183rd commencement features Hanover's largest class

The largest class in Hanover College history received diplomas during the College's 183rd commencement ceremony. The event, featuring the 285 members of the Class of 2016, was held Saturday, May 28, in Collier Arena.

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President Lake Lambert, completing his first academic year as Hanover's president, delivered the commencement address to a standing-room-only crowd. Hannah Taylor, a communication major from Brownsburg, Ind., presented the senior address.

In his remarks, Lambert said, "We can describe the college experience as filling a tool box with different skills and knowledge that can be deployed later, but we can also describe the college experience as an extended courtship where you had the opportunity to date a little bit as you completed the ladders until you started going steady with a particular subject--a subject that you grew to love as you grew in your understanding of it."

Lambert continued, "The items in your toolbox have value, but a hammer can knock down as easily--or even more easily--than it can build. The love you have for your knowledge may not be easily converted to an income, but it will, like love in all relationships, help to keep you faithful. It will keep you faithfully fascinated by your subject and all subjects; it will keep you faithful to the continuing mysteries it presents; and it will keep you faithful to its sacredness and the sacredness of all of life because life is a miracle."

Taylor stated in her speech, "As college students we often wonder if we are taking the right path, if all our hard work will actually be worth it one day. But I promise you that as long as you are relentlessly pursuing your passions you are exactly where you need to be."

Taylor added, "Seek out every opportunity that comes before you. One day you will wake up and realize that you are exactly where you wanted to be and it was your experiences in this place that got you there."

Eight retiring members of the faculty were honored during the ceremony. Luis Aguilar-Monsalve (Spanish), Kathy Barbour (English), Steve Boone (chemistry), David Cassel (theological studies), Stephanie Funk (sociology), Paul Hildebrand (theatre), C. Kimm Hollis (music) and Brigitte Randall (German) combined for more than 175 years of service to the College.

Four members of Hanover's Class of 1966 marked the 50th anniversary of their graduation by leading the processional.

The 183rd-annual event began with Hanover's traditional baccalaureate service in Collier Arena.

Both baccalaureate and commencement featured musical and vocal selections by The Hanover College Choir and the Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble. The choir is under the direction of Madlen Batchvarova, while the orchestra is led by David Mruzek.

Hanover to join Indiana Campus Compact

INDIANAPOLIS – J.R. Jamison, Executive Director of Indiana Campus Compact, announced today that the Indiana Campus Compact Board of Directors has unanimously approved Hanover College’s partnership in the Compact effective July 1, 2016.

Jamison said, “We are delighted that Hanover College is joining the Compact this summer and look forward to having their voice represented at the table. Hanover has a strong tradition of service and experiential learning opportunities, and I know they will be outstanding contributors to our partnership among Hoosier institutions of higher education as we continue to prepare college students to advance the public good in — and with — communities.”

Hanover College was founded in 1827 and is located on 620 acres just outside of historic Madison, Indiana. With just over 1100 students, 32 majors offered in the liberal arts, and 11:1 ratio of students to faculty, the atmosphere is one of deep thought and dedication to service. Their website says, “Our students start companies, create social movements, and examine wildlife in the wild – and that’s just while they’re here.”

“Hanover is honored to be a part of Indiana Campus Compact,” said President Lake Lambert. “This partnership integrates community service with academic instruction so that each strengthens the other. It also prepares our students for a life that includes service to others.”

Indiana Campus Compact invests in its partner campuses through training, grants, and the professional network it provides for college and university faculty, staff, and students. Through that support, Indiana campuses partner with community agencies to make a difference for tens of thousands of community members each year. Because of their investment in the organization, Hanover College will extend its reach into the community and deepen students’ ability to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in southern Indiana and beyond.

About Indiana Campus Compact
Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) is a partnership of Indiana’s public, private, and community college higher education institutions focused on advocating, implementing, and improving service engagement so that students graduate as well-informed, engaged, and productive members of society who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities. Indiana Campus Compact is an affiliate of National Campus Compact, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Release courtesy of Indiana Campus Compact

Hanover to host Indiana Arts Commission live “web café”

Hanover College will host a special live “web café” event to as part of a statewide conversation to help the Indiana Arts Commission gather feedback on strategic planning themes and, ultimately, better serve the arts in the state.

Hanover’s session, geared for area artists and art enthusiasts, will be held Wednesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Classic Hall 102. Participants may join the conversation in person at Classic Hall or via computer through the internet. In addition to Hanover’s site, the session will be broadcast to a live audience at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis.

Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged due to seating limitations. Contact Hanover's Rick Bennett, grants development officer for the Region 12 IAC Partnership, for more information or to reserve your seat. Join the conversation online at

The web café is made possible through a collaboration between the Indiana Arts Commission, the Regional Arts Partnership and the Indiana State Library.

