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Web page celebrates the Class of 2017!

Updated May 26  - All things Commencement 2017 are now on a special web page. Watch the video, browse the photo galleries and much more. We salute Manchester University's newest graduates of ability and conviction and wish them well on their journey. On Saturday, May 20, MU awarded 74 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, 10 Master of Science in pharmacogenomics degrees, six Master of Athletic Training degrees and 244 bachelor's degrees.

Volunteers sought for Independence Day celebration, fireworks

Posted May 11 - Manchester University will host the 16th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on Saturday, July 1, as a gift to the Manchester community and its neighbors in Wabash County. This free celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. behind the PERC. Rain date is July 2.

Volunteers are needed. If you would like to help with face painting, children’s games and other activities, contact event coordinator Karen Kanyike at or Zoe Vorndran at, summer interns in the Office of Strategic Communications.

Golf outing a family affair for alumnus

Posted May 26 - Even though he lives in Florida, Manchester graduate Steve Coldren makes the Friends of Manchester Golf Outing a priority each year. Read the story by Mark Adkins, sports information director, here. This year’s outing is Friday, June 9 at the Bridgewater East Golf Club in Auburn, Ind.

Kisor quoted in national publication about codeine, tramadol

Posted May 17 - Pharmacy Today quotes MU’s David Kisor, director of pharmacogenomics education, about the FDA’s latest warning on medications containing codeine and tramadol that restricts use in children younger than 12 and firmly cautions its use in those 12 to 18 with certain medical conditions due to risks of slowed breathing and even possible death.

Some pharmacists wonder why the FDA didn’t consider children who can be screened for a CYP2D6 genotype that could be used to predict if they were at risk. Read more.

Emrick wins fifth Emmy Award

Posted May 16 - Mike “Doc” Emrick, 1968 Manchester graduate and legendary hockey broadcaster, recently won his fourth consecutive Sports Emmy Award and his fifth in seven years. Read more about Emrick and his Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Play by Play.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Updated May 8 - Thank you to all 296 donors who participated in Giving Day on Thursday, April 27.
The Manchester community in 19 states (and three nations) helped raise $51,181.99 so we can continue graduating students of ability and conviction who will change the world.

W. Thomas Smith named dean of Pharmacy Programs

Updated May 3 - W. Thomas Smith is the new dean of Pharmacy Programs in the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences. Learn more.


Manchester’s MAT program reaccredited for 10 years

Updated May 3 - Manchester’s Master of Athletic Training program has been awarded a 10-year reaccreditation cycle, the maximum allowable. 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.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Cogley, Julie
  • Hendrix, Amy
  • Carter, Oksana


Reception for Kasey Jones is Friday

Posted May 25 - A farewell reception for Kasey Jones is 11 a.m.-noon Friday, May 26, in Room 133 of the Fort Wayne campus. That is her last day after serving as “an integral member of the office of student affairs, key support to the PGx program, a wonderful student advocate and an outstanding colleague,” says Joe Bonnarens, who invites everyone to wish her well.

Watch video of MU Spartans Awards Night

Updated May 23 - Manchester University athletics paid tribute to its best and brightest on May 9 during the MU Spartans Awards Night. The combined Student Athlete Advisory Committee – M Association event was hosted by the SAAC group in the Jo Young Switzer Center. Watch the video. Read more.

Spring student-athletes earn academic honors

Posted May 23 - Sixteen Manchester University student-athletes have earned spring all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference academic honors. Honorees are varsity athletes with at least a cumulative 3.5 grade-point average. Read more

Senior duo earns all-Great Lakes honors 

Posted May 23 - The week of the 2017 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships opened on a high note for Manchester University senior women's thrower Shay Aator and senior women's distance runner Mariah Jordan. Read more.


Help represent MU in Three Rivers Festival Parade

Posted May 17 - All students, faculty and staff of Manchester University are invited to help with MU’s presence at the Three Rivers Festival Parade in Fort Wayne on July 8. We’ll have a float for the first time this year, and volunteers are needed to construct and decorate it. MU also is seeking 30 walkers for the parade. Sign up for either or both here

Community Carnival at MU is free

Posted May 18 - Your children – from preschool through primary grades – are invited to a free Community Carnival from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 on the Manchester University Mall. Read more and share on social media.

Two earn all-HCAC men’s tennis honors

Posted May 12 - The duo of senior Stratton Smith and junior Isaac Collis represent MU on the all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's tennis teams, released May 9. Read more.

Six elected to Staff Organizational Committee

Posted May 11 - Six people have been elected to serve two-year terms on the Staff Organizational Committee, beginning in August. Katherine Haff, Leslie Marlatt, Megan Sarber, Heather Gochenaur, Kyle Grubbs and Melissa West will join Kourtney Johnson, Rudy Rolle and Gerad Good on the 2017-2018 board.


All-Staff Picnic is May 31

Posted May 10 - The annual All-Staff Picnic is set for noon to 1 p.m. May 31 on the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. The President’s Office is providing the entrée and beverages will be donated by Chartwells. The Staff Organizational Committee asks everyone to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Expect fun and games too!

