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Manchester plans to open fully for fall semester

Posted March 22 - President Dave McFadden announced that Manchester University is planning to open fully for the fall 2021 semester. McFadden also strongly encourages everyone who will learn or work on either Manchester campus to receive the COVID-19 vaccination when it is their turn. Learn more.


Voice of America interviews Skendaj about democracy in Albania

Posted March 31 - The Gladdys Muir Associate Professor of Peace Studies at Manchester, Elton Skendaj, was interviewed by Voice of America-Albanian section about the state of democracy in Albania. Dr. Skendaj contributes as a Europe analyst to the Freedom House annual report on Freedom in the World.

The most recent annual report Democracy under Siege published in March 2021 noted the 15th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. Seventy-five countries, including the United States, experienced democratic decline during 2020. Skendaj incorporates such research findings in his classes at Manchester as well as convocation Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) presentations.

MU Women's studies/gender studies featured in Fort Wayne magazine

Posted March 8 - Fort Wayne magazine’s March 2021 issue celebrates Women’s History Month. Women's studies/gender studies at Manchester were highlighted in a story on pp. 21–25. Learn more.

MU offers remote learning pathway for pharmacy students

Posted March 4 - Manchester has created a remote learning pathway for all pharmacy students in fall 2021. Learn more.


Manchester waives enrollment deposit for fall 2021

Updated Jan. 21 - Following last year’s success, Manchester University is once again waiving the enrollment deposit for incoming undergraduate students. Learn more. It is also waiving the deposit for incoming pharmacy students. Learn more.

Lynn invites singers to perform ‘A Family Portrait’ at Carnegie Hall

Posted Dec. 3 - A collection of a family’s letters from the Civil War era inspired Manchester’s Professor Debra Lynn to write A Family Portrait, which debuted at Manchester University in 2017. She will conduct the oratorio at Carnegie Hall on May 30, 2022, and is inviting those who wish to sing to join the A Cappella Choir and the New England Symphonic Ensemble for the five-day residency and performance. Learn more.

Spartan Pride musicians in national intercollegiate marching band

Updated Jan. 12  - Five members of Manchester’s marching band, Spartan Pride, were chosen to participate in the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Marching Band: Kayla Carver, trombone; Alvaro Castillo, trombone; Alexis Crawford, mellophone; Manuel Hernandez, trumpet; and Mason Kniola, tuba.

The event was virtual this year. Students who took part practiced and recorded their music via video, and uploaded it. The video was added to others and t was played Jan. 11 on the scoreboard/jumbotron during halftime at the College National Championship Game. You can watch it here.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Aaron Price
  • Joel Eichenauer
  • Virginia Rendler
  • Sara Barker
  • Seth Clark
  • Joe Woodson
  • Stan Bedwell
  • Emily Webb
  • Brittany Brake
  • Nimbus Couzin
  • Alley Odell
  • Me'leick Miles
  • Sam Katon
  • Mark McCoy
  • Kathleen Morrical
  • Kenny Doss
  • Meg Gardinier
  • Justin Davis
  • Jessica Huett
  • Emily Gardner
  • Josh Johnson




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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If you have an event to add to the Manchester University online calendar, please click here, look for the blue SUBMIT AN EVENT button on the bottom left and fill in your information. An email then goes to a member of the communications team, who will complete the update. It’s easy! Because details for an event might change between the time it is submitted and the actual event, please send any changes to and put Calendar Change in the subject line. 

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  • Gohn presents research at professional symposium

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 12, 2021

    Posted April 12 - Cassie Gohn, assistant professor of biology, presented her research April 9 at the Beyond Boundaries Indiana Academies Symposium.  Her project, The effect of maternal cannabidiol oil use on murine prenatal development, is a compilation of data collected by her student researchers in BIOL-108L (2020 Spring cohort) and MU seniors Kendra Davis and Hallie Sorg.


  • Gohn elected to Indiana Physiological Society leadership

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 12, 2021

    Posted April 12 - Cassie Gohn, assistant professor of biology, has been elected president-elect of the Indiana Physiological Society for 2021-22. She will serve as president for the 2022-2023 term.


  • Reed composition 'Pelican Bay' will be performed at festival

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 06, 2021

    Posted April 6 - A composition by Tim Reed, associate professor of music, will be performed at New Music on the Bayou, a combination conference and festival, in June. “Pelican Bay” is a live piece for flute and electroacoustic audio. You can find a recording on Tim’s website at this link:




  • Reed’s work will be featured in upcoming conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 05, 2021

    Posted April 5 - A concert work by Tim Reed, associate professor of music, has been accepted for the upcoming Society of Composers Online National Conference. The video piece is titled, "...the land that happened inside us..." SCI is the main professional organization for composers in the United States.  

  • Hetrick co-presents on enrollment management in challenging times

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 17, 2021

    Posted March 17 - Greg Hetrick, assistant dean of enrollment management and community engagement, co-presented “Don’t Panic! The Importance of Strategic Planning in Enrollment Management During Challenging Times” on March 22. The event was an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Admissions Workshop, Leadership in Enrollment Management.

  • Marwitz presents at medication safety symposium

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 17, 2021

    Posted March 17 - Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, presented on “The Healthcare Provider’s Role in Addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic” during the Midwest Medication Safety Symposium, a webinar in March. 

  • Strategic imperatives focus on students

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 04, 2021

    A number of years ago, Manchester’s Board of Trustees adopted “the Big 3” strategic imperatives. We aim, they say, to have strong programs, healthy enrollments and resources to invest in current programs and new initiatives. Strong programs, healthy enrollments and investments.

    At the heart of the Big 3 are students. Each of them can be restated with students at the heart: programs that exceed student expectations, exceptional student experiences that attract more students and resources reinvested in strengthening those programs and experiences.

    Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, calls this a flywheel. Success with each of our Big 3 adds momentum to the others and we build a powerful institutional momentum.

    We are building momentum at Manchester that will carry us successfully into the future. I recently shared reflections on Manchester’s Big 3 flywheel with colleagues, which you can find here.

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