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John E. Horner, Ph.D. President Emeritus




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In this issue

2 extra ordinary

Dennis Hunt vice president for college advancement

2 All alumni lead extraordinary lives President DeWine writes about a number of seemingly ordinary Hanover alumni leading extraordinary lives. 3 Message from the Board

Rhonda Burch senior director of communications and marketing Carter Cloyd director of news services Sandra Guthrie director of publications, editor, The Hanoverian Ann Leslie Inman ’86 director of alumni relations executive director, alumni association board of directors

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Joe Lackner director of web communications

13 Stepping out in the middle

Rick A Lostutter art director

Not many people make as dramatic a mid-career change as Betsy Jenson ’97 did.

Matthew Maupin director of creative services Yana Boltunova ’16, Miriam Cahill ’17, Maggie Huffer ’16, Kylie Justus ’14, Georgia Lacy ’14, Nicki Lewis ’16, Felicia Nguyen ’15, Ashley Walker ’14, Dave Howard, contributing photographers Andrew Faught, Btenjamin Gleisser, contributing writers 2013-14 Alumni Association Board of Directors Misty Wick ’02 president

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Artist by day, emergency room physician at night is how Hannah Woebkenberg ’05 explores her interest in the human body.

Barb Alder ’77 past president John Pollom ’03 president elect Amy Ochoa Carson ’04 Jason Crawford ’11 Dawn Doup ’98 Bonnie Wible Dyar ’82 Darin Edwards ’90 Benjamin Gunning ’08 Angela Semrau Kara ’08 Don Kobak ’89 Walter Kropp ’75 John Maudlin ’61 Kip McDonald ’07 Phil Mullins ’72 Ali Gantz O’Leary ’09 Chris Powell ’97 Hunter Rackley ’04 Chris Richardson ’98 Joshua Smith ’01 Jeff Tucker ’83 Nick Walter ’06 Jon Welty ’92 Misty Wick ’02 John Wittich ’79 Hanover College provides equal opportunity in education and employment. Printed by Priority Press on recycled stock using alcohol-free, soy-based inks.

16 18 A man of the world Bill Bunch ’65 spent his career planning worldwide conferences to address some of our biggest problems. By Benjamin Gleisser

On the cover: Hanover College President Emeritus John E. Horner, Ph.D. Courtesy Hanover College Archives.

21 John E. Horner, Ph.D. Few people have made their mark on Hanover College as did its 13th president.

Athletics 25 Sports briefs



26 Coaching in the big leagues Having gone to the NCAA Championships twice, Micah Shrewsberry ’99 hopes to help the Boston Celtics achieve the same kind of success. By Andrew



28 Winter sports wrap




37 Kennings: Hanover’s unseen tradition Sophomore Gara Gaines ’16 hopes to bring Hanover’s literary journal, Kennings, back in a big way.


All alumni lead extraordinary lives I am certain that President Emeritus John E. Horner, who graces the cover of this issue, would agree with me: Hanover graduates lead extraordinary lives. As you will read later in this issue, Horner led his own extraordinary life, and I am proud to have known him and the impact he had on the College. Whether it’s the physician working on a cure for pediatric cancers or the coach who teaches the student-athlete more than just the skills of the game, our alumni have opened their minds to new possibilities, and as a result, have gone above and beyond to change our communities, our country and the world for the better. Let me introduce you to a few: Rich Burton ’73 is a renowned oral and maxillofacial reconstructive surgeon who travels worldwide performing pediatric reconstructive facial surgeries. Dave Chroback ’78 is the owner of Blackhawk Oil and Gas, located in Midland, Texas, which finds oil and natural gas in the Permian Basin, located in the northwest part of the state. Wendy Wagner ’82 is a nationally known authority on the use of science by environmental policy-makers. She currently serves a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the U.S. (ACUS) on a project on the agencies’ use of science.

Sean Points ’93 is a scientist for the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in La Serena, Chile, where he teaches visiting astronomers how to use the telescopic instrumentation and assists with the reduction of their data. Seth Daniel ’11 serves as an internal technology resident for Google in London, testing new technology and troubleshooting technical issues for employees. Brian Lawrence ’11 serves at ECHO, a global Christian organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor. He coordinates the nonprofit’s seed bank in Arusha, Tanzania. In this edition of The Hanoverian, you’ll read about Bill Bunch ’65, who organized worldwide conferences for the United Nations; Betsy Jenson ’97, who currently serves as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Georgia; and Hannah Woebkenberg ’05, an up-and-coming artist in the Bay Area of California who works evenings as an emergency room physician. Each of these alumni are a powerful example of the success of a liberal arts education. Knowing these Hanover alumni has been a joy for both Mike and me. And so it was with bittersweet emotions that I announced at the April 4 meeting of the

Board of Trustees that I would retire as president, effective June 30, 2015. I believe this is a good time for change because the campus is on an upward trajectory, which was my goal when I first arrived seven years ago. We will celebrate the completion of a successful capital campaign this fall thanks to development staff and our generous donors. Faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to increase enrollment by 20 percent, as well as retention and graduation rates. We also have several beautiful new facilities, as well as some that will be done soon, because of the generous gifts of fellow Hanoverians. When Mike and I were welcomed into the Hanover family seven years ago, we could not have imagined the quality and caring of this campus community. Serving Hanover College has been an honor, and I believe that we will both look back on this experience as memorable, challenging and extremely rewarding. After next year, we plan to return to The Point as often as we are invited. After all, we want to watch the results of our investment in this special place. I look forward to seeing you during the coming year as I travel around the country visiting with alumni. Thank you for your loyalty and dedication to Hanover College. Sue DeWine


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Nothing endures but change I will complete my eight-year term as chairman of the Hanover College Board of Trustees June 30, but as I prepare to step down, I realize it will be incredibly hard to leave. One rarely gets an opportunity to work with the depth of knowledge and expertise afforded to me during my tenure. However, I believe it is also the best time to move on because so many things are in place. The board’s vision, experience and perspectives brought many new ideas to the table and developed them into a plan of action for the future, one that was crucial to the development of Hanover College during one of the worst recessions in modern history. Their ability to adapt, and rise to the challenge of reinventing Hanover, while preserving the history and traditions we cherish, is the true testament of what liberal arts is all about: critical thinking, articulating ideas and the ability to work as a team to solve problems and find solutions. Stepping into the role of chairman will be Mark Levett ’71. Mark and his wife, Marabeth Ice Levett ’71, are the current co-chairs of the successful Live Our Loyalty campaign. Their steadfast commitment to our mission and purpose has overseen the fundraising efforts that have produced the new Withrow Student Activities Center, the Gladish Center for Teaching and Learning, the outdoor athletic facilities slated for completion this fall, as well as endowment funds for academic programs, scholarships and international study.

Equal in dedication to the campaign are the trustees who provided 35 percent of all its funding, a solid show of commitment for Hanover’s first campaign in nearly 20 years. Finally, President Sue DeWine recently announced she would retire in May 2015. It’s an understatement to say she has made Hanover College an exciting place of higher education. She led us through challenging times and will leave a lasting legacy of growth and enthusiasm. Sue is a remarkable person, and Hanover owes her a deep debt of gratitude. During the past seven years there has been significant progress on every front, including recruitment and retention, alumni engagement and giving, improvements in academic programs, transformative enhancements to our campus facilities, enhanced athletic programs, but especially the creation of a culture of continuous improvement instilled in all of us. I’m very grateful to all of you for your support over the years. We've taken a long trail, but an exciting one, and now it's time to step aside and let someone else have the honor of serving as the next chair of Hanover’s Board of Trustees. Though it is bittersweet, I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this great institution’s history. Hanover College will always be a part of my past, just as it will be an important part of each student’s future. On behalf of my wife, Roni Martin Scott ’66, and myself, I can honestly say we will continue to serve and live our loyalty to Hanover College.

Phillip D. Scott ’64


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Elissa, Willman to join Hanover board of trustees Dima M. Elissa ’85, president and CEO of VisualMedia Ltd., has joined Hanover’s Board of Trustees, effective at the February 2014 meeting. She founded VisualMedia in 1997, a technology production and consulting firm specializing in custom integrated solutions across a variety of media. Among her accomplishments, Elissa grew net operating income nearly ten-fold, from $23K/month to $200K/month in a sixmonth timeframe; increased efficiencies in operating expenditures by 19 percent; and negotiated the strategic merger with OnCall Interactive, where she additionally served as CEO, in 2011. From 1987 to 1997, Elissa held numerous positions at The NutraSweet Company, in international marketing and general management, as well as business development, and merger and acquisitions. Major achievements include managing the turnaround of a dormant business to a high-profit site, along with creating marketing and sales campaigns that resulted in $8 million in revenues in two years. Elissa earned several Telly awards, between 2000-2003, for her work with client video and multimedia projects.

In addition to serving as adjunct faculty for The Associated Colleges of the Midwest in entrepreneurial and innovation studies, she serves on the boards of Cibola and Voile Enterprises, two technology nonprofit organizations based in Chicago. Previous service includes the boards of Girls in the Game and chairing a wildlife conservation nongovernmental organization. Elissa earned her MBA from Texas A&M’s May’s School of Business with a concentration in finance. She lives in Chicago. Gregory C. Willman ’85, co-founder and CEO of 316 Investments, LLC, has joined Hanover’s Board of Trustees, effective at the February 2014 meeting. He and classmate Philippe Salsbery ’85 began 316 Investments in 1998, which at that time was one of the earliest investors in the Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurant system. At one time, the company owned more than 30 locations across two states and earned multiple awards for sales, financial and operational performance. 316 Investments sold most of their Qdoba locations to Qdoba Restaurant Corporation in 2011. Other holdings include a Microsoft Authorized Technical Education Center servicing northern Indiana and suburban Chicago, a regional real estate development company focused primarily on retail development in the Midwest, a restaurant facilities management company and an engineered solutions specialty manufacturer in northern Indiana. 316 Investments is still an active investor in the restaurant space. “I am thrilled that Greg Willman has agreed to join our board,” said Hanover President Sue DeWine. “His expertise and dedication to the College will help us move forward in our strategic planning for the future.”


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Willman’s past professional experience includes serving as an executive committee member and vice president, strategic initiatives and new business development for Micromedex, Inc., from 1995-98; director, group marketing and business development for COBE Laboratories, from 1992-95; brand manager at Dow Chemical Consumer Products Division, from 1990-92; and international and domestic financial and treasure analyst for Eli Lilly and Company, from 1986-88. In community service, he is an inaugural and current board member for the Hanover College Business Scholars Program and chairman, corporate sponsorships for American Cancer Society Making Strides. Additional board memberships include Carmel Dad’s Club Youth Sports Organization and Second Helpings Food Rescue Program. Willman earned an MBA from the Indiana University School of Business in 1990. He lives in Carmel, Ind., with his wife, Karen. Willman has three children.

Holland earns top student award Junior Acea Holland has earned the inaugural Student Legacy Award at the 2014 African-American Student Leadership Experience conference held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 9-12. An elementary-education major from Louisville, Ky., she was one of more than 200 students eligible for the award, which according to the event website, “recognizes the accomplishments of an undergraduate student who has demonstrated

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transformative leadership, academic excellence, community service and a commitment to continuing the legacy of our ancestors.” Holland is a member of the Benjamin Templeton Scholars Program, a full-tuition scholarship program that joins students from a variety of cultural, social and religious backgrounds to celebrate the tenets of cultural diversity, social justice and tolerance building within the Hanover College community. Monica Green, the program’s director and Holland’s academic mentor, recommended her for the award. “Since her induction into the Templeton program, Acea has been an academic standout and exemplar for her peers,” said Green. “Not only is her GPA one of the highest among her group — and consequently that of the majority of non-Templeton students — Acea is a leader among her peers in promoting tolerance and cultural competence within the Hanover College community.” Each year the African-American Student Leadership Experience organizations gathers Black college students from across the nation, as well as Nigeria, to participate in challenging activities and conversations with the goal of giving them the basic skills to make change in their communities.

Beatty most influential international thinker HR Magazine has named Dick Beatty ’64 as one of its most influential international thinkers of 2013. Currently serving as professor of human resource strategy at Rutgers University (N.J.), his research focuses on human resource strategy, strategic workforce planning, HR metrics, rewards and performance management. The U.K. publication’s selection process cited characteristics such as visionary and transformational thinking, challenging conventional wisdom, bringing credibility to the field, as well as playing an ambassadorial role, among others. At Rutgers, Beatty also serves as executive director of its Global Executive Master’s in Human Resource Leadership program. He is also a core faculty member at the University of Michigan’s Executive Education program and has presented executive education programs at several Ivy League institutions and internationally. In addition to authoring more than 100 journal articles on human resource management, Beatty is the co-author of

“The Differentiated Workforce” (Harvard Business School Press, 2010); “The Workforce Scorecard: Managing Human Capital to Execute Strategy” (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), named as one of the top-ten, must-reads for HR leaders by Human Resource Executive magazine; and “A” Players or “A” Positions?: The Strategic Logic of Workforce Management” (Harvard Business Review, 2005). He has twice won the Human Resource Planning Society’s research award for the best article on human resource management and won the Best Book award by the Society for Human Resource Management. Beatty has worked with more than 50 Fortune 100 firms, addressing issues in strategic workforce planning, workforce metrics, organizational change, and performance management. After earning his MBA from Emory University, Beatty earned his doctorate from Washington University. He and his wife, Nancy Harlan Beatty ’64, live in Princeton, N.J.


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Bob Rosenthal Rosenthal joined the College in 1967, after a three-year stint from 1964-66 at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. His areas of specialization include philosophy of art, philosophy of religion, environmental philosophy and intentional communities. During the past 47 years, Rosenthal has taught a variety of classes within his discipline; his papers and presentations have covered such topics as a remote Amish settlement in western Pennsylvania, a Hare Krishna community in West Virginia, Harlan and Anna Hubbard, ethics and the educated person, and concepts of love. He is also a founding member of the Communal Studies Association. “I have been fortunate to devote almost my entire professional career to doing what I love, seeking wisdom about many of the most important aspects of life,” said Rosenthal. “The College has given me liberty to pursue sometimes controversial ideas and support to carry on long-term research. Colleagues in philosophy and from across the curriculum have enriched my life and thought. I retire with a full agenda of reading, reflection and writing opening before me.” After receiving his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in 1959, Rosenthal earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1968. He and his wife, Associate Professor of Philosophy Vicki Jenkins, plan to remain in their 1825 log-cabin home located on a 40-acre wooded property near Dupont, Ind.

Professor of Philosophy Bob Rosenthal, Professor of Geology Pete Worcester and Professor of Physics George Nickas will retire in August with a combined service of more than 100 years.

Pete Worcester Worcester began his Hanover career in 1972 after serving as instructor for a year at Miami University. His areas of specialization include volcanic stratigraphy and geochemistry of the Rocky Mountains and southeastern Indiana, as well as geographic information systems of the Absaroka Mountains, southeastern Indiana and Jefferson County, Ind. The numerous courses he has taught include physical geology, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, environmental geology and introduction to geographic information science. From 2007-11, Worcester served as natural sciences division head. During the summers between 1984-93, he served as field camp instructor at Miami University. “I’ll miss the students the most,” said Worcester of his 40-plus years at the College. “Watching them go from being pretty green to mature, competent graduates — they’re what I’m here for.” He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell College (Iowa) in 1965, his master’s from Miami University (Ohio) in 1967 and his doctorate from that same institution in 1976. Worcester is also a member of the Mineralogical Society of America.


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George Nickas Nickas joined the College in 1989. Previously, he served in assistant professorship capacities at Ithaca College (N.Y.) from 1985-89, at Cornell University (N.Y.) from 1987-89, at Trinity University (Texas) from 1982-85, and as instructor at Capilano College (now University, in British Columbia) from 1981-82.

“I never got tired of being in the classroom,” said Nickas of his Hanover years. “I still enjoy teaching astronomy; Hanover College has been a good place to work.”

In addition to 30 book reviews, 15 newspaper articles, four interviews and nine presentations, Nickas has published on such He also served as a physicist for McDonald Research Associates, topics as “Life Beyond Earth,” a book in progress; “The Economics Ltd., from 1978-80 and as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Waste Light” for the International Dark-Sky Association’s of British Columbia (Canada) from 1972-77. newsletter; and “A Thermometer Based on Archimedes Principle,” His classes at Hanover have covered multiple topics, including stars, for the American Journal of Physics, among others. life in the universe and the solar system. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Illinois.

Graham’s book helps business students understand economics Business students now have a hands-on guide to help them make sense of complex economic concepts with a new book, “Managerial Economics for Dummies,” from Professor of Economics Rob Graham.

those found in the book. He believes it’s helpful for students to see and read multiple explanations of the same concept.

“Managerial economics involves the explicit use of economic theory in business decision-making,” said Graham. “I wanted to provide accessible explanations regarding how economic theory (could) be applied in a variety of situations. I also liked the conversational style of the ‘Dummies’ books, (which is) more accessible to readers than the technical, jargon-filled writing in a typical textbook.”

However, Graham said he hopes readers have fun using a book that illustrates the application of economic theory in everyday business decision-making.

Some of the topics covered in the book include elasticity, risk analysis, production analysis, pricing strategies, capital budgeting and quantitative analysis of business situations. Graham indicated he doesn’t use the book when teaching, since the explanations for concepts he gives in class are similar to

“Most college economics courses focus on economic theory (where) the typical student is not going to actively engage,” he said. “For example, students learn how the Federal Reserve works, the goals of monetary policy and the tools of monetary policy, but are any students going to actually be involved in (its) implementation? The readers of my book will be engaged in business decision making; therefore, illustrating how economic theory can guide the implementation of those decisions is applicable for almost all students and readers.” THE HANOVERIAN • SPRING 2014 | | 7

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hen Chris Lewis ’13 first arrived in Turkey on a Fulbright grant to teach English for a year, he had no idea he’d have to drink so many cups of tea. During orientation, in the midst of lectures on cultural, political and linguistic topics, there would be a half-hour break every two hours to drink çay, pronounced “chai.” Lewis soon learned it was an endemic part of the Turkish culture. “It was delightful, unstructured time during which we would introduce ourselves to our new colleagues and chat about whatever was on our minds,” he said. The drinking of çay is almost a ritual here; some Turks I know will have (more than) 20 cups a day!”

Fulbright grant sends Lewis to northeastern Turkey

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Lewis is in Erzurum, located in eastern Turkey, teaching approximately 20 hours per week at Atatürk University. He splits his course-load between first-year students, who take the required year of English known as Hazirlik, and physicians ranging in age between 35 and 65, and whose abilities are more advanced. For the latter group, Lewis once successfully used the documentary “Supersize Me” to build their skills. “I’m in unfamiliar waters with (teaching English as a second language) and have been learning on the job. To get a conversation started about whether fast food or smoking is a worse problem to have in a society and then to have the questions I asked keep the debate going for a half an hour was incredibly rewarding.” Coping with his own language barrier has had its share of difficulties, such as getting a cell phone or buying

a refrigerator and getting it delivered. His greatest challenge, however, has been learning to adapt to a different lifestyle than typically found in the U.S. “The tea-drinking ritual is great, but when all you need is a stamp on a paper and the guy who needs to stamp it wants you to have tea for an hour before he stamps it, and you need three or four stamps on the same paper from three or four different buildings, it gets a bit frustrating,” said Lewis. “It’s a culture-shock thing to realize that things just aren’t the same everywhere, but once I really understood how slowly things move here, I was able to adjust and become a little more laid-back myself.” At Hanover, Lewis majored in comparative religion and minored in Greek, both of which he believes prepared him for the experience.

Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut, with co-teacher, Asad

“I was very excited to live in a world where the Call to Worship woke me up instead of church bells, and it has been incredible to see Islam actually lived … There are awesome ruins to see everywhere in Turkey. I went to Ephesus and was actually able to read some of the writing on pillars and old buildings.” This fall, Lewis hopes to pursue his master’s degree at a university in Holland. While he has enjoyed his time in the Balkan nation, he’s not sure he would want to make a career in ESL. “This year has taught me that while I belong in the classroom, I’m not sure if I would want to make a career out of teaching English,” he said. “Perhaps as a side job to get me through graduate school, but I think my total goal is to be a professor at somewhere like Hanover teaching religion.”

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AAA winners serve education, law, the environment This year’s Alumni Achievement Award winners have not only excelled in their careers, they’ve also maintained a strong connection to their alma mater.

Dick Helton ’68 became the 21st president of Vincennes University in 2004. Under his leadership, enrollment has increased, the university has introduced select baccalaureate programs in high-demand fields and has completed its largest building expansion in history. Previously, he served for 14 years as superintendent of the Avon Community School Corporation. From 1985-90, Helton served as superintendent for the Milan Community School Corporation. From 1970-85, he served as administrative assistant to the superintendent of the South Ripley Community School Corporation. Helton has also held positions as teacher, coach, athletic director and assistant principal. Among his many awards, he is the recipient of an honorary doctorate (humane letters) from Hanover College in 2005, Indiana University’s Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to Education Award in 2006, Alpha Beta Gamma’s College President of the Year in 2006 and Phi Theta Kappa’s Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction in 2012. In 2004, Helton was the recipient of Indiana School Boards Association’s Lorin A. Burt Educator of the Year Award, the Indiana Department of Education’s Bellringer Award, and was twice named a Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana. He is also 33rd Degree Mason. Helton holds a doctorate in educational administration from Indiana State University and both a master’s degree and an educational specialist degree from Indiana University. He and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of Todd ’93 and Lori Helton Welker ’97.

Bix Howland ’72 has spent almost 40 years as an attorney in Louisville, Ky., serving as a named partner in several firms since 1977, and in his own eponymous firm since 1993. He has a general practice with an emphasis on personal injury litigation and civil litigation. Howland spent the year following his Hanover graduation in Afghanistan with the Peace Corps., distributing wheat to war-torn, impoverished villagers. In addition to staying connected to the College by serving on the Leadership Council for the Business Scholars Program, Howland was a member of the College’s Greek Summit. He is also a former president of the Alumni Association and member of the Board of Directors. In community service, Howland has been a Kentucky Derby Festival volunteer since 1987, an advisory council member of St. Elizabeth’s Maternity Home from 2003-09, a board member and past president at Pitt Academy from 1993-97, among other activities. Beginning in January, Howland joined forces with his former student Jared Smith ’08, renaming his firm Howland & Smith, P.S.C. He earned his J.D. in 1975 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville. He and his wife, Jane Barnes Howland ’72 are the parents of two adult children and live in Louisville, Ky.

Sam George ’75 is the founder and principal of Sam George & Associates, LLC, in Hanover, Ind. Started in 2009, the company performs emergency planning, environmental compliance audits, and environmental management system design for industrial and governmental clients. In 2013, he co-founded Rivergreen Water Recycling in Louisville. The 12,000-squarefoot-facility removes contaminants from oily industrial wastewater for safe discharge to sewers and recovers the hydrocarbons for beneficial use. From 2006 to 2009, George served as vice president, environmental compliance for American Commercial Lines Inc.. He served as vice president and director of corporate affairs at Madison Chemical Co., Inc. from 1998 to 2006; vice president at Matrix Environmental, Inc. from 1995 to 2006; director of special projects, American Commercial Barge Line Company from 1982-87; and as plant manager at Madison Chemical from 1975-81. Active in community affairs, George has served on the Hanover Planning Commission, Hanover Recycling Committee, Southwestern School Board, Hanover College Alumni Association Board and the Lide White Boys and Girls Club Board, among others. He was the 2004 recipient of the Greg Phillips Award, the highest award given by the Indiana Emergency Response Commission. The Indiana Jaycees selected George as one of ten Outstanding Young Hoosiers in 1993, and Hanover inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. George earned his J.D. in 1983 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville. He and his wife, Linda Anderson George ’78, live in Hanover, Ind.

Third annual S.A.N.D. a success DYA winners serve education and automotive industries These Distinguished Young Alumni have built award-winning, highly successful businesses. Lara Hayes Needham ’96 currently serves as dean of the School of Communication and director of graduate studies at Bellarmine University. Responsible for programmatic leadership, her duties include hiring and placement of faculty, management of student needs, budget oversight, strategic planning, SACS accreditation and community outreach for both the bachelor’s and master’s programs. Needham’s duties require frequent collaboration with senior university administrators including other deans, the vice president for academic affairs and the provost. She is also the founder and CEO of BabyPro, an internationally distributed, award-winning children’s media company that produces sports-themed DVDs for babies and toddlers. BabyPro’s products have appeared in numerous national media outlets including Parenting and Scholastic magazines, and have received fifteen national awards. In community service, Needham serves on the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, and coordinates the annual Field Day festivities at Sacred Heart Model School. In 2013, Business First magazine recognized Needham as a top Forty Under 40 achiever. She earned her master’s in public relations from American University in 1997, and her doctorate in health communication from the University of Kentucky in 2004. Needham and her husband Todd ’95 have three children and live in Louisville, Ky.

Jeff Daniels ’98 dreamed of one day owing his own Toyota dealership. He started with the company shortly after graduation as a management trainee and quickly moved up the ranks of the Cincinnati Regional Office, where he held a variety of sales and management positions. In 2006, Daniels became a managing partner at Toyota of Muncie (Ind.), where he has overseen the design and construction of a new state-of-the-art facility, as well as double-digit increases in year-over-year sales. More recently, the dealership now known as Muncie Auto Group has grown to include Kia and Volkswagen franchises; annual revenues exceed $60 million. Daniels is a past member of Hanover’s Alumni Board of Directors and currently serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for Muncie/ Delaware County YMCA and as chairman-elect for the Muncie/ Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Board. He is a member of Muncie Rotary and an active supporter of BSU Athletics Cardinal Varsity Club. Awards include Ball State Fellows Society Person of the Year Nominee in 2010, Muncie Star Press Top 20 Under 40 in 2013, along with four consecutive years earning both the Toyota President’s Award and Muncie’s Finest New/Used Car Dealership. He and his wife, Melissa McNulty Daniels ’97, have two children and reside in Yorktown, Ind.

At the third annual Student-Alumni Networking Day held March 15, 85 students were able to meet 30 alumni in various careers, attend workshops and panels, and practice important networking skills for their future careers. “What I liked most about SAND was not only hearing what other alumni have done, but also getting personalized advice about how to approach different challenges in careers,” said senior Megan Keller. “It’s nice to know that others have struggled, but ended up in the right place.” Sophomore Savannah Mitchell was able to connect with Andy Jankowski ’98, who offered her an internship for this summer. “Students should definitely attend because they never know who they will meet,” she said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to practice essential business skills in a welcoming and supportive environment.”

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Fifty years at Ghost Ranch

Back in 1964, Professor Emeritus of Geology Stan Totten took 17 students to the Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, N.M. He and the students spent five weeks rock climbing, hiking, hunting for fossils, bones and petrified wood, visiting the Grand Canyon, and studying different types of geological formations. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this Hanover staple, the College invited alumni to return for a special event. The festivities included an open house, hosted by the geology department, along with guided tours of the Science Center’s Museum of Natural History. There were also visuals such as photos, videos, posters, and historical items on display. For many, it was a time to shared memories with the entire geology staff. Totten and current geology professors Pete Worcester, Heyo Van Iten and Ken Bevis — all of whom have either taught at Ghost Ranch or explored the area with students — were on hand to spin stories and reminisce about 50 years of good times.


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Stepping out in the middle

Making a dramatic career change in her thirties has given this alumna a new world of opportunities and re. respect for a different cultu

on ’97 was on the In 2012, Betsy Jens r precipice. Having threshold of a caree cade working in spent more than a de e raising, she knew sh marketing and fund ng lli wi e sh s wa ge, but was ready for a chan e, m ho ce ni —a to give up everything loved Shar-Pei, be r he , ds family, frien e two years in a remot Chester — to spend part of the world? lunteer in her lateAs a Peace Corps vo d be a bit of an thirties, Jenson woul le volunteers are a coup anomaly. Typically, t Bu d. ire ge or ret of years out of colle e to do something sir de e having had th something with more with her life, ting from Hanover, purpose since gradua ake the leap. Jenson decided to m


Currently, she is in the middle of a twoyear commitment as a business volunteer, using her prior experiences to help the people of the Republic of Georgia, a country of approximately one million people sandwiched between Turkey and Russia on the Black Sea. Jenson lives in Kutaisi, a city of 200,000 on the banks of the Rioni River. When she first arrived, Jenson lived with a host family for three months in Khashuri, a small city of 28,000 nestled in the Caucasus Mountains in central Georgia. It wasn’t long before she learned about an important cultural difference. “One of the first mornings (my hostmother) and I took a short walk and she introduced me to many neighbors as we walked up the street,” said Jenson. “I didn’t understand much of what was said but did

the area’s youth. One of KEDEC’s main enterprises are the three day care centers it runs for children with special needs. “In Georgia, children with disabilities are not fully integrated into the community,” she said, “and schools and the day care centers provide them with a place to learn and engage with the world.” Teaching the youth to engage in their community is very important, since an odd legacy of Soviet times is that the community often tends to look to their government to solve all of their problems rather than seeing themselves as change agents. KEDEC hopes to change that through civic clubs, and has a social enterprise in which it sells handmade greeting/holiday cards that use a quilling technique.

leadership skills, and about community involvement and gender equity. They then take this training back to their communities to share it with others. “We want to make sure that GLOW continues after Peace Corps is no longer in the country,” said Jenson. “So, a few months ago, we established GLOW as its own nonprofit organization with a board of amazing Georgian women and a solid group of young Georgian female volunteers. We have developed our mission, vision and strategic plan, and we are currently working towards making this summer’s camp a success. For me, knowing that GLOW will be sustainable when Peace Corps leaves Georgia is really important.” When not involved with the above projects, Jenson provides community

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hear the words ‘kargi gogo’ a lot (which) means ‘good girl.’

“Apparently, a woman’s reputation is the most important possession in Georgia. Establishing yourself as a ‘cargi gogo’ as an American is especially important because they’ve seen “Jersey Shore.” Drinking too much, smoking, smiling at unknown men, dressing immodestly (by wearing your) skirt above the knee would all make you not a good girl. (They say) ‘Snooky ar aris cargi gogo!’ (Snooky is not a good girl!)” For her service, Jenson works with the Kutaisi Education Development and Employment Center (KEDEC), a nonprofit that seeks to improve the quality of social and economic conditions for 14 | THE HANOVERIAN •

“We employ internally displaced people to create the cards, and the proceeds go to support our day (care) centers. One of my goals during my time here is to broaden the market for these cards. Georgians don’t have much discretionary income and the postal system is virtually non-existent. So, finding non-Georgian consumers is essential to making this social enterprise work. My hope is to develop product particularly targeted to a tourist market and sell them in high tourist traffic areas.”

trainings and English language conversation classes, which she uses to learn about Georgian culture and attitudes.

Outside of her work with KEDEC, Jenson also supports GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), a summer camp put on by Peace Corps volunteers around the world. Teenage girls attend a one-week long leadership camp in which they learn

“My job here is not to change the culture of Georgia. In this particular case, my job is to help them develop their English skills. However, it is rather difficult not to gently point out that asking someone to live a lie is a form of oppression.”

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Sometimes tough subjects come up and can put Jenson in an awkward position. In one of her classes, when discussing homosexuality, Jenson learned that the majority of her students — and Georgian citizens — do not support gay rights. However, the attitude is one she has to accept.

Despite the differences, Jenson has found the Georgian people to be very kind. One day, while traveling back home from a neighboring town after helping a fellow volunteer paint her classroom, an older Georgian woman named Esma approached them. Jenson noted that as a foreigner, she always stands out. Esma asked where they were from, why they were in the country, how long they had been there and would they like a Georgian husband. She then invited them to her home the following weekend and offered to pick them up so they wouldn’t get lost. “Esma showed up right on time (no small feat for a Georgian) and took us to her home, which ended up being in an old Abkhazian settlement on the outskirts of the city … She welcomed us into her

humble apartment, introduced us to her disabled son, and offered us food and wine. “After our meal, Esma called her daughter who lives in Brooklyn on Skype so that we could talk with her. Our Georgian was limited and Esma knew no English. We talked with her daughter for nearly an hour, and she shared advice and insight on Georgian culture from an American perspective. Afterward, Esma loaded us up with khachapuri (a traditional dish of cheese-filled bread) and some of her family wine and sent us on our way. She had hosted us in her home as a welcome to Georgia in hopes of making us feel at home. That is true Georgian hospitality.” Unlike the typical Peace Corps volunteer, Jenson is in what she called “the posh corps.” Living in a city gives her access to most modern amenities, such as internet,

electricity and running water. She recently moved into her own studio apartment, which has some quirks that Jenson said are common in Georgia. “The bathroom has a shower nozzle on the sink, so you stand in front of the sink and shower (there is no shower stall). Eventually, the room dries … The real challenge is that I only have running water from 6-9 a.m. and again from 6-10 p.m. But really, I am at work most of the rest of that time. It isn’t (such a) big inconvenience, and you learn to live with it. The other minor inconvenience is the occasional power outage, which typically lasts anywhere from 10 minutes to six hours. But that really isn’t a big deal unless it is freezing outside.”

excellent decision for her career and her life. Employers typically have a lot of respect for returned Peace Corps volunteers, particularly in the international development field. Additionally, Peace Corps service gives volunteers a leg up for a year when competing for any federal jobs. “I anticipate that I will have many new opportunities when I complete my service,” she said. “Previously, I felt my experience had (limited) my opportunities to too narrow of a focus, (but) I believe my Peace Corps service will broaden my opportunities and skill sets while deepening my experience.” To learn more about Jenson’s service, visit her blog at betsyisbeginningnow. ■

Intensive language training in Georgian has helped Jenson assimilate, but the task

kargi gogo has proved quite difficult since the ancient tongue is considered one of the five toughest languages to learn.

Unfortunately, this is an area where Jenson has found her age to be against her when it comes to attaining fluency, a goal she is loath to give up. In addition, living in a city where many people speak English has meant learning the language isn’t as essential to her survival.

Previous page: Jenson at her English Speaker’s Club. These two pages, from left to right: At the first annual Kutaisi Volunteerism Fair that Jenson helped plan; exploring Georgia, at the UNESCO World Heritage site in Shatili; at a presentation on gender-based violence; Jenson’s beloved Shar-Pei, Chester, waits patiently at home in the U.S.; wearing typical indoor dress during the frigid Georgian winter; with the GLOW team.

As for the future, Jenson hasn’t decided if she would like to remain abroad. She does find the ex-pat life appealing, and would like to find employment that would at least enable her to travel abroad on a regular basis. Wherever she winds up, Jenson believes her Peace Corps service has been an THE HANOVERIAN • SPRING 2014 | | 15

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Artist by day, emergency room physician at night is how this alumna explores her love for the human body.

It’s 1 a.m. and Hannah Woebkenberg ’05 has just left her job in one of three emergency rooms run by her employer, Kaiser Permanente. She’s tired, hungry and in desperate need of sleep, but her mind swirls with images of skeletal structures, muscles and other tissues. After a dose of shuteye and some time spent relaxing with boyfriend, Ian Love ’04, Woebkenberg might take the images from the night before and use them in her second job, working as a practicing artist in Oakland, Calif.

“I have reinvented the nylon and integrated it into a new realm of life, no longer owned by its wearer,” Woebkenberg wrote in her artist’s statement on her website at “It is able to be independent and move outside the box. I enjoy partnering up with the nylon because together we can recreate life’s tensions, textures, movements, struggles and harmonies.” While she admitted she doesn’t always use the human form for inspiration, Woebkenberg first started working with pantyhose during her independent study, which focused on death and how the exterior of the body deteriorates.

Initially, she saw medicine and art as two distinct fields; these days she finds more of a connection. “At Hanover, we were encouraged to make more conceptual art, have a history behind the art and a story or a novel within the art,” said Woebkenberg. “Since then, I’ve let my art be more intuitive and a natural process, and through that, I’ve seen the evolution of my work has become very medical in some ways.” In her current collection, “Pantyings,” Woebkenberg takes pantyhose, paint and other media, and stretches, twists and colors it into a creation of motion and energy. She got the idea during her third year of medical school after making a quick holder for her earrings out of pantyhose and an old frame.


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“Hannah was interested in the aging process and the resilience of the body,” said Professor of Art Deb Whistler. “Stretching (pantyhose) conveyed the stress of the body while at the same time showed the potential of the body to heal. I find the progression of her new work continues to bridge her medical and creative profession. (It) conveys optimism through the addition of color and the extension of the material beyond the confinement of the framed supports.” Woebkenberg’s interest in the human body came at the time when most girls start thinking about boys and lip gloss. Her mother, Sheryl, who worked as an emergency room technician, took the high school freshman to see her first autopsy: two burn victims from a horrific car accident near their home in Jasper, Ind. “Retrospectively, it seems intense for that age,” she said. “However, it was my first introduction to the inner workings of the human body, which was, and still is, extremely fascinating.” By the end of high school, Woebkenberg decided she wanted to pursue medicine as a career, and after majoring in studio art at Hanover, with minors in chemistry and biology, she attended the Indiana University School of Medicine and earned her degree in 2009.

Those early days in the Dubois County Coroner’s office prepared Woebkenberg well for her emergency medicine residency in Atlanta, where she saw a wide range of cases at the county hospital: daily shootings, stabbings, car accidents, assaults, burn victims, domestic violence, etc.

In the past four years, Woebkenberg has created more than 150 pieces and had more than 40 solo or group shows at multiple venues, many of them in the last 18 months while working 40 hours a week as a physician. Even her medical colleagues have helped her network.

“On one of my first days in training, there was man who stormed out of the ER from his assigned bed in the hallway, dripping blood and cursing,” she recalled, noting the average wait time for patients was anywhere between eight and 10 hours. “He had been shot in his thigh, but on that day he was one of the more stable patients, so he had yet to be treated. Working in a hospital of limited resources with seemingly endless patients, in combination with some of the most horrific crimes and accidents, was challenging to my faith in humanity.”

Finding time for both her professions is what Woebkenberg said she struggles with most, and admitted that even though she’s living her ultimate combination of careers, she doesn’t believe she’d give up either profession.

Afterward, Woebkenberg made the move to northern California, where the difference in the types of cases she saw made for a complete turnabout. She said she still has a busy practice, but now sees 90-110-yearolds who live independently, with few medical problems.

sentiment expressed by writer and theologian Frederick Buechner — which she learned in Professor of Theological Studies Mike Duffy’s “Christian Calling” class — into practice. “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.” ■ The physician with a collection of her works. From left to right: chair made for the “Chairish Atlanta Donation Chair” (2012); lounge chair donated to “Chairish Gala” in 2011; “Connections” (2013); “Spasm” (2013)

“I think I need the duality of art and medicine in my life to counterbalance one another,” said Woebkenberg. “Art is my medicine for the stresses and frustrations of working in the U.S. medical system, while treating and helping wounded and ill people provide means and inspiration for my art.” She does, however, hope to take a selfimposed sabbatical and volunteer for a nine-month stint for Doctors Without Borders. There, Woebkenberg hopes to put the

Living in the Jingletown neighborhood has also furthered Woebkenberg’s budding art career. The up-and-coming arts district has two art walks each year; her participation in the June 2013 walk led to four more shows.


Bill Bunch ’65 hasn’t yet figured out how to solve all the world’s problems, but the world is in better shape because he’s tried. Since 1977, Bunch has worked at the United Nations, where he organized conferences that brought world leaders together to discuss issues like crime prevention, women’s rights, disaster relief, climate change, racism and discrimination. The world conferences took place in locales such as Cuba, Egypt, China, Vietnam and South Africa. Even though the world is still wrestling with these problems, “I’m very proud of the work I did,” said Bunch, 70, from his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., which he shares with Gary Rodgers, his partner of 45 years. “I played a role in moving the conversations along on many very important topics.” After getting his foot in the door of the iconic skyscraper on Manhattan’s East Side by passing the competitive U.N. exam in French and Spanish translation into English, Bunch spent the next 15 years editing documents for the U.N.’s General Assembly, Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council.


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At the Crime Prevention Congress in Havana with Fidel Castro, second from left.

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By 1990, he was preparing documents for and helping to organize U.N. conferences around the world. In 1999, the U.N. named him director of its conference services division in Geneva, where he ran a 120-person staff. One of the most interesting dignitaries he met was Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who hosted several U.N. conferences and attended many others. Castro wore his trademark green fatigues and cap to every seminar, and he always had a cigar handy. “Castro was a very charming man who appreciated our work,” Bunch said. “He loved the spotlight and he loved to talk. He had an orator’s voice, which held your attention. Onstage, he was certainly an actor and, boy, did he know how to play the part. Conference speakers always had time limits, but Castro never thought time limits applied to him.” The 1994 conference on population and development in Cairo was his most challenging event. Rushing down a hall with arms filled with stacks of papers, he collided with an equally-in-a-hurry Al Gore. Papers went flying. “He’s a big, solid man and knocked me flat on my butt,” Bunch said with a smile. “He apologized profusely and helped me pick everything up.” Another knock came later when members of the Arabicspeaking delegation asked him to change the Arabic language version of a document on reproductive policy and women’s rights so it would read differently than the official version, already agreed upon by the conference attendees. Bunch explained that was not possible: documents had to have same wording in each of their six languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic) to make them legal. With his partner, Gary B. Rodgers, at the Ta Promh temple in Angkor, Cambodia.


“It turned out someone at the conference had a heart attack, and it’s a damn good thing that ambulance was there!”

“Conference attendees from Muslim countries tend to be more progressive and elite-educated, while the people in the countries they represent are a lot more conservative. So I worked very carefully with Arabic translators to try to ease some of the concerns of those delegations.” A 2005 conference in Japan on natural disasters could have turned calamitous. At first, the Japanese hosts didn’t want tables in the main conference room because it would spoil the room’s aesthetics. They also objected to an ambulance parked outside the conference area because they thought it would look bad. Bunch argued the tables were necessary for attendees to write on, and conference rules mandated an ambulance for emergencies.


Perhaps surprisingly, he said working with the Iranian delegations were always one of the easiest assignments. At conferences in Tunis and Cuba after 9/11, those countries’ dignitaries offered sympathy and regrets over the terrorist attack. When he visited Hanoi in 2000 for a conference on decolonization, he found the people were very curious about America, and bore no grudge about the Vietnam War. Bunch majored in French at Hanover and wrote for the school newspaper, sang tenor in the choir, and acted in theater productions. He credits French professor Elaine Rothert with inspiring him to spend his junior year abroad at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After earning a master’s in French literature at the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in the same subject from the University of Texas, he spent five years teaching at Kansas State University.

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However, a yen for adventure took him to New York City, where he began writing travel brochures for a travel marketing service. “Ever since I was little, I’ve been fascinated by maps, how people live in other countries, what their problems are and how they try to solve them,” he said. “I thought I could play some kind of role by improving their living situations. I was interested in human development.” Now retired, Bunch consults for the U.N. when called upon and still believes strongly in its mission. “Some people think that all the U.N. does is talk about things, but we created policies that helped improve the lives of people in under-developed countries, and all around the world. I really think the world would be a much poorer place without the U.N.” ■ Top left: at the Pont du Mont Blanc, Geneva, with its famed Jet d'Eau in the background; Bunch’s photos of a group of Thai monks and another view of the Pont du Mont Blanc.

John E. Horner, Ph.D.

This page, top left: Horner with Indiana University President Elvis J. Stahr, Purdue University President Frederick L. Hovde and University of Notre Dame President Theodore M. Hesburgh at the Indiana Conference of Higher Education in 1966. Photo courtesy of Purdue University Libraries, Karnes Archives & Special Collections.. Top right: in his office. Lower right: with his wife, Anne, at a Derby Day party. Opposite page, top left: the Horners with Dorothy Lynn and George Allison of the Board of Trustees after accepting the call to Hanover’s presidency in 1958; middle left: the Horners with their children; bottom left: with General William Westmoreland at Honors Day in 1963; top right: at his retirement gala; bottom right: with Hanover benefactor J. Graham Brown during the construction of the Brown Campus Center.

President Emeritus 1921-2014

Born Dec. 12, 1921 and raised in Brookside, N.J., Horner was the youngest of six children of Estelle and William J. Horner. He graduated from Morristown High School and attended Drew University, earning Phi Beta Kappa and All-American honors in basketball. Horner was also a four-year letterman in baseball. In addition to serving in the Special Services of the U.S. Air Corps during World War II, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University (N.Y.) in 1947 and a doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1955. Horner was the recipient of 10 honorary degrees from colleges and universities. His professional career began teaching and coaching at Morristown High School. An early Fulbright Scholar, he studied in the late 1940s at the American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; Horner also taught in London. Subsequent assignments took him to Drew University, Kansas Wesleyan University, The Ohio State University and the University of Omaha. In 1958 at age 36, he became Hanover’s 13th president, the youngest college president in the U.S. at that time. Serving until 1987, Horner’s tenure saw the curriculum completely revised with the emergence of the Hanover Plan in 1962. Subsequently adopted by many colleges and universities, the plan divided the academic year into two 14-week terms and a five-week spring term, the latter in which students took one course of specialized, intensive study. The curriculum also initiated several new overseas studies programs. Under his leadership, the campus expanded by more than a dozen buildings and facilities, all without debts or governmental assistance. The library’s holdings grew ten-fold, and the College’s endowment increased greatly. Horner always claimed his greatest success was the graduation of more than seven generations of students who went into the world as capable and contributing adults. He provided leadership to many civil and professional organizations, serving as president and


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chairman of the Associated Colleges of Indiana, Presbyterian College Union, Indiana State Scholarship Commission, Indiana Conference for Higher Education and Indiana State Library and Historical Board. A highlight during his career was being on the short list of candidates to become the first secretary of education under former President Ronald Reagan. Twice named as an Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash, Horner was also named a Kentucky Colonel for service to the respective states. Locally, he was a founding member of Historic Madison (Ind.), serving on its board of directors.

In retirement in North Carolina, Horner was a dedicated golfer. He remained a voracious reader of historical biographies, and he and his wife, Anne Evans Horner, traveled to all the continents. Horner was a member of the Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, was a participant in many laboratory studies for the Duke Department of Aging and for the Aged, and served briefly on the Durham County library board. He was a loyal supporter of Duke University athletics. Preceding him in death were his parents, his sister, four brothers and his son, Jeffrey. Survivors include his wife; daughters Joanne Woerner, Heather Hohlt; son Scott; daughter-in-law Laurie; and their respective families. There will be a celebration of life memorial service on the Hanover campus Saturday, May 31, 1 p.m., at The Point. Memorials may be made to the John E. Horner Scholarship Fund of Hanover College, the Hanover Presbyterian Church or the Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church Building Fund in Durham, N.C.

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A lasting legacy of strength and kindness President Horner’s 29 years of service left an indelible mark on Hanover College. We asked Hanoverians to share their memories of this special man. “When I think of John Horner I think of the giant redwood trees on the West Coast,” said Hanover President Sue DeWine. “John Horner was a giant of a man and not just in stature. He stood tall among college presidents both for his longevity and for his impact on this campus.” “Dr. Horner’s low key and steady demeanor made my transition to the Midwest from the East relatively easy,” said Thornton Land ’64. “Hanover was a great, positive experience for me, and John Horner was a large part of that. I feel fortunate to have known him.” Sam Whilding ’78 said, “I remember seeing Dr. Horner at an alumni dinner in Denver 10 years after graduating and he shook my hand and said, ‘Sam, so good to see you.’ That defined my Hanover experience when the president knew your first name, and I felt like he cared about you as an individual.” One of Horner’s greatest moments was the leadership he showed during the aftermath of an F4 tornado that devastated campus April 3, 1974. With 2014 marking the 40th anniversary of that event, we wanted to relay anecdotes from that difficult time. “(Dr. Horner’s) leadership was key to the College’s progress and development in the years 1958-87,” recalled Jim ’75 and Sally Fehsenfeld Fadely ’74. Those of us who were there (during the tornado), saw the full measure of his commitment and dedication to this special place.”


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“(Horner’s) message was delivered with strength and calmness, and he promised we would come back and finish the year as soon as the campus could be readied,” said Hanover Trustee Ross Hubbard ’74. “He helped alleviate fears, lend guidance and be decisive in the recovery. Eighteen days after departing the carnage that appeared more like a war zone, I returned to a functioning and miraculously cleaned-up campus.” “After experiencing the horror of the tornado, Dr. Horner’s words comforted us and everyone left the patio with a sense of determination and purpose,” said retired Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director John Collier ’51. “His resolve to rebuild the campus, the direction and vision he provided were one of his and Hanover’s greatest accomplishments.” “Dr. Horner saw to it that (faculty and staff ) organized watch duty around the clock at the west end of the campus,” added Professor Emeritus of Spanish Bob Trimble. “… He was calm and didn’t hesitate to take charge and give direction. Of course, all of us had to make decisions and take actions to get through the situation. I can still hear the sound of chain saws all over the campus from sun up to sun down. That lasted until the day of Commencement — they were silent that day — and beyond.” ■

Panthers in the news

Patterson receives Hall’s Silver Medal Former Hanover College athlete and veteran coach Paul Patterson ’64 has received the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Medal and was inducted into the hall March 26, 2014. Patterson retired after the 2012-13 season to end a coaching career which spanned nearly 50 years. He served as a head coach at high schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as Northwest Missouri State University and Taylor University. In 34 seasons at Taylor, he totaled 734 victories and stands as the winningest coach at an Indiana fouryear college or university. During his time at Taylor, his teams racked up 28 winning seasons, 15 conference titles and 14 appearances in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament. In addition, he was head coach of the U.S. All Stars in the 1978 Derby Classic in Louisville, Ky., and guided the Kentucky high school all-stars to two wins against the Indiana all stars in 1979.

A 1960 graduate of Hammond Morton High School, Patterson was a four-year member of Hanover’s basketball and baseball programs. In 1995, he became a charter member of the Hanover Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the NAIA hall of fame in 1996.

Benter to coach Indiana high school all-stars Former Hanover College basketball allAmerican David Benter ’96 will coach the Indiana All Stars in the squad’s annual two-game series against the top high school players in Kentucky. Benter is the basketball coach at Brownstown Central High School in Brownstown, Ind. He has guided the Braves for 16 seasons, earning two appearances in the state finals, two semi-state titles, a pair of regional championships and seven sectional crowns. He is the second Hanover graduate to lead the Indiana All Stars and the first since 1989, when Pat Rady ’63 led the squad to a split in the two-game series. The 2014 all-star games will be played Friday, June 13, in Lexington, Ky., and Saturday, June 14, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Indiana leads the series, which dates to 1940, 89-44, including a current string of 11 straight wins. While at Hanover, Benter was a four-year letterwinner with Hanover's basketball team. He was named the NCAA Division III national player of the year as a senior and also was an all-American as a junior. He led the Panthers to two berths in the NCAA III national tournament and was a two-time Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference player-of-the-year and a threetime team most valuable player. He capped his career ranked fourth in Hanover history in scoring with 1,934 points and sixth in rebounding with 755 boards.

Photo courtey of Jim Garringer, Taylor University.



oaching in the big leagues

Going from college to the pros has brought more than a few changes to this alum’s game.

By Andrew Faught

Nearly 950 miles separate Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse from the famed parquet floor at Boston Garden, home to the NBA’s Celtics. For former Butler assistant basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry ’99, named to the Celtics coaching staff last August, the distance might as well be to the moon. Transition is the name of this game. Shrewsberry must adapt his playbook to a shorter shot clock – 24 seconds vs. 35 seconds – an 82-game season that’s more than double the college schedule, and a rabid, albeit fickle, New England fan base. Despite the Celtics’ dismal place in the standings, he’s taken to the new life. “Boston is an unbelievable sports town,” said Shrewsberry, one of five assistant coaches under rookie Head Coach Brad Stevens. “We may not have a great record, but we still get great crowds every night. If you’re a blue-collar team and you play hard, the fans here will love you.” Shrewsberry worked alongside Stevens at Butler from 2007-10. When the Celtics named Stevens head coach in 2013, he hired Shrewsberry within a week. In Indianapolis, the duo guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA Championship game in 2010 and 2011, when they lost to Duke and Connecticut, respectively. Shrewsberry went on to be an assistant at Purdue for two seasons. While the college game is more typically won or lost on defense, the speedier NBA shot clock makes scoring a higher priority, said Shrewsberry. “There are so many more possessions in a game, that you’re never really out of it. Every possession matters; that’s an adjustment. We talk about finishing quarters strong. Some teams can go on a quick 8-0 run and really cut into what you’ve done.” Shrewsberry’s reputation is that of a defensive guru, and he’s working with fellow Celtics’ assistant Ron Adams on a team whose defense has been criticized as promising but frustratingly inconsistent.


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“Ron has been a part of the best defensive teams in the league in the last 10 years,” he said. “We’re lucky to have him, and I get to be his understudy. I lean on him a lot and ask lots of questions.”

The former Hanover standout has had plenty of time to work on his game plan. While college teams are finishing their seasons, the NBA still must complete what amounts to a college-length schedule. The constant travel — the Celtics played 17 games in January — can be tiring and disorienting. “Sometimes you lose track of what day it is. The games just come at you. The entire month of January was just a blur. But we eat right and do a good job of taking care of ourselves.” The extra travel also means less time with wife Molly (“She’s the MVP of our family”) and the couple’s four children, who range in age from 1 to 9 years old. But unlike his college coaching days, Shrewsberry no longer has to put in long hours recruiting. “My focus right now is on coaching basketball,” he said. “With the college game, recruiting takes up a majority of your time. We were chasing kids all over the country, and you’re working every single night trying to get guys to keep your team going. My main focus now is to get us ready for the next game, and to look at how our team can get better today. That’s one of the main reasons I was attracted to this level.” And, Shrewsberry added, “Now when I’m home, I’m home. The phone isn’t ringing. I’m playing with the kids, and I’m more engaged.” It’s Shrewsberry’s knack for engagement, whether it’s with millionaire professionals or student athletes, that makes him a good fit for coaching, said Hanover men’s head basketball coach Jon Miller ’97. The pair are former Panther teammates. “He’s a relationship guy,” said Miller. “He really relates well to players, and he does a great job of communicating. The sky’s the limit for Micah. He’s built up a set of experiences, and he’s going to have a lot of options as time goes on.”

Shrewsberry said pro and college athletes don’t dramatically differ from one another. Both want to win. But NBA players are less shy when it comes to offering game tips. “In college, maybe your older guys will give you some input on what’s going on in the game, but you often take it with a grain of salt,” he said. “The guys at this level know a lot about the other players, so we might tweak something in our game plan. We have a few veteran guys we listen to. There’s a good rapport when they trust you.” For now, the Celtics are in rebuilding mode. There’s no shortage of questions looming for what should be an offseason of soulsearching. Shrewsberry, however, leaves the politics to the front office. There’s too much work to be done. “We knew coming in that this was going to be a process,” said Shrewsberry. “You try not to get frustrated with the losing. You go out every night and compete and keep it close, but you’ve got to remember you’re building something and this is the start of it. The focus is on developing and mentoring our young guys and making sure they’re ready for the future, when we’re contenders again.” ■

Winter Sports wrap-up

Jessie Davisdon

Junior guard Tim Bass earned firstteam all-HCAC honors. The Heartland Conference selected sophomore forward V.J. Billups as its newcomer of the year.

Tim Bass

Bass, a two-time all-league honoree, led Hanover in scoring with 14.8 points per game. He led the Heartland Conference with 5.5 assists per contest and tallied 148 during the season to become the Panthers’ career leader with 357. His effort eclipsed the mark at 343 set by Bill Williams ’82 from 1978-1982. Billups is the first member of the Panthers’ program to earn the HCAC’s newcomerof-the-year award since Mitchell Meyer ’11 in 2007-2008. He averaged 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his first collegiate season. The HCAC named junior guard Kyle James to its second team and senior forward Jacob Rieger to the sportsmanship team.

Men’s Basketball

James ranked second on the squad with 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest.

The men’s basketball team notched its fifth consecutive winning season, finishing with a 19-9 overall record. The Panthers, under sixth-year head coach Jon Miller ’97, placed third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the league’s tournament championship for the second straight year.

V.J. Billups

Rieger, who missed his entire junior season with a leg injury, averaged 4.9 points per game and ranked second on the squad with 4.2 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball squad had a 17-10 overall record and finished second in the Heartland Conference with a 14-4 mark. The Panthers advanced to the championship game of the league tournament for the sixth consecutive season. Head coach Molly Totten Jones ’97 led Hanover to its seventh straight winning season. The Panthers reeled off 10 straight wins capped by a 71-52 Senior Day victory against Anderson. The win was Jones’ 250th through 16 seasons on the Panthers’ sidelines. Junior Alicia Hopkins and freshman Jessie Davidson each received first-team allHeartland Conference honors. The HCAC named Hopkins to its first team for the third straight season. Davidson earned the league’s freshman-of-the-year honors.


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Hopkins ranked second on the squad in scoring with 12.9 points per game. She led the Heartland Conference in steals and was fourth in assists with 4.1 steals and 3.7 assists per outing. Davidson is the first Hanover player to receive the HCAC’s freshman-of-the-year honor since 2007-08, when career scoring and rebounding leader Molly Martin ’11 earned the award. Davidson led the Panthers in scoring with 14.3 points per contest. She set a school single-season record with an 86.2 percent effort from the free throw line. She hit 106-of-123 during the season to surpass the previous record of 83.2 percent set by Tessa Wynn ’03 in 20002001 (84-of-101). The Heartland Conference named sophomore guard Ashley Malloy to its sportsmanship team. A reserve point guard, Malloy averaged 5.0 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in more than 17 minutes per outing.

Alicia Hopkins

Indoor Track The men’s and women’s track & field teams completed a record-setting indoor campaign in March. More than 10 athletes earned post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and five members of the program set school records during the season. Juniors Mackenzie Dye and Briahna Chambers were each first-team allHeartland Conference honorees. Dye established a league championship record in the 5,000-meters with a time of 18:14.86. Her time was nearly four seconds faster than the previous league mark (18:18.01).

dash at Anderson’s Fred Wilt Invitational. Her time of 26.81 seconds snapped her previous record of 26.84 set at the same meet in 2013. Juniors Jordan Moseby and Tricia Walsh, sophomores Rachel Smith and Teresa Wiczynski, along with freshmen Brittany Ferrell, Savannah Hubbard and Cami Trachtman, each earned second-team all-league honors. Freshman Megan Richey earned a place on the HCAC’s allsportsmanship team. Smith set a school record in the 800 meters at the DePauw Invitational. She ran 2:26.59 to break the previous mark of 2:27.22 set by Sara Lucas ’12 in 2012. Sophomore Ashlee Arbaugh set a school record in the shot put at the Heartland Conference championship. Her effort of 40-feet, seven-inches (12.37 meters) surpassed her prior mark of 12.09 meters set in 2013.

The time was just one one-hundredth of a second faster than Kris Jenkins ’13’s 7.17-second outing in 2013. The conference also named freshman sprinter Enrico Franchini to its sportsmanship team. Hanover was seventh among 10 schools at the HCAC’s indoor championship. The Panthers totaled 39 points in the meet.

Torrey Gardiner

After winning the last two HCAC team indoor titles, the Panthers finished second out of 10 teams in the championship with 135 points. On the men’s team, sophomore Nick Jaeger was a first-team all-Heartland Conference honoree for the second consecutive season. He earned his second consecutive league title in the high jump with a leap of 1.93 meters.

Rachel Smith

Chambers finished in the top four spots in five events at the HCAC championships. She leapt 4.94 meters to capture first place in the long jump. She was second in the 60-meter dash (8.11 seconds) and fourth in the 200-meter dash (27.21 seconds). In addition to competing with the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams, Chambers also set a school record in the 200-meter

Freshman sprinter Torrey Gardiner received second-team all-league honors. He set a school record in the 60 meters at the Wilt Invitational with a time of 7.16 seconds.

Nick Jaeger


Thinking about We remember preparing your will?

ALUMNI NEWS BILLIE KYGER RADER ’41, of Columbus, Ohio, died Feb. 5, 2014 at age 96. VIVIAN SIMMONS ’43, of Winchester, Ind., died Aug. 31, 2013 at age 92.

For more information about will preparation or joining The 1827 Society, contact: Kevin Berry ’90

director of planned giving and stewardship 800-213-2179, ext. 6813 or


JILL HOLCROFT KELLER ’67, of Madison, Ind., died Feb. 6, 2014 at age 68.

RALPH IDDINGS ’46, of Brentwood, Calif., died June 4, 2013 at age 89.

JOHN BARROWS JR. ’70, of Versailles, Ky., died Nov. 25, 2013 at age 65.

MAC MCCLURE ’49, of New Albany, Ind., died May 22, 2013 at age 89.

WILL COOKE ’71, of Carmel, Ind., died Jan. 13, 2014 at age 64.

RUSSELL OWENS ’50, of Venice, Fla., died Jan. 10, 2014 at age 88.

BOB JACKSON ’82, of Pendelton, Ind., died Jan. 29, 2014 at age 54.

ROBERT HILLIS ’51, of Kokomo, Ind., died Jan. 11, 2014 at age 85.

TIMOTHY LEBO ’83, of Richmond, Ind., died Feb. 13, 2014 at age 52.

DAVID JOHNSTON III ’55, of New Albany, Ohio, died Feb. 21, 2014 at age 81.

Former staff member SHIRLEY GOTTS, of Madison, Ind., died Feb. 13, 2014 at age 79.

JIM HARGRAVE ’57, of Jeffersonville, Ind., died Jan. 26, 2014 at age 84.

Former staff members ROBERT and BONNIE ZILLIOX, of Hanover, Ind., died Feb. 23 and 24, 2014, respectively, both at age 87. Robert Zilliox served as archivist and Bonnie Zilliox served as an administrative assistant.

KARL SCHWENGEL ’57, of Washington, D.C., died June 23, 2013 at age 82.

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WILLIAM NAAMAN ’62, of Carmel, Ind., died Jan. 21, 2014 at age 76.

Professor Emeritus of Sociology BOB KELLER died Feb. 26, 2014 at age 84. Born July 4, 1929 to Arlie and Genevieve Keller in Alpena, Mich., he was a former Roman Catholic priest, serving as pastor to the Sacred Heart parish in the inner city of Saginaw, Mich., where he was active in the civil rights efforts for Mexican and AfricanAmerican residents. Keller earned his bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart Seminary (Mich.) in 1952, his master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1970 and both master’s and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University. He subsequently served two decades of Hanover students as professor of sociology and as chair of the department from 1970 until his retirement in 1991. In 1976, Keller earned the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Award for Excellence in Teaching. A member of the Indiana Board of Corrections, he encouraged students to engage in research inside Indiana’s penal institutions. Surviving are his wife, three brothers, 12 children and extended family. Donations in Keller’s honor may be made to The Heifer Project at A memorial celebration will be held in July in Alpena, Mich.

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1942 DAVID GREIST has authored the e-book, “Under the North Star,” with journals from his father, HENRY ’26 and his mother, Mollie. The book recounts stories from the years spent in Barrow, Alaska, where his parents served as medical missionaries during the 1920s and 30s. While predominantly the story of their survival, service and friendships with the Eskimo, it also covers occasional Arctic visitors, among them Roald Amundsen, discoverer of the South Pole, and Charles and Ann Lindbergh, who visit on their flight to Japan. Wiley Post and Will Rogers, attempting to reach their village, died within 15 miles of their home and the Greists had the grim task of preparing the bodies for return to the U.S. You can find the book at

1957 The Rochester City/Catholic Wrestling Association inducted TOM NACCA into its Hall of Fame Aug. 18, 2013 for his contribution to the sport of wrestling. He served as head wrestling coach at West High School, Greece Olympia High School and Jefferson High School in Rochester, N.Y. In 1953, as a senior at Jefferson High School, Nacca won the wrestling Interscholastic League Championship and the state championship in the 145-lbs. weight class. At Hanover, he played football all four years and belonged to Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Nacca and his wife, CLAIRE BUCKINGHAM NACCA ’59, have lived in Whispering Pines, N.C., for the past 16 years, enjoying warm weather and golf at the local country club. 1967 KAREN MANGERICH CURTIS and her husband, BOB, are contributors to the book, “The Secret Rescue,” which documents the harrowing escape by Karen Curtis’ mother, an American nurse, who was stranded behind Nazi lines during World War II.

1950 JOHN SELIG and his wife, Mary, attended the marriage of their grandson, Jeffrey Jones to Lisa Funkhouser, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. He writes, “Jeffrey and Lisa are completing their doctorates in neuroscience and genetics, respectively, at Vanderbilt University. An enjoyable time was had by all.” 1953 SHIRLEY HUNGATE WEERSING has earned the Seven Over Seventy award from Resthaven Care Community, in recognition of her continued achievements in landscape beautification. A nationally accredited gardening and landscape design consultant, Weersing organized a team of volunteers who helped upkeep the grounds at Resthaven’s Freedom Village location. She also led a team to help the city of Holland, Mich., in its first effort to win the Holland in Bloom award.

1972 NANCY JEFFERS SCHLEICH graduated from the two-year intensive program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute. She has a private practice in Columbus, Ohio.


2002 Thompson Hine has elected STACI JENKINS to the firm’s partnership. A member of the labor and employment group in the Cincinnati office, she focuses her practice on employment-based immigration and affirmative action compliance issues. Her immigration practice concentrates on health care organizations, global companies and Fortune 500 companies, while her affirmative action work is for federal contractors. Jenkins serves as the Cincinnati office’s vice chair of the firm’s women’s initiative, Spotlight on Women. In 2012, the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement named her a Rising Star. Jenkins received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2005.

Class notes 1979 TOM KELLY will retire from the U.S. Army June 30, 2014 after more than 31 years of active-duty service and having attained the rank of colonel. His current plans are to reside in the Harvset, Ala., area, with his wife, Mako. Their oldest daughter, Laura, graduated from Florida State University in 2012 and attends Union Presbyterian Seminary (Va.), while their youngest daughter, Alissa, will graduate from Saint Leo University (Fla.) in May 2014. 1993 Neil Gerber Eisenberg has named ANGELA ELBERT a partner in its general and commercial litigation section and chair of the insurance policyholder group’s directors and officers practice. Business Insurance magazine has recognized her as one of 2013’s “Women to Watch.” Elbert is a nationally recognized leader whose practice focuses on commercial and professional insurance policyholder representation. 1994 Forward Movement has named RICHELLE THOMPSON managing editor. Her husband, the Rev. Jeff Queen, serves as rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. They live in Fort Thomas, Ky., with their two children, Madeline, 12, and Griffin, 9. 1996 BRENT WALTER and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of their twin daughters, Emma Elizabeth, 7 lbs., 4 oz., and Abigail Ann, 6 lbs., 12 oz., Oct. 15, 2013 in Avon, Ind.

1999 CHRIS CUADROS and his wife, Samantha, announce the birth of their third child, daughter Caroline, July 10, 2013. He writes, “Everyone is adjusting well!” 2000 CRAIG CAMMACK has joined the Fayette County Democratic Party Executive Committee in Lexington, Ky., serving as vice-chair of the 75th State Legislative District. He is in his second term as vicechair of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, and serves as treasurer of Lexington Fairness. Cammack and his partner will soon adopt their two foster children. 2000 STACEY SELLINS SHADIX and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Grace, July 3, 2012. She joins her big sister Ella, 3. Shadix writes, “Life is a little crazier with two, but we are so blessed.”

2006 STEPHANIE VOIGT graduated from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University with a doctorate in clinical psychology last September. At the end of the month, she married Brandon Yabko in Honolulu, Hawaii; classmate APRIL REPPY was a bridesmaid. The couple currently lives in Salt Lake City, where Voigt works as a psychologist in a group practice, and Yabko, also a psychologist, works at the George E. 32 | SPRING 2014 | Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

2004 The Indiana High School Counselor Association has named JAIME HAMM its High School Counselor of the Year. Hamm serves Connersville High School. MELISSA BAER STEPHENSON and her husband, McKoy, announce the birth of their son, Samuel Kingston, January 2013. Last summer, the family relocated to Charlotte, N.C., where Stephenson serves as associate director of undergraduate admissions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 2007 GUNNAR CROWELL married ANGEL HANDLON ’08 June 1, 2013 in Madison, Ind. at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church followed by their reception at Hanover College. Hanoverians in the wedding party were ERIC COOK ’08, ASHLEY WALSH NADEAU ’08, RENAE KONDRAT ’08, MICHELLE COFFMAN CROWDER ’08, SARAH WERNKE BRUMLEY ’09, JESSICA SHORT-MILLER ’09, KIM HARDESTY ’08 and MELISSA DEL CASTILLO, along with those who attended. Crowell is an associate attorney with Reiling, Teder & Schrier, LLC out of Lafayette, Ind., and Handlon works in risk management as a commercial lines account executive with the Henriott Group. The couple resides in Lafayette along with Charlotte, their Australian Shepherd puppy. ALLY EASTMAN GIESTING and her husband, Rob, announce the birth of their daughter Georgia Lynn, Jan. 31, 2014, 7 lbs., 11 oz., 20.5 in. Giesting completed her second master’s degree in teaching from the University of the Cumberlands. The family lives in Crestwood, Ky., where Giesting teaches middle school at St. Aloysius and her husband teaches and does advising work at Spalding University in Louisville.

Alumni spotlight Hanover’s DNA program celebrates the unique connection we all share. In this issue, we shine a light on two alumni making a difference in their communities. Expanding from one location and four employees to 15 locations and more than 100 employees in just six years, it should come as no surprise that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation recognized Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, owned by Steve Line ’90, as one of the 2013 Indiana Companies to Watch. The Noblesville, Ind., business was one of 33 selected from 400 nominations to receive the distinctive award presented by Gov. Mike Pence ’81. Line makes giving back to the community a priority. For the past five years, each of his company locations have given customers a $5 discount if they donate five cans of food to Line’s annual food drive. Last year, customers contributed more than 6,000 cans, and Line matched each donation himself. “It’s a fun day, loading up the trucks with all that food,” he said, “but the best part is delivering 12,000 cans (with my employees) to fill up (local food) pantries.” At Hanover, Line majored in business administration, played intramural basketball and football, and joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Though he credited his business success to the well-rounded education he received at Hanover, his fondest memories are of the friendships he made during those four years. “You couldn’t ask for better friends. My college friends will be my friends forever.” To illustrate, Line noted seven or eight Hanover couples he and his wife, Tracy Beard Line ’88 gather with every month or so to spend the evening together. The couple are parents to Sarah Line ’16, and to daughters, Megan, 17, and Abby, 11.

