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Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Updated May 7 - Commencement is Saturday, May 19 beginning with the Graduate and Professional Commencement at 10 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium. Seventy-one pharmacy doctoral, three pharmacogenomics master’s and 12 athletic training master’s candidates are expected to receive degrees.  The Undergraduate Commencement follows at 2:30 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center gymnasium with an expected 284 bachelor’s candidates. The honoree at the Undergraduate Commencement is Evan Bayh, a former two-term U.S. senator and Indiana governor. Honorees at the Graduate and Professional Commencement are Drs. Jan and Harry Keffer ’59.  Read more.

All-Staff Picnic May 30; new SOC members elected

Posted May 18 - The Staff Organizational Committee has set the All-Staff Picnic for noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 behind the Administration Building.  All food will be provided and SOC is planning new games and activities this year.

SOC Chair Katherine Haff also announces the election of Samantha Alley, Bekah Houff and Will Patch to serve on the committee from 2018-2020.  Regular SOC meetings will resume in August.

Emrick ’68 wins fifth Sports Emmy

Posted May 10 - Mike “Doc” Emrick, Manchester Class of 1968, has won a record-tying fifth consecutive Sports Emmy Award for NHL national telecasts. He racked up his sixth win in eight years for Outstanding Sports Personality-Play by Play. Emrick is featured in the upcoming Manchester magazine. Read more.


Steven Grimes is first Spartan Coin recipient

Posted May 7 - Steven Grimes is Manchester University’s first recipient of the Spartan Coin, according to Tina Edwards, director of University Safety. Steven won the award for turning a valuable lost item in to the safety office. “I would want someone to do it for me,” Steven said when he turned in the item.

Steven received a Spartan Coin and a certificate. He will be allowed to choose his own reserved parking space for next semester and also will receive coupons redeemable at locations across campus.


Shannon Lee honored as Student of Integrity

Posted May 1 - Shortly after arriving home from a BCA semester abroad in Chennai, India, MU student Shannon Lee learned that she was going to be honored by the Better Business Bureau serving northern Indiana with a Student of Integrity Scholarship.

Shannon (pictured here with her husband, Dallas) is majoring in religious studies and sociology. The nine honorees from colleges and high schools were selected to represent the 20-county region and were recognized at the Torch Awards for Ethics Recognition Luncheon on April 26.

Candidates were selected on their leadership and community service and on an essay reflecting how they live a life of integrity, including the resolution of a specific ethical challenge and the ensuing impact, both now and in their future.


Nominations open for Garber Staff Member of the Year

Posted May 1 - Staff members are encouraged to nominate colleagues for the Garber Staff Member of the Year Award, which recognizes a staff member who demonstrates an everyday commitment to Manchester University. Recipients should provide excellent customer service while keeping the best interests of the University at heart; lead peers and collaborate across departments; and be reliable, respected by co-workers and loyal to the University. This person is a problem-solver with a positive attitude who encourages other staff members along the way.

Nominees must be a full-time staff member on either campus. Follow this link to nominate someone by June 15. The award recipient will be recognized at the fall All-Employee Meeting.

MU photo exhibit makes ‘Connections’

Posted May 9 - The results of Manchester’s recent themed photo competition are on exhibit in Link Gallery now through Sept. 6, 2018. “Connections” features photographs from students (past or present), faculty and staff. Summer hours vary and admission is free.

For more information, contact Ejenobo Oke, Director of Galleries,

Pharmacy Program recognized for diversity, inclusivity

Updated May 14 - Manchester University’s Pharmacy Program has been selected to receive the first Outstanding Commitment in Health Disparities and Cultural Competence Award from the Health Disparities and Cultural Competence Special Interest Group of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

MU will be honored in July for its commitment to diversity and inclusivity.


Dual pharmacy-PGx degree featured in Life Sciences Indiana

Posted April 27 - The latest edition of Life Sciences Indiana features Manchester’s dual pharmacy-pharmacogenomics degree, the first such degree in the nation. Read more.

MU ranked among 15 best Midwest regional colleges

Posted May 1 - Manchester is among the top regional colleges in the Midwest, according to College Consensus, a new college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews. Learn more.

