Independence Blue Cross Foundation Awards Community Grant to Manor College Dental Center

On Dec. 10, Independence Blue Cross Foundation announced that the Manor College Dental Center will be receiving $25,000 in Blue Safety Net funding for the first time this year. The Foundation’s Blue Safety Net Program aims to improve community health access by providing grants to private, non-profit health centers operating in medically underserved areas. In total, the Blue Safety Net funding provides nearly $2.4 million to 49 health centers throughout the local region. “We are excited to have a partnership with the IBX Foundation and appreciate their funding through the Blue Safety Net Grant,” says Jaime Simpson, director of the EFDA program and Dental Health Center at Manor. “Due to their support, Manor College’s Dental Health Center will be able to improve our outreach and service to the community providing quality care.” Manor College’s Dental Health Center aims to provide affordable, high-quality dental care to the public. Patients are seen by licensed dentists and faculty, well-trained professionals, as well as students working under the supervision of a dentist as part of the students’ EFDA Clinical  rotations. The Center has been servicing the local community for over 31 years, offering a wide range of affordable dental care options. New patients can receive a full consultation, clinical examination, and oral cancer screening for only $35, while the Student Hygiene Clinic offers hygiene services (cleaning, x-ray, exam and more) for a nominal fee of $20. The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is an independent, private organization focused on strengthening access to healthcare in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In order for an organization like Manor College Dental Center to be eligible for the grant, they need to have a mission that aligns with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, provide free or low-cost primary healthcare services to the underserved/uninsured, and must be a non-profit, privately-funded health center. To learn more about the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, visit www.ibxfoundation.org.

Spring New Student Orientation will be on January 11, 2019

Starting college or transferring to a new college is certainly a stressful time, full of questions and uncertainty, but don’t worry, your New Student Orientation team is here to make the transition both easy and fun.  Since we want you to come to your first day of classes confident, prepared, and relaxed, Manor offers New Student Orientation sessions for all new students prior to the start of the fall and spring semester each year. RSVP that YOU will attend Spring 2019 New Student Orientation! New Student Orientation in an on-campus event which provides you with important information on: student IDs and your ManorCard, Financial Aid, Student Portal and Email access, and tips on how to succeed in a Manor classroom. Plus, if you haven’t registered for classes yet, you can get the ones you need! Additionally, you will meet student leaders and college administrators who will help you navigate the world of college…plus, there’s free food and giveaways…every college student’s favorite thing! Check out the photo album from our 2018 New Student Orientation! Certain majors (Dental Hygiene, Veterinary Technology) will require that you attend special mini-Orientations designed specifically to provide information for that major.   Information about these mini-Orientations (if your major has one) will be sent to you from your Program Director.

St. Nicholas’ Feast Day: An Ukrainian Tradition Alive and Well at Manor College

Manor College will celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas this Thursday, December 6, 2018. The liturgy, conducted by Monsignor Peter D. Waslo, will begin at 12:15 pm at the Mother of Perpetual Help Hall Chapel, and St. Nicholas will start making his rounds around 1pm, bringing treats to classrooms and offices around campus. Celebrating the feast of Saint Nicholas has long been a tradition in Ukraine, where it is often called “the Magic Night.” Children wait for St. Nicholas to place a present beneath their pillows as they sleep. Chrystyna Prokopovych, curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Museum at Manor College, grew up in a Ukrainian-American household. Explains Prokopovych: “Waiting for St. Nicholas was the biggest thing as a child.” Unlike in America, Ukrainians make a clear distinction between St. Nicholas and Santa Claus, and St. Nicholas’ Feast Day is the traditional day of gifting in Ukrainian culture, rather than Christmas. But who is St. Nicholas? Born in  270 A.D., he became the Bishop of Myra, legendary for his kindness and for leaving secret gifts for those in need. He was also an important Christian theological figure when it came to affirming that God the Son and God the Father are the same being. As the patron saint of children, merchants, brewers and more, St. Nicholas’ legacy became more and more celebrated over the centuries. At Manor College, the St. Nicholas tradition is kept alive each year, with faculty, staff and students all looking forward to the festive event—and the opportunity to get a look at St. Nicholas as he makes his rounds. What makes Manor’s celebration unique? Monsignor Waslo explains that, due to its unique heritage, “Manor’s probably the only college in the country that takes part [in the feast of St. Nicholas]. The Sisters started it way back, and kept it going as a tradition.” And as a tip from the Campus Ministry: the special buzzword for the day is “Homoousios.” Figure out what it means and receive a gold coin from St. Nicholas!

Manor College Partners with Widener University Delaware Law School

JENKINTOWN – Manor College and Widener University Delaware Law School have entered an articulation agreement that will give Manor students the opportunity to earn an accelerated Bachelor’s Degree from Manor and a Juris Doctorate degree from Widener University Delaware Law School in a recently-announced 3 + 3 program. Additionally, the schools have agreed to a Guaranteed Admissions program for Manor College students completing a Bachelor’s degree, before being admitted to Delaware Law School. Under the agreement, Manor students will be admitted to Delaware Law after completing just three years of undergraduate study at Manor if they have completed 75% of their bachelor degree, earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher every semester at Manor, achieved an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of Delaware Law’s most recent entering class, satisfied all Delaware Law admissions requirements relating to character and fitness, and submitted a completed application by April 1 of the calendar year in which they intend to enroll. The program is intended to save students time and expense allowing for the completion of both degrees in six years instead of seven. “Thanks to a new agreement between Widener University’s Delaware Law School and Manor College, our students will have a ‘jump start’ into the field of law. What a great opportunity this early admission agreement provides for our students. Imagine this: our students do not have to wait four years before entering law school. Now, our students begin law school and complete their bachelor’s at the same time,” stated Dr. Calandra Lockhart, Vice President of Academic Affairs. Additionally, Delaware Law has agreed to award a minimum $20,000 merit scholarship to all Manor students accepted through the Guaranteed Admission or 3+3 program. This academic award can be renewed if the student maintains good academic standing. According to Dr. Diane Pevar, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Manor College, “The Manor College-Widener University Delaware Law 3+3 agreement will create a bridge between our two schools that will allow students a seamless and accelerated path to serving our community through the practice of law.” Delaware Law School Dean Rodney A. Smolla said he was pleased to see the two schools collaborate.  “The Delaware Law School is delighted to embark on this new partnership with Manor College.  This collaboration will strengthen both institutions and contribute to educational opportunities in both Delaware and Pennsylvania.”