Last week, Dental Hygiene students participated in a statewide “Informative Poster” competition at the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists Association annual Keystone Dental Health Conference. There were 44 student poster presentations, and monetary awards were presented to the top 10 teams. Two Manor students, Amy Deng and Duongchanthra Bopa, came in 7th place for their presentation entitled: “Could There Be a Correlation Between Alzheimer’s and P. Gingivalis?” All of the Dental Hygiene students also participated in special student events that the Association sponsored on Saturday. The conference was a great opportunity to network with students from other PA schools, and served as a nice introduction to dental hygiene‘s professional association.
April 19, 2018. The date tumbles from her lips effortlessly, without the need for examination or confirmation. She even knows the exact time: 3:00 pm. It’s her favorite date and her favorite memory. It is the day she, her mother, and her siblings were reunited with her father after four long years apart. “I was thrilled to see my dad after four years and tears of joy were in my eyes,” she remembers. “It was a celebration.” Privish Sadaqat is a current Manor student, finishing her first year of studies as a pre-science major. Within that short time, she has distinguished herself as an excellent student, both with her GPA and her appreciated presence in the classroom. “She’s a dream to have in class,” states Dr. Julie Senecoff. “Intelligent, modest, humble, outstanding, and respectful. She is intuitive and insightful. For Privish, simply knowing the answer to our questions in class isn’t enough. She wants to understand the intricacies of the why.” Door to Door Privish was born in Toba Tek Singh in the country of Pakistan in the province of Punjab, located in the central east side of the country. She is the oldest of four children, three girls and one boy. Her parents were social workers and Christians. Her formal education began when a small American nun knocked on her family’s door one day, looking for students for her school, the Convent of Jesus and Mary School. Sister Mary, known as Sister Mariam in Privish’s village, was reaching out to Christian families in the area to educate as part of her ministry. Privish was four. Initially, people in the village were afraid of Sister Mariam. There was little exposure to Catholics (Christianity is a minority religion in Pakistan), to Sisters, and to white people (her habit and grey eyes were unusual). Privish remembers being afraid. Laughing, she recalls: “When she came to house, I hid behind my mother because I was scared to see a different skin color—this is funny to me now!” The school was open to all village families and faiths, but Sister Mariam prioritized reaching out not only to Christian families but also to girls in the village, who had less opportunity for education than the boys. Privish was one of the foundational students to attend—the third admitted student—and she attended from kindergarten through tenth grade. “We struggled a lot in the early years. We faced so much persecution; our school even got stoned once. The Sisters were forced to close the school and move to another location.” The location of the school was changed a total of three times, for the safety of the students. Police response to persecutory incidents, at first, was slow. Yet, the Sisters and the families who attended Convent of Jesus and Mary School persisted. Perhaps this is why Privish identifies Job as her favorite book in the Bible. She identifies, she says, with struggle and coming out of struggle through consistency in belief and faith. Despite these tribulations, Privish notes that the opportunity that Sister Mariam brought was great and the families that sent their children did so for a superior education and better future. This willingness to take an educational risk for future benefits made for an open-minded and progressive atmosphere. An added bonus of attending Convent of Jesus and Mary School was exposure to English language and lessons that were more effective than even the larger, exclusive metropolitan schools. This proved fortuitous for the Sadaqat family, as eventually Privish’s father had to leave their village, alone, for his own safety. When the family was able to reunite in America, the language barrier was a minor issue. “Convent of Jesus and Mary School was a blessing for me and my town. What and where I am right now is due to that school and Sister Mariam.” Freedom & Opportunity Privish beams when she speaks of America and her family’s liberty in the United States. The differences between Pakistan and the U.S. are myriad and she lists them easily from climate and cuisine to clothing and family dynamics. What she returns to, though, time and time again, are the sovereignty and lack of constraint she feels as a woman. The first time she really felt the power of this freedom came in a simple moment: she was walking down the street, without a shawl, and no one looked at her because if it. “Living in Pakistan was definitely not comfortable, especially for women. There were not opportunities like education and other rights. There was no freedom to speak, even in clothing and where to go,” states Sadaqat. “[America] is a place where we can get freedom, independence, and a lot of educational opportunities. There is so much acceptance. America gives me my own dignity and gives me the confidence to fulfill my educational goals and empower me as a female.” Privish’s sister was actually the spark that set off her passion for Manor. She was helping Privish look for schools and found a small, Catholic college in Jenkintown—not far from their new-found home in Northeast Philadelphia. It seemed the perfect and providential fit. She applied and was accepted. And despite starting the semester just a bit late, she immediately started to thrive. Professor Julie Senecoff, PhD, remembered being a bit worried that Privish might have difficulty catching up, but soon realized that Privish’s determination and intellect would overcome those concerns. Christine Cortese, a chemistry instructor, shared these initial apprehensions. Cortese recalled: “When I first met Privish, I knew absolutely nothing about her. She was on my Chem 1 roster but missed the first class of the semester and arrived late to the second class. Her English was as clear as a bell and she came across as confident. I never would have guessed she had not grown up here… At the first test, she handed her completed test to me and said with a big smile on her face and a pause between each word, ‘My. first. American. test. ever.’ Read more >
