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Vol. 116 | Issue 1 | Spring 2023
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From the Editor
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From the Editor

Embracing the Unknown

anchester is in a time of transition. Dave McFadden, who has served as president for nine years, is retiring, and we are welcoming a new president and a new era for Manchester. Transitions may be uncomfortable, they may challenge us, but they also bring new ideas, fresh perspectives.

Similarly, many academic programs have seen their own smaller-scale evolutions in recent years. Manchester’s Peace Studies Institute, the oldest undergraduate program of its kind in the world, is one such example. From collaborations with the environmental studies department to the addition of poverty-focused courses, peace studies has made transitions that have taken the program in exciting new directions. As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of peace studies at Manchester in the stories that follow, we look back on its history and forward to where the program is headed.

Presidential Transition
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Dave McFadden ’82 reflects on 30 years of service to Manchester, nine of them as its 15th president

ver my 30 years at Manchester, I have gotten very good at asking others open-ended questions to start a conversation: What are you most looking forward to about college? What campus experiences are you most enjoying? What has your journey been since leaving Manchester?

Since announcing our impending retirement in October, Renée and I have been on the receiving end of similar questions. What have you most enjoyed about your time at Manchester? What are you planning to do in retirement?

The first question is easy for us to answer: We’ve most enjoyed the people we’ve met, stories we’ve shared and relationships we’ve developed. We cherish hearing from alumni about how they met their future partners at Manchester.

Presidential Transition
Called back home to serve
Stacy Horner ’96 Young returns to Manchester as its 16th president

ollowing a comprehensive national search, the Manchester University Board of Trustees on Monday, May 1 unanimously approved the appointment of Stacy Horner ’96 Young, Ph.D., as the 16th president of Manchester University, effective July 1.

Serving students in higher education for more than 24 years, with a broad array of experiences, Young is president of Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan.

“I feel like I’m being called back home to serve,” Young said before being introduced to students and employees in North Manchester and Fort Wayne.

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A protest organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), attended by 2019 graduate Caraline Feairheller (Photo: Caraline Feairheller)
75 Years of peace studies at Manchester

he legacy of peace studies at Manchester is long-standing. As the first undergraduate program of its kind in the world, it is an integral part of Manchester’s academic and extracurricular programming and activities, and it continues to reflect the University’s commitment to bettering the world.

Dan West, a Brethren farmer and conscientious objector, graduated from Manchester in 1917. The founder of Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving poverty globally, and a key player in the founding of Brethren Volunteer Service, West returned to Manchester in 1947 to teach the first course – Bases for an Enduring Peace – in what would become the peace studies curriculum.

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Transformational Journey
Angi Yoder-Maina ’94 reflects on the need for a
healing-centered peacebuilding approach

mbarking on my peace studies major at Manchester over 30 years ago, I couldn’t have foreseen the transformative journey that lay ahead. The legendary peace studies Professor Ken Brown played a vital role in guiding my career path toward peacebuilding. In 1991, Ken, other graduates, and around 20 students, including myself, traveled by car to Nicaragua for a Jan term class to assist with rebuilding efforts following a hurricane that had devastated the “Mosquito Coast.” As my first time venturing beyond the United States, this experience served as a powerful eye-opener to the outside world.

This journey unveiled fresh viewpoints on the world and, during my early days in the peacebuilding field, witnessing pain, suffering and trauma often left me overwhelmed. This feeling was particularly strong as I observed the onset of wars in the former Yugoslavia during a year off in Europe between my junior and senior years of college.

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Coordinating Peace for a year and for a lifetime
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Peace studies coordinators, interns reflect on their time working for the program

ach year, Manchester’s Peace Studies Institute hires a student who has recently graduated to fill the role of peace studies coordinator. This one-year, full-time position is responsible for coordinating extracurricular activities of the peace studies program. While not always the case, the coordinator is generally a freshly graduated peace studies student.

