Hanover student's adventure in Turkey

After spending some of her growing up years in Germany and Egypt, Miriam Cahill was no stranger to foreign lands or cultures before she spent a semester abroad in Istanbul, Turkey.

But the 21-year-old junior from Richmond, Ky.,who studied at Bogazici University last September through December, said living and interacting with people from all around the world gave her a deeper and better understanding of them – and of her home.

A real education was in the details of daily living: She paid for drinking water. She relaxed her relationship with time – noon class started at 12:10; everyone took time to drink tea. She appreciated the standard greeting of pressing face cheek to face cheek. (Once, when she was home, she caught herself almost pinching the cheeks of someone, a commonplace show of affection in Turkey but not so much at Hanover.) She benefited from the kindness of strangers throughout her stay.

Hearing some of the campaign talk about Muslims at home has been tough to hear, she said. She recalls a Muslim man who offered to help her find her way somewhere, putting her on the right bus and riding on the bus with her. He told her the Quran teaches to help people who are lost.

Similarly, Cahill knew she embodied the U.S. for some people she met, and “how things rest on you” as an international student.

She would love to go back.

But maybe next time with a supply of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolates: She missed Smores.

See photos of the places Miriam visited on flickr.

Marty Garvin Deputy '61 begins scholarship to continue legacy of helping refugees

They call her “Mom.”

Fleeing for their lives from dictatorships, genocide and civil wars, refugees began arriving in Bowling Green in the late 1970s as Marty Garvin Deputy '61 held open the door.

Shaken by the stories of the killing fields in Cambodia, where more than a million Cambodians died during the regime of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979 following the country’s civil war, Deputy opened her heart, her home and the city of Bowling Green to begin taking in refugees – first as a volunteer and later as the executive director of the International Center, one of Kentucky’s refugee resettlement agencies, a job she held until her retirement in 2006. Hundreds of those she helped show their gratitude and respect by calling her “Mom.”

Through her life’s work, Deputy and the organization she started have helped more than 10,000 refugees resettle in the United States. As part of her legacy, Deputy and her husband, Kenneth, recently made a sizable donation to The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky to start the Martha Ann Deputy Scholarship Fund to help international refugees and/or their descendants pay for college or technical school. The award will be based on financial need and merit. The students must be graduating high school students living in Bowling Green or Warren County and attending a college or technical school full time.

Brother carries younger brother to safety

Thourn Deputy Sun of Cincinnati was one of two brothers who barely escaped death in Cambodia and were the first refugees the Deputys sponsored to move to the United States. They arrived in 1979. Sun and his brother Bouray Sun lived with the Deputy family through the early 1980s.

“I’m the first Cambodian to come to Bowling Green, Kentucky,” Sun said.

“She teach me how to fit in in this society,” he said about Marty Deputy. “I come from a totally different background. She teach me everything. She told me when to shake hand, shake hands firm and make eye contact. She teach me about everything. My dad (Kenneth Deputy) teach how to open a door for a lady when you go to restaurant. On the weekend he would take me out to the farm building fences and cutting hay on the farm. They brought me up and how to eat American food.

“Almost everything, the way I am today, is what they taught me,” he said.

Sun obtained higher education and studied electricity. He now works as a utility building mechanic.

He calls Marty “Mom,” as do hundreds of other refugees in this area. He calls Kenneth Deputy “Dad Deputy.”

Torn away from their birth country by war, Sun and his brother came to the U.S. as teens and didn’t know if anyone in their family survived the war and later the Khmer Rouge. But the Deputys continued searching for them, and 10 years after the Sun brothers arrived, the Deputys found and brought to America 23 members of the Sun brothers’ family.

“That was like the best feeling ever,” Sun said. “I never thought I could reunite with my family again. In 1979, I didn’t know if they were still alive.

“In 1988, Dad Deputy and I went to a (Thailand) refugee camp and brought them over here,” Sun said.

