The Hanover College Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumna/us by the College. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the reputation of the college by distinguishing themselves with outstanding professional, personal achievements or those who have loyally dedicated their time and service to their alma mater.

We're proud of what our alumni do around the world. You lead in your communities. You create new ways to serve and meet needs. You take what you learned as a student and use it to make things better in your work, where you live and for the people closest to you. Every year we highlight some of the amazing things you or your classmates have done and honor them during the Alumni Awards Luncheon.

2018 ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Recipients

David Henderson '69

Dr. David Henderson ’69, who resides in Silver Spring, Md., is deputy director for clinical care at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology in America (SHEA). Henderson’s primary research interests probe occupational risks for, and prevention of, the transmission of bloodborne pathogens in the healthcare setting and the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms. He has received seven NIH Director's Awards and two Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Distinguished Service Awards. In 2010, to honor his career contributions to epidemiology, Henderson was selected as the SHEA Lecturer for the 5th International Decennial Conference on Nosocomial Infections.

marabeth ice levett '71

Marabeth Ice Levett ’71 has been an active member of the Columbus and Culver, Indiana communities for more than 40 years, donating her energy to civic, social and educational organizations. Levett served as co-chair for Hanover’s “Live Our Loyalty” campaign, which secured more than $50 million in cash, pledges, and planned gift commitments from 2009-14. She was co-leader of Concerned Citizens of Marshall County, which opposed and won a ban on commercial wind farms in that county. She has been a member of the Lake Maxinkuckee Association Board and president of the Environmental Fund Board. Levett has given her time to a number of Columbus-area organizations, such as Bartholomew County Historical Society, Columbus Cotillion, Columbus Culture Club, Columbus Magazine Club, Treasure Hunter’s Antique Club and P.E.O, a philanthropic educational organization for women.

Jon Miller '97

Miller recently completed his 10th season as Hanover’s men’s basketball coach. He has guided the Panthers to a 172-97 overall record, including back-to-back 20-win seasons. Under Miller, Hanover’s squads have also earned two consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and post-season titles, as well as two straight berths in the NCAA III tournament. The Panthers’ 2016-17 campaign proved to be one of the best in school history. The team advanced to the College’s first NCAA III tournament Elite Eight and finished with a 26-4 overall mark. Through the last eight seasons, Miller’s squad has registered the highest victory total of any team in the conference (105-39). Hanover is the only HCAC program to qualify for the league’s post-season tournament in each of the last nine years.

Richard Nicholas III '72

Richard Nicholas III ’72 served in a variety of positions during a 27-year career with the Coca-Cola Company. His roles with Coca-Cola included service as chief economist for hedging sugar purchases, manager of purchasing operations, manager of strategic planning, vice president Burger King account team-worldwide, senior vice president Coca-Cola-Japan, president Coca-Cola-Korea and Micronesia, president and chief executive officer Coca-Cola-India and senior vice president McDonalds account team-international. Prior to his tenure at Coca-Cola, Nicholas, who now resides in Roswell, Ga., worked as commodity economist for Clayton Brokerage and as agricultural economist in-charge of hedging sugar, coffee and cocoa purchases for The Pillsbury Company. Before graduate school, he joined the Peace Corps and worked for the Ministry of Economic Development in Botswana. He also served the British government in India, Angola, and Rhodesia.

past Alumni Achievement Award Winners are listed below.

AAA Nomination Form

Nominations are accepted until July 1 for the following year awards luncheon. All nominees are kept in the nomination process for three years and are reviewed annually during the fall semester. Honorees are selected by a committee convened by the Alumni Leadership Council and the President of Hanover College. The award is presented by the President in May at the Alumni Awards Luncheon. To submit a nomination, please complete each section of the form. The nominator must provide all materials pertinent to the nomination. The Selection Committee will not conduct further research on behalf of any nominee.

Alumni Award Criteria

  • Previous award winners are not eligible. A list of past recipients is below.
  • Nominee must be a graduate of Hanover College
  • Nominee must have made significant contributions to their community, state and nation through professional service, public service and/or civic activities.
  • Nominee must be living
  • Nominee is not on the Board of Trustees
  • Nominee is not on the Alumni Leadership Council
  • Current faculty and staff of Hanover College are not eligible to receive this award.

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past alumni achievement award winners

