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First-year's MU dream comes true

Dec 11, 2023, 09:17 AM by Chloe Leckrone
First-year Joshua Adler discusses childhood dream of attending Manchester and passion for music and peacemaking.

First-year Joshua Adler made his decision to go to Manchester all the way back in elementary school. He and a friend learned about the University as they became involved in their faith community at Happy Corner Church of the Brethren. 

“The two of us talked often about how exciting and amazing Manchester was—complete with the peace studies program, the Kenapocomoco Peace Coalition, and an incredibly welcoming community,” Adler said. 

The Dayton, Ohio, resident is carrying majors in peace studies, communication studies and music performance. 

Adler has taken advantage of the many opportunities available to him at Manchester. In just his first semester, he has joined the jazz band, a cappella choir, chamber singers, and Spartan Pride Marching Band, along with lessons in piano and classical guitar from faculty.

“My favorite class as of right now is Intro to Peace Studies with Professor Gilbert, as it is exactly what I have been dreaming of since I was a kid: learning about core concepts of peacemaking, studying famous peacemakers, having discussions in class,” Adler said. “I love it!” 

He anticipates that his future career with involve elements of all three of his majors. “I hope in the future my hard work now—the hours spent studying and practicing, the countless tests and assignments in three different fields, and the running from one building to the other for different classes—will set me up to do truly whatever I want.” 

Adler is the recipient of the Gladdys Muir Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established by friends and former students of Gladdys Muir, founder of Manchester’s peace studies program.  

“I can’t explain just how honored I am to have been picked for this scholarship,” he said. “I intend to work and study hard here at Manchester University, to enjoy my time, and when I graduate, to live a principled, productive, compassionate life.”