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.
Time and time again I run across alumni and current students who say it is the people that make Spring Hill College special. In this issue of The Spring Hill College Magazine you will find many of the reasons why this statement rings so true. It features the Spring Hill stories of some of our most dedicated employees, including Cynthia Dunklin, Tony Mixon, Laury Rowland, Leola Sanders and Juanita Sasser. Each of their reflections reminds me of the people and hard work it takes to keep this campus humming, day in and day out.
"All of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it." – I Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
Spring Hill College employees bring various gifts and talents to their roles as faculty and staff members, all contributing to the greater good of this institution. Some are on the forefront of college action, while others work behind the scenes. Yet, like the body of Christ, each member of this community is vitally important and significant.
They are doctors, lawyers, professors, accountants, researchers and project managers. And they might not be where they are today if, more than three decades ago, they hadn't received the prestigious Miller-LeJeune Scholarship to attend Spring Hill College.
Established by Clark and Eleanor Akers of Nashville, the scholarship was awarded annually to four incoming freshmen from 1977 to 1980. The scholarship, named using the couple's mothers' maiden names, covered complete tuition, room and board. Spring Hill College continued to award the scholarship until 1991.
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.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," a historic document in which Spring Hill was cited for its leadership in the struggle for civil rights. As you peruse this edition of the Spring Hill College Magazine, you will learn more from Dr. Tom Ward, professor and chair of our history department, on the significance of Spring Hill's being mentioned in Dr. King's letter.