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Manchester donates masks, gowns to Parkview Wabash Hospital

Updated March 31 - In response to a call to help with needed supplies, Manchester University has donated more than 2,000 masks, 1,600 gloves and 50 gowns to Parkview Health.

“With most campus activities suspended because of COVID-19, it just makes sense to donate these much-needed supplies to our local hospital,” said President Dave McFadden said. Learn more.

Though the University has moved to remote teaching for the remainder of spring semester, Manchester remains open. Many employees are working from home to recruit students, connect with donors, and advance the University’s mission in myriad ways. The student life staff continues to support students with advising, counseling, study tables and other services.

Based on Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “stay-at-home” order, only employees deemed essential will continue reporting to work on MU’s North Manchester and Fort Wayne campuses for the time being.

Manchester waives enrollment deposit for fall

Posted March 27 - Manchester is waiving the enrollment deposit for incoming students this fall as part of its overall strategy in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize that students and families are experiencing a lot of disruption right now. Our hope is that by eliminating the enrollment deposit for this fall, Manchester can help students move forward toward their future at Manchester University,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president for enrollment and marketing. Learn more.

NM faculty and staff invited to nominate for Outstanding Senior Leadership Award

Posted March 12 - Faculty and staff on the North Manchester campus are invited to submit nominations for this year’s Outstanding Senior Leadership Award, given to a senior student who has contributed significantly to the quality of campus life at MU. The student should reflect the mission and values of Manchester, balance personal development and maturity, and demonstrate leadership in campus activities or service, and academic success.

Faculty and staff may submit nominations by filling out the form in the email of March 12 and returning it to the Award Selection Committee, c/o Elizabeth Burnette at Nominations must be received by Friday, March 27.

Wappes named conference MVP

Posted March 5 - Senior Hannah Wappes of Columbia City, Ind., was named 2020 Women’s Track MVP for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at the recent HCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at Rose-Hulman. Hannah won three individual titles – 5000 meters, 3000 meters and the mile. She also was runner-up in the 800-meter run, finishing just behind fellow MU senior Ana Acevedo of Chesterton, Ind. Manchester’s distance medley relay team of Acevedo, Lauren Smith, Brooke Bouwens and Sara Lopez-Ochoa took first place in that event. Read the full story here.

Also, first-year student-athlete Kendal Garringer of Portland, Ind., was named HCAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this indoor season. Read more.



MU music students participate in Honors Band

Posted Feb. 24 - Three Manchester University music students participated in the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band, North Central Division Conference, Feb. 20-22 at DePaul University in Chicago. They are (from left in photo above) Jonah Lechlitner, euphonium, junior music education major; Katrina Murray, trombone, senior music education major; and Manuel Hernandez, trumpet, junior business/music major.



Students represent the University in HCAC Unified Bowling Championship

Posted Feb. 20 - Manchester University’s team finished fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Unified Bowling Championship Feb. 16 in Indianapolis. Unified Bowling is a program in which athletes with intellectual abilities compete with athletes without disabilities. The competition allows Special Olympians to wear the uniform of the HCAC team they are playing with, and it promotes physical fitness and social integration.

This represented the sixth year that the HCAC and Special Olympics Indiana have partnered to host the Unified Bowling Championship, a relationship that also extends to NCAA Division III. Each team had four members – two with intellectual abilities and two without.

The team with MU students Haley Farris and Page Magner placed first in Division 2; the team with Mikey Johnson and Trevor Johnson placed fifth in Division 1; and the team with Alexis Mokos and Kendal Torrence placed fifth in Division 3.

Defiance College claimed this year’s championship.

On the faculty since 1982, Williams to retire at end of year

Posted March 4 - Leonard Williams, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and professor of political science, will retire at the end of this academic year, Mark Huntington, interim vice president of Academic Affairs, announced in an email March 3. “Leonard is the epitome of a Manchester University teacher, scholar and servant and he will be sorely missed,” Huntington wrote.

Williams joined the Manchester faculty in 1982 and, through the years, has taught a wide variety of courses in political theory and American politics. He has led many travel courses to Washington, D.C., and to the Iowa caucuses. His long list of scholarly achievements includes the book, American Liberalism and Ideological Change. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

A celebration of his career will be announced later in the spring.

