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Panthers close NCAA with record round

The Hanover College women’s golf team closed the NCAA Division III Championship with a school-record round of 314 and finished 12th overall in the four-day event. The 72-hole tournament completed play Friday, May 15, at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

NCAA III Championship leaderboard

Hanover's 314 in the fourth round was 28 shots better than the team’s previous record of 342, set during the third round of the 2011 tournament. The Panthers, which moved from 15th place to 12th with the final-round effort, totaled 1,353 strokes (347-349-343-314) in the championship.

Senior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) fired a four-over-par 76 in the closing round. Her score stands as Hanover’s lowest individual round in its three tournament appearances.

Juniors Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Brittany Gingerich (Millersburg, Ind.) each turned in a five-over 77, while freshman Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) posted an 84. Sophomore Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) added a non-scoring round of 86 on the 5,844-yard El Campeon Course.

McKay and Shepherd each earned top-35 finishes in the 110-golfer field. McKay finished 21st with a 322 (79-86-81-76). Shepherd followed in 34th place, just eight strokes behind McKay, with a 330 (84-85-84-77).

Gingerich landed in 56th place with a total of 342 strokes (94-82-89-77). Wuerch was 77th after a four-round 359 (90-96-89-84) and Smith finished 94th with a 375 (95-102-92-86).

Williams College (Mass.) earned the NCAA III team title with a 1,263 (319-322-309-313). Wittenberg University (Ohio) was second with 1,281 (323-327-308-323).

McKenzie Ralston from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) captured medalist honors by four strokes with a 301 (74-71-79-77).

Steinman to lead cross country program

Anna Steinman has joined the Hanover College athletic department and will lead the Panthers’ men’s and women’s cross country teams. She will also work with Hanover’s track & field program.

Steinman comes to Hanover after serving two seasons as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Salisbury University (Md.). While at Salisbury, she instructed the Sea Gulls’ distance and middle-distance runners, as well as providing support for recruitment, strength and conditioning and meet management.

In addition to her work at Salisbury, Steinman also served as a sports-performance intern at University Orthopaedic Associates. In the role, she created programs for individuals returning from physical therapy, assessed imbalances and injury risk and set training programs for distance runners.

Steinman also continues to compete. She completed her first marathon in November, turning in a time of 3:05.09 as the 86th overall female to finish in the 2014 New York Marathon.

A 2013 Salisbury graduate, Steinman earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She will complete work on a master’s degree in applied health physiology this month.

While a student-athlete at Salisbury, she was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams and twice earned all-Capital Athletic Conference honors. She served as a team captain for both squads, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and worked as a student-athlete mentor.

Steinman is a member of USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the U.S., as well as the American College of Sports Medicine and Garden State Track Club.

She holds track & field technical certification through the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Jenner to give book reading about late Hoosier senator

Madison attorney Bill Jenner will read from his newly released book, "Senator William Ezra Jenner of Indiana: Remembered by his son William Edward Jenner," May 14, at 7 p.m., in the Agnes Brown Duggan Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The elder Jenner has been described as the most colorful Hoosier political figure of the 20th century. No biography of this storied senator, who was in the U.S. Senate 1947-1958, has been written until this year. The younger Jenner, senior partner in the Madison firm of Jenner, Pattison, Sutter & Wynn, LLP has surveyed his own records, state archives and hundreds of newspaper articles about his flamboyant and respected conservative father in order to write this biography.

The first World War II veteran to serve in the U.S. Congress and the people’s choice as leader of the Republican party in the state, Jenner was a voice of conservatism that rang through a time of New Republicanism, appeasement of Soviet Russia, the beginnings of the rapid growth of government domination of everyday lives and the glorified welfare state. His thumping oratorical style, unwavering support of the values of country, personal liberty and family, along with his innate brilliance at local politics, made him the unqualified favorite of the press, even if they didn’t always agree with him.

Senator Jenner has been called the forerunner in his political philosophy and legislative action program of such conservative leaders as Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, and was universally respected by both sides of the aisle for his amiable style, hard work as a legislator, and unfailing loyalty and sense of humor. His papers are located in the Joseph Evans Wood Memorial Special Collections and Archives Center, located on the second floor of the library.

