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ISSUE #58 December 2015/January 2016

Homecoming a Blast

Homecoming and Family Weekend is a time for looking back as much as forward, as this year’s theme, “A Blast from the Past,” suggests. And the 2015 celebration, Oct. 23-24, was no exception.

Although the Spartans football team lost a close game to Bluffton, visitors and alumni who came back to campus enjoyed a golf outing at Sycamore Golf Club; the traditional Friday night bonfire; Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; Chime, band and choir concerts; class reunions for ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 and ’10; “Dance Across the Ages,” sponsored by the Manchester University Ballroom and Latin Dance Club, and a slam-dunking good time performance by the Harlem Wizards.

Students write death-row inmates

Words have meaning, particularly when they stop coming. More than 40 Manchester University students have taken pen to paper to help keep that from happening.

As part of the Death Row Support Project of the Church of the Brethren, they’re writing letters to 56 death-row inmates, who, in many cases, no longer correspond with even family members. The program, based out of Liberty Mills, came to MU thanks to sophomore Annika Harley, who was contacted by project director Rachel Gross. Participation is being encouraged in particular by Stacy Erickson-Pesetski, MU associate dean for academic resources and associate professor of English, who is teaching a first-year seminar course this semester called “Orange is Not the New Black.” It’s inspired by her sabbatical work last year at Pendleton (Ind.) Correctional Facility.

Seventeen of Erickson-Pesetski’s 19 students are participating in the program. Any student who signs up must commit to it for one year.

Manchester lands in Washington Post

Manchesterís career pathway programs got a national shout-out recently. The Washington Post referenced them in a story about a $50 million Lilly Endowment gift to the United Negro College Fund to establish similar programs at historically black colleges and universities. Manchester was mentioned as an example where students get help connecting with prospective employers early in their college career, exemplary of what Lilly hopes to promote.

Dates you should know
2 University Bands concert
3 Tree Lighting Ceremony and holiday celebration
6 Manchester Symphony Orchestra concert
8-11 Finals
14-31 Winter break
1-3 Winter break continues
4 January session classes begin
22 January session ends

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