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Opening Convocation tradition grows

Posted July 5 - Each year, President Dave McFadden has formally greeted new and returning undergraduate students at the North Manchester campus with the Opening Convocation. “The World Needs You” is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 in Cordier Auditorium. This is one of many events undergraduate students can attend for Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) credit.

The convocation tradition expanded to the Fort Wayne campus.  In addition to the president’s address, students heard from faculty and students in the Pharmacy Programs and learned some of Manchester’s traditions. Students enrolled in the Pharm.D. and on-campus PGx programs were required to attend as part of PPD.

Lahman publishes new textbook

Posted Aug. 20 - Mary Lahman, professor of communication studies, has published a new textbook, Awareness and Action: A Travel Companion. Students in Lahman’s Language and Thought course are using the work to find ways to use more effective language and listening behaviors and to answer the book’s core questions: “Are you aware of how your words create worlds?” and “Are you aware of how your language and listening habits impact interactions in the classroom, at work and on the road?”

Lahman, a 1983 Manchester graduate who has taught at MU since 1996, says the book is a tribute to her dear mentor-friends, Paul Keller, Jo Young Switzer, Dave Switzer and Marcia Benjamin.

The book is available on Amazon and through Barnes and Noble.

Doss featured in NPR, Chicago Tribune stories

Updated Aug. 20 - MU Senior Kenny Doss was interviewed recently for a National Public Radio story on fighting crime and gun violence on Chicago’s South Side. Read more and hear the story here.

Doss also was featured recently in a Chicago Tribune story

Princeton Review names MU a ‘Best in the Midwest’

Posted Aug. 9 - Manchester University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review.

"We  chose Manchester University and  the  other  outstanding  institutions  on  this  list  primarily  for  their  excellent  academics,"  said  Robert  Franek,  the  Princeton  Review's  editor-in-chief.

For its 27th edition, “Best 387 Colleges 2019,” the Princeton Review also surveyed 138,000 students across the nation. Learn more.

Yon is Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominee

Posted Aug. 10 - Senior Zane Yon of Greencastle, Ind., balances a heavy load of academics, athletics and a campus job. He’s also the Spartans' 2018 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete of The Year nominee. Read more.

2018 grad picked for Johns Hopkins research program

Posted Aug. 9 - Alexis Figueroa, who graduated from Manchester in May, has accepted an offer to join one of just eight spots in the post-baccalaureate research program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Learn more

Pharmacy Program wins national diversity award

Posted July 30 - The Pharmacy Program is the first in the nation to receive an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy award that honors commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Learn more.


Stetzel named interim CETL director

Posted Aug. 1 - Stacy Stetzel, assistant professor of education, has been named interim director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) for 2018-19. Stacy earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Saint Francis and her master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum development, from Indiana Wesleyan University. She earned her Ph.D. from Indiana State University with a concentration in administration and leadership.

One of Stacy’s areas of research, curriculum and assessment, is especially relevant to the efforts of CETL, said Raylene Rospond, vice president for academic and student affairs, who made the announcement.

Stacy will fill in during the sabbatical of CETL’s inaugural director, Michelle Calka, associate professor of communication studies.

Freeman joins basketball staff

Posted July 17 - Tommy Freeman has joined Gerad Good’s men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. Freeman was previously a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Ohio University.  Learn more

‘A Family Portrait’ to air Aug. 26 on PBS 39

Updated July 9 - The Manchester Symphony Orchestra performance of A Family Portrait, composed by MU’s Debra Lynn and featuring Civil War-era letters, will be broadcast at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 on PBS 39, the public television station in Fort Wayne. Learn more.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Jessica Bohner
  • Brady Forman
  • Jessica Farrell
  • Carmah-Parr


Seniors step up for their volleyball teammates

Posted Aug. 20 - When their volleyball coach resigned seniors Haley Duncan and Emma Voelker stepped up to get the team ready for a new season. Read the feature by Mark Adkins, sports information director.  

Women’s soccer coach sees the big picture

Posted Aug. 14 - Christine Johnson, women’s head soccer coach, takes a holistic approach to her job: “We want to have good human beings.” Read more.


Lunch and Learn about immunizations, vaccinations

Posted Aug. 13 - Trent Towne, associate professor of pharmacy practice, will provide a Lunch and Learn workshop on immunizations and vaccinations on both campuses. The first workshop will be from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 in Room 133 of the Fort Wayne campus, while the second event is from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Room 149 of the Academic Center on the North Manchester campus.