Plan ahead to reserve facilities for 2018-19

Posted April 20 - Faculty and staff are encouraged to plan ahead and submit facilities reservations for the 2018-19 academic year. Reservations will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. To request a reservation submit a VEMS request form or send an email to Paula Finton or Alexis Young.

MU employees may also submit personal reservation requests and receive a 50 percent discount on facility rental. For security, liability and custodial reasons it’s vital that all events are scheduled through Conference Services.  Setup, technology and food service will not be assured until a reservation has been confirmed.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Carmah-Parr
  • Scotty-Secrist---Director-of-First-Year-Experience-and-Transitions
  • Melissa-Wolfe---Human-Resources-Generalist
  • McKenzie-Grubb---Receptionist-in-College-of-Pharmacy
  • Kris-Wise---Counseling-Services-Triage-Specialist
  • Justin-Thelen---Football-Assistant-Coach
  • Josh-Friend---Student-Success-Advisor
  • Emily-McCormick---Softball-Assistant-Coach
  • Chloe-Miller---Success-Center-Administrative-Assistant
  • Jay-Anstett---Senior-Administrative-Assistant-in-Pharmacy
  • Andy-(John)-Brown---Maintenance-Technician
  • Claire-Miller---Admissions-Counselor
  • Carissa-Guerrero---Custodian


Five Spartans on all-league squads

Posted May 17 - Tyler LaFollette of Warsaw, Ind., led all MU athletes on the 2018 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball honor squads. Taylor Kopplin of Westport, Ind., and Eric Knepper of Bremen, Ind., made second team. Braxton Riley of Fort Wayne was honorable mention and Peter Shepherd of Warsaw won the sportsmanship award. Read more.

Ladwig tabbed first team all-region

Posted May 17 - Senior second baseman Laurren Ladwig of Crown Point, Ind., has been named first-team all-Central Region for NCAA Division III by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Laurren is already the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Most Valuable Player and MU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Female Athlete of the Year, the senior class female Outstanding Athlete of the Year, her team’s Most Valuable Player, and one of eight HCAC athletes named to the top three Central Region squads. Ladwig and Transylvania University pitcher Renae Morton advance to the ballot for All-American consideration.

Community Carnival at MU on June 14

Posted May 16  – Children from the Manchester community are invited to a free Community Carnival from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 14, on the Manchester University Mall. Children from preschool through primary grades can play games, win prizes and enjoy cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones.
The carnival is a partnership between MU and the Indiana Association of Student Councils Summer Leadership Workshop.

Spartan Show season finale focuses on seniors

Posted May 16 - The season finale features Laurren Ladwig of softball, Joseph Gallatin, Jordan Hilyard and Peter Shepherd of baseball, senior staff members Blake Moore, Ethan Foster, Nick Baker and Terrence Banks, and weekly highlights and MVP segments. Watch here.

HCAC awards all-sports trophy

Posted May 16 - Manchester’s Spartans earned strong all-sport finishes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Overall, the men’s teams placed fourth and the women’s teams placed fifth. Read more.

Four men’s tennis players honored by HCAC

Posted May 14 - Three seniors – Garrett Bear, Kyler Love and Spencer Thomas – and first year Isaac Miller were named to the 2018 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's tennis honor squad, released Tuesday, May 8. Read more.

Baseball ends season at Franklin

Posted May 14 - The Spartan baseball team ended its season at Franklin this past weekend. They finished with more than 20 wins for the 10th consecutive season. Read more.

Pinarski named Athlete of the Week

Posted May 14 - Senior baseball pitcher Stephen Pinarski represented Manchester on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Athlete of the Week release for the period of April 30-May 6. Read more.

Record-setting season for softball

Posted May 7 - Women’s softball team closes record-setting season at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Read more.

Men’s tennis closes at HCAC

Posted May 7 - A hard-nosed battle marks end to men’s tennis season. Read more.

Connor Labedz leads men’s golf finale

Posted May 7 – Junior Connor Labedz leads the men’s golf team as it winds up 2017-18 season at Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Read more.

