Testing in progress! Signs outside
the psychology lab in the Academic Center
encourage quiet during
Breegan Andersen ‘15 of Quincy, Ind., poses with a
starfish in the Bahamas, where she
researched the migration patterns
of piping plovers for a 2013
January session class in
First-year Pharm.D. student Sumer Hussein ’16 of Dearborn
Heights, Mich., was introduced to Manchester’s Pharmacy experiential opportunities
Walgreens in Fort Wayne, with
preceptor Ryan Teagno.
“I NEVER EXPECTED to develop and run my own
psychological experiment. As an undergraduate,
this was more than dipping my toe into my field
– it was diving in head-first.”
Psychology major Courtney Mensing ’14 is doing
serious research at Manchester University. For her
PSYCH 341 class in Statistics and Research
Design II, Mensing and her team explored the
connection between audio cues and lie detection.
“By the time I graduate, I’ll have several research
experiences under my belt,” says Mensing, of
Fort Wayne, Ind. “Experience in esearch is one
of the biggest things that graduate schools look
at, and Manchester is well above the curve in
helping us stand out.”
Head-first learning experiences play a critical role in
Manchester’s curriculum. From research fellowships
to internships and pharmacy practice, Manchester
students are capitalizing on experiential opportunities.
What they learn over the summer, during January
session and spring break gives them a leg up on their
careers, valuable references for jobs, graduate school,
grants and even more internships.
Such hands-on leaning often begins on campus and in
the classroom with faculty-guided, side-by-side
research. The annual Student Research Symposium shows off the wealth of faculty-mentored research
offered at Manchester.
“The research experience is a strong plus for
psychology majors because many undergraduates do
not work in labs and learn the basic skills needed to
run subjects,” says Brandy Leeper ’14, a research
assistant for the Psychology Department.
Students at the College of Pharmacy participate in
dozens of highly structured experiential practicums
that interface with their classroom learning. “The
ultimate goal is to build the knowledge and skills for
students to make a positive difference in patient care,”
says Pharmacy Dean Dave McFadden ’82, who also is
MU’s executive vice president.
MU students are exposed to a range of real-world
community, hospital and nonprofit pharmacy settings,
beginning in their first year of the four-year
professional Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program in Fort Wayne. The entire fourth year is filled with
rotations of month-long experientials.
Off campus, Manchester undergraduate students
secure an impressive collection of internships and
In the past academic year, chemistry major Lucas
Lebbin ’15 assisted in leukemia research during a
summer fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital, accounting major Nick
Barbknecht ’12 served as Indiana’s youngest state
delegate at the Republican National Convention and
athletic training major Amanda Tassler ’14 helped
Fort Wayne Ballet dancers with injury prevention
- Kelsey Barta ’13 helped dreams come true for
ailing children at Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The English major from Hammond, Ind.,
coordinated travel itineraries for recipients of
the Make-a-Wish grants.
- Dylan Hiner ’13, a psychology major from
Wabash, Ind., performed administrative and
medical tasks for Wabash County Hospital.
- Josh Vardaman ’13, an English major from
Middletown, Ind., wrote donor stories for
Northern Indiana Community Foundation.
- Nick Salupo ’13, an athletic training and
biology-chemistry major from Indianapolis,
prepared and researched brain DNA
samples at the Indiana Alzheimer Disease
- Kelly Iler ’14, a choral music education
major from Kouts, Ind., will rub elbows
with world-class musicians, dancers and
artists this summer as a counselor at the
prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Camp
- Ben Crim ’13, an accounting major from
Dayton, Ohio, helped prepare fiscal
statements for Crossroads Bank in
The list goes on and on, semester after semester,
summer after summer, January after January.
“Internship experience is invaluable,” says Tish
Kalita, assistant director for internships for the MU
Office of Career Services. “Internships allow students
to apply what they learn in the classroom to the
work world and evaluate their skill sets.”
Networking is another huge benefit – some interns
are offered employment opportunities or job leads,
adds Kalita. More than 61 percent of employers
offered their interns full-time jobs, according to the
2012 National Association of Colleges and
Employers internship survey. Moreover, the five-year
retention rate is nearly 30 percent higher for
employees with in-company internship experience.
Head-first learning also helps students weigh their
options. Some learn “this isn’t for me” or that they
need additional coursework or training.
“Internships are critical to students today,
particularly in this economic environment where
companies have pools of potential employees
possessing significant work experience,” says
Professor Tim Ogden ’87, chair of MU’s
Department of Accounting and Business. “Internships allow students to test their knowledge,
skills and abilities outside the confines of the
classroom, and in many cases return to campus and
do additional coursework in areas that they need to
Thomas Blake ’13 and Devin Jenkins ’13 secured
full-time employment opportunities after interning
with accounting firms last summer. Blake, of
Plymouth, Ind., interned with H.J. Umbaugh & Associates in Indianapolis and Plymouth, working
primarily on utility rate and bond accounting. Jenkins,
of Niles, Mich., interned in the auditing department at
Crowe Horwath in South Bend.
Both have full-time jobs waiting after graduation.
Jenkins landed her internship with the help of the
Office of Career Services. Last spring,
Career Services coordinated an on-campus interview
with Crowe Horwath. Both parties knew it was a
“We are impressed with her level of motivation and
desire to learn. We can’t wait to have her back,” said
Jessica Haugen, senior staff auditor and enkins’
supervisor at Crowe Horwath.
Because Manchester’s accounting program is
quantitatively and analytically demanding, it prepares
students for success in the field. Excelling in the
rigorous program helps students land coveted
internships and jobs.
