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From the President

Dear alumni and friends, As many of you may have

financially and academically. Spring

This issue of the Spring Hill

Hill College has not known a better

College Magazine features some

heard by now, I recently shared

time in its 178-year history because

wonderful stories about students

with the board of trustees and the

of the commitment, dedication and

putting faith into action. As I enter

college community my intention

generosity of members of the board

my ďŹ nal year as president, my faith

to retire on June 1, 2009. So, I am

of trustees; the Jesuits; the senior

in our students has never been

sharing with you in this issue of

leadership; the faculty and staff; the

stronger, and their energy and

the Spring Hill College Magazine

students; the alumni and friends of the

commitment to becoming leaders

the letter I submitted to Mr. Jack

College, particularly the uncommon

in service to others continues to

Schuessler, chairman of the board,

generosity of donors such as Skip

be an inspiration to me and to the

and then shared with our trustees,

Viragh, Nan Altmayer, John and

entire Spring Hill community.

students, faculty and staff:

Kevin Burke, John and Mary Lou

God bless you.

Barter, and Arthur Outlaw. Dear Jack, For 11 years it has been my

At 75, I am, to the best of


my knowledge, the oldest Jesuit ever

privilege and honor to serve as the

to serve as president of one of the 28

president of Spring Hill College. This

Jesuit colleges and universities in the

has been for me a graced time. I am

more than 200-year history of Jesuit


deeply grateful to God, the board of

higher education in the United States.


trustees and the community of Spring

That fact alone strongly suggests that

Hill College for this opportunity to

it is time for me to think of retirement,

bring my God-given gifts and my

so a younger Jesuit can bring a fresh

experience of years in leadership to

perspective and greater energy to the

the challenges of the presidency of the

leadership of Spring Hill College.

College in the evening of my life.

Therefore, with a deep sense of

We have been successful in

gratitude for the opportunity you have

meeting those challenges because we

given me, I share with you at this time

have worked together in partnerships.

that it is my intention to retire from

Spring Hill College is a different

the presidency of Spring Hill College

place from what it was a decade ago;

on June 1, 2009.

it has been transformed physically,

Photo by Seth Laubinger ’02


Fr. Lucey announces plan to retire in 2009 To an assembled crowd of faculty, staff and students, the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., on April 18 announced his plans to retire as president of Spring Hill College on June 1, 2009. Lucey read the letter he shared with the board of trustees earlier that day. (See Letter from the President, page 1.) Lucey became the college’s 37th president on June 1, 1997, and this year marks his 12th year as president. With a “Vision for the College on the Hill,” Lucey set into motion plans that have led to record enrollment, and implemented a comprehensive Campus Master Plan that led to an investment of more than $100 million in new construction and renovations. These projects transformed the college over the past 11 years. Numerous buildings, including the Marnie and John


Burke Memorial Library, a restored St. Joseph Chapel, Nan Altmayer Place, New Residence Hall, the Viragh Residence Hall Complex, the Rydex Commons, a remodeled fine and performing arts center, and planned campus center, are among the major projects Lucey initiated. “Through visionary thinking and strategic directives, Greg Lucey truly elevated Spring Hill College to a new level of living and learning for students,” said Jack Schuessler, chairman of the board of trustees. “With his leadership, charisma and determination, he helped the college reach new heights of quality and success and be effective in achieving its most important mission, developing leaders in service to others.” An April 20 editorial in the Mobile Press‐Register recognized the incredible legacy Lucey will leave at Spring Hill. “His remarkable accomplishments will set the standard for leadership at the college for years to come. ... Tellingly, when students and alumni remember Rev. Lucey’s years at the helm of the college, they first remember his genuine concern for students,” the editorial states. “For all his raising money and building buildings, he never abandoned his mission of nurturing the spiritual lives of students. He will leave behind an admirable record of service and leadership.” Alumni and friends of the college have made sure Lucey’s vision would be remembered in a special way. Construction is under way for renovation and restoration of the historic Administration Building. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the building will be named the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J. Administration Center, in honor of Lucey’s leadership, vision and contributions to the college. Ensuring financial strength of the college has also been a focus of Lucey’s presidency. The college’s endowment has more than doubled during his tenure, from $23 million to nearly $50 million. Lucey has directed a number of academic program initiatives during his term including Spring Hill’s first online degree program, a master’s degree in nursing, as well as online courses in theology with ecclesial ministry programs for the Archdiocese of Atlanta and other dioceses. Sixty‐four percent of the present faculty has been hired during Lucey’s presidency, and the size of the faculty has increased from 60 to 85 since 1997. He has also championed numerous faculty and staff professional development initiatives.

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From left, Joyce Genz, John Welch and Barbara Starr at the retiree party.


Longtime faculty and staff retire from the Hill Spring Hill College honored three devoted faculty and staff members at a retirement reception on April 25. Joyce Genz, dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies; Barbara Starr, associate professor of fine arts; and John Welch, assistant professor of history, collectively have contributed more than 100 years of service to the college. Genz has worn many hats during her 25 years at Spring Hill. Joining the staff in 1983, she served as an instructor in the Intensive English Language Institute for several years before becoming the program’s director. Genz eventually took over the role as dean of Lifelong Learning and director of Graduate Programs, now known as Graduate and Continuing Studies. “I have been richly rewarded by the successes of the international students as they faced the challenges of conquering a new language and by the journeys I’ve shared with many of the graduate and continuing studies students as they were transformed through their Jesuit education” Genz said. As she retires from Spring Hill, Genz said she knows God will open new doors for her to serve others. On her many years as part of the Spring Hill community, Genz said, “I’ve had wonderful friends and mentors who have encouraged me along the way and who have guided my professional growth and the development of my spirituality.” Starr came to Spring Hill in 1975, serving first as dean of students before becoming director of the fine arts department. She and the Rev. Daniel Creagan, S.J., worked together to revitalize the major,

which was in the process of being phased out. The arts major now thrives with four programs and more than 60 students, and fine arts is a staple in the core curriculum. “I believe strongly in the value of arts training in a liberal arts education as a way of putting us in touch with our ability to think and problem‐solve creatively, deepening our ability to imagine what is not but should be, and providing us with a means of expression in a language beyond words,” Starr said. Starr is particularly pleased to see the renovation of the fine and performing arts center, which was completed in June. “It is gratifying to see the fine arts department as a vital and important part of the college, provided at last with a space appropriate to its needs, and poised for an exciting future,” she said. Starr also served as director of the Facing Poverty Project, an interdisciplinary project close to her heart. “It has been a real honor to work with dedicated colleagues and students to try to raise awareness of poverty issues, and I applaud the college for its continuing efforts to encourage students to take on compelling issues of social justice,” she said. Welch, who received his bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill in 1960, served on the history faculty since 1965. At the retirement reception, Welch echoed Starr’s sentiments about the inclusion of history in the core curriculum. He shared several personal anecdotes of how important history is to students’ education. “During my 43 years of teaching, I have gained a deep respect and love for the college – the students, faculty and the campus,” Welch said. “The Jesuits and their love for God and education have inspired me and provided guidance for my life.”

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Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Awards banquet honors past and present

5From left, Glen Estopinal ’88, Eric Doyle ’90 and Jim Fisher ’57 are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. By Jim Stennett The past, present and future of Spring Hill College athletics met when the annual Hall of Fame and Sports Awards banquets came together for a special evening of recognition and fellowship. In the past, each of these ceremonies was its own unique event, but this year the Athletics Department and the Hall of Fame Committee decided to merge their gatherings. The evening began with a tribute by the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., to Andrew J.


