Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Awards are given to Hanoverians who have distinguished themselves in their profession, service to their community, or service to Hanover College. The Awards are conferred at the spring Alumni Awards Brunch. 

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2014 Award Winners

Sam George '75Richard E. Helton '68Bixler W. Howland '72

Sam George '75

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 December, he co-founded Rivergreen Water Recycling in Louisville. The 12,000-square-foot-facility removes contaminants from oily industrial wastewater for safe discharge to sewer 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 Incorporated 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 the Hanover Planning Commission, Hanover Recycling Committee, Southwestern School Board, Hanover College Alumni Association Board and the Lide White Boy’s and Girl’s 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 law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1983. He and his wife, Linda Anderson George ’78, live in Hanover, IN.

Richard E. Helton '68

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.

Bixler W. Howland '72

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 plaintiffs personal injury litigation and civil litigation.

Before becoming an attorney, 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 this 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.

Howland and his wife, Jane Barnes Howland ’72 are the parents of two adult children and live in Louisville, KY.

2014 Retiring Professors

Professors George Nickas, Robert Rosenthal and Peter Worcester will also be honored at the Alumni Awards Brunch 2014.

2013 Winners

Ray N. Black, Jr. '74Sandra M. Chapman '77Jennifer Clark Evins '88

Ray N. Black, Jr. '74

Ray Black Jr. ’74 has served as executive director of the Lide White Boys & Girls Club in Madison, Ind., for almost 30 years, helping thousands of local area children.

In 1975, Black started the Madison Wrestling Club, coaching at all levels from youth through high school. During his years 25 years as a high school wrestling coach,  Black helped more than 60 students earn scholarship offers.

Having served as a volunteer assistant coach at Madison Junior High School since his retirement from professional coaching in 2005, he has been an I.H.S.A.A. registered wrestling official since 1971-72.

Black also served as a girls’ softball coach and coached at the high school level from 1993 – 2001 at Madison Consolidated High School. During those years, 18 young women earned  scholarships to play at the college level.

As a Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Professional, he has served on several Boys & Girls Club committees locally, regionally and state wide. Black served as commissioner/ president of the Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Workers Association for Indiana. Additionally, Black served as the Indiana Area Leadership Council executive secretary in the late 1980’s.

Awards include the 2001 BGCA National Professional Service Award, the BGCA Man & Youth Award, the 2008 Madison/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Jeff Garrett Community Service Award, the 2010 Kiwanis Club of Madison’s Tom Sexton Community Youth Service Award and the 2011 Madison Elks Club, #524 Distinguished Citizenship Award.

Black was also inducted into the Madison Cubs Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Association State Hall of Fame in 2012.

At Hanover, Black majored in physical education and was on the wrestling team all four years, his last two as captain. He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. His father, Ray Black Sr., attended Hanover for more than two years and his mother-in-law is Ruth Copeland Auxier ’51.

He and his wife, Vicki, live in Madison, Ind. and have three children, including his daughter, Raimi Black Carrigan ’99, her husband Toby ’98 and two grandchildren.

Sandra M. Chapman '77

Sandra Chapman ’77 currently serves as an attorney at Casey and Chapman, PLLC, the firm she co-founded with her husband, Patrick Casey, in 2011. Her practice focuses litigation, and she has extensive experience in personal injury, premises liability, vehicular accidents, mass torts, employment litigation, education law and professional liability.

Former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton appointed Chapman to a full nine-year term on the state’s Board of Education in 1996.

Chapman held all offices of that board, including two terms as president. She led initiatives in the areas of bullying/harassment, including the drafting of student and staff codes of conduct, as well as the statewide grammar initiative.

During her term, she interfaced with other branches of state government, including the education committees of both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature and the executive branch. Chapman also chaired the search committee for the hiring of a new state superintendent of schools

As the sole representative of the State Superintendent of Schools to the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission, Chapman participated in policy decisions, as well as hearing appeals from the decisions made by the executive director concerning eligibility for athletes.

