Common's Jan. 14 appearance CANCELLED

Award-winning, multi-talented performer Common’s Jan. 14 speaking engagement at Hanover College has been cancelled. Full refunds will be automatically provided for tickets purchased in advance.

actor, hip-hop artist Common

The cancellation was forced due to travel arrangements and preparations for Common’s appearance during the Jan. 15 live television presentation of the 49th-annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. He is nominated for outstanding musical duo, group or collaboration for his work with Andra Day on “Stand Up for Something” from the film "Marshall."

The Hanover Enrichment Series will continue with appearances by former "boy soldier" and best-selling author Ishmael Beah (Feb. 9) and internet comedian and author Matt Bellassai (March 16).

Beginning at the age of 12, Beah was forced to fight for the Sierra Leone army against rebels during the nation’s civil war. Held hostage by brain-washing, drug addictions and pressures of the army, he fought for nearly three years before gaining refuge through UNICEF in 1996.

He will discuss his life as a “boy soldier,” Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Bellassai earned the first People’s Choice Award for favorite social media star in 2016. He created a dedicated following through the success of his online video series “Whine About It,” which received more than 3.5 million weekly views.

Bellassai worked as a writer at Buzzfeed before launching the web series “To Be Honest” and pursuing a stand-up comedy career. His current book, "Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations," features a collection of humorous essays recounting moments from his life.

He will perform Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.

General admission tickets for appearances by Beah and Bellassai are now available (Beah tickets / Bellassai tickets). 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.

Ishmael Beah to address life as a "boy soldier" in Sierra Leone
Ishmael Beah, former boy soldier in Sierra Leone

New York Times best-selling author Ishmael Beah will discuss his life as a “boy soldier” in Sierra Leone as part of the Hanover College Enrichment Series.

Beah will speak Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Beginning at the age of 12, Beah was forced to fight for the Sierra Leone army against rebels during the nation’s civil war. Held hostage by brain-washing, drug addictions and pressures of the army, he fought for nearly three years before gaining refuge through UNICEF in 1996.

That same year, while living with a family member and going to school in Freetown, Beah was invited to speak at the United Nations. Within the following year, however, the city was besieged after the Revolutionary United Front and government army, once adversaries, joined forces.

Through the help of UNICEF, Beah fled to New York City and eventually lived with a foster family. He attended the United Nations International School and later earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oberlin College.

In 2007, he released "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," which provides a chilling glimpse into war through the eyes of a child and his struggle to regain his humanity and civility. The work, now published in more than 40 languages, was named by Time magazine as one of the year’s top-10 non-fiction books. Beah was also nominated that year for a Quill Award in the best debut author category.

In 2014, Beah pinned his first novel, "Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel." The book probes post-war life in Sierra Leone, following the plight of two friends who return to their ravaged hometown following the civil war.

The event will also feature a presentation by Hanover sophomore Samuel Pyle, who escaped an orphanage in Sierra Leone and, after a four-year process, was ultimately adopted by a Louisville, Ky., family along with his two siblings.

Since coming to campus, Pyle has been a member of the College’s track and field team and also started Looking Back and Moving Forward, a student organization to aid children in Sierra Leone.

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 department to present comedy "Dead Man's Cell Phone"
graphic featuring hand gripping cell phone coming out of grave

The Hanover College Theatre will present the comedy “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 15-18. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Other Place, located in the former Donner Lecture Hall.

Written by Sarah Ruhl, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” delves into modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate humanity.

The main character, Jean, becomes increasingly annoyed by the non-stop ringing of a cellphone atop an adjacent table in an otherwise quiet café. As soon as she answers the phone, she gets caught up in the life of the phone’s former owner, Gordon. Why is Jean so drawn to this person she did not know, but whose cell phone now introduces her to his life, work and relationships? Does technology help or hinder our ability to connect with other humans?

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” was first staged in 2007 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and earned the Helen Hayes Award for outstanding new play. The honor recognizes excellence in professional theater in the Washington, D.C. area.

