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The Gauss Family

Cave Dwellers? Not so much.

See how Manor’s mission, a mother’s example -- and Plato -- inspired a family.


Dear Friends of Manor College, Our Strategic Plan: Fast-Forward with Charting our Progress invites the entire College Community to tell “The Manor Story” of the transformation of our students on a new level. Emphasis is placed on the dignity and value of each person who holds unforeseen potential. Diversity as a key element of the Manor Story is clearly demonstrated with 37 birth countries represented by incoming students, with Ukraine leading with the highest percent followed closely by Haiti. They come to Manor College not only to be educated in a given program but recognizing that Manor enables them to realize their hopes and dreams. With their presence they bring the transformational potential of diversity to all areas of Manor College. Personalized attention, support of the faculty and staff, assistance from the Learning Center tutors assists the student in recognizing his/her potential. Success is built upon believing, creating goals, expanding one’s outreach.

SPOT SISTER Where is President Sister Mary Cecilia, OSBM standing? Submit your guess to magazine@manor. edu. Correct guesses go into a drawing for a Manor College sweatshirt blanket (it’s amazingly comfy). Sorry, employees of the College are not eligible.

A big congrats goes to Sophomore Veterinary Technology student Rachel Riley for guessing the“Spot Sister” in the 2013 Annual Review (Sister Cecilia was at the back steps of the Basileiad Library building) and Rachel received a Manor College blanket.

Service to the local communities and broader outreach is illustrated through the growth in student organizations and Student Senate membership. Leadership as a key goal of the Student Senate has increased the number of students who serve on college committees. Manor College calls its students to leadership through service as a mark of a Manor College graduate. You, our generous donors and supporters, are the heart of the transformation of Manor College. Your gifts allow our students to benefit from the Basilian Scholarship program that makes it possible for entering students by their academic achievement to receive additional scholarship funding. These students will transfer through our Dual Admissions Program with a scholarship to selected colleges and universities. Your gift is thus increased two-fold. Over 65% of our students transfer after graduating from Manor College and your gift made this possible. You continue the work of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great at Manor College. You are included in my daily prayers and the prayers of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great. Throughout the year you and every benefactor of Manor College are remembered in the Divine Liturgy celebrated for all our donors and benefactors.


Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM President, Manor College



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Adult Learning Program Comes to Manor

Are you a working adult with life experience looking to begin or finish a degree quickly and affordably? Manor’s new Adult Learning program was designed with you in mind.


Get to know Liz, Amanda, Danielle and Tommy Gauss a family of Manor alumni and students.

Horse Care Team Works Hard All Day, Everyday


The Manor College Horse Care Team has worked endlessly during this harsh winter to keep our Manor horses healthy and happy.


Student Spotlight: Alena Yadlovskaya Graduating Sophomore Alena Yadlovskaya went from being a self-taught home school student to one of Manor’s most involved and social students.

















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Find out who has been hired this year Manor College welcomes Christie Prince as Director of Counseling. Christie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/ Sociology from Lycoming College, and earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Scranton. She has over 25 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist. Prior to Manor, Christie worked in private practice and mental health agencies, including the Horsham Clinic, Lower Merion Counseling Center, and Carson Valley Children’s Aid. Fun Fact: Christine enjoys kayaking for relaxation and exercise.

Manor College is pleased to welcome Sabrina Allen as Assistant to the Athletic Director. Sabrina graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and received her Master’s of Science in Sports Management with a specialty in Intercollegiate Athletics from the California University of Pennsylvania. Sabrina was born and raised in San Francisco and traveled to the East coast on a Basketball Scholarship to attend Delaware State University. Sabrina is currently the Director of Admissions at Imhotep Institute Charter High School while maintaining her position here at Manor College. Fun Fact: In her spare time, Sabrina loves watching reality television shows.

Manor College is pleased to welcome Dante Cirelli as Major Gifts Officer. Dante received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University and attended Fairfield University for a threeyear program in advanced studies in banking, finance, and economics. Dante worked at Huntingdon Valley Bank as President, CEO, and Chairman, and has been in the banking industry for 40 years. Dante served on the Manor College Board of Trustees (Vice Chair) from 2002 to 2013.

Manor College is pleased to appoint Sara Figueroa as Assistant Librarian. Sara Figueroa has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Eastern University and Master’s of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She is joining Manor after six years as a Youth Services Librarian in Montgomery County. Fun Fact: Sara enjoys reading historical fiction, doing arts and crafts with her daughter, Elliana, and running half-marathons.

Fun Fact: Dan enjoys Photography and using Photoshop CS5.

Manor College is pleased to welcome Dr. David Kaffey, DDS as an Instructor to our Dental Clinic in the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting program. Dr. Kaffey is currently the owner of David M. Kaffey, DDS Leading Dental Solutions where he practices cosmetic and general dentistry. Dr. Kaffey received his Bachelor of Science in microbiology from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his Advanced Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry from Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies and he received his DDS, Dentistry from SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Fun Fact: Dr. Kaffey enjoys skiing and mountain biking in his spare time.

Manor College welcomes Daniel Pevear as Evening Reference Librarian. Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University and his Master’s of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Fun Fact: Dan enjoys reading, birding, and playing the guitar.

Manor College is pleased to welcome Eduardo Rivera as Admissions Counselor. Eduardo Rivera was born in North Philadelphia and was raised in Cheltenham Township. Eddie graduated from Cheltenham High School and graduated from Montgomery County Community College with two Associate’s Degrees in Health and Fitness and Liberal Arts. He transferred to Kutztown University College of Business, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. At Kutztown University, Eddie was in the Knowledge Nobility Integrity Gentleman of Honor Talent club (K.N.I.G.H.T.S.). Eddie also worked for Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreations as a Summer Camp Counselor. Fun Fact: Eddie won the 2nd Annual Manor College Wing Bowl by eating 20 wings in 3:15. Manor College welcomes Elizabeth MacNeil as Residence Hall Coordinator. Elizabeth MacNeill is a graduate from Arcadia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Her prior experience and qualifications include a Senior Residence Assistant and Peer Mentor at Arcadia University. Fun Fact: Liz loves zip lining, but she is afraid of heights.




Manor College is pleased to appoint Elizabeth Anselmo (Liz) as Admissions Counselor. Liz earned her Bachelor of Science degree with summa cum laude honors in Behavioral Science, specializing in Psychology, from Utah Valley University. She earned her Master of Science degree in Psychology, specializing in Professional School Counseling, from Utah State University. Although she attended school in Utah for six years, she was actually born and raised in Scranton, PA. Liz has had an array of jobs, ranging from managing a restaurant to mentoring substance dependent teenagers. Fun Fact: Liz is the youngest of five children, and she has 12 nieces and nephews.

Manor College welcomes Rachel Brown as Coordinator of Admissions Communications and Operations. Rachel Brown graduated from Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. At Penn State, she was involved in many service and leadership organizations, specifically through the Student Activities Office. Additionally, Rachel was an avid volunteer and dancer for the Penn State IFC/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON. Fun Fact: Rachel studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic during her junior year of college.

Goodbye & Good Luck Jane

After nearly 25 years at Manor College, the beloved Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Jane Zegestowsky is ready to retire and start living a whole different type of life.

