Manske served as pre-law advisor and associate professor of criminal justice and Legal Studies School of Applied Studies. He taught the following courses: CJ 330 A, Judicial Process; CJ 330 VA, Judicial Process; CJ 380 VA, Terrorism & Exec Prot; CJ 410 A, Criminal Proc & Evidence; LG 390 A, Special Topics/Legal Asst; MS 380 VA, Civil-Military Relations; and MS 390 VB, Special Topics.
Before joining the Washburn faculty in 1994, Manske worked at Creighton University and Metropolitan Community College, both in Omaha, Neb. He also served as adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College and was ethics instructor for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities. Manske earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, his juris doctor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law and a master of arts from the University of Kansas.
Among Manske's notable accomplishments: Public Integrity Award, American Society of Public Administration (2004)| Ned N. Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award, Washburn University (2000) | Outstanding Clinician Award (1986)| Trial Advocacy Award (1987) | Best Oralist Team, National Moot Court Competition (1986) | Regional Finalist, National Client Counseling Competition (1985)| Criminal Justice Honors Thesis (1980) | Legion of Merit (with one gold star and combat “V” device)| Meritorious Service Medal (with one gold star) | Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal | Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with two gold stars) | Combat Action Ribbon
Washburn lost a member of its family on Monday when Col. Mike Manske, 54, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack.
Manske sent the following message to students in his online class on terrorism, CJ 380, on Thursday morning, four days before his death:
This time of year always makes me reflect on all the blessings in my life, and it gives each of us an opportunity to ground ourselves in the things that matter most in life.
I'm thankful that my kids are happy, healthy, and thriving in school and in life. I'm thankful that I have a special woman in my life now, and I'm going to ask her to marry me tonight. And finally, after three combat tours of duty overseas, first in DESERT STORM, then two tours of duty in Iraq, I'm thankful for God watching over my Marines and I, and for allowing me to bring everyone home alive all three times! My second tour of combat duty in Iraq was pretty rough, and I awarded 17 Purple Heart Medals to the combat wounded in my unit, but at least I didn't have to bring anyone home in a box!
As a former commander of mine used to say, "I got to hear the band play twice, once when I got in the Corps and once when I retired!"
A funeral service for Manske is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 1) at St. Agnes Parish, 5250 Mission Rd, Roeland Park, KS 66205.