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The William A. Atkins Lectureship Memorial Fund
Funds from this trust are designated for lectures at Manchester University. Preference will be given to lecturers in areas of interest to a church-related college such as Manchester with national or international reputation.
The Richard and Marjorie Bigler Fund for Faculty Development
This fund was established in 1999 through a generous gift provided by Richard G. and Marjorie H. Bigler. In 1996, Richard and Marjorie were awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Manchester in recognition of their visionary leadership, generous and sustaining philanthropic support, and dedication to the mission of Manchester University. Marjorie, who graduated from Manchester in 1932, was known throughout her career as a devoted teacher. For 10 years, Mr. Bigler served as a devoted member of the Manchester University Board of Trustees, and chaired the board during a time of unprecedented growth at the University.
The I. Bruce Book Endowment for Modern Languages

Established through a generous gift by Beulah E. Book, class of 1939, the fund is in memory of her father, Professor I. Bruce Book and honors his commitment and sacrifice to the University and his family. Professor Book taught at Manchester for 14 years beginning in 1900-01. Several years were served with no salary. He later was general secretary of the Church of the Brethren. The fund supports the modern languages department by providing faculty development opportunities and nonrecurring, non-budgeted items such as supplies, teaching aids, and laboratory equipment.

The Brembeck Fund
The Brembeck Fund was established in 1979 by Howard and Myra Brembeck as a tribute to Mr. Brembeck’s parents. Earnings from this fund are used to support the Paul J. and Hulda M. Brembeck Memorial Scholarship and the Howard and Myra Brembeck Chair of Economics. If available income exists after the scholarship and endowed chair are funded, earnings also may be devoted to the following purposes: 1) compensation for lectures, speakers, and part-time instructors; 2) seminars for students and the business community; 3) educational materials and equipment; 4) student internships in business; and 5) other operating expenses.
Kenneth and Viona Brown Peace Fund
This endowment was set up by friends and family of Ken and Viona Brown in honor of their tireless work they have done in the name of peace. Their home was part classroom, part retreat for more than two generations of Manchester students. Ken, longtime director of the Peace Studies Program, and his wife Viona served popcorn and hospitality to hundreds of students wrestling with the issues of the day and seeking the courage to spread a gospel of nonviolence. In the Browns, students found the inspiration to become everyday activists for peace and justice. And they found mentors who practiced kindness and lived their convictions. This fund supports peace studies internships and experiential education opportunities for Manchester students.
Dwight P. and Helen L. Byerly Fund
Income from this fund was established by Dwight P. '30 and Helen L. Byerly Fund in 2006.  Dwight Byerly, a student athlete who played both basketball and tennis, graduated in 1930.  He was a member of the M Association.  Mr. Byerly devoted life to teaching and coaching.  The fund is used for projects and activities at Manchester University related to our men's basketball program.
Christian Leadership Endowment Fund

This fund was set up by Ed and Sandy Cable in an effort to encourage and enhance Christian faith, leadership and service and to nurture Manchester University’s service to the church.  When utilizing funds, preference shall be given to help provide for speakers, seminars and other special events and resources, primarily on campus.  Where reasonable and practical to do so, participation and attendance of laity and leadership from the Church of the Brethren and other denominations shall be encouraged and supported by this fund.  Programming and use of funds shall be done in consultation with the campus pastor and/or campus ministerial board or their successors.  For the purpose of this fund, the Christian faith shall not be restricted to the Church of the Brethren.

Class Memorials

Class Memorials in various amounts have been contributed to the University endowment fund by the graduating classes of 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, and 1934.

The Kermit Eby Fund
The Kermit Eby Fund was established by Kermit Eby’s many friends and colleagues following his untimely death in 1963. The principal and income from the fund is used to provide scholarships and underwrite lectures at Manchester and other colleges and universities in the Midwest.
The Dr. Garrett G. and A. Louise Eppley Senior Citizens Fund

Income from this fund established by Dr. and Mrs. Eppley in 1985 is used for projects and activities at Manchester University related to senior citizens.

