Mildred "Millie" Thompson Blackerby ’35
"My first day at Hanover, Mr. Muncie, who was superintendent of schools for the county, dropped me off to register. My family had no money to give me. I had $25 and didn't even know where I would sleep that night.
I went to lunch with a professor and the administration arranged for me to stay with Doris and Jay Taff and their baby Jay. Mr. Taff was the undertaker in the village of Hanover. I lived there my Freshman year.
I was mentored on campus by Mrs. Anderson, a professor of modern foreign languages. I ate my meals at her home and helped care for her elderly father, Hervey, who had been a law partner of Clarence Darrow at one time.
Mrs. Anderson and other faculty at Hanover felt that I should experience dormitory life and made it possible for me to have additional scholarship money to cover my dormitory costs until my Senior year. That year the college loaned me the tuition and dormitory costs, and I repaid them when I went to work after graduation.
Originally I planned to take a two year teacher training course, but stayed for four years, and received a Bachelor's degree in English."
Millie's daughter writes: "Although mother's eyesight is failing, her mind is still sharp. She retired after teaching school in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for many years. She still enjoys composing and reciting poetry. The following poems "Frost" and "To A Red Haired Girl" were written while she was a student at Hanover. "Frost" was inspired by the campus at night at she walked to Mrs. Anderson's residence to the dormitory on the other side. "To The Red Haired Girl" was for her friend, Mary Shook. "Prayer For Me" was written more recently.
A silver siren takes her brush,
And where the moon shines through the trees,
Paints cold white shafts across the snow.
Somewhere heavy footfalls crush
Her handiwork; she sees
Her irate image near below.
The silver siren is a gray-green ghoul;
she shuts the moon up in the sky;
she blows dense waves of frost,
And breathes a devil in the wanderer's soul
That makes him cry;He knows that he is lost.
"To A Red Haired Girl"
For she can go to church and hear what isn't said,
And look at stiff, dry spinsters all around,And wonder if one ever turned her head
Upon a lover's shoulder, or ever found
An ecstacy in heavy springtime night,
Or the slither of cool water past her breasts.
Perhaps some golden days did light
Their lives, until the blackish purple crests
Closed fast the gay white imps that leapt
In their young hearts for just a little while.
Had they fought back or closed their eyes and wept,
Or shrugged their shoulders with a half-queer smile?
Then she can think, "When I look semi-dead,
Will girts remember that my hair was red?"
"Prayer for Me"
Fall softly on my face,
Cold winter snow, warm summer rain.
Keep my low spirits in the race;
I have some goals to gain.
Grant me some special insights,
A mystic spirit, amazing grace.
Let me envision with my soul.
My eyesight's not kept pace.
The picture is of Millie with her three children, Jack, Molly, and Ritchie. The three of us are college graduates. My daughter is currently working on her doctorate in chemical engineering at MIT, and Millie's great grandson is in pre-law at the University of Tennessee. All because of the seeds planed by Hanover in helping a poor, but talented girl from Kentucky in 1931. Jack has taken Mother to several reunions at Hanover. She established a scholarship at Hanover and always loves to hear from anyone there. She will be 100 years old in February of 2013.
Sincerely, Molly Brockman, Casstown, OH
Jim Taflinger ’41
Personal information: I’m in my 91st year and celebrated my 75th wedding anniversary November 2010.
Your favorite class? European history.
Your favorite professor? Arthur Hogue, history.
Campus involvement: Basketball manager for two years; contributor to The Triangle.
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? My wife and son would not have been happy with that!
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? 41 years of teaching and administration.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Gave me a direction for my life.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? As the only married student on the campus, it was special to have a son who was important to many of the students.
College Chapel: One of the most important events in my college life was chapel four days a week. The student who sat next to me became a life long friend. I stopped to visit her in Fort Wayne, Ind., a short while before her death.
My story: I remember Frank “Blacky” Jean ’43 scored 70 points in a home basketball game against the University of Louisville in 1943. Note, this was before the three-point shot! I have checked whenever possible and can find no other player in an Indiana college game who has scored this many points.
It’s really a shame this wasn’t he wasn't inducted into the Hall of Fame before his death. It was in the national sports news. He was the individual scoring champion of the Indiana colleges with a total of 404 points in 15 games. The 70 points against Louisville lifted his amazing performance average to 27 points a game. There was less scoring by teams in those days.
A sad memory from Homecoming is the three floral bouquets I saw in the Beta Theta Pi front yard. They were for the three members of the fraternity killed in an auto accident in northern Indiana. One was from Vevay, Ind., and the second from Salem, Ind.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? My college experience was more than I had expected!
Jan Hern Anderson ’43
Your favorite class? Music education and Latin.
Campus involvement: president of Donner Hall, secretary of YWCA, piano accompanist for Glee Club, Classical Club and vocal soloist.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? It helped me make lifetime friends, several still living, with whom I contact throughout the year.
My story: After earning eight hours at Indiana University in the summer of 1942, I began my teaching career of 37 years Feb. 1, 1943 at Lynn High School (Ind.).
I helped pay my tuition by conducting music listening classes at night on the top floor of Classic Hall. After class, I was responsible for putting away the long-play records and closing the music room. A student always escorted me back to Donner Hall.
One night, I woke up and saw that Classic Hall was on fire! It gave me an eerie feeling, knowing that I was one of the last persons to leave there that evening!
Some of my friends will remember me as the Phi Mu who played the marimba. Hanover has a special place in my memory. I loved it there on that beautiful, scenic campus.
In 1940, when I was a freshman, there was an all-college cruise on the Ohio River. What a thrilling experience!
I was in the choir with Professor Ruth Graham. It was a requirement to sing in the choir at the Hanover Presbyterian Church service every Sunday morning!
Graham held my music theory-harmony class in her home after Classic Hall burned. There were only three or four students in it.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? One of the happiest times in my life!
Lorene Eakins Hodell ’43
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Robert Hodell, also a freshman, and I met Thanksgiving evening and had a dance or two. We married four years later.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? My preparation for a teaching career — I taught for 30 years in Fort Wayne Community Schools. I always remember Hanover's beautiful environment and the friendships we made and enjoyed — and I am now 90 years old!
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? My experience at Hanover has been a lasting inspiration, both material and spiritual, throughout my life.
Helen "Straw" Strawbridge Bernardez ’45
Your favorite professor? Who could I leave out? Mary Louise Fitton, librarian, who held my hand when I edited The Triangle? Ned Guthrie, who taught one chemistry course for me alone? Viola Mitchell, physical education, who had us so gung-ho for intramurals that it helped make up for the lack of standard college athletics?
There was Arthur Hogue, who taught history so masterfully (“Just hit the century on the date. I’m more interested in the why.”) George Zirkle, who taught psychology.
Also, Mrs. Parker buzzed about and stirred us all up while President Parker quietly kept the school going during difficult years.
My story: I still remember one religious emphasis week when the Rev.
H. Ganse Little, who headed the Presbyterian Church for many years, enthralled us all.
During my senior year, Donald Steiner, who headed alumni relations, asked a group of us if we ever considered serving the church. I glibly replied, “I’m a chemistry major.” While I was at the University of Illinois getting my master's in chemistry, he wrote to me and said, “Silliman University in the Philippines needs a chemistry teacher” and started me on the path to a three year appointment by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions to teach at Silliman. (Mrs. Parker was on the Board.)
While at Silliman, I met my future husband. We lived and worked in the Philippines until 1976 when the Martial Law situation caused our move back to the States. In spite of the war and classes in basements, my Hanover years were happy, and we were given the foundation for useful, satisfying lives.
Martha Gwinn Browne ’48
Personal information: Retired teacher, retired organist at First Christian Church, Madison, Ind.
Your favorite class? German.
Your favorite professor? Russell Kutz, education.
Campus involvement: Band and music.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? It gave me the necessary skills for a career in teaching.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? My granddaughter is enrolled there.
I remember going to Professor Kutz’s home for dinner and I cherish my experience at the lodge of Phi Mu.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Fantastic education.
Betty Howard Strathern ’48
Personal information: Retired Central Intelligence Agency officer.
Your favorite class? International relations.
Your favorite professor? Arthur Hogue, history.
Campus involvement: Women's Athletic Association Board, Student Christian Association, French Club, Dormitory Council, Revonah, Public Affairs Forum, Phi Mu.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Led me to a satisfying career.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Fond memories.
My story: When I entered Hanover College in September 1944, the War was the most important thing in all our lives. My freshman class was about 70 of which 10 were males. Since we did not have any men's athletics, women’s intramurals were a big event. I learned soccer, field hockey, speedball, volleyball, softball, ran track, and did broad jumps and ran hurdles when the team was desperate. I have the blue ribbons to prove these activities! I carried a full load of classes at the same time and earned B’s and A’s, but not the straight A’s I was used to in high school.
In my junior year, the veterans started to return. The College was jammed and they held some classes in the president’s dining room. During my senior year, the challenges in the world began to change and my interest in foreign affairs increased. In one of my courses we each chose a country and became its representative in debates. I was one of the founding members of the Public Affairs Forum and this shy young girl was one of the participants who interviewed Congressman Walter Judd on Cincinnati’s Radio Station WLW May 16, 1948.
I first majored in French, but ended with a language major with German, Spanish, Latin and Classical Greek. I almost had a history major and almost a political science minor. Actually, I liked all of my courses, even the music course I was afraid of failing. I was sorry I couldn’t take the geology and anthropology courses my roommate took, but there was no space in my schedule for them.
Hanover was the best thing that ever happened to me. The fun sports activities, friendly students, and the interested and caring teachers made this a memorable experience. It prepared me for an exciting career in foreign affairs.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Hanover opened up new worlds and ideas and made me think.
Bill Wendt ’49
Personal information: Retired school administrator. Married to Carolyn Sharp Wendt ’49.
Your favorite class? Economics
Your favorite professor? Dr. Austin
Campus involvement: PAF, Choir, Business Club
Carolyn Sharp Wendt ’49
Personal information: Retired Church Choir Director (45 years)
Your favorite class? German
Your favorite professor? Ruth Graham
Campus involvement: Student council, Choir, Student handbook, Who's Who in Colleges
Off campus opportunities were not available while we were at Hanover.
How has the Hanover College Experience change your life? Life long relationships were formed. It broadened our outlook in or to solve problems as they appear. We considered ourselves to be part of a family.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? A place where we met and is a special place to visit together. Brings all kinds of remembrances to mind.
Our story: Bill and I arrived on campus as Freshmen in 1945. He was fresh out of the Army and I was fresh out of high school. We were in Choir together, but no other classes. There were so few on campus that you knew everyone. We all ate in Donner Hall at the same table every meal. After the meal we would congregate in Donner Lounge and have a sing-a-long. It wasn't long before you knew fraternity and sorority songs. Donner dining room also served as the place where we had morning chapel. Seniors sat to the front , Juniors next, then Sophomores. Freshmen sat at the back that we called "Can't Corner." Can't see, can't hear, can't get out!
When Bill signed up for classes he was assigned to Dr. Austin. He suggested Bill major in business. He did and became his career as a business teacher in high school.
Bill also had an interesting introduction to Hanover. He wrote for information, wasn't an application, told to take the train from Chicago to Scottsburg. He followed the instructions and found himself on the train platform in Scottsburg. Having been in the Army, hitch hiking has been his mode of transportation. There was an adult, a woman, meeting the trains. He is standing on the platform with one suitcase. She approached him and asked if he was going to Hanover. He told her he was going to hitch hike. She told him it was too far and she was there to give a ride. It was the President's wife Mrs. Parker. This was always a remembrance they shared.
