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Fifteen MU students studying abroad this semester

Posted March 24 - Manchester University has 15 students studying abroad this semester, three for a full academic year. They are: Roman Angone of LaPorte, Ind., in Marburg, Germany; Annika Harley of Madison, Wis., Stephanie Carmargo of Milford, Ind., and Cass Ratliff of Ligonier, Ind., all in Quito, Ecuador; Zander Willoughby of Wyoming, Mich., in Strasbourg, France; Shereen Antony of Mishawaka, Ind., in Brussels, Belgium; Madi Asbell of Greencastle, Ind., Katie Byers of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Alaina Lewis of Richmond Ind., all in Dunedin, New Zealand; Alexa Callaway (pictured) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Brianna Hill of Rolling Prairie, Ind., Becca Kaplan of Green Cove Springs, Fla., and Haley Neilson of Goshen, Ind., all in Barcelona, Spain; Rebekah Jefferson of Fishers, Ind., in Cheltenham, England; and Haylee Parrish of Andrews, Ind., in Sapporo, Japan. 


Indiana AHPERD honors three MU juniors

Posted March 15 - Three of the six $1,000 scholarships awarded this year to undergraduates by the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD) went to Manchester students.

Hunter Gaerte (pictured left) is a junior physical education major from North Webster, Ind. She is active in MU’s Student Education Association, volunteers with Special Olympics and works with ARC, the agency serving the mentally disabled.

Paige Keller is a junior physical education major from Troy, Ohio. She works in MU’s physical education outreach program for homeschooled children, volunteers for Special Olympics and teaches gymnastics to children at the Town Life Center.

Mark Osmialowski is a junior physical/health education major from Cloverdale, Ind. He coaches in Special Olympics and is active in MU’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

Empty Bowls supports refugee resettlement

Posted March 20 - Empty Bowls, sponsored by Campus Interfaith Board and Peace Week, will raise funds to support the nonprofit Exodus Refugee Immigration (ERI) from 5 to 7 p.m. April 6 on the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. Based in Indianapolis, ERI protects human rights by helping refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice and war by welcoming them to Indiana.

Suggested donations are $5 for students and $10 for faculty, staff and community members. Everyone attending can choose a handmade bowl. All proceeds go directly to ERI thanks to donations from the Peace Studies Institute, Art Department, Chartwells and North Manchester businesses.  

If you would like to help make the bowls, please sign up for a time here.

Faculty, staff invited to comment on accreditation document

Posted March 15 - The Accreditation Committee has been working to draft an Assurance Argument to submit to the Higher Learning Commission in July, according to Liz Bushnell, assistant vice president for institutional quality and success. The argument is a narrative describing how MU meets accreditation criteria.

Liz invites faculty or staff members to review and comment on the document, which they can find on the ChetNet website.

Serving on the Accreditation Committee with Liz are Wendy Hoffman, Katharine Ings, Julie Knuth, Paige Krouse, Mary Lahman, Jeff Osbourne, Heather Schilling, Cindy Seitz and Tommy Smith. 

Rospond named VP for academic affairs

Posted March 13 - Raylene Rospond has been named vice president for academic affairs at Manchester University, President Dave McFadden announced in an email to faculty and staff. Read more

'Great Colleges' survey participation helps MU

Posted March 13 - Beginning March 13, a randomly selected sample of full-time faculty and staff will receive The Chronicle’s “Great Colleges to Work For” survey, designed to recognize institutions that create positive workplaces for their employees.

If you receive an invitation, please take a few minutes to answer the questions. Your answers are confidential and they help Manchester discover its best self. Please visit to read more about the survey.

Hemmer returns to explore ‘Trump Revolution’

Updated March 20 - If you got an email appearing to say otherwise, political historian and international writer Nicole Hemmer will indeed speak March 30, offering an analysis of President Donald Trump’s administration, set in the contexts of the conservative movement, the news media and presidential history. (That email? It was actually someone trying to update their own calendar to the correct time.)

Her book, Messengers of the Right, a history of conservative media in the United States, was published in September. She also co-hosts and produces Past Present, a podcast offering historical perspectives on issues of public affairs and popular culture. Many of you may know her from her days at Manchester teaching history or working in residential life. Learn more

Longtime MU registrar Lila Hammer retiring

Posted March 10 - Lila Hammer, MU’s registrar since 1996, is retiring, announced Raylene Rospond, interim vice president for academic resources. Lila’s last day on the job will be March 31.

“The registrar’s role is both demanding and complex,” wrote Rospond, “and Lila has shouldered a wide range of important responsibilities with grace and professionalism.” A 1979 MU graduate, Lila is also the resident expert on the University Chime and plays the bells for special occasions.

“We are deeply grateful for the many ways she has enriched the life of Manchester University,” said Rospond. 

Why does Shakespeare belong behind bars?

Posted March 8 - Stacy Erickson-Pesetski, an associate professor at Manchester, also reads and performs Shakespeare with maximum security prison inmates. She will discuss her work with offenders, trips with MU students to prisons, and the importance of arts and education programs in criminal justice reform on March 28. Learn more

Dixon will chair MU Diversity Committee

Updated March 1 - Michael Dixon has been named MU’s chief diversity officer and will chair the University’s Diversity Committee, President Dave McFadden announced Feb. 28. The committee is charged with assessing the University climate, enhancing our cultural competence, and developing and encouraging programming on both campuses. Dixon is MU's director of intercultural services.

Also serving on the committee are Ahmed Abdelmageed, director of experiential education for the Pharmacy Program; Barb Burdge, associate professor of social work; Daysha Jackson-Sanchez, dean of student success; and Benson Onyeji, professor of political science. Read 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

  • Bryan Myers, Custodian


Retirement reception for Gary Heckman is April 3

Posted March 24 - Gary Heckman, a member of the classes of 1976 and 2002, is retiring from Manchester after nearly 30 years of service in a variety of capacities. His reception is 2-4 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the Hoff Room of the Jo Young Switzer Center. 