McLaughlin Jr. ’53. McLaughlin, a former trustee, was an avid supporter of Badger athletics, and in 2000 he personally sponsored the first Sports Awards Banquet. He continued this tradition until his death in 2006. To recognize his legacy to Spring Hill College, the new joint banquet has been named in McLaughlin’s honor. The Spring Hill College Hall of Fame welcomed three new members with its class of 2008. Jim Fisher ’57 played for the men’s golf Spring Hill College • Summer 2008

team for four years and earned a spot on the U.S. Junior Walker Cup Team while just a freshman and captained the Badgers to a 6‐2 record as a junior. After graduation, Fisher continued his amateur golf career. In 1996 he won the metropolitan New York area championship in both stroke and match play. Eric Doyle ’90 was welcomed into the Hall by master of ceremonies Randy Patrick, the sports director of WKRG‐TV

News 5. Doyle was the captain of the Spring Hill College sailing team and led the squad to a top 20 rating in his senior year. He was U.S. Sailing’s Athlete of the Year in 1999 and has won a World Championship in the Star Class. Doyle has crewed on Dennis Conner’s Stars and Stripes in 2000 and on the U.S. Olympic Team in 1992. Glen Estopinal ’88 closed the Hall of Fame program with an emotional acceptance in which he thanked his teammates and Coach Frank Sims for his successes on the baseball diamond. Estopinal set the NAIA record for stolen bases in a single game (7) and was All‐Conference in both his junior and senior years. He still holds the SHC record for stolen bases in a career (95). The Sports Awards portion of the evening opened with the presentation of the Rev. J. Lambert Dorn, S.J. Award in recognition of the senior student‐athlete with the highest career GPA. Golfer Jamie Mercurio is a double major in international business and Hispanic studies. A native of Strongsville, Ohio, she has appeared on the Dean’s List every semester of her Spring Hill College career. In 2008 she was selected as an NAIA Scholar Athlete. Brendan Gallagher received the Ray C. “Buddy” Lauten Award as a member of the men’s tennis team. Gallagher was selected to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference All Conference team as a junior while playing at the Badgers’ No. 1 position during the 2006‐07 season and was named on the 2007 GCAC Academic Honor Roll. During his junior year, the Badgers squad was the runner‐up at the 2007 GCAC Men’s Tennis

Tournament and qualified for the NAIA Region XIII Tournament. The 2008 Male Athlete of the Year was men’s basketball forward Noah Woolridge. As a team captain for the 2007‐08 men’s basketball team, Woolridge was a member of the 2008 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference All Conference team. As a senior, the Slidell, La., native led the Badgers in scoring with 557 total points and 18 points per game. He also led the team in both rebounding and steals with 185 boards and 32 takeaways. Nationally, Woolridge was the second best free‐throw shooter in the NAIA at 91 percent (90‐99) and ranked as the sixth best three‐point shooter in both three‐ point shooting percentage at 46 percent (103‐226) and three‐point goals made per game with 3.3 per night. For his career, Woolridge ranks 17th on the Spring Hill College all‐time scoring list with 1,344 points scored over his four‐year career. He holds the Spring Hill College records for career three‐ point baskets made with 242 and career free‐throw percentage at

89.5 percent. The 2008 Female Athlete of the Year was softball pitcher and outfielder Lauren Herrera. In 2007, Herrera was the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and appeared on both the GCAC All Conference team and the NAIA All Region XIII squad. In her junior season, the Lady Badgers softball team won the first GCAC Regular Season Championship in the program’s history and competed at the NAIA Regional Tournament for the first time. In her senior year, she repeated her appearance on the All‐ Conference team and led the Lady Badgers with a batting average of .351, 46 hits, 14 doubles, 25 runs scored and 21 runs driven in. For the latest Badger news, visit Jim Stennett is Sports Information Director at Spring Hill College.

5From left, Brendan Gallagher, Jamie Mercurio, Lauren Herrera and Noah Woolridge are honored at the Sports Awards banquet.

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aFAITH That Does

By Stephen B. Wilson, Ph.D.

“As disciples of Jesus, we are called to become neighbours to everyone ... and to show special favour to those who are poorest, most alone and most in need. In helping the hungry, the thirsty, the foreigner, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned – as well as the child in the womb and the old person who is suffering or near death – we have the opportunity to serve Jesus.” John Paul II Evangelium Vitae, no. 87 8

With these words, John Paul II reminds us that service to others, especially those most in need, is integral to a vital Christianity. This is a message we need to hear again and again. We live in a society that places a premium on our ability to compartmentalize. When we allow that tendency to dictate our faith, then it becomes very easy to limit that faith to a Sunday morning affair. But Christianity, rightly understood, is a holistic religion that should permeate every aspect of our existence, including not only how we worship, but also how we engage the world. As a Jesuit institution, Spring Hill College takes seriously the notion of a “faith that does justice,” as can be seen in the description of

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to the immersion‐service our work in the mission trip to Punta Gorda, Belize. statement: to help It would be very easy to “students to become think of those two tasks as responsible leaders in distinct from each other. service to others.” The However, my experience fact that this concern is was that they were expressed in our mission mutually reinforcing. statement serves as My experiences in constant reminder for all Belize gave me ready of us to make “a faith that and concrete examples does justice” a vibrant of many of the issues we reality in what we do were dealing with in the both in and outside of the classroom. classroom. Christianity, rightly understood, is a holistic religion that Likewise, the On the should permeate every aspect of our existence, including not material I whole, I think was covering only how we worship, but also how we engage the world. we do a good in the course job of this, provided fodder for many of the conversations I though there is always “more” (magis) to be done. had with our students on the trip. One thing that distinguishes Spring Hill College One example especially stands out for me. from many other institutions of higher education One evening on the trip, Bernie Prat ’08, a is that we offer courses in which our students senior business major at the time, and I were are encouraged to think through how their faith talking about the conditions faced by the Mayan should impact their understanding of issues like villagers with whom we were working. That led to poverty, racism, abortion, war, and so on. a more general conversation about global poverty What we do in the classroom is reinforced in which I noted that approximately 1.1 billion with what takes place outside of our classes. people worldwide live on $1 or less per day. Then Whether it be tutoring underserved students we started talking about what role American through the Foley Center, the philanthropic corporations and consumers might have to play activities of our Greek organizations, the Campus in addressing such poverty. As you might imagine Ministry service trips to Bayou La Batre, or the with such a topic, the conversation stretched immersion‐service trips done each spring, our fairly long into the night. students have tremendous opportunities to put The next morning Bernie looked at me and their faith into action by serving others. said, “Thanks, Doc. I couldn’t get to sleep after What is encouraging about our efforts in our conversation.” The reason was that he had this regard is the simple fact that so many of our continued to grapple with what we had been students “get it.” There are plenty of indicators discussing. that show this to be the case. One example is That conversation was, for me, the the number of our young alumni who avail quintessential Spring Hill moment. It was an themselves of extended service opportunities educational experience outside the classroom, through programs like Jesuit Volunteer Corps, focused on the student’s long‐term professional Jesuit Volunteer International, and the Alliance interests, and centered on serving others. More for Catholic Education. Impressively, we often importantly, Bernie continued to think about it have as many former students doing this work as even after the conversation ended. After all, there some of the larger Jesuit schools. is always more to be done. This spring I had the good fortune of teaching my course titled Catholic Social Thought, a Dr. Stephen Wilson is Associate Professor course that looks at official Catholic documents of Theology at Spring Hill College. devoted to social issues. Along with that course, I also had the privilege of serving as a chaperone Spring Hill College • Summer 2008


