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Carver recognized at Realizing the Dream banquet

Posted Nov. 5 - Kayla Carver, a sophomore music education major from Fort Wayne, celebrates her Realizing the Dream scholarship Nov. 3 with Stacy Erickson-Pesetski (right), associate dean and associate professor of English, and Kayla’s “most influential” high school teacher, Melissa Hirsch of Northrop. The three attended the Realizing the Dream awards banquet in Indianapolis, an event sponsored by Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Students are selected for being the first in their families to go to college and for their outstanding achievement in their first year of college. Kayla is involved in Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, Pep Band, Campus Interfaith Board, United Sexualities and Genders, and Student Senate. She also plays the Manchester Chime, is a Student Orientation Leader and works as a Phonathon caller for University Advancement.

Celebrate Friends Thanksgiving at Young Intercultural Center

Posted Nov. 12 - Students, faculty and staff who will be on or near the North Manchester campus for the Thanksgiving holiday are invited to a Friends Thanksgiving celebration in the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center. The traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. Participants who would like to make or bring a dish that reminds them of home are welcome to and should email

If you are unable to attend but would like to provide a dish or beverage please email If you would like to attend, please RSVP here (though it is not required).

2013 graduate Nick Kenny featured in Colorado news

Posted Nov. 6 - Nick Kenny, a 2013 Manchester University graduate, has been the executive director of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra in Colorado since January. He is featured in a recent story in the Greeley Tribune.


Pharmacy honorary society inducts new members

Posted Oct. 22 - The Epsilon Nu chapter of The Rho Chi Society conducted its second annual initiation ceremony, welcoming MU Pharmacy students into the national honorary society of pharmacy. Student initiates have placed in the academic top 20 percent of their class. The chapter also nominates and initiates a faculty member who embodies the values of Rho Chi, namely academic excellence, professionalism and scholarship.

2018 initiates are (from left):  Curtis Stump (P2), Meriana Nadrous (P2), Shahinda Mohmed (P2), Cody Smalley (P2), Randa Gillespie (P2), Andrea Hoffman (P3), Kyra Clark (P2), Dylan Burns (P2), Austin LeClere (P2), Thaovy Tran (P2), Amber McDevitt (P3), and Dusty Linn, associate professor of pharmacy practice. Not pictured are Alyaa Hussein (P3) and Abdulhakim Saif (P2).

Critically acclaimed ‘Unveiled’ takes stage at MU

Posted Oct. 25 - Rohina Malik, a critically acclaimed Chicago playwright and solo performance artist, is coming to Manchester to share stories of faith in Unveiled, a one-woman play. The performance is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Cordier Auditorium. Learn more.

International Fashion Show offers ‘New Beginnings’

Posted Nov. 5 - Manchester’s commitment to celebrating diversity will be on full display at this year’s International Fashion Show, “New Beginnings,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov.17 in Cordier Auditorium.  Learn more.

Foundational training schedule set for Leadership Certificate

Updated Nov. 5 - This year’s three-session foundational training for the Annual Leadership Certificate explores emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry and mindfulness. Dave Johnson, professor of nursing, marriage and family therapist, a clinical social worker and clinical nurse specialist, is leading the sessions. Sessions for emotional intelligence and appreciative inquiry have concluded. Sessions for mindfulness are: 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Classroom 132 FW; 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Hoff Room; 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 101 Link Auditorium, Academic Center NM; 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, Classroom 133 FW; and 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Hoff Room.



New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Celia-Garza
  • Mike Kocsis
  • Mike Morici-Interim Volleyball Assistant Coach
  • Ric Johnson-Assistant Coach Mens Basketball
  • Jordan McIntyre-Residence Hall Director
  • Matt Cavallaris-Assistant Wrestling Coach
  • Casey Herendeen-Student, Alumni and Community Engagement
  • Pete Lessing-Academic Affairs and Assessment Coordinator


Four named Volunteer of the Month for October

Posted Nov. 12 - Three students and a faculty member have been recognized as Volunteers of the Month by the Center for Service Opportunities. Congratulations to Rudolph Ballah, economics major; Isaac Miller, accounting major; Justin Ivers, biology major pursuing a Pharm.D. degree; and Ejenobo Oke, associate professor of art.