The Deputys are “a very strong Mom and a Dad. They are well educated people. They have got a good principle to live by. They encourage me to go to school. They encourage my wife to go to school. They encourage us to do good,” he said.

He and his brother are both American citizens.

“When you work hard in this country, you are rewarded,” Sun said. “That’s what I love so much about this country. Anybody can make it if you work hard.”

Sun and his brother escaped Cambodia on the night Sun was to be killed, he said. While making their escape in the dark of night Sun’s brother was injured by a land mine, and Sun carried him on his shoulders across a river into Thailand, he said.

‘On a list to be slaughtered’

Amadu Bah, a Liberian by birth and an American citizen by choice, fled civil war in Liberia with his wife, Esther, where Bah was part of the hunted Mandingo ethnic group. Their journey first took them to the Ivory Coast, where they lived for 14 years from 1990 until May 19, 2004, when they moved to Bowling Green with the assistance of Marty Deputy.

“I was part of the group that was hunted and on a list to be slaughtered,” Bah said.

But even though he fled Liberia, he also was not safe in the Ivory Coast, he said.

In 2004, Bah, his wife and their children settled here. Their youngest child was born in the U.S.

Like so many others who came to Bowling Green before him, Bah calls Marty “Mom.”

“She is like a mother to us,” Bah said. “Without her, things were going to be more difficult than it is. Whatever we need, like a job, Marty would do her personal best to see to it we found a job.

“She helped us in many ways, helping us to integrate into society, helping with housing. She help us get our documents. For me, Marty Deputy been like a mother to me because she has been very helpful. Whatever we need we go to her. She welcome us and give us advice or anything.

“She gave us something much better than money. She helped us integrate. She represents everything for us here. Even after she retired, she was still helping us,” Bah said.

Bah entered the U.S. with the clothes on his back and is grateful to be alive and free.

“When Marty saw that we not have clothes, she make arrangements to give us clothes, so much clothes that we still use them. We still have them. They even gave me a car. You have to have a car to go to work. The International Center did well for me.

“I am not the only one,” he said. “I saw what she did for other people, too. Marty was not the kind of person who picked and chooses. She didn’t help me because she loved me or loved my wife (more than anyone else.) Marty loves everybody.

“We call her Mom.I am extremely grateful for Marty and for the United States of America. I am extremely grateful.

“It’s excellent,” Bah said of life in America. “We enjoy total freedom and peace, no harassment and no intimidation. As long as you respect the law of the country ... then you don’t have no problems. You are not harassed. You are not intimated. You are free.”

Bah and his wife are both American citizens.

Escaping death

Tatiana Ponomarenko fled her home in Azerbaijan in 1989 after a civil war broke out.

Ponomarenko’s maternal Armenian lineage would have likely resulted in her death had she stayed in Azerbaijan, she said. It was a time of “massacre.”

She escaped to Moscow, and on Dec. 4, 1990, with her mother and 10-year-old son, the three flew from Russia to Nashville.

“We were free. We were not afraid of anybody or anything. We just wanted to get here. We did not expect much help or anything, just to come here. We were happy we made it,” she said.

Ponomarenko remembers other refugees who lived in Bowling Green at the time came to pick her up at Nashville International Airport. For their first three nights in the U.S., the three slept at the Deputys’ home before staying at another person’s home for three weeks until getting their own apartment.

Ponomarenko eventually obtained a Realtor’s license and bought a home. Her son is grown now, graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average from Western Kentucky University and now works as a certified public accountant in Nashville. Ponomarenko, having been a chemical engineer in Azerbaijan, understands the importance of an education.

“When we first came, my mom was 72 years old. My son needed to enroll in school,” Ponomarenko said. “I had to take English classes. It was the refugee center who provided everything. We came with $500.

“Everything was very difficult at that time. Having the refugee center was helpful. Everything was provided, and it’s because of Marty.”

Ponomarenko has since her immigration offered her home to refugees just as the Deputy family did for her.

“She’s a wonderful person,” Ponomarenko said. “She has a big heart, and she helps so many people. The refugee center was her baby. It would not exist without her.”

A new life

Hung Trinh, a Bowling Green businessman, fled his native Vietnam to an island in Indonesia before immigrating to the United States in 1980. He first lived in Virginia for three years and moved to Bowling Green in 1983 to reunite with family that Marty Deputy had assisted in moving here prior to Trinh’s relocation.

“She helped for housing,” Trinh said. “She helped make a new life in the USA.

“It was a hard time. If we don’t have Mrs. Deputy, we are on our own. It would make a very hard time. She did a great job, not just for me, for everybody. I stayed with her at her office to try to help other people. By that time many refugees were coming to Bowling Green.

“She taught how to live and make a good citizen,” he said.

Trinh has two adult children, the oldest a daughter who is the coordinator for the respiratory department at a local hospital and a son who is a pharmacist. All are American citizens.

“She is like a second mom,” Trinh said.

Trung Trinh, Hung Trinh’s son, said the family is grateful for Deputy’s help.

“We have to give her much credit in terms of when you first come to a new country everything is a culture shock. You have to adjust to a new way of life. It’s always beneficial to have that one person who would be a family support that keeps the foundation as you transition to a new country.

“She provided comfort, someone who is there to guide and to lead. We’ve always been driven to work hard and to succeed in life. It does help tremendously when you have someone there as a sponsor that offers you the necessities that you need to adjust well in a new country,” Trung Trinh said.

From ground zero to success

Nina Doan, a Warren County Public Schools teacher, emigrated from Vietnam with her mother, an aunt and an uncle in 1989.

“We were sponsored by (Marty Deputy) in 1989. My mother was pregnant with me. I was actually born on the way here. I was born in Indonesia. She was on a boat for at least a week. Mostly, I think she just wanted a better life over here for me. She knew if we were in Vietnam my future would not be as fortunate as I am right now.”

Doan was 11 months old when her mother brought her to the U.S.

Marty helped Doan’s family find a place to live, helped her mom find a job and helped get Doan enrolled in preschool. When Doan was in the third grade, she found a note Marty had written to her mother. In the note, Marty promised to see to it that Doan would be placed in the best school and receive the best education.

“It’s made a humongous impact in my life,” Doan said. “Now, I’m actually a teacher. I told her on New Year’s Day ‘I still remember that note, and you are a humongous reason why I am a teacher.’ She has sponsored so many families, hundreds and thousands of families.

“She did pretty much everything to help us get started. We’re all successful,” Doan said.

Her mom, aunt and uncle all opened businesses.

“It’s just amazing when we’re going from ground zero to being successful business owners,” Doan said.

If not for Marty Deputy, Doan, who is now an American citizen, doesn’t know where she would be now.

“I think we would still be in Vietnam,” she said. “We might not even be alive. I know that I wouldn’t have an education. I wouldn’t have a car to drive. I would probably be working a field still in Vietnam. One thing I know for sure, my future would not have been this bright if it wasn’t for her.

“Everybody in the Vietnamese and Cambodian communities call her ‘mom.’

“She was our mom when we first came over here. Even if it was 1 or 2 in the morning she was there for us. She would always help us out. We do see her as mom,” Doan said. “She has a golden heart. We love her so much. She is just a true hero. If it wasn’t for her, we would not be where we are today.”

Every New Year’s Day for the last 24 years, many Vietnamese families gather at the Deputy family home on Beech Bend Road. Some people who have moved out of state return to celebrate each New Year with the woman who gave them a new start in a new country.

Continuing the legacy

Marty and Kenneth Deputy wanted to start the scholarship fund for Marty’s legacy of service to immigrants to continue on for many years to come.

Due to illness, Marty Deputy was unable to comment extensively for this story. But she said she plans to award the first scholarship herself this spring.

“She’s seen how some of the refugees have advanced so much and have done so good,” Kenneth Deputy said. “She’s touched so many lives and wants to continue touching lives.”

