On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be holding a joint hearing of the Human Services and Children and Youth Committees at Manor College centered around the topic of foster students attending college. The hearing will take place in the library building of Manor College. Early in the year, Manor College was selected for the second cohort of the Foster Care to College Program through The Field Center. This program assists in making the process of transitioning to college life as seamless as possible for students who are aging out of the foster care system. “We have decidedly focused our efforts on the whole student and creating an environment where students from all backgrounds and experiences have an opportunity for robust learning,” said Manor College’s President, Jonathan Peri, “On our campus, people don’t ask: what’s our part in the world? We know that directing our efforts towards enabling foster students to achieve the college dream helps foster children becoming adults to thrive, and helps us to fulfill our Mission. We are excited about this event and we’re grateful to Rep. Murt for his initiative being aligned with ours.” Connie Ianetta will be presenting testimony as a former foster child. She is the founder of the Pennsylvania chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America, a nationwide group advocating for the needs of those who are transitioning out of the system. Ianetta and her husband are now raising their family of children who came to them through the foster care system. “Becoming an adult is an exciting time of life, but it offers special challenges to those who have emancipated from the foster care system,” Representative Tom Murt said. “As legislators, we want to explore ways the state can make this transition easier.”
On September 21, 2018, Jonathan Peri, Ph.D, J.D, will be presenting alongside Erin Galbally, ESQ., Senior Attorney at Clark Hill, at a Continuing Legal Education seminar held at Manor College. This event is titled “Attorney Support for College Presidents.” This seminar will equate to one credit and will be held in the Library Lecture Space in Basiliad Manor from 12:30 to 1:30pm. A variety of topics will be discussed including in-house counsel mission statements, business development, in-house versus outside counsel, confidentiality, and much more. This is the second Continuing Legal Education Seminar being held at Manor College. The topic discussed during May’s seminar was “What You Need To Know About Representing Applicants For Naturalization/U.S. Citizenship.” To register for “Attorney Support for College Presidents” click here. About the Speakers JONATHAN PERI, Ph.D., J.D. is the President of Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. Since Peri’s inauguration in 2015, the College has ascended in the key attributes that students and parents seek: affordability, access, educational quality, career readiness, and safety. Peri places great importance on the College’s mission, which is that personalized education in the Judeo-Christian tradition generates a commitment to a peaceful world. Under Peri’s leadership, the College has undergone dramatic changes including the updating of facilities, renovation of campus library, rebranding of the college’s logo, tagline, athletic logo, and website. Most recently, Manor College went from being a two-year college to an associate’s and bachelor’s degree-granting institution. ERIN GALBALLY, ESQ., Senior Attorney at Clark Hill, guides her clients through complex labor, employment, and Title IX matters with a focus on achieving optimum results. She provides daily counsel and long term strategy to public and private sector employers on all aspects of the employee-employer relationship, including collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, compliance under the FMLA, ADA, Title VII and related state laws, employee discipline, and workplace investigations. Erin regularly appears before the EEOC and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. She has a winning record in litigating employment matters in state and federal court and representing clients in arbitration. Erin is a Level II certified Title IX investigator. She objectively steers educational clients through the investigatory process and the evolving and complicated reporting requirements mandated under the law. She handles investigations from start to finish for K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning. Additionally, Erin trains administrators, educators, and students on Title IX issues and works with designated Title IX coordinators to ensure compliance.
Manor College hosted its largest historical New Student Orientation on August 30, 2018; approximately 219 students were welcomed. The annual event introduces students and parents to interact with faculty and staff and prepare for the exciting start of college. The fun-filled day included new student move-in, a campus resource fair, academic sessions and campus tours, and information about alcohol use prevention. Sessions were also held for parents to discuss best ways for them to support their children in the first year of college. “New Student Orientation is a time for students to get to know campus on a deeper level, helping them discover who they are as a student and who we are as a college through workshops, group discussions, and one-on-one interactions,” stated Dean of Students Allison Mootz. “This is the day their journey as college students really begins. Whether just having graduated high school, returning to complete a degree started years ago, or coming to college for the first time as an older adult, Orientation will show students how to successfully navigate this new adventure. The Manor College staff, faculty, and student leaders are all ready to help make this day extra special for our newest class of Blue Jays!” “New Student Orientation is intentionally designed so that our newest students feel confident and excited to begin their journey as a Blue Jay at Manor College,” Student Engagement Coordinator, Ashley Hillegas added. The entire campus community is thrilled to welcome the incoming freshman class to Manor College!