The Fahs Professional Development Fund for Administrators

The Fahs Professional Development Fund for Administrators (at Manchester University) was established by Eldon E. (Gene) Fahs and his family. Income from the fund is used to provide support and encouragement for administrators to advance their management knowledge, skills and performance through activities such as workshops, conferences and attainment of advanced degrees and certifications.

The Warren K. and Helen J. Garner Teacher of the Year Award
This fund was established by Warren and Helen Garner to recognize a Manchester University alumnus who has been chosen as “Teacher of the Year.” Income from the fund provides a gift to the chosen teacher and underwrites the cost of meals for present and prospective teacher education students. In the event the “Teacher of the Year” award is discontinued, fund income would preferably be used for scholarships for teacher education students.
The Arthur L. Gilbert Fund for Accounting

Friends, colleagues, and former students of Art Gilbert established this fund in 1998 as a lasting tribute to his 40-year tenure and outstanding service as Manchester University professor of accounting. Under his leadership, an undergraduate major and a master’s degree in accounting were established and Manchester earned a reputation as one of the nation’s premier accounting programs. In class he demanded uncompromising quality and commitment, both of students and of himself. He sought to prepare individuals ready to succeed immediately in the professional world. He was also known for a dry sense of humor, and became a mentor and friend of many. In gratitude for the legacy he established and to build upon the University’s sterling reputation in accounting, half of the income from this endowment shall underwrite the accounting budget and half shall provide new funds to strengthen the program further.

The Joyce E. B. Gressley Memorial Fund

This fund was established in 2001 by Dr. Gene Gressley, widower of Joyce E. Burroughs Gressley. The fund serves as a lasting tribute to Mrs. Gressley’s life and distinguished career. Mrs. Gressley’s broad educational background is a reflection of her diverse interests. She received her bachelor’s degree from Manchester in 1951 with a major in romance languages, later attained a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado, as well as an additional bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Wyoming. As a certified public accountant, Mrs. Gressley ably served on a staff of the University of Wyoming for 17 years. Earnings from this fund provide assistance to the research agendas, and are used to enhance the teaching abilities, of Manchester University faculty.

Paul and Sara Heckman Library Endowment Fund

This endowment was established by Sara Studebaker ‘34n Heckman in honor of her late husband Paul Heckman. Paul and his father, Vernon Heckman, started Heckman Bindery in North Manchester during the depression. The business has grown to be a leader in the library binding industry serving libraries of all types throughout the United States. Because of Paul and Sara’s commitment to the preservation of books, the funds will be used to purchase resources for Funderburg Library including the reference needs of the College of Pharmacy.

The Harry H. Henney ’35 & Jeanette Henney Lectureship for Business, Education and Science

The lectureship was originally established at Manchester University on March 14, 2003, in honor of Harry Henney’s 90th birthday by his daughter, Jane E. Henney ’69, M.D., along with family and friends, to celebrate his distinguished service to education and his community.In 2010, on the occasion of Jeanette Henney’s 90th birthday, her name was added to the lectureship. Mr. Henney began his career in 1937.  His 40-year tenure as an educator included business and science teacher and serving as both an assistant principal and principal, primarily at Woodburn, later Woodlan High School in Woodburn, Indiana. He retired in 1977. His wife, Jeanette, dreamed of becoming a teacher, but the Depression left her family without the resources to fund her college education. She gave up her dream of becoming a teacher and went to business school instead, becoming a professional secretary and working for many years in the East Allen County Schools. The Henney Lecture takes place annually and focuses on issues related to education, business and science.

