January News Highlights

Director of Counseling Certified to Teach Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Director of Counseling Christie Prince has completed the required Instructor Certification Program for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. As a result, Prince is certified to teach intervention techniques to the staff of Manor College. Nonviolent crisis intervention is an important asset for college campuses — with this training, staff are better prepared to deal with, manage, and prevent difficult behavior in a safe and proactive manner. As part of the program, participants learn how to use verbal and nonverbal de-escalation techniques, comply with legislation and create a culture of safety. Christie Prince will help to train Manor College faculty and staff in these techniques, and the school can continue to ensure that campus is a safe space for everyone. VP of Student Affairs Co-Chairs Conference This February Allison Mootz, Vice President of Student Affairs at Manor College, will be co-chairing the Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference (DVSAC) taking place on February 15, 2019 in Blue Bell, PA. DVSAC, now in its 45th year, is a local conference for student affairs professionals. Mootz will be co-chairing along with Laura Bickert-Ciarlello, the Associate Director for Internships at Jefferson. This is Mootz’s second time as co-chair. She has served as a volunteer member for over 10 years. Each year, the conference is attended by 150+ student affairs professionals, representing over 30 local colleges. DVSAC 2019 will cover topics like GRIT (as popularized by U Penn researcher Dr. Angela Duckworth), Title IX enforcement, Higher Ed productivity, and more in engaging workshops. To learn more, visit www.dvsac.com Professor of History Invited to Speak About Race Relations in Northeast Philadelphia Dr. Matthew Smalarz, professor of history at Manor College and chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences department, will be giving a speech to the Northeast Philadelphia History Network on February 6. In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Smalarz’s discussion topic is “Race Relations in Northeast Philadelphia, 1850-2000.” “I was invited by the Northeast Philadelphia History Network to deliver an address… because of my scholarly work on, and interest in, the history of race relations in Northeast Philadelphia and the city of Philadelphia,” said Smalarz. The meeting will take place on Feb. 6 at 7pm at historic Pennepack Baptist Church, 8732 Krewstown Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19115. For those interested in joining, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and stimulating conversation will follow the program. Learn more via the group’s Facebook page. Manor Alumni Association Voted in 6 New Directors-at-Large Like many higher-ed institutions, Manor College relies on the support of alumni to further its mission and remain connected to the alumni community. On January 9, 2019, the Manor College Alumni Association (MCAA) voted in 6 new directors-at-large during their quarterly meeting. The new directors are: Sam Fritz ‘11, Jackie Cole Wivel ‘10, Jamie Higgins ‘18, Ashley McDermott ‘18, Mike Ceranic ‘14, and Deb Turner ‘16. Find out more about getting involved in MCAA. Assistant Director to the Annual Fund Recognized by Industry Leader, Receives Competitive Scholarship Amanda Irwin, Manor’s Assistant Director to the Annual Fund, was recognized as a notable entry in The Annual Giving Network’s international awards program. Irwin received this recognition thanks to her work on Summer Giving Week, which was the most successful fiscal year-end solicitation in Manor College’s history. Irwin is also a recipient of the Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship from Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This scholarship award covers the registration fees for a CASE conference. “I am very thankful to be exposed to professional organizations such as The Annual Giving Network and CASE, and completely honored to have my work recognized,” said Irwin. “As I develop in my career, these organizations are especially helpful to me for gaining insight into best practices and for providing opportunities and ideas.” Vice President for Institutional Advancement Presented at Multiple Conferences Kimberly Hamm, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Manor College co-chaired the conference and presented at the CASE District 2 Venture Capital Conference on Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, “Moving Your Alumni Board to be Mission-Driven” in July 2018 at Rowan University. Hamm also presented at the Nonprofit Learning Lab’s summer conference with CCS Vice President, Chris Polito, “Connecting Online: Low-cost High-impact Ways to Support Your Solicitation Cycle Through Donor Communications” in August 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamm will be giving an updated version of this presentation at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Philadelphia Chapter 2019 Compass Conference in May 2019 at Temple University. In addition, Hamm presented at the Professional Referral Network’s March 2019 meeting, “Volunteering to Advance Your Career and the Community:  Tips for finding the right fit and making an impact.”