Internships also provide significant value for
employers, giving them a chance to “test-drive” job
candidates before making hiring decisions, says
Ogden. Employers often use internships as a
“pipeline” for entry-level employees.
Manchester’s undergraduate interdisciplinary core
requirements develop students who can think
critically. “In chemistry, a student might have an
undergraduate research experience where they work
on a problem completely different from what they
studied in class,” says Glenn Sharfman, vice president
and dean for academic affairs. “However, they may
find that what they learned as part of liberal arts
applies in general, if not specifically, to their research.”
Head-first learning – in internships, research,
practicums and experientials – provides practical
applications to classroom and book study. And that,
notes Sharfman, strengthens Manchester’s liberal arts
BY KYLE LAHMAN ‘15
Merging coursework with real-world
INTERNSHIPS GIVE students opportunities to align passions
with work experience. Ramiro Arguijo ’14 finds a winning
combination at Lendingahand.net, a nonprofit organization in
Lendingahand.net partners with businesses and 17 area charities
to conduct community outreach, a mission that resonates with
Arguijo. "Helping people is something that is very close to my
heart,” he says. “Coming from a working family, I have learned
the importance of assisting people who are less fortunate.”
At Lendingahand.net, Arguijo writes news releases, maintains its
social media presence and assists with community outreach. The
internship merged nicely with Arguijo’s coursework as an MU
communication studies major. Now he works parttime for
Lendingahand.net, applying his MU public relations coursework
directly to the real world.
“The internship has also helped increase my marketability for
both my future education and career goals,” he says. “Not many
students are allowed to take control of a business’ social media
presence and suggest mprovements to the communication
“I am extremely grateful that Manchester has given me
opportunities to grow.”
BY KYLE LAHMAN ’15
“I was able to become part of
LUCAS LEBBIN ‘15 is only a sophomore, yet already he is researching treatments for an
especially deadly form of infant leukemia.
Last summer, the biology-chemistry major from South Bend worked alongside
groundbreaking pediatrics researcher Ashish R. Kumar, M.D., Ph.D., at the Cancer and
Blood Diseases Institute of
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Dr. Kumar’s lab studies mixed
lineage leukemia (MLL), which
researchers have puzzled over
for more than 20 years of
clinical trials. Kumar is
targeting one of the genes
that make it hard to kill the
“Researching at the nation’s
hospital allowed me to go
beyond studying textbooks,”
says Lebbin. “I wasn’t an intern. I was a research fellow. I was able to become part of the
cure for leukemia.”
The fellowship is opening other doors for Lebbin. During January session this year, he
participated in a health sciences practicum in Zambia, Africa, where he assisted in
hospital laboratory work. “I was shown to the lab, placed in front of a COBAS INTEGRA
400 Plus multi-analyte analyzer and started culturing patient samples,” he says.
“Without my laboratory background gained from my time in Cincinnati, I would have
been clueless (in Zambia).”
So what’s next for Lucas? This summer, he plans to return to Dr. Kumar’s lab to continue
his leukemia research. “My goal is to provide a significant contribution to furthering the understanding of childhood leukemia.”
BY KYLE LAHMAN ’15
Are you LinkedIn?
Someone of ability and conviction wants to connect with you today
SIMILAR NOTICES, WITH REAL NAMES, are popping into e-mail
inboxes in increasing numbers.
And just like that – MU alumni and students have another new
connection in the world’s largest professional network. LinkedIn
has 200 million members, including hundreds of Manchester
alumni and students.
“Our mission is simple: Connect the
world’s professionals to make them
more productive and successful” says
LinkedIn. “When you join LinkedIn, you
get access to people, jobs, news,
updates and insights that help you be
great at what you do.”
Past and present Spartans use LinkedIn to solidify connections
made in internships, browse for job opportunities – and and
meet MU alumni eager to share their connections and career
advice with others of ability and conviction.
“LinkedIn is a valuable networking tool,” says Sandy
Haist ’74 ’02, MU social media coordinator. “It is a great resource
to make connections and find information about job and
On the Manchester University Career Services group LinkedIn
page, nearly 300 current and former students interact with MU
staff, explore job openings and make new career friends. And,
of course, hundreds of other MU alumni are interacting on
LinkedIn outside of the group and the Manchester University
Alumni Association group page.
What makes the Career Services page special is that it is
interactive: Anyone can begin discussion “threads” on topics
ranging from recent employment trends to common interview
mistakes. Employers use the group to search for employees. It’s
a virtual forum with a professional style.
Share your professional savvy with
MU students and other alumni.
Get LinkedIn now!
BY KYLE LAHMAN ’15
MU Career Services has connections
NEED HELP LANDING your dream job? You’ll want to
take full advantage of Manchester University Career
Services. The office in the MU Union helps alumni
seeking new career opportunities – including
In addition to helping current students find interships
and jobs, Career Services also offers alumni, with:
- Personalized advising and mentoring
- Resume writing
- On-campus career fairs and presentations
- Spartan Jobs, the official job search engine of
- Twitter updates via @MUInternLady.
The same doors Career Services opens for students
are available for alumni, with advising appointments
and employer introductions tailored to the applicants. Assistance in writing resumes and filling out the job
applications are part of the service, if needed.
“We will even assist with drafting a proposal if the
alum wants to propose an internship to a company or
organization,” says Tish Kalita, assistant director for
“We provide the same tools and appointments for
alumni as we do for current students,” says Kalita. “Our
website also contains a large number of resources that
may be of assistance to alumni.”
Contact Career Services via the website at
www.manchester.edu/OSD/Career or firstname.lastname@example.org
BY KYLE LAHMAN ’15