Charters of Freedom monument dedication Sept. 19

A monument to honor the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights will be dedicated during a ceremony on the Hanover College campus, Tuesday, Sept. 19. The event will begin at 4 p.m. in front of the Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Charters of Freedom monument

Charters of Freedom features life-sized replicas of the early American documents, which were instrumental to the philosophy and founding of the nation. The monument, made of Indiana limestone, bronze and glass, is inspired by the permanent home of the original documents in the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The tribute is a gift from Vance Patterson, a 1972 Hanover graduate, and his wife, Mary Jo, a member of the College’s Class of 1975. The couple’s donation stems from an emotional visit to the National Archives in 2011.

“Seeing something our founding fathers had actually penned, and then their signatures - Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Rutledge and the others - I got goosebumps,” said Vance Patterson. “When I moved over and saw the first page of the Constitution and the words, ‘We The People,’ I actually got a lump in my throat.”

Charters of Freedom monument donors Mary Jo & Vance Patterson

The Pattersons lead Foundation Forward, Inc., a non-profit organization which constructs and donates Charters of Freedom memorials across the U.S. The couple’s goal is to provide localized access to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights for educational purposes, as well as share their moving experience at the National Archives. The monuments are placed in high-visibility, high-foot-traffic areas with easy accessibility for area school children.

Hanover is the first college to receive a gift of the Charters of Freedom. The first monument was dedicated July 4, 2014, in Morgantown, N.C. Monuments have since been placed in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The campus dedication ceremony will feature comments from retired U.S. Circuit Judge John Daniel Tinder, Vance Patterson, Hanover President Lake Lambert and Mark Levett, chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. Hanover’s concert band will also perform at the event.

A time-capsule signing will be held at a post-dedication reception. The time capsule will also include a variety of Hanover-related items, including a message from Lambert, Hanoverian magazine, athletic records and more. Once closed, the time capsule vault will remain sealed until Sept. 17, 2087, when the U.S. celebrates the 300-year anniversary of the Constitution.

In addition to the afternoon ceremony, David Bodenhamer will be the featured speaker during the evening to cap the dedication events.

Bodenhamer, who holds a doctorate from Indiana University, is the founder and executive director of The Polis Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The Center has developed more than 700 projects and a wide array of local, national and international partnerships with grant and contract funding totaling more than $85 million.

Bodenhamer is the author or editor of 12 books on American legal and constitutional history. He also has made more than 100 presentations to audiences on four continents on topics ranging from legal and constitutional history to the use of geographic information systems and advanced information technologies.

Batchvarova, Daniel-Cox present "Americana"

Pianist Madlen Batchvarova and soprano Minnita Daniel-Cox will present an evening of art songs, American spirituals and arias from operas and musical during a special concert in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Recital graphic for Americana

“Americana” will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. The performance is open to the public, free of charge.

Batchvarova, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, is a successful conductor, pianist, singer, music educator, clinician and adjudicator.

Currently, she serves as associate professor of music and director of choral programs at Hanover College, where she conducts the concert choir and chamber singers. She also teaches conducting, music history and has a large private voice studio.

Daniel-Cox, originally from Columbus, Ohio, is a noted stage performer. She has appeared in operas and competitions, as a soloist with numerous orchestras and symphonic bands, and presented collaborative recitals and mixed-media performances .

She is an assistant professor of voice and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Dayton and also maintains private studios. In addition to teaching applied lessons and music courses, she coordinates Dayton’s Vocal Performance Institute and has also volunteered her time as choral director at the Dayton Early College Academy.

Batchvarova and Daniel-Cox previously performed a series of American music recitals, May 31-June 2, with concerts in Plovdiv, Stara Zagora and Haskovo, Bulgaria.

The appearance at Hanover is presented as part of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation’s 2017-18 series.

Regional college fair, financial-aid sessions Sept. 21
river scene

Hanover College will host the Southeastern Indiana Regional College Fair, Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Horner Health and Recreation Center. The event, which runs from 6-7:30 p.m. in Collier Arena, is open to all high school students and parents in the surrounding counties free of charge.

The college fair will feature representatives and information from more than 40 colleges and universities.

In addition to opportunities to meet with college admissions officials, Richard Nash, Hanover’s director of financial assistance, will present two free financial-aid sessions. College fair attendees can choose a session at 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Both will sessions be held in the Horner Center, room 102.

Town and local schools join to “Celebrate Hanover”

“Celebrate Hanover,” a unique relationship-building event blending the College community, residents from the town of Hanover and students from Southwestern Schools, will be held on campus from noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2.

Celebrate Hanover flyer header

Members of the local community will come to campus for an afternoon of activities, including free food, live music, inflatables for children, Science Center tours and much more. In addition, admission to the Hanover-Centre football game will be free. Southwestern High School’s choir will sing the national anthem and its marching band will perform at halftime.

The majority of activities are slated to be held in the tailgate lot at the Panther Athletic Complex. This includes lunch, live music, inflatables and the stuffing of Panther Packs, which feed hungry children in the community.

“Celebrate Hanover” Schedule
Noon Lunch (at tailgate lot)
12:30 p.m. Panther Pack stuffing (College employees/students and volunteers)
1 p.m. Science Center tour #1 (shuttle from tailgate lot)
1-2:15 p.m. Live music: Chris Jesse
1:30 p.m. Football: Hanover vs. Centre (free admission)
2:15-3:30 p.m. Live music: Andrea Davidson
3 p.m. Science Center tour #2 (shuttle from tailgate lot)
3:30-4:45 p.m. Live music: Midnight Noon

Rare cast of famed dinosaur “Tinker” now on display

The skeletal structure of the famed dinosaur “Tinker the Tyrannosaurus” will be on public display in the Hanover College Science Center beginning Sept. 1.

Rare cast of Tinker the T rex

The original fossilized remnants, more than 70 percent intact, are believed to represent the first nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex. The College’s cast is just the second made for museums and the first on permanent display in the U.S.

Despite being an adolescent - just two-thirds the size and one-fourth the weight of an adult - Hanover’s casting shows the creature’s enormous size. The College’s display measures nearly 10-feet high, more than four-feet wide and 30.5 feet in length. The youth’s skeleton, featuring more than 300 pieces, also possesses the same number of teeth as an adult inside a skull nearly three-feet wide.

“Tinker is one of the most scientifically significant and most exciting T. rex skeletons ever found,” said paleontologist Bob Bakker, who helped reshape modern theories about dinosaurs. “[Tinker] is one of the most important dinosaur specimens from any age and any locale.”

Discovered in South Dakota in 1997, Tinker’s remains are more than 66 million years old. The female’s bones were discovered intermingled with those of her mother, Regina, and another juvenile T. rex. The discovery also included the remains of a devoured Hadrosaurus and teeth from a Nanotyrannus.

After Tinker’s excavation, the bones traveled to several places, including Texas, Iowa and Pennsylvania. The original skeleton was not displayed for years while toiling in litigation involving the discoverers, bankruptcy proceedings and the lease for excavation. Eventually sold to a German collector, the remains were loaned to the Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi for a 2014 temporary display – its first as a fully mounted skeleton.

Group tours will be available. Contact Deborah Quinn at or (812) 866-7245 for more information or to schedule a tour.

The addition of the rare cast of Tinker's remains to the Hanover Science Center's collection was made possible through private gifts to the College's museum fund.

Enrichment Series offers headliners from print, web, music & film

Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning multi-talented performer Common, best-selling author and photojournalist Brandon Stanton and internet comedy sensation Matt Bellassai will be guests during the Hanover College Enrichment Series’ 2017-18 season.

2017 Hanover Enrichment Series schedule

One of Time magazine’s “30 People Under 30 Changing the World,” Stanton is a renowned author, photographer and blogger. His storytelling blog, “Humans of New York,” has more than 18 million likes on Facebook and seven million followers on Instagram.

Stanton’s online effort translated to a best-selling book, “Humans of New York,” in 2013. Just two years later, he also reached the top of the New York Times best-sellers’ list with “Humans of New York Stories,” which delved deeper into the lives of Big Apple residents.

