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“We have a sense of purpose”
Making a difference in the lives of students works both ways,
say Manchester employees

It took less than 10 minutes for faculty
and staff to gather after opening convo
on Aug. 27, 2011 for this family photo.
(Click on photo for enlargement.)

It took a bit longer to settle the
family for the perfect shot.
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Related links:
School of Pharmacy faculty, staff set course toward the Manchester mission
The campus job: “a phenomenal learning experience”
On campus, one big, happy family
  The Otho Winger Experience: Not at all what you think it is

More pictures from this article:

Danette Norman Till, director of counseling services, is among the many resources available to students and employees at the annual health fair.

Raheel Ahmad, assistant professor
of computer science

Chatwells food service employees celebrate their “Best in the Region” trophy.
From left, MC director Nancy Gjertson, Marcia Knee and Jeanie Harvey.

Ashleigh Maxcey, assistant professor
of psychology, heads home from the
office with 10-month-old Henry and
3-year-old Paige. Hunter, 5, had
other interests that day.

This year, President Switzer told the opening convo crowd about Michael Leckrone ’92, director of financial services, planning and budget;
Carol Beahm ’68x Myers
, custodian;
and Tim Ogden ’87, professor of accounting and business.

Abby Keiser signs her name to the final beam erected for the School of
Pharmacy in Fort Wayne. Keiser is a clinical assistant professor of
pharmacy practice, specializing in emergency medicine.

Grounds caretaker Carl Strike is
ever-present on campus,
no matter the weather.

A perk of MC employment is getting to chat with alumni who love MC, says Eve Colchin, director of development, who met Joe Long ’68 at Homecoming 2011.


CAROL BEAHM ’68x MYERS FIDGETED on the terribly bright stage, staring fiercely at the floorboards and wishing the moment was yesterday. “Why did I agree to this?”

Because Myers, one of 16 College custodians, loves this place on so many levels. Because she loves the hallway and sidewalk conversations with staffers, faculty and students. She loves the beauty of the campus. She loves the academic environment.

And she loves Manchester because she knows this place appreciates her. Of that there is no doubt, for there she stood, before an Opening Convo crowd of 1,100 appreciative students, faculty and townsfolk while the president of the College sang her praise.

It’s common, such public acclaim by President Jo Young ’69 Switzer. Each fall, the president “reveals” employee histories (usually with some surprises) to the campus at large. Faculty and staff gatherings also regularly recognize employees.

From those who clean up after sick students to those who nudge scholars through their Fulbright applications, each Manchester employee knows she or he plays an integral role in graduating students of ability and conviction.

It’s no secret, this pride of workplace. The Chronicle of Higher Education consistently praises Manchester College as “a great place to work.” This year, the College made The Chronicle’s Honor Roll – with only 41 other schools.

Manchester received high marks from its faculty and staff, and The Chronicle in six areas:

  • Teaching environment
  • Confidence in senior leadership
  • Work/life balance
  • Professional/career development programs
  • Supervisor/department chair relationship
  • Tenure clarity and process

The faculty and staff are in this for their students. It’s obvious by their mentoring and side-by-side collaborations on research and discoveries, by their insistent coaching and their patience in helping students with their decision-making. The relationships established on campus are unique to the intimate nature of this 1,320-student campus.

Adam Hohman ’01 found his place and stayed, first as a residence hall director and now as director of admissions – his reward for his key role in growing Manchester’s enrollment to a 40-year record.

He warns prospective students about the highly contagious Manchester career bug. (At least 85 employees are MC alumni.)

“I have always said that Manchester is a bit of the oasis in the corn,” says Hohman, an MC biology-chemistry major. “I am amazed with the opportunities that we have in such a rural community. There is so much diversity and depth. Manchester is so much bigger on the inside than what you may see.”

Among Indiana’s 31 private colleges and universities, Manchester’s faculty salaries are in the middle, according to Independent Colleges of Indiana. Staff wages lag the mean. The wage clearly is not the attraction.

“People don’t work at Manchester for the big bucks,” says Dale Carpenter, director of human resources. “Most are here because they believe they can make Manchester a better place, and maybe make a difference in the lives of young people.”

“We have wonderful people with a sense of purpose,” says Thelma Rohrer ’84. She joins 39 teachers who have served on the 75-member Manchester faculty for more than 10 years. “Helping students accomplish their dreams makes teaching at Manchester incredibly rewarding,” adds Rohrer, who leads the Art Department, study abroad and Honors program.

She gets to prepare students for their first passports for study adventures to Spain, Central America, South America and Asia. An artist, she also introduces students – many of them not art majors – to their first gallery experiences.

Groundskeeper Carl Strike is a campus icon; part of the campus scenery and an ever-present reminder of Manchester’s Old Order heritage as he herds leaves, corrals heavy snowfall and grooms the lawns. He, too, is a teacher, with his work ethic and his genuine smile: “I try to be friendly with the students, who often respond in a friendly way.”

Last August, three Campus Safety officers – Sgts. Jamin Sands and Harold Napier and Officer Megan Case – hustled to the College Union on an alert that a Chartwells food service employee was having chest pain. “No one had to say anything,” said Sands in reporting the fluid response of the three in administering aid.

“If not for their actions, I am sure this woman would have died,” praised LifeMed paramedic Adam Hoskins, who arrived to find the employee had regained a pulse and was breathing on her own.

From sniffles to Swine Flu to dolling out crutches, campus Health Services also is on-call 24 hours a day, drawing upon four highly responsible student workers who make “house calls” so students won’t share their bugs. Lots of mentoring and real-world training helps the student workers prepare for health careers.

Health Services is for employees, too. An annual event offers up flu shots, laboratory tests, health advice, connections and even free massages. A free clinic provides exams and basic care for employees and their families with College health insurance. Free fitness classes and weight and walking challenges pepper the schedule, and employees are willing guinea pigs for students’ research in weight and fitness training and other projects.

New employees have a strong early impression. “I absolutely love how enthused everyone is to be here,” says Janelle Jacowski, new director of the 260-coed Garver Hall. She’s soaking up the music opportunities on campus, including singing in the Cantabile women’s chorus.

The MC family is extended. Children learn to ride their new bicycles around the mall, climb on Santa’s lap at the annual Trustees’ Holiday Party for employees and (when sitter challenges arise) nap on blankies in their mommy’s office. New parents pause in hallways in consultation with more-seasoned parents about sleeping cycles and teething.

When Judd Case, assistant professor of communication studies, brought his passion for chess to Manchester students, it was a family affair. Students got to exchange pawns with two international grandmasters who also shared life advice in all-campus convocations. Case’s family was there for the lectures and book signings … and watched Dad challenge the grandmasters.

“The people here commune around learning and service,” says Case. “At Manchester we have a strong sense of who we are and what we are about. That’s what communities have that mere classrooms, labs and offices do not.”

Students “get it” that faculty and staff are here for them. Campus leader Leslie Bailey ’13 works as a student assistant with Shanon Fawbush, student activities director. “I look forward to coming to work every day because of Shanon. Her passion for her job inspires me and her love for others makes me want to be a better person.”

The School of Pharmacy already has fulfilled its ambitious goal (and accreditation requirement) to hire all needed faculty for the first academic year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program that begins in August 2012 in Fort Wayne. (See story below.)

Employees develop a passion for making Manchester work better, more efficiently, more effectively. Last summer, electrical and plumbing whiz Mark McKee created a computerized tool to monitor when the air conditioning system exceeds its monthly budget. By shutting off the air two hours earlier, the College is saving a few thousand dollars annually.

“I get to see artists and philosophers, innovators and researchers, doctors and humanitarians get their start in our classrooms,” says Megan Hineline ’04 Fetters, who returned to MC three years ago as a visiting instructor of communication studies.

“Being a part of this transformation in young peoples’ lives is humbling, rewarding and endlessly exciting.”

That’s pretty heady stuff, this opportunity to witness (and participate in) the realization of the College’s Mission to graduate persons of ability and conviction who will make this world a better place.

At a fall kick-off event for the $100 million Students First! campaign, former MC public relations intern Nate Hodges ’10 thanked his former boss for her mentoring. Her heartfelt response echoed that of other student mentors:

“Thank you … for choosing Manchester College. Thank you for sharing your journey with me.”




School of Pharmacy faculty, staff set course
toward the Manchester mission

School of Pharmacy faculty and staff gathered Nov. 4 to celebrate placement of the final steel beam on the building. (Click on image for enlargement.)

MORE THAN NINE MONTHS before classes begin at the School of Pharmacy, the faculty is fully hired for the first students. They’re already intensely engaged in curriculum, accreditation and experiential connections for the four-year professional doctoral program. They’re getting to know each other and finding their niche in the Manchester College community.

“Many of the messages of the MC Mission are reflected in the School of Pharmacy: Improve the human condition, graduate persons of ability and conviction and respect the infinite worth of every individual,” says Michael DeBisschop, associate dean for academic affairs for the School. “Respecting the infinite worth of every individual resonated with me, and is one of the main reasons why I chose to come to Manchester.”

“Although the scope of the work is sometimes daunting, the team here is nothing short of amazing,” says Lorin Sheppard, director of instructional design and clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

Pharmacy faculty participate in orientation for the undergraduate students and robed for 2011 Commencement and opening convocation. “As our faculty and staff grow, more and more of us are able to participate in activities and events on the North Manchester campus,” says Amy Trowbridge, director of professional and community development and a North Manchester resident.



The campus job: “a phenomenal
learning experience”

MORE THAN 500 STUDENTS work on campus - double the number of faculty and staff. Some are testing the waters of future careers, some serve in high-confidence roles such as health services, campus safety and information technology. Most are doing work absolutely critical to the function of a 1,320-student residential campus set on 100 acres in a rural community.