Bill and I did not date until our Junior year and were married after we graduated. We celebrated our 61st wedding anniversary last August 2010.
We have wonderful memories of our campus days. It was an honor for me to represent the Class of 1949 in the inauguration of President DeWine.
We also have a daughter, Julia Wendt Nixon ’73, and son-in-law, Jim Nixon ’73, and granddaughter, Becky Nixon ’06 who are Hanover graduates.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence what would you say? A wonderful life changing experience for both of us.
Alberta Meyer Fine ’50
Your favorite class? Psychology.
Your favorite professor? Blanche Adams, psychology, sociology.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I matured a lot!
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The Hanover friends I still have.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Wonderful!
Margie Stewart Meyer ’50
Your favorite class? Psychology.
Your favorite professor? George Zirkle, psychology.
Campus Involvement: Sorority and softball.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I met my husband the first day of our freshman year and married him the last day of my freshman year.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The wonderful people I met. Professors who really encouraged and helped their students in and out of class. Athletics.
My story: I arrived at Hanover College excited to check into Donner Hall. My parents were with me as well as my childhood friend, Pat Stevens Pritchitt ’50, who was to be my roommate.
What excitement there was as we put up drapes, made the beds, put the skirt on the dressing table and nail keg, which served as the seat for the dressing table. Pat and I had sewed all summer long getting ready for this big day.
Our room was absolutely beautiful and it was time to say goodbye to our folks and meet some of the other girls in the dorm who would become our friends; some of them became our sorority sisters.
The first day of classes I had psychology with Professor Zirkle. Two seats down from me was a big 6-foot-2-inch blond boy. The fellow next to me asked if I had an extra pencil that Harold “Hattie” Meyer ’50 could borrow. I did and after class he gave the pencil back and thanked me.
The following weekend he asked me for a date but I said no; I really was afraid to go out alone with him, and my roommate was the only person that I knew well so far.
I was at The Cabin with some girls and Hattie came over and asked me to dance. I accepted, and we agreed that I would go out with him if he would get my roommate a date so we could double date. We wound up having a wonderful time at a French restaurant some of his new friends had suggested.
The school year was wonderful and exciting. I became an Alpha Delta Pi.
In 1947, State Day was in Indianapolis, my home town. I invited Hattie to go to the dance with me and stay at my house. That night he gave me an engagement ring and the band played “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” — what excitement! I couldn’t say no, could I? Of course not.
My parents and his parents were not pleased as my parents did not know Hattie and his parents did not know me. They were sure it would never last.
We married in the Presbyterian Church in Hanover, June 20, 1947. We both had finals that day. The day before, measles had broken out in the dorms causing me to move out with my bridesmaids and my sister, Betty, who was my maid of honor.
It turned out to be a beautiful wedding, and The Phi Gam’s gave us a wedding reception at the fraternity house. A brother took pictures, another brother’s dad got us reservations at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., for the first night and Hattie’s brother-in-law loaned us his convertible to get there.
We went the wrong way after crossing the bridge into Louisville and ended up with a police escort, with sirens blaring, to the Brown Hotel instead of a ticket.
This marriage that would never survive did just that, with two children, for 48 years when I lost my husband to cancer. We now have eight great-grandchildren. He would have enjoyed them so much.
This man, Harold (Hattie) Meyer was Little All American at Hanover College in 1947. I am so proud to have been his wife!
Mr. John M. Selig ’50
Your favorite class? Math.
Your favorite professor? John Yarnelle, mathematics.
Campus involvement: Public Affairs, Intramurals, Varsity H Club and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Sports, working hard, studying math and using it in my career plan.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Attending all Homecomings since I retired to the farm and going to ballgames. I just attended my 60th reunion, and I enjoyed serving on the Alumni Board.
My story: I lettered in football and basketball for four years. In football, I was all conference and all state for two years, having played on the offense and defense teams.
In my senior year, we played in Hanover College’s first bowl game. It was the Burley Bowl in 1949 at Johnson City, Tenn. Although we lost to Emory-Henry University, it was a great experience for us and for the fans. The team traveled by train in those days.
I majored in math and Professor Yarnelle was my advisor. He made it interesting, and I enjoyed it, which carried over to my teaching in senior high school in Clifton, Ill. We competed and I coached the Math teams in tournaments in the Chicago area schools.
We won the Kankakee Valley Championship in my last year of teaching, having been a runner up the year before. During my career, I worked in the summer as a mathematician with computers at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and for NASA at the Marshall Space Center. When men first landed on the moon, we didn’t celebrate until they got back with Dr. Von Braum and company.
After retiring from teaching in 1974, I took a full-time position for the U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone, Ala. There I helped develop the sample data system for the Patriot Missile System used in the first Gulf War. I did other research projects before retiring in 1992 and coming back to Indiana on the family farm not far from Hanover College. I have been active in the Southeastern Indiana Alumni Association and served as its president for one year.
Violet Andrew Asmuth ’51
Personal information: Currently teaching communication at the University of Florida.
Campus involvement: Theater, choir, deputation teams from the Student Christian Association that visited churches.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Opened a world that gave me a quest for education. I now have a doctorate.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? I met my husband, Robert ’51, at Hanover and we had 58 years until he died.
My story: The first semester I learned that I had a weak academic background from my Chicago high school. I was shocked! As the semesters rolled on, I learned how to study, and the small classes kept me on my toes in preparation for each class. The professors were excellent. Years later when I went to graduate school, I truly appreciated my Hanover education and did not have the adjustment that had been such a problem as a freshman at Hanover.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Hanover was filled with educational challenges, lasting friendships and lots of fun.
Dottie Johnson Bockstiegel ’51
Your favorite class? Theatre
Your favorite professor? Robert Bowers
Campus involvement: Choir Student Christian Organization, Sorority Alpha Delta PI, Theatre.
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? It gave me a sense that I was a person who had value and gifts.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Fond memories, I received a good education there. It broadened my view of the world.
My story: I remember my first few weeks at Hanover. I moved into a room at The Point House. The rooms were set up for two people and usually there were two dressers in the room. For some reason there was only one in mine and my new roommate had completely occupied it. We did not do too well together but there were some people across the hall and down the hall who became friends with me and helped me to feel valued. After six weeks of living out of my suitcase, I moved in with one of my new friends.
I learned that difficult beginnings can be changed if we look around and keep expecting good to happen.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? A time of growing up in many ways.
Pat McDonald Mote ’51
Your favorite class? All of them, except for geology.
Your favorite professor? Leland Miles, English; Dorothy Bucks, English.
Campus involvement: I was only at Hanover for my last three semesters. I had a heavy class load because of transferring, which left little time for activities.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? The way we were encouraged to think critically at a time when many colleges only demanded rote learning.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? I’m proud to be an alum of a college with such a solid reputation.
My story: April 15, 1951, less than two months from graduation, the open windows of Classic Hall let in the distracting sounds and fragrance of spring.
Our American lit class did a double-take when Professor Miles walked in with a radio tucked under his arm. Was our esteemed professor abandoning what my roommate often referred to as the “Miles Theory of Work?” Would this be the day I could actually look at this handsome 26-year old professor instead of keeping my head buried in my notebook? What was happening?
Few of the students were aware that on this day a historic message would come from the nation's Capitol. Professor Miles was determined to arouse us from our blasé indifference.
Our teacher admonished us to listen to Gen. Douglas MacArthur as he defended his position from which President Harry Truman had relieved him. MacArthur had wished to provoke aggression toward Communist China; Truman refused permission. Nevertheless, MacArthur’s distinguished service to the nation as Commander of the Allied Forces in Japan in World War II, and in the past year as Commander of the U.N. military forces in South Korea had earned him a hero’s welcome home, and an invitation to address the Congress.
As the General’s stentorian tones resounded from the tinny Philco on the professor’s desk, no one could miss the point of today’s activity. Even though, occupied with term papers and looking toward graduation, we may have missed the importance of President Truman’s action, we understood it now. It was difficult not to sympathize with the “old soldier who would never die, just fade away.” Yet, we were made aware that the General had dared to differ with the orders of his Commander-in-Chief.
Professor Miles force-fed his students a lesson that day that has stayed with me all my life: We who live in a democracy must listen thoughtfully to the content and position of political speeches; we cannot let ourselves be swayed by powerful oratory and appeals to our emotions. And nowadays, that applies to the telegenic appeal of politicians as well as the endless barrage of sound bites and tweets that invade our lives.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Three semesters that broadened my outlook and were forceful in shaping my life.
Gene Poynter Jr. ’51
Your favorite professor? George Swartz.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? What I gained in the past. I was a World War II veteran, and the G.I. bill and Hanover took me from factory labor to a profession.
My story: I was married when I came to Hanover to Beverly Maxwell Poynter ’51, a real quality lady. We both worked in the summers to supplement the G.I. bill payments that were $90 a month to start. Our efforts, plus being able to interact with a very fine group of people, made this experience ver beneficial and very pleasant. I would urge anyone who has the opportunity to go to Hanover to give it their very best. For Bev and I it paid big dividends.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? A very rewarding experience.
Judy Beebe Whitcombe ’51
My story: The first production in the Hanover College Theatre was, "The Man Who Came To Dinner." Jane Parker Huber ’48 and Carter Elliott ’49 had the leads, and I played my first role, the world-weary actress. I was 17.
My local Los Angeles theater is now producing "The Diviners," written by Jim Leonard ’78 and first performed by Hanover College Theatre. I think I’ll audition. It would round things out nicely.
Kathy Hadley Brentlinger ’52
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? It made my life what it is today – GREAT!
John ’52 and Nancy Hulett Brownrigg ’52
Your favorite class? Biology.
Your favorite professor? J. Dan Webster, biology.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? A very fine time in our lives!
Tom Johns ’53
Your favorite class? Sociology.
Your favorite professor? Most were great.
Campus involvement: Theatre, Student Christian Association; president, Sigma Chi; football, choir.
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? Everything I did shaped my career — 25 years in higher education and 25 years building and running a college for seniors.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? A great education that pointed me toward my career. Returned to Hanover as chaplain, became vice president of four schools and president of Pikeville College.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The beautiful campus and many old friends.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? A truly liberal arts education.
Edward Swearingen ’53
Your favorite class? Journalism.
Your favorite professor? Frank Baker, English, journalism.
Campus Involvement: Editor, Hanover Triangle; Band and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Exposed me to people with varying interests, objectives and backgrounds.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? It's location near my home.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? We grew up fast!
Carl Geider ’54
Personal information: I continue to live in Alabama about nine months a year and in Washington, D.C., during the summer months. Our granddaughters are in high school and both excel in academics getting straight A’s. Also, they are literally track stars!
Your favorite class? European history.
Your favorite professor? Robert Bowers, history.
Campus involvement: Acting. In my freshman year I performed in “Shall We Join The Ladies?” I also took first in the Goodrich Oratorical Contest.
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? The Rev. John Fox at Hanover Presbyterian Church invited me to assist in worship services. He was a good mentor.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? The school community gave me the direction I needed in service to others. Mrs. Albert Parker inspired me as did the guests she invited students to meet.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The friendliness of students and faculty. Many I have not seen since graduating, but I still remember them well.
My story: I attended a Metropolitan Opera performance of "Parsival," by Richard Wagner at Indiana University. There was a small number of students and Professor Bowers. Other events were Homecoming activities and the presence of many grads at the Chi chapter house.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? A place where one can figuratively and literally get to The Point and enjoy the grandeur that it offers.
Mick Hennegan ’54
Personal information: My wife, Carolyn Ogden Hennegan ’56, died Nov. 23, 2009.