This September, one of the most well-known and beloved fixtures at Manor College, Jane Zegestowsky, will retire after nearly 25 years at the college. Just speak to virtually any Manor graduate. Chances are he or she knew Jane. And if they knew her, they loved her. Currently the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, a position she has held since 2013, Jane has served Manor in many capacities, including as chairperson of the Allied Health, Science and Math division; faculty advisor to the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society; Mathematics Coordinator; and academic advisor and member of the mathematics faculty, to name just a few. Jane has also served on numerous committees, including Founders Day; the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees; the Veterinary Technology Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which she chairs, and many more. Jane received the 1998 Teaching Excellence Award, the 2004 Board of Trustees Award and the first student selected Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2004 Founders Day celebration. Looking forward to her upcoming retirement, Jane said, without a hint of mawkishness, “I’m entering the last trimester of my life. There is a whole other type of life I want to experience –

children, grandchildren, traveling – and as yet undiscovered opportunities. “There comes a time when you have to take advantage of those things while you still can,” she explained. “Besides, it’s time for younger people to take over leadership roles at the college.” Reflecting on her time at Manor, Jane said, “The biggest thing I appreciate about Manor is the people. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t miss the people when they leave. The students and co-workers help shape the person you are and the impact you have. “Professionally, I have appreciated the opportunity Manor has afforded me to work in many different capacities as an educator, with different responsibilities and challenges. You don’t get that everywhere,” she continued. Manor College is certainly a better institution for having had Jane be a part of it for 25 years, just as every person she has come in contact with is better for the experience. Jane will continue to teach math part-time at Manor next year, and the college and her future students will continue to be better off for it.

Kudos, Awards, and Honors We are proud of our exemplary faculty, staff and students who are involved in scholarship, research, and professional and personal development activities that benefit students and the College. Our staff, faculty and students are proud of their accomplishments, on and off campus, so join us in congratulating them on the amazing things they have achieved this year.

Scholarly Accomplishments Nicholas Rudnytzky, Associate Registrar, reviewed the book Surviving Communism in Ukraine by Zvychaina and Mlakovyj, edited by Jean-Pierre Cap. in the Winter-Spring 2014 edition of The Ukrainian Quarterly. Nick also co-edited the English translation of To the Light of Resurrection through the Thorns of Catacombs; The Underground Activity and Reemergence of the UGCC which just came out in 2014. Dr. Donna Eastabrooks, Clinic Coordinator for the Dental Hygiene Program, was a contributing author in the 4th edition of Darby and Walsh’s Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice, editing chapter 17, “Oral Hygiene Assessment: Soft and Hard Deposits.” Early Childhood Education Adjunct Andrew Notarfrancesco co-authored an article titled “Aerial Archaeology at the Moland House: Balloon-elevated videography in search of Colonial-era structures” in the Northeast Historical Archaeology. Andrew was also promoted to Major in the Air Force Auxiliary in January.

Personal Accomplishments On November 7th, Dr. Virginia Saunders, RDH, MEd, EdD Chairperson, Allied Health, Science & Math Division, and Director, Dental Hygiene Program traveled to Italy with her parish choir, Saint Andrew of Newtown Church to participate in the 500-year anniversary of the Cappella Giulia. Liz Whitman, an adjunct in the business department, attended a conference at the University of Akron sponsored by the Committee for Research on Women and Gender this past March. The conference theme was: The Multiple Faces of Activism: Feminism in the 21st Century. Her daughter Jacqueline, a student at Bloomsburg University, was one of the presenters. Dan Cirelli, Major Gift Officer in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations, celebrated his 45-year wedding anniversary on September 7, 2013 to his wonderful wife, Mary Cirelli. The Men’s soccer team won the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference for the second year in a row. Sr. Associate Professor Norma Hall, and her husband, traveled across the entire state of Alaska from June 26 – July 6, 2013. Norma Hall also welcomed their first grandchild, Miss Avery Ryann McNiff, on March 8, 2014. On April 17, 2013 Nicholas Rudnytzky, Associate Registrar, welcomed his fourth child and second daughter, Amelia Irene.

Professional Accomplishments J. Michael Shampine, Adjunct Instructor in the Liberal Arts Division, has been accepted as a volunteer, inaugural member of the Prezi Educator’s Society.

Jackie Terrizzi Meyers, Coordinator, Campus Ministry, earned Pennsylvania certification as a Library/Media Specialist, in addition to her other certifications in Elementary Education, Secondary English and Licensed Loan originator/financial educator/speaker. Sally P. Mydlowec, M.Ed. Executive Vice President & Dean of Academic Affairs, completed the following workshops: Developing Adult Programs, Accelerated Programs and Accelerated Courses; Prior Learning Assessment, Corporate Training Partnerships, and Competency-Based Degrees at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning Conference in San Diego, California this past November and Optimizing Enrollment: From Summer Sessions to Special Sessions at Academic Impressions Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in December. Joanna Bassert, VMD, Program Director and Professor of the Program of Veterinary Technology, received one of three Alumni Awards given this year from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine at the Penn Annual Conferences dinner. Dr. Steven Present, a dentist in the Dental Health Center and Clinical Instructor, was voted one of the best dentists in the area by Philadelphia Magazine in their February 2014 issue. Allison Mootz, Director of Student Life was named the co-chair for the Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference planning committee. Erica Brooke Fajge, adjunct faculty in English, was promoted to Website Editor/Quality Assurance Specialist at Hibu. Erica is also excited about her new role as a correspondent for a new web series called Health & Wellness, which will present interviews and news segments related to healthcare and healthy living within the Greater Philadelphia region. In April, Kelly Peiffer, Assistant Director of Marketing Communications presented at the HighEdWeb New England Conference on “How to Build, Manage and Execute a Successful Instagram Photo A Day Challenge.” John Stahura, Senior Associate Professor, was appointed to the design committee of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, formed to provide sustainable leadership, direction, and support for the successful, efficient revitalization and long-term success of downtown Hazleton in December.

Michael McDevitt, Admissions Counselor, was named Associate Head Men’s Soccer Coach for the Manor College Men’s Soccer team.

Beth Lander, Director of Library Services, created a digital tutorial called MILT (Manor’s Information Literacy Tutorial) as part of the online First Year Experience class. This tutorial was cited in July 2013 by the Primary Research Group “for excellence in tutorial development and a source of imitation or inspiration” during a review of online information literacy tutorials.

The office of Marketing Communications was a Gold Winner in Higher Ed. Marketing’s Education Digital Marketing Awards in two categories: Online Display ad and Institutional Website.

In January 2014, George Tomezsko, adjunct professor of history, delivered a PowerPoint lecture titled “War in Vietnam: Failure of Will” to the members of the Verreeville Historical Society.

The Athletics Department launched, Manor’s first-ever athletic website, dedicated to news, stats and scores about our Blue Jays.


Cherie Crosby, Liberal Arts Chair; Director, Early Childhood Education has volunteered to be a reviewer for the United Way’s Impact Grant and has reviewed six organization’s applications and rated them according to the guidelines of the grant. As a recipient of many United Way grants or initiatives while she worked in childcare, Cherie felt this was the best way to pay forward gifts that she has previously received.






olunteers from Manor College, the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, and St. Basil Academy planted 85 native woodland trees on Monday, April 22 to celebrate Earth Day 2013. The trees were planted on the grounds between the Sisters’ convent and the college. In addition, student members of Manor’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society sponsored an Alex’s Lemonade Stand and donated $475 to the Foundation for Childhood Cancer and free lemonade was donated for those volunteers planting trees.

Faculty, staff and student volunteers from Manor College and Saint Basil Academy assisted the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in planting 85 trees as part of a larger project to provide better storm water management, improve water quality and reduce pollution reaching the Jenkintown creek.

