The Hanoverian - Spring 2012

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Business meets the liberal arts President DeWine writes how the liberal arts is the best way to educate future business leaders.


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9 How to succeed in business What does it take to create a successful business? We asked a few alumni for their answers.


12 Capital gains The inaugural class of Hanover’s Business Scholars Program gauges its effectiveness to their careers, five years after graduation.

Carter Cloyd director of news services Sandra Guthrie director of publications, editor, The Hanoverian Joe Lackner director of web communications Rick A Lostutter art director Matthew Maupin director of creative services Ashley Brinkman ’13 Rachael Moreland ’12 Justin Casterline, Dave Howard, Patrick Pfister contributing photographers Herb Whitney, Pat Whitney, Pam Windsor contributing writers Allie Gullett ’12, Erin Wilk contributing illustrators Hanover College provides equal opportunity in education and employment.

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14 Business rules Do the rules of business really apply or are they just handed-down folklore? We asked a few of our faculty for the answers. 16 Belle of the arts She may not have much time for sleep, but this nonprofit CEO has created a haven for the arts in upstate South Carolina. 19 Live Our Loyalty: The Campaign for Hanover College.



On the cover: The future looks bright for Hanover students participating in the Business Scholars Program. Illustration by Erin Wilk.

30 Fueling the imagination For almost 20 years, Richter grants funded a desire for deeper knowledge. With their return last fall, the possibilities are endless.

32 A Wobegon tale In January, Garrison Keillor wove his storytelling magic about the things that bind us together.


Athletics 35 Four to join coaching ranks Football and men’s soccer have new coaches in place, gearing up for the 2012-13 season. 36 A noble occupation For the man with the most wins in Indiana collegiate basketball history, coaching is about more than success on the court. 38 Playing in the big leagues This former Panther has earned success on the German gridiron and in international business.


40 Winter sports wrap-up


END PIECE Finding my home in Africa Sam Crowe ’12 finds a home with critter comforts on the east and west coasts of Africa.


What is the question almost all seniors have heard at some point during their final year of high school? “What are you going to do after graduation?” If the answer is “Go to college,” then the very next question usually is, “And what are you going to major in?” This is absolutely the worst time to ask someone about his or her career plans. A 17- or 18-year-old should head to college to expand his or her options, not limit them. The answer I suggest students give is, “I don’t know. That’s why I’m going to college to find out.” Business is often an easy answer given by high school students who understand their parents’ hope they will enter a career that allows them to support themselves. And yet, recent criticism of business degrees suggests that the preparation we provide in higher education is too limited and doesn’t prepare citizens who will be able to respond with higher-order thinking, the kind necessary to solve some of the world’s most difficult issues. At Hanover, we believe that a liberal arts degree prepares students for anything they want to do. I also believe that if we can link a solid liberal arts education with more career-oriented experiences, we then have the best possible preparation for life and careers.

We developed this idea for students interested in business through our Business Scholars Program, but this model could also be adapted for students in health-related careers, as well as others. Our strategic plan calls for the development of similar experiences for all Hanover College students. The Business Scholars program at Hanover combines both a strong liberal arts major with a hands-on applied series of experiences. Alumni working with the program see the value of what we are doing. You can read more about it on page 12. There are hundreds of alumni who have had successful careers in the business sector, including people like John Shoemaker ’64, former executive vice president of Sun Microsystems; Jim Ward ’81, former president of LucasArts and currently CEO of The Phoenix Symphony; and Mark Levett ’71, vice president and general manager for Cummins. The late Jim Near ’60 was the former chairman and CEO of Wendy’s. Obviously, there are many more names to add to this list. These individuals used (and continue to do so) their critical thinking and analytical skills every day; skills they first learned at Hanover. Since we prepare students for jobs that do not even exist

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right now, those abilities in thinking, analyzing, and clear and articulate communication will be the tools that guide them in an uncertain future. In New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s best-selling book, “The World is Flat,” he includes a section on the importance of a liberal arts education in the new integrated, global economy. “Encouraging young people early to think horizontally and to connect disparate dots has to be a priority,” wrote Friedman, “because this is where and how so much innovation happens. And first, you need dots to connect. And to me that means a liberal arts education.” Jerry Johnson ’69, who directs Hanover’s Business Scholars Program, writes about this topic in Inside Indiana Business. You can find that article at notbydefault. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about some of our success stories in the field of business.

Letters to the Editor

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Endowed scholarship honors Pokhrel, social issues The Aastik Pokhrel Award will provide a small stipend for a student engaged in community organizing, peace and conflict resolution or gender and LGBT issues — three areas for which Pokhrel consistently demonstrated his passion and commitment.

I’m writing to thank you profusely for the beautiful Fall Hanoverian I just received. I'll keep it at hand to reread for a long time. I'm a member of the class of 1953 and keep in touch with a dozen or more friends from Hanover. We have been in Florida for the past 15 years but are now enjoying our first winter back in Michigan. Originally from Indianapolis, I still miss being closer to Hanover, but have made it to several reunions on campus and in Florida. Keep up the good work!

A 2009 graduate, Pokhrel was a gender studies major and active in college life. At Hanover, he was a member of People for Peace, a strong advocate for Love Out Loud and gay rights, and involved in community organizations both on and off campus. Pokhrel died in a hiking accident in his home country of Nepal in 2011.

Aastik Pokhrel ’09

Appreciatively, Shirley Hungate Weersing ’53

Thiossane African Dancers return to Hanover

To celebrate February’s Black History Month, the Thiossane African Dancers brought colorful, traditional West African dances back to Hanover’s campus. The troupe’s moves had the audience dancing and drumming right along with them.


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Alumni Achievement Award winners come from banking, academe and research David A. Palmer ’65 was the first in his family to attend college. At Hanover, he majored in sociology and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Palmer earned a master’s degree in higher education administration at Ohio State University and a doctorate at Michigan State University in 1976. During this time, he served in residence hall administration for eight years, reaching the position of area director with responsibility for 5,000 undergraduates in eight high-rise residence halls.

Gerald R. Johnson Jr.

A leader in the banking industry in Grand Rapids, Mich., for more than 36 years, Gerald R. Johnson Jr. ’69 currently serves as executive director of Hanover’s Business Scholars Program. Johnson previously served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2009. Concurrently, he served as chairman of the board, chief executive officer and director of Mercantile Bank Corporation and chairman of the board of Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Johnson, along with several associates, founded Mercantile Bank in 1997. The company has close to $2 billion in assets. For the previous decade, he served First Michigan Bank-Grand Rapids as president and chief executive officer; Johnson became chairman, along with his other duties, in 1988. He also worked in various lending capacities for Union Bank, now part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Pacesetter Bank, now part of Fifth Third Bancorp; and Manufacturers Bank, now part of Comerica Bank.

Palmer was a vice president at Transylvania University (Ky.) until 1981, when he joined Hanover College as vice president for student affairs. He held the position for 21 years and involved himself in many community service activities. While here, Palmer earned an M.B.A. in executive management from Xavier University (Ohio) in 1986. In 2002, he left Hanover to become president of Andrew College (Georgia). Four years later, Palmer accepted the presidency at Waycross College in that state. During his tenure, he served as an on-site visitor to three colleges reaffirming accreditation for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as chair of the Okefenokee Arts and Entertainment Alliance, and as a board member of the Regional Educational Service Association, a consortium of several county school districts. Palmer retired in June 2011, after serving seven colleges and universities in more than 46 years.

At Hanover, the Indianapolis native majored in English and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Johnson also served on numerous philanthropic boards and committees throughout West Michigan. Nominations are due Oct. 31 for the 2012 award year. To nominate someone, visit awards/achievement. David A. Palmer


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Judy Mayhew Andrews

Judy Mayhew Andrews ’66 has served as director, Quality and Compliance Services for Medical Device Consultants, Inc./Aptiv Solutions, since 2003. Her duties include client relations, quality system audits and assisting manufacturers in complying with Food and Drug Administration, Canadian and European regulations. At Hanover, the chemistry major played basketball and field hockey, and was a member of Inter-Residence Council, Chemistry Journal Club and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She earned her doctorate in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1971. Not long afterward, Andrews switched her focus to immunology. She performed academic research at the Center for Blood Research, part of Harvard Medical School, and in 1980, joined the medical device industry. Among her accomplishments at Clinical Assays between 1980-86 was serving on a team that developed one of the first blood screening tests for the HIV virus for use in diagnostics. Next, she joined Hygeia Sciences and worked on the First Response pregnancy test, and later served as director of quality assurance for parent company Tambrands, Inc.’s worldwide manufacturing facilities. Between 1994 and 2003, Andrews served at several start-up ventures, directing quality and manufacturing. During this time, she earned an M.B.A. from Simmons Graduate School of Management (Mass.). With more than 20 publications and presentations to her credit, Andrews’ certifications include the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society and the American Society for Quality. She is a board member and past chair of the New England Biomedical Discussion Group.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award honors those under 40 For many years, Hanover has honored those alumni who have demonstrated excellence, whether in their profession or sport, or in service to their communities or back to their alma mater. In March, the College bestowed its newest recognition, the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, which honors those Hanoverians under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, civic leadership and/or service to Hanover College. Here’s a look at the inaugural class:

Travis Clegg

At Hanover, Travis Clegg ’02 majored in physical education and earned a scholarathlete award for basketball. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and graduated cum laude with departmental honors

He lives in Jeffersonville, Ind. with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Cash.

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When members of the media need someone to explain difficult financial concepts, they often call on Peter Dunn ’00 to explain them. Known as “Pete the Planner,” he has been the host of two popular radio shows and appears regularly on major media outlets. At Hanover, Dunn played football and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Two years after graduation he began his financial education business, Advanced Planning Solutions, Inc., counseling people to develop sound financial habits and make the most with their money.

Micah Shrewsberry

The author of three books, including, “What Your Dad Never Taught You About Budgeting” and “60 Days to Change: A Daily How-To Guide with Actionable Tips for Improving Your Financial Life,” Dunn’s newest book, “Avoid Student Loans,” is a guide for maximizing scholarship earnings and making smart financial decisions during college.

Serving in his first season as assistant coach for the No. 10 seed Purdue University men’s basketball team is just another step up in Micah Shrewsberry ’99’s already stellar coaching career. When the Butler University Bulldogs played back-to-back NCAA Division I championship games, he was a member of the coaching staff who helped get them there.

KPMG named Dunn one of “Indy’s Best and Brightest” in finance in 2007 and in media in 2009. During his stint as a comedian, NUVO magazine named Dunn one of “30 Under 30 to Watch in the Arts.”

The physical education major and Indianapolis native was a three-year starting guard, serving as a tri-captain in his senior year. He led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in freethrow shooting (.833) and assists (4.4 apg) in his final campaign.

He lives in Carmel, Ind., with his wife, Sarah Kean Dunn ’00, and their daughter, Olivia.

After earning his degree in medicine from Indiana University in 2007, Clegg served as administrative chief resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of Louisville (Ky.) School of Medicine. While there, he earned two awards for outstanding research. The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma gave him its Best Teaching Resident Award in 2010. Clegg has published articles in American and European journals, and given presentations in the U.S. and Greece. He served as the assistant team physician for the University of Louisville’s football squad from 2009-12 and as the assistant team physician for Christian Academy High School from 2010-12. Clegg also participated in the emergency response for Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010.


Shrewsberry began his coaching career in 1999 as a graduate assistant at the University of Indianapolis. After stints as an assistant coach at Wabash College and DePauw University, he spent two seasons as director of basketball operations at Marshall. He then became the first fulltime head coach at Indiana UniversitySouth Bend. Initially, Shrewsberry joined Butler in 2007 as coordinator of basketball operations, but he earned a promotion to assistant coach just one year later. During his tenure, Shrewsberry also aided in the development of Shelvin Mack, who finished his career at Butler as the best point guard in the school’s history.

Peter Dunn

Nominations are due Oct. 31 for the 2012 award year. To nominate someone, visit awards/achievement.

He earned a master’s degree in sports management from Indiana State University in 2003. Shrewsberry and his wife, Molly, have three children.


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Deadly tornados affect area Hanoverians College offers aid in cleanup and rebuilding efforts When a massive EF-4 tornado was about to whip 170-mile-per-hour winds through her home in Henryville, Ind., Stephanie Decker, wife of Joe Decker ’91, knew she would do anything to protect her children, son Dominic, 8, and daughter Reese, 5. Binding them together in a comforter, she covered them with her own body in the walk-out basement of the couple’s 8,000-square-foot dream home. Moments later, the building was a mass of shambles and Stephanie Decker was bleeding profusely, her legs crushed, in addition to seven broken ribs and a punctured lung. While her children emerged without a scratch, parts of both her legs required amputation. “I was trying to yell for help, but I couldn’t get my voice loud enough for anyone to hear me,” Stephanie Decker told reporters at a news conference from the University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital. “I just prayed that somebody (would) come help me.” Before help could arrive, however, a second tornado blasted through the same path as the first, with more debris attacking the mother of two in the process. Eventually, she was able to send her son for help, and during what seemed like an interminable wait, Stephanie Decker made a video on her cell phone telling her family she loved them just in case she didn’t make it. Her task proved unnecessary when help arrived not long afterward.

