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‘Walk into My Future’ on NM campus Friday

Posted Sept. 21 - More than 2,500 school children from Wabash, Whitley and Kosciusko counties will take their first steps toward higher education Friday with “Walk into My Future” on the North Manchester campus. About 200 MU students, faculty and staff have volunteered as mentors, presenters and hosts for the young visitors and more volunteers are still needed for the afternoon session. If you can help, please contact Travis Adkins or Alexis Young at

East Street will be closed for the day from the PERC drive to College Avenue.

MU ranked a Midwest best value, best college

Posted Sept. 12 - Manchester University has again been named one of the best colleges and best value schools among regional colleges by the U.S. News & World Report annual college guide.

Manchester is among those selected for the Midwest’s top 10 “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking. This is also the 24th year the news magazine has recognized the University as one of the top 25 "Best Colleges" in the Midwest. Learn more.

Service is Friday for pharmacy student

Posted Sept. 20 – A service honoring the life of pharmacy student Sue Upshaw is at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 in the conference center at the Fort Wayne campus. If you have not had a chance to sign the memory book and flag, or drop off a card, you will have a chance to do so on Friday afternoon.

Samaritan’s Feet project returns

Posted Sept. 18 - Once again, football returns to the Manchester campus. And once again, the HCAC is participating in the Samaritan’s Feet project, which provides new shoes to children in need. At the home opening football game against Mount St. Joseph Sept. 23, collection boxes for monetary donations and new shoes will be available. Pitch in! And if you can’t make the game, you can still donate here. Read more here

HCAC adds swimming, diving

Posted Sept. 18 - The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference is adding men’s and women’s swimming and diving as a sponsored conference championship for the 2017-18 season. Five conference schools, including Manchester, already have swimming and diving programs. Read more here

MU Dog Wash this Saturday

Updated Sept. 18 - Bring your dog to the warm-water MU Dog Wash from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in the commuter parking lot on East Street. Proceeds help support A Cappella Choir. The cost is $3, $5 or $7, depending on the dog’s size. Your best friend will receive a free handmade dog toy!

Yoga with CARE planned for both campuses

Posted Sept. 8 - The CARE Initiative is sponsoring free yoga events on both campuses in September, National Yoga Month. Whitney Caudill, vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives and a 500-hour trained yoga instructor, will teach healthy coping skills through yoga from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Conference Room (148/150) on the Fort Wayne campus and from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 on The Mall of the North Manchester campus (Speicher Room in the Switzer Center in case of rain).

All members of the MU community, including yoga beginners, are welcome. Bring a mat or towel and dress comfortably. The events are free of charge. Please register by emailing


Homecoming is Oct. 13-14

Updated Sept. 15 – The Gold Rush is rushing toward us! Gold Rush Homecoming 2017 at Manchester University is Oct. 13-14 and offers dozens of events for alumni, students, faculty and staff. For information about those events and registering, plus a link to a mobile-friendly schedule, click here.

FW campus gets Peace Pole as part of MU’s Peace Day observance

Updated Sept. 16 - Manchester University will observe Peace Day on Thursday, Sept. 21 with a dedication of a Peace Pole on the Fort Wayne campus and several events on the North Manchester campus. More details.

Dedication of the Fort Wayne peace pole is at noon and commemorates the International Day of Peace.

In North Manchester, prayer, poetry and light refreshments are planned for 8 a.m. in Petersime Chapel. Walking for Peace begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Prayer Labyrinth in the woods behind Cordier Auditorium. And “Imagining Peace Together” will feature conversations about Palestine, undocumented immigrants, prison ministry and white supremacy at 7 p.m. on the upper level of the Switzer Center.

Biehl named Garber Staff Member of the Year

Posted Sept. 1 - Jill Biehl, administrative assistant in the Office of Admissions and a 43-year employee of Manchester University, has been named the Christopher W. Garber Staff Member of the Year. President Dave McFadden and last year’s recipient, Alexis Young, made the presentation Aug. 31 at the All-Employee Meeting.

The Garber award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates an everyday commitment to MU, provides excellent customer service; collaborates across departments, works in the best interests of the University, has a positive attitude and is respected by co-workers.

In nominating her, a colleague wrote that “Jill exemplifies what Manchester is all about.” Congratulations, Jill!

Open house for Evelyn Niswander’s 100th birthday

Posted Sept. 8 - The family of Evelyn Niswander invites friends to help celebrate her 100th birthday at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at Timbercrest Senior Living Community. Evelyn taught home economics at MU in the late 1950s and was the food service director here from 1959 to 1966. Her late husband Emerson “Doc” taught biology from 1950 to 1982. Beloved members of the MU family and the North Manchester community, the Niswanders were mentors and role models for many students through the years. Their generosity established the Niswander Fund for the Sciences, an endowment that supports faculty development, research and equipment purchases.  

Safe Zone training in Fort Wayne on Nov. 15

Posted Sept. 8 - Help MU create a safe, inclusive community for LGBTQIA people and their allies by completing Safe Zone Training from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Room 150 on the Fort Wayne campus. Safe Zone certification lasts for three years. To register, please email Martha Harding in the Pharmacy Programs dean’s office at

Workman offers classical guitar solo performance

Posted Aug. 21 - The Manchester University Department of Music presents Scott Workman, lecturer of music, in a solo program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in Wine Recital Hall. It will include works by Luis Milan, J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Isaac Albeniz and Carlo Domeniconi, as well as his own compositions. Learn more.


