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MU Giving Day set for June 3

Posted May 11 - The COVID-19 pandemic derailed the University’s original plans for Giving Day in April. However, with support for Manchester students more important than ever, an online-only version of Giving Day is set for June 3. 

Rosenbaum,-Kylee-large“With so much uncertainty right now, our students need our support,” says Kylee Rosenbaum ’11 Moss, alumni director. “They need to know that that the whole Manchester community has their backs.”

This year’s Giving Day is focusing on The Manchester Fund – the financial lifeblood of the University, its go-to source for many unforeseen expenses, and a vital source of support for students.

“Unrestricted gifts to The Manchester Fund help us address needs right now,” adds Janeen Kooi, director of The Manchester Fund and donor relations.

You are invited to share your Manchester story on June 3 by following MU on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat) and using #GivingGold. If you would like to be a social media ambassador that day, please email  

Giving Day 2019 raised $93,525, nearly doubling the 2018 total.  

To support Manchester students any time, please click here.

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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.

Nominations open for Garber Staff Member of the Year

Posted May 26 - Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Christopher W. Garber Staff Member of the Year. The award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates an everyday commitment to Manchester University, provides excellent customer service, leads peers, collaborates across departments, and is reliable and respected by co-workers. Nominees may be either full- or part-time employees.

Staff members are encouraged to submit nominations by July 1, using this link. This year’s recipient will be recognized at the fall All-Colleague Meeting.


Manchester to launch population health major

Posted May 14 - The rising demand for professionals who can understand health issues affecting communities of people has led to the creation of a new major to help meet that need. In population health, which begins in fall 2020, students will learn how to gather, interpret and use health information to empower people and organizations to prevent disease and advocate for a better quality of life for all.  Learn more.

Dargo named director of MAT program

Dargo,-Lucas2Posted May 14 - Lucas Dargo, assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training, will become the program director for MU’s accredited Master of Athletic Training Program effective June 1. Dargo succeeds Mark Huntington, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

Jeff Beer, chair of the Exercise Science and Athletic Training Department, will continue on the MAT faculty. Jessica Rager will join the MAT faculty in July and assume Dargo’s current responsibilities as clinical education coordinator for athletic training. Pam Karkosky will leave her position as administrative assistant for Natural and Health Sciences on the North Manchester campus and join the health sciences admissions staff in Fort Wayne. She will continue to provide administrative support to the MAT program.

2020 Commencement moves to fall

Posted April 17 - Manchester surveyed members of the Class of 2020 about Commencement in the age of COVID-19. The overwhelming response was in favor of a live celebration, so it is now scheduled for October. Learn more.

Students at Oak Leaves win statewide press awards

Posted April 30 - Ten Oak Leaves staff members took home wins in eight award categories, with a total of nine winning stories and three winning photos in the 2020 Indiana Collegiate Press Association contest. Learn more

PGx students volunteer at Patients Choice Laboratories

Posted April 30 - Manchester PGx students are volunteering at Patients Choice Laboratories, an independent clinical laboratory in Indianapolis, to support molecular testing, including COVID-19. Learn more.

MU dance to aid Riley Hospital for Children goes online

Posted April 30 - Manchester University students invited the neighbors to come over and dance for a good cause, but COVID-19 waltzed in and shut it down. Instead of giving up, the students took it online. Learn more.

North Manchester campus pantry delivers

Posted April 17 - Although the North Manchester campus is quiet these days, Manchester students continue to take classes. Most do so from home, but some were compelled by circumstances to live on campus or in neighborhoods nearby.

Some have limited access to food and others need “gap” items to get by.

Enter theAcorns|Campus Pantry, which didn’t miss a beat. Learn more.

Manchester waives enrollment deposit for fall

kaopuiki-ryon-optimizedPosted March 27 - Manchester is waiving the enrollment deposit for incoming students this fall as part of its overall strategy in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize that students and families are experiencing a lot of disruption right now. Our hope is that by eliminating the enrollment deposit for this fall, Manchester can help students move forward toward their future at Manchester University,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president for enrollment and marketing. Learn more.

Undergrads get pass/no pass option for spring semester

Posted April 14 - Manchester will allow undergraduate students the option of taking a pass/no pass grade in most classes this semester if they get approval from their academic advisor.

The grading policy is being implemented for this semester because the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced Manchester to cancel in-person classes. Learn more.

Manchester pharmacy camp goes online

Posted April 23 - Manchester has moved its summer pharmacy camp online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

High school and college students considering pharmacy as a career are invited to attend MU Virtual Pharmacy Week, July 14-17. It is free. Learn more.


