On Wednesday, June 17, members of the faculty, staff and administration of Manor College organized a car parade to honor the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great and essential workers which includes the Public Safety and Maintenance and Facilities teams. The reason for the parade was to celebrate essential workers and the Sisters themselves. The former have kept society intact and functioning during the COVID restrictions while the latter have been homebound for the pandemic’s duration. Most of the Sisters are retired and among those considered at high risk for infection. Fran Stevenson, Manor College Public Safety Officer, stated, “The display of appreciation from our Manor colleagues and community was wonderful and heartwarming. It embodies everything we have always believed in Manors strength and spirit. It is an honor to serve and work alongside these people.” Public Safety Officer, Maureen Melchiorre, added, “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to stop by and show their appreciation for our Manor Public Safety Team! We all really felt valued and loved!” Sister Dorothy Ann, OSBM, Provincial Superior said, “The Sisters and I were thrilled by the recognition given by Manor’s car parade through our grounds. Every single Sister was out waving and cheering their support of Manor as well. We are truly blessed!” President Jonathan Peri stated, “The energy we shared was truly in the spirit of Manor College’s mission,” said Dr. Jonathan Peri, President of Manor College. “After what has been quite a long time of working remotely, we are all eager to get back to campus and we had a chance to be together under some new conditions that will persist for a while to keep us safe. At the same time we got to honor our incredible essential staff such as our campus safety officers, maintenance team and our custodial team, as well as our founders, the Sisters of St. Basil the Great. God bless them all!” The car parade was delightful for all yet especially meaningful for those who have not left the convent since March. The Manor College community was thrilled to honor the essential workers and Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in this special way! Watch the excitement from the car parade in this video! Difficult times bring greater appreciation of thoughtful gestures like this one.
With campus being physically closed, the staff at Manor College had to get creative to find ways to honor the Class of 2020. 2020 is a special year for Manor College as it is the year that the College graduates its first cohort of Bachelor’s degree graduates. Ashley Hillegas, Director of Student Engagement commented,“It has been inspiring to see how Manor College has rallied around the Class of 2020 to provide them with the celebration they deserve! The Class of 2020 has shown true grit and determination over these past few months to succeed no matter what the circumstances, which are characteristics they have acquired because they genuinely are Manor Strong!” Live Conferment on Facebook Life On May 14, 2020, President of Manor College, Dr. Jonathan Peri and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, Marc Minnick, conferred degrees for the Class of 2020 on Facebook Live. Over 2,500 people engaged with the video to congratulate the Class of 2020. Congratulatory Lawn Signs Various members of the faculty and staff at Manor will be delivering congratulatory lawn signs to all graduates soon! Allison Mootz, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Kelly Peiffer, Vice President of Marketing Communications and Advancement and Marc Minnick, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, will be delivering lawn signs to the bachelor’s degree graduates in the near future. Graduation Packages Each graduate received a package in the mail with branded Manor College chocolate from Michael Mootz Candies (yum!) and a special letter from Dean Mootz. The students who graduated with their Bachelors Degree, a first in Manor’s 73-year-history, received a full package from President Peri that included a commemorative ceramic plate, mug, t-shirt and personalized letter. Best Wishes We reached out to various members of the Manor community and encouraged them to submit positive messages to the graduates. Over 40 messages were received! The messages can be viewed here. Video Lastly, various members of the Manor’s faculty, staff and administration submitted messages of congratulations to the graduates. All the messages were compiled into this video and shared with the students “I loved how President Peri and Dr. Minnick conferred the degrees because it shows us hope. The graduation video was great and I loved seeing all the professors and other staff members come together—it made me feel proud to be a Blue Jay.,” said Kayla Armstrong, a 2020 graduate. The College plans to formally honor the Class of 2020 in a ceremony on Saturday, October 10, 2020. There is more information about the ceremony here. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Manor College Raises Historical Amount During #GivingTuesdayNow Fundraiser How can one day and one person make a difference? This is what Manor College asked in advance of the recent #GivingTuesdayNow campaign that took place earlier this month. An unbelievably supportive couple made a wonderful challenge grant to the institution, which hosts mostly first-generation college students at its campus right outside Philadelphia. “Of all the colleges, in all the states, in all of our nation, what’s the likelihood that a board leader is working on a treatment for COVID-19?” asks Manor College President, Dr. Jonathan Peri. “Well…it’s happening here at Manor College.” Leonard Mazur, who is currently Manor College’s Chairman of its Board of Trustees’ Ukrainian Community Committee, and Chairman of the Board’s Nominating Committee, is working on a treatment with his company Citius Pharmaceuticals, and a collaborating organization, Novellus. Their work is in cell-reprogramming technology that will treat acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) associated with Covid-19. “We believe we have the key elements in place from a clinical design and manufacturing point of view to evaluate this novel cell therapy approach