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331 graduate from Manchester

Manchester University conferred undergraduate, professional and graduate degrees to 331 students on Saturday, May 18.

The Graduate and Professional Commencement Exercises were 10 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium. Undergraduate Commencement was at 2 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center.

The complete list of graduates can be found here.


College of Business hits Best Value triple play

Updated May 23 - Three programs in the Arthur L. Gilbert College of Business – accounting, finance and marketing – are the No. 1 “Best Value for the Money” in Indiana, and all three are ranked in the top 10 percent nationally by College Factual. Learn more.

Nominations open for Garber Staff Member of the Year

Posted May 7 - Nominations are being accepted until July 1 for this year’s Garber Staff Member of the Year. The award, presented at the fall All-Colleague Meeting, recognizes a staff member who demonstrates an everyday commitment to Manchester University. Recipients provide excellent customer service while keeping the best interests of the University at heart. They lead peers and collaborate across departments. They are reliable, respected by co-workers and loyal to the University. They are problem-solvers with a positive attitude who encourage other staff members along the way.

Full-time staff members at either campus are eligible. To nominate a colleague, please find the nomination form here.

Faculty and Staff Canoe Float planned for Aug. 17

Posted May 6 - The 2019 Faculty and Staff Canoe Float is planned for Saturday, Aug. 17. Families are welcome and no canoeing experience is necessary. Participants will launch canoes and kayaks at about 10:15 a.m. and float to the Laketon Public Access Site, where they will eat lunch, returning to campus around 2 p.m.

Any MU faculty or staff member interested in participating is asked to contact Andy Rich at by May 17. Also, please let Andy know how many family members you plan to bring and whether you will supply your own canoe or kayak.


MU walkers log 1,296 miles in health campaign

Posted April 24 - Manchester quadrupled the number of participants in this year’s “Walk Across America” health campaign, from 40 last year to 176 this year. MU walkers totaled 1,292.16 miles in two weeks, the equivalent of walking from North Manchester to Miami, Fla. The campaign was a joint effort of Health Services and the Community Health Work class.

2019 Giving Day sets a record

Updated April 18 - What a day! Giving Day 2019 at Manchester University included a flash mob, two giant gift box reveals, a marriage proposal -- she said YES -- so much support we were trending on Twitter – and more than 350 gifts that added up to more than $116,000 from generous members of the MU community to help support our students! Thank you! If you haven't seen the proposal, get your tissues handy.


New MU Faculty & Staff

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  • Jeff-Pickard-University-Safety-Officer


Yoga open to all MU faculty and staff 

Posted May 15 - Once again, Vicki Eber will lead summer yoga sessions for all MU faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays June 3 through July 29 in the Art Gallery on the Fort Wayne campus.

Yoga enhances flexibility, balance and relaxation. Eber will provide modifications of poses to fit every level and accommodate injuries. Please bring a yoga mat and clothes that will allow you to bend and stretch. Cost for the summer is $45. To register, please complete the Signup Genius.


Independence Day fireworks, celebration are set

Updated May 14 - The 18th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display hosted by Manchester University is the evening of June 29, a Saturday. The rain date is July 4.

The North Manchester Fire Department, which transports the fireworks materials and spends hours setting up the displays, set the dates.

The University event coordinator is student Cici Vanderwall. If you want to volunteer or be part of the planning process, please contact her at Planning sessions are 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

MU offers coding, LEGO®, robotics day camps

Posted April 17 - Manchester is adding Coding Day Camp to its Science Center summer camp offerings at the North Manchester campus. The popular LEGO®, robotics day camps are also returning. Learn more.

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  • Mayer’s article is in Public Seminar

    by Melinda Lantz | May 16, 2019

    Posted May 16 - Seth Mayer, assistant professor of philosophy, published an article in Public Seminar titled, "What Criminal Justice Reformers Can Learn from the Green New Deal." Read it here.


  • Haley Farris is Behnke scholarship winner

    by Melinda Lantz | May 14, 2019

    Posted May 14 - Junior Haley Farris has been chosen to receive the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association Robert S. Behnke Professional Education Scholarship. It will be presented at the association’s annual meeting on June 3 in Indianapolis. Learn more


  • Skendaj presents research, pedagogy throughout the year

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 22, 2019

    Posted April 22 - Elton Skendaj, Muir Associate Professor in Peace Studies, has been actively presenting on peace studies research and pedagogy during the 2018-2019 academic year. On Oct. 1 at the University of Toledo, he presented research on “Strategic Peacebuilding: Rebuilding Institutions after Civil War,” as well as a pedagogical presentation on “Student Stories: Using Digital Media for Civic Engagement in Peace Studies courses.”

    Skendaj also presented a paper titled “Externally driven Rule of Law: International Experts, Political Patronage and Domestic Accountability in Weak States” at a research workshop on Internationalizing Kosovoat Arizona State University Jan. 30-31. He made a teaching presentation on “Acting the Change through Theatre of the Oppressed” at the Fort Wayne Teaching and Learning Conference on Feb. 22. Skendaj will present a paper on “Re-presenting ‘Albanian studies’ in the West” at the International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society in Pomorie, Bulgaria, June 10-11.

    As the current president of the scholarly Society for Albanian Studies, Skendaj chaired the organization’s annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Boston December 6-9. He participated at the Alliance for Peacebuilding conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24-25. And in March, he chaired the panel on The International Experience of Migration at the 2019 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference where four MU students presented papers on refugees and stateless people in Lebanon, Jordan, Nigeria and Dominican Republic.


  • Abdelmageed, Hetrick speak at IPA convention

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 18, 2019

    Posted April 18 - Greg Hetrick, director of admissions and enrollment management for Pharmacy Programs, presented on “Enrolling and Graduating the Right Students: Challenges and Strategies in an Ever-Changing Pharmacy Landscape” at the Indiana Pharmacists Association (IPA) annual convention in Indianapolis April 12 and 13. Ahmed Abdelmageed, assistant dean of student, alumni and community engagement, also presented at the convention on “Caring for Diverse Patient Populations.” 


  • Mohan appointed to LEARN Resource Center board

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 18, 2019

    Posted April 18 - Shekher Mohan, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has joined the board of the LEARN Resource Center. LEARN Resource Center provides before school, after school and summer programs for students in grades K-6 in underserved areas.



  • Cogley-Pifko, Grubb Selected For YLNI Planning Committee

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 18, 2019

    Posted April 18 - Julie Cogley-Pifko, assistant director of admissions and enrollment management for Pharmacy Programs, and McKenzie Grubb, admissions counselor for Pharmacy Programs, have been selected to serve on the College Leadership Institute Planning Committee for 2019-2020 with the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI). Julie and McKenzie were selected in December for the 2019 YLNI Leadership Institute Class which graduated April 17. 


  • It’s good to have experts agree with us

    by Melinda Lantz | May 24, 2019

    Posted May 24 - We’ve known for years that we have exceptional programs in accounting, finance and marketing. This spring, College Factual released its 2019 “Best Value for the Money” rankings and named Manchester’s accounting, finance and marketing programs No. 1 in Indiana and among the top 10 percent in the nation. It was the second year in a row for our accounting program.

    Sometimes it takes an objective, independent voice to convince others of something we all know to be true. That’s certainly the case here.

    Congratulations to our Gilbert College of Business faculty and graduates for this recognition!

    You can find the story here.



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