The tree planting took place on a 1-acre plot of land recently restored with native woodland grasses and is one phase of a larger project being funded by a Growing Greener grant the Sisters received from the Department of Environmental Protection as part of the Jenkintown Watershed Improvement project being spearheaded by the Montgomery County Conservation district. Growing Greener remains the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history to address the state’s critical environmental concerns of the 21st century. The goal of the overall project, taking place on portions of the 130 acres of land owned by the Sisters, is to provide better storm water management, improve water quality and reduce pollution reaching the Jenkintown Creek. Other components of the project being implemented include measures to convey and filter surface runoff through the upper pasture at Fox Chase and Cedar Roads by adding a diversion berm and bioretention area, adding agricultural fencing and crossings to minimize erosion by restricting horse access to the area, and installing roof gutters and downspouts to the barn located on the farm at Fox Chase and Cedar Roads. The Earth Day tree-planting project, in combination with the grasses already in place, will provide ground cover stabilization and minimize the rain water runoff that rushes from Fox Chase Road through that parcel of land where the vegetation has been eroded to the Jenkintown Creek. Species being planted on April 22nd include Redbud, Serviceberry, White Pine, Yellow Birch and American Hornbeam. Also contributing to the project are the Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council and the Tookany/TaconyFrankford Watershed Partnership. Pictured left is Allied Health major Krisela Vojniku, ‘14 digging a hole for a tree that she will plant, forever leaving her mark on Manor’s campus. SPRING 2014




“Students need their own space to get away and just have some fun every once in a while,” said sophomore student, Mark Leonard. After hearing many student requests similar to the one above from Mark Leonard, to create a dedicated space for them to relax, recoup and refresh, Manor College decided it was time to create The Nest, a student only lounge. It started on June 20, 2013 when several student leaders met alongside staff members to discuss color combinations and décor aesthetics for their brand new student lounge. It was clear from the start that this student lounge would be only for students, and would be a space where students could forget about the pressures of life, school, work, etc. and unwind. Freshman student, Kira Ogden addresses another purpose for the student lounge saying, “Us students need a comfortable place to eat and chill in between classes. The commuters also need a place to hang out in between classes since they don’t live on campus.” Addressing the needs and concerns of our dormitory and commuter students was important, and Manor College wanted to



Manor College Cafeteria Gets The Nest, A New Student Lounge Addition

ensure that this lounge would accommodate all students. Using bright colors such as green, blue and orange, the lounge has a modern yet youthful look and feel to it. Within the lounge are dozens of chairs with writing desks attached to the arms, tables, two flat screen televisions and outlets surrounding the perimeter for charging cell phones, laptops and tablets. Director of Finance and Physical Plant John Winicki says, “We have been wanting to create this student lounge for over five years now, and I’m so excited that we were finally able to do it. It is such a cool space for our students, and I personally love the furniture, it’s vibrant, it’s cool and comfortable.” Leonard comments saying, “The student lounge has made Manor better in a way that makes the students feel like they’re appreciated. It’s a good connection and we hope there’s more to come because some day we plan on giving back.“ Besides renovating and creating this dedicated space for just students, Director of Student Life, Allison Mootz decided to let the students name the student lounge.

“I had a student contest with an online survey to name the student lounge – students submitted their ideas via email and then the students voted by using an online survey. We had 28 name suggestions and 73 survey votes, it was a great response.” The name, The Nest won by 30 percent with 22 votes and the creators of the name were three students, Armando Buligon, Aleisha Riles, and Lauren Greenly. These three students were given Visa gift cards for their creativity and for winning the contest. Mootz says, “Many students see that we are listening to them and making improvements for them and they really appreciate that. In the future, hopefully this will spur the creation of a student center - a place where clubs can hold meetings, a space for supplies and crafting and a dedicated space for events and gatherings.”


Here are some of the other student lounge names students came up with: The Bubble The Box Blue Room BJ Lounge BJ Zone

BJ Nest Lean Green Jay Pad The Bird Cage Cozy Corner






During the summer, Ferguson Contracting worked hard at fixing and restoring our beautiful and unique outdoor patio that is connected to St. Josaphat Hall (the dormitory building). The patio was structurally restored underneath and the fence was refurbished in order to secure it for many years to come. Tables and chairs were also added to the patio, in an effort to update and improve. This summer, Manor is looking towards adding umbrellas to the tables and a gas grill for cooking.



Lady Blue Jays Center, Tyshay Britten, Headed South to North Carolina Central University on Full Athletic Scholarship For Manor College Women’s Basketball Center, Tyshay Britten, playing at a Division I University on a full athletic scholarship is a dream come true.

XIX finals, losing 52-49 to 2nd seeded Essex County College. This is the furthest in the playoffs the team has ever gone in the Lady Jays history.

“If it wasn’t for Coach Robert Reeves I wouldn’t be where I am right now today. He found me in High School and changed my life for the better and I will always be thankful for him,” says Britten.

In Fall 2014, Britten will be graduating from the Lady Jays and moving down to North Carolina to become an Eagle on the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) team.

This past 2014 Women’s Basketball season, the Lady Jays made history with Britten at the helm. The 4th seeded Lady Jays made it to the NJCAA Region

We caught up with Britten to hear her thoughts and emotions about moving away from her Manor College family.

& Q Stats


Total Points Scored: 658 Rebounds: 767 Blocked Shots: 152

Q: How has Manor prepared you to attend NCCU? A: Manor is a small school that treats you like family. I am prepared to be a part of the North Carolina Central family just like I was a part of the Manor family. Also, Manor has taught me that the ‘student’ comes before the ‘athlete’ and that is a lesson that I will certainly take with me to North Carolina Central. Q: Why NCCU? A: The opportunity they offered me is just incredible, and they were the only school when I visited that I got a good vibe from. I felt like a member of their family right away and they focus on academics more than basketball, which is what I was looking for. Q: What are you most looking forward to about being at NCCU? A: I’m looking forward to a new experience and a new team. Everything is going to be different for me, so I’m excited to learn everything and just have different experiences. Q: What will you miss the most about Manor? A: Honestly, I will miss being at a small school. I’m used to everything being right there for me, just a few steps away. Also, I will really miss my team. Q: What lessons did you learn from playing Manor Basketball that you will take with you playing at NCCU? A: No matter what the score is, never give up. Q: What advice would you give to future Manor basketball players if they were looking to play at the next level? A: I would say, communicate with your teachers no matter what because your grades are a huge part of playing basketball. I went through a phase where I wasn’t talking with my professors and my grades started to slip. As soon and I started talking to my teachers, things got better and my grades started improving. Take everything seriously and play hard because you never know what’s going to happen. Best of luck to Tyshay as she takes her academics and basketball game to the next level at North Carolina Central University.



Two Time All-American Mark Colville Gets Full-Ride to Play and Study at St. Joseph’s University for Fall 2014

In Fall 2014, Manor’s first-ever two-time All-American Athlete, Mark Colville, a Fishtown Philadelphia native will be trading his Blue Jays jersey in for a St. Joe’s Hawks jersey as he joins the St. Joseph’s University Men’s Soccer team on a full athletic scholarship. We sat down with Colville to hear his thoughts and feelings about moving on from Manor College.

