College to host NEXT IN Campfires event May 3
NEXT Indiana Campfires logo

A NEXT Indiana Campfires event, featuring a literary hike on the Daryl R. Karns Natural History Trail, will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, on the Hanover College campus.

Indiana Humanities’ NEXT Indiana Campfires series uniquely connects nature, literature and discussion of Indiana’s future. A naturalist from Oak Ridge Conservancy will identify interesting plants, animals and other Hoosier oddities. Kevin McKelvey, associate professor of English at the University of Indianapolis, will recite the works of Indiana authors during pauses along the trail.

Supported by Indiana Humanities and Oak Heritage Conservancy, the event at Hanover will combine a two-hour hike on the College’s moderately rugged trails, environmental readings and a dinner during sunset overlooking the Ohio River.

Cost for the event is just $15 per person. The fee includes the guided hike, campfire dinner and Indiana-brewed beer for those ages 21 and older.

NEXT IN Campfires online registration

In case of inclement weather, Indiana Humanities will cancel the event and alert registrants via email at least two hours prior to the start time. If the event is cancelled, a ticket to another Next Indiana Campfires event will be offered.

The Daryl R. Karns Natural History Trail, named for the late Hanover professor of biology, consists of four trails along the bluff adjacent to the Ohio River on the College's campus. The paths, totaling nearly 2.5 miles in length, range in difficulty from no slope to steep ascent.

Levett Career Center dedication set for May 5
Marabeth and Mark Levett

A ceremony to mark the opening of the Levett Career Center will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 5, at Hendricks Hall.

Made possible through the generosity of Mark and Marabeth Ice Levett, The Levett Career Center provides a one-stop campus location for all students seeking career counseling, an internship or interview preparation. The group of student-support offices, housed within Hendricks Hall, includes staff members working with the Career Center, Business Scholars Program and Experiential Learning Center.

The ceremony will feature remarks from the Levetts, both 1971 Hanover graduates, as well as President Lake Lambert, Diane Magary, a member of the Business Scholars Program faculty, senior Ashley Eden and junior Wes McKinney.

A reception and open house will immediately follow the ceremony.

Mark Levett is a retired executive with Cummins, Inc. He has served as chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees since 2014. He joined the Hanover board in 1982, was a member of the long-range steering committee during the 1990s, and was elected vice-chairman in 1998.

The Levetts are the parents of three daughters: Amy, Megan and Jennifer, a 1994 Hanover graduate.

Enrollment remains open for summer online classes

Hanover College students who wish to fulfill major requirements or increase credits toward graduation, or Indiana residents who seek special education certification, will have online options this summer. The College will offer two five-week terms with select classes taught by current faculty members.

Summer online class offerings

The first summer session will be held from Monday, June 5, to Friday, July 7. The second session will run from Wednesday, July 12, to Tuesday, Aug. 15.

In addition to the select courses for current Hanover students, the education courses “Special Education Law and Policy (EDU 354)” and “Learning Environments and Transitions (EDU 356)” will be open to Indiana residents interested in receiving additional certification.

Tuition for a summer course costs only $975 per unit. No institutional financial aid is available.

Registration for the summer session available until Tuesday, June 6, for courses in the first session and Thursday, July 13, for courses in the second session. Current students, contact the registrar's office at or phone (812) 866-7051.

If you are not a current student, contact the admission office at or phone (800) 213-2178.

SUMMER TERM IMonday, June 5-Friday, July 7
COM 212: Introduction to CommunicationInstructor: Rachel Davidson
EDU 354: Special Education Law & PolicyInstructor: Dustin BaileyOpen to Indiana residents interested in additional certification
PSY 111: Introduction to PsychologyInstructor: Katherine Tuttle
SOC 164: Introduction to SociologyInstructor: Jimmie Bany
SUMMER TERM IIWednesday, July 12-Tuesday, August 15
EDU 356: Learning Environments & TransitionsInstructor: Dustin BaileyOpen to Indiana residents interested in additional certification
PHI 213: BioethicsInstructor: Vicki Jenkins
PLS 161: DemocracyInstructor: Bill Kubik
PSY 111: Introduction to PsychologyInstructor: Katherine Tuttle


COM 212: Introduction to Communication

Examines a broad spectrum of communication concepts and issues in modern society. Directed at students with an interest in the discipline of communication.

