Trojan Talk, February 2012
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Alex Kendrick, writer, director, producer, and actor in Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous, is HLGU's 2012 Booster Banquet Speaker!

Our 71st Annual Booster Banquet will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012. We'll begin selling tickets in September!

Alex Kendrick has been an associate pastor for Sherwood Baptist Church since 1999. He oversees the motion picture ministry of Sherwood Pictures and teaches a televised Bible study program, Home Connection, to audiences in the South Georgia region.

In 2002, Alex founded Sherwood Pictures with the blessing of Senior Pastor Michael Catt and began work on the first movie, FLYWHEEL, with his brother Stephen, also on staff. Alex wrote, directed, produced, and acted in FLYWHEEL—helped by 60 church volunteers. After the overwhelming response to the film in 2003, he again partnered with his brother to write and produce FACING THE GIANTS. Again, he acted in and directed the film, which was picked up and distributed by Provident Films, a branch of Sony Pictures.

FACING THE GIANTS showed in more than 1,000 theaters after its September 2006 release and grossed $10 million-plus in box office receipts. The DVD was released in 13 languages, in 56 countries, and sold more than 2 million copies. More than 10,000 churches have used the movie for ministry outreach. On February 22, 2007, the Georgia State House of Representatives and Senate read a resolution honoring Sherwood Pictures and the Church for the success and positive impact of FACING THE GIANTS.

In 2007, Alex and Stephen wrote the screenplay for FIREPROOF, and shot it in Albany—Alex directing and Stephen producing. More than 1,200 Sherwood volunteers helped with the production. The film was released in September 2008 and grossed $33 million-plus, making it the highest-grossing independent film of 2008. FIREPROOF has since sold nearly 3 million DVDs.

To date, Alex has received more than 20 awards for his work, including Best Screenplay, Best Production, and Best Feature Film. Sherwood produced their fourth movie, COURAGEOUS. COURAGEOUS has recently been released on DVD and Blue Ray.

Alex and Stephen worked with author Eric Wilson to write the novels of their movie scripts for FLYWHEEL, FACING THE GIANTS, and FIREPROOF, published by Thomas Nelson. The novels collectively have sold 300,000-plus copies.

The brothers also wrote the book THE LOVE DARE, part of the FIREPROOF plot. B&H Group Publishers released the book in fall 2008 and it quickly became no.1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Advice.

To date, more than 4 million copies have been sold. The two follow-ups are The Love Dare Day by Day, a 365-day devotional for couples, and the Day-by-Day Wedding Edition.

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Upcoming Events

Feb 11 – 23

HLGU alumni and friends will soon be receiving phone calls from current HLGU students.

Feb 20

Campus Visit Day
Also happening this Visit Day: Men's & Women's Soccer Tryouts, Women's Volleyball Tryouts, Music Auditions.

Feb 23 @ 9:30 am
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Children’s Play
Parker Theatre, Roland Fine Arts Center, Cost: $1 per person

more events

Helpful Hints from HLGU Career Services

A famous Zig Ziglar quote , "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude," rings true in the workplace and in life. Considering the frustrations and challenges employers encounter in recruiting, hiring, and maintaining good employees, an applicant's positive, upbeat attitude can be the deciding factor for job selection, promotion, and/or retention.

Let's face it; nobody likes to be around ongoing negativity. Although it is important for individuals to be "real;" employment "reality" and success are more consistent with Mr. Ziglar's thoughtful comment.

Let me encourage you to practice and develop the following "altitude-climbing" behaviors

    1. Stand up straight and lift up your head.
    2. Make direct eye contact.
    3. Practice turning a negative experience into positive outcomes. Note the positive things you learned, became, or accomplished as a result of going through a negative experience.
    4. Smile. It is contagious!
Karry D. Richardson
Associate Dean Academic and Career Services
HLG Alumni Serices
Lauren Youse - Director of Alumni Services & Development

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