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Manchester gets $646,000 grant for STEM academy

Posted June 29 - The National Science Foundation has awarded Manchester University a $646,134 grant for scholarships for a program to help serve academically talented students with high financial need who wish to pursue science majors. MU has recruited 13 students for the first cohort, which begins this fall.

The STEM Pathways Academy will provide site visits to science employers and graduate schools, rich internship and research experiences, and specialized classes designed for hands-on learning. The academy is under the direction of Kristen Short, assistant professor of biology, and Kathy Davis, associate professor of chemistry. Others who worked on the proposal and will help implement the grant are (in alphabetical order) Liz Bushnell, Brandi Chauncey, Marcie Coulter-Kern, Adam Hohman, Tish Kalita, Paige Krouse, Raylene Rospond, Sherri Shockey and Laura Turner-Reed. Read more about the program.


Bronze oak leaf sculpture installed on NM campus

Updated July 3 - A 12-foot bronze sculpture of an oak leaf has been installed in front of Cordier Auditorium. Artist Mark Krucke, an Ohio native who lives in Florida, was on the North Manchester campus recently for the installation and to complete the polishing and add the sculpture’s patina. The sculpture is part of a gift from Patricia Schaefer, a lifelong supporter of the arts and education. A resident of Muncie, Ind., Ms. Schaefer was the director of the Muncie Public Library from 1959 to 1986.

Krucke has sculpted other large oak leaves, which can be found mostly in the southeastern United States, but including White River State Park in Indianapolis. You can see his work on his website

Spartans start football season with depth

Posted July 20 - A deep roster is fueling excitement for this year’s Spartan football campaign. Read the season preview by Mark Adkins, sports information director.

BBC story mentions MU peace studies

Posted June 30 - Dhruti Shah, a journalist who covered war for 13 years, took three months’ unpaid leave to take up a Rotary International peace fellowship in Thailand. He wrote a piece for the BBC about the value of peace studies fellowships and mentioned that Manchester’s Peace Studies Institute and Program in Conflict Resolution is the world’s oldest such undergraduate program.

A servant’s heart leads alumna to rewarding job

Posted June 27 - Ashlea Nash, a 2015 MU graduate, says she landed a job she loves because Professor Ryan Hedstrom stressed the importance of volunteering. Read the profile by Mark Adkins, sports information director.

MU offers employees leadership certificate program

Posted June 26 - Manchester University is launching the MU Annual Leadership Certificate program, according to Whitney Caudill, vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives. This program is for any employee, faculty or staff, interested in dynamic and enjoyable professional development. The program will begin in the fall with three-part foundational training by Judd Case based on the book Crucial Conversations. You can learn more about the program and 2017-2018 sessions by clicking here

Employees will complete one foundational training topic, one operational training session and one elective Lunch and Learn per academic year to receive a certificate recognizing their commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. Live or recorded session times will be added as needed based on participation.

If you have questions, please contact me. If you are ready to commit to participating you can reserve your spot by completing the eform at this link: RSVP for Annual Leadership Certificate. Please sign up by Aug. 10, 2017 and hold the session dates on your fall calendars.

Hemmer is co-leading Washington Post history team

Posted June 27 - The Washington Post has launched a new section, Made by History, with editors-in-chief Nicole Hemmer – who taught history and worked in residential life at Manchester – and Brian Rosenwald, both nationally respected historians.

The daily section offers “historical analyses to situate the events making headlines in their larger historical context,” the Post said.  Learn more.


