Hanover College inaugurates 16th president

On a bluff overlooking the Ohio River, a milestone event took place in the history of Hanover College with the inauguration of Lake Lambert, Ph.D. as its 16th president. The installation ceremony took place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 at The Point on Hanover’s campus. Lambert is the sixth president the College has inaugurated in the past century.

Watch the ceremony replay at or view photos from the event.

The ceremony — part of the college’s Homecoming festivities — featured an academic procession of Hanover's faculty, trustees and representatives from each of the College’s current classes as well as past graduating classes. The procession included dignitaries from colleges and universities from across the country and around the globe, including the oldest institution represented, Harvard University.

Lambert’s inaugural address, “Education for ‘A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart’,” inspired by a sermon from Martin Luther King Jr., focused on how a liberal arts education does more than simply teach a skill set, it refines students and turns them into leaders.

“Hanover is and will continue to be a place where callings are heard and where callings are responded to,” said Lambert. “Where young men and women are transformed so that they might — with tough minds and tender hearts — become agents of transformation in the world, in their workplaces, in their communities, and in the natural environment and global society that connect us all.”

Additional speakers included Madison, Ind., mayor Damon L. Welch, Jeffrey E. Arnold, from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Richard L. Ludwick, from the Independent Colleges of Indiana, and Mark A. Levett, chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, as well as representatives from Hanover’s student body, faculty and alumni. Each person stated their confidence in Lambert’s leadership abilities and charged him with bringing excellence to Hanover College from their unique perspectives.

Leading up to the inauguration, the college held a service challenge encouraging students, employees and alumni to give back to their communities, with the goal of completing at least 1,827 hours prior to the installation ceremony. The groups performed a combined total of 3,655 service hours.

Prior to his arrival at Hanover, Lambert served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., from 2010-15. It is the largest of Mercer’s colleges and schools with 1,500 students, 143 faculty and staff, more than 40 academic programs and a budget exceeding $52 million.

During his tenure there, undergraduate enrollment grew by 15 percent. Lambert also chaired a university task force on undergraduate retention and established a student-success grant program for academic departments. Additionally, he created a strategic planning committee and developed the first strategic plan for the college.

In academics, Lambert designed and implemented a new general education program and assessment system, developed four new interdisciplinary academic majors, implemented a new faculty evaluation system and created a new global and international studies department. He also expanded guaranteed admission programs, including physical therapy and law, established the McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles with $3 million in private gifts and launched the Center for Collaborative Journalism with $3.7 million in grant support.

Prior to joining Mercer, Lambert served as a professor of religion and Board of Regents Chair in Ethics at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, from 1996 to 2010. During his last two years, he served as assistant dean of academic planning at Wartburg and directed the college’s strategic planning process.

Additionally, Lambert was the founding director of the Center for Community Engagement, a $2.5 million program funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., providing professional development, student vocational discovery, support and expansion of experiential learning, and mutually beneficial external relationships. He also taught courses in ethics and theology.

An active scholar, Lambert’s 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,” (NYU Press 2009) 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. Lambert has also authored several articles and essays in academic journals.
He earned his doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. He holds bachelor of arts (economics and history) and master of theological studies degrees from Emory University (Georgia).

His family includes his wife, Kelly, daughter, Bailey and son, Zack.

1827 Service Challenge a success

When President Lake Lambert issued the challenge for the Hanover community to serve their local areas, he knew they were up to the task. Completed by Oct. 3 in time for his inauguration as Hanover College's 16th president, alumni, students, faculty and staff have performed a combined total of 3,655 hours of service.

Alumni organizations served:

502 Power Yoga

Anderson Youth Football

Avon Middle School

Big Brothers BIg Sisters, Madison Chamber of Commerce, Animal Shelter

Chi Omega - Advisor

City of Madison

City of New Palestine, Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan Committee

Columbus Enrichment Program

Columbus Running Club

CP Teen Dream Center (Nashville, TN)