Four scholarships will be awarded each year through the scholarship fund the couple set up.

“She wanted to do it because even after we’re all gone, she will still be touching and effecting lives. She’s dedicated her life to helping refugees,” he said.

Story and photos courtesy of Bowling Green Daily News and Deborah Highland.

Wichelns returns to address poverty, food security

Poverty and food security impair the lives of nearly two billion people worldwide. Renowned agricultural and natural resource economist Dennis Wichelns will address the impact of these on-going crises in Asia and Africa during a public presentation, Monday, Jan. 18, on the Hanover College campus.

Wichelns, a senior research fellow with the Stockholm Environment Institute, will present “Reducing Poverty and Improving Food Security in Asia and Africa, while also adapting to Climate Change.” The appearance, open to the public free of charge, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Science Center, room 137.

Wichelns has worked in numerous countries, including the U.S., China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. He currently works on issues pertaining to climate change, agriculture, livelihoods and food security, with particular emphasis on countries in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River Basin.

Though gains have been made in reducing poverty in China and Southeast Asia, hunger, malnutrition and infant mortality remain major obstacles to human development. Access to affordable food, clean water, sanitation and health care remain inadequate for millions of households in rural and urban areas of developing countries. Climate change adds risk and uncertainty to these endeavors.

Wichelns’ work includes an examination of the impacts of hydropower dam development on villages and households in Laos and Vietnam. He also studies ways to reduce the negative impacts of rice production in Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar, including methane generation and arsenic uptake.

In addition to his work with the Stockholm Environment Institute, Wichelns has also served as senior research fellow and deputy director for research with the International Water Management Institute, chief economist with the California Water Institute and expert witness in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has held appointments in several universities, including the director of Hanover’s Rivers Institute, and is the editor-in-chief of two scholarly journals: “Agricultural Water Management” and “Water Resources & Rural Development.”

The presentation is sponsored by Hanover College’s environmental science program and physics department, with financial support from the Campus & Community Culture Committee.

Dean's List announced for Fall 2015

It is a pleasure to announce that the following students attained Dean’s List honors for Fall 2015.

Class of 2016

Yuding Ai
Rachel Alvis
Mais Alwan
Evan Anders
Ashlee Arbaugh
Saxton Archer
Christopher Ares
Kyle Babb
Lindsay Beasley
Caleb Beidelman
Nicole Bell
Madelaine Berry
Nicole Blevins
Slaton Blickman
Laura Blodgett
Kay Branham
Cat Brassell
Matthew Brown
Nick Brunner
Lyndsea Burke
Brianna Cherry
Mary Clanton
Megan Collins
Meagan Davenport
Caroline Dearborn
Kaleigh DeBeck
Liz Dessauer
Derek Dozier
John Dunn
Rachel Effinger
Emily Engelking
Emily Evans
Kala Farineau
Joe Feldmann
Alli Ford
Alex Forward
Hanna Foster
Meghan Fox
Shawn Franklin
Gara Gaines
Erica Gansbauer
T. J. Gerking
Ryan Hackbarth
Megan Hackman
Alec Hamaker
Alison Hanlein
Hannah Hart
Rachel Hasewinkel
Cody Hatfield
Will Hawkins
Nicole Hoene
Maggie Huffer
Isaac Huntoon
Mariah Hutchinson
Megan Insley
Kelsey Johnson
Kendra Johnson
Samantha Johnson
Taylor Johnson
Taylor Kashman
Kay Kemp
Caitlyn Kennedy
Stacey Krumpelman
Ben Kugler
Monica Lamirand
Katie Laughlin
Dakota Lawson
Madison Lee
Emily Lessig
Nikki Lewis
Shaina Lin
Alli Lindenschmidt
Sarah Line
Carly McCay
Lauren McCleary
Patricia McCormick
Chelsea McCurdy
Kaitlin McDonald
Abbie McGohon
Megan Meyer
Savannah Mitchell
Kegan Mixdorf
Roxi Morris
Jenna Newton
Courtney Odle
Dani Olson
Kellen Otto
Hannah Palmer
Allison Poston
Meagan Redmon
Wes Rittman
Hannah Rockenbaugh
Jack Schoening
Katie Sharits
Hilary Sheets
Danielle Shipley
Joe Shonle
Cassie Simone
Rachel Smith
Charles Snodgrass
Jaron Stiers
Lauren Streiff
Lindsay Taormina
Hannah Taylor
Kallen Terry
Kiley Thomas
Travis Thompson
Anni Titchenal
Abby Tremain
Lindsay Upchurch
Chen Wang
Mike Wathen
Hannah Wehmeyer
Sara Weir
Kaitlin Welch
Teresa Wiczynski
Shelby Williamson
Justin Winkler
Alex Wiseman
Allison Wolfe
Amanda Wood
Zhuyu Yao