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Kristen Speeg ’09 tries to live her life according to Matthew 25:45, in which Jesus says, “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” “My faith inspires social awareness by the message and life of Christ,” said Speeg of Baton Rouge, La. “I find that Jesus’ life is challenging because of his ability to give of himself unconditionally to others. Social justice means modeling my life after Christ’s so as to be an advocate of his love and mercy to others.” The history and theology double major is president of the TAG3 team, or Taking Action for the Greater Glory of God, a group of students who organize retreats for high‐school and middle‐school students from Mobile to Montgomery, Ala. She also has participated in Spring Hill’s Awakening program, or SHAPe, a student‐ run retreat for other students; the Catholic Youth Conference, a weeklong retreat for high‐ school students from Dallas to Miami; as well as the immersion trip to Nicaragua this spring. Outside of Spring Hill, Speeg volunteers with 15 Place, a center for the homeless in downtown Mobile. Speeg said this collection of experiences has helped to strengthen her faith and shape her character into the person she wants to become. “Through these activities, I am able to experience a

community of people who are all helping to bring justice to others,” she said. “I feel as a Catholic, it is part of my responsibility to bring the light of Christ and the justice of God to all those I meet.” Speeg said justice means reaching out to others, so they may experience God’s love. Although giving money to those in need is important, she said, social justice is more about giving everyone an equal opportunity. Particularly in working with 15 Place, Speeg said she has learned that social justice is not a one‐time action but something to constantly strive toward. “I feel that social justice is about working with people so that they might better themselves and their opportunities in life,” she said. “Justice is all about helping others just as Christ did. It is part of our responsibility not only as Christians but also as humans to help our brothers and sisters throughout the world.” Speeg said she believes that faith plays a role in the political process. While a candidate need not share her religion, he or she should reflect Speeg’s moral beliefs in order to get her vote, she said. “My faith is the basis of the way I live my life and make choices,” she said, “and I think that it is important to vote in ways which reflect the values I believe in.” Spring Hill College • Summer 2008


Kristen Speeg works with Nicaraguan children on the immersion trip.

“It is part of our responsibility not only as Christians but also as humans to help our brothers and sisters throughout the world.” – Kristen Speeg ’09 11

Through his involvement with numerous campus activities, Chad Boykin ’09 said he has grown tremendously during his three years at Spring Hill College, as he becomes increasingly more aware of social justice issues. “Whether it was debating student concerns within SGA, tutoring students through the Foley Center, or enriching my faith life by leading retreats with the SHAPe Community, this community on the Hill has truly challenged me to strive for the common good,” said Boykin of Mobile. A history and theology double major, Boykin defines social justice as the manifestation of people acting upon what their conscience tells them is right. “While it has many forms, justice is rooted in the belief that all people should be able to participate in every aspect of society and impels the person to action in order to bring it about,” he said. Boykin said his personal faith is rooted in the 2,000‐ year tradition of Catholicism, built upon the message of the scriptures, and inspired by the minds of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Gregory the Great and the Rev. John Courtney Murray, S.J. “It is through the study and contemplation of this tradition,” he said, “that I am made ever aware of the dignity of every human person and, thus, called to action when that dignity is denied.”



Chad Boykin, front left, participates in the SHAPe retreat.

Boykin calls the world a “pluralistic stage,” representing many traditions and beliefs. Likewise, he said, the United States is not exclusively a Christian, Hindu or Muslim country but one that is “blessed” with plurality. As such, all groups have the same right to participate in the decision‐ making process, he said. “I believe that an individual or religious group has every right to express their opinions over how public policy is formed, while respecting the beliefs and traditions of other religious and non‐religious groups,” he said. Although a Catholic and a member of the College Democrats, Boykin said he does believe a candidate’s faith is relevant to his or her ability to lead the country. As a public servant, he said, the president should ensure the wellbeing of all citizens. “While a candidate’s faith can be quite influential Spring Hill College • Summer 2008

“It is through the study and contemplation of this [Catholic] tradition that I am made ever aware of the dignity of every human person and, thus, called to action when that dignity is denied.” – Chad Boykin ’09 in the promotion of the commonwealth, I believe that the same concern for the human family can be achieved on a secular level as well,” Boykin said. “When discerning which candidate to vote for, I concentrate on whether or not the wellbeing of every American – no matter their economic status, political affiliation, or religious preference – is at the core of the candidate’s platform.”

Courtney Edwards’ faith inspires her to bring people together who share a genuine concern for others. Collectively, they work toward the common good. “There is more power in two hands than one, and that is the same philosophy that I carry about raising social awareness. One person can make a difference, but a group of people can bring about a true change,” said Edwards ’09 of Mobile. The nursing major is president of Spring Hill College’s newly incepted chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., a Freshman Seminar leader, a Preview guide, and a member of the College Democrats. In past years, she was a member of Circle K, a Springhillian tour guide, and on the executive board of Up ‘til Dawn, a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Edwards also serves the community as a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor and a volunteer at the local N.A.A.C.P office. These experiences have allowed her to work side by side with students, faculty and community leaders to bring about change in the lives of others. Edwards said, above all, humility has been the most important lesson she has learned from her community service. “I always strive to maintain the dignity of those I work with,” she said. “I have also learned not to judge others but to show compassion,

because often I find that we are so quick to find the bad in people. Imagine the difference it would make if we approached each individual with an open mind and really believed in their individual ability.” With the opinion that faith matters in politics, Edwards said she is concerned whether a candidate’s spiritual background coincides with her personal beliefs. “Personally, if I am looking for someone to represent me, I want them to reflect my beliefs,” she said. Inspired by the life of Christ, Edwards said her faith compels her to show compassion, as it is our responsibility to reach out to those in need. “I am inspired to reach beyond myself and into the lives of others, to assist and offer a hand whenever needed. ... Social Justice is giving each individual a fair seat at the table of their destiny,” she said. “Each person should have the chance to live a life that is not encumbered by the baggage that life can sometimes have.”

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Courtney Edwards speaks at Mass on Martin Luther King Day.

“One person can make a difference, but a group of people can bring about a true change.” – Courtney Edwards ’09


Cullen Larson works with Palestinian children living in Deheisee refugee camp in Bethlehem.


Larson serves as lector at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank.


“We may balance it differently, but we’re all called to be contemplative activists. ... How we pray, is how we believe, is how we live.” – Cullen Larson, M.P.S. ’08 14

After working in law, local government and economic development, Cullen Larson made a career change that reflects his commitment to “a faith that does justice.” Larson works as a program officer and advocate for the Southeast Region of Catholic Relief Services, the international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. His primary focus is on CRS legislative advocacy priorities affecting the poor overseas. As part of CRS’s humanitarian relief, development and peace‐building work, Larson recently traveled to Jerusalem‐West Bank‐Gaza as background for supporting the U.S. Bishops’ Campaign for Peace in the Holy Land. The Atlanta‐based agency’s priorities also include international food aid and food security programs, funding for HIV and AIDS programs overseas, comprehensive immigration reform, and peace‐building efforts. Larson earned a B.A. in theology and philosophy from Loyola University New Orleans, J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. He added to his collection of master’s degrees in May when he graduated from Spring Hill College’s Atlanta program with a Master of Pastoral Studies. “The Spring Hill theology and spirituality experience has reinforced a strong foundation Spring Hill College • Summer 2008

for my work,” Larson said. “CRS allows me to integrate my life and work with a focus on applying Catholic social teaching.” In addition to his work with CRS, Larson has been active in his parish, including visiting Haiti to help establish a partnership with a rural Haitian parish. Larson’s other international experiences include his brief service as an economic development instructor in China. For Larson there is “no real separation of faith and social action,” he said. “We may balance it differently, but we’re all called to be contemplative activists. ... How we pray, is how we believe, is how we live.” Larson said he believes social justice is an extension of how we relate to one another as one human family. “Social justice has to do with whether my faith makes any difference,” he added. Being a good citizen, Larson said, requires a mature faith, one that questions and develops. “I would say that social and political engagement is an important dimension of an incarnational faith,” he said. “Humans are both sacred and social, so government is a tool we use for building the common good. ... Catholic social teaching across the spectrum of life, justice and peace issues challenges every voter, party and candidacy.”

