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Manchester stages collegiate debut of Stewart Copeland opera

Updated Feb. 7 - Tickets are on sale for Manchester’s exciting collegiate premiere of The Invention of Morel, a recent opera by Stewart Copeland (pictured above in photo by Shayne Gray). 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. Learn more.

MU offers online graduate certificate in pharmacogenomics

Posted Feb. 17 - Manchester, a national leader in pharmacogenomics education, is expanding its program with an online graduate certificate designed for health care professionals seeking to enhance, expand and differentiate their practice. Learn more.


MU faculty visit campuses as part of Lilly Endowment planning grant

Posted Feb. 6 - Jeff Beer, associate professor of exercise science and athletic training, and Lucas Dargo, assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training, recently visited the University of Florida and St. Louis University as part of Manchester’s planning grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. initiative, Charting the Future. Jeff (center) and Lucas (right) are pictured above with Anthony Breitbach, director of the athletic training program at St. Louis University.

The two learned how each university organizes interprofessional education (IPE). Their reports can be found at this ChetNet link.

The $100,000 planning grant will fund other visits, helping faculty learn more about state-of-the-art programs, facilities, simulation, IPE and how Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) is used in health care learning.


Theatre Society offers variety show

Posted Feb. 12 - The Manchester University Theatre Society’s Spring 2020 Variety Show will include singers, dancers, comedians, bands and magic acts. Performers will include students, faculty, staff and others, according to Andy Vance, Theatre Society president.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in Cordier Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Spartan Smash high school eSports tourney is Feb. 29

Posted Feb. 6 - High school teams across the Midwest are invited to the Spartan Smash Invitational, a first-time eSports competition, set for Saturday, Feb. 29 in Flory Auditorium. Learn more.

MU hosts Tournées international film festival

Posted Feb. 3 - Manchester University offers the Tournées Film Festival, a series of six films by francophone directors, between Feb. 13 and March 12. This ambitious project includes Interdisciplinary collaborations, refreshments and related activities. Learn more.

Manchester hosts Polar Plunge to aid Special Olympics

Posted Jan. 28 - Manchester is hosting its first Polar Plunge, a fundraising event to help support Special Olympics. Sign up now to take part in Freezin’ for a Reason on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC). You can join the Spartans team or form your own. Learn more.

Abstracts due Feb. 28 for Student Research Symposium

Posted Jan. 28 - Undergraduate, graduate and professional degree Manchester students from the full range of disciplines are encouraged to submit an abstract deadline for this year’s Student Research Symposium by Friday, Feb. 28. The 22nd annual symposium will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24.

The symposium will include parallel oral presentation sessions, a poster session and a keynote speaker. Undergraduate students compete for several honors, including delivery of the keynote, the poster award and the Jo Young Switzer Writing Award. Details regarding dates and guidelines can be found on the Student Research Symposium website.

Bottorff retiring July 31 from MU Pharmacy Program

Posted Jan. 23 - Michael Bottorff, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, will retire on July 31, according to W. Thomas Smith, professor and dean of Pharmacy Programs. “We have all benefited from his expertise in academic pharmacy and pharmacy practice, as well as his natural ability to make deep and lasting connections with students and colleagues,” Smith said in an email to MU colleagues.

On the MU faculty for nearly five years, Bottorff previously taught at the University of Tennessee, University of Cincinnati, University of Charleston and South College. He has received teaching awards at each institution, published 85 peer-reviewed research and review papers, and received more than $1 million in research grants. Active in many professional organizations, Bottorff has achieved fellow status in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the National Lipid Association. He will retire to his home near Knoxville, Tenn.

Community benefit to aid Elizabeth Schilling

Updated Jan. 22 - Details are coming together for a benefit to aid Liz Schilling, who is being treated for brain cancer. Her mother is Professor Heather Schilling, director of teacher education at MU. Jentri Cripe at Rhinestones & Roses is organizing a meal from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 before the Manchester High School varsity basketball game. The menu will be pork loin, mashed potatoes, salad and dessert. You can purchase a meal ticket online or at the door for $10. If you want to buy a shirt beforehand, order at this link. It can be shipped or you can pick it up at Jentri's store.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Williams, Tayshia
  • Elder, Sidney
  • Stillman, Megan
  • Hill, Cayleel
  • Rupp, Ryan
  • Hornbarger, Kelly
  • Kaopuiki, Ryon
  • Fantuzzi, Jeff
  • Rogers, Kourtney


Wednesday prayer time in Petersime

Posted Feb. 5 - Bekah Houff, University pastor, reminds faculty and staff that the Petersime Chapel sanctuary is reserved for prayer from noon to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The gathering is informal and the time is unprogrammed. Feel free to come when you can and leave when you need to. All are welcome.

Clothes needed for job, internship interviews

Posted Jan. 17 - Do you have gently used professional clothing or business casual clothing and accessories that will help Manchester students land a job or internship? Donations for the Career Closet will be collected through Friday, Feb. 21. Donations may be brought to Room 103 of the Chinworth Center on the North Manchester campus or to Sarah Lauck at the Fort Wayne campus.

The career, internship and graduate school fair is March 4. Learn more.

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  • Marwitz article published in drug safety journal

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 18, 2020

    Posted Feb. 18 - Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor pharmaceutical sciences, has co-authored, “An Evaluation of Postmarketing Reports with an Outcome of Death in the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System” in Drug Safety. Read the research here.


  • Bottorff publishes in Advances in Therapy

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 18, 2020

    Posted Feb. 18 - Mike Bottorff, professor and chair of pharmacy practice, has co-authored, “Critical Differences Between Dietary Supplement and Prescription Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Narrative Review,” in Advances in Therapy. Read the research here.


  • Beckett, Linn collaborate on journal article

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 18, 2020

    Posted Feb. 18 - Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Dusty Linn, associate professor of pharmacy practice, published an article, “Development of an evidence-based residency preparation checklist using a Delphi process,” in American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy.



  • Abdelmageed co-authors article about Muslim patients

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 18, 2020

    Posted Feb. 18 - Ahmed Abdelmageed, assistant dean of alumni and community engagement, has published an article he co-authored, “RAMCOM: A qualitative study of clinicians’ viewpoints on a tool for communication with Muslim patients considering fasting during Ramadan” in PLOS ONE.  Read the research here.



  • Towne contributes content regarding infectious diseases

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 18, 2020

    Posted Feb. 18 - Trent Towne, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been recognized for serving as a faculty member of the 2019 ASHP Pharmacotherapy Core Therapeutic Modules. Towne developed content for the Select Topics in Infectious Diseases: Part I module. 


  • Mills will participate in panel discussion about HIV

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 18, 2020

    Posted Feb. 18 - Alex Mills, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, will participate in a panel discussion in March about the challenges of caring for persons living with HIV and the history of treatment. The panel is in conjunction with a film presentation at Cordier Auditorium. 



  • The new SAT: a banana

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 20, 2020

    Posted Jan. 20 - While traveling recently, I found myself across from a large family sharing breakfast together. They had the usual in front of them: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, melon, orange juice … and cell phones. Seven people, five cell phones. A couple of them were into their own things on their phones, but the others were sharing pictures, videos and stories.

    At one corner of the table was a young woman, perhaps 6 or 7 years old, who I was ready to admit to Manchester on the spot because she was entertaining herself with a banana. One minute it was a telephone (the old-fashioned kind that connects ear and mouth), then a swing, then Geordi La Forge’s Star Trek visor, then a hand-held vacuum cleaner.

    As she played there at the table, I recognized in her the sort of student we want at Manchester. And I recognized the future of the SAT: a banana. 




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