Summer 2014 News  
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Manchester University

Greetings from Manchester

It's a season of transition here, as President Jo Young Switzer retires June 30 after a long career of distinguished service at Manchester. Dave McFadden, a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren who most recently served as executive vice president and dean of the College of Pharmacy, begins as Manchester's 15th president on July 1. We welcome Raylene Rospond of Drake University as the new vice president and dean of the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Jeffrey R. Breese will be Manchester’s next vice president and dean for academic affairs as current dean Glenn Sharfman heads to Atlanta this summer.

Summer conferences: Join Manchester at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, July 5, for the Manchester University luncheon. New president Dave McFadden will be sharing about his vision and goals for Manchester, and the 2014 Church-University Service Award will be presented. You can also visit the Manchester display in the exhibit hall and talk with admissions representative Will Patch. Campus pastor Walt Wiltschek will be coordinating youth activities during the week and speaking at the Brethren Volunteer Service luncheon. Manchester will also have a presence at the Church of the Brethren National Youth Conference in Colorado in July.

The Radically Obedient Brethren Outreach Team (ROBOT), our student worship deputation team, traveled to five stops this spring: Wabash, Eel River, Manchester, Lafayette, and Salamonie. The services focused on the theme “Hit the Refresh Button,” with students doing all the preaching, readings, children’s story, and prayers, and some musical accompaniment.

The 2014 Powerhouse Regional Youth Conference is scheduled for Nov. 15-16 at Camp Mack in Milford, Ind. The working theme is “’Almost Christian: Seeking an Authentic Faith.” Watch for more details by late summer at or in your district newsletters.

Noted Brethren musician Shawn Kirchner spent time at Manchester in April, doing a Religious Life VIA convocation on “The Quest for Creativity” for a packed auditorium and also working with some campus music groups. Other speakers in the spring included new Bethany Theological Seminary president Jeff Carter, several local pastors, and New Community Project director David Radcliff. Many of those guests, as well as Matt Guynn of On Earth Peace and Bekah Houff from Bethany, also shared with the Simply Brethren student group.

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Other notes: Nearly 270 graduates crossed the stage on May 18 to receive their degrees. President Switzer spoke at her final baccalaureate service earlier that day. ... Manchester is expecting a large first-year class in the fall, with numbers likely to top 400. It includes a strong Brethren contingent. (We’re always looking for more - please send Brethren youth you know our way!) ... Two current Manchester students are doing Ministry Summer Service this summer, and three or four recent graduates are expected to begin Brethren Volunteer Service this summer or fall. ... The new Church Relations Advisory Council held its second meeting in April. ... This year’s campus Camp Mack Weekend will be Sept. 20-21. ... Author/journalist Cathleen Falsani will do a convocation on “Faith and Film” Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.


Manchester University Office of Church Relations
Walt Wiltschek, Campus Pastor
604 E. College Ave. • North Manchester, IN 46962
260-982-5243 •