Trojan Talk, April 2013
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HLGU Offers 3 + 4 Optometry Program
Hannibal-LaGrange University is proud to partner with the University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry, to offer the new 3 + 4 Optometry program.

This program will offer students greater academic opportunities while shortening the length of time required to complete their optometry studies. Designed for the academically gifted student, the 3 + 4 program will drive students to progress at an accelerated pace.

The first three years of the program are filled with general education and core biology courses and are completed on the HLGU campus. Then, pending an accepted application, the student will transfer to UMSL to complete their senior year for HLGU and their freshman year for UMSL as one. After completion of this year, they are awarded a B.S. in Biology from HLGU and following an additional three years of classes at UMSL, the student will earn their Doctor of Optometry degree.

"I worked closely with the faculty at UMSL to make certain that the program met the stringent academic requirements of both institutions," said Dr. Don Colborn, Professor of Biology. "It required some trade-offs to make the program fit into the 7 year time period, but it is a strong program of study that will allow our students to benefit from both institutions while also shortening the time required to become dedicated members of the health care profession." As a trustee for HLGU and a faculty member at UMSL, Dr. Vinita Henry, O.D., suggested that HLGU might benefit from a program such as this roughly a year ago as other institutions hold similar agreements with UMSL. "I'm excited that we're able to have this collaboration that will benefit students," said Dr. Henry, a member of the UMSL faculty for 25 years.

Because the program allows students to receive their degree in optometry in seven years, it benefits students largely in that it is one less year of schooling for which they have to pay.

This is not the only agreement that HLGU has with a medical school, however. There is also a 3+3 program in partnership with the Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri.

For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Don Colborn at 573-629-3152 or via email at

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Trojans Honored Pitney

Hannibal-LaGrange University honored former Trojan athlete, coach and athletic director Ben Pitney for his recent induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame during the halftime of the men's basketball game this Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Pitney entered the hall of fame on Dec. 5 after 35 years of coaching and four years as an athletic director.

The Hannibal native attended Hannibal-LaGrange from 1951-53 and played on the HLG basketball team with junior college hall-of-famers Cotton Fitzsimmons and Ray Schumann. While attending HLG, Pitney twice helped the Trojans finish third in the nation before graduating from the then junior college and transferring to Truman State University.

Pitney returned to Hannibal-LaGrange in 1966 as the head men's basketball coach. He accumulated a 79-56 record with the Trojans before leaving in 1971 to become the men's first assistant basketball coach at Truman State.

After spending 23 seasons in Kirksville, Pitney retired from coaching and became the athletic director at Hannibal-LaGrange where he helped start the men's and women's soccer programs. He also helped establish Nichols Field, the HLGU Softball Field, Blackwell Field, and the soccer practice field, now known as Pitney Field.

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