Fall Homecoming 2015

Mark your calendars! HLGU Fall Homecoming will take place October 2, 3, and 4, 2015! Look to our website for more information this summer.

Winter Homecoming 2016

Our next Winter Homecoming will be January 23, 2016!

HLGU 2015 Alumni Award Nomination

Do you know an HLGU alum that has major accomplishments and deserves to be recognized? Then nominate him or her for an alumni award! See the criteria and how to nominate here.

HLGU 2014 Alumni Award Recipients

Hannibal-LaGrange University recognized the annual alumni award winners during the 2014 Homecoming Entertainment on Friday, October 3. The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was presented to David B. Burt '05, the Outstanding Service Award went to Libby Dingus Samples '96, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Rev. Wesley D. Hammond '85.

Outstanding Young Alumnus

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was presented to David B. Burt '05. This award is given to a Hannibal-LaGrange graduate who is age 35 or younger for outstanding accomplishments in their profession, business, community, state, or nation.

Born in Newton, Mississippi, David received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from HLGU in 2005, graduating summa cum laude. David has also gone on to receive his Master Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 2007. Other academic achievements of his include being the 2012 Outstanding Graduate of the College of Business and industry at Mississippi School of Banking at Ole Miss, and being an honor graduate and scholarship recipient to the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University where he has plans to graduate in 2015.

Since his graduation from HLGU, David worked his way up the ladder at BankPlus from 2005-2010 where he served as a teller, customer service representative, lending assistant, lender, and branch manager. In 2010, he accepted a position from Newton County Bank and currently serves there as a lender and vice president.

Active in the community, David is the secretary of the Newton Lions Club, former president of the Newton Chamber of Commerce, the County Chairman of Mississippi Young Bankers, a coach at Newton County Youth Organization, and coach for the Clarke-Venable Baptist Church Serious Soccer Program.

Other of David's accomplishments include receiving the 2013 Man of the Year award from the Newton Chamber of Commerce, and being selected in the 2014 Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal. David is married to his wife, Jessica, and they live in Decatur, Mississippi, with their sons, Taylor, 7, and Parker, 1. He attends Clarke-Venable Baptist Church. His passions are investing in his family and the lives of children and young people, and making people smile.

Outstanding Service

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Libby Dingus Samples '96. This award is given to a Hannibal-LaGrange graduate who has given outstanding service to the college or their community through involvement in civic endeavors, religious leadership, or philanthropic efforts.

Born in Fort Madison, Iowa, Libby received her Associates of Science in Nursing degree from HLGU in 1996.

Following graduation, Libby worked at Hannibal Regional Hospital for one year, then moved back to Iowa, and has been working on the pediatric unit at Great River Medical Center in Burlington since 1988.

In 2008, Libby, along with some friends, started an event entitled the 12:1 Run, based on Hebrews 12:1 which says "let us run with endurance," (ESV). Recognizing that all runners would understand the need for clean water, Libby and her friends use the event to raise money to purchase water units that chlorinate dirty water, making it safe to drink. The 12:1 Run has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and sent units out all over the world.

After traveling to Burundi, Africa to deliver water units, Libby wrote a children's book entitled, Why We Run, which parallels two little girls, one in Africa, and one in the US, who never meet, but both learn a lesson about perseverance. Why We Run details the purpose of the 12:1 Run, to bring health, water, and Jesus to the world, and is available for purchase at amazon.com.

Libby and her husband, Jason, live in Danville, Iowa with their five children, Grant, 16, Wade, 15, Kyle, 13, Will, 10, and Faith, 8. She attends Harmony Bible Church in Danville, volunteers for the Danville Football Moms, and teaches a women's Bible study.

Distinguished Alumnus

The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Rev. Wesley D. Hammond '85. This award is presented to an HLGU graduate for significant and broad accomplishments in business or professional life, or for state or nation.

Born in Lexington, MO, Wesley received his Bachelor of Theology degree from HLGU in 1985. Wesley has also done masters coursework at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary.

From 1988 to 1995 Wesley served as pastor at Emanuel Baptist Church in Fallon, NV. Currently, he serves as the pastor at First Baptist Church of Paris, in Paris, MO, where he has been since 1995 and as President of the Missouri Baptist Convention and Chairman of the Associational Missions Partnership Taskforce.

With a heart for missions, Wesley has served with the International Mission Board in Belarus, Romania, El Salvador, and Senegal. He has also led church mission trips across much of the United States, from Maine and Massachusetts to Colorado and Wyoming. His experience in Southern Baptist Convention Leadership includes serving with the North American Mission Board as a certified trainer, the Home Mission Board, the Baptist Sunday School Board and the SBC Tellers Committee.

In the Paris community, Wesley has served as Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Paris Rotary Club, as Board Member and President of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Paris National Bank Community Investment Advisory Council.

Wesley is married to his wife, Diana, and they have two sons, Stephen, 18, and Michael, 16. His passions include family, friends, walking with God, and teaching others to walk with Him also.

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Contact Information

Lauren Youse
Alumni Services Office