Your favorite class? Test and Measurements.
Your favorite professor? Raymond "Dutch" Struck, physical education.
Campus Involvement: Basketball.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? The people I met.
Don Kissel ’54
My story: I met the lady who would become my wife, Patsy Brendle Kissel ’55. We were married for 55 years before she died, June 20, 2009.
I also remember the physics professor who had ping pong tournaments in his basement. I enjoyed trying to get wrestling recognized as a sport.
I had always been involved with sports but found wrestling to be the one that was best for me. We put on an exhibition and I heard my name yelled when I took down my opponent, but it was out of bounds. I was pinned in the first period.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? It was a great experience!
Rev. Bob Dulaney ’55
Your favorite class? English literature.
Your favorite professor? Leland Miles; I lived in his house after my marriage.
Campus Involvement: Class president 1951, 1954.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? I served as president of Intra Fraternity Council (IFC). We went to New York to get an award and stayed in the Waldorf Astoria. I also served as student pastor of a Presbyterian Church in Indiana.
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? I'm still learning.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Helped me to mature.
My story: I remember walking past a young man playing the piano. Intrigued that I didn’t recognize the tune (which shouldn’t be surprising since I have zilch musical talent), I asked him what the music was. His name was Jim Hargrave ’57, and he told me he was playing his own compositions. I was really impressed and struck up a friendship.
After a few weeks, I asked him if he thought he could write some words for his music. He said he thought he could. I asked if he would be interested in doing a musical drama for the college. He said, “Sure!”
So we invited a few others to join us and the result was a musical presented May 1954. To my knowledge this is still the only student production in Hanover's history.
In early March 2010, I had a stroke. That kept me from attending the 55th reunion.
February 25, 2011 update to My Story:
I have completed my Life's story for my grandkids and thought why not send the chapter to Hanover. A bit of background is needed for you. In December 1949, I was home in Cincinnati, Ohio for Christmas vacation from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. On December 23, I was Christmas caroling with my friends from the Presbyterian church I grew up in, and a drunk driver ran into a car another young man and I were entering. He was killed, I had two crushed legs. So it was after more than 25 major surgeries and nine months on my back that I ended up at Hanover because the men's dorm had a bathtub. I could not stand without shoes. So I couldn't shower like others, but needed a bathtub. So I could fall into the bathtub in the men's bathroom on the first floor of the men's dorm and leave my feet with braces on hang over the side of the tub. Some reason to choose Hanover isn't it? It was the only college within 200 miles of Cincinnati that had a bathtub!
It was 21 months after the accident when I returned to college. This time it was to Hanover College, a small isolated college in southern Indiana. Hanover, established in 1827, is the oldest institution of learning in Indiana and has Presbyterian affiliations. It was a school of 700 students at that time and located about 10 miles from Madison, Indiana. The beautiful campus sits on 400 foot bluff above the Ohio river as it wanders its way towards the Mississippi. Being a small school and somewhat isolated the social life at that time was based on Greek organizations and small activity groups.
I pledged Sigma Chi and group-wise was active for four years in the Student Christian Association, and Alpha Phi Omega, which was a boy scout organization, which did small projects around campus. In the fraternity I was Rush Chairman, Pledge Trainer, and Historian during my four years. My freshman year I was elected class president as I was my junior year. I was president of the interfraternity council when we won a national award for excellence. I got to go to New York City to receive the award. I stayed in the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel. On campus, I instigated the creation of the community chest to raise money for charities near the campus. My sophomore year I was dorm counselor and kept order on the floor when I lived in the men's dorm. In 1953, my major was English Literature hoping to make up for my wasted years in English at High School and at Miami. My junior year I did have two poems published in the National College Anthology of Poetry.
My junior year, in 1953, a student by the name of Jim Danbury told me that this small church in Rising Sun, Indiana was without a pastor. And he was wondering if I would be interested in being a student pastor for them? I agreed it might be interesting to look into. So I met with delegates from the Church and from the Presbytery and they all agreed to give me a try. I went back to Cincinnati to chat with my pastor Dr. Morehead at Westwood First Presbyterian Church. He gave me two books to help me write a new sermon each week. One book had suggested text and had some thoughts on how to develop the suggested theme and some illustrations for the different themes. The second book was a book of prayers for use during a worship service.
The church provide me a room for sleeping and working, in a home owned by the church called a manse. My room was on the second floor. Only one problem; the house was rented to a young couple which meant I had to walk through their bedroom to get to the bathroom. And yes, I had to walk through their bedroom after they had gone to bed for the night. I used the upstairs room every Saturday night to write the sermon and to type the Sunday bulletin and print on a mimeograph machine, which was a very dirty job. Black ink going on everything. The sermon help book worked out fine. I also use the book of beautiful prayers during the Sunday service because they were longer and beautifully worded prayers.
One Saturday afternoon I was cleaning the chancel area of the sanctuary with the superintendent of the Public School system. He found the prayer book on the shelf of the pulpit and asked me, "What is this?" I told him and he said, "Oh thank God, I always wondered why you could pray better than you could preach!" On the third Sunday that I left worship everyone leaving told me what a good sermon I had. The last person to leave was a little old lady about 80 who pulled my head down to her and whispered, "Son , you forgot to take up the offering!" So it was a good for nothing sermon that they liked. And here I thought I had a bright future.
The church paid me $50 a week for doing the above and being flush with cash I did the manly thing. I traded my Ford in for a used Chevy convertible which I really loved (if you can love a car.) So for two years, every Saturday at 12 p.m. I left the campus with my typewriter in the trunk and my black German Shepherd, Blackie (now the Sigma Chi fraternity dog,) in the back seat with the top down on those beautiful Indiana fall and spring days. I did not return to campus till 6 p.m. the next day. I missed a lot of weekend campus and fraternity life.
One day I was walking through one of the college dorm lobbies and heard some beautiful piano music. I walked over to meet the young man playing the piano and struck up a conversation. I asked him what music he was playing. He said it was music he composed. His name was Jim Hargrave ’57. We became friends and I asked him one day if he thought he could write words to fit the music he composed? He said he could, so I asked him if he might be interested in putting on a musical. Why I will never know, because I have absolutely no musical ability whatsoever! But all the stuff I did with the youth at Westwood First Presbyterian Church came in handy.
I found some other classmates interested and a girl and I wrote the script. Jim wrote the music and we persuaded the Dance Club to do the dancing and we had tryouts for acting parts. I had been in two plays for the Drama Department so that made me the expert. I appointed myself to be the director, but in reality I was the producer. Jim arranged all the music for about five other musicians and had a little band for the music. So we produced SHOWTOWN USA. The show was presented on two nights in the last part of May.
To date this is the only student production in the 175 year history of Hanover. You might be able to imagine my life as a full time student and had fraternity obligations, leaving campus every Saturday and not returning till Sunday evening besides putting on this production. At the end of my senior year and right before graduation, I was awarded the Alumni Award given for Scholarship Character Citzenship.
My major was English Literature, with lots of other stuff like logic, philosophy, psychology and sociology. While I went through the graduation day ceremony. I never received a diploma for my AB degree because my Greek professor died. To graduate from Hanover, you needed two years of a foreign languages. I chose Greek my Junior year. The professor died and I could not make up another language credit, but my senior year I took a year of German. That left me needing to pick up one year of German credits after graduation.
It was during the summer of my junior year (1954) that I went home for surgery on my left ankle to remove the necessity of wearing a heavy brace on that leg. I have already detailed how Joyce and I met and courted. It was tough for both of us being separated with me away at Hanover during my senior year. I drove frequently to Dayton to see her. Eventually we decided the best solution to our separation was to get married. I asked her shocked father for his daughter's hand. I think he and her mother questioned her sanity to marry a cripple. But they did give us their permission. In October I went to Dayton to pick up Joyce and drove back to the college for my Sigma Chi's big fall dance. To begin the weekend I gave her my fraternity pin and the fraternity serenaded her as was the tradition. Of course the main song was "The 'Sweet Heart of Sigma Chi." She was staying in one of the sorority houses.
Several miles from Hanover and up the hill from Madison, Indiana was Craigmont State Hospital. It was the states' hospital for the insane. Much like Hanover's campus, it also sat on a bluff over the Ohio River. It was while parked in the parking lot of that insane asylum with the stars above and the river below, that I asked Joyce to marry me and gave her an engagement ring. This by the way, was our first real date. Her parents probably thought it was a good place to solidify our desire to get married-in truth it was kind of insane.
We were truly deeply in love. Joyce and her mom had just six weeks to get everything ready for the wedding. On our wedding day, just before the wedding ceremony, I received a note from Joyce that she had returned her engagement ring to a boy named John. Yeah, we were so in love..but Joyce believe in having options, huh?
In the process her parents moved the funeral home to another large home further north from where they were. The wedding was set for December 18th at her home church. The reception was held at the new home.
Our honeymoon was a former farm worker's cabin on a farm in Auburn, Indiana. It was a wedding gift from my good friend Pete Fribley ’55, a fellow classmate at Hanover. Our honeymoon cabin was delightful. It had knotty pine paneling and a wonderful fire place which we kept burning every hour we were there.
The cabin was filled with Fred Warring Records because he was a friend of the Fribley's. Mrs. Fribley had packed the refrigerator with food. The first night Joyce decided to fix pork chops. Being a nurse she cooked two of them on high heat for a long time. They got so hard they could nto be cut, but they could be broken.
Our housing problem about living after we go married was solved when my English Lit professor, Dr. Leland Miles offered us his house called Dove Cottage after the poet Wordsworth's home. He and his wife would be gone the rest of my senior semester on a sabbatical. Dr. Miles was the professor I was doing my English Literature major under.
Joyce got a job at Craigmont State Hospital and worked with insane patients (good preparation for marriage, I'd say.) We lived in a small room there for three weeks before Dr. Miles left on sabbatical. We were the only married students at Hanover at that time. Dove Cottage was located across the street from the sorority houses. So hearing a fraternity serenade a newly pinned girl was one of the nice pluses.
One unexpected plus was that the banker in Rising Sun offered to give me flying lessons for $10 a lesson. The lesson was in a plane that you controlled by a stick between your knees. I loved flying but did have some problems landing because the tail section and brakes were on pedals very close to each other. One almost on top of the other. So sometimes I was turning the plane as I tried to brake during a landing. My stiff ankles' was the source of the problem. My school year ended before I ever had a chance to solo--which I am not sure I would ever have done.
Kiki Cappony ’55
Personal information: B.S., physical education and social science.
Campus involvement: Social Science Club, Basketball, Women's Recreational Association, president and intramural chair of P.E.M., Dorm Council, Senior Plaque, tennis.
Your favorite class? Psychology.
Your favorite professor? Vladimir Dupree, sociology.
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? My internship took place at Madison High School. I was very well prepared with my education with teachers like Bobbie Hill-Cloud and, of course, my other professors who all prepared for my practice teaching.
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? My Hanover experience prepared me very well. The four years in which I had the privilege of spending with the faculty and students was great. I was nervous but confident when facing my own students. My teaching experiences were very rewarding and hopefully very interesting to my students for all my 33 years.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Hanover College is special to me today because I was given a job to do with my students that I thoroughly enjoyed as I learned so much from them as I learned so much at Hanover.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? What a great campus and educational experience that I encountered and I will always cherish.
Lynn Powell ’56
Your favorite class? Public Opinion with Robert Bowers.
Your favorite professor(s)? Leonard Kramer, political science; Robert Bowers, history.
