Press Release

HLGU Students Present Live Nativity December 9th

Friday, December 2, 2011
by Karry Richardson

Hannibal, MO - Hannibal-LaGrange University’s Freshman Seminar students will present their final service project, a Live Nativity, Winter Clothing, and Food Drive, on Friday, December 9th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Roland Fine Arts Center lobby.  Students will portray the traditional scene of the Christmas story told in the Book of Matthew and Luke. In addition to the Live Nativity, the students will collect winter clothing (all sizes), gently-used shoes, toiletries, and nonperishable food items to donate to several charitable organizations. The public is invited to attend this special event and to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with the students. Donation items will be collected at the door. Last year’s freshman class collected 43 coats, 225 clothing items and 645 hoodies donated by Printex.  “This year’s Freshman Seminar students are hoping to top last year’s numbers. With the help of the HLGU students, employees, family, friends and surrounding communities, I’m sure this will happen for them,” said Dr. Karry Richardson, Freshman Seminar Coordinator. 

Rachel Wright, an HLGU Senior and Christian Education major, works with the class representatives and serves as the Freshman Seminar Coordinator Assistant.  Her responsibilities involve connecting the freshman students to each other, the campus, and community through common learning experiences, such as Ethics Panel, Leadership Assembly, and the Final Service Project.  Motivated by the University’s Motto, Knowledge for Service, Rachel has combined her passion for missions with serving students and the community.  One of the selected charities, ReRun Shoes, is close to Rachel’s heart. ReRun Shoes, gives gently-used shoes to African entrepreneurs who clean and distribute them.  ReRun is also able to use the donated shoes to purchase mosquito nets to combat malaria in Africa.  Hannibal’s Birthright and Douglass Community Services were also selected to receive donated items.

The following fall 2011 Freshman Seminar representatives were selected by their class: Jodie Fyfe, Cheyanne Bolling, Megan Robinson, Jaime Helfer, Brendan Roberts, Samantha Daniels, Jordan Johnston, Ashley Hupfeld, and Bobby McCarl.  The representatives are pleased that the freshman project corresponds with the one of the purposes of Hannibal-LaGrange University: To promote the life of service in keeping with the example of Jesus Christ and with the College motto Scientia ad Serviendum (Knowledge for Service) by challenging students to participate in service-learning and mission projects.

For more information, contact Karry Richardson, 573-629-3169, Freshman Seminar Coordinator.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations