Sophomore Management student Alena Yadlovskaya was awarded the prestigious Mother Josaphat Medal, and four other outstanding students were also honored as finalists for the Medal when Manor College celebrated its 11th Annual Founders Day on Friday, January 31.
During the weeks leading up to Founders Day, the college’s faculty and staff submit nominations for individuals to receive the Mother Josaphat Medal based on students who have demonstrated a responsible lifestyle evidenced through reverence, respect and service to the community.
In one nomination Yadlovskaya, who is president of the Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society and Rotaract, was called, “a gentle and caring presence on campus, extending courtesy and respect to students, faculty, and staff and demonstrating a maturity beyond her years.”
She has also been involved in Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Admissions Ambassadors. As president of Rotaract, she spearheaded the efforts to raise money for Polio Plus and Lupus while increasing membership in the organization. She has been called, “an outstanding Manor student both socially and academically,” demonstrated by her 4.243 GPA while carrying 6 honors courses.
A nomination for one of the four finalists, Breanna Clark, a sophomore liberal arts student, stated that she, “always goes out of her way to help her fellow students,” while numerous nominations specified her unique relationship with her roommate and highlighted her volunteer activities with soup kitchens and meal programs.
Mark Colville, a sophomore liberal arts student who was previously named Manor’s first All-American for his accomplishments on the soccer field, was also acknowledged in the nominations for being a model ambassador for Manor College on campus and off, contributing to the orientation and student ambassador programs for Student Life and Admissions.
A member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sister Marietha Materu – another Medal finalist and sophomore nursing student -- works as a nurses aide in a nursing home and is studying to become a nurse so she can return to her home country to serve the elderly and ill. In her nominations, one person wrote that she is, “the most compassionate, loving, caring and patient person I know.”
Finally, one nomination for Aurora Mattern, a sophomore Early Childhood Education student, stated that she, “eminates kindness and a genuine heart and simplicity in service through helping others. Her work with the Student Senate and Yearbook staff, as well as the work she does at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, caring for the babies of the Center’s staff in the infant room, make Aurora Mattern a great finalist for the Mother Josaphat Medal.”
The recipient of the Mother Josaphat Medal, presented at Manor’s 11th annual Founders Day, Alena Yadlovskaya (right) is pictured with Manor College President Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM and Sisters of Saint Basil the Great Provincial Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM.
The five finalists for the Mother Josaphat Medal, presented at the annual Founders Day program, pose with college President Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM (back row, middle). Also pictured: (back row, left) Mark Colville, (back row, right) Breanna Clark, (seated, left to right) Alena Yadlovskaya, Sister Marietha Materu, Aurora Mattern.