Fannie E. Motley ’56, the first African-American to graduate from Spring Hill College, passes away at 89

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

Mrs. Fannie E. Motley, a native of Monroeville, Alabama and most recently of Fairburn, Georgia, graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College (SHC). She is the College’s first African-American graduate, having done so with honors in history and English, just two years after the United States Supreme Court ruled that the nation’s schools must integrate, in the landmark Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education case.

Michelle Krulewicz-Dees, MS, LPC ’00 ~ Community Focused, Jesuit-Based

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:45am

After meeting a friend in the 4th grade whose parents were psychologists, Michelle Nicole Krulewicz-Dees was instantly drawn to their smart, capable nature and involvement in the community. Almost immediately, Krulewicz-Dees knew she wanted to do similar work—helping people and solving community problems.

Krulewicz-Dees, who was born in Beaufort, S.C., moved to Mobile, Ala. in middle school and went on to attend Theodore High School. Her love for the Port City translated into Michelle staying close to home for her college education.

7 Questions with Shayla Beaco ’97

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 9:15am

After working in leadership positions for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pritchard, Shayla Beaco was recently tapped by current Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson to be the city’s senior director of community affairs. Beaco assumed her duties in November of 2013, with her primary focus on public outreach, especially in underserved areas of the city.

Chrissy Gregg Baynham ’09 ~ Art, History, and WWII

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:30am

After visiting 15 different universities and applying to ten schools, it took a trip to Europe and meeting Spring Hill alumnus Fr. Mark Lewis, S.J. ’80, for Chrissy Gregg Baynham ’09 to find the perfect college fit.

“During my senior year of high school, John Carroll University—where my mother works—arranged a trip to Italy for faculty, staff, and their families,” says Baynham. “One of the faculty chaperones was Fr. Mark Lewis, S.J. During our stay, I told him couldn’t make up my mind about where to attend school. He immediately suggested that I look at Spring Hill.”

Q & A with SHC Scholar-Athlete Tempey Hamilton '14

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:45pm

Would you please share your background with us?

I was born and raised in Mobile, AL. I attended Murphy High School. I was actually undecided about my major when I first enrolled at SHC; however, the social psychology portion of my introductory psychology class intrigued me and I decided to declare psychology as my major.

Would you briefly describe your current line of research or area of study?

Student Spotlight on Victoria Bridges '14

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:15pm

Would you please share your background with us?

I have been fortunate to call Mobile my hometown my entire life thus far. My freshman year at SHC I had originally planned to major in biology, however, after having a meeting with Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio, I was able to learn what all psychology had to offer me and I decided to change majors. I was fascinated at all the different areas of study psychology offers and how it can be applied to everyday life.

Alumnus Selected as Edward Jones Principal

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 2:15pm

Alumnus Burt Cestia III, an Edward Jones financial advisor in New Iberia, La., for the past 11 years, was recently named a principal with the firm’s holding company, the Jones Financial Companies, LLLP. He is one of only 37 individuals chosen from
more than 42,000 associates across the United States and Canada to join the firm’s 336 principals.

Santi Tefel ’07 ~ Finance, Freakonomics & Fitness

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:15pm

A high school role model’s recommendation convinced Santi Tefel ’07 that he had to make the trip from Miami, Fla. to Mobile, Ala. to check out Spring Hill College. Patrick Collins, a teacher at Belen Jesuit Preparatory, graduated from SHC in 1971, and was certain the school was the right fit for Tefel.

Gabrielle Edgerson ’13 ~ Dance, Diversity, and Washington, D.C.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Creativity is the lifeblood of Spring Hill College alumna Gabrielle Edgerson ’13. The New Orleans, La., native, who grew up in the Seventh Ward, has loved the arts, language, and dance as long as she can remember.

Before enrolling at Spring Hill College, Edgerson studied at both the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and McDonogh #35 Senior High School. Edgerson graduated fifth in her class at McDonogh #35, and received the Presidential Honor Award and a Certificate of Artistry in Dance from NOCCA as the school’s only level four dance student.

Jimmy Chassaing ‘09 ~ On Anthony Bourdain, Bond Trading, and Badgers

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:00am

Spring Hill College alumnus Jimmy Chassaing lives his life by a simple philosophy: Move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Chassaing explains that he adopted the sentiment after hearing it explained by celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain.

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