Touching lives today, touching lives tomorrow
By the time she was 21, Alicia Roberts ’01 had visited eight countries on three continents. And found her purpose.
“After seeing that the whole world didn’t live like I did, I really wanted to give back,” she says.
Back in her hometown of Indianapolis, she is assistant manager for access and outreach for education loan guarantor USA Funds, channeling corporate gifts to organizations that give young students the spark they need to ignite the dream — and the reality — of college.
“I had a whole host of mentors who guided me and helped me grow,” she says of her four years at Manchester. Now, she’s helping others attain that opportunity.
As a Manchester student, she traveled to Ghana for a class led by Dr. Benson Onyeji, associate professor of political science, and found her destiny and a major in economics: “I really wanted to do something that helped people better their lives.”
After earning a master’s degree in philanthropic studies at Indiana University, she joined USA Funds. “I’m passionate about the opportunities post-secondary education affords to students,” she says. “There were so many people who supported my education. I want to continue the circle of giving.”
She also gives back to her alma mater, through financial gifts and of her time and talent as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Alumni Board, and with service on the board of the Indianapolis Peace Institute, a collaboration of Manchester, Earlham and Goshen colleges.
She is certain that as she helps Manchester grow stronger, she also is increasing the value of her Manchester College degree.
Competitive excellence + MC values = Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year
The Indianapolis Colts say Scott Mannering ’79 transforms — through his hard work and dedication to young people — “best available” athletes into high-potential football players. In 2006, the NFL team recognized Mannering as its Colts/NFL Coach of the Week among Indiana high school football coaches.
Manchester College had something to do with that.
“Probably perseverance was the best thing I got from my College experience,” says Mannering. “Things didn’t always go perfectly in school, or in football, but we had tremendous professors and coaches at MC.”
Mannering’s strong values and competitive excellence also have earned him acclaim from his alma mater — as the M Association’s 2008 Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year.
Mannering has served 22 years as head coach of varsity football at Lewis Cass High School in Walton, Ind., where his Class 2A Kings finished 54-8 over the last five seasons, with two semi-state appearances. His 156-78 career has four sectional and three regional titles, and seven conference championships.
He also has coached middle school wrestling and track, high school swimming and basketball. His teaching includes weight training, junior high health and junior high physical education.
The Spartan football player held assistant coaching roles at Knox and Marion high schools and when he was a graduate assistant for Ball State University, where he earned a master’s degree in physical education. Scott and Lisa Whitmyre ’80 Mannering have three children, Clayton, Rory and Megan.
Woman on a mission, to change this world
If you want to change the world, you’ve got to change this world.
Such is the mantra of Beverly Ott ’80, nurtured through her studies at Manchester College, and its “extended” classrooms abroad. She spent a semester in Germany, an internship with the National Association of Social Workers and lobbied in the Indiana General Assembly, all the while building compassion for humanity and a strong foundation in social work.
After graduation came peace studies in Jamaica and Egypt, then language immersion in Strasbourg, France to prepare for her new World Neighbors country director post in Chad, Africa. The nonprofit operates in 18 countries, providing education and training to inspire self-reliance and empowerment of community.
In Chad, she reflected: “As I sit here in the heart of Africa, I see that the foundation Manchester College helped me build was only a commencement, but was a solid one … the doors it has opened for me and the people and the wealth of cultures I have encountered since 1976 are due in a great deal to Manchester.”
Ott and husband Olivier Hauville created Echoppe to grant small business loans to help women gain stability and invest in their own business ventures. Today, the project receives funding from Great Britain, France and the United States … and the assistance of Manchester College interns.
Bev and Olivier returned to campus last spring, reflecting on world-changing as they strolled Muir Peace Gardens and re-connected with dear friends. It was good to have them home again.
By Tiffany Berkebile ’10
MC gives alumnus “unfair advantage” in business, friendships, connections … in life!
C. Scott Hullinger ’92 proudly declares, “Manchester gave me an unfair advantage in the business world.”
Connections, values, faculty mentoring, life-time best friends, and a swift start on a Fortune 500 career gained while still an MC student continue to drive his success, says the business administration major and basketball Spartan.
Mazda recruited Hullinger right out of Professor Tim Ogden’s class during a campus visit by the automaker. He quickly climbed that corporate ladder, traveling the world as a business development manager for the Midwest region of Mazda North American Operations and learning how to nimbly effect change in a highly competitive market.
He left Mazda in 2002 to fulfill another dream: to work alongside his father, Robert Hullinger as co-owner of Mier Products Inc., today a leading manufacturer of fabricated metal enclosures, surveillance system lockboxes and driveway security systems for residential and business.
Hullinger counts his blessings in other MC connections, including Professor Tim Ogden ’87 (“He taught me to think for myself.”) emeriti professors Richard Harshbarger ’56, David Waas ’47, the late Sam Davis (who dramatically taught him to always be prepared), and in staffer Dave Friermood. Hullinger also has served as president of the Alumni Board.
Manchester, declares Hullinger, “It’s not just campus, it’s the community.”
By Lisa A. Gregory
David A. Haist ’73 applies his values, his conviction and his leadership to bring significant impact upon his communities, his work and his college. He’s a hero for all the right reasons, say his peers and the 31-school Independent Colleges of Indiana, which has inducted Haist into The Indiana Academy.
“Through his personal involvement and his financial contributions, he has enhanced the quality of life in Indiana and the citizens of Indiana have benefited through his leadership,” wrote Academy member Ian M. Rolland, retired chair and CEO of Lincoln National Corp.
Haist is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Do It Best Corp., a $3 billion international hardware and building materials cooperative. He chairs the Parkview Hospital Board, is former chair of the Manchester College Board of Trustees and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and serves on economic development and charity boards.
He has served on the College Board of Trustees for 18 years, including as chair during a $70 million fund drive that exceeded goal by $20 million and transformed campus with new spaces (including Haist Commons) and programs.
Haist says values gained at Manchester “have followed me in work and in all other parts of my life. They have made a difference for me in many ways.” Just as Dave Haist makes a difference, with significant impact.