Abigail Lynn: Senior Exhibition

Posted May 10 - The art of Abigail Lynn, "An Extension of Myself," is featured in her senior exhibition through June 20 in Link Gallery at Otho Winger Hall.

Spartans place 16 on all-conference track teams

Posted May 9 - Four Manchester men and 12 women are on the 2017 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference outdoor track and field teams. Read more.

Four honored as Ashe winners

Posted May 9 - Three Manchester track-and-field and cross country women and a men’s soccer player have been recognized as Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar winners by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. Read more.

Summer camps offer opportunities to grow

Posted April 20 - MU offers summer camps in June and July for youths who want to learn more about basketball, chess, cooking, football, LEGO basic skills, LEGO robotics, wrestling and string performance. It is also bringing back the popular scrapbooking and crafting retreat for all ages. Learn more

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  • Caudill earns Certificate in Public Relations

    by Melinda Lantz | May 16, 2017

    Posted May 16 - Whitney Caudill, vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives, has earned a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This certificate will enhance Whitney’s leadership of the strategic communications team at Manchester as well as the development of new programs and other initiatives.

    Whitney has a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Virginia and a Juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has also earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. 

  • Peter Shepherd will be ambassador for German study

    by Melinda Lantz | May 09, 2017

    Posted May 9 - Peter Shepherd has been selected as a Young Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In his role, Peter will help promote study in Germany during his senior year at Manchester. All 2017-18 Young Ambassadors are invited to New York for a four-seminar addressing intercultural communications, presentation skills and marketing.

    A sales major with a German minor, Peter studied last fall in Marburg, Germany.

  • Bourff is Indiana AHPERD Outstanding Student of the Year

    by Melinda Lantz | May 08, 2017

    Posted May 8 - Manchester’s Jared Bourff has been selected as the Indiana AHPERD Outstanding Student of the Year.  He will compete in the district competition against five other Midwest students this summer.  If selected, he will go on to the national competition. 

    Three other MU students majoring in physical education teacher education were also nominated for the award by the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. They were Hunter Gaerte, Paige Keller and Mark Osmialowski. The nomination is based on academics and leadership, as well as service to their institution, community and the health and physical education profession.

    MU has had one national recipient in Melanie DeGrandchamp ’09, the Undergraduate Adapted Physical Education Student of the Year for the Society for Health and Physical Educators. 

  • Youth Triathlon brings 46 youths to campus

    by Melinda Lantz | May 05, 2017

    Posted May 5 - Rain did not prevent Associate Professors Jeff Beer and Ryan Hedstrom and Assistant Professor Sun Kang from conducting a successful 2nd annual County Youth Triathlon on April 29.  In all, 46 area youth, ranging from kindergarteners to fifth-graders, biked, ran and completed an obstacle course.  Each participant received a snack bag, medal, T-shirt, and bike helmet courtesy of Parkview Wabash, Parkview Sports Medicine, and Chartwells.  Athletic training and sport management students volunteered their time to assist with the event.

  • Linn named Preceptor of the Year

    by Melinda Lantz | May 02, 2017

    Posted May 2 - Dusty Linn, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been selected as the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Faculty Preceptor of the Year for the 2016-17 academic year. The award carries with it an 18-month membership to the Indiana Pharmacist Alliance (IPA), and Linn’s name will be displayed on a plaque in the Office of Experiential Education. The award will be presented at the Graduation Banquet on May 19.

  • Beckett named Emerging Scholar

    by Melinda Lantz | May 02, 2017

    Posted May 2 - Robert Beckett, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has received a 2017 Emerging Teaching Scholar Award from the Council of Faculties of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Awards will be presented July 17 at the AACP annual meeting, “Pharmacy Education 2017” in Nashville, Tenn.

  • The best

    by Melinda Lantz | May 15, 2017

    Posted May 15 - It’s common to hear that graduation is the best weekend of the academic year on campuses across the country. The students with whom faculty and staff have worked closely are about to graduate and go into the world. This year’s Class of 2017 at Manchester includes undergraduates, pharmacy, pharmacogenomics and athletic training graduates.

    At Manchester, this “best weekend” is extended into the “best week,” as graduates return for Alumni Days. On the Tuesday after commencement, graduates from 1967 will gather to celebrate their 50th class reunion. They will be joined by alumni celebrating their graduations of 55, 60, 65 and 70 years ago.

    • Our new graduates leave ready to change the world. Our alumni return to share stories of their contributions, large and small, that have improved the human condition.
    • Our new graduates leave with hugs and handshakes from family and extended Manchester family, able to touch those who made their success possible. Our alumni return to reunite with some and remember others who touched their lives at Manchester.
    • Most of our graduates leave with some amount of debt, having borrowed to invest in their futures. Most of our alumni return having contributed to Manchester over many years, investing in the futures of others.

    Gratitude, celebration and hope for the future mark both events, making this the best week of the year.


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