EDU 354: Special Education Law & Policy

Basic educational rights of students with disabilities alongside teacher and school legal responsibilities with a focus on the five main principles that form the basics of special education law: Free appropriate public education, least restrictive environment, parent and student participation, Individualized Education Program (IEP), and due process protections. Prerequisite: Edu 230.

EDU 356: Learning Environments and Transitions

Learn how to plan, manage, and modify learning environments and how to assist students in successful life transition, goal setting, and community resources. Prerequisite: Edu 230

PHI 213: Bioethics

An examination of fundamental moral issues that arise in medicine, healthcare, and biomedical technology, with an emphasis on applied philosophical analysis and reflection. Of special relevance to students considering health related careers. No prerequisites.

PLS 161: Democracy
A survey of the ideas, institutions and controversies of political science. Special emphasis is given in this course to the example of the United States. Partially satisfies the HS CCR. Partially satisfies Modern Society LADR. Not open to students with prior credit in 115.

PSY 111: Basic Principles of Psychology

Overview of the fundamental processes common to all areas of psychology. Partially satisfies the HS CCR.

SOC 164: Introduction to Sociology
Examines links between micro and macro (institutional, national and global) levels of social interaction and the impact of macro level social forces on our everyday lives. Topics include group influence on individuals, socialization, culture, deviance, race, class and gender inequalities; institutions and organizations, population trends, and social change. Partially satisfies the HS CCR. Partially satisfies Modern Society LADR.

Eden, Agarwal highlight academic award winners

Top student award winners standing with President Lambert

Seniors Ashley Layne Eden (Anderson, Ind.) and Naren Agarwal (Kolkata, India) led a substantial list of award recipients at Hanover College's 80th-annual Honors Convocation. The event was held Thursday, April 13, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Eden, a gender studies major, earned the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior female. She also received the Distinguished Award in Gender Studies and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award from the Office of Experiential Learning.

Active on campus, she is a Benjamin Templeton Scholar, resident assistant, student hall director, president of Love Out Loud and an officer in the Feminist Club. She also interned at the National Organization for Women in Washington, D.C., and at Harvard's summer programs.

Agarwal, an economics major, was presented with the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior male. In addition to his efforts in the classroom, he has worked as a resident assistant, studied abroad in Australia and Belgium, and been a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, International Club and the Environmental Stewardship Group.

The Long Citation, first presented in 1947, is given by the trustees of the College to the outstanding graduating senior woman based on excellence in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. 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 based on excellence in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership and social responsibility.

Previous Crowe Citation and Long Citation recipients

80th Annual Honors DayRecipient
The Henry C. Long for Scholarship and General ExcellenceAshley Layne Eden
The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceNaren Agarwal
The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardGlene Mynhardt
The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityBrian Gall
The Alpha Lambda Delta AwardKatie Schmidt
The Distinguished Award in AnthropologyFlavia Barbosa
Madison Conway
The Distinguished Award in Art HistorySamantha McCain
Art History Writing AwardSamantha McCain
Asumi Oba
The Distinguished Award in Art & DesignMalik Hairston
The M. L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardMal McElroy
The Enos Pray Biology AwardMackenzie Spicer
The Business Scholars Program Award for Academic ExcellenceJace Gentil
Mal McElroy
Betsy Milligan Johnson Business Scholars Achievement AwardMackenzie Dean
Layne Taylor
The Distinguished Award in BiochemistryAllison Mruzek Terpening
The Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardAdam Anthony
Gaby Leith
The Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryCassie Schoborg
The Distinguished Award in CommunicationJace Gentil
Diane Jackson
The John B. Goodrich Prize in OratoryAzia Watts
The Philip R. Taylor Award for Student PublishingShelby Hart
The Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceNaoki Sawahashi
Hoang Van
The Distinguished Award in EconomicsDeborah Odihi
The Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationAnna Cornacchione
The Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationKatie Schmidt
The Distinguished Award in Special EducationBrennan Pool
The Hilda M. Cordrey AwardsAnna Cornacchione (1st)
Miriam Cahill (2nd)
The Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishKatie Schmidt
The John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishAnna Kemple
The Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeJenna Auber
The Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingKatie Schmidt
The Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceAlex Weeden
The Distinguished Award in FrenchMal McElroy
Mallory Noble
The Distinguished Award in Gender StudiesAshley Layne Eden
The Distinguished Award in GeologyEric O’Risky
The Distinguished Award in Health and Movement StudiesKirby Lantz
The Robert E. Bowers History AwardJames Hogan
The Frank S. Luttmer Award for the Study of History through International ExperienceFalyn Moncrief
The M. Anwarul Haq International Studies AwardRebecca Duke
The Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyKelly Gehlbach
Kylie Hawks
Gabby Ritchey
The Morse Mathematical AwardNaoki Sawahashi
Hoang Van
The Dr. John E. Yarnelle Mathematics PrizeMikhaila Hamilton
The Distinguished Award in Medieval Renaissance StudiesMersi Curtsinger
The Richard L. Conklin Award in PhysicsMarissa Childs
The Fleming Physics AwardKenny Jarnagin
Haque Sakib
The Distinguished Award in Political ScienceMadeline Brogan
John Simon
Cameron Trachtman
The A. Glenn Mower, Jr. Pre-Law AwardCameron Trachtman
The Distinguished Award in PsychologyMattie Borders
Courtney Markland
The George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologySarah Gawronska
The Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyJana Dajani
Callie Monce
The Distinguished Award in SpanishIleana Correa
Jessie Lamb
Alex Weeden
Distinguished Award in TheatreDean Gnadinger
Jazlyn Stanciel
The Dennis Kovener AwardCassandra Lockridge
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardChristopher Michael Barbera
The Mary Mildred Sullivan AwardAshley Layne Eden
Biology professors earn top faculty honors

