The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced on Thursday, January 16, that Manor College is one of the recipients of the It’s On Us grant, a national initiative championed by President Barack Obama and Governor Tom Wolf who said that he is a steadfast supporter of campus safety and established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign, four years ago. Most recently, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera announced the awarding of nearly $1 million in grants to combat campus sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities. Manor College was one of these 36 institutions awarded the It’s On Us grant across Pennsylvania. Programs with this grant are centered around raising awareness about and to stop sexual assaults. It unites college presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, students, families and community members as they reevaluate the conversation around sexual violence. The programs that will arise from this grant will be both interactive and informative. “The Clothesline Project” and self-defense classes are two initiatives that will be made possible on Manor’s campus because of this grant. The College will also implement educational forums such as “Sex Signals” and Bystander Intervention workshops. A training titled “One Love” will be added to provide information about healthy relationships. The It’s On Us committee is already busy at work planning to streamline students’ reporting ability by creating a mobile app named STOPit. This app will allow students to anonymously report incidents and will provide real-time help and support. Vice President of Student Affairs, Allison Mootz, says that, “Receiving the Governor’s It’s On Us Grant for a second year is both an honor and a blessing. With the continued support, the College will be able to continue providing quality training and education to the students and staff of Manor College. We are very excited to add additional support in 2020, such as self-defense classes, enhanced anonymous reporting options and safe transportation options for students. It truly is on us as faculty, staff and administration to help students have a voice in self-advocacy, bystander intervention and their safety both on and off campus.” The entire college community is thrilled to receive this grant. This grant will allow Manor College to continue to educate the community about the Manor Assault Prevention Program and much more.
On January 20, 2020, students, faculty and staff gathered at Manor College to create blessing bags and scarves for the local community. Board of Trustee members, Sandra Girifalco and Eugene Luciw joined in on the fun and assisted with making the bags. Over 25 people attended and 50 bags and 6 scarves were donated to the Abington Interfaith Food Cupboard. The blessing bags consisted of hand sanitizer, bandaids, tissues, hand warmers, chapstick and lifesavers. Notes of encouragement were also included in the bags. Ashley Hillegas, Director of Student Engagement stated, “Manor College was built on serving others. We strive to carry on this tradition of service to the community as a way to honor our history and traditions. MLK Day provides us with an opportunity to impact our local community and educate our students on the importance of serving others.” It felt so good being able to help out at this event. I feel it is very important to give back to the community and those who have no idea where they will get their food from, said Manor student, Billy Rodebaugh Manor College continues to encourage the College community to participate in community service events. A component of the mission of the Manor is to provide opportunities to serve the community, and this is just one example. Manor is also currently holding a toiletry drive to collect various items needed for the Bird Feed, an on-campus food pantry available to students, staff and faculty, from now until January 31.
2019 was a year of accomplishment and pride for Manor and the Manor community. Among the major news highlights: Manor was awarded $30,000 in scholarship monies from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust President Jon Peri’s contract was renewed by the Manor College Board nearly a year ahead of schedule Manor received a state-funded “Its On Us” grant to combat sexual assault on and off campus Founders’ Day 2019 was expanded to cover an entire week, including the MLK Day of Service and the Award Ceremony Prominent civil rights attorney and activist Gloria Browne-Marshall gave a speech for Black History Month Manor College led the pack when it came to using Open Educational Resources in the classroom Manor hosted a successful March Marketing Panel on Innovation and Ambition in Montgomery County In the March Ukrainian Dialogue, panelists discussed Kyiv patriarchy and Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait At the Career Fair, students were able to meet with various local employers and apply for jobs on the spot April’s Evening with Manor gala raised almost $30,000 for student scholarships! The Freshman Excellence Academic Awards honored high-achieving freshmen and inducted students into Phi Theta Kappa honor society The 2019 Student Awards Ceremony honored exemplary students who showed impressive leadership in sports, academics, and student organizations Blue Jay Weekend wrapped up the academic year with multiple days of fun, picnicking, and celebration May 23, 2019 was Commencement, with Montgomery County Board Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence addressed graduates with his first ever Commencement speech Basilian Bread baking became a beloved, fresh tradition on campus The October Ukrainian Dialogue featured U.S. congresswoman Madeleine Dean and Myroslava Gongadze, who discussed Emerging Women in Politics in, of, and for Ukraine Manor held its first ever Art Show with the theme “You Belong Here” at the Basilian Spirituality Center The Social Justice Symposium shed light on important issues in Philadelphia and America at large Dental Hygiene students placed 7th in a statewide poster competition this November Manor commemorated lives lost during the Ukrainian Holodomor with a community memorial and prayer service Manor partnered with Milton Hershey School to create access and affordability for first generation students On Giving Tuesday, the Manor Community came together to fundraise over $5,000 for BirdFeed and package over 10,000 meals! The IBX Foundation announced that the Manor College Dental Center would be receiving $35,000 for Blue Safety Net funding It’s been a great year for Manor – and there’s plenty more to come in 2020! Revisit 2018: a Year in Review!
In late December, Saints Neumann Goretti students enrolled in Manor College’s Juvenile Justice course had the opportunity to meet with Judge Giovanni Campbell and Probation Officer Supervisor Gina Kowalski at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. The speakers gave students a firsthand perspective of how the justice system operates. Manor’s dual enrollment partnerships with schools like Saints Neumann & Goretti Catholic High School allow high achieving high school students to get a head start on the college experience, while also providing them valuable exposure to Higher Education.
On Dec. 13, it was announced that the Manor College Dental Center will be receiving $25,000 for Blue Safety Net funding, supported by a grant from the Independence Blue Cross (IBX) Foundation. The Foundation’s Blue Safety Net Program aims to improve community health access by providing grants to private, non-profit health centers operating in medically underserved areas. Manor College first received the Safety Net grant in December of 2018, and hopes to build upon the progress made this year in reaching the local community. “We are thankful to the IBX Foundation for allowing the Dental Health Center at Manor College to receive their Blue Safety Net grant for a second year. This grant enables the Dental Health Center to continue to grow our outreach and meet the dental needs of the surrounding communities at affordable fees,” says Jaime Simpson, director of the EFDA Program and Dental Health Center at Manor. Manor College’s Dental Health Center aims to provide affordable, high-quality dental care to the public. Patients are seen by licensed dentists and faculty, well-trained professionals, as well as students working under the supervision of a dentist as part of the students’ EFDA Clinical rotations. The Center has been servicing the local community for over three decades, offering a wide range of affordable dental care options. New patients can receive a full consultation, clinical examination, and oral cancer screening for only $35, while the Student Hygiene Clinic offers hygiene services (cleaning, x-ray, exam and more) for a nominal fee of $20. The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is an independent, private organization focused on strengthening access to healthcare in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In order for an organization – like the Manor College Dental Center – to be eligible for the grant, they need to have a mission that aligns with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, provide free or low-cost primary healthcare services to the underserved/uninsured, and must be a non-profit, privately-funded health center. To learn more about the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, visit www.ibxfoundation.org.