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Student Research Symposium is April 27

Posted April 16 - The 20th annual Manchester University Student Research Symposium is from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the North Manchester campus. Students from both campuses, representing all four academic colleges, will give presentations. 

Brochures with the precise schedule will be available in the Academic Center at 3 p.m., and the oral sessions begin at 3:35 p.m. in that building. The poster sessions start at 4:45 p.m. in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. The keynote presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Switzer Center, followed by awards at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker is French and music major Emily Lynn who will discuss the noteworthy collaborations of Claude Debussy's settings of poems by symbolists Paul Verlaine and Pierre Louýs.

Manchester Peace Week is April 23-28

Posted April 16 - This year's theme for Peace Week, April 23-29, at Manchester is “Marginalized Voices.” With “lunch and learn” sessions in Haist, an art presentation on the library steps, a fundraiser for Heifer International and a performance by immigrants from the Mideast, the week is packed. Learn more

Annual choral concert is on Mother’s Day

Posted April 20 - The Manchester University Department of Music presents its Spring Choral Concert on Sunday, May 13 at Manchester Church of the Brethren. The Mother’s Day tradition includes a freewill donation and bake sale to help defray tour costs for the A Capella Choir. Learn more.

MU prepares to host D-III Final Four in Fort Wayne

Posted April 19 - Plans are taking shape for Manchester University to host the NCAA Division III basketball Final Four at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Read more.

Dixon featured in Millennial Voices Series

Posted April 18 - SparkVision recently interviewed Michael Dixon, MU chief diversity officer and director of intercultural services, in its Millennial Voices Series. Learn more.

Worl finishes 35th in Boston Marathon

Posted April 18 - Third-year Manchester pharmacy student Riley Worl, who ran for the Spartans as an undergraduate, had an impressive showing in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16. He finished 35th in a field of more than 30,000 after covering the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 9 seconds. Learn more.

Beard, Davis named to football’s Hampshire Honor Society

Posted April 16 - Seniors Eric Beard of Findlay, Ohio, and Robby Davis of Cayuga, Ind., were named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society on April 11. The awards marked the sixth successive season in which Manchester student-athletes were recognized.

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the Hampshire Honor Society must have completed their final year of playing eligibility, achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout an entire course of undergraduate study, met all mandated progress toward degree requirements, and have been starters or significant contributors throughout the season.

Civil resistance, peacebuilding expert to speak May 1

Posted April 16 - An internationally recognized expert on movements and civil resistance will speak May 1 at Manchester. Maria J. Stephan directs the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., and is co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. She will speak about “Where Civil Resistance Meets Peacebuilding.” Learn more.

MU Bands Spring Concert is May 4

Posted April 16 - MU's Department of Music presents the University Bands Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. May 4 in Cordier Auditorium. General admission is $5. Admission is free for MU students, faculty and staff. The performance features the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble conducted by Scott Humphries; and the Percussion Ensemble conducted by Bruce Schneider.

Student-athlete siblings serve the community

Posted April 16 - Student-athletes and siblings Connor and Karly Eichenauer have a passion for service and their hometown of North Manchester. Read more.


What should midterm candidates be talking about?

Posted April 16 - Leonard Williams, MU professor of political science and dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, and Neil Wollman, a senior fellow at Bentley University and former MU faculty member, have written an opinion piece that appears in national publication The Hill. Read more.

Oak Leaves staff rakes in awards

Posted April 13 - Seven Manchester students working for the Oak Leaves received awards at the recent Indiana Collegiate Press Association conference in Indianapolis. Learn more.

Senior Series VIA: Is your service trip ‘good for the world?’

Posted April 6 - There has been much talk in recent years about the rise of short-term mission trips and how some might ultimately harm those they were meant to serve. It doesn’t have to be that way. Senior Katherine Brown has twice taken part in the Medical Practicum and will present “Be the Good: Lessons from Nicaragua” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Cordier Auditorium. Learn more.

Martin Garcia ’16 earns NSF Research Fellowship

Posted April 5 - A 2016 Manchester graduate has been selected for the prestigious National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Martin Garcia Chavez, who is pursuing his Ph.D., thanks his MU mentors and urges current and future Spartans to be fearless and believe in themselves. Read more.

MSO celebrates spring with ‘String Fling’

Posted March 28 - The Manchester Symphony Orchestra presents “Spring String Fling” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30 in Cordier Auditorium, featuring guest artists Elizabeth Smith on violin and Robert Lynn on cello. Under the direction of Scott Humphries, the MSO brings together professional and community musicians, along with selected Manchester faculty, staff and student musicians. Learn more.

It’s Manchester night at the TinCaps! 

Posted March 26 - Join us for an evening of fun on July 19 for the whole family in our own MU section as Manny throws out the opening pitch! Enjoy $1 beer, running the bases after the game and winding down with fireworks. Meet Manny and the alumni team at the private will-call tent to collect your reserved tickets. $10 per person includes admission and a baseball. Wear MU gear and get a free Manchester baseball hat. The game with the Burlington Bees starts at 7:05 p.m. Click here to register.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Missy Barrus- Custodian
  • Adam Gumm-Web Programmer
  • Blake Harris-Assistant Coach for Cross Country and Track and Field
  • Karen Johnstone-Textbook Buyer


Discussions with Dave set for April 23 and 24

Posted April 20 - President Dave McFadden has scheduled another round of “Discussions with Dave.” Faculty and staff are encouraged to join the conversations about where MU is going and how we want to get there. Please note the upcoming events:

9 to 9:50 a.m. Monday, April 23 – Cordier Lobby, NM
4 to 4:50 p.m. Monday, April 23 – Hoff Room, Switzer Center, NM
3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 – Room 133, FW

Take Back the Night on April 26

Posted April 18 - #CAREonMU is sponsoring Take Back the Night at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 on the steps of Funderburg Library. In case of rain, meet in the Lahman Room of the Switzer Center. This is an open mic event to increase awareness of the effects of sexual violence in our community. Share your story in poem, letter, song or whatever best expresses your experience. No information disclosed at this event will be subject to mandatory Title IX reporting.

