Education & Social Sciences

Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice - Student Success


Current Students

  • Macie Minier '17 was awarded a Journey Fellowship for Summer 2014. As a Journey Fellow, Macie will participate in leadership development and an internship centered on youth work.


  • Kyla Daniels '15 was appointed to the board of directors of Mental Health America of Wabash County as a sophomore at MU. She was also awarded a prestigious Journey Fellowship, which gave her special training and internship opportunities to develop as a leader in youth development. She later secured another summer internship with Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis. Kyla double-majored in political science and social work.
  • Lauren Feigel '15 has accepted a case management position with Aging & In-Home Services in Fort Wayne.
  • Brandon Haines '15 was hired as a rehabilitation service provider by the Bowen Center in Plymouth. Brandon, who did his senior field placement at the Allen County Juvenile Probation Dept., will now be serving at-risk youth and their families in Marshall County.
  • Hilary Leeper '14 was named social services director at Livingston Health and Rehabilitation Center in Livingston, Mont., just a few weeks after graduation. Hilary majored in social work and minored in gerontology.
  • Haley Vallie-Laws '14 was hired by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan shortly after graduation. She eagerly accepted the position of adoption specialist and will make a real difference in the lives of so many children and families.
  • Kelli Weeks '14 was accepted into the competitive Accelerated Advanced Standing MSW Program at Indiana University Purdue University--Indianapolis.  She will begin graduate coursework even before leaving Manchester and earn her master's degree in one year.
  • Brittany Youmans '14 (social work) works with The Bowen Center is a rehabilitation service provider teaching life skills to children and adolescents.
  • Megan Birky '13 accepted a position with Porter-Starke Servicesbefore graduation as a child and family case manager. She helps emotionally/behaviorally troubled youth and their families make positive change in their lives. At Manchester, Megan double-majored in social work and sociology with a minor in criminal justice.
  • Keyana Fitzpatrick '13 and Tracie Doi '13 spent the 2012 spring semester studying abroad in Chennai, India. They took social work courses at the local university, helped at a community service organization, and took excursion to many other parts of India.
  • Bailey Killinger '13 (social work major, criminal justice minor) developed a keen interest in prisons and corrections while at Manchester.  After graduation, she was hired as a correctional officer at the Indiana Women's Prison.
  • Libby Rhoades '13 and Alyssa Dibley '13 were both accepted into the MSW program at Indiana University South Bend and granted advanced standing. Way to go!
  • Chad Ulmer '13 quickly found a job he loves: being a probation officer for the Wabash County Probation Department. Chad also serves his community by coaching the Wabash Middle School wrestling team in his spare time. Go Apaches!
  • Stacy Koch '12, who earned a double major in social work and economics, was hired by Healthy Families in Indianapolis to assist new parents and their young children after completing a successful field placement serving homeless families at Vincent Village.
  • Kelsie Ann Thornburg '12 Sausaman is a case manager in the Youth Behavioral Health Department at Community Howard Regional Hospital in Kokomo, Ind.
  • Tim Polakowski '08, MSW--Tim made the most of his time at Manchester.  He double-majored in Spanish and social work, earned a minor in gerontology, and spent a year abroad in Barcelona, Spain. He won MU's Capstone Outstanding Senior Leadership Award and the state-wide Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award. After graduating from MU, Tim was honored with a prestigious Fulbright grant, which allowed him to spend a year teaching English in South Korea. He then won a full-ride scholarship to the University of Michigan MSW program. In graduate school, Tim was selected as the NASW University of Michigan MSW Student of the Year! He passed his LCSW exam and started his career in gerontological social work in the Caregiver Support Program at the Toledo, Ohio, Area Office on Aging. He later took a position with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Tim has been a member of the MU Social Work Program's Advisory Council since 2013.
  • Garry Hamilton '85 --Garry is now Fort Wayne's chief of police. He majored in social work and minored in criminal justice at MU. Over the course of his career, he has been an Allen County (Indiana) Child Protective Services caseworker and worked in the offices of the Wayne Township Trustee. He has served on the Manchester University Social Work Program Advisory Council since 2007. Garry embodies Manchester's mission and social work values through his competent and humane leadership. See video.