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MU hosts Independence Day celebration, fireworks

Update June 20 - Manchester University will host its 16th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on Saturday, July 1, as its gift to the MU community, North Manchester and our friends in Wabash County.

The celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. on the North Manchester campus athletic fields off of East Street. The family-friendly event is free of charge and open to the public. Read more.

A servant’s heart leads alumna to rewarding job

Posted June 27 - Ashlea Nash, a 2015 MU graduate, says she landed a job she loves because Professor Ryan Hedstrom stressed the importance of volunteering. Read the profile by Mark Adkins, sports information director.

MU offers employees leadership certificate program

Posted June 26 - Manchester University is launching the MU Annual Leadership Certificate program, according to Whitney Caudill, vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives. This program is for any employee, faculty or staff, interested in dynamic and enjoyable professional development. The program will begin in the fall with three-part foundational training by Judd Case based on the book Crucial Conversations. You can learn more about the program and 2017-2018 sessions by clicking here

Employees will complete one foundational training topic, one operational training session and one elective Lunch and Learn per academic year to receive a certificate recognizing their commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. Live or recorded session times will be added as needed based on participation.

If you have questions, please contact me. If you are ready to commit to participating you can reserve your spot by completing the eform at this link: RSVP for Annual Leadership Certificate. Please sign up by Aug. 10, 2017 and hold the session dates on your fall calendars.

Cruise the lake with MU men's basketball

Posted June 27 - Join the men’s basketball coaches and former players for a three-hour cruise on the S.S. Lillypad on Lake Wawasee in Syracuse. Cruise the lake from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15 and enjoy music, food, drinks and door prizes. The cruise is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Check-in is set for 11-11:45 a.m. at the Frog Tavern, 1116 S. Harkless Drive.Tickets are $30 per person; $50 per couple; or $250 for 10 people (call your friends!). Click here to register by July 12. Contact Gerad Good at with questions. 

Hemmer is co-leading Washington Post history team

Posted June 27 - The Washington Post has launched a new section, Made by History, with editors-in-chief Nicole Hemmer – who taught history and worked in residential life at Manchester – and Brian Rosenwald, both nationally respected historians.

The daily section offers “historical analyses to situate the events making headlines in their larger historical context,” the Post said.  Learn more.


Spartan football and coach’s show on local radio this fall

Posted June 15 - The MIBASH Radio Network, which includes Wabash radio stations101.9 FM and 105.9 FM, will broadcast Manchester University football games and a 12-week coach’s show this fall. Read more

MU graduate teaches the art of the steal

Posted June 13 - Matt Talarico, assistant baseball coach at Wright State University, uses online instructional site to teach ballplayers how to steal bases. Read the story by Mark Adkins, MU sports information director.

See photos from this year's golf outing

Posted June 12 - Each year, the Friends of Manchester golf outing raises money to support MU athletics. You can see the photo gallery from that event which was Friday, June 9 at the Bridgewater East Golf Club in Auburn, Ind. 


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Cogley, Julie
  • Hendrix, Amy
  • Carter, Oksana


Oak leaf Installation 2017

Oak leaf sculpture installed

Posted June 27 - There will be a lot going on over the next few days at the north end of the Manchester University Mall in front of Cordier Auditorium. Artist Mark Krucke delivered a 12-foot oak leaf sculpture Tuesday morning. The best times to watch the polishing process begin Wednesday morning. Learn more.


Campus Store closed first week of July

Posted June 26 - The Campus Store will be closed for its fiscal year-end inventory from Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 8. Mail will be sorted and delivered as normal during that time. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Heather Gochenaur, Campus Store manager. 

University ID services now 24/7 in Clark

Posted June 26 - The University’s ID machine has moved from the Business Office in the Administration Building to University Safety in the Clark Computer Center on the North Manchester campus, according to Allen Machielson, dean of student experience. The move enables students, faculty and staff to replace a damaged, lost or stolen University ID card 24/7. If you have questions about IDs, need ID photos or a new ID printed, please contact ID card University Safety at 982-5000,  or stop by the office in Clark.

Documents for Welcome Week packets due by Aug. 7 

Posted June 26 - Any faculty or staff member who would like to include documents in Welcome Week packets, distributed to all incoming first-year students, should provide 500 copies to Shanon Fawbush, director of student activities and orientation, no later than Monday, Aug. 7. 

