Manor College Names John Dempster Athletic Director

JENKINTOWN, PA-  John Dempster has been named Athletic Director of Manor College, effective February 20, 2017.  Dempster has been a part of the Manor College Community since 1994, with experience working in the Admissions Office as Assistant Director of Admissions, Interim Director of Admissions, and as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach.  A graduate of Manor himself, Dempster considers the college to be part of his family. Dempster stated, “Manor College has been a part of my life for 25 years now.  Manor is my heart and soul. Through the years, I have learned so many things from the great people around me; I’ve always had a passion for sports and now I get to show that passion everyday in a place that I love.  I want to thank God for this opportunity.  Go Blue Jays!” Manor College has 6 NJCAA sports teams, including, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and new to the lineup is men’s baseball which will be debuting their first season in Spring 2018. In regards to his vision for the program, Dempster said, “I want to see our teams contend at the highest level. I want to see growth, sportsmanship and humility within our athletic family.  I want our student-athletes to graduate from this institution knowing that attending Manor College was the best decision of their lives.” The athletic program at Manor College has been very successful this year.  The men’s basketball team is currently ranked #14 in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball national rankings and has their eyes set on playoffs in March.

Manor College Honors Black History Month

An annual celebration of the hard work and achievements of black Americans, Black History Month is a time to show appreciation for those individuals who formed the foundation for the black community in this country.  Manor College recognizes this significant month and honors those in our own community who provide examples for all of us.   Cherie Crosby, Professor and Program Director of the Early Childhood Education Program is one individual who sets an example for not only her students, but for the entire Manor community.  We spoke to her about what Black History Month means for her and these are her responses: Why do you think it’s important that we as Americans recognize Black History Month? As I have gotten older I have realized the importance of taking time to recognize Black History Month. Black History Month helps Americans recognize the great contributions of African Americans, even more importantly taking time to recognize those African Americans that most Americans were not aware of as in the case of women highlighted in the film Hidden Treasures and the Loving case that ended the ban against interracial marriages. Are there any African Americans, that throughout history have influenced you? If so, who and why? Maya Angelou, Tina Turner, Angela Davis, Josephine Baker, and Ava DuVernay. All five women are women of strength. Their lives are very difference, but the all have had to face adversity during their lives. Their contributions to the world remind me the power women have in their abilities to achieve great things despite the challenges they face. Although my mother and I never had a chance to talk about DuVernay’s contributions to the film industry, such as her recent films Selma and 13th, we did have many conversations about Angelou, Turner, Davis, and Baker before my mother’s death in 2007. Is there anyone in the African American community today who inspires you? Barack Obama. As the first person of color who held the presidential office for eight years, I was inspired by Obama’s message of hope. He carried a heavy burden of being the first and I personally never thought that this was possible during my lifetime. I am thankful that he served as a great role model for countless children of all colors in that anything is possible. For children of color, especially African American males, it provided them with a role model not only in a prominent position but also one who created initiatives such as the initiative on educational excellence for African Americans. What does Black History Month mean for you personally? For me, I am reminded that have responsibility to ensure that African Americans, as well as all people of color, are seen in a better light. Although the history of any group can and should be highlighted throughout the year, Black History Month allows for the country to take the time to share positive and inspiring histories of those who came before and currently working to make the world a better place.   We also spoke to Gil Ridgely, an Adjunct Professor at Manor.  He told us about how Black History Month continues to inspire him every year. Here were his responses:  Why do you think it’s important that we as Americans recognize Black History Month? Blacks have contributed to the US economically, financially, socially, politically and technologically.  Many times the contributions of Blacks have been downplayed.  Black History Month is very important. Are there any African Americans, that throughout history have influenced you? If so, who and why? Barack Obama and many others have influenced me. Is there anyone in the African American community today who inspires you? John Lewis inspires me. What does Black History Month mean for you personally?  It inspires and educates me of the many Black people of importance.  