Spartan football and coach’s show on local radio this fall

Posted June 15 - The MIBASH Radio Network, which includes Wabash radio stations101.9 FM and 105.9 FM, will broadcast Manchester University football games and a 12-week coach’s show this fall. Read more


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Judi Orr, Administrative Assistant
  • Andrea Whitaker, Instructor of Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Resident
  • Natasha Manor, Student Employment Coordinator
  • Marwa Noureldin, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Scotty Cole, Assistant Coach of Football
  • Mohan,-Shekher


MLK 50th anniversary committee invites ideas

Posted July 19 - Manchester was the last college campus at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before his assassination in 1968. In commemoration of his visit here, the University is planning a series of special events throughout the 2017-18 year. Several events are already in the planning stages, but the steering committee welcomes ideas from anyone in the MU community. If you have ideas, please share them with Michael Dixon (chair), Katy Gray Brown, Anne Gregory, Julie Knuth, Melinda Lantz or Melissa West. 

Soccer camp for kids Aug. 7-9

Posted July 19 - Manchester coaches and soccer players will lead a three-day soccer camp for kids in grades K-8 in early August. Click here for more details. 

Sisters offers July lunch and Happy Hour specials

Posted June 29 - Visit Sisters Café this summer from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. During July, get a $2 smoothie during Happy Hour (1 to 2 p.m.). Join your colleagues at the cookout featuring burgers on July 27. Featured specials for the month are Beef or Chicken Taco Salad the weeks of July 10, 17 and 24, and a Reuben sandwich the week of July 31.  

University ID services now 24/7 in Clark

Posted June 26 - The University’s ID machine has moved from the Business Office in the Administration Building to University Safety in the Clark Computer Center on the North Manchester campus, according to Allen Machielson, dean of student experience. The move enables students, faculty and staff to replace a damaged, lost or stolen University ID card 24/7. If you have questions about IDs, need ID photos or a new ID printed, please contact ID card University Safety at 982-5000,  or stop by the office in Clark.

Documents for Welcome Week packets due by Aug. 7 

Posted June 26 - Any faculty or staff member who would like to include documents in Welcome Week packets, distributed to all incoming first-year students, should provide 500 copies to Shanon Fawbush, director of student activities and orientation, no later than Monday, Aug. 7. 

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  • Skinner, Kindler pass certification exams

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 19, 2017

    Posted July 19 - Brian Skinner, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has successfully passed the Pharmacotherapy Board Certification exam and Katee Kindler, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has successfully passed her Ambulatory Care Board Certification.  

  • Tom Smith gets scholarship to train in suicide prevention

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 07, 2017

    Posted July 7 - Tom Smith, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was one of three individuals awarded a scholarship by the National Community Pharmacist Association’s Innovation Center for mental health first aid instructor training. The scholarship covers the $2,000 five-day training cost through the National Council for Behavioral Health as well as $1,000 in travel expenses.  At the end of this training Tom will be certified to train others, including MU faculty and staff, in the area of suicide prevention.

  • Gregory elected Rotary president

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 02, 2017

    Posted June 2 - Anne Gregory, assistant director for media relations, has been elected president of the Rotary Club of North Manchester. Her term begins July 1.

  • DeLellis elected secretary of AACP’s geriatric group

    by Melinda Lantz | Jun 02, 2017

    Posted June 2 - Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was recently elected secretary of the Geriatric Special Interest Group at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She will be sworn in at the July annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

  • 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.

  • Summer work

    by Melinda Lantz | Jul 19, 2017

    Posted July 19 - There is a commonly held myth that teachers don’t work in the summer. Anyone married to a teacher - as I have been for nearly 40 years – knows that isn’t true.

    In fact, many teachers do their best and most creative work in the summer when they can focus on professional pursuits.

    Debra Lynn, professor of music, is having just that sort of summer. She emailed me recently and pointed me toward a website ( that tracks her summer efforts, including progress on her composing and recording projects. Beyond the news of her summer work, I was drawn to the “completed works” page that lists nine compositions since 2015 and 20 total since 2010. Among them is one of my favorites, “I Find My Feet Have Further Goals,” which is sung each year during Baccalaureate by our graduating seniors.

    I am grateful to all of our faculty who devote significant parts of the summer conducting research with students, pursuing academic and professional interests, preparing to teach during the coming year and, yes, recharging their batteries. Thank you for serving Manchester and our students so well.

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