Spring Hill College taught Liza Manjarrez ’04 the value of being a leader in service to others, and since graduation she has tried to live every day with that purpose in mind. After earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Manjarrez went on to the College of Notre Dame of Maryland to earn a Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching in 2006. For the past two years she worked in campus ministry at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Theology in May. She recently accepted a position as campus minister at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Manjarrez was involved in service while a student at Spring Hill, and her commitment to social justice has only strengthened over the years. In 2004 she participated in the inaugural immersion trip to Belize City, where the students collaborated with Hand in Hand Ministries. She also participated in the School of the Americas protest and the Ignatian Family Teach‐In, where she read at the liturgy. “As I looked out upon the assembly, I was struck by the diversity of ages, representation of various religious communities and the common spirit that held us together at that moment,” she said. “I distinctly remember thinking to myself, this is Ignatian family – this is solidarity.” Manjarrez still attends the teach‐in and protest every year. She said the experience has taught her the importance of being an informed citizen and using her right to participate in government.

“Our faith calls us to active participation in the political process,” she said. “I take full advantage of my right and responsibility of participation and often am calling or writing my representatives to urge them to make decisions in light of the affects they will have on the poor.” While working on her master’s at Notre Dame, Manjarrez participated in Operation TEACH, a two‐year teacher‐preparation program in which she taught second grade and lived in a small faith community. During her time at Villanova, Manjarrez led numerous programs, including five student break trips to Franklin, W.V.; Tijuana, Mexico; Puebla, Mexico; Cape Town, South Africa; and Lima, Peru. “I have approached these trips by calling to mind a quote painted above the window of the reflection room at the Romero Center in Camden, N.J., which states, ‘You say you love the poor ... name them,’” Manjarrez said. After recalling several personal relationships she formed through her experiences, she added, “So when I read about global poverty and justice, I do not picture a faceless phenomenon. I can name the poor and have been transformed by my relationship with them.” Manjarrez also served as a teacher assistant in a cooperative class between Villanova undergraduates and students at Pennsylvania State Spring Hill College • Summer 2008


Liza Manjarrez leads a student break trip to South Africa.

“... we live out our faith with our hearts, our heads and our hands.” – Liza Manjarrez ’04 Correctional Institution at Graterford, a maximum‐security prison. The class sought to engage students in discussions of forgiveness, restorative justice and reconciliation, an experience that she describes as “the most challenging and moving experience I have had in working for a more just society.” Manjarrez said social justice is often confused with charity or becomes an action initiative of a special‐interest committee. However, “to live out a faith that does justice,” she said, “means we model God’s love for all people, especially those on the margins of society. ... I think we live out our faith with our hearts, our heads and our hands.”



E X T R E M E By Lindsay O’Quin, MLA ’08

Lydia Gaudet ’80 and her family have always been passionate about community service. This spring the Mobile community had the opportunity to thank the Gaudet family with the building of their dream home.


5Lydia Gaudet ’80 and her husband, Stephen, stand outside their home.

No sooner did Ty Pennington from ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” bullhorn in hand, yell, “Good morning, Gaudet family!” than the exuberant family tackled the show’s host. “It was a dream come true – to realize that the prayers and hopes of everyone who knew our situation were coming true was a very humbling experience,” Gaudet said of the announcement. Gaudet and her husband, Stephen, raised eight children in their three‐bedroom, one‐bath home in Midtown Mobile. The 50‐year‐old house, which had been damaged from Hurricane Katrina and a small fire, needed extensive repairs to the leaking roof and dilapidated kitchen and bathroom.

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The “Extreme Makeover” design team, local It taught me a lot about living in hope and homebuilders Heritage Homes, and an estimated expectant faith.” 1,500 volunteers worked around the clock Feb. From hearing Pennington’s wake‐up call 1‐8 to build the Gaudets’ new 3,500‐square‐foot to shouting the show’s climactic catchphrase, brick home. Heritage Homes founder Frank “Bus driver, move that bus!” the family has been Lott Jr.’s father and grandfather were both SHC caught in an enthralling whirlwind. While the alumni; and his wife, Marianne, graduated house was being built, the Gaudets were sent in 1987 from Spring Hill’s Lifelong Learning on a weeklong vacation to a resort in Arizona, program. where the football‐ “One of the biggest blessings is the number of Gaudet said it loving family watched relationships that have begun or been rekindled. This the Super Bowl. was appropriate that their home was built event seems to have fostered a spirit of generosity that In addition, CVS during the week Pharmacy, Stephen no one could have imagined was possible.” that encompassed Gaudet’s employer, — Lydia Gaudet ’80 Mardi Gras and Ash donated $100,000 to Wednesday. “The treasure we have as God’s Camp Smile and $50,000 to the Gaudet family children is more bountiful and beautiful than the to pay for some of Peter’s medical expenses. The mountains of beads we toss and catch. When you “Exteme Makeover” experience culminated on have much more than plenty of something, it is March 23, Easter Sunday, when all involved with easy to give it freely,” she said. “And yet service the project watched the national telecast of the costs something dear. It wouldn’t mean much if it episode on a big screen at Hank Aaron Stadium didn’t. St. Ignatius was all about that.” in Mobile. Gaudet graduated in 1980 with a degree in Gaudet said, “One of the biggest blessings is psychology and philosophy from Spring Hill the number of relationships that have begun or College. While a student here, she tutored and been rekindled. This event seems to have fostered taught guitar at nearby children’s home Wilmer a spirit of generosity that no one could have Hall. During her senior year she interned at a imagined was possible.” local alcoholism treatment program. Gaudet added that she hopes her family’s Lydia and Stephen Gaudet married 27 years story will inspire others to serve. “Hope is real. It ago and moved into their Midtown home in 1990. can change the world. We can, and should, bring Six of their eight children, ages 9 to 22, live at as much of it into this world as we are able,” she home with them. Their youngest son, Peter, was said. “We have been blessed with the education born with Down syndrome. and tools to do that for humanity.” Gaudet works as a volunteer coordinator for Goodwill Easter Seals, where she also teaches free parenting classes and heads an adult literacy program. The Gaudets have instilled in their children the importance of serving their community; and the entire family volunteers with United Cerebral Palsy, the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile, and Camp Smile, a camp for disabled youth and adults. Gaudet previously taught parenting classes at the Exchange Club Family Center, a nonprofit child abuse prevention agency. Her former employer, Lydia Pettijohn, gave the family such a “glowing” nomination that the executives at “Extreme Makeover” asked them to apply. When the family was notified that they were among the finalists, Gaudet said, “We were so excited! Spring Hill College • Summer 2008