Stanton will appear Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Common is a hip-hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. In 2015, he won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for best original song with "Glory" from the 2014 film “Selma.” He also co-starred in the film as civil-rights leader James Bevel.

A two-time Grammy Award winner, Common earned his first Grammy in 2003 with “Love of My Life,” a rhythm and blues duet with Erykah Badu. He also received the Grammy in 2007 for best rap performance by a duo or group with "Southside," featuring Kanye West.

In addition to his acting role in “Glory,” Common has also appeared in such films as "Girls Trip," "John Wick: Chapter 2," “Suicide Squad," "Now You See Me," “Terminator Salvation,” “Date Night,” “Happy Feet Two” and “New Year's Eve." He also narrated “Bouncing Cats,” an award-winning documentary about the use of dance to empower youth Uganda.

Common will speak Sunday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in Collier Arena. The presentation is part of the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Bellassai is a social-media star whose online video series “Whine About It” created a substantial following with more than 3.5 million weekly views.

A 2012 Northwestern University graduate, Bellassai worked as a comedy writer at Buzzfeed for more than three years before leaving to launch the online web series “To Be Honest” and pursue a stand-up comedy career. In 2016, he earned the first People’s Choice Award for favorite social media star.

In addition to his video series and national stand-up tour, Bellassai also produces the podcast, “Unhappy Hour.”

Bellassai will appear Friday, March 16, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.

General admission tickets, which go on sale Friday, Sept. 1, will available at Seats cost just $15 each for adults, while tickets for children high-school age and younger (18-) are free.

The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from German American Bank.

Anniversary event to explore impact of Martin Luther’s "95 Theses"

Hanover College will host a free symposium to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses.” “The Lutheran Reformation: 500 Years Later,” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31, will explore the importance and consequences of the historic document.

Martin Luther statue in Wittenberg, Germany

Luther was an Augustinian monk and professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, Germany. On All Hallows Eve, Oct. 31, 1517, he posted a list of 95 criticisms of the Catholic Church and its penitential practices and teachings on the doors of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. He also sent the criticisms to his bishop, Albert of Brandenburg, who, believing them to be heretical, forwarded the document to the pope.

Although intended to start an academic discussion, Luther’s “Disputation on the Power of Indulgences,” commonly known as “95 Theses,” shook the foundation of medieval Catholicism and launched the Protestant Reformation.

Recognized by historians as one of the historic events to mark the beginning of the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity, Luther’s criticisms had a profound social and political effect on Europe, and later, the world.

In addition to reforming Catholic liturgical practices and theology, the ensuing Protestant and Catholic Reformations spawned religious wars for the next century and resulted in the political-religious division of Europe into absolute monarchies supported by state religions. The Reformation era also witnessed wide-ranging debates and transformations in married life, gender relations and political and economic theory, as well as the promotion of human rights and mass literacy.

“The Lutheran Reformation: 500 Years Later” will feature discussions and presentations from professors, independent scholars, clergy and students on topics related to the Lutheran Reformation and its impact. The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Science Center, followed in the evening by the Cornelius and Anna Cook O’Brien Lecture.

Rev. Catherine Knott, Hanover’s chaplain, will deliver the keynote address at the luncheon. Knott will examine Luther’s influence on John Calvin, the famed French theologian and reformer who also heavily influenced Presbyterians.

John Roth, a professor of history and director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism at Goshen College, will present Hanover’s O’Brien Lecture. Roth’s address, “The Importance of Luther’s 95 Theses,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

In addition to varied presentations, a collection of rare, 16th-century Luther-related publications will be on display in the Duggan Library’s Joseph Wood Evans Memorial Special Collections and Archives Center.

Through the support of donors, all events are free and open to the public. Lunch and dinner will be offered free of charge to all symposium registrants. Advance registration is requested. (Luther 500th Registration Form)

For information or to register, contact Michael Raley, assistant professor of history and chair of Hanover’s history department, at or (812) 866-7205.

Panhel earns national award for work to advance sorority experience

Hanover College’s Panhellenic Council (Panhel) has earned an Achievement Award from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) for its efforts to advance the sorority experience on campus.

