Social justice series to examine systematic racism

The Bill and June Rogers Peace and Social Justice Speakers Forum will present theologian Christine Hong, Wednesday, March 29. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Center atrium.

Hong, an assistant professor of worship and evangelism and chapel worship coordinator at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will examine systemic racism and its impact on the lives of all people.

The event is open to the public, free of charge.

Hong is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has spent time as a religious educator and young-adult minister in New York and Southern California. Her research interests include de-colonial approaches to worship and critical examination of historical and contemporary forms of evangelism in a multi-religious world, in addition to inter-religious learning, Asian American spiritualities and the spiritual and theological formation of children and adolescents among communities of color.

Prior to joining the Louisville Seminary's faculty in 2015, she served the Presbyterian Mission Agency at the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as an associate for theology: interfaith relations in the theology and worship ministry area. She is also currently co-convener for the National Council of Churches of Christ’s Interreligious Table and the Muslim Christian dialogue.

Hong’s first book, “Identity, Youth and Gender in the Korean American Church,” was released in July, 2015.

Refreshments will be provided by the Hanover Presbyterian Church.

Men's basketball to host NCAA tournament first and second rounds

Team celebrates winning HCAC Tournament title


HANOVER, Ind. – For the first time in its illustrious program history, the Hanover men’s basketball team will host NCAA First and Second Round games inside Collier Arena.

The Panthers earned the final hosting position on the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Selection Show broadcast on Monday afternoon, as they will open tournament play with Westminster (Mo.). The other first round matchup at Hanover will be between Wooster (Ohio) and North Central (Ill.).

The First Round will begin with a 5:30 p.m. tip off with Wooster and North Central playing, as Hanover and Westminster will follow with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Saturday's second round game is set for a 7 p.m. tip.

Hanover earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s automatic bid into the national tournament by winning the league’s tournament title. The Panthers finished the regular season 23-3 overall and their 16-2 HCAC mark was also good enough for the HCAC regular season crown.

This will mark the seventh time Hanover has made an appearance in the NCAA National Tournament, and the first time they will host both the first and second rounds. Hanover has hosted either a first or a second round game in four of their six NCAA Tournament appearances, going 3-1.

The Panthers are back into the national dance for the first time since the 2010-11 season, which saw that team bow out to Hope (Mich.) in the opening round.

Hanover has made it past the second round on two separate occasions, with the last coming in 2005, where they lost in overtime in the Sweet 16. Overall, HC is 5-6 in the NCAA National Tournament.

The tournament page is available on the Hanover men’s basketball tournament home. The webpage will have video and stat links available for all tournament games at Hanover, prices and directions, as well as team and NCAA website links.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's basketball claims program's fourth HCAC tournament title

The team celebrates winning the HCAC Tournament Championship


HANOVER, Ind. – For the first time in more than 10 years, the Hanover men’s basketball team is Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champions, defeating Mount St. Joseph 58-51 at home on Sunday afternoon.

The win secures No. 16 Hanover (22-3) the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament, which will begin next week. The Blue and Red are also the 2016-17 HCAC undisputed champions in men’s basketball, after winning the regular season title with a 16-2 mark in league play.

Hanover’s HCAC Tournament championship is its first since the 2004-05 season, which was also played in Collier Arena. The 2004-05 title capped a three-year run of HC winning the conference tournament title.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned the HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player award, as he recorded 18 points and seven rebounds. Muchmore made 8-of-12 field goals in the contest. The senior hit the game-winner in HC’s semifinal contest against Transylvania as well.

Also earning all-tournament accolades was junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.). McKinney posted a game high 23 points in the win over MSJ, while also grabbing seven rebounds. The junior added 15 points and 14 rebounds in the victory over Transy.

Trailing by two points with just under 6:38 remaining, Hanover secured the automatic bid by outscoring the Lions (20-7) 13-4 down the stretch. McKinney drained two three pointers in the late run by HC.

Hanover had just seven players appear in the contest, with only six finding the scoring column. Muchmore and McKinney combined for over 70 percent of the team’s scoring, totaling 41 of HC’s 58 points.

Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) recorded nine points, while juniors Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) and Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied for the team high in assists with three each. Smith also recorded a team high 10 rebounds.

Both teams started off hot offensively, combining to make the first five shot attempts in the game. Hanover made its first three tries from the floor to lead 7-4. The first half, and the game overall, was played within a tightly contested window, as there were a total of 10 ties and 10 lead changes.

Muchmore had the final bucket of the first half with 35 seconds remaining, giving HC a 28-27 edge at the intermission. The Lions largest lead of the game, five points, came in the first 20 minutes of play.

The first 14 minutes of the second half were played within a five-point window, with HC’s largest advantage being three points and MSJ’s being two points. Overall, the Panthers largest lead was seven points.

Hanover and MSJ were nearly identical in terms of shooting percentages, with the Panthers holding a slight 40-37 edge in overall field goal percentage. Both sides made exactly 20 field goal attempts and five shots from behind the arc. The real difference came at the foul line, where HC was 13-of-19, while the Lions went 6-of-7.