Class of 2017

Kojo Acheampong
Shelby Adams
Rachel Anderson
Adam Anthony
Flavia Barbosa
Carly Bentz
Madeline Bogan
Marguerite Boone
Mattie Borders
Michael Braun
Haley Brown
Hannah Buit
Abigail Carrington
Cameron Childers
Abby Clear
Alex Combs
Madison Conway
Michaela Corbin
Anna Cornacchione
Riki Crowe
Jana Dajani
Taylor Davis
Bekah Dickmander
Ashley Eden
Valdemar Bjoern Engel
Mia Maili Gasakure
Sarah Gawronska
Kelly Gehlbach
Jace Gentil
Brooke Glahn
Ben Hamilton
Lucille Hamon
Celeste Harris
Mackenzie Harvey
Kylie Hawks
Jimmy Hogan
Sydney Hornsby
Savannah Hubbard
Samantha Isaacs
Micayla Jones
Wilda Knecht
Jessie Lamb
Kirby Lantz
Millie Larson
Gaby Leith
Paige Lennartz
Kim Litchfield
Courtney Markland
Taryn Mayer
Samantha McCain
Madeline McElroy
Emily Miller
Evan Miller
Molly Miller
Callie Monce
Allison Mruzek
Kyle Mundon
Caitlin Norman
Eric O’Risky
Deborah Odihi
Marian Orozco
Marie-Ann Prah
Gunnar Ranard
Gabby Ritchey
Olivia Robinett
Naoki Sawahashi
Melissa Schenkel
Katie Schmidt
Cassie Schoborg
Kevin Scholz
Jack Simon
Elaine Simpson
Hannah Slover
Haley Spalding
Mackenzie Spicer
Ivy Stevens
Carrissa Swiger
Layne Taylor
Trent Taylor
Cami Trachtman
Hoang Van
Elizabeth Wagner
Kelsey Watterson
Alex Weeden
Morgan Werner
Haley Witt
Ana Zapata

Class of 2018

Bailey Allen
Daliah Altal
Karen Annese Granger
Zach Barnes
Colleen Beasley
Gianna Bennett
Kelsey Brandvik
Will Bridgeman
Julia Bursova
Nolan Carrico
Cassidy Coates
Dean Collier
Joseph DeLeo
Thomas Doering
Madeline Elkin
Emily Ertel
Joselyn Evans-Bautista
Leah Faber
Alana Feeley
Mallory Fogus
Josh Ford
Bailey Garey
Chyan Gilaspy
Jennifer Gilly
Madison Grimes
Mikhaila Hamilton
Sakib Haque
Katie Hedge
Matt Hedges
Lex Helms
Bennett Hood
Cara Hoskins
Anna Kemple
Joe Korjenek
Kendra Kramer
Katie Lents
Taylor Lineberry
Brett Lowen
Ryan Magruder
Amy Mattson
Wesley McKinney
Caroline Miller
Darien Miller
Tara Nastoff
Elizabeth Nellis
Asumi Oba
Carlo Paini
Joshua Parker
Joe Rector
Mickey Reeves
Matteo Rigoni
Emily Riley
Jake Rugen
Jessica Schonegg
Abby Shroyer
Emelie Stumpf
Immanuel Umoren
Daria Volker
Bryn Wigney
Natalie Williamson
Katie Workman
Jose Zapata

