Eleanore Watts Moyer Volunteer Award

About the Award

The purpose of the Eleanore Watts Moyer Award is to recognize individuals who have given exemplary voluntary service to Hanover College. In so doing, Hanover also pays tribute to Eleanore Watts Moyer, Class of 1942, who served Hanover exceptionally long and well, from her early years growing up on campus where her mother worked as a dietitian, through her years as a noteworthy student-athlete, and through the culmination of her volunteerism which reached an apex from the period of 1983 into the twenty-first century.

All non-student volunteers - including alumni, trustees, community members, staff and faculty, or friends of the College - are eligible for consideration for the Eleanore Watts Moyer Award.

The Award
A plaque will be presented to the recipient at a public ceremony, and a plaque with each recipient's name will be permanently displayed on campus.

2016 Winner is: Betsy Milligan Johnson '70

Betsy Milligan Johnson '70 received the 2016 Eleanore Watts Moyer 2016 Award during a private presentation on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Betsy graduated from Hanover College in 1970 with a degree in Sociology. She then earned a M.Ed. with a specialization in counseling from George Washington University. In her professional life, she has been a rehabilitation counselor, program administrator and most recently an associate dean of students at Purdue University.

Betsy came out of retirement in 2009 to assume the role of Hanover College Business Scholars Program Director of Internships, a position previously funded by the BSP budget. Betsy and her husband, Jerry Johnson '69, Executive Director of the BSP, made arrangements to donate her entire salary to the BSP Internship fund and have continued to do so for the last seven years.

Betsy has enthusiastically worked with every junior Business Scholar to secure a project-based internship. After a scholar is placed with a host, she adds her own personal touch by continuing to work with the scholar until she determines that they have suitable housing, transportation and a basic knowledge of the skills needed to live independently. She has driven scholars to interviews hours away and waited to drive them back to Hanover. She and Jerry have personally donated funds for scholars to purchase suitable interview attire. She frequently calls upon members of her extensive network of high school and college friends, Phi Mu sisters, family, previous colleagues and Hanover College alumni as she works to identify potential hosts for specific internships. She has been instrumental in the successful placement of over 300 junior Business Scholars during her tenure in the program. Many of our graduates keep in constant touch with her because of the difference she has made in their lives.

Betsy is an active participant in BSP workshops and has been the driving force behind several events. Since their return to Hanover in 2009, she and Jerry have graciously hosted numerous social and business events in their home and have engaged countless new supporters of Hanover and the Business Scholars Program. These gatherings have included Hanover alumni, prospective students and their parents, Business Scholars, community members, educators from Indiana and Kentucky universities, state, business and government leaders, BSP faculty and staff as well as HC faculty and staff. They both participate in as many Admissions events as their busy schedules will allow. In addition, Betsy is a Panhellenic Chapter Advisor and has been asked to speak to the Phi Mu sorority on multiple occasions. She makes an indelible impression on everyone she meets and her passion for Hanover College and the Business Scholars Program is unparalleled.

According to her peers, she is a spirited, energetic, influential, selfless and dynamic individual.

Past recipients

2002 Doug Burney '73

2003 John R. Smith '53

2004 Marjorie Conner

2005 Bill Griffin

2006 Chris Wilcox and Randy Master '82

2007 Pat Nichols

2008 Stan Totten

2009 Lou Knoble

2010 Lisa Fleming '82 and Grace Ireland

2011 Lynn Welch Maricle '75

2012 Kevin Keefe '82 and Jamie Tomes '94,

2013 Shannon Veach Gibbs '91

2015 Susanne Talmage Ellman '65

2016 Betsy Milligan Johnson '70


Please complete the nomination form below and make sure to fill out the REASON for your nomination. This information will be used to help determine the winner. All nominations must be submitted by April 28, 2017.

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