IMAGINE you are Manchester University.
What kind of car would you drive?
- Smart Car
What kind of restaurant would you choose?
- someplace new
- an old favorite
- where service is best
- an exotic cuisine
Responses to these questions, and scores of others,
help Manchester’s marketing team tell the University’s
story. The car of choice was a Smart Car: We’re green
and people notice that.
The restaurant was a tie between new and exotic: We
like to try new things and value global experiences.
The Big Takeaway from this survey of alumni,
students and employees: Manchester University is
conscientious, and environmentally and globally
aware. And MU students have opportunities to learn
But which Manchester? That one on the new Fort
Wayne campus or the 124-year-old liberal arts school
45 minutes away? The College of memory or the more
complex University of today? All of the above.
“We’re bigger but the same,” say MU administrators,
and that’s true on many levels. Classes at the College
of Pharmacy are small, just as they have been at
Manchester for generations. Smallness in size means
faculty and staff interact with the students, know their
strengths and celebrate their achievments long after
And service, of course – the Manchester legacy of its
Church of the Brethren roots – stretches throughout
both campuses. Service is a requirement of much of
the coursework as MU demonstrates the wealth of
ways individuals and teamwork can make a difference
in the lives of others.
Manchester’s nationally acclaimed Center for Service
Opportunities has identified more than 100 new sites
for the Fort Wayne area, available for all students,
faculty and staff. The latest Manchester volunteer
guide that now serves both campuses has more than
tripled in size, to 70 pages from 20.
Just like the Smart Car, “green” also is defining
Manchester University. The transformed Holl-Kintner
Science Hall that is now the Academic Center is more
energy-efficient. As a result, other North Manchester
campus buildings are greener, too.
Using the tunnel system under the mall, Manchester
tied HVAC service not only to the Academic Center,
but also to Cordier Auditorium, the Union and Science
Center – all in one underground loop. A new “super
high-efficiency boiler” and a heat recovery chiller
installed in the Science Center augment three old-tech
boilers. “The most energy-efficient source will always
be the first to carry the heating and cooling loads,”
explains Gary Heckman ’02, MU heat systems
The Fort Wayne campus was designed “green,” right
down to its 15 parking spaces restricted to energy-efficient
The pharmacy program and Fort Wayne campus are
so technologically advanced, MU is the envy of other
Pharm.D. programs. Pharmacy students take their
tests online, follow along with faculty lectures online
and do all of their papers online. The Information
Technology Service (ITS) team serves both campuses,
ready to bring lessons and technology they have
learned in Fort Wayne back to North Manchester.
It’s a sure thing that Manchester University will
continue to become more complex, say its leaders. The non-residential Fort Wayne campus is designed
especially for the more mature doctoral pharmacy
student, and also for expansion. MU leaders are
considering professional certifications, other graduate
degrees and online programs that draw on the
strengths of the Manchester curriculum, faculty and
“We made changes this year that affected many
people – the name change, addition of a new campus,
start of the Pharmacy program, implementation of a
tobacco-free campus policy, addition of two new
buildings, redesign of our parking, and much more,”
President Jo Young ’69 Switzer told the Board of
Trustees at its fall meeting.
“Challenges are not new at Manchester University,
and our strengths are similar to the ones that helped
Manchester at the turn into the 20th century. We still
have a strong faculty, motivated students, and a
sufficient, but not extravagant, campus,” President
“Sometimes, the more things change, the more they
stay the same.”
A more-complex institution;
a name change
IT’S BEEN A BUSY summer and fall as Manchester adapts
to its new complexity as a University with two campuses
and a new professional doctoral program:
- Changed our name to University.
- Moved into a new $20 million Fort Wayne
campus designed especially for pharmacy study
and research, and for connecting with the
northeast Indiana community.
- Embarked on a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
professional degree program with a first class of
- Welcomed Manchester’s largest student enrollment since the Vietnam Era (1,345).
- Moved 59 faculty offices across campus into a
new $9.2 million Academic Center, and moved
dozens of other offices into many of the newly
- Increased the total raised for the Students First! campaign to $80,368,086.
- Dedicated two new buildings.
- Welcomed one of the largest crowds in recent
history to Homecoming 2012.