Archer, Insley lead academic award winners

Seniors Megan Insley (Worthington, Ohio) and Saxton Archer (Clayton, Ind.) highlight a list of award recipients at Hanover College's 79th-annual Honors Convocation. The event was held Thursday, April 14, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Insley, who majors in biochemistry, earned the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior female. She earned the Alpha Lambda Delta Award for the Class of 2016’s highest grade-point average. In addition, Insley was selected a first-team academic all-American this past fall as a member of the College’s soccer team.

Archer earned the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior male. He is an economics major and member of Hanover’s Business Scholars Program.

The Long Citation, first presented in 1947, is given by the trustees of the College to the woman who best exemplifies scholarship, leadership, Christian interests and practices, world-mindedness, social skills and understanding, and the general quality of campus citizenship. The award is named for Henry C. Long, whose gift created the Long College for Women, which merged with Hanover College in 1978.

The Crowe Citation is named to honor Hanover’s founder, John Finley Crowe. Created by the faculty in 1955, the award is given to the outstanding graduating senior man on the basis of excellence in areas of Christian character, scholarship, leadership and social responsibility.

Pictured are Saxton Archer and Megan Insley

79th-Annual Honors Day

John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceSaxton ArcherClayton, Ind.
Henry C. Long for Scholarship and General ExcellenceMegan InsleyWorthington, Ohio
Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardMichael Duffy (theological studies)
Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityLeticia Bajuyo (art)
Sara Patterson (theological studies)
Dennis Kovener Award (Dedication, Service)Hannah TaylorLebanon, Ind.
Alpha Lambda Delta Award (Honor Society)Megan InsleyWorthington, Ohio
Chelsea McCurdyRichmond, Ind.
Distinguished Award in AnthropologyHannah RockenbaughElkhart, Ind.
Shaina LinMilford, Ohio
Distinguished Award in Art HistoryCaitlyn KennedyCincinnati, Ohio
Distinguished Award in Studio ArtNikki LewisMahomet, Ill.
Art History Writing AwardEmily MillerNashville, Ind.
Patricia McCormickCincinnati, Ohio
M. L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardNikki LewisMahomet, Ill.
Enos Pray Biology AwardLindsay BeasleyBatavia, Ohio
Business Scholars Program Award for Academic ExcellenceNicholas BrunnerNorth Vernon, Ind.
Alexandria ForwardTrafalgar, Ind.
Megan MeyerOldenburg, Ind.
Business Scholars Program Achievement AwardNicholas BrunnerNorth Vernon, Ind.
Alexandria ForwardTrafalgar, Ind.
Megan MeyerOldenburg, Ind.
Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardAllison FordLebanon, Ind.
Jaron StiersMiddletown, Ind.
Evan AndersBrownsburg, Ind.
Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryChelsea McCurdyRichmond, Ind.
Distinguished Award in CommunicationRoxi MorrisFranklin, Ind.
John B. Goodrich Prize in OratoryKiley ThomasYorktown, Ind.
Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceBen KuglerBloomington, Ind.
Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingSarah LineNoblesville, Ind.
Tess StoopsRising Sun, Ind.
Distinguished Award in EconomicsNick BrunnerNorth Vernon, Ind.
Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationSara CluteLa Grange, Ky.
Paige McGuirkNorthville, Mich.
Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationLauren AlexanderSanta Claus, Ind.
Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishCat BrassellBloomington, Ind.
Ben KuglerBloomington, Ind.
Cordrey Awards (English)Alexandria Forward (1st)Trafalgar, Ind.
Ashlee Arbaugh (2nd)Findlay, Ohio
John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishKatie SchmidtColumbus, Ind.
Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeMersi CurtsingerOrleans, Ind.
Mildred McKim Vaughn Award in EnglishSydney HornsbyHanover, Ind.
Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceRyan HackbarthTell City, Ind.
Anni TitchenalLizton, Ind.
Distinguished Award in FrenchAlexa BlessingerBloomington, Ind.
Sarah LineNoblesville, Ind.
Distinguished Award in GeologyMeagan RedmonElizabeth, Ind.
Travis ThompsonMount Carmel, Ill.
Distinguished Award in Health and Movement StudiesRachel AlvisCincinnati, Ohio
Katie SharitsRichmond, Ind.
Bowers History AwardKallen TerryBluffton, Ohio
Frank S. Luttmer Award for the Study of History through International ExperienceJacob BaumannFloyds Knobs, Ind.
M. Anwarul Haq International Studies AwardAllison PostonAttica, Ind.
Aastik Pokhrel Internship AwardEvan StonerCharlestown, Ind.
Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyTeresa WiczynskiColumbus, Ind.
Meghan FoxIndianapolis, Ind.
Hannah PalmerWilmore, Ky.
Morse Mathematical AwardAlec HamakerNoblesville, Ind.
Monica LamirandNoblesville, Ind.
Dr. John E. Yarnelle Mathematics PrizeVan HoangColumbus, Ind.
Naoki SawahashiTokyo, Japan
Philip R. Taylor Award for Student PublishingLindsay BeasleyBatavia, Ohio
Distinguished Award in SpanishNicole BellAshley, Ohio
Allison PostonAttica, Ind.
Teresa WiczynskiColumbus, Ind.
Distinguished Award in MusicChen WangRenshou, China
Distinguished Award in PhilosophyDakota LawsonHanover, Ind.
Richard L. Conklin Award in PhysicsSakib HaqueDhaka, Bangladesh
Fleming Award in PhysicsYuding AiChengdu, China
Alec HamakerNoblesville, Ind.
Distinguished Award in Political ScienceTaylor JohnsonCorydon, Ind.
Distinguished Award in PsychologyAlison HanleinLouisville, Ky.
George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologyMonica LamirandNoblesville, Ind.
Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyJenna NewtonDanville, Ind.
Mariah HutchinsonSellersburg, Ind.
Distinguished Award in TheatreShawn FranklinLouisville, Ky.
Distinguished Award in Theological StudiesKay KempFort Wayne, Ind.
Duffy, Patterson, Bajuyo earn top faculty honors

