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.
Margaret Oliver Muir '71, known by many of her friends as "Moo," believed wholeheartedly in the importance of scholarships - so much so that the former president of the National Alumni Association Board left the remainder of her estate to Spring Hill College to provide scholarships for deserving students.
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.
The Spring Hill College community celebrated milestones in the lives of two leaders integral to our campus life with a Jubilee Mass and reception on Sept. 8. This year, Rev. Marvin Kitten, S.J., marks 60 years as a Jesuit; and Rev. David Borbridge, S.J., will commemorate 50 years in the priesthood.
Students filled the LeBlanc Ballroom of the Student Center to capacity to hear the stories of Matt D'Arrigo '95, founder of the San Diego-based nonprofit A Reason To Survive (ARTS), and Inocente Izucar, subject of the 2013 Academy Award-winning documentary "Inocente."
D'Arrigo and Inocente were on campus Oct. 22 for two screenings of the film, followed by question-and-answer sessions. The documentary follows the heartbreak and success of Inocente, a homeless teenage artist with whom D'Arrigo worked at ARTS.
Visitors to Spring Hill can navigate their way through campus following the new purple street signs. Now, all buildings on campus have four-digit street addresses that are in the Global Positioning System. This allows first responders to locate buildings quickly in the event of an emergency. Hamilton Carrio, campus planner and special projects manager, led the project and designed the street signs.
A few of the new street names and their significance:
George Steger '57 recently wrote and published his first novel, "Sebastian's Way." The novel is set during the Frankish-Saxon war and features some of the great warriors like Charlemagne and the young warrior and main character, Sebastian.
The Badger men's basketball team entered a new era this summer with the hiring of Aaron Niven as the program's 14th head coach.
Niven spent the last six seasons as the assistant basketball coach at John Brown University (JBU) in Siloam Springs, Ark., and helped build the JBU men's program into one of the top programs in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).
In July, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) accepted Spring Hill College's application for membership in NCAA Division II, but even before hearing the official response, the Badgers have been working toward a successful transition to the NCAA.
The Board of Trustees announced in early November a new leadership structure for the College. Effective Dec. 14, 2013, Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., once again assumed the presidency of Spring Hill College. John Barter '68, who was appointed chief operating officer, oversees daily operations of the College and leads the cabinet.