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Health and Fitness Fair is Nov. 8 in Switzer Center

Updated Oct. 20 - MU’s annual Health and Fitness Fair for students, faculty and staff will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 on the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. Lab work will be done from 7 to 9 a.m. To schedule a time, please email Kelly Hippensteel and attach the completed Wellness Screening Options form.

Several booths at this year’s fair will help you navigate MU’s employee health insurance as well as the individual markets. At this year’s fair, learn about mental health, diet and nutrition, how to quit smoking, spiritual health, and managing stress. Have your bone density tested and find out more about facilities in the area that promote health, including the Strauss Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center in North Manchester. 

MLK’s framework for nonviolent change can work today

Posted Oct. 10 - Nationally recognized trainers in using nonviolence as an active, positive, reconciling force for change are speaking at Manchester University on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Matt Guynn ’95, director of nonviolent social change organizing at On Earth Peace, and Pam Smith, executive director of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training, will present “Kingian Nonviolence: The Beloved Community is the Framework for the Future.” Learn more

Erickson-Pesetski to speak about Shakespeare in Prison

Posted Oct. 17 - Stacy Erickson-Pesetski, associate professor of English and associate dean of academic affairs at MU, will talk about the work and rewards of her Shakespeare in Prison program next week. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Honeywell House, 720 N. Wabash St., and is open to the public. Click here to register. 

MU Monster Mash is Oct. 26

Posted Oct. 17 - Bring your little minions and super heroes to the Manchester University Monster Mash. It is 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, sponsored by the Manchester University Residence Hall Association. Learn more

MU Theater presents A Doll's House

Posted Oct. 18 - Manchester University invites you to its performance of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Frank McGuinness. It is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11 and 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in Wampler Auditorium. Learn more.

MU offers Health Professions Night on Nov. 6

Updated Oct. 16 - The Manchester University Fort Wayne campus is hosting Health Professions Night from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6. The free open house will include breakout sessions about health careers, panel sessions with health professionals and a health fair coordinated by Manchester University Pharmacy Program student organizations. Learn more.


Tracy Brooks named Pharmacist of the Year

Posted Oct. 4 - Congratulations are in order for Tracy Brooks, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, who has been named Pharmacist of the Year by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Brooks, who joined MU’s Pharmacy Program in 2011, will be honored Oct. 26 for significant contributions to the quality of health care in northeast Indiana. Learn more

Fort Wayne campus is 2018 early voting site

Posted Oct. 17 - After earlier discussions suggested that Allen County's satellite early voting centers might not continue next year, the county Election Board came to a compromise. The Journal Gazette reported that library branches are being replaced by larger venues, including Manchester’s Fort Wayne campus. Learn more.

MU wins social media awards

Posted Oct. 4 - Manchester University has won two Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly 2017 Northeast Indiana Business Excellence Awards categories: Best Use of Facebook and Best Use of Pinterest. Congratulations to Erica Graphman ’15, MU’s social media coordinator! Learn more.

McElwee earns highest alumni honor

Posted Oct. 17 - Tim McElwee, a 1978 graduate and former vice president at MU, received the 2017 Alumni Honor Award at Homecoming on Oct. 14. Learn more

Metzger receives young alumni award

Updated Oct. 17 - Madalyn Metzger, a 1999 graduate and the youngest member of MU’s Board of Trustees, was honored at Homecoming with the Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award. Learn more.  She is speaking today, Oct. 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. Students are required to wear professional dress and sign in with their student ID.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Wisdom Ifeanyi-Custodian
  • Ty Robbins-Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Tina Edwards-Lecturer of Sociology and Social Work
  • Rodney Paris-University Safety Officer
  • Tiffany Taylor-Custodian
  • Tara Saunders-Visiting Assistant Professor of History
  • Michele Graham-Administrative Assistant
  • Megan Nichter-Admissions Counselor
  • Mario Dozal-Lecturer of Communication Studies
  • Kylee Rosenbaum-Director of Alumni Relations
  • Jamie Dowdy-Peace Studies Coordinator
  • Jill Manns-Administrative Assistant
  • Jacob Sweet-Admissions Counselor
  • Gabriela Morales-Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
  • Elton Skendaj-Muir Associate Professor of Peace Studies
  • Cassie Gohn-Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Brandon Curry-Admissions Counselor
  • Cassandra Root-Environmental Studies Scholar
  • Cashmere Cozart-Hall Director
  • Andrew Gray-Mens Soccer Assistant Coach
  • Alicia Dailey-Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Ali Goetcheus-Director of the Center for Service Opportunities


Volunteers needed for Halloween attraction

Posted Oct. 23 - The Center for Service Opportunities is looking for volunteers to help with a Haunted Police and Fire Station in North Manchester. The haunted station will be geared toward families with small children and is free of charge from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Volunteers are needed from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 to prepare the station, as well as on Oct. 31 at the event. Transportation will be provided. If you can help, please send an email to

Holocaust survivor to deliver Artist Lecture

Posted Oct. 20 - Painter and printmaker Lea Goldman will deliver an Artist Lecture from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in Gallery G of the Jo Young Switzer Center. A Holocaust survivor, Goldman was born in Romania and raised in Russia and the Middle East. She now lives in South Bend. The lecture is free and refreshments will be provided. 

