Alumni Spotlight: Brendan Gillespie ’11

Brendan Gillespie ’11  Alumni Association Board Chair Brendan Gillespie is the Chairperson of Manor’s newly reformed Alumni Association and graduated as the Valedictorian from the Class of 2011 with an Associate of Science degree in Accounting. Upon graduation from Manor, Brendan transferred to Saint Joseph’s University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 2013. After graduating from St. Joe’s, Brendan spent two years working as an SAP Software Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving clients across the globe. Today, Brendan works for SAP America, the world’s largest maker of business software, as a Pre-sales Solution Engineer. In this role, Brendan works with businesses to uncover opportunities for innovation and delivers demonstrations of the business value that SAP solutions provide.   Brendan notes, “I strongly believe that Manor got me to where I am today because Manor formed the foundation of confidence, professionalism, and academic success. This is why I think it is so important to give back to Manor, and I hope my fellow Manor Alumni who have their own great stories will join me.”    Give back to Manor like Brendan and become a Blue Jay Donor by clicking here

Dr. Matt Smalarz Awarded as 2017 Educator of the Year

Professor of History, Dr. Matt Smalarz named the 2017 Educator of the Year! At the 14th Annual Founders Day celebration, the Student Body of Manor College awarded Dr. Matthew Smalarz with the Educator of the Year Award. This award is a student nominated award where the students hand in nominations about their beloved professors and upon careful review from the Student Senate, an Educator of the Year is picked. This year, Professor of History, Dr. Smalarz was awarded this honor. One student said “is extremely helpful and cares about our education.”   A professor who “is a tough professor but his lessons are very detailed.” Another student commented saying, “He makes sure everyone in the class knows what they are supposed to be learning and goes at the pace of class. He always responds when you need him and he is good with explaining lessons.” His love of teaching and patience is evidenced by this award, “(He is) very professional! Each class he is excited and prepared. Most people in the class, on our first test, were very worried that we were not prepared but after the test we all passed! He puts the material in our heads and we all talk about how he really makes sure we know our material.” This past September marked 4 years of teaching at Manor for this professor and he is highly respected by his colleagues, who describe him as someone who goes “above and beyond his job” and who is a “great guy”.  This professor is also the Chaplain for the Manor College Men’s Soccer team and he volunteered his personal time to attend every practice and game to show students the that there is more to athletics than athletics…he showed them the spiritual side. It is rumored that he has an impressive collection of vintage major league baseball hats (along with minor league teams) and that if he had the chance, he would front a rock band!