Class of 2017 receives diplomas during 184th commencement

Approximately 250 members of the Class of 2017 received diplomas during Hanover College's 184th Commencement. The event was held Saturday, May 27, at the Point.

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Hanover President Lake Lambert delivered the commencement address and Naren Agarwal, an economics major from Kolkata, India, served as the senior class speaker.

senior speaker Naren Agarwal

Lambert, referencing Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 book, "Where Do We Go From Here?," related, "As an individual, you — our graduates — have before you the choice to make a positive difference in the world, the choice to fashion a life of meaning and purpose in service to others, the choice to nurture bonds of community in multiple settings or the choice to pursue self-interest at all costs, the choice to leave the concerns of community and the world to others, and the choice to deny the entire idea of meaning and purpose in life apart from the acquisition of personal wealth, power, satisfaction and privilege. As a people, our choice may be community or chaos, but as individuals it seems that our choice is between community or nihilism.

Agarwal, using a Rubik's Cube for symbolism, stated "This [cube] represents us, and the six different colors represent six different aspects of our life – physical, personal, social, educational, professional, spiritual. Throughout Hanover’s educational experience, we have gained a deeper understanding of ourselves and have developed an understanding of who we are physically, personally, socially, educationally, professionally, spiritually." He continued, "Now, it is time to go out into the world, enriched by what we have received from this great institution, carrying our own unique patterns and building a beautiful tapestry to share with others."

Steven Jobe, vice president and dean of academic affairs, recognized retiring faculty members Walter Bruyninckx (biology), Steve Ellis (Business Scholars Program) and Margot Tomsen (English).

Mark Levett ’71, chair, offered greetings from the College's Board of Trustees. Dawn Doup-Pandit, a member of Hanover's Class of 1998, welcomed the graduates into the College's alumni association. The Rev. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Hanover’s chaplain, performed the benediction and invocation.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation, members of the College's Class of 1967 led the processional.

The ceremony also featured selections by the Hanover College Choir and the Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble.

During the College's morning baccalaureate service, the Rev. Michael Jinkins, president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary since 2010, delivered the baccalaureate sermon.

Hubbard caps stellar career at NCAA championships

Savannah Hubbard running

GENEVA, Ohio – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) ended her Hanover track and field career as one of the top heptathletes in the country as she scored 4,263 total points at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships Thursday and Friday.

Hubbard began day one of the competition with a 15.73 in the 100 meter hurdles to earn 748 points. She then followed that with a jump of 1.40 meters in the high jump for another 512 points.

In her final two events of the day, Hubbard placed seventh overall in the shot put with a distance of 10.33 meters, good for 551 points, and then ran a 26.88 in the 200-meter dash for 722 points to cap the day with 2,533 total points.

The long jump was the first event of day two. Hubbard’s best jump of 5.30 meters was tied for the sixth best jump of the day and earned her 643 points.

She threw the javelin 31.72 meters, which marked her second best throw of the year, and then finished the day, and her collegiate career, with a time of 2:39.58 in the 800-meter dash.

Hubbard’s two-day total put her 19th overall in the nation capping an outstanding four-year track and field career in which she became the first-ever Hanover athlete to qualify for the National Championships in both indoor and outdoor seasons.




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Contact: Mike Pritchard

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
SUMMER TERM IIWednesday, July 12-Tuesday, August 15
EDU 356: Learning Environments & TransitionsInstructor: Dustin BaileyOpen to Indiana residents interested in additional certification


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

PSY 111: Basic Principles of Psychology

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

Swimming to return as intercollegiate sport

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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.

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.

Film festival to feature student work, local documentaries
Film festival flyer

Hanover Goes Hollywood Documentary Film Festival, spotlighting local events and organizations, will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the Ohio Theatre in Madison, Ind. The public is invited and admission to the festival is free.

The event, sponsored by the Hanover College Student Broadcasting Association, will feature three headlining documentaries. Following the screenings, a brief question-and-answer session will be held with the various filmmakers.

See the county come together to reject hate and display unity and love in the short film, “Triple K: A County United.” In the work, Hanover junior Carson Bailey takes viewers to the middle of the action as Jefferson County community members respond to the Sept. 24, 2016, Ku Klux Klan rally in Madison, Ind.

“Faith in Friendship: The Ulster Project,” a travel and educational documentary, follows the journey of a group of Hanover students as they explore Northern Ireland and learn about the Ulster Project, a peace and reconciliation program.

Directed and produced by Elizabeth Winters, assistant professor of communication, the film seeks to foster understanding by bringing Catholic and Protestant teenagers to the U.S. for an intensive month of community service, discovery sessions, worship and social activities. For many of these teens, their participation in the Ulster Project marks their first time to meet kids from “the other side” of their nation's sectarian divide.

“Rounding First: 25 Years of Wiffleball” is a sports documentary that briefly surveys the history of Hanover’s annual month-long Lambda Chi Alpha Wiffleball Tournament. Written, directed, and produced by three senior members of the fraternity, the film follows two Hanover wiffleball hopefuls as they attempt to uncover the magic that makes the tournament significant to the students and alumni of Hanover College, as well as the hungry families who are benefitted by the charity event.

