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Career and Internship Fair on Feb. 28

Posted Feb. 15 - More than 50 participants have committed to this year’s Career and Internship Fair from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Jo Young Switzer Center. Manchester students are encouraged to attend and network with employers and graduate schools, learn more about full- and part-time job opportunities, graduate programs and internships.

The Office of Career and Professional Development is still accepting donations of professional clothing for MU’s Career Closet. Clothing can be taken to the Success Center through Feb. 22. 

Leckrone to join alumni relations team

Posted Feb. 20 - Mike Leckrone, director of financial services, will transition to assistant director of alumni relations in early April. A 1992 graduate of Manchester with degrees in accounting and financial administration, Mike has worked in MU’s business office for 14 years. 

Barber named assistant director of intercultural services

Posted Feb. 16 - Congratulations to Tammy Barber, the new assistant director of Intercultural Services. Tammy will advise international students regarding immigration rules and regulations, and develop and implement outreach, services and programming focused on the international student community.

Tammy will continue as the international student coordinator and primary designated security officer in the areas of international student recruitment and advising.

Her office will remain in the Administration Building until the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center is completed. 

MU students, art faculty submit works for art show

Posted Feb. 19 - Manchester students and art faculty submitted works recently for the 92 County Art Show sponsored by the Honeywell Center in Wabash. Of the 27 entries from 84 artists, the judges selected only 48 pieces for display.  Results for MU were:

Lawrence Neumann, senior – “Peace,” handwoven tapestry

Marcus Zwiebel, “Past Help from an Incapable & Unknowing Audience,” batik tapestry – Honorable Mention

Jeff Diesburg, “Perceived Boundary,” oil on board and “Equilibrium,” oil on canvas – Honorable Mention

Ejenobe Oke, “The Neighbors,” ceramic sculpture – Third Place, Other Art Forms

The awards reception is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12 at Honeywell. 

Program looks at issues of underrepresented students

Updated Feb. 13 - “I feel supported, but …” The Voices of Underrepresented Students in Higher Education will be presented on both campuses. -  at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in the Fort Wayne Campus Auditorium and at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in the Switzer Center in North Manchester. The presenter is Dr. Antonio Bush, assistant professor of educational innovation and research in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and the assistant director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Both presentations are open to the public. The North Manchester event is for VIA credit.

Summit for Safe Campuses on May 25 at FW campus

Posted Feb. 19 - The CARE Initiative of Manchester University will sponsor a Summit for Safe Campuses on May 25 at the Fort Wayne campus. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to attend. Admission is free but space is limited.  Please save the date and RSVP here. For more information contact Jillian Watts at

MU speaker says ‘Conspiracy Theories are for Losers’

Posted Feb. 7 - An internationally recognized expert on conspiracy theories will speak March 1 at Manchester. Dr. Joseph Uscinski will present "Conspiracy Theories are for Losers" at 7 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium. Learn more


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Missy Barrus- Custodian
  • Adam Gumm-Web Programmer
  • Blake Harris-Assistant Coach for Cross Country and Track and Field
  • Karen Johnstone-Textbook Buyer


MU wins blood donation challenge

Posted Feb. 23 - Manchester University collected 74 productive units at the Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 21, winning the challenge against Anderson University, reports Ali Goetcheus, director of the Center for Service Opportunities.

Komets to celebrate Wabash County Night on March 10

Posted Feb. 21 - The Fort Wayne Komets will celebrate Wabash County Community Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10 when the Komets play the Cincinnati Cyclones at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are only $15 for the evening but must be purchased by midnight March 7 for the discount. All companies or groups in attendance will be recognized. Order tickets online or contact Mitch Meinholz at 260-482-6812 or

Try out printers at SpartanPrint Spectacular

Posted Feb. 14 - Six vendors competing to provide MU’s SpartanPrint printers will be here for demonstrations and have printers that you can try out in the coming weeks. On the North Manchester campus, the open sessions are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 in the Lahman and Hoff rooms of the Switzer Center. In Fort Wayne, the sessions are 2 to 7 p.m. March 7 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8.

PCs and Macs will be available for you to use to print jobs and all printing will be free of charge. Your feedback will be collected when you leave and help MU determine which three vendors will be the finalists. 

Artisan Pop-up at the Museum on March 10

Posted Feb. 19 - Celebrate spring at the Artisan Pop-up at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the North Manchester Center for History in downtown North Manchester. The free-admission event will feature local artists, live music, family fun, kids’ crafts and more. Booth spaces are $15-35. Artists can find an application online at

Submit research symposium abstracts by March 2

Posted Feb. 13 - The deadline for submitting abstracts for this year’s Student Research Symposium is 11:59 p.m. March 2. This year’s symposium is scheduled for 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 and will include parallel oral presentation sessions, a poster session and a keynote speaker.