Moving On Father Lewis prepares for new position By Lindsay Mott ’07 The Rev. Mark Lewis, S.J., Spring Hill alumnus and associate professor of history, will say his goodbyes to Spring Hill College to become the new provincial of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus on July 31. His post will require him to move to New Orleans to begin a three‐year term, although he will likely serve a six‐year term. As provincial, Lewis will oversee the Jesuits of the entire region, 10 states ranging from Florida to New Mexico. He will assign and take care of the needs of 230 Jesuit priests in these areas. Although Lewis is excited about this opportunity, he said he had planned to be at Spring Hill for a while and was on the tenure track. “This is something that the province asks you to do. They’ve asked me and I’m available to it, but I’m obviously going to miss Spring Hill,” Lewis said about the new position. Lewis was selected for the position from a list of three men who were nominated and recommended to the Rev. General Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., the superior general of the worldwide Society of Jesus. Lewis entered the Society of Jesus in Grand Coteau, La., on Aug. 14, 1980. Lewis was a student at Spring Hill and graduated in 1980 with degrees in history and philosophy, and he was glad to be able to come back and teach in 2005. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here. It’s one of the things I’ve always wanted to do as a Jesuit, so it has been a great experience,” Lewis said. Lewis compared the last three years at Spring Hill to his three years spent as a student. He is glad that the spirit and community have not changed. “A great part of it has been meeting the


students who are amazingly similar to the ones I studied with,” Lewis said. “People know people here. ... There is a sense of looking out for one another.” Lewis was not the only one who was glad he came back. “Some of us knew Mark when he was a student at SHC. We were delighted when (he) joined the history department several years ago. We have enjoyed having him as a faculty member and colleague,” said Dr. Patricia Harrison, chair of the history department. While teaching at Spring Hill, Lewis revived the history club and the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, and has served as chair of the division of social sciences. He also took on the role of assistant to the president with special concern for mission and identity. “He has truly been a catalyst for many of the things that students, especially those of history, now see as tradition,” Caroline Haas ’10 said. “You can tell that he loves what he does,” added Elizabeth Desimone ’09. “He loves teaching, and he loves being a priest. And he’s good at them both.” Lewis said he is not sure what the future holds after his time as provincial is over, but he said he wouldn’t mind teaching again or pursuing a position in administration. Teaching and Spring Hill have been important to Lewis over the years, and it seems that Lewis has been just as important to Spring Hill. “It’s the province’s gain and our loss. ... I’m going to miss him,” Desimone said, and that seems to say it all.

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and named professor emeritus in 1990. He has served as president of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama. In 1977 Boyle was a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia. He has served as academic dean and dean of faculties, served on numerous faculty committees, and chaired the college’s sesquicentennial events. He has also been a longtime volunteer in the Mobile community. Boyle and his wife, Roberta ’81, have two daughters, Barbara Earle and Bridget Lafferty ’89. Anne Brandon Anne Brandon earned her B.S. in music education in 1961 from Nazareth College of Rochester in New York and her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of South Alabama. In 1972 she founded the Spring Hill Children’s House, later known as the Montessori Academy of Mobile, for preschoolers and early elementary students. The Academy was located on Spring Hill’s campus until it relocated after Hurricane Frederic in 1979. Brandon combined the vision and principles of Maria Montessori and Ignatius Loyola to form a Montessori school. Montessori Academy closed its doors in May 2006 and Brandon donated the bulk of its materials to the Montessori Nonprofit School in Ocean Springs, Miss., a school that had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In 2001 Brandon received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, in recognition of her work on behalf of the children in Mobile. Brandon is the wife of Dr. Mel Brandon, professor of philosophy at Spring Hill. They have three children, Margaret Gale, Aimeé Bogard and Anne Brandon. The Hon. John R. Lockett ’76 John Lockett graduated magna cum laude from Spring Hill College in 1976, earning his B.S. in political science. Lockett graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1979. He began his career as an election law consultant and general counsel to the Alabama secretary of state. Lockett served as assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama and began his private practice in 1982 in Mobile. In 1989 he was appointed by Mayor Michael Dow as city attorney and negotiated the agreement for the city that brought back minor league baseball to Mobile. Lockett has served as an Alabama circuit court judge for Alabama’s 13th Judicial Circuit since his appointment in June 1999. He is a board member of the Alabama Circuit Judges Association, a member of the Alabama Bar Association and the Paul Brock Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He is a committed community volunteer, serving as board


president for McGill‐Toolen Catholic High School and member of Mobile United. Lockett is a charter member of the Knight of Columbus at St. Mary’s Parish. Lockett and his wife, Jennifer Keal Lockett ’80, have three daughters, Alexandra, Kaetlyn and Addison Clark.

The Karopczyc Award Named after Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc, a member of the class of 1965 and a Medal of Honor recipient killed in service during the Vietnam War, and recognizes a young alumnus or alumna for outstanding service to the college or community. Lynn Elizabeth Rush ’00 Lynn Rush earned her B.A. in advertising from Spring Hill College in 2000. She is the marketing director for the Imperial Palace Casino in Biloxi, Miss. Rush guided the resort through the marketing crisis that accompanied Hurricane Katrina in 2005. During this difficult time Rush still made time to contribute to Spring Hill College and her community. Rush is a board member for numerous organizations including: Main Street Biloxi, the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce. She is board member for the American Heart Association, where she serves on the Heart Beats Gala and the Go Red for Women committees. Rush is an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team member, a member of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi and the Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi‐Ocean Springs. She has been a member of the Spring Hill College National Alumni Association Board since 2005. Rush is a native of New Orleans and resides in Biloxi.


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The Class of 1958 gather at the Golden Badger Dinner.

he said that the direction of his life was shaped at Spring Hill. “I learned two things here: to give back whenever you can and whatever you’re doing, and to be a complete person. The spiritual part is the anchor, the glue that holds everything else together,” Gallagher said. “It’s not a spoken thing that’s learned in the classroom, but imbued in a person.” On the other hand, his wife Marita Gallagher ’67 rarely misses a reunion on the Hill. It was her involvement in volunteering at Spring Hill that led her to a career as an educator, in counseling battered women and in helping the homeless. “It all began at Spring Hill,” she said. “And meeting my husband here was a real plus for my personal life!” Improvements to St. Joseph Chapel caught her


attention immediately, as did the other changes to campus. “It’s all wonderful. What Fr. Lucey has done is fabulous.” Susie Rice ’65 returned to Spring Hill to receive the Ignatian Award in a ceremony during Homecoming weekend. “I’m very humbled,” she said. “They were very kind and very generous. My heart was overflowing. It was great to receive because the Hill means a lot to us and our family.” Melissa Jarreau Hodges and a group of eight Tri Deltas from the class of ’98 gathered for the reunion. “We’ve all remained friends,” she said. “We didn’t come to our fifth and we figured 10 years was big for everyone. We just wanted to come back. We love Spring Hill for our strong friendships. Most of us met our husbands at Spring Hill

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College. It’s an important place to all of us.” In addition to the beer and crawfish, Gerald Betty ’88 enjoyed the changes on campus. “The whole configuration of campus is different,” he said. Ward Faulk ’92 doesn’t miss the annual Mobile Bay Boil. “I come here every year to see who’s in town,” he said. For the alumni, returning to Spring Hill not only connected them with their past, but also shows them the future: current students, new buildings, and plans for change and growth. “The sense of being back, it’s overwhelming,” said John Kelly ’83. “This was a big part of my life. I made the best friends of my life here. It’s unbelievable. And it’s beautiful.”

ChapterUpdates Atlanta Young alumni from the classes of 1992‐ 2007 gathered on Thursday, May 29 at Atlanta hotspot SweetWater Brewery for a tour and beer tasting. At the event, an announcement was made that Ginger Brodtman Sundberg ’98 has accepted the role of president of the chapter. Spring Hill College would like to thank Frank Butterfield ’00 for serving in this role over the past couple of years and wish him luck in his new home in Milwaukee.


John Held ’96, Andy Thelan ’94, Amy Fleming 5 ’96, Carrie Vollmer ’96, Jay Vollmer ’96, and Jamie


Held mingle at the Neville home.

On Thursday, May 1 the Birmingham Chapter held their annual crawfish boil at the home of past parent Leonard McGovern and alumna Maureen McGovern ’04. Nearly 30 people gathered to enjoy the tasty treat and great company. During the party it was announced that Jennifer Kuklinski ’04 will take over as president of the chapter and Maureen McGovern ’04 as president‐elect. We would like to thank outgoing president Megan Wyatt ’95 for all of her hard work and dedication to the chapter over the past few years.

