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Manchester welcomes community to Homecoming 2019

Chinworth ceremony, stadium groundbreaking, street fair among highlights

Manchester University invites the neighbors to Homecoming 2019, Oct. 11-12.

Highlights that are open to the public include the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, followed by refreshments and tours. 

Visitors may use connecting hallways to attend the Textures of Life reception with artists Rick Reiff and Scott McAlpine in Gallery G of the Jo Young Switzer Center from 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

The traditional alumni choir and band performances are 7:30 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium. While you are there, check out the Nature through Art exhibit in the lobby.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, join Spartan athletic teams as Manchester officially breaks ground on the new stadium at 9 a.m. in a ceremony at Carl W. Burt Memorial Stadium. Light refreshments follow.

The Kids Zone also opens at 9 a.m. in the grassy area south of the Switzer Center parking lot. There will be a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting and other activities until 3:30 p.m.

Nearby on East Street, Manchester pharmacy students and faculty offer a health fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12, with health screenings and information.

Each year at Homecoming, the Peace Studies Institute honors an individual for significant contributions to peace and justice. This year, it honors the legacy of Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a Pashtun nonviolent activist and educator who was a close confidante of Mahatma Gandhi. His name will be added to the Peacemakers Wall in the Gladdys Muir Peace Garden at 10 a.m. Oct. 12.

The Chinworth Center will also be open Oct. 12. There will be individual tours of the Arthur L. Gilbert College of Business, on the second floor, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

There will be a Spartan Street Fair from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on the south side of the Switzer Center, where visitors can support fundraisers for student clubs and organizations, as well as buy lunch at food tents.

Children ages 4-12 are welcome to join Manny and the Spartan cheerleaders as they run out and lead the Spartan football team into action. Meet at the VIP tent on the football field at 1:15 p.m. The game vs. Mount St. Joseph begins at 1:30 p.m.

Homecoming festivities conclude with a “Music for Coming Home,” a concert by Robert Jones and Matt Watrobra, at 7 p.m. in Cordier. Sponsored by the Peace Studies Institute through a gift from the Class of 1968, it is free and open to the public.

For the full schedule: www.manchester.edu/alumni/events/homecoming/2019

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For more information, contact Office of Alumni Relations, alumnioffice@manchester.edu or 888-257-2586

About Manchester
With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of academic study to about 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.

September 2019