The position, first known as the “peace studies intern,” became “peace studies coordinator” in 2009 when the program began paying half the wages. In 2019, an endowment to peace studies allowed the program to begin paying full wages.

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Peace Studies at Manchester University with Pointe-Au-Chien Indian Tribe
Education of the Heart: January session trips encourage students to explore a alrger world and their own assumptions

n 1970, Manchester switched from a quarter system of three 12-week terms to a 4-1-4 calendar with a three-week January interim. This provided an ideal opportunity for off-campus immersive study and travel. That shift also changed the life of Manchester Professor Kenneth Brown, a national peace studies pioneer who directed the peace studies program at Manchester.

He went on to lead study trips on 32 of those interim January sessions, traveling with small groups of students. The goal, he said, was expanding global awareness through involvement in service, peace and justice issues.

“We sought activities that drew us away from a tourism perspective,” he said in a 2010 speech in Japan. “We witnessed the deep poverty of Haiti, living in an orphanage in Port au Prince. We picked coffee beans on the steep mountainsides of struggling growers in Chiapas, Mexico. We listened to the agony of widows, nearly deaf from shelling and heartbroken from losing husbands and children to U.S.-sponsored Contra attacks in Nicaragua, where we helped build cooperatives and houses during four Januarys in the 1980s.”

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Community carries on: Caraline Feairheller '19 researches LGBTQ+ resistance, reflects on MU peace studies community

think peace studies is ultimately a study in how to be in community with one another. The peace studies program gave me a community to grow with, to celebrate with, and to grieve with,” said Caraline Feairheller, a 2019 graduate with a degree in peace studies and political science.

Feairheller has spent the past several years since graduation working for Manchester’s peace studies department, engaging in faith-based advocacy and nonprofit work in Washington, D.C., and attending Kent State University for political science and peace and conflict studies.

Immediately after graduating from Manchester, Feairheller stayed on as the peace studies coordinator, a one-year, full-time position responsible for coordinating extracurricular activities of the peace studies program. During that year, they collaborated with Director Katy Gray Brown ’91 to plan both on- and off-campus events for students and the community and assessed program activities in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Academic programs at Manchester, not limited to peace studies, continue to align with the SDGs; during the Fall 2022 semester, a series of Values, Ideas and the Arts presentations focused on various goals, including improving food security on campus and eradicating extreme poverty.

Strategic Plan
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Thinking Strategically: Five-year plan has three themes, endless possiblities

anchester University is streamlining and improving operations, telling our story, and making sure that students are central to all we do.

In October 2022, the Board of Trustees adopted a new five-year strategic plan. It drives Manchester University priorities today and offers clear guidance as we move forward and transition from one president to the next.

Given its importance for the future, the administration outlined the plan at an all-colleague meeting and followed up with small-group sessions. Whole departments are setting aside times to examine what they do, how it fits the plan, and figure out what works and should be amplified or what doesn’t work and needs to change.

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  • 1940s *Helene Blough Crill ’43 Snider of North Manchester, March 30, 2023
  • *Phoebe Timmons ’46 Young of Geneva, Ill., March 30, 2023; Young formerly served as a member of the Manchester University Board of Trustees.
  • 1950s Samuel Kaiser ’52 of Lafayette, Ind., March 26, 2023
  • Lois Fike ’53 Sherman of Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 30, 2022
  • *Keith Pontius ’55 of Crossville, Tenn., Jan. 29, 2023
  • Class Notes
    1970s Glynn Hines ’73 was elected Fort Wayne City Council president in January 2023. He was selected to receive an Honorary Doctor of Humanities and speak at the undergraduate Commencement exercises in May 2023.
  • Helen Taylor ’73 was the trivia caller on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” show the morning of Friday, Feb. 10 where she won a trip to Mexico!
  • Stephen George ’74 was honored on April 20th with the Book of Golden Deeds Award in Middlebury, Ind. This award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions or given outstanding service to the community.
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CHARLES KLINGLER ’48, 96, professor emeritus of English, died March 22, 2023.