Payne steps down to end successful run

The close of track & field season brings the end of Josh Payne’s 17-year coaching career at Hanover College. Payne, who has worked with the Panthers’ cross country and track & field teams since 1998, is leaving the College to start a private business.

Payne served as head coach of Hanover’s men’s and women’s cross country teams from 1998 through 2104. During that span, he was recognized as the Heartland Conference’s coach of the year six times.

His program produced more than 50 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference runners, 10 all-NCAA Great Lakes Region honorees, four NCAA championship qualifiers and one all-American. He also guided the Panthers’ women's squad to five HCAC championships.

For their work in the classroom, Payne’s athletes have earned NCAA Division III academic all-American honors 31 times.

Through his work with the NCAA’s national committee, he also helped the College earn the right to host the NCAA III national championship on Hanover’s campus course in 2003, 2008 and 2013. The course has also hosted three NCAA Great Lakes Regionals and numerous area high school and middle school meets.

Payne served as head track & field coach from 1998 through 2011 before moving into an assistant role with the program.

While head coach, he led 33 athletes to all-Heartland Conference status, including two HCAC most valuable athlete award recipients. He also guided nine athletes to NCAA national-qualifying marks and, in 2005, produced Hanover’s first NCAA all-American.

Under his guidance, Payne’s athletes set more than 25 school track & field records and established three Heartland Conference records. His 2011 women’s squad won the Heartland Conference’s outdoor championship for the first time in school history and he was selected the league’s coach of the year.

Prior to coming to Hanover, Payne was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Anderson University. With the Ravens, he helped coach multiple all-conference and national-qualifying athletes in both cross country and track & field.

While a collegiate student at Anderson, he was a two-time all-American and a four-time all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference selection in cross country.

In 1996, Payne earned his master's degree in physical education at Eastern Illinois University, where he assisted with the cross country and track & field programs.

As a high school runner, he was the 1990 Ohio High School Division III state champion in the 1,600-meter and 800-meter runs.

Jones' retirement spurs changes to basketball program

After 17 seasons on the sidelines, Molly Jones has announced her retirement as head coach of the Hanover College women’s basketball team. Jones’ retirement, effective immediately, spurs the first changes atop the program since 1998.

Jones’ longtime assistant coach, and husband, John Jones, will become Hanover’s head coach. In addition, Chris Hitchcock, a veteran high school and college head coach, will return to the Panthers’ bench as an assistant coach and recruiter.

Molly Jones will remain at Hanover, becoming an associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator. She will continue as chair for the Health and Fitness Department and will assume more teaching and administrative responsibilities. She will also continue to oversee the girls' basketball summer camps and shoot-outs.

Jones amassed a career record of 405-296, including a 134-121 mark in 11 seasons at Marian University before taking control of Hanover’s program prior to the 1998-99 season. The stint includes a string of four straight 20-win seasons from 2009-10 to 2012-13.

A 1986 Hanover graduate, she led the Panthers to a 271-175 record with two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season titles, three HCAC tournament championships and three berths in the NCAA III national tournament. Her squads have posted a 164-96 record in HCAC regular-season games and, in addition, played in the league’s tourney championship game in each of the past seven seasons.

John Jones has served as an assistant coach with Hanover’s women’s team for the past 10 seasons. Along with his coaching experience, Jones, an associate athletic director at Hanover, has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at the secondary and collegiate levels.

Prior to joining Hanover’s athletic department staff in 2005, he served three years as athletic director at Southwestern High School (Ind.) and was previously a teacher and administrator at Brownsburg High School (Ind.).

In addition to his coaching duties, John Jones will continue as associate athletic director. His responsibilities will continue to involve the College’s events staff, concessions and golf outings.

Hitchcock returns to the Panthers’ sidelines, where he worked as an assistant coach with the women’s program from 1997-98 to 2000-01. He comes after serving the past six seasons as head coach at Bloomfield High School (Ind.).

Prior to leading Bloomfield’s squad, he was the head coach at Benedictine University (Ill.) for three seasons and head coach at Hendrix College (Ark.) for five seasons.

