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Students from the Manchester University chapter of the National Association for Music Education performed a holiday concert Dec. 8 at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. The performance was organized by chapter president and junior music education major Hailey Schneider. Scott Humphries, director of instrumental studies and music education, is the chapter sponsor. He and junior music education major Mason McBride (left) are playing tenor saxophone duets.

MU campuses will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 1

Updated Dec. 11 - Both campuses of Manchester University will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 and will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.  Classes on the North Manchester campus will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3.

Funderburg Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 2 and will resume regular hours on Thursday, Jan. 3.

The Oaks will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 23 and from Saturday, Dec. 29 through Monday, Dec. 31. All dining locations will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Dec. 28 and again on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Students may return to their residence halls any time on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Only students who need to stay in their residence hall during winter break will have access to the halls with a “break key.”


MU’s Social Work Program named one of Indiana’s best

Posted Dec. 3 - Manchester University has been named one of the 10 best colleges for social work majors in Indiana. Zippia, the web-based career connection, looked at how MU social work graduates were faring in the job market, among other criteria. Read more.

MU mourns loss of Professor Emeritus Gary Zimmerman

Posted Dec. 3 - Gary Zimmerman, professor emeritus of psychology, died Thursday, Nov. 29 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was 76. A giant among Manchester faculty, Gary taught at Manchester from 1970 to 2009 and devoted his life to building bridges that connected people. His funeral was Saturday, Dec. 8. A complete obituary is on the McKee Mortuary website.

Mediation training offered in February

Posted Dec. 3 - Education for Conflict Resolution is offering “Mediating Interpersonal Conflict," on Feb. 2, 3, 9 and 10. This intensive 32-hour course will take place in the Academic Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of these back-to-back weekends. The registration fee includes all training materials.

This course is ideal for students, staff and faculty who want to learn how to handle difficult situations, including conflict. Those who register and pay in full by Jan. 25 receive a 10 percent discount. Register at no later than Jan. 31. Contact Zander Willoughby for more information about student scholarships.   

MU positioned to educate about genetics, medication link

Posted Dec. 3 - The FDA’s decision to allow 23andMe to add genetic health reports is going to generate new questions. Manchester is ready to help both patients and health care professionals navigate those discussions, says David Kisor, professor and director of pharmacogenomics education. Learn more.

ECHO can help build better listening habits

Posted Nov. 27 - Did you know that four people can go to the same meeting and come away with different impressions of what happened? It all has to do with how we listen. All MU first-year undergrads are getting their own Effective Communication for Healthy Organizations (ECHO) Profile. Together, we can all learn our listening preference – and develop better habits. This is available for departments, depending on time and workload. Some departments have already gone through the process.

If you are interested in improving your listening intelligence, enhance collaboration and performance please contact Mary Lahman, professor of communication studies, at

Education for Conflict Resolution awarded mediation grant

Posted Nov. 27 - Education for Conflict Resolution, based in the Administration Building, has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Wabash County to reinstate using attendance/truancy mediations in area school systems. Students and their parents (guardians) work with school personnel, assisted by a trained mediator, to find positive solutions to the problems causing attendance issues.

MU students who complete the 32-hour Mediating Interpersonal Conflict course and participate in the attendance/truancy mediation workshop are eligible to participate in these and other ECR mediations. The next MIC training is Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10. To learn more, email

Whitaker warns about tobacco use by teens

Posted Nov. 27 - Andrea Whitaker, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was among area experts taking part in a Fort Wayne press conference about rising tobacco use by teens, including e-cigarettes. Learn more.

Alumnus named Elementary Principal of the Year

Posted Nov. 27 - Mark Heiden ’01, principal of Creekside Elementary School in Franklin, Ind., has been named the 2018 State Elementary Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Principals. Read more.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Celia-Garza
  • Mike Kocsis
  • Mike Morici-Interim Volleyball Assistant Coach
  • Ric Johnson-Assistant Coach Mens Basketball
  • Jordan McIntyre-Residence Hall Director
  • Matt Cavallaris-Assistant Wrestling Coach
  • Casey Herendeen-Student, Alumni and Community Engagement
  • Pete Lessing-Academic Affairs and Assessment Coordinator


Five students named Volunteers of the Month

Posted Dec. 12 – Congratulations to the five MU students recognized as November Volunteers of the Month by the Center for Service Opportunities! They are Laura Brubaker, elementary education; Quinton Rumsey, business management; Tabitha Hawthorne, pre-pharmacy; Corey Uetrecht, pre-pharmacy; and Ashley Young, exercise science.

CSO is taking nominations for December Volunteer of the Month through Jan. 1, 2019. Submit your nominations to

Two options for mammograms in February

Posted Dec. 6 - Manchester University is offering two options for mammogram screenings in February. MU is partnering with Kosciusko Community Hospital for Breast Health Day on Feb. 19. A 3D screening mammogram, body composition scan and breast exam are available from 3 to 8 p.m. at the hospital in Warsaw. MU employees who are interested are asked to visit the Health Services office for a packet and to schedule an appointment.

On Feb. 7, the Breast Diagnostic Center, through Francine’s Friends, will be in the Science Center parking lot to perform mammograms. Funding is available for women who don’t have insurance and can’t afford to pay. For more information and to schedule an appointment call Francine’s Friends at 260-266-8120. Remember to take your ID and insurance information to the appointment.

Are classes delayed or canceled?

In case of inclement weather, each campus has procedures in place:

Be safe out there!

Gently used winter outerwear collected

Updated Oct. 17 - Gently used coats, scarves and hats are being collected for Manchester students who come from warmer climates. Please drop off donations in Room 204 of Calvin Ulrey at any time.Adult sizes only. The Open Closet there is available from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays until winter break. 

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  • Majumder publishes in politics and economics journal

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 06, 2018

    Posted Dec. 6 - A research paper by Sree Majumder, the Howard and Myra Brembeck Associate Professor of Economics, will be published in Current Politics and Economics of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Vol. 18, No. 4 (2018). The paper is titled “The Dynamic Response of Fractionalization to Public Policy in U.S. Cities."


  • Potts wins first place for paper

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 19, 2018

    Posted Nov. 19 - Mistie Potts, assistant professor of education, received a first-place award for her paper “Self-perceived Creativity Across Grade levels and Conditions” from the National Association for Gifted Children.  The paper, reviewed by experts in the field as well as the evaluation panel, won the category for completed research at the doctorate level.


  • Lynn’s composition 'Mechanical' is performed at Indiana State

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 19, 2018

    Posted Nov. 19 - “Mechanical,” Debra Lynn’s composition for a saxophone quartet, was performed Nov. 8 by “The Moanin’ Saxos” as part of The Student Chamber Music Concert at Indiana State University.  Paul Bro, a saxophone professor at ISU and quartet director, was a guest artist with MU’s Department of Music last year.  Lynn’s composition was commissioned by Mikautadze Dance Theatre of Fort Wayne and premiered by Farrell Vernon and other saxophone professors from IPFW during their June 2016 dance concert.  Since then, “Mechanical” has been performed regularly by various saxophone groups. Lynn is professor of music at choral director at MU.



  • Lynn is guest conductor, composer in residence in Idaho

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 19, 2018

    Posted Nov. 19 - Debra Lynn, professor of music and director of choral studies, was the guest conductor and composer in residence for the Canyon County Honor Choir of Nampa, Idaho, on Nov. 12-14.  She conducted the choir of more than 250 voices in rehearsal for three days and led them in a public performance the final evening.  In addition, the event was the premiere of Lynn’s composition “The Robin,” written specifically for this ensemble with string orchestra and piano.


  • Noureldin chosen for research journal’s editorial board

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 16, 2018

    Posted Nov. 16 - Marwa Noureldin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy


  • Humphries earns doctorate from Boston University

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 16, 2018

    Posted Nov. 16 - Scott Humphries, assistant professor of music, has earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education from Boston University. Scott is also director of instrumental studies and music education and is conductor of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Manchester University Bands.

    His dissertation is titled Serious About Leisure: A Case Study of a Large Midwest Community Band.  Dr. Humphries’ field of study includes community and lifelong music-making.  He also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University.


  • Serving our community – a Manchester tradition

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 26, 2018

    Volunteering is a tradition at Manchester that we’ve celebrated for decades. This year, Ali Goetcheus, director of our Center for Service Opportunities, has been recognizing Volunteers of the Month – students and employees – from nominations submitted by faculty and staff.

    When Ali sent her email asking for nominees for November’s Volunteers of the Month, she included a list of volunteer projects for the month. It was impressive: Blessings in a Backpack, Flannels and Flapjacks, Community Dinner, Blood Drive, Habitat Raking Leaves, The Great Move, Warm Up America, Food Pantry, Book Bash, Friendsgiving Cooking, Rotary Club Veteran Breakfast, Rotary World Affairs Conference, Giving Tuesday, Fellowship of Churches Move, and a variety of First-Year Experience service projects.

    Among the most impressive things about this list is that our students and employees have been helping with some of these projects for many, many years. And our high level of participation is a tradition as well.

    In this season of giving and thanksgiving, we are grateful for the ways our students and colleagues are connecting with our community. We are glad to have good neighbors and be good neighbors.


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