Mark E. Johnston Professorship of Entrepreneurship

Mark E. Johnston was a 1968 Manchester University graduate with a double major in history and business economics. Mr. Johnston, who retired in 1998, founded four businesses, and he was also interested in the “big picture” implications of his business ventures. The first company, Rehabilitation Consultants for Industry (RCI) was organized to meet the rehabilitation needs of injured workers. He founded three additional companies to provide services to workers with physical disabilities and medical needs: Sports Performance and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Therapies (SPORT), Medical Cost Containment (MEDCOST), and Worker Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (WRS). Each of these businesses provided services for disabled workers and also provided livelihoods for all of the employees. Mr. Johnston brought integrity and innovation to all he did. He was married to Janis Clark ’69 Johnston and has children, Ryan and Megan. Mr. Johnston invested generously in his alma mater to open doors for students and to explore entrepreneurial studies. The purpose of this fund is to celebrate Mark E. Johnston’s life by creating entrepreneurial opportunities for students. The professorship will help fulfill Mark Johnston’s ambitions to teach, across disciplinary boundaries, entrepreneurial students who are passionate about making a difference in the world how to create their own companies. The fund also will provide funds to develop and support the Mark E. Johnston Entrepreneurship Program.

The Paul and Esther Koch Memorial Library Fund

The Paul and Esther Koch Memorial Library Fund was established in 1996 by JoAnn Koch Trusner in memory of her parents.  JoAnn, a member of the Manchester University class of 1963, devoted her career to high school foreign language instruction. During her student days at Manchester, JoAnn worked in the University Library, realizing a dream her mother never could. JoAnn established this fund to recognize the appreciation her parents felt for the education she received at Manchester.  Proceeds from the fund are designated for the purchase of needed resources for Funderburg Library.

The O.E. Kuhn, M.D. (1878 - 1940) and Joseph P. Galassini, M.S.E.E. (1906 - 1992) Faculty Development Fund
This endowment fund was established in 1995 through a generous gift by Florence Galassini, M.L.S., as a lasting tribute to her father and her husband. Dr. Kuhn, who graduated from Manchester Academy in 1889, was one of the first Manchester graduates to become a medical doctor. Mr. Galassini served for the majority of his career as an electrical engineer and head of the Planning Department for Commonwealth Edison, Inc. of Chicago. Proceeds from the fund provide development grants to members of the Manchester University faculty for the purpose of advancing research projects. 
The Robin D. and Jeannette M. Lahman Fund for Music
The Robin D. and Jeannette M. Lahman Fund for Music provides support for the Manchester University Music Department.
The Henry A. and Louise F. Leander Manchester University Endowment
The Henry A. and Louise F. Leander Manchester University Endowment was established to provide funds to support faculty and students in their continued educational endeavors at Manchester University.

Harvey L. and Alice A. Long Memorial Lecture/Scholarship Fund

This fund was set up through a bequest from Harvey and Alice Long longtime supporters of Manchester University.  Mr. Long attended Mount Morris College in 1917 and went on to receive advanced degrees from Columbia University and John Marshall Law School. He spent most of his career helping young adults; especially those with criminal and delinquent issues. Earnings from this fund provide lectures on Manchester University campus in the field of public affairs by persons of national stature. Income will also provide scholarships for students, with preference given to those from Illinois.

The Tennis and Mary Mahoney Peace Studies Endowment Fund

This fund was established in 2000 through a generous testamentary bequest by Tennis and Mary Mahoney.  Throughout their lives, Mr. and Mrs. Mahoney selflessly invested time, talent and resources in pursuit of world peace. They also generously supported the education of many peace studies majors and interns at Manchester University. Earnings from the fund are to be used in support of peace studies internships.

