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MU will confer honorary degrees to two at Commencement May 22

Posted May 7 - Manchester University will confer honorary degrees to two recipients at Commencement this year on Saturday, May 22.

Wendy Robinson, retired superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools, will be honored at the graduate and professional commencement exercises at 9 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. She will receive a Doctor of Humanities and speak at graduation.

Steve Ford, chief executive officer of Ford Meter Box Company Inc., in Wabash, Ind., also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. His comments will be featured during undergraduate and Master of Accountancy exercises at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Cordier.


MU raises more than $200,000 on Giving Day

Posted April 28 - Students, colleagues, alumni and friends joined forces for another successful Giving Day on April 21.  Manchester raised over $200,000 from over 450 donors, and every dollar will help MU students continue their journey from acorns to oaks.  All of it goes to The Manchester Fund. To learn more, visit the Giving Day website here.

Manchester plans to open fully for fall semester

Posted March 22 - President Dave McFadden announced that Manchester University is planning to open fully for the fall 2021 semester. McFadden also strongly encourages everyone who will learn or work on either Manchester campus to receive the COVID-19 vaccination when it is their turn. Learn more.

Lynn arrangement in Caribbean Lyric Festival

Posted April 27 - An orchestral arrangement by Professor Debra Lynn will premiere at the Caribbean Lyric Festival (Festival Lírico del Caribe) on Sunday, May 9.

Soprano Natalia Dopwell is one of eight Caribbean singers on the operatic musical program at the National Theater in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She will perform Lynn’s arrangement of “White Egrets IV” from Songs of the Islands, a 12-song collection by Dominique Le Gendre. Learn more.

Skendaj leads research project on COVID-19, democracy in Western Balkans

Posted April 27 - Elton Skendaj, Gladdys Muir Associate Professor of Peace Studies, led a research project for the British Westminster Foundation for Democracy that investigated the national security and protection of human rights during the COVID-19 emergency. To limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the governments are empowered to take extraordinary measures that would temporarily limit human rights. However, democratic governments must be held accountable for any tradeoffs made in terms of civil liberties and human rights that are authorized in the name of national security.

To better understand this dynamic, a research study was carried out in Albania to contextualize and compare country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic within a framework of national security and human rights perspectives. The government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Albania is compared with other countries in the region, including Serbia, and North Macedonia, Slovenia and Greece.

You can find more about the results of the project in the publication of the report titled “National Security vs Protection of Human Rights in Emergency.” 

COVID-19 vaccine clinic puts Manchester in the news

Posted April 23 - More than 200 members of the Manchester family were vaccinated April 10 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. This WFFT-TV story features student Ruben Gonzalez and Erin Foreman, director of the Center for Health & Sports Medicine.

Voice of America interviews Skendaj about democracy in Albania

Posted March 31 - The Gladdys Muir Associate Professor of Peace Studies at Manchester, Elton Skendaj, was interviewed by Voice of America-Albanian section about the state of democracy in Albania. Dr. Skendaj contributes as a Europe analyst to the Freedom House annual report on Freedom in the World.

The most recent annual report Democracy under Siege published in March 2021 noted the 15th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. Seventy-five countries, including the United States, experienced democratic decline during 2020. Skendaj incorporates such research findings in his classes at Manchester as well as convocation Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) presentations.

MU Women's studies/gender studies featured in Fort Wayne magazine

Posted March 8 - Fort Wayne magazine’s March 2021 issue celebrates Women’s History Month. Women's studies/gender studies at Manchester were highlighted in a story on pp. 21–25. Learn more.

MU offers remote learning pathway for pharmacy students

Posted March 4 - Manchester has created a remote learning pathway for all pharmacy students in fall 2021. Learn more.


Manchester waives enrollment deposit for fall 2021

Updated Jan. 21 - Following last year’s success, Manchester University is once again waiving the enrollment deposit for incoming undergraduate students. Learn more. It is also waiving the deposit for incoming pharmacy students. 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.


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



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  • PGx master’s student publishes research

    by Melinda Lantz | May 10, 2021

    Posted May 10 – A Manchester student pursuing a master’s degree in pharmacogenomics, Amy J. Turner, has co-published research on “Identification of CYP2D6 Haplotypes that Interfere with Commonly Used Assays for Copy Number Variation Characterization” in the May 2021 edition of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.

  • Singh publishes research in Clinical Biomechanics

    by Melinda Lantz | May 10, 2021

    Posted May 10 - Bhupinder Singh, director of physical therapy, has co-published research on “The effects of adiposity, muscular strength, cardiorespiratory fitness, and fatigue on gait biomechanics in overweight and obese children” in the April 2021 edition of Clinical Biomechanics.

  • Reed’s composition accepted for NYC music festival

    by Melinda Lantz | May 03, 2021

    Posted May 3 - A composition by Tim Reed, associate professor of music, will be presented at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. “Rafah Crossing” is a composition for cello and electroacoustic fixed media. The conference will be virtual because of COVID-19.


  • Williams chosen for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 16, 2021

    Posted April 16 - Tayshia Williams, human resources generalist and facilities coordinator, has been chosen for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) Leadership Institute Class of 2021. In its 16th year, YLNI’s Leadership Institute connects young professionals with their peers and their community as they advance in their career skills. 



  • Rospond elected to statewide pharmacy board

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 16, 2021

    Posted April 16 - Raylene Rospond, associate dean of clinical affairs and outreach, has been elected board member at-large for the Indiana Academy of Non-Traditional Pharmacists. 


  • McCafferty to lead pharmacy ethics interest group

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 16, 2021

    Posted April 16 - Renee McCafferty, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected to serve as chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Ethics Special Interest Group.


  • Strategic imperatives focus on students

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 04, 2021

    A number of years ago, Manchester’s Board of Trustees adopted “the Big 3” strategic imperatives. We aim, they say, to have strong programs, healthy enrollments and resources to invest in current programs and new initiatives. Strong programs, healthy enrollments and investments.

    At the heart of the Big 3 are students. Each of them can be restated with students at the heart: programs that exceed student expectations, exceptional student experiences that attract more students and resources reinvested in strengthening those programs and experiences.

    Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, calls this a flywheel. Success with each of our Big 3 adds momentum to the others and we build a powerful institutional momentum.

    We are building momentum at Manchester that will carry us successfully into the future. I recently shared reflections on Manchester’s Big 3 flywheel with colleagues, which you can find here.

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