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November, 2012 Thanks for giving to Students First!

Cutting the ribbon at the Academic Center dedication are (from left) President Jo Young Switzer,
Professor Tim Ogden, Dean Glenn Sharfman and student Chris Kowalski.

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Manchester thanks Academic Center donors


The dedication of the Academic Center at Homecoming Oct. 13 gave hundreds of visiting alumni their first look at the shiny new learning spaces on the North Manchester campus. “This is a great day for Manchester University,” beamed Glenn Sharfman, vice president and dean for academic affairs. The facility is the cornerstone project of the Students First! campaign, which has raised nearly $81 million toward Manchester’s $100 million goal.

“We thank you for all that you have given us,” student Chris Kowalski ’14 told the standing-room-only audience in Link Auditorium. “You have given us a future,” the Student Senate president told donors.

The opening of the Academic Center took 19th-century classrooms in the Administration Building offline. Trustee Randy Brown ’87 said he has fond memories of those old spaces, but they can’t compete with those in the Academic Center. “This facility does put students first,” Brown said in reference to the campaign.

Underscoring the project’s urgency, Professor Tim Ogden ’87 said the deteriorating conditions and erratic temperatures of the old classrooms “interfered with our work” to educate students. “All of the obstacles we faced in the Administration Building are gone,” said the Accounting and Business Department chair. “Now we can focus on why we’re here.”

Manchester alumni always have helped their successors, Michael Eastman, vice president for advancement, told donors. He recognized by name those who provided specific Academic Center spaces, including faculty offices and classrooms. You make education possible for today’s students “because others made your education possible.”

The Academic Center expanded the former Holl-Kintner Hall of Science by 16,000 square feet. Repurposing the building reduced costs and environmental impact, MU President Jo Young ’69 Switzer said at the celebration. “Two years ago we did not know this transformation was impossible. So we did it.”

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Manchester dedicates Fort Wayne campus, Pharmacy

From left: Marsha Palmer Link, chair of the Board of Trustees; Doug Kinder of Michael Kinder & Sons Inc. general contractor; Dave McFadden, executive vice president and dean of the College of Pharmacy; John Ballinger, R.Ph. and district executive minister of the Northern Ohio District of the Church of the Brethren; Kathryn Snyder, 2016 class president of the College of Pharmacy; President Jo Young Switzer; and Indiana Sen. David Long.

Manchester University celebrated its new Fort Wayne campus and College of Pharmacy on Oct. 18 with regional leaders, supporters and pharmacy students. And while the dedication ceremony represented an arrival, of sorts, in Indiana’s second-largest city, Manchester’s journey in Fort Wayne is just beginning.

“This new building is a tangible reflection of the intangible energy at Manchester University,” President Jo Young Switzer told about 150 people gathered for the dedication. Switzer thanked the many people who supported the pharmacy initiative – part of the Students First! campaign – including regional leaders in government, health care, business and higher education. In particular, she thanked Lilly Endowment Inc., which gave a $35 million gift to help launch the Pharmacy program.

The president also called Manchester’s Fort Wayne campus on the city’s north side a community education space that will help northeast Indiana going forward.

The College of Pharmacy is “a reason to rejoice,” State Senator David Long told the group. The College is creating well-paying jobs and strengthening the region’s economy with an annual impact of $5.5 million, Long said. It adds another doctoral-level program to Fort Wayne’s higher education mix, and it creates possibilities for research and additional academic programs.

IPFW graduate Kathryn Snyder is president of the College of Pharmacy’s Class of 2016. “As students, we are privileged to have a state-of-the-art facility,” she said. A Fort Wayne native, Snyder already knew of Manchester’s strong reputation and added that the University’s focus on community service was a magnet for many of her classmates. “We are so grateful,” Snyder added. “We will represent Manchester University respectfully, proudly and professionally.”
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Teirenney Fincher (center) found encouragement from faculty members Brad Yoder and Barb Burdge.

Teirenney Fincher ’13 almost gave up. Maybe that’s why she won’t give up on others.

Teirenney will graduate in May with a degree in social work and a minor in criminal justice. She plans to work with delinquent children and give them and their parents the guidance they need to turn around their lives. “Kids are our future,” says Teirenney, who last spring made the Dean’s List and managed her own caseload at the Allen County Juvenile Center during a field placement through Manchester. “Children are always too young to give up on.”

At Manchester, the Fort Wayne native has focused on academics and supporting herself financially “because I didn’t want to be a burden on my mom.” She supplemented scholarships by working 20 to 25 hours a week at the Warsaw Lowe’s store.

“There were times when I was ready to give up,” says Teirenney of all the demands. “I kept praying and kept praying.” She also turned to mentor Barb Burdge, associate professor and director of the Social Work Program. Burdge “was doing anything and everything she could to keep me (in school),” says Teirenney. On the toughest days, Teirenney knew where to find encouragement. “I would talk to Barb and she would just lift me up.”

Now Teirenney wants to lift up others. She plans to be a probation officer, perhaps in a residential facility where she can be a positive force in the lives of children every day. Eventually, she hopes to get her master’s degree and, maybe one day, be the administrator of a facility for troubled children. “There are a lot of things you can do with a social work degree. I just trust that God will guide me in the right direction.”

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For Rosenburys, the Manchester spirit runs deep

Mark Rosenbury earned degrees in business and economics from Manchester in 1969 and went on to a successful business career. But it’s not only his professional preparation for which Mark and wife Janet ’69x are grateful.

Manchester instilled in the Rosenburys an activist spirit that inspires their philanthropy and volunteerism to this day. “Janet and I support Manchester because it promotes the causes of equality and justice,” explains Mark. “I feel very indebted to what I got from the school.”

Mark and Janet give back to the University generously and consistently. The West Des Moines, Iowa, couple are regular supporters of The Manchester Fund and created The Rosenbury Family Endowed Scholarship. Their gifts to the previous campaign supported the Union renovation and a Science Center biology lab from accounting and business alumni named in honor of legendary professor Art Gilbert ’53. For Students First!, the Rosenburys have provided a classroom and faculty office in the new Academic Center.

Both Rosenburys grew up in farm country – Mark in central Illinois and Janet near New Paris, Ind. Though their four children chose other colleges and universities, Janet’s Manchester roots run deeper than an oak tree’s. A Snider on her father’s side and a Schrock on her mother’s side, Janet estimates that around 100 relatives, including those by marriage, have attended Manchester.

Now the retired president of Countryside Renewable Energy, Mark says he has faith in Manchester’s strong leadership and hopes his alma mater stays true to its “core values.” The Rosenburys give because they know of a few small colleges in their region that have closed for lack of funds and they can’t imagine a world without Manchester. Adds Mark, “I’m very thankful I came here.”

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