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Saylor makes $100,000 challenge gift for stadium

Posted Oct. 10 - As a record-breaking split end for the Spartan football team in the mid-1980s, Todd Saylor ’87 knows how much alumni support can mean to student-athletes. He is challenging others to help raise money for the new athletic stadium by matching gifts up to $100,000. Learn more.

MU gives back with Monster Mash, U Can Crush Hunger, Haunted Dollhouse

Posted Oct. 16 - Manchester outreach for the Halloween season includes the Monster Mash, Canstruction and a Haunted Dollhouse. Learn more.

Comedic Down the Street play debuts at Manchester

Posted Oct. 14 - The Manchester University Theatre Society presents Down the Street as its fall production. The play is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in Cordier Auditorium. It is run completely by students – written, directed and produced – with an all-student cast and crew. Learn more.

Colleagues trained to help others improve processes, efficiency

Posted Oct. 16 - This past summer, a small group of faculty and staff received Workplacelean® Process Mapping training. Expert colleagues at Des Moines Area Community College visited campus for the three-day training.  

Lean process mapping challenges employees to recognize improvement opportunities in their daily tasks and routines and helps them to eliminate waste and improve processes to better meet the demands of the people they serve. 

Colleagues trained in Workplacelean® Process Mapping are Liz Bushnell, Julie Knuth, Mindy Martynowicz, Tami Hoagland, Brandi Chauncey, Sherri Shockey, Trent Towne, Shekher Mohan, Travis Steele, and Alexis Young.  Members of this group are also available to lead process mapping for your department.  They are excited to tackle more continuous improvement processes at MU and would like your suggestions for processes you are involved with that you think could be improved.  To share your ideas, please complete this brief Qualtrics survey.  

You can learn more about process mapping at or, you can attend these upcoming Lunch and Learn and Operations training sessions:

Overview of Lean Process Mapping Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, January 14

12:15 to 1:00pm

FW campus

Wednesday, January 15

12:15 to 1:00pm

NM campus

Lean Process Mapping Operation Training

Thursday, February 13

4:00 to 5:00pm

NM campus

Thursday, February 20

3:30 to 4:30pm

FW campus

Human rights activist John Prendergast to speak Oct. 29

Posted Oct. 15 - John Prendergast, international human rights activist and author, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Cordier Auditorium. He will explain how to enact change in “10 Building Blocks for Making a Difference in the World and in Your Neighborhood.” Learn more.

Manchester ranks among top 10 colleges for jobs in Indiana

Posted Oct. 10 - ranks Manchester University among the top 10 best colleges for jobs in Indiana. Using College Scorecard Data, it searched for colleges and universities in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students graduated. Learn more.

Manchester preps eSports arena

Posted Oct. 10 - Preparations are nearly complete for an eSports arena at the North Manchester campus, with state-of-the-art equipment on order. The arena is at East Hall, and the plan is to begin play this fall, have tryouts before the semester ends and start competition in the spring season. Learn more.

Day of Silence Oct. 16 supports LGBT community

Posted Oct. 4 - United Sexualities and Genders is coordinating a Day of Silence on Oct. 16 as part of Pride Week. A student-led national event, the Day of Silence calls attention to anti-LGBT sentiments in education as students from middle school to college take a vow of silence to encourage everyone to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. The silence illustrates the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students, faculty and staff.

All are invited to participate. Those who don’t are asked to respect those who do, recognizing their silence as peaceful protest. More information will be announced closer to Oct. 16.

Chamber Singers, Cantabile offer autumn concert

Posted Oct. 1 - Manchester University Chamber Singers and Cantabile will present their fall concert on Friday, Oct. 18. The concert will be 7:30 p.m. in Wine Recital Hall. Learn more.

Symphony offers Family Fright Night on Oct. 28

Posted Oct. 4 - The Manchester Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2019-2020 season on Monday of Halloween week with games, an exhibit by local elementary school students and food before the Oct. 28 Family Fright Night concert. Slip on a costume and join the fun!  Learn more.

Jones performs contemporary music for solo piano

Posted Oct. 4 - The Manchester University Department of Music presents a solo piano recital by guest artist Martin Jones at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 12 in Wine Recital Hall. Learn more.

Manchester opera picked for regional crowdfunding campaign

Posted Oct. 2 - Amplify Art! and Arts United selected Manchester for its October crowdfunding campaign. MU will stage the collegiate premiere of "The Invention of Morel," an opera by Stewart Copeland, in February. Learn more.

Henney Department of Education is ‘game changer’

Posted Sept. 20 - Manchester is moving forward with a bold plan to prepare the next generation of teachers. It celebrated “a game changer” this month when it dedicated the Harry H. Henney ’35 and Jeanette Henney Department of Education, made possible by a gift from Dr. Jane Henney ’69 and her spouse, Dr. Robert Graham. Learn more.

