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Peace Issues class meets with former President Carter

Posted Jan. 16 - It’s not often you get to rub elbows with someone whose work address used to be the Oval Office. But the students in MU Associate Professor of Philosophy and Peace Studies Katy Gray Brown’s Peace Issues class got to do that recently when, on a trip through Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Ohio, they met former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. 

MLK speaker battles racism by building understanding

Posted Jan. 9 - Daryl Davis has made it his quest to understand and combat racism. The musician, author and expert on race relations is keynote speaker at Manchester’s 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Rededication Ceremony. “No Place for Hate” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. Learn more

Manchester graduates find success

Posted Jan. 16 - Most of Manchester University’s spring 2016 graduates have jobs or are in graduate school. The success rate is 96.4 percent. Employers in the region will have the opportunity to meet MU’s outstanding students at a career and internship fair March 1. Learn more.

MU has new board president, members

Posted Jan. 6 - John D. Zeglis began Jan. 1 as president of the Board of Trustees. Three alumni also joined the board, Sara Edgerton ’70, James Lambert ’75 and Stephen Reid ’73. Learn more.

Donate professional clothing to MU’s Career Closet

Posted Jan. 4 - Did you clean out the closet over holiday break? Are you looking for a place to donate those clothes? The Office of Career and Professional Development is accepting unwanted professional attire for its annual Career Closet. Donations are used to help MU students who are financially unable to purchase professional clothing dress appropriately for the Career and Internship Fair.

This year’s fair is from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 in the Jo Young Switzer Center. You can drop off clothing donations at the Success Center.

DeBord makes move from Tennessee for IU

Posted Jan. 6 - Newspapers across the nation are reporting that 1978 Manchester graduate and NAIA All-American Mike DeBord is joining IU as its football offensive coordinator. Learn more.

MU is on list of Best Schools for Latinos

Posted Jan. 3 - Latino Leaders magazine has named Manchester as one of the “Best Schools for Latinos” in the nation.

It cites our comprehensive diversity plan, Intercultural Center and Hispanos Unidos. Learn more.

January offers a world of experience, rigorous study

Posted Dec. 22 - Whether it’s exploring countries like India, France, Romania, Austria, Hungary or Ireland, studying in states like Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee or Virginia, or on the North Manchester campus, students will be deeply engaged in a rigorous three-week study session this January. Learn more.

MU affirms support for international, undocumented students

Posted Dec. 16: “Learning from differences deepens our appreciation of others, sharpens our values and encourages us to become our best selves. We are grateful for and will continue building a diverse learning community at Manchester.” President Dave McFadden sent an email to members of the MU community in response to uncertainties around immigration policy. Read the full text here.

MU helped inspire Hupfer's public service

Updated Dec. 16 - Twenty-one years since Kyle Hupfer ’95 was a student and basketball star for Steve Alford at MU, he’s become a star in Indiana Republican politics. The chairman of the 5th District Republican Party, and former head of the Department of Natural Resources under Gov. Mitch Daniels, Hupfer has been tabbed by governor-elect Eric Holcomb to become the next chair of the Indiana Republican Party. Read the feature story here.

Alumni office plans Alaska trip

Updated Nov. 14 - MU’s Office of Alumni Relations is sponsoring “Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise" from Aug. 1 to 13, 2017. Included is a seven-night Princess Cruise. Highlights include Fairbanks, Juneau, Denali National Park, Glacier Bay, a Tundra Wilderness Tour, a train excursion to Anchorage, the Inside Passage and more. For more information email or call 888-257-2586.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Mara Youngbauer, Director of Academic Advising
  • Brandon Music. Assistant Athletic Instructor of Men's Wrestling


Chartwells announces January break schedule

Posted Jan. 17 - Chartwells has announced its schedule for January break. The last day of service will be Jan. 24 when Haist Commons will be open for dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. All food service locations will be closed Jan. 25-29. Sisters Café will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30. All food service locations will reopen with regular schedules on Jan. 31. 

Acorns From The Oak Tree jumps the pond

Posted Jan. 16 - Students on the International Sport Governance January Session trip are sharing their experiences in England and Ireland on MU’s athletics blog. Learn more.

DIII Regional Wrestling tickets on sale

Posted Jan. 16 - General admission tickets to the 2017 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Wrestling Championships – a two-day event to be held Feb. 24-25 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne -- are on sale now. Learn more.  

Flu shots and mammograms

Posted Jan. 13 - MU Health Services still has flu vaccines available. Because flu season can last through May, it’s not too late to get a vaccine. All MU employees are eligible for free vaccines as are family members 14 and older if you have health insurance through the University. If you are interested, please email

Also, a reminder that Francine’s Friends will be on the North Manchester campus Feb. 2 for mammogram screenings. To schedule a mammogram, call (260) 266-8120. A woman must have a physician or clinic to send the report to. The Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) performs the screening and will bill the insurance company of insured women. BDC offers a reduced rate for uninsured women who have the ability to pay. Funding is available for women without the resources to pay who either don’t have insurance or have a high deductible.  Please make sure to take your ID and insurance information to the appointment.

