DeWine honored for commitment to the arts

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

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

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

HCAC to host Unified Bowling Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top awards given at Honors Convocation

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

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

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

Serving as professor of philosophy since 1993, Johnson earned the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award, established by the College in 1969. A ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes selects the award recipient. To be eligible, a faculty member must be in at least the fourth year of teaching at the College. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

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

Altermatt, who serves as associate professor of psychology, earned the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. The award, established in 2011, re-named in honor of the biology professor who died in 2011, recognizes sustained scholarly or creative achievement. Faculty members nominate colleagues for the award, which are sent to three judges at liberal arts colleges similar to Hanover. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Letter on Religious Freedom Restoration Act

I cannot know the motivations of the groups who supported, the legislators who passed, and the governor who recently signed into Indiana law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). And I cannot be certain of all of the consequences, predicted or threatened, that are likely to follow from legislation that has provoked such a stream of disappointment and anger. But, I can point to consequences that are an affront to everything that Hanover College stands for as an institution of higher education.

Whether intended in its origins or not the Religious Freedom Restoration Act can have the effect of legitimizing acts of discrimination against other individuals, fellow citizens and visitors alike. Regardless of whether such actions occur, the legislation aligns the power of the state with attitudes of prejudice, discrimination, intolerance, incivility and an acceptance of inequality that are injurious, even poisonous, to the interests of Indiana's educational, civic, commercial and religious institutions.

As President of Hanover College, I ask that Governor Pence honor the values of his alma mater. At Hanover College we celebrate inclusion, acceptance and openness to all persons. We do this not only because it represents the very best of what it means to be a Hoosier, but also because it is morally the right thing to do.

We also ask that Governor Pence work generously and meaningfully to ensure the freedoms and the dignity of all individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Sue DeWine
Hanover College

Ten-minute plays highlight student talent

In one of the Hanover College Theatre’s most popular annual presentations, ten 10-minute plays written by students from the fall play-writing class will receive simple but entertaining and imaginative staging by students in the winter directing class.

The performances takes place Friday through Sunday, March 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. at The Other Place, the theatre’s current home, formerly known as Donner Lecture Hall.

These short plays feature an array of plots and styles, as follows:

“A Spoonful of Sugar,” written by Summer Kennedy; directed by Jackson Pollock. At their father’s graveside, two grown sons and their mother confront previously unspoken truths.

“Down in the Dumps,” written by Jackson Pollock; directed by Summer Kennedy. In a Kafka-esque nightmare, a woman and a homeless man terrorize her husband.

“Upper Level Needs,” written by Jackson Pollock; directed by Kim Reeves. Deadly truths emerge as her grown children help their mother re-live her past.

“Ted’s Tacco Truck,” written by Liz Rheinhold; directed by Taryn Mayer. Figures from Greek mythology visit a young man and reveal unwelcome news — or is it all just indigestion?

“Package Deal,” written by Cassandra Schueler; directed by Han Zaw. A divorced couple attempt to work out shared custody of their daughter.

“The Meeting,” written by Shawn Franklin; directed by Cassandra Schueler. Getting called into the principal is never a good thing, but these parents would have never guessed this reason!

“Marvelous Muldoons,” written by Keegan Burton; directed by Korby Reed. In this spoof of TV sitcoms, Mom & Dad try to get their teenage tomboy daughter ready for a date.

“Grab It,” written by Mary Berringer; directed by Josh Anderson. Aided and abetted by two weird angels, a boy puts the moves on his movie date.

“Bitter Sweets,” written by Jake Huff; directed by Caleb Beidelman. Two cops and their informant trade information and animal masks.

“Waiting on a Train,” written by Korby Reed; directed by Shawn Franklin. Ordinary Oliver has the most interesting train ride of his life as he meets some odd people who tempt him to experience new things.

Viewer discretion is advised for adult language and situations.
Admission is free, but seating is limited to 100 and there are only two showings; advance reservations are highly recommended by calling the campus box office at 812-866-7110.

The Other Space is located on College Avenue between Donner and Ide dormitories, across from the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house. Parking is in the lot by the Administration Building. Look for prominent signage.

Hanover-DePauw to meet in NCAA tourney

The Hanover College women’s basketball team will face DePauw University in the opening round of the 64-team NCAA III tournament. The Panthers and Tigers will battle at 7 p.m., Friday, March 6, in Greencastle, Ind.

Tickets will cost $6 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Cash-only sales begin at 4 p.m.

A live radio broadcast will air in southeastern Indiana and north-central Kentucky on 95.3 WIKI. The game, with Larry Duke behind the microphone, will also be carried online at

Video / Statistics / Radio / Game Program / Tourney Site

Hanover, making its fourth national tournament appearance (1997, 2011, 2013), has a 19-8 overall record. The Panthers captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s tournament championship with 106-98 win against No. 1 seed Transylvania University (Ky.). The squad placed second in the HCAC during the regular season with a 13-5 mark.

Hanover is led by senior forward Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) and senior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.). Caudill posts 14.4 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. Hopkins leads the squad with 14.6 points and 3.6 steals per outing.

DePauw, a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, is making its 12th consecutive appearance in the national tournament and 16th overall. The Tigers won NCAA championships in 2007 and 2013.

DePauw, ranked eighth in the nation, is 24-2 overall. The squad won 21 consecutive games before falling to Ohio Wesleyan University, 72-65, in the semifinals of the NCAC tournament. The squad earned the league’s regular-season title with a 16-0 mark.

The Tigers are led in scoring by senior guards Savannah Trees and Emma Ondik. Trees leads the team with 16.0 points per contest, while Ondik adds 11.7 points per game.