Founders’ Day 2019: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future

Founders’ Day at Manor College is a campus-wide tradition that brings together the Manor community to celebrate the school’s founders, the Sisters of St. Basil the Great. This year, the college celebrated Founders’ Day with an entire week of celebrations and special events honoring Manor’s culture of service and institutional history. “We are so pleased to bring together Manor’s history and heritage with our future,” said Kimberly Hamm, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “It was great to share these traditions with the sisters, our students, faculty, alumni and staff.” Here are some of the events that took place! Martin Luther King Day of Service Monday began with the MLK Day of Service. Volunteers worked with TTF Watershed Project to help build “pollinator hotels” for bees that would be placed around campus, or served with NORC, helping older residents in the local community live independently by taking care of harder-to-do yard and housework.  Tea With the Sisters Tea with the Sisters took place at the OSBM Motherhouse on Wednesday. Student leaders,faculty, and staff were invited to join the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great for an afternoon of tea and lively conversation.  Learning to Make Varenyky On Thursday, Residence Life invited everyone to some hands-on learning. Students and staff alike created Ukrainian Varenyky by hand (similar to pierogies). The results were delicious! Learn more about this experience through the Manor College blog.  Bird Feed Throughout the month leading up to Founders’ Week, non-perishable meals were being collected for the Bird Feed student food pantry with a goal of 150 meals. An incredible 273 meals were donated by the college community! Award Ceremony On Friday, the Founders’ Day Award Ceremony commenced. The Founders’ Day Address was given by PA Representative Benjamin V. Sanchez, Esq. The Educator of the Year Award went to Leslie Weinfeld in recognition of her outstanding commitment to educating students and fostering the spirit of lifelong learning. Several exceptional students were nominated for the Mother Josaphat Medal: Lynette Lark, Aviana Rios, William Rodebaugh, Nina Roller, and Brianna Taylor were brought to the stage as honorees. These students were seen by faculty and staff as exhibiting a responsible Manor College lifestyle, evidenced through reverence, respect, and service to the community. Will Rodenbaugh, a business major, was honored as the recipient of the Mother Josaphat medal. A Divine Liturgy in the stunning Holy Trinity Chapel, led by Father Peter Waslo, followed the ceremony. Founders’ Day Reception The Founders’ Day Reception on Friday night was an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and family to mingle, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and celebrate the continued legacy of Manor College. The library was transformed into an intimate setting with live music, numerous bite-sized delicacies, and elegant decor. Following this, an Alumni Reception took place. Alumni met to reconnect with old friends and teachers while enjoying the festive reception atmosphere with beer and wine. To view more photos from the various events, visit our Flickr page!

Manor College to Receive State-Funded “It’s On Us” Grant to Combat Sexual Assault

The “It’s on Us” campaign has recently announced that Manor College is one of 38 post-secondary institutions chosen to receive a state-funded grant to combat sexual assault on and off campus. Manor will receive $16,643 in state funding in order to prevent, address, and effectively respond to campus sexual assault. The college’s financial grant covers 100% of requested funding, ensuring that the school will be able to fully and proactively contribute to making the campus environment as safe as possible. The “It’s On Us PA” campaign was launched by Governor Tom Wolf in January 2016 in an effort to end sexual violence: “We must never tolerate sexual assault on our campuses or a culture that allows it,” said Wolf.  In the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s grant approval letter, the department noted that, “an estimated one in five college women and one in 20 college men” will be affected by sexual violence, the aftermath of which can affect the health and well-being of survivors, and can derail a student’s educational success. The campaign aims to provide educators and students the tools, knowledge and skills they need to prevent sexual harassment and assault. Manor College won’t just be working with current college students — the school will also be reaching out to the Jenkintown community, hosting “Real College Prep” events this spring targeted toward local high school juniors and their guardians. In this way, the school’s approach will be holistic, addressing the reality that sexual assault awareness needs to be discussed before students even set foot on campus. This program will help to better prepare current high schoolers for the world beyond graduation. “More resources can help extend our reach in educating both college and high school students,” said Vice President of Student Affairs, Allison Mootz. “The potential impact this will have on the local community was a key factor in us receiving the grant.” The proposed program — known as the Manor Assault Protection Program — will focus on five key areas: campus-wide training and certification, institution awareness, community knowledge, increased awareness of reporting and resources, and a campus climate survey. The grant ensures that employees will be familiarized with the responsibilities of campuses as mandated reporters under Title IX. As part of the campus-wide training, employees will gain fluency in discussing topics like consent, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence. The launch of a Campus Climate Survey will help the college further determine whether student needs are being met. This survey, conducted anonymously, will gauge not only how students perceive the college’s response to sexual assault, but also whether they themselves have experienced it (on or off campus). The Title IX Act has been a source of constant dialogue over the past several years, and the grant will provide the funding to train an additional Title IX Coordinator, bringing the school’s Title IX team to 6 members. Finally, the grant will help Manor College further educate students about existing resources. Manor College already offers free counseling services, for example, which can be a great resource for students.

