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Humphries named 2020 Collegiate Music Educator for Indiana

Posted Nov. 19 - Scott Humphries, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental studies and music education, has been named 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator by the Indiana Music Education Association. Nominated by a current student, Humphries will accept the award at a professional development conference Jan. 17 at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne.

Humphries earned his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, his master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education from Boston University. He taught middle school and high school band in Virginia before joining the MU faculty in 2008. At Manchester, he conducts the University’s bands, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of music education courses. He also is principal conductor of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band.

MU students selected for national, state performances

Posted Dec. 12 – Three Manchester students have been selected for the 2020 College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band. They will travel to DePaul University in Chicago from Feb. 20 to 22. The students will study under the baton of J. Eric Wilson, director of bands at Baylor University. The three students are: 

  • Manuel Hernandez, junior psychology/music major, trumpet
  • Katrina Murray, senior music education major, trombone
  • Jonah Lechlitner, junior, music education major, euphonium
Five Manchester students were selected for the 2020 Indiana Intercollegiate Band. The event take place during the IMEA Professional Development Conference in Fort Wayne on Jan. 16 and 17. The students will be under the baton of Stephen Peterson, director of bands at the University of Illinois. The students are:
  • Hailey Schneider, senior music education major, percussion
  • Mason McBride, senior music education major, tenor saxophone
  • Jonah Lechlitner, junior music education major, euphonium
  • Alvaro Castillo, junior music performance major, trombone,
  • Faith Mishler, first-year music education major, alto saxophone

Senior Francois selected as Schwarzman Scholar

Posted Dec. 5 - Manchester University senior Geraldy (Chris) Francois has been named a Schwarzman Scholar, the first person to be chosen for this honor from the Republic of Haiti and from our University.

One hundred forty-five Schwarzman Scholars were selected from more than 4,700 applicants from 41 countries and 108 universities. Learn more.

Manchester offers Pharmacy Camp for high school students

Posted Dec. 10 - Is your child interested in a career in pharmacy? Those who will be high school juniors or seniors in the fall of 2020 are invited to attend Manchester University Pharmacy Camp from July 7 to 10. Learn more.

MU earns accreditation for educator preparation

Posted Nov. 21 - Manchester University is one of 59 institutions to earn accreditation this fall for its educator preparation program from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

“These providers meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said Christopher A. Koch, president of CAEP, which conducted its fall review in October. CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation.

The 59 providers join those previously accredited, bringing the total of CAEP-accredited educator preparation programs to 281.

Manchester stages collegiate debut of Stewart Copeland opera

Posted Nov. 20 - Tickets are on sale for Manchester’s exciting collegiate premiere of The Invention of Morel, a recent opera by Stewart Copeland. He is a prolific American composer, as well as founder and drummer of The Police. The guest stage director is Kathleen Belcher of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

These performances are in collaboration with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and feature MU students and alumni. Tickets are available at

Show dates are Feb. 28 and 29, 2020. Copeland will deliver a special greeting to the opening night audience, and he will speak at a VIA at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Cordier Auditorium.

Pollonais named to diversity and inclusion role

Posted Nov. 13 - Maegan Pollonais has been named assistant director of student diversity and inclusion at Manchester University. This is in addition to her role as director at Schwalm Hall.

Maegan will manage day-to-day operations of the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and assist in developing and retaining students of color and international students. Learn more.


New MU Faculty & Staff

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Holiday spirit

Updated Nov. 22 - All colleagues are invited to the Admissions Holiday Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Office of Admissions.

The Office of the President and the offices located in Calvin Ulrey Hall invite colleagues to a Holiday Lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 in the Office of Marketing suite (CU basement).

Is your office or department having a reception or open house? Email to share the news.


Winter baseball camps at MU for youths in grades 2 through 12

Posted Nov. 14 - Manchester baseball coaches Rick Espeset and Bryce Worrell will lead several winter baseball camps and a hitting school for youths in grades 2 through 12. The cost of each camp is $45. Hitting school is $85 or $30 per session. A discount is available for youths who participate in more than one camp. MU employees receive a 20 percent discount. Espeset can provide a discount code for online registration here.

  • Hitters Camp, 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 27
  • Defensive Camp, 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27
  • Pitchers Camp, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 28
  • Hitting School, 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 9 and 16


Time set aside for prayer in Petersime

Posted Sept. 10 - University Pastor Bekah Houff invites faculty and staff at both campuses to Petersime Chapel each Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. for an informal time of prayer and silent reflection. The time will be unprogrammed and is an opportunity for prayer for each other, our students and the University.

Anyone unable to attend at the scheduled time is invited to use spaces in Petersime, including two interfaith meditation rooms, when it is convenient for them. If you have any questions, please contact Bekah.

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  • Skendaj presents on peace studies, pedagogy

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 02, 2019

    Posted Dec. 2 - Elton Skendaj, Muir Associate Professor in Peace Studies, has been actively presenting on peace studies research and pedagogy. Skendaj made a presentation on “Student Stories: Using Digital Media for Civic Engagement in Peace Studies Course” at the Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace conference at Kent State University in October. 


  • McKenna-Buchanan presents twice at convention

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 18, 2019

    Posted Nov. 18 - Tim McKenna-Buchanan, assistant professor of communication studies, presented at the 105th Annual National Communication Association Convention, Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore, Md. He presented on a panel titled, “More than Survival: Using Basic Course Retention Research to Strengthen the Role of the Basic Course for Colleges and Universities,” and a teaching activity titled, “An Emotion Work Audit: Exploring Ways to Survive and Thrive in the Emotion-laden Workplace.”


  • Mills' work on cystic fibrosis presented at conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 13, 2019

    Posted Nov. 13 - The work of Alex Mills, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was presented on his behalf in October at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Nashville. It was titled “Implementation of a Pharmacist Driven Vitamin D Protocol in a Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic.”



  • Mekonnen, Wilhite co-author for ACCP meeting

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 13, 2019

    Posted Nov. 13 - Andrea Mekonnen, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and Andrea Wilhite, associate professor of pharmacy practice, co-authored “Desvenlafaxine-Associated Hyperglycemia: A Case Report and Literature Review” for the annual meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in New York in October.


  • DeLellis presents at two conferences

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 13, 2019

    Posted Nov. 13 - Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, co-presented “Innovative Ways of Keeping it ‘Old School’” for the Geriatric SIG Webinar Series of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in September. She also presented “A Little Help Goes a Long Way: Maximizing the Role of Pharmacists in Inter-professional Outpatient Care” at the Indiana Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting in Indianapolis in October. 


  • Eight at MU participate in #RxWritingChallenge

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 13, 2019

    Posted Nov. 13 - Eight faculty and staff participated with more than 1,500 pharmacy writers worldwide in the 14- day #RxWritingChallenge from Oct. 28 to Nov. 8. To meet the challenge, they pledged to write at least 30 minutes each weekday to help advance pharmacy science, education and practice. Participating were Diane Calinski, Teresa DeLellis, Jennifer Henriksen, Michelle Kibiger, Kathryn Marwitz, Alex Mills, Marwa Noureldin and Sara Trovinger.


  • Office in the heart of campus

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 29, 2019

    Posted Oct. 29 - Late this summer, my office moved from the Administration Building to Funderburg Library. I suspect that the President’s Office had been in the same location for many, many years and the move felt sacrilegious to some. I, though, love our new digs.

    It feels like we are in the heart of campus. Through my office window I can see and hear students going to and from classes in both the Academic Center and Science Center. I see them go by on skateboards and bicycles. When I walk out the front door, I find students and community members playing Ultimate Frisbee or the Student Activities Council setting up for some weekend event on the mall.

    My favorite thing, though, is connecting with students in the library. After we moved faculty offices and classrooms to the Academic Center half a decade ago, we stopped seeing students in the Ad Building on a regular basis. I see them every day in the library. Yes, our students use the library!

    Some, I think, live here. They seem to be here when I arrive and here when I leave. Because you can bring food and drink into the library now – again, yes! – they can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner while they study. Many sit in the same chair, at the same computer terminal or at the same table every day. They study in small groups surrounded by movable white boards and I can tell when one is helping another with a challenging topic. We have a lively, living library at Manchester.

    One student told me it is his favorite place on campus. It is fast becoming mine, too.


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