Q: How has Manor prepared you to attend St. Joe’s? A: I have been given a lot of help from everyone here and the helpfulness had made me very prepared to go and not only play soccer but take classes and be a full time student. Manor has really prepared me for the next level, and I’m very grateful for that. Q: Why St. Joe’s University? A: I have always known that St. Joe’s was the school that I wanted to go to. It is close to home, so I can still commute, it’s a great school academically and I can play soccer at the DI level, it’s my dream school. Q: What are you most looking forward to about being at St. Joe’s University? A: I am really looking forward to the different scenery of campus life and playing against new competition and having to push myself even harder. Q: What will you miss the most about Manor? A: One of the things that I will miss the most about Manor is all of the friends that I have made here in the past two years. I got really close with the guys on the soccer team, as well as a lot of the staff. I'm going to miss Coach John Dempster, as well. There is not a thing that he wouldn't do for his players. He was there for me so much over the past two years, on and off of the soccer field, and it was a pleasure to be coached by him.

Q: What lessons did you learn from playing Manor Soccer that you will take with you playing at St. Joe’s? A: I have learned to enjoy every minute of it, because it goes by in a flash. Two years seems like a long time, but it’s over before you know it. I will only have two years at St. Joe’s, and I plan on making them the most important years of my life. I will take full-advantage of every minute on and off of the soccer field. Q: What advice would you give to future Manor soccer players if they were looking to get to the next level? A: Make the most out of their time here academically, as well as on the field. Grades are very important. When you play soccer for a college team, you are required to keep your GPA above a certain level, so it’s not only about the game, it’s about the classroom too. Best of luck to Mark as he embarks on this wonderful new journey in his academic and athletic career.



Goals: 47 Game Winning Assists: 37 Goals: 10 Shots: 145 Shots on Goal: 109

Adult Learning Program













IN THE CLASSROOM To accommodate a growing adult learner population, this fall Manor College is launching a new program -- for non-traditional students with life experience who want to begin or finish a degree -- that is convenient, affordable and can be completed in as little as 18 months.

program who have already earned college credits can submit their official college transcripts to be evaluated toward transferring those credits in to Manor. Obviously, any credits that transfer in mean fewer credits to pay for at Manor.

According to census figures, college attendance increased for more than a decade, experiencing a steep climb from 15.2 million enrolled college students in 1999 to 20.4 million in 2011 due to, among other factors, a population boom that increased the number of college age Americans by 20 percent. Currently, however, after more than a decade of sharp growth, the college age population is dropping. The number of Americans turning 18 peaked in 2009 but has decreased since then and is projected to continue to decline well beyond 2016.

Furthermore, applicants can earn credit by examination for subjects they feel they know well but have not previously earned college credit for. Manor also awards credit for life experiences that are directly and significantly related to an academic subject. There are also financial aid options available.

“It stands to reason that the large population of 18-year-olds from a few years ago hasn’t decreased – it’s still a large population – it’s just that it has grown up and today it is a large population of potential adult learners,” said Marketing Communications Director Steve Greenbaum. “For any of them who are ready to start college, or finish a degree, we think we have a program tailor made for them that addresses their needs and concerns.

Manor currently offers six programs as part of the Adult Learning Program (ALP) which can be completed in 18 or 24 months if taken full-time, including Accounting, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education (pre-K to 4th grade), Information Systems and Technology, Management and Pre-Nursing.

“We know that the three things adult learners want to know when considering a degree program are how much it will cost, how long it will take, and how convenient it will be,” Greenbaum continued.

How much?

Courses are priced at $399 per credit hour, which is already significantly lower than at many area four-year institutions, and there are numerous options available for lowering the cost even further. Manor is offering a Presidential Scholarship for new adult students of up to $500 for the first semester if they apply by July 1, 2014. In addition, applicants to the

How long, how convenient?

Manor’s ALP is an evening and weekend degree program for working adults who want to begin or finish an associate degree by taking classes full or part-time. Courses are taken through a variety of modalities to suit the working adult’s busy schedule, including evening classes, Saturday accelerated classes, online courses, and hybrid courses, which combine the online and classroom experience. Courses for the accelerated track run not only during the traditional fall and spring semesters, but also during summer sessions, a three-week semester in May, and an intercession in December – all in order to help move students through the program in just 18 months, again, if taken full-time.



“I don’t know how our academics department could have built this program to be any more accommodating to the needs of the audience, which is anyone interested in advancing in their current career, changing careers or finishing a degree,” Greenbaum said. “And the effort to accommodate the adult learner population reaches beyond academics, it’s campus-wide.” Numerous service departments will stay open beginning this fall to serve those on campus at night and on weekends, including the college’s dining service, which will offer convenient options for grabbing something to eat before or between classes. Also, the Student Life department will be open in the evening two nights a week and will run programs and events specifically for the adult learner population, such as free coffee and food events and giveaways. There will also be an adult learner representative added to the college’s Student Senate, giving voice to that population and an opportunity to have ideas, needs and opinions heard. “Of course, Manor’s adult learners will benefit from all of the conveniences that every Manor student has always enjoyed, as well as the features that are the hallmarks of a Manor College education and of the Manor College experience,” added Greenbaum.


Classes are small and academic instruction and advising is personalized. Applying is simple and straightforward using the online application portal and admissions and financial aid counselors are available for oneon-one appointments. Further, Manor’s campus is small, safe, easy to navigate and parking is ample and free. The college is convenient to Philadelphia and to public transportation. “The bus stops right at our driveway!” commented Greenbaum.

More Information

For more information about Manor’s Adult Learning Program, visit: To make an appointment with an Admissions counselor, email To apply, visit: To make an appointment with a Financial Aid counselor, email

Horse Care Team WorkS Hard All Day, Everyday



They start early in the morning and they don’t stop until late at night. They work through the snow, sleet, rain, wind, cold and all. They don’t get paid. They don’t get credits. All they get is the satisfaction of caring for some of the gentlest creatures. They are the Manor College Horse Care Team and they are one-of-a-kind. According to the Horse Care Team Handbook, the Horse Care Team (HCT) is a volunteer group of students responsible for the care of Program-owned horses and for the maintenance of Program-related facilities in the barn. The HCT is led by one or more sophomore captains, students who demonstrate strong leadership qualities during their freshman year. The captains are chosen jointly by the departing sophomore captains and by the Director of Veterinary Technology, Dr. Joanna Bassert. This year, the HCT team was led by three Sophomore captains: Amanda Parylak, Katelyn Reeder and Kristen Folk. On the HCT each captain has a role – a role that is vital to running the team and keeping the horses in good health. Kristen Folk is the ordering captain and says, “As ordering captain, I handle more of the financial end of the team. I have to keep track of when we are running low on supplies and order the hay, grain, supplements, and bedding from the local feed mill. I also attend to buying any other essential items for the horses or the barn.” Amanda Parylak is the communications captain and says; “I deal with the communication of the team, creating a work schedule each month, problem-solving as different issues arise (whether it be with the people part of the team or with the horses). I see to it that the horses receive the proper day-to-day care both medically and maintenance wise. Scheduling appointments to have their hooves trimmed, making sure they’re up to date with their vaccines, getting the teeth “floated” (filed down), as well as managing any other medical problems they may face along the way.”