Cub Scouts & Girl Scouts

FACE Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

First Presbyterian Church

General Lew Wallace Study & Museum

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana - Camp Ada

Girls on the Run

Greenfield Central School Foundation

Hanover College and Columbus, Indiana

Indiana Black Expo


International Violin Competition

Little Flower Catholic School

Louisville Children's Museum

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

New Palestine Elementary

Parents for Public Schools

Rho Chapter, Phi Mu Fraternity

River Glen Christian Church

Sand Creek Elementary PTO

Sans Souci Inc

Scottsburg Band of Warriors

Silver Creek Primary School

St. Francis School

St. Vincent de Paul Place Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen

Kentucky State courts

Summit Elementary PTA

The Brain Aneursym Foundation

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

University of Pittsburgh

Upsilon Lambda of Chi Omega Housing Corporation

Volunteer Soccer coach

Wanzer Edwards, PC

Waukesha Education Foundation

Western Middle School

Student/employee organizations served:

Hanover College

Alpha Delta Pi

American Red Cross

August Experience

Beautification of Hanover Park

Big Oaks Conservation Society

Boy Scouts


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Chi Omega, BTS

Christ Episcopal Church, Madison

Churches in Mission

Circle K

City of Madison

Clearinghouse Food Pantry

Cross Country

Crossing Church

Cub Scout Pack 718

David Alcorn Campaign

Delight Ministries

E O Muncie School

Elementary school

Historic Eleutherian College

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Feeding America

First Baptist Church Madison

Food Banks-Helped Harvest Corn to Donate


Habitat for Humanity

Hand in Hand Ministries

Hanover Baptist Church

Hanover Park

Hanover Park / Hanover Baptist Church

Hanover Presbyterian Church

Hanover Rec League

Hanover Village Garden

Historic Eleutherian College, Inc.

House of Hope Food Pantry

Indiana Farm Bureau

Indiana Federation of Democratic Women

Jefferson Co. Animal Shelter

Jefferson County Historical Society

Jefferson County LEPC

Jefferson County Soccer Association

Jennings County Schools

Jennings County Youth Foundation

Katie McBurnette's 5K for Riley Hospital

Kentuckiana Chapter of Hazardous Materials Managers

Kentucky Refugee Ministries


La Casa Amiga

Lide White Boys & Girls Club


Lilly Scholars Network

Lydia Middleton Elementary

Madison Advanced Internship Network Program

Madison Area Arts Alliance

Madison Chautauqua

Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility

Main Street Madison

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Men's Cross Country (Madison High School Invitational)

MHS - Spanish Exchange Program

Mooresville High School Athletic Department

New Washington Elementary School

North Madison Christian Church

Norton Cancer Institutes

Nursing Home Visit

Paint Lick Baptist Church

Pilot Club of Madison

Pope John Elementary School

Public Video Service Board

Reading at Southwestern

Red Cross

Ribberfest 5K Run Volunteer

Riley Children's Hospital

Rock n read

Ryker's Ridge Baptist Church

Salvation Arm

Share love everywhere

Shawe Memorial Band of Gold

Signature Nursing Home

Silver Creek Primary School

Southeast Christian Church

Southeast elementary school

Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp

Southwest elementary

Southwestern High School

Southwestern Elementary School Reading Marathon

Speaking of Women's Health

Special Olympics

SWHS Wrestling club

The Clearinghouse

The Links Golf Course

The Lion's Club

The Seton Fund

Town of Madison

Transylvania University

Ulster Project of Madison

United Way

"Breaking Bad" actor speaks at Hanover

R.J. Mitte, who played Walt, Jr. the son of science teacher-turned-drug manufacturer Walter White on the Emmy-winning AMC drama “Breaking Bad,” spoke at Hanover College Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., Collier Arena, in the John and Anne Horner Recreation Center. The event was free and open to the public.

Like his character on the show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, although his is a milder form of the disability. Mitte has had to overcome many of the challenges presented by his cerebral palsy. His acting career began with background roles on “Hannah Montana” and “Everybody Hates Chris”. His big break came in 2008 with “Breaking Bad,” which he viewed as the perfect role to enlighten a broader audience about people with disabilities.

An engaging, inspirational speaker, Mitte openly talked about the ways he has overcome obstacles, including being bullied, and how he has achieved his high-set goals. The event was part of The Hanover Enrichment Series, presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah.

