Paul Sorvino, film and television veteran, to speak at Hanover
actor Paul Sorvino

Paul Sorvino, the veteran film and television actor, opera singer, artist, chef and best-selling author, will present a special lecture on film noir during an appearance at Hanover College, Wednesday, May 23.

Sorvino will speak at 3 p.m. in the Withrow Activities Center, J. Graham Brown Campus Center. A meet-and-greet will follow in the Alumni Lounge. The address is open to the public, free of charge.

Sorvino has appeared in more than 180 films and a variety of television shows. He is best known for his portrayal of tough guys and authority figures, including standout performances as Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film “Goodfellas” and stressed-out police chief Capt. Edelson in William Friedkin’s 1980 drama “Cruising.”

His many other noteworthy film credits include the portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s 1995 “Nixon” and as Fulgencio Capulet in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Shakespearean update “Romeo + Juliet.”

On television, among other roles, he starred as detective Phil Cerreta on “Law & Order” and Al Miller on the sitcom “Still Standing.” He also played Frank DeLucca in “That’s Life” and Detective Ike Porter in “The Oldest Rookie.”

Also an accomplished stage actor, Sorvino won six awards for his performance in the Broadway production of the dark comedy “That Championship Season.” In 1972, he earned a Drama Desk Award and the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Actor and, in 1973, was nominated for a Tony Award.

He later reprised the role in the 1981 movie version and directed and starred in the Showtime version of “That Championship Season” in 1999.

Sorvino began his career as a 16-year-old singer at a Catskills resort He eventually made his Broadway debut at 25, acting and singing in the original 1964 production of the musical “Bajour.” He made his film debut in Carl Reiner’s 1970 comedy “Going Ape.”

At age 40, the tenor made a lifelong dream come true with his operatic debut in “Die Fledermaus,” selling out six performances at the Seattle Opera. He would go on to sing the lead in “The Most Happy Fella” in 2006 at The New York City Opera at Lincoln Center and sold out 15 critically acclaimed performances.

He lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife, Emmy award-winning television host and commentator Dee Dee Sorvino, a southern Indiana native. He is the father three children: Michael, Amanda and Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino.

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College to celebrate 185th commencement

Hanover College will celebrate its 185th commencement, Friday-Saturday, May 25-26. Graduation activities will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, with the College’s traditional baccalaureate service in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The 235 members of the Class of 2018 will receive diplomas Saturday, May 26, during a ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. at The Point.

Hanover academic seal

Live coverage of Hanover’s baccalaureate service and commencement will air at

Hanover President Lake Lambert will deliver the commencement address and Cara Hoskins will deliver the senior address.

Lambert, in his third year at Hanover, began his tenure as the College’s 16th president July 1, 2015. He came to Hanover from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2010. He previously served as a professor of religion and Board of Regents Chair in Ethics at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, from 1996 to 2010.

An active scholar, Lambert also serves as a professor of theological studies at Hanover. His research has focused on workplace spirituality, professional ethics, and church-related higher education. He is the author of “Spirituality, Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace,” which surveys the role of spirituality in business from medieval guilds to industrial company towns, right up to current trends in the contemporary business environment. He has also authored several articles and essays in academic journals.

Hoskins, a member of the Business Scholars Program, has served many roles during her four years on campus, including: residence hall director, lead tutor at the Ken and Kendal Gladish Teaching and Learning Center, president of the Student Broadcasting Association, president of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and scholarship chair for Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also has been active as co-founder and vice president of Circle K, a campus volunteer organization, fundraising chair for Earthwide Outreach by Students and a marketing intern for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Mark Levett ’71, chair, will offer greetings from Hanover’s Board of Trustees. Steven Jobe, vice president and dean of academic affairs, will recognize retiring faculty. Dawn Doup-Pandit '98 will welcome members of the Class of 2018 into the College’s alumni association.

The Hanover College Choir will perform selections from Steven Schwartz and Chester Alwes, as well as lead the class in the singing of Meredith Willson’s “The Alma Mater.” Under the direction of Madlen Batchvarova, professor of music, the group also includes members of Hanover’s faculty and staff.

The Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble will perform William Henry Monk’s “Abide with Me,” Robert Sheldon’s “Integrity,” David Gorham’s "Processional March" and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “March from the Consecration of the House" and "Ode to Joy." The instrumentalists are directed by David Mruzek, associate professor of music.

The Rev. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Hanover’s chaplain, will perform the benediction and invocation.

Marshals for the commencement ceremony will be Ann Kirkland, professor of French; Dan Murphy, professor of history; and Ruth Turner, professor of political science.