Campus involvement: Football, track, Varsity H Club, Future Teachers of America.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? Just one political debate with other colleges.
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? Trip to Washington D.C. was great!
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? Student teaching at Hanover High School
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Taught me to get involved with my community.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? It is still a top college in the U.S.
My story: I enjoyed playing football on a Hoosier Conference Championship team. Dutch Struck was a great coach! Some of my favorite teammates were Dan Lyttle ’54, Jack “Hippo” Haines ’55, Joe Springer '55, Bob “Cheese” Kraft ’54 and Jerry Klabor ’53. I also enjoyed track under Glen Bonsett ’46 and being song leader for Sigma Chi, leading several serenades at the dorms and sorority houses.
Organizing a new Future Teachers of America chapter was fun and a real learning experience. My education helped me to be motivated to become involved with my hometown government by working on several committees and being a town councilman. I enjoyed all the friendships with the faculty and my classmates. It was a great four years and a most memorable part of my life. I also met my late wife, Susan Foreman Powell ’57, there.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? It was a great four years and a most memorable part of my life.
Liz Roy Strombeck ’56
Personal information: We are blessed with good health, awesome children and their spouses, and 11 grandchildren.
Your favorite class? Zoology and psychology.
Your favorite professor(s)? J. Dan Webster, biology; Robert Bowers, history.
Campus Involvement: Public Affairs Forum, Recreation Committee, House Chairman ADPi and head of Dining Hall.
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? Didn't have the money to go at the time, which I always regretted.
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? I used much of my psychology and sociology in my jobs.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? It was fantastic in the small classes, forming lifetime friendships and close relationships with our professors. I came from a huge high school in Evanston, Ill., and loved the small-college experience.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The campus. Our reunions. To see all the opportunities the students have today we didn't get to experience.
My story: Hanover College definitely was the most awesome time in my young life. We had such wonderful professors who cared about who we became as people. They were more interested in our learning something than just giving us tests for a grade. The friendships with others was very important, too. Not only my closest friends who were sorority sisters at ADPi, but also all those I interacted with in campus activities and groups. The friendships, even after 55 years, have remained strong and important. Highlights were Sorority Sing, Mrs. Parker's hot table, times on The Point, living in Old Point House for a semester, Fraternity Serenades, all-night study sessions, Public Affairs Forum mock election and just great experiences in every way.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? It was awesome!
Dick Rogers '58
My Story: "Visiting Aunt Jane"
Aunt Jane lived on the southwest edge of Hanover when I was a student in the mid '50’s. She called her pre-Civil War home “Bird Haven.” Set on five acres of mostly open land, with a working tobacco/dairy farm next door (where Hanover Park is now), it felt charmingly rural.
Aunt Jane was a maiden lady in her 60s and took in overnight guests to make ends meet. So called “guest houses” were common then, before the spread of national motel chains. “Bird Haven” signs on the highway advertised it.
Aunt Jane baked her own bread, raised vegetables, canned, made soap and rag rugs, sewed, pumped well water and stacked firewood for the winter. I especially remember her watermelon pickles and the smell of baking bread.
She was frugal. No car. No TV. She had an old fashioned no-nonsense persona that covered a loving heart. Aunt Jane was also a Hanover College grad (class of 1920) and a Phi Mu alumna.
The back corner of Aunt Jane’s property had an apple orchard & cider press. Visiting as a kid, I remember loading the press with apples and crushing juice into a bucket. Instant cider! During my student days Aunt Jane made a deal: she’d do my laundry in exchange for chores, such as clean leaves out of the gutter eves, carry fire wood, pull weeds, carry things to the barn, etc.
The orchard got old and, eventually, Aunt Jane had it cut down. Most was cut into firewood, but a lot still needed to be burned. It was fall of my freshman year, a magic time. Evenings had a chill in the air.
One of my chores was to collect wood from the orchard, build a large bonfire, let it dry, and then burn it. I built a huge stack of branches and invited some student friends over to share the fire. Memory after 55 years is hazy, but there were several of us and, I think, a double date. We drank cider, roasted marshmallows, probably sang songs and enjoyed one heck of a fire as sparks danced skyward and split the night sky as we celebrated the start of a memorable college year for some of the new class of 1958.
The house is still there in Hanover, at 132 West Street, about a mile from campus. Built in the Carpenter Gothic style, it has been on a number of historic home tours.
My grandfather, Henry Martin Rogers, a Presbyterian minister, moved his family to Hanover in or about 1916 in order to send his four children to Hanover College. They lived in the house on West Street (out in the country then), and walked to college. My father, Henry Carter Rogers, graduated from Hanover in 1920, and he and my mother married in that house in 1923. Over the years it became a family center. There's a whole row of Rogers's graves in the Hanover cemetery, including Aunt Jane's.
Dad was a trustee of the college for many years, and retired to that house in 1965. There's a scholarship at Hanover in his name.
My brother Bill (William W. Rogers '50
and his wife June have lived in the house now for many years, and were recently featured in the fall 2011 issue of The Hanoverian.
Bill is 85 now, and currently at a care facility in Madison. His son, David, and his wife, Elisabeth, moved into the house last year, helping Bill and June manage. I expect David will be the 4th generation of Rogers to live in Aunt Jane's house.
Comment: Sadly, shortly after this story was submitted by Dick Rogers ’58, his brother Bill Rogers ’50 (pictured) passed away July 7, 2012.
Leonard L. Scotten ’58
Your favorite class? Test and Measurements.
Your favorite professor? Raymond "Dutch" Struck, physical education.
Campus involvement: Interfraternity Council, football.
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? Student teaching/coaching at Hanover
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Opened the door to my teaching career.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Friendship developed at Hanover College still flourish today. Personal contact/ relationship with Professor Enos Pray in Bacteriology and other science classes.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Hanover provided me with the opportunity to expand my life.
Harriet Sprague ’58
Personal information: Retired teacher.
Your favorite class? Physical education.
Your favorite professor? Raymond "Dutch" Struck, physical education.
Campus involvement: Basketball, softball, volleyball, field hockey, Women’s Recreation Association, Physical Education Majors Club president, Choir, Student National Education Association.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? It made it possible to get a job, meet many friends with whom I still stay in touch and helped prepare me for a fulfilled life!
What makes Hanover College special to you today? It has always been special to me.
My story: My experience in my sorority was the most special. I was song leader for four years and we won competition three of 64. I loved singing novelty songs and my athletic endeavors. I made so many good friends, had many laughs and fun times at Hanover. I must say I enjoyed all my professors and coaches – most of all, Raymond "Dutch" Struck.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? Wonderful! I loved every minute there!!!
Mr. Jerry L. McKenzie ’59
Personal information: I triple-majored in chemistry, physics and math.
Your favorite class? Math, chemistry and physics.
Your favorite professor(s)? John Yarnelle, Ned Guthrie and Earl Martin.
Campus Involvement: Science Club, Lambda Chi Alpha, cross country, baseball, basketball, Varsity H Club, intramurals.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? The outstanding liberal arts education, coupled with classes in chemistry, mathematics and physics, directed me into a nuclear engineer career in the United States Air Force.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Hanover College continues to maintain an outstanding liberal arts degree by providing worldwide educational opportunities that prepare students to be more competitive for future worldwide careers.
My story: I remember watching the sun set of an evening at The Point overlooking the Ohio River and then spending time dancing with the ladies at The Campus Cabin.
On several occasions, I had dinner at Professor Yarnelle’s home and then he helped me solve some difficult mathematics problems that were key to my education.
I enjoyed late night chats with Larry Sweany ’59 and Dennis Sylvester ’59, two of my Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers who were also my roommates. To this day, I have a wonderful friendship with both Larry and Dennis and we have attended Homecoming weekends over the years, as well as Athletic Hall of Frame Dinners and our 50th class reunion.
During 1955-1959, there were very few educational opportunities to travel to foreign countries. Dennis and I traveled to Monterrey, Mexico during the Christmas break in 1958 only as tourists.
Earl Martin was the head of the physics department and was my professor. He had a heart problem and carried nitroglycerine tablets in his shirt pocket. He informed the students that if he would pass out, then we were to place one of the tablets under his tongue and then place him in an upright position. This only occurred one time while I was in a class or physics laboratory. Sadly, he died June 27, 1959.
During my senior year, I brought my German Shepherd dog, Queenie, to the campus and she stayed inside the Lambda Chi Alpha house at night. She stayed outside during the day and was an easy going dog and was friendly with all of my fraternity brothers. She followed me to classes and she would stay outside the buildings until I came out. Students would pet her and they really liked her. None of the administration or faculty members told me to take Queenie off campus. They let her stay. After graduation when I joined the Air Force, my fraternity brother, Fritz Iselin ’60, took Queenie home with him to keep her for the rest of her life.
Jo Gault Moise ’59
Your favorite class? Early childhood education.
Your favorite professor? My advisor.
Campus involvement: Alpha Delta Pi
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I would not have married my husband if I had not gone to Hanover. It also prepared me for preschool teaching though I never used the required chemistry!
My story: My first roommate and I never got along. The advisor of Donner-Ide dorm introduced me to Ginger Wright Barnett ’59, another girl having roommate difficulties. I had tried to work things out with my assigned roommate, but I was neat and she was not. Finally, she locked me out of our room. The wonderful advisor made arrangements so Ginger and I could share.
We held a housewarming party – we bought cake mixes, pretzels, chips and dip, and cooked for the party together. We invited everyone in the dorm, and everyone came except our former roommates. Ginger, and another good Hanover friend, Anita Bartling Wright ’59, served as bridesmaids when I married. We shared a room for our 50th reunion and had as a good time then as we did in our college days.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? The college gave me friends I have loved all my life.
Marcia Harmon Aston ’60
Your favorite class? English literature.
Your favorite professor? Dorothy Bucks, English.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? By helping me to become more involved in the lives of others.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Hanover continues to remain a relatively small college with an emphasis on the individual student. Some former colleges have become large, impersonal universities, more interested in numbers than in individuals.
My story: In my sophomore year at Hanover in 1957 four of us — all sophomores — decided to room together in what was then known as “The Morgue.” It was located in the basement of Donner Hall and was approximately twice the size of an average dorm room. In return we agreed to regularly stock the soda machine located in an adjacent room. It was a good growing experience for us. On the whole, we related to one another quite well. We had our share of minor disagreements and a few out–and–out battles (though only with words). We were still good friends the following June and remained so throughout our college years.
My favorite professor, Dorothy Bucks, asked me in my senior year to hear lines from Shakespeare’s plays, memorized by other students in the class and recited to me. I then kept track of these recitations. This job earned me enough to buy dress shoes! Of more importance, I came to know Professor Bucks better as a very fine person. On one occasion, she treated me to dinner at a Madison restaurant.
Also, in my last year at Hanover, I was required to take an oral examination in English literature. Several faculty members were to sit in and ask me questions covering what I had learned in my major field of study during the 3-and-a-half years I had been at Hanover. Needless to say, I was absolutely terrified! As it turned out, I really enjoyed the exam once I relaxed and saw the faculty members as warm and friendly.
The day after I learned that I had passed the exam with distinction, I was so happy that I ran outside through a fresh snowfall. I frolicked and gamboled all over campus. My fellow students must have thought I was crazy! I do not recall many other occasions in my life when I was so deliriously happy. In June, when I graduated, I wept when I left that beautiful campus, the friends I had made over four years and the professors I had come to know and love.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Hanover College was the key factor in my maturing into adulthood.
Personal information: I am an insurance agent and image consultant with my own business.
Your favorite class? American history.
Campus involvement: Secretary of the freshman class, theater.
