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From the President
Steadfast, with fresh footprints

Jo Young Switzer

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THESE ARE EXCITING DAYS AT MANCHESTER COLLEGE. When students returned this fall, they found that our student body had grown to 1,223, including 426 new students, our largest first-year
class in 26 years. We have added 21 class sections, a new “Outtakes” dining option, and a lot of fresh paint.

Students also returned to find four new full-time faculty members who embrace our mission in the tradition of their predecessors. As you read the special section in this magazine about our faculty, I hope you find some of the people who stretched you when you were here. Twenty years from now, today’s students will remember their professors, mentors and Ultimate Frisbee friends.

This fall, students began a new general education curriculum – we call it the Core – that engages students and faculty in learning that spans academic disciplines. When passionate professors gather to consider what core classes best serve students, it doesn’t take long to move into difficult discussions. Even with clear differences of opinion about what is essential for our students to learn, every decision our faculty members made was rooted in what is best for the students, now and into the future.

The result is a curriculum that maximizes interdisciplinary opportunities, with focus on written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning and critical thinking. Our mission flows deep through this new Core, with categories in responsible citizenship and global connections. We created new courses, new collaborations and retrofitted old ones to support central learning goals.

Some things just don’t change – won’t change – at Manchester College: a faculty of ability and conviction, with fervor for teaching. Students with a growing passion for learning.

This is going to be a great year at Manchester College, I triple guarantee it.


In this issue
Steadfast, with fresh footprints
from the president

Making a difference, naturally Everybody pitches in

It’s academic: Students come first
This faculty is fully engaged, in a new gen ed curriculum and experiences – side-by-side with students

The Manchester Fund
The most-important gift

Endowing lasting lessons
“Dave’s Boys” honor their friend and mentor with a scholarship

Philanthropy 101
Alumni teachers make $700,000 bequest

Profiles of ability and conviction


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