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.
Spring Hill College Director of Athletics Jim Hall announced in June the hiring of Craig McVey as the head coach of the Badger men's and women's outdoor track and field programs that will open their premier seasons in the spring of 2013.
"We looked at the opportunities available to expand our athletics program, and track and field stood out due to the tremendous potential for growth and the high number of high school athletes who would love the opportunity to continue competing in their sport while getting the outstanding education that Spring Hill offers," Hall said.
Spring Hill College will add co-educational competitive cheerleading as a varsity sport beginning in fall 2013. In conjunction with the addition of competitive cheer, sideline cheerleading and dance will be elevated from their current club sport statuses to scholarship programs.
"Cheerleading and dance are highly popular sports in the Southeast, and I believe the outstanding education and campus of Spring Hill College will attract many high-level athletes from around the area," said Jim Hall, director of athletics and recreation.
Rev. Michael Williams, S.J., associate professor of English at Spring Hill College, celebrates his jubilee year in the Society of Jesus. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Williams entered the Maryland Province of the Jesuits in 1962. He graduated from Fordham University in 1968 with specializations in classics, philosophy and English. He received a full doctoral fellowship from the University of Southern California and received a Ph.D. in English in 1975. He also studied at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and was ordained in 1975.
If you have ever called Spring Hill College home, you know well the sense of community that is present on campus. Our students learn the importance of community and it becomes a part of their lives not only while they are here at the Hill but also after they graduate.
Marney Skinner '85 came to Spring Hill from Belleville, Ill., just outside of St. Louis. Encouraged by her family and SHC graduates to take a look at the College, she headed south and fell in love with the campus and atmosphere.
Faculty and staff ventured out of their offices and classrooms to serve the Mobile community for the third annual Ignatian Day of Service. Celebrated on July 31, the day honors St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.
Spring Hill employees volunteered at seven local sites: Mobile Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Bay Area Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Little Flower Catholic School, Little Sisters of the Poor, Penelope's Closet, and the Ronald McDonald House.
The Rev. Robert "Bobby" B. Rimes, S.J., a longtime member of Spring Hill's Jesuit community and beloved theology professor, died May 30, 2012 following a short illness. He was 89 years old and in his 70th year as a Jesuit.
Born in Monroe, La., Rimes came to Spring Hill College as an undergraduate in 1939. An avid baseball player, he was also proud to have served on Spring Hill's football team. He often joked that Spring Hill football has been undefeated since 1942 when he played on the team. (SHC dropped football as a sport after that year.)