Help represent MU in Three Rivers Festival Parade

Posted May 17 - All students, faculty and staff of Manchester University are invited to help with MU’s presence at the Three Rivers Festival Parade in Fort Wayne on July 8. We’ll have a float for the first time this year, and volunteers are needed to construct and decorate it. MU also is seeking 30 walkers for the parade. Sign up for either or both here

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  • Gregory elected Rotary president

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 02, 2017

    Posted June 2 - Anne Gregory, assistant director for media relations, has been elected president of the Rotary Club of North Manchester. Her term begins July 1.

  • DeLellis elected secretary of AACP’s geriatric group

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 02, 2017

    Posted June 2 - Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was recently elected secretary of the Geriatric Special Interest Group at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She will be sworn in at the July annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

  • Caudill earns Certificate in Public Relations

    by Melinda Lantz | May 16, 2017

    Posted May 16 - Whitney Caudill, vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives, has earned a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This certificate will enhance Whitney’s leadership of the strategic communications team at Manchester as well as the development of new programs and other initiatives.

    Whitney has a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Virginia and a Juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has also earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. 

  • Peter Shepherd will be ambassador for German study

    by Melinda Lantz | May 09, 2017

    Posted May 9 - Peter Shepherd has been selected as a Young Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In his role, Peter will help promote study in Germany during his senior year at Manchester. All 2017-18 Young Ambassadors are invited to New York for a four-seminar addressing intercultural communications, presentation skills and marketing.

    A sales major with a German minor, Peter studied last fall in Marburg, Germany.

  • Bourff is Indiana AHPERD Outstanding Student of the Year

    by Melinda Lantz | May 08, 2017

    Posted May 8 - Manchester’s Jared Bourff has been selected as the Indiana AHPERD Outstanding Student of the Year.  He will compete in the district competition against five other Midwest students this summer.  If selected, he will go on to the national competition. 

    Three other MU students majoring in physical education teacher education were also nominated for the award by the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. They were Hunter Gaerte, Paige Keller and Mark Osmialowski. The nomination is based on academics and leadership, as well as service to their institution, community and the health and physical education profession.

    MU has had one national recipient in Melanie DeGrandchamp ’09, the Undergraduate Adapted Physical Education Student of the Year for the Society for Health and Physical Educators. 

  • Youth Triathlon brings 46 youths to campus

    by Melinda Lantz | May 05, 2017

    Posted May 5 - Rain did not prevent Associate Professors Jeff Beer and Ryan Hedstrom and Assistant Professor Sun Kang from conducting a successful 2nd annual County Youth Triathlon on April 29.  In all, 46 area youth, ranging from kindergarteners to fifth-graders, biked, ran and completed an obstacle course.  Each participant received a snack bag, medal, T-shirt, and bike helmet courtesy of Parkview Wabash, Parkview Sports Medicine, and Chartwells.  Athletic training and sport management students volunteered their time to assist with the event.

  • The best

    by Melinda Lantz | May 15, 2017

    Posted May 15 - It’s common to hear that graduation is the best weekend of the academic year on campuses across the country. The students with whom faculty and staff have worked closely are about to graduate and go into the world. This year’s Class of 2017 at Manchester includes undergraduates, pharmacy, pharmacogenomics and athletic training graduates.

    At Manchester, this “best weekend” is extended into the “best week,” as graduates return for Alumni Days. On the Tuesday after commencement, graduates from 1967 will gather to celebrate their 50th class reunion. They will be joined by alumni celebrating their graduations of 55, 60, 65 and 70 years ago.

    • Our new graduates leave ready to change the world. Our alumni return to share stories of their contributions, large and small, that have improved the human condition.
    • Our new graduates leave with hugs and handshakes from family and extended Manchester family, able to touch those who made their success possible. Our alumni return to reunite with some and remember others who touched their lives at Manchester.
    • Most of our graduates leave with some amount of debt, having borrowed to invest in their futures. Most of our alumni return having contributed to Manchester over many years, investing in the futures of others.

    Gratitude, celebration and hope for the future mark both events, making this the best week of the year.


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