Rogers Peace and Social Justice Forum to examine systematic racism
Christine Hong theologian

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.

Six Hanover alumni receive achievement awards

Alumni Achievement Awards and Distinguished Young Alumni Awards were presented to six Hanover College graduates during a March 18 event in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center. The honors, presented annually, recognize Hanoverians who have distinguished themselves in their profession and through service to their community or the College.

Dr. Joe Beardsley ’72, Julia Irwin Richter ’65 and Sue Seifert Williams ’65 each received the Alumni Achievement Award. Brian Michitti ’05, Katie Miltner ’02 and Catherine Peel ’01 were each presented with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

2017 Hanover Alumni Achievement Award recipients

Beardsley is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. After working for two years in Cincinnati, Ohio, he moved his private practice to the greater Indianapolis area in 1982. He has served the Franklin, Greenwood and Beech Grove, Ind. areas for more than 30 years.

He has been active with the United Way of Johnson County (Ind.) and the American Cancer Society. He also served on the Franklin Park Board and was a member of the committee for a healthier Johnson County.

Beardsley, who lives in Waverly, Ind., has hosted a chili supper for his Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers (1970-74) for more than 40 years.

Richter is a retired elementary school teacher with a lengthy history of community service. She was founder of the Conner Prairie Alliance, which has raised more than $1 million to support the Conner Prairie Living History Museum, and the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana’s Wells Tutoring Program, which helped children learn to read and build academic skills.

Richter, who resides in Fishers, Ind., has a long association with the Indiana branch of the International Dyslexia Association State Conference. She also has served such organizations as the Junior League of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, U.S. Figure Skating National Championships and Orchard Parents Association Board.

Williams was president of WJDR, Enterprises, Inc., and worked as a stockbroker, business owner and middle-school teacher. She has an extensive history of community and charity involvement in central Florida and Dayton, Ohio.

Williams, from Clearwater Beach, Fla., serves on the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Florida Wildlife Corridor boards of directors. She has previously been a board member for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Dayton Public Radio, Woodland Arboretum Foundation, Cox Arboretum, Antioch University and St. Paul’s College.

She has past involvement with The Dayton Foundation, Garden Club of America, Women of United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Dayton Black Cultural Festival, Opera Association of Dayton and many others.

Michitti, a senior media consultant with Sedo in Cologne, Germany, has worked internationally in the internet industry for more than 10 years. He has been in face-to-face meetings with the leaders of seven nations, including prime ministers, premiers and presidents, and has closed many top deals within the field.

Michitti has played American football professionally in Germany for eight seasons. He holds the single-season record for interceptions in Germany’s highest league. In addition, he joined the Italian national team and competed in an international tournament last September.

He also serves SOS Kinderdorf, a community service foundation for an orphanage, and contributes regularly to a local animal shelter.

Miltner, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a law clerk in the U.S. District Court. She has drafted hundreds of published opinions, including work on Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case which guaranteed the fundamental right to marry for same-sex couples.

In 2008, Miltner earned the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys Under 40. She co-founded “5 for the Kids,” a five-kilometer race which has raised funds to benefit CARE House, a children’s advocacy center.

In 2014, she founded the Hamilton County Youth Court, a diversion program for first-time teen offenders. She received the Cincinnati Bar Association’s “Voice-Rising Star Award” for her work with the program in 2015.

Peel promotes courses and residential programs as international education and development executive at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

She helped establish Shakespeare's Birthplace America, designed to help Americans connect with Shakespeare’s life, works and times, and leads the growth of its partnerships and programs in the U.S.

Peel, who completed two master’s degrees at the Shakespeare Institute, has directed Shakespeare's plays in England, Germany, Russia, Spain and the U.S., and conducted workshops and lectures in Japan and South Korea. She is a board member of the Garden of Geniuses Festival and has directed four productions at the event in Yasnaya Polyana, Moscow and Tula, Russia.

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.

Darrell Scott concert and workshop part of RiverRoots' series

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Darrell Scott will perform Friday, March 24, in Hanover College's Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is part of the local RiverRoots Music Series.

General admission tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Hanover students may purchase seats for $10 with a valid ID.

In addition to the live performance, Scott will also conduct a workshop at the College's Shoebox prior to the concert. Admission to this intimate event, which begins at 4 p.m., is free with an online workshop ticket.

Multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott

Scott, a multi-instrumental performer, combines elements of country, jazz, folk, blues and gospel. He has released more than 10 albums since his debut “Aloha from Nashville” in 1997.

He earned the Independent Music Awards’ best country album award in 2011 with “A Crooked Road.” He captured the Americana Music Association’s song of the year in 2007 with “Hank Williams’ Ghost" and, in 2005, won the Independent Music Awards’ album of the year with “Theatre of the Unheard.”

Scott was invited to join rock legend Robert Plant’s revitalization of Band of Joy and played mandolin, guitar, accordion, lap-steel guitar and banjo with the group for nearly two years. The effort yielded one of Rolling Stone magazine’s top-30 albums of 2010.

In addition to Scott’s prowess as a performer and session player, his efforts as a writer and producer have earned collaborations with artists such as Zac Brown Band, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Keb Mo, Del McCoury, Sam Bush and Dixie Chicks.

Maria Carrelli, a country-folk musician from Cincinnati, Ohio, will be the opening act.

The RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival will be held May 19-20, 2017, at Bicentennial Park in Madison, Ind.

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.

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.
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.

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.

80th Honors Convocation slated for April 13

Hanover College will host its 80th-annual Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 13, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The program will begin at 3 p.m.

The event, featuring the senior class and faculty in full academic regalia, honors the College’s best and brightest students and faculty with an array of accolades for academic achievement, including departmental honors and national honor society inductions, as well as awards for campus leadership and outstanding teaching.

Hanover academic seal

The ceremony includes more than 50 awards and will culminate with the presentation of four major honors.

The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence and the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence will be presented to exceptional students. The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award and the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity will be presented to recognize the efforts of deserving faculty members.

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.

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 Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award was 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.

The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, established in 2011, was re-named in honor of the biology professor who died in 2011. The award 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.

Hanover’s Class of 2017 will graduate Saturday, May 27. The commencement ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at The Point.

Magical season ends for No. 12 Panthers in NCAA Sectional Championship

Corey Muchmore spins around Augustana defender


HOLLAND, Mich. – A magical and historical season came to an end for the No. 12 Hanover men’s basketball team on Friday night, as they fell to Augustana (Ill.) 77-64 in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

The Panthers conclude the season at 26-4 overall, posting one of the top five seasons, based on record, since the end of World War II. Hanover also advance to its first ever NCAA Tournament Sectional Round Championship after winning three games in national postseason play.

In what would be his final game with the Blue and Red, senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) left it all on the court, posting a team high 22 points and nine rebounds. Muchmore made his first nine field goal attempts and finished the contest 10-of-14.

Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.), who hit the game-winner in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, added 20 points and eight rebounds, making 7-of-13 field goal tries. Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) led the team with three assists, while pitching in with nine points.

Doing most of his offensive damage at the charity stripe, junior Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) totaled eight points, while tying Muchmore for the team high in rebounds with nine. Smith made 5-of-8 attempts at the foul line.

After a contest on Friday night, which drained every ounce of energy and emotion out of the HC players, the Panthers were unable to make that final run on Saturday that they have become known for all season long.

After falling behind by as many as 14 points in the second half, it appeared as though the Blue and Red were going to pull off another come-from-behind victory, as they rallied to close the gap to just six points, 66-60, with 3:42 remaining in the contest.

The deficit quickly ballooned back to double figures, and the closest HC was able to get was nine points, at 73-64 with just under one minutes remaining.

Hanover had its second worst shooting performance of the season, and its lowest field goal percentage since the calendar turned to 2017, making just 22-of-57 attempts (.386). The team also struggled at the foul line, going 15-for-29, a .517 shooting clip.

Rebounds also proved to be a deciding factor in the contest as, Augustana (23-8) held a 48-35 edge on the glass. Both sides grabbed double-digit offensive rebounds, with the Vikings holding a 13-10 advantage in second chance points.

The Panthers received a layup from Muchmore on their opening possession of the game, taking their lone lead of the game at the 19:23 mark of the first half.

Augustana extended its first half lead to as many as nine points on multiple occasions, but HC was able to pull within seven at halftime, 40-33.

The memorable season ends in a place Hanover has never been, the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Stay tuned for a more in-depth season recap in the coming days.

Contact: Tyler Jester