Manchester University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2015-2016

Campus and Facilities


The North Manchester campus of Manchester University is located on a large, wooded campus in northern Indiana, about one mile north of the business section of North Manchester, a town with a population of 6,700.

The original campus, a 10-acre plot with large oak trees, fronts on College Avenue, with the Administration Building at the center. The entire campus and grounds, including the athletic fields and the University woods, cover an area of more than 120 acres. The Koinonia Environmental and Retreat Center in Kosciusko County adds 100 acres of natural land to University resources.

The Fort Wayne campus is located at Dupont and Diebold roads just east of Interstate 69.

Academic Buildings

Academic Center. Formerly known as Holl-Kintner Hall, the Academic Center houses the campus Welcome Center - home of the Admissions Office and the Sisters' Cafe. Classrooms and offices for the College of Business, and the  Communication Studies, Economics, Education, English, History and Political Science, Modern Languages, Peace Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies,  Psychology, and Sociology and Social Work departments are located in the Academic Center.

Administration Building. The central portion of the Administration Building was erected in 1921, combining the original Bible School and Bumgerdner Hall. The offices of the president and most vice presidents are located in this University landmark. In addition, the offices of Academic Resources, University Advancement, Alumni, Financial Services, Media and Public Relations, Publications and Design, Printing Services, the Registrar, and Student Financial Services are located in the Administration Building along with Wampler Auditorium.

Clark Computer Center. Through a generous gift by John G. Clark, a 1932 graduate, the former Goshorn Building was renovated in 1984 into a multi-functional computer center. The Office of Information Technology Services  and the Office of University Safety are housed in this building.

Funderburg Library. The library provides materials to serve the University curriculum, bibliographic and interlibrary loan support for research, and instruction in the use of information sources. Wilbur's Cafe is located inside the after-hours study lounge.

Funderburg’s three floors can accommodate more than 200 students. Comfortable lounges for relaxed reading are balanced by a computer lab, audio and video equipment, group conferences, and after-hours study. The Teaching Resource Center contains thousands of textbooks and curricular materials for education majors. Special collections include the University archives, Brethren historical materials, and the peace studies collection.

Otho Winger Memorial Hall. This building, named for former Manchester President Otho Winger, contains the art and music departments. There are a number of art studios, classrooms, practice rooms for student use, a four-station computer music laboratory, and a 14-rank pipe organ. The Norman and Grace Wine Recital Hall and Link Gallery provide attractive and welcoming settings for recitals, lectures, meetings and art shows.

Physical Education and Recreation Center. Constructed in 1982 and renovated and expanded in 1997 and 2010, this building houses the exercise and sport sciences department, intercollegiate and intramural sports, and is the center for recreational activities. The multipurpose Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, seating 1,800, provides one competition or six practice basketball courts. Other facilities include the auxiliary gym, Brown Fitness Center, dance/multipurpose room, athletic training facilities, exercise and sport sciences offices, four classrooms, human performance laboratory and two racquetball courts.

Science Center. The Science Center contains 60 classrooms and laboratories, a large lecture hall, faculty offices, a greenhouse and an atrium. The Physics and Mathematics and Computer Science departments are located on the first floor.The Biology Department offices are located on the second floor, and the Chemistry Department is located on the third floor. Various artworks are on display in the three-story atrium, and displays highlighting the history of science at Manchester University are located along the hallways.

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To meet the preferences and needs of its diverse student body, Manchester provides a variety of living options in five residence halls, each representing distinctive small groups within the larger University community. To complement classroom learning, to stimulate personal growth, and to spark interpersonal relationships, the residence hall councils and staff present programs and activities for students. A major responsibility of residence hall staff members is to motivate, encourage and advise students in the residential environment.

All residence hall rooms are wired to the campus computer system, which includes internet capability. In addition, each traditional residence hall houses a computer lab equipped with computers and laser printers available for student use.

East Street Apartments provide a number of housing options for students classified as juniors or seniors.

East Hall is a residence hall for 183 men and women. The ground floor provides a large social room, cooking areas, laundry facilities and a TV lounge. The hall has a main lounge and smaller study rooms/ lounges.

Garver Hall provides a home for 269 men and women. This hall, named in honor of a former professor and dean, Earl S. Garver, has two separate residential areas with a shared lounge and recreational area. Garver also has a piano, a TV room and several smaller lounges.

Helman Hall, named in honor of former Manchester President A. Blair Helman, was constructed in 1993. This air-conditioned, co-ed residence hall houses 129 men and women in an alternate floor arrangement. Each suite contains two, two-student rooms and a bath. The Patricia Kennedy Helman Lounge on the first floor provides recreational, TV, meeting and informal conversation areas. Other amenities include elevator service, a kitchenette and vending area on the first floor, laundry facilities and study rooms on each floor.

Oakwood Hall, located on College Avenue, mirrors Helman Hall’s design, housing 129 students in four-student suites. A lounge on the first floor provides areas for recreation, conversation and watching TV. It has an elevator, a kitchenette and vending area on first floor, and storage rooms, laundry facilities and study areas on each floor.

Schwalm Hall is named for a former Manchester President Vernon F. Schwalm. This formerly all-male residence hall was renovated and refurnished in summer 2004 to accommodate 208 men and women in a variety of living options. A TV lounge and a recreational area are available for student use.

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The University maintains multiple student-accessible computer labs with more than 150 computers. A 30-seat lab is located in Funderburg Library, two 25-seat labs in the Academic Center, and Science Center houses a 16-seat lab. Each of the five residence halls contains a computer lab. In addition to these main labs, some academic departments have computer equipment. Lab hours are generally posted. Public labs contain computers running Windows 7. Software applications installed on the machines include Microsoft Office 2013 (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio, Project, and Expression Web) and several academic packages. Comprehensive wireless connectivity is available in the Academic Center, Clark Computer Center, Funderburg Library, the Science Center, the Union, and the residence halls. Most other buildings and some outdoor locations also have wireless access.


Human Performance Laboratory
The Human Performance Laboratory, located in the Physical Education and Recreation Center, houses the laboratory areas for human biomechanics, exercise physiology and athletic training courses. Laboratory equipment includes a state-of-the-art isokinetic dynamometer for quantifying muscle function, oxygen analyzer, motorized treadmill, and cycle ergometer.

Natural Sciences Laboratories
The Science Center contains laboratories for biology, chemistry, physics and computer science. Located on the first floor are laboratories for computer science, physics, electronics, electricity/magnetism/optics, modern physics and physics research. An atomic force microscope allows imaging of atomic-level phenomena.

Biology laboratories are located on the second floor. These laboratories are for molecular biology, physiology and morphology, ecology and biodiversity, and microbiology. Molecular biology facilities include a DNA sequencer and a polymerase chain reaction thermocycler, and real-time polymerase chain reaction cycler. Additionally, three research laboratories and a special support room containing walk-in warm and cold rooms are located on the second floor. The greenhouse is located near the third floor of the atrium.

Third-floor laboratories are for analytical, organic and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. Four chemistry research laboratories and two instrumental support rooms including a separate nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory are also located on the third floor.

A recently acquired atomic force microscope allows imaging of atomic-level phenomena.

Other Facilities

Athletic Fields
The Kenapocomoco Athletic Fields are located on the east side of campus. The Carl W. Burt Field provides football facilities along the Eel River.* The stadium was named in honor of Burt, a coach and teacher from 1925 to 1942. The baseball team plays on Gratz Field, named in honor of Jim Gratz, a coach and teacher from 1962 to 1987. The University also maintains a softball field, soccer field, six tennis courts, an outdoor track and a cross country course along with numerous intramural athletic spaces.

Calvin Ulrey Hall. Once a residence hall, this building now houses the Student Activities office on the lower floor. The Office of Health and Counseling Services and the Center for Service Opportunities are located on the first floor. The offices of Student Experience, Human Resources and Residential Life are located on the second floor. Business Application Services offices are located on the third floor.


