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Profiles of ability
and conviction

Marvin L Bittinger '63

Nancy Walker '76 Hoffman


Arbuckle ’94

Dan Kimbrough '01

"I have been blessed by God to write mathematics …"

INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, Algebra and Trigonometry, Applied Calculus, Arithmetic, Business Mathematics for College tudents,
Finite Mathematics … the odds are pretty good that you've encountered one of the 160 textbooks Marvin L. Bittinger '63 has authored. The best-selling writer has a reputation for studentfocused, clearly-written texts.

"God has blessed us with certain talents," said the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis professor who has
guided thousands of students through 30 years of mathematics
education. "I have been blessed by God to write mathematics and I
am being used by Him to help students learn math."

Bittinger also authored The Faith Equation, One Mathematician's Journey in Christianity, a companion to his memoirs of authoring textbooks, One Man's Journey Through Mathematics. Both are available on

The 2010 recipient of the Manchester College Alumni Honor Award has a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Purdue University and served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor for the United States Air Force Academy. The Bittinger Chair of Mathematics Education at IUPUI bears his name in improving mathematics education in public schools.

Despite strong ties to other institutions, the Bittinger family still
holds Manchester College close to heart. He served on the
Manchester College Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1997 and, with
his wife Elaine Sailors '64 Bittinger, has given to the College in
many ways, including through the Thurmyle Gosnell Memorial
Scholarship Fund, named for his aunt, a 1941 Manchester graduate.


Helping people with disabilities
achieve and participate

NANCY WALKER '76 HOFFMAN is the perfect example of the adage, "Grow where you are planted."

In the early 1970s, when she left her hometown of Toledo to attend anchester, she put down roots and never left. The
executive director of The Association of Retarded Citizens of Wabash County since 1998 originally planned to teach
young children. But when invited to interview for a job at the human services agency for children and adults with disabilities, she found her place. "After about two weeks here," Hoffman recalls, "I knew I wanted this to be my life's work."

In her 34 years with the agency, Hoffman has taught daily living skills to adults with developmental disabilities and served as
supervisor, case coordinator, program director and assistant
executive director – helping ARC clients reach their highest level of independence and participate more fully in their community.

Hoffman helped launch the first ARC group homes in Wabash and a retail outlet for gently used items. She was instrumental in expanding employment programs, as well as semi-independent
living for higher-functioning clients. And, she spearheaded a program that integrated preschoolers with developmental disabilities into regular neighborhood nursery schools.

And so much more. In 2009, she received a Manchester College Alumni Honor Award for her lifelong advocacy for the disabled.

Guiding challenged young students to making good choices

"THANK YOU FOR NOT GIVING UP on me," wrote a former Clark- Pleasant Middle School student to Brad Arbuckle '94, the 2009 Indiana Assistant Principal of the

Arbuckle designed B.A.S.E. (Behavior, Academic, Social, Emotional), an alternative to in-school suspension. In addition to doing all homework, quizzes
and tests, students in the program receive assistance from a B.A.S.E teacher or guidance counselor. He also is a strategy chair for the School Improvement Plan for Clark-Pleasant Middle School.

"Brad knows that rewarding good behavior is a powerful motivator – you acknowledge students who are modeling appropriate expectations and hopefully influence students who might be 'on the fence' between good and bad choices," praised the Indiana Association of School Principals.

While Arbuckle is pleased with the endorsement from his peers, he says his greatest awards are the notes from former students and parents, like the one above.

At Manchester, Arbuckle majored in health and physical education and played Spartan basketball, coached by Steve Alford. Then, it was on to Indiana University for a master's degree in school administration.


Guiding challenged young students to making good choices

DAN KIMBROUGH '01 has received the prestigious Videographer Award of
Distinction for his documentary, Planting Seeds of Change, chronicling service by
Misericordia University students in Slidell, La., after Hurricane Katrina.

"The documentary follows them through their week and allows them to tell in their own words the impact their work had, not only on the Louisiana families, but also on them,'' says Kimbrough, who majored in psychology and communication studies at Manchester. "While they helped make a change in the lives of others, they also noticed a change within themselves.''

At Manchester, Kimbrough's interest in media studies led him to serve as station manager of WBKE campus radio for two years. An internship at WNIT-TV in Elkhart, Ind., convinced him videography would play large in his career.

Next was a master's degree in electronic broadcast management from Central Michigan University. With five years as a freelancer, videographer, producer, director and editor, Kimbrough started his own production company, counting among his clients ESPN and McDonald's.

Today, Kimbrough is assistant professor of communications
for Misericordia in Dallas, Pa., where he teaches courses in basic
and advanced video and post-production.

Learn more about Dan Kimbrough.


In this issue
Many of our new students are really "fresh"
from the president

Peace Garden
In the name of the founder of the oldest peace studies program

Starting from scratch
Low-income, first-gen college students overcome barriers

Amazing online classes and gizmos

Everybody's talking
about Manchester

College guides find MC a great place to study, work, succeed

Philanthropy 101
A multi-million- dollar estate gift

Profiles of ability and conviction

Alumni families share campus photo collections


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