Sisters of St. Basil Make Masks for Healthcare Workers during Pandemic

The Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great might be handling the COVID-19 quarantine better than most–they are monastics after all. Yet even their timeless regime of prayer and ministry was altered by the pandemic. Most of the Motherhouse at Fox Chase is much quieter than usual save for one room full of activity. There the Sisters engage in what has quickly become an essential craft: producing masks for healthcare workers. Sr. Teodora sits at a sewing machine where she turns rolls of fabric and lace into today’s hottest commodity. Beautiful abstract and floral prints take shape and in turn are neatly ironed and stacked by Sr. Olha. Now they are ready to ship, but rather than Amazon Prime customers these masks will be received by nearby Holy Redeemer Hospital. The project was a spontaneous initiative conceived during Holy Week but involves two much older elements of the Sisters’ identity. First, for the task of making masks, the Sisters draw from the rich tradition of sewing and embroidery handed down for generations in Ukraine and later throughout the diaspora. Second, their involvement in healthcare dates back to Basil of Caesarea himself, whose monastic foundation in fourth-century Asia Minor helped address the medical needs of the poor. Thus, it is fitting that today the Sisters of Saint Basil have combined the penchant for textile handiwork of Ukrainian culture with their Order’s dedication to the sick. The mission of the Sisters of Saint Basil is to bring about the praying, healing, and life-giving presence of Christ. Once social distancing made this difficult to do in person, they found another way, one responding directly to the needs of our time.

Manor College Playing Part to Help Community During COVID-19 Crisis

Manor College Offers Manny’s To-Go Service for Food Pantry Pick Up To Students In Need  The Manor College community has been playing its part to assist in providing help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The College’s campus is physically closed, but the spirit and devotion to the community is still very much present.  The Bird Feed, an on-campus food pantry that is utilized by students who face food insecurity, is still collecting donations and packing up food bags for students and families in need. While Manor’s buildings are physically closed, the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Allison Mootz, realized there was something that needed to be done to help those in the Manor community battling food insecurities. Manny’s-To-Go Service was quickly created, where students can safely pick up a bag of food on campus without risking being physically close together. Members of Security, who are considered essential personnel and are still on campus, are gathering the food for the students, making up the food bags from the Bird Feed and leaving it in the gazebo on campus for students to pick up, creating a no-contact delivery. “The Bird Feed has helped a number of students and their families during this time. Students in need of food may contact the Bird Feed and request a bag. Public Safety Officer, Fran Stevenson, has generously offered to pack the bags and leave them at the designated pick up point. Additionally, we are offered Easter Dinner Baskets to students who requested one. These bags included items for an Easter Dinner plus an Acme gift card,” says Dean Mootz. During these turbulent times, it has been amazing to see the Manor College community come together and provide resources to keep the Bird Feed stocked and running. An Amazon Wish List has been created so that members who want to show their support can and during this time of campus being online, the Bird Feed has received over $10,000 in donations from our generous community of donors.  The Dental Health Center and the Dental Hygiene Program recently donated masks, gloves and other supplies to Chestnut Hill Hospital and Einstein Medical Center, in response to the serious shortage that many hospitals and medical facilities are facing.  In addition, the Manor College community is currently working to create homemade masks for Holy Redeemer Hospital. Ginny Saunders, Dean of Allied Health and Director of the Dental Hygiene program added, “We are very fortunate to be in a position to lend a helping hand to our community medical personnel. These brave men and women risk their own health and lives every day while serving the needs of those who have been stricken with COVID-19. Please keep them and all victims of this pandemic in your prayers.”  Manor College has always been an advocate of helping the community and will continue to do so in safe ways, during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about COVID-19 and Manor College, please visit manor.edu/coronavirusinformation. 

