@manchester Newsletter February 2021

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Hamers endow professorship in music

Esther Rinehart ’50 Hamer and her late husband, Dr. John Hamer ’48 made their mark in medical careers. Now their largest and perhaps most enduring legacy at Manchester honors another passion – a $1.5 million estate gift to establish the John L. and Esther L. Rinehart Hamer Professorship in Music. Learn more


Medical Practicum turns 40

Students interested in health care professions still venture to Central America to serve the underserved. Learn more.


MU names director of physical therapy program

Bhupinder Singh has been named founding program director of the Department of Physical Therapy at Manchester University. Learn more.


Realizing the Dream

Sophomore Heather Binion, a chemistry and engineering science major, named MU’s Realizing the Dream recipient. Learn more.


Lynn to conduct at Carnegie Hall

Debra Lynn, professor of music, will conduct her oratorio, A Family Portrait, at Carnegie Hall in May 2022. Learn more.

Student stories part of research

Communication studies faculty present research at the convention of the National Communication Association. Learn more.

MU sets record on Giving Tuesday

Donors combine for more than $75,000 on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. Learn more.

Manchester freezes tuition

Tuition for undergraduates and for students in the master’s programs of accountancy, athletic training and pharmacogenomics will remain unchanged for 2021-2022. Learn more.

Honoring our best

Know an alum who deserves recognition? If so, click on the links below to read more about the awards and honors we present each year and nominate them:

Alumni Honor Award
Athletic Hall of Fame
Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year
Alumni Teacher of the Year
Young Alumni Impact Award
Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award


A leader for challenging times

President Vernon F. Schwalm ’13 led Manchester through the World War II years, and, afterward, rebuilt the faculty. Learn more.

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Champions of Manchester

Hank and Louise Leander are longtime champions of MU and the liberal arts. Learn more.

Donors advanced mission in 2020

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, Manchester moved forward in a challenging year. Learn more.

Class Notes

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