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Join us for July 4 celebration, fireworks

Updated June 20 - Manchester University will host its 17th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on Wednesday, July 4. This free #MUJuly4 celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. at the North Manchester campus. There will be live music and children’s activities. Learn more.

To volunteer, contact coordinator Tiffany Byers at

PrimeTime 39 looks at MU peace studies, MLK connection

Posted June 18 - The public television station in Fort Wayne interviewed Associate Professor Katy Gray Brown and 1971 Manchester graduate Myron Chenault about peace studies, conflict resolution and the visit by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Watch it here.

Women swimmers named Scholar All-American team

Posted June 19 - The women's swimming and diving team is one of more than 170 NCAA Division III programs named a Scholar All-American team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The CSCAA recognizes those programs that achieve a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. It's the fourth time that Coach Mike Kroll's Spartans have received the honor. All five of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's squads were mentioned.

MU football player also an artist

Posted June 14 - Manchester offensive lineman Tanner Fernung does more than just open holes for ball carriers. He opens the imagination as a 3D artist. Learn more.

Alumni cheerleaders share memories

Posted June 14 - Three former Manchester cheerleaders had a chance to reminisce about a simpler time recently during Alumni Days. Learn more.

‘A Family Portrait’ to air on PBS 39

Updated June 11 - The Manchester Symphony Orchestra performance of A Family Portrait, composed by MU’s Debra Lynn and featuring Civil War-era letters, will be broadcast twice on Sundays by PBS 39, the public television station out of Fort Wayne. It will be shown at 2:30 p.m. July 8 and 1 p.m. Aug. 26. Learn more.

Pharmacy employees pitch in to build homes

Updated June 11 - Four Fort Wayne campus employees donned hardhats and picked up hammers to take part in the 2nd Habitat Women’s Build Team day of service on May 31. Jennifer Henricksen, Melissa Rasmussen, Michelle Kordova-Kibiger and Shawn Patterson took part in a joint effort between MU and the University of Saint Francis that worked on three houses. In all, Habitat Women’s Build is constructing four homes.


Brandon Larsen awarded Spartan Coin

Posted May 22 – Brandon Larsen, a first-year student from Lake Forest, Calif., has received the second Spartan Coin, according to Tina Edwards, director of University Safety. Brandon won the award for stopping to help a student having car trouble and for offering to drive the student to a local auto parts store.

MU photo exhibit makes ‘Connections’

Posted May 9 - The results of Manchester’s recent themed photo competition are on exhibit in Link Gallery now through Sept. 6, 2018. “Connections” features photographs from students (past or present), faculty and staff. Summer hours vary and admission is free.

For more information, contact Ejenobo Oke, Director of Galleries,

Plan ahead to reserve facilities for 2018-19

Posted April 20 - Faculty and staff are encouraged to plan ahead and submit facilities reservations for the 2018-19 academic year. Reservations will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. To request a reservation submit a VEMS request form or send an email to Paula Finton or Alexis Young.

MU employees may also submit personal reservation requests and receive a 50 percent discount on facility rental. For security, liability and custodial reasons it’s vital that all events are scheduled through Conference Services.  Setup, technology and food service will not be assured until a reservation has been confirmed.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Jessica Bohner
  • Brady Forman
  • Jessica Farrell
  • Carmah-Parr


Next Sisters cookout is June 22

Updated June 11 - The next cookout at Sisters Cafe is planned for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 22 and cost $5. The menu includes barbecued chicken (bone in), bratwurst, mac and cheese, grilled veggies (on request), cookies, chips and a beverage. Sisters Café is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday this summer. 

MU volleyball player explores Japan

Posted June 21 - From trying on a kimono to getting a breathtaking view from the top of Mount Otaru, Manchester senior volleyball player Kaitlin Mindiola is having quite the summer studying abroad in Japan. Learn more.


Sept. 14 open house for Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center

Posted June 21 - Students, faculty and staff are invited to an open house at the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Refreshments will be served. The ribbon cutting and dedication are planned for Homecoming.

Campus Store to close for inventory

Posted June 12 - The Campus Store will be closed Monday July 2 through Thursday July 5 for fiscal year-end inventory.  The campus mail will be sorted and delivered as usual on those days.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact store manager Heather Gochenaur.

