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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 show

Posted 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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Reception March 16 for Carole Miller-Patrick

Updated Feb. 14 - Due to a scheduling conflict with President McFadden's convocation today at 3:30 p.m., the retirement reception for Carole Miller-Patrick has been rescheduled. We will honor Carole from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 16.  

Espeset's success featured in baseball online publication

Posted Feb. 10 - The online publication features Manchester’s baseball program and the “secret sauce” in Coach Rick Espeset’s success. 

Discussion Day to explore mental health issues

Updated Feb. 10 - Mark your calendars to participate in this year’s Discussion Day Feb. 22 on the topic of mental health. The biennial event on the North Manchester campus allows students and faculty to engage in workshops and discussions centered on a single broad issue. Keynote speaker is Lynn Sanford, author of Strong at the Broken Places and a clinical social worker specializing in trauma. 

Safe Zone training for faculty and staff

Posted Feb. 6 - Faculty and staff who wish to receive Safe Zone training are asked to register with Kathrine Dwyer for the training scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 8 in the Hoff Room of the Jo Young Switzer Center. Safe Zone training helps MU create a safe, inclusive community for LGBTQIA people and their allies. Certification is good for three years, so please check to see if your certification needs to be renewed.

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Values! Ideas! The Arts!

Posted Feb. 7 - 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.

Save the date:

  • Feb. 22 – Discussion Day focuses on mental health
  • March 1 – Texting Brides, Lost Dogs and Tattoo Typos 


Student-athletes help build home for MU employee

Posted Feb. 2 - Kevin Kling says his life has done “a 360,” thanks in large part to his new friends at Manchester University. Read the story by Mark Adkins, sports information director.

Abstracts due March 3 for Student Research Symposium

Posted Jan. 24 - Proposal abstracts for students interested in participating in this year’s Student Research Symposium are due March 3. This year’s symposium is scheduled for 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 on the North Manchester campus. The event showcases scholarly research across disciplines and was launched in 1998 by then-Dean Jo Young Switzer. For more information, click here

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.  

Students earn Dean’s List honor at Manchester

Posted Jan. 31 - A total of 318 students engaged in undergraduate study at Manchester University are on the fall 2016 Dean’s List
Forty-four doctoral students at Manchester are also on the Dean's List. Please click her for the list.
The scholars achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of classes.

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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  • Three students attend statewide leadership conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 15, 2017

    Posted Feb. 15 - On February 24-25, three health and physical education student teachers from the Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training will attend a leadership conference with the Indiana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  Hunter Gaerte ’18, Paige Keller ’18, and Mark Osmialowski ’18 will travel to McCormick’s Creek State Park with Professor Kim Duchane to develop leadership skills working with the Council of Future Professionals. 

  • Dougal awarded research grant for dissertation

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 14, 2017

    Posted Feb. 14 - Zach Dougal, associate professor of exercise science and athletic training, has been awarded a student research grant from Indiana State University to continue his dissertation research on “Athletic training preceptor perceptions of student integration into an immersive clinical education model.”

  • Tiana Maclin named Emerging Leader

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 09, 2017

    Posted Feb. 9 - Tiana Maclin, a Manchester University senior, is the debut winner of the Emerging Leader Award presented by the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. She has juggled multiple jobs while providing leadership in school clubs and organizations and being an active volunteer in the North Manchester community. Learn more

  • Pharmacy students win national awards to present at conference

    by Melinda Lantz | Jan 24, 2017

    Posted Jan. 24 - Second-year pharmacy students Kalee Swanson and Kelvin Reynolds have won Undergraduate Diversity Initiatives national-level travel awards from the Society of Toxicology. They will be treated as VIPs at the national meeting March 12-16 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. These students also will present a poster on cancer pathology titled “Dietary Exposure to an Admixture of Polyphenolics Significantly Reduces Dimethylnitrosamine (dmn)-Induced Carcinogenic Changes in Mouse Lungs.”

  • 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.”

  • 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 us 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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