National Pahellenic Conference logo

The NPC, one of the largest advocacy organizations for women, is the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities. Its sororities are located on more than 670 campuses in the U.S. and Canada with 380,565 undergraduate members in 3,234 chapters.

The organization has recognized student-managed college Panhellenic associations with awards for more than 50 years and, this year, presented awards to just 42 institutions. These associations, comprised of all NPC member sororities on a campus, are scored on seven criteria, including: academics, Panhellenic structure, recruitment, judicial procedures, Panhellenic programming, Panhellenic community impact and relations, as well as communication with the NPC area advisor. In order to receive the Achievement Award, honorees must achieve five or six of the criteria.

Hanover’s Panhellenic Council is the governing body of its women’s Greek chapters with a primary purpose to unite the campus sororities, which include Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Kappa Alpha Theta and Phi Mu. The Council includes eight executive council members and two delegates from each chapter.

Panhel implements programming that is educational both for the College’s Greek and non-Greek community, hosts such events as Greek Week and speakers, while also coordinating the recruitment process and activities for the chapters.

Winter-spring dean's list announced

The following students have attained dean’s list honors for the winter-spring terms. In order to qualify, a student must attain a 3.5 grade-point average (on a four-point scale).

Class of 2017

Shelby Adams

Naren Agarwal

Sima Altal

Rachel Anderson

Adam Anthony

Esther Arthur

Jenna Auber

Flavia Barbosa

Caroline Beck

Carly Bentz

Slaton Blickman

Madeline Bogan

Marguerite Boone

Henry Boots

Mattie Borders

Michael Braun

Haley Brown

Kinsey Brown

Hannah Buit

Miriam Cahill

Mason Cheng

Cameron Childers

Taylor Childers

Abby Clear

Alex Combs

Madison Conway

Michaela Corbin

Ileana Correa

Riki Crowe

Mersadi’s Curtsinger

Jana Dajani

Taylor Davis

Mackenzie Dean

Bekah Dickmander

Rebecca Duke

Ashley Eden

Valdemar Bjoern Engel

Brittany Ferrell

Maili Mia Gasakure

Sarah Gawronska

Kelly Gehlbach

Jace Gentil

Brooke Glahn

Dean Gnadinger

Adam Gutermuth

Lucile Hamon

Celeste Harris

Shelby Hart

Mackenzie Harvey

Claire Harvey

Kylie Hawks

Jimmy Hogan

Sydney Hornsby

Savannah Hubbard

Diane Jackson

Micayla Jones

Wilda Knecht

Jessie Lamb

Kirby Lantz

Gaby Leith

Paige Lennartz

Ryan Martin

Taryn Mayer

Samantha McCain

Mal McElroy

Tessa McShane

Emily Miller

Evan Miller

Isabella Miller

Molly Miller

Callie Monce

Kyle Mundon

Austin Niehoff

Mallory Noble

Deborah Odihi

Eric O'Risky

Marian Orozco

Lensi Parham

Michael Pauly

Emily Perry

Marie-Ann Prah

Miranda Reinhart

Alyssa Retske

Gabby Ritchey

Olivia Robinett

Neneh Sanders

Naoki Sawahashi

Katie Schmidt

Cassie Schoborg

Kevin Scholz

Max Schroeder

Kori Siebert

Jack Simon

Elaine Simpson

Stephanie Simpson

Hannah Slover

Haley Spalding

Mackenzie Spicer

Ivy Stevens

Layne Taylor

Trent Taylor

Allison Terpening

Gabbi Thatcher

Abigail Thederahn

Cami Trachtman

Hoang Van

