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Spartans United Pledge aims to curb the spread of COVID-19

Posted Aug. 13 - Manchester University calls upon all members of the Spartan community to improve the human condition through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. With the Spartans United Pledge, we will be responsible for others and ourselves, and extend compassion, civility and integrity. Learn more.

Manchester joins virtual summit on anti-racism, community safety

Posted July 16 - Presidents of nine Indiana colleges and universities met virtually on July 10, along with dozens of Indiana state, city and civic leaders to listen, discuss mutual needs and better understand how to advance the work of racial justice and transformation.

Joining President Dave McFadden were Assistant Professor of Social Work Alicia Dailey, Director of Advising Mara Youngbauer, Assistant Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Maegan Pollonais and Vice President for Student Life Abby Van Vlerah. Those taking part from the town of North Manchester were Police Chief Jim Kirk, Town Manager Adam Penrod and Community Foundation of Wabash County Executive Director Patty Grant, who also is an MU trustee. Learn more.


Manchester eSports joins Great Lakes conference

Posted Aug. 12 - Manchester has joined the Great Lakes Esports Conference, adding intercollegiate games for students and further developing the growing program. “It’s about expanding their opportunities,” said eSports Director Jim Manis. Learn more.

Rospond named department chair, associate dean  

Posted Aug. 12 - Raylene Rospond is the new chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Manchester University. She is also serving in the newly created position of associate dean of clinical affairs and outreach. Learn more.

Case named dean of arts and sciences at MU

Posted July 13 - Judd Case has been named the new dean of arts and sciences at Manchester University beginning Aug. 19. In this role, he will provide leadership in the natural sciences and the colleges of the arts and humanities, and education and social sciences.

Case joined the Manchester faculty in 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and his master’s degree in mass communication from Brigham Young University. He earned his doctorate in communication studies with an emphasis in media studies from the University of Iowa. He teaches courses in media literacy, digital storytelling, communication theory, professional communication and human communication, and has been instrumental in developing MU’s digital media arts program and is the founder of Spartan Stream.

Manchester students live the mission with internships

Posted July 20 - Two Manchester students are doing remote internships this summer with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, helping those who need a job boost or a public defender. They are Megan Hite and Joshua Troup.

Fontanez earns academic All-America honors

Posted July 13 - The College Sports Information Directors of America has named Lucas Fontanez, a junior from Lowell, Ind., to its Academic All-America Third Team, becoming just the third CoSIDA Academic All-American in Manchester history. Fontanez earned Academic All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors this year in cross country and track and field. The biology major has a 3.97 GPA. Read more.


417 on spring 2020 Dean’s List

Posted July 13 - Please join us in congratulating Manchester students who made the Dean’s List for spring 2020, despite all of that craziness at the end of the semester. Learn more.

Online COVID-19 course helps incoming students transition from high school

Posted June 30 - Manchester faculty members created an interdisciplinary summer course for incoming students that helps them transition from high school to college-level courses. It explores the many ways COVID-19 has affected our lives. Learn more.

Faculty promotions, tenure decisions announced

Posted June 24 - Celia Cook-Huffman, vice president for academic affairs, has announced several faculty promotions and tenure decisions, offering her congratulations and recognizing “their outstanding teaching, service and scholarship.” Learn more.


Twomey, Heather

Twomey named to endowed chair in College of Business

Posted May 18 - Heather Twomey has been named the Howard and Myra Brembeck Associate Professor of Business at the Gilbert College of Business. The appointment is effective July 1. Learn more.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Williams, Tayshia
  • Elder, Sidney
  • Stillman, Megan
  • Hill, Cayleel
  • Rupp, Ryan
  • Hornbarger, Kelly
  • Kaopuiki, Ryon
  • Fantuzzi, Jeff
  • Rogers, Kourtney




Students, colleagues invited to host OurViewofMU

Posted Aug. 14 - Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share a week in their life at Manchester on OurViewofMU. The MU Instagram account has a new host each week. You can sign up to host here. Have questions about it? Please email

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  • Gregory, Skendaj named to Rotary positions

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 13, 2020

    Posted July 13 - Anne Gregory, assistant director for media relations in the Office of Strategic Communications, begins her second term as president of the Rotary Club of North Manchester and continues as social media chair for Rotary District 6540, which represents 54 clubs in northern Indiana. Elton Skendaj, Muir associate professor of peace studies, has been named chair of the International Service Committee, seeking ways to aid the Rotary Club of Prishtina in its efforts to provide potable water for schools in Kosovo.


  • Smith to chair AACP committee

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Tommy Smith, dean of Pharmacy Programs and professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has been appointed chair of the 2020-2021 Bylaws and Policy Development Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. President-Elect Dustin Linn, associate professor of pharmacy practice at MU, made the appointment. 


  • Rospond serves on AACP Academic Affairs Committee

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Raylene Rospond, associate dean of clinical affairs and outreach and professor of pharmacy practice, has been invited to serve on the 2020- 2021 Academic Affairs Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. 

  • Henriksen joins Academic Leadership Fellows

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Jennifer Henriksen, associate dean of academic and student affairs and professor of pharmacy practice, has been accepted into the Academic Leadership Fellows Program 2020-21 Cohort 17.


  • Beckett to present to Assessment Institute

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice, will present a session on “Getting Started and Making Headway as a New Assessment Lead” at the 2020 Assessment Institute to be held virtually Oct. 25-28.


  • Isch named to Michiana Forty Under 40 Class

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 17, 2020

    Posted June 17 - Jason Isch, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been selected for the 2020 Michiana Forty Under 40 Class. This program recognizes 40 young professionals in the region for their contributions and accomplishments in their workplace and community. Ed Battjes, manager of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services at Saint Joseph Health System, nominated Jason.


  • 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.


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