Hanover launches new athletic website
screen capture of Hanover athletic website

The Hanover College athletic department officially launched a new website – – Oct. 13.

The endeavor was a collaboration between the College's sports information, communications and marketing and information technology departments in association with PrestoSports, a nationally renowned developer.

"We are always trying to provide Hanover alums and fans with the most up-to-date information on Panther athletics and this move gives us the ability to connect information with other PrestoSports websites, allowing real-time updates." stated Hanover Sports Information Director Tyler Jester.

The vibrant site provides Hanover sports fans access to game stories, schedules, statistics, student-athlete news, social-media links and more. The enhanced site is mobile-device friendly and also provides capabilities for live statistics and video.

Hanover's partnership with PrestoSports also harnesses the company's interconnectivity between numerous colleges and universities, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The software allows real-time sharing of scores, statistics and schedule updates, which makes it easier for fans to follow their favorite sports regionally or even on a national level.

"We are pleased with our collaboration with PrestoSports, what we have produced and believe fans will be pleased with our new and improved product," adds Jester.

Seats available for Brandon Stanton's Nov. 17 appearance
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 at 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 German American Bank.

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.

Homecoming 2017 graphic

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.

Tickets now available for men's basketball exhibition at Butler

Aerial shots from inside Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse



HANOVER, Ind. – Tickets for the Hanover men’s basketball exhibition at Butler are now available to purchase via Butler’s Ticketmaster webpage.

The Panthers return to Hinkle Fieldhouse at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, marking the first time since the 2012-13 season the Bulldogs have hosted HC.

To purchase tickets for the exhibition contest, visit the link above. Hanover has been given a seating area in section 307, with tickets costing $10.00 apiece. To buy tickets in the Hanover section, type in “PANTHERS” in the promo code on the left hand side of the home ticket webpage.

After hitting continue, fans will be able to select seats in section 307, or view other standard tickets available for the contest. For questions or concerns, please contact Brady Collier, Director of Sales at Butler, via email at

Hanover is coming off arguably its best season in program history, recording a 26-4 overall record en route to its first Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Panthers also captured the HCAC regular season and tournament titles, before earning the No. 7 ranking in the final National Top 25 poll.

The Blue and Red have recently earned national recognition in a preseason poll for this upcoming season. Hanover has been ranked seventh nationally in the 2017-18 Street & Smith’s College Basketball Preview magazine. The magazine is available on newsstands nationwide.

Butler earned its highest NCAA Division I Tournament seed in program history last year, enjoying a run to the Sweet 16 before bowing out to eventual national champion, North Carolina.

For a complete review of the 2016-17 Hanover men’s basketball season, view the link above.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Wall Street Journal’s Seoul bureau chief to address North Korea
Jonathan Cheng, Wall Street Journal Seoul bureau chief

Jonathan Cheng, the Wall Street Journal’s bureau chief in Seoul, Korea, will speak Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Horner Center, room 102. The address is open to the public, free of charge.

A native of Toronto, Cheng oversees the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the Korean peninsula, including North Korean and South Korean politics and South Korean businesses such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG.

Cheng states, "Covering North Korea is unlike any other assignment that a newspaper reporter can ever be given. Even basic facts -- the age of the leader, the population of the country -- are impossible to verify. Access to the country is nearly nonexistent. And the country has gone to great lengths to shroud itself in mythology, half-truths and sheer lies, making it so difficult to know what to believe."

His presentation, "How Do You Cover a Country Like North Korea?," will examine the nation, its desires, willingness to fight the U.S., and how reporters try to make sense of it.

Cheng has covered North Korea for the past four years for The Wall Street Journal and has visited the country twice, including this September. He was previously a reporter in New York, covering stocks and trends in financial markets for Money & Investing.

He started his career in 2005 as an intern in the Wall Street Journal’s Hong Kong bureau, where he covered politics, corporate news, markets, real estate and casinos.

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.

Anniversary event to explore impact of Martin Luther’s "95 Theses"

Hanover College will host a free symposium to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses.” “The Lutheran Reformation: 500 Years Later,” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31, will explore the importance and consequences of the historic document.

Martin Luther statue in Wittenberg, Germany

Luther was an Augustinian monk and professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, Germany. On All Hallows Eve, Oct. 31, 1517, he posted a list of 95 criticisms of the Catholic Church and its penitential practices and teachings on the doors of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. He also sent the criticisms to his bishop, Albert of Brandenburg, who, believing them to be heretical, forwarded the document to the pope.

Although intended to start an academic discussion, Luther’s “Disputation on the Power of Indulgences,” commonly known as “95 Theses,” shook the foundation of medieval Catholicism and launched the Protestant Reformation.

Recognized by historians as one of the historic events to mark the beginning of the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity, Luther’s criticisms had a profound social and political effect on Europe, and later, the world.

In addition to reforming Catholic liturgical practices and theology, the ensuing Protestant and Catholic Reformations spawned religious wars for the next century and resulted in the political-religious division of Europe into absolute monarchies supported by state religions. The Reformation era also witnessed wide-ranging debates and transformations in married life, gender relations and political and economic theory, as well as the promotion of human rights and mass literacy.

