May 6, 2013
BCU Honors Distinguished Lives of 4 Community Leaders
Dr. Diane Werth
Dr. Allan Manalan
Dr. Carolyn Leman
Ask this year’s recipients of BCU’s Community Awards what influenced them to accomplish so much in their lives and they’ll tell you Briar Cliff played an important role. These outstanding citizens were cited for their humanitarian and philanthropic contributions to BCU and Siouxland ...
Dr. Diane K. Werth, M.D. and Dr. Allan S. Manalan received the Briar Cliff Medal for their human services and great contributions to Briar Cliff. Over the years, Dr. Werth and Dr. Manalan have been generous in giving back to the Siouxland community. Their leadership in medicine in Siouxland has been instrumental in bringing about advances in treatment options and improvements in quality of care, subsequently touching many lives. Their legacy in medicine, philanthropy and community service will live on for years and generations to come.
Reflecting on her years as a Briar Cliff Trustee, Dr. Werth noted, “The connection among Briar Cliff students, faculty and staff is uncommon on many college campuses. Sustaining that closeness will be key to the University’s viability and future.”
Nursing professor emerita Dr. Carolyn J. Leman was given the Presidential Distinguished Leadership Award for her service to BCU, which led to significant achievements and advancements of Briar Cliff’s philosophy, goals and programs. When asked about her aspirations for the University’s future, Dr. Leman said, “To grow forward in the same way it always has – by fulfilling the mission, incorporating service, providing an excellent education and living the Franciscan philosophy of caring.”
Dr. Leman is a retired professor of nursing at Briar Cliff, where she taught for 18 years. An active community leader, she is on BCU’s Nursing Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors for Sunrise Retirement Community.
A 1970 Briar Cliff grad, Richard “Dick” Schrad, who was recognized with the Spirit of Saint Francis Award, doesn’t mince words when recalling how The Cliff changed his life. “Briar Cliff’s contributions to my personal and professional life are incalculable. Briar Cliff blessed my life, saved my life and enriched my life immeasurably.”
The 2013 Spirit of Saint Francis Award honors Dick’s Franciscan spirit of service, caring and openness to all through his contributions to society and by leading a values-centered life. A retired social worker, he was director of social work services at Iowa Veterans’ Home, Marshalltown, for 30 years.