Spartans fifth in HCAC preseason poll

Posted Aug. 10 - Manchester is in the top five in the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll, released Aug.  9. The poll also recognizes eight MU student-athletes who are "Players to Watch" this season. Read more.

Women’s basketball team recognized for academic excellence

Posted Aug. 1 - For the institution and program's first time, the Spartans were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Academic Top 25 for Division III. The list recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2017-18 season is the 23rd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

MU's team grade-point average of 3.617 ranked No. 14. Read more.

Spartans aim for consistency in cross country

Posted July 27 - Mark Adkins, sports information director, previews the upcoming season. Read more.

Spartan football sees positives at every turn

Posted July 24 - For Coach Nate Jensen and this year’s Spartan football team, the wait is almost over. Read more from Mark Adkins, sports information director.

Participate in Eel River Arts Festival Sept. 8

Posted July 23 - Applications are still being accepted for artists, makers and musicians to participate in Manchester Main Street’s Sixth Annual Eel River Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

The day will include art, live music, food, and kids’ crafts in the vicinity of the Eel River Gardens and The Firehouse.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information visit



Sept. 14 open house for Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center

Updated June 27 - Students, faculty and staff are invited to an open house at the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Refreshments will be served. The ribbon cutting and dedication with civil rights legend Andrew Young are planned for Homecoming.

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  • Noureldin named to APhA-APRS delegation

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 20, 2018

    Posted Aug. 20 - Marwa Noureldin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has been appointed to represent the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APR) delegation at the 2018-19 APhA House of Delegates. 

    The House of Delegates is the principal policy-making body of the APhA.  This forum represents the views and interests of a diverse group of members who meet during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition to establish broad policy on health care, medication use, and professional and governance matters.  Delegates also provide input throughout the year on policy topics under consideration by the association.


  • Senior Tiffany Byers heads to Belgium

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 13, 2018

    Posted Aug. 13 - Manchester senior Tiffany Byers is exploring the world, doing service and posting on social media along the way. She is in Brussels, Belgium, this semester. Learn more.


  • Library network honors Lichtsinn, Johnson

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 26, 2018

    Posted July 26 - The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana Inc. (PALNI) has honored MU Library Director Jill Lichtsinn with the Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in Deep Collaboration. PALNI also awarded Emerging Technologies Librarian Rebecca Johnson with the Outstanding Service Award. Learn more.


  • Oke judges regional art exhibit

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 26, 2018

    Posted July 26 - Ejenobo Oke, chair of the Art Department at Manchester, judged the LaFontaine Arts Council’s Regional Art Exhibit that opens at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts on Friday, Aug. 3. Learn more.

  • MU sends team to AACP Fall Institute

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 23, 2018

    Posted July 23 – Manchester will send a team to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Fall Institute – “Student Affairs: Strategies to Promote a Culture of Well-Being Among Students and Faculty.” Representing MU will be Kierstan Etheridge, wellness and inclusion coordinator; Jessica Montalvo, director of student services; Danette Till, director of counseling services; Tom Smith, associate professor of pharmacy practice and pharmacogenomics; and Ahmed Abdelmageed, assistant dean of student, alumni and community engagement.

    Expert speakers at the conference will address student mental health and programs that contribute to dealing with stress in order to facilitate learning.

  • Mayer presents at two conferences in July

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 23, 2018

    Posted July 23 - Seth Mayer, assistant professor of philosophy, presented research at two conferences in July. At the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World conference at Portland State University in Oregon, he gave a paper on philosophical issues related to criminal justice reform.  At the International Social Philosophy Conference at Oakland University in Michigan, he delivered comments on a recent philosophy book about transitional justice.

  • Getting it right

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 03, 2018

    Posted Aug. 3 - Succeeding in higher education today is a challenge. Many institutions face daunting financial challenges and a growing number close every year. It’s not uncommon for an institution to face the need to make significant changes in the midst of crisis.

    We are anticipating changes, perhaps significant changes, at Manchester as well. The difference is that we have the opportunity to weigh those changes strategically and pursue them intentionally. We are using a process we call the Institutional Vitality and Sustainability Initiative (IVSI). Two task forces and a steering committee made up of faculty and staff are reviewing all of our undergraduate programs – academic and co-curricular – and all of our administrative practices.

    Our goal is to align what we do with the needs and interests of our prospective and current students and to meet the expectations of a rapidly changing marketplace of employers and graduate and professional schools. As the Wise Stewards Guide puts it, we are aiming for “mission fulfillment with economic vitality.”

    We owe it to our students, supporters and future generations to get it right.

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