She currently serves as a research fellow for the West Liberty University Institute for Innovation in Education. Chapman is a past-president of the West Virginia State Bar, a member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and its executive council, and the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents.

Previously, she served on the board of the Ohio Valley Medical Center and presently sits on the boards of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Auxiliary.

Chapman earned a master’s degree from West Virginia University and her juris doctor from West Virginia University College of Law.

The couple lives in Wheeling, W.V., and have three children.

Jennifer Clark Evins '88

As president and CEO of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (S.C.), Jennifer “Jenny” Clark Evins ’88 heads a conglomerate of nine nonprofit partners dedicated to visual and performing arts, science and history. She joined the organization in 2010 as senior development officer.

From her office in the Chapman Cultural Center — the $44.5 million arts center completed in 2007 for which she served as  capital campaign chair — Evins oversees everything from a budget of $1.8 million, a staff of 12 full-time employees, community outreach, education and the multiple performances the center hosts every month.

Active in community service, she serves as trustee for both the Spartanburg County Foundation and the College Hub of Spartanburg County. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Evins commissioner for the Spartanburg County Commission on Higher Education; she is also an appointed member of the City of Spartanburg Public Safety Committee and a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Wofford College.

Over the years, Evins has involved herself in everything from leadership programs, the Girl Scouts, the Junior League, the advisory boards of First Citizens Bank and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems, as well as volunteered for the local humane society and regional hospice.

In 2011, Evins received one of the state’s highest honors, Woman of Achievement 2011 from the South Carolina Business and Professional Women. Additionally, she received the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award from the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce (with her husband) in 2007, and the 2006 Upstate Diversity Leadership Academy Fellow at Furman University’s (S.C.) Riley Institute.

Evins moved to Spartanburg shortly after graduation to serve as a national leadership consultant for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She then moved to increasingly higher marketing positions before serving as the public affairs manager for a local television station. Prior to joining The Arts Partnership, Evins raised $10 million as capital campaign manager for the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Evins was a business administration major and communications minor at Hanover. Besides Greek life, she also played basketball

Evins and her husband, Alex, an attorney, have two children.

