Study Cites Manor College’s Positive Economic Impact in PA

Manor College has contributed $20.4 million and 291 jobs to Pennsylvania in 2018, according to the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) in a report released this month. Additionally, the study calculated tax revenues, including sales, property, personal, and corporate income taxes for Manor College at $960,000 in the same year. In “The Economic Impact of AICUP Schools: Independent, Nonprofit Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania,” the Association, which represents more than 90 colleges and universities across the Commonwealth, calculated the contribution its member schools have made state-wise, as well as regionally and individually. The report details the overall monetary economic impact, the numbers of jobs supported and sustained, and the state and local tax revenue that can be attributed to AICUP schools. Additionally, it details the wages and salaries paid, federal research awards, and charitable giving and volunteerism impact that these schools have.  “We are delighted to be such a significant part of the Commonwealth’s and our local economy,” said Dr. Jonathan Peri, President of Manor College. “Our core mission is educating the workforce of today and the leaders of tomorrow.  This kind of investment in our home community evidences our commitment.” Overall, Pennsylvania independent colleges and universities contribute $24 billion to the economy, while sustaining nearly 200,000 jobs. In the press release detailing its findings, Tom Foley, President of AICUP noted, “AICUP schools graduate 75,000+ students a year. They educate more than half of all college students in the state; graduate more than 50% of the minority students seeking a 4-year degree in Pennsylvania; and serve more than 40% of all the students who qualify for PHEAA and Pell need-based grants. These AICUP schools truly serve publicly, though they are largely funded privately.” The study was conducted by Parker Philips, Inc, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in economic impact analysis.

Manor Holds First Ever Art Show at Basilian Spirituality Center

Manor College held its first ever Art Show on Oct. 24. The event, which was hosted by the Basilian Spirituality Center and organized by Student Engagement, featured submitted artwork from students, staff and faculty that followed the theme, “You Belong Here.” Submissions included paintings, photographs, a book, digital art, textiles, and more. “My vision for the Basilian Spirituality Center is that it be a hub of student activity for both Manor College and Saint Basil Academy. My predecessor, Sr. Johanna Gedaka, SSJ, had already installed a museum-type hanging system for paintings and prints. After looking at this for a while I thought a student art show would be a great way to welcome Manor Students to the Center as well as to showcase their creativity,” explained Sean McLaughlin, Director of the Basilian Spirituality Center. Ashley Hillegas, Manor’s Director of Student Engagement, helped arrange the event and collect the artwork. “Sean and I decide the theme of the art show would be Manor College’s slogan ‘You Belong Here’ to encompass the essence of what it truly means to be at Manor through art work. Over 50 people attended the opening reception of the art show,” said Hillegas. The artwork was displayed for onlookers, and snacks and drinks were provided. Over 50 attendees came to the event, and several artists were present to talk about their work. More photos can be viewed on our Flickr album

Baba Babee Skazala Screening at Manor Sheds Light on Ukrainian History

Baba Babee Skazala (Grandmother Told Grandmother) was screened to a full house on Wednesday night in the Manor Basileiad Library. Told from the first-hand perspective of those who lived through it, Baba Babee Skazala follows the story of Ukrainian families caught in the throes of World War II. The documentary featured additional historical commentary from Rutgers University professor Dr. Alexander Motyl, a renowned expert in the field. The documentary was the culmination of over 30 oral history interviews with survivors, and began with an overview of the oppressive Soviet occupation that left thousands dead, and many more displaced.  By the time the German occupation began, those in Western Ukraine were hopeful – Germany had a reputation for being the most cultured country in Europe. But this was Nazi Germany. Treated as untermensch, or subhuman, Ukrainians were seen as a source of free labor and food for the German nation. Several interviewees described slave-like conditions they were forced to undergo as children caught up in the conflict. The upheaval and death that accompanied the war led many Ukrainians to migrate westward. After the war’s end, many were relocated to Displaced Person camps. Interviewed survivors remembered the DP Camps as their first experience of happiness, safety, and culture after years of trying to escape war zones. Food was simple but accessible, and Ukrainians began to organize cultural bonding events throughout the camps. In the Q and A session that followed, director Matej Silecky explained how the skills and culture shared at the DP camps contributed to the Ukrainian diaspora today: “I think that in a very inspiring way, it was a chance where the Ukrainians were able to learn from history, and I think that’s something that comes full circle; history not just repeating itself – in this case, it’s history used as a source of learning, and that’s where the DP camps come in.” Silecky further explained that his interest in producing the film stemmed from the stories his grandmother had told him as a child. The documentary was a way to further contextualize the stories he had heard, through both interviews and previously unseen archival materials. Both Silecky’s mother and grandmother were present in the audience. Eventually, many Ukrainians such as Silecky’s family emigrated further, opting to re-settle in South American countries, Canada, America, and beyond. The Ukrainians who came to America used the stories, songs, and dances they grew up with to help keep Ukraine culture alive, an ocean away. Learn more about Baba Babee Skazala To view more photos of the event, see our Flickr album

