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Commencement ceremonies planned for May 20

Posted April 21 - Manchester University plans Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 20. At the Graduate and Professional Commencement at 10 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium, 74 pharmacy doctoral, 10 pharmacogenomics master’s and six athletic training master’s candidates are expected to receive degrees.

The Undergraduate Commencement is at 2:30 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center gymnasium with 244 candidates.

A reception will follow Baccalaureate, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 19 in Cordier. This year’s featured speaker is John Prendergast, international human rights advocate.

For more details about the weekend, click here.

FYS leadership class decides to Bee the Movement

Posted April 20 - The honors First Year Seminar: Leadership for Social Change invites the MU community to participate in its week-long service project, Bee the Movement, April 23-29.The project is designed to raise awareness about endangered bees that support the world’s food supply. The group plans a VIA at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Jo Young Switzer Center; a Science Seminar at 4 p.m. Monday in Flory Auditorium; a faculty Spelling Bee at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the JYSC; a movie at 8 p.m. Friday (April 28) in the JYSC; and flower planting at 2 p.m. Saturday (April 29) in front of the library. Check out posters on campus for more details.

We host basketball championship tourneys!

Posted April 19 - In announcements made by the NCAA Tuesday, April 18, the Manchester University Spartans and the Fort Wayne Mastodons were selected to host a total of five separate NCAA basketball championship events, starting in 2019, all taking place at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

Hot times and hot sauce

Posted April 19 - Do you love hot wings? Do you have a favorite sauce? Get a team together and participate in Chartwells First Hot Wing BBQ Cook-off. Chartwells will provide all of the ingredients and grill for your team. Sign up in Haist Commons or e-mail to sign up. Cook-off is May 5 at dinner and registration needs to be in by April 24.


Huntington named dean for Natural and Health Sciences

Posted April 17 - Dr. Mark Huntington has been named dean for Natural and Health Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences at Manchester University. Learn more. 

Suicide prevention training available to students, faculty, staff

Posted April 17 - Suicide prevention training will be available to all MU faculty, staff and students on May 1. QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) is a well-known evidence-based training that incorporates the latest knowledge about suicide prevention. The two-hour training provides guidance in how to reduce suicidal behaviors by implementing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention methods.

The training is free but space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for either the 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. session, please email Taylor Cordero, student assistant for the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, at by April 27.

Location of the trainings will be sent to all after the registration is closed.

Pharmacy P3s take kickball tourney gold

Posted April 12 - After five hours of intense play, the Pharmacy Program P3 team won the April 8th kickball tournament.

Coordinator Tara Chohan thanks all of the teams for being so awesome – especially faculty and staff team members who gave them a run for their money in the final game.

Not to rub it in, but the Class of 2016 beat the faculty and staff team 1-0 last year in extra-inning play.

12-foot oak leaf sculpture in works for Mall

Posted April 6 - If you’ve been to the north end of the Mall, you may have noticed a circle of grass missing near Cordier. No, we don’t have our version of a crop circle. We are preparing to install a 12-foot tall statue. A giant, bronze oak leaf. Learn more.  

Youth Triathlon is April 29

Posted April 3 - Youth Triathlon K-5 participants at Manchester University will receive a medal, snacks, bike helmet and t-shirt. The event is free. For more information and to register, click here

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

  • Goodman, Christine
  • Watts, Jillian
  • Clark, David
  • Beck, Dora


Glynnis King: Senior Exhibition

Posted April 21 - The art of Glynnis King is featured in her senior exhibition April 26-May 20 on the main floor of the Funderburg Library. The artist’s reception is 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 19.

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

The Oak Leaves brings home 9 statewide awards

Posted April 13 - Katharine Ings, faculty advisor for The Oak Leaves, reports that the student newspaper took home nine statewide awards from the 2017 Indiana Collegiate Press Association contest. Learn more.

Rudolf, Wietholter honored for academics

Posted April 6 - Seniors Zach Rudolf of Whiteland, Ind., and Eric Wietholter of Zionsville, Ind., have been named to the 2017 National Football Foundation Hampshire Society. The society includes college football players from all divisions who maintain a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average or better throughout their college careers. In all, 1,091 players from 298 colleges and universities, qualified for membership this year.

Student-athletes earn all-academic honors

Posted April 3 - Nineteen winter student-athletes represent MU on the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference all-academic teams, including five from women’s basketball and nine from women’s indoor track and field. Read more here.  

First Circle updates available on ChetNet

Posted March 20 - The working group of faculty and staff comprising First Circle continues to address concerns raised in the Great Colleges survey. The First Circle site on ChetNet now includes notes from First Circle’s most recent meeting and updates on the action plan. Faculty and staff are encouraged to keep up with those developments here.

Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny visit is April 22

Posted March 15 - The Easter Bunny makes his 23rd annual hop to the North Manchester campus on Saturday, April 22. Children ages 1 to 12 years will find lots to do at the free event, including the Egg Hunt, face painting, chalk drawing and field games. Learn more.   

Values! Ideas! The Arts!

Updated April 19 – Values, Ideas and the Arts presentations enhance the Manchester Core program in the liberal arts through cultural exposure, artistic experience and intellectual enrichment. What’s up this spring.

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  • Williams to represent ISEA at national meeting in Boston

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 20, 2017

    Posted April 20 - Bradley Williams has been chosen the delegate to represent the Indiana State Education Association at the National Education Association Representative Assembly in June in Boston. Williams is a senior history education major.

  • Three students present posters at Academy of Science

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 07, 2017

    Posted April 7 - Three students presented posters at a recent meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science.  Yordanos Gebru (biology-chemistry), James Papalia (environmental studies), Rachel Samm (biology), and Ben Miller (biology) presented two posters on invasive species.  Dr. Kristen Short, assistant professor of biology, served as their mentor.

  • Rich chairs state mathematical association

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 06, 2017

    Posted April 6 - Andy Rich, MU’s Isaac and Etta H. Oppenheim Professor of Mathematical Sciences, has been elected chair of the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).  He served this year as vice chair and, before that, five years as secretary.  Rich has been active in the Indiana MAA throughout his 25 years at Manchester.  He regularly takes students to the spring meeting to compete in the Indiana College Mathematics Contest.  MU will host the Indiana MAA’s 2017 fall meeting.

  • Ray leads podium, symposium sessions

    by Melinda Lantz | Apr 06, 2017

    Posted April 6 - Sid Ray, professor of pharmaceutical science, chaired a podium session titled “Ozone and Inflammation” and co-chaired a symposium session, “Communicating Toxicology to The Public,” at the annual meeting of the international Society of Toxicology March 11-15, 2017, in Baltimore.

  • Brooks co-authors article in Sociological Quarterly

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 28, 2017

    Posted March 29 - Erinn Brooks, assistant professor of sociology, has published an article in the March 16, 2017 Sociological Quarterly.  “Examining the Reach of Color Blindness: Ideological Flexibility, Frame Alignment, and Legitimacy among Racially Conservative and Extremist Organizations” was co-authored with Kim Ebert and Tyler Flockhart. Read more.

  • Kalema to receive Financial Executives International Award

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 21, 2017

    Updated April 3 - Manchester senior Olivia Kalema has been selected to receive the Financial Executives International Award by the Fort Wayne chapter of FEI.

    The award goes annually to an outstanding junior or senior. Kalema will be recognized April 24 at the FEI Student Recognition Night and April 25 at the College of Business Club Banquet. 

    Kalema is an international student from Kampala, Uganda.              

  • Building bridges

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 13, 2017

    Posted March 13 - Manchester is preparing to build bridges in northeast Indiana.

    In October 2014, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (NEIRP) launched a project to identify and clearly articulate the distinctive strengths of our 11-county region. Called “Our Story,” the consultant-led process engaged more than 850 individuals in 23 in-person workshops and an online workshop and resulted in a messaging platform that is being used to market and promote the region.

    The process identified storylines that were easily and quickly embraced, but also some disagreements about who we are. The most significant area of disagreement was around inclusion. We agreed that people in northeast Indiana are warm and welcoming – the personification of Hoosier hospitality – but differed on whether this is synonymous with being inclusive.

    The project summary included this caution:

    The region may be mistaking Midwestern values and helpfulness for being inclusive, which was revealed as a blind spot. A divide exists between how welcoming the region thinks it is, and how welcomed people actually feel.

    The debate and discussion across the region during the workshops pointed consistently to the need for the region to improve on the concept of inclusiveness. This is critical in order to bring more people together, attract new talent, and inspire the growth required to leave a legacy for future generations.

    Manchester has a long tradition and well-established competence in helping individuals and groups move from understanding to appreciation of difference. For more than 20 years, for example, we’ve offered Safe Zone training to help students, faculty and staff understand issues around sexual orientation. The four-hour training program covers vocabulary, building appreciation of what it is to be LGBTQ in today’s society, the consequences of being a largely invisible minority, myths and research about sexual orientation and gender identity, and how to support those who seek empathy, understanding and allies.

    This training, as well as other workshops in conflict transformation, celebrating diversity, tackling racism and listening across cultures will be part of the programming offered through our new Intercultural Center to regional businesses, organizations and individuals, helping northeast Indiana bridge from friendly to welcoming, from tolerant to affirming of differences.

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