Steve Wieczorek joins the SHC athletics staff as men's soccer head coach after a seven-year career as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level with Oregon State University, Duquesne University and Siena College.
At Duquesne in 2013, the Dukes advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals while posting their best overall record since 2009 and their best conference record since 2006. Wieczorek served as Siena's top assistant as the Saints enjoyed the best stretch of success in school history.
John R. Kirwan '53 has written and published a book on his life about collecting autographed baseballs throughout the 1930s through the 1970s. Titled "A Pittsburg Gentleman," the book documents how life was in those decades through the national pastime of baseball, and even mentions John's experiences at Spring Hill College.
Andrew Clarke '59 is a writer and editor in Milwaukee, Wis. He has created his own website comprising original poetry, stories and greeting cards.
Gautrelet Award - Named in honor of Rev. Francis Gautrelet, S.J., the first Jesuit president of Spring Hill College, the award was established in 1972 and recognizes an individual of high integrity who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement.
Dr. Michael Kaffer '61, Professor Emeritus of English
(53 years of service)
One year after graduating from Spring Hill in 1961, Kaffer embarked on his teaching career as an instructor in the English department. In 1966 he took a three-year hiatus to complete a master's degree in English from Louisiana State University - Shreveport, and returned to Spring Hill in 1969. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Alabama in 1985.
The Spring Hill College Board of Trustees announced in February the election of Dr. Christopher Puto as the 37th president of Spring Hill College. Puto began his post officially on June 1, and he will be formally inaugurated Sept. 15. He succeeds the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., who is continuing to serve the College as chancellor focusing on mission and identity.
One's vocation might take him no further than his own neighborhood, or it might send him to the other side of the world. In the case of three Spring Hill College alumni, their vocations led them back to The Hill.
At a time when the College needed them the most, Jim McKinney '69 and John '68 and Mary Lou '70 Barter used their business acumen and philanthropic strategy to get the College's financial situation back on track.
In fall 2014, Spring Hill College joined NetVUE, the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, a consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities working towards helping undergraduates engage in vocational discernment. Interestingly, this group, despite its scholarship, program development, and the myriad efforts of its member institutions, has no official definition of vocation, although all agree that vocation is much more expansive than simply "career."
Sheila Martin, Spring Hill's new assistant athletic director for internal affairs and compliance, is charged with the responsibility to educate our coaches, student-athletes, faculty, staff, donors, boosters, alumni, fans and friends on a wide variety of NCAA rules and regulations.
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.
A military, addiction and sports psychiatrist, Dr. David McDuff has a varied career that spans more than 30 years.
After graduating from Spring Hill in 1974, McDuff earned his M.D. at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.
Cynthia Figueroa '95 would not be leading one of the top 25 Latino nonprofits in the country had it not been for Spring Hill College. Figueroa credits the personal attention given to her by Jesuits and lay teachers alike that inspired her to live a life of service to others as president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos in Philadelphia.
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.