Manor College Becomes SAT/ACT Optional

In an effort to support its future Blue Jays and to continue providing the most personalized education possible, Manor College has made the decision to waive the SAT/ACT test requirement for prospective first-year undergraduate students. Students that are applying with a high school GPA of 2.0 or greater, will not be required to submit SAT/ACT test scores, as it is now an optional requirement. Testing for SAT and ACT exams has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, and Manor College is taking every measure to demonstrate flexibility for its students during this incredibly stressful time.  The decision applies to students who have submitted applications for fall 2020 and to those who will apply in the future. In addition, Manor College joins the list of schools that have moved the fall deposit deadline from May 1 to June 1. According to Vice President of Enrollment, Daniel Perez, “Becoming test-optional aligns our admissions procedures with our core values as we review each student’s application in a holistic approach.  Success should not be determined by a standardized test score; instead, it should include the opportunity to work tirelessly in the classroom, complete extracurricular activities, and get involved with the community. These are truly transformational experiences that mirror an education at Manor College.”   While more than 1,600 students have applied so far to be first-year students at Manor College for this fall, the best priced private residential Catholic college in Pennsylvania is grateful to have the opportunity to provide such a high quality college education with an incredibly affordable tuition.  “Right now coronavirus is creating impediments to education that we are clearing away,” said Manor College’s President, Dr. Jonathan Peri. “Between our small class environment, affordability and accessibility, and being well known for our ability to connect students to jobs, we were already the best choice for students.  This adds a whole new level of accessibility during a time when it’s most needed.” Both President Peri and VP Perez acknowledge that high school GPA and community service and commitment are significant predictors of success at Manor College while SAT/ACT scores are not a significant indicator of success in college. However, prospective first-year students must meet all other admission requirements in order to be accepted.  

Manor College Provides Care for Injured Ukrainians

Last February, during one of Manor College’s Ukrainian Dialogue Sessions, Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Congresswoman, challenged every person in the audience to have an impact on the issues currently taking place in Ukraine.  Norma Hall, former Rotaract Advisor, addressed this challenge with the Rotaract Club and it became the main focus of the 2016-2017 academic year. Thanks to social media, the Manor Rotaract Club received contact information for Svitlana Televiak Kutia, Kyiv Rotaract Past- President who was starting this initiative over in Ukraine.  The club also received help from Arthur Pogorelov, Kyiv Rotary CLub President and Olena Pododiashcha. During the summer of 2016, the club worked to solicit donations from local hospitals, instead of trying to raise the funds.  Steve Vahey of the Glenside Rotary Club helped the college receive an Allstate Grant for the project with Wyncote Academy Interact Club as a partner.  Saint Basil Academic also provided assistance through their bake sale to raise more money. The Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society of Manor College held a Technology Workshop in the Spring, which called for donations for the project.  Holy Redeemer Hospital graciously donated two Philips Heart Monitors. Jefferson Hospital donated between $75,000 and $100,000 in surgical instruments. Glenside Rotarian Barb Nye donated several boxes of medical supplies. On November 28, the items were shipped to the Kiev Military Hospital.     The Rotaract Club would like to thank everyone who helped in this initiative, especially Norma Hall who arranged everything from start to finish.  

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.

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 >