2017 Honors Convocation award winners standing with President Lambert

Glene Mynhardt and Brian Gall earned the top faculty awards during Hanover College's 80th-annual Honors Convocation. The event took place Thursday, April 13, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Mynhardt, an assistant professor of biology, earned the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award. Established in 1969, the honor is selected by a balloting of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes. To be eligible, a faculty member must be in at least their fourth year of teaching at the College. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

Mynhardt joined Hanover’s faculty in 2013. She teaches a range of courses, including concepts of biology, ecology and evolution, cell and molecular biology and, during spring term, tropical biology.

Her primary research interest is beetle systematics, specifically the evolution of myrmecophilous beetles.

She completed her doctorate at The Ohio State University, earned a master’s at Texas A&M University and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

Gall, an assistant professor of biology, received the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. The award, established 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.

Gall, member of the College’s faculty since 2012, teaches courses such as ecology and evolution, animal behavior, herpetology, biodiversity and vertebrate biology.

His areas of research include interactions between predator and prey, communication and signaling in aquatic communities and the effects of egg predation on the coevolution between rough-skinned newts and garter snakes.

He completed his doctorate at Utah State University, master’s at Missouri State University and his bachelor’s degree at Quincy University.

Previous Baynham Award and Karns Award recipients

Make your impact May 12 during Hanover’s “Day of Giving”

Impact Hanover Day graphic

Alumni, parents, friends and fans are encouraged to help keep Hanover College financially accessible to the best and brightest students by participating in an online “Impact Hanover Day,” Friday, May 12.

During the 24-hour span, show your Panther Pride with an online gift of any size to the Impact Hanover Fund. The effort will help the College continue to provide educational opportunities for students with high potential and limited means, build and maintain outstanding educational facilities and attract top-tier faculty.

The Impact Hanover Fund provides the avenue to support students with scholarships, alter the educational landscape with new teaching and learning tools and foster innovation across campus. Your participation in Impact Hanover Day ensures the College’s tradition of transformative learning.

Make your impact May 12 with a gift of any size. Show your school spirit - and be entered for a chance to win a Hanover swagbag - by sharing with friends and classmates on social media using #ImpactHanover.

Impact Hanover Day

Spotlight to shine on Hanover’s top students in the arts

Hanover College’s annual event to celebrate student achievement in the arts will take place Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The President Honors the Arts features performances and works from Hanover’s top students in music, theater, art and art history, and creative writing.

The President Honors the Arts is open to the public free of charge.

Hanover president with arts honorees

The Hanover College Chamber Singers will open the evening with a performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana.” The ensemble, directed by Madlen Batchvarova, includes seniors Kaitlin Sanders and Mackenzie Spicer, juniors Sydney Bethea, Bailey Garey, Tristen Greene, Bryant Grider, Madison Grimes, Falyn Moncrief and Abigail Rinck, sophomores Jacob Domalewski, Peyton Spaugh and Jacob Zurschmiede, as well as freshman Jack Elias, Abigail Riedman and Rebecca Thorpe.

The event will also feature selections from Domalewski and freshman Zoe Burrow.