The Rev. L. John Gable '78 will deliver the benediction and baccalaureate address. Gable is senior pastor at the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.

Knott will present the invocation. Joselyn Evans-Bautista and Joshua Hill, members of the graduating class, will read scripture.

The service will also feature selections by the Hanover College Choir.

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 before 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.

Hanover to host youth community-building summit
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Strong Youth Strong Communities will hold a unique youth-oriented community-building event Friday, June 8, at the Horner Health and Recreation Center on the Hanover College campus.

National Football League hall of famers Aeneas Williams, Anthony Munoz and Darrell Green will share stories and real-life experiences that led to success on and off the field. Summit attendees will participate in breakout sessions with an opportunity share their views on how to develop stronger communities, discuss important issues, and examine challenges presented with school, at home or with peers.

Strong Youth Strong Communities is open to all middle-school and high-school students ages 13-18. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration and a free breakfast with the former NFL stars. Breakout sessions will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. A free luncheon, featuring tailgate-style games with the hall of famers, will run from 11 a.m. until noon.

Williams was a standout defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. A third-round selection in the 1991 NFL draft, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Munoz is considered one of the top offensive lineman in the history of the NFL. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 1998 after a 13-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Green was a defensive back for the Washington Redskins from 1983 to 2002. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

For more information on the Strong Youth Strong Communities event, email

Groups of 50 or more youths may arrange free transportation. Contact Carlisha Hartzog at or (251) 214-0305.

Seven receive Hanover's highest alumni honor
headshots of seven alumni achievement award honorees

Alumni Achievement Awards and Distinguished Young Alumni Awards were presented to seven Hanover graduates during a May 5 ceremony in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center. The honors, presented annually, recognize Hanoverians who have distinguished themselves in their profession and through service to their community or the College.

Dr. David Henderson ’69, Marabeth Ice Levett ’71, Jon Miller ’97 and Richard Nicholas III ’72 each received the Alumni Achievement Award. Bryan Gabriel ’06, Jared Smith ’08 and Jesika Kuzuoka Young ’08 were each presented with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Henderson, who resides in Silver Spring, Md., is deputy director for clinical care at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology in America (SHEA).

Henderson’s primary research interests probe occupational risks for, and prevention of, the transmission of bloodborne pathogens in the healthcare setting and the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms.

He has received seven NIH Director's Awards and two Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Distinguished Service Awards. In 2010, to honor his career contributions to epidemiology, Henderson was selected as the SHEA Lecturer for the 5th International Decennial Conference on Nosocomial Infections.

Levett has been an active member of the Columbus and Culver, Ind., communities for more than 40 years, donating her energy to civic, social and educational organizations.

Levett served as co-chair for Hanover’s “Live Our Loyalty” campaign, which secured more than $50 million in cash, pledges and planned-gift commitments from 2009-14. She was co-leader of Concerned Citizens of Marshall County, which opposed and won a ban on commercial wind farms in that county. She has been a member of the Lake Maxinkuckee Association Board and president of its environmental fund board.

Levett has given her time to a number of Columbus-area organizations, such as Bartholomew County Historical Society, Columbus Cotillion, Columbus Culture Club, Columbus Magazine Club, Treasure Hunter’s Antique Club and P.E.O, a philanthropic educational organization for women.

Miller recently completed his 10th season as Hanover’s men’s basketball coach. He has guided the Panthers to a 172-97 overall record, including back-to-back 20-win seasons.

Under Miller, Hanover’s squads have also earned two consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and post-season titles, as well as two straight berths in the NCAA III tournament.

The Panthers’ 2016-17 campaign proved to be one of the best in school history. The team advanced to the College’s first NCAA III tournament Elite Eight and finished with a 26-4 overall mark.

Through the last eight seasons, Miller’s squad has registered the highest victory total of any team in the conference (105-39). Hanover is the only HCAC program to qualify for the league’s post-season tournament in each of the last nine years.

Nicholas served in a variety of positions during a 27-year career with the Coca-Cola Company.

His roles with Coca-Cola included service as chief economist for hedging sugar purchases, manager of purchasing operations, manager of strategic planning, vice president Burger King account team-worldwide, senior vice president Coca-Cola-Japan, president Coca-Cola-Korea and Micronesia, president and chief executive officer Coca-Cola-India and senior vice president McDonalds account team-international.

Prior to his tenure at Coca-Cola, Nicholas, who now resides in Roswell, Ga., worked as commodity economist for Clayton Brokerage and as agricultural economist in-charge of hedging sugar, coffee and cocoa purchases for The Pillsbury Company.

Before graduate school, he joined the Peace Corps and worked for the Ministry of Economic Development in Botswana. He also served the British government in India, Angola and Rhodesia.

Gabriel, who lives in Nashville, Ind., is the founder and chief executive officer of Mainstream Fiber Networks, which focuses on providing affordable fiber optic broadband and telecommunications services to unserved and under-served communities in Indiana.

The growing operation, with more than 200 miles of cable, serves rural area schools, governments and communities in four south-central Indiana counties.

In addition to his corporate efforts, Gabriel served as a trustee in Washington (Ind.) Township from 2008-12 and supports education programs centered around technology. He is currently a member of the Brown County (Ind.) Schools S.T.E.M Community Leadership Advisory Board (science, technology, engineering, math) and Hanover’s Engineering Advisory Board, as well as the Phi Delta Theta fraternity housing board.

Smith is an award-winning trial lawyer at McCoy, Hiestand & Smith, PLC, in Louisville, Ky.

In 2017, Kentucky Monthly named Smith a top lawyer and rising star. He was recipient of the American Association for Justice’s New Lawyers Division Excellence Award in 2016-17 and, in 2015, was recognized as the Kentucky Justice Association’s outstanding board member.

Smith was included in the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” from 2015-17. He was tabbed one of the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys’ “Top 10 Under 40” in 2016.

A state delegate to the American Association for Justice, he was one of 16 individuals selected to participate in its 2017 leadership academy. He also serves as a district vice president on the Kentucky Justice Association’s board of governors.

Young, formerly vice president and commercial banking officer for MainSource Bank’s Kentucky/Southern Indiana market, is a co-owner of Women Who Wine for a Cause, which raises awareness for women- and children-based organizations and connects professional women.

She also serves as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter and, in 2016, earned NAWBO’s EPIC Award for supporting partner of the year. In addition, she was highlighted as the 2018 “woman to watch” by BizWomen and, in 2017, was included in Louisville (Ky.) Business First’s feature, “Forty under 40.”

Young, who resides in Floyds Knobs, Ind., is involved with Greater Louisville Inc., Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana and a contributing writer to Millennial Mom Magazine.

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.

Hoskins, Umoren headline 81st-annual Honors Convocation
2018 Honors Convocation award recipients

Seniors Cara Hoskins and Immanuel Umoren headlined Hanover College’s student academic award recipients, while professors Darrin Rubino and Paul Battles received the top faculty awards, during the College's 81st-annual Honors Convocation. The traditional event, featuring the Class of 2018 and faculty in full academic regalia, was held Thursday, April 12, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Pictured (l-r): Darrin Rubino, Immanuel Umoren, President Lake Lambert, Cara Hoskins and Paul Battles

Hoskins, a communication major, earned the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior female. She also received the Distinguished Award in Communication.

A member of the Business Scholars Program, Hoskins has served many roles during her four years on campus, including: residence hall director, lead tutor at the Ken and Kendal Gladish Teaching and Learning Center, president of the Student Broadcasting Association, president of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and scholarship chair for Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also has been active as co-founder and vice president of Circle K, a campus volunteer organization, fundraising chair for Earthwide Outreach by Students and a marketing intern for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Umoren, an international studies and communication major, was presented with the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior male. He also earned the M. Anwarul Haq International Studies Award and the John B. Goodrich Prize in Oratory.

During his time on campus, Umoren was elected to serve two terms as president of Hanover’s Student Senate and served for two years as a student representative on the College’s Board of Trustees, as well as one term as vice president of the Catholic Students Organization. He has also worked as a peer advisor and an ambassador for international student recruitment.

Rubino, a professor of biology, earned 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.

A member the Hanover faculty since 2002, Rubino's areas of focus include botany, plant taxonomy, ecology, research methods and tree-ring analysis. He joins Larry Thorton, professor of history, and George Curtis, former professor of history, as three-time recipients of the honor. He also earned the Baynham Award in 2007 and 2012.

Battles, a professor of English, 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.

Battles, who joined the College’s faculty in 1999, teaches courses in early and medieval literature, linguistics, literary theory, and fantasy and science fiction. His research interests include Old- and Middle-English poetry, genre, intertextuality and Germanic myth.