Marden Library Endowment
Given by Parker G. Marden, 13th President of the University, and Ann Wagner Marden to provide books and other resources for the Library’s collection, especially about ideas that are important, controversial, and even divisive. Acquisitions should regularly include books that are banned somewhere.
Medical Practicum Endowment Fund
The Medical Practicum has been an important part of Manchester University since its founding in 1981 by Dr. Ed Miller. Manchester University students participate in the Medical Practicum, with most, but not all, interested in health science careers. Students are expected to assist doctors, dentists and pharmacists, who are part of the Medical Practicum team, while interacting with patients of all ages with a great variety of health needs. In addition, the students are immersed in a foreign culture, through which they experience being a minority, an outsider, and feel the frustration of insufficient language ability. Finally, students exist for a few weeks without the luxuries often considered to be necessities as they serve their host communities. The Medical Practicum goals are to educate students, involve U.S. medical professionals, and provide health care to underserved people in a less-developed country. The fund was created by many alumni and friends who believe in the amazing learning experience. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to the program.
Military Order of the Purple Heart

This endowed fund was established in 1984 to provide financial support for scholarships, seminars, and books in special education. The goal of the fund is to improve and augment the special-education instruction of all teacher education majors.  The MOPH scholarship is awarded to an academically strong upper-class student who is interested in exceptional students.

The Jon Livingston Mock Memorial Lectureship

The Jon Livingston Mock Memorial Lectureship was established by the family and friends of Jon Livingston Mock, a teenager who died in a tragic accident in 1968. The lectures are to celebrate and encourage the vital awareness of disturbing issues and the fervid questioning spirit that lived in him.

The Ira W. and Mable Winger Moomaw Lectureship/Seminar Fund
The Ira W. and Mable Winger Moomaw Lectureship/Seminar Fund was established by these alumni of Manchester University who graduated in 1920. The income from the fund is used to provide lectures and seminars in areas of social justice and related issues.
The Charles S. Morris Memorial Fund
This endowed fund shall be used and expended solely for items that are not normally provided in the physics department of Manchester University budget and that do not constitute normal or regular maintenance. In the expenditure of this income, it is desired that priority shall be given to the Observatory Project and its service to Manchester University and the community. It is likewise expressly stated that additional consideration for the use of this income shall be given to special physics department needs beyond budget provisions and/or for scholarships for students planning to major in physics, and especially for those interested in astronomy.
The Mount Morris College Memorial Endowment Fund
The Mount Morris College Memorial Endowment Fund represents one-half of the endowment fund assets formerly held by Mount Morris College of Mount Morris, Ill. Following the merger of Mount Morris College with Manchester in 1932, these endowment funds were transferred to the General Education Board of the Church of the Brethren to be held in trust for McPherson College and Manchester University. These assets have been divided equally between the two colleges.
The Ruth H. Murphy Faculty Development Endowment Fund

This fund was established in 1996 through a generous testamentary bequest by Ruth Haupert Murphy. A member of the class of 1922, Mrs. Murphy completed her undergraduate degree in 1925 from the University of Chicago and her master’s degree in 1939. Her entire professional career, which spanned more than 40 years, was devoted to teaching. As a reflection of her commitment to excellence in teaching, earnings from the fund are devoted to Manchester University faculty development, including sabbatical leave, travel to professional meetings, research and course development stipends, and other comparable activities. Income from the fund is distributed through the Office of Academic Affairs.

Dr. R. Emerson and Evelyn Niswander Department of Biology
The Dr. R. Emerson and Evelyn Niswander Biology Department was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Jane Henney '69 and Dr. Robert Graham. Dr. R. Emerson ('Doc') Niswander served Manchester University as a Professor of Biology and Head of the Biology Department from 1950 to 1982. He was highly regarded as a scholar and was deeply committed to his students, many of whom became teachers, scientists, lab technicians, physicians, and dentists. Some became well-known, including Dr. Jane Henney, who for more than 30 years has served in a series of senior health policy leadership positions, most notably as the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Evelyn Niswander served Manchester University as an Instructor of Home Economics in 1958 and then as the Supervisor of Food Service from 1959 to 1966. The Niswanders have been highly respected and active members in both the University and North Manchester communities. 'Doc' and Evelyn were instrumental in the establishment of the North Manchester Center for History. Dr. Niswander served on the Wabash County Hospital Board and was a member of the Wabash County Economic Development Committee. After the couple moved to Timbercrest, Mrs. Niswander served as the Food Service Director until her retirement in 1978. Emerson and Evelyn Niswander are both people of great ability and conviction.
The R. Emerson and Evelyn M. Niswander Fund for the Sciences