The conference championship marks Hanover’s fourth HCAC Tournament title since the conference realigned and renamed in the 1998-99 season. The Blue and Red will also be making their seventh NCAA National Tournament appearance.

The Panthers will wait to see who their opponent will be and if they are fortunate enough to host the opening two rounds, as the NCAA Selection Show is set for 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27.

HCAC Championship Graphic

Contact: Tyler Jester

Chapman to examine Indiana’s natural history and conservation

Cliff Chapman, executive director of the Central Indiana Land Trust, will discuss Indiana’s natural history and conservation efforts through the past 50 years during an appearance on campus Friday, March 10.

Cliff Chapman conservationist

The lecture, “Saving the Best, to Last,” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Science Center, room 137. It is open to the public, free of charge.

Chapman has worked in the field of land conservation since 1997. He has served as an ecologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy in Olympia, Wash. In both areas, he planned, protected, restored and managed natural areas. In addition to his current work with the Central Indiana Land Trust, he serves as president of the board of directors of the Natural Areas Association and is president of the Indiana Land Protection Alliance.

The presentation is made possible through the Hanover Class of 1965 Endowed Lectureship Series and is hosted by the College’s Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Scholars, ENVISION Jefferson County examine local zip-line feasibility

Students in the Hanover College Business Scholars Program are working with ENVISION Jefferson County to determine the feasibility of establishing a zip line in the Madison, Ind., area.

The scholars are conducting research regarding pricing, potential sites and other important factors. As part of this effort, the students seek to gauge local interest and collect opinions through an online survey. The survey is available at and on the ENVISION Jefferson County and the City of Madison Facebook pages.

"We're so pleased that the Business Scholars class has taken on this project," said ENVISION Jefferson County Coordinator Valecia Crisafulli. "Public input will be critical to determining whether or not a zip line is feasible here and will be an important component of a marketing plan going forward."

The feasibility study is being conducted as part of a marketing analytics and strategy course. The project is led by Hanover senior Emily Miller, an economics major from Nashville, Ind., and classmate Evan Miller, a computer science major from Crawfordsville, Ind.

“Hanover’s Business Scholars Program has a great record of partnering with businesses and other organizations in Jefferson County,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “Our students’ work with Envision on the zip-line project is another example of student research making a positive impact on our community.”

ENVISION Jefferson County is a community-driven action plan. Six priority initiatives and 29 projects were outlined in an initial plan to point the way toward a bright and vibrant future for communities in the county. The effort proposes action-based solutions that build on cooperation and forge new partnerships necessary for the realization of the goals.

Acclaimed physicist Michio Kaku appearing March 10

Internationally renowned physicist, best-selling author and acclaimed media figure Michio Kaku will examine “The Future of the Mind,” during a Friday, March 10, appearance as part of the Hanover Enrichment Series.

Physicist Michio Kaku

Kaku’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Hanover College’s Collier Arena. General admission tickets are available for just $10. Seats for high school students and younger are free, but must be reserved through the College’s online ticketing system.

The co-creator of string field theory, a branch of string theory, Kaku continues Albert Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature —strong force, weak force, gravity and electromagnetism — into a single, grand unified theory of everything.

Kaku has starred in numerous television science programs on such networks as Discovery, Science Channel, BBC, ABC and The History Channel. He has been a focal point in the BBC series, “Time” and “Vision of the Future,” as well as The History Channel’s “Universe.”

He is a news contributor to “CBS: This Morning” and a regular guest on news programs around the world including CBS, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and CNN. He has also made guest appearances on talk shows, including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan on TBS” and others.

In addition, he was one of the subjects of Michael Apted’s award-winning documentary, “Me & Isaac Newton.”

Kaku is the author of eight best-selling books, including his most-recent effort, “The Future of the Mind,” which was released in 2014. He has also been a featured columnist for top popular science publications such as Popular Mechanics, Discover, Cosmos, Wired, New Scientist, Newsweek and many others.

He is the author of many advanced-level textbooks and has had more than 70 articles published in physics journals, covering topics such as superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry and hadronic physics.

Kaku hosts two weekly radio programs and podcasts. “Science Fantastic” is a live science radio talk show which airs every Saturday. “Explorations in Science” airs the first, third and fifth Friday of each month with a podcast every Tuesday.

Kaku earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University in 1968, as first in his physics class, and received a doctorate from the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972. In 1973, he held a lectureship at Princeton University.

He currently holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY), where he has taught for more than 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University.

O’Brien Fund Lecture to examine cultural blending in U.S. Southwest
Three Roads to Magdalena book cover

David W. Adams, professor of history emeritus at Cleveland State University, will give Hanover College's Cornelius and Anna Cook O’Brien Lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Adams, a specialist in the history of American Indians, will discuss his most recent book, “Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890-1990.” The publication blends oral and social histories to examine how class, religion, language and race influenced the creation of distinct identities and ethnic boundaries, while also providing opportunities for cross-cultural interactions and intimacies in the American Southwest during the late 19th and 20th centuries.

He is also the author of "Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding-School Experience, 1875-1928," which won the Caughey Western History Association Book Prize in 1996. The award is given annually for the most distinguished book on the history of the American West.