Manor College Board Renews President Peri’s Contract Nearly A Year Ahead of Schedule

After more than three years of ambitious transformation at Manor College, its Board renewed President Jonathan Peri, Ph.D., J.D.’s contract nearly a year early.  When Peri arrived at Manor in late 2015, the college was facing financial challenges. Within seven months Peri led the college to a balanced budget, erased deficits, created significant excess revenues, and restructured debt by fiscal year end.  By fall 2017, and for the first time in about ten years, both enrollment and revenues increased. In fall 2018, Manor’s total student population skyrocketed, increasing by 125 students over the prior year.  Such an increase in the current marketplace of higher education is practically unheard of. Colleges in the region are facing decreasing and leveling-off college-going populations and tighter budgets.  There have even been reports of closures, but Manor is bucking the trend. Manor’s projections are for continued enrollment and revenue growth in 2018-2019 and beyond. It has become the best-priced private college in Pennsylvania, and is attracting new students. “Manor’s renaissance resulted because Dr. Peri refreshed the cultural commitment to our mission; he is authentic, and he took decisive strategic action,” said Manor’s Board Chairman, Dennis McGrath.  Chairman McGrath is right: During Peri’s first three years at Manor, the Marketing Office was restructured and a rebranding campaign was successfully launched, the Admissions Office obtained energized new leadership, the Advancement Office was given new directives and resources enhancing fundraising, and major facilities improvements have happened thanks to a “Transforming Spaces” campaign. “We know what the marketplace looks like in the region,” continued McGrath, “There are about a hundred colleges and universities in our backyard.  The competition for visionary higher education leadership is probably stronger here than in university-saturated New England. We renewed Dr. Peri a year early because his kind of talent gets recruited, and we were not going to let that happen.” During Peri’s first term, Manor was named a “Top 5” Associates degree granting college in Pennsylvania.  Without letting go of that, Peri has just led the college to become both an Associates and a Bachelor’s degree granting institution.  Since he led the process for another regional college to move to university status, he may have designs on a similar future for Manor College.  As it is, Manor was recently listed in the Chronicle of Higher Education for having the 16th highest paid faculty in the country for a private Associates college.  So attracting and retaining talented faculty members is clearly on his mind. “Right now we’re working with our Board of Trustees and our entire campus community on our next vision statement as a lead-in to our next strategic plan ‘2021 and Beyond.’  Contract renewal a year early is a welcomed way to ensure consistency in that process,” said Peri. “Having a really wonderful Board, Chairman and a community who are deeply committed to our Basilian mission and our students makes every bit of difference. I feel so blessed to be at Manor.” Since Peri’s been in office, Manor was named the among safest colleges in Pennsylvania, several times.  The college’s commitment to its Ukrainian heritage has grown, along with its commitment to campus-wide diversity.  The college is recognized for its 10:1 student teacher ratio, its higher than national average salary-after-graduation rate, and its student surveys show significantly higher satisfaction year over year.  

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Awards $30,000 in Scholarships to Manor College Students

Manor College has been awarded $30,000 in scholarship monies for the 2018-2019 academic year by The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust, a private foundation established by William Wikoff Smith in 1977. This is the third year that Manor has received this grant; the College was one of the first associate’s degree institutions to receive this funding and was grateful that it was continued as bachelor’s programs were added.  Eligible students for the W.W. Smith Scholarship are full-time undergraduate students in a degree-granting course of study. and must be permanent residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, or the city of Camden in New Jersey. Students must be in good academic standings with a grade point average of 2.5 or better, and who have unmet financial need. Five students were chosen as beneficiaries this year, per W.W. Smith’s criteria, and were able to meet with a representative of the Trust this fall to offer academic updates and to express their appreciation for their scholarships. “It’s a great honor to have the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust as a partner for student scholarship at Manor College,” states Kimberly Hamm, Director of Institutional Advancement. “The Trust’s commitment to bettering our community by providing basic needs, medical care, and education fits with Manor’s Basilian traditions of education, hospitality, and service to others.” Cody Bane is a sophomore veterinary technology major and this is his second year receiving the grant. He is an Abington Township resident. He says, “Four years ago, my single mother passed away from breast cancer and I began to live with my brothers as we each had to support ourselves financially. This scholarship relieves so much stress and greatly eases a financial burden.” Montgomery County resident Andrea Schuitema is also a sophomore veterinary technology major receiving this grant for the second time. She has loved animals throughout her life, finding that they helped relieve her anxiety as she matured. As a second year recipient of the scholarship, Schuitema was able to explore new opportunities over the past summer She plans to work in a veterinary hospital and possibly as a zoo vet tech. Stacey Ramirez is a freshman dental hygiene major, receiving the award for the first time. She resides in Montgomery County. She states, “The scholarship will not only help me in terms of my financial need, but has also led me to believe in myself more than I have ever.” Maleek View is a freshman accounting major and Philadelphia resident. This is his first year receiving this grant, and he was thankful that his and his family’s financial burden was lessened through the generosity of the Trust: “This scholarship has lightened the load that we have to pay.” Ameeka Washington is a freshman veterinary technology major. She is a resident of Philadelphia and is a first year recipient of the grant. Her end-goal is to become of veterinarian. She states, “This is just the first step of a long and very expensive journey, and I am so thankful for this boost. I am doing by best to excel in all of my courses.” Manor College, along with our W.W. Smith Scholarship recipients would like to thank the Trustees of the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust for bestowing this scholarship to the Manor College community. Manor College continually works to make our tuition more affordable to our students and this scholarship has made a significant impact.