Updated: 1827 Service Challenge

From day one, Hanover encourages students to reach out and serve the communities in which we live. President Lambert wants to embrace that tradition by challenging all Hanoverians (alumni, students, employees and friends) to complete 1827 hours of service prior to his inauguration Oct. 3.

What can you do to help? Let us know how you help others in your area. Do you teach Sunday school, serve at a food bank, volunteer with the PTO, coach little league sports or collect items for troops overseas? Let us know about it so we can share your good deeds with your fellow alums and friends. Submissions will begin Sept. 10 and will end Oct. 1.

Hours updated October 2.

There will also be a canned food drive at Homecoming, Oct. 3. We'd like to bring in at least 1827 cans of food to benefit Jefferson County's House of Hope, which provides food assistance to families in need. There will be receptacles available for you to drop off your goods.

Our students have dived in to the experience and learned some interesting things so far. Here are a few of their reflections: (All are first-year students except where noted.)

“At the nursing home, I played horseshoes in the Alzheimer's ward,” said Kailin Mitchell. “I actually usually spend Friday nights at the nursing home with my grandma, who has dementia. It was great to spend time with other elderly people that are facing some of the struggles as my grandma. I feel like we worry so much about this generation that the one before gets pushed to the side. Helping out at a nursing home by just giving company lets people know they are cared for and not forgotten.”

“There were a few things I took in from volunteering at clearing house one was that, some people are not as fortunate as others, and that you can't really look down on people because of their situation because you never know their past,” said Ryshaun Willis . “I also learned that it doesn't matter the quantity you give it just matters that you give quality stuff and not things that are expired or no good because that's not right.”

“I learned that our community is in need of students like us to do things for them without cost,” said Adeli Kinne. “Reading to the elementary schoolers helped me realize how much children idolize and look up to young adults like all of us. We're their role models.”

“I met people that I probably would not have met otherwise, and I helped out on campus,” said Kelsey Kemp. “It was a win-win.”

“I learned that Hanover has an impact on the local elementary students; every single one knew what Hanover College was when asked,” said Tyler Kordesich. “I also discovered that keeping young kids attention is very, very tough.”

“I gained new friendships and more respect for the people whose job it is to keep our community clean,” said sophomore Chyan Gilaspy.

“I really got to see that the community is as close as we want to make it,” said Zach Gabbert. “It is easy to pretend Hanover College is the whole world, but, when you get out there, you can see that the reason we are here on campus is to work toward the goal of improving the larger communities around us.”

“Being able to tell kids how important it is to work hard was amazing” said Brianna Herndon. “To see that they enjoyed reading was awesome. They were so eager and ready to read!”

“The campus takes a lot of work to stay beautiful, and those who manage do a really great job!” said Caitlin Hedman-Willliams.

“I learned that the children in our community are very eager to learn,” said Jaelyn Millon. “They were excited to have someone read to them and were engaged throughout the books.”

Throughout the summer, I babysat for two elementary school kids back where I live in Milan, Ind., so I've had prior experience to working with kids,” said Sam Layden. “I got to see the way things are different in an elementary school. I definitely gained experience in a field that draws interest in terms of a career path.”

Take a look at a gallery of photos from their service.

Seven new faculty members join Hanover this fall

James A. Bany comes to Hanover this fall to serve as visiting assistant professor of sociology. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral teaching fellow in American culture studies at Loyola Marymount University (Calif.). Bany’s research and interests focus on social inequality, race and ethnicity and gender/sexuality, among others. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and his master’s and doctorate from the University of California, Irvine.

Timothy Cunningham will serve as visiting instructor of chemistry. He comes to the college from the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his doctorate earlier this year in biological chemistry and served as a teaching assistant. Cunningham earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University) in Erie, Pa.

Rachel Davidson joins Hanover as visiting instructor of communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned her doctorate. Davidson also taught at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Her research interests include rhetorical and public communication.

Annie Dell’aria will serve as visiting instructor of art history. She joins the college from Parsons The New School for Design (N.Y.) where she has taught since 2009. Dell’aria previously served at a number of colleges within the City University of New York (CUNY) system. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University (Mass.) and master’s from CUNY’s The Graduate School, where she is a doctoral candidate.

