Manor Student Receives Scholarship from Catholic Philopatrian Foundation

Vet Tech student Caitlin Homanick was honored as a scholarship recipient at the Catholic Philopatrian Scholarship Foundation President’s Reception this past weekend. This was the 69th Annual Award Ceremony, and President Jonathan Peri was in attendance. “I have gone to Catholic School my whole life, which has taught me so much patience and devotion to others,” says Caitlin. “It became clear to me shortly after high school that my true passion was for helping animals who have been tortured or neglected.” The purpose of the Scholarship Foundation is to provide scholarship funding to the Catholic Colleges and Universities in the Philadelphia. Scholar candidates must be of the Catholic Faith; have proven commitment to academic success and achievement; and have financial need. Congratulations, Caitlin!  

Manor College Joins Hundreds of Institutions Urging Congress to Protect Dreamers

This week, on behalf of Manor College, President Jonathan Peri signed the American Council on Education’s letter urging Congress to protect Dreamers.  The letter advocates reasoned national-level discussions in support of finding a bipartisan solution to protect Dreamers.  It is being sent to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and leaders of Congress. The letter is being signed by colleges and universities across the nation as a way to address an issue that is near and dear to the lives of many students. Dreamers are immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, who have grown up knowing America as their home. Those covered under the DREAM Act would have the opportunity to earn citizenship by going to college, serving in the military, or maintaining a job. Manor College, along with other Higher Ed institutions, hopes to see permanent protections enacted for these high-achieving, undocumented youths.  Nationally, “the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (ACCU) has endorsed the letter,” noted Dr. Peri in a letter to the campus community. “As such, we join hundreds, maybe thousands of colleges and Catholic colleges in this endeavor.”

Blessing Ceremony of Student Chaplains

This Wednesday, August 22, Manor College’s new student chaplains were officially recognized in a blessing ceremony at Manor College Chapel. Thomas Verni, Campus Ministry Coordinator, led the welcoming statements, while Reverend John Ciurpita, Manor College Chaplain, blessed the students. Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs, Allison Mootz, gave the students their pins. The three new student chaplains are Da’Vondra Purnell, Seamus Fleming, and Jonathan Nemo. The Student Chaplaincy Program is new to Manor through the Campus Ministry, and involves providing spiritual support for fellow students through participation in various ministry events and initiatives. Manor College congratulates these students on their new role as spiritual leaders!      

Manor is now a Member of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) National Council

The Executive Board of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) on July 12 announced that Manor College has been accepted as a member organization of the UCCA National Council. The highest ruling body between UCCA’s quadrennial conventions, the National Council comprises over 20 national Ukrainian American organizations. On June 15, members of the UCCA National Council gathered for their biannual meeting to develop and approve the UCCA’s plans of action and activities of its Executive Board. Presided over by National Council Chair Stefan Kaczaraj, who is president of the Ukrainian National Association, the meeting of representatives of Ukrainian American organizations and local UCCA chapters heard reports from various Executive Board members and committee Chairs. The highpoint of the afternoon was when, on the recommendation of the UCCA’s Membership Committee, which is authorized and required to review each applicant for membership, the National Council unanimously voted to admit Manor College as its newest member organization. Founded in 1947, Manor College is a private, Catholic, co-educational, independent institution of higher learning founded by the Ukrainian Sisters of St. Basil the Great. Originally chartered as a junior college, today’s Manor College offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, reflecting its growth, expansion and place in the Philadelphia suburban community. As an institution of higher learning with ties to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Manor is committed to preserving its spiritual and ethnic heritage and believes that personalized education in the Judeo-Christian tradition generates a commitment to a peaceful world, which inspires confidence in the present and hope for the future. “As UCCA continues to work towards unifying the Ukrainian-American community, I am delighted to welcome Manor College as our newest member organization, and look forward to their active involvement and to the many contributions they will make,” said UCCA President Andriy Futey. “I would also like to thank UCCA’s Philadelphia Branch for its leadership in working with Manor College. It is a prime example of how in working together we can wield much more influence on the political process in the United States, and have a greater ability to assist our vibrant community and our brethren in Ukraine,” Mr. Futey added. Reposted from The Ukrainian Weekly