Manchester senior works with Cubans

Posted June 4 - Ethan Foster ’18 missed Commencement last month, but for a very good reason: He was in Cuba with Indiana Futsal working with La Liga En Cuba, a group dedicated to advancing the game of soccer and promoting community engagement in Havana and environs. Learn more.

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  • Lahman participating in conference in Dublin

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 18, 2018

    Posted June 18 - Mary Lahman, professor of communication studies, is attending the International Listening Association convention in Dublin, Ireland, this week. She and listening scholar Laura Janusik will present their research on the use of metacognitive pedagogical sequence for improved student learning. Assistant Professor Tim McKenna-Buchanan led data collection efforts at MU, connecting with colleagues Michelle Calka, Judd Case, Ryan Hedstrom and Kristen Short.

    Lahman also will participate on a panel discussing Best Practices for Teaching Listening, highlighting a listening course in the sales curriculum. In addition, she will discuss how communication studies faculty members are revising their textbook, Communication Across Context: A Listening-Centered Approach.

    Lahman chairs the ILA Education Committee and is planning next year’s ILA pre-conference workshop for teachers.

  • Majumder writes about tribal politics

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 11, 2018

    Posted June 11 - The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on June 8 published an opinion column by Sreenath Majumder, associate professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Manchester University. In “The Tribe Over the Truth,” Majumder, a native of Calcutta, India, warns of the dangers of tribalism in American politics.


  • Reed’s work selected for World Saxophone Congress

    by Melinda Lantz | May 22, 2018

    Posted May 22 - Tim Reed, associate professor of music, has had a musical composition selected for the 18th World Saxophone Congress to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, July 10-14, 2018.  Reed’s composition, a chamber work called Red Forest Suite, was composed for Farrell Vernon, associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies at IPFW. Vernon will perform the work from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 in the Academy of Music’s Huml Hall in Zagreb.  Read more about the conference here.

  • Lasser presents in Berkeley

    by Melinda Lantz | May 21, 2018

    Posted May 22 - Justin Lasser, associate professor of religion, presented “Religious Studies as Therapeutic Destruction and Reconstruction” at a Lacan School of Psychoanalysis Palimpsest Presentation in Berkeley, Calif., in May.

  • Arsenau named Volunteer of the Month

    by Melinda Lantz | May 04, 2018

    Posted May 4 - Casey Arsenau, an exercise science major, has been named Volunteer of the Month by the Center for Service Opportunities. Volunteers are chosen for the amount and quality of their service. Each winner receives a $10 gift card.

  • Humphries selected as featured composer

    by Melinda Lantz | May 03, 2018

    Posted May 3 - Scott Humphries, assistant professor of music, is a “featured composer” for MSB Publishing, publisher of more than 400 musical arrangements for concert band, string orchestra, chorus and soloist. Humphries earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University and a Master of Arts from Virginia Tech University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University. Read more.

  • One family

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 07, 2018

    Posted June 7 - Alumni Days at Manchester bring graduates home to campus for their 50th, 55th, 60th and more reunions. It is wonderful to hear their stories and share about what has and has not changed since their years as students.

    One of the highlights is the memorial service we hold to remember, by name, family, friends and graduates who passed away during the previous year. It is a moving service, both solemn and celebratory, that reminds us of the contributions and rich lives of our extended family members.

    On my way back to the office after the service, I stopped on the sidewalk to talk with a mother and daughter – Nell and Jennie Voelker, both graduates – who had come to campus for the service. David Voelker ’67, husband and father, respectively, had passed away unexpectedly a few months ago and was being remembered. A sad circumstance had brought them back, but both were smiling as they recounted their time at Manchester. David and Nell met while in line to register for classes and both Nell and Jennie had served as residence hall assistants during their Manchester years. They were deeply appreciative of experiences and glad to be back on campus.

    Alumni who return to campus comment on the many things, mostly physical, that have changed over the years. They are glad to hear and deeply appreciate that the soul of Manchester – our mission and the ways in which we touch and transform lives – has not changed. Just as was true for the classes of 1968 and earlier, our students find caring faculty and staff, friendships that last a lifetime and exceptional preparation for lives and careers that improve communities and the world.

    We are grateful to connect generations of students – our extended Manchester family – in serving the world.

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