Esports puts spotlight on Spartan Trevor Johnson

Posted April 15 - Trevor Johnson, student assistant for the varsity-level eSports team at Manchester, is featured on the Esports Trade Association website. "As a business student in college, I know that in order to grow, esports must expand to a greater audience and have more involvement,” Trevor said in a Q & A. “The easiest way to reach people in today’s society is through media and content.” A native of Austin, Ind., Trevor is studying sport management and digital media at Manchester. Learn more.


New MU Faculty & Staff

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


Manchester plans to open in fall 2020

Posted May 21 - After careful consideration and weighing a number of options, Manchester University plans to open its campuses in fall 2020. Learn more.

Your social media contributions welcome

PKyle Grubbsosted April 15 - Kyle Grubbs, MU’s interim social media coordinator, is seeking contributions to help spread Spartan spirit during this digital time.

Here’s what she is looking for:

  • A video of yourself (or a group) singing the Manchester Fight Song (vertical video preferred)
  • A video of yourself giving a pep talk/motivational talk to current students (vertical video preferred – under 45 seconds)
  • A photo of yourself in Manchester gear, posted on our social media using #ManchesterMonday!
  • A short video of your pets doing their best tricks for our Pet Talent Show. Include their names and a short description of the tricks.

Please submit your content or ideas to

Also, don’t forget to follow all of our channels and like/share our content. Find Manchester’s social media hub here.

Share your news on MU Today

Do have news to share? Send your information to When you do, you’ll tell every member of our core communications team: Dan Chudzynski, Anne Gregory and Melinda Lantz. We’ll coordinate with each other to disseminate your news in the most effective ways we can, including MU Today, social media, press releases, newsletters and Manchester magazine.

Submit your event to MU’s online calendar

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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Be safe out there!


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  • Pharmacy faculty present at conferences

    by Melinda Lantz | May 29, 2020

    Posted May 29 - Theresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Rob Beckett, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Drug Information Center; and Jennifer Henriksen, associate dean of academic and student affairs and professor of pharmacy practice, are part of a team that will present at the virtual annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in July. Their poster topic is “Initial Development and Pre-Testing of a Situational Judgment Test to Assess ACPE Standards 3 and 4.”

    In addition, DeLellis will present on “Avoiding Slipping Through the Cracks: Incorporating Family Members and Caregivers into Improving Transitions of Care” at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Dallas in October.

    DeLellis also joined a team presentation on “Caring for Geriatric Patients Across the Care Continuum During COVID-19” at the AACP Geriatric SIG Webinar Series in Arlington, Va., in May.


  • Smith quoted in Pharmacy Today story

    by Melinda Lantz | May 29, 2020

    Posted May 29 - Dean Tommy Smith who was quoted in an article in the April 2020 edition of Pharmacy Today. The complete article, “Beyond Limits: Caring for Patients with Disabilities,” can be found here.


  • Gratz earns certificate

    by Melinda Lantz | May 29, 2020
    Posted May 29Melissa Gratz, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has earned her medication safety certificate through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. 
  • Montalvo makes masks

    by Melinda Lantz | May 29, 2020

    Posted May 29 - Jessica Montalvo, director of student services, made more than 350 masks during her recent maternity leave. The masks have gone to six states and to friends, family, neighbors, essential workers, and community members via Faith United Methodist Church and nurses at Parkview in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jessica continues to make masks as time allows.


  • MU faculty awarded AACP grant

    by Melinda Lantz | May 29, 2020

    Posted May 29 - Congratulations to Holly Robison, Kathryn Marwitz and Rob Beckett for having their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) grant submission selected for funding. Their submission, “Assessing the Use of Emotional Intelligence Training to Teach CAPE Outcomes,” was one of seven projects chosen this year to receive funding. Final research findings from the SOTL-funded research will be presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting July 17-21, 2021, in Toronto.



  • Gordon, Linn, Smith receive annual faculty awards

    by Melinda Lantz | May 29, 2020

    Posted May 29 - Pharmacy faculty members were honored with annual awards May 8 at the virtual Celebrating Accomplishments Ceremony. This year’s recipients were Sarah Gordon, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, the Lorin M. Sheppard Teacher of the Year; Tom Smith, associate professor of pharmacy practice and pharmacogenomics, Scholar of the Year; and Dusty Linn, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Outstanding Service.

    Smith recently earned a pharmacy graduate certificate in precision medicine from the University of Florida, and had a paper, “The Association of COMT Genotype With Buproprion Treatment Response in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder,” accepted to the journal, Brain and Behavior.

  • 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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