New MU Faculty & Staff

  • Amanda Reid, Administrative Assistant in Academic Affairs
  • Jason Isch, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Aron Miller, Assistant Coach of Football
  • Riley Fisher, Assistant Football Coach
  • Jon Pace, University Safety Officer


Faculty-staff vs. student softball game Friday

Posted Sept. 20 - Unwind Friday at Manchester’s September classic: The annual faculty-staff vs. student softball game. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the Gratz Field baseball diamond.  They’ll play nine innings or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. 

Three pick up HCAC honors

Posted Sept. 20 - Three Manchester University athletes were named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week for the period Sept. 11-17. They are senior men's cross country runner Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.), sophomore women's cross-country runner Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) and senior women's tennis player Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.). Read more here 

Volunteers needed for Harvest Festival

Posted Sept. 5 - MU is partnering with the Community Foundation of Wabash County to provide an Apple Dumpling booth at this year’s Harvest Festival on Oct. 7. Volunteers are needed for setup, working the booth and taking it down after the event. The festival in downtown North Manchester is sponsored by the Tourism Committee of the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Contact Allison Goetcheus, director of the Center for Service Opportunities, for more information.

SOC supports staff and faculty

Posted Sept. 1 - One of the ways the Staff Organizational Committee (SOC) serves staff and faculty is to recognize the deaths of immediate family members and welcome new family members through birth or adoption with a $25 gift through the MU Care Fund.  When these events occur, supervisors are encouraged to let a SOC member know or email

Donations to the MU Care Fund, by cash or check, are always welcome.

SOC members for 2017-2018 are: Katherine Haff, chair; Megan Sarber, vice chair; Leslie Marlatt, secretary; Melissa West, treasurer; Heather Gochenaur, Gerad Good, Kyle Grubbs, Kourtney Rogers and Rudy Rolle. Brandee Estes is the HR liaison.  SOC meets at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the Plowshares Conference Room. 

VIA = Values, Ideas, the Arts!

Updated Sept. 15 – VIA presentations enhance the Manchester Core program in the liberal arts through cultural exposure, artistic experience and intellectual enrichment. Undergraduate students earn academic credit through attendance.
Here is what’s coming up:

  • Sept. 21 – Trashed: A True Story
  • Sept. 28 – Moonlight
  • Oct. 5 – Trauma-informed Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism 

Click here for times, locations.

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  • Ray presents at Rutgers University

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 13, 2017

    Posted Sept. 13 - Sidhartha Ray, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, presented at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sept. 8. Professor Ray spoke on “A closer look at drug-induced cell death: Apoptosis, Necrosis, Apocrosis and Autophagy.” 

  • DeLellis, Vonada and Palaika will serve in IPA leadership

    by Melinda Lantz | Sep 01, 2017

    Posted Sept. 1 - Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected District 3 director of the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance. In addition, MU pharmacy students Brooke Vonada and JT Palaika will serve on the IPA Student Executive Committee for 2017-18. 

  • MU students advance in clinical pharmacy competition

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 31, 2017

    Posted Aug. 31 - The team of pharmacy students Alison Koelling, Micah Spurgeon and Brooke Vonada is one of only 32 teams from around the country to advance to Round 3 of the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. Round 3 of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy competition is Tuesday, Sept. 5.

  • Abdelmageed honored for community service

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 28, 2017

    Posted Aug. 28 - Ahmed Abdelmageed, assistant dean of experiential education and community engagement, has been awarded the Bowl of Hygeia Award by the Indiana Pharmacist Alliance (IPA) Board of Directors for outstanding community service. Ahmed will receive his award at the IPA Annual Meeting on Friday, Sept. 29 in Indianapolis. 

  • Davis co-authors chapter on problem-based learning

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 17, 2017

    Posted Aug. 17 - Kathryn Davis, associate professor of chemistry, has co-authored a chapter which was accepted for publication in the upcoming American Chemical Society Symposium Series volume titled, “Liberal Arts Strategies for the Chemistry Classroom.” The chapter, “Incorporating Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Into the Chemistry Curriculum: Two Practitioners’ Experiences," which Davis co-authored with Christen Strollo (College of Saint Benedict-Saint John's University) should appear in print in late 2017.

  • 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.  

  • Stories I heard in Alaska

    by Melinda Lantz | Aug 18, 2017

    Posted Aug. 18 - I’ve just returned from a two-week trip with alumni to Alaska. It was a wonderful trip, partly because of the vistas and wildlife that we saw, but also because of the alumni we got to know. Renee and I made a point to share a meal with each person or couple that wanted to meet with us. As with all such conversations, the best part was hearing their stories about Manchester and what they’ve done with their lives after.

    They were an eclectic group. The oldest were in their 80s and Renee and I were among the youngest. They were physicians, missionaries, teachers, pastors, farmers, social workers, nurses and more. Among their stories, we heard:

    • One couple, newly graduated from Manchester and newly married, chose to go to Laos for two years during the Vietnam War. He had a high draft number and could have avoided going to Southeast Asia, but he felt called to help those in need. Both went. They worked with agriculture and community health projects in a war zone.
    • One alumnus told me he majored in math and chemistry and minored in physics and communication studies. “Communication studies?” I asked him. “That one doesn’t fit.” He told me he felt strongly that being able to communicate effectively with others was one of the most important things he could learn at Manchester.
    • One alumna practices family medicine in a solo practice. She acknowledged that her way of serving her patients is out of step with the direction of health care, but said that it allows her to choose who she serves regardless of their insurance. Her patients are her family, she says.

    I am proud to claim each of each of these graduates as alumni. They embody the spirit of “ability and conviction” and have, over the course of their careers, improved the human condition in tangible and real ways.


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