Michael Duffy, Sara Patterson and Leticia Bajuyo earned the top faculty awards during Hanover College's 79th-annual Honors Convocation. The event took place Thursday, April 14, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Duffy, a professor of theological studies, earned the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award, established by the College in 1969. A ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes selects the award recipient. 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 of Hanover’s faculty since 1995, Duffy teaches in the areas of theological ethics, Christian theologies of vocation, moral decision-making, great spiritual figures and issues, images of God, and hope and despair. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Virginia, earned a master’s degree in divinity at Harvard Divinity School, a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sara Patterson and Leticia Bajuyo shared the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

The award, established in 2011, re-named in honor of 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.

Patterson, an associate professor of theological studies, teaches courses in theology, history of Christianity, and religion in the Americas. She investigates the intersections of religious experience, place and community and also teaches and writes about how gender, race and ethnicity affect religious experiences and religious communities. Patterson, who joined Hanover’s faculty in 2008, earned a bachelor’s degree at Denison University, master’s degree at Claremont School of Theology and a doctoral degree at Claremont Graduate University.

A professor of art who joined the faculty in 2001, Bajuyo explores perceptions of value associated with consumer capitalism and cultural capital, creating artworks that range in scale from palm-sized to the architectural. She teaches courses in art and design including sculpture, ceramics, and contemporary art practices. Bajuyo earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Notre Dame and a masters of fine arts at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Pictured are Hanover President Lake Lambert, Leticia Bajuyo, Michael Duffy and Sara Patterson

Previous Baynham and Karns award recipients

Hanover commended for low-income student efforts, outcomes

Jon Riester, vice president of enrollment management, was a guest at the U.S. Department of Education’s assembly to highlight institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among Pell Grant-eligible students.

“Hanover College is honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in the completion rate of Pell Grant recipients,” said Riester. “Our success on this front reflects an institution-wide commitment to serving students of all socio-economic levels.”

The Education Department’s conference, held March 24 in Washington, D.C., gathered college presidents, trustees and campus leaders from across the nation to discuss ongoing work. The event spotlighted the promising and proven practices developed by these institutions to advance success for low-income students and encourage broader conversations among the field to accelerate this effort.

"For us to thrive as a diverse democracy and for individuals to achieve their dreams of success, higher education must fulfill its promise of providing opportunity to all students, regardless of their race, gender or income level,” said U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell. “There are remarkable institutions around the country succeeding at making access and success a reality for low income students. We need to learn from their leadership and spread the word about practices that work.”

“Hanover’s accomplishment is the result of a highly dedicated faculty and staff who are personally invested in the daily success of our current students and alumni,” adds Riester. “This achievement is due in no small part to the dozens of individuals who routinely go beyond their job descriptions to make a difference in the lives of individual students.”

The Department of Education also used the event as a call to action for institutions with significant gaps between completion rates for Pell Grant recipients and overall completion rates, as well as institutions that have positive outcomes but enroll too few low-income students.

