College to celebrate 184th commencement May 27

Hanover College will celebrate its 184th commencement, Saturday, May 27. Graduation activities will begin at 10 a.m. with the College’s traditional baccalaureate service in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The approximately 250 members of the class of 2017 will receive diplomas during a ceremony that begins at 1:30 p.m. at The Point.

Hanover academic seal

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Hanover President Lake Lambert will deliver the commencement address and Naren Agarwal, an economics major from Kolkata, India, will speak on behalf of the senior class. Mark Levett ’71, chair, will offer greetings from the College's Board of Trustees. Steven Jobe, vice president and dean of academic affairs, will recognize retiring faculty. The Rev. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Hanover’s chaplain, will perform the benediction and invocation.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation, members of Hanover’s class of 1967 will lead the processional.

The ceremony will also feature selections by the Hanover College Choir and the Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble.

The Rev. Michael Jinkins, president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary since 2010, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon. Jinkins, who has been ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for more than 30 years, also serves as a professor of theology and is the author of 13 books.

Free parking will be available throughout campus. Shuttle service will be available for individuals with disabilities or other special needs. No traffic will be permitted near The Point prior to, and during, the ceremony.

In the event of inclement weather, commencement will take place in Collier Arena. Tickets are required for entry if the ceremony is held indoors. The tickets, in limited supply, are free and available through all graduating seniors.

Enrollment remains open for summer online classes

Hanover College students who wish to fulfill major requirements or increase credits toward graduation, or Indiana residents who seek special education certification, will have online options this summer. The College will offer two five-week terms with select classes taught by current faculty members.

Summer online class offerings

The first summer session will be held from Monday, June 5, to Friday, July 7. The second session will run from Wednesday, July 12, to Tuesday, Aug. 15.

In addition to the select courses for current Hanover students, the education courses “Special Education Law and Policy (EDU 354)” and “Learning Environments and Transitions (EDU 356)” will be open to Indiana residents interested in receiving additional certification.

Tuition for a summer course costs only $975 per unit. No institutional financial aid is available.

Registration for the summer session available until Tuesday, June 6, for courses in the first session and Thursday, July 13, for courses in the second session. Current students, contact the registrar's office at or phone (812) 866-7051.

If you are not a current student, contact the admission office at or phone (800) 213-2178.

SUMMER TERM IMonday, June 5-Friday, July 7
COM 212: Introduction to CommunicationInstructor: Rachel Davidson
EDU 354: Special Education Law & PolicyInstructor: Dustin BaileyOpen to Indiana residents interested in additional certification
PSY 111: Introduction to PsychologyInstructor: Katherine Tuttle
SUMMER TERM IIWednesday, July 12-Tuesday, August 15
EDU 356: Learning Environments & TransitionsInstructor: Dustin BaileyOpen to Indiana residents interested in additional certification


COM 212: Introduction to Communication

Examines a broad spectrum of communication concepts and issues in modern society. Directed at students with an interest in the discipline of communication.

EDU 354: Special Education Law & Policy

Basic educational rights of students with disabilities alongside teacher and school legal responsibilities with a focus on the five main principles that form the basics of special education law: Free appropriate public education, least restrictive environment, parent and student participation, Individualized Education Program (IEP), and due process protections. Prerequisite: Edu 230.

EDU 356: Learning Environments and Transitions

Learn how to plan, manage, and modify learning environments and how to assist students in successful life transition, goal setting, and community resources. Prerequisite: Edu 230

PSY 111: Basic Principles of Psychology

Overview of the fundamental processes common to all areas of psychology. Partially satisfies the HS CCR.

Swimming to return as intercollegiate sport

Generic swimming pool photo with swim lanes

After a 40-year absence on campus, swimming teams will return to Hanover’s athletic department within two years.

The College will hire a head coach and begin to recruit student-athletes during the coming months with plans to debut men’s and women’s intercollegiate squads during the 2018-19 academic year.

Through a cooperative agreement with nearby Southwestern High School, the Panthers will use the high school’s facility for practices and competition. The off-site facility, just five minutes from campus, features a six-lane, 25-meter pool with Paddock Pools starting platforms, a Colorado Time System with a six-lane readout board and bleacher seating for fans..

Hanover becomes the sixth member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference to support aquatic teams, joining Anderson University, Franklin College, Manchester University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Transylvania University.

Swimming originated at Hanover in 1967 as an intramural program. Using the former pool in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center, the College sported an intercollegiate club program from 1969-77, competing against such opponents as the University of Louisville, Butler University, DePauw University and Berea College.

When the 2018-19 athletic season arrives, Hanover will support 22 varsity athletic programs, including 11 men’s and 11 women’s intercollegiate teams.