“So if that makes her a hero, I don’t mind calling her that.” He gave the same praise to his children. When the tornado tore through the Deckers’ hometown March 2 and leveled the homes of approximately 2,000 residents, it was one of 140 reported twisters and 76 confirmed landings. The entire storm system was the second worst occurrence in early March for the U.S. on record with a death toll of 39 lives lost. A few miles away at the local high school, teacher Erin McCartin ’07 knew severe weather was on the way. She went to a secure room in the building’s interior and waited with several others, feeling stupid as she crawled under a desk for safety. With the storm’s arrival, the lights went out and McCartin felt incredible pressure painfully pop her ears. “We just heard all the crashing,” she said. “I was trying to figure out what the noises were (and) trying to think of things in the room that could land on my desk.” Fortunately, McCartin, her colleagues and the remaining students all escaped injury. Sophomore Andrew Stark saw the storm approach as he made his way to the Milton (Ky.) Fire House where he’s served as a volunteer for the past year. Hail hit Stark’s truck as he parked, and an EF-3 tornado was just a quarter-mile away.

Photo by Gene Romano/FEMA

The devastation found at Henryville, Ind.

While the campus and its residents were safe, others in the Hanover College community were not so lucky. Kirstie Kleopfer Craven ’03 lost her great-aunt and uncle and their four-year-old greatgrandson, who was ripped out of his mother’s arms bu high-speed winds at their Chelsea, Ind., home. Craven’s parents, who live across the road, also lost their house, but thankfully were unharmed. “They’re doing as well as they can, taking everything day by day” said Craven of her parents in a phone interview. “When I first came home and saw the damage in Chelsea, it was very emotional.” Her father gave her a different perspective.

“When I realized it was headed right for me, I wasn’t scared,” said Stark just days afterward. “I knew I had to stay calm to tell everyone else about it.” He ran to an interior bathroom and the tornado hit just as he shut the door and got down on his hands and knees. Stark said he feared for his life when the building lifted six inches off the foundation.

Joe Decker, who was on lockdown at Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, Ind., where he teaches algebra, considers his wife a hero.

When the storm passed, those bathroom walls were about the only things left standing. Stark’s only injury was a sprained ankle he got from kicking the door to get out.

“To me, I got my kids because of her,” he said at the same news conference.

“I thank God for saving me. I prayed the whole time I was in there.” Craven and her husband, Eric, survey the damage to her parents’ home. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.


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doors, pieces of wood, wire and much more, away from damaged homes. Senior Daniel Passafiume, who helped organize his team’s turnout, said that while he and the players had no personal connection to Marysville, they wanted to lend a hand. “I’ve never experienced anything like this, but putting ourselves in these people’s shoes, you can imagine, just looking around, how helpless they probably feel,” said Passafiume. “This is the least we can do, come out here and help them out.” “There’s nothing on this side of the road that can’t be fixed,” he said. “We just lost things; they lost family members.” One of the good things to come from such heartbreak is the outpouring of help. Georgia Lacy, a sophomore from Henryville, Ind., whose parents lost most of their home, said the support her family has received has been amazing. “We’ve had people help us from all over the state and even Oklahoma,” she wrote via email. “(The) neighbors spend about as much time helping each other as working on their own property.” Craven echoed the sentiment, a little closer to home. “I would like to thank my Hanover family,” she said. “Through Facebook, staff and alumni from far and wide, (including) other countries and my (sorority) family have all contacted me and emailed me. It’s been overwhelming (and) a very important support network.”

Internship and Career Connections Coordinator David Harden, who spent both days on site, said how sad it was to see entire communities leveled. "What hit me the most was how these houses had been around for generations and now they’re gone," he said. "It was just so sad." Chaplain Laura Peck Arico ’04, who along with Assistant Director of Residence Life and Student Activities Cortlan Waters ’08, organized the crews, said the volunteers found items that they were able to return to the homeowners. “Our Saturday group found family pictures that had been blown into the woods,” said Arico. “They also were able to reunite some family heirlooms with their owners.”

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Assistant Track Coach Josh Payne took members of the team to Henryville Sunday to help Lacy, who’s also on the team, clear debris from her family’s home. As the weekend wrapped up, Arico said it was difficult to put an actual number on how many people turned out to help, because while the school had a volunteer list, there were many ad hoc efforts, also. She made clear it won’t be the only time the Hanover community offers assistance. Arico said the school plans to offer help as long as necessary and will work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to clean up, help rebuild homes and restore communities. “This is Hanover’s character," said Arico.”These are our neighbors and this is our neighborhood.” You can help Stephanie through the Community Foundation of Louisville at 325 W. Main Street, Suite 1110, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Please put Stephanie Decker Foundation in the memo line. To participate in Hanover’s relief efforts, you can make your check payable to River Valley Financial Bank, and put FBO Hanover College Tornado Relief in the memo line. Mail it to River Valley Financial Bank, P.O. Box 1590, Attn. Hanover College Tornado Relief, Madison, IN 47250.

To aid in the cleanup and rebuilding efforts, more than 100 students, faculty and staff poured into the Indiana towns of Marysville, Chelsea, New Washington and Henryville less than two weeks afterward to clean up, sort items and make meals. In Marysville, Head Football Coach Steve Baudendistel ’01 and several dozen players were easy to spot in their red team sweatshirts as they carried household items like mattresses, cement blocks, broken

Members of Hanover’s football team help with the cleanup in Marysville, Ind.

(Freelance writer Pam Windsor contributed to this story.)


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Keith and Judy Roberts to retire Professor of Sociology Keith Roberts, and his wife, Instructor of Education Judy Roberts, will retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. Keith Roberts joined Hanover in 1991 after serving in the sociology department at Firelands College, part of Bowling Green State University (Ky.) for 15 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1969 from Muskingum College (Ohio), a master’s in 1972 from Boston University School of Theology, graduating summa cum laude, and a doctorate from Boston University in 1976. In his more than two decades at the College, Roberts taught classes in his discipline focusing on families, religion, race and ethnic relations, cultures of learning and social psychology, among many others. Roberts has earned many awards for his work, including the J. Milton Yinger Award for Distinguished Career in Sociology from the North Central Sociological Association in 2012, the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 2010 and its Hans Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in 2000. He has also initiated two awards for graduate students in the field to further their professional development.

faculty marshal since 2000; faculty parliamentarian since 2001; multiple times as the sociology department chair; as well as a stint as the physical education department chair. Roberts also founded and served as advisor to the Sociology and Anthropology Club. He has been active in community service, including serving and/or chairing several committees and councils of the Hanover United Methodist Church since 1991 and serving on the Indiana 2000 Committee for Southwestern Schools, among several others. In a career that has spanned 45 years, Judy Roberts has spent the past nine serving Hanover by preparing students to teach. Her duties at the College have included supervising the studentteacher program, chairing the education department and serving as its fieldwork coordinator. In addition, Roberts has taught a range of courses in education, on topics such as language arts, social studies and the senior seminar.

A prolific author, Roberts has 10 editions of text books, has contributed chapters, has had more than 30 articles published and has given 75 presentation and workshops, in addition to reviewing others’ work. During his Hanover tenure he has served as chair of the Committee on Learning and Teaching, which he founded; on the self-study team that spearheaded the accreditation process; as


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She began her career as a first grade teacher in Bedford, Mass., teaching for four years before becoming a private tutor in the area. After her family moved to Huron, Ohio, Roberts served that city’s school system in elementary and special education for more than 10 years before coming to the Hanover-Madison, Ind., area. She earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Muskingum College (Ohio) in 1969 and went on to earn her master’s in reading from Boston College, also graduating with distinction. Along with earning teacher certification in both Ohio and Indiana, Roberts has continued her education by participating in workshops sponsored by Bowling Green State University (Ky.), the Ohio Department of Education and the Wilson Center (Ind.). Among her professional activities, Roberts has served as an advisor for the Indiana Student Education Association and as a member, treasurer and membership chair of the Indiana Reading Professors.

How to succeed in business ( but you have to really, really try )

What does it take to own your own business? What are the kinds of hours you have to work or steps you need to take to make it succeed? We asked several Hanover entrepreneurs to share their experiences.

The late Victor Kiam, former CEO best known for his, “I liked it so much, I bought the company,” ads for Remington electric shavers once said, “Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise. They willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.” When Jeff Durham ’92 got his first job after Hanover as a stockbroker, he knew he was only marking time. “I was always too stubborn to work for someone else,” said Durham. “I’m passionate about entrepreneurship. And I love being able to express my creativity in that way. With a small equity loan, he bought a small retail health and beauty business in 1996 in Indianapolis. The hours were long — sometimes 80 per week – but the eventual rewards were worth it. Durham sold that first venture for three times more than he paid for it.

Jeff Durham

His next endeavor was in home décor, as is his current company, Harvest Scents and Traders, ( a wholesale firm that supplies country and folk items to retail shops. Durham also consults for small businesses. The work got a little easier over the years, although Durham acknowledged an early mistake of not hiring help soon enough. He and his wife, Amy, also kept their lifestyle small. Durham said their expenses were about half that of their peers.

What’s the biggest lesson he’s learned? “It’s a lot easier to work for someone else than to have your own business,” he said. “Only go into it if you’re really able to last for the long haul; to sacrifice (and) do the things that other people don’t want to do to make it to the finish line.”


Elaine Kops-Bedel

Tim Powers

Hanover Trustee Elaine Kops-Bedel ’74 got the idea to start her own financial planning firm in 1988 when the company she worked for moved to Chicago. After a short stint at an accounting firm, she began Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., ( in Indianapolis.

“I think the key to success is having a passion for what you do and being willing to work hard,” said KopsBedel. “My business is a very personal business. It is important for a person to feel very comfortable with me and my staff so he/she is willing to share their financial information and to have the confidence that we can meet their needs.”

In more than two decades, Kops-Bedel has earned numerous accolades for her efforts, including receiving the 2011 Torchbearer Award from Gov. Daniels and the Indiana Commission for Women. She routinely makes the list of top influential advisors in many major media outlets.

“I do think there is a difference between the way men and women provide services and run their businesses, so there is definitely a choice that consumers can make.”

The majority of clients come from referrals, while others result from speeches, television interviews and Kops-Bedel’s commitment to service. She doesn’t believe being a woman in a male-dominated industry has made any difference to her business. Jan Patterson Haas

Hass with Vada Tracy, daughter of Kristin Doering Tracy ’94


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She added that women in transition, e.g., widows or divorcees, tend to seek out a female advisor.

In 1981, Jan Patterson Haas ’79 started Trent Montessori, ( a school for ages three to six, in a historic home in Newport, Ky., with just four students. “(My husband, Eric ’78) and I made the shelves and some of the materials and borrowed some money from my parents to get started,” she said. “After one year in that location, we bought another house and doubled our enrollment.”

While it took seven years to be fully solvent, today the school operates at full capacity with 64 students and a long waiting list. She credits the workload she had at Hanover with giving her the assurance of knowing she could take on the demands. “You have to have a support group. And you have to have the confidence you can do it. Just be polite to the naysayers and move on.” This year, the school celebrates its 30th year, and Haas enjoys seeing alumni return. Some have started to send their own children to the school. “They’re coming back and sharing with us their memories and what they’re doing,” she said. “(Some) attribute their success to being made to finish their work cycle (one of the Montessori principles).”

Sometimes, an entrepreneur takes a budding business and builds it into something big. In 1993, Tim Powers ’92 left his job as an investment broker in Cincinnati to help his mother Sharon’s start-up, making customizable school planners for elementary through college years. Almost two decades later, School Datebooks ( is a multi-million dollar company with close to 100 employees and clients in all 50 states, and a few international locales.

“By being an entrepreneur, you get to affect your level of success,” he said. “Whether it’s one employee or 50-100, I wanted the opportunity to control my destiny and know that if this business does well, I played a part, and if it fails, I played a part in that, too.”

Enterprise social software has changed the way companies communicate and do business. Andy Jankowski ’95 founded Enterprise Strategies ( as a way to help them make the most of their internal networks so their employees can gain greater productivity. Having spent years working for industry giants like Andersen, Ernst and Young, JP Morgan Chase and Oracle, Jankowski broke out on his own after spending too much time away from his young family. “Even though I loved what I was doing, I could do it on my own and have more control over my life and do some things differently,” he said. “(My own business) would allow me to act in the best possible way and in greater detail with each customer.”

Andy Jankowski and Jackie Mills

Managing growth was a big challenge for Powers, who said during the late 1990s the company grew at a rate of about 20-40 percent a year. “When you’re in hyper growth mode, you’re putting everything you’ve worked for on the line,” he said. “We were dependent on the bank to fund the growth (since) we didn’t want to take on outside investors. At any given point, if catastrophe struck, we’ve got all our employees and their well-being to think about.”

