ADVANCE - Fall 2013
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"...I was promoted to General Manager at our facility. I would have never been given this advancement without my degree."

Greg Straus
GM, MFA Palmyra, MO

Meet a Few of the Instructors

Carol Bunch

Child Development Instructor

Carol has been involved in education for 42 years. Half of this time was in the public school systems in the mid-west and the other half at HLGU.  In addition to teaching the Child Development classes in HLGU's ADVANCE Program, Carol is also a part of HLGU's Education Department. Carol has been married for over 45 years and has two children and 5 grandchildren.  Carol and her husband live on a farm in Illinois which once housed their hog farm.

"I spend as much time as I can outside working in my gardens and reading whatever I can get my hands on.  Life is too short and there is so much to learn"


Shawn Westbrooks
Law Enforcement Instructor
Three Rivers College

Shawn has been an adjunct for HLGU since May 2007. His full-time position is with Three Rivers College as the coordinator and instructor for the Criminal Justice Program. He is also a commissioned police officer with the Three Rivers College Department of Public Safety. Shawn has been with TRC since August 2004.

Westbrooks has 20 years of experience in law enforcement including positions as deputy sheriff, accident investigator, and as a probation and parole officer. I began my career as a deputy sheriff in Haskell County, Oklahoma

Shawn is a certified firearms instructor and enjoys tactical shooting and building AR-15 rifles. In addition, he enjoys reading historic and political non-fiction, especially concerning the Founding Fathers and Constitutional liberties.

Shawn and his wife, Janice, have 5 children and live on an organic farm in Ripley County where they live a very simple and private life.  Their children are homeschooled and were each delivered at home by the assistance of a midwife.

"Virtually all the food we eat is from our farm or a few organic farms in our immediate area.  Our underground home is set up for off-the-grid living.  We believe that reliance on technology for comfort and entertainment is not in our family's best interest.  We strive to be less worldly and to reduce the worldly influences on our lives."

Paul Schuerenberg, MBA
Three Rivers College

Paul has been with the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center for 7 years. He started as an enrollment and eligibility clerk in the business office and is currently the vocational rehabilitation specialist. In addition, he is the coordinator for the Compensated Work Therapy Program which provides rehabilitation for veterans through a combination of work experience and therapy focused on that work experience. The primary goal of the Compensated Work Therapy Program is to prepare Veterans to secure and maintain competitive employment in the community.

Paul is a Veteran of the United States Army with 7 years of active duty service. His degrees include a bachelor degree in business administration from William Woods University in Fulton, MO, a teaching degree in special education from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO and a master of business administration degree from William Woods University.

Paul is married and lives in Poplar Bluff, MO with Denise, his wife of 12 years. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.


The ADVANCE Program is a degree completion program serving working adults with five years full time work experience with approximately 60 credit hours from Hannibal-LaGrange University or another accredited institution with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better, and who now would like to complete their Bachelor's Degree. ADVANCE Program students typically are employed full-time during the day, thus the program is offered in the evening. One night per week over an eighteen month period provides the student with the opportunity to earn 48-49 credit hours in class and receive up to as many as 30 additional credit hours in Credit for Prior Learning. Classes are taught in a manner that is conducive to learning for adults. An atmosphere of shared family, career, and age interests develops among the adult students.

HLGU's ADVANCE Program Degrees

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the HLGU ADVANCE Program are considered full-time students and may qualify for a discounted tuition and financial aid. Eligibility to receive financial assistance is based on information provided by the applicant on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).

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HLGU's ADVANCE Program Team Update

David Terrell
Three Rivers College

David started teaching for the Sikeston cohorts in 2012 and works full-time for Bootheel Counseling Services and Family Medical Clinic as the CPRP Director. His degrees include a bachelor degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a master of social work from Saint Louis University.  David is a licensed clinical social worker and co-occurring disorders professional diplomat.
"I enjoy participating in nearly all sports and spending time with my family. We are active members of Miner Baptist Church." David Terrell

Sherry Lewellen
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Sherry is the facilitator for the first two courses in the ADVANCE Organizational Management Degree Program, ORM 314 Adult Development and Life Assessment and ORM 331 Writing Lab. She will be teaching these courses in January 2013.

"I feel a great enthusiasm for being a part of the ADVANCE team, not only as an adjunct teacher, but also as a part-time Curriculum and PLA Coordinator in the ADVANCE office." Sherry Lewellen

Sherry earned her B.S. in organizational management from Hannibal-LaGrange University and her M.B.A. from William Woods University.

Tom Swindle
Three Rivers College

Tom has been with HLGU since 2012 and has been a judge for the 36th judicial circuit in Butler and Ripley counties (Poplar Bluff and Doniphan, MO) for seven years. He earned B.A. degrees in English and Political Science from SEMO Univ. in 1978 and juris doctor degree from Northern Kentucky University in 1981.