Hanover is slated to open its 2015-16 campaign Nov. 21-22 in a tournament at the College of Wooster (Ohio).

The Panthers finished the 2014-15 season with a 19-9 overall record, including a second-place finish in the Heartland Conference standings with a 13-5 mark. Under Jones, the squad captured the HCAC’s tournament championship and earned a spot in the NCAA III national tournament field.

Krantz honored for developing online resources

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) has awarded Professor of Psychology John Krantz with the 2015 MERLOT Psychology Classics Award. Krantz earned the honor for his work “Psychological Research on the Net” and received the award at a ceremony April 23 in Dallas.

“Psychological Research on the Net houses links to open research projects in which users can opt to participate,” said members of the MERLOT Psychology Editorial Board. “The compilation of projects is broad-ranging and contemporary, and students can learn about and experience the research process by participating in actual psychological research studies. Overall, the site serves as an excellent, valuable resource for both psychology students and researchers.”

Krantz joined the psychology department in 1990 from Honeywell Corporation where he worked on the human factor of cockpit displays. His interests include visual perception and the use of the World Wide Web for psychological research and teaching.

MERLOT (http://www.merlot.org) is an international initiative enabling faculty to integrate technology into higher education. It is an online community of faculty and institutions collaborating to increase the quantity of high quality web-based, interactive teaching and learning materials. The MERLOT website is a free gateway for these web-based materials. Finding web-based materials to incorporate into one’s course is just the first step for faculty; faculty must also decide if the materials are correct, effective teaching-learning tools, and easy to use. A continually growing collection of high quality online teaching and learning materials is realized through MERLOT’s peer review process. MERLOT conducts the peer review of online materials and ensures reliable and valid reviews through the selection and training of the editorial board members as well as on-going support for the review process. The MERLOT Community offers additional services to both instructors and students that help improve the learning process.

DeWine honored for commitment to the arts

President Sue DeWine received the Hanover College Award for Excellence in the Arts at the College’s annual event to celebrate student artistic achievement, The President Honors the Arts. The performance took place Saturday, April 11 at the Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Nominated by the College’s music department, DeWine earned the honor for her support of departmental performances, her investment in the choral and instrumental programs, her expansion of music ensembles and her advocacy for all of Hanover’s arts programs.

Past recipients of the award include Nathan Montoya and Anne Vestuto, owners of the Village Lights bookstore in Madison, Ind.; Lou Knoble, who taught art and art education in Madison for more than 30years; piano technician Amos Plaster; and Paul Owen, who was the resident scenic designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville for 35 years.

HCAC to host Unified Bowling Championship

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, in partnership with Special Olympics, will conduct the first Unified Sports Bowling Championship, Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m., at the Expo Bowling Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

More than 100 athletes from Special Olympics chapters in Indiana and Ohio and student-athletes from Heartland Conference member institutions will combine in teams to compete for the Unified Bowling Championship.

Hanover student-athletes competing in the event include seniors Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.), Tim McBride (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Desmond Marks (Bloomington, Ind.), as well as juniors Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio), Zach Burkhardt (Anderson, Ind.), Dani Olson (Arcadia, Ind.) and Charles Snodgrass (Trafalgar, Ind.).

”We are very excited about this event as a part of our conference’s growing partnership with Special Olympics”, stated HCAC Commissioner Chris Ragsdale. “It is a rare and very special moment when you are able to create a sporting event where Special Olympics athletes and intercollegiate athletes are able to share in a competitive experience. The experience of sharing in the joy and excitement of competition together is a moment neither group will soon forget.”

Unified is a term that reflects athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competing together on a team. Each team will have four members, two athletes with intellectual disabilities and two without. Each HCAC member institution sponsors three teams at the event.

“The HCAC Unified Bowling Tournament is a first-of-its-kind event”, said Michael Furnish, President/CEO of Special Olympics Indiana. “After several years of supporting Special Olympics as volunteers, the HCAC’s student-athletes are taking a big step in making our athletes their teammates. It’s now time to Play Unified!”

Teams finishing first, second or third will receive gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively. Fourth and fifth places will receive ribbons. The team with the highest score, including handicap, will be awarded the Heartland Conference’s traveling trophy. This trophy will reside with the winning team and institution for the following year.

Top awards given at Honors Convocation

Seniors Megan Robinson (Roachdale, Ind.) and Derek Bast (Charlestown, Ind.), along with professors Kate Johnson and Ellen Altermatt, led a list of award recipients at Hanover College's 78th annual Honors Convocation. The event took place Thursday, April 11, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Robinson, who majors in sociology and is a member of the Business Scholars Program, earned the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior female.

Bast, a biology major and chemistry minor, earned the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior male. He also received a Scholarship-Leadership Award.

Serving as professor of philosophy since 1993, Johnson 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.

Johnson also earned the award in 1999. She teaches in the areas of feminist philosophy, history of philosophy and contemporary continental philosophy. Johnson completed her master’s and doctorate at Boston College (Mass.) and her bachelor’s degree at College of the Holy Cross (Mass.).

Altermatt, who serves as associate professor of psychology, earned 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.

Since arriving at Hanover in 2003, Altermatt has taught Basic Principles of Psychology, Childhood and Adolescence, Adulthood and Aging with Laboratory, Psychology of the Family, Psychology of Gender, Advanced Research and Research Seminar. Her own research focuses on understanding how everyday interactions with parents, teachers and peers shape children’s achievement-related behaviors and beliefs. Altermatt completed her master’s and doctorate at the University of Illinois, and her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University (Pa.).

78th Annual Honors DayRecipientHometown
The Henry C. Long for Scholarship and General ExcellenceMegan RobinsonRoachdale, Ind.
The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceDerek BastCharlestown, Ind.
The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardKate Johnson (philosophy)
The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityEllen Altermatt (psychology)
The Frank S. Luttmer Award for the Study of History through International ExperienceMersadi’s CurtsingerOrleans, Ind.
The Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingMary BeringerLoveland, Ohio
The Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyMegan RobinsonRoachdale, Ind.
The Robert E. Bowers History AwardSarah LoveNashville, Ind.
The Enos Pray Biology AwardKurtis WilsonGranger, Ind.
The Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishKatherine KnowlesBelleville, Ill.
The John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishCat BrassellBloomington, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Cultural AnthropologyHannah BowenLaGrange, Ind.
Katrina EasleyMartinsville, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Art HistoryEmily BumgardnerRockville, Ind.
Amanda WaltzRockville, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Studio ArtKaitlin KnappFishers, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in CommunicationLauren SchultzErlanger, Ky.
The Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceMatt LoriaNoblesville, Ind.
The Business Scholar Program Award for Academic ExcellenceSarah BrockerCarmel, Ind.
Lauren SchultzErlanger, Ky.
The Hilda M. Cordrey AwardsSarah Bates-ScottIndianapolis
Clarissa AkersLexington, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationMackenzie DyeNew Castle, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationMatt ReynoldsGreenfield, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in EconomicsEliza BuiHanoi, Vietnam
The Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceAlex LantzIndianapolis
The Distinguished Award in FrenchKayla SnablHuntington, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in GeologyTim McBrideCincinnati
Tanner ParkerGreencastle, Ind.
Brandon SwihartLinton, Ind.
Caleb WilliamsBirdseye, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Health and Movement StudiesRebekah BallardLexington, Ky.
The Distinguished Award in Political ScienceAlex PeckCarmel, Ind.
Spencer HadleyValparaiso, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyMatt WeberCenterville, Ohio
The Distinguished Award in PhilosophyColin CobbReelsville, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in PsychologyRachel WalcottJeffersonville, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in SpanishRachel SiegCorydon, Ind.
Distinguished Award in TheatreKayla SnablHuntington, Ind.
Distinguished Award in TheologyWilliam BiggsNorth Vernon, Ind.
The John B. Goodrich Prize in OratorySarah BrockerCarmel, Ind.
The Morse Mathematical AwardEliza BuiHanoi, Vietnam
The Dr. John E. Yarnelle Mathematics PrizeMonica LamirandNoblesville, Ind.
Alec HamakerNoblesville, Ind.
Megan MeyerOldenburg, Ind.
Chen WangRenshou, China
The A. Glenn Mower, Jr. Pre-Law AwardSarah LoveNashville, Ind.
The Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryHolly WatsonTipton, Ind.
The Alpha Lambda Delta AwardSarah BrockerCarmel, Ind.
Lauren SchultzErlanger, Ky.
The Fleming Award in PhysicsEvanna SehrBedford, Ind.
The Darryl L. Steinert Award in PhysicsYuding AiChengdu, China
Alec HamakerNoblesville, Ind.
The Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardAlex BruecknerCincinnati
Erin HancockAmelia, Ohio
Felicia NguyenIndianapolis
The George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologyJordan MartellGlendale, Ky.
The M. L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardAmanda WaltzRockville, Ind.
The Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeLogan WellsScottsburg, Ind.
The Aastik Pokhrel Internship AwardHan ZawMandalay, Myanmar
The Philip R. Taylor Award for Student PublishingEvanna SehrBedford, Ind.
The Dennis Kovener AwardBess MantzSan Pedro, Calif.
Gamma Sigma Pi Honor SocietySara Bates-ScottIndianapolis
Katrina EasleyMartinsville, Ind.
Matt LoriaNoblesville, Ind.
Austin MannPortland, Ind.
Jessica MillsGas City, Ind.
Tyler SauerteigArcadia, Ind.
Rachel WalcottJeffersonville, Ind.
Amanda WaltzRockville, Ind.
Logan WellsScottsburg, Ind.
Mais AlwanLouisville, Ky.
Lindsay BeasleyBatavia, Ohio
Nicole BellAshley, Ohio
Nick BrunnerNorth Vernon, Ind.
Alexandria ForwardTrafalgar, Ind.
Gara GainesHermitage, Tenn.
Alec HamakerNoblesville, Ind.
Alison HanleinLouisville, Ky.
Mariah HutchinsonSellersburg, Ind.
Megan InsleyWorthington, Ohio
Kendra JohnsonCarmel, Ind.
Kayla KempFort Wayne, Ind.
Monica LamirandNoblesville, Ind.
Lauren McClearyWest Lafayette, Ind.
Chelsea McCurdyRichmond, Ind.
Megan MeyerOldenburg, Ind.
Hannah PalmerWilmore, Ky.
Kathryn SharitsRichmond, Ind.
Hannah WehmeyerFishers, Ind.
Teresa WiczynskiColumbus, Ind.
Program honors student artistic achievement