Klingler taught English at Manchester for 35 years and served as chair of the department for 15 years.

He graduated from Manchester with teaching credentials in English and mathematics in 1948. There, he met Susie Stoner ’50 Klingler, whom he married a year after graduating.

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Jan Lea West ’55 Schrock, 86, daughter of Heifer International founder Dan West, died March 8, 2023.

She graduated from Manchester with a degree in elementary education, then taught in Maine.

After that career, Schrock earned a master’s in education at American University in Washington, D.C., founded the Night School for Learning Disabled Adults, and spent a year teaching English in Beijing, China.

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Phoebe Timmons ’46 Young, 99, died on March 30, 2023.

She served from 1991-2000 on the Manchester University Board of Trustees. President Dave McFadden described her as a “thoughtful, gentle person whose often quiet questions cut to the heart of whatever was being discussed.”

She received a business degree from Manchester, where she met, fell in love with and then married fellow student John Andrew Young.

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Camp Mack Day is one of Manchester’s oldest fall traditions. Started in 1939, it is an annual event for students, faculty and staff to have fun and get to know each other better.

In this issue of Manchester, we are celebrating connections that come from shared traditions, passions, service, friendship and community.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Greetings, Alumni! After a few years of mostly virtual events, we are excited to be gathering with alumni in person around the country again. We are offering several opportunities this summer for you to connect with fellow alumni and even with some current students! You can stay up to date on upcoming events by visiting the Manchester Alumni webpage and by reading the alumni e-newsletter sent the first week of each month. If you have an idea for an alumni gathering or if you would like to host an event in your area, we’d love to hear it! Email the Office of Alumni Relations at We look forward to seeing you at an event in the future!

Alumni Days: June 6-7
We’re bringing back this tradition to honor the 50th class reunion for the Class of 1973. There will also be reunion luncheons for the classes of 1968, 1963, 1958, and 1953. To register and learn more click here.

Manchester University Fort Wayne Expansion Groundbreaking: June 16
Celebrate a new era of growth at our health science education hub. It is 11:15 a.m. at 10627 Diebold Road.

Summer Local Gatherings
Bring the family and connect with alumni in your area! Check out these events here.

Annual Conference Manchester Alumni Luncheon: July 7 in Cincinnati, Ohio
We’re looking forward to spending time with alumni at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. Register for this event through the Annual Conference registration process.

National Older Adult Conference: Sept. 7
Look for us at the ice cream social on Thursday, Sept. 7. Registration for NOAC is through the Church of the Brethren.

Homecoming and Family Weekend: Oct. 6-7
Registration opening later this summer!

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Can’t wait to see your classmates in person? Join the alumni network, MU Engage! Connect with old friends, volunteer to help students and alumni, find internship and job opportunities, and stay engaged with MU. Register today!
By Megan Julian ’07 Sarber
Director of Alumni Relations
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Rosa Parks Memorabilia Finds a Home at Funderburg Library

hree awards presented to Rosa Parks, a folk art sculpture, and ten books owned by the civil rights icon have been added to Funderburg Library’s special collections. The items were originally part of a donation made to the Library of Congress by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. That collection, consisting of approximately 7,500 documents and 2,500 photographs, has been digitized and made available on the Library of Congress website.

According to a letter to President McFadden from the Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress, the memorabilia was offered at the request of the Buffett Foundation, which had “identified Manchester University as a valued home” for the items. Two of the awards, engraved to Rosa Parks, “The Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,” are from the citizens of Gary, Indiana and the City of Gary, Indiana. The third is from the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

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Sculpture: “The Storyteller” is now part of Funderburg Library’s special collections.
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We celebrate new beginnings!
On May 20, we boldly sent forth graduates of ability and conviction. Thank you for your support of their Manchester journey. Please consider a gift to The Manchester Fund to welcome the new academic year, returning students and a brand new class of Spartans!
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