Film festival to feature student work, local documentaries
Film festival flyer

Hanover Goes Hollywood Documentary Film Festival, spotlighting local events and organizations, will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the Ohio Theatre in Madison, Ind. The public is invited and admission to the festival is free.

The event, sponsored by the Hanover College Student Broadcasting Association, will feature three headlining documentaries. Following the screenings, a brief question-and-answer session will be held with the various filmmakers.

See the county come together to reject hate and display unity and love in the short film, “Triple K: A County United.” In the work, Hanover junior Carson Bailey takes viewers to the middle of the action as Jefferson County community members respond to the Sept. 24, 2016, Ku Klux Klan rally in Madison, Ind.

“Faith in Friendship: The Ulster Project,” a travel and educational documentary, follows the journey of a group of Hanover students as they explore Northern Ireland and learn about the Ulster Project, a peace and reconciliation program.

Directed and produced by Elizabeth Winters, assistant professor of communication, the film seeks to foster understanding by bringing Catholic and Protestant teenagers to the U.S. for an intensive month of community service, discovery sessions, worship and social activities. For many of these teens, their participation in the Ulster Project marks their first time to meet kids from “the other side” of their nation's sectarian divide.

“Rounding First: 25 Years of Wiffleball” is a sports documentary that briefly surveys the history of Hanover’s annual month-long Lambda Chi Alpha Wiffleball Tournament. Written, directed, and produced by three senior members of the fraternity, the film follows two Hanover wiffleball hopefuls as they attempt to uncover the magic that makes the tournament significant to the students and alumni of Hanover College, as well as the hungry families who are benefitted by the charity event.

Hanover Goes Hollywood will also include additional short documentary pieces screened throughout the night, including: “Mad About Madison,” a promotional video that celebrates local businesses; an informational video about how indoor track and field events differ from the outdoor versions in the sports, a promotional video for women’s lacrosse and even a television sitcom pilot.

Make your impact May 12 during Hanover’s “Day of Giving”

Impact Hanover Day graphic

Alumni, parents, friends and fans are encouraged to help keep Hanover College financially accessible to the best and brightest students by participating in an online “Impact Hanover Day,” Friday, May 12.

During the 24-hour span, show your Panther Pride with an online gift of any size to the Impact Hanover Fund. The effort will help the College continue to provide educational opportunities for students with high potential and limited means, build and maintain outstanding educational facilities and attract top-tier faculty.

The Impact Hanover Fund provides the avenue to support students with scholarships, alter the educational landscape with new teaching and learning tools and foster innovation across campus. Your participation in Impact Hanover Day ensures the College’s tradition of transformative learning.

Make your impact May 12 with a gift of any size. Show your school spirit - and be entered for a chance to win a Hanover swagbag - by sharing with friends and classmates on social media using #ImpactHanover.

Impact Hanover Day

Lambert's class tours South to examine life, legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. leads protest march

Hanover College President Lake Lambert will lead a nine-day spring-term course trip through the South to examine the life, ministry and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Four days of the excursion will be spent in the Mississippi Delta.

The trip, spanning May 12-20, will delve into the personal, social and theological influences on King’s leadership, theology and ministry, as well as the history and foundations of the modern civil rights movement. The group will travel to related sites and museums in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. The students will also participate in a community-service project in Clarksdale, Miss.

Lambert, in his second year as Hanover’s president, also serves as professor of theological studies at the College and has a personal interest in King’s life. He previously worked for the National Park Service doing research for the Selma-to-Montgomery, Ala., National Historic Trail. He began teaching a course about King while a professor of religion at Wartburg College.

In addition to the classroom aspect of the journey, Hanover alumni, family and friends are invited to join Lambert and the students May 17-20 for discussion and fellowship at a variety of destinations in Memphis, Tenn., and Clarksdale, Miss.

An opening reception will be held, Wednesday, May 17, at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT in the lobby of the famed hotel.

The activities shift to Clarksdale, Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20.

Three featured speakers will highlight lunch at Stone Pony Pizza’s Tack Room May 18. Bill Luckett, mayor of Clarksdale, Brad Fair of the Clarksdale City Council and Amanda Richardson, executive director of the Delta Regional Authority, will address guests during an event that runs from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Later that day, Roger Stolle, owner of Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art, will present an introduction to blues and cultural tourism. The session will run from 3-5:30 p.m. at the New Roxy Theater.

