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ISSUE #50 June/July 2014

Manchester celebrates 125th graduating class

Familiarity greeted Manchester University’s 266 newest alumni on Sunday, May 18.

They had received the messages of advice in convocations, speeches, ceremonies and celebrations over the past several years. They listened along the walkways of the campus Mall and, sometimes, in the bleachers of athletic events. Sunday, many smiled and nodded in recognition of the words of wisdom from their President Jo Young Switzer.

“You are on the cusp of your next chapters, and you are well-prepared,” said President Switzer with pride. “You will make a positive impact on the world because you are persons of ability and conviction.” Read more

New student help is available!

Is your student ready to attend Manchester University this fall? Do you have questions about what to bring, how to plan and when to arrive on campus? Visit our new student web page. It’s designed to be your one stop shop for everything you and your student need to know between now and Move-in Day, including information about textbooks, class scheduling, room dimensions, computers, meal plans, automobile registration and more. Returning students will find it useful, too.

Gear up for Move-in Day!

Before you know it, the summer will be over, the 2014-2015 academic year will be upon you and your student will be moving to campus. Anxiety about Move-in Day is a common reaction for parents and students alike, but there’s no need to fear. Here are some quick and easy tips to make the process easier for all involved:

    Watch your inbox. Emails will be going out soon with hall and roommate(s) assignments.

    Mark your calendar. Residence halls will be open for all new students to move in Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Returning students can move in Sunday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1-4 p.m.

    On Move-in Day:

    Follow the directions of those moving traffic. Many students will be moving in at the same time. Keeping the flow of traffic helps everyone to get unloaded in a timely manner.

    Move your car from the loading area. After your vehicle is unloaded, please move it to a parking lot. By this time, students should have checked in at the desk of the residence hall and know where his/her room is.

    Move in your belongings. Students should have talked with roommates prior to Move-in Day and made final decisions about who should bring which items, but be prepared to bring home duplicate or unneeded items.

    Take a break! Get a bite to eat in the Jo Young Switzer Center before the welcoming session. After that, it will be time to say your goodbyes and allow your student to begin another year of learning and growing.
There will be many people available to answer any questions you may have so please don’t hesitate to ask.

For more information, check out the Residence Life web pages, contact the Office of Residential Life at 260-982-5089 or email

Find a job on campus

Is your student looking to earn some extra cash next year? Many Manchester students get part-time jobs on campus to help pay the bills or put some extra money in their pocket, and having a job on campus can be a great learning experience. The University employs a lot of students for anything from campus tour guides to kitchen help to office assistants to departmental interns. Many jobs get advertised before the school year begins, so it’s best to act early!

For students interested in finding a campus job in the fall, the Office of Human Resources has some information to share: how to apply, what forms need to be completed, and what ID to bring. Students returning to previous employment will also have some steps to follow before they can get back on the job.

You’ll find all that information and some helpful links here:

Dates you should know
10, 17, 24 New student orientation
1 Health forms due
5 Fall payment due
20-21 International student orientation
21-22 Multicultural student orientation
23 Move-in Day (first-years)
23-26 Welcome Week
24 or 26 Move-in Day (returning students)
27 Classes begin
Oct. 10 Homecoming and Family Weekend
Oct. 20-21 Fall Break
Nov. 26-30 Thanksgiving recess (classes dismiss 6 p.m. Nov. 25)
Dec. 9-12 Final exams

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