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Student Hannah Hilliker advocates for saving beehive

Posted Nov. 29 - When junior Hannah Hilliker learned that Manchester plans to raze the old Administration Building, she got busy trying to save a beehive on the west side of the century-old structure. Hilliker wrote to the MU maintenance staff and President Dave McFadden asking if the hive could be relocated. She even offered to raise money to help cover the costs.

McFadden forwarded the email to Alexis Young, assistant vice president for facilities and auxiliary operations, who let Hilliker know that Brian McNabney, an MU maintenance technician, was able to move the bees to a hive box. The box is now in a greenhouse at McNabney’s home and he reports that the hive is strong and lively.

McFadden thanked Hilliker for her email. “You have a sharp eye and I appreciate your concern for the hive.”

Giving Tuesday raises more than $94,000

Posted Dec. 3 - Manchester University asked alumni, friends, colleagues and neighbors to #JointheMUvement and help with several crowdfunding projects on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30. A total of 217 donors gave $94,123.02.

The projects were The Manchester Fund; the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Fund; the Food Pantry at its North Manchester campus; and the Food Pantry at the Fort Wayne campus.

U.S. News & World Report: MU excels at undergraduate teaching

Posted Sept. 14 - Manchester is among the top 10 schools in the Midwest for undergraduate teaching and is tied for first place in Indiana, according to U.S. News & World Report. Learn more.

Keffers champion nursing with labs, scholarships

Posted Nov. 23 - Manchester University’s young nursing program has champions in Dr. Harry Keffer ’59 and Dr. Jan Keffer. The Keffers were on the North Manchester campus this fall to help dedicate the Keffer Nursing Lab. Learn more.

Pharmacy student helps empower children of color  

Ieysha WalkerPosted Nov. 18 – Manchester student pharmacist Ieysha Walker is inspiring young children of color to see themselves as future professionals in any career they choose.

The third-year pharmacy student has a coloring book featuring female health-care professionals. Learn more about “The Future Me Can Be …”

Holiday happenings  

Posted Nov. 19 – Looking for ways to celebrate? Here are a few:


Manchester adds nutrition sciences major in fall 2022

Posted Nov. 9 - Manchester University is adding to its health science offerings with an undergraduate nutrition sciences major beginning in fall of 2022. Learn more.

Manchester offers Multicultural Excellence in Leadership Scholarship

Posted Nov. 11 - Manchester seeks candidates for the Multicultural Excellence in Leadership Scholarship, designed to uplift exceptional and talented students who identify as a racial or ethnic minority.

“This scholarship allows us to honor and encourage the leaders of tomorrow,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president of admissions and marketing. Learn more.

Link exhibit honors indigenous identity

Posted Nov. 18 – Link Gallery offers art pieces by North Manchester resident Briana “Bri” Floor in “Indigi-Flections: Reflections on an Indigenous Identity” through Feb. 4. Learn more.

Board adopts Anti-Racism Statement

Posted Oct. 20 - The Manchester University Board of Trustees unanimously passed an Anti-Racism Statement, which renews the University’s commitment to stand against racism and the systems that perpetuate injustice and inequity. Learn more.

MU presents It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play

Posted Oct. 29 - Manchester is bringing a beloved holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life, to the stage as a live 1940s radio broadcast. MU Director of Theater Angelina Funk ’14 is directing the play on Dec. 4 and 5. Learn more.

Hetrick partners with high schools for Pharmacy Club

Greg-HetrickPosted Oct. 18 - Greg Hetrick, assistant vice president for graduate admissions and community engagement, is working with Vincennes University and two early college high schools, East Allen University and North Side High School, to carry out a semester-long Pharmacy Club. These high schools have collaborated with Vincennes University to offer an associate’s degree upon high school graduation.

This 14-week opportunity includes weekly sessions that focus on the pharmacy profession. Some are virtual, but others involve field trips to community pharmacies, hospitals and both MU campuses.

Manchester to build tower for Chime’s 100th anniversary

Chime / Manchester University ArchivesUpdated Sept. 16 - The iconic Manchester Chime, quiet since 2019, will sound again next fall to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Its bells are scheduled to come down at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 or restoration and then installation in a new Chime tower. 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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  • Lauck earns degree from St. Mary of the Woods

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 03, 2021

    Posted Dec. 3 – Sarah Lauck, academic and student affairs coordinator on the Fort Wayne campus, has earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Mary of the Woods College.



  • DeLellis and Noureldin invited to present at conference in San Diego

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 03, 2021

    Posted Dec. 3 – Teresa DeLellis, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Marwa Noureldin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, have been selected to present “Validation of a Situational Judgement Test to Assess Affective Domain Elements in Pharmacy Students” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego in April 2022. 

  • Beckett presents at Assessment Institute

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 03, 2021

    Posted Dec. 3 – Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Drug Information Center, presented “Backward Design of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination Series for Measuring Student Competency” at the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis in October. 

  • Ades publishes in Pharmacy

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 03, 2021

    Posted Dec. 3 – Ryan Ades, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and director of experiential education, is one of seven authors of “Evaluation of student pharmacists’ attitudes and perceptions of hormonal contraception prescribing in Indiana.” The research was published in a recent issue of Pharmacy.  


  • Marwitz presents at a meeting and virtual roundtable

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 18, 2021

    Posted Oct. 18 - Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, presented on “Battling Misinformation for Clinicians and Patients” at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting in October. She also presented in a virtual roundtable on the “Impact of Nitrosamine Medication Recalls on Community Pharmacy Practice: A Descriptive Survey-based Analysis” at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in October. 

  • Chambers publishes work, presents poster

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 18, 2021

    Posted Oct. 18 - Joseph Chambers, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics, has co-published an article, “Genetic variation in alcoholism and opioid addiction susceptibility and treatment: a pharmacogenomic approach,” in AIMS Molecular Science. 2021, Vol. 8, Issue 4. Read the article here. He also presented a poster, “Developing an In Vivo Model to Study Pharmacogenomics Using Zebrafish,” at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Annual Meeting in September and The Zebrafish Disease Modeling Society International Conference in October. 


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