Reserve a table for Spring Activities Fair

Posted Jan. 10 - Anyone wanting to reserve a table at the Spring Activities Fair should email Shanon Fawbush, director of student activities and orientation, at by Friday, Jan. 27. Please provide the name of a contact person and the name of the club, organization or department. The fair will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Jo Young Switzer Center conference rooms.

Baseball players recognized

Posted Jan. 9 - Manchester baseball players Tailur Szarenski, Chad Schultz and Brandon Eck have been recognized as Division III Players to Watch in the 2017 Collegiate Baseball News. Read about it here.      

Mad Ants tickets free to students, faculty and staff

Posted Dec. 15 - Free tickets to any Fort Wayne Mad Ants basketball home game are available to MU faculty, staff and students for the 2016-17 season. The Mad Ants play at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum through April 1. Parking is $5. If interested, e-mail your request to arrange ticket pick-up.

Will you know if classes are delayed?

- If there is a weather-related cancellation or delay – or an emergency you really need to know about right now – will you get a text? Signing up for Spartan Alerts is easy. Follow the instructions10 handy links to prep for bad weather.

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  • Parrish wins Gilman award to study in Japan

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 17, 2017
    Posted Jan. 17 - Haylee Parrish, a junior from Andrews, Ind., recently became the eighth MU student to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this spring. Haylee, who majors in English and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), will study Japanese language and culture at MU’s partner institution, Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan, from April to mid-July.

    The highly competitive Gilman scholarship is awarded on the basis of a strong academic record, financial need, and a proposed service project. It is designed to help prepare students for success in the global economy.
  • Lahman publishes work about service dogs

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 22, 2016

    Posted Dec. 22 - Mary Lahman, professor of communication studies, has been published in the Dec. 15, 2016, online edition of Health Communication. Lahman, who founded MU Puppies of Ability and Conviction, the University’s service dog program, contributed “By My Side: The University’s First Service Dogs.”

  • Record number of MU students to perform at IMEA

    by Melinda Lantz | Dec 09, 2016

    Posted Dec. 9 - A record number of MU students will perform at The Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) conference Jan. 11-14 at the Grand Wayne Center and Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne. This year, the IMEA Intercollegiate Masterworks Ensemble will rehearse and perform Orff’s famous work Carmina Burana. They will be under the direction of Joshua Habermann, music director for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and director of the Dallas Symphony Choir.

    MU’s selectees are: Mykayla Neilson, alto; Angela Ebert, tenor or alto; MacKenzi Lowry, percussion; Michael Rueff, bass; Kenzie Hare, soprano; Jake Svay, tenor; Clayton Marcum, tenor; Emily Lynn, soprano; Hayley Cochran, alto; Matthew Grothouse, baritone; Sierra Lehman, soprano; and Tiffany Reith, alto.

  • Calka presents at national conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Nov 15, 2016

    Posted Nov. 15 - Michelle Calka, assistant professor of communication studies, presented a paper at the National Communication Association annual conference Nov. 10-13 in Philadelphia. Her research paper was titled, “Agenda Setting in U.S. and Cuban Media Coverage of President Obama’s Visit to Cuba.” Michelle also was the conference planner of the Women’s Caucus interest group and now becomes chair.

  • Mayer presents paper at Catholic Academy of Bavaria

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 24, 2016
    Posted Oct. 24 - Seth Mayer, assistant professor of philosophy, presented a paper at the Solidarity in Open Societies conference Oct. 18 and 19 at the Catholic Academy of Bavaria. His paper will be published in an edited volume that will include other selected papers from the conference.
  • Amin to help edit top pharmacy journal

    by Melinda Lantz | Oct 20, 2016

    Posted Oct. 20 - Mohamed Amin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is the associate editor for international development on the editorial team for Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Amin will help researchers doing work in Asia, Africa and South America. In addition to the editorial role, he will help researchers improve their work and papers for publication. Amin is passionate about pharmacy practice in the developing world and RSAP is the field’s top journal.


  • Claiming our place

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 09, 2017

    Posted Jan. 9 - Every year, presidents of independent colleges and universities gather early in January to talk together about the state of higher education and compare notes about leading their individual institutions. This year, I come home to Manchester proud and optimistic.

    The institutions that gathered were diverse. This year there were breakfast sessions for schools with enrollments of 600 or fewer and discussions of the responsibilities of those with endowments exceeding $1 billion. As different as we were, the things that keep up at night were strikingly similar: students and families unable to pay for college, questions about the sustainability of doing even more with even less year after year, a widely held perception that a college education is no longer a good investment and attacks on the fundamental value of the liberal arts.

    I am proud to claim who we are and the work we are doing in the face of these challenges. For decades, we have served many students who were the first in their families to go to college and who sacrificed to pay for their educations. We have educated all of our students broadly, infusing our curriculum with the liberal arts and preparing our graduates to be lifelong learners. Both remain true today. It makes balancing our budget a challenge, but enriches our students and the world.

    I am optimistic as well. The world needs more Manchester graduates. We graduate persons of ability and conviction, individuals with skills and values that can take on the seemingly intractable problems we face today. And equally good news: The world wants more Manchester graduates. Employers find our new graduates well prepared and eager to contribute on day one and tell us they are excited to hire them.

    Proud and optimistic: a great way to start the new year!

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