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MU names first Muir Professor of Peace Studies

Posted Aug. 3 - Elton Skendaj has joined Manchester’s faculty as the Gladdys Muir Associate Professor of Peace Studies, a new endowed faculty position at MU. The endowed professorship strengthens MU’s ability to educate students across disciplines and enhances its reputation as a global leader in peace studies education. Read more

Tetteh-Quarshie answers a higher calling

Posted Aug. 16 - For Samuel Tetteh-Quarshie, a Spartan soccer player from Ghana, coming to MU “was the best decision I could have made.” Read the story by Mark Adkins, sports information director. 

For Lynn, opportunities are just around the corner

Posted Aug. 16 - More than 3,500 miles away or a three-minute walk. MU sophomore Emily Lynn has made the most of her collegiate opportunities at any distance, and she hopes for even more over the next three years. Read Mark Adkins’ story here

Spartan volleyball team poised to own it

Posted Aug. 11 - An elevated level of excitement is brewing for a team on the rise. Read the season preview by Mark Adkins, sports information director.

Can fish climb a ladder? It’s time to find out

Posted Aug. 10 - One of the most photographed vistas in Wabash County is the site of a unique scientific experiment: MU is installing a fish ladder at the Stockdale Mill dam. Professor Jerry Sweeten says students will monitor 2,000 tagged fish to see how well it works. Learn more.

MU is on ‘Best in the Midwest’ list

Posted Aug. 3 - Manchester University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists the university among its "Best in the Midwest" recommended schools in "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Learn more

Faculty honored for teaching, service, scholarship

Posted July 31 - Faculty at the North Manchester campus have honored three of their colleagues for distinguished teaching, scholarship and service:

  • 2017 Teacher of the Year: Jeff Beer
  • 2017 Excellence in Service: Kim Duchane
  • 2017 Outstanding Scholar: Young Lee

Learn more.

MU grad known for coaching publishes poetry 

Posted Aug. 3 - Volleyball coaching legend Terry Pettit ’68 has published Trust And The River, a collection of poems. For Pettit, it is the culmination of his 40-year relationship with poetry. He first composed verses as an undergraduate at Manchester. Read more

Senior Kenny Doss featured in ‘State of the Union’ video

Posted July 28 - MU senior Kenny Doss of Chicago founded the Bridge The Gap, an initiative to help inner city youth discover a future through the game of basketball. Kenny was featured in the Small College Basketball State of the Union address, released Friday, July 28. His section begins at around the 14-minute mark on this video.

It’s a new year for Spartan cross country

Posted July 31 - Manchester's cross country teams must move beyond last year’s successes. Read the season preview by Mark Adkins, sports information director.

Upcoming soccer season previewed

Posted July 27 - Manchester’s women’s soccer team seeks to build on last year’s momentum, while the men’s team prepares for the challenges of some stiff competition.


Bronze oak leaf sculpture installed on NM campus

Updated Aug. 2 - A 12-foot bronze sculpture of an oak leaf has been installed in front of Cordier Auditorium. Artist Mark Krucke, an Ohio native who lives in Florida, was on the North Manchester campus for the installation . The sculpture is part of a gift from Patricia Schaefer, a lifelong supporter of the arts and education. A resident of Muncie, Ind., Ms. Schaefer was the director of the Muncie Public Library from 1959 to 1986.


Spartans start football season with depth

Posted July 20 - A deep roster is fueling excitement for this year’s Spartan football campaign. Read the season preview by Mark Adkins, sports information director.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Judi Orr, Administrative Assistant
  • Andrea Whitaker, Instructor of Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Resident
  • Natasha Manor, Student Employment Coordinator
  • Marwa Noureldin, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Scotty Cole, Assistant Coach of Football
  • Mohan,-Shekher


Sisters offers free doughnut during Happy Hour

Updated Aug. 1 - Visit Sisters Café this summer from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. During Happy Hour (1 to 2 p.m.) Aug. 5-18, get a free doughnut with the purchase of a Starbucks beverage. Sunrise Chicken Salad is the special the week of Aug.15.