Nominations for November volunteers of the month are being accepted until 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Please send your nominations, including their first and last name, to

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MU finishes second in competitive food drive

Posted Nov. 8 - In our first year of participation, Manchester University finished in second place in the U CAN CRUSH HUNGER competition. "This event showed the power we have as a united student body," said Ali Goetcheus, director of the Center for Service Opportunities. Goetcheus thanked President Dave McFadden for his support and the two student coordinators of the project, Delaney McKesson and Cheyenne Heath. 

The University of Saint Francis finished first. Behind MU were (in order) Indiana Tech, Huntington University, Ivy Tech and Purdue Fort Wayne. 

‘Friendsgiving’ luncheon in Haist Commons

Posted Nov. 1 - Celebrate “Friendsgiving” with a pre-Thanksgiving buffet lunch in Haist Commons on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Mark your calendars and gather together.

Academic Center bin changes to promote recycling

Posted Oct. 17 - To promote MU's sustainability initiative, starting Thursday, Oct. 18 MU Recycles will eliminate waste bins in Academic Center classrooms and replace them with centrally located hallway waste/recycling bins. MU Recycles is a student-led initiative striving to improve the current recycling program on the North Manchester campus. 

Gently used winter outerwear collected

Updated Oct. 17 - Gently used coats, scarves and hats are being collected for Manchester students who come from warmer climates. Please drop off donations in Room 204 of Calvin Ulrey at any time.Adult sizes only. The Open Closet there is available from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays until winter break. 

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  • Mikayla Patterson awarded athletic training scholarship

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 13, 2018

    Posted Nov. 13 - Mikayla Patterson, a senior from Brownsburg, Ind., was awarded the Dwayne Dixon Professional Education Scholarship by the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association. Learn more


  • Gilliar attends Indiana College English Assn. conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 13, 2018

    Posted Nov. 13 - Beate Gilliar, professor of English and a long-standing executive board member of the Indiana College English Association, attended the annual conference, “Constructing Identity at the Intersections,” at the University of Indianapolis in October.  A former winner of the Annual Award for Scholarship and Teaching, Gilliar is a regular conference presenter.  She currently serves as a facilitator of the organization’s programming, securing keynote speakers, selecting panelists, reviewing presentation abstracts, and connecting with the national association.   


  • Haynes is musical director of ‘Joseph’ production

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 08, 2018

    Posted Nov. 8 - Pamela Haynes, assistant director of music and director of piano studies, is the guest musical director of Huntington University Theatre Company's production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which runs from Nov. 14-17. 


  • Journal editors name Bottorff an Outstanding Reviewer

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 05, 2018

    Posted Nov. 5 - Pharmacotherapy, the journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, has named Michael Bottorff, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, an Outstanding Reviewer. The scientific editors of the journal recognized Bottorff for both the number of manuscripts he has reviewed and the quality of his reviews. His service to Pharmacotherapy provides consistent and valuable advice and contributes to the quality of the journal, according to the editors. 

  • Mayer, Williams present paper at conference on political theory

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 29, 2018

    Posted Oct. 29 - Seth Mayer, assistant professor of philosophy, and Leonard Williams, professor of political science and dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, presented a co-authored paper at the Association for Political Theory conference at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College Oct. 18-20. “Honneth's Reconstruction of Socialism: A Critique” developed as a response to a book the two faculty members read in an interdisciplinary reading group.



  • Mikayla Patterson wins IATA scholarship

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 19, 2018

    Posted Oct. 19 - Senior Mikayla Patterson has received the Dwayne Dixon Professional Education Scholarship from the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association. Mikayla will be honored at the IATA’s Annual Business Meeting Luncheon in Carmel on Nov. 11. 


  • Like clockwork

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 06, 2018

    Posted Nov. 6 - Like clockwork, America votes in November. Like clockwork, voters in North Manchester flock to the Rotary Pancake Breakfast on Election Day. And, like clockwork, Chemistry Professor Susan Klein shows up at the pancake breakfast with students in tow.

    The Rotarians know to expect Susan and her entourage and greet her warmly. On Nov. 6, she paid for eight students to enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. This year they included her lab assistants, senior chemistry majors and assorted others. In the past, she’s brought international students with her. It’s a civics lesson, she says. Even if the students she treats to breakfast can’t vote in North Manchester, it’s an opportunity to talk about why elections matter.

    It’s also about building community: among students, between a beloved faculty member and her students and with North Manchester residents. A good lesson in civics, indeed.


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