MU offers summer camps for kids, scrapbooking retreat

Posted April 26 - Manchester offers summer camps for young people who want to have fun while learning. There are youth cooking, robotics and LEGO day camps this year. MU is also bringing back the popular scrapbooking retreat for all ages. Learn 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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  • Arsenau named Volunteer of the Month

    by Melinda Lantz | May 04, 2018

    Posted May 4 - Casey Arsenau, an exercise science major, has been named Volunteer of the Month by the Center for Service Opportunities. Volunteers are chosen for the amount and quality of their service. Each winner receives a $10 gift card.

  • Humphries selected as featured composer

    by Melinda Lantz | May 03, 2018

    Posted May 3 - Scott Humphries, assistant professor of music, is a “featured composer” for MSB Publishing, publisher of more than 400 musical arrangements for concert band, string orchestra, chorus and soloist. Humphries earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University and a Master of Arts from Virginia Tech University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University. Read more.

  • Four students chosen for poverty-related summer internships

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 26, 2018

    Posted April 26 - Four Manchester students have been chosen as MU’s first Shepherd summer interns through MU’s membership in the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. The students and their placements are: Daisy Byers, New American Pathways, Atlanta, Ga.; Virginia Rendler, Career Collaborative, Boston, Mass.; MacKenzie Weadick, YWCA volunteer and training, Austin, Texas; and Caraline Feairheller, Ketuckians for the Commonwealth, Louisville, Ky.

    The internships begin June 7 at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., where more than 150 Shepherd interns will meet for an opening conference. The eight-week placements will end Aug. 3 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for a closing symposium.

  • Kang publishes article and chapter, will present in Nova Scotia

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 19, 2018

    Posted April 19 - Sun Kang, assistant professor of sport management, has co-authored an article in the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, and co-authored a chapter in Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations. He also will present at a conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in June. 

  • Patch co-curates web-based resource for enrollment management professionals

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 16, 2018

    Posted April 16 - Will Patch, MU’s digital strategist, is co-curating an open resource for terminology and professional development resources for enrollment management. The #EMchat Reference Book — which includes industry terminology, as well as links to relevant news sources, podcasts, listservs, and newsletters — is a project developed by EMchat, an online community of higher education enrollment management professionals. The project has garnered coverage from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, the largest professional organization for admissions. Read more.


  • Three seniors and Martynowicz present at conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 16, 2018

    Posted April 16 - Three MU seniors, Mo Rammel, Ashleigh Ridenour and Amber Willwerth, along with Mike Martynowicz, assistant professor of education, presented “The Impact of a Motivational Manipulation on Students’ Learning Strategies and Satisfaction” at the 90th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago on April 13.

  • Custodial staff makes a difference, deserves our gratitude

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 20, 2018

    Posted April 20 - I had an opportunity to spend two hours this past Monday morning helping Amy Hendrix, Tanya Hartsock and Wendy Isbell clean Schwalm Hall. They also clean the Academic Center for us. They rearranged their Monday cleaning schedule to start in Schwalm so that I could be with them at the start of the day – 6 to 8 a.m. (early for me, routine for them).

    I’d heard horror stories about the condition of Schwalm on some Monday mornings and wanted to see them firsthand, but they told me that what we found that morning was pretty routine. They were both relieved not to find major messes and disappointed that I didn’t experience some of what they find when things are bad.

    What I did experience that morning was a crew of colleagues who work seamlessly together, who thoroughly enjoy one another’s company, who know that what they do makes a difference in student lives and who enjoy – for the most part – the work they do every day.

    Here is the core of what I learned: Like all of us, they deeply appreciate simple behaviors that make their work easier – trash put in a trash can and messes cleaned up by the person(s) who made them, for example. They also appreciate hearing “thank you” and knowing that their work is valued.

    My two hours were mostly spent scrubbing sinks and taking out trash. They graciously allowed me to help them (if you can call what I did help) and didn’t complain when I slowed them down. I’m grateful for both and grateful for all that they and their custodial staff colleagues do for Manchester students, faculty and staff.



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