Take the #CAREOnMU pledge

Posted Aug. 1 - Jillian "Jay" Watts, director of the CARE Initiative, asks the MU community to join her in continuing MU's legacy of peace, mutual respect and lifelong learning with the Creating a Respectful Environment Initiative. It is a resource and support service program designed to aid in the prevention of sexual violence, domestic/dating violence and stalking through community response, education and culturally responsive practices. Learn more. She asked that you email to make your commitment to #CAREOnMU.

297 on undergraduate Dean’s List

Posted July 27 - Hard work has earned 297 MU undergraduate students a place on the spring 2017 Dean’s List

MLK 50th anniversary committee invites ideas

Posted July 19 - Manchester was the last college campus at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before his assassination in 1968. In commemoration of his visit here, the University is planning a series of special events throughout the 2017-18 year. Several events are already in the planning stages, but the steering committee welcomes ideas from anyone in the MU community. If you have ideas, please share them with Michael Dixon (chair), Katy Gray Brown, Anne Gregory, Julie Knuth, Melinda Lantz or Melissa West. 

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.

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  • Davis co-authors chapter on problem-based learning

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 17, 2017

    Posted Aug. 17 - Kathryn Davis, associate professor of chemistry, has co-authored a chapter which was accepted for publication in the upcoming American Chemical Society Symposium Series volume titled, “Liberal Arts Strategies for the Chemistry Classroom.” The chapter, “Incorporating Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Into the Chemistry Curriculum: Two Practitioners’ Experiences," which Davis co-authored with Christen Strollo (College of Saint Benedict-Saint John's University) should appear in print in late 2017.

  • Skinner, Kindler pass certification exams

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 19, 2017

    Posted July 19 - Brian Skinner, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has successfully passed the Pharmacotherapy Board Certification exam and Katee Kindler, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has successfully passed her Ambulatory Care Board Certification.  

  • DeLellis chosen for Leadership Fort Wayne program

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 07, 2017

    Posted Aug. 10 - Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been chosen for this year’s Leadership Fort Wayne Program, sponsored by Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Leadership Fort Wayne trains community leaders to embrace the community through civic engagement and servant leadership. DeLellis earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wayne State University and joined MU’s Pharmacy Program in 2015. Read more

  • 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. 

  • Stories I heard in Alaska

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 18, 2017

    Posted Aug. 18 - I’ve just returned from a two-week trip with alumni to Alaska. It was a wonderful trip, partly because of the vistas and wildlife that we saw, but also because of the alumni we got to know. Renee and I made a point to share a meal with each person or couple that wanted to meet with us. As with all such conversations, the best part was hearing their stories about Manchester and what they’ve done with their lives after.

    They were an eclectic group. The oldest were in their 80s and Renee and I were among the youngest. They were physicians, missionaries, teachers, pastors, farmers, social workers, nurses and more. Among their stories, we heard:

    • One couple, newly graduated from Manchester and newly married, chose to go to Laos for two years during the Vietnam War. He had a high draft number and could have avoided going to Southeast Asia, but he felt called to help those in need. Both went. They worked with agriculture and community health projects in a war zone.
    • One alumnus told me he majored in math and chemistry and minored in physics and communication studies. “Communication studies?” I asked him. “That one doesn’t fit.” He told me he felt strongly that being able to communicate effectively with others was one of the most important things he could learn at Manchester.
    • One alumna practices family medicine in a solo practice. She acknowledged that her way of serving her patients is out of step with the direction of health care, but said that it allows her to choose who she serves regardless of their insurance. Her patients are her family, she says.

    I am proud to claim each of each of these graduates as alumni. They embody the spirit of “ability and conviction” and have, over the course of their careers, improved the human condition in tangible and real ways.


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