Ellen B. Meacham, an author and University of Mississippi professor, will be the featured speaker during breakfast, Friday, May 19. Meacham will address Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s visit to the Delta 50 years ago. The event will be held at Our Grandma’s Pancake House at 8:30 a.m. The meal will be followed by a visit to the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church from 10:30-noon

The Hanover students will participate in a community-service project from 1-4 p.m. in downtown Clarksdale. Alumni and friends may join the effort or use the time to further explore Clarksdale.

That evening, the Hanover students and guests will attend a fish fry on the banks of the Mississippi River. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

The class will return to Memphis, Saturday, May 20, for its final day of activities. The students and guests will spend the afternoon visiting sites such as the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Levett Career Center dedication held May 5
Marabeth and Mark Levett

The Levett Career Center officially opened after a dedication ceremony was held Friday, May 5, at Hendricks Hall.

Made possible through the generosity of Mark and Marabeth Ice Levett, The Levett Career Center provides a one-stop campus location for all students seeking career counseling, an internship or interview preparation. The group of student-support offices, housed within Hendricks Hall, includes staff members working with the Career Center, Business Scholars Program and Experiential Learning Center.

The ceremony featured remarks from the Levetts, both 1971 Hanover graduates, as well as President Lake Lambert, Diane Magary, a member of the Business Scholars Program faculty, senior Ashley Eden and junior Wes McKinney.

A reception and open house immediately followed the program.

Mark Levett is a retired executive with Cummins, Inc. He has served as chair of the College’s Board of Trustees since 2014. He joined the Hanover board in 1982 and was elected vice-chair in 1998.

The Levetts served as chairs of Hanover's Live Our Loyalty campaign, which raised nearly $55 million in a combination of cash and planned gifts from 2010 to 2014.

The couple resides in Columbus, Ind. They are the parents of three daughters: Amy, Megan and Jennifer, a 1994 Hanover graduate.

Engineering program connects with U.S. Navy “laboratory”

Hanover College engineering students will have access to a unique array of expertise, equipment and projects through a relationship with the U.S. Navy. The College has entered into a five-year educational partnership with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane).

Crane Naval Warfare Center logo

A naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, NSWC Crane serves electronic, engineering and ordnance needs of the U.S. Navy and other military customers. The facility supports functions such as expeditionary, surface and airborne electronic warfare, fleet maintenance and modernization, radar, power and strategic systems, small arms, as well as night-vision and undersea warfare systems.

“There is a clear sense our rising engineering program can only be of the highest quality,” said Leonidas Pantelidis, chair of Hanover’s department of physics & astronomy and acting director of the engineering programs. “There is no better way to excellence other than accessing the best technology and expertise out there. We are excited to be partnering with the U.S. Navy and NSWC Crane.”

The partnership was created to encourage interest in science, mathematics and engineering and presents a vast array of opportunities for Hanover’s students. The College’s scholars will have access to NSWC Crane’s wide variety of scientific personnel and skills, specialized equipment and computer software.

NSWC Crane personnel will be available to aid Hanover’s engineering program in the development and teaching of science courses and materials, while also providing mentorships and career advice. Students will also have access to tours, demonstrations, experiments, research projects and potential employment at the base.

Located 25 miles southwest of Bloomington, Ind., NSWC Crane was established in 1941 for the production, testing and storage of ordnance. The operation is the third-largest naval installation in the world by geographic area and, with more than 3,000 employees, is the largest employer in southern Indiana.

College to host NEXT IN Campfires event May 3
NEXT Indiana Campfires logo

A NEXT Indiana Campfires event, featuring a literary hike on the Daryl R. Karns Natural History Trail, will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, on the Hanover College campus.

Indiana Humanities’ NEXT Indiana Campfires series uniquely connects nature, literature and discussion of Indiana’s future. A naturalist from Oak Ridge Conservancy will identify interesting plants, animals and other Hoosier oddities. Kevin McKelvey, associate professor of English at the University of Indianapolis, will recite the works of Indiana authors during pauses along the trail.

Supported by Indiana Humanities and Oak Heritage Conservancy, the event at Hanover will combine a two-hour hike on the College’s moderately rugged trails, environmental readings and a dinner during sunset overlooking the Ohio River.

Cost for the event is just $15 per person. The fee includes the guided hike, campfire dinner and Indiana-brewed beer for those ages 21 and older.

NEXT IN Campfires online registration

In case of inclement weather, Indiana Humanities will cancel the event and alert registrants via email at least two hours prior to the start time. If the event is cancelled, a ticket to another Next Indiana Campfires event will be offered.

The Daryl R. Karns Natural History Trail, named for the late Hanover professor of biology, consists of four trails along the bluff adjacent to the Ohio River on the College's campus. The paths, totaling nearly 2.5 miles in length, range in difficulty from no slope to steep ascent.