Dr. Cardis W. Bryan, Jr.
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Cardis spent 9 years enlisted in the Army where he served as a paratrooper, and an electronics technician with the Army Security Agency. He worked for Grumman Aerospace Corp where his duties included teaching Apollo astronauts and NASA flight controllers about the equipment on the lunar module.

Cardis graduated from HLGU with a B.Th. and continued to get his M.Div. and D.Min. from Midwestern Seminary. Over the years he has ministered in several locations including New York, Indiana, Colorado, and Missouri.

Cardis taught Old and New Testament Survey at HLGU for five years as an adjunct instructor and continues to teach the classes online. This is his second year teaching in the ADVANCE Program.

He says there are three stages to an education: "Learning: the basic level of gathering facts. Knowledge: grasping the meaning of the facts you have learned. Wisdom: the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to life. "I always aim for wisdom for my students. That is my hope." Dr. Cardis Bryan

Bill Blankenship
Hannibal-LaGrange University

William "Bill" Blankenship earned a bachelor of Science degree in accounting and business administration from Hannibal-LaGrange and a master of business administration from Quincy University.

Bill worked for an agricultural chemical company until his early retirement in 1997 holding various management positions. He was an adjunct faculty member at HLGU as well as William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, teaching undergraduate and graduate business courses from 1995-2007. .

Robert Mayfield
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Robert joined the HLGU ADVANCE instructors in April of 2013 teaching International Business classes. His experience in the business field includes working for Gardner Denver, Inc. in Quincy, IL in their corporate compliance division. His emphasis is in international trade and business. Robert earned is undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University and his MBA from William Woods University.

HLGU Innovative Programs' Mission

The mission of Hannibal-LaGrange University's Innovative Programs is to provide an excellent education in both liberal arts and professional disciplines in a distinctively Christian environment, thus preparing students for both personal and career effectiveness. The completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree or Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development, Criminal Justice, or Organizational Management plus the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Technology with Hannibal-LaGrange will assist adults in realizing personal and career growth.

HLGU's Innovative Programs Office
3128 Muir Street, in the Hut and Mary Lou Green Center
Hannibal, Missouri 63401

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Personal appointments are available.

Marc Hurt
HLGU ADVANCE Program Director

Darcia Miller
HLGU ADVANCE Program Associate Director

Darla Power
HLGU ADVANCE Program Office Coordinator

Donna Pirc
HLGU ADVANCE Program Coordinator
Poplar Bluff, MO
Three Rivers College

Michelle Terrell
HLGU ADVANCE Program Coordinator
Sikeston, MO


Monica Winkler
HLGU ADVANCE Program Coordinator
Southeast Community College, IA


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In the News at HLG
Dr. Anthony Allen Hosts Israel Tour
Dr. Anthony Allen, President HLGU, invites you to join him on a ten-day Biblical tour of Israel to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, February 28 through March 9.

"Travel to Israel is not just a trip, but an unforgettable experience that helps bring the biblical text to life," said Dr. Allen, host of the trip. "I am excited about experiencing the Holy Land with friends and alumni of the university."

Sites along the tour include the Mt. of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Dead Sea to name a few.

"We have given great attention to make sure that this trip is pleasurable and informative," Dr. Allen continued. "Besides seeing all of the most important biblical and archeological sites, we will be able to enjoy deluxe accommodations and food during our stay in Israel."
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Upcoming Events
Friday, November 22nd @ 7 pm
Lynda Randle to Speak at 72nd Annual Booster Banquet

Hannibal-LaGrange University is happy to announce singer Lynda Randle as the keynote speaker for the 72nd annual Booster Banquet to be held on Friday, November 22nd.

Lynda was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Growing up a part of the D.C. inner-city culture, Lynda experienced the pain and anguish that can rarely be imagined by the majority of Christian-America. Since giving her life to the Lord Jesus Christ, He has used the scars of her youth to bring a distinct depth and richness to her ministry.

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More information & Events

HLGU Sustains Damage During Spring Storm

Early on the morning of Tuesday, May 21, 2013, HLGU personnel and staff began to assess the damage caused by a storm that went through the Hannibal community on the evening of Monday, May 20. The initial report was that the campus suffered extensive tree and water damage. Many of the trees that lined the main entrance were either damaged or uprooted. The T.M. Mathews Science Building lost a portion of its roof and suffered considerable water damage.

Due to the major damage (both wind and water) that the T.M. Mathews Science Building sustained during the storm, it has been determined that it is not safe to be used for the upcoming school year. On July 9, 4 modular classrooms were placed to the west of Lewis Hall and Brown Hall on the Partee Center lawn. These temporary class rooms will be the new homes to most of the biology and chemistry classes that were held in the science building. In addition, several nursing classrooms have been moved to the Northport Plaza shopping center.

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