to deal with the current pandemic,” said Myron Holubiak, Chief Executive Officer of Citius. “ARDS is a very serious complication for many patients suffering from COVID-19, and is believed to account for about 80% of the deaths in ventilated patients. There is no proven or FDA-approved treatment for it, other than oxygen therapy, including use of mechanical ventilation, and fluid management. We look forward to our FDA discussions and are excited to be at the cusp of what could be a novel and effective therapy for ARDS.” Dr. Peri and Leonard speak often about the leadership of Manor College. Recently, Leonard shared how a huge bald eagle landed in a tree right outside of his window. It had been the first time Mazur had ever seen one so close up and so near his home. What are the chances, that when our nation needs it most, that the most majestic national symbol of leadership would perch just outside his door? “Leonard and his wife Helena both know how important finding a cure to COVID-19 is to our families and to the world,” says Dr. Peri. “They also know Manor College needs to keep educating the leaders of tomorrow to soar into their communities and handle crises like these in the future.” Together, the Mazurs encouraged gifts to Manor College. And their hope was their gift of $10,000 would be matched by the community. The institution gave themselves one month to match that generosity. However, it only took one day! Kelly Peiffer, VP of Marketing Communications and Advancement for Manor College, said, “We could not believe how the donations came in! In just a day, we raised nearly $11,000. That funding will help support our students who are struggling during this health crisis. One day, and one especially generous couple, made an incredible difference.” The good news continues. This year Manor College honored more than 100 students as degrees were conferred online. A graduation ceremony was postponed until October 22. “We couldn’t have asked for better supporters,” says Dr. Peri, “and we know the students felt their encouragement as they worked diligently to end this semester strong. We call it #ManorStrong.”
Manor College creates new student leadership award to honor late alumnus, Kyle McIntosh ’16 Manor College held a Virtual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony on April 28 to honor current students who display outstanding leadership in the community and with their peers. This year, a new award was added to the list—The Kyle McIntosh Memorial Award. This award recognizes a student leader who embodies the spirit, energy, kindness and love of Manor, that Kyle McIntosh ‘16 personified, an alumnus that tragically passed away in February of 2020. McIntosh was heavily involved on campus, planning student activities, hosting events and more. He was a diligent student who achieved stellar grades, made deep friendships and was always the life of the party – cracking jokes, having fun and making everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. The entire Manor community is deeply saddened by his loss. Allison Mootz, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, said, “Kyle was a bright ray of sunshine on a gloomy day. We stayed in touch after he left Manor College and went to complete his bachelor’s degree at LaSalle University. I followed his successes and cheered him on. In January, Kyle stopped by campus and it was such a special visit—I remember we spent a lot of time laughing at some of the fun memories of when he was a student. He was loved by so many and he will be dearly missed. I hope that by creating this memorial award, we are honoring his spirit.” Zachary Metz, a recent graduate from the Class of 2020, earning his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, is the recipient of the Kyle McIntosh Memorial Award. Metz is described as an energetic, kind and also bright light, by his peers. He is heavily involved in many areas of the college including Campus Activities Board and was President of Student Senate. “I was very surprised to receive the Kyle McIntosh Memorial Award and did not realize Dean Mootz was talking about me during the presentation until she mentioned me ringing the hallway bell every time I walked by! It is honestly a blessing to be considered for an award especially to be the first recipient. As grateful as I am for the award, I am only sorry I did not get an opportunity to know Kyle,” remarked Metz. The entire college community is proud of Metz for this achievement and looks forward to honoring McIntosh in the future.
Students ages 16+ can take fully online summer classes at Manor and receive college credits for only $300! What is the program? Manor College has launched a program for high school students over the age of 16. Through this program, students can earn up to 12 college credits during the summer, which can be used toward earning an Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s degree! One of the most exciting parts of the program is the cost. Each class costs only $300. College classes typically cost a few thousand dollars. This low cost will allow high school students to get ahead while saving exponentially. Marc Minnick, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, stated, “Now that high school students have become experts in online learning, College 101 gives them the opportunity to use those new skills and start earning college credits at an unbelievable rate!” The first summer session starts on May 18, 2020. Students can choose from BI101 Biological Science with Lab, CS105 Intro to Computer Fundamentals, EN101 Fundamentals of Composition and MH110 College Algebra. Students must be registered by May 13, 2020, to enroll in the first session. The second session starts on July 1, 2020. Students can choose from BI106 Human Nutrition Science, EN102 Fundamentals of Composition II and PS101 Introduction to Psychology. The deadline to register is June 27, 2020, for the second session. How do students register? Students should fill out the form on this page and someone from the Manor team will be in touch ASAP. More information about the program can be found here. Contact Dr. Marc Minnick, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, at email@example.com if you have any questions!