I recently had the privilege of standing on the Avenue of the Oaks and shaking the hands of each of our graduates. As each student walked across the stage I wondered what their future might be and prayed that they might be successful. Success can be defined many ways, but for our graduates I trust it means that the College has formed them to be leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life.
Jeffrey A. Hilperts, Spring Hill College class of '99, joined the staff in mid-April as vice president for advancement, a division that includes development, alumni programs, and communications and marketing.
A native of Fairhope, Ala., Hilperts holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Spring Hill College and a Master of Science in human services management from Franklin University.
St. Vincent de Paul Center and Marillac Social Center honored long-time supporter Jim McKinney '69, chairman of the SHC board of trustees, at their 18th annual Fleur de Lis Ball, held Feb. 25 in Chicago.
McKinney received the 2012 Fleur de Lis Award for his work and support of the St. Vincent de Paul Center and his outstanding service to Chicago-area children of working-poor families, the homeless and isolated seniors.
Spring Hill College alumni Dr. John E. Lemoine, class of 1962, and Jessica Baker, class of 2008, were honored at a President's Society brunch on April 22 as part of the college's Homecoming on the Hill festivities.
The Spring Hill College men's golf team finished the 2011-12 season with a 6th place finish out of nine Southern States Athletics Conference (SSAC) teams. The ladies ended the year in 5th place of 7th teams at the 2012 SSAC Championship Tournaments held at The Oaks Golf Club in Pass Christian, Miss.
Kargleder named Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages
Longtime Spring Hill College Professor Dr. Charles Kargleder died at age 72 on Saturday, May 19, 2012. He taught in the Department of Foreign Languages from 1967 until 2012. He served the college and its students conscientiously as a teacher, advisor, department and division chairperson, and a member of numerous faculty committees and college task forces.
The Spring Hill College community said goodbye to Dr. Charles Boyle, professor emeritus and former archivist, on Feb. 6, 2012. He died at age 87. We solicited memories of Dr. Boyle from alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. Below are a few excerpts from their reflections.
"To me Charlie was a quiet giant. A man who the more he disappeared in his humility and faith, the brighter the strength of his character shone. He taught me how to be humble. He taught me how to forgive. He taught me how to be a Christian, how to be Catholic.
It was a celebration of Golden Badgers, class clowns and the top baseball team in Spring Hill College history as hundreds of alumni returned to campus for Homecoming on the Hill in April. The weekend included the Zoghby-Devaney Memorial Golf Tournament, individual class celebrations and a Delta river boat tour.
At the popular Seafood Extravaganza in Byrne Memorial Hall, alumni reminisced while enjoying traditional Southern fare like fried catfish and bread pudding.
Kayla Smith '12 is a Donnelly Scholars success story.
As the first in her family to graduate from college, she plans to become part of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team of nurses at USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile.
"It feels like a great accomplishment to be a first-generation college graduate, and I know my family is just as proud of me as I am myself," said Smith, a nursing major from Mobile who plans to pursue graduate school in the near future.
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.