Ukrainian Dialogue Series – Most Successful Dialogue Yet

“The strength of Ukraine lies in the new generation, and we look to the future,” said former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine, Roman Popadiuk, who moderated the latest Manor College Ukrainian Dialogue Series last month. This was the tenth program in the series presented by the Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union, and it was its most successful. More than 250 signed up for the program and there was an audience of nearly 150 tuning in online.  “An entire generation of new Ukrainian officers rose to the occasion of new offensives against aggression, and they defended their country with great initiative,” says Dr. Phil Karber, President of the Potomac Foundation who conducted more than two dozen visits to combat zones in the Ukraine. He detailed a recent campaign that placed Ukraine in the heart of a battle well fought by the new generation of army soldiers. He told accounts of fighting that went on for a long time which included one of the longest brigades in military history.  U.S. General (Ret.) Clark presented during the dialogue and said, “Ukraine is one of the fundamental issues today. Right now, tonight in Ukraine, the Russian and separatists forces have been mobilized. It’s a threat, and there are countries playing an ambivalent role. On the political side, President Zelenskyy is trying to bring diplomacy and unity, so his administration is complicated and pulling in many different directions. I believe time is on the President’s side and Ukrainine people. U.S. President Joe Biden understands the position of Ukraine in the west. We need to support Ukrainie and strengthen their democratic process.” General Havrylov, former Defense Attache of Ukraine also spoke. “In February 2014, the Ukrainian people woke up with most of its leaders gone. People from all sides moved to protect the county. There was one business professional I know who was a successful in his city, but when he saw the events of February 2014, he decided to volunteer and support. They didn’t realize our resolve. We need to be owners of our destiny. The contribution of our European and U.S. partners is crucial.”  Ayla Bakkalli, Executive Member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, asid,  We understand the lay of the Ukrainian land. To understand the occupation of Crimeia, we only need to look at the lay of the land. The peninsula is one of the most critical positions surrounded by water, and it is in the middle of the EU nations. The post-soviet fault line runs through Ukrainie and lands in Crimea. There are human rights issues to the occupation. As Crimea becomes more isolated, outsiders think it’s quiet but it is not. It is in fact filled with the fear, disappearances, murders that are the reality. Freedom of thought, conscious religion is all disruptive.  Bakkalli remembers meeting former U.S. President George W Bush. “I mentioned I was a Crimean Tatar… and that we were developing into a democracy. One of his comments he made to me has stayed with me. He asked rhetorically, ‘Where is the heartland of Russia?’ What I wanted to answer is, “The heartland of Russia is not Ukraine.” Karber reminded the audience that sanctions are not uniform–some work on individuals, some companies, so there isn’t a unified approach. When there is not uniformity, there is no depth to the sanctions. We’ve tried sanctions, but we’ve tried them and there is no evidence that it worked. It’s time we wake up and realize Russia is using military instruments as it’s currency of power. The real challenge is the Ukraine air force, which needs to be modernized. That won’t happen without external help.” The Ukrainian Dialogue Series was made possible by the support of the Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union headquartered in Feasterville, PA. “For more than half of the attendees, this was their first program they attended,” says Dr. Jonathan Peri, President of Manor College. “We are hoping to expand our outreach with this event and bring it across the globe to bring its many critical issues to light.”