Vivian Waddle

Elizabeth Wagner

Kelsey Watterson

Alex Weeden

Ben Wheeler

Ana Zapata

Class of 2018

Bailey Allen

Karen Annese Granger

Zach Barnes

Colleen Beasley

Kelsey Brandvik

Will Bridgeman

Allie Brooks

Taylor Browning

Courtney Buchanan

Julia Bursova

Cassidy Coates

Jon Craig

Madeline Elkin

Emily Ertel

Joselyn Evans-Bautista

Leah Faber

Alana Feeley

Mallory Fogus

Josh Ford

Bailey Garey

William Gay

Jennifer Gilly

Tommaso Girelli

Jade Gooch

Griffin Green

Madison Grimes

Mikhaila Hamilton

Sakib Haque

Michael Hedges

Lex Helms

Bennett Hood

Cara Hoskins

Monique Huynh

Kelsey Kemp

Anna Kemple

Alex Kitchel

Joe Korjenek

Katie Lents

Taylor Lineberry

Brett Lowen

Kaity Mabie

Ryan Magruder

Jasmine Maxwell

Jordan McHenry

Wesley McKinney

Caroline Miller

Darien Miller

Falyn Moncrief

Shelby Moore

Tara Nastoff

Sydney Neace

Morgan Neighbors

Elizabeth Nellis

Asumi Oba

Carlo Paini

Mikala Poe

Alexander Proctor

Joe Rector

Emily Riley

Chance Rogers

Abigail Schad

Jessica Schonegg

Douglas Seals

Alex Smallwood

MaCayla Smallwood

Dakota Smith

Peyton Spaugh

Andrew Strong

Immanuel Umoren

Keaton Veldkamp

Addison Virt

Daria Volker

Bryn Wigney

Natalie Williamson

Garrett Wilson

Jose Zapata

Stephanie Ziebell

Class of 2019

Haley Alexander

Holly Alter

Macy Barwick

Leah Bontreger

Wylie Brace

Bridgette Buchanan

Bric Butler

Allison Campbell

Marissa Childs

Jared Compton

Kyle Conrad

Kenzie Corbin

Claire Cromer

Emily Cushman

Abby Daley

Claire Dennis

Dominique Depriest

Geneva Dischinger-Smedes

Elizabeth Donaway

Michael Dumaine

Joshua Edwards

Cam Fails

Haley Foster

Kenzie Gill

Hunter Guthrie

Jordan Hartman

Shannon Hawkins

Jacob Hedrick

Reilly Hester

Kenny Jarnagin

Emma Jones

Amber King

Adeli Kinne

Ella Knight

Tanner Korfhagen

Braydan Luce

Margo Main

Hannah Marichal

Hannah Miller

Karlie Miller

Kailin Mitchell

Diana Najera

Kirstyn Nohlechek

Jacob Odulio

Oforitsete Ogor

Tessa Pappas

Lauryn Payne

Jessica Rieskamp

Gabe Rohleder

Tori Schwartz

Allison Smith

Sonia Stanciu

Samuel Stryker

Amanda Stump

Cierra Thomas

Erin Trimpe

Tyler Wenig

Will Werner-Wilson

Jake Zurschmiede

Class of 2020

Ariel Allen

Liz Baltas

Rachael Barnhorst

Torri Boldery

Brandi Brock

Sarah Bucker

Hannah Buckner

Zoe Burrow

Paxton Caldwell

Waverly Carmichael

Landon Carrico

Kaitlyn Comstock

Adriana Conway

Kiki Crone

Ally Davis

Julianna Delano

Katelynn Dudzik

Kaitlin Dunn

Teylor Ellis

Austin Gates

Adam Grabert

Asha Green

Alec Greenwell

Krista Grendze

Amy Hackbarth

Marley Haltom

Abby Howes

Kenna Hunter

Olivia Johnson

Micah Jones

Cambria Jones

Haley Kibby

Meghan Lanter

Elizabeth Lee

Alex Ludwig

Lizzie Matchett

Ross McDonough

Skylar McMahon

Isabel Menezes

Caroline Millard

Bailey Miller

Bradley Murray

Robert Myers

Kayla Nowlin

Madeline Parker

Kelly Poston

Rees Powell

Logan Ratts

Allison Reardon

Diana Roederer

Jennah Ruddick

Sara Rutkowski

Kendall Smith

Dara Smith

Madie Snyder

Trina Steiden

John Summerlin

Brooke Todd

Madison VanWinkle

Nicholas Vaughn

Justin Ventura

Rachael Welsh

Morgan West

Nolan Wicks

Dylan Wirick

Bridget Wulle

Emily Yeager

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.