Hanover Goes Hollywood will also include additional short documentary pieces screened throughout the night, including: “Mad About Madison,” a promotional video that celebrates local businesses; an informational video about how indoor track and field events differ from the outdoor versions in the sports, a promotional video for women’s lacrosse and even a television sitcom pilot.

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

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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

Lambert's class tours South to examine life, legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. leads protest march

Hanover College President Lake Lambert will lead a nine-day spring-term course trip through the South to examine the life, ministry and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Four days of the excursion will be spent in the Mississippi Delta.

The trip, spanning May 12-20, will delve into the personal, social and theological influences on King’s leadership, theology and ministry, as well as the history and foundations of the modern civil rights movement. The group will travel to related sites and museums in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. The students will also participate in a community-service project in Clarksdale, Miss.

Lambert, in his second year as Hanover’s president, also serves as professor of theological studies at the College and has a personal interest in King’s life. He previously worked for the National Park Service doing research for the Selma-to-Montgomery, Ala., National Historic Trail. He began teaching a course about King while a professor of religion at Wartburg College.

In addition to the classroom aspect of the journey, Hanover alumni, family and friends are invited to join Lambert and the students May 17-20 for discussion and fellowship at a variety of destinations in Memphis, Tenn., and Clarksdale, Miss.

An opening reception will be held, Wednesday, May 17, at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT in the lobby of the famed hotel.

The activities shift to Clarksdale, Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20.

Three featured speakers will highlight lunch at Stone Pony Pizza’s Tack Room May 18. Bill Luckett, mayor of Clarksdale, Brad Fair of the Clarksdale City Council and Amanda Richardson, executive director of the Delta Regional Authority, will address guests during an event that runs from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Later that day, Roger Stolle, owner of Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art, will present an introduction to blues and cultural tourism. The session will run from 3-5:30 p.m. at the New Roxy Theater.

Ellen B. Meacham, an author and University of Mississippi professor, will be the featured speaker during breakfast, Friday, May 19. Meacham will address Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s visit to the Delta 50 years ago. The event will be held at Our Grandma’s Pancake House at 8:30 a.m. The meal will be followed by a visit to the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church from 10:30-noon

The Hanover students will participate in a community-service project from 1-4 p.m. in downtown Clarksdale. Alumni and friends may join the effort or use the time to further explore Clarksdale.

That evening, the Hanover students and guests will attend a fish fry on the banks of the Mississippi River. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

The class will return to Memphis, Saturday, May 20, for its final day of activities. The students and guests will spend the afternoon visiting sites such as the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Levett Career Center dedication held May 5
Marabeth and Mark Levett

The Levett Career Center officially opened after a dedication ceremony was held 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 featured 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 immediately followed the program.

Mark Levett is a retired executive with Cummins, Inc. He has served as chair of the College’s Board of Trustees since 2014. He joined the Hanover board in 1982 and was elected vice-chair in 1998.

The Levetts served as chairs of Hanover's Live Our Loyalty campaign, which raised nearly $55 million in a combination of cash and planned gifts from 2010 to 2014.

The couple resides in Columbus, Ind. They are the parents of three daughters: Amy, Megan and Jennifer, a 1994 Hanover graduate.

Engineering program connects with U.S. Navy “laboratory”

Hanover College engineering students will have access to a unique array of expertise, equipment and projects through a relationship with the U.S. Navy. The College has entered into a five-year educational partnership with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane).

Crane Naval Warfare Center logo

A naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, NSWC Crane serves electronic, engineering and ordnance needs of the U.S. Navy and other military customers. The facility supports functions such as expeditionary, surface and airborne electronic warfare, fleet maintenance and modernization, radar, power and strategic systems, small arms, as well as night-vision and undersea warfare systems.

“There is a clear sense our rising engineering program can only be of the highest quality,” said Leonidas Pantelidis, chair of Hanover’s department of physics & astronomy and acting director of the engineering programs. “There is no better way to excellence other than accessing the best technology and expertise out there. We are excited to be partnering with the U.S. Navy and NSWC Crane.”

The partnership was created to encourage interest in science, mathematics and engineering and presents a vast array of opportunities for Hanover’s students. The College’s scholars will have access to NSWC Crane’s wide variety of scientific personnel and skills, specialized equipment and computer software.

NSWC Crane personnel will be available to aid Hanover’s engineering program in the development and teaching of science courses and materials, while also providing mentorships and career advice. Students will also have access to tours, demonstrations, experiments, research projects and potential employment at the base.

Located 25 miles southwest of Bloomington, Ind., NSWC Crane was established in 1941 for the production, testing and storage of ordnance. The operation is the third-largest naval installation in the world by geographic area and, with more than 3,000 employees, is the largest employer in southern Indiana.

College to host NEXT IN Campfires event May 3
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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.