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Profiles of ability
and conviction

Beth Traxler '80

Chris Garber '77

Lisa Updike '03

From BCA to DNA:
Alumna scientist travels the world

IN 1979, MANCHESTER COLLEGE JUNIOR Beth Traxler '80 spent the year in
Strasbourg, France with BCA Study Abroad. And thus began a love affair with global travel that fully engaged her passion for microbiology.

Today, the acronyms in her life are DNA, ATP and ABC as she performs genetic and biochemical research on protein in the
laboratories of the University of Washington in Seattle. Most recently, her lab is developing materials for nanotechnology. Her authority in DNA research carries her throughout the world as a highly respected lecturer and conference and seminar speaker.

Traxler's education at Manchester College gave her a particular advantage over the traditional microbiologist. Fluent in French, Traxler impressed graduate school interviewers with her liberal arts and language scholarship.

She began her research of DNA as a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, focusing on bacterial conjugation. Post-doctoral research on proteins took her to Harvard Medical School, and to mentor Dr. Jon Beckwith, who led research in 1969 that isolated the first gene from a bacterial chromosome.

"Beth is a great example of the type of things that happen with MC grads," says her sister, MC Professor Janina Traxler '73. "The small liberal arts college has given her so many opportunities."

Today, Beth Traxler is an associate professor of microbiology for the University of Washington and lives with her family in Seattle. Her research and presentations worldwide fill her schedule to the brim.


Serving the community is the best job

"WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER we can get so much done," said Chris Garber '77, when surprised with the 2008 Citizen of the Year Award of the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Garber is a role model for total immersion in community service. He multi-tasks responsibilities as president of the North Manchester Town Council, leadership of fundraising and construction of a $4.7
million community aquatic and fitness center and as College associate vice
president for financial affairs and director of operations. He strives to improve North Manchester and ensure Manchester College is a great neighbor and collaborator.

In addition to roles for the Town Council and the College, Garber's leadership resume includes the North Manchester Parks and Recreation Board, Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Wabash County, North Manchester Rotary and as town manager. A constant of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, Garber has led and served on numerous commissions.

Garber credits his strong roots in the North Manchester community. "I love this place!" he exclaimed to the highly appreciative crowd celebrating its Citizen of the Year. His dad, the late Jim Garber '50, with the support of his mom, Anne Winger '50 Garber, also was a College and community leader. His wife, Kathy Young '79 Garber, who teaches third grade for Pierceton Elementary School, and their children, Josh '11 and Joel '07, continue the family Manchester College legacy.


Lawyer: 'Manchester College
fulfilling its mission'

"WORK HARD, STAY FOCUSED and surround yourself with good people," is the career advice of Lisa Updike '03, one of the 2010 "40 under 40" of Greater Fort
Wayne Business Weekly
, which recognizes young professionals who excel in their careers.

A career in a law office was far from Updike's plans when she entered Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis after receiving her MC degree in finance, magna cum laude. But the logic of it all struck her when she served as a summer associate for Barnes & Thornburg during her law studies.

Today, Updike is an associate attorney with the Fort Wayne offices of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States. Her goal: to become a partner at the firm, with her own list of clients to bring in her own case work to the law firm.

"Lisa is a perfect example of Manchester College fulfilling its mission," says Randy Brown '87, partner with Barnes & Thornburg in Fort Wayne. "Though still early in her legal career, Lisa is dedicated both to leading a productive career in the law and to improving the community in which she lives."

Updike serves on the Downtown Development Committee of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, is vice president of the 650-member Young Leaders of Northeast
Indiana, and a member of the President's Leadership Council of
Manchester College.


In this issue
Still weaving the liberal arts into the Manchester College fabric
from the president

Petersime Chapel
On the cusp of its golden anniversary, still vibrant

Strength of mind
A liberal arts education designed to open bright windows of opportunities

Inspirational giving
Breathtaking gifts from Trustees, foundations

Everybody's a recruiter
Building the Class of 2015 is a tenacious two-year journey

Philanthropy 101
A lesson in charitable gift annunities

Profiles of ability and conviction

First black students found success in medicine, ministry

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