The production appeared Off-Broadway in 2008 and made its European debut in 2011 at The Arches in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hanover's presentation will be directed by Dathan Hooper, a veteran actor who has worked in film and television, along with numerous professional theatre companies including Actors Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare, Stage One Family Theatre and Rush Trowell Entertainment. His directing credits include "Livin' Fat," by Judi Ann Mason; "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," by Lonne Elder III; "Eukiah," by Landford Wilson; and "The Past is the Past."

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.

Graduation schedule gets revamped
Hanover College academic seal

Hanover’s graduation events will operate under a new schedule starting with the Class of 2018. Instead of holding the College’s traditional baccalaureate service in the morning and commencement in the afternoon of the same day, beginning this spring, the events will be held on separate days.

Baccalaureate will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The event will be followed by a reception for graduates, families and the campus community.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 26. The ceremony will be held at the Point, weather permitting, or Collier Arena.

Grammy Award-winning The Fairfield Four to perform March 11
Gospel group The Fairfield Four

Grammy Award-winning gospel quartet The Fairfield Four will perform Sunday, March 11, in Hanover College's Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The concert, which begins at 3 p.m., is part of the local RiverRoots Music Series.

General admission tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show.

The Fairfield Four was founded in 1921 in the Fairfield Baptist Church near Nashville, Tenn. The ensemble, which continues to perform traditional, African-American, a cappella gospel, was designated as National Heritage Fellows in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts and inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. The group has also earned two lifetime achievement awards and won three Grammys.

The Fairfield Four earned its first Grammy Award in 1997, notching the best traditional soul gospel album honor for "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray." A famed appearance at the end of the hit motion picture “O Brother Where Art Thou?” helped the group earn a Grammy for album of the year in 2001 for its contribution to the film’s soundtrack. In 2015, the quartet captured the award for best gospel roots album for “Still Rockin’ My Soul” and performed “Don’t Let Nobody” during the Grammy telecast.

Through its history, The Fairfield Four has performed with a range of artists, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Amy Grant, Elvis Costello and Lyle Lovett.

The group was featured on legendary singer-songwriter John Fogerty’s 1997 album, “Blue Moon Swamp.” The ensemble performed on the single “A Hundred and Ten in the Shade” and opened for Fogerty on a number of his subsequent concert dates. “Blue Moon Swamp” later earned the 1998 Grammy for best rock album.

The RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival will be held June 8-9 at Bicentennial Park in Madison, Ind.

Dean's List honors for fall 2017

The following students have attained dean’s list honors for the fall 2017 term. In order to qualify, a student must attain a 3.5 grade-point average (on a four-point scale).

