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Volunteers needed for Independence Day celebration June 29

Updated June 13 - The 18th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display hosted by Manchester University is the evening of June 29, a Saturday. The rain date is July 4.

We need volunteers to help at the beginning of the evening with activities such as  the chalk walk and games for children.

The University event coordinator is student Cici Vanderwall. if you are willing to help, please contact her at

Manchester preps for new academic year

Posted June 10 - Most of the students are gone, but our campuses are far from quiet. The sound of construction is everywhere. New locations, new services, upgrades. Learn more.

Summer is a great time to volunteer

Posted June 6 - Volunteer service opportunities don’t end just because it’s summer, and they’re not just for students. The Center for Service Opportunities needs people to help serve Community Dinners in North Manchester on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Faculty, staff and students are invited to help and family members are welcome too. Sign up here.

If you enjoy gardening, a Box Veggie Garden is planned for outside of Schwalm Hall this summer and produce will help feed MU students in summer housing. If you want to plant, weed, water or harvest please email

Also, the North Manchester Public Library has many summer events that benefit children and they’re always looking for an extra set of hands. Check their calendar and volunteer by contacting Heidi Lovett at


331 graduate from Manchester

Manchester University conferred undergraduate, professional and graduate degrees to 331 students on Saturday, May 18.

The Graduate and Professional Commencement Exercises were 10 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium. Undergraduate Commencement was at 2 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center.

The complete list of graduates can be found here.


College of Business hits Best Value triple play

Updated May 23 - Three programs in the Arthur L. Gilbert College of Business – accounting, finance and marketing – are the No. 1 “Best Value for the Money” in Indiana, and all three are ranked in the top 10 percent nationally by College Factual. Learn more.

Nominations open for Garber Staff Member of the Year

Posted May 7 - Nominations are being accepted until July 1 for this year’s Garber Staff Member of the Year. The award, presented at the fall All-Colleague Meeting, recognizes a staff member who demonstrates an everyday commitment to Manchester University. Recipients provide excellent customer service while keeping the best interests of the University at heart. They lead peers and collaborate across departments. They are reliable, respected by co-workers and loyal to the University. They are problem-solvers with a positive attitude who encourage other staff members along the way.

Full-time staff members at either campus are eligible. To nominate a colleague, please find the nomination form here.

Faculty and Staff Canoe Float planned for Aug. 17

Posted May 6 - The 2019 Faculty and Staff Canoe Float is planned for Saturday, Aug. 17. Families are welcome and no canoeing experience is necessary. Participants will launch canoes and kayaks at about 10:15 a.m. and float to the Laketon Public Access Site, where they will eat lunch, returning to campus around 2 p.m.

Any MU faculty or staff member interested in participating is asked to contact Andy Rich at by May 17. Also, please let Andy know how many family members you plan to bring and whether you will supply your own canoe or kayak.



New MU Faculty & Staff

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MU offers coding, LEGO®, robotics day camps

Posted April 17 - Manchester is adding Coding Day Camp to its Science Center summer camp offerings at the North Manchester campus. The popular LEGO®, robotics day camps are also returning. Learn more.

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  • Eichenauer receives scholarship for graduate study

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 19, 2019

    Posted June 19 - Psychology major Connor Eichenauer ’19 of North Manchester has been selected to receive the Carroll Parrish Scholarship from Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in Social Sciences. Connor will use the $2,000 award to pursue graduate study in industrial/organizational psychology at Michigan State University, the top-ranked program in the field.


  • Bandemer speaks at HR higher education conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 14, 2019

    Posted June 14 - Whitney Bandemer, vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives, was a featured speaker at the LEAP HR – Higher Education conference in Austin, Texas, on May 28. Bandemer’s presentation was titled “Rethink Professional Development in Your Institution to Transform Employee Engagement” in which she talked about the development of HR’s leadership and professional development programming. 

  • Elder speaks at forum on protecting Great Lakes

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 14, 2019

    Posted June 14 - Celia Elder, administrative assistant in the Office of Experiential Education, will speak June 19 behalf of the Hoosier Chapter Sierra Club and Save Maumee Grassroots Organization at a public forum to discuss key issues facing the Great Lakes. Domestic Action Plan (DAP) Advisory Committees in all U.S. Great Lakes states choose one non-government representative and one government representative to provide updates to the public about their DAP progress. Roundtable discussions are open to the public, and participants are invited to contribute their views about the governments’ progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes. 



  • Henriksen and Trovinger present at Washington State

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 14, 2019

    Posted June 14 - Jennifer Henriksen, associate dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment, and Sara Trovinger, director of experiential education, will present at the 2019 TIPed Institute atWashington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences June 18-20. The Transformation and Innovation in Pharmacy Education Institute is a community dedicated to integrating innovation within pharmacy curricula. The topic of their session will be “EPAs: Assessing and Mapping the Affective Domains.”


  • Mayer’s article is in Public Seminar

    by Melinda Lantz | May 16, 2019

    Posted May 16 - Seth Mayer, assistant professor of philosophy, published an article in Public Seminar titled, "What Criminal Justice Reformers Can Learn from the Green New Deal." Read it here.


  • Haley Farris is Behnke scholarship winner

    by Melinda Lantz | May 14, 2019

    Posted May 14 - Junior Haley Farris has been chosen to receive the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association Robert S. Behnke Professional Education Scholarship. It will be presented at the association’s annual meeting on June 3 in Indianapolis. Learn more


  • A keepsake

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 20, 2019

    Posted June 20 - I’m a collector of autographed baseballs. It’s an eclectic collection. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, most of the Dodgers 18 Rookies of the Year. A ball signed by Corey Seager (2016 NL ROY) and his parents. Not all the signatures are baseball players. I have a ball signed by Jim Nabors who sang “Back Home Again In Indiana” at the Indy 500 for many years and helped me feel connected to home during the decade we lived in Southern California.

    Some are distinctively Manchester. I have a ball signed by Trevor Kimm ’15 after he hit two home runs in a spring game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Another is signed by Gene Likens ’57 who came to Manchester from the tiny town of Sidney to play baseball and went on to discover the existence of acid rain in North America.

    My most recent acquisition is a team ball – a baseball signed by all the members of a particular team. In this case, the team is Manchester’s 2018-19 A Cappella Choir. Their spring tour took them through Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, including a stop at the Field of Dreams near Dyersville, Iowa. While there, they bought and signed a baseball, which director Debra Lynn presented to me this month.

    Like any good team ball, some of the signatures are crisp: Nolan McBride, Erin Clanton, Amira Siddiqui. Others, well, not so much. And like the other keepsake autographed baseballs that I have, it has found a place of honor on a shelf in my office. Thank you, Debra and members of the A Cappella choir!


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