Past Alumni Achievement Award Recipients
Established in 1960

2012
Judith Mayhew Andrews `66
Jerry Johnson `69
David Palmer `65

2011
Dr. Thomas R. Cullison `68
Lisa L. Fleming `82
Wallace R. Yakey `75

2010
Richard Park `51
Philip Hedrick `64
Doug Kurdys `61

2009
JoAnn Brouillette '83
Andrew R. Burgess '68
Richard A Lesh '66

2008
Elmer Geissler '51
Jane Huffman Hayes '83
James A. Lake '65

2007
Stephen E. Olvey '65
Virginia Vogel Riley '54
Richard C. Rogers '58

2006
Joyce Hopewell Brinkman '66
Jerry McKenzie '59
Richard Scamehorn '64

2005
Wade Clapp '77
Mike Pence '81
Sandy Wilcox '66

2004
Kenneth Gladish '74
Thomas Mayer '73
Robert Schults '64

2003
Ralph Gray '55
Peter Kovacic '43
Jim Ward '81

2002
R. James Green '72
Charles C. Hawley '51
Warren L. Prell '66

2001
John Hawley '54
G. Lincoln McCurdy '73
David Ramage, Jr. '51

2000
John E. Frederick '71
Jim Leonard, Jr. '78
John C. Shoemaker '64

1999
Jackie Bennett '80
Elaine Kops-Bedel '74
Joseph Rawlings '52

1998
John C. Trimble '77
Carol R. Bogardus '55
J. Joseph Hale, Jr. '71

1997
Paul W. Kettlewell '73
Paula Jane Hagerman Kettlewell '73
J. Barton Luedeke '64
Suellen Kinder Reed '67

1996
Margaret Ellis Hammelrath '62
James E. Head '61
Carol Warner Shields '57

1995
Naomi Blume Bliss '26
Mary Ella Weber Cooper '32
Gale E. Dryden '44
Robert S. Gettinger '40

1994
Clifton S.M. Egan '73
Lawrence E. Gloyd '54
Woodrow T. Harrelson '83

1993
Nicholas E. Rutsis '63
Ezra S. Shaya '50

1992
Jane Parker Huber '48
William A. Huber '48
Carl Weatherbee '40

1991
Bill N. Scifres '52
Bonnie Fawcett Anders '65

1990
George C. Burkert '35
Wallace F. Judkins '27

1989
Chester L. Alwes, Jr. '69

1988
Janet Favinger Brinkman '69
Eleanore Watts Moyer '42

1987
James W. Near '60

1986
Joan Phillips Leitzel '58
William B. Rossow '69

1985
Lawrence T. Evans '34
Maribeth Gettinger '75
Sarah Morrow Ketchum '75

1984
Judith Moffett '64
John R. Smith '53

1983
Dorothy Allison Sheppard '40
Harold K. Voris '62

1982
Mary Margaret Mills Moorhead '49
James A. Peterson '50
Patricia L. Walne '54

1981
Warren E. Darnell '28
James A. Richter '65

1980
Mildred G. Lemen '52
William A. Welsheimer, Sr. '51
Harold "Red" Benedict '29

1979
Leslie F. Fox '32
Clark S. Ketterman '52
Sylvia Dan Ketterman '52
Jay C. Taff '26

1978
George W. Carson '27
George W. Pheasant '28
Louisa G. Plummer '29
George S. Taggart '30

1977
Louis G. Bumen '27
Frank A. Guthrie '50
Lester H. Munzenmayer '25
David B. Tallman '29

1976
George M. Balas '28
Ada Martin Henry '40
Marvin C. Amos '49
Theodore V. Petranoff '15

1975
Martha L. Bunch '39
Thomas F. Ritter '48
Henry C. Rogers '20
Samuel H. Washburn '56

1974
Raymond A. Bowden '49
John R. Collier '51
James A. Purkhiser '40
William Dana Shelby, Jr. '33
Ann E. Wiltrout '61

1973
Walter F. LaFeber '55
Gordon E. Miller '50
Richard D. Miller '50
John F. Williams '53 (selected in 1972 - given in absentia)

1972
Leona Snyder '31
Edward G. Lueders '47
Thomas K. Roberts '48
Betty Cummins Roberts '48

1971
Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. '63
Roy H. Behnke '43
Thomas A. Katsanis '57
Paul E. Martin '36
Robert E. Wolverton '48

1970
Thomas J. Houser '51
G. Shannon Walker '21 (in absentia)

1969
Thomas B. Polson '52
Emma M. Hill '42
Richard E. Neal '50

1968
William E. Wilson '19
Edmond A. Tilley '40
Robert E. Miller '39
Thomas H. Johns '53

1967
Edward B. Smith '34
Eldon Campbell '37
Blanche Hall Adams '36
S. Clifford Adams '35

1966
Maurice W. Graston '33
George H. Prime '27
Robert A. Frederick '50
Ethel P. Swengel '36

1965
Byers A. Burlingame '21
Daniel E. Lewis '32
Joseph H. Boyer '42

1964
Amos W. Jackson '26
Ralph H. Anderson '31
Wilbur H. Hinds '50

1963
John M. Blankenship '35
Phyliss J. Fleming '46
Harry J. Henry '39
Oren R. Lewis '24
Temple R. Hollcroft '12 (in absentia)

1962
Herman F. Allen '35
Dorothy Breeding Allen '35
Harry E. Wells '16
Wilbur H. Nagel '14

1961
Stanley W. Morse '20
Robert S. Thomas '36

1960
Kenneth M. Montgomery '15
H. Max Healey '36
Julian L. Culbertson '17
Joseph W. Evans 1897

Alumnus of the Year Awards

Established in 1952
1952 Russell H. Fitzgibbon '24
1953 Guy Campbell '00
1954 Monica Itoi Sone '46
1955 Kenneth V. Lottick '28
1956 Harold C. Voris '23
1957 Gayle N. Hufford '14
1958 Ira S. Allison '17
1959 James E. Almond '11