2024 Date: TBD

Alums and friends nationwide come together annually for the Welcome to the Neightbood event.  Last year, generations of Panthers connected at 11 different locations and showcased their school pride, shared stories and made new connections.  Come back soon for updated information about the 2024 Welcome to the Neighborhood event.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Riedel at riedel@hanover.edu or (812) 866-7194.


Welcome to the Neighborhood locations that are selected by YOU!  You select the location and time, and we'll let everyone in your area know about it!  It's that easy.  A few days before your gathering, you'll receive a packet from the Office of Alumni Relations that will include blank nametags, a sign-in sheet, welcome signage, and HC giveaways.

2023 Locations:

Madison, IN

Rivercrest Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge
375 W Vaughn Dr
Madison, IN 47250
5:30 p.m.
Host: Sara Wines '15

Columbus, IN

Bored? Games!
1540 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 46037
5:30 p.m.
Host: Janet & Clai Putney '90

Crawfordsville, IN

Backstep Brewing Co.
125 North Green Street
Crawfordsville, IN  47933
5:30 p.m.
Hosts: Lisa White Gobel '90 and Erin Stanifer Gobel '07

Indianapolis, IN

Pins Mechanical Co.

856 Carrollton Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hosts: Cami Trachtman '17 and Ben Katchur '17

Newport, KY

200 3rd St
Newport, KY 41071
6:00 p.m.
Host: Eric Haas '78

Boston, MA

George Robert White Memorial Fountain
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Host: Emily Jessee '22
Boston Area Alumni Facebook 

Raynham, MA

Stoneforge Tavern
90 Paramount Drive
Raynham, MA  02767
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Host: Elizabeth Stotts '01

Savannah, GA

Starland Yard
2411 DeSoto Ave
Savannah, GA 31401
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Host: Careen Turner '14

Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD Area

Union Pub
201 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
6:30 p.m.
Host: Lee Annis '78
*Must be 21

San Diego, CA

12015 Scripps Highlands Drive
San Diego, CA  92131
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Host: Randy Rounds '67



Kindly register for the location where you intend to be present.

*Some locations are to be determined, please check back often for updates*

Host Responsibilities 

  • Choose a local venue and time you would like to host the event
  • There is no cost to the host.  This is a pay-as-you-go event for all attendees.  Hanover College is not able to supplement unpaid tabs.
  • Contact the venue to reserve space for the group.
    • Please select a free location. Hanover College is not responsible for the venue or additional fees
  • Let Michelle know your venue and time by July 20 
  • Promote the event on social media and with your local friends and Hanover connections.
  • Optional: send email invitations to alumni in your area (we will provide the list)
  • Show up a little early to set up the supplies we supply and welcome guests
  • Snap some photos for the Alumni social media page and future event promotions

Venue Ideas

  • Favorite bar, restaurant, or brewery
  • Ice cream shop 
  • Park
  • Business you own 
  • Where you work
  • Your home 
  • Have something unique in your city? Use your creativity to make this event work in your area!

Event Timing

All events will take place on September 7, and you can choose the start and end times for something that works best for you! Typically events start around 5 or 6.