They average about 10 hours a week as their campus bosses take care not to jeopardize their academic success. (Students may not work more than 20 hours per week during the school year.)

That means MC students work about 20,000 hours a month on campus, all receiving minimum wage, making a student payroll of $500,000 per semester, says Jack Gochenaur ’70, vice president for finance. And, just as those students are critical to the College, their pay helps contribute to Manchester’s reputation for graduating students with low college debt.

Students are athletics assistants, chapel assistants, student ambassadors, grounds workers, food service workers, custodians, Homecoming and Alumni Days ambassadors, residence life and student activities assistants, and academic department assistants. They are absolutely everywhere, from the PERC to Schwalm Hall. Often, they are behind the scenes, like James Manis ’13, who works for ITS, campus information technology services.

“My job is helping departments at Manchester convert traditional paper forms to convenient and environmentally friendly eForms,” says Manis, a management major. Another job that requires high focus is that of health assistant, who works with the College nurse during the day and is on call overnight. “It’s a phenomenal learning experience for me because I am planning on going to medical school,” says Mary Kohrman ’12, a biology-chemistry major.



On campus, one big, happy family

Children of education faculty make Manchester their playground and learning place.
From left: Lucas Schilling, Elizabeth Schilling, Allison Martynowicz, Jacob Slavkin,
Emma Slavkin, Kendra Stetzel, Evan Martynowicz, Laine Stetzel and Katelyn Martynowicz.

“MOMMY! CAN I GO TALK to that basketball player?” asked Sam Grinstead, stars in his eyes. The son of Brad ‘03 and Melissa Grinstead ‘12, director of advancement services for the College, 8-year-old Sam is a serious Spartan fan.

He’s also among dozens of faculty and staff children who are growing up on campus. They’re learning to ride their bikes, the rules of basketball and other sports and how to converse with adults. They’re getting up-front seats at musicals and concerts and magic shows and readings by favorite children’s authors.

Manchester frequently turns to staff and faculty kids when young voices are needed for plays and musicals. Eighteen-year-old Bryce Pyrah was just a sprout when he took the stage as a member of the Von Trapp family for the College’s production of The Sound of Music in spring 2005. One of two sons of Brad Pyrah, associate professor of accounting and business, Bryce for several years also gave patriotic readings for the College’s community 4th of July Celebration.

Another familiar familial face is 18-year-old Gabe Hoagland, son of Tami Bradburn ’95 Hoagland, scheduler and secretary for the Athletic Department. While Gabe knows well the smell of MC grease paint, he also sings the national anthem for Spartan football.


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Like many Manchester parents, track and cross country coach Brian Cashdollar and spouse Kim Reinoehl ’98, assistant director of admissions, turn to MC students for babysitters for daughters Ayla, 5, and Kambree, 8.

And Stacy Stetzel’s children, 7-year-old Kendra and 6-year-old Laine, are perfect “specimens” to help her bring to life education classes in childhood development.

Katy Gray Brown ’91 was one of those campus kids. As daughter of the late Ken Brown, professor emeritus of peace studies, religion and philosophy, she toddled the halls of the Administration Building. She continues her peace studies legacy, as an assistant professor, at her dad’s desk. Her kids, 7-year-old Sam, 5-year-old Calvin and 3-year-old Milo, toddle the halls in their grandfather’s footsteps.



The Otho Winger Experience: Not at all

what you think it is

IT’S A CONVOCATION UNLIKE any other, and every other spring, it brings a Cordier-stuffed audience to its feet with a roar. If you can make it, Manchester College is the place to be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

The Otho Winger Experience is a gleeful, rowdy celebration of the community and talent of Manchester’s faculty and staff. It’s a rock concert. It’s a love song to Manchester.

In spring 2009, Katharine Ings, associate professor of English, belted out Proud Mary, rocking the rafters and backed fetchingly by The Ikettes (parody of Ike and Tina’s backup singers), from the religion, English and art faculties.

Concert rehearsals consume the semester, says keyboardist Dan Chudzynski, director of marketing. “The faculty band surprises a lot of people. When you’re sitting in class, you just don’t picture your professors rocking out together on stage. It’s a whole lot of fun.” You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones, complete with backup by an entire choir of music students, clearly resonates with students and faculty in the crowd.

A diversity of musical taste takes to the stage, from classic rock to punk. Mark Angelos, associate professor of history, guitarist and trumpeter, convinced band members, for example, that The Clash is good listening … and playing.

“I get to know faculty in a whole new way,” says Ings. And so do the students.

Watch the Otho Winger Experience live on You Tube!


In this issue
It's a Manchester mantra: First come our students
from the president

Morris Observatory
The sky is the limit for student research and learning

Students First!
A wide-reaching $100 million Campaign for Manchester engages the entire community

Working at Manchester
”We have a sense of purpose,” echo faculty and staff

Philanthropy 101
June ’50 and Keith Miller ’50 remember Manchester

Profiles of ability and conviction

1939 football team made the record books and national headlines

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