Hannibal-LaGrange begins new school year
By Brandy Campbell
HLG Public Relations
August 31, 2004
HANNIBAL – Hannibal-LaGrange College welcomed students back on campus as they moved into the dorms on Aug. 28. Day classes began Sept. 1 and evening classes on Sept. 2.
HLG experienced another record year with more than 450 students from 24 states and 15 countries making their home on the HLG campus. As resident students continue to increase, HLG has taken several steps to increase housing, including renovation of the Mary Wiehe building into dorm space and converting the president’s home into student housing. Total enrollment for this year is around 1,170 students with more than 800 being serviced on the Hannibal campus.
The first week of school, Welcome Week, began on Aug. 28, with the second annual Walk of Honor, in which freshmen and transfer students will walk from the Roland Fine Arts Center to the arch in front of the administration building, where they were greeted by HLG President Woodrow Burt.
On Aug. 29, local churches were invited to set up booths on the lawn so students new to the area could begin their search for a church to attend while at college. A worship service and ice cream social was held on the evening of Aug. 29.
Aug. 30 included Hannibal’s Helping Hands, a service opportunity in which HLG students participate in meaningful projects and activities in the Hannibal community. This year’s projects and activities include cleaning, painting, reading to the elderly, yard work, and highway clean up.
“During new student orientation our students are not only acclimated to the culture of HLG, but also to the culture of Hannibal,” said Tom Hufty, Vice President for Collegiate Affairs. “Our students will put on their work gloves and provide needed services to over 15 businesses and organizations in the Hannibal area.”
Welcome Week continued with a variety of activities, including HLG Fest on Aug. 31, which included games and activities on the front lawn, and president’s chapel on Sept. 1.