Manor College Professor, JP Lutz’s Sports Memorabilia Shop, ‘Bucks County Baseball Co.’ Wins Small Business Revolution with Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec

JP Lutz, Assistant Professor in Sports Management at Manor College is a proud small business owner, running Bucks County Baseball Co. in Bristol, Pennsylvania alongside his father and lifelong Bristol Borough resident, Jim Lutz since 2011. Bucks County Baseball Co. started out of a passion for sports. JP and his father Jim are avid sports fans and memorabilia collectors. Bucks County Baseball Co. started in 2011 as an online business. “We recognized that the sports collectibles industry had changed and how people were consuming sports collectible had transitioned to more of an e-commerce platform,” says JP Lutz. JP was running the business out of the basement of his house for about 2 years and then was looking for a larger fulfillment center. JP says, “We had an opportunity to purchase one of the largest retail spaces on Mill Street (formerly Spectors Army Navy store). We developed an entire new concept focused on vintage sports collectibles and officially opened our retail business in the summer of 2013 to compliment our online presence” On February 22, 2017, Small Business Revolution, a online tv series focused on telling stories of America’s most inspiring small businesses that features Amanda Brinkman and ‘Shark Tank’s’ Robert Herjavec, announced that Bristol Borough was the 2017 Small Business Revolution – Main Street winners.  This means that Bristol Borough will not only win an incredible $500,000 to put towards revitalizing their small businesses,  but several small businesses will receive hands on assistance from small business experts – Lutz is hoping that Bucks County Baseball Co. will be one of those lucky businesses that get to work alongside Brinkman and Herjavec. Lutz says, “ We view our Bucks County Baseball Co. as a cornerstone for the town’s revitalization efforts. We understand that our success is the town’s success. The support of the Small Business Revolution could help us attract a much larger customer base and truly develop unique sports related experiences that would put Bristol Borough on the map.” As a Manor College professor, Lutz brings his experience being an entrepreneur into the classroom and on campus. Early this month, Lutz ran an autograph signing with former Philadelphia Flyers left-wing, Brian Propp and had Manor Sport Management students help run the logistics and day-of-operations of the signing. JP is looking forward to incorporating more Manor students into his shop, and thinks it’s a great way to give the students hands-on experience in being an entrepreneur. Currently Bucks County Baseball Co. has submitted their application to be selected as one of the Small Business Revolution features, to get hands-on assistance and featured in an episode on the show.  The winning applicants that will be featured in the Main Street series will be announced on March 10th. Watch this video to see Professor JP Lutz (minute 2:07) and the rest of Bristol Borough:  

Manor to Host “Martyrdom Redefined”

