For this season of giving, Manor College held several initiatives during the month of November to show their thanks and to serve those in need. Earlier this year, the college opened an on-campus food pantry, Bird Feed, that serves as the catalyst for these campus-wide giving programs. Part of Manor College’s mission is to provide opportunities to serve the community, and this holiday season offers just that. Allison Mootz, Dean of Students said, “The Manor College Student Senate brainstormed creative and fun ways to receive donations in honor of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and came up the idea to ‘Fill the Foyer’. They were inspired by Villanova’s campaign to fill their bus and they thought this would be a visual reminder to students, staff, and faculty that there is a need for food both on and off campus.” Items collected for Fill the Foyer will support Bird Feed, as well as help provide items to fill Thanksgiving baskets that our Early Childhood Education Club is putting together. These Thanksgiving baskets will be filled with everything need to prepare a traditional thanksgiving meal, and will be given to students who has expressed interest in receiving assistance this holiday season. All other items collected will be donated to The Breathing Room. The Fill the Foyer challenge collected over 500 pounds of non-perishables and the ECE club made 10+ Thanksgiving baskets – overall, Manor College was able to help many students and families in our community this Thanksgiving season! In addition to these food drives and food collection initiatives, Manor College has started a #ManorThanks campaign which highlights statements provided by the community about what they are most thankful for.
On October 26, 2017 Manor College hosted its fourth Ukraine focused dialogue on campus. The college welcomed U.S Congressman and Co-Chair of the Ukraine Caucus, Brian Fitzpatrick; US Congressman and Ukraine Caucus member Brendan Boyle; First Ambassador of the U.S to Ukraine, Hon. Roman Popadiuk; and US Justice Department Prosecutor and Advisor to the Procurator’s Office in Ukraine, Bohdan Vitvitsky. The panel was moderated by Manor College President, Dr. Jonathan Peri. The program directly complemented Manor College’s mission, which is to offer students a global vision through education. As America’s only Ukrainian heritage college, this dialogue was Manor College’s fourth Ukraine focused dialogue, which further proves Manor’s commitment to being the hub for discussion and deliberation around what Americans can do to help and support Ukraine. During the panel discussion, when asked about the broader topic of moral implications for America to help Ukraine, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick stated, “There is further evidence of the US’ obligation to support Ukraine not just in financial matters but in intelligence sharing and information sharing. We need to provide military assistance and follow words with action.” Bohdan Vitvitsky commented with, “Many of our officials on both sides, to some degree soft peddle the nature of the obligations. It is quite clear that we should be providing Ukraine with defensive weapons given the fact that it is the object of foreign aggression.“ The audience, which was made up of approximately 150 Ukrainian and American community members from all states between New York to Washington D.C, responded to the panelists comments with enthusiasm and zeal. “It is crucial for us as Americans and Manor College as a Ukrainian founded institution to raise awareness about the needs of our friends in Ukraine. The profile of the issues in Ukraine should not be taking a second seat to much of the nonsense in the news. Real people have been murdered or remain subject to unlawful detainment in Ukraine, where a war has ended the lives of 10’s of thousands of people. Children are suffering orphaned with no parents. We had to do something and we will keep raising the profile.” Said Manor College’s President Peri. “Thank God we are blessed with a Ukrainian community in America that au thentically cares. Now that our Museum is renewed, it assists us in renewing the conversations about the needs in Ukraine with a backdrop of cultural beauty that everyone can enjoy.” Prior to the Dialogue, Manor College held a Ribbon Cutting and Blessing Ceremony for the reopening of the Ukrainian Heritage Museum, an on-campus museum that is dedicated to preserving Ukrainian artifacts and culture. The museum is part of the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center (UHSC), a center that was founded in 1977 to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Ukrainian culture and traditions through educational and cultural programs. In addition to a folk art collection, the UHSC maintains an extensive Ukrainian library and archives. The renovations to the Ukrainian Heritage Museum was made possible due to significant contributions of Leonard & Helen Mazur, Dr. Barbara Zajak and the Ukrainian Catholic Foundation. The museum has a new design from floor to ceiling which includes beautiful lighting, a handmade Ukrainian stove, crystal clear showcases a welcoming layout and is home to a new exhibit, the Maria Mazur Gallery. The Maria Mazur Gallery is a exquisite, handmade pysanky gallery crafted by Leonard Mazur’s mother, Maria Mazur. All are invited to come and explore the Ukrainian Heritage Museum, please call 215 885 2360 to make an appointment. To view the photos from the dialogue and ribbon cutting – click here
Manor College held its first “Manny Madness” in the school’s gymnasium. This event was attended by administrators, faculty, staff, coaches, and student-athletes. Altogether, approximately 125 people filled the room and celebrated everything Blue Jays athletics. Manny’s Madness began with introducing Manny, the Blue Jays’ mascot, to the crowd as the music filled the festive room and Manor College rally towels waving in the air by those in attendance. Manny entered and greeted everyone around the perimeter of the gymnasium. Manny continued to engage fans, and with some help, tossing T-Shirts into the crowd. After the T-Shirt Toss, Manny participated in a “Dance Battle” at center court with Manor’s hip-hop instructor, Tyger B. The Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, and Baseball players were introduced by each of the team’s coaches. This was also first time the college’s newest athletics team, Baseball, was introduced in person to the Manor community. Baseball is scheduled to compete in the Spring 2018. Games followed the introduction of the six Blue Jays’ athletics teams. Numerous staff and students gathered to try to make half-court and three-point shots. The first one that made make each shot received a Wawa Gift Card and the second place winner in each got a Manor Water Bottle. Simon Says was the next the game, which included Manor President Jonathan Peri as one of the participants. Those remaining in this game received a Wawa Gift Card. The final game was the “TP Toss” at center court. A handful of two-person teams participated. Each one had a person tossing a toilet paper roll to another across the court wearing a hula hoop. The winning team received Wawa Gift Cards for getting the most to get through the hoop in two minutes. The second place team received Manor Water Bottles. Manny Madness wrapped up with Manny dancing at center court. Manor College Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Soccer Coach John Dempster on Manny’s Madness: “Manny’s Madness was such a great success, it showed that school spirit is alive and well. All of the athletic teams did such a great job representing their respective sports. I want to thank Director of Marketing Communications Kelly Peiffer for making this happen.” The Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams open up the regular season, hosting, the Community College of Philadelphia on November 2. The men play at 5:00 p.m. and the women follow at 7:00 p.m.
Richard Samuelson’s paintings will be on display at Manor College from November 17 until December 31, 2017. “The true likeness of God is an image of the act of man’s creativity.” Tom Sims, Exit Zero’s arts reviewer, references this insight that is quoted from Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way when speaking of the paintings of Richard Samuelson. Sims continues, “I cite this notion of the bond between man’s creativity and its spiritual sources because it seems to drive quickly to the core of Samuelson’s art. His paintings appear more as records of the unfolding of new life and experience, than as pictures of things at a given moment in time. Indeed, they seem to take place over time and fulfill the artists stated goal of telling coherent abstract narratives not unlike a piece of music. The images themselves look as if they’re chronological records of the creative process itself. The paintings can be seen in the gallery in the Basileiad Library at Manor College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. A video by the artist can be viewed on his website www.richsamart.com. The Library is open Monday – Thursday 8am – 9pm, Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm.