Manchester College honors five role-model
alumni of great ability and conviction
From left: Marvin Bittinger, Carolyn Hardman, Anita Sherman,
Dr. Edward Hollenberg and Dr. Phil Wright
Two are physicians. One is an accountant, another is a mathematician-educator. A fifth is a philanthropist with a love of learning and music. All are passionate about their alma mater, Manchester College, which on June 3 presented them with its 2010 Alumni Honor Award.
“These five graduates reflect the ability and conviction that we hope our students will develop during their Manchester College careers,” said President Jo Young Switzer. The honorees:
- Marvin L. Bittinger of Carmel, Ind., mathematics textbook author and honorary professor emeritus of mathematics education for Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis.
- Carolyn Hardman of Indianapolis, long-time board member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the American Pianists Association
- Dr. Edward L. Hollenberg of Winamac, Ind., family physician and author
- Anita Sherman of Indianapolis, senior audit partner of Greenwalt CPAs
- Dr. Phil Wright of Fort Wayne, medical director for Physicians Health Plan
As a longtime mathematics professor at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Marvin Bittinger ’63 has taught thousands of students. He is author of more than 160 textbooks, ranging in topics from developmental mathematics to algebra and trigonometry to calculus.
Bittinger served on the Manchester College Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1997 and, with his wife Elaine, has given to the College in many ways, including through the Thurmyle Gosnell Memorial Scholarship Fund, named for his aunt, also a Manchester graduate.
When Carolyn Hardman '61 embarked on careers in education and social work decades ago, she was laying the foundation for a lifetime career as a gifted volunteer and fundraiser.
From her College days in the A Cappella Choir to her long-time, nationally recognized board service to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, music fills Hardman’s life. She also served on the board of the American Pianists Association and was instrumental in raising funding for Wine Recital Hall at Manchester College.
She served on the College Board of Trustees for almost a decade, currently serves on the President's Leadership Council and assists with fund-raising.
For nearly 50 years, Dr. Edward L. Hollenberg ’48 practiced family medicine – including obstetrics, surgery and anesthesia – in Winamac and Royal Center, Ind. A Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, he has served on the Indiana Medical Licensing Board and the Federation of State Licensing Boards.
Hollenberg was instrumental in the founding of a county hospital in Winamac, a day-care ministry in Winamac and a regional community recycling center. In his book, Powerful Partnering – With Words I Never Learned in Medical School, he promotes holistic medicine as “the ideal health care system.” He also authored a 12-week course for probationers and prisoners.
Anita Weaver ’79 Sherman is senior audit partner and director of audit and assurance services for Greenwalt CPAs in Indianapolis. She serves on the Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has chaired the Indiana CPA Society.
She received the 1996 Public Service Award of the American Institute of CPAs and in 2007 was among CPA magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners. She was the Indiana CPA Society’s 2009 Outstanding CPA in Public Practice and Indianapolis Monthly magazine has recognized her among its Five Star Wealth Managers, for customer service, knowledge and expertise, communication and integrity.
Sherman has served on the boards of Westview Hospital, United Way of Central Indiana and the Central Indiana Council on Aging, as well as the Alumni Association Board of Manchester College.
Dr. Phillip C. Wright ’78 of Fort Wayne, Ind., has served on Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, the boards of Parkview Hospital Foundation and United Way of Allen County, and for Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren.
But one of his greatest achievements is the $17 million Science Center at Manchester College. Wright, a former member of the Board of Trustees, chaired the fund-raising committee.
Today, Wright is medical director of Physicians Health Plan in Fort Wayne, focusing on wellness and disease-management programs. (He formerly was an emergency physician at Parkview and St. Joseph hospitals.)