Class of 2018

Bailey Allen

Daliah Altal

Karen Annese Granger

Carson Bailey

Antoine Baldon

Zach Barnes

Colleen Beasley

Gianna Bennett

Kelsey Brandvik

Will Bridgeman

Taylor Browning

Caroline Brunner

Courtney Buchanan

Julia Bursova

Raelyn Cardwell

Iasia Cheers

Cassidy Coates

Justin Conners

Jon Craig

Zach Dauer

Thomas Doering

Michael Dumaine

Madeline Elkin

Victoria Ellingsworth

Austin Elrod

Emily Ertel

Joselyn Evans-Bautista

Leah Faber

Bridgette Farmer

Alana Feeley

Cheyann Fletcher

Mallory Fogus

Josh Ford

Carley Gancher

Bailey Garey

Jennifer Gilly

Tommaso Girelli

Jade Gooch

Griffin Green

Madison Grimes

Mikhaila Hamilton

Sakib Haque

Scarlett Hartlage

Michael Hedges

Lex Helms

Cassie Hendrickson

Alma Herovic

Meranda Hinds

Cara Hoskins

Katie Howard

Monique Huynh

Anna Kemple

Alex Kitchel

Kendra Kramer

Carina Kwiatt

Katie Lents

Chase Lightfoot

Brett Lowen

Amy Mattson

Wesley McKinney

Caroline Miller

Julia Miller

Darien Miller

Falyn Moncrief

Allison Montgomery

Allison Nash

Sydney Neace

Carlo Paini

Cameron Phillips

Mikala Poe

Alexander Proctor

Joe Rector

Mickey Reeves

Matteo Rigoni

Abby Rinck

Chance Rogers

Abigail Schad

John Scheil

Chris Schlenker

Jessica Schonegg

Abbey Schulz

Douglas Seals

Drew Shafer

Drew Shoemaker

Abby Shroyer

Ryan Sizemore

Dakota Smith

Chris Smith Cronkhite

Peyton Spaugh

Shane Spicer

Joe Titus

Immanuel Umoren

Kassidy VanGundy

Jessie Vassallo

Keaton Veldkamp

Daria Volker

Bryn Wigney

Natalie Williamson

Garrett Wilson

Class of 2019

Haley Alexander

Holly Alter

Macy Barwick

Torri Boldery

Leah Bontreger

Wylie Brace

Bridgette Buchanan

Travis Butte

Avery Chezem

Marissa Childs

Jared Compton

Kyle Conrad

Maria Cornacchione

Alex Coyle

Jordan Craven

Claire Cromer

Abby Crump

Emily Cushman

Abby Daley

Morgan Davis

Katie Decker

Claire Dennis

Dominique Depriest

Geneva Dischinger-Smedes

Elizabeth Donaway

Leah Ellis

Cassidy Evanson

Cam Fails

Haley Foster

Christine Freeman

Zach Gabbert

Sydney Ganote

Hunter Guthrie

Jordan Hartman

Jacob Hedrick

Anthony Henderson

Jacqueline Hensley

David Herrmann

Lillian Hughes

Kenny Jarnagin

Daniel Johnson

Haleigh Kelly

Adeli Kinne

Ella Knight

Katie Koopman

Tanner Korfhagen

Sam Layden

Madeline Lucas

Braydan Luce

Aaron Lux

Margo Main

Alex Martens

Lucas Miller

Hannah Mundt

Kylie Nienaber

Jacob Odulio

Cori Oney

Martha Ortega Zepeda

Tessa Pappas

Lauryn Payne

Jessica Rieskamp

Carlie Roark

Mary Romine

Jacob Rugen

Sonia Stanciu

Claire Stockwell

Samuel Stryker

Madie Sutherland

Erin Trimpe

Arika Velligan

Macy Walker

Tyler Wenig

Alex York

Class of 2020

Rachael Barnhorst

Brandi Brock

Sarah Bucker

Zoe Burrow

Paxton Caldwell

Waverly Carmichael

Landon Carrico

Abby Chamberlin

Zach Chapman

Garrett Collier

Kaitlyn Comstock

Adriana Conway

Derek Cornett

Jackson Crawford

Kiki Crone

Hananiah Davis

Ally Davis

Noah Dubrava

Kaitlin Dunn

Shelby Edington

Allyssa Edwards

Teylor Ellis

Edrei Garcia

Austin Gates

Allison Goodwin

Adam Grabert

Emilee Greathouse

Asha Green

Krista Grendze

Amy Hackbarth

Marley Haltom

Jonathan Helmers

Zoe Henry

Abby Howes

Haley Huddleston

Kenna Hunter

Lukas Johns

Olivia Johnson

Cami Jones

Cambria Jones

Holly Kallmeyer

Lizzy Katzenberger

Noah King

Andrew Knecht

Elizabeth Lee

Deven Lemen

Julia Long

Holly Love

Alex Ludwig

Alex Maldeney

Annie Marsh

Lizzie Matchett

Hayden McIlwain

Skylar McMahon

Ciara Mergler

Taylor Merrill

Caroline Millard

Ethan Monnin

Wezi Mulamba

Ally Murphy

Bradley Murray

Robert Myers

Kayla Nowlin

Kelly Poston

Rees Powell

Logan Ratts

Allison Reardon

Abby Riedman

Blake Robertson

Diana Roederer

Montavia Rowley

Mackenzie Smith

Kendall Smith

Joshua Smith

Madie Snyder

Maddie Stratton

Brooke Todd

Andrew Trachtman

Madison VanWinkle

Justin Ventura

Libby Ward

Rachael Welsh

Morgan West

Noah Wezensky

Nolan Wicks

John Williams

Dylan Wirick

Abbey Woodard

