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Career and Internship Fair on Feb. 28

Posted Feb. 15 - More than 50 participants have committed to this year’s Career and Internship Fair from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Jo Young Switzer Center. Manchester students are encouraged to attend and network with employers and graduate schools, learn more about full- and part-time job opportunities, graduate programs and internships.

The Office of Career and Professional Development is still accepting donations of professional clothing for MU’s Career Closet. Clothing can be taken to the Success Center through Feb. 22. 

Barber named assistant director of intercultural services

Posted Feb. 16 - Congratulations to Tammy Barber, the new assistant director of Intercultural Services. Tammy will advise international students regarding immigration rules and regulations, and develop and implement outreach, services and programming focused on the international student community.

Tammy will continue as the international student coordinator and primary designated security officer in the areas of international student recruitment and advising.

Her office will remain in the Administration Building until the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center is completed. 

MU students, art faculty submit works for art show

Posted Feb. 19 - Manchester students and art faculty submitted works recently for the 92 County Art Show sponsored by the Honeywell Center in Wabash. Of the 27 entries from 84 artists, the judges selected only 48 pieces for display.  Results for MU were:

Lawrence Neumann, senior – “Peace,” handwoven tapestry

Marcus Zwiebel, “Past Help from an Incapable & Unknowing Audience,” batik tapestry – Honorable Mention

Jeff Diesburg, “Perceived Boundary,” oil on board and “Equilibrium,” oil on canvas – Honorable Mention

Ejenobe Oke, “The Neighbors,” ceramic sculpture – Third Place, Other Art Forms

The awards reception is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12 at Honeywell. 

MU challenges Anderson in blood drive turnout

Updated Feb. 15 – Manchester University has challenged Anderson University to see who can give the most blood at upcoming Red Cross blood drives. The Manchester drive on the North Manchester campus is set for 11:30 a.m. (registration starts at 11) to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 on the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. Sign up for a donation time from 1 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Sisters or from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20 in Haist Commons. To get the Rapid Pass link, email

Program looks at issues of underrepresented students

Updated Feb. 13 - “I feel supported, but …” The Voices of Underrepresented Students in Higher Education will be presented on both campuses. -  at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in the Fort Wayne Campus Auditorium and at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in the Switzer Center in North Manchester. The presenter is Dr. Antonio Bush, assistant professor of educational innovation and research in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and the assistant director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Both presentations are open to the public. The North Manchester event is for VIA credit.

Summit for Safe Campuses on May 25 at FW campus

Posted Feb. 19 - The CARE Initiative of Manchester University will sponsor a Summit for Safe Campuses on May 25 at the Fort Wayne campus. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to attend. Admission is free but space is limited.  Please save the date and RSVP here. For more information contact Jillian Watts at

Calinski receives $10,000 New Investigator Award

Posted Feb. 5 - A $10,000 grant has been awarded to Diane Calinski to research the metabolism of the synthetic drugs commonly referred to as “bath salts.” Sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the New Investigator Award provides funding for the independent research programs of early-career pharmacy faculty. Learn more

Battle against King's ‘three evils’ persists today

Posted Feb. 7 - Activist, educator and scholar Dr. David Ragland will speak Feb. 22 at the North Manchester campus about “Martin Luther King and the Triple Evils: Grappling with Militarism, Materialism and Racism in our Time.” Learn more

MU speaker says ‘Conspiracy Theories are for Losers’

Posted Feb. 7 - An internationally recognized expert on conspiracy theories will speak March 1 at Manchester. Dr. Joseph Uscinski will present "Conspiracy Theories are for Losers" at 7 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium. Learn more

Students earn $1,500 undergraduate research grants

Posted Feb. 2 - Congratulations to students Taylor Crisman and Leah Smith, who work in the Cognition and Emotion Lab of the Psychology Department and have each received $1,500 undergraduate research grants from Psi Chi, the international honor society of psychology. Taylor placed in the top 11 of all applications received, earning Assistant Professor David Johnson a $1,500 stipend. Johnson worked with Taylor and Leah on writing their applications and says the extra funding will help speed up their research. 

Williams, Wollman collaborate on opinion piece for The Hill

Posted Jan. 31 - Leonard Williams and Neil Wollman, a former MU psychology professor, have contributed an opinion piece to The Hill, “Why the coming midterms are so important.” Leonard is a longtime political science professor at Manchester and dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences.

Failor, Alley named to new positions at MU

Updated Feb. 5 - Congratulations to two MU staff members who have been promoted. Karen Failor, who has been the receptionist at the Fort Wayne campus is now operations specialist for the Office of Experiential Education. Karen has worked at MU for more than nine years and previously was the University’s webmaster.

Samantha Alley, a 2011 MU graduate, has been named the new director of student involvement and leadership development. Previously an admissions counselor, Samantha will seek innovative ways to engage and involve students and help them develop leadership skills. 


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Missy Barrus- Custodian
  • Adam Gumm-Web Programmer
  • Blake Harris-Assistant Coach for Cross Country and Track and Field
  • Karen Johnstone-Textbook Buyer


Try out printers at SpartanPrint Spectacular

Posted Feb. 14 - Six vendors competing to provide MU’s SpartanPrint printers will be here for demonstrations and have printers that you can try out in the coming weeks. On the North Manchester campus, the open sessions are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 in the Lahman and Hoff rooms of the Switzer Center. In Fort Wayne, the sessions are 2 to 7 p.m. March 7 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8.

PCs and Macs will be available for you to use to print jobs and all printing will be free of charge. Your feedback will be collected when you leave and help MU determine which three vendors will be the finalists. 

Artisan Pop-up at the Museum on March 10

Posted Feb. 19 - Celebrate spring at the Artisan Pop-up at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the North Manchester Center for History in downtown North Manchester. The free-admission event will feature local artists, live music, family fun, kids’ crafts and more. Booth spaces are $15-35. Artists can find an application online at

Submit research symposium abstracts by March 2

Posted Feb. 13 - The deadline for submitting abstracts for this year’s Student Research Symposium is 11:59 p.m. March 2. This year’s symposium is scheduled for 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 and will include parallel oral presentation sessions, a poster session and a keynote speaker.

The symposium offers undergraduate students the chance to compete for the poster award, the Jo Young Switzer Writing Award and to be keynote speaker. Students are invited to audition for the keynote presentation.

Complete details can be found on the symposium website.

Cauhorn lands weekly honor

Posted Feb. 14 - Senior women's track and field thrower Jacey Cauhorn has been recognized as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's field Athlete of the Week for Feb. 5-11. Read more

Four make softball list

Posted Feb. 5 - Four Manchester softball student-athletes have made the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseasons “Players To Watch” list. They are senior Laurren Ladwig, juniors Mandi Boggs and Kate Skeens and sophomore Shakira Perez. Read more.    

Cross-country individuals, team named All-Academic

Posted Feb. 13 - Three Manchester individuals and the women’s team have received Division III all-academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The individuals honored are Blake Harris, Samina Qureshi and Emily Ewen. Read more.    

Are classes delayed or canceled?

Updated Feb. 5 - In case of inclement weather, each campus has procedures in place:

Be safe out there!

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  • Watts named to Forty Under 40

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 16, 2018

    Posted Feb. 16 - Jillian Watts, director of Manchester’s CARE Initiative and CEO of Beyond the Margins Consulting, LLC, has been named to the 2018 class of Forty Under 40 by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. The program honors 40 people 39 years old and younger who go above and beyond at work and in the community to make a difference.

    Winners will be honored at an awards dinner on March 29 at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum Conference Center.


  • Dougal will present at two meetings

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 16, 2018

    Posted Feb. 16 - Zach Dougal, associated professor of exercise and athletic training, will present March 17 at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association Annual Meeting in Wheeling, Ill. In the mini-course on Enhancing Emergent Care in Athletic Training: Intravenous (IV) Therapy, Zach will teach athletic trainers how to perform intravenous therapy for patients.

    Also, Zach’s will present research June 27 at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposia in New Orleans. “Preceptor’s Perceptions of Student Integration in an Immersive Clinical Education Model” will be part of a rapid fire presentation format for athletic trainers from across the country.


  • Psychology faculty members publish chapter

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 15, 2018

    Posted Feb. 15 - Two psychology faculty members have published a chapter in Ethical Business Cultures in Emerging Markets. Jack Wiley and Kelsey-Jo Kessie published “Building More Ethical Organizations: The Global Employee Perspective.” Wiley is a professor who earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee. He is the author of two books, Strategic Employee Surveys: Evidence-based Guidelines for Driving Organizational Success and RESPECT: Delivering Results by Giving Employees What They Really Want. Kessie, an instructor, earned her Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University. Her research focuses primarily on occupational health psychology and recovery from work.


  • Naragon contributes to anthology on Kant

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 15, 2018

    Posted Feb. 15 - Steve Naragon, professor of philosophy, has contributed to an anthology on Immanuel Kant, published in December. Naragon wrote the chronology of Kant's life and writings as well as the biographical chapter on Kant: Steve Naragon, “Chronology of Kant’s Life” and “Kant’s Life.”  The Palgrave Kant Handbook, edited by Matthew C. Altman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. xxxi-xliv, 21-47.


  • Pineros-Jacobs represents MU in patient counseling competition

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 14, 2018

    Posted Feb. 14 - Fourth-year pharmacy student Lisa Pineros-Jacobs is Manchester’s winner in the final round of the National Patient Counseling Competition (NPCC). As a result, Lisa will represent MU in the national competition at the annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).

    Students were given a patient profile with a specific medication on which to counsel a standardized patient.  They had five minutes to prepare with drug information resources and five minutes to counsel a patient.  First runner-up is Sara Shahdoost Moghadam, a third-year student. 

  • Charlottesville essay by Williams selected for e-book

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 07, 2018

    Posted Feb. 7 - An essay by Leonard Williams, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and professor of political science, has been published as a contribution to an e-book by Public Seminar Books. “On Trump’s Response to Charlottesville: Political Encounters and Ideological Evasions” has been reprinted in #Charlottesville: Before and Beyond, edited by Christopher Howard-Woods, Colin Laidley, and Maryam Omidi. The book is available for download at


  • Kenny Doss inspires others

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 28, 2018

    Posted Jan. 28 - I first met Kenny Doss walking across campus during the first week of classes two years ago. He and I were heading in the same direction, Kenny to find Professor Joe Messer in the Academic Center and me to find a cup of coffee at Sister’s.

    “I came for basketball,” Kenny told me, “but I’m going to stay because of Messer.” Kenny had experienced an immediate sense of kinship with Joe when they first met and he was eager to reconnect.

    Kenny’s story has garnered lots of attention and press, most recently in this NCAA story. He comes from a challenging neighborhood in Chicago and is committed to doing everything he can to lift up the kids growing up there. Basketball has been Kenny’s passion for years, but he doesn’t see the way up coming from get-rich glory in the NBA. Rather, he sees basketball as a bridge across the divides that literally separate kids on one block from those on another.

    Kenny once explained to me that individual city blocks define communities and safe spaces for many of the kids in his neighborhood. His idea, come to life several years ago, was to create a summer basketball league that helped young people to connect with one another where rivalry was friendly and safe and competitors could become friends.

    Manchester’s mission is to graduate persons of ability and conviction. Some of our students, like Kenny, arrive well on their way and serve as role models for their classmates. They also serve as inspirations for those, like me, who came before.

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