Five Spartans earn HCAC honors

Posted Oct. 17 - It was a big week for Manchester University athletics as five Spartans in three sports won Heartland Collegiate Athletics Conference honors for the week of Oct. 9-15. The winners included Josh Gonzalez and Brady Forman in men’s soccer, Blake Harris in men’s cross country, and Hannah Wappes in women’s cross country and Erin Cordill in women’s tennis. Read more

Open enrollment meetings for health insurance

Posted Oct. 17 - Human Resources will conduct open enrollment meetings the first week of November for employees who use the MU health insurance plan. The University is changing networks and it is important for all affected employees to attend one of the following meetings:

Fort Wayne
Nov. 1 – 9 a.m. in Room 150
Nov. 2 – 4 p.m. in Room 136
Nov. 3 – 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Room 150

North Manchester (all in the Lahman Room)
Nov. 1 – 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Nov. 2 – 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Nov. 3 – 4 p.m.

Strategic budget meetings scheduled

Posted Oct. 16 - All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming strategic budget training sessions. The training is critical for budget officers and important for all employees. Registration is not required. If you are participating in the MU Annual Leadership Certificate and want this budget meeting to count toward your operational training requirement, be sure to sign in. The meetings will be:

North Manchester campus: 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 – all in the Hoff Room.
Fort Wayne campus: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in Room 132; and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 in Room 133. 

Nelson named Player of the Week

Posted Oct. 10 - Senior Dakota Nelson of Fairland, Ind., was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for Oct. 2-8. Read more.

Special shake at Wilbur's

Posted Oct. 6 - The special at Wilbur’s all month is the Caramel Apple Milkshake. And don’t miss these October dining specials:

  • Taco Bowl Salad at Sisters Café, Oct. 16-27
  • Grilled Tuna Melt at Manchester Street Subs at the Oaks, Oct. 16-27


MU in Top 10 listing for communications majors

Posted Oct. 5 - Manchester University made the career-matching Zippia website's Top 10 listing of the best schools for communication majors in Indiana. Learn more

Help OMA plan the next International Fair

Posted Sept. 29 - The Office of Multicultural Affairs welcomes volunteers to help plan the next International Fair, which is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in the main arena of the PERC. Anyone interested in serving on the International Fair Committee is asked to email


VIA = Values, Ideas, the Arts!

Updated Oct. 12 – VIA presentations enhance the Manchester Core program in the liberal arts through cultural exposure, artistic experience and intellectual enrichment. Undergraduate students earn academic credit through attendance.
Here is what’s coming up:

Click here for times, locations.

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  • Beer wins state athletic training award

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 17, 2017

    Posted Oct. 17 – Jeff Beer, associate professor and program director for undergraduate athletic training education, has received the Professional Excellence in Athletic Training award from the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association. Jeff will be honored Nov. 5 at a luncheon in Carmel.  

  • Amin to give keynote lecture at Cairo conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 09, 2017

    Posted Oct. 9 - Mohamed Amin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics, will deliver the keynote lecture at the Egyptian Pharmaceutical Society annual conference in Cairo in December. Mohamed’s lecture is titled, “Pharmacy Education in the Arab World: A Prescription for Reform.” 

  • Mayer published in law review

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 09, 2017

    Posted Oct. 9 - Seth Mayer, assistant professor of philosophy, has co-authored with Italia Patti, "Confronting Political Disagreement about Sentencing: A Deliberative Democratic Framework," published in the fall 2017 issue of New Criminal Law Review.

  • Mayer publishes article about human rights

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 28, 2017

    Posted Sept. 28 - “Human Rights Solidarity: Moral or Political?” an article by Seth Mayer, assistant professor of philosophy, has been published in the edited volume Moral and Political Conceptions of Human Rights: Implications for Theory and Practice from Cambridge University Press.  

  • Ray presents at University of Toledo

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 28, 2017

    Posted Sept. 28 - Sidhartha Ray, professor of pharmaceutical science, presented a seminar Sept. 28 at the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy. His presentation was titled, "Apoptosis, Necrosis, Apocrosis and Autophagy: A Birds Eye View under an Electron Microscope!"

  • Skendaj marks first publication in time at MU

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 25, 2017

    Posted Sept. 25 - Elton Skendaj, Gladdys Muir associate professor of peace studies, is one of the editors of a new book, State Building in Post-Independence Kosovo: Policy Challenges and Societal Considerations. Because stable state institutions are important for sustainable peace, the book investigates the challenges that such institutions face in post-war Kosovo. Skendaj mentored three of the chapter authors that focused on democratic legitimacy, European Union response to protests, and electoral rules. The book has just been published by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society and is available here.

  • A thousand forests

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 09, 2017

    Posted Oct. 9 - In an 1841 essay titled “History,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

    Ask faculty and staff why they work at Manchester and, almost to a person, they will say “our students.”  Our passion at Manchester is nurturing students – encouraging, challenging, mentoring, teaching – providing all of the resources and support they need to discover where they might go with their lives.

    When new students arrive on our campuses, we give them an acorn. When they graduate, they receive an oak seedling. Both represent the hope that we place in them, that they will thrive while they are here and beyond.

    If, as Emerson wrote, one acorn can yield a thousand forests, then our work, minute-by-minute, day-by-day, year-by-year, yields thousands upon thousands of forests. This is who we are.

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