Manor College Announces Return to Campus for Fall

Manor College is delighted to announce that it plans to fully re-open its campus with in-person, on-campus learning for the fall 2021 semester, scheduled to start in early September. In a letter written on April 6, 2021, to the student body and Manor College community, Dr. Peri, President of Manor College announces its plan to return to campus. Dear Manor College Students and Community, Spring is here and graduation is around the corner! Can you believe it? The beauty of the season is upon us! We are optimistic that Manor College will be able to resume a “near-normal” experience for Fall 2021! It is our plan to follow the traditional academic calendar, with normal holidays, breaks, and semester start and end dates. We plan to increase the number of in-person classes and classroom capacity. Students will still have the ability to attend classes in the hy-flex / remote model that we started in Fall 2020. Since the pandemic began we’ve been keeping our community safe by relying upon the guidance of public health, scientific and higher education association resources. As a state, Pennsylvania has announced that on April 19, just two weeks from now, every adult will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. We are all strongly encouraged to get it. Faculty and Staff who “work directly with students” are already eligible for the vaccine as a part of 1B. (I will be getting the vaccine as soon as I am able to schedule it. Follow me on Instagram @PrezPeri for when it happens). If you are a student and you get the vaccine, please self-report that you have done so to our Director of Health Services, Lauren Raspanti, BSN, RN; and if you are a Manor employee, please self-report that you have received the vaccine to Director of Human Resources, Tina Colella. Thank you for your vigilance during the pandemic and through vaccination process. Keep following public health protocols like masking and physical distancing until we hear otherwise from our public health officials. Safety continues to be our top priority! For Fall 2021 we want to encourage students to be engaged on campus. It is our intent to resume some in-person events, programs, activities, athletics, and organizations in compliance with athletic association and government guidelines. In the interim, participate all you can, and register for summer and fall classes today! As a College community framed in the Basilian tradition, we recognize that these unprecedented times require us to be flexible. We understand that plans may need to be adjusted, but together, we remain steadfast in our commitment to forge a path of opportunity for Manor College’s students who seek to make a positive impact on the world. We are, and we remain, #ManorStrong! Dr. Peri Manor College is currently offering 50% off summer course tuition, and the majority of courses are being taught online or in a remote format. Registration is currently open for Summer I, II and III semesters. Please continue to check back on our COVID-19 Information webpages for more updated information as it becomes available about our plans for the fall 2021 semester and the full reopening of the campus.

Summer Classes — 50% Off Tuition Manor College will be offering its Summer Session I, II, and III courses at a 50% tuition discount for interested students—including those enrolled at other schools who wish to transfer credits. Courses range from 100-level liberal arts courses to paralegal, criminal justice, chemistry and veterinary courses. Additionally, many of the courses are offered online. Summer Session Dates: Summer I: May 17 – June 25 Summer II: July 1 – Aug 6 Summer III: May 17 – Aug 6 .  .  Find a full listing of courses here. Current Students Contact your advisor to register! Non-Degree Seeking Students Visit https://manor.edu/summerclasses/ to register

Manor College Offers College Courses for High Schoolers

 “I took a College 101 class last Summer because I know that time is money and I want to use my time as efficiently as possible. Being able to take a college class for such a great price was a no-brainer, all high school students should do it!”  – Madalyn, 2020 Blue Jay Scholar Get a jump start on your future this Summer at Manor College! Become a Blue Jay Scholar in College 101 and take college online courses while still in high school. With courses at the low cost of only $100 per credit, take courses such as Introduction to Business, Human Nutrition Science, Macroeconomics and Chemistry to begin your college career for less while still in high school. What is College 101? A program designed to give current high school students ages 16+ the opportunity to become Blue Jay Scholars. Blue Jay Scholars will have the opportunity to experience college courses facilitated by college faculty during the Summer months. These advantages will empower you with academic skills and knowledge, and the course credits you’ll earn will help you to make a smooth transition into your college career. College 101 provides a college perspective and preparation unmatched elsewhere in your high school years. Course Offerings (all being offered in an online format) Summer I (5/17 to 6/25) Must register by 5/12 BA101 Introduction to Business (3 Credits) BI101 Biological Science I (4 Credits)* BI106 Human Nutrition Science (3 Credits) CH101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (4 Credits)* CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credits) EC101 Macroeconomics (3 Credits) EN101 Fundamentals of Composition I (3 Credits) MH110 College Algebra (3 Credits) PL100 Philosophy and the Human Condition (3 Credits) PS101 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits) RS103 World Religions (3 Credits) *Additional Lab Fees may apply   Summer II (7/1 to 8/6) Must register by 6/25 BI106 Human Nutrition Science (3 Credits) CJ102 Criminology (3 Credits) CS106 Introduction to Computer Technology and Programming Concepts (3 Credits) EC102 Microeconomics (3 Credits) EN101 Fundamentals of Composition I (3 Credits) EN102 Fundamentals of Composition II (3 Credits) MH110 College Algebra (3 Credits) PL100 Philosophy and the Human Condition (3 Credits) PS101 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)     Have questions? Contact youbelonghere@manor.edu for more information or call (215) 885-2360 ext. 1223

Manor College Holds 18th Annual Founders’ Day

On Friday, January 29, 2021, Manor College held its 18th annual Founders’ Day. This tradition consists of a two-day celebration that honors the College’s founders, the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great.  While the ceremony took a virtual format this year, the same energy and sense of community was present. The festivities kicked off on Thursday, January 28, with a virtual Tea with the Sisters. This component of Founders’ Day started several years ago as a way to show appreciation to the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great. Members of the College’s faculty, staff and students struck up conversation with the sisters. A trivia game was played while everyone enjoyed peppermint tea provided by the Student Affairs team.  The pinnacle of the festivities was the Founders’ Day Livestream celebration on Friday, January 29. Nicholas Rudnytzky served as the master of ceremonies. One of the many highlights of the ceremony was the keynote speech, delivered by Jane Zegestowsky, a former Associate Dean and faculty member of the College. Zegestowsky gave a heartfelt speech about Manor’s mission of service to the community. She stated, “Meeting students where they are is what makes the work we do so special.”  Each year on Founders’ day, two prestigious awards are given out — the Mother Josaphat Medal and the Educator of the Year. The Mother Josaphat Medal is given out to a student who demonstrates strength of character and generosity of spirit. Students are nominated by faculty and staff members. The Educator of the Year is given to a professor whose dedication and commitment go beyond the classroom. This student nominated award honors the selected faculty member who received the most votes.  This year’s Mother Josaphat Medal winner is Riley Stone, an Early Childhood Education student pursuing her associate’s degree. Stone is an active member of the Early Childhood Education and Rotaract clubs. She suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was younger which has not deterred her from achieving her goals. Riley runs a small charity that she calls “Funds for Families.” She makes keychains, sells them, and then purchases gift cards that social workers distribute at the Ronald McDonald House to families in need. Riley recently supported a girl who needed a diabetic alert dog and a baby with leukemia.  Stone stated, “I am both humbled and honored to be awarded this medal. To be recognized alongside my fellow classmates, is an honor and I extend my congratulations to the other finalists.” Dr. Stephanie Marks, Program Director of Veterinary Technology, is the recipient of the Educator of the Year award. Over 55 nominations were submitted for this award. Some of the sentiments about Dr. Marks were:   “She makes me feel safe and motivated.” “She has always been there for me even if I emailed her over 20 times a day.” “She teaches with passion and that is what is needed for a great professor.” Dr. Marks commented, “I am honored to have been chosen by the students for this great award.  I started my career with the goal of caring for animals, and I now have found my home in helping students reach their goals in Veterinary Technology.  I would like to thank my students, my co-workers, the administration and my family for supporting me through such a difficult year.  I am blessed to have you all in my life.”   This year marked the first time the Sister Cecilia Award was given to the winner and finalists of the Mother Josaphat Medal. The award was provided by a very generous gift from Leonard and Helena Mazur, who wanted to honor Sister Cecila’s memory in a lasting way. Sister Cecilia, former President of the College who served for several decades, passed away on November 5, 2020. For years to come, Mother Josaphat Medal winners and finalists will receive an award from this very special and distinctive fund. “We cannot thank the Mazurs enough, says Dr. Peri, for their generosity and ongoing support of Manor College and an endearing tribute to Sister Cecilia.” The virtual ceremony ended with a video tribute to Sister Cecilia. Members of the community—faculty, staff, friends, alumni and more—submitted tributes to express their love for Sister Cecilia. So many of these testimonies spoke of Sr. Cecilia as being a true friend and inspiring leader. She was a remarkable person, and we are thankful to have grown under her compassionate and unwavering leadership for so many years. The full Founders’ Day ceremony can be watched here.