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.

Fort Wayne blood drive is March 30

Posted March 15 - The MU Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists - International Pharmaceutical Student Federation is collaborating with the American Red Cross in hosting a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the Fort Wayne campus conference center.  Please use this link to sign up for a donation appointment or sign up in person on Wednesday, March 15 in the front lobby.

Spring break schedules at MU

Posted March 13 - Spring break at Manchester University is the week of Monday, March 20.

Campus offices will be open normal hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Funderburg Library will be closed Saturday, March 18, Sunday, March 19 and Saturday, March 25. It will be open from 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24 and from 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26.

Athletic facilities will be closed both weekends of spring break, in addition to Friday, March 24. They will be open from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20 through Thursday, March 23.

All Chartwells locations will be closed from Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, March 25. On Sunday, March 26, Sisters Café will be open from 5-9 p.m., but Haist Commons, The Oaks and Wilbur’s will be closed. A free Hospitality Dinner, provided by Campus Interfaith Board, will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 26 in Helman Hall.

The Campus Store will be closed March 18-19 and March 26. The store will be open from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday March 20-24 and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25.


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.   

Aator named to All-Great Lakes team

Posted March 13 - Shay Aator keeps throwing weights and landing honors for doing so. The senior women's indoor track and field thrower from West Lafayette was recently named for the second time to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team. Read more

Six MU basketball players earn all-HCAC awards

Posted March 6 - A combined six MU men's and women's basketball team members have received 2017 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference awards.

Senior guard Jenifer Lee and sophomore guard Faith-Alexis Graham made honorable mention and freshman guard Brianna Henson was named to the sportsmanship team. On the men's side, senior guard Tyler Alexander and sophomore guard Adrian Johnson made the honorable mention roster while senior guard Chase Casteel was selected for the sportsmanship squad. Read more.

All Employees Meeting on video

Posted March 2 - The video of the All Employees Meeting from Tuesday, Feb. 28 is now available on Office 365. Faculty and staff may have to sign in, but it will take them directly to the video. All Employees Meeting - Feb 28, 2017

Four wrestlers finish even

Posted March 1 - Four Manchester wrestlers – Ben Cauffman, Chase Wilson, Jordan Napier and Tristan Wilson – came out of the 2017 NCAA Midwest Regionals with 2-2 records. Read more

Values! Ideas! The Arts!

Updated March 24 – 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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  • Kalema to receive Financial Executives International Award

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 21, 2017

    Posted March 21 - 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 25 at the FEI spring banquet and April 24 at Student Recognition Night.

    Kalema is an international student from Kamapala, Uganda.              

  • Faculty, senior present at communications convention

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 19, 2017

    Posted March 19 - MU communication studies faculty and one senior presented at the Central States Communication Association annual convention in Minneapolis, Minn., March 15-19.

    Assistant Professor Michelle Calka was part of a preconference program, Creating Beer Culture, and a short course, Finding Time to Write: How to Plan, Facilitate, and Participate in an Academic Writing Retreat. She also chaired two panels.

    Assistant Professor Tim McKenna-Buchanan and co-author Sara Baker received the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Book Chapter of the Year Award, “You Are On Your Own: Magnifying Co-Cultural LGB/TQ Microaggressions in the Workplace.” The chapter appears in Contemporary Studies of Sexuality & Communication: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives (Manning & Noland, Eds.; Kendall Hunt). Tim chaired three panels and presented two projects.

    Jeremy Williams, a senior communication studies and psychology major, presented “The Importance of the Basic Communication Course in the First Year Experience: An Examination of the Relationship between Student Emotions, Classroom Connectedness, and Motivation to Learn.”  His project stemmed from a faculty-student summer research grant with McKenna-Buchanan. Jeremy also shared his project involving EMS workers and emotion.

  • Applause, applause for MSO

    by Melinda Lantz | Mar 08, 2017

    Posted March 8 - The Manchester Symphony Orchestra and MU’s very own Maestro Scott Humphries as conductor are getting some well-deserved recognition. MSO is featured on the promotion for the popular children’s book Crumpet the Trumpet  and on the foreword to Henry Dehlinger’s The Mount, which made its world premiere with Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes on Oct. 23, 2016, at the MSO’s opening concert for its 78th season.

  • Martynowicz presents at College Board forum

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 27, 2017

    Posted Feb. 27 - Mike Martynowicz, instructor of education at MU, presented for the College Board at the Midwestern Regional Forum Feb. 27 in Indianapolis.  His presentation was titled “Building High School-Higher Education Partnerships through AP.” At the forum, educators shared best practices for creating effective collaborations between higher education and high schools.

  • DeLellis passes board certification exam

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 23, 2017

    Posted Feb. 23 - Teresa DeLellis, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has passed her geriatric board certification exam. She is now a board certified geriatric pharmacist (BCGP). She joined the Manchester faculty in 2015.

  • Eisenbise Crell will present at FW Teaching Conference ​

    by Melinda Lantz | Feb 22, 2017

    Posted Feb. 22 - Kate Eisenbise Crell will present Feb. 24 at the 20th Annual Fort Wayne Teaching Conference at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.

    The title of Kate’s presentation is “Helping Students Overcome the Challenge of Reading Academic Texts: The Importance of Reading Notes.”

    “This presentation will report my experiences and best practices for teaching students how to take reading notes in order to understand academic arguments and prepare for class,” she says. “I will explain how I recognized students’ need for such instruction, how I actually teach this skill, and the positive change that occurred as a result.”
  • 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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