Alpha Sigma Nu to celebrate Jesuit heritage at Spring Hill College March 18-23, 2012

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 9:45am

Mobile, Ala. – Spring Hill College will mark Alpha Sigma Nu Week March 18-23, 2012. Alpha Sigma Nu is the international Jesuit honor society. Induction into this exclusive group is the highest honor Spring Hill College confers upon an undergraduate student. Those selected must excel in academics, campus involvement and leadership, and demonstrate loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education. Each year, Alpha Sigma Nu inducts only 4 percent of the junior and senior classes.

Alpha Sigma Nu Week is an opportunity for the entire Spring Hill College community to celebrate its Jesuit identity and heritage. Faculty members are encouraged to show the award-­winning animated film “The Olive” in their classes. This short film chronicles the life and mission of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.

Activities scheduled include students writing appreciation notes to their favorite professors and passing on “Magis cards” to fellow students and faculty who exemplify the Jesuit ideal of generosity. Magis (pronounced "màh-gis") is a Jesuit phrase that means "the more." It is taken from Ad majorem Dei gloriam, a Latin phrase meaning "for the greater glory of God."

Two lectures will highlight Alpha Sigma Nu Week. Dr. Sarah Duncan, assistant professor of history at Spring Hill College, will deliver the latest installment in the Last Lecture series. The Last Lecture originated as a talk given to students at Carnegie Mellon University by Dr. Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science who was dying of pancreatic cancer. This extraordinary lecture, in which the professor opened up about his life, beliefs and struggles to students, resulted in an internationally best-selling book titled “The Last Lecture.” Duncan will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in Byrne Memorial Hall.

Dr. Nader Entessar, professor of political science at The University of South Alabama, is the featured speaker at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in LeBlanc Room C in the student center. Entessar is an internationally recognized expert on the culture and politics of Iran and will speak on “War Addiction: Vietnam to Afghanistan and Beyond.”

For more information on the Alpha Sigma Nu Week and the scheduled lectures, contact Rev. Michael Williams, S.J., at or (251) 380-4641.