Cameron Griffith joins the college as visiting instructor of anthropology from Missouri State University, where he has taught since 2014. His research interests include ancient Mesoamerica, rock art, and globalization and sustainability, among others. Previous academic appointments include assignments at the University of Arkansas, Central Michigan University, Northern Arizona University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Griffith earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Ohio), and his master’s and doctorate from Indiana University.

Edward Hall joins Hanover as visiting assistant professor of chemistry from Northwestern University (Ill.) where he taught for the spring 2015 semester. Previously, he taught at Indiana University from 2009-13 and at Ball State University (Ind.) from 2007-09. His research focuses on organic chemistry, specifically antibiotics. Hall earned his bachelor’s from Ball State University and his doctorate from Indiana University Bloomington.

Dhawn Martin will serve as visiting assistant professor of theology. She comes to Hanover from St. Mary’s University (Texas) where she has been since 2013. Martin earned her bachelor’s from Wellesley College (Mass.), her master’s from Durham University (England), an M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a master’s and doctorate from Drew University.

Archivist finds rare artifacts in Hanover vault

While taking a general inventory of Hanover College’s special collections this summer, Archivist Jennifer Duplaga and her assistant, Robert Moore, came across a rare find: a cuneiform tablet, believed to date from 2600 B.C.

Initially, the tablet was on loan from the Oriental Museum at the University of Chicago to the late Professor Emerita of English Dorothy S. Bucks, who served the college from 1947-73. Bucks used the artifact for teaching purposes and donated it to the library upon her retirement. Duplaga said that kind of indefinite loan was a common practice in the 1940s.

The cuneiform refers to Sin-gashid, king of Erech, and the building of his palace in Mesopotamia around 2600 B.C.

“Cuneiform are really interesting because they’re one of the first writings to be developed,” she said. “Writing developed in Mesopotamia due to its large civilization for the time, and the increase in commerce and trade. It was a way to document those activities.”

Duplaga and Moore also found a palm-leaf manuscript. Since there was no accompanying documentation, she said they were unsure of the manuscript’s language, but believe it to be Pali, a form of Sanskrit developed in India. If so, then Duplaga said it would date from somewhere between 100 A.D. and 1700-1800 A.D.

“We know that palm-leaf manuscripts were really common in Southeast Asia,” she said, noting that the manuscript could possibly be newer, due to its delicate composition. “As an organic material and something that is so fragile naturally, the likelihood is that it’s from a later period.”

Though the manuscript belongs to Hanover College, the cuneiform will return to the Oriental Museum. Retrieving it will be Walter Farber, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Assyriology and the museum’s curator, will be on campus Wednesday, Sept. 23 to retrieve it. He’ll also make a presentation that evening at 6 p.m., “Diseases and Epidemics in Ancient Mesopotamia: Medical Conceptualization and Responses,” in Science Center room 137.

Farber will speak on ancient Mesopotamian medicine, including contagious diseases and epidemics, how people understood diseases spread, and the methods they took to heal themselves.

His wife, Gertrud Farber, Ph.D., will also give an informal talk about the cuneiform tablet, the history of the item’s archaeological discovery, and a general history of the time period and culture to place the tablet into its contextual setting.

This event is free and open to the public.

Washington Monthly ranks Hanover high in value

Washington Monthly magazine has ranked Hanover College 17th in its list of "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges" among institutions of higher education in the Midwest for 2015.The list, part of the publication’s annual college guide, takes a different approach to ranking the nation's colleges and universities while exploring with industry experts what's right and wrong with American higher education.

Hanover ranked third among Indiana colleges, besting Indiana University Bloomington, Earlham College and Purdue University. Organized regionally, Hanover placed in the top 100 in the Midwest.

Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” ranks colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The five metrics used to judge the schools include student loan default rate, graduation rate, graduation rate performance, percentage of Pell Grant students and the net price of attendance.

“By opening their doors to more low-income students who qualify academically, colleges with Pell enrollment deficits could make a significant dent in helping more high-achieving, low-income students graduate from college,” said Mamie Voight, co-author of the story and director of policy research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. "If more universities worked to increase their Pell enrollment, far more high-achieving, low-income students would stand a fighting chance of earning the college credentials they need.”

Education department earns national recognition

Having earned re-accreditation for the next seven years under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards earlier this year, Hanover College’s education department has just received national recognition for individual programs in secondary English language arts, secondary social studies and elementary education.