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? Unfortunately, I had to transfer to the University of Florida for my last two years, though I truly wanted to stay at Hanover. As of today, 50 years later, my longtime friendships are with my ADPi Pledge class.
My story: I do not have a wonderful story other than the lasting friendships but I do have an amusing memory. I was one of two Southern students, meaning from below the Mason-Dixon line. I had a distinct Kentucky twang, and my first day in speech class, Professor Stanley Wheater said my twang had to go. He worked on it for that year, and now I have no trace of my beloved accent.
I was amazed at the number of students who left campus for home on weekends. I had been sent to college with the edict that I could return to Kentucky only for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break and summer! Needless to say, I spent many weekends with the dorm counselor, some upperclassmen and a few students who remained.
I also have fond memories of The Cabin, Ide Hall, ADPi and good professors.
Linda Jones Crofts ’60
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Gave me self confidence and reinforced my love of learning.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The people who are still friends.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? It set the course for a rich and fulfilling life.
My story: I came to Hanover as the next thing to do in growing up. I had no thoughts of graduating and no major in mind. When asked to declare a major I said elementary education because that’s what my friends were doing. It was full so I was listed as undeclared and given a philosophy professor as my advisor.
He knew little about what classes were what and I ended up with classes that sounded interesting to me. It was the best thing that could have happened! I was in an English lit class full of English major seniors, a government class where the professor didn’t like women or freshmen. I worked my tail off to avoid embarrassment and loved the classes.
I left at the end of my sophomore year to get married, but finished my degree at Butler after my kids were grown and worked there for 13 years. One of my duties there was training advisors who, like Hanover, were faculty.
Campus involvement: I was 18, immature, from a small Indiana town and on my own for the first time in my life. I wasted the Hanover opportunity.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? It was (and is) a beautiful place. I met boys and girls who had seen more of the state and country than I had. I learned more from the social scene than from class. That’s why I was asked to leave.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Probably because I don’t know what I missed by not staying for four years.The first year was all about partying and when I left, it hit me that maybe life had more serious moments as well.
My story: Late–night card games, beer runs into Madison, Ind., fraternity house socializing and friendships, sleeping thru morning classes, never once getting back to my dorm room before midnight, cramming for all tests, knowing every student on campus, attending every home football and basketball game, being fortunate to know Les Fox ’32 (A real Hanover treasure.)
I could go on and on about Hanover, but because of my experiences I joined the army, and discovered maturity and responsibility. Afterward, I graduated from the University of Cincinnati, was married for 44 years, worked for Star Bank for 32-plus years and for Fidelity Investments for six-plus years. I'm now retired.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? I’m glad I was a freshman in 1956.
Judith Hunt Fulkerson ’60
Your favorite class? Ministry of Jesus.
Your favorite professor? Edward Heuneman, theology.
Campus involvement: Revonah.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I was able to go to a small school where each individual was important. I met friends there I’ve now known for more than 50 years. Smaller classes also enabled me to participate more than at a large school where there are so many large lecture halls.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The education I received there, the friends I made, memories of classes and things we did outside of class. And most of all, the beauty of the campus. It still takes my breath away.
My story: When I remember Hanover, it’s more a series of snapshots. The first two are of the campus: Parker Auditorium as seen from Donner Hall. This is the view we saw every morning heading to class. And second, the view sitting at the wall behind Hendricks looking down at the river.
Another picture is of the library, where I could concentrate on studying. Then there is the Soda Bowl where we’d go if we had a free period. I usually ordered a chocolate doughnut with a Pepsi — yucky now, but yummy then. Next is The Campus Cabin – food, dancing and flirting.
Then there’s Donner Hall and the Phi Mu House and all the fun and sisterhood we shared. And I can’t leave out the gatherings in our room at the Phi Mu House for a game of Continental Rum, usually right after lunch.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? It made me a more confident person and gave me a better view of the world.
Paul Hagberg ’60
Your favorite professor? Grant Wickwire, geology
Campus Involvement: College activities, intramurals
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? Working summers and nights selling door to door, traveling across America.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The memories of my old pals and the times we shared.
My involvement with Beta Theta Pi. The hijinx that went on — rolling all the autos from the old house down the hill to the river in the middle of the night. The pledge class trick of moving the cigarette vending machine to the car trunk of an unsuspecting brother. When the police came to investigate, all the car trunks had to be opened and the brother was flabbergasted! (We all confessed and he wasn’t arrested.) Overall, living, studying and maturing in a great atmosphere.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? The golden days of my formative years! Ah – to live them again!
Al Hamann ’60 and Susan Groppenbecher Hamann ’61
What If The Projector Had Worked?
I (Al) had arrived at Hanover in the fall of 1956, eventually becoming a Phi Delt, and an editor of the Triangle. She arrived a year later, served a year chasing guys home from Donner Hall at closing time, and became an AOPi, serving a year as president. But this particular story took place in early 1958. Because Hanover was a small college, we had met prior to this time. We were both part of Chi Epsilon Phi (the fraternity for those headed to a church vocation), we were together in a least on class, my fraternity brother was dater her dorm mate, etc. On this particular Friday night each of us had gone with friends to Parker Auditorium to see the movie "A Man Called Peter." As fate (or divine providence) would have it, it became a shortened movie night, because the projector failed and the movie was rescheduled for the next night.
What happened next depends on whose account you choose to believe. (Al's story): My roommate and I left the auditorium and meandered a bit along the sidewalk that goes in front of the chapel. Eventually Sue and her friends caught up with us. (Sue's story): He stood out there waiting until we got near, and then made his move. At any rate, we did chat a bit, she shared how disappointed she was that the movie was cancelled because she was expecting a good cry, and (if you really believe this) I guess I said something about her crying on my shoulder instead. Soon we found ourselves at the Cabin, and eventually we made our way to the Phi Delt house. As we walked in, already sitting there were my fraternity brother and Sue's dorm mate - who had apparently been suggesting to her that we ought to get better acquainted. The surprised look on their faces as we entered the room was priceless.
The movie had been re-scheduled for the following night, and this time we went together. We did begin to date regularly, including the annual "She Delt" weekend at the Phi house. Her parents feared she was rushing things a bit and would never graduate before she got married, but we waited a whole week after her graduation for that next ceremony. One of the deans said we were one couple who would never make it to the alter, so we made a point of sending her a wedding invitation. If we knew her address, she would have also received an invitation to our 50th wedding anniversary party in 2011. It does make us frequently wonder, however, what twists and turns life might have taken had the projector worked that first night.
There were of course a multitude of other Hanover memories. I was from a small farm in northern Indiana, so the small class size and the opportunity to participate in a multitude of inter-mural sports pleased me. At 74, I'm still playing in three softball leagues during the summer, playing basketball twice a week in the winter, and occasionally playing volleyball at the local YMCA. Professionally, I retired in 2003 after forty years ministry to small membership Presbyterian churches, and (with an added social work degree) service to several county or regional children's home agencies.
Sue graduated from the well-known Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, became a teacher (with two other Masters degrees)- first to at-risk students at junior or senior high schools and more recently as a full-time professor at the small Chatfield College with campuses in Fayetteville and Cincinnati, Ohio, a position she still holds in 2012. She also served a short term as an interim dean.
We have two children and three grandchildren, including a daughter with a doctor's degree who has headed a large grant-funding foundation, and a son who retired fro the U.S. Army after 20 years and is still serving his country in a civilian capacity while completing his M.B.A. degree.
What part did Hanover play in all this? We could count a multitude of ways. The liberal arts education enabled us to adapt our careers as needed through the years. The small size of the campus and classes encouraged inter-personal connections with both students and faculty. We had the opportunity to participate in a multitude of experiences - (a) Dr. Kramer's world politics presentation on Cincinnati's WKRC-TV station (Sue); (b) the preliminary meetings with Dr. Bucks and others for the Plan F "Self Study Plan" (Al); (c) the trips to area social service agencies (both); (d) the opportunity arranged by Professor Huenneman for me to meet the world-renown theologian Karl Barth at his Switzerland home and to visit the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.
The list could go on and on, as could the memories. However, the mutual connection that brought the two of us together might all be credited to the inability of a projector in Parker Auditorium to work properly one night over fifty years ago. "A Man Called Peter" may not have shown up that night, but a coed named Sue certainly made her mark.
Charles (Charlie) R. Miller ’60
I have many excellent memories of my college experiences and the great fellowship with the many new friends I made and continue a relationship with today. The broad liberal arts education I experienced I will always cherish throughout the rest of my life. I went to Hanover College as a result of a full ride football scholarship, as my parents could not have afforded the tuition at that time. I was married my last two years at Hanover, and a father and a husband my senior year. As you may realize, those were very difficult times, both financially and emotionally.
Upon graduation in 1960, I commenced a seventeen year career with Texaco, Inc. in retail sales. My last year with Texaco, I was recognized as the top Retail Sales Representative in a seven state Midwestern Sales Region in 1977. April 1, 1977, I formed and started Miller Oil Co., Inc. out of the basement of my home with my wife and I as the total employees. Today we are celebrating our 36th anniversary of Miller Oil Co., Inc. being in business.
I can truly say without reservation, that all this could not have occurred without the very important first step - completing my college education at Hanover College. There were other contributing factors - my belief in myself, all the great and excellent employees of our company, support of my great family, and most of all - trust in God and His support.
The Miller Oil Co., Inc. business located at 4504 Bells Lane, Louisville, Kentucky, grew from an account with Amtrak to serving more than 50 convenience stores and gas stations as well as many other accounts around the Louisville area. Today the company's fleet includes four transports, two tank wagons and one delivery van.
Read more about the history of the Miller Oil Co., Inc. at their website at: http://www.mocgas.com
Susie Cummings Fouts Watson ’60
Personal information: Retired 2005 as a reading specialist. Widowed in 2007. I enjoy walking, traveling, gardening, belong to two book clubs and have six grandsons.
Your favorite class? History.
Your favorite professor? Robert Bowers.
He made history live!
Campus involvement: Student Council, education groups, sorority, co-editor of the Hanover Triangle newspaper.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? No, we didn’t have the opportunity then.
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? Encouraged my daughter to do it and she did!
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? Student teaching confirmed my career choice.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Certainly enriched it. I have many Hanover friends who are still friends!
What makes Hanover College special to you today? My daughter, Julie Fouts Majecak ’81 helped me reconnect with many friends and is helping to plan the class of 1960 reunion. I'm hoping a grandchild will attend!
My story: One of my favorite memories was the wonderful guests Hanover had as speakers: Maya Angelou, John Karefa-Smart, a politician from Sierra Leone; Meredith Willson, just as he was completing “The Music Man;" and playwright Lillian Hellman. What a wonderful experience that was!!
I also remember wonderful Homecomings where we had floats, house decorations and big bonfires. Evenings spent with The Triangle staff in Madison, Ind., putting together the paper.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Fantastic for all four years.
Harold Carter ’61
Personal information: Married to Emogene Harrell Carter ’57.Your favorite class? Debate.
Your favorite professor? Stanley Wheater, speech.
Campus Involvement: I ran the linen service and was a house parent of Theta Annex.
My story: Christian Perspective in Contemporary Culture, a seminar in 1960, broadened my perspective of the world. The world speakers created dialogue in the living units.
I also remember when a snow storm isolated us for an entire week.
Susan Groppenbecher Hamann ’61
See above: Class of 1960, Al Hamann's story titled "What If The Projector Had Worked?"
Janet K. Gant Neff ’61
Your favorite class? History.
Your favorite professor? Robert Bowers, history.