Katelyn Reeder is the captain of the barn cleaning team and says, “I clean stalls, feed the horses, do any treatments that they might have, fill water buckets with fresh water and turn them out/bring them in from grazing all day.” While all three of these captains have their own duties and responsibilities the other 12 HCT members have their own duties and have to make sure they are pulling their weight each and every day to keep the horses healthy. This winter, during the unforgettable polar vortex, the HCT was tested like never before. The HCT had to work endlessly through snowstorm after snowstorm to keep the horses from getting colic. Colic is abdominal pain that can happen to horses when they ingest too much cold or ice water. Horses are more susceptible to getting colic when they are eating a lot of dry hay but aren’t drinking enough water. This winter, the HCT team had to work long hours to keep the water buckets warm enough for the horses to drink. With zero hot water in the barn (something that the barn desperately needs), the HCT members would use a limited number of water bucket heaters or would fill up buckets of water in the dormitory building and physically carry them over to the barn for the horses. Despite the cold and the extreme conditions that the HCT had

The 2013-2014 Horse Care Team poses in front of one of their fenced in pastures. (Top row) Craig Adolph, Samantha McWilliams, Katelynn Reeder and the team’s advisor Dr. Joanna Bassert. (Bottom row) Carolyn Kennelly, Amanda Parylak, Melena Petit, Krista Gabbaro, Ciara Fredericks, Helen Vanderburg-Broadben and Kristen Folk. SPRING 2014


to endure this winter, Parylak describes why being on the HCT is rewarding, saying, “My favorite part about being on the HCT is the horses. Going to the barn is more therapy to me than it is work. Any bad day can be remedied with some quality time with my favorite horses. The more time you spend with them, the more you learn they’re individual personalities and quirks.” While many HCT members have their favorite horses, Reeder has a special relationship with one horse in particular that makes her studies in the Vet Tech Program at Manor College unlike any other. Reeder says, “Seeing the way that Bobcat gets all happy and becomes a little kid when he sees me. Also knowing that the horses are getting the best care possible is the most rewarding aspect of being on the Horse Care Team for me.” Just like Reeder, Parylak has developed a relationship with the notoriously stubborn yet lovable horse, Huey, that has shaped her as a person and as a Vet Tech professional. “Last summer, right after I became captain, Huey suffered from an abscess in one of his hoofs that was really serious. I had to make sure he received the right treatments and had to communicate to the team what needed to be done so he could get healthier. He was my own special project and I was glad to be there to help him get healthy again. Huey is just a big baby, literally and figuratively. He can be pushy at times because he likes to test people but he’s all bark and no bite,” said Parylak. Vet Tech Instructor Amy Bentz, VMD, DACVIM who is the proud owner of Huey and teaches the laboratory at Manor College titled “Large Animal Clinical and Emergency Procedures” comments on how challenging it is to be a member on the HCT. She says, “Learning how to work comfortably and safely around horses and understanding their body language is the first and most important aspect of being on the Horse Care Team. Our teaching horses all have different personalities and the students enjoy interacting with them when they become

Horse Care Team barn cleaning captain, Katelyn Reeder has built a special bond with Bobcat over her years on the Horse Care Team, and has worked hard this past winter to make sure he had enough warm water to drink.


comfortable with the horses’ habits.” In Bentz’s large animal course, she teaches hands-on techniques about working with the horses and says, “It is very gratifying to see timid students at the beginning of the semester develop their confidence with horses and eventually become the senior members on the Horse Care Team.” Since Parylak, Reeder and Folk are graduating this May from the Vet Tech program they will be handing over the reins of their leadership roles to three other HCT members. Reflecting back on her year as a HCT co-captain, Folk says, “The Veterinary Technology program at Manor College is very special and different because of the Horse Care Team. The professors have challenged me beyond my limits. The students here have pushed me to do better academically and have helped me learn so much.” Before Parylak graduates, she wants the Manor College community to know just how grateful she is to the HCT for giving her such wonderful opportunities that will only help her in her future career in a large animal facility. Parylak says, “Working in a barn and working with horses is not a light job. Everyone is really dedicated. Most of the team doesn’t get paid and everyone puts in 110 percent. When problems arise I never face them alone, my team is always right there with me to work it out and help as much as they can. This whole experience has been probably one of the best things to happen to me yet.”

Follow the hashtag #manorvettech on Instagram to see more daily photos of the Horse Care Team and the beautiful horses they work with.

IN THEParylak CLASSROOM Horse Care Team communications captain, Amanda petting and admiring her most beloved horse Huey.

Want to see more of the Horse Care Team and our Manor horses? Go to our Manor College YouTube channel and watch our Behind the Scenes With The Horse Care Team video.





This is the story of how a college’s mission, a mom’s example – and Plato’s story of a cave – brought two families together, the Manor College family and the Gauss family, and how they both work to better future generations.




Rockledge resident Liz Gauss entered Manor College’s Pre-Nursing program in 1999 as an adult with three children – Amanda, who was five at the time and twins Danielle and Tommy, who were six. Soon after, her mother became critically ill and Liz was diagnosed with diabetes. She was also working two jobs. “It was a difficult time,” Liz said. “I wanted to quit, but with the support of my husband, family, and Manor’s faculty and staff I was able to achieve my dream!” After graduating from Manor as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Liz transferred to Abington Hospital’s Dixon School of Nursing with a full scholarship. She graduated in 2006 and has been a registered nurse at Abington since. In May 2013, she earned her BSN at Immaculata University and plans on entering a nurse practitioner program next year. Today, she continues to credit Manor College, and its sense of family, with helping her to succeed. “My Manor family helped me through many difficult times in my life, which helped me to be a positive role model for my family; for my children.” And today, those three children – adults now -- have either graduated from, or are currently attending Manor. It was the College’s mission that caused her to suggest Manor to her children. “I encouraged my children to attend Manor for many personal reasons,” Liz explained, “but mostly because of its dedication to its mission.” Liz referred to the part of Manor’s mission that states that it was founded on humanistic and ethical principles based on understanding that human development requires the integration of intellectual and spiritual dimensions of the person. She was also strongly drawn to Manor’s core philosophy, which encourages the development of a sense of inquiry and critical thinking in its students. It is a philosophy that Liz also learned from someone else who knows something about the subject – Greek philosopher Plato – and it is a philosophy that has informed, according to Liz, many “interesting dinner conversations” among her family. “We’ve had our share of heated debates which, for the most part, is good because we gain a better understanding of each other’s perspective,” Liz explained, “but if a topic leads to narrow-minded thinking I remind them of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.” The Allegory of the Cave is a theory concerning human perception that imagines a cave with three prisoners tied to rocks, unable to see anything but the stone wall in front of them since birth. Behind the prisoners is a fire and between them, a walkway. When people travel the walkway, the prisoners can only see the shadows of them and the objects they carry on the wall in front of them. Having never seen the real objects, the prisoners believe the shadows to be “real.”

From Top to Bottom: Liz Gauss, Tommy Gauss, Amanda Gauss and Danielle Gauss.



