Manor Will Be at the 28th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival!

The festival celebrating the 28th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence will feature Ukrainian folk music, dance, foods, arts and crafts and more! Experience the vibrant, enduring culture of a people that fights for freedom! Location: Horsham, PA, just outside Philadelphia Date: Aug. 25, 2019 Time: 12:00pm-8:00pm Admission (Open to General Public): $15; Students – $10; kids under 15 free! The 28th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held at the Ukrainian American Sport Center — Tryzub, County Line and Lower State Roads, Horsham, PA. Manor College, a Ukrainian-Catholic institution, will be staffing a table at the event. Exciting, spectacular, dazzling, breathtaking, exhilarating, spirited, soulful, enchanting, captivating, and intriguing – modest words which describe but by no means capture the essence of Ukrainian folk art, music, and dance. From the rich color and deep symbolism of the delicate “pysanka” (Ukrainian Easter Egg) to the thunderous, power, rhythm and strength of “HOPAK” – the world’s most exciting ethnic dance, and every brilliant “Kolomiyka” (polka) and soulful folk song in between, experience the 28th ANNUAL UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL, celebrating the 28th anniversary of our ancestral homeland’s independence. Enjoy an outdoor summer stage concert and show (1:30 to 4:30 PM), a public social dance (4:30 – 8:00 PM), homemade Ukrainian foods and baked goods, BBQ pit, standard picnic fare, kid’s fun area, vendors grove, Ukrainian arts and crafts displays and bazaar, cool refreshments, Live Reenactments from Ukrainian history and Ukrainian hospitality. Featured Performers: KORINYA: Ukrainian Folk Band VOLOSHKY Ukrainian Dance Ensemble ISKRA Ukrainian Dance Ensemble VOX ETHNIKA Orchestra Violinist INNESA Tymochko Dekajlo ARIANA LEM JOY Trio MASTER YANG’S SCHOOL OF MARTIAL ARTS Banner of Jasna Gora & Kuban Kozak Society (Historical Re-enactors & Museum – Ukrainian History) A Ukrainian Public Social Dance (Zabava) to live Ukrainian polka, ballroom, traditional and modern music by the VOX ETHNIKA BAND will follow the stage concert and show. Free Parking The sponsor is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt charity: PROCEEDS BENEFIT SPORTS, FRATERNAL, CULTURAL & ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING

President Peri Joins MSCHE as a Commissioner

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) welcomed new Commissioner Dr. Jonathan Peri, President of Manor College (PA), as of July 1, 2019. Dr. Peri was appointed by the Executive Committee of the Commission to complete the term of retiring Commissioner Dr. Gary L. Wirt. President of Goldey-Beacom College (DE), Dr. Wirt stepped down as MSCHE Chair on Dec. 31, 2018, and retired from Goldey-Beacom College on June 30, 2019. News via the MSCHE website

I Belong Here: Jamal Utqi’s Story

Jamal Utqi will be one of the first students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the newly launched bachelor’s degree program at Manor College. In a twist, though, Jamal transferred out of Manor to complete his degree⁠—only to transfer back in again.  Jamal is currently a Business Administration major. He originally chose Manor because it was close to home, and the schools’ small size and close-knit campus appealed to him. After completing his associate’s degree, he enrolled in a local 4-year university and had just received his first class schedule when he heard the news that Manor was expanding to offer 15 different bachelor’s degree programs.  Why did he decide to come back? According to Jamal, it was instantly clear that the university experience was a different, less personal one, with less flexibility to suit his busy life. Before coming back to school, Jamal worked for six years at his father’s pizzeria, and continues to work there full-time while he completes his education.  “Scheduling was a lot harder,” he explains, which would have made it difficult to balance work and school.  I had to be there every day of the week, with long hours in between classes. At Manor, I’ve always been able to take several courses online and only come to campus certain days of the week.” He also noted that the process felt more impersonal than what he had grown used to; at Manor, he “never felt rushed or pressured.”  Initially, Jamal figured he would need to wait out the semester before returning to Manor, and he emailed his old advisor, Dr. Marc Minnick, to get a feel for the process. Rather than waiting, Minnick asked: why not come back immediately? He emailed Jamal a schedule the next day and queried, “is this fine?” and with that (and with a bit of help from the Registrar), Jamal was back at Manor without missing a beat.  “I never had a bad professor at Manor,” says Jamal about why he’s ultimately decided to stay. “It’s a very interactive experience⁠—my professors helped any way they could. Everyone’s friendly, and I had more of a connection to my teachers and advisers here.”  What is your I Belong Here story? Email us at

Basilian Bread: A Fresh-Baked Tradition on Campus

How can you bring together the campus community while honoring the tradition of Catholic Basilian hospitality? The idea took a bit of kneading, but before long, Assistant Resident Director Lynn Wales and Campus Ministry had cooked up a plan. It all started as a conversation in Residence Life over how to celebrate—and learn about—the many diverse cultures that come together at Manor College. Bread baking was an idea that gained traction thanks to its versatility—students can learn to make everything from Ukrainian Easter bread, to Indian naan. And with the help of CulinArt staff, it’s an activity that takes place right in the heart of campus—the dining hall. Wales noted that the most rewarding part of the experience might be the interactions students have not only with each other, but with staff and faculty as well. “You’re making bread next to someone you’ve never met before, asking questions and measuring out ingredients. While it takes a lot of planning and effort to make this event happen, it’s worth it for the moments of joy it creates on campus,” she explained. “It’s everyone coming together, and working together.” “It’s everyone coming together, and working together.” Not only have students been learning about different cultures, but they’ve also been catching on to an even simpler lesson—how to cook. Developing healthy eating awareness is a focus of Residence Life, and many students have never baked bread before. “Students are asking questions and learning hands-on skills,” said Chrystyna Prokopovych, curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Museum. Prokopovych donates her time and expertise, helping to lead Ukrainian-themed bread bakings. “Ukrainian culture revolves around bread,” she explained. “Ukraine has long been known as the ‘breadbasket’ of Europe.” Visitors to campus may have noted that an outdoor brick bread oven, used by the founding nuns, sits between Manor College and the Sisters of St. Basil the Great spirituality center. The Basilian bread team hopes that the oven can one day be repaired and used again with students—further cementing the ties to the school’s roots and Ukrainian heritage. So far, student participation has been high. “We’re seeing students come back each time, and it’s definitely a growing tradition,” said Prokopovych. “Ideally, one day the students may lead this activity themselves, teaching us about their cultural traditions—and I think that will definitely happen.”

Over 100 Students Walk the Stage for Commencement 2019

Manor College celebrated Commencement on Thursday, May 23, 2019, graduating 116 students from its Summer 2018, December 2018, and May 2019 terms. Montgomery County Board Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence addressed graduates in his first ever Commencement speech. He shared his personal academic journey and how his struggle to find the right scholastic path allowed him to find his purpose and to use failure as a temporary stop that doesn’t define oneself. He encouraged the graduating class to build and maintain their networks, to keep learning, and to show appreciation for those who help them in their journey to success. Lynette Lark, Class of 2019 Basileiad Scholar delivered the Commencement oration in which she urged her classmates to be the best versions of themselves, to use what they’ve learned at Manor to move outside of comfort zones, to take ownership of life’s decisions, and to never give up on their dreams. Anna Melnyk Allen, of the Manor College Board of Trusties, was the Master of Ceremonies, while the invocation was given by Father John Ciurpita, Manor Chaplain. Dr. Jonathan Peri, College President, and Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Calandra Lockhart conferred the degrees. Anna Melnyk Allen conferred the trustee awards, while Brendan Gillespie, Class of ’11 and Alumni Association President welcomed the new alumni to the Manor alumni community. The Dylan Band Saxophone Quartet contributed live music to the event. To view more photos from this event: go to our Flickr album