Student Success

Brian Kampen ’14 ~ Student Leader, Filmmaker, & Movie Extra

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:30am

The moment Brian Kampen stepped on the movie set of 21 Jump Street in New Orleans, La., the Spring Hill College student knew that he’d found the perfect career. Selected as an extra for the movie, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, Kampen spent several weeks in 2011 soaking up the excitement, teamwork, and discipline that go into directing a major motion picture.

SHC Scholar Spotlight: Patty Mgbodile

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:00am

Patriciamarie "Patty" Mgbodile is one of five incoming freshmen to receive the Spring Hill Scholars award, Spring Hill College’s most prestigious academic scholarship.

Jordan Truxillo ’14 ~ Sociology, Service, and Success

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:00pm

Classmates, faculty, and staff agree that Jordan Truxillo ’14 exudes everything positive about being a Spring Hill College Badger. Known for her open, friendly disposition, Truxillo has spent the past four years at SHC making her mark as a caring and dedicated student, friend, and volunteer.

For Truxillo, who attended McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Ala., remaining close to the Gulf Coast was a top priority when choosing a place to do her undergraduate studies.

Ellie Heffernan ’15 ~ Beach Trips, Business, and Balance

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:00pm

A yearly vacation trek from St. Louis, Mo., to Gulf Shores, Ala., led Ellie Heffernan and her family right by the gates of Spring Hill College. During the trip during Ellie’s junior year of high school, Heffernan’s mother decided that the family should spend a day visiting the campus.

“I was actually annoyed at losing time at the beach, but it was the best decision I made in my life,” says Heffernan. “There was literally no one on campus, but I fell in love with the school. It was the first college I had visited; yet I told my parents that that this was the one.”

SHC Scholar Spotlight: Alex Scalco

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:30am

Alexander Scalco is one of five incoming freshmen to receive the Spring Hill Scholars award, Spring Hill College’s most prestigious academic scholarship.

SHC Scholar Spotlight: Thomas Ruli

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:45am

Thomas Ruli is one of five incoming freshmen to receive the Spring Hill Scholars award, Spring Hill College’s most prestigious academic scholarship.

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.

Gabriella Del Gandio ’14 ~ Diplomacy, Philanthropy, & Fluency

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:45am

With only a few months to go before walking down the Avenue of the Oaks in her cap and gown, Gabriella Del Gandio is busy researching the next big stop on her life journey.

The Clarksville, Tenn., native will graduate in May with her degree in international studies with minors in political science and Spanish. The Spring Hill College senior hopes to put her studies to use by eventually working at the State Department.

Anna DeWine ’14 ~ Immersion trips, the Italy Center, & Getting Involved

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:15am

On a whirlwind tour of more than a dozen universities, Anna DeWine took only moments to decide that Spring Hill College was the perfect fit for the next four years of her life.

“When my father and I drove onto campus, I knew instantly that there was something different, and special, about this place,” says DeWine. “Right away I thought, ‘This is it.’”

The youngest of eight children, DeWine become only the second of her siblings to leave Ohio for college, and the first to attend SHC.

Taryn Nash ’14 ~ Standout Student-Athlete

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 4:00pm

Spring Hill College senior and volleyball star Taryn Nash lives by the motto of “Jump High, Hit ’em Hard.” The saying, which started as just a sports quote in Nash’s family, has come to mean much more than a metaphor for getting motivated and winning games.

“My grandfather would tell it to my mother before her games, and slowly the family started saying it to my sister and me before our games,” says Nash. “It’s really about being the best woman I can be. It’s about facing every challenge with the intent to rock it. And sometimes, that little bit of confidence is all you need.”

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