A communication and self-professed football major, Jankowski believes he received an equal benefit from both disciplines. He cites an introductory acting class for giving him the skills to communicate with customers and how non-verbal gestures can play an important role. Football taught him to overcome obstacles and gave him discipline. “It’s similar to stepping onto an opposing field (against) a tackle twice your size. You find a way to win. I’ve closed deals on Wall Street that I should not have been qualified to, but athletics made the difference. You know if you fail, you get up and try it again.”

Recently, Jankowski hired Jackie Mills ’09 to do research for his firm. The behind-the-scenes look at being an entrepreneur has given her an appreciation for just how much it takes to prosper. “I did not realize what a huge undertaking it was to start a new business, from drafting contracts to identifying clients to creating social media presence,” said Mills. “(The) timing of all those components is absolutely crucial. I have discovered entrepreneurs need a strong, clear vision and the passion to make it a reality in order to be successful.” Sounds exactly like a budding business owner. THE HANOVERIAN • SPRING 2012 | | 11

When Jacquelyn Wesseler Love ’07 spent the summer after her junior year as an intern at Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People in Indianapolis, she knew she had found her calling. Working with children and teenagers trying to cope with the loss of a loved one was so fulfilling, she not only continued to volunteer afterward, Love became a part-time employee while attending graduate school at the University of Indianapolis. Rather than focus solely on the services she provided, however, the psychology major was able to take what she had learned in the Business Scholars Program for a pragmatic look at how the organization ran. Love’s experiences helped to shape her future roles as employee and student. “I have not been in a class in grad school that’s talked about the business aspect of a nonprofit,” she said. “I don’t think I would have been comfortable going into a business setting or board meetings if I hadn’t had the experiences with the workshops we did (at Hanover).” Love’s dissertation is a program evaluation of Brooke’s Place, where she identified and implemented outcome measures that complemented the program’s principles and goals. Her findings will provide data for funders and future participants on the program’s effectiveness. “Ultimately, it is a synthesis of measuring and researching psychological concepts to inform and enhance the business.”

Hanover’s Business Scholars Program combines the breadth of a liberal arts education with practical application. But how effective is it? We spoke with several members of the inaugural class to find out.

Combining a liberal arts degree with business training and experience is the core of the Business Scholars Program. In January, USA Today reported that recent college graduates, who as seniors scored highest on a standardized test to measure how well they think, reason and write — skills most associated with a liberal arts education — were far more likely to be better off financially than those who scored lowest. The findings came from a survey done by the Social Science Research Council, an independent organization. John Parden ’07, who serves as a licensed personal banker for Fifth Third Bank in Indianapolis, said his economics


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major allowed him to understand the fundamentals of finance and how to piece together good plans for achieving longterm financial success. “Great plans are wonderful,” said Parden, “but how well you can articulate them to a client is what’s important. So much of my job is dependent on my client’s trusting me.” That ability to articulate a message is one of the factors in making Parden the top sales producer at the bank and in the top tier for customer service. “The liberal arts taught us how to learn,” echoed Ashley Wells Herrera ’07, also an economics major who works as a finance manager for a Fortune 50 security firm based in Los Angeles. “When the environment starts changing, you can hold onto one or two truths. You can grow and let yourself change, let go of some things and take on others.” Herrera added each time her company gets a new client, there’s a burst of activity, especially when it comes to understanding any unique needs. “Especially when it comes to billing, it’s all done individually,” she said. “My liberal arts (education) taught me to be flexible with all that.” Of the 19 members of the inaugural class, all had jobs or were in graduate school within six months of graduation, according to data from Hanover’s Career Center. David Meehan ’07 said his first job as special assistant to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels came as a direct result of his internship with former congressional rep Mike Sodrel (R-Ind.) and the outsidethe-classroom experiences he gained while in the Business Scholars Program. “The most beneficial thing I (learned) is the emphasis placed on networking,” said the political science major, currently pursuing a dual M.B.A./J.D. at Indiana University. He added that while clerking at a big law firm in the state’s capital, his boss gave him high marks for how he related to others. “It’s invaluable,” said Meehan of the lessons he learned about social situations in the program. “I look back on it as

the biggest benefit that I wouldn’t have received otherwise.” That comfort in connecting with people from clients to CEOs has helped Ashley Ubelhor Brown ’07 move up the corporate ladder as a human resources manager for Aramark, a Fortune 500 firm that provides food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel. She cites the knowledge of business functions and management strategies the program gave her, combined with the liberal arts emphasis from her psychology major with helping her succeed. “In the business world, every day will be different, you have to think on the spot,” said Brown. “(The program) helped me to be creative and think differently in complex business situations.”

business leaders is the knowledge they’ll have whatever skills they need, regardless of where their future takes them. Said Meehan, “It’s a level of comfort to be able to do a variety of things. I have the confidence that I can go into any field and take on any challenge.”

The Business Scholars Program, formerly known as the Center for Business Preparation, is a practical, experiential program that lets students hone their business skills and apply the knowledge they learn from experienced business people

Spanish major Sarah Morrison Racey ’07 didn’t have a job lined up immediately after graduation, but because she was open to any possibility, Racey was able to secure a position with Houston-based Rosen Inspection Technologies, which services the oil and gas, aerospace, marine, transportation and security industries.

to solve real problems.

As a client lead, Racey gathers data and performs complex analysis, along with managing a team of analysts. Like the others, she believes the business tools and liberal arts perspective she got from the program have given her an advantage on the job.

they complete an internship,

“My classes gave me the ability to analyze on the spot and figure things out on my own,” said Racey. “(Those skills) are important to clients I interact with on a daily basis.”

in areas like résumé writing,

While Giles Garrison ’07, a communication major, values the core business knowledge he received, a movie his class saw on ethics resonated the most. “A lot of times, I can make a decision that’s beneficial for me, but is it (good) for my customers?” asked Garrison. “I came out of (the film) thinking that I wanted to do things the right way.” Perhaps the biggest advantage of Hanover’s method of training future

Business scholars combine a major in their area of interest with practical preparation in business and management. In addition to coursework, analyze business cases, do a consulting project for a real business, meet with numerous business and not-for-profit leaders and take workshops interviewing and creative problem-solving techniques. Since its launch in 2003, the Business Scholars Program continues to grow in enrollment and the number of majors represented. Currently, the program has 191 students or one-fifth of the entire student body, with 23 different majors.


Business rules By PamWindsor

They’ve been around for years. They are the tried and sometimes not-so-true business adages that companies often rely on without stopping to ask, “Do they really work?” If they worked in the past, do they still apply today in a constant and rapidly-changing business environment?

The customer is always right. “Never,” said Jerry Johnson ’69, executive director of Hanover’s Business Scholars Program. “Oh, sometimes they’re right,” he explained, “but they’re wrong a heck of a lot of times. The secret is to tell them they’re wrong in a nice way.” “The customer is always right, that’s kind of a time tested mantra, right?” asked John Riddick ’87, an associate professor for the program. Not necessarily. Riddick said while many companies use the maxim to remind employees to put customers first, he pointed to companies that have been successful serving customers with a different approach, by putting them second.

You have to spend money to make money. “More often than not, that’s the case,” said Jeff Conner, also an associate professor with the program. “If you’re growing a business, you’re going to need to invest, whether it is inventory, accounts receivable, working capital, that type of thing.” nd Conner, who has an extensive backgrou ble, Gam in marketing at Proctor and Heinz and Conagra Frozen Foods, said another factor people tend to overlook ure when launching a new product or vent it. is the cost of developing “One of the big mistakes people make is the ‘if you build it, they will come’ t syndrome, which is if you’ve got this grea it t abou le idea you don’t need to tell peop g (or) market it.” He follows up by sayin . well end n’t that philosophy usually does a need to New businesses, overall, tend lot of cash.

“Southwest Airlines is a great example of an organization that puts their employees first, and that, in turn, positions (them) to deliver excellent customer service.” He said that in a knowledge-based economy, your biggest asset is your employees and that “keeping them happy leads to happy customers. Johnson, a former chairman and CEO of a major bank he founded in Michigan, added that while customer service is always a priority, “You can’t always make a decision based on the fact that a customer thinks he or she is right, when in fact, they’re not.” He, too, believes in empowering employees to make the kinds of decisions that allow them to best meet and serve customers’ needs.


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It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. “It’s both,” said Johnson. “You can have all kinds of knowledge but if you don’t take advantage of the connections you have, it’s not going to do you much good.” Johnson may be his own best example of the value of networking and how knowing someone can help career development. As an English major, he went on to have an extremely successful career in banking. “I graduated from Hanover, had no clue what I wanted to do and we happened to have a family friend who was a senior banker in Indianapolis,” said Johnson. “He didn’t get me the job but he got me the interview, and the rest is history, as they say.” Steve Ellis ’72, who returned to his alma mater in 2009 to teach with the program, said the term often, and incorrectly, comes with a negative connotation. “I think sometimes in movies and television it can get a bad reputation,” he said, “but it’s nothing more than you knowing people and people knowing you.” Ellis believes letting someone help you get a foot in the door is always a good strategy. “It’s not that you get a job that you may not be qualified for because you know the president of a company, it’s that you find out where the openings are (for which) you might be a fit.”

Do the rules of business really apply or are they just handed-down folklore? We asked a few of our faculty for the answers. The best supply strategy is just-in-time management. Most agree that, in theory, having just the inventory you need to run your business is a great concept but in the real world, it’s often unrealistic. While having too much inventory you’ve paid for sitting idle comes at a cost to your business, not having what you need when you need it can create big problems. “Let’s say General Motors were to use a just-in-time inventory strategy,” explained Professor of Economics Rob Graham, “and they’re depending on a lot of suppliers to provide them parts and one of the suppliers does not come through in a timely fashion. Their whole production could be affected.” He added that factors you cannot control, especially when suppliers may be in other localities, other states or even other countries, can force you to shut down your operation if you don’t get the supplies you need in time. “There (are) any number of reasons that process could be interrupted, problems in a transportation network or problems of a natural disaster variety.” Graham believes the safest approach is to keep a minimal amount of inventory on hand with assurances you have an adequate supply easily available.

It’s not personal, it’s business. This one is totally inaccurate, according to Riddick. “To me, it’s just a justification for treating people poorly,” he said. “I don’t think you can ever eliminate the human connection in business.”

Jack of all trades, master of none. This usually describes a person with a little knowledge in a lot of areas but no depth of expertise in one. And while people often use it in less-than-flattering terms, especially when compared to specialists, Ellis maintains that in the business world, there is room for both. “I think that in many instances CEO’s of companies are jacks of all trades and masters of none,” he said. “I doubt that Warren Buffet, one of the great investors of all time, knows everything there is to know about the tax code. He’s got people to specialize in that, to help him do what needs to be done. I doubt that Steve Jobs knew a whole lot about how electrons work and how chips were made. He had people who knew that and took care of it.” Ellis said while specialists are terribly important, you need someone to understand and help direct the big picture. Professor of Economics Eric Dodge encourages students to develop some of those big-picture skills such as problem solving, being able to communicate thoughts and ideas, and working on a team; skills that will help you in any career field. At the same time, he supports the idea of focusing on one area of expertise. “It’s important to be a specialist,” he said. But while Dodge acknowledged students and workers learned years ago that they could be successful if they shined in one area, today, even those who specialize need to be more receptive to change. “I think you need to be pretty good at several things so that when your job description changes or is made obsolete by a new world, you can be flexible enough to evolve.”

The statement infers you cannot allow emotions to get in the way of making a good business decision. However, even then, as Johnson recalled from his own experience, you always have to remember the person or people involved. “At one point in my life, I (basically) had to fire my best friend,” he said. “It was a horrible thing.” Johnson told him, “I still want to remain friends, but from a business standpoint you are not performing the way you need to (to) support the rest of the team.” Johnson noted that while it was fortunate the two were able to remain friends, instances like it are never easy. Riddick said it’s important to keep the personal aspect in mind in all of your business dealings. While working for Ross Perot’s EDS Systems, he learned that the human element is always a factor. “Ross Perot taught me on day one from a selling perspective that at the end of the day, people buy stuff from people they like. It’s deeply personal, it’s all about relationships.” He said when you think about it, it's always personal to at least one person involved in the situation.



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Photo: Mark Olencki

At the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, S.C., this alumna has built a lasting haven for the arts.

n one stage, there’s a production of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Titanic.” On another, a ballet dancer does a jeté, making the leap by throwing one leg in front of the other, while upstairs, musicians tune their instruments in rehearsal. Somewhere in the 86,000-square foot, three-building facility, school-aged children learn how to draw, as locals and tourists take in the exhibit at the regional history museum. While they may not occur simultaneously on the same day, the grand maestra behind all these artistic endeavors is Jennifer Clark Evins ’88. As president and CEO of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (S.C.), she heads a conglomerate of nine nonprofit organizations dedicated to visual and performing arts, science and history.