Sue Weissinger ’69 treasured her offcampus experiences at Hanover. Originally from Wilmington, Del., her 1966 trip to Mexico set the stage for a career that began with her teaching middle school Spanish, which then led to her becoming a bilingual social worker. Before her retirement, Weissinger worked for her home state of Delaware training social workers. Today, she counsels and mentors women prisoners, and teaches a pre-release class about learning how to set appropriate boundaries. Weissinger also trains and counsels at a 24-hour suicide crisis hotline. “There’s not a person on earth who doesn’t need an anonymous hotline at some point in life,” she said. “Sometimes you just can’t talk to your family or friends.” Additionally, Weissinger volunteers for a variety of functions through Westminster Presbyterian Church, including the Mission Connections Program. She has traveled to Guatemala three times for mission work, and is currently working with the church group to raise funds for the purchase of 200 water filters for the Guatemalan region. A Spanish major at Hanover, Weissinger earned master’s degrees from the University of Delaware in both education and counseling. To give back to her alma mater, she provides an annual scholarship to help a current Hanover student realize the dream of studying off-campus. Weissinger is also a member of The 1827 Society and The James Blythe Presidents’ Club. “Hanover gave me a safe environment to learn, grow, explore and to discover who I was as an independent individual,” said Weissinger. “It was absolutely the best decision for me. It was the perfect environment in which to grow up.”


Class notes Catching up with the

Hands Free Mama When we first spoke to Rachel Macy Stafford ’94 back in 2011, it had only been a few months since she had started her highly successful blog, “Hands Free Mama.” At that time, Stafford had gone through what she called her “break-down, break-through” moment, realizing she missed out on far too much in her life, especially when it came to the people who mattered most, daughters Natalie, 10, and Avery, 7, and husband Scott ’94. Today, her blog brings in more than a million unique visitors every month and “The Hands Free Revolution,” Stafford’s Facebook page, has nearly 125,000 likes. Her post, “The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up,’” went viral on the Huffington Post, generating more than four million hits in 24 hours and sparking countless conversations about what it means to live without the constant distraction of technology and too-long to-do lists. Her first book, “Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!” hit number eight on the New York Times bestseller list in the advice, how-to and miscellaneous category just two weeks after its release in January. With all the frenzied activity her success has generated, Stafford said she tries to be very selective about what she pursues in order to keep living Hands Free. “I know now more than ever what I don’t want my life to look like,” she said in a recent phone interview. “I had a taste of life overwhelmed, where you feel like you can’t breathe in your day. Luckily, I (think) once your eyes have been opened on the Hands Free journey to know what precious moments you can easily miss, it’s like you can’t ever go to sleep again.” The posts that resonate the most with readers, Stafford said, are the ones where she reveals difficult truths. But because she has been so open with her readers, she believes that’s the reason they feel comfortable sharing their struggles with her. “I don’t ever want to come across (as if ) I’ve got this all figured out. If you look at someone who (seems) completely perfect, you’ll think, ‘well, there’s no chance I can do that.’” That doesn’t mean Stafford doesn’t get her share of detractors, however. One online commenter called her a monster over her post, “The Bully Too Close to Home,” while another said what a terrible parent she was for getting frustrated with her youngest for flushing a clogged toilet. Stafford said she never responds to the criticism and that her readers will rise to her defense immediately in those situations. Stafford is already hard at work on her next book, slated for fall 2015, which will be a follow-up on how to maintain and protect the Hands Free life. She also hopes to do more speaking engagements to let people know that no matter what their circumstances are, there’s still time to change. “A lot of people think it’s too late, that there’s no hope for them, that the damage is done,” said Stafford. “The Hands Free journey is not about yesterday, it is about today and the choices that you make each day.” You can learn more about Rachel’s journey at 34 | THE HANOVERIAN •

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2003 NATHAN and HANNA SCOTT MCARDLE announce the birth of their first child, Eleanor Sinclair, April 15, 2013. The happy family lives in Chicago where the new father has plans to incorporate his daughter into his weekly sand volleyball game. “Hang her baby carrier from the net,” was one of Nathan McArdle’s suggestions, to which his wife responded, “Don’t even ask for details on his plans for taking her golfing.”

1999 LUCY FISHER SMILEY and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of the fourth child, daughter Lena Clair, Aug. 22, 2013, 5 lbs., 13 oz. She joins her sister Kiley, 15 and brothers Damon, 7, and Marshall, 6. Smiley writes, “She is such a blessing and is well taken care of by her siblings.” The family lives in Fishers, Ind. Contact Lucy at


ANN-MORGAN CARTER KRUEGER and her husband, Justin, announce the birth of their fourth child, Ryan Keith, Jan. 20, 2013. His older siblings, Katie, 10, Paige, 8, and Sam, 5, absolutely adore their new brother. The family loves small-town life in Marysville, Ohio, where Krueger enjoys staying home with the kids and her husband is a pediatrician.

2003 JOHN and SARABETH RATLIFF POLLOM ’05 announce the birth of their second son, Charles Thomas, Dec. 12, 2012. Their first son, Will, may or may not already have a disciplinary file with Student Life.

2000 The ByrdNest happily celebrated Arabella’s first birthday in January and Aiden, 4, couldn’t be a more attentive brother. BETSY STENGER-BYRDWELL continues to love being a full-time mom, volunteering and having treasured visits with the Hanover girls! Her husband, Sean, customizes motorcycles when away from his company, Precise Installations. The Moorhead family (MARY MARGARET MILLS MOORHEAD-CLEGG ’49, JANE MOORHEAD ’83 and ROB MOORHEAD ’87) has enjoyed watching “Bubba and Bo” grow into hilarious and fun loving kids. Aiden William was named in honor of his late grandfather, GUS MOORHEAD ’51, who is in the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame. THE HANOVERIAN • SPRING 2014 | | 35

Fri., June 20 Louisville Golf at Champions Pointe

Sun., June 22 Churchill Downs

Thurs., July 17 Indy Golf

Sat., Sept. 20 Homecoming

Sat., Nov. 1 Hall of Fame

Dates to Remember

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2008 MARC O’LEARY and his wife, Amy, announce the birth of their first child, Patrick Marc III, Dec. 9, 2013, 10 lbs., 7oz., 21.5 in. The family lives in Plainfield, Ind., where O’Leary is a senior purchasing specialist at Ascension Health in Indianapolis. 2009 LIZ OTTE BROWNLEE completed her master’s degree in applied conservation biology from the University of Vermont in 2013. Focusing on sustainable agriculture, she worked with farmers to find economically and ecologically viable farming strategies in the face of increased flooding from climate change. Brownlee and her husband, NATHAN ’06, recently moved back to Indiana to start Nightfall Farm. They will raise animals on pasture and sell meat locally.

2009 GENEVIEVE LACA won the 2013 Outstanding Up and Coming Professional award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Colorado chapter. 2010 MEGAN WILKENING has joined Norris Law Office in Washington, Ind., as an associate attorney. Her practice will concentrate on children and family law, and criminal defense, including juvenile justice. Contact her at mwilkening@

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Kennings: Hanover’s unseen tradition

A kenning is a poetic device, a compound expression with metaphorical meaning. Dig into some old poetry; the sea is never just a sea, it’s a whale-road, full of sea-steeds sailing under the sky’s jewel.

There’s just one problem. If Kennings were a political candidate, it wouldn’t be doing so swell in the polls. Over the past few years, the magazine has gotten a bit thinner, along with the editorial staff.

Any time you call someone a pencil-pusher, a tree-hugger, a brown-noser, you’re harkening back to a literary tradition that dates back to “Beowulf.” Founded with this idea at its core, Kennings, Hanover’s independent student-run artistic and literary magazine, has showcased the best creative work that the Hanover community has to offer, reviewing and compiling submissions into an annual publication for the past 25 years.

I have spoken to Hanover students who have never heard of the College having an art magazine. They think it must be something new and not a tradition older than some of the buildings on campus. It breaks my heart. I have spent this school year trying to bring Kennings back in a big way, and I started early. My weapons were quiet and unassuming, the most potent of their kind: crayons.

I have been a part of the Kennings editing staff since I began my college years at Hanover, and this year I am the magazine’s editor-in-chief. I love the work; every time I get a submission I count myself lucky to be part of an organization like this. Every time I read and discuss writing or art with the editing staff I know that we are doing something to give Hanover artists some of the recognition they deserve. Kennings has been so important to me, both as an outlet for my enthusiasm and a venue for creative and analytical discussion; the skills I have honed at weekly editorial meetings have made me a better student, reader and writer.

Armed with hundreds of Crayolas re-labeled as billboards, I got to work by speaking with incoming freshmen about what Kennings is, what it stands for and what it means for Hanover. The responses I got confirmed what I already knew — there is no lack of creativity at Hanover College. Some students write, others draw, some paint, take photos, sculpt, dance, make jewelry, comics or collages. The student body, not to mention the enormous network of faculty, staff and alumni, is alive with imagination, but is often shy to show it.

by Gara Gaines ’16

Poets and novelists keep their notebooks clutched to their chests or squirreled away in drawers. I have spoken with people who will stop their drawings, mid-sketch, to assure me that they are not really artists, and that their work would have no place in an artistic magazine. Yet, for 25 years, Kennings has been here to remind this campus that the only art that isn’t real is the art you never make. To help spur people to action, my goal for the upcoming “Kickstart my Art” poster series will be to inspire the Hanover community to contribute to the vast body of work that Kennings has showcased so far. So, the next time you catch yourself sketching in the margins of a book or envisioning a place you have never really seen, or you find yourself itching for a blank page to fill, realize that you’re harkening back to a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages and beyond. And remember that the sea is never just the sea.

Sophomore Gara Gaines is a history and communication doublemajor from Hermitage, Tenn. In addition to Kennings, she is the president of Hanover’s Feminist club and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, and the Anime Club.


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