Class of 2019

Holly Alter
Macy Barwick
Maddie Binion
Leah Bontreger
Bridgette Buchanan
Devon Campbell
Marissa Childs
Jennifer Collier
Jordan Craven
Emily Cushman
Abby Daley
Katie Decker
Dominique Depriest
Geneva Dischinger-Smedes
Elizabeth Donaway
Michael Dumaine
Joshua Edwards
Cassidy Evanson
Dorothy Forster
Haley Foster
Andrew Fox
Zach Gabbert
Jonathan Gerth
Hunter Guthrie
Jordan Hartman
Shannon Hawkins
Reilly Hester
Oliver Hollaert
Kenny Jarnagin
Bree Johnson
Emma Jones
Kelsey Kemp
Amber King
Ella Knight
Katie Koopman
Jiayuan Lin
Braydan Luce
Margo Main
Karlie Miller
Isabelle Mitchell
Connor Murphy
Diana Najera
Kylie Nienaber
Jacob Odulio
Oforitsete Ogor
Cori Oney
Tessa Pappas
Lauryn Payne
Roby Pile
Olivia Ramsey
Madeline Rathgeber
Jessica Rieskamp
Carlie Roark
Gabe Rohleder
Allison Smith
Sonia Stanciu
Samuel Stryker
Amanda Stump
Theodore Stumpf
Cierra Thomas
Erin Trimpe
Hannah Turner
Will Werner-Wilson
Theresa Wrynn
Jake Zurshmiede

Sweet Honey in the Rock to perform Jan. 17

Grammy Award-nominated a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform at Hanover, Sunday, Jan. 17. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Sweet Honey in the Rock captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation - with excursions into symphonic and dance theater – to create a unique and moving experience. The quintet’s traditional show integrates some of their most popular songs, along with renditions of classic hits. The group’s blend of songs and genres expresses social commentary and activism in a manner that uplifts the human spirit.

The ensemble has performed for more than 40 years since its founding as a quartet in 1973 at a workshop at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company in Washington, D.C. Original members Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson and Mie drew their name from their first learned song, "Sweet Honey in the Rock," based on a Biblical psalm.

Reagon retired from the group in 2004, but Maillard and Robinson continue the tradition along with current lineup members Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil and Shirley Childress, an American Sign Language interpreter who has been performing live with the group since 1981.

Sweet Honey in the Rock has toured the world many times, including stops in Africa, China, Japan, Australia and numerous European locations. The group has also been the subject of two PBS documentaries, "Gotta Make This Journey" and “Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice”; recorded film soundtracks; received Grammy nominations for children’s albums and were featured on the Grammy-winning records “Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly” and “cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins.”

With respect for its social consciousness, Sweet Honey in the Rock appeared in a 1986 PBS special, “The Dream and the Drum,” on the first national observance of Martin Luther King Day, and in early 2012, performed at the unveiling ceremonies for King’s monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In 2013, the quintet performed at the national memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The group released a two-CD set, “A Tribute – Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center,” in 2013 to pay homage to some of the great female African-American vocalists whose songs helped shape the group, including Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone.

Sweet Honey in the Rock’s latest effort, “#LOVEINEVOLUTION,” is slated to be released Friday, Jan. 22, on Appleseed Recordings. The album features the single, “IDK, But I’m LOL!,” which is now available on Amazon and ITunes.

General admission tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Students will be admitted free of charge with a student-identification card. Tickets are available online at Please call the Hanover College Box Office at (812) 866-7110 for group discounts.

Hanover celebrates successful response to #GivingTuesday

Hanover College’s first annual Day of Giving on Dec. 1, 2015 netted almost $10,000 via online gifts in a 24 hour period!

