Spring Hill College Magazine
Dear Spring Hill College community members,
The time has passed so quickly that it is hard to believe this is the start of my third year as president of this College we love so much. As you read this issue of The Spring Hill College Magazine, we will be fast approaching the very special American holiday of Thanksgiving. It is a time when Americans of every faith tradition gather at home, or wherever they may be throughout the world, and pause to give thanks to God for our country’s many blessings.
You will see in this issue that we on The Hill have much for which we are thankful. We recognized Mary Lou and John Barter, Elin and Tim Murphy, and Kathryn and John Burke for their lifetime of commitment and generosity to Spring Hill. We are grateful for the gift of Rev. Christopher Viscardi, SJ, as we join in celebrating his 50 years as a Jesuit. We are grateful to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Foley Community Service Center and the more than 27,000 hours of community service provided to Mobile area organizations by our students this past year. And we are grateful for the support from friends and supporters in 2017, including another record level of donations to Give Day.
We are beginning our 188th year of forming young men and women to lead lives committed to making our world a better place for all. In just 12 years, we will be celebrating our third century on this beautiful Hill. We will continue to update you on our successes – and any challenges – as we approach this incredible milestone.
Finally, we are deeply thankful for everyone who has so generously stepped forward to help us overcome the many challenges we faced as we struggled with the effects of the Great Recession and the BP oil spill disaster. As we begin to emerge from these stresses, what can we here at Spring Hill College do for you – our alumni, friends and supporters? If there are things we can or should be doing, reach out and let us know. We want to be a place where you always feel welcome and at home. In return, I ask that you remain committed to – and proud of – everything our College represents as we strive to fulfill our Jesuit mission.
Christopher P. Puto, PhD ’64, President