Activities & Events

  • Rave for Riley

    Rave for Riley

    We dubstep for a great cause! Join us in the Oakwood Hall Great Room for the annual Rave for Riley – a lively event full of great people, great music, and glow sticks! All proceeds from ticket and t-shirt sales are donated to Riley Children’s Hospital. 

  • Theater Productions

    Theater Productions

    Can you see yourself on the stage, under the lights — or maybe behind the scenes, running the sound or designing the set? Take part in Manchester’s distinguished theater productions. Showcase your thespian, musical, and/or backstage talents in productions such as Antigone, Much Ado About Nothing, or The Mikado.

  • VIAs

    VIAs

    VIA stands for Values, Ideas, and the Arts – a series of convocations that includes speakers, performers and gifted persons from within the community. Most students simply call it “convo.” It’s an important part of Manchester’s curriculum that exposes students to cultural and intellectual enrichment. You’ll earn credits from attending convo.

  • Flash Mob

    Flash Mob

    Professor Mary Lahman’s Advanced Public Relations class staged an ever-trendy flash mob in honor of retiring (and surprised!) President Jo Young Switzer on a May 2014 afternoon, followed by a hugfest, with students and faculty expressing their personal gratitude.

  • Festival of Trees

    Festival of Trees

    Each holiday season, campus organizations decorate a Christmas tree for the Festival of Trees. Decorations often break the mold of typical ornaments and tinsel. Above, an entry by the Accounting and Business Club creates a whole new personality for this tree-turned-businessman.  

  • Garver Shoe Trees

    Garver Shoe Trees

    Tradition unlike any other.  Seniors who have lived in Garver Hall for the duration of their college career make a “sacrifice” by donating their sneakers to the trees around the building.

  • May Day Weekend

    May Day Weekend

    As the end of the school year approaches, May Day Weekend is the biggest event of the year and a great way to unwind and have a bit of fun! Join the team for the trike race, rock out in the air band competition, or dive in head first into the mud volleyball tournament. Or be a spectator and cheer on your friends. You won’t want to miss meeting up with everyone at the bonfire.

  • Casino Night

    RHA Casino Night

    What’s your game? Blackjack? Texas Hold ’em? Roulette? Put on your poker face for the annual Casino Night, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association. It’s a risk-free evening of gaming and prizes, and everyone goes home a winner!

  • Otho Winger Experience

    The Otho Winger Experience

    Our professors are rock stars. Literally. Every other spring, a group of faculty and staff rock the stage in Cordier Auditorium and wow the campus with their musical talent. The entire campus comes out for this awesome musical experience.  And you’ll love seeing a completely different side of some of your favorite professors.
    Check it out on YouTube.

  • Mud Volleyball

    Mud Volleyball

    It’s an MU tradition – the annual mud volleyball tournament during May Day weekend.  Get a team together with your buds and get down and dirty! Warning: You’ll be finding mud for weeks in places you never even knew existed.

  • Indiana Reading Corps

    Indiana Reading Corps

    The goal of the Indiana Reading Corps is to support local K-8 students and their teachers to strengthen reading comprehension and vocabulary recognition. Manchester students participate as a valuable opportunity to gain service-learning experience and make the world a smarter place.

  • Game Night

    Game Nights

    What's your game? Monopoly? Jenga? Trivial Pursuit? Participate in game nights at the Intercultural Center and get your game on. The competition is stiff.

  • Move in day

    Move-in Day

    Move-In Day is a big day for all students, and everybody here wants to make your transition to be as easy as possible. Upon arrival, you’ll be gleefully greeted by students, faculty and staff here to help you find your room, unload your vehicle, and make sure all of your belongings are in the right place so that you can begin to settle into your new home away from home!

  • Haunted Garver

    Haunted Garver

    Each Halloween, local children and families are welcomed into our residence halls for trick-or-treating. Garver Hall takes it to the next level with “Haunted Garver,” set up with older children in mind. Residents transform the building into a maze of terrifying twists and turns that will send even the toughest teens running out with their tails between their legs! (All in good fun, of course.) 

  • 47,000 Volunteer Hours

    Number of Volunteer Hours

    Service is a Manchester mission. Last year, the University logged an impressive 47,000 volunteer hours on campus, in the community and around the world. And the number grows each year!

  • International Fair Buffet

    International Fair/Buffet

    Students from countries all over the globe make a home away from home at Manchester. They bring the world to Manchester, and share valuable perspectives. Each year, the Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors either the International Fair or the International Buffet (alternating years). Both events feature our international students, who proudly share their cultures, traditions, foods and fashion with their U.S. friends.

  • 101 days

    101 Days

    Each year, the Office of Alumni Relations hosts a banquet celebrating the final 101 days of the senior students’ college career.  Seniors enjoy a gourmet meal, music and take home a special gift. The best part is that your food and drinks are served by your favorite faculty and staff!

  • Founders day feast

    Founder's Day Feast

    Founder’s Day is a birthday celebration for the University. And what’s a celebration without indulging in great food? Steak, shrimp and, of course, birthday cake were on the menu. Happy Birthday, MU!