One of the prisoners escapes the cave and is shocked at the world he discovers, not believing it to be real. Eventually he realizes his former view of reality was wrong. After embarking on an intellectual journey, discovering beauty and meaning, he returns to the cave to inform the other prisoners of his findings. Most interpretations of the theory postulate that Plato is referring to man’s desire to be educated and to seek out self-betterment and that he is only as educated as his surroundings, unable to learn without guidance and teaching. The cave represents people who believe that knowledge comes from what we see and hear in the world; that believers of only empirical knowledge are trapped in a “cave” of misunderstanding. Basically, people see reality as the visible world when reality actually goes beyond that and one has to leave the cave to be free to pursue the truth. “The simplicity of Plato’s allegory,” said Liz, “helps us understand that we should not allow ourselves to be chained by a false sense of reality or truths like Plato’s slaves in the cave were. We should not draw concrete conclusions based on the opinions of societal puppeteers like social media, reality TV and political pundits. “There is always room for growth and a higher level of understanding,” Liz continued. “It’s not until the slave is released from his chains that he understands that everything is not always as it seems. What is projected on to us may require further explanation and truth lies within the search for meaning.” According to Liz, life is a series of challenges and to be productive and true to one’s self one must leave the cave to conduct that search for meaning, but then return to it to help others gain that same freedom. “My Manor family helped me gain that perspective through its strong sense of moral and ethical commitment, and I have ‘returned to the cave’ in passing that same perspective on to my children,” Liz said. Speaking to her kids, it is apparent that the example she has set and the beliefs she imparted, have had an effect. “We saw our mother go to school and work two jobs,” explained Tommy Gauss, currently a student in the Paralegal program at Manor and a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma honor society. Tommy aspires to be a Philadelphia police detective and plans to attend the police academy after graduating from Manor this spring. “When we came to taking our next steps after high school we figured if she could do it, we could do it,” Tommy said. “She taught us by her actions and by the example she set, all of which spoke louder than everything else. “You take what you can from your parents,” Tommy continued. “Besides our work ethic, we learned life lessons, and now we have our own perspectives.” “She never pushed us to come here,” said Amanda Gauss, “but she wanted the best for us and we saw how much it helped her being at Manor.”


Amanda started at Manor in 2012 in the Liberal Arts program and plans to begin the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) program this fall. She expects to graduate as an EFDA in 2016. “I think everyone should smile, so I want to improve their smiles,” she explained. Danielle Gauss, a 2013 graduate of Manor’s Pre-Nursing program, concurs. Also a member of Phi Theta Kappa when she graduated, Danielle said, “Being such a close family, seeing Mom struggle, working, going to school, we knew we could do it.” Danielle is currently earning her BSN at La Salle University and intends to become an ER nurse. “We saw success and we rallied behind it,” Tommy said. “Mom told us we should get an Associate degree so we have that basic

knowledge, then we can decide what we want to do,” said Amanda. “We got a good foundation at Manor.” “My first day at La Salle my instructor said, ‘We know if you come from Manor you’re ready for this; they prepare you there,’” Danielle said. “Mom also told us to get our education while we’re young, before you have to deal with too many of life’s struggles,” Amanda continued. “I’m proud that they are doing well and have grown as human beings due to the caring environment at Manor,” Liz said, referring to her kids. “I knew they would have support here because I had support here.

And I’ve seen them mature and become better critical thinkers,” Liz said, adding that those conversations around that dinner table – about philosophy, religion and the like -- have become much more stimulating. “From the cradle-cave to the grave-cave, we are who we are because of our families – and I’ve had two of them, my immediate family and my Manor family – but it’s important to search for the truth in order to improve each generation of our family,” Liz concluded. Want to see more of The Gauss Family? Go to our Manor College YouTube channel and watch our Behind the Scenes With The Gauss family video.




Alena Yadlovskaya





“Alena truly does ‘live’ the Manor mission,” says Senior Associate Professor Norma Hall who has known Yadlovskaya since last year and is the advisor of Rotaract, a student club where Alena has been serving as the President for this 2013-2014 year. This May, Yadlovskaya, a Stolin, Berlin native who immigrated to the United States in 2001 at the age of seven-years-old, will be walking across the Manor stage and receiving her Associate’s in Business Administration. For Yadlovskaya it’s been a long and interesting journey to Manor College. Yadlovskaya says, “We all wanted to go to America. My family came to America for a better life. We live in the Northeast Philly suburb and there are no pigs or cows to tend to, which is great.” During Yadlovskaya’s high school years, she attended Northeast High for two years and then decided that she wanted to graduate from high school quicker and pursued her high school diploma at home on her own. Yes, she homeschooled herself. She ordered the necessary textbooks, read them, studied the materials and took the tests. While not many 16-year-olds would opt to trade in their adolescent and immature high school years for a self-taught home schooled experience, Yadlovskaya was motivated - and mature beyond her years - and graduated a year earlier from high school than the rest of her peers. When asked about missing out on the high school experience and friendships, Yadlovskaya says, “I was and continue to be very involved with my church, and that is where I have my friendships and social interactions. The support of my church family is always there for me.” For Yadlovskaya, while her true passion is to own a beauty salon one day (Alena loves all things hair, makeup and beauty), her parents encouraged her to obtain a Bachelor’s degree before taking the step of attending cosmetology school. Yadlovskaya had a


personal connection to Manor College from the beginning since her mother works on Manor’s maintenance staff. Yadlovskaya decided to attend Manor College starting the fall of 2012 and was on the path to a Nursing degree. After struggling in a few science classes, Yadlovskaya decided that the nursing field wasn’t the right fit for her and made the switch to Business Administration, realizing that a degree in business could really help her cosmetology career as well. Yadlovskaya’s first reaction to starting college was excitement. She says, “I just kept thinking to myself, oh my goodness, I’m a college student, I can’t believe it. I was just looking forward to everything about Manor.” Although Yadlovskaya says that she never really thought about getting involved in student activites at Manor, it didn’t take long for her to be in nearly every club on campus, and to start taking leadership roles in many groups. “My friend, Olga Myalik, encouraged me to get involved in Student Senate my freshman year, and I really enjoyed it. Olga also told me to join Rotaract and Yearbook – so I joined them and fell in love with them pretty quickly,” says Yadlovskaya. Rotaract Club Advisor Norma Hall says, “Alena has impacted so many clubs and her influence is seen in the many accomplishments over the past 2 years. This year Rotaract raised $100 for the Rotary International Rotary Plus Project and, $100 for the Lupus Foundation.” Just this year, Yadlovskaya served as the Student Senate Vice President, Rotaract Club President, Alpha Beta Gamma President, Yearbook Editor and Co-President of the newly founded Fashion Club. “This year I wanted to take my business and leadership skills and start a Fashion Club. I have a very strong interest in fashion, style and beauty, and just thought it would be a fun club to have at Manor,” says Yadlovskaya.



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Utilizing her leadership skills and qualities is what Yadlovskaya has been working on all year. Yadlovskaya describes herself as shy, quiet and reserved before she attended Manor College, but now says that she is confident, outgoing and a go-getter. Going from being self-taught at home to a full on college with professors, classes and lots of social interactions, Yadlovskaya says that Manor shaped her to break out of her “home school shell” and be her true self, a fun-loving person with the desire to lead. It was those qualities of leadership, confidence and drive that led Yadlovskaya to win the Mother Josaphat Medal this past year. The Mother Josaphat Medal is for a student who exhibits a responsible lifestyle, evidenced through reverence, respect and service to the community. The Founder’s Day Committee who selects the medal recipient knew that Yadlovskaya was the ideal medal recipient. On the day that Yadlovskaya received the medal, she was very excited. “I was really excited about it. I was really praying that I would get the medal because I know how big of an honor it is. I’m just so happy that Manor recognized all the hard work I have done, and I know it was a hard decision because all the other nominees were awesome people,” says Yadlovskaya.


When looking in retrospect at all that Yadlovskaya has accomplished here on campus, it is a bit overwhelming. She has been in nearly every group, been in a leadership position in said groups, and won the Mother Josaphat Medal all while maintaining an amazing grade point average. It seems that Yadlovskaya is Manor’s very own wonder woman, or some close variation of a college student superhero. Superhero or not, it is safe to say that Yadlovskaya is undeniably hardworking, persistent and accomplished. Hall says, “Her dependability, the quality of her work, and her ability to motivate students to get involved with meaningful projects will be missed next year. She will be greatly missed throughout campus.” Next year, Yadlovskaya plans on attending Temple Fox School of Business to continue her studies in Business Administration with the hopes of graduating and going on to Cosmetology school. She is confident that by continuing her degree in business, she will one day have the skills, knowledge and experience to own a salon and incorporate a service aspect into her business, “where we can groom homeless people, and help those who are less fortunate to build confidence and of course feel beautiful,” says Yadlovskaya.

