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Posted Feb. 6 - Jeff Beer, associate professor of exercise science and athletic training, and Lucas Dargo, assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training, recently visited the University of Florida and St. Louis University as part of Manchester’s planning grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. initiative, Charting the Future. Jeff (center) and Lucas (right) are pictured above with Anthony Breitbach, director of the athletic training program at St. Louis University.

The two learned how each university organizes interprofessional education (IPE). Their reports can be found at this ChetNet link.

The $100,000 planning grant will fund other visits, helping faculty learn more about state-of-the-art programs, facilities, simulation, IPE and how Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) is used in health care learning.



Posted Feb. 6 - High school teams across the Midwest are invited to the Spartan Smash Invitational, a first-time eSports competition, set for Saturday, Feb. 29 in Flory Auditorium. Learn more.


Posted Feb. 3 - Manchester University offers the Tourn es Film Festival, a series of six films by francophone directors, between Feb. 13 and March 12. This ambitious project includes Interdisciplinary collaborations, refreshments and related activities. Learn more.


Posted Jan. 28 - Manchester is hosting its first Polar Plunge, a fundraising event to help support Special Olympics. Sign up now to take part in Freezin’ for a Reason on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC). You can join the Spartans team or form your own. Learn more.


Posted Jan. 28 - Undergraduate, graduate and professional degree Manchester students from the full range of disciplines are encouraged to submit an abstract deadline for this year’s Student Research Symposium by Friday, Feb. 28. The 22nd annual symposium will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24.

The symposium will include parallel oral presentation sessions, a poster session and a keynote speaker. Undergraduate students compete for several honors, including delivery of the keynote, the poster award and the Jo Young Switzer Writing Award. Details regarding dates and guidelines can be found on the Student Research Symposium website.


Posted Jan. 23 - Michael Bottorff, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, will retire on July 31, according to W. Thomas Smith, professor and dean of Pharmacy Programs. “We have all benefited from his expertise in academic pharmacy and pharmacy practice, as well as his natural ability to make deep and lasting connections with students and colleagues,” Smith said in an email to MU colleagues.

On the MU faculty for nearly five years, Bottorff previously taught at the University of Tennessee, University of Cincinnati, University of Charleston and South College. He has received teaching awards at each institution, published 85 peer-reviewed research and review papers, and received more than $1 million in research grants. Active in many professional organizations, Bottorff has achieved fellow status in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the National Lipid Association. He will retire to his home near Knoxville, Tenn.


Updated Jan. 22 - Details are coming together for a benefit to aid Liz Schilling, who is being treated for brain cancer. Her mother is Professor Heather Schilling, director of teacher education at MU. Jentri Cripe at Rhinestones & Roses is organizing a meal from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 before the Manchester High School varsity basketball game. The menu will be pork loin, mashed potatoes, salad and dessert. You can purchase a meal ticket online or at the door for $10. If you want to buy a shirt beforehand, order at this link. It can be shipped or you can pick it up at Jentri's store.


Posted Jan. 14 - Manchester University has named Ryon Kaopuiki vice president for enrollment and marketing. “I am humbled to be joining the team and excited about the opportunity to contribute to the legacy of Manchester University,” he said. Learn more.



Posted Nov. 20 - Tickets are on sale for Manchester’s exciting collegiate premiere of The Invention of Morel, a recent opera by Stewart Copeland. He is a prolific American composer, as well as founder and drummer of The Police. The guest stage director is Kathleen Belcher of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

These performances are in collaboration with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and feature MU students and alumni. Tickets are available at 万人龙虎首页

Show dates are Feb. 28 and 29, 2020. Copeland will deliver a special greeting to the opening night audience, and he will speak at a VIA at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Cordier Auditorium.



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Posted Feb. 5 - Bekah Houff, University pastor, reminds faculty and staff that the Petersime Chapel sanctuary is reserved for prayer from noon to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The gathering is informal and the time is unprogrammed. Feel free to come when you can and leave when you need to. All are welcome.


Posted Jan. 27 - Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography will provide mammograms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 in the Science Center parking lot on the North Manchester campus. The service is for women 35 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months, regardless of whether they have insurance. To schedule an appointment, call 260-483-1847 or 800-727-8439 Ext. 68120.

X-ray technologists from the Breast Diagnostic Center conduct the tests with the same FDA-approved and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-approved equipment as the physical sites of the Breast Diagnostic Center. Many insurance plans are accepted, and funding is available to cover expenses for women who do not have sufficient financial resources. Please bring a photo ID and insurance card, if you have one.


Posted Jan. 17 - Do you have gently used professional clothing or business casual clothing and accessories that will help Manchester students land a job or internship? Donations for the Career Closet will be collected through Friday, Feb. 21. Donations may be brought to Room 103 of the Chinworth Center on the North Manchester campus or to Sarah Lauck at the Fort Wayne campus.

The career, internship and graduate school fair is March 4. Learn more.


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  • Williams publishes paper on democracy

    by Melinda Lantz Jan 29, 2020

    Posted Jan. 29 - Leonard Williams, professor of political science and dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, has published a paper titled “The Democracy Problem.” It appears in the journal Theory in Action, which recently published an issue on anarchism and democracy. Read it here.



  • Williams publishes crossword puzzle

    by Melinda Lantz Jan 27, 2020

    Posted Jan. 27 - A crossword puzzle by Professor Leonard Williams, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, was published Monday, Jan. 27. “Shady Business” is available online.  Solve the puzzle in print via the Chicago Sun-Times or the Goshen News



  • 389 students on fall Dean's List

    by Melinda Lantz Jan 16, 2020

    Posted Jan. 16 - A total of 389 students engaged in study at Manchester University are on the fall 2019 Dean’s List. Learn more.



  • Zwiebel, Oke place first, second in county art show

    by Melinda Lantz Jan 15, 2020

    Posted Jan. 15 - Manchester student Marcus Zwiebel won first place in the “Other Art Forms” category of the 92 County Art Show at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. Ejenobo “Jena” Oke, associate professor of art at Manchester, received the second-place award in the same category.

    Works of The 92 County Art Show are on display through Feb. 19, which is the date of the public reception at 7 p.m. 


  • Reed composition to be presented at national saxophonists' conference

    by Melinda Lantz Jan 02, 2020

    Posted Jan. 2 - Tim Reed, associate professor of music, has had his composition, "...the one you feed...," accepted for presentation at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference March 6-8 at Arizona State University. It is the main national conference for saxophonists.

    The piece is for sopranino saxophone and piano with Farrell Vernon, associate professor of music at Purdue Fort Wayne, playing saxophone and Reed playing piano.


  • DeLellis to chair Allen County TRIAD

    by Melinda Lantz Dec 18, 2019

    Posted Dec. 18 – Teresa DeLellis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected 2020 chair of the Allen County TRIAD, a public health organization focused on improving community safety of the older adult population.


  • The new SAT: a banana

    by Melinda Lantz Jan 20, 2020

    Posted Jan. 20 - While traveling recently, I found myself across from a large family sharing breakfast together. They had the usual in front of them: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, melon, orange juice … and cell phones. Seven people, five cell phones. A couple of them were into their own things on their phones, but the others were sharing pictures, videos and stories.

    At one corner of the table was a young woman, perhaps 6 or 7 years old, who I was ready to admit to Manchester on the spot because she was entertaining herself with a banana. One minute it was a telephone (the old-fashioned kind that connects ear and mouth), then a swing, then Geordi La Forge’s Star Trek visor, then a hand-held vacuum cleaner.

    As she played there at the table, I recognized in her the sort of student we want at Manchester. And I recognized the future of the SAT: a banana. 




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