Jo Young Switzer
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY combines deep roots with strong wings.
This Manchester magazine reflects both.
At the center of Manchester is our focus on student learning. Because
students learn in different ways, Manchester’s professors, coaches and
others teach students in different ways. Accountants across the Midwest remember Art
Gilbert’s firm no-nonsense teaching. Thousands
remember Paul Keller’s class in Language and
Thought. Many graduates remember John Planer’s
intense teaching about the fine and performing
arts. Their students learned.
Student-athletes learn from coaches. From coaches
like Claude Wolfe, Lana Groombridge, Steve
Alford and Martha Judge, student-athletes have
learned about respect, competition, self-discipline,
teamwork and time management. Baseball umpires who worked
Manchester games when Jim Gratz was coaching always said, “If Coach
Gratz came out to complain about a call, we knew we’d better listen
because he didn’t complain without a good reason.”
Experiences also teach. Students who wade into the Eel River to tag fish
discover environmental challenges at their fingertips. Students who
work side-by-side with physicians and dentists on the January session
medical practicum learn about more than diabetes and infected teeth.
Of course, learning happens in our classrooms. Whether the class is
organic chemistry, neuroscience, or persuasion and whether the
professor is old, young, technologically adept, dignified, loud or
analytical, students learn. Their GRE scores and placement rates
We hope you enjoy this issue and tell some of your “what I learned at
Manchester” stories to your friends and relatives and neighbors. This is
a school where learning happens around the clock and throughout the
year. We invite you to tell that story widely.
JO YOUNG SWITZER