Spring Hill College is experiencing record numbers of prospects, applicants and accepted students. As a result, we need your help to connect with these students and share with them how Spring Hill helped make you who you are today. The new Spring Hill Alumni Recruitment Program (SHARP) is a great way to get involved, regardless of your class year or where you live.
Dr. Ann Adams fell in love with the Spring Hill College campus several years before joining the faculty.
"The first time I saw Spring Hill College, I had no idea that my husband and I would ever move to South Alabama or that I would leave the K-12 segment of education," Adams explained. "But as we drove through the beautiful campus, my husband said, 'Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could teach here someday?'"
Emily King had an ambitious goal for her senior seminar project: plan, market and execute a 5K race on Spring Hill's campus, with a goal of raising $3,000 for the College's International Service Immersion Program (ISIP).
George E. Barrett '52 promised the class of 2013, gathered under the oaks on an unusually chilly morning in May, that if they paid attention to his commencement address, they would surely see his Spring Hill tattoo.
"It was a different world at Spring Hill in 1952. No students of color. No women," said Barrett, now 85 years old. "When I look out today, I realize that this gathering would have violated the laws and customs back then. Those laws and customs were evil and wrong. ...
The inaugural season of men's and women's outdoor track and field was a huge success this spring as Spring Hill competed in five meets, beginning with the Mississippi College Twilight Invitational in Clinton, Miss., on April 5, 2013. At the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championships on April 26-27 in Rome, Ga., the men finished in 3rd place with 138 total points, while the women finished 6th with 16 points.
The softball team made Spring Hill history by competing in their first-ever national title game on May 30. The Lady Badgers built a 4-2 record and fell just short of the NAIA National Championship with an 8-3 loss to top-seeded Concordia University (Calif.) in the championship game in Columbus, Ga.
More than 250 ducks have made their home on Spring Hill's campus, in the ceramics studio of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. As their first assignment, students in Pieter Favier's beginning ceramics classes are given lumps of clay and asked to fashion ducks that are reflections of themselves.
A native of New Orleans, Albert Foley's background did not portend his career as an advocate for racial equality. It would not be until he was teaching at Spring Hill in the 1940s that he had an awakening that defined much of his career. While teaching a course on "Migration, Immigration, and Race," Foley began questioning both his own racial attitudes as well as the racial practices of the Catholic Church.
Ella Dixon '59 may have gotten her first glimpse of future husband William "Kit" Carson on a winter day in 1957, when he buzzed by her and a group of dayhops in his car at a bus stop near Spring Hill College's main gate. The Tuskegee, Ala., native was new in town and enjoying the freedom of owning his first car, but Dixon and the huddled coeds on Old Shell Road had hoped he would stop and offer them rides.
By Tom Ward, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of History
Fifty years ago, during the height of the protests in Birmingham for equal justice -remembered now mostly for the images of police dogs and fire hoses being turned on protesters - Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for leading a march in defiance of a circuit court judge's ban on demonstrations in the city. At the time of King's arrest, almost two weeks into the demonstrations, the Birmingham protests were under heavy criticism both locally and nationally.
Matt D'Arrigo '95 believes in the transformative power of art. He has felt its effects firsthand, and has seen it in the faces of those who enter the studio feeling defeated, and leave with a sense of release and empowerment.
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.