Each month we highlight one exceptional Hanoverian. Do you know a Hanover College graduate that deserves recognition? Is their work in the community something to celebrate? Have they achieved a personal or career milestone? Whatever you find to be noteworthy, we’d love to hear from you so they can be acknowledged. Please tell us about noteworthy alumni.
Even though Horine is a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of Hanover today, he initially approached the College with reluctance. Having grown up in southern Indiana, he initially wanted to attend a school further from home.
However, facing the realities of a long-term, debilitating kidney condition forced him to stay close, but after a dozen surgeries in four years, the family-like support Horine received at Hanover made the decision the right one.
Graduating this past May with a degree in philosophy and as a Business Scholar, he said he wasn’t sure he would have been able to achieve that feat at any other institution. One reason was his professors, whom Horine found to be both caring and challenging.
“Even after a surgery, (they) would always ask how I was doing first,” he said, “but a quick second comment was always ‘You know you have an assignment due.’”
While participating in the Business Scholars Program, Horine experienced a life-changing internship when he was able to return to his hometown of Henryville, Ind. and help rebuild his high school after it was destroyed by an EF4 tornado in 2012.
During his senior year at Hanover, Horine met with alumni from across the country as a student ambassador for the Live Our Loyalty Campaign.
“I was so moved by the experience that I made a promise to contribute part of my first (pay) check to the College.”
He kept his word a few months later and joined the thousands of alumni who support their alma mater every year with gifts of all sizes.
Today, Horine is in the management trainee program at PPG Industries in Louisville, Ky., and pursuing a master’s degree in industrial management.
“I was fortunate to accept a position with a Fortune 500 company just a few months removed from graduation,” he said, “and I am a firm believer that Hanover College played a significant role in making this possible.”
Inspired by her parents’ strong work ethic and dedication to public service, Barb Alder ‘77 developed a passion for community involvement and outreach early in her career.
She currently serves as director of Purdue University’s Office of Engagement, a position she took after 26 years with Verizon Communications Inc. Active in community service, Alder also serves on the Madison County Education Coalition steering committee, where she formerly chaired the College Readiness Committee. She was a former member of the boards of directors for the Anderson Education Foundation and the Anderson Impact Center, Inc.
Alder serves on the boards of the Hancock Community Education Alliance, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the Flagship Enterprise Center, Women & Hi-Tech and the Paramount Heritage Foundation, serving as that organization's Vice President.
Additional activities include membership in the Indianapolis downtown Rotary Club, serving as the immediate past-president of the Hanover College Alumni Association board of directors and attending Hanover’s signature and special events, among others. Alder is a member of the 1827 Society and The James Blythe Presidents’ Club.
A business administration major and member of Kappa Alpha Theta at Hanover, Alder earned her MBA at Indiana University-Fort Wayne.
Who inspires you?
It’s more a class of people than any particular individuals — people who come from modest means, overcome tough odds, and still achieve great things. I am particularly impressed with people who are firsts at what they do: trailblazers and pioneers that pave the way for the rest of us. Many people don’t know that I was the first woman assistant director of admission at Hanover, and only the second female admissions counselor, following Mary Makarius. So thanks to Mary, for opening that door for me and for all the women who have followed in that office.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
I have been told I have good instincts and that I should listen to them.
"Barb is a breath of fresh air. She always has a smile and is gracious to everyone she meets."
Jan Patterson Haas '79
What do you like most about your current job?
My current position affords me the opportunity to meet and interact with a wide variety of amazing people. I also have the entire portfolio of Purdue University’s people and programs to call upon when someone brings me a problem that needs to be solved. That’s an amazing set of resources.
What was your favorite class at Hanover?
(Professor Emeritus of Theatre) Tom Evans’ Intro to Theatre. In fact, if I had had any talent in that area and money/job prospects had been of no concern, perhaps that would have been my major. It was so much fun and all the theatre majors seemed to be having such a great time!
Tell us about your HC Connection
As I have said to graduating seniors in my toast to them at the Alumni Senior Banquet, they feel a strong tie to their classmates and friends around them now. What they will learn as they leave campus, and as the years go by, is that the tie to Hanover actually grows stronger with time and distance. Whenever I meet someone with a Hanover College connection, be it alumni, a parent or current student, we have an immediate bond that is something only other Hanoverians can understand and appreciate.
Culver came to Hanover with the assumption that his interest in math and entrepreneurship would automatically translate into a career in engineering. His plans evolved, however, when Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business Administration Paul Blume opened his eyes to the power of small business.
Describing his Hanover experience as freedom to discover himself, Culver has played an integral role in Hanover’s DNA by making an annual contribution to his alma mater every year for the past 22 years.
“I give as a small way to register my approval that Hanover should exist as a reasonable private college alternative to the large impersonal state universities,” he said. “I want middle class families to have private college options. I also want to keep alive those great memories by keeping Hanover alive and financially strong.”
After graduation, Culver earned an MBA in finance from Butler University and pursued a career in that field. He currently serves as a business consultant for Transworld Business Advisors, working with business men and women looking to either buy or sell a business.
As an advocate for children, economic empowerment, education and health, Culver has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Kids Against Hunger and Rotary International, where he served as president of the Greenwood chapter. He also gives his time to Shepherd Community Center, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty on the east side of Indianapolis.
Culver and his wife, Andrea, have three children and live in Greenwood, Ind.