Lamberts donate baptismal font; dedication Dec. 10
baptismal font, blue hand-blown glass with wooden base

A hand-crafted baptismal font and wooden stand will be dedicated during a ceremony on the Hanover College campus, Sunday, Dec. 10. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Brown Memorial Chapel.

The baptismal font, a gift to the College from Hanover President Lake Lambert and his wife, Kelly, holds baptismal water used in the administration of the sacrament. The font is constructed of hand-blown hot glass. The wooden stand was handmade by Rev. Charles Wiley, who has constructed many liturgical pieces, including several used in the chapel at Presbyterian Church (USA) headquarters in Louisville, Ky.

The campus dedication ceremony will feature a service and baptismal blessing from Rev. John Gable, senior pastor at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Ind. The event will also feature comments from the Lamberts, as well as Mark Levett, chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, and Rev. Catherine Knott, Hanover’s chaplain.

Lake Lambert, who became Hanover’s president in 2015, earned a doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history, as well as a master of theological studies degree, from Emory University.

An active scholar, Lambert’s research has focused on workplace spirituality, professional ethics and church-related higher education. In addition to several articles and essays in academic journals, he is the author of “Spirituality, Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace,” which surveys the role of spirituality in business from medieval guilds to current trends in the contemporary business environment.

Kelly Lambert earned a bachelor’s degree from Lenoir Rhyne College. She has previously worked as an accountant for a number of enterprises, including the New Brunswick (N.J.) Parking Authority and the city of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Locally, she is an active volunteer with Resurrection Lutheran Church and Historic Madison, Inc.

Wiley currently serves as a major gifts officer at Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. He previously worked as associate director for theology and worship at the Presbyterian Church headquarters and, for one term, was an adjunct instructor at Hanover.

Master's degree in accounting closer through new agreements
Business Scholars Program, Indiana and Xavier business schools' logos

Hanover College has established privileged access for students who wish to pursue a master of science in accounting degree at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business or the master of science in accountancy at Xavier University’s Williams College of Business.

Students in Hanover’s Business Scholars Program (BSP) who complete the College’s accounting pathway are eligible to enroll in these intensive, full-time graduate degree programs immediately upon graduation – and, potentially, sit for the certified public accountants (CPA) exam the following year.

“Our partnerships with Indiana University and Xavier University provide an important extension to our Business Scholars Program and our students who are interested in pursuing an advanced business degree,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “The opportunities provided by these outstanding programs are a testament to the quality undergraduate programs available on our campus.”

To further qualify, Hanover graduates must have a 3.20 grade-point average or higher, submit letters of recommendation from two faculty members and meet all prerequisite course requirements. An interview with program faculty or staff is also required at Indiana. Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is not required for admission to either program.

Members of the College’s Class of 2018 who meet all requirements will be eligible for admission to the programs at Indiana and Xavier.

“The partnerships with Xavier and Indiana are part of the BSP’s ongoing commitment to deliver innovative business education to our students,” said John Riddick, director of Hanover’s Business Scholars Program. “Business Scholars will be given the opportunity to combine the BSP’s experiential business training with Hanover’s rich liberal arts curriculum and the rigor of a graduate accounting program from two outstanding business schools.”

"Humans of New York" author Brandon Stanton on campus Nov. 17
author & blogger Brandon Stanton

Best-selling author and photojournalist Brandon Stanton will open the Hanover College Enrichment Series’ 2017-18 season Friday, Nov. 17, with a 7 p.m. appearance in Collier Arena.

Stanton, selected one of Time magazine’s “30 People Under 30 Changing the World,” is a renowned author, photographer and blogger. His storytelling blog, “Humans of New York,” has more than 18 million likes on Facebook and seven million followers on Instagram.

In 2013, Stanton turned his online effort into the best-selling book, “Humans of New York.” Just two years later, he also reached the top of the New York Times best-sellers’ list with “Humans of New York Stories,” which delved deeper into the lives of Big Apple residents.

General admission tickets are now available. Seats cost just $15 each for adults, while tickets for children high-school age and younger (18-) are free. A meet-and-greet, book-signing session will follow the talk.

The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from the McManaman Trust, German American Bank and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Note to media: video and photography will be allowed for a maximum of five minutes during Stanton's presentation.