81st-annual Honors DayRecipient
The Henry C. Long for Scholarship and General ExcellenceCara Hoskins
The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceImmanuel Umoren
The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardDarrin Rubino
The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityPaul Battles
The Alpha Lambda Delta AwardElizabeth Nellis
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardJoshua Hill
The Mary Mildred Sullivan AwardTynisha Little
The Dennis Kovener AwardColleen Beasley
The Distinguished Award in AnthropologyGianna Bennett
Bryn Wigney
The Distinguished Award in Art HistoryAsumi Oba
The Distinguished Award in Art & DesignCarley Gancher
The M. L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardCarley Gancher
The Enos Pray Biology AwardJessica Schonegg
The Distinguished Award in BiochemistryWill Bridgeman
Gerald R. Johnson ’69 Business Scholars Program Academic Excellence AwardJoe Rector
Betsy Milligan Johnson ’70 Business Scholars Program Achievement AwardScarlett Hartlage
The Business Scholars Program Award Business Analytics Achievement AwardJoseph Korjenek
The Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardAlana Feeley
The Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryTaylor Lineberry
The Distinguished Award in CommunicationCara Hoskins
The John B. Goodrich Prize in OratoryImmanuel Umoren
The Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceSakib Hague
The Distinguished Award in EconomicsMichael Dumaine
Mikhaila Hamilton
The Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationAllie Brooks
The Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationZach Bosell
The Distinguished Award in Special EducationNatalie Williamson
The Hilda M. Cordrey AwardsBaily Garey (1st Place)
Madison Grimes (2nd Place)
The Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishAnna Kemple
The John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishEmma Jones
The Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeAlex Kitchel
The Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingEmma Jones
The Eli Mace Essay PrizeWill Werner-Wilson
The Philip R. Taylor Award for Student PublishingTheresa Wynn
The Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceLex Helms
The Distinguished Award in FrenchDoug Seals
The Distinguished Award in GeologyJosh Ford
The Robert E. Bowers History AwardAlex Kitchel
Natalie Williamson
The Frank S. Luttmer Award for the Study of History through International ExperienceMeghan Lanter
The M. Anwarul Haq International Studies AwardImmanuel Umoren
The Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyGriffin Green
Caroline Miller
The Morse Mathematical AwardMikhaila Hamilton
The Dr. John E. Yarnelle Mathematics PrizeKenny Jarnagin
Teal Burnett
The Distinguished Award in MusicAbigail Rinck
The Distinguished Award in PhilosophyKaren Annese-Granger
The Richard L. Conklin Award in PhysicsAndrew Knecht
The Fleming Physics AwardSakib Haque
The Darryl L. Steinert Award in PhysicsOliver Hollaert
Marissa Childs
The Distinguished Award in Political ScienceDoug Seals
The A. Glenn Mower, Jr. Pre-Law AwardNatalie Williamson
The Distinguished Award in PsychologyMallory Fogus
The George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologyElizabeth Nellis
The Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyJennifer Gilly
The Distinguished Award in SpanishThomas Doering
Bryn Wigney
Distinguished Award in TheatreAnna Kemple
Distinguished Award in TheologyFalyn Moncrief
Hanover launches new dining service partnership

Hanover College has entered into a long-term contract with Parkhurst Dining to manage the College’s food service and catering operations, President Lake Lambert has announced.

A family-operated company, Parkhurst is a division of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. Parkhurst has been recognized with awards from Food Management Magazine, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, The American Culinary Federation, FoodService Director Magazine, and others, for its dining-service management, commitment to high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and a fresh approach to food preparation. With specialization in private college and university food services and corporate dining, the company also is committed to sustainability and high client satisfaction.

Parkhurst Dining logo

Hanover’s partnership with Parkhurst will provide an increase in menu options, greater accessibility to dining facilities and more formats for feedback at two dining areas in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center. Expanded dining hours will be available for students and employees with unconventional schedules.

With an emphasis on sustainability and the environment, Parkhurst chefs will prepare scratch-made foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and on-the-go, as well as provide catering services for meetings and special events.

A leader in the dining industry when it comes to sustainability, Parkhurst has been a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement since 2002 when it developed its FarmSource® program. The program finds and partners with local growers and family-owned farms for produce and artisanal products within a 150-mile radius of any given site, and meat within a 400-mile radius. More than 20 percent of food served by Parkhurst is sourced locally.

A passion for creating and enjoying good food drives Parkhurst’s approach to offering meals that are fresh, made-from-scratch and cooked in small batches. The campus community will be able to select from a creative mix of nutritionally balanced entrees prepared with fresh-cut vegetables, lean proteins and healthy grains. Diners also will enjoy multicultural foods, fresh vegetarian and vegan entrees, along with an extensive salad bar, featuring soups made from homemade stock.

Renovation projects will breathe new life into Hanover’s main dining room and alternate dining space, The Underground.

The main dining room, which seats nearly 300, will feature a stone-hearth oven, cooking-demonstration-equipped action station, breakfast nook and additional stations for drinks and desserts.