Manor to Host “Martyrdom Redefined”: Symposium on the 100th Anniversary of the Passing of Bishop Stephen Soter Ortynsky, OSBM On Saturday April 1, 2017 from  2:00 – 5:00 pm in the Manor College Basileiad Library at  700 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046, the Shevchenko Scientific Society in partnership with Manor College are hosting a symposium about Bishop Stephen Soter Ortynsky, OSBM. Program and Speakers Registration is from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Welcome from Dr. Jonathan Peri, President, Manor College Benediction from Most Reverend Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan Archbishop, Ph.D., D.D. Introduction Bishop Soter Ortynsky Re-Examined from Andrij V.R. Szul, Ph.D., J.D. First Session with Moderator – Iryna Ivankovych, Ph.D.  Challenges for a Bishop in a Missionary Land from Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus, D.D., LLD (Hon.) The Real Stephen Soter Ortynsky from Very Rev. Ivan Kaszczak, Ph.D. Discussion  Second Session with Moderator – Nicholas Rudnytzky, M.A. Bishop Ortynsky’s Lifeline: The Sisters of St. Basil The Great from Sister Ann Laszok, OSBM, M.A. The Tragic End of Bishop Ortynsky – Resolved or Solved? from Alexander Lushnycky, Ph.D. Discussion and Reception with Wine and Cheese   Speaker Profiles    Andrij V.R. Szul, M.M., Ph.D., J.D. A Professor of Law and Humanities at the Ukrainian Free Univ. in Munich, previously, was a Law Professor at the State Univ. of NY, Pennsylvania State Univ., St. John’s Univ. College of Business, and of English and Music at Manor College; has served as a NY State Administrative Law Judge, Nassau County (NY) Child Abuse Prosecutor in Family Court, and General Counsel to the Chairman of the 7th Committee (Legal) of the Security Council of the U.N. in NY. Dr. Szul is First Vice President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S., and a member of the Ukrainian Advisory Board at Manor College. Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, D.D., S.T.L., LLD. (Hon.), Bishop-Emeritus, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, CT, formerly, Auxiliary Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. For many years, Bishop Losten has held key leadership roles in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and in the world-wide Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Very Rev. Ivan Kaszczak, M.A., M.Ed, Ph.D., a Ukrainian Catholic Priest since 1985, is Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Kerhonkson, NY and St. John the Baptist Church in Hunter, NY. He is the author of a book about Bishop Ortynsky (2016), in addition to three others, including one about Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (published in Ukrainian in 2003, and in English in 2013), the Education of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Clergy in the U.S. (English edition in 2005, and Ukrainian in 2006), and editor of History of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the U.S. (2017). Formerly, Vice Rector, Academic Dean and a Professor at St. Basil College-Seminary, Stamford, CT, he also has served on the faculty of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, and lectured at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Fr. Ivan is a Lt. Colonel and Chaplain, U.S. Air Force (ret.)    Rev. Sister Ann Laszok, OSBM, M.A., a Manor College Alumna, former Professor and Dean (1975-88), currently, is Religious Education Director (1988 to present) for the St. Josaphat Eparchy in Parma, OH, where she has produced a number of catechetical books and videos, spearheaded the Generations of Faith for Byzantine Churches program, and organized the Basilian Volunteer Outreach Mission in Ukraine for needy and orphaned children. Currently, Sr. Ann serves as a Provincial Councillor, Order of St. Basil the Great in the U.S. (2010 – ), and is a Member of the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission of Ukraine in Kyiv (2002 – ), and the Association of Eastern Catholic Eparchial Directors (1977 – ). Alexander Lushnycky, M.A., Ph.D. Educator, Historian of Immigration in the U.S., Co-editor, Encyclopedia of Ukrainian Diaspora (published by the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S.), since 1976 has authored and edited twenty-three books on Ukrainian Immigration to the U.S., and is a long-time Associated Researcher at the University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center in Minneapolis, and the Ukrainian Museum and Library of the Stamford, CT Eparchy. One of his specialty areas is the history of the Ukrainian Press in the U.S. Dr. Lushnycky formerly served as Principal of the Ukrainian Heritage School in Philadelphia (1990–2003), currently, serves as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S., and is a member of the Ukrainian Advisory Board at Manor College.

Manor College Names John Dempster Athletic Director

JENKINTOWN, PA-  John Dempster has been named Athletic Director of Manor College, effective February 20, 2017.  Dempster has been a part of the Manor College Community since 1994, with experience working in the Admissions Office as Assistant Director of Admissions, Interim Director of Admissions, and as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach.  A graduate of Manor himself, Dempster considers the college to be part of his family. Dempster stated, “Manor College has been a part of my life for 25 years now.  Manor is my heart and soul. Through the years, I have learned so many things from the great people around me; I’ve always had a passion for sports and now I get to show that passion everyday in a place that I love.  I want to thank God for this opportunity.  Go Blue Jays!” Manor College has 6 NJCAA sports teams, including, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and new to the lineup is men’s baseball which will be debuting their first season in Spring 2018. In regards to his vision for the program, Dempster said, “I want to see our teams contend at the highest level. I want to see growth, sportsmanship and humility within our athletic family.  I want our student-athletes to graduate from this institution knowing that attending Manor College was the best decision of their lives.” The athletic program at Manor College has been very successful this year.  The men’s basketball team is currently ranked #14 in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball national rankings and has their eyes set on playoffs in March.