2017
Joe Beardsley '72
Julie Irwin Richter '65
Sue Seifert Williams '65

2016
Robert Baylor '70
Bud King '53
Phillip D. Scott '64

2015
Susan Martin Studds '76
Eric Ballenger '81
Lisa Mills Hawker '94

2014
Sam George '75
Richard E. Helton '68
Bixler W. Howland '72

2013
Ray N. Black, Jr. '74
Sandra M. Chapman '77
Jennifer Clark Evins '88

2012
Judith Mayhew Andrews '66
Jerry Johnson '69
David Palmer '65

2011
Dr. Thomas R. Cullison '68
Lisa L. Fleming '82
Wallace R. Yakey '75

2010
Richard Park '51
Philip Hedrick '64
Doug Kurdys '61

2009
JoAnn Brouillette '83
Andrew R. Burgess '68
Richard A Lesh '66

2008
Elmer Geissler '51
Jane Huffman Hayes '83
James A. Lake '65

2007
Stephen E. Olvey '65
Virginia Vogel Riley '54
Richard C. Rogers '58

2006
Joyce Hopewell Brinkman '66
Jerry McKenzie '59
Richard Scamehorn '64

2005
Wade Clapp '77
Mike Pence '81
Sandy Wilcox '66

2004
Kenneth Gladish '74
Thomas Mayer '73
Robert Schults '64

2003
Ralph Gray '55
Peter Kovacic '43
Jim Ward '81

2002
R. James Green '72
Charles C. Hawley '51
Warren L. Prell '66

2001
John Hawley '54
G. Lincoln McCurdy '73
David Ramage, Jr. '51

2000
John E. Frederick '71
Jim Leonard, Jr. '78
John C. Shoemaker '64

1999
Jackie Bennett '80
Elaine Kops-Bedel '74
Joseph Rawlings '52

1998
John C. Trimble '77
Carl R. Bogardus '55
Joseph Hale, Jr. '71

1997
Paul W. Kettlewell '73
Paula Jane Hagerman Kettlewell '73
J. Barton Luedeke '64
Suellen Kinder Reed '67

1996
Margaret Ellis Hammelrath '62
James E. Head '61
Carol Warner Shields '57

1995
Naomi Blume Bliss '26
Mary Ella Weber Cooper '32
Gale E. Dryden '44
Robert S. Gettinger '40

1994
Clifton S.M. Egan '73
Lawrence E. Gloyd '54
Woodrow T. Harrelson '83

1993
Nicholas E. Rutsis '63
Ezra S. Shaya '50

1992
Jane Parker Huber '48
William A. Huber '48
Carl Weatherbee '40

1991
Bill N. Scifres '52
Bonnie Fawcett Anders '65

1990
George C. Burkert '35
Wallace F. Judkins '27

1989
Chester L. Alwes, Jr. '69

1988
Janet Favinger Brinkman '69
Eleanore Watts Moyer '42

1987
James W. Near '60

1986
Joan Phillips Leitzel '58
William B. Rossow '69

1985
Lawrence T. Evans '34
Maribeth Gettinger '75
Sarah Morrow Ketchum '75

1984
Judith Moffett '64
John R. Smith '53

1983
Dorothy Allison Sheppard '40
Harold K. Voris '62

1982
Mary Margaret Mills Moorhead '49
James A. Peterson '50
Patricia L. Walne '54

1981
Warren E. Darnell '28
James A. Richter '65

1980
Mildred G. Lemen '52
William A. Welsheimer, Sr. '51
Harold "Red" Benedict '29

1979
Leslie F. Fox '32
Clark S. Ketterman '52
Sylvia Dan Ketterman '52
Jay C. Taff '26

1978
George W. Carson '27
George W. Pheasant '28
Louisa G. Plummer '29
George S. Taggart '30

1977
Louis G. Bumen '27
Frank A. Guthrie '50
Lester H. Munzenmayer '25
David B. Tallman '29

1976
George M. Balas '28
Ada Martin Henry '40
Marvin C. Amos '49
Theodore V. Petranoff '15

1975
Martha L. Bunch '39
Thomas F. Ritter '48
Henry C. Rogers '20
Samuel H. Washburn '56

1974
Raymond A. Bowden '49
John R. Collier '51
James A. Purkhiser '40
William Dana Shelby, Jr. '33
Ann E. Wiltrout '61

1973
Walter F. LaFeber '55
Gordon E. Miller '50
Richard D. Miller '50
John F. Williams '53 (selected in 1972 - given in absentia)

1972
Leona Snyder '31
Edward G. Lueders '47
Thomas K. Roberts '48
Betty Cummins Roberts '48

1971
Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. '63
Roy H. Behnke '43
Thomas A. Katsanis '57
Paul E. Martin '36
Robert E. Wolverton '48

1970
Thomas J. Houser '51
G. Shannon Walker '21 (in absentia)

1969
Thomas B. Polson '52
Emma M. Hill '42
Richard E. Neal '50

1968
William E. Wilson '19
Edmond A. Tilley '40
Robert E. Miller '39
Thomas H. Johns '53

1967
Edward B. Smith '34
Eldon Campbell '37
Blanche Hall Adams '36
S. Clifford Adams '35

1966
Maurice W. Graston '33
George H. Prime '27
Robert A. Frederick '50
Ethel P. Swengel '36

1965
Byers A. Burlingame '21
Daniel E. Lewis '32
Joseph H. Boyer '42

1964
Amos W. Jackson '26
Ralph H. Anderson '31
Wilbur H. Hinds '50

1963
John M. Blankenship '35
Phyliss J. Fleming '46
Harry J. Henry '39
Oren R. Lewis '24
Temple R. Hollcroft '12 (in absentia)

1962
Herman F. Allen '35
Dorothy Breeding Allen '35
Harry E. Wells '16
Wilbur H. Nagel '14

1961
Stanley W. Morse '20
Robert S. Thomas '36

1960
Kenneth M. Montgomery '15
H. Max Healey '36
Julian L. Culbertson '17
Joseph W. Evans 1897

1959
James E. Almond '11

1958
Ira S. Allison '17

1957
Gayle N. Hufford '14

1956
Harold C. Voris '23

1955
Kenneth V. Lottick '28

1954
Monica Itoi Sone '46

1953
Guy Campbell '00

1952
Russell H. Ftizgibbon '24