The department received this distinction after a review completed by specialized professional associations in association with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as part of the site visit made in spring 2014 for the re-accreditation process.

“Faculty, staff, students, alumni and advisory board members all made significant contributions to the NCATE review process and on-site visit in spring 2014,” said Stephanie Philipp, Hanover’s director of teacher education. “Our task now is to the transition to the new CAEP standards and processes, and take advantage of CAEP’s capacity-building opportunities.”

Hanover’s education department admits about 20 teacher candidates each year, using a selective process of application essay, faculty recommendations, minimum GPA of 2.5 and passing entrance test scores. Three full-time faculty members prepare approximately 20 graduates each year in both elementary and secondary education. Last year, 75 percent of Hanover’s education 2014 graduates were licensed and employed in full-time teaching jobs, while another 15 percent pursued advanced degrees.

In the future, providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles, will undergo review by CAEP, which is the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the U.S. More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

Hanover continues to rank high among top U.S. colleges

Two of the top college-oriented publications in the U.S. continue to include Hanover College among the nation’s best. Survey-based rankings in publications from The Princeton Review and Forbes magazine have each lauded Hanover in such categories as most beautiful campus, quality of education and student experience.

For the 11th consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Hanover one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. The New York-based education services company features Hanover in its guide, “The Best 380 Colleges – 2016 Edition.”

The publication features two-page profiles of the selected schools and the results of an 80-question survey completed by 136,000 students that ranked colleges in 62 categories. The varied areas included criteria such as “best professors,” “best campus food” and “happiest students,” among others.

Hanover ranked 19th for “most beautiful campus” along with citing its academics, admission selectivity and financial aid packages. The College totaled 89 of a possible 99 points in its academic rating, 87 points for admission selectivity and 80 points in financial aid.

“I’m delighted by the survey results in these two publications,” said President Lake Lambert. “Hanover College strives to give its students an outstanding educational experience, and we are also committed to keeping Hanover affordable. These results indicate we’re doing our job.”

Students in the survey hailed Hanover’s campus life, calling their classmates, “well-rounded, smart and very friendly” who know how to deftly “balance a healthy social life with a strong academic focus.” An elementary education major noted, “Hanover brings out the best in us,” while another student said, “I don’t think anyone could be bored here.”

Additionally, students ranked Hanover’s professors high, giving them a total of 93 points, with one student calling them “amazing.” They also noted the college’s small class size and lack of teaching assistants.

“The Best 380 Colleges – 2016 Edition” is currently available at newsstands. Information is available online at

Hanover ranked 238th — up from 276th two years ago — in Forbes’ eighth-annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” The information, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, ranks 650 undergraduate institutions based on quality of education, student experience and achievement.

The college also ranked 175th among U.S. private colleges, 49th in the Midwest and 172 among grateful grads, which looks at the median amount of private donations per student over a 10-year period.

Appearing in its July 29 issue, the magazine offers financial grades running from A-plus to D based on a nine-part formula it created. The formula takes into account factors like the level of a college’s dependence on tuition and the size of its operating surplus (or deficit).

Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” is available online at or at local newsstands.

Private Week offers tours, first-hand experiences

Hanover College will participate in Indiana Private College Week, July 20-24. During that period, Hanover and Indiana’s 31 private, non-profit colleges and universities invite students, parents and others interested in the college selection process to experience the personality of each campus through tours, informational sessions and conversations with students and staff. All activities are free of charge.

Each day during the week, Hanover will host a group tour of the campus beginning at 10 a.m., followed by an admission presentation at 11 a.m. There will also be an afternoon session with the tour starting at 1 p.m., and a presentation at 2 p.m.

Indiana’s private colleges encourage and welcome visitors throughout the year, however, this concentrated week offers students an opportunity to visit as many campuses as they would like without missing school.

Recruitment experts Ruffalo Noel Levitz have reported findings that prove the campus tour is the most influential element in the application and enrollment process.

Visitors between the ages of 16 and 20 touring ICI campuses during Private College Week will have the chance to enter a drawing for either a Microsoft Surface or Apple iPad mini tablet. Entry forms and rules will be available at each campus.