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Princeton Review ranks MU among top schools in the Midwest

Posted Aug. 7 - Princeton Review cites Manchester University’s high academic standards and supportive faculty in choosing it as one of the top schools in the Midwest for its “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” listing. Princeton Review surveyed 140,000 students at schools across the nation and asked them to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and answer questions about campus life. Learn more.

Opening Convocation: Who Are Your Allies?

Posted Aug. 22 - In the Opening Convocation at the Manchester campuses, President Dave McFadden delves into the topic of what it means to an ally. He will talk to those who have had allies at Manchester and what forms that has taken.

At the North Manchester campus, the welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Cordier Auditorium. Undergraduate students are reminded to take their student ID in order to get Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) credit.

Those at the Fort Wayne campus are invited to the address at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30 in the Mirro Center.


Congratulations to faculty for accomplishments

Posted Aug. 12 – Raylene M. Rospond, Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced Aug. 12 a number of faculty accomplishments. Learn more

Abdelmageed featured in Business People magazine

Posted Aug. 19 - Ahmed Abdelmageed, assistant dean for alumni and community engagement, is featured in the August 2019 edition of Business People magazine. Read the “7 Questions With …” feature here.


Williams: Made-for-TV debates do not serve us well

Posted Aug. 8 - An opinion piece by MU's Leonard Williams, professor of political science and dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, appears in The Hill. Williams takes a critical look at televised political debates and offers an alternative that would allow us to get a better idea of what – and how – our candidates think. Read it here.


MU hosts conference on health care for vulnerable, underserved

Posted Aug. 8 - “What does health care vulnerability look like and why should I care?” “How can I help make a difference?” The region’s first conference focused on answering those questions is Sept. 6 and 7 at Manchester’s Fort Wayne campus. Registration is free for MU employees using the MUemp code. Learn more.

Pharmacy student feeds the less fortunate during Ramadan

Posted July 23 - Nadine Daoud, a third-year pharmacy student from Dearborn, Mich., is featured in a YouTube video for the service project she started in 2017. Nadine and her helpers collect leftover food during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, and distribute it to the less fortunate in Detroit.

Throughout the month, her outreach, The Helping Handzzz, makes 45 to 50 deliveries each night and takes what is left to the Detroit Rescue Mission. “It was about providing them the love they’ve been lacking,” explains Nadine. Watch the video here. And read a story about Nadine in The Detroit News


Pharmacy Programs honor faculty members

Posted July 29 - Manchester University Pharmacy Programs honored six faculty members for outstanding service, teaching, preceptorship and scholarship.

  • Faculty Scholar Award: Vaibhav Mundra
  • Faculty Outstanding Service Award: Carrie Hoefer
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) Faculty Preceptor:  Sara Trovinger
  • Lorin M. Sheppard Teacher of the Year: Sandra Hrometz, Trent Towne, Brian Skinner

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MU celebrates undergraduate student leaders

Posted July 17 - Manchester University offers rich experiences where students grow, lead and make a real difference. This spring, the undergraduate Student Experience Leadership Banquet celebrated determined leaders who have demonstrated compassion, dedication and caring. Learn more.

Representatives from Pharmacy Program attend bill-signing ceremony

Posted July 17 - On June 27 representatives from the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences were invited to attend a bill signing at the Indiana Statehouse. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed two important pharmacy-related bills: HB 1246 regarding ephedrine and HB 1248 regarding medical devices. The group also attended a small reception sponsored by the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance Legislative and Regulatory Council to celebrate the legislative successes in this year’s General Assembly. Attending were Sara Trovinger, director of experiential education; Brook Schumann, pharmacy practice lab coordinator; Tommy Smith, dean of Pharmacy Programs; McKenna Murphy, fourth-year pharmacy student; and Ryan Ades, assistant director of experiential education.

Planer to join Hoosier Jewish Legends Hall of Fame

Updated June 27 - John Planer, professor emeritus of music, is being inducted into the Hoosier Jewish Legends – A Hall of Fame, celebrating Hoosiers who have created a significant and lasting impact.

The Indiana Jewish Historical Society induction luncheon is at noon, Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis. For more information or reservations contact Sheila Greenwald at or call the IJHS office 317-749-0048

Learn more.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Weil, Jonathan-Instructor-of-Pharmacy
  • Melvin, Darlene-Residence-Hall-Director
  • Marwitz, Kathryn-Assistant-Professor-of-Pharmaceutical-Studies
  • Howard, Heather-Custodian
  • Weeks, Amy-Environmental-Studies-Scholar
  • Lunsford, Justin-Instructional Design Specialist


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  • Mills is guest on webinar about digital engagement

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 22, 2019

    Posted Aug. 22 - Lauren Hughes ’16 Mills, social media coordinator at MU, was a guest Aug. 21 on a Higher Ed Live webinar titled “Digital Engagement on Move-in Days.” Lauren has been social media coordinator since 2017, developing and directing social media strategies within the University, including brand management, community engagement and storytelling.



  • Cogley-Pifko to serve as board development advisor

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 19, 2019

    Posted Aug. 19 - Julie Cogley-Pifko has been selected to serve on the Chapter Excellence Board as the development advisor for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. She will work with eight collegiate chapters in the Midwest to help them implement operational practices. 



  • Linn's proposal selected as first sponsored study

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 19, 2019

    Posted Aug. 19 - Dusty Linn submitted a research proposal to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Pulmonary Practice and Research Network titled “Steroid Dosing Strategies in Critically Ill Patients with COPD Exacerbation.” It was selected as the first sponsored study by the Pulmonary PRN. 


  • Mills publishes research in pharmacy journal

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 19, 2019

    Posted Aug. 19 - Alex Mills, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has published his research titled “Perception of Immunizations and Vaccine Recommendation Sources for Persons Living with HIV Compared With Persons Without HIV” in the community-based pharmacy residents issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacist Association. 


  • Beckett graduates from Leadership Fellows Program

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 19, 2019

    Posted Aug. 19 - Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has graduated from the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. The Academic Leadership Fellows Program supports and contributes to the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. The program provides an opportunity for Fellows to expand relationships with peers and colleagues in other institutions, as well as within their own college and university.  


  • Faculty publish on state pharmacist website

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 17, 2019

    Posted July 17 - Assistant professors Sarah Gordon and Teresa DeLellis have published “Utilizing Direct-Acting Oral Anticoagulants in Chronic Kidney Disease and Atrial Fibrillation” on the Indiana Pharmacist Association website, available at


  • Rent and extras

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 16, 2019

    Posted July 16 - Manchester alumni who graduated several decades ago often tell me that they worked their way through school. That is, they earned enough from working to pay for college. It was a different time when tuition was $160 per semester, but it wasn’t easy to cover costs. One graduate told me that spending 10 cents for a cup of coffee in the Oaks was an extravagance. 

    Recently I talked with a Manchester student working as a cashier at the grocery store in North Manchester. As she scanned my purchases, she told me she’s holding down two jobs this summer. One, as a research intern in the Biology Department, “is for rent,” she said. Her New Market job “is for extras.” That includes books, gas money and all the other costs associated with being a college student.

    Across generations of Manchester students, sweat equity – investing the fruits of our own work in our education – has been a given. I’m proud of that Spartan work ethic. It’s one of many reasons our graduates find success and make significant contributions in their communities after graduation.


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