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Outstanding in the cornfields

by Melinda Lantz | May 13, 2020

Posted May 13 - When I first arrived at Manchester, I said, half seriously, that our tagline should be “Manchester: Outstanding in the Cornfields.” When I shared the idea, it was always good for a laugh, or at least a chuckle. The less-than-hearty laugh response let me know that it was funny, but cut too close to a truth that some found uncomfortable or off-putting.

Now, after 25 years, it may be time to print the T-shirts and roll out the billboards. Some families and undergraduate students, perhaps many, will find an exceptional small college in a welcoming rural town appealing. Certainly perceived safety in a time of pandemic is an issue, but so are the close attention and personal support that they find at Manchester. It’s not enough just to feel safe. Feeling seen, heard and cared for matter enormously.

Our mission statement starts by affirming the infinite worth of every person. For students that means they are seen, heard and cared for – individually.

We’ve always been outstanding in the cornfields, and today we proclaim it with pride.