Hanover College’s annual event to celebrate student artistic achievement will take place Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The President Honor the Arts features performances and works from Hanover’s top students in music, theater, creative writing, art and art history. The performance is open to the public free of charge.

Opening the evening will be two studio art students with their work: Kaitlin Knapp, named Hanover’s outstanding senior in studio art and senior Amanda Waltz, whose work, “Measuring Up,” earned the Greiner Art Purchase Award.

Junior Chen Wang will perform “The Butterfly,” Op. 18, by Calixa Lavallee at the piano, followed by a talk given by Emily Bumgardner, named the outstanding senior in art history.

Several students will give readings of their poetry, including junior Cheyenne Meiring (“Puberty,” “The Institution of Marriage and Consummational Grounds for Murder”), junior Sarah Line (“Waiting”), sophomore Miranda Sell (“Insecurities”), junior Gara Gaines (“A Patch of Petrarch”), senior Caela Maynard (“I saw a little girl die once, every evening”), sophomore Katie Schmidt (“The Voices of Glass,” read by Sarah Line), senior Mary Beringer (“Miss Andry”), sophomore Daijon Johnson (“The Real Sasha Fierce”) and senior Katie Knowles (“Ask Me About My Wiener … Dog”).

Hanover President Sue DeWine will present the Hanover College Award for Excellence in the Arts. The College’s music department has nominated this year’s honoree.

Junior Joshua Ruse will sing Richard Strauss’ “Allerseelen,” accompanied by Associate Professor of Music Madlen Batchvarova.

Theatrical performances feature a scene from “Marvelous Muldoons,” written by junior Keegan Burton The cast features first-year students Cara Hoskins and Aaron Rogers, along with seniors Emily Bumgardner and Dakota McCoy.