Junior forward Abby Keller lends a team-best 7.3 rebounds per outing,

Maryville College (Tenn.) will face John Carroll University (Ohio) in the bracket’s opening contest. The game will start at 5 p.m., March 6.

Maryville, a member of the USA South Athletic Conference, is making its 21st appearance in the NCAA tournament field. The Scots have a 25-3 record this season and enter ranked 15th in the nation. The squad posted a 15-1 mark to claim the USA South’s regular-season crown, but lost at home to Greensboro College (N.C.), 69-66, in the conference tournament’s title game.

Junior guard Mackenzie Puckett leads Maryville with 13.9 points per outing. Freshman center Rachel Hawn posts a team-best 5.3 rebounds per game.

John Carroll, ranked No. 24 in the country, enters the NCAA tourney with a 22-4 overall record. The Blue Streaks, in the event for the second straight year, finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 15-3 mark.

Sophomore guard Katlyn Spahar and senior guard Beth Spitzler lead John Carroll’s attack. Spahar ranks first in the OAC with 20.0 points per game and adds 6.9 rebounds per contest. Spitzler lends 12.5 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds per game.

The Hanover/DePauw and Maryville/John Carroll winners will meet at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7, in the second round.

NCAA III championship tournament bracket


High school students to experience the arts first hand

High school students interested in experiencing the arts first hand can do so at an open house at Hanover College, Saturday, March 14. Professors from the theatre, art and music departments, along with current students and alumni, will be present for the event. Prospective students may also earn course credit for their accomplishments. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Details for each department are as follows:

  • Theatre: Students will hear from a panel of current theatre students, work with faculty in creative dramatics, and meet alumnus John Resig '01, actor in the HBO series "True Blood" and co-founder of theCHIVE, a photo website. Participation in this event will determine if students can earn a course credit valued at more than $3,000 per course.
  • Art: Students have the opportunity to meet and work with current Hanover art students and have individual portfolio reviews with our studio art faculty. Portfolio reviews will determine if you earn a course credit at Hanover valued at more than $3,000 per course.
  • Instrumental Music: Instrumental professors will be available for questions and departmental tours.
  • Choral Music: Students will meet with our choral director and participate in group or individual choral workshops.

Students should RSVP by contacting Barb Sims at or by phone at (812) 866-6700 by March 10, indicating which which open house they would like to attend.

Science Center, museum to host open house

The Hanover College Science Center and natural history museum will host an open house Saturday, March 7. The facility will be open from 10 a.m-2 p.m., free of charge.

Select classrooms and laboratories will be open for viewing. Interactive demonstrations, featuring Hanover faculty and students, will highlight the event.

The College’s natural history museum contains a wide range of objects throughout the facility. Displays include a massive prehistoric titanothere skull, wooly mammoth tusks and dinosaur eggs, as well as bird, tortoise and bison fossils.

A large collection of minerals and stones, coral specimens and shells from the world’s beaches, as well as Native American arrowheads, spear points and tools, line the hallways. Also featured are mounted mammals, reptiles and birds, and an extensive butterfly collection.

Demonstrations for the day are as follows:

Brian Gall: “Don’t Hate Us Because We’re Slimy,” Rm. 209 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Glene Mynhardt: “Got Bugs?” Rm. 216, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Pamela Pretorius: “DNA Around Us,” Rm. 215,10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Steve Boone: chemistry demonstration, Rm. 239, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Ken Bevis: “I’ll Let The Pictures Do The Talking: The Art of Geology,” Rm. 136, 10 a.m., noon
Susanne McDowell: “Trashcano” volcano demonstration, Rm. 347, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Pete Worcester: GIS demonstration, Rm. 348, noon — 2 p.m.
Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology:
Lindsay Cook: Human Simulator demonstration, SC 132, 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m.
Bill Tereshko: Body Composition Determination Using the BodPod, Rm. 257, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Greg Robison: physics demonstration, Rm. 250, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
John Krantz: “Do We See The World As It Is?” Rm. 147, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Hanover’s Geology Club will have a table in the lobby. There will also be a free, fact-filled brochure to bring the museum to life for self-guided tours. Guided tours are available for area schools, groups and organizations. Contact Stan Totten ( or Celeste Sutter ( to arrange a tour.

The Buried Life ticks Hanover off its bucket list

The four 20-somethings from MTV’s "The Buried Life" will appear at Hanover College, Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena. They'll share how they rose to fame simply by doing the outrageous things on their bucket list and encouraging others to do the same.

Formed in Canada in 2006, The Buried Life’s Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, and brothers Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn have completed at least 75 of the 100 items on their list, including kissing the Stanley Cup, delivering a baby and standing under a plane while it lands.

Just last week, the boys added and completed another item to their list — having a drink with His Royal Highness Prince Harry!

While on the road, the celebrity glob-trotters also helped strangers accomplish something from their own lists by approaching them to ask the question, “What do YOU want to do before you die?”

In mid-2008, Howard T. Owens, from the MTV band Reveille, helped the team check off number 53, make a TV show, by capturing the four in a reality show in real time with no manipulation and no assistance from MTV, except for cameras rolling.

Over an eight-week period, a grassroots movement grew to more than 1.2 million Facebook fans, more than 150,000 Twitter followers, a following from people in 220 countries and two million views per month on their website. The Buried Life receives between 500-800 messages daily during the show’s seasons, most of which acknowledge that the group and their mission has changed — and in many cases saved — the person’s life.

In 2012, the group accomplished another goal on their list with the release of their New York Times best-selling book “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?”

The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a spot, you must RSVP by March 25 at

Learn more about The Buried Life at their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.