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Gift from Zeglises to launch Spartan Regiment Marching Band

Posted Jan. 13 - High school students who love marching band will have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the Spartan Regiment at Manchester University starting in fall 2020.

The new marching band is available to current and prospective students. 

“We feel that the Spartan Regiment will draw students interested in a wide variety of majors and other musical pursuits,” said Assistant Professor Scott Humphries, director of the marching band. He is director of instrumental studies and music education at MU.

A generous gift from Board of Trustees Chair John Zeglis and his spouse, Carol Zeglis, is providing startup support for the band. Read more.

Bottorff retiring July 31 from MU Pharmacy Program

Posted Jan. 23 - Michael Bottorff, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, will retire on July 31, according to W. Thomas Smith, professor and dean of Pharmacy Programs. “We have all benefited from his expertise in academic pharmacy and pharmacy practice, as well as his natural ability to make deep and lasting connections with students and colleagues,” Smith said in an email to MU colleagues.

On the MU faculty for nearly five years, Bottorff previously taught at the University of Tennessee, University of Cincinnati, University of Charleston and South College. He has received teaching awards at each institution, published 85 peer-reviewed research and review papers, and received more than $1 million in research grants. Active in many professional organizations, Bottorff has achieved fellow status in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the National Lipid Association. He will retire to his home near Knoxville, Tenn.

Voice for grassroots organizing is speaker at MLK ceremony

Posted Jan. 21 - Manchester will mark the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on campus with a woman who is among those carrying on his work in our time.

Tayna Fogle, a mother, former felon and powerful leader in her community, is co-chair of the Kentucky Poor People's Campaign. She will tell her story and share lessons in the Power of Voice: Darkest Past Now Greatest Asset at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Cordier Auditorium. Learn more.


Community benefit to aid Elizabeth Schilling

Updated Jan. 22 - Details are coming together for a benefit to aid Liz Schilling, who is being treated for brain cancer. Her mother is Professor Heather Schilling, director of teacher education at MU. Jentri Cripe at Rhinestones & Roses is organizing a meal from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 before the Manchester High School varsity basketball game. The menu will be pork loin, mashed potatoes, salad and dessert. You can purchase a meal ticket online or at the door for $10. If you want to buy a shirt beforehand, order at this link. It can be shipped or you can pick it up at Jentri's store.

Workplace fatigue in summer camp is seminar topic

Posted Jan. 21 - Beth Schultz, director of baccalaureate nursing programs at Manchester, will speak 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Fort Wayne campus about workplace fatigue in the summer camp setting. It is part of the Research and Innovative Practice Seminar Series at the Fort Wayne campus. Learn more.

Kaopuiki joins MU as vice president for enrollment, marketing

Posted Jan. 14 - Manchester University has named Ryon Kaopuiki vice president for enrollment and marketing. “I am humbled to be joining the team and excited about the opportunity to contribute to the legacy of Manchester University,” he said. Learn more.


Lilly Endowment gives Manchester $100,000 planning grant

Posted Dec. 17 - Manchester has been awarded a $100,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant is part of the endowment’s new initiative, Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities.

Up to $108.2 million has been allocated for the initiative, which gives leaders of Indiana’s 38 colleges and universities resources to think about the future of their institutions and accelerate strategic planning and implementation efforts to meet their key challenges and opportunities.

The initiative has three phases: a planning phase, an implementation phase and an invitational phase for large-scale proposals. Manchester received the maximum amount possible in the planning phase for smaller colleges and universities. Learn more.

MU to start spring semester with ‘brilliant’ challenge

Posted Jan. 8 - President Dave McFadden is kicking off spring semester with a challenge “to be brilliant, to be resilient, to be bright lights for others.” The Spring Convocation is Jan. 28. Learn more.

Young promoted to assistant vice president

Posted Jan. 2 - Alexis Young has been named assistant vice president for facilities and auxiliary services at Manchester, according to Clair Knapp, chief business officer and vice president for finance. Her office will continue to be in Conferences Services in the Jo Young Switzer Center.

Young most recently served as senior director of auxiliary services. She began at MU in 2006 as the assistant event specialist in conference services and the academic liaison in admissions. She was appointed director of conference services in 2008. Learn more.

Huntington to retire at end of academic year

Posted Dec. 18 - Mark Huntington, dean for natural and health sciences in the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences, is retiring at the end of this academic year. President Dave McFadden made the announcement in an email to MU colleagues Dec. 13.

Huntington is also program director of Graduate Athletic Training Education and professor of exercise and athletic training. He was instrumental in founding athletic training education at MU and developed the program from a minor into a master’s degree.

A 1976 Manchester graduate, he returned to his alma mater in 1984 as an associate professor of physical education and served as MU’s only athletic trainer for seven years. Under his leadership, athletic training at MU earned accreditation and his graduates have had an exceptionally high rate of passing their certification exam on the first try.

Haines, Wine seek Rosa Parks objects for library

Posted Jan. 3 - Darla Haines, interim director of Funderburg Library, and Jeanine Wine, Manchester University archivist, on Dec. 4 attended the opening program for the “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words” exhibition at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. They also met with the chief of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division to discuss the possibility of Manchester receiving several Indiana-related objects that belonged to Mrs. Parks. Haines hopes to have more information in the coming months.


Manchester offers Pharmacy Camp for high school students

Posted Dec. 10 - Is your child interested in a career in pharmacy? Those who will be high school juniors or seniors in the fall of 2020 are invited to attend Manchester University Pharmacy Camp from July 7 to 10. Learn more.

Manchester stages collegiate debut of Stewart Copeland opera

Posted Nov. 20 - Tickets are on sale for Manchester’s exciting collegiate premiere of The Invention of Morel, a recent opera by Stewart Copeland. He is a prolific American composer, as well as founder and drummer of The Police. The guest stage director is Kathleen Belcher of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

These performances are in collaboration with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and feature MU students and alumni. Tickets are available at

Show dates are Feb. 28 and 29, 2020. Copeland will deliver a special greeting to the opening night audience, and he will speak at a VIA at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Cordier Auditorium.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Hornbarger, Kelly
  • Kaopuiki, Ryon
  • Fantuzzi, Jeff
  • Rogers, Kourtney


Clothes needed for job, internship interviews

Posted Jan. 17 - Do you have gently used professional clothing or business casual clothing and accessories that will help Manchester students land a job or internship? Donations for the Career Closet will be collected through Friday, Feb. 21. Donations may be brought to Room 103 of the Chinworth Center on the North Manchester campus or to Sarah Lauck at the Fort Wayne campus.

The career, internship and graduate school fair is March 4. Learn more.

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  • 389 students on fall Dean's List

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 16, 2020

    Posted Jan. 16 - A total of 389 students engaged in study at Manchester University are on the fall 2019 Dean’s List. Learn more.



  • Zwiebel, Oke place first, second in county art show

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 15, 2020

    Posted Jan. 15 - Manchester student Marcus Zwiebel won first place in the “Other Art Forms” category of the 92 County Art Show at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. Ejenobo “Jena” Oke, associate professor of art at Manchester, received the second-place award in the same category.

    Works of The 92 County Art Show are on display through Feb. 19, which is the date of the public reception at 7 p.m. 


  • Reed composition to be presented at national saxophonists' conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 02, 2020

    Posted Jan. 2 - Tim Reed, associate professor of music, has had his composition, "...the one you feed...," accepted for presentation at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference March 6-8 at Arizona State University. It is the main national conference for saxophonists.

    The piece is for sopranino saxophone and piano with Farrell Vernon, associate professor of music at Purdue Fort Wayne, playing saxophone and Reed playing piano.


  • DeLellis to chair Allen County TRIAD

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 18, 2019

    Posted Dec. 18 – Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected 2020 chair of the Allen County TRIAD, a public health organization focused on improving community safety of the older adult population.


  • Kibiger earns Master of Education degree

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 18, 2019

    Posted Dec. 18 - Michelle Kibiger, director of assessment, graduated Dec. 14 from the University of Illinois Chicago with a Master of Education in measurement, evaluation, statistics and assessment.


  • Mills elected to state leadership position, earns certification

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 18, 2019

    Posted Dec. 18 - Alex Mills, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected secretary of the Indiana College of Clinical Pharmacy. He also recently passed his Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties exam and became a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.


  • The new SAT: a banana

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 20, 2020

    Posted Jan. 20 - While traveling recently, I found myself across from a large family sharing breakfast together. They had the usual in front of them: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, melon, orange juice … and cell phones. Seven people, five cell phones. A couple of them were into their own things on their phones, but the others were sharing pictures, videos and stories.

    At one corner of the table was a young woman, perhaps 6 or 7 years old, who I was ready to admit to Manchester on the spot because she was entertaining herself with a banana. One minute it was a telephone (the old-fashioned kind that connects ear and mouth), then a swing, then Geordi La Forge’s Star Trek visor, then a hand-held vacuum cleaner.

    As she played there at the table, I recognized in her the sort of student we want at Manchester. And I recognized the future of the SAT: a banana. 




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