Campus involvement: Choir.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? Music therapy at the
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Opened doors to a multifaceted world.
My story: I remember when Professor Bowers said one day in U. S. History class that our greatest enemies come from within; only they can cause us to lose our freedoms. I wish he were here now, still teaching and guiding us. I spent 32 years in the classroom, trying my best to follow his lead. Only time will tell.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? A place and a time with good Christian principles taught and practiced daily. What a background I have had.
Martha Fessel Simpson ’61
Your favorite class? Accounting.
Your favorite professor? Charles Fox, English.
Campus Involvement: International Club, Dean’s List.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? No, too busy working to pay for college.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I appreciate my education and accomplishments in life because I worked tirelessly to achieve my goals.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Many fond memories. It was four of the best years of my life.
Personal information: Currently living in San Jose, Calif. Just celebrated my 70th birthday with a mock wake. (Director/Costume Designer /Producer)
Your favorite professor? Dorothy Bucks, English.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Small friendly atmosphere – everyone knew everyone’s name.
Charles H. Eddy ’62
Your favorite class? Biology classes
Your favorite professor? J. Dan Webster
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Close friends.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? A very fine time in my life!
Mary Jones Ball ’63
Personal information: I have been married to my husband, Jim for 56 years and we have three children, twelve grandchildren, and one great grandchild. I am retired.
Your favorite class? Calculus
Your favorite professor? Dr. John Yarnell
Marian Benner Michael ’63
Personal information: Presbyterian elder, retired school counselor, trainer with Active Parenting, married for 45 years,
two sons, three grandsons.
Your favorite class? English with Dorothy Bucks
Your favorite professor? Donald Morrison, music.
Campus Involvement: Choir, theater, vice president of AOPi
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Self confidence, value of friendships, life of service, faith development.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Outstanding faculty who supported us. My grand-niece from Florida is considering Hanover.
Barb Jones Moore ’63
Your favorite class? Statistics and Probability, Kinesiology
Your favorite professor? John Yarnelle, math; Raymond "Dutch" Struck, physical education.
Campus Involvement: Panhellenic Council, president of Women's Recreation Association, Physical Education Majors Club, Pi Gamma Mu (Upper Class Honorary), Gamma Sigma Pi (Social Science Honorary), Rush Chairman for ADPi.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? Student Teaching in New Albany, Ind. I think I was the first female to live off campus for student teaching.
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? Student teaching at junior high; I learned I didn’t like that age group. I loved my career with high school students! Go figure!!!
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I had many excellent teachers that set an excellent example for me when I became a teacher myself.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? I still consider my friends from college as my dearest friends. Although we don’t see each other often, we stay in touch via email.
My story: I’m afraid I enjoyed college life way too much, but I don’t really regret it. I had so many excellent teachers, I couldn’t begin to name all of them.
I loved dorm life during my freshman year, and I loved living in the ADPi house for my last three years. Of course, there were a few courses I didn’t enjoy and never benefited from, but they were very few.
I have recommended Hanover to several of my own students and several have graduated from Hanover College.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? I was lucky to attend Hanover! No regrets.
Steve Everroad ’65
Your favorite class? Geology.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Prepared me to relocate to northeast Tennessee in transferring to Milligan College.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? My fraternity brothers.
My story: “A Man Called Peter” was the Friday night movie on campus, and I decided to go see it not knowing what it was about. It was the life story of Peter Marshall, U. S. Senate Chaplain from Scotland. It changed the direction of my life.
I ended up in the Chapel on campus, then down to Phi Delt Rock overlooking the Ohio River off campus. It was there I sensed God calling me into the Christian ministry, and I became an ordained preacher/cross cultural missionary/chaplain with a master's of divinity from Emanuel School of Religion after graduating from Milligan College, Tenn. with my bachelor's degree. What a night!
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Strengthened my friendship with my best lifelong friend from Columbus, Ind., Jim Holland ’65. Thank you Hanover.
Your favorite class? Probability and Statistics, algebra
Your favorite professor? John Yarnelle, math.
Campus Involvement: I was always a member of the Triangle Staff and co-editor in my senior year.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? Study elsewhere: Where did you go? What do you remember? New York City in my senior year. Washington D.C. my junior year. I fell in love with Washington D.C. and moved there with another Hanover alum and lived there for forty years.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? For me, an unhappy high school brainy-type, I found acceptance and friends in a safe and nurturing environment. I had so many leadership opportunities.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? I had a magical four years and the friends are close friends today. My four years at Hanover continue to be a terrific memory I’ll always cherish.
My story: Women who were at Hanover in the 60’s, perhaps later, had a unique opportunity that I suspect is lost now. We had a closing time where we all had to say goodnight to boyfriends and be in our living units. We had the luxury of time together. After we were in the sorority house, we’d gather in the kitchen and talk for hours about classes, boyfriends, life; that was the glue that linked us together and it’s stayed for 45 years. My college memories are not about classes. I did well but that’s one small part.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.
Rev. John Tobian ’66
Personal information: Granted pastor emeritus status from Christ Community Church in June 2010 after 40 years of pastoral service; 24 years with Christ Community and her mother church, Eastminster, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Your favorite class? Human Development with Harve Rawson.
Your favorite professor? George Zirkle, psychology; Stan Totten, geology; and E. Mowbray Tate.
Campus Involvement: Public Affairs Forum, Young Republicans, intramural athletics with Alpha Chi Alpha
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? Of course!
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I am grateful for the rounding of our liberal arts education and very grateful for my marriage to Lydia Ross Tobian ’67. That was a life changing encounter.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Lydia and I are grateful for our Hanover College experience as is our son, Aaron Tobian ’98 who was well prepared for his graduate work and Jennifer Cole Tobian ’97, who also who earned a doctorate
Glen Bengson ’67
My story: Hanover lives reconnect, intersect, and thrive in surprising and delightful ways. Phil Moeller ’67, Bill Sinclair ’67 and I roomed together at the Lambda Chi house, and have kept in regular contact over the years. Phil and Bill were Best Men in each other’s weddings, and both were groomsmen in my wedding to Cathy Deuber ’69. This close connection became even closer this past January.
About five years ago Bill and Betty Gliessner Sinclair ’68’s daughter, Aimee, moved from Atlanta to Chicago in a job change. To make the transition easier, Phil, who lives south of the city in Frankfort, Ill., with his wife, Jan, put Aimee in contact with his eldest son, Ryan, who lives in Chicago, as a friend to show her around the big city.
Ryan and Aimee began dating and eventually became engaged. I officiated at their marriage celebration Jan. 25, 2011 on the Mayan Riviera, near Cancun. (Well, somebody had to do it.) Other Hanover alums attending were Diana Wright Johnston ’67, Ryan's mother, with her husband, Scott and Susan Moeller Dixon ’71, Phil's sister, with her husband, Ken.
Relationships built at Hanover stand the test of time and cross over generations, with often wonderful results. Thanks for the memories, Hanover, and the hopes for the future.
Cathy Calvert Fay ’67
Only at Hanover College could this have happened. I was a freshman at Hanover in 1963 and played on every sport team Hanover offered. I realized early in the year that there was not tennis team for the women. I bugged Helen Knierim and told her that we needed a tennis team for the women at Hanover. I was totally shocked to learn that by the time spring came around, she had gotten together a small number of schools for a schedule of play so we could start a tennis team. As far as I know, there has been one ever since. I was thrilled. I loved all sports, but particularly tennis. I was so impressed with her listening and acting. I really doubt that at any other college such a quick response could ever have happened. Helen was a great person. And Hanover has the atmosphere for that kind of thing to happen.
Chuck Reed ’67
Personal information: I've served as a geologist for Kerr McGee Corporation Underground Uranium Mine, U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office. I also performed geophysical mapping of oceans for the submarine fleet.
Your favorite class? Paleontology, Mineralogy, with Stan Totten.
Your favorite professor? Richard Conklin, physics.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Scenery by the Ohio River, rocks and fossils. Enjoyed visiting The Cabin and the Russian-language Christmas.
My story: I wrote an autobiography in 2009 titled “A Full Life,” demonstrating my work in geophysical mapping the oceans with the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office. In it I also mentioned geological work for Kerr McGee Corporation. I contracted multiple sclerosis while at the Defense Mapping Agency. It lapsed for 11 years but has fortunately lapsed. I retired at 42; however, I worked as a fashion model in Raleigh for Esteem. There I enjoyed dating with great expectations after my marriage of 20 years.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Studying geology in class, and rocks and fossils all around outside.
Mr. Stephen C. Sparrow ’67
Your favorite class? Physics.
Your favorite professor? Richard Conklin.
Campus Involvement: Theater.
Stephen LaBarbera ’68
Your favorite class? Calculus, psychology.
Your favorite professor? John Yarnelle, math; Harve Rawson, psychology.
Campus Involvement: Class Officer, freshman and senior years; basketball for three years.Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life?None offered at the time. I worked every summer on my own.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? It gave me a solid conservative set of values as well as a good academic program.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? I enjoyed my four years there, met my wife of 41 years there, Alice McClure LaBarbera ’68.
Paul C. MacMillan (Professor of Biology from 1969 to 2001)
Let’s make the best of it …
It was a hot muggy April afternoon in 1974. As I sat in my Goodrich Hall office talking with a student, suddenly the electrical power went off. Outside I heard a roar coming across the quad. I looked out my window and saw a huge black cloud west of Donner Hall ... and as I watched, enthralled, I saw things moving across the huge black cloud. Although I had never seen one before, it was obviously a tornado. And a BIG one! It ravished the Hanover College campus, leveled Southwestern schools, and left many Hanover residents homeless. College classes were cancelled for spring break one week early … no finals!
The devastation to the College caused by the April 3rd tornado was rapidly repaired and classes resumed for Spring Term along with some classes for Southwestern elementary students. But for a botanist/ecologist like me, the devastation caused to the forest in the adjacent Happy Valley, … well, I was handed a long-term research project. The opportunities for a study of succession in a devastated forest became the basis of four Senior Independent Studies, several of which were published in the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Sciences (PIAS).
John B. Bailey (’75) wrote his I.S. describing the Happy Valley forest as it stood one year after the tornado. We laid out three transects across the valley. As a basis of comparison, he used pre-tornado class data that indicated it had been a near-mature, second-growth, sugar maple-buckeye community. His research showed that the Happy Valley forest had lost about one-third of its mature trees and was now a sugar maple-white ash-swamp white oak community. In retrospect, this reflected the type of vegetation found under the larger mature trees. (Bailey & MacMillan (1977) PIAS 86:199-202)
In the spring of 1981, Christian J. Martin’s I.S. described the changes that had occurred along the same three transects across the Happy Valley after seven years. He found that the portion of the Valley most heavily damaged in 1974 was now dominated by a sugar maple-elm sp.-Ohio buckeye-redbud community, and that the least disturbed portion of the Valley was now a sugar maple-white ash-white oak community. Clearly, secondary succession was occurring. (Martin & MacMillan (1982) PIAS 92:197-206).
Twelve years after the tornado (1986), David Darnell surveyed the trees in Happy Valley using three 5x20 meter plots on each of the previous three transects. He calculated Importance Values for each tree species, and found the dominant tree was sugar maple, while slippery elm and box elder were second and third in Importance. He concluded that the Valley was entering a stage of succession in which some of the invader species were dying out while other early succession species were vying for space in the canopy.
In 1999, twenty-five years after the tornado, Lindsay (Betz) Mann re-surveyed the Happy Valley forest along the same three transect lines, and she included data from an unpublished survey done in 1994 (20 years after the tornado). There was little change in the dominant species of trees through out the Valley (sugar maple and slippery elm) but several changes had taken place in the sub-dominant species. In the more severely damaged northern part of the valley, sweet buckeye, basswood and white ash were of secondary importance. In the less damaged southern portion of the valley black walnut, white ash, slippery elm and box elder were of secondary importance. Change was occurring slowly under the forest canopy. (Betz & MacMillan (2003) PIAS 112:9-21)
I retired in 2001. In 2009 Zach Weed, under the guidance of Professor Darrin Rubino, resampled the same points on the original transects across Happy Valley. Change was still occurring, although more slowly.
Now, in 2013, we are approaching the 40th anniversary of the tornado of 1974. I hope future biology students will continue to census the trees in Happy Valley and publish their results. Let’s make the best of it …
Paul C. MacMillan (1969 – 2001)
Jim Goble ’69
Your favorite class? Philosophy.
Your favorite professor? J. Gordon Campbell, theology; Henry Van Leeuwen, philosophy.
Campus Involvement: Student Senate, Alpha Phi Omega, Campus Fellowship, Young Democrats, Intramural Basketball, Planning for Hanover Institute and Perspectives on America.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? Washington, D.C., Spring 1968 – what a time to be there!
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Awareness of a wider, larger world.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? It was wonderful to be
a part of the unique experience of attending Hanover College and the friendships made there never go away.
My story: My outstanding moment is the night of April 4, 1968 – my 21st birthday. I came home to my dorm, Blythe Hall, from a benefit basketball game there to learn of the assassination of Martin Luther King.
That left me very sad, I wanted to be alone. So I took the longest walk around the campus that I had ever taken. I didn’t want to see anybody else. Eventually I did return to the dorm.
As I look back, I realize that, on that very day that I entered adulthood, something terrible happened to the world I had known. More than the murder of one great leader, idealism and hope themselves seemed to die that day. I am still waiting for the day when our greatest ideals will rise again.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Hope in the midst of despair.
Rev. Dave Jackson ’69
Your favorite class? Theological Themes in Modern Literature.
Your favorite professor? J. Gordon Campbell, theology.
Campus Involvement: Cross country, Track and the Bicycle Race.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? Student pastor at Hanover Presbyterian Church
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I made life-long friends while at Hanover. I still get together with a group of Hanover friends once a year after 40-plus years!
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Hanover continues to nurture great values and prepare students for their future life.
My story: I remember our annual trip to Earlham College to run cross-country in the Earlham Invitational. It was true cross-country, as we had to jump logs, get through a small stream (one time after a rain it was mid-calf deep) and climb up a muddy hillside. It was always a challenging and fun race.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? Hanover laid the foundation for me to go on to seminary and serve as a Presbyterian minister for 37 plus years.
Mike Robinson ’69
Photo of Mike Robinson ’69
"Never Give Up"
Dallas Robinson, son of ’69 Hanover graduate Mike Robinson, was on his way to qualifying for the Olympic Games in Beijing in the 100 meters in Track & Field when he injured his hamstring. With his Olympic hopes gone he set his sights on a sport he could use his strength and speed to excel. Even though he had never played the sport of Rugby, in only a few short months of training, Dallas made the USA National Rugby team The fact that Dallas runs a 4.1 forty yard dash and is 6'4" 234 lbs. didn't hurt. But at a game in Calgary, Dallas got his shoulder separated so track and rugby were now out.
During this time Dallas was also the track coach at Berea College in Kentucky and continued competing in the in attached 100-meters. One afternoon, while talking with one of his athletes, the conversation lead to interest in the student trying out for the sport of bobsled. After the student graduated, Robinson asked him what his plans were in life. His response was "I plan on going home and working as a restaurant manager." Robinson encouraged him to think big and shoot for the stars, which led to his student making a decision to try out for the U.S. bobsled team in Salt Lake City.
A month or two later, Robinson's student called him and asked him to compete as well. "With the wife's permission of course, I decided I would commit to the sport full time." Robinson said. He said he likes to finally wear and compete in a USA Olympic uniform.
Dallas has been in training for two years for the 2014 Sochi, Russia Olympics in February. Dallas has just recently been named the Georgetown College head track coach. For more information on the 2014 Olympics and Dallas Robinson you can do an on-line search.
Jeff Blair ’70
My story: I fell in love with Hanover in the spring of 1966 just driving on Lucinda Ball Drive before I even saw the rest of the campus or met any students or faculty. To this day I have never seen another drive into campus that is more impressive and I still smile when I drive in.
I recall a lot of jobs on campus to make ends meet since I could never convince Dean Glen Bonsett ’46 to come up with some scholarship money for me. I set pins in the original bowling alley under Lynn Gym, which sadly, is no longer there. I worked in every kitchen on campus doing dishes, cleaned toilets in Lynn Gym after basketball games, refereed intramural games. I even went out and bailed hay for a local farmer on one occasion.
I had a great opportunity to play basketball on one of the finest teams in Hanover history while there in the late ’60’s. I did not contribute as much as several others, but I enjoyed the times nonetheless. I even shared a room with the coach’s kids in New Orleans, which kept me out of trouble, showed assistant coach Dick Naylor a thing or two, played on two sprained ankles in Louisville’s Freedom Hall (couldn’t miss the opportunity), and made some lifelong friendships. I only wished they kept better track of assists back then!
On one occasion, as we got ready to take a long-distance holiday road trip, we came back to campus a couple of days early to practice together before departing. I was a Phi Delt by then, the only one on the team, so I stayed in our house by myself. This house was aging, the floors creaked, the showers leaked, and all sorts of interesting and eerie sounds echoed all night. I only stayed the one night on my own, then went over and stayed with the rest of the guys at the Lambda Chi house, not mentioning why I was over there, of course.
My other fondest memories involve a slew of fun things done with my Phi Delt brothers. She Delt Weekend, the bike race, the Green Cloud, Ernie, The Good Ship Phi, an interesting night in the basement of Hendricks Hall that shall remain a secret, our walkout to Buzzard Hill (aka Mout Wawasee) and Towney Brewster ’71’s broken leg, riding horses in Sunman, Ind., with Jim Broughton ’70, China, gunfire at Clifty Falls, the Deckmen, serenading sweethearts, helping the Falsetto score the winning run against the Betas, the Viet Nam war and the lottery/draft, late dates with my HTH, and pretending to study at The Cabin. I don’t think any Greek class before or since gets as high a percentage turnout to Homecoming as does our Phi Delt Class of 1970. I love them.
Hanover prepared me well. I was accepted at each graduate program I applied to and went on to IU School of Business, which I found pretty simple academically compared to the rigors of Hanover. I believe to this day that I am well rounded and global in my interests that I attribute to the liberal arts foundation at Hanover and the enthusiasm for learning generated by the faculty. I succeeded in business beyond my expectations and while some of that is no doubt due to the motivation of my parents and siblings, another large dose is due to the academic, social and athletic challenges faced and overcome while at Hanover.
I love going back to campus as often as I can to help in the Center for Business Preparation, coach in various business classes, attend basketball games, work on Homecoming, serve on the Alumni Board and help in any number of ways. Kind of like all of those jobs I had on campus back in the day. I can’t get enough.
Your favorite class? Geology.
Your favorite professor? Clifford Adams, geology.
Campus Involvement: Intramurals, varsity tennis and swimming, L.I.N.K. (Love Is Needed by Kids).
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Liberal education.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The people I met.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Something that I never would have done had I not made the decision to go to Hanover.
Ann Butz Dean ’71
Your favorite class? U.S. history.
Your favorite professor? Robert Bowers, history and Dorothy Bucks, English.
Campus Involvement: Women's Recreation Association, Kappa Alpha Theta.
Internships: How did this prepare you for your career and life? Student teaching
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Lasting friendships, love of learning and reading.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Memories
My story: Working for Dorothy Bucks was by far one of my most memorable reflections. Just by being in her company, I learned a great deal about life, literature, travel and a gentle life. My dad, unfortunately, prevented me from attending her course in England. (He was against travel abroad.)
Over the years I corresponded with her. Professor Bowers was an exciting teacher who brought history to life for me. Never before had I been taught about history and how it united or separated the world and its people. Life in my sorority house was marvelous. We all had such fun and became fast friends. We spent nights chatting, laughing and learning together. Many are still close friends today.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Hanover helped me change from a shy freshman to a well-educated, outgoing graduate prepared to live life to the fullest.
Vance Patterson ’72
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? I did my Spring Term during my junior year in Germany. I remember Rich Sheppard ’72 and I throwing our backpacks in the back of a laundry truck and riding to the train station in Hagen, Germany, then taking a train to Luzern, Switzerland, where we hitchhiked our way through the Austrian Alps, Bavaria and back to campus during a long weekend. Other weekend trips on our own included Paris and Amsterdam.
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? For me it was a period of transition; from life at home and high school toward the real world. For the first time I had unsupervised responsibility for doing what needed to be done.
Frederica Capp ’73
Your favorite class? Human Development.
Your favorite professor? Harve Rawson, psychology
Campus Involvement: I served as editor and on the alumnae public relations committee of Kappa Alpha Theta. I also took four years of voice lessons.
Did you participate in off-campus opportunities? I visited nursing homes.
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? I participated with an organization called The Experiment in International Living and lived on a farm in Grande Coeur.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? It built my confidence and made me more honest and direct.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? I love the scenery and all the students at Hanover College - they’re great!
I remember the walks along The Point. I was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and pinned to Jerry Sutherlin ’72. He unfortunately died in 2009 as did another good friend of mine, Sue Ann Pyle Bradley ’73.
I loved singing and my classes. I went to Hanover with the intent of being a psychology major and as a result, I am a behaviorist.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? Wonderful.
Judy Goshorn-Maroney ’75
Personal information: Teacher for high school math and science
Your favorite class? Spring Term in New Mexico: Geology Field Camp
Your favorite professor? Dorothy Bucks, English
My story: My stand-out Hanover experience was the trip to England in 1973 with Professor Dorothy Bucks, her last trip before retirement. I was one of the youngest of the group and not an English major, so I felt very privileged to be selected for the trip. It was my first experience off the North American continent, but not the last.
I can’t describe how amazing it was to live like a local in Stratford-upon-Avon. Or the thrill and terror of being on my own in London and Edinburgh, Scotland. It was awe-inspiring to experience the acting at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. All of this helped to open up my perspective on the world and to give me a life-long desire for travel and an appreciation of literature and other cultures.
Robin Martin ’77
Your favorite class? Acting,
Your favorite professor? Tom Evans, theater.
Campus Involvement: I was in the Hanover Players (Theatre) for three years. I was in the Pep Band for two years. I was chosen to be a senior speaker at graduation.
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? I’ve met people who have become and remained my friends for nearly 40 years.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The College made me a better person. Today it is even better equipped to turn out well-educated young adults.
My story: One of my favorite experiences occurred when we were preparing for the American College Theatre Festival my senior year. We were going to present three original one-act plays written by a recent Hanover College graduate, Howie Blanning ’78.
One night, rehearsal hadn’t gone very well. "Dr. E” was discouraged and was open to any suggestions as he dismissed us for the night. I went back to Crowe Hall and went over my dialogue. Something seemed out of place. I ran back to Parker Auditorium, and fortunately, Dr. E and Howie were still there, though it was late.
I suggested to Howie that he move a section of dialogue to a different point in the play. He did, and it worked. Howie later told me that my coming back that night was the lift Dr. E needed. We made it to the ACTF Regionals that year. It was great.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? So far, my Hanover College experience was the best four years of my life.
Don Strunk ’77
Personal information: Teacher of Anatomy and Physiology at West Hills University High School.
