Trojan Talk, March 2013
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HLGU Establishes Middleton Endowment Fund
Gift of over $379,000 presented by the Missouri Baptist Foundation

Hannibal-LaGrange University is pleased to accept a gift of over $379,000 presented by the Missouri Baptist Foundation to establish the Willard Burton and Hattie Holle Middleton Memorial Endowment Fund. The growth from the Middleton endowment will be used for student scholarships and campus projects.

Hattie was a music teacher in the Hannibal Public Schools for over 25 years, in Mark Twain, Central, and Pettibone Elementary schools. She and her husband, Willard, enjoyed attending Fifth Street Baptist Church while they lived in Hannibal.

Though neither of them attended HLGU, "Hattie and Willard Middleton were long-time friends of Hannibal-LaGrange University," said President Emeritus Dr. Woodrow Burt. "The Education Department suite was named in their honor as a result of a generous gift made by them several years ago. The Middletons were faithful members of Fifth Street Baptist Church."

"We very much appreciate the opportunity to serve HLGU in this capacity," said Christopher Calmer, President of the Missouri Baptist Foundation. "We are also delighted to present this check to Dr. Allen as he begins his leadership at the University, and we look forward to continuing to work with him and the rest of the staff in accomplishing their mission of equipping students in a Christian environment to become leaders both personally and professionally."

"Estate gifts like to one the Middleton’s left to Hannibal-LaGrange make a significant impact. Endowed funds are so helpful during uncertain economic times," Steve Miller, Vice President of Institutional Advancement shared. "We are so grateful to the Middletons for their willingness to work through the planning process and leave a lasting legacy on the Hannibal-LaGrange campus."

For more information on how you can make an impact at HLGU by a sacrificial gift, contact Steve Miller at 573.629.3123 or via email at

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HLGU’s 7th Annual Iron Chef competition, held on Thursday, January 24, once again featured some wonderfully creative dishes and a lot of fun. The format for this year’s event changed slightly. Rather than five teams competing for the coveted HLGU Iron Chef medals and having just one secret ingredient, the competition featured three teams, each with a Fresh Ideas chef assigned to them, and two separate cook-offs. The evening began with hosts Dr. Bob Bergen and Dr. Jeff Brown introducing the teams and giving each team a basket of secret ingredients for the first round of the competition.

The 2013 Iron Chef teams were comprised of all first-timers to “kitchen stadium.” Team Sizzlin’ Sisters included Melissa Laramore, HLGU Residence Hall Director of Pullium and two freshman from Pullium Hall as well, Kendra Derryberry and Kendi Ott. Sizzlin’ Sister’s Fresh Ideas Chef was Jeremy Hoover. Team Spice Girls was made up of HLGU staff members: Carolyn Carpenter, Director of Public Relations, Lauren Youse, Alumni Director, and Lissie Youse, HLGU Admissions Rep. Chef Martin assisted the Spice Girls. The third team in the competition, Frying Pan in Yur Face, included HLGU Lewis Hall and Brown Hall Residence Hall Director Katie Brandenburg along with Lora Thompson and Jason Helsby. Fresh Ideas Food Service Director Rachel Klosterman assisted team Frying Pan in Yur Face.

Once the basket of secret ingredients was revealed, teams started brainstorming ideas for an appetizer that required the use of all the secret ingredients. For its appetizer dish team Frying Pan in Yur Face chose to make a fresh mango guacamole with pita chips. The Spice Girls also chose to make a guacamole-inspired recipe. In addition to the four required ingredients the Spice Girls also added cilantro, chopped red onion, pineapple, lime zest and juice, salt, tomatoes, and sugar. The Sizzlin’ Sisters chose to utilize the Mongolian grill by browning their cheddar quesadillas and serving them with a mango salsa.

Each team used every second of the 30 minute time limit to create their dishes. Prior to the beginning of the competition the teams drew numbers as to the order in which they would present their dishes. Presentation order ended up being: Spice Girls, first, Frying Pan in Yur Face, second, and Sizzlin’ Sisters would present last.

This year’s Iron Chef judges included: HLGU President, Dr. Anthony Allen, First Lady, Stacy Allen, HLGU Homecoming Queen, Christina Carter, and HLGU Homecoming King, Andy Krutsinger.

The judges were very impressed with each dish that was presented to them.

In the end it was the Spice Girls’ creative use of the secret ingredient and their knowledge of Dr. and Mrs. Allen’s love of southern food that put them in the winner’s circle. “We loved their overall meal,” stated Mrs. Allen. “The sweet potatoes were just delicious.” Frying Pan in Your Face took second with their chicken and coffee inspired dishes.

Sizzlin’ Sisters, with their “we sizzle fo rizzle” motto on their personalized Iron Chef tee shirts, were voted to have had the best look. Frying Pan in Yur Face’s guacamole dish won the appetizer portion of the competition.
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