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Exhibit features senior artists

Updated Feb. 18 - Manchester’s senior artists and designers will have their work featured in a combined show from Feb. 8 through March 18 in the Link Gallery of Otho Winger Hall. The student artists are Hannah Althouse, A.J. Gonsiorowski, Bailey Harmon, Nathan Koch and Nichol VonHolten. Learn more.

Van Vlerah joins MU as vice president for student affairs

Posted Feb. 19 - Abby Van Vlerah has been named vice president for student affairs. The first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, Van Vlerah knows firsthand what challenges today’s students face, and she has implemented successful student experience and retention programs at universities in New York State. Learn more.

Spartans take Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Posted Feb. 19 - With temperatures in the 20s, Spartans donned black and gold capes for a plunge into the icy waters of Warsaw’s Center Lake on Feb. 16 to raise money for Special Olympics Indiana. MU won the Golden Bear award for having the largest group at the event. Learn more.

Board approves bachelor’s program in nursing

Posted Feb. 11 - MU’s Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a bachelor’s program in nursing, President Dave McFadden announced in emails to the MU community and alumni on Feb. 11. The nursing program will be infused with the liberal arts and focus on both rural and urban health.

Lea Johnson, vice president for health science initiatives, is working to plan, develop and launch nursing and other health science initiatives. “As one of the cornerstones of the health professions, nursing represents a major step forward in MU’s new health science initiatives,” Johnson said. Learn more.

Best for the Money: MU in top 10 percent nationally

Posted Feb. 15 - College Factual has ranked Manchester University as one of the nation’s best schools for the money. Manchester is No. 136 out of 1,510 colleges nationwide in its Best for the Money ranking. This places Manchester in the top 10 percent for a quality education at an affordable price. Learn more.

Majumder op-ed urges economic solutions to immigration woes

Posted Feb. 13 - Sree Majumder, associate professor and chair of the Economics Department at MU, has written an op-ed, published in the Journal Gazette newspaper on Feb. 8. In the column, Majumder urges economic solutions – rather than a wall – to address migrants crossing the southern border of the United States. Read it here.

MSO celebrates 80th year with guest pianist

Posted Feb. 11 - The Manchester Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80th year with a special concert honoring all music educators at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. Guest pianist is Pamela Haynes. General admission is $15 and free for students 18 and younger and for MU students, faculty and staff. Learn more.

Career, Internship and Graduate Fair planned for March 6

Posted Jan. 18 - Manchester students are encouraged to explore an array of opportunities at the Career, Internship and Graduate Fair from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in the Jo Young Switzer Center.

The Office of Career and Professional Development continues to register companies and graduate schools and hopes to have at least 50 representatives at the fair. This is a great opportunity for students to build connections and practice discussing their skills with prospective employers.

You can also support students by donating gently used professional clothing to MU’s Career Closet. Please drop off clothing items at the Success Center or contact Career and Professional Development to arrange pickup of large donations. Students may select free professional clothing at the Career Closet on Feb. 27.


Oke’s work featured in Alumni Series art show

Updated Feb. 14 - Works by Jena Oke, associate professor of art and a 1997 MU graduate, will be featured in an Alumni Series show from Feb. 21 to April 1 in Gallery G. "(Still) Playing with Dolls …” is an exploration of ceramics and fibers.  A reception with the artist is from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Learn more.

Looking for some Friday night music?

Posted Feb. 11 - Manchester University Department of Music presents two Friday night concerts in early March. Journeys, a University Bands concert, is at 7:30 p.m. March 1 in Cordier Auditorium. The following Friday, the Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir will take the stage with O Come, Let Us Sing at 7:30 p.m. in Cordier. Learn more.

NM campus earns Premier Blood Partner status

Posted Jan. 24 - Manchester has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2019. Last year, the North Manchester campus community helped the Red Cross collect 241 units of blood donations as part of its deep-rooted commitment to improve the human condition. Learn more.

Community health worker course offers certification prep

Posted Jan. 21 - Gabriela Morales, assistant professor of health communication, has gained approval for Manchester to launch a community health worker course that will prepare students for certification in this growing field. It is open to members of the public and Manchester University students. Learn more.

Artwork by Syrian refugees featured at Fort Wayne campus

Updated Feb. 14 - Amal: When Hope Endures – Art as Therapy with Syrian Refugees – is on exhibit until March 21 at the Fort Wayne campus. It is a collaborative exhibit of paintings created by children and adults on canvases salvaged from camp tents at a refugee camp in Jordan. Learn more.



New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Abby Van-Vlerah
  • Amanda Fretz
  • Emily Hahn


Walgreens funds two scholarships for pharmacy students

Posted Feb. 15 - Manchester’s Pharmacy Program has received $5,000 from Walgreens to support increased diversity among student pharmacists. The gift will fund two $2,500 scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year.