Eden, Agarwal highlight academic award winners

Top student award winners standing with President Lambert

Seniors Ashley Layne Eden (Anderson, Ind.) and Naren Agarwal (Kolkata, India) led a substantial list of award recipients at Hanover College's 80th-annual Honors Convocation. The event was held Thursday, April 13, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Eden, a gender studies major, earned the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior female. She also received the Distinguished Award in Gender Studies and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award from the Office of Experiential Learning.

Active on campus, she is a Benjamin Templeton Scholar, resident assistant, student hall director, president of Love Out Loud and an officer in the Feminist Club. She also interned at the National Organization for Women in Washington, D.C., and at Harvard's summer programs.

Agarwal, an economics major, was presented with the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior male. In addition to his efforts in the classroom, he has worked as a resident assistant, studied abroad in Australia and Belgium, and been a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, International Club and the Environmental Stewardship Group.

The Long Citation, first presented in 1947, is given by the trustees of the College to the outstanding graduating senior woman based on excellence in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. The award is named for Henry C. Long, whose gift created the Long College for Women, which merged with Hanover College in 1978.

The Crowe Citation is named to honor Hanover’s founder, John Finley Crowe. Created by the faculty in 1955, the award is given to the outstanding graduating senior man based on excellence in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership and social responsibility.

Previous Crowe Citation and Long Citation recipients

80th Annual Honors DayRecipient
The Henry C. Long for Scholarship and General ExcellenceAshley Layne Eden
The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceNaren Agarwal
The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardGlene Mynhardt
The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityBrian Gall
The Alpha Lambda Delta AwardKatie Schmidt
The Distinguished Award in AnthropologyFlavia Barbosa
Madison Conway
The Distinguished Award in Art HistorySamantha McCain
Art History Writing AwardSamantha McCain
Asumi Oba
The Distinguished Award in Art & DesignMalik Hairston
The M. L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardMal McElroy
The Enos Pray Biology AwardMackenzie Spicer
The Business Scholars Program Award for Academic ExcellenceJace Gentil
Mal McElroy
Betsy Milligan Johnson Business Scholars Achievement AwardMackenzie Dean
Layne Taylor
The Distinguished Award in BiochemistryAllison Mruzek Terpening
The Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardAdam Anthony
Gaby Leith
The Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryCassie Schoborg
The Distinguished Award in CommunicationJace Gentil
Diane Jackson
The John B. Goodrich Prize in OratoryAzia Watts
The Philip R. Taylor Award for Student PublishingShelby Hart
The Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceNaoki Sawahashi
Hoang Van
The Distinguished Award in EconomicsDeborah Odihi
The Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationAnna Cornacchione
The Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationKatie Schmidt
The Distinguished Award in Special EducationBrennan Pool
The Hilda M. Cordrey AwardsAnna Cornacchione (1st)
Miriam Cahill (2nd)
The Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishKatie Schmidt
The John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishAnna Kemple
The Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeJenna Auber
The Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingKatie Schmidt
The Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceAlex Weeden
The Distinguished Award in FrenchMal McElroy
Mallory Noble
The Distinguished Award in Gender StudiesAshley Layne Eden
The Distinguished Award in GeologyEric O’Risky
The Distinguished Award in Health and Movement StudiesKirby Lantz
The Robert E. Bowers History AwardJames Hogan
The Frank S. Luttmer Award for the Study of History through International ExperienceFalyn Moncrief
The M. Anwarul Haq International Studies AwardRebecca Duke
The Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyKelly Gehlbach
Kylie Hawks
Gabby Ritchey
The Morse Mathematical AwardNaoki Sawahashi
Hoang Van
The Dr. John E. Yarnelle Mathematics PrizeMikhaila Hamilton
The Distinguished Award in Medieval Renaissance StudiesMersi Curtsinger
The Richard L. Conklin Award in PhysicsMarissa Childs
The Fleming Physics AwardKenny Jarnagin
Haque Sakib
The Distinguished Award in Political ScienceMadeline Brogan
John Simon
Cameron Trachtman
The A. Glenn Mower, Jr. Pre-Law AwardCameron Trachtman
The Distinguished Award in PsychologyMattie Borders
Courtney Markland
The George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologySarah Gawronska
The Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyJana Dajani
Callie Monce
The Distinguished Award in SpanishIleana Correa
Jessie Lamb
Alex Weeden
Distinguished Award in TheatreDean Gnadinger
Jazlyn Stanciel
The Dennis Kovener AwardCassandra Lockridge
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardChristopher Michael Barbera
The Mary Mildred Sullivan AwardAshley Layne Eden