On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 the Manor College Alumni Association elected a new executive board at its regular business meeting. Those in attendance also officially adopted Alumni Association bylaws, effective immediately, formalizing the organization which began less than two years ago as a conversation between a Manor alumnus and the newly-arrived Manor College president, Jonathan Peri. Alumni Association president, Brendan Gillespie (BSL ’11), started that conversation with President Peri following graduation in May 2016 and began the work to recruit other alumni to join the alumni association effort. “The purpose of the Manor College Alumni Association is to connect alumni back to Manor College so we can support fellow alumni, faculty, and students as we all pursue professional success and community service. It’s great to see that more alumni are giving back by attending our meetings and events, donating to fundraising initiatives, and stepping up to leadership positions within our ranks. We’re all looking forward to seeing Manor alumni at our upcoming activities.” Gillespie graduated from Manor College with an associate’s degree in accounting before continuing on to Saint Joseph’s University. He now works as a Pre-sales Solution Engineer at SAP. His term runs through June 2020. Vice President, Beverly Bisaccia (AH ’03) and Secretary, Mary Jo Bell (BSL ’15), have also been active participants since the start of the Alumni Association. Bisaccia is an Instructor and Education Coordinator at Manor College for the Veterinary Nursing programs, having returned to teach at Manor 10 years ago after starting her career in veterinary technology. Bisaccia is currently working towards a master’s degree at Villanova University. Her term will end June 2019. Bell, received her Paralegal Certificate from Manor College before continuing her studies at Temple University and works in the legal field. Bell’s term will end in June 2020. Treasurer, Trevor O’Neill (BSL ’13) graduated from Manor College with a degree in accounting. O’Neill spent time working in the accounting field before returning to school at La Salle University, where he is currently studying. According to O’Neill, it took him returning to school to really appreciate where he came from. Now he is looking to contribute and better serve the Alumni community at Manor College. O’Neill’s term will end in June 2019. Manor College president, Jonathan Peri, is elated to see the progress the alumni association has made. “We are thrilled to see our Manor alumni making positive connections and contributions on our campus and in our community. We can’t wait to see what’s next as they step into a new year with a new executive board.” The newly appointed executive board positions are effective immediately. Looking to get involved with the Manor College Alumni Association? Visit our website for more information on events, volunteer opportunities and more!
“I was in community college and it wasn’t working.” Selicia Tucker, a first-generation college student, graduated from Manor College in 2010 with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and acquired a Master’s in Organizational Leadership Management from Peirce College in 2017. When she first enrolled in college, she attended a community college and soon realized, “it wasn’t the fit that I needed”. When she transferred to Manor College, Manor offered smaller class sizes and more professor interaction than community college. She described Manor’s professors as, “really encouraging and really supportive”. Manor gave her hope, strength, and tenacity which prepared her for success at Peirce and in life. As a first-generation college student, not only did Selicia overcome the odds by enrolling and graduating with an undergraduate degree, but she also earned a master’s degree. Her advice to current students is, “don’t give up!”In her free time, she likes to read, exercise, and volunteer at soup kitchens.
A development leader with experience fundraising for Temple’s Fox School of Business, Kim Hamm is poised and ready to blaze a trail at Manor College. Manor College announced today that after a yearlong national search, its next Director of Development is Kimberly Hamm. Hamm is currently the Associate Director of Development & Alumni Relations for Temple University’s Fox School of Business overseeing select advancement staff, activities and initiatives for more than 65,000 members of Fox’s alumni and benefactor community. In her first two years at Fox, she increased alumni engagement by more than 100%. She was also leading a $2M annual fund effort on behalf of the Fox School of Business. The move is a keen one for Hamm, who lands herself in a world of opportunity at Manor College. Manor’s new president, Jonathan Peri, has been in office for just 18 months, and in that time the college has been keeping up a break-back pace – renovating old facilities into new, rebranding its logos, launching a new website, improving the organization of its structure and operations, and creating new opportunities and innovative programs for students such as fully online courses in healthcare administration, liberal arts, and business administration. Indeed, Manor College is making such incredible progress that it recently announced its vision of academic offerings beyond its current two year associate’s degrees, to also offer bachelor’s degrees. It expects to more formally announce specific bachelor’s programs once all approvals are in place; a project President Peri and the college community have been working on ambitiously. For Hamm, moving to Manor College means moving to a smaller institution; an institution that has quickly become mighty. Because Manor is smaller, it is able to offer its students a 10:1 student teacher ratio, which allows its faculty to serve as mentors to students which enhances the student experience and positions them for great opportunities in life. This is confirmed when looking at Manor’s numbers. In comparison to their peers, Manor’s graduation rate and average salary after graduation are both higher than national average. Manor also attracts top talent like Hamm because it recently was named the Top Five Best Two Year Colleges in Pennsylvania by LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information. Manor is the best priced-private Catholic college in Pennsylvania and has been recognized as the safest college in Pennsylvania. Manor’s President, Jonathan Peri said, “Kim was worth the wait. We may be seen as moving at lightning speed, and in more than a few cases we are, but we’re also being very strategic. We really wanted someone with the right skills, ability to create, and the right ‘can-do’ attitude. Development leaders need to approach their position with a strong vision for the office’s direction, poise, and the eye of the tiger. Kim has that.” Before working at Temple’s Fox School of Business, Hamm served in development roles at the National Kidney Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, and started her career in sales at Elsevier. Hamm earned a B.A. from Drexel University and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from Temple. She is also conversational in five languages.
Brendan Gillespie ’11 Alumni Association Board Chair Brendan Gillespie is the Chairperson of Manor’s newly reformed Alumni Association and graduated as the Valedictorian from the Class of 2011 with an Associate of Science degree in Accounting. Upon graduation from Manor, Brendan transferred to Saint Joseph’s University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 2013. After graduating from St. Joe’s, Brendan spent two years working as an SAP Software Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving clients across the globe. Today, Brendan works for SAP America, the world’s largest maker of business software, as a Pre-sales Solution Engineer. In this role, Brendan works with businesses to uncover opportunities for innovation and delivers demonstrations of the business value that SAP solutions provide. Brendan notes, “I strongly believe that Manor got me to where I am today because Manor formed the foundation of confidence, professionalism, and academic success. This is why I think it is so important to give back to Manor, and I hope my fellow Manor Alumni who have their own great stories will join me.” Give back to Manor like Brendan and become a Blue Jay Donor by clicking here