“The Lutheran Reformation: 500 Years Later” will feature discussions and presentations from professors, independent scholars, clergy and students on topics related to the Lutheran Reformation and its impact. The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Science Center, followed in the evening by the Cornelius and Anna Cook O’Brien Lecture.

Rev. Catherine Knott, Hanover’s chaplain, will deliver the keynote address at the luncheon. Knott will examine Luther’s influence on John Calvin, the famed French theologian and reformer who also heavily influenced Presbyterians.

John Roth, a professor of history and director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism at Goshen College, will present Hanover’s O’Brien Lecture. Roth’s address, “The Importance of Luther’s 95 Theses,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

In addition to varied presentations, a collection of rare, 16th-century Luther-related publications will be on display in the Duggan Library’s Joseph Wood Evans Memorial Special Collections and Archives Center.

Through the support of donors, all events are free and open to the public. Lunch and dinner will be offered free of charge to all symposium registrants. Advance registration is requested. (Luther 500th Registration Form)

For information or to register, contact Michael Raley, assistant professor of history and chair of Hanover’s history department, at or (812) 866-7205.

Enrichment Series offers headliners from print, web, music & film

Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning multi-talented performer Common, best-selling author and photojournalist Brandon Stanton and internet comedy sensation Matt Bellassai will be guests during the Hanover College Enrichment Series’ 2017-18 season.

2017 Hanover Enrichment Series schedule

One of Time magazine’s “30 People Under 30 Changing the World,” Stanton 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.

Stanton’s online effort translated to a best-selling book, “Humans of New York,” in 2013. 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.

Stanton will appear Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Common is a hip-hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. In 2015, he won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for best original song with "Glory" from the 2014 film “Selma.” He also co-starred in the film as civil-rights leader James Bevel.

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.

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.

Common will speak Sunday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in Collier Arena. The presentation is part of the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Bellassai is a social-media star whose online video series “Whine About It” created a substantial following with more than 3.5 million weekly views.

A 2012 Northwestern University graduate, Bellassai worked as a comedy writer at Buzzfeed for more than three years before leaving to launch the online web series “To Be Honest” and pursue a stand-up comedy career. In 2016, he earned the first People’s Choice Award for favorite social media star.

In addition to his video series and national stand-up tour, Bellassai also produces the podcast, “Unhappy Hour.”

Bellassai will appear Friday, March 16, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.

General admission tickets, which go on sale Friday, Sept. 1, will available at 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 German American Bank.

“Enigma” dedication celebrates life and legacy of Denny Plattner ’84

A new artistic centerpiece in the George and Sara Zirkle Garden will be dedicated, Saturday, Sept. 30, during a ceremony on the Hanover College campus. The event, held adjacent to the Lynn Center for Fine Arts, will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Enigma I statue

“Enigma” is a gift to Hanover from the Denny Plattner Scholarship Fund, Andy Plattner and sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. The cast-iron statue, which stands approximately six-feet tall, will be centered in the Zirkle Garden, located between the Duggan Library and Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

The Plattner family has strong ties to the College. For years, the Denny Plattner Scholarship Fund has generously supported international travel opportunities for Hanover students.

In addition to the donation of "Enigma," the scholarship fund recently became endowed, ensuring that generations of the College's students will be able to enjoy off-campus travel experiences in perpetuity.

Thorarinsdottir, who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, has worked professionally for more than 30 years. She has used the human form as the main means of expression throughout her career.

She has exhibited widely in Australia, Europe, Japan and the U.S. Her works - various forms of sculpture and different materials - are in private, public and corporate collections worldwide and have been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.

George Zirkle, a member of Hanover’s faculty from 1936-76, was the founder of the College’s psychology department. Sara, meanwhile, occasionally taught in the department and worked in the library.

Batchvarova, Daniel-Cox present "Americana"

Pianist Madlen Batchvarova and soprano Minnita Daniel-Cox will present an evening of art songs, American spirituals and arias from operas and musical during a special concert in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Recital graphic for Americana

“Americana” will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. The performance is open to the public, free of charge.

Batchvarova, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, is a successful conductor, pianist, singer, music educator, clinician and adjudicator.

Currently, she serves as associate professor of music and director of choral programs at Hanover College, where she conducts the concert choir and chamber singers. She also teaches conducting, music history and has a large private voice studio.

Daniel-Cox, originally from Columbus, Ohio, is a noted stage performer. She has appeared in operas and competitions, as a soloist with numerous orchestras and symphonic bands, and presented collaborative recitals and mixed-media performances .

She is an assistant professor of voice and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Dayton and also maintains private studios. In addition to teaching applied lessons and music courses, she coordinates Dayton’s Vocal Performance Institute and has also volunteered her time as choral director at the Dayton Early College Academy.

Batchvarova and Daniel-Cox previously performed a series of American music recitals, May 31-June 2, with concerts in Plovdiv, Stara Zagora and Haskovo, Bulgaria.

The appearance at Hanover is presented as part of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation’s 2017-18 series.