From her office in the Chapman Cultural Center — the $44.5 million arts center completed in 2007 for which she served as fundraising chair — Evins oversees everything from budget, managing a staff of 12 full-time employees, community outreach, education and the multiple performances the center hosts every month. In between daily meetings, she also has to juggle both community and speaking engagements. If that weren’t enough, there’s her volunteer work. Evins serves as trustee for both the Spartanburg County Foundation and the College Hub of

Spartanburg County, Gov. Nikki Haley appointed her commissioner for the Spartanburg County Commission on Higher Education, she’s an appointed member of the City of Spartanburg Public Safety Committee and a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Wofford College. Somewhere amid the whirlwind of activity, she has to find time for her husband, Alex, an attorney, and her children, Emily, 12 and Sam, 9. Is anyone else out there wondering when this woman has time to sleep? When you’re the president or CEO, you don’t ever stop working,” said Evins, laughing, in a phone interview. She manages it all in about 50-60 hours per week by using Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits

for Highly Effective People” method, along with a staff she considers very talented. “I delegate a lot. I have a great husband who’s very supportive. God has given me a lot of energy and good health, (which is) a real important part of the equation. So is having the right people around you that you can count on. I don’t micromanage my department heads. I don’t try to be in everybody’s work.” Within her many roles on the job, it’s clear Evins’ first priority is fundraising. Her goal is to raise $1.2 million annually

to put toward the partnership’s $1.9 million budget. Income from fees and services make up the rest. “I make strategic calls to corporations and individuals to make sure we’re making progress,” she said. “We look at tapping into new donors and donor retention: thanking them, writing notes that align with their goals and making sure we’re good stewards of their gifts.” Being involved with the arts is something Evins has done for more than 20 years, ever since she moved to the upstate city for her first job after graduating from Hanover and fell in love with her landlord’s son. Evins has served on the boards of many of the arts organizations that make up the partnership she runs. Over the years, she has involved

herself in everything from leadership programs, the Girl Scouts, the Junior League, the advisory boards of First Citizens Bank and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems, as well as volunteered for the local humane society and regional hospice. Her list of awards is equally lengthy. In 2011, Evins received one of the state’s highest honors, Woman of Achievement 2011 from the South Carolina Business and Professional Women. Additionally, she received the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award from


the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce (with her husband) in 2007, and the David W. Reid Award for Achievement in the Arts in 2004, the city’s highest arts honor, among many others. Evins takes the accolades in stride — the local newspaper’s website quoted her as saying she just happened to be one of a long line of volunteers for the Chapman Center campaign. That didn’t stop one of the campaign’s largest donors from having the lobby inside the plaza named in her honor. Giving back is something Evins learned from her parents. Her mother worked with senior citizens, and her father served as a city-county councilman in Indianapolis for 20 years. “I saw, as a child, how (individuals) can make a difference,” she said. “I think that helped me understand that it wasn’t just this great big world out there.” Being a member of Kappa Alpha Theta was another place that taught her the importance of community service. “When you can start making decisions on your own, you can choose to be involved. Being involved in Greek life, it taught us as students to think of our fellow human beings.”

Her passion for her adopted hometown — located just 30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours to the beach — rivals the one Evins feels for the arts. “When I flew in to the airport for the first time, all I could see was green trees,” she said. “It is beautiful here and the weather is wonderful. We have four wonderful but not-so-extreme seasons. Also, it is an hour from Charlotte, N.C., and two–and-ahalf hours to Atlanta so I can get a big city fix easily!” Spartanburg is also a welcoming place for volunteers, she added, but people need to raise their hands and offer, rather than wait for a phone call. In 2009, Evins made a brief run for the mayor’s office, and though she withdrew early for personal reasons, she said she would consider running at some point in the future. “I’ve found you don’t have to be in a political position to lead,” said Evins. “There are so many ways to make a difference, you don’t have to be an elected official. Right now, I have my hands full.” The business administration major credits the liberal arts education she earned at Hanover for teaching her to look at working for a nonprofit as more

than simply a love of the arts. Evins said she runs the center like a business and considers the patrons and audiences her customers. “(They) really helped me to look at the whole company, since most of my work had been in marketing,” she said of her business classes. “It was a very comprehensive business education.” Having to present what she learned to her classmates has given Evins the requisite self-confidence for the speaking engagements she does on a regular basis. “(Professor of Communication) Barb Garvey was very good at teaching us how to articulate a message,” she said. “I don’t find that in a lot of people, whether it’s in a meeting or a proposal. “Everything (today) is communicated so much electronically. I write a personal note on a weekly or daily basis. It can differentiate you from other leaders.” Throughout its history, the City of Spartanburg has enjoyed a thriving, creative community. With leaders like Evins, that tradition should continue for many more years to come.

At left, the 500-seat David Reid Theatre, home to performances in music, theater and dance. Below, the Regional History Museum, featuring a permanent wave machine and the Pardo Stone, named after Spanish explorer Juan Pardo, which dates back to 1567 and found in Spartanburg County in 1935. (Photo at left, courtesy of The Chapman Cultural Center. Below: Mark Olencki.)


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Excitement and momentum are building at Hanover! Hanover College has a strong, proud tradition of achievement that began almost 184 years ago. As we celebrate our past with admiration, we can look toward the future with hope.

We will:

Consider this:

• Improve outdoor athletic facilities.

• First-year classes have increased 42 percent in three years.

• Assure that all students who meet our academic standards have the resources to attend the college of their choice, Hanover College.

• Retention rates (first-year to secondyear enrollment) of 94.7 percent at mid-year in 2012, along with our graduation rates, are at an all-time high. • In the last two years, an average of 30 percent of our graduates went on to graduate or professional schools, a rate that is among the highest in the country. • Recruitment for athletics and membership in Greek organizations are on the increase; these are two activities linked to high graduation rates. High above our stately river, Far from mart and town, Stands our noble Alma Mater, Looking proudly down. We, her children, sing her praises, Live our loyalty. Hail to thee, our Alma Mater! Hanover, hail to thee.

• The percent of students of color and international students has increased from five to 15 percent of the incoming class. These examples confirm a commitment to our core mission: to provide a premier liberal arts education in a supportive community of scholars and students. The College has a clear picture of how to seize this energy by expanding extraordinary opportunities for students. Hanover College is well positioned to grow in both quality and reputation. Now is our moment. The Board of Trustees has committed to the plan of action defined in this document; a plan that adds value to the Hanover experience by focusing exclusively on dynamic student experiences.


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• Strengthen key areas of academic distinction. • Enhance student social experiences.

We will significantly increase the number of students studying abroad, strengthen the liberal arts through innovative curriculum proposals, expand student social activities, improve experiences for student-athletes and support talented students with scholarships. LIVE OUR LOYALTY: The Campaign for Hanover College seeks $34,345,000 in new philanthropic investments. Year one, which we began officially in February of 2011, has been invigorating and assuring. During this time, we have called on members of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and leadership donors for their support. The resulting $15-plus million we have raised in just one year is nothing less than amazing. The Live Our Loyalty campaign is the result of a yearlong series of discussions held between the Board of Trustees, senior Hanover administrators, students, faculty and staff. Key to its development was connecting core values with solid strategic initiatives that will expand our campus community and resources, along with the capacity to enhance programs that are essential to the formation of a wellrounded and well-educated individual. By linking the strength of the liberal arts with early research opportunities and

out-of-classroom experiences, our graduates will be ready for the future, whatever it entails, and will ensure that every Hanover student’s individual path is a successful one. Vital to these efforts are four significant goals that are the foundation of the Strategic Plan and drive the initiatives of the Live Our Loyalty campaign. It will require a tremendous effort from all campus constituents to reach these goals, which will allow us to continue to embrace the unique qualities and characteristics that make us who we are: • A campus of 1,200 students with 75 percent of the students having a significant off-campus experience that prepares them to work anywhere in the world. • Extensive experiential learning opportunities that build upon the liberal arts foundation giving students actual achievements such as project-based internships and student research projects resulting in public presentations. • Students who graduate with a sense of confidence in their ability to analyze and solve the world’s problems because they have a better understanding of those who are different from their own background and culture. • Graduates who have life-long relationships with faculty, staff and classmates. Let me pause briefly to recognize the successes that have occurred so quietly and

quickly, and most of all, to thank those who have led and lived their loyalty to Hanover. In addition to 100 percent participation in the campaign by the trustees, 71 percent of faculty and staff have made pledges, a quadrupling of participation. And, eight faculty and staff members collectively committed $180,000 to challenge all others to match them, resulting in $650,000 in commitments. Support for the Live Our Loyalty campaign preserves the legacy of Hanover College and provides the needed resources that will provide contemporary programs and services for the future. Already, we have seen alumni take a leadership role in making the campaign’s success a reality. Mark ’71 and Marabeth Ice Levett ’71 have played the most important roles in the Live Our Loyalty campaign. As campaign chairs, they have spent many hours strategizing and helping to secure lead gifts, as well as making one of their own. They also led the efforts to organize a group of dedicated alumni to serve on the Campaign Steering Comittee. The success of Live Our Loyalty will be a reflection, in large part, of Mark and Marabeth’s dedication and love for Hanover.

This summer, we will complete work on the second and final phase of renovating the Brown Campus Center, thanks to the generosity of Jo Ann Flubacher Withrow ’63 and her special interest in students’ social experiences. When students return in the fall, there will be modern and updated spaces for them to socialize, as well as dedicated space for student organizations and the Office of Student Life. To reach these goals we will call on our alumni and friends to reflect on the Hanover experiences that shaped their lives and respond generously to the objectives of the plan. I invite your loyal and enthusiastic giving for the exceptional students of Hanover College. They are our future and they need and deserve our support.

Sue DeWine, President

I would also like to recognize Will and Tricia Stockton Hagenah ’66 for their generous contribution and for chairing the trustee solicitation phase. Gifts like theirs signify their belief in the value of a Hanover education.

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From the Campaign Chairs From our days as students to our years on the Board of Trustees, Hanover has enriched our lives in countless ways. When we were asked to lead this campaign, we agreed because we care deeply about Hanover and want to ensure that the College continues to flourish for future generations of students. In keeping with that idea, “Live Our Loyalty,” a phrase from Hanover’s “Hail, Alma Mater,” seemed a fitting slogan for the campaign. To live our loyalty is to honor the good memories, ideas and enduring friendships that emerged from our college days. Now is the time for “we, her children,” the Hanover family, to “sing her praises, live our loyalty” by giving generously. The success of this campaign depends on the commitment of trustees, faculty, alumni and friends. We challenge you to rise to new levels of giving and join us in making Hanover your number one philanthropy over the next five years.

Mark ’71 and Marabeth Ice Levett ’71


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RESULTS TO DATE: $15,002,099 Trustees: 100 percent participation Faculty/Staff: 71 percent participation

Campaign Steering Committee Chairs: Mark ’71 and Marabeth Ice Levett ’71 Members: John Barnard ’65 Sue and Mike DeWine Mark ’70 and Jennifer Gabriel Ken ’74 and Kendal Hegamaster Gladish ’75 Jim ’72 and Carol Godfrey Green ’74 Will and Tricia Stockton Hagenah ’66 Dick ’67 and Jill Wood Hall ’68 Eric Bedel and Elaine Kops-Bedel ’74 Rick Muhlhauser ’67 Chip ’68 and Laura Reid Pease ’68 Mort ’55 and Carol Ziegler Prime ’55 Phil ’64 and Roni` Martin Scott ’66 John ’64 and Donna Shoemaker Steve Smith ’64 Chris ’97 and Lori Helton Welker ’97 Michael Zeddies ’77

Current Trustee Solicitation Chairs: Will and Tricia Stockton Hagenah ’66 Emeritus/Former Trustee Solicitation Chair: John Barnard ’65, Henry Ryder Faculty/Staff Solicitation Chair: David Collier Leadership Gifts Solicitation Chairs: Chip ’68 and Laura Reid Pease ’68 John ’64 and Donna Shoemaker National Alumni Campaign Tri-Chairs: Ken ’74 and Kendal Hegamaster Gladish ’75 Mort ’55 and Carol Ziegler Prime ’55 Chris ’97 and Lori Helton Welker ’97

Outdoor Athletic Facilities Chairs: Mark Gabriel ’70, Steve Smith ’64 Honorary Co-chairs: John Collier ’51, Dick Naylor, Wayne Perry Thornton Land ’64 Dave Chroback ’78 Dan Abrell ’86 Dick Lesh ’66 John Collier ’51 Bob Baylor ’70 Joe Luigs ’65 Pete Corrao ’76 Dick Beal ’64 Marcia Burks Luigs ’67 Jim Gaunt ’67 Jeff Blair ’70 Frank Martin ’65 Bill Hatch ‘64 Bill Boatman ’62 Randy McPhee ’72 Kevin Keefe ’82 Lynn Bolles Boatman ’62 Jan Messersmith ’62 Gary Kemper ’63 JoAnn Brouillette ’83

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Dan Orr ’64 Al Roberts ’64 Nick Rutsis ’63 Robert Schults ’64 Robert Thornberry ’74 John Wagner ’64 Ken Young ’65


Goal 1 Strengthen Academic Distinctiveness Total for Goal: $11,750,000 International Study Abroad Center — $3,000,000

An endowed International Study Abroad Center will make the opportunity to study internationally attainable for all Hanover students. The center will guide them to existing international study options, build new alliances with overseas institutions and assist faculty in developing new international learning experiences.

