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Hallie Sorg in Taiwan on summer research fellowship

Posted July 5 - Hallie Sorg, a junior biology-chemistry major from North Manchester, is spending the summer in Taiwan on a Friends of Taiwan Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Professor Jeff Osborne recommended Hallie for the honor. She is pictured here (front, third from left) with Dr. Ming-Yu Kuo and other students at the National Chi-Nan University, where she is spending 10 weeks learning about research in Kuo’s laboratory.

One of six students from the Midwest in the program, Hallie will also travel around Taiwan and surrounding islands, learning about the people and culture. She returns Aug. 14.

Planer to join Hoosier Jewish Legends Hall of Fame

Updated June 27 - John Planer, professor emeritus of music, is being inducted into the Hoosier Jewish Legends – A Hall of Fame, celebrating Hoosiers who have created a significant and lasting impact.

The Indiana Jewish Historical Society induction luncheon is at noon, Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis. For more information or reservations contact Sheila Greenwald at or call the IJHS office 317-749-0048

Learn more.

Manchester preps for new academic year

Posted June 10 - Most of the students are gone, but our campuses are far from quiet. The sound of construction is everywhere. New locations, new services, upgrades. Learn more.

Summer is a great time to volunteer

Posted June 6 - Volunteer service opportunities don’t end just because it’s summer, and they’re not just for students. The Center for Service Opportunities needs people to help serve Community Dinners in North Manchester on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Faculty, staff and students are invited to help and family members are welcome too. Sign up here.

If you enjoy gardening, a Box Veggie Garden is planned for outside of Schwalm Hall this summer and produce will help feed MU students in summer housing. If you want to plant, weed, water or harvest please email

Also, the North Manchester Public Library has many summer events that benefit children and they’re always looking for an extra set of hands. Check their calendar and volunteer by contacting Heidi Lovett at


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.

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.



New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Weil, Jonathan-Instructor-of-Pharmacy
  • Melvin, Darlene-Residence-Hall-Director
  • Marwitz, Kathryn-Assistant-Professor-of-Pharmaceutical-Studies
  • Howard, Heather-Custodian
  • Weeks, Amy-Environmental-Studies-Scholar
  • Lunsford, Justin-Instructional Design Specialist


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  • Eichenauer receives scholarship for graduate study

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 19, 2019

    Posted June 19 - Psychology major Connor Eichenauer ’19 of North Manchester has been selected to receive the Carroll Parrish Scholarship from Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in Social Sciences. Connor will use the $2,000 award to pursue graduate study in industrial/organizational psychology at Michigan State University, the top-ranked program in the field.


  • Bandemer speaks at HR higher education conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 14, 2019

    Posted June 14 - Whitney Bandemer, vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives, was a featured speaker at the LEAP HR – Higher Education conference in Austin, Texas, on May 28. Bandemer’s presentation was titled “Rethink Professional Development in Your Institution to Transform Employee Engagement” in which she talked about the development of HR’s leadership and professional development programming. 

  • Elder speaks at forum on protecting Great Lakes

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 14, 2019

    Posted June 14 - Celia Elder, administrative assistant in the Office of Experiential Education, will speak June 19 behalf of the Hoosier Chapter Sierra Club and Save Maumee Grassroots Organization at a public forum to discuss key issues facing the Great Lakes. Domestic Action Plan (DAP) Advisory Committees in all U.S. Great Lakes states choose one non-government representative and one government representative to provide updates to the public about their DAP progress. Roundtable discussions are open to the public, and participants are invited to contribute their views about the governments’ progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes. 



  • Henriksen and Trovinger present at Washington State

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 14, 2019

    Posted June 14 - Jennifer Henriksen, associate dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment, and Sara Trovinger, director of experiential education, will present at the 2019 TIPed Institute atWashington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences June 18-20. The Transformation and Innovation in Pharmacy Education Institute is a community dedicated to integrating innovation within pharmacy curricula. The topic of their session will be “EPAs: Assessing and Mapping the Affective Domains.”


  • 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


  • Rent and extras

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 16, 2019

    Posted July 16 - Manchester alumni who graduated several decades ago often tell me that they worked their way through school. That is, they earned enough from working to pay for college. It was a different time when tuition was $160 per semester, but it wasn’t easy to cover costs. One graduate told me that spending 10 cents for a cup of coffee in the Oaks was an extravagance. 

    Recently I talked with a Manchester student working as a cashier at the grocery store in North Manchester. As she scanned my purchases, she told me she’s holding down two jobs this summer. One, as a research intern in the Biology Department, “is for rent,” she said. Her New Market job “is for extras.” That includes books, gas money and all the other costs associated with being a college student.

    Across generations of Manchester students, sweat equity – investing the fruits of our own work in our education – has been a given. I’m proud of that Spartan work ethic. It’s one of many reasons our graduates find success and make significant contributions in their communities after graduation.


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