In Search & Rescue, my contemporary military romance, Spring Hill College student, Lexie Carter, meets Army Ranger Captain Taylor Jackson at a Career Day at the college. Two years and a steamy courtship later, Taylor is reported killed in action and Lexie must face a future without the love of her life. Lexie attended a Mass for the Dead at the century-old St. Joseph’s Chapel on the SHC campus, rather than celebrate her wedding.
Spring Hill College is the oldest college in Alabama, It was founded in 1830 by Catholic Bishop Michael Portier who brought priests and seminarians from France as instructors. SHC was the first Catholic college in the Southeast, the third oldest Jesuit college and the fifth oldest Catholic college in the United States. Until 1935, SHC followed the French education model and included a high school on the campus. In 1932, SHC expanded their student body to include adult students and women. In 1954 SHC became the first and only integrated college in the Deep South.
U.S. News and World Report ranks Spring Hill 17th among the 118 Southern colleges and universities. The report also includes school’s online graduate nursing program as #48 in the nation. Forbes.com ranks Spring Hill College among America’s “Best Colleges.” SHC ranks #399 nationwide, # 291 in private colleges, and #5 in Alabama.
More Mobile tomorrow, Rita Bay