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Alumni Days at Manchester
reunites older generations May 29-30


In 1943, World War II raged. The president had frozen wages and prices to curb inflation. A first-class stamp cost 3 cents and a college education was very dear, indeed.

Seventy years later, five members of the Manchester College class of 1943 will return May 29-30 to a very different campus. Their alma mater not only has a lot more academic majors, students and structures, it has a new name – University – and a second campus in Fort Wayne.

Like dozens of an estimated 200 of Manchester’s more-seasoned graduates reuniting for the 2013 Alumni Days, one of the 1943 grads will experience modern-day dorm living, too.

Special reunions are scheduled for five classes: 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958 and the 50-year gathering for the Class of 1963. Graduates of other classes are welcome to join in the two-day memory fest that also will bring them up-to-date on what’s happening at Manchester.

A packed schedule offers scores of opportunities to reminisce with classmates at an easier pace than the typical fall Homecoming. They’ll embark on campus tours, hear lectures, and hear first-hand about their new Manchester from faculty, administrators and students. And, of course, they’ll have lots of time to sit and chat and stroll the mall.

“Alumni Days are designed to hint at the memories that were created here,” says Jennifer Mitchell ’84 Shepherd, executive director of alumni relations. “We really want to reconnect everybody with the University.”

Emeriti Professors Charles Klingler ’48 and Wilson Lutz ’50 will present their newly composed Hymn to Manchester and chat about their collaboration at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday in Wine Recital Hall.

At 8 a.m. Thursday, generous donors who have included Manchester in their estate plans will gather for the Otho Winger Society breakfast. This year, the presentation focuses on the importance of pharmacy as an industry, says Steve Thomas, director of gift planning. Manchester’s professional doctoral pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is entering its second year on its Fort Wayne campus.

The two-day program concludes with the Alumni Award Banquet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the MU Union. Five will receive the Alumni Honor Award:

  • Keith Pontius '55, an executive in the packaging industry, civic leader and longtime member of the Board of Trustees
  • Gene Likens '57, a scientist who discovered acid rain in North America and is the founding director of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Sara Edgerton '70 , co-founder of Community Cancer Care, a pioneer in community-based cancer services in Indiana, and a member of the Board of Trustees
  • Steve Likens '71, a top sales leader for Steinway & Sons and a trumpet and piano player in the music and film industries
  • Tim Ogden '87, an attorney, professor of business, and chair of the MU Department of Accounting and Business

Also at the banquet, Bill Robinson, a nationally respected educator who served as Manchester's 10th president from 1986 to 1993, will receive the Distinguished Honor Award for his service and accomplishments. (To reserve a seat at the banquet, please contact the Alumni Office.)

During Alumni Days, the Campus Store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The MU Archives are open 8:30 a.m. to noon (and by request) in Funderburg Library. Golf carts are available to assist those with mobility challenges.

For a full schedule and more about Alumni Days, visit or contact the Alumni Office at 888-257-2586 or

May 2013

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