Angelos, on the faculty since 1992, is retiring

Posted Feb. 27 - Professor of History Mark Angelos is retiring at the end of this semester, Leonard Williams, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, announced in an email Feb. 27. Angelos joined the Manchester faculty in 1992 after earning his Ph.D. in history for the University of Illinois and teaching for a year at Old Dominion University. His quality teaching helped make him one of the more popular teachers on campus, Williams wrote. He also led many January session courses that examined the history of major European cities and cultures.

An event to honor Angelos and his contributions to Manchester will be announced at a later date.


MU offers online graduate certificate in pharmacogenomics

Posted Feb. 17 - Manchester, a national leader in pharmacogenomics education, is expanding its program with an online graduate certificate designed for health care professionals seeking to enhance, expand and differentiate their practice. Learn more.



New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Williams, Tayshia
  • Elder, Sidney
  • Stillman, Megan
  • Hill, Cayleel
  • Rupp, Ryan
  • Hornbarger, Kelly
  • Kaopuiki, Ryon
  • Fantuzzi, Jeff
  • Rogers, Kourtney


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  • Erickson-Pesetski, McKenna-Buchanan chosen for CIC workshop

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 12, 2020

    Posted March 12 – Stacy Erickson-Pesetski, professor of English and associate dean of academic affairs, and Tim McKenna-Buchanan, assistant professor of communication studies, have been selected to represent Manchester in a workshop of the Council of Independent Colleges in July. The workshop, in Washington, D.C., will focus on Deliberation and Debate: Advancing Civil Discourse through First-Year Courses. 


  • Sagan earns distinction for consecutive days of running

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 02, 2020

    Posted March 2 - Eva Sagan, instructor of mathematics, is a member of the United States Streak Runner’s Association Inc. As of March 12, 2020, Sagan will have run at least five miles a day, every day, for five years. A Fort Wayne resident, Sagan was featured in a recent newsletter of the organization. In that profile, she said that she runs “anytime and anywhere” – from the local YMCA track, to parks and nature trails around Fort Wayne, to beaches when she’s on vacation. 


  • Baker earns degree in sports informatics

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 28, 2020

    Nick Baker ’18 of Carmel, Ind., has earned his master’s degree in sports informatics at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. He completed his master’s degree consultancy project last summer with the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, analyzing basketball shot location data. He now does contract work for the NCAA’s rules enforcement division.


  • Erickson-Pesetski speaks at Hiram on Shakespeare in prison

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 27, 2020

    Posted Feb. 27 - Stacy Erickson-Pesetski, professor of English and associate dean of academic affairs, was the guest speaker Feb. 27 at the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. “He’s a Smooth Talker Like Me – Reading Shakespeare with Juvenile Offenders” explored Erickson-Pesetski’s most recent adventure reading plays with male offenders ages 13 to 18 at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility in Indiana. She also spoke to four classes.

    For six years, Erickson-Pesetski has brought Shakespeare into a variety of prisons in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, work that she says provides insight into the universality of Shakespeare as well as the talent and empathy hidden in our correctional facilities. 


  • Marwitz article published in drug safety journal

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 18, 2020

    Posted Feb. 18 - Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor pharmaceutical sciences, has co-authored, “An Evaluation of Postmarketing Reports with an Outcome of Death in the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System” in Drug Safety. Read the research here.


  • Bottorff publishes in Advances in Therapy

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 18, 2020

    Posted Feb. 18 - Mike Bottorff, professor and chair of pharmacy practice, has co-authored, “Critical Differences Between Dietary Supplement and Prescription Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Narrative Review,” in Advances in Therapy. Read the research here.


  • The new SAT: a banana

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 20, 2020

    Posted Jan. 20 - While traveling recently, I found myself across from a large family sharing breakfast together. They had the usual in front of them: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, melon, orange juice … and cell phones. Seven people, five cell phones. A couple of them were into their own things on their phones, but the others were sharing pictures, videos and stories.

    At one corner of the table was a young woman, perhaps 6 or 7 years old, who I was ready to admit to Manchester on the spot because she was entertaining herself with a banana. One minute it was a telephone (the old-fashioned kind that connects ear and mouth), then a swing, then Geordi La Forge’s Star Trek visor, then a hand-held vacuum cleaner.

    As she played there at the table, I recognized in her the sort of student we want at Manchester. And I recognized the future of the SAT: a banana. 




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