Acclaimed physicist Michio Kaku appearing March 10

Internationally renowned physicist, best-selling author and acclaimed media figure Michio Kaku will examine “The Future of the Mind,” during a Friday, March 10, appearance as part of the Hanover Enrichment Series.

Physicist Michio Kaku

Kaku’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Hanover College’s Collier Arena. General admission tickets are available for just $10. Seats for high school students and younger are free, but must be reserved through the College’s online ticketing system.

The co-creator of string field theory, a branch of string theory, Kaku continues Albert Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature —strong force, weak force, gravity and electromagnetism — into a single, grand unified theory of everything.

Kaku has starred in numerous television science programs on such networks as Discovery, Science Channel, BBC, ABC and The History Channel. He has been a focal point in the BBC series, “Time” and “Vision of the Future,” as well as The History Channel’s “Universe.”

He is a news contributor to “CBS: This Morning” and a regular guest on news programs around the world including CBS, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and CNN. He has also made guest appearances on talk shows, including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan on TBS” and others.

In addition, he was one of the subjects of Michael Apted’s award-winning documentary, “Me & Isaac Newton.”

Kaku is the author of eight best-selling books, including his most-recent effort, “The Future of the Mind,” which was released in 2014. He has also been a featured columnist for top popular science publications such as Popular Mechanics, Discover, Cosmos, Wired, New Scientist, Newsweek and many others.

He is the author of many advanced-level textbooks and has had more than 70 articles published in physics journals, covering topics such as superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry and hadronic physics.

Kaku hosts two weekly radio programs and podcasts. “Science Fantastic” is a live science radio talk show which airs every Saturday. “Explorations in Science” airs the first, third and fifth Friday of each month with a podcast every Tuesday.

Kaku earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University in 1968, as first in his physics class, and received a doctorate from the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972. In 1973, he held a lectureship at Princeton University.

He currently holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY), where he has taught for more than 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University.

Renowned healthcare leader, educator to speak Jan. 18

Hewitt “Ted” Matthews, senior vice president for health sciences and dean of pharmacy at Mercer University, will make a public presentation Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in Science Center, room 137. The address is open to the public, free of charge.

Matthews is recognized throughout the U.S. as an entrepreneurial healthcare leader and educator, as well as a motivational speaker for students interested in the health professions.

After earning degrees in pharmacy at Mercer and pharmaceutical biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Matthews returned to Mercer as a professor and was appointed dean of pharmacy in 1990. Under his leadership, Mercer established programs in physical therapy, physician assistant studies, public health (bachelor’s and doctoral) and a doctoral program in pharmacology.

He was named senior vice president of health sciences at Mercer in 2014 with oversight of the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Pharmacy and Mercer Medicine.

Inauguration features Governor Holcomb, concert choir

Eric Holcomb ’90 was sworn-in as Indiana’s 51st governor during an inauguration ceremony at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Monday, Jan. 9, in Indianapolis.

The Hanover College Concert Choir surprised the governor with a gift and a pre-event rendition of the College’s "Alma Mater." The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Madlen Batchvarova, performed the national anthem and “Back Home Again in Indiana” during the ceremony.

Holcomb, who officially became Indiana's governor at 12:01 a.m., is the fourth Hanover graduate to serve in the state's highest office.

He had worked as lieutenant governor since March and previously served as campaign manager and deputy chief of staff for former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels. In 2011, he was named Indiana Republican Party chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee. He later worked as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Dan Coats.

While at Hanover, Holcomb majored in history with a focus on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. He also served two terms as president of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity.

Following graduation from Hanover, he was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., and Lisbon, Portugal, during a six-year stint as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.

Mike Pence, a member of Hanover’s class of 1981, was Indiana's 50th governor from 2013-2016 before being named to the Republican ticket as vice presidential candidate.

