Trojan Talk, December 2011
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2011 Year in Review

With 2011 coming to a close, it's exciting to look back and see how much God has blessed us. We count the support of friends like you among our dearest blessings at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

While each of us has faced challenges over the past few months and years, whether they be personal or professional, we have been deeply encouraged by the love, support, strength, and most of all, the prayers of others.

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, our prayer is for His richest blessings to be shared with your family. On behalf of all of us at Hannibal-LaGrange University, may you have the Merriest of Christmases and a blessed New Year.

Below is a look back at 2011. Thank you for being a part of it.

Jan 11th Classes began, Celebration Chapel with official name change from Hannibal-LaGrange College to Hannibal-LaGrange University
Feb 4th Alumni Event to St. Louis Blues game
Feb 15th – 24th Phonathon – We raised over $55,000 for the Roland Library
Apr Mabee Challenge for the Roland library is met
Apr 15th Roland Library Groundbreaking!
May 7th Spring Commencement – 186 Graduates
May 27th Alumni Event to Shakespeare in the Park
Jul HLGU marched in Hannibal 4th of July Parade & hosts "In God We Trust" concert
Aug 6th Alumni Event to The Muny to see "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
Aug 20th 1st Annual Alumni & Friends Workday
Aug 30th Classes began
Aug31st Sidewalk Prophets Concert at HLGU
Sep 9th Dr. Burt Announced Retirement Date of August 31, 2012
Sep 9th Renamed Memorial Hall to honor HLGU past presidents, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Brown
Sep16th Alumni Event to Kansas City Royals Game
Sep 24th Alumni Event to St. Louis Cardinal Game
Oct 7th-9th "The Greatest Homecoming on Earth!"
Nov 1st Alumni & Friends Reception at MO Baptist Convention – over 200 in attendance
Nov 5th 7th Annual Trojan Turkey Trek was a success with a record breaking 167 participants!
Nov 15th 70th Annual Booster Banquet with Mike Huckabee
In the News at HLG
burt Trojan Turkey Trek a Success
The 2011 HLGU Trojan Turkey Trek, held on Saturday, November 5 was once again a success.

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soccer Huckabee Delights at HLGU Booster Banquet
Hannibal-LaGrange University held the 70th annual Booster Banquet on Tuesday evening, November 15.

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soccer Year-End Giving & Tips to Help You Enjoy Tax Savings
Your Hannibal-LaGrange University family welcomes the opportunity to thank you for your commitment to this wonderful institution.

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Upcoming Events

Dec 1-3 @ 7:00 pm
A Christmas Carol
HLGU Theatre Department Presents A Christmas Carol

Dec 17 @ 10:30 am
Winter Commencement
Mabee Sports Complex

more events

Helpful Hints from HLGU Career Services
Finding Encouragement in Discouraging Times Leadership

Are leaders born or made? Similar "nature versus nurture" questions have been hotly contested by intellects for centuries. Regardless the answer, employers definitely consider leadership a prized "soft skill." Why? I think John Maxwell, leadership expert, sums up my answer in his famous quote:

"Everything rises or falls on leadership."

If a business, profit or nonprofit, wants to improve and advance, it must have good leaders and good followers. Regardless an employee's job title, there are things he or she can do or leave undone which positively or negatively impact the business. Employees are constantly asked and expected to both lead and follow. Good leaders have learned to follow; good followers are often called upon to lead.

I encourage you to take advantage of the leadership and following opportunities around you. Do you have an opportunity to be a positive influencer and guide? Then, lead. Do you have an opportunity to be influenced by a positive leader? Then, follow. Both positions are important and essential for the well-being of a business and its employees.

To better understand leadership, feel free to take John Maxwell's leader self-assessment. Go to:

Quotation source
Maxwell, J. (2011). Principles: The John Maxwell Co. Retrieved from The John Maxwell Co.
Web Site:

Karry D. Richardson
Associate Dean Academic and Career Services
HLG Alumni Serices
Lauren Youse - Director of Alumni Services & Development

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