Baudendistel steps down as football coach

Steve Baudendistel has resigned as head coach of Hanover College’s football team. The change at the top of the program’s leadership is effective immediately.

Baudendistel, who recently completed his fourth season at the Panthers’ helm, guided the squad to a 15-25 record during his tenure. His teams posted a 15-17 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contests.

Hanover earned a 6-4 record in his first season as head coach, including a second-place finish in the Heartland Conference standings with a 6-2 mark. The Panthers had a 5-5 record in 2013 and finished with a 2-8 overall mark in both 2014 and 2015.

Baudendistel, a 2001 Hanover graduate, served as an assistant coach with the Panthers’ for eight seasons before taking the reins of the program in 2012.

A search for Hanover's next head coach will begin immediately.

Hanover at the movies

This holiday season is the year of some really big movies: Star Wars, Spectre and Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part 2 (with Hanover’s own Woody Harrelson). To celebrate, Hanover is going to the movies and we want you to come with us! Be sure and wear your Hanover gear.

First, from November 19 to January 7 in north Indy, see Hanover on the big screen in an ad running before previews at the following theaters:

  • Indianapolis: UA Galaxy Stadium 14, Indianapolis
  • Goodrich Hamilton 16 IMAX, Noblesville
  • AMC Showplace Traders Point 12, Zionsville
  • Regal Village Park Stadium 17, Carmel

Prospective students

On Thursday November 19, celebrate the midnight premiere of Hanover alum Woody Harrelson’s Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part 2, at the following theaters around Indy:

  • Indianapolis: UA Galaxy Stadium 14, Indianapolis
  • Goodrich Hamilton 16 IMAX, Noblesville
  • AMC Showplace Traders Point 12, Zionsville
  • Regal Village Park Stadium 17, Carmel

The first 25 students at each theater to find the Hanover College Ambassadors, each dressed in red Hanover gear, will receive a FREE special-edition t-shirt, plus a FREE movie gift card for their next trip to the movies! Just remember to say the secret password 'FuturePanther' to the Hanover College Ambassador, post a selfie prior to the show Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and tag #hanoveratthemovies.

Questions? Call 800-213-2178.

Current students

Join us as we take Hanover to the movies! Go see the film anytime between November 19 and January 7 and post a selfie of yourself (and your friends) in Hanover gear in front of anything Hunger Games, tag #hanoveratthemovies and receive a free special edition Hanover t-shirt in your mailbox and a 25% discount for one spirit item at the bookstore. To get your discount, download the Bookstore mobile app. Just search 'My College Bookstore' in the App Store.

Alumni and parents

See a movie anytime during the holidays, take a selfie with your friends and family wearing Hanover gear, then tag #hanoveratthemovies on your Facebook page to show Woody and the campus your support. The first 25 alums to post will receive a Hanover gift pack from the Alumni Association.

Need new Hanover spirit wear to participate? Then order online from the bookstore. Get a discount code for 25% off one item by going to to receive a code via email. Or download the Bookstore mobile app and get an online code for 25% off one item. Just search 'My College Bookstore' through the App Store.

Faculty and staff

We’re also asking you to help us promote Hanover inside and outside of your favorite theater wherever you are. Go to the movies anytime during the holidays, take a selfie with your friends and family wearing Hanover gear, then tag #hanoveratthemovies on your Facebook page to show Woody and the campus your support. The first 25 employees to post will receive a Hanover gift pack from the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Download the Bookstore mobile app and get an online code for 25% off one item. Just search 'My College Bookstore' through the App Store.

Hanover student awarded “Realizing the Dream” scholarship

Hannah McElroy, a sophomore elementary education major from West Lafayette, Ind., has been awarded the “Realizing the Dream” scholarship from the Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Realizing a dream takes commitment, hard work, and, most often, a helping hand from family and others. And that’s exactly what 31 students from Indiana’s independent colleges and universities are being celebrated for this Saturday evening, November 7, at the 26th annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet.

Now sophomores, they have realized the dream of being the first in their families to go to college, have been selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in the freshman year, and are successfully advancing towards completing their bachelor’s degrees. McElroy is currently a cheerleader, Business Scholar, tutor, Circle K Club treasurer, College Mentor for kids member, dean’s list student and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority member.

Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the event recognizes first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families. The event is being held at the Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing, with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and an awards dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Each honored student will receive a $2,500 check to help with college costs, and each student’s selected “most influential” teacher/mentor will receive a $1,000 professional development grant. One out of every three students on ICI campuses is first-generation. Generous financial aid provided by the campuses themselves, combined with state and federal grants, makes a private college education a possibility for all students in Indiana.

This year’s keynote speaker is Benjamin Tapper, a Manchester University alumnus and former first-generation student himself. A political science major, after graduation he served a term with the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow. He’s worked in community outreach since 2012 and currently serves as the Career Developer for Southeast Community Services in Indianapolis.

“We are so grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for making this inspirational program possible,” says Richard L. Ludwick, ICI president & CEO. “We are proud, too, that because of the higher graduation rates of our ICI colleges and universities, these students are twice as likely to realize the dream of completing their degrees in four years.”

McElroy will be attending the ceremony along with her mother and high school mentor, Jill Mansilla, from William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette.

Poston delivers third straight HCAC title

Senior Allison Poston (Attica, Ind.) snapped a 4-4 tie with a victory at No. 2 singles to give Hanover College’s women’s tennis team its third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship. Hanover defeated Franklin College, 5-4, to earn the HCAC’s tourney crown and automatic berth in next spring’s NCAA III national tournament.

Hanover, 14-3 this fall, swept all three doubles matches, but had to battle for two singles wins to clinch the program’s third straight sweep of the Heartland Conference’s regular-season and league tournament titles.

Poston defeated Franklin’s Chelsea Howell 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to nail down the victory. The loss was the first of the season for Howell, who was 15-0 in singles matches heading into the conference championship match.

Hanover took a major step toward the championship with victories in all three doubles matches.

Freshman Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) paired with junior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) to edge Franklin’s Karen Dringenburg and Melissa Sanders, 9-7, at No. 1. Sophomore Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and freshman Susan Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) held off Howell and Rachel Rose for an 8-6 win at No. 2.

Poston, pairing with senior Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.), completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 victory against Emily Helvie and Holyn Eldridge at No. 3.

Franklin rallied with three singles wins to knot the match at 3-3. Schwartz, however, gave the Panthers a brief 4-3 lead with a 6-4, 6-0 triumph at No. 4 against the Grizzlies’ Emily Roberts and, ultimately, set up Poston's championship-sealing victory.

Franklin caps its fall season with a 14-2 record. The Grizzlies placed second in the HCAC’s regular-season with a 7-1 mark. Hanover posted a 6-3 victory, Sept. 30, in Franklin, Ind., as the team's only league blemish.

Hanover vs. Franklin results – Heartland Conference championship

Hanover will compete in the NCAA III national tournament next May. The appearance will mark the third in a row for the Panthers, which have compiled a 42-13 record during the span.

Golfers win third straight HCAC championship

Hanover College’s women’s golf team earned its third straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Panthers posted a 14-stroke victory behind senior Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.), who captured medalist honors for the second consecutive season.

Hanover totaled 693 strokes (344-349) in the two-day tournament, holding off the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (707) and Franklin College (722) to earn the Panthers’ third consecutive berth in the NCAA III national tournament.

Shepherd, the tournament's most valuable player, won the individual title with a nine-shot victory. She posted a 161 (81-80) to pull away from Rose-Hulman Ashton Foushee (170) and Franklin’s Paige Lundy (171).

Shepherd’s effort marks the fourth year in a row, and fifth time in six seasons, that a Hanover golfer has earned medalist honors at the HCAC finale. Former standout Brooke McKay was the league’s medalist in 2012 and 2103. Molly Burpo grabbed the top spot in 2010.

Sophomore Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) earned a top-five finish for the Panthers. She was fifth overall with a 174 (86-88). Junior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) was eighth after a two-round 178 (87-91). Both players earned all-HCAC honors with the top-eight finishes.

Senior Alli Lindenschmidt (Indianapolis, Ind.) completed Hanover’s scoring with a 184 (90-94) to land 13th. Classmate Brittany Mosteller (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounded out the squad with a 16th-place finish after carding a 187 (97-90).

Head coach Wayne Perry was recognized as the Heartland Conference's coach of the year for the fourth time.

Heartland Conference Championship results

Hanover will compete in the 2016 NCAA III Championship. The event will be played May 10-13, 2016, at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.

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.

Read President Lambert's inaugural address entitled Education for "A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart."

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

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.

"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.

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.