Two New Manor Board of Trustee Members Appointed for 2019

Manor College is pleased to announce that it has added two new Board of Trustee members in 2019: Eugene A. Luciw, JD, and James E. Nevels, JD.  “We are blessed by these two exemplary community leaders,” said Manor’s President, Jonathan Peri, PhD, JD.  “Gene’s involvement in national and global Ukrainian culture and advocacy are a perfect fit with Manor’s institutional history, and Jim’s business acumen, corporate success, and nonprofit leadership serves as exemplar for our students.  Most of all, Jim and Gene are authentic, sincere men who care about our world and are thoughtful about the future of our students.” Attorney Eugene A. Luciw, JD, longtime friend and benefactor of Manor College, agreed to join the Board of Directors as of January 2019, after serving on its Ukrainian Community Committee since its inception in 2016. Mr. Luciw is a well-known member of the Pennsylvania Ukrainian-American community, working with the Providence Association of Ukrainian Catholics in America. He is chairman and president of the board of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America – Philadelphia (Delaware Valley) Branch and serves on the boards of Ukrainian American Sport Center Tryzub, as well as many other organizations lucky enough to have a relationship with him. Regarding his service to Manor, Luciw has previously stated that “Manor College is a beacon, a guiding light, in our Ukrainian American community. As the only Ukrainian [founded] school of higher education in America, it abley serves the mission of gathering, digesting, and disseminating the truth about Ukrainian history, culture, language, arts, and current events. It is building relationships with colleges and universities in Ukraine, from which all of the involved institutions, professors, and students will prosper. Manor College knows the strength of Ukrainian culture and traditions and is enriching itself by ambitiously developing it as an invaluable resource for its growth and development.” Luciw earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BA from St. Joseph’s University. He is admitted to practice in all of the federal and state courts of Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court This summer, James E. Nevels, JD, founder and chairman of The Swarthmore Group, also joined the Board of Trustees.  In 2016, Mr. Nevels was Manor’s Commencement Orator. He has been a friend of the college since Dr. Peri took office as President in 2015.  Mr. Nevels and his wife Dr. Lourene Nevels are benefactors of the college. Mr. Nevels has more than forty years of experience in the securities and investment industry and is a member of The Swarthmore Group’s Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of three public companies including Alcoa Corporation and WestRock. In his many years of service to our community, Mr. Nevels was appointed by President G. W. Bush to the Advisory Committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and served a three year term, 2004-2007 (and as Chairman from 2005-2007). Mr. Nevels also served as Chairman (2009-2015) and Lead Independent Director (2015-2017) of The Hershey Company, board member of the Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School, and chair and member of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, to highlight just a few among his many leadership commitments. James E. Nevels holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an MBA from The Wharton School, and an AB degree from Bucknell University.

Congresswoman Dean and Myroslava Gongadze Present to Full House at Fall Ukrainian Dialogue

The Ukrainian Dialogue hosted by Manor College on Oct. 11 proved especially timely thanks to recent political developments. U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, member of the Ukrainian Caucus, and Myroslava Gongadze, Chief of the Ukrainian Service at Voice of America, spoke to a full house, with Manor College president, Dr. Jon Peri, serving as moderator. The Dialogue topic was “Emerging Women in Politics in, of, and for Ukraine,” and both Dean and Gongadze relied on their extensive knowledge in the field to inform the conversation. Gongadze opened the discussion by explaining how women can end up in politics: “sometimes it takes a tragic life experience and a lot of courage to find one’s voice.” Gongadze’s husband, a journalist who uncovered Ukrainian government corruption, was murdered in 2000, an event that propelled her into the spotlight. “I made the decision to speak up,” she said, and she used her knowledge to raise awareness about corruption and fraud. Her fight for justice was one of several precipitators off the Orange Revolution in 2004.  In her current role at Voice of America, Gongadze advocates for a basic, yet often ignored indicator of parity: equal representation. She tells her reporters that every story needs 50/50 representation of men and women  – “there’s more than enough women,” she said, “qualified to talk about any subject. But sometimes reporters need that extra push to reach out to them. “I think as women we have to support each other,” she said. Rep. Madeleine Dean opened by mentioning her children and grandchildren. “Motherhood is a lens through which I shape my work,” she said. She discussed the importance of diversity in government, and how this is related to women specifically. “When you put women at the table, it changes the conversation.” She noted that gender equality is now enshrined in the Ukrainian Constitution, something that “we struggle with here in the U.S.”  Not surprisingly, the conversation shifted to President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy – a recent hot topic issue. Gongadze brought the conversation back to representation, highlighting the issue of perspective:    “[When it comes to this controversy] Ukrainian voices are not there. Everyone is talking about Ukraine, except Ukrainians. We don’t have an Ukrainian ambassador in Washington. I understand the [Ukrainian] government, they do not want to be involved in American politics… at the same time, I think it would be very effective to have Ukrainian voices in American media.” Another problem, she said, is that American journalists frequently cover Ukrainian topics from abroad. “You want to cover Ukraine? Go to Ukraine. Don’t cover Ukraine from Washington or Moscow,” explained Gongadze. Rep. Dean noted that healthy diplomatic, relations between the allied countries are valuable and necessary for maintaining democracy: “Our president uses relationships with foreign leaders for personal gain, for political gain, as a transactional method, instead of recognizing our friends and how can we lift up your country, your democracy, your sovereignty as we grow our own.”  After Dean and Gongadze presented, moderator Dr. Jon Peri fielded questions from the audience. In response to a question about which Ukrainian women in power the audience should be taking note of, Gongadze explained that sometimes, the best way to lift women up is to notice when they are reaching. “Look around and support those who have not yet revealed their strengths,” she advised.   View more photos from this event in our Flickr album