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A powerful alcohol education program entitled “Regret” ( was recently sponsored on our campus, and more than 500 students attended. As part of the program, a film was shown dedicated to the life of college student Chris Mason of Huntington, Ind., who was killed in an accident in May 2005. Mason’s family and friends were featured as they described the events of that night and shared the pain from their collective loss. Sean Jamian, who was the driver of the car and now serving jail time, emphasized that he and his friends were just like any other college kids who liked to party without thinking of the consequences of their actions. Both sets of parents attended the program and offered firsthand accounts of how that fateful day changed their lives.

The transition from high school to college can be a time of high risk for making poor choices regarding alcohol. With newly acquired freedom, many students are not equipped to make responsible and healthy choices about substance abuse. A website ( provided by the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking provides resources that can be helpful to you and/or your student in making responsible choices regarding academics, relationships and socializing.

If we can provide any assistance to you as you deal with the transitions your student may be experiencing, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Development Office by emailing me at

Dr. Beth E. Sweitzer-Riley
Vice President for Student Development


Learning Support Services

Every student could use a little help now and then with studying for classes. Learning Support Services provides various types of academic assistance. Study tables meet weekly, where students can just drop in and ask for help with a particular topic. Students can also request a peer-tutor for classes, arranged at the convenience of the student and the peer-tutor.
Students who are having difficulty with a study technique, such as reading comprehension or note taking skills, can meet individually with a peer-tutor or with staff in the Learning Center in Winger Hall.
The Learning Center Lab (W112) is a place for students to study around small tables or use computers. Handout sheets about various study strategies and techniques are available, as well as free 3 x 5 note cards for students to use as they study. Small groups often get together in the Learning Center Study Room around a large conference table.
Students with documented disabilities work with the director of learning support services to develop accommodations that will allow them to succeed.
All services from Learning Support Services are free. The peer-tutors are paid upperclass students who find that helping another student helps them better understand the course material, allows them to develop interpersonal skills, gives them a chance to help others, and gives them a little “pizza money.”
Students learn about study tables and peer-tutoring through their instructors. They may drop by the Learning Center office (W115) to talk with a staff person. Or they can schedule an appointment by signing up on the schedule hanging beside the office door.
Denise Howe
Director, Learning Support Services

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Rusty Coulter-Kern
Rusty Coulter-Kern has been on the faculty of Manchester College since the fall of 2000.  He is an associate professor of psychology, teaching Introduction to Psychology, Research Design in Psychology and Abnormal Psychology, along with several other courses. Rusty received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Rusty’s wife, Marcie, also teaches in the Psychology Department at Manchester.
When asked what he enjoys most about his work at Manchester, Rusty responded, “working on research projects with students and watching students mature in their skills and develop their unique interests.” Rusty’s passion for working with students is evident both on and off campus. He has taken students to a variety of research conferences from Utah to Washington D.C., and on behalf of Manchester College, he helps to co-sponsor an undergraduate research conference with Bluffton University and Goshen College. Rusty’s work with students has earned him recognition, including grants to conduct service learning projects and research.
Off campus, Rusty collaborates with local principals and teachers on a variety of research and community service projects. He also teaches Sunday School, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and coaches several youth soccer teams. Rusty and Marcie have two daughters: Paige is a first-year student at Hanover College, and Mackenzie is a 9th grader at Manchester High School. In his spare time, Rusty enjoys attending his daughters' soccer games (both are starters on their respective teams), canning pickles and okra, construction, picking fruit and skiing.

Important October Dates


Last date to receive a tuition refund for reduction from full to part-time, overload to full-time, or full withdrawal from the College.


End of first half of semester


Deadline for spring semester and summer session incompletes


Beginning of second half-semester classes


Midsemester grades due at 5 p.m.


Fall Break (classes dismiss 6 p.m. Oct. 18; resume 8 a.m. Oct. 23)


Midsemester grades available from MUConnect


Title IV aid no longer subject to refund calculations


Registration for 2007 January session and spring semester (continues through Nov. 10)


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