Donors included alums from class years 1953-2015, parents, faculty, staff and friends. Gift designations included scholarships, athletics, study abroad and academic programming.

#GivingTuesday has become a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thousands of not for profit organizations world-wide participate in Giving Tuesday. Hanover is truly grateful for the response from donors.

If you haven’t already done so, there is still time to make a year-end gift to Hanover. Visit

If you have questions about your year-end gift, please contact Miranda Maxwell at 1-800-213-2179, ext. 7034

Hanover College and the Office of Advancement will be closed from Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, January 3. Offices will reopen on Monday, January 4 at 8 a.m.

Hanover Summer Research Fellows present at symposium

Ten future scientists presented the results of their eight to ten week research projects to an enthusiastic audience of more than 50 faculty, parents, students, alumni and staff at the first annual Summer Research Fellows Symposium held Dec. 5 in the Science Center.

Made possible through the support of alumni donors, Summer Research Fellows design and conduct lab and field studies in their disciplines. Spending the summer months working along-side faculty mentors , the Fellows are able to apply and extend their knowledge, learn research techniques, analyze and interpret data, and acquire the skills and traits of a successful scientist. All Fellows subsequently present to or publish their work for state, regional, national and even global audiences.

Past and present Summer Research Fellows have parlayed their experience into acceptance in rigorous graduate programs, researchand careers.

Summer Research faculty mentors include:

  • Dr. Brian Gall, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Angus Lamar, former Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Glene Mynhardt, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Craig Phillip, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Pamela Pretorius, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Darin Rubin, Professor of Biology

The symposium would not have been possible with the generosity of the following:

  • Michael E. Berend ‘88
  • Phil Bibb ‘63
  • Wade Clapp ’77 and Nancy Swigonski
  • Howard’61 and Irene Fisher
  • Jeff ’97 and Kristi Durst ’98 Goodwin
  • Arvin K. Rao ‘97
  • Paul ’67 and Sharon Malone ’68 Rider
  • Rich ’64 and Sandy Nice ’64 Scamehorn
  • Normund Auzins ’92 and Bonnie Stewart
  • Harold K. Voris ‘62

Student presentations

Amelia L. Smith (Class of 2015; Crestwood, Kentucky)

Kari L. Spivey (Class of 2014; Springfield, Missouri)
With Dr. Brian G. Gall
Complex predator-prey interactions between the Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) and invertebrate and vertebrate prey within their native range

John M. Dunn (Class of 2016; Louisville, Kentucky)
With Dr. Pamela R. Pretorius
A role for pax2e in craniofacial development of zebrafish

Emily K. Lessig (Class of 2016; West Chester, Ohio)
With Dr. Glené Mynhardt and Dr. Darrin Rubino
Diversity of beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera) infesting decaying wood

Evie K. Sehr (Class of 2015; Bedford, Indiana)
With Lindsay N. Beasley, Kurtis W. Wilson, and Dr. Brian G. Gall
Learning potential in Spotted Salamander larvae

Lindsay N. Beasley (Class of 2016; Batavia, Ohio)
With Dr. Glené Mynhardt and Dr. Pamela R. Pretorius
Investigation of generic variation among populations of Dermestes

Rachel E. Turner (Class of 2017; Greendale, Indiana)
With Dr. Darrin L. Rubino
Using tree rings to date an historically erected building in Fountain City, Indiana

Lindsay N. Taormina (Class of 2016; Midland, Pennsylvania)
With Dr. Craig Philipp

Kegan T. Mixdorf (Class of 2016; Zionsville, Indiana)
With Dr. Craig Philipp

Trevor L. Chapman (Class of 2014; Noblesville, Indiana)
With Kari L. Spivey, Jennifer M. Lundergan, Evie K. Sehr, and Dr. Brian G. Gall
Only fear the fatal foe: Predation risk assessment by eastern newts (Notophthalmus) in response to common snapping turtles and other potential predators

Theobald returns to Hanover football sidelines

Hanover College has named Matt Theobald the head coach of its football program. Theobald returns to Hanover’s sidelines after serving as an assistant head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator at Franklin College from 2003-2015.

