Matt Kucholtz '96 and his wife, Sunshine, welcomed their second child, Kenna, on Nov. 10, 2007. The strawberry-blonde baby girl appeared perfectly healthy.
But, shortly after Kenna's birth, the Kucholtzes started to notice a prominent ridge running down their daughter's forehead. At 5 months old Kenna was diagnosed with a form of craniosynostosis; she was born with an abnormally fused metopic suture that runs from the soft spot on the top of her head down to her nose.
When Dorothy "Dolly" Flisk, a 1999 graduate of Spring Hill College, saw a derelict building in the South Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, she also saw the potential to make her vision to help underprivileged youth a reality.
Flisk formed the Reach Out Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in 2008 just from an idea and a desire to help.
Among the stacks of books and sleep-deprived students in the Burke Memorial Library, Amanda Collins is toiling away in the lower level. The Spring Hill alumna has remained a presence on campus since graduating in '96 through her work as an assistant professor/librarian. But, Collins leads a double life that many of the students around campus may not have realized; she is a published author.
In spring of 2011, the Spring Hill College Italy Center opened in Bologna. The Italy Center gives students the unique opportunity to be immersed in Italian culture, including studying and living with Italian students, while still holding true the Jesuit values of social justice and education that are so much a part of the Spring Hill experience in Mobile.
As a scholarship student-athlete in the late '50s and early '60s, Jack Gleeson '61 understands the importance of giving. Gleeson and his wife, Fran, are members of the 1830 Society at Spring Hill College. They have chosen to leave a legacy gift to the College in their will.
On March 8, 2012, Spring Hill College athletics director Jim Hall announced that the college will offer men's and women's outdoor track & field as its 14th and 15th varsity sports beginning in spring 2013.
The 2011-12 Spring Hill College men's basketball team closed out the year with a 13-13 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). The Badgers collected eight postseason awards as chosen by the head coaches of the conference's 14 member institutions.