From the Manchester College Archives

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21 Manchester College scholars inducted

into national foreign language society


     NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester College inducted 21 students into Alpha Mu Gamma national foreign language society on April 3. Students were selected for their performance in foreign language and academic achievement.


     “Our initiates are not only impressive in their language, they are impressive all around,” said French Professor Janina P. Traxler, chair of the Department of Modern Languages. “Our group includes two successes in this year’s Fulbright process. There are conference championship athletes in the group, A Cappella Choir members, a winner of the Dean’s Symposium prize and that’s just a sample.  Most will graduate with distinction from Manchester and have well-used passports by that time. We are proud of them now and they will continue to impress for years to come.”


     Honored at the ceremony for her generous contributions to the Department of Modern Languages was Beulah E. Book of Muncie, a 1939 graduate of Manchester College. Her donations honor her father, Bruce Book, one of the college’s first professors. From 1900 to 1914, he taught French, German, literature, industrial arts and boy’s basketball. 




Michelle C. Keim of Fort Wayne, 2000 graduate of South Side High School, elementary education


Rachel A. Paske of Fort Wayne, 1999 graduate of Bishop Luers High School, sociology


Jaren E. Schroeder of Fort Wayne, 2002 graduate of North Side High School, English


Crystal S. Waggy of Goshen, 2001 graduate of Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School, social work


Benjamin R. Felix of Indianapolis,  2002 graduate of Perry Meridian High School, biology-chemistry


Emily R. Salinas of Indianapolis, 2001 graduate of Warren Central High School, Spanish


Katherine V. Leese of Kokomo, 2002 graduate of Northwestern High School, French


Elizabeth A. Bontrager of Laotto, 2001 graduate of East Noble High School, K-12 visual arts


Rebecca C. Hollenberg of Osceola, 2001 graduate of R. Nelson Snider High School, peace studies


Amanda J. Walworth of Portage, 2000 graduate of Portage High School, communication studies


Amy D. Helt of Rochester, 2000 graduate of Rochester Community High School, finance


Anne E. Griffey of Shelbyville, 2002 graduate of Shelbyville High School, elementary education


Elizabeth L. Weybright of Syracuse, 2002 graduate of Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School, athletic training


Norma G. Lopez of Warsaw, 2002 graduate of Warsaw Community High School, financial accounting



Robert A. Charvat of Pekin, Ill.; 2002 graduate of Pekin Community High School, biology-chemistry


Corinne Lispcomb of Springfield, Ill.; 2002 graduate of Springfield High School, biology-chemistry


Wendy J. Matheny of Peoria, Ill.; 2001 graduate of Peoria High School, political science



Gregory A. Robison of Manistee, Mich.; 2001 graduate of Manistee High School, engineering science



Rebecca J. Miller of Arbela, Mo.; 2002 graduate of Scotland County R-I High School, English



Hannah A. Ditmars of Pickrell, Neb.; 2000 graduate of Beatrice High School, sociology



Sarah E. DeVries of Fort Worth, 2000 graduate of Arlington Heights High School, sociology

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