Eric Woodruff

Emily Yeager

Class of 2021

Ty Allen

Sydney Amick

Abigail Anderson

Alex Baker

Caleb Baker

Heaven Bigelow

Kimmy Birrer

Leo Carnicelli

Abi Childers

Sydney Claypoole

Eli Copner

Courtney Cox

Hannah Crail

Bianca Cuellar Arteaga

Adam Dean

Brynn Durecki

Sydney Ely

Abigail Estes

Jed Fajt

Natalie Fausz

Max Freiberger

Od Ganzorig

Jordyn Golde

Sarah Graves

Taylor Hausman

Logan Huddleston

Reece Hunter

Stephanie Johnson

Emily Jones

MJ Joyce

Tad Kaufman

Ursula Kremer

Liv Loran

Brett Luker

Jordan McElroy

Emma Kate McMurtry

Scarlett Mesman

Amber Miller

Natalie Miller

Bri Morkal

Veronica Navarrete

Taylor O'Shea

Clarice Patterson

Savannah Pendleton

Aaron Petersen

Gracie Phillips

Anya Polito

Justin Pope

Zeke Porta

Lily Prohaska

Nick Rabe

Tyler Ralston

Katarina Rexing

Madison Reynolds

Kiley Ritter

Josie Romero

Abigail Satow

Holden Schaefer

Alyssa Shippey

Henry Simon

Sam Smith

Madison Smith

Isabella Stange

Cece Susott

Ashley Swearingen

Jared Thies

Morgan Tirabasso

Connor Trimborn

Cassi Tyree

Charlotte Verbanic

Hanna Werner

Rebecca Willhite

Priya Wood

Addy Zimpleman

CJ Zmudzinski

Matt Bellassai's comedy tour visits campus March 16
Internet comedian Matt Bellassai

People's Choice Award-winner Matt Bellassai will bring his 2018 comedy tour to Hanover College’s Collier Arena, Friday, March 16.

Bellassai, an internet sensation with millions of followers, will cap the Hanover Enrichment Series’ 2017-18 season with a 7 p.m. performance in Collier Arena.

Bellassai became a social-media comedy star through his online video series “Whine About It,” which generated more than 3.5 million weekly views. The series’ success ultimately led to him being honored in 2016 with the first People’s Choice Award for favorite social media star.

After more than three years as a comedy writer at Buzzfeed, Bellassai left to launch the web series “To Be Honest,” tour nationally as a stand-up comedian and write a book. His publication, "Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations," features a collection of humorous essays recounting moments from his life.

He currently produces the podcast, “Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai.” In each episode, he hilariously “muses on pop culture, the Internet and the struggles of life as a single, gay, would-be adult living in New York City.”

General admission tickets for Bellassai's appearance 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.

Shelton, Wilcox retire at month’s end

Treva Shelton and Chris Wilcox retired at the end of December after more than 65 years of combined service to the College.

Shelton (below at left) was a member of Hanover’s staff for more than 40 years. Through the past 30 years, she served as executive assistant to presidents Russell Nichols (1988-2007), Sue DeWine (2007-15) and Lake Lambert (2015-17).

Treva Shelton and Chris Wilcox

She joined the campus community in 1977 as a part-time secretary for the public relations office and, just one month later, became full-time assistant for alumni relations. In 1980, she became the secretary for Stanley Caine, then vice president of academic affairs, and also served on an as-needed basis for former president John Horner. She permanently moved to the president’s office in 1988.

Wilcox retired from the faculty secretary post she held for the past 26 years. She started at Hanover in 1991 and has assisted the College’s students and employees in a variety of ways.

In addition to her daily duties, Wilcox was involved with each senior class, distributing and collecting caps and gowns annually for both the opening convocation and graduation. She also led daytime and evening fitness classes for all members of the College community, including step, ball, Zumba and aerobics.

As a two-time cancer survivor, she also served as a respected and inspirational campus voice for cancer awareness.

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.”