honors four alumni
for their dedication
to education, society
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - Two northern
Indiana educators, a Chicago inner city psychologist and a corporate
wellness expert are the latest recipients of Manchester College Alumni
Honor Awards. The college's Alumni Association honored the four during
Alumni Days on May 28.
a 1958 sociology and English grad, is well-known for his generous
leadership at East Allen County Schools in Fort Wayne and in higher
education at Taylor
University. Manchester College honored
him for his extensive service to education and for his commitment to his
Michael J. Morris,
a 1971 health and physical education grad, is principal of
Jefferson Middle School in Fort Wayne
and was a long-time teacher and administrator at North
Side High School. Manchester
honored him for his dedication to education and his students, and in
appreciation for his recruiting of students to his alma mater.
Dr. Alexis Lybrook
Taubert, a 1971 psychology
grad, is a clinical and community psychologist has served thousands of
underprivileged and developmentally delayed children and their families
in the Chicago area. Manchester honored her for a lifetime of service to
society, making a difference not for fame, but for humanity.
Dr. Dean Grove,
a 1967 biology/chemistry grad, is acknowledged nationally for his
dedication to employee wellness and preventive medicine. The college
honored him for his philanthropy of action and service to his
taught in the public schools of Richmond,
and Fort Wayne, Indiana for the first six years of his career, then
stepped into administrative roles for nine years before becoming
superintendent of East Allen County Schools in 1973.
Dr. Yost joined Taylor University in1983
as its chief fund-raiser, leading one of the most ambitious advancement
programs in the Christian school's history. He retired from Taylor in
2003, after serving as acting president, executive vice president and as
leader of Taylor's Fort Wayne
campus. His leadership is characterized by integrity, competence and
commitment to helping students integrate faith, learning and service.
During his service to the college, Tayor's endowments grew, as did the
Fort Wayne campus, including its enrollment and diversity.
Earlier this year, he joined other
leaders to craft a proposal for an on-line charter school to offer an
alternative for children unable to attend traditional schools because of
illness, disability, incarceration or expulsion.
Michael J. Morris
has recruited scores of strong academic students to Manchester. At North
Side High School in Fort Wayne,
he was an assistant principal for five years, taught English for 24
years and chaired the English Department. Through the years, he has
coached football, gymnastics, baseball and academic teams. He chaired
the Indiana State Coaches Association and was 1984
Coach of the Year in Northeast Indiana. At North Side he
co-created the humanities course and authored the school's dance
curriculum. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded him a
fellowship to study Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales.
Morris became principal of
Middle School in Fort Wayne in 2001. He also taught at Whitney Young
As a clinical and community
psychologist, Alexis Lybrook Taubert is a teacher, a mentor, a
trainer - so that others may lift the lives of the disadvantaged,
especially those who are African American, Hispanic and Asian.
Head Start programs in Chicago,
particularly in multicultural and African-American areas, know her well
as a psychologist with a personal mission to contract, train and
supervise African-American, Asian and Hispanic graduate students in
behavior science to better relate to children, parents and schools that
are predominately African-American and Hispanic. Her work takes her into
some of Chicago's most-dangerous areas, where she challenges mistrust,
poverty, ambivalence, ignorance and racism. Dr. Taubert helps
children cope with daily shootings and killings in their
schools and neighborhoods.
Dr. Dean Grove,
has more than 30 years of distinguished service and leadership in family
and occupational medicine. He was a leader in corporate wellness and
health promotion before most American corporations recognized its
As chief physician/occupational health
for the 100,000-employee Boeing Company, Dr. Grove implemented programs
in smoking cessation, weight loss, stress management and back injury
prevention. He also developed, administered and evaluated corporate
policies for occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, ergonomics and
respiratory programs for the 11,000 employees of the global specialty
chemical company, Nalco, headquartered in Illinois.
Dr. Grove has served as president of the
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the
Central States Occupational Medical Society. He has served on the
faculties of three universities. In 1989, he was named a Distinguished
Citizen of the State of Washington.
Manchester, with 1,170 students in 45
areas of study, is a Church of the Brethren college in northeast
Indiana. For more information about Manchester College, visit