Domestic Off-Campus Study Fund — $1,000,000

Domestic off-campus study and service programs are a dynamic part of Hanover’s curriculum. Often arranged and planned by student initiative, these experiences complement classroom learning and frequently motivate students toward pursuing post-graduate study, research or career opportunities.

Business Scholars Program — $2,250,000

Donated funds will expand and make the Business Scholars program sustainable through activities such as an endowed internship fund and a student-directed investment fund, which will teach finance students to make informed investment decisions that have real-time and real-world financial consequences.

Rivers Scholars/Environmental Studies — $2,000,000

The first of two separate endowed funds will underwrite the Rivers Institute Student Fellowship Program, which allows students to conduct research, serve as interns or engage in community education in an environmental field. The Environmental Stewardship fund will identify and nurture local and regional environmental studies opportunities for students, and advance environmental and sustainability initiatives on campus, as well as underwrite a program director to lead these efforts.

Faculty Quest Grants for Academic Initiatives — $2,000,000

This endowed fund will supply the resources needed by faculty to develop and implement new courses, programs and learning approaches. Hanover will award four annual awards of $25,000 each, and funding will be competitive. Quest grants will stimulate innovation in all academic disciplines by supporting new curricular design and the adoption of bestpractice learning strategies, along with innovative student experiences throughout Hanover’s academic programs.

Quest Grants for Instructional Technology — $1,000,000

Preparing students for the future necessitates providing them with appropriate expertise in managing, analyzing and presenting information in the digital age. This endowed fund will purchase, install and maintain classroom technology for advanced teaching and learning methods, and for delivering the training and education that students need to employ technology effectively in their careers.

Campus Speakers Program — $500,000

Bringing renowned and accomplished people to campus to speak enriches the campus conversation by introducing diverse points of view that are the essence of a liberal arts education. It also represents a form of public service for the College, allowing it to offer an intellectual, artistic or cultural experience for local community members. Funding an endowed Campus Speakers Program will allow the continuation of this notable program after present grant funding expires in 2012.

“The great thing about Hanover is students are allowed to make a footprint for themselves. You can make a difference, start a club, be a leader. And there are opportunities to go far outside the campus and the classroom. It’s such a close-knit place, too. I was in the Business Scholars Program, and the time and the patience with which alumni gave back to Hanover – internships, work experience in industry, talking with students – was humbling.” Chuck Summers ’10 won the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding male senior. After finishing his M.B.A. from the University of Louisville (Ky.), he joined Midwest Center for Foreign Investment in September 2011 as director of investor services.


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Goal 2 Energize Social Experiences Total for Goal: $5,000,000 Hanover College understands that quality social experiences outside the classroom are integral to a complete education and an essential advantage of a small college. Skill in conversation, a sense of empathy, the capacity to work with others and to lead effectively — all are uncovered and nurtured in daily social and extra-curricular interactions among a wide variety of student encounters. The J. Graham Brown Campus Center is the central venue for students to get together, whether for a meal or one of more than 60 student organization meetings. Built in 1967, the Brown Campus Center remains an excellent building but is in need of updating and modernizing to make it more open, attractive, inviting and responsive to students’ needs. The Phase I renovation of the Student Activities Center, located in the former swimming pool area, opened for students in fall 2010. Planned and designed by students and made possible by donors, this extremely successful project and very popular student hangout sets the stage for the much-anticipated Phase II. Both the main student dining room and the casual dining area, now called The Underground, will expand to offer dining experiences and dietary options better aligned with today’s generation of health-conscious students. When complete, the Campus Center and the newly enhanced Shoebox will together provide an appealing range of gathering places for the Hanover community, each with a distinctive ambience, good service and an array of dietary choices.

Student Activities Center Phase II —$2,000,000

Contributions toward the second and final phase will execute a significant renovation of the Campus Center, expanding the opportunities for students to socialize and creating additional dedicated space for student organizations and the Office of Student Life.

“When you give your gift to Hanover, you have the opportunity to see the gift in action and to see the excitement generated by the gift. It’s wonderful seeing people appreciate all the benefits from what we give. You don’t get this everywhere. You really feel like your gift makes a difference.” John ’64 and Donna Shoemaker, lead donors for the on-campus student pub, The Shoebox. John is a trustee emeritus.

Renovation of the Dining Room and Student Casual Dining Area — $2,000,000

These gifts will expand the casual eating environment and modernize the main student dining area, making both more attractive and congenial places for students to gather for meals and linger over conversation.

Social Life Programming — $1,000,000

Donated funds will create an endowment, and the Office of Student Life staff will use the resulting annual income to assist students in developing and managing their student organizations. It will also create student leadership opportunities, offer outdoor recreational and challenge activities, and fund campus-wide social events and concerts — all of which will enliven and energize the campus while raising Hanover’s profile.

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“The time is right to upgrade our outdoor facilities. It’s so competitive to get student athletes today; we need these facilities to hold our own in NCAA Division III programs. Facilities can often make the difference between enrolling a top athlete or not. Come on board for this project and let’s build on the great foundation we already have with the Horner Center!” Coach John R. Collier ’51

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Build Competitive Outdoor Athletic Facilities Total for Goal: $6,000,000

A remarkable 40 percent of Hanover students participate in intercollegiate athletics every year. There they find an outlet for their competitive instincts, an opportunity to realize, and perhaps exceed, their potential and a means for learning lifetime lessons of discipline and teamwork. Equally important, Hanover athletes experience camaraderie and pride by representing their team and their college well. As evidenced by the successes of fall and winter sports teams in 2010-2011, the quality and performance of Hanover’s student-athletes brings pride to all who love Hanover. The coaching staffs recruit young people who excel on the field and courts, as well as in the classroom. Quantitative successes breed higher aspirations and dreams for greater achievements. They also enhance success in recruiting and retention, which lead to higher graduation rates. It is time for Hanover College to dramatically improve outdoor athletic facilities, at a level that the athletes and coaches deserve, the alumni, parents and boosters expect and prospective and accomplished student-athletes recognize as among the most competitive in the region. The following are priority investments for outdoor athletic facilities:

Outdoor Athletic Center $4,500,000 About 75 percent of all our student athletes, approximately 300 students, compete in outdoor sports. Each outdoor team needs access to locker rooms, training rooms and equipment rooms. To accommodate coaches, officials and fans, plans call for a stadium press box with restrooms, a concession stand, locker rooms for coaches and officials, adequate facilities for visiting teams and a President’s Box. Donated funds will renovate the present stadium and construct and attach an additional building for the new facilities.

“It’s exciting for everyone who cares about Panther athletics to anticipate the new and upgraded facilities for all outdoor sports that will take our programs to a new level.” Lynn Nichols Hall ’82, Director of Athletics


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Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Baseball Facilities $1,500,000 Donated funds will improve dugouts, install scoreboards, construct press boxes and add bleachers to the soccer, softball and baseball fields, and improve the dugouts for the latter two sports. The College will construct a new tennis complex, with eight courts, on the present site.

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“I came here as an athlete to play baseball. I have a stepbrother who raved about the campus and academic life. You come out of high school as an athlete, looking to the next level and want to be reassured and rewarded for your hard work. You get here and Hanover’s locker rooms don’t match your expectations. It’s a huge problem in attracting the student athlete.” Jason Crawford ’11, a Business Scholar who earned a job offer as a district manager with Frito-Lay after serving an internship with the company, arranged by a Hanover alumnus, for two summers.


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Recognize Quality Students Total for Goal: $8,000,000 Hanover College alumni are consistent in saying that the ability to work with people of many cultures, races and nations has been critical in their careers. They report assignments overseas, where they negotiate with global suppliers and customers or as members of diverse teams in management and research. Given the rapid and continuing growth in global relationships, Hanover understands the importance of preparing students to work effectively and respectfully with people from every nation by developing broad understandings of cultures. These experiences are essential for students’ career growth and to becoming leaders in their communities.

Hanover’s ability to support academically prepared and motivated students financially, in order to fulfill our mission of lifelong inquiry, transformative learning and meaningful service, must be secured and protected. The College will seek and reward students who can bring uncommon life-enriching cultural experiences, diverse perspectives and a desire to share and learn from classmates throughout their four years. Endowed scholarships will emphasize four distinct areas: Merit Awards will recognize and recruit academically gifted students, who present specific academic distinction. Global Scholars will enhance students’ opportunities to study abroad and will go toward students of academic merit. This scholarship will include the cost of a spring term international experience.

Legacy Scholarships will recognize and encourage generations of alumni families and will give the Office of Admission and Financial Assistance a powerful tool for recruitment. Scholarships for Under-Represented Groups will support concerted efforts to improve the geographic and cultural diversity of the student body. “We have gotten better at identifying the high school student who is going to succeed at Hanover. They bring a strong academic profile, but it’s even more about persistence. Hanover is rigorous academically. Successful Hanover students don’t give up when they face adversity. If we see a student who gets knocked down a couple of times in high school but gets back up and continues to challenge himself or herself, we know they’ll do fine here.” Jon Riester ’98, Dean of Enrollment Management

“When I graduated, my liberal arts education was promptly put to work. Hanover not only had prepared me for law school, but also for the three years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Later in my career, it provided a background that enabled me to work with clients in Japan, Arabia and around the world. A religion course, which wasn’t my favorite subject at the time, proved to be invaluable years later in helping me understand why some cultures work in a certain manner. I’m grateful for the education I got at Hanover.” Phillip D. Scott ’64, Chairman, Board of Trustees


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Goal 5

Grow the Hanover Fund Total for Goal: $3,600,000 The Hanover Fund provides critically important resources, expended annually, to augment the College’s operations budget. Yearly gifts received for the Hanover Fund immediately enter the fiscal bloodstream and contribute directly to a balanced budget at year end. It must continue to grow throughout the campaign; accordingly, the total goal of $3,600,000 represents five percent annual growth in the fund during the Live Our Loyalty Campaign.

CAMPAIGN TOTAL: $34,350,000

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Deep within the dark caverns of the United Kingdom, outfitted in a uniform and nearly 50 lbs. of equipment, Jane Huffman Hayes ’83 began the arduous trip of crawling on her hands and knees into the working part of the mine. It was very loud, damp and small. The belt on her uniform kept catching on the roof of the tunnel, and the kneepads that were far too large kept catching on the rubble on the floor. “We watched the blade move back and forth,” she said. “I found this very frightening. When it was my turn to scurry past the blade, my kneepad stuck. I was filled with sheer panic.” The geology and computer science double major escaped in time, though after showering, she discovered coal dust still deeply embedded in the creases of her eyes, nose, mouth and ears. “Although I was only in the mine for less than an hour with a mask, I blew my nose and coughed up coal dust for several days.” Hayes was in the U.K. studying mine safety in order to write a report on their methods and techniques to share with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Experiences like hers were one of more than 260 projects undertaken by Hanover students, made possible by a grant from the Paul K. and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Memorial Funds. Beginning in 1981 with a three-year grant for $75,000, Hanover was one of only 11 institutions of higher education in the program, along with the Ivy League’s Harvard University, Yale University and Dartmouth College, as well as other prestigious schools such as Northwestern University (Ill.) and the California Institute of Technology. The College received funding for the next 17 years until 1998, and through careful fiscal management was able to fund projects through the 2004-05 academic year. After meetings with President Sue DeWine and Vice President for College Advancement Dennis Hunt, Bank of America, which acts as sole trustee of the funds, reinstated Hanover into the program with a grant of almost $60,000 for 2011-12. J. Edward Richter, a 1921 Yale graduate, studied history and architecture at the University of Cambridge, in England, from 1921-23. His two years at Cambridge greatly influenced his views on education, and shortly before he died in 1967, Richter


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left his entire estate in two trusts named for his parents. The resulting income funds study projects of student interest with the goal of encouraging initiative, creativity and independent learning.

In January, Abby Guthrie ’13 used the grant to interview the residents of Van, Turkey, about their experiences during the October 2011 earthquake in order to explore how a place rebuilds and recovers after a tragedy. At the time of the 7.1 quake, Guthrie was in southeast Turkey on a Rivers Institute grant. The reinstated Richter grant funded her return to research the earthquake-ravaged tent city on the other side of the country. “The English media coverage had no depth to it,” said Guthrie “My goal was to talk to people in person, befriending them and presenting a good portrayal of what they had been through.” Aided by the city’s mayor, a Turkish filmmaker, an interpreter and a feminist group, the English major recorded eight hours of footage. She’s producing a documentary she plans to show on campus and online, with hopes of entering it in a film festival. Funds from the grant have also helped shed light on serious topics. Angela Zimmerman Zizak ’97 and Mayumi Okuhama ’98 traveled to Okinawa, Japan for three weeks in 1996. While Okuhama interviewed scholars about the historical treatment of the women sold into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during WWII, her friend spoke with those involved at different levels with the presence of the U.S. military bases and the issues surrounding them. They encountered mass protests by Okinawan citizens against the ongoing mistreatment by the U.S. military over concerns for personal safety, the presence of prostitution, noise and environmental pollution, overuse of land and other crimes. Zizak developed an independent study in sociology on rape in the military and submitted a condensed version of the paper to the Northeast Sociological Association conference in the undergraduate research category and won first place. Her passion for studying these kinds of social issues led to a master’s in social work.