Your favorite class? anatomy and physiology.
Your favorite professor? Ronald Hess, physical education.
Campus Involvement: Choir, cross country and track.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Such a positive experience. I sent my daughter Emily Strunk ’03 there and she even taught some classes at Hanover in the theology department.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? All the great memories and advice from the professors there.
My story: I remember running on the cross country and track teams. Being part of the conference and district championships. Being part of the Fiji experiences and friends made there during my four years. Taking classes with Professor Hess and going on tour with the choir.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? It was the best thing I have ever experienced.
Michael Miller ’83
Your favorite class? P-Chemistry.
Your favorite professor? Keith White, chemistry.
Edward Woods ’83
Your favorite class? Business law.
Your favorite professor? Ralph Calkins, economics.
Campus Involvement: First, . Secondly, my junior year, in particular re: Hanover College Panther Varsity Golf team contributions.
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? I learned so much about people through my Lambda Chi Alpha experience. I was fortunate and honored to share a bond with all of my fellow Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers.
My experience on the Panther squad in golf has kept me as a Class A member of the PGA of America to this day. Great squad. Great chemistry — damn good players of which I was one. Check the record.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The smiles and even belly laughs that I get in reviewing moments involving my Greek experience, as well as some of the road matches we had on the golf team, stories I’ll forever treasure.
My story: Check the record on the 1983 Lambda Chi Alpha class, and the guys who got out, oh, a couple of years prior to that. If I were to reveal those most educational of times in book form, the librarian would slot the book under fiction. And yet only those of us who were there, KNOW those truths. Just a really, really, great, great group of young men: the personalities, achievements and antics. Those days and years were as good as it gets.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? Bullfight critics, row on row, crowd the enormous plaza full, but there is only one man there who knows and he is the one who fights the bull.
Mark Bolyard ’84
Receiving the Richter Grant was a very important moment in my life. I was a low A/high B student at Hanover, but my undergraduate research, funded by my Richter Grant ('83-'84) was pivotal in my getting into 5 of the 12 PhD programs I applied to, ultimately getting a research assistantship at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. I would strongly encourage any student interested in post-baccalaureate work to apply for a Richter Grant. I'm glad to hear that the program is continuing. Dr. Mark Bolyard ('84)
Professor and Chair, Biology Department, Union University
Celeste Gronbacher Schoen ’87
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? It is vitally important to go away to college out of town to challenge your beliefs and affirm those that are truly you. To separate from your parents in a safe and friendly environment.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The commitment found in professors in a small private college who truly care and how that feeds the foundation of those who mover soon into the world; knowing that heartfelt, genuine connection with human interaction is the core to life.
My story: Once as a freshman I was so sick I had to drive to the downtown Madison Clinic. While at rest in my dorm, my poetry professor called, knowing my face was absent as less students leads to more personal recognition of each individual in the class, and asked where I was and had been.
One night in the computer lab, my work area of skill and interest, at 9 p.m. I was stuck in an immobilized way. I went to the home of my professor and although he was having a dinner party, he left to go to the lab with me and got me through the parts I was unable to figure out on my own.
Two professors both committed with genuine desires to care and teach. And of course the wonderful breakfasts with cold milk machines and the walks after dinners around the campus.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? A life changing experience not to be missed!
Your favorite class? Money and Banking.
Your favorite professor? Paul Blume, economics.
Campus Involvement: Football for two years and intramural sports.
My story: I came into college thinking I had to use my interest in math and entrepreneurship in some engineering field. Professor Blume opened my eyes to economics and the power of small business. I have spent my career in various roles helping develop small and growing businesses. This includes as a controller for manufacturing, venture capital and small business lending.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? The freedom to discover oneself.
Ellin Iselin ’88
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? Salzburg, Austria.
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? I gained life long friends.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? It’s a family school. My father, Fritz Iselin ’60; uncle, John Iselin ’65; and cousins, Sam Bonsett ’87 and Casey Bonsett ’91 all attended.
My story: Professor Barbara Garvey and I still stay in touch. She has visited Jacksonville, Fla., and her friends in the area on several occasions, and while she is in town, she contacts me and we get together for lunch. One of my favorite professors has fortunately become a close friend, too.
I saw a poster outside Professor Brigitte Wichmann Randall’s class door in 1985. I applied to the study aboard program through Bowling Green State University and went to Austria in 1986 – 1987. This experience literally broadened my horizons and fostered my love of international relations.
In 1990, I flew back to Europe and lived in Germany via a congressional internship. I grew to understand and appreciate my own German heritage and contributions of German-Americans to our great country. In fact, Indiana has such a strong German history that likely I have relatives in my fellow Hanoverians!
While living in Germany, I was blessed with visits from three sorority sisters: Beth Pope ’88, Cindy Miller ’88 and Sherry Manx ’89.
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? Danke!
Your favorite class? Crime and Corrections.
Your favorite professor? Robert Keller, sociology.
Campus Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Softball, volleyball.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Great memories!
Trisha Anderson VanValkenburg ’90
How has the Hanover College Experience changed your life? The quality of students that attend Hanover College are very high and taught me how to study hard and stick to it.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? The alumni that are friends make a huge Hanover College connection!
My story: There were five chemistry majors my senior year. I was the only girl and there were only men's restrooms on the third floor of Gingrich. I would put a sign up to use it. We all would meet in the Chem library and study together. Dr. Ellefsen and his wife would send popcorn over to "help" us study. It made our studying easier. Hanover professors do that - go out of their way to make sure they know their students!
If you had to describe your Hanover College Experience in one sentence, what would you say? Hanover is exciting, knowledge stimulating and promotes life-long friendships.
Beth Sprowles Kornstein ’92
Your favorite class? Shakespeare in England.
Your favorite professor? Jon Smith, English.
Campus Involvement: Student Activity Board, Phi Mu.Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember?Shakespeare! Best time ever.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? I credit my college experience in prepping me academically, socially and personally for all that I have encountered in my life post-graduation.
If you had to describe your Hanover College experience in one sentence, what would you say? It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Kelly Collier Cleland ’94
Your favorite class? I really enjoyed my English, political science and history classes.
Your favorite professor? Marsha Dutton, English.
Campus Involvement: Chi Omega, Dance Team, Pre-Law Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? Stratford, England for the Shakespeare in England class.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? My time at Hanover allowed me to grow both as a student and as a person.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? I cherish memories of time spent in class, as well as time spent outside of class with friends at The Point, in the dorms, at the sorority and in town.
Chuck Stonerock ’94
Personal information: Married to Emily Carolyn McDaniel.
Your favorite class? Chinese and Japanese studies
Your favorite professor? Daryl Karns vs. Walter Bruyninckx, biology.
Campus Involvement: RA, Band
Study abroad: Where did you go? What do you remember? Australia, for rain forest ecology and conservation. What I remember the most is that it’s pretty darn cold at night in the tropical rainforest.
How has the Hanover College experience changed your life? Excellent academic preparation, wonderful friends and fun times. I would do it all over again.
What makes Hanover College special to you today? Just seeing some of the local scenery brings back great memories and some peace.
Shana Cameron ’13
I remember the first time I walked onto the Hanover campus. It was one of those beautiful days where everything was green, the sun was shining, and you just wanted to run through the grass on The Quad. My dad and I had come to check out the college, and when we walked out of the Admission office he looked at me and said, “I want you to go here.” Without any hesitation I replied, “This is where I want to go.” And I spent the next four years of my life living at Hanover.
To say that it was tough for me is an understatement. I struggled with time management, juggling a job with classes and sorting through social obligations. The classes were not like anything I had gone through before, and I had to really study for the first time. I made a lot of mistakes and my first year was both exciting and difficult. I thought that I would never graduate, and I would end up disappointing my family.
Luckily for me, Hanover changed me for the better. The professors were always helpful and available to answer any questions. My boss was truly wonderful and understood if I couldn’t come in to work because I was just too tired or had to study. I went to the Learning Center and was given the assistance I needed with my schoolwork. I found my place socially in my sorority house, Alpha Delta Pi. I gained more confidence in myself and ended up getting several more jobs on campus that I enjoyed. Time management skills came to me once I learned to prioritize and focus on what was important.
I have met some people that I will never forget. My sophomore year I had Dr. Karns for intro biology. He was always joking around but when it came to biology, he knew his stuff. My classmates and I would take pictures of the awesome things we did in lab and Dr. Karns never seemed to have a problem with that because we were learning. When I decided to major in biology, I chose him to be my advisor. A few months later I learned that he had passed away suddenly from a heart attack while walking around campus. I drove down to attend his memorial service and will always remember how campus looked a little bit different. Even the trees seemed to be sad that he wasn’t there anymore. Students and staff had gathered to celebrate the life of a professor who loved nothing more than to be outside in nature. Nature called him home and I will never forget his beautiful spirit.
To be a biology major and not have Dr. Rubino as a professor means you missed out. He is probably the funniest person I have ever met! I remember writing down some of the crazy things in said in class so I could share them with other people. Some students made a Twitter page to keep track of the outrageous things he would say during lecture. It wouldn’t be a lab day without going into the woods with Dr. Rubino. He loved bringing the chainsaw and cutting down dead trees. He has the energy of a child with the wisdom of an old man. His classes were always fun but when it came to the tests, now those were no joke! Anyway, I enjoyed learning in his classes and will admire trees in a different light now that I have met him.
I can’t talk about wonderful people at Hanover and not mention Dr. Philipp. I met him on my LEAP day when I wanted to be a chemistry major. I loved his nonchalant attitude and laid back personality. He is the kind of professor you stay friends with long after graduation. Although I didn’t stick with chemistry, the Philipp family became like my own family. I would attend church with them, go to their house for cookouts, and watch their dogs when they were away. I even wrecked his wife’s car by accident. No worries, I paid to get it fixed! I know that if I ever need anything or a place to stay, the Philipp family would be there to help me in any way possible.
Hanover gave me so many opportunities to travel that I would not have had if I went somewhere else. My freshman year I went to Washington, D.C. for a forensic science course! It was by far one of my favorite classes as far as the course material. My sophomore year I went on a spring term trip to Italy. My first trip to Europe was unforgettable.
We visited seven or eight cities and I couldn’t get enough. I was also able to travel all four years of college to Haiti to do mission work. Although it wasn’t a school sponsored trip, I did go with some of my fellow students. These four trips really changed my life and my perspective on the world. I met people there who have a zest for life and love that I have never seen anywhere else. I’m so glad that I was able to travel to these beautiful places and share it with fellow Hanoverians.
Last but certainly not least, I must mention my sorority house. They were my family and my home for three years. Just like any family we had our fights, but nowhere else could I find people so supportive. I loved walking into the house and there was always a sister to talk to. We shared meals, rooms, and even the rack room together. Our initiations brought us all together as one and we loved our sisterhood. We could talk bad about each other, but when someone else outside the house said something, the ADPi’s were always there to back their sisters up. I’ll never forget some of the long nights we spent in the dining room pretending to do our homework but really just talking and having a good time. Or the times we would invade each other’s rooms and stay for hours distracting one another. I’m going to miss those girls so much but they will forever be in my heart.
I have felt welcome by the faculty and staff as well as my peers. I found my place here and developed into the person I am today because of the life lessons Hanover has taught me. I was always encouraged to ask questions and look beyond the surface to find deeper meaning. I have been challenged to learn as much as possible. And I have been charged with becoming an even better person. I can’t wait to share my memories and make new ones with my future children that I hope come to Hanover. Hanover has been my residence for the past four years. However, Hanover will always be my home.