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Online COVID-19 course helps incoming students transition from high school

Posted June 30 - Manchester faculty members created an interdisciplinary summer course for incoming students that helps them transition from high school to college-level courses. It explores the many ways COVID-19 has affected our lives. Learn more.

Faculty promotions, tenure decisions announced

Posted June 24 - Celia Cook-Huffman, vice president for academic affairs, has announced several faculty promotions and tenure decisions, offering her congratulations and recognizing “their outstanding teaching, service and scholarship.” Learn more.


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Twomey named to endowed chair in College of Business

Posted May 18 - Heather Twomey has been named the Howard and Myra Brembeck Associate Professor of Business at the Gilbert College of Business. The appointment is effective July 1. Learn more.

Celia Cook-Huffman is VP for academic affairs

Posted June 4 - Celia Cook-Huffman ’86 has returned to her alma mater as vice president for academic affairs. Coming to Manchester as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded presented novel challenges, such as building relationships while remaining physically distant – hanging out with Student Senate members via Zoom and attending virtual meetings with colleagues. Learn more.

Manchester to launch population health major

Posted May 14 - The rising demand for professionals who can understand health issues affecting communities of people has led to the creation of a new major to help meet that need. In population health, which begins in fall 2020, students will learn how to gather, interpret and use health information to empower people and organizations to prevent disease and advocate for a better quality of life for all.  Learn more.

Dargo named director of MAT program

Dargo,-Lucas2Posted May 14 - Lucas Dargo, assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training, will become the program director for MU’s accredited Master of Athletic Training Program effective June 1. Dargo succeeds Mark Huntington, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

Jeff Beer, chair of the Exercise Science and Athletic Training Department, will continue on the MAT faculty. Jessica Rager will join the MAT faculty in July and assume Dargo’s current responsibilities as clinical education coordinator for athletic training. Pam Karkosky will leave her position as administrative assistant for Natural and Health Sciences on the North Manchester campus and join the health sciences admissions staff in Fort Wayne. She will continue to provide administrative support to the MAT program.

2020 Commencement moves to fall

Posted April 17 - Manchester surveyed members of the Class of 2020 about Commencement in the age of COVID-19. The overwhelming response was in favor of a live celebration, so it is now scheduled for October. Learn more.

Manchester waives enrollment deposit for fall

kaopuiki-ryon-optimizedPosted March 27 - Manchester is waiving the enrollment deposit for incoming students this fall as part of its overall strategy in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize that students and families are experiencing a lot of disruption right now. Our hope is that by eliminating the enrollment deposit for this fall, Manchester can help students move forward toward their future at Manchester University,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president for enrollment and marketing. Learn more.


New MU Faculty & Staff

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


Manchester plans to open in fall 2020

Posted May 21 - After careful consideration and weighing a number of options, Manchester University plans to open its campuses in fall 2020. Learn more.

Your social media contributions welcome

PKyle Grubbsosted April 15 - Kyle Grubbs, MU’s interim social media coordinator, is seeking contributions to help spread Spartan spirit during this digital time.

Here’s what she is looking for:

  • A video of yourself (or a group) singing the Manchester Fight Song (vertical video preferred)
  • A video of yourself giving a pep talk/motivational talk to current students (vertical video preferred – under 45 seconds)
  • A photo of yourself in Manchester gear, posted on our social media using #ManchesterMonday!
  • A short video of your pets doing their best tricks for our Pet Talent Show. Include their names and a short description of the tricks.

Please submit your content or ideas to

Also, don’t forget to follow all of our channels and like/share our content. Find Manchester’s social media hub here.

Share your news on MU Today

Do have news to share? Send your information to When you do, you’ll tell every member of our core communications team: Dan Chudzynski, Anne Gregory and Melinda Lantz. We’ll coordinate with each other to disseminate your news in the most effective ways we can, including MU Today, social media, press releases, newsletters and Manchester magazine.

Submit your event to MU’s online calendar

If you have an event to add to the Manchester University online calendar, please click here, look for the blue SUBMIT AN EVENT button on the bottom left and fill in your information. An email then goes to a member of the communications team, who will complete the update. It’s easy! Because details for an event might change between the time it is submitted and the actual event, please send any changes to and put Calendar Change in the subject line. 

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Be safe out there!


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  • Smith to chair AACP committee

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Tommy Smith, dean of Pharmacy Programs and professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has been appointed chair of the 2020-2021 Bylaws and Policy Development Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. President-Elect Dustin Linn, associate professor of pharmacy practice at MU, made the appointment. 


  • Rospond serves on AACP Academic Affairs Committee

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Raylene Rospond, associate dean of clinical affairs and outreach and professor of pharmacy practice, has been invited to serve on the 2020- 2021 Academic Affairs Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. 

  • Henriksen joins Academic Leadership Fellows

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Jennifer Henriksen, associate dean of academic and student affairs and professor of pharmacy practice, has been accepted into the Academic Leadership Fellows Program 2020-21 Cohort 17.


  • Beckett to present to Assessment Institute

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice, will present a session on “Getting Started and Making Headway as a New Assessment Lead” at the 2020 Assessment Institute to be held virtually Oct. 25-28.


  • Isch named to Michiana Forty Under 40 Class

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Jason Isch, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been selected for the 2020 Michiana Forty Under 40 Class. This program recognizes 40 young professionals in the region for their contributions and accomplishments in their workplace and community. Ed Battjes, manager of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services at Saint Joseph Health System, nominated Jason.


  • Fontanez earns all-academic honors as student-athlete

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 04, 2020
    Posted June 4 - Lucas Fontanez, a junior from Lowell, Ind., has been named to the Academic All-District VII First Team of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Lucas earned Academic All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors this year in both cross country and track and field. In 2018, he was named to the All-Academic Team of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The biology major has a 3.97 GPA. He was the 2019 HCAC Cross Country Individual Champion.  

  • Outstanding in the cornfields

    by Melinda Lantz | May 13, 2020

    Posted May 13 - When I first arrived at Manchester, I said, half seriously, that our tagline should be “Manchester: Outstanding in the Cornfields.” When I shared the idea, it was always good for a laugh, or at least a chuckle. The less-than-hearty laugh response let me know that it was funny, but cut too close to a truth that some found uncomfortable or off-putting.

    Now, after 25 years, it may be time to print the T-shirts and roll out the billboards. Some families and undergraduate students, perhaps many, will find an exceptional small college in a welcoming rural town appealing. Certainly perceived safety in a time of pandemic is an issue, but so are the close attention and personal support that they find at Manchester. It’s not enough just to feel safe. Feeling seen, heard and cared for matter enormously.

    Our mission statement starts by affirming the infinite worth of every person. For students that means they are seen, heard and cared for – individually.

    We’ve always been outstanding in the cornfields, and today we proclaim it with pride.


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