Thomas Hendricks, an 1841 graduate, was Indiana’s 16th governor from 1873-1877. He later became U.S. vice president under Grover Cleveland and died of illness after serving more than eight months in office.

Kops-Bedel '74 to lead Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Elaine Kops-Bedel

Elaine Kops-Bedel '74 has been appointed by Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb ’90 to serve as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

The IEDC is the state's lead economic development agency, focusing its efforts on growing and retaining businesses in Indiana and attracting new business to the state.

"Elaine's bold leadership and extensive experience as the owner of her own financial consulting company will be great assets to promote Indiana's positive business climate and jobs magnet reputation," said Holcomb. "I look forward to working alongside Elaine and Secretary (Jim) Schellinger as we continue to grow the state's economy and take Indiana to the next level."

Kops-Bedel, vice-chair of Hanover College’s Board of Trustees, is the chief executive officer and president of the Indianapolis, Ind.-based Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. She has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, including financial planning and investment management for executives, professionals and entrepreneurs, comprehensive financial plan preparation and active investment management.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is organized as a public private partnership governed by a board of directors. The IEDC Board of Directors is chaired by the governor and reflects the geographic and economic diversity of Indiana with representatives from across the state.

The agency was officially established in February 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce. The IEDC operates like a business to respond quickly to the needs of Indiana businesses.

Kops-Bedel, a mathematics major while a student at Hanover, is the author of a personal finance book and a nationally recognized speaker for conferences such as Schwab Impact and The Financial Planning Standards Board. She has earned numerous awards, including the 2013 Heart of Financial Planning Award, Enterprising Woman of the Year Award and the National Association of Women Business Owners Trailblazer Award.

She was recognized in 2008 as one of the 50 distinguished women in wealth management by Wealth Manager Magazine. In 2016, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. was recognized as one of the top 25 women-owned RIAs nationwide by

She was inducted into the Indiana Academy in 2016 for her lifetime achievement and contribution to the state of Indiana.

Choir to perform at gubernatorial swearing-in ceremony

The Hanover College Choir will perform the national anthem during the swearing-in ceremony for Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb ’90.

Hanover College Choir

The event will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, January 9, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Indiana Farmers Coliseum, 1202 East 38th Street, in Indianapolis, Ind.

In addition to Holcomb’s inauguration as Indiana’s 51st governor, the ceremony will also include the swearings-in of Lieutenant Governor-elect Suzanne Crouch, Attorney General-elect Curtis Hill and Superintendent-elect Dr. Jennifer McCormick. Terry Webster, Sr., pastor at Nu Corinthian Baptist Church in Indianapolis, will deliver the invocation and U.S. Senator Dan Coats will serve as master of ceremonies.

Hanover’s choir, featuring more than 30 vocalists, is directed by Dr. Madlen Batchvarova, professor of music and director of the College’s choral programs.

Holcomb had served as lieutenant governor since March and previously worked as campaign manager and deputy chief of staff for former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels. In 2011, he was named Indiana Republican Party chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee.

While at Hanover, Holcomb majored in history with a focus on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. He also served two terms as president of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity.

Following graduation from Hanover, he was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., and Lisbon, Portugal, during a six-year stint as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.

Holcomb is the fourth Hanover graduate to serve as Indiana's governor. Mike Pence ‘81 was Indiana's 50th governor from 2013-2016. Thomas Hendricks, an 1841 graduate, was Indiana’s 16th governor from 1873-1877. Albert Porter, a member of Hanover’s class of 1842, served as Indiana's 19th governor from 1881-1885.