Because of their great love for Manchester University and as a reflection of their deep interest in the sciences, Emerson and Evelyn Niswander have established an endowed fund to support the natural sciences faculty at Manchester University. Earnings from the fund provide financial support for natural sciences faculty beyond the regular budget for research, equipment purchases, off-campus sabbatical experiences, guest lectures, seminars, public programs, symposia, financial aid in pursuit of an advanced degree and innovative curricular experimentation. Preference in the use of the funds is given to members of the biology department. If at some point there shall no longer be a natural sciences division at the University, the fund may be used for the same purposes noted above by faculty of other academic divisions.

Nixon Newspaper Fund

The Nixon Newspaper Fund was given for the promotion of peace at Manchester University.

The Isaac and Etta H. Oppenheim Fund
This fund was established through the generosity of the late Mrs. Isaac Oppenheim. Income from this endowed fund supports the Isaac and Etta H. Oppenheim Chair of Mathematical Sciences as a first priority. Other income from the fund may support scholarships to students who maintain good academic and citizenship records and are enrolled full-time at Manchester University.

Dr. Everett L. Refior Lectureship In Establishing Peace Through Enforceable World Law

This fund was established at Manchester University by Betty Phelps Refior. The Refior Lecture will be offered to highlight the efforts of global citizens working together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. The lectureship was set up to honor Everett Refior who was actively involved in building and repairing structures for peace, and promoting global responsibility. Dr. Refior taught 38 years at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, chairing the Economics Department for nine years. He founded the Whitewater Chapter of the World Federalists Association in 1957. For a number of years he served on the Governor's Council for the U.N. It will be the intention of the University to select speakers of national and international expertise who come from a background in peace and peace studies.

The Timothy Wayne Rieman and Gwen Radebach Rieman Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in honor of T. Wayne and Gwen Rieman by family, students, and friends in appreciation of 31 years served at Manchester University as campus pastor, teacher, and friend, and to support their affirmation that “Life is Good!” Income from the fund is used to support a special event or lecture in the religion and philosophy department and as student financial aid with preference given to religion, philosophy, or peace studies majors anticipating ministry or Christian service.

The Sam and Marla Ropchan Peace Fund

The Sam and Marla Ropchan Peace Fund was established by Mr. Sam Ropchan of Fort Wayne, Ind. Income generated by this endowment is used to fund lectures, addresses, conferences, and seminars planned by the Peace Studies Institute.

Ford Secrist Faculty Development Grants

The Ford Secrist Endowment is designated for faculty development grants related to teaching, scholarship, or service/advocacy in areas of conflict resolution or peace.

The Wilbur J. and Eileen E. Snyder Library Endowment
Wilbur ’48 and Eileen Snyder established this endowment to support and enhance the library, especially its information technology resources and collection and, thereby, to provide increased opportunities for students. They have shared their resources in gratitude for the support and preparation provided them by Manchester University.
Mary E. and Opal D. Stech Fund
This endowment fund was established by Mary E. and Opal D. Stech to provide support for women speakers at Manchester University. Mary E. Stech was a 1943 graduate of Manchester University and Opal D. Stech served on the Manchester faculty for 19 years as head of the Home Economics Department.
The Lafayette Steele Memorial
The Lafayette Steele Memorial was established by the Sunday Schools of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, the income of which is used in the interest of religious education.
Martha V. Sullivan Endowment for the Department of Musi
This fund was established by a bequest from Martha Sullivan, a music major from the class of 1943. Ms. Sullivan devoted her life to teaching vocal music at the elementary school level. This fund honors her love of music and her commitment to education by supporting the Manchester University Music Department.
Hildreth A. Sweeney Library Endowment Fund
This fund was established by Hildreth Killen ‘29 Sweeney because of her gratitude to Manchester University and her love for students, learning and library science through a generous bequest. Mrs. Sweeney served Indiana public schools for 40 years. She devoted 30 years to the Garrett Public Schools, teaching Latin for 10 years and then serving 20 years as head librarian. In addition to her undergraduate degree from Manchester University, she pursued graduate studies at Ball State University. She has been a wife and mother, losing both her husband and her son to untimely deaths. Earnings from the fund will be used with preference given first to the library, then to financial aid for deserving students, and finally for the general purposes of Manchester University.
The Calvin and Miriam G. Ulrey Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Ulrey provided generous support to the University over many years. A majority of their contributions have been invested as endowment funds and the remainder has been applied to specific building or educational projects
The Charles and Alma Van Winkle Memorial Fund
The Charles and Alma Van Winkle Memorial Fund was established by the will of Mrs. Van Winkle. The income from the fund is used for scholarships, library books, and other expenses involved in the training of preministerial students at the University.
The Nolan D. Walker Endowment