Hanover College Theatre to stage Reza's “Life x 3”
Life X 3 poster

The Hanover College Theatre will present the comedy “Life x 3,” Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 16-19. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Other Place, located in the former Donner Lecture Hall.

Written by Yasmina Reza in 2000, “Life x 3” provides three unique variations on the same event – what happens when a couple arrives one evening early for a dinner party.

Henry, an astrophysicist desperate for a promotion, and his wife, Sonia, an attorney, are coasting through another typical family evening at home with their young son. All changes, however, when there is a knock at the door. Hubert, a key factor in Henry’s career, and his wife, Ines, unexpectedly arrive for the dinner party. With just crackers and chocolates on hand for food, and dreadful news from Hubert, the evening is destined for disaster.

Teeming with subplots, Reza’s work offers the same one-act scene three times. However, each presentation has its own distinctive emphasis, using subtle changes in action and dialogue to produce different results.

Hanover’s production is directed by senior Anna Marie Kemple.

General admission tickets are free, however, patrons are encouraged to reserve seats online in advance. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile phone.

Indiana Society of Chicago to honor Hanover at Dec. 2 event
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The Indiana Society of Chicago will recognize Hanover College as its 2017 "Institution of the Year" during its 112th-annual Black Tie Dinner, Dec. 2, in downtown Chicago.

The Indiana Society of Chicago’s annual event honors exceptional Hoosier individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the state and nation. Proceeds from the event go to scholarships for students attending Hanover College.

Hanover, founded in 1827, is the oldest private, four-year college in Indiana. The College is annually ranked among the top liberal arts institutions in the nation and offers 33 majors with core strengths in education, business and the sciences.

Tickets are available for the black-tie dinner by calling (847) 673-2013, emailing or registering online at

In addition to Hanover, Jim Morris, vice chair of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will be honored at the dinner as the 2017 "Hoosier of the Year." He previously served as executive director of the United Nations World Food Program, chair and chief executive officer of the IWC Resources Corporation, president of Lilly Endowment, Inc., and six years in Indianapolis city government.

Entertainment at this year’s event will be provided by comedienne Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio and the high-energy dance band, The Doo!

Area choirs, orchestra to present "Messiah" Dec. 3
"Messiah" performance advertisement

The Hanover College Concert Choir and a Louisville, Ky.-area festival orchestra will blend with the Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus to present the local organization’s 44th-annual performance of holiday music.

The combined choirs and orchestra, featuring more than 100 singers and instrumentalists, will perform selections from Handel’s oratorio “Messiah,” Sunday, Dec. 3, on Hanover’s campus in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The concert will begin at 2 p.m.

The performance includes the Christmas portion of “Messiah,” an extended Baroque masterwork for chorus, orchestra and soloists, and the singing of its most popular portion, the “Hallelujah” chorus.

Madlen Batchvarova, professor of music and director of choral programs at Hanover, will conduct the choirs and orchestra for the 15th consecutive year.

Tickets will be available at the door or by phone at (812) 213-2652.

All patrons are invited to attend a post-recital reception in the Greiner Art Gallery, which is adjacent to the recital hall.

This year's performance of “Messiah” is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County through a grant from the Clifford O. Taylor Memorial Endowment for the Performing Arts.

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" featured in Dec. 5 holiday concert

The Madison Community Concert Band will present a special holiday concert Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The concert, suitable for all ages, is free and open to the public.

Musical selections will include traditional and light Christmas classics. One highlight of the evening will be the performance of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The work, arranged by Jack Bullock, will be narrated by Hanover President Lake Lambert.

The non-profit community band, conducted by Mark Johnson, includes approximately 40 area musicians of various ages and musical backgrounds. The ensemble features David Mruzek, Hanover’s associate professor of music and director of instrumental programs, along with College alumni Scott Davis (baritone saxophone) and Charlie Schnabel (trombone).

A special holiday reception will follow the performance.

Common to examine the achievement of greatness Jan. 14

Common, an award-winning multi-talented performer and inspirational speaker, will address the achievement of greatness during a visit as part of the Hanover College Enrichment Series’ 2017-18 season and the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. He will speak at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, in Collier Arena.

actor, hip-hop artist Common

A hip-hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer, Common is a recipient of an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Grammy Award for his work in the film and music industries. He is also a dedicated community activist who supports animal rights and HIV/AIDS awareness among many other causes.

