Press Release

HLGU Prepares for Fall 2014 Semester

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
by Rebecca Sneed

Hannibal-LaGrange University's fourth annual Alumni & Friends Work Day, held this past Saturday, August 16, was very successful. Despite the rainy weather, approximately 70 HLGU alumni and friends, along with members of the men's soccer and women's volleyball teams, joined together to help prepare the campus for students this coming week. Work projects included replacing ceiling tiles in the Page Dining Room, spreading mulch in various flower beds, and painting a media communication lab in the Roland Fine Arts Center. The University provided a list of projects to prepare campus for the fall semester, and a "thank you" barbecue meal was held at 11 am on the patio located outside of the Partee Center on campus.

New students will be welcomed to campus on Thursday, August 21, from 10 am to 3 pm. 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. Anthony Allen, at the main gate. Then the Swarm Squad, a group of over 30 upper classmen, faculty, and staff responsible for moving all new students into their dorm rooms, will swarm the vehicles to move students into their dorm rooms while chanting "We move so you don't have to!" 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 pm 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 HLGU president, Dr. Allen, along with his wife Stacy, await to welcome them with a handshake. Students will then gather around the Trinity Tree, located between the L.A. Foster Student Center and the Burt Administration Building, for a final word of encouragement and a prayer of dedication. Just as the students symbolically pass through the arch and into school, years later before their commencement ceremony, graduates walk back out of the arch, symbolizing their entrance into the world as educated adults.

HLGU Welcome Week and New Student Orientation are filled with exciting activities, such as the downtown scavenger hunt, Battle of Troy Dodgeball Match, an outdoor movie, worship services, HLGU Activities Fair, and dorm parties. These activities help to promote student interaction while helping to keep feelings of home-sickness at bay.

Monday morning, August 25, Hannibal residents will find HLGU students volunteering around town and putting in more than 400 hours of community service work.

Welcome Week festivities will also include a concert by Jason "Propaganda" Petty on Wednesday, August 27 at 7 pm. The event is cosponsored by WGCA. Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets are now on sale. Prices are $10 for general admission, and $6 each for HLGU students and youth groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, contact Richard Medina, Student Activities Director at 636.699.9350, or via email at rmedina@hlg.edu.

Fall 2014 classes begin on Tuesday, August 26.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations