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1957

After nearly 10 years of planning, the late Carol Warner Shields ’57 will be honored as the namesake for one of the world’s top literary awards. Beginning in 2022, the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction will feature a $150,000 cash award to a single work of fiction by a female or non-binary author of an English-language book published in the U.S. or Canada.

 

1960

Sheila Dowty Crouch '60 and her husband have moved to Carmel, Ind., to be closer to family. Sheila states "We bought a home on a little lake and love the fishing and bird watching. I hope to make contact with Hanover Phi Mu sisters once this pandemic has run it’s course."

 

1962

Meredith Bubel Gregg ’62 was honored last September as a longtime Madison, Ind., book club coordinator. Kimm Hollis, professor emeritus of music, and Marsha Dutton, former English professor, presented a special program of music and poetry. Attendees included Susan Martin Studds ’76, Jeffrey Studds ’77, Mi Yung Yoon, international studies professor, and Darryl Steinert, professor emeritus of physics. [PHOTO]

 

C. Michael Traw ’62 notes he is alive and well in Campbell, Calif. He is still directing musicals, hosting in four different restaurants, and playing lots of bridge.

 

1965

Mahlon Barash '65 published a black and white photography book, " Images of Peru," on Amazon.com. The book features a personal story told through a collection of black-and-white photographs taken by Mahlon during two different periods in Peru. The first period was between 1965 and 1967, when he was a Peace Corps volunteer in the highlands province of Huamalíes in the department of Huánuco.

 

Jim Richter ’65 received the Indianapolis Sailing Club Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the organization’s hall of fame Jan. 25, 2020. Jim won numerous state championships in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He won the Snipe Masters National Championship twice and finished fourth in the World Masters in Denmark. Jim and his wife, Julie Irwin Richter ‘65, raced Snipe sailboats together for 30 years. Jim continues to race small one-design sailboats in the midwestern states and Florida.

 

1966

Last summer, Fred Ellis Brock ’66 published “The Seven,” the first novel of a mixed-genre thriller trilogy. Fred, a former columnist and editor for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is the best-selling author of a series of personal finance books, including “Retire on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Planning Your Financial Future.” He has also worked as a reporter and editor at the Louisville Courier-Journal and Houston Chronicle. He lives with his wife, Evelyn, in Arizona.

 

1971

Joe Hale ’71 recently began work as president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Joe previously served five years as executive director of The Dreamland, a year-round non-profit film and cultural center on Nantucket Island, Mass.

 

Pam Powell ’71 published her first fiction book, “Antrim: Tales from the Heartland,” early last year. The book, a collection of flash fiction, is set in a small town on the American prairie, mainly during the 1950s.

 

1972

John Duvall '72 retired in 2019 after teaching communications and media studies at two universities for more than 23 years. In 2017, he published "The Environmental Documentary: Cinema Activism in the 21st Century." He is now a full-time self-employed screenwriter.

 

1974

Charles Barrett '74 retired in 2008 as a labor industrial hygienist (evaluating workplace hazards, investigating catastrophic events and working with union committees to make workplaces safer). He is taking up music and studying ethnomusicology. Charlie lives in Southern California and is working to make it "bluer."

 

Karl Plank ’74 has published a book on American writer David Foster Wallace and the ethics of fiction. “The Fact of the Cage: Reading and Redemption in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest” draws widely on the critical perspectives of Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas and Martha Nussbaum to explore the religious dimensions of Wallace’s masterpiece and the significance of reading fiction. Karl is the J.W. Cannon Professor of Religious Studies at Davidson College.

 

1975

Randy Gray ’75 is completing his 44th year of teaching science at Little Miami High School in Morrow, Ohio. Randy teaches honors chemistry, advance-placement chemistry and honors physics.

 

Chris Smith ’75 published “Chasing Indiana’s Game,” a photographic history of Indiana’s high school basketball gymnasiums. The project, which took seven years to complete, has been on display at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and was selected as one of the Indiana Historical Society's bicentennial exhibits.

 

1976

Jack Wheat ’76 was named a 2020 Kentucky Super Lawyer and a top-50 attorney the Commonwealth. Jack concentrates his practice in the areas of intellectual property, primarily dealing with patent, trademark, and copyright infringement litigation, as a member of the McBrayer PLLC in Louisville, Ky.

 

1977

Dr. D. Wade Clapp ’77 received two prestigious honors in the field of medicine. Wade was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. The membership is an honor reserved for select individuals who make monumental contributions to health and medicine. He also received the Friedrich von Recklinghausen Award from the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The honor is presented to individuals in the professional neurofibromatosis community who have made significant contributions to neurofibromatosis research or clinical care. Wade serves many roles at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the physician-in-chief for Riley Hospital for Children, Richard L. Schreiner Professor and chairman of the department of pediatrics, and professor of microbiology and immunology/biochemistry and molecular biology.