Burke Neville ’95 and his wife, Kelli, opened their home to more than 30 alumni and friends on Saturday, Feb. 9. Mardi Gras beads, king cake and delicious Southern‐style food greeted guests as they gathered to mingle with other Spring Hill College alumni from the Cincinnati area.



home of Mike Adams ’90 and wife Jennifer. Thirty alumni, parents and friends gathered to catch up over some mudbugs.

Maggie Lovell ’98, Natasha Sublette ’93, Tom 5 Hyle ’96, Kelly Lamanna ’93, and Amy Turner ’93 socialize at the Memphis Mardi Gras Scholarship Reception.

Miami The Miami home of Jose Rovira ’70 and his wife, Pilar, provided a beautiful setting as more than 45 alumni and friends gathered poolside on March 1. The event served as the official kickoff of the Miami Chapter of the Spring Hill College National Alumni Association. The Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., was present to share an important message about the purpose of having a chapter and thanked all of those who have been instrumental in establishing it. Congratulations to the new chapter officers: Carlos Trujillo ’04, president; Julio Bertemati ’04, president‐ elect; and Greg Bel ’04, secretary.

R.J. Sprecklesen ’99, April Sprecklesen, Martha 5 Malone and Mike Phelan ’71 enjoy the beautiful scenery and wonderful company.

From left, Barry Hue ’90, Peggy Cussen ’89 and 5 Carlos Cuadrado ’90 gather at Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap.

Cold, wintry weather couldn’t stop more than 30 alumni and friends from the Chicago area who gathered at Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap in Lincoln Park on Feb. 8. A Mardi Gras themed menu complete with hurricanes rounded out the festive event. A special thanks to Rob Dunkel ’92 and his wife, Heather, for planning the event.

Jacksonville alumni, parents, and friends gathered on May 17 for a reception at the home of alumnus Mike Phelan ’71 and wife Paula. Guests spent the evening reconnecting and reminiscing about their days at Spring Hill and the transformation that has taken place on campus. A special thank you to Mike and Paula for welcoming us into their home and hosting such a wonderful event.

Memphis The Memphis Chapter held their annual Mardi Gras party on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the home of Charlotte ’93 and Mike ’92 Henderson. Thirty‐five alumni attended the event that was planned not only to provide some fun but also kick off a fundraising initiative to endow a Memphis Chapter Scholarship. The chapter also hosted its annual crawfish boil on Sunday, May 18 at the

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Gathered for the Miami Chapter Kickoff are 5 attendees Alex Galvez, Sylvia Cuesta Galvez ’99, host Jose Rovira ’70, and current parents Ana and Jorge Diaz.

Mississippi Gulf Coast On Jan. 25 Mississippi Gulf Coast alumni, parents and friends gathered at the house of current parents Dale and Adele Ledford to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and great company. The 20 people who attended learned more about what is happening on the campus with the help of SHC admissions counselor Chante Hendrix ’93, who put on a trivia game and gave T‐shirts to the people who answered correctly. A very special thanks goes out to Dale


ChapterUpdates and Adele Ledford who opened up their beautiful house for this special event.

New Orleans

Lou Ann Bush ’73 and hostess Adele Ledford 5 pose for a picture at the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Alumni Baldwin ’88 and Laura ’88 Brown opened their home in Covington, La., on April 11 for the New Orleans Chapter’s annual crawfish boil. With 55 people in attendance, there was certainly no shortage of stories from their days at SHC. Hats off to Baldwin and Harry Hardin ’00 for their masterful crawfish cooking efforts.

Mardi Gras Party.


Throw me something, mister! These shouts could be heard along the Krewe of Carrollton parade route as alumni and friends gathered on Sunday, Jan. 27 to celebrate the Mardi Gras season. Held at the uptown home of Amy ’90 and Billy ’89 King, more than 65 people gathered for some good food and great fun. A special thanks to the Kings and the entire chapter committee for hosting a wonderful event.

Tim Clarke ’88, Marian Tucei Clarke ’89, 5 Amy Ankerson ’04 and Kim Husting with sons William and Alex relax at the crawfish boil at 5 Rivers.

The Mobile Chapter hosted a crawfish boil at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on March 7. A crowd of more than 150 people gathered together to enjoy one another’s company and talk about Spring Hill.

Pensacola, FL On March 8 more than 20 alumni, parents and friends gathered at Pensacola’s famed McGuire’s Irish Pub to enjoy good food and great company. Stories of time spent on the Hill filled the room as alumni from various generations recalled their student days.

Hosts Billy ’89 and Amy ’90 King take a break 5 from their hosting duties to pose for a photo.

St. Louis The St. Louis Chapter held their third annual scholarship fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 26 with more than 90 alumni, parents and friends in attendance. The Mardi Gras themed party was held at the home of Mary Reedy ’75 and husband Mike, and co‐hosted by Maureen Guzy ’71, Ellen Dolan ’94 and Doug Dolan, Connie ’75 and Pat ’76 Postal, Mary Beth ’87 and Jim ’79 Dunn, and Lynn ’77 and Raoul ’77 Robichaux. More than $14,000 in donations was raised with proceeds benefiting the Daniel C. Aubuchon Memorial Scholarship.

5Enjoying the reception at McGuire’s are Van

Hibberts, Greg Whibbs ’80, Margaret Whibbs and Debbie Hibberts ’78.

Co-host Lynn Robichaux ’77, Carmen Tarzon 5 ’74 and Mary Ann Graf ’71 enjoy the scholarship party at the Reedy home.


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Greater Washington, D.C.

From left, Jeff Hicks, Chris Huemmer ’92, 5 tournament chair, Dan Derisio and SHC staff

member Hill Rowan participate in the Swinging for Scholarships golf tournament.

Springfield Golf and Country Club provided the setting for the Greater Washington, D.C. area Swinging for Scholarships golf tournament held May 19. With nearly 50 golfers participating and others attending the post‐tournament dinner and silent auction, the event grossed more than $16,000. In addition to tournament play, a long‐drive competition allowed golfers to showcase their skills. Congratulations to current student Pat Whalen for winning the competition after hitting the ball 296 yards down the fairway. Spring Hill College wishes to thank Chris Huemmer ’92 and Susie Tolbert Fox ’85 for organizing the event.

Welcome New Alumni

5From left, Anne Couvillon, Danielle Clary,

Ryan Miller, Amy Lyon, Lee May, Burton Rabby and Carol Falk are welcomed into the National Alumni Association.

More than 80 Spring Hill College seniors gathered in front of Byrne Memorial Hall on April 30 for the Senior Crawfish Boil. There was a lot of excitement as the graduates were officially welcomed into the National Alumni Association, and they were able to sign up for BadgerNet. We wish the best of luck to the senior class in all that they do, and we look forward to seeing them at many alumni events.

ClassNotes 1960s Richard F. Sullivan Jr. ’61 and his wife, Gwen (Wittenborn) Sullivan ’63, are enjoying life as active seniors.

1970s Keiren (Cassidy) Aucoin ’76 was honored at the Brother Martin High School annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony in New Orleans, La., as the 2008 recipient of the Brother More Schafer Award for Excellence. The three criteria for this award are excellence in instruction, commitment to formation and demonstration of Christian witness. Herbert Ray Noletto Jr. ’77 would like to announce his son, Joseph ’01, is a Pharma chemist; his daughter, Katie ’07, is pursuing her master’s degree at Florida State University; and his youngest, Nick, is finishing a dual‐degree program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Ken Stickney ’78, managing editor for The News‐Star in Monroe, La., earned a master’s degree in history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in August 2007. His thesis topic was “Silenced: The Abrupt Demise of Cataloula Parish’s Unionist Newspaper.” Ken and his wife, Carey ’73, live in Monroe where she is the dean of enrollment services at Louisiana Delta Community College.