In addition, Adams has published articles in the "Harvard Educational Review," "Pacific Historical Review," "Western Historical Quarterly" and the "History of Education Quarterly." He also was the co-editor of "On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest."

The O'Brien Lecture is open to the public, free of charge.

Van Iten to showcase bead artwork, photography
Tatiana Van Iten beaded necklace

Local artist Tatiana Van Iten will showcase her bead artwork and photography during a presentation at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 16, in the Hanover College Science Center, room 137.

Van Iten will examine the relationships between her bead-based art and themes in nature, literature and film that have provided inspiration for her creations and photography.

The presentation is open to the public, free of charge.

Born and raised in Russia, Van Iten graduated from the Leningrad State University with a master’s degree in photojournalism. She learned bead embroidery and how to spin yarn and knit from her grandmother at age six. She has taught classes at festivals and published instructions in beading magazines and books.

Most of Van Iten’s necklaces are made free-hand with no pattern and many incorporate new techniques. Her unique designs use a variety of materials, including seed beads, freshwater pearls, gemstones, lamp-work glass beads, wood, leather and even fossil specimens.

Her necklace, “Arbel,” was the gold-medal winner in the seed bead category at the 2003-04 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads contest. Since that time, her work has been featured in industry publications, on runways and in shows in Paris, Hiroshima, Kiev, Hamburg and across the U.S.

Van Iten’s necklace, “Hummingbird,” was featured on the cover of “Bead Unique” and she has subsequently published several works in the magazine.

Most recently, her necklace, “The Winds of Winter,” won a blue ribbon at the 2016 International Bead Dreams Contest in Milwaukee, Wis.

Van Iten’s piece, “Daughter of Genghis Khan,” was showcased on the 2005-06 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' best-sellers catalog. In 2006, her necklace, “Forest Dragon’s Tears,” won the grand prize in the wearable art category at the Treasures of Toho Beading Competition in Japan.

Summer online classes enrolling March 20-31

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 is planned for Monday, March 20, through Friday, March 31. 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.

Women's track wins HCAC Indoor Championship for third time in six seasons

Women track and field win conference championship


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the third time in the past six years, the Hanover women’s track and field team has won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championship.

The Panthers, who won back-to-back indoor titles in 2012 and 2013, recorded 130 total points in the 2017 championship event, outlasting host Rose-Hulman and Manchester, who ended up with 126 and 120 points, respectively.

The Panthers’ 130 points marks the highest total for the team since the 2014 indoor championship.

After 10 completed events, Hanover was tied in the team scoring with Rose-Hulman, and after 15 events, the Panthers led the Fightin’ Engineers by eight points.

The championship title came down to the final event of the day - the 4x400-meter relay. The Blue and Red sent out sophomore Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) in the first leg as she gave HC the early advantage. Competing in her final indoor conference championship, senior Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) ran second for HC, keeping the Panthers within the top two as Manchester led heading into the final two legs.

Senior Erika Jervis (Cicero, Ind.) took the handoff from her classmate and sprinted to the front of the pack, handing off to freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) for the final 400 meters. In the biggest race of her collegiate career, Hunter held off a Rose-Hulman runner early and pulled away at the end, securing the event and team championship for Hanover. The 4x400 squad finished in a time of 4:12.35, marking the second-fastest effort in school history.

Burnett also pulled off the only other first-place finish for the women, finishing the 400-meter dash in 1:02.03. Her time set a new personal record, while also moving her into fourth all-time at Hanover. The sophomore also placed fifth in the 200 meters with a personal-best time of 27.40.

Recording a team-high 34 points was senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.). The senior was busy, competing in six events, placing fourth or better on four separate occasions. Hubbard’s best finishes came in the long jump and triple jump, where she placed second in both events. Her long jump distance of 5.42 meters set a new personal record, while her distance of 10.85 meters broke her own school record by nearly two-tenths of a meter.

In the 200 meters, Hanover grabbed the fourth, fifth and sixth spots. Freshman Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) paced the Panther runners with a personal-best time of 27.39 seconds, moving her into fourth in program history. Henderson also improved on her already top-five 60-meter dash time, finishing in 8.20 seconds to place fourth.

Henderson, along with Burnett and Hunter, teamed with freshman Kara Beasley (Mooresville, Ind.) to run in the 4x200-meter relay. The all-underclassman group placed second in the meet, crossing the finish line in 1:49.85 - the second fastest time in school history.

The 60-meter hurdles also saw three Panthers score, including Hubbard, whose time of 9.56 seconds was good enough for third overall and third in school history. Beasley and classmate Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Two women’s pole vaulters logged a height of 3.24 meters, placing fourth and fifth in the event. Sophomore Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) won the tiebreaker against classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) to pick up the fourth-place finish, as the 3.24-meter vault set her new career record.

Freshman Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) competed in her first conference championship, placing seventh in the shot put. Her throw of 11.02 meters is the second-longest mark in school history.

Hanover will continue the 2017 indoor slate with its first of two last-chance meets next Saturday, Feb. 25, at Anderson.

Championship Graphic

Contact: Tyler Jester