 

1980

Rev. Robert Rossow '80 is currently associate pastor at Faith Community Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, as well as an adjunct professor of theology at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.

 

This past fall, “It’s About the Light,” a photography exhibition by Ken Prince ’80 ran for six weeks in the art gallery at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Ken previously served as literature and theatre professor at Indian Hills before joining Hanover’s staff as registrar in 2001. His photography was also featured in the fall issue of “The CEA Critic,” a journal of the College English Association. In addition to the publication’s cover photo, Ken’s photo essay, “When Campus Closes,” was highlighted by a collection of images captured during the spring of 2020 when Hanover’s campus was sparsely populated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

1983

Last summer, JoAnn Brouillette ’83 joined Lewis & Clark AgriFood as an operating partner. JoAnn continues as managing partner and president of Demeter LP and serves as chair of the National Grain & Feed Association.

 

1985

Last November, Dr. Charles Kochert '85 began working in the emergency department at The Medical Center at Franklin in Franklin, Ky. Chuck also continues work at Greenbrier Medical in Sevierville, Tenn., and remains the medical director at Sevier County (Tenn.) Emergency Medical Services.

 

1986

Lisabeth Kaeser ’86 is a certified eating disorder recovery coach in Southwestern Ohio. In 2016, she authored her first book, “Eating by Faith. A Walk with God. My Eating Disorder from the Inside Out. Taste and See …”

 

1988

This spring, Jennifer Clark Evins ’88 will receive the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts. The honor, presented by the South Carolina Arts Commission, is the state's highest award for high achievement in practicing or supporting the arts. Last year, she was honored as one of South Carolina’s outstanding “women of influence” by GSA Business Report. Jennifer is the president and chief executive officer of Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, S.C.

 

Last spring, longtime collegiate baseball coach Tony Vittorio ’88 was selected to join Southport (Ind.) High School’s Wall of Fame. As a high-schooler, Tony competed for Southport’s baseball, basketball and tennis teams. He is currently the head baseball coach and director of athletic development at Wilmington College.

 

1989

Last summer, Mark Whittenburg ’89 was honored as general counsel of the year by the St. Louis Business Journal as part of its Corporate Counsel Awards 2020. Mark serves as general counsel and secretary for Core & Main, a leading distributor of water, sewer, storm drain and fire protection products in the U.S.

 

1993

Brian Glesing '93 has been named head football coach at Shelbyville (Ind.) High School. Brian, a former all-American at Hanover, sports a 118-94 career record in 18 seasons, including stints at LaVille, Clarksville, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville and Paoli high schools.

 

1995

Undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul Clark ‘95, Brian Daniel ‘95, Kevin DeFosset ‘95, Josh Hammond ‘95, Jonathan Ricketts ‘95, Mathew Sackett ‘95 and Bill Zorn ’95 celebrated their 25th reunion with a four-hour Zoom meetup and bourbon-tasting.

 

1996

Peggy Davis ’96 earned UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award for her work in writing programs, where she has taught since 2009. Peggy is not the only Hanover alum to teach in writing programs. Jennifer Bradley Westbay '68 (now retired) also taught at UCLA. The two shared an office and often talked about their times at Hanover.

 

Mary Gammons SeRine ’96 now serves as executive director of advancement services and prospect development at the Ball State University Foundation.

 

1998

In February, Mike Deetsch '98 was named the Emma Leah Bippus senior director of learning and interpretation at the Toledo Museum of Art.

 

Susan Mullally '98 has taken on a new role as deputy project scientist for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which is planned to launch at the end of 2021. The telescope will use its six-meter-diameter collecting area to observe the universe at the infrared wavelengths of light.

 

Zabeth Russell ’98 was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Writing for a Special Class Series" for her work on the “Funny or Die” series, "Brainwashed by Toons." She currently writes and performs voices for the SyFy animated series, "Hell Den" and can be seen in an episode of "Ratched" on Netflix.

 

1999

Piper Roby ’99 graduated from the University of Kentucky with a doctorate in animal sciences in December 2019. She studied the migration of the Indiana bat, a federally endangered species. Piper still works for Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc., in Paint Lick, Ky. She lives in Lexington, Ky., with her husband of 15 years, Rob Thomas, and their two orange tabby cats, Bubby and Pete. [PHOTO]

 

2002

This fall, Jay Jackson ‘02 joined Kutak Rock LLP as a member of the company’s public finance practice group. Jay focuses on housing matters for the Omaha, Neb.-based law firm.

 

Darlene Noland Johnston ’02 earned a doctorate in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University. Darlene teaches English at Ohio Northern University. She holds a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from the University of Findlay and a master’s in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

 

Misty Kuhn ’02 received the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators from the National Institutes of Health. The $1.9 million grant will fund her research into the shape and functions of proteins and their possible fight against fight disease-causing bacteria. Misty is an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Francisco State University.

 

2004

Jessica Anderson ’04 has been named the first female president of Anderson Concrete Corp. Jessica is the past president of Concrete Futures, the Ohio Concrete Association’s young professionals’ group, and currently serves as treasurer of the American Concrete Institute’s Central Ohio Chapter. [PHOTO]

 

Michella Nigh Marino ’04 has been serving as vice president/president elect of the Indiana Association of Historians. Michella, who works as deputy director of the Indiana Historical Bureau, will serve the organization as the 2021-22 president, following Hanover history professor J. Michael Raley in that role.

 

2005

Mansoor Shahid ’05 was named executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Utica-N.Y.-based Mohawk Valley Health System in early 2020. Mansoor, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, formerly worked as chief operating officers at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles, Mo.

 

2008

Marc  O'Leary '08 and his wife, Amy, welcomed their third boy, Paxton Ritter O'Leary, to the world Oct. 28, 2020. The family, which also includes big brothers Patrick and Parker, resides in Plainfield, Ind., where Marc is a purchasing manager for Ascension Health. [PHOTO]

 

In 2019, Luke Zwanziger ’08 was invited to teach and perform at improv festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh International Improv Festival, New Zealand Improv Festival, We the People Improv Festival and Third Coast Improv Festival. As director of video production at Curious Comedy Theater, Luke has filmed numerous comedy celebrities and his script, “VAMPI.E.R.,” was selected as a finalist for the 2020 FiLMLab Writers’ Room at the Willamette Writers Conference. [PHOTO]

 

2011

James Madere ‘11 and Kristina Keith Madere '12 welcomed their second son, Myles Alexander, Jan. 26, 2021.

 

Neil Townsend '11 is now the director of budget and administrative operations for Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

2012

Kyle Bohnert ’12 serves as an assistant professor of kinesiology and women’s tennis coach at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

 

This past fall, Rory Mannering '12 was named defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at DePauw University. Rory previously served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Denison University.

 

Jared Revlett ’12 has been named as one of the “Top 35 School PR Professionals Under 35” by the National School Public Relations Association. Jared serves as public information officer for the Owensboro (Ky.) Public Schools.

 

2013

Shana Cameron Cappel ’13 welcomed daughter, Avery Rae Cappel, Oct. 30, 2020.

 

Jim Faehr ’13 was inducted in the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2020. Jim, who played basketball and baseball at Hanover, earned 12 varsity letters during his high-school career and was an all-conference and all-state selection in football and baseball.

 

Audrey Hanner ’13 and Alex West ’13 were married Oct. 3, 2020.

 

Evelyn Martin ’13 and Trent McIninch ’13 were married May 30, 2020, at the Neidhammer in Indianapolis. Evelyn is employed by Allen County Department of Child Services as a family case manager. Trent works as ramp manager for J.B. Hunt. The couple lives in Fort Wayne.

 

Andy Orem ’13 published a children’s book, "The Very Anxious Potato," last summer. The book addresses situations that make young children anxious and was created to open conversations about anxiety and mental health.

 

Dr. Brian Robertson ’13 has joined the staff at King’s Daughters’ Health in Madison, Ind., as an internal medicine specialist.

 

Bryan Ruder ’13 was named as one of the Rotary Club of Evansville’s “20 under 40” honorees. Bryan works as an associate vice president at Stifel, a full-service brokerage and investment banking firm.

 

2014

Lauren Bowers ’14 and Sam Werne ’14 were married Nov. 20, 2020, at Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel. Ind. Lauren is a user-experience researcher with Angie's List. Sam is completing his internal medicine residency in Morganton, N.C.

 

2015

In February, Brianna Harlan '15 was named a board member for Ruckus, a Louisville, Ky.-based, independent, non-profit journal that engages with art in the American South and Midwest. Brianna works as an artist and creative community organizer.

 

2016

Hannah Wehmeyer Wiswasser ’16 is serving as associate pastor at Plainfield (Ind.) United Methodist Church. Hannah previously served a two-point charge as senior pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church and associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in New Castle, Ind.

 

2019

Bric Butler ’19 works as compliance coordinator for the town of Brownsburg, Ind. He previously served as a project development analyst for Indianapolis.

 

Amber King ’19 and Zach Rhoads ’19 were married June 8, 2019, at the Calumet Club in New Albany, Ind. The couple resides in New Albany. [PHOTO]

 

Dakota Phillips '19 appeared as an extra in the award-winning independent film "The Mountain Minor." This winter, he worked as a production assistant and had a brief appearance as Seth in "An Unintentional Christmas." Dakota is currently working on a film which will mark his first supporting role.

 

2020

Clarice Patterson ’20 joined the Ripley County (Ind.) Community Foundation as the organization’s outreach and communication liaison.

 

2021

Andrew Clegg ’21 published his first book, “The Last Child (A Tale of Night and Day),” last spring. The project originally started during Andrew’s sophomore year at Hanover and was completed last spring after the pandemic forced an early end to his semester abroad in Australia.

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