COVID-19 Information

CARES Act Student Emergency Fund Disbursement Plan Updates Return to Campus Plan  April 3, 2020 Update – Spring 2020 Grading Policy March 19, 2020 Update March 18, 2020 Update March 12, 2020 Update March 11, 2020 Update  March 10, 2020 Update We do not own the rights to this song. Manor College is continuing to monitor the situation involving the outbreak of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Officials at the College are working to provide updated information to the community about the virus, including steps that can be done to prevent the virus from spreading. Health Services at Manor is here to help you if you have any questions or concerns. Please contact Jen Winters, Health Services Coordinator, at healthservices@manor.edu or 215-885-2360 ext. 2241. Christie Prince, Counselor, can be reached at cprince@manor.edu and 215-886-2360 ext. 2258 We encourage everyone to sign up for Emergency Alerts. Resources Department of Health Free WiFi Absentee Voting Pennsylvania State Police Community Awareness Bulletin  New Tax Rules for Giving Under Cares Manny’s To-Go Service Manor knows that some people may still struggle with obtaining food during this time. If you need food from our pantry, we can arrange a drop-off/pick up for you. Please email birdfeed@manor.edu and let us know a date and time that works for you. The food will be delivered to the gazebo that is on the right side of the driveway when you pull into campus. FAQs Current Students How can I stay updated and engaged during this time?  Continue to check your email and social media channels. We’ll be sending out updates and keeping you in the loop! The Office of Student Engagement will continue to host fun, interactive programming during this time. Follow @manorstudentlife on Instagram! What resources are available to me?  Christie Prince, Counselor, will be available for phone counseling sessions. She can be reached at cprince@manor.edu. Jen Winters, Director of Health Services, will be monitoring the healthservices@manor.edu email and will answer any questions you have. Campus Ministry is available for spiritual counseling and prayer requests at campusministry@manor.edu. Your professors and advisors are also available to answer any questions you have about your classes. How can I register for the summer and/or fall semesters? Email your advisor. He/she will help you get registered! What should I do regarding Financial Aid?  Submit your FAFSA to be considered for financial aid. How will this impact athletics at Manor?  The NJCAA has suspended all competitions beginning Saturday, March 14 through Friday, April 3, 2020. What is the status of refunds? The Office of Financial Aid has been working hard to get all funding reconciled and hopes to be finished by the end of this week (March 27).   Next week, the Business Office will go through every single account to get the student names and amounts together to start the refund process. For those who will receive a refund, please note that these refunds were for any overpayment of tuition that resulted due to the amount of funding and payments that were made for your account.  For our resident students who had to leave the residence hall earlier than expected, we will calculate your prorated refunds after the original semester’s check-out date, which will occur around May 4, 2020.  Once we receive the all-clear that you have successfully checked out, we will prorate your room and board refund and send it to you. Prospective Students  Can I still apply during this time?  Absolutely! Our Admissions team is still available to help you at any point in your admissions journey. The team is still reviewing applications remotely and will set up virtual meetings with you via Facetime, Google Hangout, etc.  To schedule a virtual meeting, email admissions@manor.edu. Haven’t applied yet? Head to manor.edu/apply to submit your application!  Also, don’t forget to submit your FAFSA by May 1, 2020, in order to be considered for the Pennsylvania state grant! Community What will happen if I had a procedure scheduled at the Dental Health Center?  At this time all routine general and orthodontic procedures at Manor’s DHC will need to be rescheduled until we can be physically and safely back on Manor’s campus. Please be patient as we navigate through this time of the unknown while complying with the government mandate for dental offices and schools.  For our patients of record, who are experiencing a dental emergency, please call and leave a message at 215-887-7617 or email dental@manor.edu and we will get back to you to triage your call as soon as possible. Job Board Are you looking for employment opportunities? We have a job board that includes many postings for employment opportunities in the area.  If you are an employer and would like to have a job posting added to our job board, please email careercenter@manor.edu.  Spreading Joy to the Sisters of Saint Basil View all the messages that members of the Manor community wrote for the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great! Activities Looking for something fun to do? We have some coloring sheets available featuring our mascot, Manny! You can download the sheets right here.

Getting to Know Robert Tucker, Player of the Year

It’s not every day that a Manor College athlete gets named “Player of the Year” – but this past month, we were proud of Men’s basketball team member, Robert Tucker, sophomore forward/center, who was recently named the 2019-2020 Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) Men’s Basketball Division II Player of the Year.  Tucker is the first Blue Jay Men’s Basketball player in Manor’s history to receive this title. Tucker has also recently been named the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Division II Player of the Week.  Men’s Basketball Coach, Dave Ellerbee, stated, “It is truly an honor to watch the maturation and growth that I have seen from Rob in his two semesters at Manor.  His hard work and dedication on the court and in the classroom have opened up a tremendous amount of opportunities and adulation.  I am so proud of him and his teammates. I know Rob will remain humble and continue to work hard towards accomplishing his goals.” We sat down with Tucker and got to know a little more about him.  What are you studying at Manor?  Sports Management.  What is your favorite class at Manor?  Right now, my favorite class is Legal Environment with Professor Drobile.  Why did you choose Manor College?  I played against Manor in one of my summer leagues. It seemed like a great place and after I took a tour here, I knew I wanted to go here.  What has been the best moment of your basketball career so far?  Our first game against Morris County Community College has been my best moment so far. They are one of our biggest rivals and we beat them and played a great game.  What is your favorite professional basketball team?  The 76’s are my favorite team, obviously!  Who is your favorite professional athlete?  Lebron James is my favorite professional athlete. I really admire his character and how he presents himself to the media.  What is your favorite thing to do outside of school and basketball?  I enjoy reading, watching tv and hanging out in my dorm. I’m currently into the shows All American and Riverdale.  How do you feel about winning Player of the Year?  I feel super excited about winning. Our whole team has worked so hard and this has given us a jolt of confidence. We all feel like MVPs.  Do you have a special game day ritual?  The only thing I do each time we have a game is to eat pineapple from Manny’s Market. I don’t know why, but I always have to have it!  If you could share a message with younger students what would it be?  I’d tell them to work hard and don’t be lazy.  Stay tuned for more exciting updates from the Men’s basketball team! Want more Blue Jays news?  Follow us on Twitter. 

Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Named 2020 REACH Chapter

The Xi Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Manor College has recently been named a 2020 REACH Chapter. PTK is the official Honor Society of two-year colleges and recognizes scholastic achievement, leadership and service. In order for students to be eligible for the chapter, students must be enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of coursework, and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The REACH program encourages membership by rewarding chapters who achieve or surpass 15 percent in their membership acceptance. Social Sciences Department Chair, Dr. Matthew Smalarz stated, “We are honored that Phi Theta Kappa awarded the Xi Chi Chapter with this important distinction. It’s a testament to our students’ relentless pursuit of academic excellence and unyielding efforts to earn their degrees from Manor College.”  Phi Theta Kappa member, Privish Sadaqat stated, “Phi Theta Kappa honor society has helped me to identify my true potential. I am honored to be a part of this prestigious intellectual community.” Manor College will also be receiving four Phi Theta Kappa graduation stoles that will be distributed during graduation. PTK has recognized 690 chapters for their efforts and hopes to have even more students join this year.