“We are thrilled to have Matt back at Hanover College as our new coach,” said Athletic Director Lynn Hall. “His experience coaching both offense and defense will be helpful in rebuilding our program.”

While at Franklin, Theobald guided one of the nation’s top-ranked offenses for the past three seasons and previously led the Grizzlies’ stingy defensive unit. During his stint, Franklin posted eight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and eight berths in the NCAA Division III playoffs, including a current string of six in a row.

In addition to the team accomplishments, Theobald also helped produce three Heartland Conference defensive most valuable player award winners, an offensive all-American and three HCAC offensive most valuable player award recipients.

"Thanks for allowing me to come back home," said Theobald while being introduced during halftime of Hanover's men's basketball game. "It has been a long journey. I am happy to be home."

A 1996 Hanover graduate, Theobald was a four-year letterman as a defensive back with the Panthers’ football squad. He helped the program earn back-to-back Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in 1994 and 1995. He also started in the secondary for the team’s 1995 NCAA Division III playoff debut.

After earning a political science degree, Theobald served Hanover’s coaching staff as receivers coach, defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator from 1996-2000.

Theobald left the Panthers to help ignite a successful run at Waynesburg University (Pa.) from 2000-2003. He served as the Yellow Jackets’ special teams coordinator, defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

Theobald and his wife, Jennifer, have three children; Joseph and Eli, and Olivia.

Theobald’s first game as Hanover’s head coach will be Saturday, Sept. 3, on the road against Centre College (Ky.) in Danville, Ky.

Shroyer named all-American

Hanover College sophomore defender Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) has been selected a third-team all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the year, Shroyer anchored the Panthers' defensive unit, which limited opponents to just 7.35 shots and 0.63 goals per contest with 10 shutouts.

Shroyer is the fourth Hanover player to earn all-American honors in the past four seasons. She joins Kaitlin McCulloch (3rd team, 2012), Rachel Alvis (2nd, 2013) and Anna Cornacchione (3rd, 2014) as the program's consecutive all-American selections.

Shroyer is a two-time first-team all-Heartland Conference honoree and also a two-time NSCAA all-Great Lakes Region selection.

Hanover posted a 15-6 overall record this fall and advanced to the NCAA III tourney for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

The Panthers earned the Heartland Conference’s regular-season title with an 8-1 record. The squad captured its fourth league tournament crown with wins against Transylvania University (Ky.) and Franklin College.

NSCAA NCAA III All-American Team

Gender-neutral restrooms available across campus

Hanover is pleased to announce that gender-neutral restrooms are in place in 17 buildings across campus. Designed to help members of our transgender community use facilities without labeling themselves or encountering harassment, these restrooms will create safe spaces where students of any gender can feel safe, regardless of their expression or identity.

Located throughout campus, these restrooms will be clearly marked with a blue sign indicating the facility is open to everyone, not just those that identify as transgender. Any facility formerly designated as Men's will also have interior locks that provide additional privacy and safety. As these accommodations are becoming more prevalent on college campuses across the nation, Hanover’s decision to provide safe, private facilities for individuals who experience discomfort or are challenged in gender-designated facilities, shows that our community values them and their well-being.

These new gender-neutral bathrooms will be located in the following areas:

  • CC - WAC - current men's bathroom
  • Crowe - lobby bathrooms/unisex
  • Lynn - bathroom off the laundry room
  • FOB - both now unisex
  • SCC - men's first floor north
  • Classic - men's second floor
  • Hendricks - both now unisex
  • Admin - 2nd floor men's room
  • DON - lobby
  • KP- basement
  • Blythe - basement
  • Horner - men's room by the track
  • Library- lobby
  • CFA - next to room 105
  • Stadium - family restroom
  • Wiley - basement
  • Coulter - lobby

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