MU will pay tribute Tuesday to three students lost a year ago
Posted Feb. 15 - The three Manchester University students killed in a traffic accident one year ago will be remembered Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Petersime Chapel on the North Manchester campus. Nerad Mangai, Kirubel Hailu and Brook Dagnew will be honored through silent reflection from 1 to 3 p.m., music at 3:10 p.m., formal remarks at 3:30 p.m. and a reception at 4:15 p.m.
“We remember them for the students they were and were to become,” said Michael Dixon, director of intercultural services.
Three faculty members retiring at end of academic year
Posted Feb. 1 - Three faculty members in the College of Education and Social Sciences plan retirements at the end of the academic year, Leonard Williams, dean of the college, announced recently.
Brad Yoder (left), professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, has been on the MU faculty since 1978, after teaching at Goshen College and The Ohio State University. At MU, Brad has received the Faculty Excellence Award for Service and was named Indiana Social Worker of the Year. He also helped coach cross country and track, led study trips to Jamaica, and has been active in Habitat for Humanity.
Katherine Tinsley, associate professor of history, came to MU in 1991 after teaching at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx and at SUNY-Fredonia. Katherine specializes in American social and cultural history, the history of medicine, and the history of foodways in the United States. She has mentored a generation of students in history and secondary education.
Retiring with Katherine is her husband, Matt Hendryx, a lecturer at MU since 2007. Matt has taught a range of economics courses and supervised students in the production of the Wabash County Economic Report.
Faculty leadership changes in the sciences
Posted Feb. 7 - Suzanne Beyeler, assistant professor of biology and environmental studies, has been named the new director of the Environmental Studies Program, succeeding longtime director Professor Jerry Sweeten. Also, effective in the fall, Jeff Osborne, associate professor of chemistry, will chair the Biology-Chemistry Council, succeeding Professor Susan Klein. Read more.
Documentary of King remembrance speaker is available online
Posted Feb. 20 - The critically acclaimed documentary Accidental Courtesy, which profiles the life of musician and race relations expert Daryl Davis, is available to view free of charge on the PBS website through February. Davis was the keynote speaker Feb. 2 at Manchester’s 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Rededication Ceremony and was featured recently on the PBS show Independent Lens. The documentary is 90 minutes and can be viewed here.
All-Employee Meeting rescheduled for Feb. 28
Updated Feb. 8 - The All-Employee Meeting, which occurs every semester, has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 on the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center and the Fort Wayne campus Auditorium 102.
Jim Gratz, retired coach and AD, dies at 92
Posted Feb. 6 - Jim Gratz, 92, associate professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation, died Friday, Feb. 3. Jim was a legendary figure in Manchester athletics, joining the faculty in 1962. He coached the Spartan baseball team for 24 years, and also served as athletic director, wrestling coach, assistant football coach and assistant track coach. Manchester’s baseball field bears his name today as a testament to the many young men he coached and the immeasurable ways he prepared them for successful lives after graduation.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jane, of North Manchester, and four children who graduated from MU: Robin, retired Funderburg Library director; Reed, Randy and Wendy Gratz-Borman, who previously served as the vice president for advancement at MU. Services were Feb. 6 at the Manchester Church of the Brethren.
Hupfer elected unanimously to lead state GOP
Posted Feb. 6 - Manchester University trustee and alumnus Kyle Hupfer ’95 has been elected unanimously as chairman of the Indiana State Republican Party. Learn more.
MU reaffirms support for international students
Posted Jan. 30 - President Trump’s travel ban has exacerbated concerns about the ability of our students, faculty and staff, current and future, to join our learning community. Despite the uncertainties created by these policies, their implementation and the legal challenges that have resulted, our commitment to our international students is unwavering. We will continue to welcome to our campuses students, faculty and staff of all faiths and homelands. Read more.
Art students, faculty member have works in juried showPosted Jan. 24
- Congratulations to Manchester art students Leslee Bottorff, Angie Gonsiorowski and Jessica Klemm as well as Ejenobo Oke, associate professor of art, for having works selected for the juried 92 County Art Show. Oke won second place for her work titled Maggie’s Tower
Open each year to artists from all 92 Indiana counties, this highly competitive exhibition features paintings, drawings, and other art forms. The exhibit is open to the public in the Clark Gallery of the Honeywell Center in Wabash now through Feb. 27. An awards reception begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 27. For gallery information, click here.
Beam named chair of pharmaceutical sciences
Posted Jan. 24 - Teresa Beam, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has been promoted to chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences. Beam joined Manchester’s faculty in July 2015 and has more than 20 years of academic experience in teaching, research, faculty leadership and administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Saint Francis and her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Notre Dame.
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