Innovation & Ambition in Montgomery County March Marketing Panel a Success

Several local experts and industry leaders came together last Thursday for our March marketing panel on Innovation & Ambition in Montgomery County. Panelists included Manor College’s own VP of Marketing, Heather Dotchel; Greg Star, Founding Partner of Carvertise; Edward Harris, Chief Marketing Officer for Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board; as well as moderator Paul Koulogeorge, VP of Marketing for The Goddard School. This event was attended by numerous local entrepreneurs, who were able to network while enjoying a catered reception before the program. Thanks to everyone who attended this eye-opening discussion! View all photos on our Flickr account.  

Career Day: Finding Opportunities for Students

On April 11, 2019, Manor College will host a Career Fair on campus. Held in the gymnasium from 1:30-3:00pm, the Career Fair will take place during the student common hour when no classes are being held. Students can meet with different employers to find and apply for jobs that interest them. Christine Prince, Manor’s career counselor and fair organizer, states, “I think it’s a great day for students, staff and the community. The goal is for students to know what’s out there and find employment. It could also give them practice with interviewing skills and getting comfortable talking to employers.” Employers at the Fair So far there are 29 employers who will be participating in this event. Employers will be looking for students who can work both part time and full time. Below is a list of all the employers who are visiting Manor. Employers Chick-Fil-A VSEC Vet Speciality UPS New York Life Insurance CARES Veterinary Hope Veterinary US Army Manor College Campus Philly American Pool Company PATH Inc. Victim Services Center ChildCare Careers Staffing Plus US Census Bureau Dr. Andy Hoffman Dentistry Robert Half Home Helpers PA Air National Guard Delta T Group Quinn & Wilson Real Estate Printfly YMCA Fox Chase Cancer Center Gutman Early Learning Center Access Services Lyneer Staffing Banfield Pet Hospital Rita’s Water Ice Something Prince enjoys about this event is the connections that are made: “I love seeing employers and students connecting. It’s great to see students getting a job that they are excited about, which is often the start of their career.” Contests and Public Access There are a couple recent features added to the Fair, beyond the employer booths. Dr. Marc Minnick, Senior Dean, Division of Business and Technology, will host an elevator pitch contest.  A prize will be given to the student who can best sell themselves in a short amount of time. The Fair is also open to the public and Manor encourages anyone in the community seeking employment to come. Preparing for the Fair: Pop Up Shop Manor is also offering its students a “Pop Up Shop,” in the campus ministry office on April 1 and 2, 2019. People from Manor and the community have donated business clothing that is gently used or new that can be worn in the event of a job interview. Prince says, “Manor students who are going to the career fair or on a job interview are welcome to help themselves to the clothes. This way they will be well prepared and have a professional appearance.” Any questions about any of these two events can be directed to Christine Prince at CPrince@Manor.edu. by marketing intern William Rodebaugh

Manor College Announces May 2019 Commencement Speaker

Manor College is pleased to announce that Montgomery County Board Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence will be addressing graduates at the 2019 Manor College Commencement Ceremony to be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Commissioner Lawrence will speak about service to one’s community in his address: “We are lucky to have Manor College in Montgomery County, and I am honored to take part in this important day as graduates begin their next chapter. Manor is well-known as a community partner in Montgomery County and it is fitting to speak to the graduating class about the importance of partnering with and service to one’s locality.” Ken Lawrence Jr. was appointed by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas to the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners to fill out the term of newly-elected Attorney General Josh Shapiro. On February 2, 2017, he was unanimously elected as Vice Chair of the Board of the Commissioners. He also currently serves on the boards of SEPTA and the Greater Valley ForgeTransportation Management Association. “We are incredibly pleased that Commissioner Ken Lawrence will be serving as our commencement speaker,” said Manor College’s President, Dr. Jonathan Peri. “Ken has an incredible set of experiences to share with our students, from private sector government affairs work to executive level achievements in the university setting. From coaching soccer to volunteering for Big-Brothers/Big-Sisters, he is authentically dedicated to our community, and he understands people and especially students. Ken is an incredible role model and for our students’ sake, we just cannot wait until he has a chance to share his words of wisdom with them.” Lawrence has been the recipient of several awards including the 2018 Raymond H. Miley, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County, the 2018 Driving Fatherhood Award from the Maternity Care Coalition, the 2016 Philadelphia Tribune: Most Influential African Americans, the 2005 Philadelphia Business Journal: 40 Under Forty Award, and the1999 Big Brother of the Year (North Central Philadelphia). He began his college career attending Montgomery County Community College and is a graduate of Temple University from the College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and the University of Pennsylvania from the Fels Center of Government with a Master’s degree of Public Administration. Mr. Lawrence lives with his wife and two sons in Plymouth Meeting.

Manor College Leads the Pack When it Comes to OER Adoption

A recent survey of Manor College faculty indicated that the vast majority now use Open Educational Resources in the classroom. What exactly are Open Educational Resources (OER)? The materials vary, but essentially: textbooks, research materials, and other educational assets that can be accessed digitally by students, often for a low cost or as free open-license content. As college costs continue to rise, the benefit of having inexpensive or even free textbooks is obvious. Dr. Cherie Crosby, Manor’s Professor of Education Programs, headed the survey to find out how prevalent OER usage really was at the college, and the degree to which the college was best serving its students financially. Manor College faculty’s quick adoption of OER is ultimately in keeping with the school’s mission to provide students an affordable pathway to education. Higher Ed is Slow to Embrace OER, Despite Advantages Manor’s Fall 2018 survey polled 53 faculty members from a wide range of disciplines, and an overwhelming majority reported that their courses use OER materials. This is in contrast to most colleges and universities—national surveys indicate a far lower rate of adoption. How does Manor stack up? The Babson Survey Research Group polled nearly 3,000 instructors, and discovered that a mere 9% of faculty nationwide are using OER for their classes.  In addition, only 30% report even being aware of open educational resources. The Fall 2018 survey further found that Manor faculty were using a wide variety of OER, including open source textbooks, openly licensed videos, articles, powerpoint presents, and more. For Many Students, Cost is a True Barrier to Education For students who attend school with the help of financial aid and scholarships, the hefty bills associated with traditional textbooks are no small burden. The College Board estimates that the cost of books and supplies for undergraduates now totals an average of $1,430 per year. A recent study detailed by Inside Higher Ed indicated that 85% of students had not purchased textbooks by the first day of class—and 90% of these students, in turn, cited cost as the reason. High costs delay students receiving their learning materials—a choice with a clear impact on grades and, ultimately, students’ ability to progress with their degrees. Additionally, U.S. News and World Report recently highlighted OER as a way for students to help reduce the cost of their degree. Accessibility is Key to Success “Our faculty are paying close attention to the costs of books and classroom materials; they are working hard to ensure quality free and very low-cost materials are available,” said Manor College President, Dr. Jonathan Peri, in a recent email to the Manor community. As a member of Pennsylvania’s State College Textbook Advisory Committee, which is charged with developing recommendations to improve the affordability and accessibility of college textbooks statewide, Peri is elated with Manor College faculty’s initiative with Open Education Resources: “We are able to offer opinions through the lens of experience. While textbooks are always on reserve for students at the library, the college has gone one step further by making sure class materials are accessible anytime, anywhere.” So why have Manor College faculty adopted OER so quickly, compared to other colleges and universities nationwide? Faculty are acutely aware of the financial burdens associated with traditional textbooks, and are actively engaged with creating cost-effective solutions that better serve their students. “The benefit of OER is that it removes financial barriers and levels the financial impact for our students. Without access to coursework, students can’t be successful,” explained Dr. Crosby. Will the Rest of Higher Ed Catch Up? While the national numbers may not seem all that rosy, Higher Ed as a whole is slowly coming on board. Data gathered by Inside Higher Ed shows that, while the national rate is low, it has improved from 5% in the 2015-16 school year to 9% in 2016-17. Dr. Crosby aptly summarizes the need for institutions to push forward, despite the challenges: “It all comes down to: how can we best serve our students?”

Manor College Welcomes New Philadelphia Archbishop, Borys Gudziak

On February 18, 2019, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had chosen a new Archbishop and Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Borys Gudziak. His appointment was recommended by the Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Bishops. Gudziak will be officially welcomed as the new Metropolitan-Archbishop on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, and all are welcome to join in prayer and congratulations. Rev. Gudziak is currently the bishop of St. Volodymyr the great Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in Europe; he is, additionally, the founder and president of the Ukrainian Catholic University, located in Lviv. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Gudziak was born to Ukrainian immigrants and earned degrees from Syracuse University, the Pontifical Urban University, and Harvard University before moving to Lviv, Ukraine to found the Institute of Church History. Gudziak was ordained as a priest in 1998, and in 2012 he was appointed Bishop. Over the course of his service, Gudziak has received numerous awards and distinctions for his theological work, and he has travelled across the world to give lectures on theology, spirituality, and more. Borys Gudziak has been chosen to replace Most Rev. Stefan Soroka, who retired after many years of esteemed service last April.