“I enjoy sharing with students my research experience, illustrating the dynamics between powerful nations and small communities, how macro-level political agendas affect the daily lives of ordinary citizens and how individual activists can make their voices heard around the world in fighting for social change,” said Zizak, who teaches sociology at Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Ind. “Obviously for me, the benefits of the Richter grant did not stop at the end of the project. I certainly have to credit the program for inflaming the passion to study and teach sociology by allowing me to have these incredible experiences.” Heidi Hendrickson Farber ’85 became intrigued with the concept of communal living in Professor of Philosophy Bob Rosenthal’s Spring Term course. “Bob took us to visit the Amish, a monastery, and even a radical polygamous cult, all in southern Indiana,” she said. “I found the subject of people living together outside of mainstream society for the purpose of achieving a common goal fascinating.” She used a Richter grant to travel to the tiny town of Findhorn, located on the North Sea in Scotland, and the communal village dedicated to sustainable development. “Clearly, this community was on to something, and I wanted to know the secret to their success. I learned that while Findhorn did operate with clear rules and roles, and a common vision, it was not utopia.

For almost 20 years, Richter grants funded students’ thirst to learn more, often in remote places around the world. With their return last fall, students have quickly taken advantage of the possibilities. “There aren’t many courses on campus that deal with Latin America,” said the international studies and Spanish double major who plans to have a legal career in South America. He hopes to write another proposal to extend his study-abroad experience into the summer, which will give him more time to look at the devastating effects of deforestation in the densely-populated jungles that were once a fertile section of the Amazon forest the size of Delaware. “(Several) Texaco Oil Company CEO’s cut costs by unloading drilling mud and wastewater into hundreds of unlined pits, or directly into waterways that indigenous people depend on for a source of food, transportation, income and hygiene. They’ve taken away their lifeline, leaving an economy that’s no longer sustainable; sick and malnourished people; and babies stillborn or with birth defects. “How do you attach a dollar figure to babies born with mental retardation due to the oil drilling and mishandling of the sludge in containers that leaked into rivers? With funding from a Richter grant, Humphrey may just be able to answer that question.

“They did have trouble handling nonconformity and deviance, but they used their spiritual beliefs to guide their response to conflict. It was a rare and unique educational opportunity — a trip of a lifetime.” John Humphrey ’13 will return to Ecuador on a Richter grant during May term to conduct in-depth research with the Ecuadorian Supreme Court’s Office of Jurisprudence on a recentlysettled environmental legal battle between the country of Ecuador and Chevron Oil Company. The landmark ruling paid out $9 billion — the largest environmental lawsuit in history.


A Wobegon tale By Pat Whitney

Garrison Keillor weaves his storytelling magic about the things that bind us together.

What better way for Garrison Keillor to kick off an evening of his ever-familiar homespun storytelling than to invite a sold-out crowd of down-home, patriotic Midwesterners to stand up and sing “The Star Spangled Banner?” The best-selling author and Grammywinning radio show host of “A Prairie Home Companion” quickly reeled in the more than 2,000 people attending the Jan. 31 Capstone event at Collier Arena. Using that mellow, melodic voice that entices listeners to bend their ears to hear every syllable, he regaled the audience with belly-busting anecdotes about his fictional family and fictional Lake Wobegon, Minn., — a place where staunch Lutherans teach their children to mind

their manners, pull their own weight and care more about Scripture than aspiring to success. “As long as we all know the words to some songs that are close to our hearts, we are still one nation, despite what some people say or fear,” Keillor said. “We really are one people. Forget the Florida primary tonight, interesting as it is to have a Mormon running against a polygamist.” The arena erupted in thunderous laughter and applause. Keillor strolled down the center aisle stopping midway next to Jean Trillet, an avid fan who had traveled 400 miles to see Keillor for the first time. There he led the audience in “America the Beautiful,” “Home on the Range” and “Down by the Banks of the Ohio.” He told stories about being a quiet, shy child — one of six — once left behind on a trip Out West, a wild-natured cousin, an aunt and a worthless uncle named Jack. He recalled being 14 and going fishing with that “reprobate and back-sliding uncle,” remembering the “smell of a coffee can of worms, dead fish and his Uncle’s cigar.” And what it meant to him when


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his Uncle said, “You and I know how to live; they don’t have any idea. They think they’re in charge, but they’re not. “It opens a window in your mind when you love a sinner,” he said. For some, the evening was a comedy skit that drew fits of laughter. For others, like Jean Trillet, Keillor’s performance held a deeper message.

An interpreter (below) hired by the College for the deaf and hearingimpaired, Peggy Sommer of Madison, Ind., inadvertently became part of the act when Keillor began reciting at breakneck speed the counties of Minnesota

in alphabetical order, and dishing out complex words and a sentence in Norwegian. Through it all, Sommer remained a good sport, signing and laughing at Keillor’s antics as if part of the show.

“When it was over, I felt like I was leaving church,” she said. “It (his message) spoke to my heart. So much of his act is about wonderful family members. I love the very unique way he weaves his heritage of faith, family and human nature. He tells the way we are prone to be – like his ‘Uncle Jack,’ who never measured up. He shows us we can be less than perfect but also shows us that what we seem to be on the surface isn’t all there is. Then, he gives words of wisdom from that same person.”


Garrison Keillor's visit “He painted a picture for me that took me back to my childhood, remembering my family and neighbors, and took me back to a simpler, happier time when people took time for details,” said Madison resident Betty Todd. Which is what a quiet boy from Minnesota who was raised right does best.


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Four to join coaching ranks Hanover has named Steve Baudendistel ’01 the head coach of its football program, joined by Denny Dorrel ’01, as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator. Newcomers Ben Cullen will lead the offensive unit and Matt Wilkerson joins as head coach for men’s soccer. Baudendistel assumes the football squad’s reins from Joe Austin, who has joined Southwestern University (Texas) to relaunch that school’s football program. A member of Hanover’s staff for the past nine seasons, Baudendistel guided the Panthers’ defensive backs for seven seasons, was linebackers’ coach for two seasons and worked as the program’s special teams coordinator for three seasons. He coached two all-Americans, one conference most valuable player and a national interceptions leader. Baudendistel also oversaw the athletic department’s strength and conditioning efforts. As a student, he played wide receiver from 1997-2000. The Panthers posted a 37-7 record during the span, including three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and three trips to the NCAA III national playoffs. Baudendistel has served as Hanover’s recruiting coordinator for the past six seasons and his efforts have brought more than 200 athletes into the program in the last four years. After earning a master’s degree in sports administration from Ball State University, he returned to his alma mater after one season as receivers coach at Anderson University. A native of Lawrenceburg, Ind., he and his wife, Rachael Cotherman Baudendistel ’02, reside in Hanover with their son, Logan.

Dorrel previously spent four seasons as defensive coordinator at Marietta College (Ohio). Prior to his work with the Pioneers, he served two seasons as defensive coordinator and three seasons as defensive line coach at Thomas More College (Ky.). A Brookville, Ind. native, Dorrel was a four-year member of Hanover’s football team and earned all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior. He helped the Panthers post a 37-7 record from 1997-2000, including three HCAC championships and three trips to the NCAA III national playoffs. Cullen comes to Hanover after two seasons as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Fort Lewis College (Colo.). Prior to joining the staff at Fort Lewis, he prowled Marian University’s sidelines for three seasons and was an assistant coach at Anderson University for eight seasons. Cullen helped launch the football program at Marian and worked as the Knights’ co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. He served as Anderson’s defensive coordinator for six seasons and also guided the Ravens’ defensive and offensive lines, defensive backs and linebackers. He and Baudendistel worked together at Anderson during the 2001 season and helped lead the Ravens to the Heartland Conference title. A native of Tell City, Ind., Cullen is a 1998 graduate of the University of Indianapolis. He was a four-year starter for the Greyhounds. Baudendistel, Dorrel and Cullen will make their Hanover coaching debut when the Panthers kick off the 2012 campaign Saturday, Sept. 1, on the road against Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. The home-opener will be Saturday, Sept. 8, against Wabash College at L.S. Ayres Field.

Wilkerson spent the past nine seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky. He worked in all areas of the Wildcats’ program, including training sessions, game-planning, opponent scouting and video analysis. Wilkerson also coordinated domestic and international recruiting, as well as student-athlete academic advising. During his time on the Kentucky sidelines, the squad consistently ranked among the top 25 in the nation in both scoring offense and defense. The Wildcats also competed in the NCAA I tournament, captured Mid-American Conference titles in 2003 and 2004, and were Conference USA tournament finalists in 2006 and 2008. Prior to his work at Kentucky, Wilkerson was the assistant director of coaching at the Iowa Soccer Club in Iowa City, Iowa, from 2000-2003. Wilkerson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Kentucky. He played for two seasons for the Wildcats after transferring from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he competed for two seasons with the Phoenix. After his college career ended, he played one season in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League before an injury forced him to the sidelines.


A noble occupation For the man with the most wins in Indiana collegiate basketball, coaching is about more than success on the court.

By Herb Whitney


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Photo: Jim Garringer

If you ask Paul Patterson ’64 about reaching 700 wins, breaking the record for the most ever by any college basketball coach on any level in Indiana, he’ll chuckle and say, “It means I’m old and I go to work every day.” Patterson, who played both basketball and baseball at Hanover, achieved a total of 713 victories at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., an NAIA school where he has been the men’s head coach for 33 years. “It’s difficult to be good at something,” Patterson said. “If you want to amount to anything you have to work hard and work with integrity. And that can mean standing alone sometimes, doing what is right.” In 1995, Hanover inducted Patterson into its Athletic Hall of Fame. That same year, the College also honored one of the most important mentors in his life, the late Raymond “Dutch” Struck, who from 1946-68 was Hanover’s athletic director, chairman of the physical education department and coach of every sport except wrestling. “I learned from Dutch that coaching is a noble occupation. As a teacher, coach and role model, he believed that people could go on to accomplish great things because of participation in athletics.”

Photo credit: Tim Riethmiller

At left: Patterson in his days as a Panther. Right: Coaching his team during his 700th win.

Don Lostutter ’62, Patterson’s teammate, roommate and fraternity brother at Lambda Chi Alpha, nominated him for the Hall of Fame. “The main thing about Paul is his outstanding character,” said Lostutter, a resident of Madison, Ind., who coached high school basketball for 22 years. “It speaks volumes that he’s been at Taylor for so long. But more impressive than the victories is the positive effect he’s had on his players. He’s done things the right way and what his players learned from him will live on for years.” John Groce, just named head coach at the University of Illinois after a similar stint at Ohio University, played guard at Taylor for four years, and returned as an assistant coach for two more. “I learned a lot in the classroom at Taylor, but I learned more about life and how to deal with both adversity and success from Coach Patterson,” Groce said. Because of Patterson, Groce said he understands the value of building longevity, both in terms of securing victories on the court and giving his players a shot at success once they’ve graduated. At Ohio, he hadn’t forgotten that lesson when recruiting players. “I (told) them if you come to Ohio University, it will be a 40-year decision, not a fouryear decision,” Groce said. “The greatest thing about Coach Patterson is he cares about his players long after they’ve left him. He teaches lessons that transfer to the next phase of life — being punctual, getting off the mat when you’re down and handling success when you’re flying high, and being diligent in everything you do.” More than two dozen of Patterson’s former players are now basketball coaches, including seven who are college head coaches. But Patterson admits he’s more proud of something else: every player who played for him at Taylor for four years has earned a college degree. “Athletics is the one place where we can still have a direct impact on young people’s lives, building character, a work ethic and ethical behavior,” he said. Whenever a parent asks Patterson why his or her son should play for him, he said he responds like this, “At the end of four years, your son will know how to do something really hard, well.” Bret Burchard played four years for Patterson and was an assistant coach for two more, before leaving Taylor in 2010 to work in communications for both The Phoenix Suns and The Phoenix Mercury.

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Patterson during a postgame celebration surrounded by his wife and members of Taylor’s team.

“Coach Patterson taught us to use our minds, not just our bodies,” he said. “He demanded a lot. The intensity level was so high in practice that once we got into games it was like another day in the gym, sort of a ‘been there, done that’ experience.” Burchard said he will likely end up coaching one day. “Having that good of a teacher and not following in his footsteps? I guess I’m pretty well prepared for it.” THE HANOVERIAN • SPRING 2012 | | 37

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By creating a strong network, this former Panther has scored big on the German gridiron and in international business. As a free safety for the Panthers, Brian Michitti ’05 had two big dreams when he left Hanover College — to keep playing football and to live and work in Europe. With a lot of effort and determination, he’s been able to do both successfully. Michitti talked with a number of teams in Europe just before graduation, but none of them panned out until almost a year later, when the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns gave him a chance. But fate had other things in mind when he tore his ACL about a month after the season began. Not ready to give up, Michitti decided to stay in Germany for the remainder of the summer to coach. When he flew home in October, he was sure his football career was over. Because he wanted to work internationally, however, Michitti took a temporary position and began making connections. About six months later, he landed a job in Brussels, Belgium, re-selling commercial advertising space.


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“I took on a number of roles, but my main job was to sell advertising space,” wrote Michitti in an email from his current home in Cologne, Germany. “I traveled and worked in Egypt, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Russia, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Curaçao, Barbados, Belgium, Holland and Germany over the next two-and-a-half years. It was pretty exciting because I was very successful and (met) many CEOs, presidents, heads of state and general political leaders. I think I met seven heads of state by the time I was 25.” The downside of the job for Michitti was not being home, along with high amounts of pressure and stress. He also had an aching desire to play football again. Two years later, when a former teammate called and asked if he was still interested in playing, Michitti was able to renegotiate his advertising sales contract so he wouldn’t have to travel as much.

Michitti and Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.

However, the new contract was only temporary. “I knew at the end of the 6 months they would ask me to return to a position similar to my last one, but when that contract was over I had no desire to do so,” wrote Michitti. “Luckily, I made some contacts, and the team was very happy with my performance, so I attempted to find a job in Germany while I did independent consulting on my own.” Eventually, he secured his current position, doing highvalue domain brokerage for Sedo, an industry leader. Again, Michitti scored. “I brokered one of the top 10 domains (by monetary value) in the world last year and I hadn’t even worked an entire year in the industry!” He returned to the Unicorns at the beginning of the 2011 season in April, and though the team didn’t go in with high expectations, as the season went on, they started to realize it was going to be a special year.

“We started the season by beating a team that was number one in Europe the year before and number two in 2011,” he wrote. “We won 16 games in a row on the way to the German Bowl. It was a classic David versus Goliath (match) with us literally battling a ball away in the end-zone on the last play of the game to seal the victory, go 17-0 and win the championship for the first time against one of the highest paid teams in all of Europe.” Michitti had a pretty remarkable season himself, breaking the league record for interceptions with 10 (beating any other player by four) and leading the league in balls defended. As a result, another team came looking. “The one nice thing about continuing to play is it keeps my options and opportunities open,” he wrote. “Basically, I use football as another platform to make myself available to new and better opportunities and spread my network. I (believe) it is pretty rare that you get to combine networks of athletic organizations and professional organizations. And so far, what I have learned is having a great network can get you places quickly.” In the future, Michitti hopes to build an international network to help the College’s recruitment efforts. He spent a semester off campus at the Philadelphia Center. “I remember one of the reasons I picked Hanover was because of the off-campus programs, and I remember ruling schools out simply because I did not like their international opportunities,” wrote Michitti. “If I were to go back and pick a school again and someone were to say, ‘We not only have great off-campus and study-abroad programs, but we have an established network of alumni who are willing to help you after you graduate or while you are studying abroad,’ I would shoot that school to number one on my list right away.” He’s also willing to help them at any point during their four years. “I am willing to help any student or graduate from Hanover to find a job or internship in Europe as much as I can. I can’t make any promises, but I can certainly advise people and ask around.”

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Winter Sports wrapup

Mike Case

The Heartland Conference named Case, a second-team Capital One Academic All-America selection, to its first team for the third consecutive season. Nowicki earned a spot on the league’s second team, while Faehr gained entry on the HCAC’s all-sportsmanship squad. Case led Hanover in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. He ranked fifth in the Heartland Conference with 16.2 points per contest and was fourth in the league with 6.9 rebounds per outing. He also ranked second in field goal shooting percentage (60.3%). Case is only the eighth player in Hanover history to record more than 1,300 career points and 700 rebounds. He capped his career ranked 15th in school history with 1,334 points and eighth with 740 rebounds.

Men’s Basketball Hanover’s men’s basketball program posted its third consecutive season with a winning record and also earned a secondplace finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings for the third year in a row.

Nowicki, who earned honorable mention all-HCAC recognition as a freshman, was second on the squad with 12.5 points per contest in a team-high 32.2 minutes per game. Faehr, a three-year member of the Panthers’ program, appeared in nine games this season.

Under fourth-year head coach Jon Miller, the Panthers finished 16-9 overall and, behind a six-game league winning streak, were 12-6 in the HCAC. Senior center Mike Case and junior guards Ryan Nowicki and Jim Faehr earned post-season honors from the Heartland Conference.

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Courtney Prater

Women’s Basketball Hanover’s women’s basketball team notched its third consecutive 20-win season, earning its second straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championship and advanced to the league’s tournament championship game for the fourth year in a row. Led by 14th-year head coach Molly Jones, the Panthers posted a 21-5 overall record, including a 16-2 HCAC mark. Jones, junior center Courtney Prater, freshman guard Alicia Hopkins and senior guard Abbey Schmahl received post-season honors from the conference. The HCAC tabbed Prater and Hopkins for first-team all-conference honors. Schmahl earned honorable-mention recognition. The league’s coach of the year honor went to Jones for the second season in a row. Prater, a transfer from Anderson University, is a three-time all-conference honoree. She earned first-team honors after leading Hanover with 14.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She ranked fourth in the conference in scoring and fifth in rebounding. She ranked second in the league in field-goal percentage (48.6%).

The women's track & field team after winning the 2011 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championship.

Hopkins was a first-team all-Heartland Conference selection and also earned a slot on the all-freshman team. She set a Hanover single-season record with 93 steals and led the league with 3.6 steals per game. She averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest and also ranked second on the squad with 59 assists. Schmahl was an honorable-mention allconference selection and also earned a spot on the league’s all-sportsmanship squad. She averaged 5.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and a team-high 3.6 assists per contest.

Indoor Track & Field

Chambers placed second in the long jump with a school-best leap of 17 feet.

First-year head coach Brian Power’s women’s squad totaled 129 points to hold off the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (128).

In addition to the 4x400-meter relay, Hanover also posted second-place finishes in the distance-medley relay and the 4x200-meter relay.

Hanover set seven school records in the meet, but needed at least a second-place finish in the meet-ending 4x400-meter relay to secure the title.

Walsh, Chambers, Slade and Vincz teamed for a second-place finish in the 4x200meters in a Hanover-record 1:49.89.

Senior Sara Lucas, along with juniors Lexi Vincz, Rachel Slade and Julie Miller, defeated Anderson University’s foursome by less than one second to place second in the event to grab the title. The group posted a school-record time of 4:15.5.

Alicia Hopkins

Andy Orem

Hanover’s women’s track & field team earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s second-annual indoor championship.

Freshman Tricia Walsh notched Hanover’s sole first-place finish in the meet. Walsh earned the HCAC championship in the 60-meter dash with a league-record time of 8.15 seconds. Walsh also broke the school record of 8.19 previously held by Angie Lugo by running 8.14 in the preliminaries. Junior Emily Boyd, junior Maggie Noger and freshman Briahna Chambers each had second-place finishes in field events. Boyd was second in the weight throw with a school-record heave of 44-feet, 6.75-inches. Noger finished second in the triple jump with an effort of 34-feet, four-inches. The effort surpassed the previous record of 33feet, 8.75-inches set by Patti Emshwiller in 1998.

Lucas and Miller competed with senior Rachael Moreland and sophomore Hilary Tollefson in the distance-medley. The foursome was second with a school-best time of 13:02.48. Hanover’s men’s team finished seventh in the conference’s 10-team field with 15 points. Junior Andy Orem was fourth in the 400-meter dash. His time of 51.25 seconds was the second-fastest indoor time in Hanover history. One week after the Heartland Conference championship, Orem set two school records at the Anderson University Invitational. He won his heat of the 200-meter dash in a school-record time of 23.19. He finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.50, surpassing Troy Durham’s 2006 mark of 51.15. At Anderson, Vincz placed second in the 400-meter run and shaved her own school record time with an effort of 1:01.82. Moreland also improved on her school record in the 1,000-meter run. She placed first with a time of 3.11.83.


ALUMNI NEWS We remember

SHARON FITCH PETERS ’65, of Sharpsburg, Md., died Dec. 18, 2011, at age 68.

MILDRED MCKIM VAUGHN ’34, of Cannelton, Ind., died Dec. 31, 2011, at age 99.

PATRICIA SHOOK ZEHR ’65, of Fairmount, Ind., died Oct. 14, 2011, at age 68.


Deatsville, Ala., died Jan. 30, 2012, at age 96.

HARLES BARNETT ’40, of Black Mountain, N.C., died Jan. 24, 2012, at age 93. JOHN MCKINLEY ’43, of Bloomington,

Ind., died Nov. 8, 2011, at age 90.

BOB BARNETT ’48, of Greenville, N.Y., died

June 29, 2011, at age 88.

PATRICIA BORLAND BURCHFIELD ’50, of Depew, Okla., died Feb. 6, 2012, at age 81. JUNE ALLAN MCELVAIN ’50, of Morris, Ill,

died Feb. 28, 2012, at age 83.

ED HAWKINS ’51, of Plainfield, Ind., died Nov. 21, 2011, at age 88. BOB ICE ’58, of Indianapolis, died March 17,

2011, at age 80.

JOAN BRINGLE ’63, of Indianapolis, died Jan. 15, 2012, at age 70.

JOAN BISSING HORSLEY ’67, of Shelby, Ind., died Dec. 2, 2011, at age 66. JOHN BURLEW ’70, of Cincinnati, died Dec. 29, 2011, at age 63. JIM SWINDLER JR. ’71, of Laramie, Wyo., died Feb. 18, 2012, at age 62. THOM MCDANIEL ’74, of Williamsville,

N.Y., died Nov. 7, 2011, at age 60.

MIKE KOVACH ’78, of Columbus, Ind., died Feb. 27, 2012, at age 55. DICK WOODYARD ’78, of Spring, Texas, died Jan. 19, 2010, at age 53. ELLEN PAYNE OSBORN ’97, of Pendleton, Ind., died Dec. 19, 2011, at age 36.

S a v e t h e Dat e July 13-15, 2012 — Professor Harve Rawson Remembrance Weekend Contact:

FERN SUSNICK MOUNT, wife of DON MOUNT ’51 and friend of Hanover College, died Nov. 12, 2011, at age 87. Though not an alumna, she was a generous supporter with a strong connection to the College and was a member of the John Finley Crowe Society. In addition to her husband, her brother JACK SUSNICK ’59 and niece LYDIA SUSNICK ’82 were also Hanover graduates. A planned gift at the time of her death established the Donald T. and Fern Susnick Mount Endowed Scholarship, which will continue to receive future gifts through the couple’s estate planning. The Mounts celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary a few months before her death.

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1943 For the past several years, Greenville, S.C., Hanoverians and Chi chapter Sigma Chi fraternity brothers — David Baumann ’43, Bob Jones ’60, Stephen Vance ’68 and Scott Grand ’84 have met annually for a luncheon get-together. Grand organized the first gathering and continues to serve as the group’s coordinator. They invite any Hanover alumni in the area to join them. Contact Vance for more info at (Above at this year’s luncheon, from left to right: Baumann, Grand and Vance.) 1958 The Presbyterian Church has installed JUDY BABCOCK as moderator of the Synod of the Northeast, which includes 22 Presbyteries in New England, New York and New Jersey.

From Husky Hoosiers to Panthers

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1959 Since JANICE HARDY STANLEY’s retirement from teaching secondary school for 27 years, she has written two historical books for her church and high school. The first was for the centennial celebration of Paynesville Christian Church, Saluda, Ind. Stanley did all the research, writing and editing for the 100-page book. The second was a 61-page pictorial and written history of the schools in Saluda from 1870-1960. In addition to writing, she collected the photos of one-room schools and the alumni association has dedicated the book to her. Currently, Stanley serves as president of the Lexington, Ind., Historical Society. 1964 RICHARD POLESE is no longer a member of the Santa Fe Public School Board, but is now on the board of the interdenominational Eternal Life Church. His son, Martin, is a graduate student in broadcast journalism at City University of New York. Polese still works as a publisher of inspirational books (Ocean Tree Books) in Santa Fe, N.M.


Class notes 1967 PHIL MOELLER, BILL SINCLAIR and GLEN BENGSON have kept in regular contact over the years. Moeller and Sinclair were best men in each other’s weddings, and both were groomsmen in Bengson’s wedding to CATHY DEUBER ’69. About five years ago, when Bill’s daughter, Aimee, moved from Atlanta to Chicago in a job change, Moeller put her in contact with his eldest son, Ryan, to show her around the big city. Love bloomed and Bengson officiated at their wedding last January on the Mayan Riviera. Other Hanoverians who attended were BETTY GLIESSNER SINCLAIR ’68 DIANA WRIGHT JOHNSTON, Ryan's mother, with her husband, Scott, and SUSAN MOELLER DIXON ’71, Phil's sister, with her husband, Ken.

Imagine how far she can go . . .

