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$1.2 million bequest to provide scholarships at Manchester 

Posted May 26 - The widow of a 1947 Manchester graduate has left a $1.2 million gift to the University in memory of her husband. The Keith Kindell Hoover Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to Manchester students at the direction of Gerda W. Hoover, who died in 2019.

Keith Hoover studied communication studies at Manchester and later earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bethany Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University. He maintained a clinical psychology therapy practice in the Chicago area.

“Leaving such a generous estate gift to his alma mater was a wonderful way for Gerda to honor Keith’s memory,” said Melanie Harmon, vice president for advancement at Manchester. “That legacy is now part of Manchester’s endowment and it will help educate students for generations to come.” Learn more.

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Manchester awards first full-ride Multicultural Excellence scholarship

Posted June 8 - Brianna Howard is the first recipient of Manchester University’s new full-ride Multicultural Excellence in Leadership Scholarship. It covers tuition, fees, room and board. Brianna recently graduated from Brownsburg High School. Her scholarship application essay, “Be the Change,” focused on systemic racism within law enforcement and finding societal solutions that go beyond social media. Learn more. 


Nominations being accepted for Garber Staff Member of the Year

Posted May 19 - Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Garber Staff Member of the Year Award. Any MU staff member is eligible to nominate a staff colleague who demonstrates an everyday commitment to Manchester University.

The candidate should provide excellent customer service while keeping the best interests of MU at heart; lead peers and collaborate across departments; is reliable, respected by co-workers and loyal to the University. The candidate should be a problem-solver with a positive attitude who encourages other staff members along the way.

The candidate can be a full- or part-time employee. If you are a staff member who would like to nominate a staff colleague, please find the nomination form here.


MU raises more than $200,000 on Giving Day

Posted April 28 - Students, colleagues, alumni and friends joined forces for another successful Giving Day on April 21.  Manchester raised more than $200,000 from more than 450 donors, and every dollar will help MU students continue their journey from acorns to oaks.  All of it goes to The Manchester Fund. To learn more, visit the Giving Day website here.

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.

Skendaj leads research project on COVID-19, democracy in Western Balkans

Skendaj, EltonPosted April 27 - Elton Skendaj, Gladdys Muir Associate Professor of Peace Studies, led a research project for the British Westminster Foundation for Democracy that investigated the national security and protection of human rights during the COVID-19 emergency. To limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the governments are empowered to take extraordinary measures that would temporarily limit human rights. However, democratic governments must be held accountable for any tradeoffs made in terms of civil liberties and human rights that are authorized in the name of national security.

To better understand this dynamic, a research study was carried out in Albania to contextualize and compare country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic within a framework of national security and human rights perspectives. The government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Albania is compared with other countries in the region, including Serbia, and North Macedonia, Slovenia and Greece.

You can find more about the results of the project in the publication of the report titled “National Security vs Protection of Human Rights in Emergency.” 

COVID-19 vaccine clinic puts Manchester in the news

Posted April 23 - More than 200 members of the Manchester family were vaccinated April 10 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. This WFFT-TV story features student Ruben Gonzalez and Erin Foreman, director of the Center for Health & Sports Medicine.

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.

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.


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



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  • Turner graduates from leadership institute

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 16, 2021

    Posted June 16 - Tayshia Turner (Williams), human resources generalist and facilities coordinator at the Fort Wayne campus, graduated from the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana Leadership Institute on May 27.


  • Dargo to chair governmental affairs for District 4

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 16, 2021

    Posted June 16 - Lucas Dargo has been named District 4 governmental affairs chair for the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Lucas is director of the Athletic Training Program and an assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training.

  • Ades named Mentor of the Year

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 16, 2021

    Posted June 16 - Ryan Ades has been named the 2021 Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Mentor of the Year. Ryan is the director of experiential education for the Pharmacy Program and assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

  • Experiential education team wins Award of Excellence

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 15, 2021

    Posted June 15 - Every year, the AACP Experiential Education Section presents the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education to one deserving individual or group of individuals for their outstanding contribution to the world of experiential education. With the challenging events of 2020, the Experiential Education Section Awards Committee decided that this year’s award should honor all members of experiential education departments at each institution for their tremendous efforts at keeping the programs operating despite pandemic-related challenges. Those honored from Manchester were Ryan Ades, director of experiential education; Karen Failor, experiential education operations specialist; Kathryn Marwitz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences; and Raylene Rospond, associate dean of clinical affairs and outreach. 


  • Three win 2021 Pharmacy Faculty Awards

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 15, 2021

    Posted June 15 - Winners of the 2021 Pharmacy Faculty Awards for outstanding accomplishments are Dennis Brown, Lorin M. Sheppard Teacher of the Year; Marwa Noureldin, Scholar of the Year; and Teresa DeLellis, Outstanding Service Award. The three were recognized at the virtual Pharmacy Hooding and Awards Ceremony on May 20.  



  • Kisor receives Innovation in PGx Teaching Award

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 14, 2021

    Posted June 14 - David Kisor, professor of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics, has received the Pharmacogenomics Special Interest Group’s 2021 Innovation in PGx Teaching Award. Kisor says that, although he was the honoree, Tom Smith, associate professor of pharmacy practice and pharmacogenomics, played an integral role in the effort.

  • 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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