“For students from low- and moderate-income families, a college degree is the surest path to the middle class in our country, said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “I applaud the colleges and universities that have taken measurable steps to open up this pathway and make it a successful one for students from all backgrounds. But we need these types of efforts to become the rule and not the exception.”

Williams elected to Board of Trustees

Community leader Sue Williams has been elected to the Hanover College Board of Trustees. She will begin her tenure July 1.

Williams, a 1965 Hanover graduate, is the former president of WJDR Enterprises, Inc., and has previously served as a teacher, stockbroker and fitness salon owner. She has a substantial history of community and charity involvement with a number of organizations in the Dayton, Ohio, area and continues service in central Florida.

“Sue Williams will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Hanover trustees from her work in business and the non-profit sector,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “She loves Hanover and we are privileged to have her.”

Williams currently serves on the board of directors of the Florida Wildlife Corridor and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. She is president of the Carlouel Homeowners Association and chairs the Legacy Committee at Church of the Ascension.

She has previously served as an active board member for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Antioch University, Dayton Public Radio, Woodland Arboretum Foundation, Cox Arboretum and St Paul’s College.

In the past, Williams has been a member of the Garden Club of America, Garden Club of Dayton, Leadership Dayton, The Dayton Foundation, Women of United Way, Aullwood Audubon Center, Ronald McDonald House, Dayton Black Cultural Festival, Green Downtown Dayton, Junior League of Dayton and Opera Association of Dayton.

Williams, and her husband, Alexander, reside in Clearwater Beach, Fla. They are the parents of three sons and have five grandchildren.

Chapel renovation encourages usage

Seating in the Brown Memorial Chapel has been altered to create a multi-faceted space to accommodate a larger number of worship styles, devotions, bible study, meditations, fellowship and other activities. The sacred identity remains, but the rows of pews have temporarily been replaced by chairs during the renovation.

The building, completed in 1956, was given to the College by J. Graham Brown and his sister, Agnes Duggan, in memory of their parents.

Lee named Hanover’s vice president for student life

Hanover College President Lake Lambert announced today that Dewain L. Lee, Ph.D., will join the College’s staff as vice president for student life and dean of students. Lee will begin her duties July 1.

Lee comes to Hanover after serving the past six years as associate vice chancellor for student development/student affairs, dean of students and Title IX coordinator at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

“We are excited to welcome such an experienced and talented leader for our team of student life professionals,” said Lambert. “Dr. Lee shares our commitment to holistic student development and will build great relationships with our students.”

During her time at Alaska Anchorage, she created the Emerging Leaders Program, Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and the university’s Title IX administrative program. She also coordinated the university’s crisis management team, served as co-chair of the International Intercultural Task Force and coordinated the University Care Team, which provides behavioral intervention and prevention, as well as crisis care for students, faculty and staff.

Prior to Lee’s work at Alaska Anchorage, she was on the staff at Dillard University (La.) from 1998 to 2010. While at Dillard, she served as dean of students (2008-2010), associate dean for the Center for Career and Professional Development (2004-2008), assistant director of career services (1999-2000) and career counselor (1998-1999).

Lee holds memberships in more than 15 professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, National Association for Campus Activities, Association of Title IX Administrators, Association for Student Judicial Affairs, American Association of University Women and National Association of Colleges and Employers.

In addition, she is a member of more than 10 boards and committees, including the United Negro College Fund, Standing Together Against Rape, Youth Leadership Council, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Council and Louisiana Association of Women in Higher Education. She is a national board member of National Conference on Race and Ethnicity and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Lee received a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Orleans in 1991. She earned a master’s degree in counseling from Xavier University (La.) in 1996 and a doctoral degree in organization and management from Capella University (Minn.) in 2007.

Louisvillian Fryrear to examine sustainability

Brent Fryrear, director of the Louisville, Ky., organization Partnership for a Green City, will address “Sustainability & Collective Impact: Changing Planning, Decisions & Behavior,” Monday, March 14, at 4 p.m. in Science Center 137. The talk is open to the public free of charge.

Fryrear leads a sustainability collaboration between the Louisville Metro government, Jefferson County Public Schools, Jefferson Community & Technical College and the University of Louisville. Using public tax dollars, this public partnership works to propel Louisville to Green City status through opportunities for research and projects in areas such as energy use, green infrastructure, transportation, waste, purchasing, engaging students and behavior change.

Fryrear has 30 years in the environmental field in consulting, industry, government and higher education. He has primarily focused on pollution prevention and sustainability issues through the past 20 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville. He has also completed coursework toward a doctorate in educational leadership and organizational development at the university.

The appearance is sponsored by the Hanover Class of 1965 Endowed Lectureship Series and hosted by the Hanover College Environmental Stewardship Committee.