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ISSUE #42 October/November 2012

A concert featuring Manchester’s historic Chime is part of Homecoming 2012 festivities.

Homecoming is a time for families

Come to Manchester for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012 on Oct. 12-13! Bring the entire family. Are you ready for some football? Cheer on the Spartans as they beat Earlham! Check out the entire schedule, including these fun Homecoming highlights:

  • Choir and band performances
  • Dedication of the new Academic Center
  • Class luncheons for the Classes of ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97 and ’02
  • Reunions for football alumni, Accounting and Business alumni, Environmental Studies alumni, alumni of color
  • Young alumni cook-off
  • Cornhole tournament
  • Manchester Chime concert
  • Soccer matches and cross country meet
  • Campus tours
  • Hall of Fame and Coach of the Year inductions
  • Peace Studies honors Bayard Rustin with plaque dedication
  • Celebrating 10 years in the Intercultural Center
  • Fall play "A Devil in the Church"
  • Comedian John Cassidy

Students started classes in August at the Manchester University College of Pharmacy, which offers a doctoral program on a brand new campus in Fort Wayne.

Why University? Why now?

Many new, exciting changes are happening at Manchester: new learning spaces, new academic programs, and one big change that could hardly go unnoticed – we’re a university now.

The decision to change names hinged largely on Manchester’s growth from a small liberal arts college into a complex institution of higher education with two campuses and advanced degrees. “University” is strategic, mission-centered, said President Jo Young Switzer. “The new name reflects our expanding educational competencies and goals.”

This August, the first 64 students in Manchester’s new College of Pharmacy began classes on a Fort Wayne campus that includes state-of-the-art research and learning facilities, and awards a doctoral degree to its graduates. The University has also recently introduced two new master’s programs in Teacher Education and Athletic Training, while it continues to attract students to its undergraduate programs in record numbers.

“We are innovating and exceeding expectations because we are grounded in our mission and focused on our strategic priorities,” said President Switzer. “A change in name represents an evolutionary step for Manchester, not a revolution of mission or purpose.”

Prior to a final decision, shared input came from the President’s Cabinet, the Alumni Board of Directors, and conversations with hundreds of alumni, faculty, staff, current students, future students, northeast Indiana community leaders and higher education mentors. The Board of Trustees began formally discussing a name change in October 2011, and on April 21, voted officially to change the institution’s name to Manchester University, effective July 1, 2012.

Read frequently asked questions about Manchester’s change to University here.

College is an adjustment – tips for supporting
your first-year student

Students new to Manchester University are likely to have many adjustments to make during their first semester. It doesn't matter whether the student still lives at home or in a residence hall, new experiences abound. Hopefully, most experiences will be positive; however, some difficulties in adjusting to college life are to be expected. If your student has any issues with the transition or too much stress, remember that Manchester University Counseling Services is an excellent resource.

Check out this first-year timeline, and suggestions about how you can support your student through this important transition.

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Dates you should know
9 Wellness Fair for students, faculty and staff
12-13 Homecoming and Family Weekend
18 Dedication of Fort Wayne Campus/College of Pharmacy
19 and 26 Spartan Days for prospective students
22-23 Fall Break
(classes resume 8 a.m. Oct 24)
3 and 17 Spartan Days for prospective students
21-23 Thanksgiving Recess
(classes dismiss 6 p.m. Nov. 20; classes resume 8 a.m. Nov. 26)

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