86th-annual Honors Convocation

Award recipients from 2023 Honors Convocation
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Hanover College celebrated the academic achievements of its students and faculty during the 86th-annual Honors Convocation. The event was held April 13 in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Allison Andrews ’23, Rio Takagi ’23, Raechel Long ’23 and Wyatt Warner ’23 received Hanover’s highest student awards. Edward Hall and Alejandra Juno Rodríguez Villar earned top faculty honors.

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Andrews received the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence. She previously earned the 2022 Mildred McKim Vaughn Award in English and Dennis Kovener Award.

A double major in English and secondary education, Andrews has been widely active in the campus community. She has served as student hall director for the Office of Student Life, ambassador for the Office of Admission, president of Hanover College Education Association, coordinator of the Student Philanthropy Committee, director of primary recruitment for Alpha Delta Pi sorority and student representative on the faculty’s Committee on Assessment, Teaching and Learning.

(l-r) Rio Takagi '23 and Allison Andrews '23
(l-r) Rio Takagi ’23 and Allison Andrews ’23

Off-campus, Andrews worked two summers as a teacher/therapist at the Englishton Park Children’s Program and has served as state president and board member of the Indiana State Teachers Association’s Aspiring Educators.

Takagi earned the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence. In addition, he received the Distinguished Award in Engineering, Fleming Physics Award and shared the Edward J. Hamilton Essay Prize.

An engineering major with a minor in computer science, Takagi has earned Dean’s List honors every term during his four-year Hanover career. He enhanced his classroom experience as a participant with the NASA educational program at Space Center Houston, conducting computational fluid dynamics modeling research and an internship at the Madison (Ind.) Municipal Airport.

On campus, Takagi has served as a member of Student Senate, resident assistant for the Office of Student Life, president and treasurer of Hanover’s Engineering Club, member of International Club and participant in the College’s Leadership Challenge Program.

(l-r) Raechel Long and Wyatt Warner
(l-r) Raechel Long and Wyatt Warner

Long and Warner each received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The honor is bestowed annually to recognize outstanding service to the campus community and the community at large.

Hall was presented with the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award.

Established by the College in 1969, the honoree is selected by a ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes. To be eligible, a faculty member must be in at least the fourth year of teaching at the College. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

An associate professor of chemistry, Hall specializes in organic chemistry, peptide synthesis, photocatalysis, organocatalysis, metal-organic frameworks, fermentation science and medicinal chemistry. He teaches courses on organic chemistry, fermentation and distillation science, and medicinal chemistry.

(l-r) Faculty members Alejandra Juno Rodriguez Villar and Edward Hall
(l-r) Alejandra Juno Rodriguez Villar and Edward Hall

Hall, who joined Hanover’s faculty in 2015, earned his doctorate from Indiana University studying new classes of antibiotics and designing fluorescent molecules to aid in the study of bacterial growth and development. His interest in these areas has continued at Hanover with undergraduate students participating in related projects each academic year.

Rodríguez Villar, assistant professor of Spanish, received the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

The award, named for the biology professor who died in 2011, recognizes sustained scholarly or creative achievement. Faculty members nominate colleagues for the award, which are sent to three judges at liberal arts colleges similar to Hanover. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

Rodríguez Villar joined Hanover’s faculty in 2018 in the College’s Modern Languages Department. She specializes in Early Modern Spanish literature and Early Modern Spanish theater. Her research and scholar production focus on cognitive studies, performance studies, humor, translation and digital humanities. She remains an active theater practitioner as an actress, director and playwright, and has worked with Hanover students to produce Spanish-language video productions.

86th-annual Honors Day

John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceRio Takagi
Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceAllison Andrews
Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardEdward Hall
Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityAlejandra Juno Rodriguez Villar
Alpha Lambda Delta AwardOlivia Miner
Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardRaechel Long
Wyatt Warner
Dennis Kovener AwardMeredith Shepherd
Distinguished Award in Art and DesignMolly Trout
Distinguished Award in Art HistoryArizona Harvey
M.L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardCallie Wilder
Enos Pray Biology AwardMadeline Mann
Distinguished Award in BiochemistryOlivia Miner
Gerald R. Johnson ’69 Business Scholars Program Academic Excellence AwardEmily Martin
Betsy Milligan Johnson ’70 Business Scholars Program Achievement AwardJacob Dupps
Aastik Pokhrel Internship AwardSophie Wiatrowski
Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardYuka Kurasaka
Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryAndrew Freeman
Distinguished Award in CommunicationNicole Fry
John B. Goodrich Prize in OratoryRaechel Long
Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceIsaac Bevis
Distinguished Award in EconomicsBrian Lux
Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationKate Donovan
Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationSamantha DiBiasio
Hilda M. Cordrey AwardKayla Summerville (1st Place)
Cassandra Melnick (2nd Place)
Distinguished Award in EngineeringRio Takagi
Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishEthan Rather
John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishGrace Kelley
Meredith Shepherd
Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeJulianna Mussa
Mildred McKim Vaughn Award in EnglishAllison Andrews
Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingAndi Spring
Edward J. Hamilton Essay PrizeJess Ewing
Rio Takagi
Eli Mace Essay PrizeAllison Stogsdill
Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceSavannah House
Distinguished Award in Gender StudiesAndi Spring
Distinguished Award in GeologyEmmie Mann
Distinguished Award in GermanAllison Compton
Distinguished Award in Health and Movement StudiesAnna Bauer
Robert E. Bowers History AwardMary Isola
Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyLeah Anders
Josie Dattilo
Frank S. Luttmer AwardAbigail Corder
Morse Mathematical AwardSam Schmidt
Kayla Summerville
Distinguished Award in MusicJacob Zimmerman
Richard L. Conklin Physics AwardQuynh Anh Lai
Fleming Physics AwardRio Takagi
A. Glenn Mower, Jr. Pre-Law AwardAllison Compton
Distinguished Award in Political ScienceIan Bache
Makayla Comstock
Distinguished Award in PsychologyJess Ewing
George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologyMaddie Morstadt-English
Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyNicole Fry
Distinguished Award in SpanishBrendan Gallagher
Distinguished Award in TheatreJensen Bowker
Distinguished Award in TheologyJess Ewing