The symposium offers undergraduate students the chance to compete for the poster award, the Jo Young Switzer Writing Award and to be keynote speaker. Students are invited to audition for the keynote presentation.

Complete details can be found on the symposium website.

Cauhorn lands weekly honor

Posted Feb. 14 - Senior women's track and field thrower Jacey Cauhorn has been recognized as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's field Athlete of the Week for Feb. 5-11. Read more

Cross-country individuals, team named All-Academic

Posted Feb. 13 - Three Manchester individuals and the women’s team have received Division III all-academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The individuals honored are Blake Harris, Samina Qureshi and Emily Ewen. Read more.    

Are classes delayed or canceled?

Updated Feb. 5 - In case of inclement weather, each campus has procedures in place:

Be safe out there!

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  • Williams calls for commission to renew democracy

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 23, 2018

    Posted Feb. 23 - Leonard Williams, professor of political science and dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, has teamed again with former MU faculty member Neil Wollman. The two have contributed an opinion piece, “The Need for a Commission on Renewing Democracy and Seeking Common Ground” to The Hill. Read it here.

  • Environmental studies representatives present at Walmart HQ

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 22, 2018

    Posted Feb. 22 - On January 29, Environmental Studies students Tristan Barley and Josh Melton and Assistant Professor Suzanne Beyeler, director of the Environmental Studies Program, presented results from their summer research project at the Walmart Inc. corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. This project was part of an ongoing research partnership between MU’s Environmental Studies Program and Kleenco Maintenance & Construction to evaluate the ecological integrity of mitigated wetlands on Walmart properties throughout the Midwest. 

  • Williams helps write and edit new volume

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 22, 2018

    Posted Feb. 22 - Leonard Williams contributed an essay, "Reform," co-authored the introduction and helped edit a new volume titled Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach, to be published soon. Leonard is professor of political science and dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences. Read more.

  • Smith wins Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 20, 2018

    Posted Feb. 20 - Dr. W. Thomas Smith, dean of Pharmacy Programs, is being honored by the American Bar Association Health Law Section for his “extraordinary efforts to foster an environment of acceptance and equality.” Learn more

  • Watts named to Forty Under 40

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 16, 2018

    Posted Feb. 16 - Jillian Watts, director of Manchester’s CARE Initiative and CEO of Beyond the Margins Consulting, LLC, has been named to the 2018 class of Forty Under 40 by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. The program honors 40 people 39 years old and younger who go above and beyond at work and in the community to make a difference.

    Winners will be honored at an awards dinner on March 29 at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum Conference Center.


  • Dougal will present at two meetings

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 16, 2018

    Posted Feb. 16 - Zach Dougal, associated professor of exercise and athletic training, will present March 17 at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association Annual Meeting in Wheeling, Ill. In the mini-course on Enhancing Emergent Care in Athletic Training: Intravenous (IV) Therapy, Zach will teach athletic trainers how to perform intravenous therapy for patients.

    Also, Zach’s will present research June 27 at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposia in New Orleans. “Preceptor’s Perceptions of Student Integration in an Immersive Clinical Education Model” will be part of a rapid fire presentation format for athletic trainers from across the country.


  • Kenny Doss inspires others

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 28, 2018

    Posted Jan. 28 - I first met Kenny Doss walking across campus during the first week of classes two years ago. He and I were heading in the same direction, Kenny to find Professor Joe Messer in the Academic Center and me to find a cup of coffee at Sister’s.

    “I came for basketball,” Kenny told me, “but I’m going to stay because of Messer.” Kenny had experienced an immediate sense of kinship with Joe when they first met and he was eager to reconnect.

    Kenny’s story has garnered lots of attention and press, most recently in this NCAA story. He comes from a challenging neighborhood in Chicago and is committed to doing everything he can to lift up the kids growing up there. Basketball has been Kenny’s passion for years, but he doesn’t see the way up coming from get-rich glory in the NBA. Rather, he sees basketball as a bridge across the divides that literally separate kids on one block from those on another.

    Kenny once explained to me that individual city blocks define communities and safe spaces for many of the kids in his neighborhood. His idea, come to life several years ago, was to create a summer basketball league that helped young people to connect with one another where rivalry was friendly and safe and competitors could become friends.

    Manchester’s mission is to graduate persons of ability and conviction. Some of our students, like Kenny, arrive well on their way and serve as role models for their classmates. They also serve as inspirations for those, like me, who came before.

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