Charles S. Morris Observatory
The observatory was built in 1973. A 14½-foot motorized dome and a 10-inch Newtonian reflector telescope are located in the dome building. The adjacent laboratory building includes a darkroom facility and other telescopes. Funds to build the observatory were provided by the family, friends and former students of Dr. Charles S. Morris, distinguished physics professor at Manchester University for 36 years.

Cordier Auditorium
This auditorium was named for Dr. Andrew W. Cordier, a 1922 graduate of Manchester and former distinguished professor. Dr. Cordier also was a scholar, diplomat, conciliator, negotiator and administrator. Cordier Auditorium was completed in spring 1978. This spacious building seats 1,300 people continental style. A three-manual, 45-rank pipe organ was installed in 1981, funded in part by a generous gift from William H. and Miriam Waybright ’39 Cable. Dressing rooms, stage preparation, storage areas and fly loft are provided in this facility. A large dividable meeting room is available on the lower level.

Jo Young Switzer Center
The Jo Young Switzer Center houses student dining, the Campus Store, The Oaks snack bar, an art gallery, the Success Center, and the offices of career and professional development, and conference services. The facility also includes meeting and conference rooms available to faculty, students and guests.


Koinonia Environmental and Retreat Center
Located 12 miles north of the campus, this 100-acre nature reserve includes a 5-acre lake and wetland complex, restored prairie, woods and a mineral resources trail created by Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association. A two-story building on the property houses the nature center, biological field station and retreat center. Class and seminar rooms, environmental laboratories, food preparation and overnight housing facilities are also part of the building. The original 80 acres was given to Manchester University in 1974. An adjacent 20 acres was added in 1992 as a gift from Ortho ’50 and Dr. Ruth Mangon ’50 Holland.

Manchester University Intercultural Center
The Intercultural Center located on College Avenue across from the Administration Building houses the Office of Multicultural Affairs and offers a place for all students, particularly students of color and international students, to meet, socialize and study in a comfortable, home-like environment. The lower level of the Center includes a reception area, lounge, kitchen and the Multicultural Affairs Programmer's office. The upper level contains the office of the director of intercultural services, and the Intercultural Library - a growing collection of books, magazines, CDs and videos. These materials are available for check out to the general University community. The upper level also houses a computer lab and a conference/ multipurpose room. The Center is overseen by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is open until 10 p.m. each day throughout the academic year.

Neher Maintenance Center
This building was named for Oscar W. Neher, a valued member of the Manchester University community from 1932 until his death in 1976. Mr. Neher was a teacher of biology until 1954 when, upon retirement, he joined the maintenance department, first as its administrator and later as a skilled cabinet maker. Maintenance administration offices are located there, as are several workshops.

Peace House
The Gladdys Muir Peace Garden, located on Wayne Street at the entrance to the University, was completed in 2001. It was built to acknowledge and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University’s distinguished peace studies program and recognize it as the first of its kind in the nation. The peace garden is a place for quiet reflection and the refurbished small cottage is a “meeting house.”

Petersime Chapel
As a gift from the Ray M. Petersime family of Gettysburg, Ohio, this chapel, cruciform in shape, is the focal center on the south end of the campus quadrangle. The sanctuary seats up to 70 and has a six-rank pipe organ. Faith, higher education, and their relationship are illustrated in 30 stained glass windows. The structure also houses a meditation room, prayer rooms for individuals, conference room and lounge for groups, and offices for the campus ministry staff.

Power House
The central heating plant, constructed in 1967, furnishes heat for all the buildings on campus.

University Chime
A long-standing tradition at Manchester University is the ringing of the chime each morning and evening while school is in session. The 10-bell chime, a gift of friends and alumni of the University, is located in the tower of the Administration Building.

*The Eel River is better known to Manchester University students as the Kenapocomoco because of Native American history associated with it and brought to light by the research and publicity of a former Manchester president, Dr. Otho Winger.