1980s Martha Gallahue ’86 is pleased to announce the adoption of her daughter, Isabell An Gallahue, on Nov. 26, 2007, from Jiangsu Province, China. They reside in Mobile, Ala., where she is a project manager for Sprint‐Nextel in retail merchandising. Kathleen (Culhane) Bemis ’88 and Mark Bemis were married on Nov. 23, 2007, on Daufuskie Island, S.C., in an intimate ceremony.

1990s Karen (Murray) Montague Bass ’90 and Matt Bass were married on Nov. 23, 2007, in Carabelle, Florida. They reside in Alpharetta, Ga., with their six children Cullen, 18; Tommy, 14; Chandler, 12; Carolynn, 11; Emma, 10; and Zane, 6. Lisa (Lavergne) Knezha ’90 completed her Master of Education with an emphasis in Technology Integration from Graceland University on Dec. 21, 2007. She and her

husband, Daniel, reside in Ashville, N.C., with their 11‐year‐old daughter, Jessica. Lisa teaches fourth grade. Meredith (Martin) Fales ’91 and Jon Fales are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Georgia Grace Fales, on March 11, 2007. The Fales family resides in New York City. Dan Nillen ’91 and his wife, Beth, are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Madison Elizabeth, on Nov. 18, 2007. Dan is a senior vice president in commercial real estate with M&I Bank. Beth is a partner with the law firm of Stinson Morris Hecker. The Nillens reside in Scottsdale, Ariz. Chris Valluzzo ’91 and Krista (Veltman) Valluzzo ’92 are pleased to announce the birth of their fourth child, Clare Elizabeth. She was born Jan. 9, 2008, and is welcomed by big brothers Harrison, 8; Murphy, 6; and Pierson, 2. The Valluzzo family resides in Baton Rouge, La. Megan (Kelly) Ambrosi ’92 and her husband, Paul, welcomed their third child, Sean Keegan, on Jan. 28, 2008. He joins 8‐year‐old brother Kelly and 7‐year‐old sister Caroline. They reside in Bethesda, Md. Tracey (Moore) Brachle ’92 and Paul Brachle were married on Oct. 20, 2007, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tracey is the traffic manager for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and Paul is the president of Licensing Financial Services. David Kirk DePriest ’92 and Barbara Ann Hudson were married on July 21, 2007 in Greenville, S.C. Groomsmen and ushers from Spring Hill included Kevin Andrews ’94, Doug Layman ’93, Brad Copenhaver ’93, Sam Coates ’94, Derek Wright ’94 and P.J. Thelen ’93. Barbara Ann graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 and works as a pharmaceutical sales representative. Kirk graduated from OSU medical college in 1998 and works for Integris Baptist Hospital as chief of surgery in Enid, Okla., where the couple resides. Justin Foltz ’92 joined the investment firm of Upton, Draughon & Bollinger LLC in his hometown of Alexandria, La., in September 2006. He has been in the investment business for seven years. His wife, Rebecca, teaches third grade at Our Lady of Prompt Succor School and they have three daughters, Maddie, Emma and Jane Ashley. Chris M. Fowler Sr. ’92 and Christina M. Grubbs-Fowler ’04 welcomed their third son, Colton Miles, on April 19, 2007. He joined brothers Christopher, 3, and Conner, 2.

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They celebrated their 4‐year anniversary on March 27, 2008. Jeina E. Rolan ’93 and her partner, Tammy S. Love, welcomed their son, Jackson Beckett Rolen‐Love, on Jan. 21, 2008. He weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces and was 16 1/2 inches long. They reside in Smyrna, Ga. Carmen Brooks ’94 received her education specialist degree (Ed.S.) from the University of South Alabama, where she is working on a doctoral degree. Margot (Leach) Carr ’94 and Christopher Carr were married on Nov. 3, 2007, at her family’s ranch in High Hill, Texas. Margot and Christopher work in medical sales and reside in Houston, Texas. Alex Mathis ’94 and Leslie Alford were married in Sevierville, Tenn., on Jan. 5, 2008. The couple resides in Memphis, Tenn. Alex works with his father at Menard, Gates & Mathis insurance agency. Leslie is an English tutor in the Alternative Language program at Lausanne Collegiate School. Allison (Martinelli) Allison ’95 and her husband, Phillip Allison, announce the birth of their son, Michael William Allison, born on Oct. 16, 2007. He joins big sister Elaine. Alexandra Aitken ’96 was offered an appointment to join the Jan. 22, 2008 Foreign Service Specialist class. She completed classes May 23, 2008, and arrived at her post in Manama, Bahrain, the first week in June. Lauren (Letchworth) Hayden ’96 and Robert Hayden announce the birth of their son, Robert Thomas Hayden III, born Feb. 14, 2007. The Haydens reside in Memphis, Tenn. Chris King ’96 recently signed a contract with Model Management Group (MMG), based in New York City. MMG has signed both of Chris’s daughters, 6‐year‐old Myrie Elon King and 3‐year‐old McKenzie Adalyn King. Myrie also has contracts with 323 Talent Management Agency, based in Los Angeles, and Wilhelmina Dan Agency, based in Nashville, Tenn. McKenzie also signed with 323. Cookie (Strong) Krehling ’97 and Danny Krehling welcomed their second child, Emmy Elizabeth Krehling, on Dec. 11, 2007. Jennifer (Granger) Doyle ’98 and Doug Doyle ’97 proudly announce the arrival of their second son, William Gabriel, born July 10, 2007. William was welcomed by big brother Dillon. The Doyles reside in Houston, Texas.


ClassNotes Kelly (Kline) Gurka ’98 earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December 2007. Kelly and her husband, Matthew, reside with their daughter, Madeleine, in Charlottesville, Va. Kelly is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Marie (Forsdick) Smith ’98 and her husband, John Henry Smith, welcomed their third child, Margaret “Maggie” Kathryn, on Jan. 22, 2008. She is well loved by older brothers Jack, 5 1/2, and Becker, 3 1/2. Marie graduated with her M.Ed. in special education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in May 2007. The Smiths have lived in Nashville, Tenn., since 2004. Sarah (Adgent) Drennan ’99 and Chris Drennan ’97 welcomed their second child, Oliver Adrian Drennan, on Dec. 17, 2007. Oliver Adrian weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. He was welcomed by big brother Gray. The Drennans live in Maryland.

2000s Catherine (Bartlett) Albertson ’00 and Rob Albertson were married in February 2007, in Austin, Texas. Spring Hill alumni in attendance were Ely (Comerio) Anderson ’99, Valerie (Huff) Hoffman ’99 and Brady (Carroll) Peters ’00. Catherine was escorted down the aisle by her brothers, Peter and David Bartlett, and brother‐in‐ law, Doug Layman. Her sister, Elizabeth Bartlett Layman, was her matron of honor. Catherine is the senior marketing manager for Patton Medical Devices, a medical company launching a new injection port device in the diabetes community. Rob is a musician in Austin, Texas, and a realtor and developer specializing in Green properties. Katie (Barnett) Bonner ’02 and William E. Bonner ’02 welcomed their daughter, Lillian Kate Bonner, on March 3, 2008. She weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Lillian joined her brother, 3‐ year‐old Braxton. The Bonner family resides in Mobile, Ala. Nate Cunningham ’02 graduated from Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business with an M.B.A. in organizational management on Dec. 16, 2007. He is working as a quality control manager in customer service strategy at The Home Depot’s corporate office in Atlanta, Ga. His wife, Kellye, teaches first grade at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. They reside in Marietta, Ga.


