Haylee Parrish receives national scholarships for study abroad
Posted Feb. 22 - Manchester University junior Haylee Parrish will spend spring semester in Japan with the help of two prestigious national scholarships. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to study abroad. The Freeman-ASIA award is granted to applicants based on academic excellence, a planned service project, and financial need.
Haylee, a commuter student from Andrews, Ind., is majoring in English and Teaching English as a Second Language. She submitted essays about herself and her academic background and a proposal for a service project directed to the campus and community. She will study Japanese language and culture through mid-July at one of MU’s partner institutions—Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan.
Three faculty members retiring at end of academic year
Posted Feb. 1 - Three faculty members in the College of Education and Social Sciences plan retirements at the end of the academic year, Leonard Williams, dean of the college, announced recently.
Brad Yoder (left), professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, has been on the MU faculty since 1978, after teaching at Goshen College and The Ohio State University. At MU, Brad has received the Faculty Excellence Award for Service and was named Indiana Social Worker of the Year. He also helped coach cross country and track, led study trips to Jamaica, and has been active in Habitat for Humanity.
Katherine Tinsley, associate professor of history, came to MU in 1991 after teaching at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx and at SUNY-Fredonia. Katherine specializes in American social and cultural history, the history of medicine, and the history of foodways in the United States. She has mentored a generation of students in history and secondary education.
Retiring with Katherine is her husband, Matt Hendryx, a lecturer at MU since 2007. Matt has taught a range of economics courses and supervised students in the production of the Wabash County Economic Report.
Faculty leadership changes in the sciences
Posted Feb. 7 - Suzanne Beyeler, assistant professor of biology and environmental studies, has been named the new director of the Environmental Studies Program, succeeding longtime director Professor Jerry Sweeten. Also, effective in the fall, Jeff Osborne, associate professor of chemistry, will chair the Biology-Chemistry Council, succeeding Professor Susan Klein. Read more.
Documentary of King remembrance speaker is available online
Posted Feb. 20 - The critically acclaimed documentary Accidental Courtesy, which profiles the life of musician and race relations expert Daryl Davis, is available to view free of charge on the PBS website through February. Davis was the keynote speaker Feb. 2 at Manchester’s 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Rededication Ceremony and was featured recently on the PBS show Independent Lens. The documentary is 90 minutes and can be viewed here.
All-Employee Meeting rescheduled for Feb. 28
Updated Feb. 8 - The All-Employee Meeting, which occurs every semester, has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 on the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center and the Fort Wayne campus Auditorium 102.
MU reaffirms support for international students
Posted Jan. 30 - President Trump’s travel ban has exacerbated concerns about the ability of our students, faculty and staff, current and future, to join our learning community. Despite the uncertainties created by these policies, their implementation and the legal challenges that have resulted, our commitment to our international students is unwavering. We will continue to welcome to our campuses students, faculty and staff of all faiths and homelands. Read more.
Art students, faculty member have works in juried showPosted Jan. 24
- Congratulations to Manchester art students Leslee Bottorff, Angie Gonsiorowski and Jessica Klemm as well as Ejenobo Oke, associate professor of art, for having works selected for the juried 92 County Art Show. Oke won second place for her work titled Maggie’s Tower
Open each year to artists from all 92 Indiana counties, this highly competitive exhibition features paintings, drawings, and other art forms. The exhibit is open to the public in the Clark Gallery of the Honeywell Center in Wabash now through Feb. 27. An awards reception begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 27. For gallery information, click here.