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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.

Esports team doubles, moves to new arena

Posted Aug. 27 - Manchester varsity-level esports has nearly doubled in size. This explosive growth required a brand-new arena with two more teams, a full-time director and full-time assistant coach. Learn more.

Custodial staff wins Garber Staff Member of the Year Award

GarberAward2021-CustodialStaff-1Updated Sept. 16 - After an unprecedented year, Manchester University took the unprecedented step of naming the entire custodial staff as this year’s recipient of the Christopher W. Garber Staff Member of the Year Award.

“You are our heroes,” President Dave McFadden said after presenting the award to the staff in an outdoor ceremony, a sentiment echoed by an extended standing ovation by colleagues. Learn more.

Local farms featured in Manchester exhibit, presentation

Posted Sept. 14 - Northeast Indiana farms are the focus of an exhibit of oil paintings by Jeff Diesburg, associate professor of art.

He will speak about his art, farming for food, and the sabbatical that led to creation of “Between Rows and Horizons” during a presentation at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20 in Cordier Auditorium at the North Manchester campus of Manchester University. Learn more.

MSO kicks off season with ‘Invitation to the Dance’

Beate Gilliar Jim Brumbaugh-SmithUpdated Sept. 16 - The Manchester Symphony Orchestra under Conductor Debra Lynn heads into it 83rd season with four concerts in the works. The first features professors Beate Gilliar and Jim Brumbaugh-Smith dancing to Leroy Anderson’s Blue Tango. Learn more.


Cunningham, Ganger to perform Sept. 18

Posted Sept. 7 - Nationally recognized pianist Dion Cunningham will perform in a recital at Manchester University at 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 18 in Cordier Auditorium. He will be joined by adjunct Joshua Ganger on trumpet. Learn more.

Rolle named director of student diversity and inclusion

Rudy RolleUpdated Sept. 16 Rudy Rolle ’14 has been promoted to director of student diversity and inclusion. He will spearhead efforts to promote a diverse and vibrant community by raising awareness, fostering cross-cultural exchange and encouraging a global perspective on education.

His job includes assisting in recruiting and retaining students of color and international students. Learn more.

MU, Indiana Tech partner on dual pharmacy MBA program

Posted July 12 - Manchester and Indiana Tech and have launched a program that allows MU pharmacy doctoral students to concurrently earn a Master of Business Administration in Professional Studies at Indiana Tech. Learn more.

Mask up, Spartans!

Posted Aug. 5 - Manchester now requires masks, regardless of vaccination status, except when you are outdoors – with some limited exceptions. Learn more.

Manchester to build tower for Chime’s 100th anniversary

Chime / Manchester University ArchivesUpdated Sept. 116 - 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.

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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  • DeLellis appointed chair of Geriatric SIG Webinar Committee

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2021

    Posted Sept. 17 – Teresa DeLellis, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been appointed chair of the Geriatric SIG Webinar Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.


  • Cogley-Pifko earns professional management certificate

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 17, 2021

    Posted Sept. 17 – Julie Cogley-Pifko, assistant director of admissions and enrollment management, has completed her completion professional certificate in supervisory management from Michigan State University.

  • Stetzel, Schilling, Potts to present at national conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 14, 2021

    Posted Sept. 14 - Members of the Henney Department of Education faculty have been accepted to present at the annual conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. It is the discipline’s national organization. They are Stacy Stetzel, associate professor and chair; Heather Schilling, director of teacher education and professor of education; and Mistie Potts, assistant professor of education.

    They will present about the rubric validation process they have conducted over the past two years.  The conference will be March 4-6 in New Orleans.


  • Marwitz co-authors in Journal of Public Health

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 19, 2021

    Posted Aug. 19 – Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is a co-author of “Support pharmacy infrastructure to strengthen US COVID-19 vaccination efforts and beyond” which appears in the Journal of Public Health 2021. She also co-presented “Building Bridges with APHA Colleagues” in a virtual panel discussion of the American Public Health Association Occupational Health and Safety Section Midyear Meeting in July.


  • Gratz appointed to advisory group

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 19, 2021

    Posted Aug. 19 – Melissa Gratz, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been appointed to the ASHP Section Advisory Group for Collaboration Between Health Systems and Academia. She also serves on the AACP Lab SIG Communications Committee for 2021-22.


  • Faculty present at Pharmacy Teaching Certificate program

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 19, 2021

    Posted Aug. 19 – The following faculty presented at the 2021-22 Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate program Aug. 12 and 13 via synchronous sessions and asynchronous recordings. The primary goal was to provide pharmacy residents, fellows, graduate students and pharmacists an opportunity to enhance their teaching skills:

    Ryan Ades, director of experiential education and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, “Superstar Preceptors: How to Develop into a Preceptor Powerhouse”

    Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Drug Information Center, “Designing an Effective Educational Session”

    Teresa DeLellis, associate professor of pharmacy practice, “Effectively Integrating Experiential Students into Clinical Practice”

    Melissa Gratz, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, “Panel Discussion: Junior Faculty”

    Andrea Wilhite, associate professor of pharmacy practice, “Establishing Classroom Rapport”

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