(Extensions of Remarks - June 15, 2016)

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[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 95 (Wednesday, June 15, 2016)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E923-E924]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                           HALL ON THE HILL''


                       HON. DONALD M. PAYNE, JR.

                             of new jersey

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, June 15, 2016

  Mr. PAYNE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Seton Hall 
University on its thirteenth annual ``The Hall on the Hill,'' held

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today, June 15. I would like to invite everyone to celebrate the rising 
future of this great university, and its newly formed College of 
Communications and the Arts.
  Founded in 1856 in the village of South Orange, New Jersey, which is 
in my district, Seton Hall University has been a staple of the New 
Jersey community, consistently ranking among the first tier of national 
universities. The university has continually made us proud in NCAA 
Division I intercollegiate basketball in the Big East conference, and 
has even churned out basketball legends who were inducted into the Hall 
of Fame such as Bob Davies. Seton Hall has also continued to impress 
through their distinguished alumni, including actor and athlete Chuck 
Connors, sportscaster Dick Vitale, and actor Dule Hill.
  Not only has Seton Hall University made an important impact on the 
lives of countless New Jerseyans, but I personally hold Seton Hall very 
close to my heart due to the positive impact it has had on my family. 
My late father, Donald M. Payne, attended Seton Hall University for his 
undergraduate career as a scholarship student and graduated in 1957. In 
honor of his passing and his compassion for humanity, the university 
launched a lecture series in his name to pay tribute to people who, 
like him, strive for a peaceful and a better future.
  My father attributed the beginning of the formation of his life 
philosophy to his time at Seton Hall. The university also hosts the 
historical manuscript collection of his congressional papers, which 
were acquisitioned by the University in 2015 after his passing in 2012. 
The University now has these papers readily available for anyone 
wishing to gain insight into congressional affairs, as my father served 
Congress from 1989 to 2012. I am forever grateful for the opportunities 
that Seton Hall offered my father, and the opportunities it continues 
to offer to its students every year.
  More of Seton Hall's talented alumni will be showcased through 
performances and artwork during this year's ``The Hall on the Hill.'' I 
invite all of you to show your appreciation for Seton Hall today and 
bring out your ``True Blue.'' Go pirates.