Parkhurst’s significant contribution to the Underground will feature two new dining options for the fall semester: Cinco Cantina and Firehouse Grille. The space will also feature a newly built Starbucks We Proudly Serve café and enhanced seating and decor throughout the space.

Cinco Cantina is a customizable, fresh Mexican concept, while Firehouse Grille will offer hand-breaded chicken, fresh, never frozen hamburgers, house-made macaroni and cheese and hand-cut French fries.

The On the Go! area will feature a wide variety of freshly prepared and packaged soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks. The Starbucks café, which will replace the existing coffee shop in the Withrow Activities Center, will serve iconic coffee and espresso drinks, including the popular Starbucks Frappuccino® drinks.

The Underground will soon be assessed for its eventual renovation. Alterations to the main dining room will begin in June and be completed prior to the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

Theatre department to present Molière's "The Misanthrope"
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The Hanover College Theatre will stage Molière's classic comedy “The Misanthrope,” Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Other Place, located in the former Donner Lecture Hall.

Updated to current times, Hanover's production of the “The Misanthrope,” presents "a searching comic study of falsity, shallowness and self-righteousness. The misanthrope in this case is Alceste, a man whose conscience and sincerity are too rigorous for his time.”

“The Misanthrope” was first performed in June 4, 1666, at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. The play has appeared on Broadway five times, including its first appearance in 1905 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The work marked its first appearance at Canada’s Stratford Festival in 1981.

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.

Gage appointed to enrollment management post

Christopher Gage has been appointed vice president for strategy and enrollment at Hanover College.

Gage ascends to the position after working in a variety of roles at Hanover since joining the College’s admission staff in 2005. Since January 2016, he has served as special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and external relationships. In that time, he has provided support and advice for various functional and departmental matters that drive the student experience and revenue, as well as alumni and community engagement.

Photo of Chris Gage

“For more than 12 years, Chris has been a valued employee and leader at Hanover,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “I am pleased that he has accepted this new position.”

Gage, who also stepped in as Hanover’s interim vice president for enrollment management in November 2017, has also directed campus academic quality improvement projects, coordinated efforts for external community engagement and business relationships and facilitated new campus-wide strategic-planning efforts. In addition, he has monitored higher education trends and policies, worked to enhance institutional visibility, supported athletic department fundraising initiatives and provided communication strategy and support to Board of Trustee's executive committee.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as Hanover’s new chief enrollment officer,” said Gage. “Not unlike most private liberal arts and science institutions across the country, Hanover is in a highly competitive admissions environment and I would not want it any other way.”

A veteran member of Hanover’s admission efforts, prior to his cabinet-level position, Gage served the office of admission as dean (2011-16), director (2009-11), associate director (2007-09) and assistant director (2005-07).

As dean, he was responsible for the College’s recruitment and enrollment efforts, evidence-based strategic planning, data analysis and visualization, geodemographic student search, financial aid analysis, predictive modeling and projections. He played a key role in the increase of Hanover’s overall campus enrollment, including a substantial improvement in the percentage of students of color and international students, as well as help foster a substantial increase in prospective student inquiries, applicants, deposits and campus visits.

“Competition ensures creative thinking, innovation and disruptive transformation,” continues Gage. “I see Hanover embracing these concepts to move the College forward, while holding sacred our core liberal arts founding and philosophy. Specific to the admission office, it will not be known in enrollment circles by how exclusive or selective we are, rather how inclusive and welcoming Hanover is to all students.”

Gage is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He served as president of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling last year.

He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University‘s Kelley School of Business in 1999 and a master’s in business administration from Xavier University’s Williams College of Business in 2005. He earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017.

Transgender person’s navigation of faith community topic for peace and social justice forum

The Bill and June Rogers Peace and Social Justice Speakers Forum will present Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light Presbyterians, Tuesday, April 3. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ogle Center.

Alex McNeil

A lifelong Presbyterian, nationally known educator and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Christians, McNeill is the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization. He will be speaking on his experience as a transgender person navigating a faith community, using a story-telling format to build both understanding and empathy.

The event is open to the public, free of charge.

McNeill has trained hundreds of Christians to become community leaders through the Institute for Welcoming Resources and the Reconciling Ministries Network.

He also campaigned for ballot measures and legislation to promote LGBTQ rights, playing a key role organizing faith communities for the passage of marriage equality legislation in Maryland and the Presbyterian Church’s Amendment 10A, which outlines requirements for ordained service.

McNeill holds a master’s of divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. His journey to ordination is currently being chronicled in a documentary, “Out of Order.”

He currently lives in Asheville, N.C., with his wife and three dogs.

More Light Presbyterians strives to work for the full participation of LGBTQ people in society and the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).