$300,000 awarded for MU sexual violence prevention, response initiative

Posted Sept. 24 - Manchester University has received a $300,000 grant to build on its efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention and response at its Fort Wayne and North Manchester campuses. “Our goal is to integrate the CARE Initiative into the very fabric of Manchester University so that we will be known as a community that does not tolerate or ignore sexual or interpersonal violence,” said Emily Hahn, director of the CARE Initiative. Learn more.

Williams publishes crossword puzzle

Post Sept. 26 - Leonard Williams, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and professor of political science, has published a crossword puzzle titled “Psychological Association” in the Universal Daily Crossword. The Sept. 26 puzzle is available online here and here.  


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


Open enrollment meetings scheduled

Posted Oct. 10 - MU employees, mark your calendars, for upcoming meetings to review health benefits before open enrollment. Scheduled meetings are as follows:

North Manchester campus: 8 and 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, Lahman Room; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in ACEN 101; 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 , ACEN 101; 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Flory Auditorium; 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, Lahman Room.

Fort Wayne campus: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Room 133; 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Auditorium; and 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, Auditorium.

Blood drive at Fort Wayne campus on Oct. 23

Posted Oct. 14 - Muslim Healthcare Professionals and the American Red Cross will coordinate a blood drive at the Fort Wayne campus from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. The drive will be in the conference center in conjunction with Day of Service.

You can sign up from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the lobby. Or use this link and sponsor code mupharmacy to sign up for a donation appointment.

Time set aside for prayer in Petersime

Posted Sept. 10 - University Pastor Bekah Houff invites faculty and staff at both campuses to Petersime Chapel each Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. for an informal time of prayer and silent reflection. The time will be unprogrammed and is an opportunity for prayer for each other, our students and the University.

Anyone unable to attend at the scheduled time is invited to use spaces in Petersime, including two interfaith meditation rooms, when it is convenient for them. If you have any questions, please contact Bekah.

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  • Francois is semifinalist for Schwarzman Scholars

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 16, 2019

    Posted Oct. 16 - Senior Chris Francois has been selected as a semifinalist for Schwarzman Scholars, which is designed to prepare young leaders to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world. Described as the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century, Schwarzman prepares future leaders in politics, business and science. Students in the program pursue a master’s degree in global affairs through a personalized academic plan.


  • Reed's work played at festival, on tour and Chicago radio

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 11, 2019

    Posted Oct. 11 - “Three Moments,” a new composition by Tim Reed, associate professor of music, premiered Oct. 10 at a faculty recital at Indiana State University. The composition for alto saxophone, cello and fixed-media electronics, also will be performed Oct. 25 at the Indiana State University New Music Festival.

    One of Reed’s works for piano, “The Misappropriations for Solo Piano,” has been released on the PnOVA American Piano Music series. The composition will be performed by pianist Martin Jones on tour in November, and it will be performed in a live broadcast concert Nov. 11 on WFMT-FM Chicago.

    Reed’s electroacoustic composition, “ … the irresistible will of heaven …” has been released on the Electronic Masters series by Ablaze Records. It is available on CD digitally by Naxos.



  • Skendaj presents research paper at national conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 30, 2019

    Posted Sept. 30 - Elton Skendaj, the Gladdys Muir Associate Professor in Peace Studies, presented a paper on “Obstacles to rule of law reforms in Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia” at the American Political Science Association conference Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Washington D.C. This presentation is part of a book project on legal culture and corruption in Eastern Europe. 

  • Ades writes feature for state pharmacists’ journal

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2019

    Posted Sept. 17 - Congratulations to Ryan Ades, assistant director of experiential education and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, for his article featured in the Summer 2019 IN Pharmacist –The Official Journal of the Indiana Pharmacists Association. In his role as president of the Indiana Academy of Community Pharmacists (IACP), Ryan wrote “The Value of IPA Membership.”


  • Smith, Dabaja and Farhat publish their research

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2019

    Posted Sept. 17 - Tom Smith, associate professor of pharmacy practice and pharmacogenomics, and fourth-year pharmacy students Marwah Dabaja and Marwa Farhat have published their research article titled ““Possible Varenicline Withdrawal-Induced Akathisia: A Case Report” in the Mental Health Clinician.

  • Mohan, Kheir publish article on Parkinson’s disease

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2019

    Posted Sept. 17 - Shekher Mohan, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Engy Kheir ’19 Pharm.D. have published an article in Pharmacy Times titled “Management and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.” Shekher noted that Engy worked hard during her time as an APPE student with him last year and demonstrated excellent writing skills. He has encouraged her to continue pursuing writing even as she begins her career as a pharmacist. You can read their article here.


  • 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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