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Register now for holiday bus trip to Chicago

Posted Nov. 2 - Join Manchester University alumni and friends on Saturday, Dec. 2 for a holiday bus trip to Chicago.  Enjoy a charter bus ride to downtown Chicago, complete with snacks and a movie.  Once in the city, spend the day as you prefer.  Shopping, shows, exhibits and sight-seeing abound.  On the ride back, enjoy dessert and another movie.  Click here for additional details and to register.  Seats are limited, so register today!

Questions?  Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 888-257-2586 or

’Tis the season for food drives; let us know about yours

Posted Nov. 15 - Manchester has a long tradition of giving, and that includes food drives during the holiday season.

The Muslim Healthcare Professionals group at the Fort Wayne campus is conducting a food drive for the month of November. Marwa J. Farhat, MHP vice president, says there is a box in each of the three classrooms where students can place cans, and a box for faculty in the faculty offices near Dottie's desk. Please bring foods that are nonperishable.

Faculty and staff attending the Holiday Luncheon at the North Manchester campus are asked to bring a donation of a nonperishable item for the North Manchester Food pantry.

If your group is doing a food drive, email and put Food Drive in the subject line. Please list what group is doing it, where items can be dropped off and when the drive begins and ends.

Holiday music @ Manchester

Posted Nov. 13 - The yuletide season at Manchester offers several musical performances, beginning Dec. 1 with the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols.

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra presents its Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 3.

Touchstone, a University bands concert, is Dec. 8. Learn more

Nelson named Division III Hero of the Week

Posted Nov. 20 - Dakota Nelson, a senior from Fairland, Ind., has been named a Hero Sports' Division III football Hero of the Week. The honor, determined by a fan voting process, recognizes the best NCAA individual performances. Nelson rushed for one touchdown and threw for another as part of 170 all-purpose yards in a 22-9 win over Anderson University, allowing the Spartans to claim the Bronze Ball for the seventh consecutive year. Read more.

Haley Farris is Realizing the Dream at MU

Posted Nov. 10 - Realizing a dream takes commitment, hard work and, most often, a helping hand from family, teachers and others.

That is exactly what 30 first-generation students from Indiana’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities were celebrated for on Nov. 4 at the 28th annual Independent Colleges of Indiana Realizing the Dream banquet.

The Manchester University recipient is sophomore Haley Farris of Sharpsville. Learn more

Manchester offers aid to employers for internships

Posted Nov. 10 - Manchester University’s Office of Career and Professional Development offers internship funding opportunities for Indiana employers for the summer of 2018.

This includes MU splitting the cost of a 400-hour internship with an employer or an economic development internship supported by the Lilly Endowment in which the employer pays nothing. Learn more.  

MU joins consortium on poverty

Posted Oct. 31 - Manchester University is the newest member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, which will widen students’ experiences beyond Indiana. The nationwide consortium provides meaningful and secure internship experiences at sites across the nation. Learn more.  


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Wisdom Ifeanyi-Custodian
  • Rodney Paris-University Safety Officer
  • Tiffany Taylor-Custodian
  • Kylee Rosenbaum-Director of Alumni Relations


Thanksgiving Buffet in Haist Commons

Posted Nov. 20 - Celebrate Thanksgiving with your colleagues at Chartwells’ annual Thanksgiving Buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Haist Commons. Enjoy all the traditional trimmings, including turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, vegetables, salads and assorted desserts. 

'Discussions with Dave' set for Dec. 5-7

Posted Nov. 20 - Faculty and staff are encouraged to join the conversation at President Dave McFadden’s next round of “Discussions with Dave.” The meetings will be:

Fort Wayne: 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Room 136
North Manchester:  9 to 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 and 2 to 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, both in the Hoff Room of the Switzer Center. 

Toys for Tots drive on NM campus

Posted Nov. 16 - The Student Athletic Advisory Committee is spearheading a Toys for Tots drive on the North Manchester campus through Nov. 30.

Toys must be new and unwrapped and will be collected in the PERC, Switzer Center, Academic Center and Athletic Training Room. 

Holiday open houses at MU

Posted Nov. 16 - If your office is having a holiday party that is open to the MU community, we’ll list it on MU Today. Email and put Holiday Open House in the subject line. Please list who is doing it, where, and what time it is.

Office of Admissions:
All faculty and staff are invited to the offices in the Welcome Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Office of Multicultural Affairs: Decorating the Intercultural Center will coincide with an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Annual tree lighting is Nov. 30

Update Nov. 15 - Manchester University is inviting the neighbors over to join the MU community in celebrating the season of giving with the Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 30, in front of the Jo Young Switzer Center. The Manchester Junior High School Choir performs at 6 p.m., with the tree lighting by President Dave McFadden at 6:25 p.m. Santa will arrive on a firetruck at 6:30 p.m. Learn more.

MU has 13 student-athletes with all-conference honors

Posted Nov. 16 - Senior standout Dakota Nelson leads a group of 13 MU student-athletes to receive all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors. Read more.

Harris qualifies for Division III cross country championships

Posted Nov. 13 - Two weeks after winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference individual cross country championship, senior Blake Harris of Fort Wayne qualified to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships this Saturday at Principia College in Illinois. Read more.

Are classes delayed or canceled?

Posted Nov. 13 - In case of inclement weather, each campus has procedures in place:

Be safe out there!

Holiday luncheons scheduled for both campuses

Posted Nov. 7 - The Office of Human Resources this year will recognize employees for years of service at the holiday luncheons. This year’s luncheons are:

  • North Manchester campus: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in the Jo Young Switzer Center
  • Fort Wayne campus: noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 in the Conference Center

VIA = Values, Ideas, the Arts!

Updated Nov. 20 – VIA presentations enhance the Manchester Core program in the liberal arts through cultural exposure, artistic experience and intellectual enrichment. Undergraduate students earn academic credit through attendance.
Here is what’s coming up:

  • Nov. 28 – Let’s Talk: 13 Reasons Why by Netflix

Click here for times, locations.

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  • Schilling joins board of Progressive Education Network

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 20, 2017

    Posted Nov. 20 - Associate Professor Heather Schilling, director of teacher education, has joined the board of directors for the national Progressive Education Network.

    It allows her a wider platform in which to prepare the next generation of teachers to “step into a public school, infuse their classrooms with progressive principles and push back against the status quo.” This also provides Manchester students with a nationwide network and broadened experiences off campus and outside Indiana. Learn more

  • LA Times publishes Leonard Williams crossword

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 20, 2017

    Posted Nov. 20 - Professor Leonard Williams, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, will have one of his crossword puzzles published in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, Nov. 24. Solve it in The Journal Gazette or online.

  • MU pharmacy students advance in APhA competition

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 17, 2017

    Posted Nov. 17 - The preliminary round of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) college counseling competition attracted a number of MU pharmacy students with 10 advancing to the next round. In the preliminary round, pharmacy students provide counseling regarding a prescription. Of the 10 MU students who will compete in the final round next spring, one student will be selected to represent Manchester in the national counseling competition.
    The 10 students advancing to the next round are (in alphabetical order): Mona Awadalla, Molly Corder, Kimberly Cox, Eva Escobedo, Jonell Nwabueze, Aakash Patel, Lisa Pineros-Jacobs, Shaun Say, Megan Sexton and Sara Shahdoost.

  • Ray will discuss careers in pharmacy at Huntington U.

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 14, 2017

    Posted Nov. 14 - Sidhartha Ray, professor of pharmaceutical sciences and founding chair of the department, will present on “Looking at a Pharmacy Career Through a Different Lens,” Nov. 17, 2017, at Huntington University. Ray’s presentation is part of the Gerald D. Smith Lecture Series in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

  • Smith, Vorndran win awards for study abroad

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 07, 2017

    Posted Nov. 7 - Two students planning to study abroad next spring have received awards to help. Justice Smith, who is headed to the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, has won a $500 BCA Connect to Culture Travel Grant. Justice’s entry was a video accessible on Instagram. He used the handle @yaboyjust_ice and the hashtag #BCAculture. Zoe Vorndran has received a $1,000 scholarship through BCA Study Abroad to support her semester at Maynooth University in Dublin, Ireland. 

  • Mayer publishes in philosophy journal

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 02, 2017

    Posted Nov. 2 - Seth Mayer’s article, "Resolving the Dilemma of Democratic Informal Politics," has been published in the philosophy journal, Social Theory and Practice. Seth is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

  • Stories to share

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 16, 2017

    Posted Nov. 16 - My job at Manchester is to tell stories. Today, over coffee at Sisters, Heather Schilling, Education Department chair and director of teacher education, shared some great ones. Each one reflects a facet of who we are and the kind of community we want to be. We only had an hour, so she had to talk quickly:

    • Assistant Professor Stacy Stetzel organized 15 faculty and staff volunteers to serve as mentors to our wrestling team. It’s a reciprocal relationship. Since not all of the mentors know much about wrestling, some of the wrestlers are putting together a video explaining scoring. (If you’ve ever been lost watching college wrestling, you’ll want to see it.)
    • Heidi Wieland, field experience and assessment coordinator, and Heather, through friendships and conversations with two of our African-American students, invited a diverse group of nearly 20 students to Heather’s home to talk about what it is to be black at Manchester. It was exactly the kind of conversation we want our students to have, listening to and learning from each other, guided by trusted faculty and staff.
    • Faculty are working on a partnership with a South Whitley preschool, giving our students opportunities to serve as classroom assistants and strengthening the quality of services offered to the children. They are also actively involved in the Wabash County Early Childhood Initiative.
    • Our Student Education Association (SEA) is always vibrant, and this year is no exception. Our delegation to the fall state convention was the largest of any college or university – public or private – and our group is the second largest in the state, period. Our students regularly serve in state-level leadership positions; Bradley Williams is the representative for Region 2 this year.
    • The department spent a day with our custodial staff scraping gum off the bottom of desks and sanitizing classrooms in the Academic Center. Organized by Stacy and joined by Dean Leonard Williams, they devoted Reading Day (the Monday of finals week) to working shoulder to shoulder with their staff colleagues.
    • Faculty actively engage students in joint research. Assistant Professor Mike Martynowicz, in the troughs of finishing his dissertation, worked with a student over the summer studying retention at Manchester. Their preliminary results were especially helpful after we experienced a downturn in first- to second-year retention this year.
    • Heather is the official mom for the Women’s Basketball Team and helps organize football tailgating for players and families. She is a tireless cheerleader for our student-athletes in all sports and draws everyone around her into supporting them.

    You can get to know our education faculty by following this link

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