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Put Manchester Students First with a gift to The Manchester Fund!
Put Manchester students
first with a gift to
The Manchester Fund!

ISSUE #51 August/September 2014

Campaign completion benefits students

Manchester recently exceeded an ambitious $100 million goal for the Students First! campaign, ending with an astounding $108 million in gifts! Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the University is stronger, bolder, smarter, and Manchester students will reap the rewards earmarked by multiple campaign initiatives:

  • More than $15 million for scholarships and faculty resources, keeping academic excellence affordable for students and ensuring that Manchester continues its legacy of graduating persons of ability and conviction
  • More than $14 million for new learning areas, including a $9 million Academic Center and new PERC athletic training labs and classrooms
  • More than $35 million for a College of Pharmacy on a new Fort Wayne campus, where students and faculty build collaborations that will improve the lives of residents of northeast Indiana and beyond
  • More than $17 million for the Manchester Fund, providing faculty-student research opportunities, equipping classrooms and laboratories with the latest technology, hiring Mission-committed faculty and staff, maintaining supportive learning environments, supporting the University experience and more
  • More than $20 million for other campaign priorities to continue a transformation of Manchester University that will put Students First! for decades to come!
Read more about the completion of the Students First! campaign.

Get ready for Welcome Week 2014

After your first-year student is unpacked and situated on campus, and you head for home, it’s time for your student to engage in his or her first real college experience: Welcome Week.

With the help of Manchester’s Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs), students get acquainted with campus and all college life has to offer during Welcome Week. They get to know the members of their SOL group, get a student ID, enjoy a wonderful dinner in the homes of some welcoming faculty and staff, learn their way around campus and more. It’s a great way for students to be welcomed to their new home away from home.

For a full schedule of Welcome Week 2014 events, click here.

The Campus Store is here to help

The Campus Store is where students buy textbooks – but they’ll also find MU gear and spirit products, school and office supplies, greeting cards, candy, beverages, convenience items and books.

Textbooks can be ordered online, in store, or rented from the Campus Store. The store accepts cash, check, credit cards and money from your student account. With a student account you can deposit money for books and/or other supplies. This is a great option for parents who want to keep tabs on costs or students on a budget. You can set up an account in person or by mailing a check for the desired amount of deposit (payable to MU Campus Store; student’s name should be printed on the memo line) to: Manchester University Campus Store, 604 East College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962.

The Campus Store is committed to keeping costs as efficient and affordable as possible by providing students with used copies of books when available. At the end of the semester, during exam week, the Campus Store hosts a buyback program. You’ll be paid cash for your used book, and costs are kept low for future students. Watch for details around final exams week.

Get involved at the Activities Fair

The Activities Fair is the kickoff event for students to get involved in more than 60 student organizations. Held in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center, the Activities Fair provides students an abundance of information to help them make an informed decision about where they would like to get involved. The Activities Fair will be held Aug. 28, 5–6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Shanon Fawbush at

Reconnect at Homecoming and Family Weekend

Come celebrate Manchester’s 125th Birthday Bash with us at Homecoming and Family Weekend 2014, Oct. 10-11. Save the date and watch for more details!

Dates you should know
23 Move-in Day (first-years)
23-26 Welcome Week
24 or 26 Move-in Day (returning students)
26 Opening Convo
27 Classes begin
27-29 Change of Course Days
28 Activities Fair
1 Labor Day (classes in session)
Oct. 10-11 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

Extend Family Connections to grandparents

Are Grandma and Grandpa asking what's going on in your MU student's life?
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