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.
If you attended our Ukraine Dialogue: Education as the Battlefront of Democracy – please take our attendee survey here Ukraine Dialogue: Education as the Battlefront of Democracy On April 6, 2017 at 2pm, Manor College will host it’s third Ukraine focused dialogue, with the focus and title being, Ukraine: Education as the Battlefront of Democracy. This dialogue will be held in the Manor College auditorium at 2pm (reserve your FREE ticket here) and will host a networking luncheon prior to the dialogue at 12:30pm (purchase your luncheon ticket here). This dialogue will examine the most crucial areas of educational reform needed in Ukraine in order to protect and preserve free and democratic ideals. Currently, the chief looming crises in Ukrainian education are conflicting ideals held by post-communist era sympathizers who have failed to embrace Western philosophies, and pay-to-GPA corruption where those entrusted with educating Ukraine’s students are accepting cash for grades. The issues have connection through Ukraine’s history with Russia and the resultant impact of the strained relationship on Ukraine’s economy. Is there hope for reform and increased international credibility of the Ukrainian educational system? Can the Ukrainian community and concerned Americans help Ukraine to resolve these crises? Join us for our program and help us as we work toward uncovering and acting to embolden a solution. Speakers will include: Dr. Serhiy Kvit, Professor of Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism and former Minister in the Ministry on Education and Science of Ukraine Alex Kuzma, Chief Development Officer of the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation Dr. Andriy V. Zagorodnyuk, Vice-Rector of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University Moderator: Dr. Albert Kipa, Former Rector ‘President’ of Ukrainian Free University in Munich, German, Professor Laureate of Comparative Literature, Muhlenberg College Thank you to our sponsors: Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union Ukrainian National Federal Credit Union Ukrainian Congress Committee, Philadelphia Chapter Organization for the Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine Register for this FREE dialogue here and register for the networking luncheon here