Hanover College Choir
Sabrina BradleyArgos, Ind.
Allison CampbellLouisville, Ky.
Rachal DortonWestfield, Ind.
Katelynn DudzikNorth Vernon, Ind.
Christine FreemanBrownstown, Ind.
Madison GrimesMooresville, Ind.
Madison JohnsCarmel, Ind.
Haley KibbyIndianapolis, Ind.
Abigail RiedmanConnersville, Ind.
Abigail RinckAurora, Ind.
Montavia RowleyIndianapolis, Ind.
Kaitlin SandersLouisville, Ky.
Brittany SlaughterJeffersonville, Ind.
Peyton SpaughAnderson, Ind.
Mackenzie SpicerIndianapolis, Ind.
Rebecca ThorpeHanover, Ind.
Zoë BachmannHobart, Ind.
Zoe BurrowGreenfield, Ind.
Bailey GareyIndianapolis, Ind.
Tristen GreeneIndianapolis, Ind.
Natalie HawkFranklin, Ind.
Leighanna MillerNabb, Ind.
Falyn MoncriefWest Port, Ind.
Ete OgorPort Harcourt, Nigeria
Jacob DomalewskiNew Albany, Ind.
Jack EliasGeorgetown, Ind.
Joshua HillIndianapolis, Ind.
Dylan WirickIndianapolis, Ind.
Jonathan StanleyMadison, Ind.
Nicholas GirdlerShelbyville, Ind.
Bryant GriderLakewood, Wash.
Aaron RogersFranklin, Ind.
Jacob ZurschmiedeFloyds Knobs, Ind.
Chad BurksNew Albany, Ind.
Hanover celebrates Indiana's bicentennial through public art project
Bison model painted with Hanover graphics

Hanover College has participated in a statewide celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday by supporting the Indiana Association of United Ways’ Bison-tennial Public Art Project.

The large fiberglass bison – eight and one-half feet long and five feet tall – was provided by Duke Energy and painted as part of the movement to commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial. The project's end goal is to have at least one bison on display in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The decorated bison are expected to be complete before Indiana’s Bicentennial Statehood Day, Sunday, Dec. 11.

Senior Malik Hairston and junior Morgan Livinghouse led an effort to have Hanover students paint the College’s “bison-tennial” bison, “Reggie.” The once-blank textured canvas now features Hanover’s logo in white on a red field on one side. The view from The Point, along with the Parker Auditorium cupola, adorns the other side in shades of blue.

In addition to “Reggie,” Jefferson County's representative, Duke Energy provided bison to five other Indiana counties. Hanover’s bison arrived on campus in mid-November and, now complete, will be on display in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center.

Handel’s “Messiah” Dec. 4 in Fitzgibbon
Graphic for Handel's "Messiah"

Members of the Hanover College Concert Choir will unite with the Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and a Louisville, Ky.-area festival orchestra to present the organization’s 43rd-annual performance of holiday music.

Featuring more than 100 singers and instrumentalists, the combined choirs and orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah,” Sunday, Dec. 4, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts, on Hanover’s campus. 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.

Dr. Madlen Batchvarova, professor of music, department of music chair, and director of choral programs at Hanover, will conduct the choirs and orchestra.

Admission is $9 per person. Tickets will be available at the door or by phone at (812) 273-2652.

In addition to the performance, all patrons are invited to attend a post-recital holiday campus and community open house at the home of Hanover President Lake Lambert and his wife, Kelly. The reception will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Betsy Johnson '70 receives Moyer Award

Betsy Milligan Johnson '70 was presented with the Eleanore Watts Moyer Award during a private presentation in mid-November. The Moyer Award recognizes individuals who have given exemplary voluntary service to the College.

Moyer Award recipient Betsy Johnson

Johnson came out of retirement in 2009 to be the director of internships for the Business Scholars Program. For the past seven years, she donated her entire salary to the programs’ internship fund and, through her efforts, worked with every junior business scholar to secure a paid project-based internship.

She used her extensive network of Hanover alumni, high school and college friends, sorority sisters, family and previous colleagues to identify potential hosts for internships. She has been instrumental in the successful placement of more than 300 internships during her tenure. In addition, she has personally driven scholars to interviews hours away, donated funds for scholars to purchase suitable interview attire, and even made sure these students were armed with suitable housing, transportation and a basic knowledge of the skills needed to live independently.