Want to know more about Alena? Go to our Manor College YouTube channel and watch our Behind the Scenes: Springtime Photoshoot video.


“He is absolutely an outstanding teacher himself and I am so blessed that he’s not in India being a doctor, but here teaching.”

“She has helped me trendmendously transition from being back in school at the age of 28. She encourages our class everyday by sharing an inspirational quote with us and tells us to believe in ourselves.” - Freshman Liberal Arts Major, Faith Key talking about Computer Science

- Anonymous Nursing student speaking about

professor Carolyn Wilson

Allied Health professor Aneesh Kuhshman

“This woman is an absolute riot.”

“Nancy is an angel sent from God. He has blessed her with the compassion, patience, and humor as well as a genuine loving nature which is displayed in her teaching.”

- Sophomore Nursing student, Sherine

- Freshman Accounting student Michael McKinley talking about English professor Patricia Stubel

“his love for his subjects is infectious.” - Sophomore Psychology student, Monica Grantham talking about Religious Professor Michael Sims

Martin describing Allied Health professor Nancy Ceranic

“From day one she has been nothing short of amazing. She is seriously hilarious and makes us laugh everyday. She is simply an outstanding person.” - Sophomore Veterinary Technology student Christina Acholla describing Veterinary Technology professor Dr. Kathianna Komurek



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History and Social Sciences Coordinator and a Professor of History

Demythologizing “The Great Northeast” “The Great Northeast,” a phrase first coined by Northeast boosters, often evokes different reactions from its longtime residents and past inhabitants, who witnessed and weathered its myriad, and often turbulent, phases of spatial development during the twentieth century. For some, Northeast Philadelphia epitomized the aspirations of post-war American families, casting a spell over upwardly mobile white, working-class Philadelphians who yearned for a better life outside their densely occupied industrial neighborhoods after World War II. The average property owner in the post-war Northeast, moreover, took immense pleasure in knowing that “The Great Northeast” was not just a promotional slogan, but also a community of homesteads that truly represented the culmination of the “American Dream” for most, if not all, of its newly arrived depression and war-weary residents. Above: Set in 1961 is shown the exterior of the Gimbel store in Northeast Philadelphia from photographer Jack Tinney from the Any good historian will correctly inform Temple University Libraries Urban Archives. you, however, that there are always two, Many important questions about the Northeast, and its centrality to or more, sides to every story. The physical these metropolitan-oriented policy debates, have never been adequately landscape of Northeast Philadelphia, while appealing to the eye, addressed. Had history eluded “The Great Northeast?” Or was it, in concealed emerging racial and class disparities within its residential and fact, at the epicenter of the city’s festering racial, fiscal, and political public spaces. Lifting the veil on this complex and multifaceted subject maelstroms? Why did its outspoken leadership nearly compel the is a daunting endeavor, for it demands an assiduous eye to observe and Northeast to secede from the city during the mid-1980s? To answer dissect the many different strands that comprised the historical fabric of these questions, one must first unravel how the uneven, spatial patterns “The Great Northeast.” of Northeast Philadelphia eerily paralleled the clamorous relationships among civic-minded residents of the Northeast, civil rights’ activists, My research on Northeast Philadelphia has shed much light on the and city policy makers, especially concerning commercial, housing, and physical spaces that shaped me as a child and adolescent. It is an educational-related matters. especially humbling pursuit, principally because I grew up in the bucolic confines of the Far Northeast, and often wondered why some The largely uninhabited terrain of Northeast Philadelphia made deemed Northeast Philadelphia a paragon of virtue in a city that had it a desirable outpost for ambitious homebuilders to implant their lost its way throughout the twentieth century. In recent years, I have grandiose paradigm of mass homeownership, which catered to white, heard countless stories and tales from relatives and neighbors about working-class families of Jewish descent and various, ethnic European the Northeast and its revered status within a city that lacked direction backgrounds, following the Second World War. Although the on innumerable fronts during the postwar period, as combative, racial Roosevelt Boulevard mostly divided Jewish and Catholic communities contests, simmering political feuds, and woeful, economic trends scattered throughout the Northeast, there is much evidence to suggest marred the “City of Brotherly Love’s” national image and corroded its that, apart from religion, both of these populations shared fairly similar teetering communal framework. socio-cultural and racial outlooks about the private spaces in which they



resided, and the public spaces in which they congregated.

nevertheless left an indelible mark on local residents, who increasingly loathed the city’s meddling in their local affairs.

Frustrated residents of the Northeast, worried about the socioeconomic cohesion and racial fabric of their neighborhoods, implored the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to abandon its plans to build smaller, strip malls in the immediate vicinity of their newly erected residences during the mid-to-late 1950s. Because of the Northeast’s close proximity to massive, suburban shopping facilities in Montgomery County, many residents, instead, lobbied the Commission for the construction of a similar, commercial site in the Northeast that would symbolize their commercial ascendancy in the postwar economic landscape. Anchored by Gimbels, one of downtown Philadelphia’s “Big Five” department stores, the Bustleton-Cottman Shopping Center opened to widespread acclaim in 1961, attracting city officials, civic leaders and local residents to its shimmering façade and its sumptuous floor displays. Even as white residents lauded its immaculate design and commercial prominence, very few black residents or workers participated in its grand unveiling because of discriminatory employment practices that barred them from the Northeast’s inexorable march toward economic progress. Civil rights’ battles also loomed over the immediate horizon for white residents of the Northeast, who downplayed the racial inequities within their housing market throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Northeast whites waged fierce contests with fair housing proponents and civil rights’ activists, of both local and national repute, who chastised local residents and realtors for circumventing state and local fair housing mandates in order to protect their narrowly defined “constitutional” right to private property. While fair housing advocates struggled to dismantle the racial impediments within the Northeast’s housing regime, city officials and white residents engaged in heated and sometimes violent disputes over proposals to desegregate Philadelphia’s school system, especially in the Northeast, during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Near and Far Northeast residents consistently resisted school desegregation and busing proposals designed by the School Board of Philadelphia, and vociferously demanded new, and improved, school facilities to counter the city’s ambitious desegregation initiatives. Although the effort to implement mandatory school desegregation eventually faltered in the Northeast, it

Deindustrialization, white flight, and racial schisms destabilized the city’s foundations during the 1970s and 1980s, forcing many Northeast residents to seek racial and political refuge from its endless squabbles. The city’s declining fortunes inspired disenchanted Northeast residents to seize the political reins of power from its first elected AfricanAmerican mayor, W. Wilson Goode, in 1983, when Hank Salvatore, an ambitious, Republican state senator from the Northeast, launched a secession movement to free the Northeast from the city’s slowly eroding governing framework. Compelled to dissolve their relationship with the city, Salvatore and his cantankerous allies excoriated the mayor’s agenda while promoting the virtuous, governing and civic components of their proposed, political experiment, “Liberty County,” which failed to gain popular traction across the Northeast, especially after Mayor Goode’s decision to construct a municipal services’ facility for disaffected Northeast residents in the Northeast Center Shopping Center in 1985. The Northeast has undoubtedly changed in profound and immeasurable ways since Salvatore’s bold, and flawed, secession campaign in the 1980s. The racial complexion of the Northeast, for instance, has dramatically shifted over the last two decades. Commencing in the early 1990s, a mass exodus of white, middle-class families to the suburbs and outside the Philadelphia metropolitan region enabled once-ostracized racial constituencies to occupy the very homesteads many whites had once staunchly defended during the 1950s and 1960s. To some long-time residents, the Northeast embodied their relentless and romantic pursuit of the American Dream, which centered on mass homeownership and material affluence following the Second World War. Economic and racial imbalances, however, ultimately hobbled the spatial development of Northeast Philadelphia, and unveiled the inherent limits of postwar American prosperity. Deeply invested in the defense of their homesteads and public spaces, many Northeast residents, in fact, repeatedly sought to shape history to fit their standard of living, excluding, in the process, certain racial and economic constituencies who lacked the physical characteristics and financial credentials necessary to join the grand narrative of spatial expansion unfolding in “The Great Northeast.”

