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MU Monster Mash offers safe, fun trick-or-treating

Posted Oct. 8 - Manchester’s annual Monster Mash will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The event welcomes community children and their families to a fun night of trick-or-treating at Garver Hall, East Hall, Oakwood Hall and the new Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center. Volunteers also are needed Oct. 31 at the Haunted Police Station. Learn more.

First-gen scholarship winner hopes to share joy of music

Posted Oct. 19 - Manchester’s 2018 Realizing the Dream recipient is Kayla Carver, a sophomore music education major from Fort Wayne, Ind. The scholarship is awarded to 30 first-generation college students each year from Indiana’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities by the Independent Colleges of Indiana. Learn more.

Spartans join #UCanCrushHunger campaign

Posted Oct. 19 - Manchester is participating for the first time this year in U Can Crush Hunger, a friendly competition among schools in northeast Indiana with a single goal – to collect 55,000 pounds worth of food for food pantries, or the equivalent in monetary donations. The fourth annual #UCanCrushHunger is Oct. 22 to Nov. 5, and you can help. Learn more.

Lab work and more available at MU Health and Fitness Fair

Posted Oct. 18 - The 2018 Health and Fitness Fair will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 on the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center in North Manchester. This is an excellent opportunity to gather preventative health, exercise and insurance information. Free testing will be available for glucose, bone density, BMI, grip strength, stress management, healthy eating and much more. Lab work is available at a greatly discounted price.  

If you are interested in lab work, please complete the form attached to the Oct. 18 email from Kelly Hippensteel to no later than Friday, Oct. 26. KCH only accepts cash and checks (no credit cards) for lab work.

Remember that employees may be excused from work with pay to attend the event if the employee’s responsibilities can be reasonably covered by others in the department and the supervisor has granted approval per Human Resources.

Symphony soars to new heights in 80th year

Posted Oct. 11 - The Manchester Symphony Orchestra launches its 80th season with a trip into the cosmos, liquid nitrogen ice cream and lots of fun science. Don’t miss The Universe at an Exhibition: A Science and Symphony Event VIA at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in Cordier Auditorium. Pre-concert activities begin at 6 p.m. Learn more. 

MU celebrates Day of the Dead with a week of tributes

Posted Oct. 11 - From Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, the North Manchester campus will explore the often ignored and taboo topic of death. A panel discussion, El Dia de los Muertos altars, information about the Day of the Dead tradition and related exhibits are planned. Learn more.  

Ambulatory care residency receives accreditation

Posted Oct. 5 - MU’s Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Residency has earned accreditation status from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. MU’s one-year program is affiliated with Lutheran Health Network and a number of sites in northern and central Indiana. Through multiple learning experiences, residents manage clinical and academic responsibilities and, upon completion of the program, possess the ability to function as independent ambulatory care practitioners with an added focus on teaching, scholarship and service.

Congratulations to Katee Kindler, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and residency program director; and to Andrea Wilhite, associate professor of pharmacy practice (ambulatory care), for their hard work.

Pharmacy Program celebrates Day of Service

Posted Oct. 4 - Dr. Gloria Sachdev is keynote speaker at the Pharmacy Program’s fall Day of Service on Oct. 24. One day each semester, the program suspends classes and focuses entirely on service accomplishments of its students, faculty and staff. Learn more.

The Gift of Song choral concert is Oct. 19

Posted Sept. 29 - Manchester University presents The Gift of Song by its Cantabile and Chamber Singers on Friday, Oct. 19. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Wine Recital Hall on the North Manchester campus. Learn more.

Foundational training schedule set for Leadership Certificate

Posted Sept. 21 - This year’s three-session foundational training for the Annual Leadership Certificate explores emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry and mindfulness. Dave Johnson, professor of nursing, marriage and family therapist, a clinical social worker and clinical nurse specialist, is leading the sessions. Sessions for emotional intelligence have concluded.

The schedule for appreciative inquiry is: 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, Hoff Room; 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, Classroom 133 FW; 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 25, Hoff Room; 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Classroom 133 FW; and 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Hoff Room.

The schedule for mindfulness is: 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Classroom 132 FW; 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Hoff Room; 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 101 Link Auditorium, Academic Center NM; 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, Classroom 133 FW; and 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Hoff Room.

Universities partner to offer Health Professions Night 

Posted Sept. 17 - High school, college students and graduates interested in learning about the health professions are invited to attend Health Professions Night, a partnership of Manchester University, Trine University and the University of Saint Francis. The fair is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at the MU Fort Wayne campus, 10627 Diebold Road. It is free for students and their guests. Please register here no later than Oct. 29.


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


Open enrollment meetings are Oct. 31 through Nov. 2

Posted Oct. 19 - All Manchester University employees on the MU health plan or those interested in the plan should attend one of the 12 upcoming open enrollment meetings. The open enrollment period runs from Nov. 5 through Nov. 21. Employees will need to log on to ADP during that time to complete their open enrollment.

The important informational meetings are:

North Manchester campus (all in the Lahman Room of the Switzer Center):
4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31; 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1; 8 and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Fort Wayne campus:
8:30 and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Room 133; 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in Room 133; and 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in Room 136.

Three named Volunteers of the Month for September

Posted Oct. 18 - The Center for Service Opportunities at MU has announced three Volunteers of the Month for September. Congratulations to Katie Castaneda, a first-year pharmacy student on the Fort Wayne campus; Lilyana Ortega, an undergraduate majoring in medical technology; and Pamela Haynes, assistant professor of music. Please send your nominations for October’s top volunteers to by 10 a.m. Oct. 31.

Academic Center bin changes to promote recycling

Posted Oct. 17 - To promote MU's sustainability initiative, starting Thursday, Oct. 18 MU Recycles will eliminate waste bins in Academic Center classrooms and replace them with centrally located hallway waste/recycling bins. MU Recycles is a student-led initiative striving to improve the current recycling program on the North Manchester campus. 

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. 

Softball players on All-America Scholar-Athletes list

Posted Oct. 8 - Three student-athletes from the women’s softball team have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association/Easton Division III All-America Scholar-Athletes. Mallorie Jennings of Bourbon, Ind., and Laurren Ladwig of Crown Point, Ind., both 2018 graduates, and senior Kate Skeens of Gas City, Ind., represent MU on the list. It’s the third time in the past four seasons the Black and Gold have had an awardee.

Flu shots available on NM campus

Posted Oct. 5 - All faculty and staff, their spouses and domestic partners who are enrolled in MU’s health insurance plan are encouraged to get free flu shots in the Office of Health Services in Calvin Ulrey Hall.

No appointment is necessary. For your vaccine, please stop by from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 or from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Please print and complete the consent form sent to you in Anna Richison’s email of Friday, Oct. 5 and bring the form with you.

Carder, Nyland named Volunteers of the Month

Posted Oct. 2 - Seniors Emilee Carder and Brady Nyland have been named Volunteers of the Month for August, according to Ali Goetcheus, director for the Center for Service Opportunities. Emilee is an exercise science major and psychology minor from Ney, Ohio. Brady is an exercise science major and coaching and health promotion minor from Avon, Ind. CSO is accepting your nominations from both campuses for the next Volunteers of the Month. Email nominations to

Find Common Ground at Thursday meetings

Posted Sept. 25 - Common Ground, a grassroots movement by MU students, invites faculty, staff and students to weekly meetings from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in the Walker Classroom on the second of Funderburg Library. Participants explore ways to appreciate our differences and not be bystanders but upstanders – people who recognize when something is wrong and act to make it right.

All are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Professor Heather Schilling at

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  • Mikayla Patterson wins IATA scholarship

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 19, 2018

    Posted Oct. 19 - Senior Mikayla Patterson has received the Dwayne Dixon Professional Education Scholarship from the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association. Mikayla will be honored at the IATA’s Annual Business Meeting Luncheon in Carmel on Nov. 11. 


  • Williams publishes another crossword

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 15, 2018

    Posted Oct. 15 - A crossword puzzle,  “Literary Aspirations,” by Professor Leonard Williams,  dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences,  will be published on Thursday, Oct.18, in The Puzzle Society Crossword series. Solve the puzzle in the app and read about it on the blog


  • MiKayla Duzan is Midwest Outstanding Student

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 11, 2018

    Posted Oct. 11 - MiKayla Duzan, a physical education major from Valparaiso, Ind., has received the Midwest Outstanding Student Award from the Society for Health and Physical Educators.

    She will be honored on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Hall of Fame Banquet for the Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators (InSHAPE). She now advances in the national competition for the Ruth Abernathy Scholarship. Last spring, Duzan was selected by by InSHAPE as its Outstanding Student of the Year. 


  • Reed’s compositions recorded and performed

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 02, 2018

    Posted Oct. 2 - Tim Reed, associate professor of music, will have works recorded and performed on the weekend of Nov. 9. Reed’s “Five Misappropriations for Solo Piano” will be recorded at Radford University in Virginia. Reed’s composition, “Rafah Crossing,” a work for solo cello and electroacoustic fixed media, will be performed at a professional conference for electroacoustic music at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Renowned cellist Nick Photinos of the Grammy-winning group Eighth Blackbird will perform Reed’s work there.


  • Morales certified as community health worker

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 01, 2018

    Posted Oct. 1 - Gabriela Morales, assistant professor of communication studies, has earned her state certification as a community health worker. Morales attended the training at HealthVisions Midwest in Fort Wayne the week of Sept. 17. The certification prepares her to teach the Community Health Work course that Manchester will offer in the spring. Lilly Endowment Inc. funded her training. 

  • Williams presents to Anarchist Studies Network

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 24, 2018

    Posted Sept. 24 - Leonard Williams, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and professor of political science, presented a paper titled “Bookchin’s Exemplary Hybridity: From Social Ecology to Libertarian Municipalism” at the meeting of the Anarchist Studies Network, Loughborough, UK, September 12-14, 2018.

  • 'Manchester people'

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2018

    I had coffee recently with a Manchester senior. She asked for the meeting so that she could share her story with me, and I’m grateful that she did.

    Her story, in brief, came in three parts.

    First, she told me, she found her place at Manchester. It happened through formal connections – her faculty advisor, her residence hall assistant – and also informally. A classmate became a good friend and her go-to person when she hit bumps in the road. “I found ‘my people’ here,” she told me.

    Second, she had a life-changing experience when she traveled to Atlanta with a group of education majors. She had planned to teach, but found herself drawn to policy and advocacy work after being immersed with students who had no voice and few advocates. “I completely re-envisioned my career.”

    Third, her father was struggling with stage-four cancer, diagnosed during her time at Manchester. Our conversation was on a Monday and later that week she was taking her father to the doctor and to chemo. “I want to be there for him.”

    I was reminded as we talked that our students live complex and sometimes challenging lives, making our work with them complex and challenging. Their stories and experiences here make for a rich learning environment for them and for us. I am grateful for our students, faculty, staff and friends – for “our people,” for “Manchester people.”


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