Plan ahead to reserve facilities for 2018-19

Posted April 20 - Faculty and staff are encouraged to plan ahead and submit facilities reservations for the 2018-19 academic year. Reservations will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. To request a reservation submit a VEMS request form or send an email to Paula Finton or Alexis Young.

MU employees may also submit personal reservation requests and receive a 50 percent discount on facility rental. For security, liability and custodial reasons it’s vital that all events are scheduled through Conference Services.  Setup, technology and food service will not be assured until a reservation has been confirmed.

Wappes and Ladwig among HCAC Athletes of the Week

Posted April 3 - Sophomore outdoor women's track and field distance runner Hannah Wappes of Columbia City, Ind., and senior softball second baseman Laurren Ladwig of Crown Point, Ind., represented Manchester as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week announced Monday, April 2. Read more.

Manchester hosts Youth Triathlon

Posted March 26 - MU’s Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training, along with the College of Business, invites local K-5 children to participate in the Manchester University Youth Triathlon on May 12. Learn more.

Empty Bowls to raise money for Heifer International

Posted March 9 - This year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28 on the North Manchester campus mall. Enjoy food in a handmade bowl, music, door prizes and activities for children. Proceeds go to support Heifer International. Suggested donations are $5 for students and children; and $10 for faculty, staff and community members. Sign up to help make the bowls here.

Are classes delayed or canceled?

Updated Feb. 5 - In case of inclement weather, each campus has procedures in place:

Be safe out there!

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  • Kang publishes article and chapter, will present in Nova Scotia

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 19, 2018

    Posted April 19 - Sun Kang, assistant professor of sport management, has co-authored an article in the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, and co-authored a chapter in Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations. He also will present at a conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in June. 

  • Patch co-curates web-based resource for enrollment management professionals

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 16, 2018

    Posted April 16 - Will Patch, MU’s digital strategist, is co-curating an open resource for terminology and professional development resources for enrollment management. The #EMchat Reference Book — which includes industry terminology, as well as links to relevant news sources, podcasts, listservs, and newsletters — is a project developed by EMchat, an online community of higher education enrollment management professionals. The project has garnered coverage from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, the largest professional organization for admissions. Read more.


  • Three seniors and Martynowicz present at conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 16, 2018

    Posted April 16 - Three MU seniors, Mo Rammel, Ashleigh Ridenour and Amber Willwerth, along with Mike Martynowicz, assistant professor of education, presented “The Impact of a Motivational Manipulation on Students’ Learning Strategies and Satisfaction” at the 90th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago on April 13.

  • Williams book published

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 10, 2018

    Posted April 10 - Routledge has published Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach, a book co-edited by Leonard Williams, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and a political science professor. Williams also contributed a chapter titled “Reform.”  He recently was invited to serve on the editorial board of the journal PS: Political Science and Politics.


  • P3 John Palaika receives McSoley Scholarship

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 06, 2018

    Posted April 6 - P3 student John Palaika was selected by the Board of Directors of the Pharmacy Education Foundation (PEF) as Manchester’s recipient of the 2018 Joseph E. McSoley Scholarship. The mission of the PEF is to support the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance by soliciting philanthropic contributions to support scholarships, grants and other foundation programs. McSoley Scholarship recipients are pharmacy students who demonstrate qualities of a strong leader.

  • Cashdollar writes blog post for coaches association

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 03, 2018

    Posted April 3 - Vince Cashdollar, MU assistant football coach and offensive coordinator, contributed in April to a blog of the American Football Coaches Association. Cashdollar wrote about offensive line pass protection footwork.

  • Custodial staff makes a difference, deserves our gratitude

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 20, 2018

    Posted April 20 - I had an opportunity to spend two hours this past Monday morning helping Amy Hendrix, Tanya Hartsock and Wendy Isbell clean Schwalm Hall. They also clean the Academic Center for us. They rearranged their Monday cleaning schedule to start in Schwalm so that I could be with them at the start of the day – 6 to 8 a.m. (early for me, routine for them).

    I’d heard horror stories about the condition of Schwalm on some Monday mornings and wanted to see them firsthand, but they told me that what we found that morning was pretty routine. They were both relieved not to find major messes and disappointed that I didn’t experience some of what they find when things are bad.

    What I did experience that morning was a crew of colleagues who work seamlessly together, who thoroughly enjoy one another’s company, who know that what they do makes a difference in student lives and who enjoy – for the most part – the work they do every day.

    Here is the core of what I learned: Like all of us, they deeply appreciate simple behaviors that make their work easier – trash put in a trash can and messes cleaned up by the person(s) who made them, for example. They also appreciate hearing “thank you” and knowing that their work is valued.

    My two hours were mostly spent scrubbing sinks and taking out trash. They graciously allowed me to help them (if you can call what I did help) and didn’t complain when I slowed them down. I’m grateful for both and grateful for all that they and their custodial staff colleagues do for Manchester students, faculty and staff.



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