As the sound of Pomp and Circumstance permeated the gymnasium of Manor College on Thursday, May 17th, over 100 students processed down the aisle of the auditorium, beaming and waving to their families and friends on their way to becoming graduates, earning an Associate in Art and/or Science degree. Manor College welcomed Pennsylvania State Senator, Art Haywood, as the 2018 Commencement Speaker. Brenda Roselle, a Trustee member of the Manor College Board of Trustees served as the Master of Ceremonies, while Marta J. Penjalskyj, a graduating member of the Class of 2018, delivered an inspirational and heartfelt commencement oration. Penkalskyj, a Philadelphia native, Ukrainian-American, who graduated with a higher than 4.0 GPA, began her address with acknowledging the many accomplishments of the Class of 2018. She said, “A college degree is more than a decorative certificate. It’s enables us to challenge the complexities of the world and empowers us to influence change.” She gave thanks to all the administrators, faculty and staff who have had an impact on her and her classmates. Penkalskyj concluded her remarks by challenging her fellow graduates to never dismiss their dreams, but to always pursue them with vigor. Penkalskyj will be continuing her studies at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine where she will be studying history, with a focus on Central-Eastern European history. Haywood spoke to the buzzing crowd of 500+ dedicated family, friends, faculty, administrators and community members and discussed his experience being a young graduate and choosing what to do next with his life. He stressed the importance of choosing one’s own path. Haywood said, “Make choices that are consistent to who you are.” He added, “Make a decision grounded in your reality.” Haywood ended his address by explaining about the importance of remaining strong in trying times. He said, “If you are tough enough to stand up for yourself, you’ll be an example for others.” In previous years, Manor College graduates were forced to seek a bachelor’s degree elsewhere because the terminal degree offered by the College was associate. As of early May, Manor College announced that starting in the Fall, they will be offering 14 brand new bachelor’s degrees. These new bachelor’s degrees will give alumni and current students the opportunity to stay and complete their degree at Manor. In an effort to make obtaining a bachelor’s degree as affordable as possible, the College has rolled out a 20% off tuition discount called The Basil Guarantee. With The Basil Guarantee, students who enroll in a bachelor’s degree at Manor College are eligible to receive 20% discount off tuition for the final two years (junior/senior year) of the program. The Basil Guarantee is a limited time offer that is available for all students who enroll (full-time or part-time) in the program between Fall 2018 and Spring 2020. Manor College is extremely proud of each graduate and looks forward to serving students as they complete Associate and Bachelor’s degrees.
Manor College has recently been selected for the second cohort of the Foster Care to College Program through The Field Center. The objective of this program is to help make the process of transitioning to college life as seamless as possible for students who are aging out of the foster care system. According to research from The Field Center, while 70% of foster youth strive to go to college, they attend at half the rate of their peers. Additionally, most who do attend, do not make it longer than one year. The Field Center aims to make higher education more attainable for these youth leaving the foster care system. Manor College is among several other schools including Chestnut Hill College, Montgomery County Community College, Penn State Abington that have been selected as the second cohort to develop programs for foster youth. Dean of Students, Allison Mootz, stated, “We envision our campus program to be a supportive and safe environment for students to access higher education with the correct support the individual needs. We provide resources to basic needs such as food and housing through our on-campus food pantry and Residence Hall. We give students the tools they need to succeed as educated adults. On campus events and co-curricular events such as, our ‘Adulting’ series teach students skills such as living with a roommate, microwave meal recipes, time management, basic mechanics, financial planning and social media etiquette.” Manor College is grateful for the grant and looks forward to being able to provide support to foster youth. The College will receive on-site support, consultation and technical assistance in the development of this program.
Matthew’s Mindful Moment and Manor College will host Dr. Dan Gottlieb, from the popular radio program, “Voices in the Family” on May 10, 2018 as he presents “Parenting from the Heart”. Dr. Gottlieb will discuss how to change the difficult job of parenting to one of joy. Dr. Gottlieb hosted the “Voices in the Family”, an award winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 for 30 years. He now speaks in front of live audiences for six specials a year. Additionally, from 1993 to 2008, he wrote a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled : “Inside Out” which discussed his thoughts on the how the events in people’s lives are related to the events in their minds. Gottlieb has also published five books, including his most recent one, “The Wisdom We’re Born Worth: Restoring Faith in Ourselves.” Christine Prince, Director of Counseling at Manor college commented, “In the face of adversity, Dr. Dan Gottlieb embraced compassion and kindness and became a powerful inspiration to others. As a psychologist he has helped countless families with the problems of family life and the challenges of parenting. This is a presentation you do not want to miss!” Manor College is thrilled to welcome Dr. Dan Gottlieb to campus. The event will take place from 6 to 8 pm in the Basileiad Library at Manor College. This event is open to the community. Please RSVP here if you are planning on attending. The mission of Matthew’s Mindful Moment is to change the life of a child by bringing meditation training to elementary schools. Learn more here