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Hamer gift to add endowed music professorship at Manchester

Posted Jan. 7 - Dr. John Hamer and Esther Rinehart Hamer made their mark in medicine. Now the Manchester alumni are making their largest and perhaps most enduring legacy at MU with a $1.5 million estate gift to establish the John L. and Esther L. Rinehart Hamer Professorship in Music. Learn more.

Hines is MLK speaker, kicks off AAFRO House 50th anniversary celebration

Posted Jan. 15 - A Fort Wayne council member with a passion for social justice is the keynote speaker at the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Rededication Ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Glynn Hines ’73 will speak about his experiences of racial tension as a Black student in the 1960s and ’70s, and how efforts that led to establishing an AAFRO House changed his experience at Manchester. His speech kicks off the AAFRO House 50th anniversary celebration.

Singh named founding director of physical therapy doctoral program

Posted Jan. 6 - Bhupinder Singh has been named founding program director of the Department of Physical Therapy at Manchester University. This is a big step in the process to pursue accreditation.

“We are excited to take this next step in establishing Manchester’s signature program in the rehabilitation sciences,” said President Dave McFadden. “Dr. Singh is a perfect fit for Manchester, and he is the right person to lead this program. He has a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration and building service into the student experience – both hallmarks of health science education at Manchester.” Learn more.

Colleen Caylor wins full-ride Honors Scholarship

Colleen CaylorPosted Jan. 4 - Colleen Caylor, a senior at Norwell High School, is the first recipient of Manchester University’s new full-ride Honors Scholarship. It covers tuition, fees, room and board for up to four years. 

 “The Honors Program at Manchester is unique in that students are encouraged to design their own personalized academic projects. Our hope is this provides students more possibilities as they challenge themselves with complex perspectives and interdisciplinary ideas,” said Associate Professor Tim McKenna-Buchanan, program director. 

The Honors Program also focuses on developing students into leaders, on-campus and in the community. Learn more.


Manchester waives enrollment deposit for fall 2021

Posted Jan. 15 - Following last year’s success, Manchester University is once again waiving the enrollment deposit for incoming undergraduate students. Learn more.

MU first-gen student is ‘Realizing the Dream’ in STEM field

Heather BinionPosted Dec. 16 - Manchester University’s 2020 Realizing the Dream honoree is Heather Binion, a sophomore with a double major in chemistry and engineering science. She is the first in her family to attend college.

Binion wants to be a good role model for her younger relatives and works hard to demonstrate that women are capable of anything they put their minds to, including being in a STEM field. STEM, of course, stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Learn more.

Giving Tuesday pulls in record $75,108

Posted Dec. 3 - Manchester University had its most successful Giving Tuesday ever. On Dec. 1, it raised $75,108 with 189 gifts.

Out of that, the Manchester Fund received 97 donations equaling $64,400; Athletics had 39 donations, for $4,500; the Students of Color Assistance Fund received 29 donations, for $3,570; and the Wendell Henry Sweitzer Memorial Fund for Students in Need received 24 donations totaling $2, 670. Learn more.


Lynn invites singers to perform ‘A Family Portrait’ at Carnegie Hall

Posted Dec. 3 - A collection of a family’s letters from the Civil War era inspired Manchester’s Professor Debra Lynn to write A Family Portrait, which debuted at Manchester University in 2017. She will conduct the oratorio at Carnegie Hall on May 30, 2022, and is inviting those who wish to sing to join the A Cappella Choir and the New England Symphonic Ensemble for the five-day residency and performance. Learn more.

Manchester freezes tuition in most programs

Posted Nov. 30 - The  2021-22 school year tuition freeze applies to all undergraduate students, as well as students in the Master of Athletic Training, Master of Accountancy and Master of Pharmacogenomics programs. Students in the Pharmacy Program will see a modest 1 percent tuition increase. Learn more.

Communication findings featured at national conference

Posted Nov. 30 - Manchester faculty members and students were featured in sessions of the 106th annual convention of the National Communication Association in November. Professor Mary Lahman and Associate Professor Tim McKenna-Buchanan presented their findings about techniques for students, including mid-semester reflection, personal goal-setting and group reflection. MU students Kate Barrow and Megan Hite joined them in a panel recording. Lahman also presented on findings concerning teaching reflections. Learn more.