He is the founder of the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower underprivileged urban youth to become strong and productive citizens. The foundation offers programs that foster the development of leadership skills, creative expression and a commitment to education.

Common engages audiences with stories of his childhood on the South Side of Chicago and the obstacles he overcame. Drawing upon his own hard work and path to success, he helps audiences understand how to strive for and achieve greatness by making a commitment to a greater cause.

In 2015, he earned an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his work in the historical drama, “Selma.” He received the honors for best original song with "Glory" and also co-starred in the film as civil-rights leader James Bevel.

In addition to his acting role in “Glory,” Common has also appeared in such films as "Girls Trip," "John Wick: Chapter 2," “Suicide Squad," "Now You See Me," “Terminator Salvation,” “Date Night,” “Happy Feet Two” and “New Year's Eve." He also narrated “Bouncing Cats,” an award-winning documentary about the use of dance to empower youth Uganda.

A two-time Grammy Award winner, Common earned his first Grammy in 2003 with “Love of My Life,” a rhythm and blues duet with Erykah Badu. He also received the Grammy in 2007 for best rap performance by a duo or group with "Southside," featuring Kanye West.

General admission tickets are now available. Seats cost just $15 each for adults, while tickets for children high-school age and younger (18-) are free.

The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from the McManaman Trust, German American Bank and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Theatre to stage romantic comedy “Things My Mother Taught Me”
Things My Mother Taught Me graphic

The Hanover College Theatre will present the romantic comedy, “Things My Mother Taught Me,” Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 26-29. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Other Place, located in the former Donner Lecture Hall.

“Things My Mother Taught Me” offers generational views of relationships and the nature of love, as well as a true-to-life glimpse at how parents, sometimes unwittingly, pass along some of their best life lessons.

Written by Katherine DiSavino, “Things My Mother Taught Me” portrays the plight of Olivia and Gabe, who have driven halfway across the country to move into their first apartment together. Their moving day does not quite go as planned. Things become even more complicated when their parents show up to help.

Directed by V. Lori Hedges, Hanover’s production will provide a laugh-out-loud evening of entertainment.

General admission tickets are free, however, patrons are encouraged to reserve seats online in advance. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile phone.

90th Homecoming celebration Oct. 13-14

Hanover College will host its 90th-annual Homecoming Oct. 13-14 with an array of on-campus events for all ages. 2017 Homecoming Schedule

This year’s celebration features 13 reunions for class years ending in 2s and 7s, including milestone gatherings for the classes of 1967 (50 years), 1977 (40 years) and 1992 (25 years). In addition, this year’s Homecoming features a Golden Panthers Reunion for the classes of 1952, 1957 and 1967.

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Activities begin Friday, Oct. 13, with an opportunity to return to the classroom with professors Deb Whistler (art) and Larry Thornton (history), campus tours and an open house at the Levett Career Center. Evening events include gatherings of the classes of 1967 and 1982. The night ends with the Campus Activity Board's Concert on the Quad featuring hip-hop artist Jack Harlow.

Hundreds of alumni, friends and families will flock to campus Saturday, Oct. 14, for a full slate of events.

The annual run/walk, The Scenic: A 5K with a View, begins at 8:30 a.m. at Alumni Stadium (7:30 a.m. registration). The Barnes and Noble Bookstore will be open and Tinker, the College’s life-sized dinosaur, will be on display. The tailgate lot adjacent to the stadium will be rollicking throughout the day during HanoverFest with alumni, families and football fans, including food, fun and games for all ages.

During the morning and afternoon, Greek houses will offer and wide range of social activities. Reunions for the classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 will be held at various locations on campus. Members of the Champions Club will meet at the stadium and former men’s lacrosse and volleyball athletes will reconnect in the tailgate lot.

Hanover’s football squad will be in action at 1:30 p.m. in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash with Bluffton University. The volleyball squad will face Defiance College in a Heartland Conference match at 5 p.m. in Collier Arena.

In addition to class celebrations, the evening will also feature the Saturday Night Gathering, an all-campus gathering highlighted by music from professors Bill Bettler (communication) and Craig Philipp (chemistry). The party will start at 8 p.m. in the Withrow Activities Center.

Registration will be available for Hanover’s 90th-annual Homecoming on campus Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8-10 a.m. in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center and 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the red tent at the tailgate lot.

2017 Homecoming Registration

Early registration is encouraged to provide accurate numbers for needed space, food and drinks.