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Manchester University preps for new academic year

Most of the students are gone, but Manchester University campuses are far from quiet. The sound of construction is everywhere.

The Master of Athletic Training program is moving from the North Manchester campus to the Fort Wayne campus, cementing that location’s role as the hub for MU graduate-level professional health science programs.  It joins the pharmacy and pharmacogenomics programs at 10627 Diebold Road.

The move entails creating dedicated space for the master’s degree program in athletic training and a new pharmacy instruction lab.

The University recently set aside $5 million to launch new programs in the health sciences, both graduate and undergraduate. It is searching for a founding director to begin the accreditation process to start a nursing program.

On the North Manchester campus, work on the $8.5 million Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center is on pace to open before school starts this fall, with the Arthur L. Gilbert College of Business on the second floor and student services on the first floor.

The University is also investing $4.8 million over the summer in its oldest residence halls – East, Garver and Schwalm – to upgrade Wi-Fi, safety features, bathrooms, exterior lighting and furnishings.

It is actively raising funds for a new stadium to provide all-weather surfaces for football, track and field, and a range of recreational activities. Naming opportunities include the stadium structure at $1,350,000, the artificial turf field at $500,000 and the Olympic-sized track at $250,000.

“Our investments in facilities and new programs reflect our commitment to the future and our conviction that Manchester’s future is bright,” said President Dave McFadden.

The University is also making many smaller changes to further improve the student experience. The new Center for Health & Sports Medicine, for example, is designed to make it more convenient for all students to receive a broader range of health care services.

Sodexo began June 1 as the new food service provider at the North Manchester campus. It is making a number of changes, including a station that offers food options prepared without gluten or seven of the eight most common food allergens: milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish and wheat. There will also be more options for students to pick up Starbucks coffee, cold beverages and fresh take-away around the clock.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 70 areas of academic study to more than 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

Our mission
Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

June 2019