Meet the 2017 Mother Josaphat Medal Finalists! During the weeks leading up to the 14th Annual Founder’s Day, faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate outstanding students for the Mother St. Josaphat Medal. Nominees are students who demonstrate strength of character, a willingness to serve others and a generosity of spirit. This year, a total of 15 students were nominated and five students were selected to become finalists for this prestigious medal. The five finalists are: Sophomore Early Childhood Education major, Kaitlyn Donaghy; Sophomore Liberal Arts major, Thomas Hipwell; Sophomore Liberal Arts major, Anamata Hashmi; Sophomore Information Technology major, ChangIn (Steve) Han and Sophomore Liberal Arts major, Kuante Sargent. These students are ones who exemplify traits of a responsible lifestyle evidenced through reverence, respect and service to the community. On Friday, January 27, as the college celebrated Founder’s Day, Thomas Hipwell was named the winner and recipient of the Mother St. Josaphat Award while his fellow nominees were also honored during the 14th Annual Founder’s Day program. Hipwell, a sophomore liberal arts major from Cheltenham, P.A. is the Manor College men’s soccer goalkeeper and team captain. Hipwell is the first men’s soccer player in Manor history to win the Mother St. Josaphat Medal! Hipwell also spends his time as a student ambassador and co-president of the Rotaract Club, where his volunteer work extends from Manor out into the community. His work in the Rotaract Club has included spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts, as well as volunteering at the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC). “As a Junior College, I knew that Manor would allow me to explore different career interests for a smaller price than a four-year school,” he said. “The Mother Josaphat Medal nomination means that the time I’ve invested at Manor has truly been appreciated. This nomination confirms that my time and effort have not gone unnoticed and surely encourages future volunteer service and leadership.” Hipwell feels that his strength of character is evident through his consistent work ethic and perseverance in the classroom and on the soccer field. Hipwell would like to give special thanks to his coaches, John Dempster, Mike Merritt and Richard Patton, whom he had the pleasure to learn from for two soccer seasons. He would also like to thank his advisor, Norma Hall, who introduced him to volunteer opportunities in Rotaract. After Manor, Hipwell plans to transfer and earn his Bachelor’s in business administration. Kaitlyn Donaghy is a sophomore Philadelphia native at Manor in the Early Childhood Education program, studying to become a teacher. On campus, she is involved as a Manor ambassador and the president of Student Senate. She is also involved in many activities off campus. Donaghy works for the Laurel House, which is a nonprofit organization that aids women who suffer from domestic violence and sexual assault. She also volunteers at the Children’s Health Center of VNA Community Services, Inc., provides in-home childcare and works a regular schedule at an after school CARES program. “When I changed majors, I knew Manor was the place I wanted to stay because it had become like my second home,” Donaghy said. “At Manor, I feel like part of a family and not just a number.” Donaghy feels honored that she was nominated for the Mother St. Josaphat Award. “I am honored that I was nominated and feel very proud to be a finalist. The Mother Josaphat Medal is a distinguished award to receive,” she said. “My mother has always inspired me to a better person. Without my Mom, I would not be the young woman I am today.” After Manor, Donaghy plans to transfer to a four-year college and finish her degree to become a certified Pre-K through 4th grade teacher. Sophomore Anamata Hashmi is a Liberal Arts major at Manor. On campus, she is involved with the Rotaract Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a Manor Ambassador. She is also a work study student working in the Assistant Vice President’s office and as a peer tutor. “My sisters and I were born in the United States, while my parents left all of their loved ones back in Pakistan to give me a better education and a better life,” Hashmi said. Hashmi has been involved in several community service opportunities, such as helping pack and deliver food for Thanksgiving to those in need, raising money for the Ukrainian Service Project, helping out with the NORC Service Project and volunteering at a daycare center during the summer. One of my favorite parts of being a Manor student is the fact that I have been given a huge opportunity to be a leader and to find out who I truly am,” Hashmi said. “The environment is full of people who are enthusiastic to help one another, even if they are busy.” After Manor, Hashmi plans to go to a four-year college and major in Biology to get her Bachelor’s in science. She later wants to go on to a veterinarian school, and throughout the journey continue to do as much community service as possible. ChangIn Han, known here at Manor better as “Steve,” is a sophomore international student studying information technology. He is from South Korea, and he is the in the Student Senate and is Vice President of the Multi-Cultural Club. “I really thank Manor for providing me a great chance to learn at an advanced level. When I applied, I was the only Korean student at that time,” Han said. “I thought, there are no Korean students, so I can only speak and write English. It is good for me.” When he received his letter saying he was a finalist for the award, Han said he didn’t believe it. “I just seemed to be enjoying school life with my friends–talking with them, laughing together and always respecting the staff and instructors here,” he said. “I am glad to hear that my normal actions and speech can help others.” Han is considering more service activities and hopes to participate in them in Read more >