Manor College Honors Black History Month

An annual celebration of the hard work and achievements of black Americans, Black History Month is a time to show appreciation for those individuals who formed the foundation for the black community in this country.  Manor College recognizes this significant month and honors those in our own community who provide examples for all of us.   Cherie Crosby, Professor and Program Director of the Early Childhood Education Program is one individual who sets an example for not only her students, but for the entire Manor community.  We spoke to her about what Black History Month means for her and these are her responses: Why do you think it’s important that we as Americans recognize Black History Month? As I have gotten older I have realized the importance of taking time to recognize Black History Month. Black History Month helps Americans recognize the great contributions of African Americans, even more importantly taking time to recognize those African Americans that most Americans were not aware of as in the case of women highlighted in the film Hidden Treasures and the Loving case that ended the ban against interracial marriages. Are there any African Americans, that throughout history have influenced you? If so, who and why? Maya Angelou, Tina Turner, Angela Davis, Josephine Baker, and Ava DuVernay. All five women are women of strength. Their lives are very difference, but the all have had to face adversity during their lives. Their contributions to the world remind me the power women have in their abilities to achieve great things despite the challenges they face. Although my mother and I never had a chance to talk about DuVernay’s contributions to the film industry, such as her recent films Selma and 13th, we did have many conversations about Angelou, Turner, Davis, and Baker before my mother’s death in 2007. Is there anyone in the African American community today who inspires you? Barack Obama. As the first person of color who held the presidential office for eight years, I was inspired by Obama’s message of hope. He carried a heavy burden of being the first and I personally never thought that this was possible during my lifetime. I am thankful that he served as a great role model for countless children of all colors in that anything is possible. For children of color, especially African American males, it provided them with a role model not only in a prominent position but also one who created initiatives such as the initiative on educational excellence for African Americans. What does Black History Month mean for you personally? For me, I am reminded that have responsibility to ensure that African Americans, as well as all people of color, are seen in a better light. Although the history of any group can and should be highlighted throughout the year, Black History Month allows for the country to take the time to share positive and inspiring histories of those who came before and currently working to make the world a better place.   We also spoke to Gil Ridgely, an Adjunct Professor at Manor.  He told us about how Black History Month continues to inspire him every year. Here were his responses:  Why do you think it’s important that we as Americans recognize Black History Month? Blacks have contributed to the US economically, financially, socially, politically and technologically.  Many times the contributions of Blacks have been downplayed.  Black History Month is very important. Are there any African Americans, that throughout history have influenced you? If so, who and why? Barack Obama and many others have influenced me. Is there anyone in the African American community today who inspires you? John Lewis inspires me. What does Black History Month mean for you personally?  It inspires and educates me of the many Black people of importance.  

Manor student graduates to further success

After graduation, Manor College alumni have different options for their next step in life. Some transfer to a four-year college or university, and some head straight into the workforce. Manor prepares students to take these next steps, and Andrew Clark, class of 2016 was prepared to continue his academic and athletic pursuits upon graduation.   Clark graduated from Manor in 2016 with an Associate in Science degree, having majored in Sports & Recreational Management. While at Manor, Clark was captain of the men’s soccer team. During his time as captain, the team achieved a 6-10 record. Clark has been very versatile on the field, playing in several positions such as goalie, striker and right back. After graduation, he transferred to Bryn Athyn College to continue his studies as a Business major and continued to hone his leadership skills as captain of the Bryn Athyn Lions Men’s Soccer team.   “I chose Manor before transferring because [Head Coach] John Dempster. And [Assistant Coach] Richard Patton were the first coaches who came and sat with me about playing in college,” Clark said. “I chose to go to Bryn Athyn because it was best for me financially. It was close to home, and it provided me the option of another two year of college soccer, which was important to me.”   Clark has been playing soccer since he was about four-years-old and has always loved the sport.   “Not only has it built me as a person, it has provided relationships that I will have throughout my life, whether that be players I consider my brothers or coaches I look up to as father figures,” he said.   While Clark says being a student-athlete brought on challenges such as keeping up with classes along with practices, games and workouts, he says he wouldn’t give it up for the world. Manor has been a big part of the learning experiences he’s gained in the last two years. Clark says, “I had bad times there, which include coming into preseason terribly out of shape during my freshman year due to an injury that happened during the offseason.  I’ve also had my good times here, which include getting praised for a good performance against Bryn Athyn during the sophomore preseason.”   Dempster says, “Andrew is hard worker, he never missed practice, he always played within himself, never complaining and always played the game the right way.” Clark attributes his success to Manor coaches, Dempster and Patton saying, “J.D. was always positive with me–had my back with everything, kept it real with me on the field, but off the field he was nothing but a friend,”   “The biggest person who helped me throughout my time at Manor was Patton. Honestly, the guy was my best friend. He would pick me up from my house everyday to give me rides to practices and games.” After moving on from Manor and being named captain at Bryn Athyn, Clark says he can attribute his success on the field to his hard work. “I’ll be the first person to tell you I’m not the most skillful player. I’m not going to ‘wow’ you with any of my soccer skills, but you will not out work me.”   Along with hard work and pushing yourself, Clark offered up some advice for those Manor students who are graduating this year and not quite sure what they are going to do next.   “Take that next step into getting your degree and starting your future. Use Manor as a building step to put yourself in a great position in getting your bachelor’s degree or starting a career, it’s such a good place to start out,” he said.    Looking into the future, Clark is aiming to have a great season next year, graduate with his Bachelor’s degree dnd put his all into everything to see where it takes him. His time at Manor prepared him for what is coming next, and he encourages everyone to take advantage of all the resources Manor provides.