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.
As a scholarship student-athlete in the late '50s and early '60s, Jack Gleeson '61 understands the importance of giving. Gleeson and his wife, Fran, are members of the 1830 Society at Spring Hill College. They have chosen to leave a legacy gift to the College in their will.
Among the stacks of books and sleep-deprived students in the Burke Memorial Library, Amanda Collins is toiling away in the lower level. The Spring Hill alumna has remained a presence on campus since graduating in '96 through her work as an assistant professor/librarian. But, Collins leads a double life that many of the students around campus may not have realized; she is a published author.
When Dorothy "Dolly" Flisk, a 1999 graduate of Spring Hill College, saw a derelict building in the South Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, she also saw the potential to make her vision to help underprivileged youth a reality.
Flisk formed the Reach Out Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in 2008 just from an idea and a desire to help.
The Rev. Albert S. Foley, S.J., played a dominant role in the struggle for civil rights and wanted to create equal relationships between all people living in the Mobile area. The Foley Community Service Center was created in 1992, in order to carry out Father Foley’s mission after his death in 1990.