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ISSUE #12 December 2007

Holiday Greetings!
Jo Young Switzer, President

We bring you the warmest of holiday greetings from our students, faculty, and staff. 

December at Manchester College has presented a great blend of opportunities! Students scrambled to finish their research papers and prepare for finals. The millions of oak leaves that buried us in October and November are raked away, the ground now blanketed in heavy snowfall. The “charming” radiators in the Administration Building clank loudly as they heat our classrooms and offices.

First-year students from Florida and Africa scurried across the campus in their new winter coats, stunned at how quickly their fingers got cold! Our student chime ringers shared their Christmas repertoire, including “Let it Snow” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” 

Energy filled the air, even as we saw our breaths in the frigid temperatures.

Those of us who work at Manchester College approach the holidays with a deep sense of gratitude for our amazing students. This fall, they

  • Volunteered thousands of hours as reading tutors for elementary children in nearby schools
  • Attended their friends’ choir concerts, recitals, athletic competitions, and play performances
  • Enrolled for January session and spring semester
  • Enjoyed the new Union, especially the steaming pizzas fresh from the brick oven and the rich coffee in The Oaks
  • Took full advantage of the new Success Center to connect with tutors and writing instructors

As they arrive home for the holidays, your students are likely to be tired because of the intensity and importance of their end-of-the-semester final exams and papers. We hope you’ll indulge them with time to catch up on their sleep – and perhaps with some home-made goodies. We hope you have a wonderful holiday break together.

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Steven Crain, Campus Pastor

Philosophical theologian Dr. Steven Crain joined the Manchester community in July as campus pastor. He expects to be stretched and challenged in many different ways by his new position and hopes to help foster dialogue and fellowship among Christians on campus. Devoted to teaching, Steve also wants to help students – whatever their religious backgrounds – explore how the life of the mind and the life of the spirit weave together.
Dr. Crain has taught theology and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, Valparaiso University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Washington University in St. Louis. He also has taught math, science, and humanities at Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Stanford University, a master’s from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, a master’s and Ph.D. in theology, and a master's in history and philosophy of science from Notre Dame, where he specialized in religion and science issues.

Steve lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Lori, who is a school teacher, and their 10-year-old son, Nathan. Steve also has two stepdaughters, Jennifer, who attends Florida Southern College, and Erin, who recently graduated from Manchester College.

Steve is very active in his church, and enjoys traveling and camping with his family, spending time with his son, listening to classical music and reading. He especially enjoys the works of the "Inklings": J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and their friends. Someday, Steve would like to get involved in amateur astronomy again, a hobby he has treasured since he was a child.

What does our pastor enjoy most about his work at Manchester? “The people,” he quickly replies. “I am delighted with the relationships that I'm beginning to form among faculty, staff, and students.”

Financial Aid Solutions … There’s Lots of Help!
Rebecca L. Boone, Financial Aid Counselor

We urge you to attend a College Goal Sunday near you for help in filling out college financial aid applications. On Sunday, Feb. 17 in Indiana, for example, parents and students will find more than 30 sites staffed with college financial aid advisors. The event is free, funded and coordinated by Lumina Foundation for Educations and The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, with the support of many important allies.

At College Goal Sunday, you can:

  • Get free on-site professional assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Talk to a financial aid professional about financial aid resources and how to apply
  • Get information about statewide student services, admission requirements, and more!

College Goal Sunday works. In the past 14 years, the program has assisted more than 60,000 Indiana residents and is expected to have helped more than 100,000 students nationwide by the end of 2007.

Like most successful projects, College Goal Sunday meets a specific need. Research shows that Indiana families often cite high cost as the main barrier to college attendance, even though tens of millions of dollars in various forms of financial aid are available to Indiana students. Too many families – particularly those of color, low income and no tradition of pursuing an education beyond high school – simply are not applying for those funds.

Visit to learn more, watch videos, or to find a College Goal Sunday site near you. While Indiana’s College Goal Sunday is Feb. 17, the date may differ in other states.

At Manchester College, 100 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance. When filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), simply list Manchester College (Code 001820) as your college choice. The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for state, federal, and Manchester College need-based aid.

Complete your FAFSA on the web at as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2008, to receive an early aid package. Indiana residents must file before March 10, 2008 to meet the Indiana State Grant eligibility deadline.

A federal student aid Personal Identification Number (PIN) can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Department of Education records online. Apply for your PIN at If the student is a dependent, one of the student's parents should also have his or her own PIN to electronically sign the student's FAFSA and submit any corrections the student might need to make to it. Parents with more than one student will use the same PIN to electronically sign each student’s FAFSA.

Professional counselors in Manchester College’s Student Financial Services Department will be happy to guide you through the financial aid process. Contact us at: 260-982-5066       Fax 260-982-5043

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