Provides funds to be divided equally among Manchester Church of the Brethren, Manchester University, Boy Scouts of America and the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

The Wilmer and Helen B. Walker Library Endowment Fund
This fund was established in 2000 through a generous bequest provided by Mrs. Helen Walker. Her husband, Wilmer, who preceded her in death, was a 1939 graduate of Manchester University. Throughout their lives, the Walkers deeply valued education, natural resources, and the role libraries play in promoting these concerns. Through her will, Mrs. Walker directed the University to dedicate her estate gift to benefit Funderburg Library. Income from this endowment is used to expand library resources in ways not possible within established budgets. Acquisitions are administered by the library director in consultation with the vice president and dean for academic affairs.
The Everett Webster Memorial Library Fund
The Everett Webster Memorial Library Fund was established by Glenn Webster, his mother, Jennie Webster, and his stepmother, Fannie Webster, in honor of his father, Everett Webster, who, if he had been financially able, would have graduated from Manchester University in 1906. Proceeds from the fund provide books for Funderburg Library.
The Dan West Fund for Global Service

Dan West, class of 1917, taught the first peace studies course at Manchester University. He is best remembered for having launched Heifer Project International (HPI). Dan crafted the idea for this world renowned hunger relief agency in 1939 while he was doing alternative military service in Spain following the Spanish Civil War. Proceeds from the fund will enable students to respond to human need while learning more about Dan’s approach to solving hunger in sustainable ways. Awards provide assistance with travel funds and related expenses associated with student internships through approved agencies such as HPI. Eligible students are recommended by the director of the peace studies program.

Young Family Endowment Fund

The Young Family Endowment Fund was established in 1995 by family and friends of Dr. John F. Young, a 1942 graduate of Manchester University who served in a variety of key leadership roles on the Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1995. Dr. Young provided sound judgment and effective leadership as Chair of the Board during four critical years of transition in the life of the University (1984-88) and throughout his tenure on the Board served as wise counselor to four Manchester University presidents. Esteemed and highly valued for his insightful observations, well-reasoned advice and deep commitment to the University, Dr. Young fulfilled a central leadership role at the University for more than 20 years. To commemorate Dr. Young’s deep appreciation and gratitude for good teachers, income from the fund is designated for faculty development. Faculty recipients are selected through the Office of Academic Affairs, and designated awards are provided above and beyond normally budgeted amounts. In the event that fund earnings are not awarded to eligible faculty members in any given year, income from the fund provides financial assistance to worthy Manchester University students through the General Endowed Scholarship Fund. Fund earnings not applied to support either of these purposes are returned to the fund principal.

The Charles and Cleda Zunkel Peacemaker Fund
This fund was established by Charles and Cleda Zunkel and their family. In cooperation with the Peace Studies Institute, this endowed fund underwrites the costs of bringing biblically oriented peacemakers to the Manchester campus with the purpose of providing programs on reconciliation and arbitration to the local schools and the public.