The experience was somewhat like stepping into a romanticized fantasy with all of the American cars from the 1950s, the Afro-Caribbean beats ringing in the streets and the vintage architecture of a bygone era," reminisced Chelsea Audibert '13 of her study abroad in Cuba. "But, on the other hand, looming portraits of Fidel Castro and propaganda of 'patria o muerte' ['homeland or death'] imposed quite another tone upon travel within the country."
One of goals of a Spring Hill education is to form leaders in service, and on Feb. 26 history was made during the first Mobile Alumni Day of Service. Spring Hill College alumni from Mobile and Baldwin counties, Spring Hill faculty and staff, and the graduating class of 2013 reached out together to serve the Mobile area.
Following in the mission of St. Ignatius, Spring Hill College alumni from the Washington, D.C., area sought a new way to come together through service.
On Sept. 22, a group of local alumni partnered with We Are Family Senior Outreach Network to deliver groceries to low-income seniors in their neighborhoods. Afterward, they rejoined to reminisce with their fellow Badgers and watch the Washington Nationals win against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park.
Communication media and related tools are changing at break-neck pace and, though Spring Hill College's communication arts and graphic design programs have continually evolved, their new space reflects the digital nature of the programs.
"The communication arts department is about 40 years old, and we were in Moorer Hall for about 20 years, so it's a fitting time in the life of the program for this move," said Dr. Sharee Broussard, associate professor and department chair.
The Farni twins have answered the call to share their expertise in dentistry around the world.
Courtland and Shonn Farni, both class of '91, have their own dental practice in Saraland, Ala., Farni, Farni and Ginn Dentistry. After graduating from Spring Hill, Courtland and Shonn went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to earn their Doctorates of Medical Dentistry. They have been practicing dentistry since 1996.
Matt Kucholtz '96 and his wife, Sunshine, welcomed their second child, Kenna, on Nov. 10, 2007. The strawberry-blonde baby girl appeared perfectly healthy.
But, shortly after Kenna's birth, the Kucholtzes started to notice a prominent ridge running down their daughter's forehead. At 5 months old Kenna was diagnosed with a form of craniosynostosis; she was born with an abnormally fused metopic suture that runs from the soft spot on the top of her head down to her nose.
The 2011-12 Spring Hill College men's basketball team closed out the year with a 13-13 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). The Badgers collected eight postseason awards as chosen by the head coaches of the conference's 14 member institutions.
On March 8, 2012, Spring Hill College athletics director Jim Hall announced that the college will offer men's and women's outdoor track & field as its 14th and 15th varsity sports beginning in spring 2013.
In spring of 2011, the Spring Hill College Italy Center opened in Bologna. The Italy Center gives students the unique opportunity to be immersed in Italian culture, including studying and living with Italian students, while still holding true the Jesuit values of social justice and education that are so much a part of the Spring Hill experience in Mobile.