Rospond named ‘Go Red’ chair for heart association

Raylene-RospondPosted Nov. 30 - Manchester’s own Raylene Rospond, associate dean of clinical affairs and outreach, is the 2021 Northeast Indiana Go Red For Women Chair. Watch the #fortwaynegoesred announcement by the northeast Indiana American Heart Association on Facebook.

Spartan Pride musicians in national intercollegiate marching band

Updated Jan. 12  - Five members of Manchester’s marching band, Spartan Pride, were chosen to participate in the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Marching Band: Kayla Carver, trombone; Alvaro Castillo, trombone; Alexis Crawford, mellophone; Manuel Hernandez, trumpet; and Mason Kniola, tuba.

The event was virtual this year. Students who took part practiced and recorded their music via video, and uploaded it. The video was added to others and t was played Jan. 11 on the scoreboard/jumbotron during halftime at the College National Championship Game. You can watch it here.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Aaron Price
  • Joel Eichenauer
  • Virginia Rendler
  • Sara Barker
  • Seth Clark
  • Joe Woodson
  • Stan Bedwell
  • Emily Webb
  • Brittany Brake
  • Nimbus Couzin
  • Alley Odell
  • Me'leick Miles
  • Sam Katon
  • Mark McCoy
  • Kathleen Morrical
  • Kenny Doss
  • Meg Gardinier
  • Justin Davis
  • Jessica Huett
  • Emily Gardner
  • Josh Johnson




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

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  • Beckett presents in webinar of Indiana Pharmacists Association

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 15, 2021

    Posted Jan. 15 - Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice, presented on “Drug Information Resources for New Practitioners” in a webinar of the Indiana Pharmacists Association in December.


  • Noureldin publishes in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 15, 2021

    Posted Jan. 15 - Marwa Noureldin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, co-wrote “Reporting Frequency of Three Near-Miss Error Types Among Hospital Pharmacists and Associations with Hospital Pharmacists’ Perceptions of Their Work Environment” in the February 2021 issue of Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 

  • Marwitz publishes work on medication misinformation

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 15, 2021

    Posted Jan. 15 - Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, published “The Pharmacist’s Active Role in Combating COVID-19 Medication Misinformation” in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Nov. 4, 2020. 

  • Beckett publishes in pharmacy education journal

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 15, 2021

    Posted Jan. 15 - Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice, co-wrote “Perceived Value of Teaching and Learning Curriculum Programs Among Pharmacy Practice Department Chairs” for the American Journal of Pharmacy Education, December 2020. 

  • Noureldin presents on geriatric pharmacy research

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 15, 2021

    Posted Jan. 15 - Marwa Noureldin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, will be one of the presenters for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Geriatrics SIG webinar, "Opportunities in Geriatric Pharmacy Research: from patient care and classroom to scholarship" on Feb. 10.  


  • Marwitz joins journal’s editorial board

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 15, 2021

    Posted Jan. 15 - Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is joining the editorial board for a new journal in social and administrative pharmacy, Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy. 


  • Some unexpected lessons

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 07, 2020

    Posted Dec. 7 - I’ve heard some say that this was a lost semester, perhaps even a lost year, in American education. COVID-19 upended our game plan. Educators and students alike scrambled to keep classes going and learning happening.

    Some of what we learned changed our perspective.

    Mary Lahman, professor of communication studies, shared this reflection from one of her students in response to three prompts: “How has your story as a learner evolved since you first began this course? In what way are you different today than you were fourteen weeks ago? In what ways have you grown most that will carry over into your future learning experiences?” 

    “I am a lot different today than I was fourteen weeks ago because of this class and the circumstances of this semester. This time last year was completely different than now. A lot has changed but I don't regret anything because I have learned so much. From this class and this semester especially, I learned to be a lot more grateful for what I have.

    “One big thing that I am grateful for is an education which a lot of people can only wish for. Most of my life I feel like I took my education for granted but I value it more now than ever. This class has taught me communication skills that will further me in life. It taught me that there are so many things that I don't know yet that I am just beginning to learn (like conflict, I would have never guessed how many different types of conflict styles there are in groups and it's amazing).

    “I now have a different outlook on communication and how I communicate, and it will stick with me throughout life. This class has taught me so much more than I thought it was going to.”

    We all have learned life lessons this year. As we approach the holidays and the end of 2020, I hope we can be, like this student, a lot more grateful for what we have. Education is often taken for granted, but this year has reminded us to value it more than ever.

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