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Hetrick named 2020 Garber Staff Member of the Year

Posted Sept. 21 - Greg Hetrick, assistant dean of enrollment management and community engagement at MU’s Fort Wayne campus, has been named the 2020 Christopher W. Garber Staff Member of the Year.

Hetrick embodies the spirit of “One Manchester,” President Dave McFadden said in announcing the award at an All-Colleague Meeting Sept. 18. Hetrick is “is an exemplary team player and collaborator,” wrote one of the colleagues who nominated him.

A 2005 Manchester graduate, Hetrick returned to work at his alma mater in 2007. He started as an admissions counselor and was promoted in 2009 to associate director for recruitment. He moved to the Fort Wayne campus in 2011 to become director of student services for the Pharmacy Program.


Manchester is No. 1! Wins readers’ choice award for spirit

Posted Sept. 21 - The Fort Wayne Newspapers Readers’ Choice Awards say Manchester has the Best College Spirit in northeast Indiana. Our own Debra Lynn took third place for Best College Professor, and we took second place in Best College, Best College Campus and Best College Mascot. Learn more.


Spartans United Pledge aims to curb the spread of COVID-19

Posted Aug. 13 - Manchester University calls upon all members of the Spartan community to improve the human condition through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. With the Spartans United Pledge, we will be responsible for others and ourselves, and extend compassion, civility and integrity. Learn more.


U.S. News and World Report: MU is among best in the Midwest

Posted Sept. 17 - Manchester University has been named one of the best universities in the Midwest by the U.S. News & World Report annual college guide. The college guide also said that Manchester is among the best schools in the Midwest at improving the social mobility of its graduates. Learn more.

Virtual 5K kicks off 2020 Homecoming

Posted Sept. 17 - Alumni Relations is meeting the COVID-19 challenge with an all-virtual Homecoming, starting with a 5K Spartans can walk or run wherever they are. Reunions will be on Zoom, with several programs being livestreamed. Learn more.

Manchester honors top pharmacy preceptors

Posted Sept. 8 - Manchester University has named its Preceptor Honor Roll for 2020:

Assistant Professor Ryan Ades, Associate Professor Robert Beckett, Associate Professor Tracy Brooks, Associate Professor Diane Calinski, Assistant Professor Teresa DeLellis, Associate Professor Sarah Gordon, Assistant Professor Melissa Gratz, Associate Professor Kierstan Hanson, Assistant Dean Gregory Hetrick, Assistant Professor Jason Isch, Associate Professor Renee McCafferty, Assistant Professor Andrea Mekonnen and Pearl Pfiester, who graduated from the Pharmacy Program in 2016.

They will be recognized during the 2020 Preceptor Showcase. Learn more.


Pollonais promoted to director of diversity and inclusion

Posted Aug. 27 - Maegan Pollonais has been promoted to director of student diversity and inclusion. She manages day-to-day operations of the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and assists in developing and retaining students of color and international students. Learn more.


Princeton Review: Manchester among top Midwest universities

Posted Aug. 19 - Manchester University is among the best colleges in the Midwest, according toPrinceton Review. Citing our faculty and close-knit community, the company lists Manchester among its "Best in the Midwest" recommended schools. Learn more.

Manchester joins virtual summit on anti-racism, community safety

Posted July 16 - Presidents of nine Indiana colleges and universities met virtually on July 10, along with dozens of Indiana state, city and civic leaders to listen, discuss mutual needs and better understand how to advance the work of racial justice and transformation.

Joining President Dave McFadden were Assistant Professor of Social Work Alicia Dailey, Director of Advising Mara Youngbauer, Assistant Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Maegan Pollonais and Vice President for Student Life Abby Van Vlerah. Those taking part from the town of North Manchester were Police Chief Jim Kirk, Town Manager Adam Penrod and Community Foundation of Wabash County Executive Director Patty Grant, who also is an MU trustee. Learn more.

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Manchester eSports joins Great Lakes conference

Posted Aug. 12 - Manchester has joined the Great Lakes Esports Conference, adding intercollegiate games for students and further developing the growing program. “It’s about expanding their opportunities,” said eSports Director Jim Manis. Learn more.


Rospond named department chair, associate dean  

Posted Aug. 12 - Raylene Rospond is the new chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Manchester University. She is also serving in the newly created position of associate dean of clinical affairs and outreach. Learn more.

Welcome!