1968 Vincennes University President RICHARD HELTON and Hendricks College Network Executive Director CATHY HARLAN BASTIN ’87 celebrated the January opening of the Vincennes University Logistics Training and Education Center in Plainfield, Ind. The College Network assists in bringing training programs and post secondary education to residents of the county. Vincennes is the sixth college to arrive in Hendricks County and has the only onsite logistics training center. 1969 MIKE MILLER has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Miller is a founding partner in the Indianapolis firm of Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP, and has practiced law for 36 years. 1970 Kennedy, Clark & Williams, PC, a boutique law firm in Dallas, has added KEITH MCDOLE as partner and changed its name to McDole, Kennedy & Williams, PC. Previously, he served mega-firm Jones Day, Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis as partner and Occidental Chemical Corporation as vice president and general counsel.

1971 The Greater Cincinnati Construction Foundation honored JACK SCOTT with its most prestigious award for Lifetime Achievement, October 2011. 1985 SCOTT PENLEY announces the annual golf outing to benefit the DENNY PLATTNER ’84 Scholarship Fund, June 30, 2012, 1:30 p.m. start, Glenross Golf Club, Delaware, Ohio. Contact for details.

housing debt platform. Gillespie earned an M.P.A. in urban and regional planning and development from the University of Louisville in 1991 and a master’s in real estate development from Columbia University in 1995.

1987 LISA JACKSON WHITE has moved to 545 Branch Avenue, Madison, Ind., 47250. 1988 JIM GILLESPIE recently joined Centerline Capital Group, a provider of real estate financial and asset management services for affordable and conventional multifamily housing, as managing director of the firm’s Affordable Housing Debt platform. He will be responsible for debt originations throughout the U.S., focusing on increasing the firm’s debt volume in the Northeast, and for developing new products to expand Centerline’s affordable

1990 RICH BLAIKLOCK has received the Indiana State Bar Association Litigation Section’s Civility Award, which recognizes attorneys and judged for outstanding civility and professionalism in their dealings with fellow judges, attorneys, parties, witnesses and the public.

1994 JUSTIN POWERS attended an annual FIJI ski/board trip organized by PAUL CLARK ’95, their 10th year in a row. He writes, “We stayed at a cabin owned by the family of WES KELLER ’95 in Victor, Idaho. We had three wonderful days of snow at Grand Targhee ski resort in Alta, Wyoming. Local resident STEF SCHROEDER KNOBLAUCH ’95 visited the group as well. From left to right: Clark, BRETT NUERMBERGER, MATT JACKLIN ’95, MICHAEL “DOC” TOBIN ’95, JASON BOHNERT, TONY WIBBELER ’96, Keller, CHRIS DUNCAN ’96, TODD NEEDHAM ’95, MATT CRAWFORD ’96, KEVIN DEFOSSET ’95 and Powers. 1995 WENDY MARTIN RUIZ began a new job as a consultant for market research on the Men’s Health team at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, November 2011.


Class notes 1997 JASON and RACHEL ZINS STRONG ’99 announce the birth of their daughter, Betsy Nicole, March 7, 2011. She joins canine siblings Lucy and Maddux, and the three provide endless entertainment to their adoring parents. 1998 Joy’s House, a not-for-profit adult day service based in Broad Ripple, Ind., has hired CAROLINE GLEASONDUTKANYCH as vice president of development. JOSH and SARAH RICE HABEGGER announce the birth of their daughter Lauren Katherine, Oct. 7, 2011. She joins big brothers Miles, 4, and John, 2. The family lives in Carmel, Ind.

1999 Bank of America Merrill Lynch has promoted JEFF FRITSCHE to Director in the Leveraged Finance Capital Markets group at the bank’s headquarters in New York. He and his wife, ERICA VIDMER FRITSCHE, and their two children, Ben and Kate, now reside in Rye, N.Y. 2000 The law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has made JANE DALL WILSON a partner in its Indianapolis office, effective Jan. 1, 2012. 2001 ALYNZA ARMSTRONG HENDERSON and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their third child, Credence Michael, Nov. 2, 2011, 9 lbs., 12.5 oz., 21 in. Creed joins his brother, John Oliver, 6, and his sister, Noelle Clarice, 2.

1998 BRENT and PAULA CUADROS CLARKSTON announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Kate, April 25, 2011. She joins big brother Benjamin, 8, and big sister Grace, 6.

When her efforts are matched.

2004 Grant and Amy Ochoa Carson announce the birth of their daughter, Elise Mae, Aug. 30, 2011, 8lbs. 3oz., 21 ¼ inches. They write, “Everyone is doing well. We are overjoyed to be a family of three! Amy continues to work as a family law attorney and Grant is an anesthesia resident.”

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Sat., Oct. 27

Homecoming Legacy Day Scavenger Hunt Hall of Fame Indianapolis Golf Outing

Hanover Day at the Races/ Churchill Downs

Sat., June 23

Louisville Golf Outing at Champion’s Pointe

2006 JULIE PAGE married Steven Robertson Sept. 25, 2011.


2005 Boyle County High School in Danville, Ky., named KYLE WYNN head baseball coach, July 2011. He spent the last six years as assistant baseball coach at Centre College. Winn also teaches special education at Boyle County High School.

ZACHARY CARESS married ABIGAIL FULTON ’09 in Zionsville, Ind., Aug. 6, 2011. Hanoverians who attended include DYLAN WOODS ’10, KELSEY VANDYKE ’11, ZACK MORRIS ’07, HANNAH YOUNG ’09, SARAH SHEWMAKER ’09, JENNIFER CAUDILL ’09, ZACH REED ’10, STEPHANIE RATHBUN, OLIVIA TYLER ’12, KATE RICHMOND ’12, ELIZABETH HYDE ’11 and DAVID CROSS ’10. Caress is working toward his master’s in divinity at Anderson University School of Theology, and Fulton serves as scholarship, stewardship & special events coordinator at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis.

Fri., June 8

2004 LIZ HOUSHOLDER recently became the first-ever assistant dean for civic engagement at Widener University in Chester, Pa. Her chief role is to continue and enhance civic engagement and leadership development programs for Widener undergraduates and build partnerships with the Chester community. She also continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University teaching leadership courses while she pursues a doctorate in educational administration in higher education. Contact Liz at

Thurs., July 19

2002 KATIE MILTNER married Scott Dust, Oct. 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hanoverians who attended include ANDY ’99 and LEAH BRODBECK GILCHRIST ’03, MATT and JENNY GRIFFITHS MANION, JENNIFER RIGSBY BOONE and ERYNNE YEAGER MORAN. Miltner is an attorney for a U.S. District Judge and Dust is finishing his doctorate in business management at Drexel University. The couple lives in Philadelphia.

Sat., Sept. 29

2008 The Louisville, Ky., Convention and Visitors Bureau promoted ROSE ZIMMERMAN CAPLE to services assistant in the Bureau Services Department, Jan. 20, 2012.

Sat., May 26

PAAVA STULTS began a research fellowship at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Conn., January 2012. He will retain his affiliation with Northern Illinois University as a professor in kinesiology and physical education.

2007 ASHLEY UBELHOR married Greg Brown, Nov. 12, 2011 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Ubelhor is a human resources manager for ARAMARK, and Brown is a project manager for The Concord Group. They live in Chicago.

Dates to Remember

The Indianapolis law firm Stewart & Irwin, PC, has named MICHELE SULLIVAN HENDERSON a shareholder. She represents physicians and insurance companies, and earned her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore with a certificate in Health Law.


Class notes 2009 AMBER CARRELL earned her master of arts in teaching from Pacific University in Eugene, Ore. and is engaged to JOHN BEDAN. The two met as undergraduates at Hanover and plan to marry in 2012 on campus. ERIN HUNTINGTON married JASON ABELL at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Louisville, Ky., June 25, 2011. Hanoverians in the wedding included JULIANNE DIETZ, maid of honor; DANIELLE HAZELBAKER ’08, bridesmaid; BOBBY SMART, bridesman; JON COLLIER, DAVID BROWNELL and ALEX BUCKSOT ’10, groomsmen; and ERIC COOK ’08, CHAD VILAS ’10 and ANDREW COLE ’11, ushers. The couple resides in Columbus, Ga., where Huntington is pursuing her master’s degree in school counseling and Abell is a territory manager for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. 2011 This summer, ANDREW COLE will kayak 88 miles down the Ohio River, beginning in Cincinnati and landing in Madison, Ind., in order to become an Iron Phi, in support of strengthening the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The trip is also a fundraiser for finding a cure to Lou Gehrig's disease. Cole hopes to raise at least $1,000. You can learn more at

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Enos Pray

Giving honor in perpetuity

Noted American journalist and historian Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” For Dr. Thom Mayer, M.D. ’73, one of the nation’s foremo st experts on sports medicine, the teacher who made a big impact on his education was the late Professor Emeritus of Biology Enos G. Pray, who taught at Hanover from 1953-81. To honor the man who meant so much, when the Colleg e’s biology department chose to name its outstanding senior award after Pray, Mayer said he would provide the necessary annual funds. Last December, he made sure the award would last in perpetuity by endowing it with a gift of $10,000. “I believe that we do not choose our mentors, they choose us, for whatever reasons,” he said. “They reach out to us because they see some glimmer of hope that there is something of value in us. In my case, that took a great deal of vision, since I was a very raw piece of material, more intere sted in playing linebacker for the Panthers than anything else.” Even though he was a theological studies major, Mayer so valued Pray’s teaching abilities, he took as many classe s as he could from him. In his junior year, the biology professor suggested Mayer might consider a change of major. While becoming a physician hadn’t occurred to him, his profes sor’s belief in him was the only thing Mayer needed to make the decision. “If Dr. Pray thought I would like it, (then) that was more than enough for me,” he said. “As we like to say in our family, ‘No Dr. Pray, no Dr. Thom Mayer.’” He encourages all Hanoverians to consider making a gift to honor those professors who have made a lasting impres sion. “All of us have a Dr. Pray in our lives,” said Mayer. “Our family is very fortunate to have made a modest contri bution to honor what he did for me and my family. We should all invest in our future by making a contribution, of whatev er size we can, to honor our mentors.”

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When the time came for me to return to Hanover, I viewed it as a nine-month vacation filled with new and exciting courses. But it wasn’t long before I was thirsty for the thrill of a new adventure. My body itched to move to the latest hip-life music, and my lips yearned for an overwhelming level of spice.

Finding my home in Africa By Sam Crowe ’12 Growing up, my grandmother had a little cross-stitch piece hanging in her bathroom that read, “It’s love that makes a house a home.” She probably wouldn’t have wanted to hear that I could find a home anywhere, even if it meant traversing thousands of miles around the globe. The summer before my junior year at Hanover, I got off a plane in the middle of a potholeridden runway. To my right was an aging, no-longer-used Delta jet, rotting in a field of brush. A flurry of dust tanned my obroni, or foreign, face, but in a very weird way, I felt at home. I spent three months volunteering at an elementary/middle school and getting to know other volunteers from around the world. My suitcase became my wardrobe, and my Indonesian roommate became my brother. My fingers soon stopped blistering from doing my laundry by hand, and I learned to master negotiating prices in a foreign language.

The following summer, I flew back to Africa for a four-week research excursion in rural Kenya. I took a matatu, the local transportation, to Nanyuki where the person I would come to know as my Kenyan father would pick me up. I had no idea where this place was or how I would know what this man looked like. My public transit experience in Ghana couldn’t translate to Kenya, and I wasn’t even sure how to communicate with the driver or his assistant. Instead, I sat hunched over between three moms and their children waiting for signs that would hopefully alert me to my destination.

my dog occasionally got them. What do you do when you run out of toilet paper and can’t afford any more? But thanks to Africa, I know what it means to persevere, as well as valuable lessons about giving and receiving love. Thanks to Africa, I know in 10 years I want to be in one of the nonprofit youth centers I hope to establish, providing young Africans with similar options to those Hanover gave me. I found my place in both Ghana and Kenya and, according to my Grandma’s logic, two new homes. Who knew that I could abandon my iPhone for four months and live in a mud and dung hut with a family of ten who’s knowledge of English was limited to, “Hi, how are you?” and, “Feel at home?” My time in Africa has come to define me in ways that I never expected, and I couldn’t be more proud.

Despite the hardships of the journey — the threat of elephants, ax-wielding 12-year-olds — I felt at home from the beginning, even when I was infested with fleas and bed bugs. I had 10 new siblings and two new parents who didn’t speak any English, but somehow, we all still laughed at the same things and smiled at one another like we had known each other all our lives. I spent my days exploring the Kenyan bush, playing soccer and volleyball with teenagers, and my nights trying to count the stars and listening for elephants. I talked with young people about making wise decisions and reflected on my own decisions, in particular the one to go to Hanover. How much different would my college experience have been if I had ended up at a large state school? Would I have run for student body president or done graduate level independent research? With Hanover’s support, I traveled to two foreign countries and had my life’s trajectory significantly altered. I wasn’t prepared for Kenya or using a toilet that served as a home to birds and snakes. The only thing I knew about fleas was that

Sam Crowe ’12 is an international studies major from Frankfort, Ky., and currently serves as director of the senior committee. He was a member of the Campus Activities Board for three years, serving as event contractor, public relations chair and director. Crowe was also a member of Student Senate for three years; as a first-year senator, vice president of student activities and chair of the Student Activities Budget Committee. Last year, he served as Student Senate president. THE HANOVERIAN • SPRING 2012 | | 49

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