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Manchester alumni couple gives back with $1.25 million

Paris and Becky Ball-Miller are known for their devotion to family and faith, and their generous spirits.
The Ball-Millers have designated a $1 million planned gift to the Arden and Charmaine Ball Endowed Scholarship Fund, which gives preference to first-generation college students who major in peace studies, religion or environmental studies.
They are also giving $250,000 over five years, with $150,000 more to the endowed scholarship, $50,000 going to The Manchester Fund and $50,000 to the Manchester Bold New Initiatives Fund. Learn more.

Erica Ortiz is 'Realizing the Dream' at MU

Erica OrtizCongratulations to Manchester nursing sophomore Erica Ortiz, a first-generation college student and recipient of the Realizing the Dream scholarship. Learn more.

"I would tell other first-generation students that they shouldn't be afraid to step out of their comfort zone and be the first in their family to attend college," she said. "It may be scary and intimidating at first, being the pioneer and not knowing how to navigate college life, but advisors and professors make it a smooth process and understand what you're going through. Receiving a higher education will be worth it in the end when you get to watch your loved ones feel so proud of how successful you've become."

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MU launches esports management business minor

Manny wears eSports headset“There is a high demand for professionals who understands the management side of esports,” said Sun Kang, associate professor of sport management. “The knowledge students will gain from learning about the complex esports ecosystem, such as the dynamics of esports teams, business opportunities that exist in marketing, sponsorship, event planning and facility management, will help students be a part of this growing industry.” Learn more.

MU waives fall' 23 enrollment deposit

 “We listen to prospective students and their families, and it is clear that waiving the deposit will be helpful to many," said Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president for enrollment. Learn more.

dave_mcfadden_headshotPresident Dave McFadden to retire in 2023

President Dave McFadden will retire as the University’s 15th president at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2023. Learn more.

Manchester University Mission Statement and Values

Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

  • Pharmacy residency matches announced

    by Anne Gregory | Mar 15, 2023

    The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) recently announced individuals matched with pharmacy residency programs across the country.

    At Manchster, 15 fourth-year students were matched with post-graduate year one (PGY1) residency programs. Several graduates from the class of 2022 will complete PGY2 residencies:

    • Lauren Beaumont - Boulder Community Health; Boulder, CO
    • Mark Botros - Aurora Health Care/St. Luke's Medical Center; Milwaukee, WI (PGY2)
    • Nicholas Buttermore - Saint Joseph Health System Family Medicine Center; Mishawaka, IN
    • Leena Ghaeb - McLaren Oakland; Pontiac, MI
    • Megan Gushrowski - Ohio Northern University HealthWise; Ada, OH
    • Emina Halimanovic - MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Washington, D.C.
    • Aya Hawa - Henry Ford Macomb Hospital; Clinton Township, MI
    • Caleb Hoppe - Parkview Health; Fort Wayne, IN
    • Nathaniel Johnson - Parkview Health; Fort Wayne, IN
    • Amanda Junker - Indiana University Health; Indianapolis, IN
    • Breia Leavell - Deaconess Hospital Inc; Evansville, IN
    • Kristin Lytal - Parkview Health; Fort Wayne, IN
    • Zachary Martin - Saint Joseph Health System Family Medicine Center; Mishawaka, IN (PGY2)
    • Jennifer McCarthy - Parkview Health; Fort Wayne, IN
    • William Mikesell - Lutheran Hospital of Indiana; Fort Wayne, IN
    • Brett Olin - Northwest Hospital Center; Randallstown, MD
    • Cecilia Schowe - UofL Health - UofL Hospital; Louisville, KY
    • Dakota Smith - Norton Hospitals; Louisville, KY (PGY2)
    • Brianna Stafford - Indiana University Health/Simon Cancer Center; Indianapolis, IN (PGY2)
  • Huett to receive Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

    by Anne Gregory | Mar 10, 2023

    Jessica Huett has been selected to receive the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

    The award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities, especially at the national and district level. Huett will receive the award at the NATA Clinical Symposia and Athletic Training Expo this June in Indianapolis.

    She is assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training and coordinator of athletic training clinical education in the Master of Athletic Training program.

  • Camp, Villafuerte qualify for nationals

    by Anne Gregory | Mar 06, 2023
    Senior Ben Villafuerte and sophomore Carley Camp will represent Manchester in the 2023 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships.
    Both will throw in the shot put. Learn more. 
  • HLC reaffirms Manchester accreditation

    by Anne Gregory | Mar 06, 2023

    Manchester has had its accreditation reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission for the next 10 years.

    Celia Cook-Huffman, vice president for academic affairs, shared March 6 that Manchester University received formal notice that we have been fully reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission Institutional Action Council (IAC) through 2033. 

    The commission is one of six regional entities recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the country.

  • Basketball honors

    by Anne Gregory | Feb 22, 2023
    Congratulations to Manchester men's basketball head coach Nate Conley for being named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and Logan Willoughby, Zach Sawyer, Bryant Smith and Quentez Columbus for earning all-conference honors! Learn more.
  • MU students perform at national band directors convention

    by Anne Gregory | Feb 21, 2023
    Three Manchester students performed with the national Small College Intercollegiate Band at the College Band Directors National Association national convention. Congratulations to Daniel Cornett, clarinet, a junior music education major; Alexis Crawford, French horn, senior music education major; and Erika Renbarger, flute, senior biology-chemistry major. Learn more.
  • Manchester Bold hits 90 percent mark

    by Anne Gregory | Feb 15, 2023
    Manchester University is investing in its students and building for the future with a bold $45 million capital campaign. Just months after launching the campaign, generous donors helped us hit the 90 percent mark. Learn more.
  • Outreach: MU science lab at library focuses on muscles and how they work

    by Anne Gregory | Feb 14, 2023
    Assistant Professor of Biology Cassandra Gohn and students from MU will host a multi-station science lab on the muscular system between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Feb. 25 at the North Manchester Public Library, 405 N. Market St. Learn more.
  • More school swimming records fall at championships

    by Anne Gregory | Feb 11, 2023
    The Manchester University swimming and diving teams set new school records in Day 2 and Day 3 of the 2023 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday, Feb 9. Congrats to Logan Davis, Parker York, Hung Tran, Colten Schulte, Jacob Stauffer and Payton Elsrod. Day 2. Day 3.
  • Marwitz wins AACP New Investigator Award

    by Anne Gregory | Feb 10, 2023

    Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has been awarded an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy New Investigator Award. Learn more.

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