Fort Wayne career closet seeks donations

Posted Feb. 6 - The Office of Student, Alumni and Community Engagement (OSACE) at the Fort Wayne campus is organizing a career closet to provide free professional attire to students. Faculty, staff and alumni are asked to make clothing donations. Items should be clean and in good conditions (no rips or stains). Drop items off at the OSACE, Room 127, by Friday, March 8. The closet will be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. Contact Sarah Lauck for more information.

Fall 2018 Dean’s Lists

Posted Feb. 5 - Hard work and dedication pay off for undergraduate and pharmacy students on the Dean’s List for fall of 2018.

Find the pharmacy list here.
Find the undergraduate list here.

MU trounces Anderson in blood drive challenge

Updated Feb. 15 - Manchester trounced blood rivals Anderson University in the Red Cross blood drive competition  Feb. 14. Manchester donated 64 positive units compared with Anderson's 45. 

TEDx Fort Wayne is April 13 at MU

Posted Jan. 3 - TEDx Fort Wayne returns to the MU Fort Wayne campus April 13. This year’s event focuses on momentum, taking a deep look into how people engage with change to move forward. For more information or apply to be a speaker, click here

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  • De Lellis will present in Portland, Ore., and Chicago

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 15, 2019

    Posted Feb. 15 - Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, will co-present on “Effect of a Multi-Setting, Interprofessional TOC Pathway on 30-day Readmissions in Older Adult Heart Failure Patients” at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore., May 2-4, 2019.  At the same conference, she will co-present on “Effect of Geriatric Pharmacist TOC Interventions on Heart Failure Readmission Rates.”

    At the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in July, she will co-present on “One Size Does Not Fit All: Customized Approaches to Designing, Operationalizing, and Assessing the Co-Curriculum” and  “Innovative Ways of Keeping It ‘Old School.’” The AACP will meet in Chicago.



  • Trovinger to present at AACP Annual Meeting

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 15, 2019

    Posted Feb. 15 - Sara Trovinger has been accepted to present on “Tackling PPCP Challenges: Tactics for Engaging Preceptors through the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Chicago July 13-17, 2019. She is director of experiential education and assistant professor of pharmacy practice. 


  • Ades testifies before state House Insurance Committee

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 15, 2019

    Posted Feb. 15 - Ryan Ades, assistant director of experiential education, testified before the Indiana House of Representatives Insurance Committee on Jan. 30 in Indianapolis. Ades voiced his support for an amendment to House Bill 1180, which would increase regulation of pharmacy benefit managers.  Ades has worked closely with the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (IPA) Legislative Regulatory Council in his role as President of the Indiana Academy of Community Pharmacists to craft legislation advancing the pharmacy profession and decreasing health care costs.

  • DeLellis joins local boards that help kids

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 15, 2019

    Posted Feb. 15 - Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been chosen to serve on the LEARN Resource Center Board, which delivers summer and after-school programs for elementary aged children in underserved areas. She will also serve on the board of the Foundation for Art and Music in Education (FAME), which empowers teachers to nurture artistic creativity and develops programs for children in art and music.


  • Student-athletes attend  leadership conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 14, 2019

    Posted Feb. 14 - Student-athletes attended HCAC leadership conferenceFour Spartan student-athletes – Dasia Beck, Sydney Thompson, Craig Overpeck and Brady Nyland – participated in the first-ever Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee leadership retreat Feb. 9 and 10 in Richmond, Ind..  The retreat emphasized team-building and leadership development.

  • Cashdollar speaks at national coaches’ convention

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 14, 2019

    Posted Feb. 14 - Football Offensive Coordinator Vince Cashdollar spoke to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Convention in January in San Antonio, Texas.  Cashdollar will also speak to the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA). 


  • It’s OK to be uncomfortable talking about race

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 01, 2019

    Posted Feb. 1 - David Pilgrim graced the Cordier Auditorium stage on Jan. 31 for our annual MLK Remembrance and Rededication Ceremony. Founder of the Jim Crow Museum and professor of sociology at Ferris State University, Pilgrim spoke about “Difficult Conversations About Race” and shared some lessons from his many years of engaging with others on issues of racism and other “-isms.” Among the lessons he shared were these:

    • Places where people feel comfortable sharing will allow them to talk – and some of what they say may be disappointing.
    • Conversations about race can be safe but uncomfortable, and that is OK.
    • Not changing someone’s mind is OK.
    • It’s OK to push back when you disagree, but don’t crush people.

    Pilgrim also reminded us that we won’t finish this work– addressing racism – in our lifetimes, but we can make progress and we can get better at it. And he told those of us with privilege to own it and use it to empower others.

    I’m grateful that David chose to drive to campus on a day that travel was hazardous because of subzero temperatures. His insights, experience, humor and lessons lifted those who heard him.

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