Press Release

HLGU Prepares for Fall 2011 Semester

Monday, August 22, 2011
by Carolyn Carpenter

Hannibal, MO – Hannibal-LaGrange University’s first annual Alumni & Friends Work Day, held this past Saturday, August 20, was very successful. Approximately 40 HLGU alumni and friends from across Missouri and Illinois joined together to help prepare the campus for students this coming week. Work projects included weeding and watering flower beds, minor repairs to dorms, small paint projects, and general last-minute cleaning of dorm rooms. The university provided a list of projects to prepare campus for the fall semester, and a “thank you” barbecue meal was held at noon on “the Patio” located outside of the Partee Center on campus.

New students will be welcomed to campus on Thursday, August 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the now famous Swarm Squad welcoming them as they drive onto the HLGU campus. First-time students and their parents will receive a “welcome home” from the president and first lady, Dr. and Mrs. Woodrow Burt, as they enter the main gate. Then the Swarm Squad, a group of over 50 upper classmen and faculty and staff responsible for moving all new students into their dorm rooms, will swarm the vehicles and unload the cars. Offering words of encouragement, as well as a much-needed extra hand, the Swarm Squad has become a staple of the HLGU Welcome Week.

That same day, the annual Walk of Honor will be held at 5:00 p.m. Following student and parent orientations, faculty, staff, upperclassmen, alumni, and parents will line the walkway from the Roland Fine Arts Center to the Burt Administration Building.  New students will walk single file as they pass parents and HLGU family cheering and encouraging them on their new journey.  The students will pass through the HLGU arch where President Burt awaits to welcome them with a handshake. Students will then gather around the Trinity Tree, located between the library and administration building, for a final word of encouragement and a prayer of dedication.

HLGU Welcome Week is filled with exciting activities, such as the downtown scavenger hunt, worship services, ice-cream social, HLGU Fest, the Matriculation Banquet, a marshmallow roast, and an Ultimate Frisbee Competition. These activities help to promote student interaction while helping keep feelings of home-sickness at bay.

Fall 2011 classes begin on Tuesday, August 30. Hannibal-LaGrange University is a four-year liberal arts college fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and prides itself in its traditional and nontraditional educational experience in a distinctively Christian environment. For more information about HLGU, please visit the website hlg.edu or call 800-HLG-1119.


Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations