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Spartans win individual, team conference titles; Cashdollar is Coach of the Year

Posted Nov. 5 - Men’s and women’s cross-country both won team championships Nov. 3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. It was the women’s fourth conference championship in five years. Senior Hannah Wappes finished as the women’s HCAC Individual Champion and junior Lucas Fontanez won the men’s HCAC Individual Champion.  Head Coach Brian Cashdollar was named the HCAC Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s teams.


'Curious Incident' takes the stage at Cordier

Posted Nov. 12 - Manchester University Theater presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a Tony award-winning play, at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in Cordier Auditorium. Learn more.

MU community is invited to a Spartan Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 8 - Faculty, staff and students who are here for the Thanksgiving holiday are invited to a Spartan Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) at the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center. The meal will be served at 2 p.m., but anyone interested in helping to prepare it is invited beginning at noon.

The traditional menu will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables, bread, beverages and various pies and sweets. If you would like to bring a dish to share that reminds you of home, you are welcome to. Please email Also, if you are unable to attend but would like to provide something for the meal, please email

Stop by for a while or stay all day. There will be board games, football games and fellowship for all.

Registration is not required, but an RSVP is appreciated to make sure there is enough food for everyone.


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.

MU places strong second in U Can Crush Hunger campaign

Posted Nov. 8 – The Manchester University community finished a strong second in this year’s U Can Crush Hunger campaign to help feed the hungry in northeast Indiana, according to Ali Goetcheus, director of civic engagement. The University of Saint Francis finished first with 20,529 pounds of food, with MU at 17,772 pounds.

Indiana Tech was a distant third at 11,652 pounds. Other regional universities participating were Huntington (fourth place), Purdue Fort Wayne (fifth) and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne (sixth). Collectively, the six universities collected 57,208 pounds, exceeding their goal of 50,000 pounds.

Of the cans collected by Manchester, 50 percent will go to the Community Harvest Food Bank; 25 percent to Acorns, MU’s campus food pantry; and 25 percent to the Fellowship of Churches Food Pantry in North Manchester. Of the monetary donations, 50 percent go to the Community Harvest Food Bank and 50 percent to Second Harvest Food Bank at Manchester to help keep our food pantry stocked in the weeks ahead.

Readers sought for Lessons and Carols

Posted Nov. 11 Debra Lynn is seeking readers for the Dec. 6 Lessons and Carols service. The service is 7 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren. It is a worship service hosted by the Music Department at Manchester University. Faculty, staff and families welcome. Interested? Email Debra at

Tree-lighting party is Nov. 20

Posted Nov. 7 - Manchester will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 20 in front of Petersime Chapel, with singing, Santa Claus and refreshments. Learn more.

‘Johnny Got His Gun’ VIA brings horror of war to MU

Posted Nov. 1 - You are 19 and an artillery shell destroys your arms, legs and face. You wake up in a hospital bed with your intellect intact but stripped of your hopes and dreams. Johnny Got His Gun takes us inside the mind of Joe Bonham in the 1970s antiwar film. Manchester will show the film at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in Cordier Auditorium, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Learn more.

MU to add master’s degree in nutrition, with DNA twist

Posted Oct. 24 - Manchester is moving ahead with plans to launch a Master of Science in Nutrition and Nutrigenomics.

MU is building on its track record as the first university in the nation to offer a master’s degree in pharmacogenomics. It is combining what we already know in one area – the study of DNA and medication – to offer a unique opportunity in nutrition. Learn more.

MU communication studies ranked fifth in Indiana

Posted Oct. 24 - Manchester’s Communication Studies program is ranked fifth best in Indiana, according to Zippia, the career resource site. Zippia takes into account the quality of the program and how graduates perform after college, among other criteria. Read the full report here.

MU celebrates Day of the Dead- El Día de los Muertos

Posted Oct. 18 - From Oct. 28 to Nov. 17, the Manchester community will delve into the often ignored and taboo topic of death. It includes a presentation explaining the traditions and meaning of Day of the Dead-El Día de los Muertos, a panel discussion VIA about “Sweet Life and Other Dying Matters” and several displays at Funderburg Library. Learn more.

Colleagues trained to help others improve processes, efficiency

Posted Oct. 16 - This past summer, a small group of faculty and staff received Workplacelean® Process Mapping training. Expert colleagues at Des Moines Area Community College visited campus for the three-day training.  

Lean process mapping challenges employees to recognize improvement opportunities in their daily tasks and routines and helps them to eliminate waste and improve processes to better meet the demands of the people they serve. 

Colleagues trained in Workplacelean® Process Mapping are Liz Bushnell, Julie Knuth, Mindy Martynowicz, Tami Hoagland, Brandi Chauncey, Sherri Shockey, Trent Towne, Shekher Mohan, Travis Steele, and Alexis Young.  Members of this group are also available to lead process mapping for your department.  They are excited to tackle more continuous improvement processes at MU and would like your suggestions for processes you are involved with that you think could be improved.  To share your ideas, please complete this brief Qualtrics survey.  

You can learn more about process mapping at or, you can attend these upcoming Lunch and Learn and Operations training sessions:

Overview of Lean Process Mapping Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, January 14

12:15 to 1:00pm

FW campus

Wednesday, January 15

12:15 to 1:00pm

NM campus

Lean Process Mapping Operation Training

Thursday, February 13

4:00 to 5:00pm

NM campus

Thursday, February 20

3:30 to 4:30pm

FW campus


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


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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  • 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.


  • DeLellis will serve on AACP committees, FW leadership committee

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 13, 2019

    Posted Nov. 13 - Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been appointed to the Pharmacy Practice Section Awards Committee and the Pharmacy Practice Section Scholarship Development Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She also recently joined the Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Leadership Advisory Committee.


  • Foundation invites DeLellis to present workshop

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 13, 2019

    Posted Nov. 13 - The John A. Hartford Foundation has invited Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, to deliver a workshop in April for its annual national conference. “Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders” will train nurses in collaborative medication management for older adults. 


  • 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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