She and her husband, Jerry, have attended admission events and hosted numerous social and business events in their home, including Hanover alumni, prospective students and their parents, community members, educators from Indiana and Kentucky universities as well as state, business and government leaders.

Johnson graduated from Hanover in 1970 with a degree in sociology and later earned a master’s degree in education with a specialization in counseling from George Washington University. Prior to her work at the College, she has served as a rehabilitation counselor, program administrator and an associate dean of students at Purdue University.

2017 Eleanore Watts Moyer Award nomination

Classmates honor Paulus in Vietnam Veterans Memorial ceremony
John Hoober and Mark Dunning with wreath

U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Robert Duane “Bob” Paulus ’66 will be honored during a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Friday, Nov. 11, in Washington, D.C.

A wreath, presented by Hanover College’s Class of 1966, will be laid at the foot of the wall by Vietnam War veteran John Hoober ’66 (U.S. Army) and Gulf War veteran Mark Dunning ’83 (U.S. Air Force) during the annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s Wreath-Laying Ceremony.

The event, which begins at 1 p.m. ET, will feature a keynote address from Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., a retired veteran of the U.S. Marines and now an administrator at NASA. Four-star General Barry McCaffrey, a retired Army veteran, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Funds for the wreath to honor Paulus were raised by classmates to honor his service to the country. The wreath, 30 inches in width, features adornments in red, white and blue.

While at Hanover, Paulus, a native of Wakarusa, Ind., was a political science major, vice president of the student senate, vice-president of the junior class, member of the Board of Student Affairs, member of the campus newspaper (Triangle) editorial board, president of his Phi Delta Theta pledge class and a residence hall counselor.

Following his years at Hanover, he was employed by the Bendix Corp. in Patterson, N.J., and enlisted in the U.S. Army in October, 1967. After receiving his commission at Fort Benning (Ga.), he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and served, for several months, as adjutant to the colonel.

He arrived in Vietnam, May 24, 1969, and was stationed south of Da Nang. On the morning of June 29, in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam, his company was caught in an enemy ambush and the commanding officer was seriously wounded. Paulus moved up to take command of the first platoon and was killed instantly by gunfire.

Paulus, the first former Hanover student and Wakarusa resident to lose his life in the Vietnam War, was 25 years old.

His name can be found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at panel W21, line 34.

Mike Pence '81 to serve as U.S. vice president
U.S. vice president-elect Mike Pence

Mike Pence '81 will serve as vice president of the U.S. after a successful bid for the presidency by Republican candidate Donald Trump. Pence, currently Indiana's governor, will take office in January.

He will be the second Hanover graduate to serve as U.S. vice president. Thomas Hendricks, a member of the College's class of 1841, was Indiana’s 16th governor. He became U.S. vice president under Grover Cleveland after the duo won the 1884 presidential election and, later, died of illness after serving more than eight months in office.

Pence served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 2nd district from 2001-2003 and represented Indiana’s 6th district from 2003-2012. He won Indiana’s 2012 gubernatorial election and took office as the state’s 50th governor, Jan. 14, 2013.

Pence, who was the third Hanover graduate to serve as Indiana’s governor, was presented with the College’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. He returned to campus in 2008 to receive an honorary doctorate of laws and deliver the commencement address.

A history major and Dean’s List student while at Hanover, Pence served terms as president of United Campus Ministries Board, Vespers and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity. He was a member of Hanover Christian Fellowship and The Triangle staff (student newspaper). He also delivered the senior class address during his graduation.

William English, an 1843 Hanover graduate, was the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1880. English, who ran with presidential hopeful Winfield Scott Hancock, lost a close election to the Republicans James Garfield-Chester Arthur ticket.

Albert Porter, a member of Hanover’s class of 1842, served from 1881-1885 as Indiana’s 19th governor.

Contact Rhonda Burch at (812) 866-7014 or