New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Williams, Tayshia
  • Elder, Sidney
  • Stillman, Megan
  • Hill, Cayleel
  • Rupp, Ryan
  • Hornbarger, Kelly
  • Kaopuiki, Ryon
  • Fantuzzi, Jeff
  • Rogers, Kourtney

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Students, colleagues invited to host OurViewofMU

Posted Aug. 14 - Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share a week in their life at Manchester on OurViewofMU. The MU Instagram account has a new host each week. You can sign up to host here. Have questions about it? Please email socialmedia@manchester.edu.


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Successes

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  • MU chapter of Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists recognized

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2020

    Posted Sept. 17 - The Association of Schools of Public Health has officially recognized Manchester’s chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists for 2020-21. Chapters are recognized if they:

    • Promote interest in membership and collaboration with local, state and national health-system organizations.
    • Cultivate career exploration, residency preparation and professional development.
    •  Encourage students to engage with ASHP’s key initiatives, partners and priorities.
  • Lauck earns highest honors for GPA

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2020

    Posted Sept. 17 - Sarah Lauck, administrative assistant, earned the Dean’s Highest Honors Award for her grade point average of 4.0 for the 2020 summer term at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

     

     

  • Faculty present at resident teaching certificate program

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2020

    Posted Sept. 17 - Several faculty members represented Manchester as presenters at the Indiana Pharmacy Resident Teaching Certificate (IPTeC) Program. They are Ryan Ades (Superstar Preceptors), Rob Beckett (Designing an Effective Educational Session), Dusty Linn (Effectively Integrating Experiential Students into Clinical Practice), Andrea Mekonnen (Junior Faculty Panel Discussion) and Andrea Wilhite (Establishing Classroom Rapport).

     

  • Pharmacy colleagues named to Preceptor Honor Roll

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2020

    Posted Sept. 17 - Manchester faculty and staff have been named to this year’s Preceptor Honor Roll, chosen for their availability, engagement and excellence in precepting. This year’s honor roll includes Ryan Ades, Melissa Gratz, Rob Beckett, Kierstan Hanson, Tracy Brooks, Greg Hetrick, Diane Calinski, Jason Isch, Teresa DeLellis, Renee McCafferty, Sarah Gordon and Andrea Mekonnen.

    All honor roll members will be recognized at the Preceptor Showcase virtual lunch on Sept. 22.  

     

  • Campbell chairs ACPE standards task force

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2020

    Posted Sept. 17 - Jennifer Campbell (Henriksen) has been selected to serve as chair of the Standards 10-12 Taskforce of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The committee will review and revise the rubric section for Standards 10-12.

    Jennifer, along with four other members, will evaluate the required uploads related to Standards 10-12, make recommendations for elimination of uploads based on redundancy or lack of need, make recommendations for addition of new uploads to better evaluate Standards 10- 12, and review and revise the narrative statements for Standards 10-12.

    Once complete, the board will consider adopting the recommendations for ACPE spring visits.

     

  • Three collaborate for Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 18, 2020

    Posted Aug. 18 - Ryan Ades, director of experiential education and assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Sara Trovinger, former director of experiential education; and student Sara Zeer contributed to Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, scheduled for December release. They wrote on “Comparison of full-time faculty preceptor and volunteer preceptor evaluations of experiential students.”

     

     

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  • Who could have imagined …

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 21, 2020

    Posted Sept. 21 - Once again, Manchester graduates find themselves on the frontlines. Stephanie Wheeler and Nicole Heiberger, recent graduates of our pharmacogenomics program, work for a company called GeneMarkers, our partner for COVID-19 testing.

    Once a week, we administer tests on campus and volunteers drive them to Kalamazoo, where the GeneMarkers labs are located. Recently, Renee and I made the five-hour round-trip drive. We wanted to do our part and to see where and how the tests are processed. The company is in a non-descript building beside a parking garage and its labs look a lot like the science labs on our campuses.

    The best part of our visit was talking with Stephanie, GeneMarkers’ lab manager, about her work. She told us the company was set up to do genetics-related research and development – work she was hired to help with two years ago – and only began doing diagnostic testing when the pandemic hit. Originally, they planned to do 1,000 coronavirus tests a week and find themselves; instead, running about that many tests a day. They’ve tripled the number of people who work there and are running two shifts.

    At the end of our visit, we stood with Stephanie and asked, “Who could have imagined that you would find yourself doing this work during the middle of a pandemic?” She, Nicole and their colleagues are helping dozens of organizations manage through these challenging times. As we say often, the world needs more Manchester graduates.

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