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NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WFFT) — Manchester University announced Friday that they will donate personal protective equipment to Parkview Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University said they donated 2,000 masks, 1,600 gloves and 50 gowns to the hospital network.
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“With most campus activities suspended because of COVID-19, it just makes sense to donate these much-needed supplies,” Manchester University President Dave McFadden said. “We checked our inventory to see what was available and would be the most helpful.”
The pharmacy practice lab at the Fort Wayne campus donated 1,800 masks and the gloves on Friday afternoon at a Parkview distribution center in Fort Wayne.
The North Manchester campus delivered 200 masks and the gowns to Parkview Wabash Hospital on Monday.
“Being a good neighbor is a priority for Manchester,” McFadden said. “We’ve had a great partnership with Parkview Health, and this is just another example of how we can all help each other in trying times.”
Manchester University also announced that it is waiving the enrollment deposit for incoming undergraduate students this fall amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We recognize that students and families are experiencing a lot of disruption right now. Our hope is that by eliminating the enrollment deposit for this fall, Manchester can help students move forward toward their future at Manchester University,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president for enrollment and marketing.
The University says students who already paid their deposit will not be out of luck, but won't get a refund.
“If you already deposited, your $250 will be a credit on your fall bill,” said Melissa West, associate director for recruitment. “If you did not deposit yet, you must complete the Intent to Enroll form as soon as you are ready to commit to Manchester.”
The form can be found online.
Because Manchester cannot currently offer on-campus visits and tours, virtual options are available.
Those who complete the virtual visit earn a $500 per-year visit incentive scholarship.
“Our Admissions counselors prepared and practiced for virtual visits with prospective students so that we can give them a personal Manchester welcome, even though they can’t physically visit campus right now,” said President Dave McFadden.
Anyone with questions about admissions can email the admissions office at email@example.com.