Press Release


Monday, November 6, 2006
by Beth Sowers

Picture Reference- Edward Marquette giving his acceptance speech for the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Hannibal, MO- Hannibal-LaGrange College recognized the annual alumni award winners during Homecoming at the alumni banquet on Friday, Nov. 3. Edward Marquette was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award, John E. Waldschlager was given the Outstanding Service Award, and Kurt C. Haner was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus.

Edward Marquette, of Kansas City, was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award is presented to an HLG graduate for significant and broad accomplishments in business or professional life, or for state or nation. He received his associate of arts degree from HLG in 1971, a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Missouri in 1973, and graduated cum laude from Harvard University School of Law, juris doctorate, in 1976.

Since then, Marquette has gone on to become a partner with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal in Kansas City, which is a firm of approximately 800 lawyers in ten cities worldwide. He is a business lawyer specializing in the areas of technology and intellectual property law. Marquette's accomplishments and testimony was recently highlighted in HLG's “Reflections” Winter 2006 magazine.

Marquette is also active in his community and with his church. He is the past Chair of the Midwest Christian Counseling Center Board of Directors and continues to serve on that board; he is a member of the Advisory Board for the AlphaPointe Association for the Blind; served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher, and presently serves as an elder and small group leader at Jacob's Well, a church in Kansas City.

“Hannibal-LaGrange College was an incubator for me, encouraging me to step out in paths of leadership,” said Marquette.

John E. Waldschlager was recognized with the Outstanding Service Award. This award is presented to an HLG alumnus who has given outstanding service to the college or their community through involvement in civic endeavors, religious leadership, or philanthropic efforts. Waldschlager received his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from HLG in 1990. He's a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Secret Service Dignitary Protection School, DEA Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs School, and the National Sheriff's Institute, as well as many other schools during a long career in law enforcement. After 21 years with the Hannibal Police Department, where he served as the Chief of Police for ten years, John retired and became the Missouri Field Representative for the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center and in 1996 was recruited to be the security director for American Cyanamid, now BASF in Hannibal. In January of 2005 he started his second four-year term as Marion County Sheriff. He resides in Hannibal.

“I feel deeply honored and humbled to receive this award,” stated Waldschlager.

Kurt C. Haner, a resident of Hannibal, MO, was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus award. The award is given to an HLG graduate who is 35 years of age or younger for outstanding accomplishments in their profession, business, community, state or nation.

Haner was salutatorian of the HLG 1996 Baccalaureate class. He also graduated with honors from the University of Missouri, and has been the recipient of the Outstanding NIE Teacher of the year award. Haner is now an adjunct professor at HLG; finance and computer teacher at Hannibal High School; a member of the Hannibal Public School Professional Learning Community Committee; past president of the Hannibal Community Teachers Association; Building Technology Leader for Hannibal High School, and was named Microsoft Innovative Teacher. He is a trainer and leader for “Natural Helpers” which is an organization that trains teenagers how to use their natural abilities in helping others in the community and at school.

Haner is a member of Friends of Historic Hannibal, the Missouri State Teachers Association, and the National Business Educators Association. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he is a member of the stewardship committee, media specialist for their worship services, and is an assistant teacher of an adult finance course for members there.

Haner expressed appreciation for his award and his education from Hannibal-LaGrange. “Thank you HLG for instilling in me your motto ‘Knowledge for Service.' This motto has had a far-reaching impact on my life.”

For more information on the awards, or to nominate someone for 2007's alumni awards, contact Jo Ann Raney, Director of Alumni Services at (573) 221-3675, ext. 208.

Beth Sowers
Public Relations Staff Writer
Hannibal-LaGrange College
573-221-3675 ext. 257

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