Domalewski will sing “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” by John Jacob Niles. Burrow, a pianist, will perform Friedrich Burgmüller’s “Adante.”

The theatrical showcase is “Ex Marks the Spot,” a brief play by senior Shane Totten. Directed by senior Tessa McShane, with costuming by senior Taryn Mayer, the cast features junior Carson Bailey and freshmen Emma Grimes, Samuel Tyo and Katy Dudzik.

Samantha McCain, an art history major, will present her senior thesis, “Visual Narratives.”

Seniors Malik Hairston, Cassandra Higdon, Stephanie Simpson and Ivy Stevens will be highlighted for their work in studio art. The students will also be available in the Greiner Art Gallery after the event to discuss their thesis work, currently on display.

Seven students will read selections from the top efforts in creative writing.

Sophomore Jessica Rieskamp will read “I’m Aware this Poem Won’t Change the World.” Senior Gabbi Thatcher will deliver “You Are What You Eat” and senior Molly Miller will recite “Alone.” Senior Katie Schmidt will read “The Voices of Glass” and sophomore Allison Campbell will recite “Blood, Sweat, and Tears.” Senior Kimberly Litchfield will read “Unfurled” and Rieskamp will deliver “The Land of Hate,” a work by senior Sydney Hornsby.

Swimming to return as intercollegiate sport

Generic swimming pool photo with swim lanes

After a 40-year absence on campus, swimming teams will return to Hanover’s athletic department within two years.

The College will hire a head coach and begin to recruit student-athletes during the coming months with plans to debut men’s and women’s intercollegiate squads during the 2018-19 academic year.

“The main reason for this addition is the prospect of enrollment growth with limited expenses,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “The impact it could make on student recruitment and our long-term financial health is positive. Indiana has many high-school swimmers and we are convinced this is a great opportunity.”

Through a cooperative agreement with nearby Southwestern High School, the Panthers will use the high school’s facility for practices and competition. The off-site facility, just five minutes from campus, features a six-lane, 25-meter pool with Paddock Pools starting platforms, a Colorado Time System with a six-lane readout board and bleacher seating for fans..

Hanover becomes the sixth member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference to support aquatic teams, joining Anderson University, Franklin College, Manchester University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Transylvania University.

Swimming originated at Hanover in 1967 as an intramural program. Using the former pool in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center, the College sported an intercollegiate club program from 1969-77, competing against such opponents as the University of Louisville, Butler University, DePauw University and Berea College.

When the 2018-19 athletic season arrives, Hanover will support 22 varsity athletic programs, including 11 men’s and 11 women’s intercollegiate teams.

Music Department offers back-to-back spring concerts

The Hanover College Music Department will present spring concerts on back-to-back evenings, Wednesday-Thursday, April 5-6, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Hanover Concert and Jazz Band

The Hanover College-Community Orchestra will play three 19th-century works during its program, Wednesday, April 5.

The ensemble, conducted by David Mruzek, will perform “Farandole,” by French composer Georges Bizet, and “The Blue Danube,” a waltz by Austrian composer Johann Strauss Jr. The concert will also include “Allegretto” from “The Creatures of Prometheus,” by Ludwig van Beethoven, the famed German composer and pianist.

Hanover’s Concert Band will perform Thursday, April 6. The ensemble, also conducted by Mruzek, will play three works which span more than 160 years.

The band will perform Beethoven’s “March in F,” written in the early 1800s. The ensemble will delve into musical theatre with “The Sound of Music,” penned in 1965 by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The program will close with Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s contemporary music from “Beauty and the Beast.”

Each of the performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Spring choral concert - "Our Journey" - coming April 1

Hanover College's vocal ensembles will present “Our Journey,” Saturday, April 1, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present sacred and secular choral compositions performed during the groups’ recent winter concert tour through Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

Hanover College Choir

Selections will include such spiritual songs as “Hear, Heavenly Creator,” a 13th-century Icelandic poem by Kolneinn Tumason, and gospel- and jazz-influenced works such as Fred Hellerman and Fran Minkoff’s “Healing River” and Keith Hampton’s “Praise His Holy Name.”

The performance will also include a Brazilian song performed in Portuguese, a Bulgarian selection in a folk-scat-jazz style, a Swedish vocal jazz song and an emotional rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana,” which the choir presented at Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s inauguration Jan. 9.

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

The performance begins at 2 p.m. It is open to the public, free of charge.

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