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.
Spring Hill College alumni Paul Cussen, class of 1989; Marshal Darryl McPherson, class of 1997; and Gina Pambianchi, class of 2011, were honored on April 13 as a part of the college's Homecoming on the Hill celebration.
One way John Zollinger '89 and his wife, Christina Marie Taulli Zollinger '91, give back to Spring Hill College is through planned giving. By naming the College as a beneficiary in his will, John helps to provide a Jesuit education for future generations.
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.