Student Success

Light of the Village

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 1:00pm

Once a working crack house, and situated in a neighborhood fraught with crime, gangs, and poverty, Light of the Village school has survived and thrived for 12 years as a beacon of hope for many of Prichard, Ala.’s at-risk youth.

Najgee Gatson ’14: Athlete, Coach, and Leader

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:00am

After recommendations from his basketball coach, a French teacher, and the vice principal of Our Lady of Mercy High School in Fayetteville, Ga., Najgee Gatson knew he had to visit Spring Hill College. After making the trip, meeting students, and talking to faculty, Gatson knew that SHC was the right fit for his college career.

Severin Chambers ’14: Rugby Star Mentors Special-Needs Children

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 8:45am

Severin Chambers can most often be found scrumming on the rugby field, showing off Spring Hill College to prospective students, and leading campus events as president of Sigma Chi fraternity.

The psychology major from Boston, Mass., at first, hadn’t considered Spring Hill as a choice for college, but decided to stop on campus while visiting other schools in the Deep South. Chambers enjoyed his tour of SHC, but made his final decision about moving to Mobile, Ala., after receiving a phone call from Spring Hill’s president.

Ashley Sanders ’13: Parlez-vous français?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 4:00pm

As part of a rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina, Ashley Sanders accompanied her high school’s Habitat for Humanity club in 2008 on a trip to volunteer in Mobile, Ala. During her stay in the Port City, Sanders fell in love with the area and returned a few months later to look at colleges.

Kiva Talty ’17: Inglés Como Segunda Lengua

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 9:15am

If life wasn’t busy enough for Kiva Talty, the Spring Hill freshman recently added another dimension to her college experience. On Thursday evenings, Talty, a rugby player and freelance photographer for The Springhillian, also spends her time talking with ESL (English as a Second Language) students from Columbia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and Cuba.

Michelle Léana Perez ‘14: On Immersion, Justice, and Jewelry-Making

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:00am

On the Spring Hill campus, it would be difficult to find a faculty member or student who hasn’t met, shared class time, or worked with Michelle Perez. Known for her winning smile and positive attitude, Perez exudes joy, enthusiasm, and excitement for everything she does. The pre-med student is most passionate, however, when talking about her volunteer work and SHC immersion trips.

Becca Van Galder ‘13 Finding Pathways Out of Poverty

Wed, 10/09/2013 - 8:15am

Spring Hill alumna Rebecca “Becca” Van Galder ’13 is spending her first months as a college graduate helping people in Tucson, Ariz., find pathways out of poverty.

Passion for Journalism: Emily Hill ’14

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 1:45pm

Pensacola Catholic High School grad Emily Hill says she was initially drawn to Spring Hill for the school’s great reputation and stellar biology and nursing programs, but after spending less than a month immersed in science classes, the Robertsdale, Ala., freshman decided that she needed to re-evaluate her career plans, and quickly.

Lindsey Frechou ’14: Journalist of Faith

Mon, 07/29/2013 - 3:15pm

Since career day in the fourth grade, Lindsey Frechou knew she wanted to be a writer for a Catholic newspaper. This summer, the Spring Hill senior is realizing her dream.

After years of applying for an internship with the Clarion Herald, which represents the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the English and journalism major was chosen from many students across the country to work as a 2013 young adult columnist.

Outfield to Occupational Therapy: Katelyn Hinson '13 Forges a New Path

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 11:00am

Whether it’s playing left, right, or center field for the Spring Hill College softball team, Katelyn Hinson is well known for adapting to a challenge and getting the job done. Proof of that is easy to find. Hinson helped lead the Lady Badgers to their first-ever national championship appearance before her graduation in May 2013.

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