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ISSUE #47 January/February 2014

January Session 2014

During January session, Manchester students focus only on one course which may be on or off campus. The experience is often life-changing. 

This year, students studied American Pop Culture and the Culture of the Book. They explored issues of peace and justice in the South and studied myths of the Wild West. And they traveled near and far to Disney World, Hawaii, Italy, France, China and other destinations. Some students boosted their resume through professional internships. In Nicaragua, students in the Medical Practicum course delivered healthcare services to those without access to this basic necessity. Students even put their Spanish language skills to practical use in Spain.

Brad Yoder, professor of sociology and social work, and Coach Dave Good led the men’s soccer team on an expedition to Jamaica this year. The student-athletes studied Human Conflict with Yoder and completed service projects at the Maranatha School of the Deaf. They experienced local culture, played soccer with young Jamaicans and developed a deeper appreciation for what they have at home. For some students, it was their first trip outside the United States. One student saw the ocean for the first time. While scaling a rickety rock wall, another student overcame his fear of heights with the encouragement of his friends. For all students, the trip was full of rich, hands-on experiences that don’t come from books and traditional classrooms. “You can learn so much about yourself and your own country by studying somewhere else,” says Yoder.

Manchester sent staff videographer Lucas Carter to document the Jamaica trip.  Get a glimpse of this transformative experience for yourself.

Donít Miss the FAFSA Deadline!

Don’t let the deadline to submit your student’s FAFSA creep up on you! If you want to receive federal financial aid, submitting the FAFSA to the U.S. Department of Education before Manchester’s March 1 deadline is essential! 

You will need to include information from your 2013 taxes, so getting an early start on them is important, too. When filling out and submitting your FAFSA, designate Manchester University as the recipient with the institutional code 001820. You can file your 2014-2015 FAFSA online at You'll be assigned a PIN number so you can check the status of your application later.

If your student will be graduating from Manchester this spring – celebrate – because you’ve already filled out your final FAFSA!

Learn more about financial aid at Manchester University at or email Student Financial Services at

101 Days to Commencement

The seniors in the class of 2014 undoubtedly began their countdown to graduation months ago, but now it’s official! The 101 Days to Commencement Celebration for graduating seniors will be Thursday, Feb. 6, starting at 5 p.m. in the MU Union. Students will enjoy mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, special speakers and a formal dinner served by some of their favorite faculty and staff. Students will also, for the first time, be able to pose for a professional photo free of charge! 

101 Days to Commencement is sponsored by Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) and the Office of Alumni Relations. Students must RSVP by Feb. 3 to attend this business professional event.

Attendees will also enjoy a live band and karaoke event in Haist Commons following the 101 Days Celebration.

Gear Up for Lilí Sibs Weekend

Lil' Sibs Weekend, April 4-5, 2014, is an opportunity for students to bring their younger brother or sister (or any niece, nephew, cousin or friend who is 5-12 years old) to campus for a weekend full of fun activities including games, swimming, bowling, a movie, crafts and more! All weekend activities, sponsored by Manchester Activities Council (MAC), are free to your student and his or her lil' sib (including meals).

Look for a Lil’ Sibs Weekend registration in your mailbox in the coming weeks.
Questions? Contact Shanon Fawbush, director of student activities, or 260-982-5029.

Dates you should know
10 FAFSA Deadline
15-23 Spring Break
24 Classes resume
4-5 Lil' Sibs Weekend
18-20 Easter Break

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