Manor student graduates to further success

After graduation, Manor College alumni have different options for their next step in life. Some transfer to a four-year college or university, and some head straight into the workforce. Manor prepares students to take these next steps, and Andrew Clark, class of 2016 was prepared to continue his academic and athletic pursuits upon graduation.   Clark graduated from Manor in 2016 with an Associate in Science degree, having majored in Sports & Recreational Management. While at Manor, Clark was captain of the men’s soccer team. During his time as captain, the team achieved a 6-10 record. Clark has been very versatile on the field, playing in several positions such as goalie, striker and right back. After graduation, he transferred to Bryn Athyn College to continue his studies as a Business major and continued to hone his leadership skills as captain of the Bryn Athyn Lions Men’s Soccer team.   “I chose Manor before transferring because [Head Coach] John Dempster. And [Assistant Coach] Richard Patton were the first coaches who came and sat with me about playing in college,” Clark said. “I chose to go to Bryn Athyn because it was best for me financially. It was close to home, and it provided me the option of another two year of college soccer, which was important to me.”   Clark has been playing soccer since he was about four-years-old and has always loved the sport.   “Not only has it built me as a person, it has provided relationships that I will have throughout my life, whether that be players I consider my brothers or coaches I look up to as father figures,” he said.   While Clark says being a student-athlete brought on challenges such as keeping up with classes along with practices, games and workouts, he says he wouldn’t give it up for the world. Manor has been a big part of the learning experiences he’s gained in the last two years. Clark says, “I had bad times there, which include coming into preseason terribly out of shape during my freshman year due to an injury that happened during the offseason.  I’ve also had my good times here, which include getting praised for a good performance against Bryn Athyn during the sophomore preseason.”   Dempster says, “Andrew is hard worker, he never missed practice, he always played within himself, never complaining and always played the game the right way.” Clark attributes his success to Manor coaches, Dempster and Patton saying, “J.D. was always positive with me–had my back with everything, kept it real with me on the field, but off the field he was nothing but a friend,”   “The biggest person who helped me throughout my time at Manor was Patton. Honestly, the guy was my best friend. He would pick me up from my house everyday to give me rides to practices and games.” After moving on from Manor and being named captain at Bryn Athyn, Clark says he can attribute his success on the field to his hard work. “I’ll be the first person to tell you I’m not the most skillful player. I’m not going to ‘wow’ you with any of my soccer skills, but you will not out work me.”   Along with hard work and pushing yourself, Clark offered up some advice for those Manor students who are graduating this year and not quite sure what they are going to do next.   “Take that next step into getting your degree and starting your future. Use Manor as a building step to put yourself in a great position in getting your bachelor’s degree or starting a career, it’s such a good place to start out,” he said.    Looking into the future, Clark is aiming to have a great season next year, graduate with his Bachelor’s degree dnd put his all into everything to see where it takes him. His time at Manor prepared him for what is coming next, and he encourages everyone to take advantage of all the resources Manor provides.

Founder’s Day 2017: Mother Josaphat Medal

Meet the 2017 Mother Josaphat Medal Finalists! During the weeks leading up to the 14th Annual Founder’s Day, faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate outstanding students for the Mother St. Josaphat Medal. Nominees are students who demonstrate strength of character, a willingness to serve others and a generosity of spirit. This year, a total of 15 students were nominated and five students were selected to become finalists for this prestigious medal. The five finalists are: Sophomore Early Childhood Education major, Kaitlyn Donaghy; Sophomore Liberal Arts major, Thomas Hipwell; Sophomore Liberal Arts major, Anamata Hashmi; Sophomore Information Technology major, ChangIn (Steve) Han and Sophomore Liberal Arts major, Kuante Sargent. These students are ones who exemplify traits of a responsible lifestyle evidenced through reverence, respect and service to the community. On Friday, January 27, as the college celebrated Founder’s Day, Thomas Hipwell was named the winner and recipient of the Mother St. Josaphat Award while his fellow nominees were also honored during the 14th Annual Founder’s Day program. Hipwell, a sophomore liberal arts major from Cheltenham, P.A. is the Manor College men’s soccer goalkeeper and team captain. Hipwell is the first men’s soccer player in Manor history to win the Mother St. Josaphat Medal! Hipwell also spends his time as a student ambassador and co-president of the Rotaract Club, where his volunteer work extends from Manor out into the community. His work in the Rotaract Club has included spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts, as well as volunteering at the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC). “As a Junior College, I knew that Manor would allow me to explore different career interests for a smaller price than a four-year school,” he said. “The Mother Josaphat Medal nomination means that the time I’ve invested at Manor has truly been appreciated. This nomination confirms that my time and effort have not gone unnoticed and surely encourages future volunteer service and leadership.” Hipwell feels that his strength of character is evident through his consistent work ethic and perseverance in the classroom and on the soccer field. Hipwell would like to give special thanks to his coaches, John Dempster, Mike Merritt and Richard Patton, whom he had the pleasure to learn from for two soccer seasons. He would also like to thank his advisor, Norma Hall, who introduced him to volunteer opportunities in Rotaract. After Manor, Hipwell plans to transfer and earn his Bachelor’s in business administration. Kaitlyn Donaghy is a sophomore Philadelphia native at Manor in the Early Childhood Education program, studying to become a teacher. On campus, she is involved as a Manor ambassador and the president of Student Senate. She is also involved in many activities off campus. Donaghy works for the Laurel House, which is a nonprofit organization that aids women who suffer from domestic violence and sexual assault. She also volunteers at the Children’s Health Center of VNA Community Services, Inc., provides in-home childcare and works a regular schedule at an after school CARES program. “When I changed majors, I knew Manor was the place I wanted to stay because it had become like my second home,” Donaghy said. “At Manor, I feel like part of a family and not just a number.” Donaghy feels honored that she was nominated for the Mother St. Josaphat Award. “I am honored that I was nominated and feel very proud to be a finalist. The Mother Josaphat Medal is a distinguished award to receive,” she said. “My mother has always inspired me to a better person. Without my Mom, I would not be the young woman I am today.” After Manor, Donaghy plans to transfer to a four-year college and finish her degree to become a certified Pre-K through 4th grade teacher. Sophomore Anamata Hashmi is a Liberal Arts major at Manor. On campus, she is involved with the Rotaract Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a Manor Ambassador. She is also a work study student working in the Assistant Vice President’s office and as a peer tutor. “My sisters and I were born in the United States, while my parents left all of their loved ones back in Pakistan to give me a better education and a better life,” Hashmi said. Hashmi has been involved in several community service opportunities, such as helping pack and deliver food for Thanksgiving to those in need, raising money for the Ukrainian Service Project, helping out with the NORC Service Project and volunteering at a daycare center during the summer. One of my favorite parts of being a Manor student is the fact that I have been given a huge opportunity to be a leader and to find out who I truly am,” Hashmi said. “The environment is full of people who are enthusiastic to help one another, even if they are busy.” After Manor, Hashmi plans to go to a four-year college and major in Biology to get her Bachelor’s in science. She later wants to go on to a veterinarian school, and throughout the journey continue to do as much community service as possible. ChangIn Han, known here at Manor better as “Steve,” is a sophomore international student studying information technology. He is from South Korea, and he is the in the Student Senate and is Vice President of the Multi-Cultural Club. “I really thank Manor for providing me a great chance to learn at an advanced level. When I applied, I was the only Korean student at that time,” Han said. “I thought, there are no Korean students, so I can only speak and write English. It is good for me.” When he received his letter saying he was a finalist for the award, Han said he didn’t believe it. “I just seemed to be enjoying school life with my friends–talking with them, laughing together and always respecting the staff and instructors here,” he said. “I am glad to hear that my normal actions and speech can help others.” Han is considering more service activities and hopes to participate in them in Read more >

Alumni Spotlight: Brendan Gillespie ’11

Brendan Gillespie ’11  Alumni Association Board Chair Brendan Gillespie is the Chairperson of Manor’s newly reformed Alumni Association and graduated as the Valedictorian from the Class of 2011 with an Associate of Science degree in Accounting. Upon graduation from Manor, Brendan transferred to Saint Joseph’s University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 2013. After graduating from St. Joe’s, Brendan spent two years working as an SAP Software Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving clients across the globe. Today, Brendan works for SAP America, the world’s largest maker of business software, as a Pre-sales Solution Engineer. In this role, Brendan works with businesses to uncover opportunities for innovation and delivers demonstrations of the business value that SAP solutions provide.   Brendan notes, “I strongly believe that Manor got me to where I am today because Manor formed the foundation of confidence, professionalism, and academic success. This is why I think it is so important to give back to Manor, and I hope my fellow Manor Alumni who have their own great stories will join me.”    Give back to Manor like Brendan and become a Blue Jay Donor by clicking here