June 15, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 95 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
CONGRATULATING SETON HALL UNIVERSITY ON ITS THIRTEENTH ANNUAL ``THE HALL ON THE HILL''; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 95
(Extensions of Remarks - June 15, 2016)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E923-E924] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CONGRATULATING SETON HALL UNIVERSITY ON ITS THIRTEENTH ANNUAL ``THE 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 [[Page E924]] 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. ____________________