Lee Hobbs, MLA ’03 is completing his doctorate and has an appointment to the English faculty at St. Leo University in St. Leo, Fla. Sarah Jolley ’03 graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in May 2007. She is an internal medicine resident at the University of Washington in Seattle. Keenan (Carrere) Mann ’03 gave birth to her daughter, Campbell Carrere Mann, on Nov. 26, 2007. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. They reside in Atlanta, Ga. Rocio Aleman ’04 and Ben Hilpert ’03 are happy to announce their engagement. Ben proposed to Rocio at the Grand Canyon during Christmas break. The couple is scheduled to wed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Nov. 22, 2008. Melissa (Seward) De La Fuente ’04 and Jonathan De La Fuente ’05 and their daughter, Katie, welcomed Jonathan “Jack” Richard De La Fuente II into their family on Oct. 15, 2007. Jack weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long. They reside in Mobile, Ala., where Jonathan is a registered nurse working in the neuro‐ intensive care unit at Providence Hospital. Melissa is a stay‐at‐home mom, and Katie will be advancing to first grade at Faith Academy this fall.

In Memoriam Dr. William L. Caton ’38 Dr. James Robert Flautt Jr. ’40 Marion Garner Kearley ’49 LTC James Carl Byrd ’52 William Andrew Scott ’54 Albert M. Warnock Jr. ’58 Lee Raymond Brasell ’59 Ruth Brown Sawyer ’60 John T. Yannuzzi ’61 Dr. Charles Allesandro Gallina ’63 Pauline McKee Chance ’69 Christy Menges-Wieda ’72 Mary Van Houten York ’84 Dr. John Michael “Mickey” Grelier

Rev. Paul Smallwood Tipton

Jennifer (Kinberger) Gardner ’04 and Glenn “Chip” Gardner ’04 have lived in Houston, Texas since their wedding in New Orleans, La., on June 24, 2006. Jennifer is a senior associate in the business risk services group at Ernst & Young LLP. Chip is a senior associate in the commercial real estate valuation and consulting group at Duff & Phelps LLC. They are the founding members of Badger Beach Break, a reunion of their Spring Hill College friends in Destin, Fla., the week of July 4. Claire Wilker ’05 has been named as chief of staff for the Virginia House Democratic Leader Ward Armstrong and chief spokeswoman for the House Democratic Caucus. Wilker previously served as deputy political director of the Florida House Democratic Caucus where they picked up seven seats in 2006, and she served as Armstrong’s field director in his reelection campaign in 2005. Aracely Rodriguez ’05 and Neil Favre ’06 were married in Miami, Fla., on Dec. 29, 2007. They reside in Baton Rouge, La.

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Rev. Paul Smallwood Tipton died at age 69 on May 25, 2008, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Tipton entered the Society of Jesus in 1958 and received a B.A. from Spring Hill College in 1964. He pursued graduate studies in American history at the University of Texas at El Paso and theological studies

AlumniNews at Woodstock College, Union Theological, and Catholic University. In 1971 he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest as a member of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus. In 1972 Tipton was named the 35th president of Spring Hill College where he served until 1989, the longest presidential tenure in the college’s history. During his 17 years at Spring Hill, Tipton introduced and gained accreditation for master’s‐ level studies in business, theology and education; raised Ph.D.‐level faculty percentages; helped to influence the Alabama State Legislature to develop a statewide student grant program; and established a European campus in Venice, Italy. During his tenure, Spring Hill also established its first continuing education program with an Intensive English Language Institute, increased its endowment six‐fold, and expanded and intensified its core curriculum. After leaving Spring Hill in 1989, Tipton assumed the presidency of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in Washington, D.C., where he served until 1996. During Tipton’s first year at the helm of the AJCU, the sole witness to the murders of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador; and the only person who was able to link the killers with the Salvadoran Army was taken under Tipton’s care as he helped defend her and her testimony from being swept aside by the country’s administration. Through this involvement and by mobilizing a unified front of the U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities and the U.S. Jesuit Conference, Tipton was instrumental in bringing the truth to light. In 1993, another dramatic event occurred that again demonstrated his leadership and valor. With flames tearing into the roof of the Georgetown Visitation School in Washington, D.C., Tipton rushed in and led the sisters out of their monastery to the safety of their courtyard and then spent hours running in and out rescuing priceless vestments, artifacts and paintings as the fire spread throughout the historic building. From 1996 to 2000 Tipton served as president of Jacksonville University in Florida. In 2000, Tipton returned to Washington, D.C., where he served as counselor to the secretary and as a senior advisor for management and administration, U.S. Department of Labor. From 2003 to 2005, he served as president of St. Mary’s Ryken, a Catholic college preparatory school in Leonardtown, Md.

F RANCIS C ONNOLLY ’51 Through his thoughtfulness and generosity, Francis Connolly ’51 left a lasting impression on others. “He went out of his way to help people and didn’t refuse anyone, anything,” said Thomas Gorman, longtime friend and executor of Connolly’s estate. Connolly, a native of Jersey City, N.J., graduated from Spring Hill with his Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1951. He also attended Fordham University. After working for several years with the Railway Express Agency, Connolly changed direction and began working with the Hudson County Department of Family Services, Division of Welfare, where he assisted his clients and on occasion a co‐ worker in need of help. Gorman referred to Connolly as a “great person,” whose hobbies included ballroom dancing and playing the organ. As a man with a musical spirit and endearing approach to philanthropy, Connolly made a decision to continue his legacy by making an estate gift valued at more than $300,000 to Spring Hill College through his will. Upon his death in October 2007, Connolly made his last philanthropic gift to strengthen the College for generations to come. “Through the years Francis spoke fondly about his time at Spring Hill,” said Gorman. Connolly’s life represented the mission of Spring Hill and the Jesuit tradition of service to others. Connolly invested in the mission of Spring Hill with his gift, and, in turn, Spring Hill will continue its tradition of engaging, inspiring and transforming its students year after year. For information on how you can make an estate gift to Spring Hill College and become a member of the 1830 Society, contact Rinda Mueller, Assistant Director of Leadership and Major Gifts, at (251) 380-2280 or

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AlumniNews June 5 June 19

Mobile Young Alumni Happy Hour The Bakery Cash Bar 6‐8 p.m.


July 12

Chicago Baseball Gathering San Francisco vs. Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field 10:05 a.m. lunch on the upper deck patio; 12:05 p.m. first pitch $70 for alumni in the classes of 2003‐2008 $80 for alumni, parents and friends

July 31

Atlanta Baseball Gathering St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves at Turner Field $25 includes game ticket, hotdogs, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages 7:10 p.m. first pitch

August 23

Chicago Golf Classic Bloomingdale Golf Club Registration begins at 10 a.m. Dinner and silent auction to follow



September 13

Houston reception at the home of Gerry ’77 and Cynthia ’77 Castille

September 21

Zoghby‐DeVaney Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament Spring Hill College Campus Registration begins at Noon Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Awards dinner immediately following play Sponsorship opportunities available

September 27

St. Louis Baseball Gathering Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium 6:15 p.m. first pitch $100 per person includes game ticket, snacks and beverages

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Dallas Cocktail Reception Samubca – Uptown 6‐8 p.m.


Mobile Christmas Open House Stewartfield Time TBD Birmingham Christmas Party, Home of Ellen Brown Stein ’92 and Kerry Stein Time TBD Christmas Eve Mass St. Joseph Chapel – Spring Hill College Campus 5 p.m.

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The Spring Hill College Magazine 2-2 | Summer 2008  

Putting Faith Into Action || A Faith That Does Justice - Extreme Service - Homecoming on the Hill

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