Want to learn more about the Greater Philadelphia Area? Visit The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia at where you can access both of Matt Smalarz’s articles on Shopping Centers and Northeast Philadelphia. If you want to learn more about Matt and his research on Northeast Philadelphia visit his acadmeic profile at





Liberal Arts Chair and Director of the Early Childhood Education Program, Cherie Crosby is making learning real by bringing art into the classroom.

For Cherie Crosby, it wasn’t until the passing of her mother in 2007 when she decided to start painting. Crosby says, “I needed a positive way to channel the emotions that I was feeling.” While Crosby was always interested in the visual arts and did mess around here and there with painting and photography, she didn’t start taking it seriously as a learning tool for the classroom until 2007. Coupled with her mothers’ passing, Crosby met Jesse White, the Director and Arts Educator at Pigeon Arts, a custom-tailored creative program that works to meet any educational interests and budget. For example, Pigeon Arts offers oil painting classes; writer’s workshops, book classes and community programs to help those in need build their creative skill set. The beauty of Pigeon Arts is that one can work with White to create his or her own program, whether it’s in scrapbooking, painting or sculpture, if there is a desire, White finds an artistic way to bring any program idea to life. During the summer, Crosby started spending a lot of time at Pigeon Arts, and became inspired to incorporate visual arts and painting into her classes. Crosby says, “Art makes me feel wonderful and free like an eagle. It allows me to fully express my thoughts in color and gives me an opportunity to give my creative take on the things I see in the world. Those that know me well probably can tell what I am thinking when viewing one of my paintings.” Crosby says, “A lot of the things that I do in class are a reflection of my passions outside of the classroom.” This is what inspired Crosby to start Studio Time. For Crosby, it is an absolute must for her to teach her students art. She believes that when students engage in art they tap into all of their senses and it helps everyone ‘think out of the box’ and not become stagnant in their thinking. “Art helps children become better problem solvers, deal with stress better, and ultimately leads to innovative technologies or practices,” says Crosby. Studio Time is a period of time during the semester in a select few of her education courses where the students will work on an extensive art project. In the past years Studio Time has included making Ukrainian eggs in our very own Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center, painting with oils and acrylics on canvas and making sculptures out of clay. “I want to make learning real, and not just lecture,” says Crosby.


Above: The fusion painting that was created between Cherie Crosby and student, Zendra Twyman in the ED210 class. Crosby painted the beneath layer, while Twyman painted the above layer

Crosby describes how special making the Ukrainian eggs were because it is a Manor College tradition that not many students are exposed to during their time as Manor students. Chrystyna Prokopovych, curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center, taught Crosby’s education students how to make the eggs and went through the entire intricate process with them. Early Childhood Education graduate Aferdita Ahmeti ‘13 says, “The Studio Time learning was really fun. We as students are active learners and we had teacher-student and student-teacher collaboration and reflection. Professor Crosby helped me learn the procedural skills and I was able to observe, practice, explore, solve problems and gain mastery through hands-on learning with different techniques and procedures that I now use in my own classroom.” For the oils and acrylic paintings, Crosby had each student in her ED210 Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education bring in a photograph that they wanted to paint, and the photograph acted as the muse for the painting. Crosby says, “The ED210 class was at 2 pm and when they came in for Studio Time, it was like the lights were on and everyone was glowing – they loved it.”


Early Childhood Education student, Zendra Twyman in the ED210 class worked with Crosby to create a fusion collaboration painting. Crosby says, “The art studio helped my students understand that art is more than finger painting and Play-Doh and that to truly expose children to the arts we must include all of or most of its mediums. In addition, they learned that art supports mathematical and scientific thinking and is a great way for children and adults to deal with stress in positive ways. For me, the art studio allowed me to see my students in a different light and have a better understanding of their thinking process.”

Looking forward to the Fall 2014 semester, the art studio will be a big part of Crosby’s classes, and she will continue to include oil painting, clay and the egg painting projects. For the oil painting session she is planning to use small canvases for each student so that they may pair up with a classmate and create a fusion collaboration painting. Crosby says, “Studio Time taught the students that they are a lot more creative than they think they are. Also, many students didn’t know they had such a passion for creative outlets in them until they were exposed to Studio Time.”


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Legal Studies Education Coordinator Mary Sims: An Advocate for All — Even if They’re Furry BY STEVE GREENBAUM She was just going to the shelter to walk the dogs when she met him. That was the extent of Mary Sims involvement with Animal Outreach of Cape May County (AOCMC) in 1999, when the facility had just been turned over to the organization by the SPCA. When she arrived, she met a dog -- named for what he was -- that had just been dropped off after being dragged by a trash truck. “Trooper’s fur was missing. He was beaten down, cut up, but he survived. He really was a trooper,” Sims said. And it was Trooper who convinced Sims, education coordinator for the Legal Studies programs at Manor and a Cape May resident, to step up her involvement with the organization. “I was just sick to see him,” Sims explained. “He looked like he had been in a fire. It was one of the worst cases I had seen. It really clued me in that we need some way to take care of animals better than we do.” According to Sims, each year hundreds of animals in Cape May and the southern shore region are either rescued or dropped off at the shelter. Many animals are simply abandoned by families vacationing at the shore. Others end up homeless because older owners move into nursing homes and leave their pets behind. Some owners get evicted from their homes or they simply can’t afford the animals. A graduate of St. Basil Academy, Sims first got involved when a fellow graduate and friend, Ellen Shaw, took over the AOCMC, which has seen some transitions over the years. The organization took over for the SPCA but their building was sold in 2002. Today, the organization operates out of a storefront that serves as a cat shelter, but they have to

place dogs in foster homes. Getting a dog shelter built is part of what Sims is working toward today and an example of how her involvement has increased since her days of just walking the dogs occasionally. “Now I am working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as architects and engineers, negotiating contracts, working on grants and loans and fundraising,” Sims explained. “But I also go on rescues where I go to people’s homes and pick up animals. And I still walk the dogs. “I love to walk the dogs,” said Sims, who currently has a rescue dog of her own. “Dogs just have this way of being present that most people don’t have. They are so genuine and sincere; being with them is comforting. “I feel like animals are just really good and so innocent,” Sims said, explaining why she is so passionate and still so involved 19 years later. “Animals and children can’t help themselves. They need someone to be their advocate. “They give unconditional love. Their goodness should be enough to keep them safe, only it’s not,” Sims lamented. Luckily though, in some cases it is, and happy endings do occur. Before he was even totally healed, Trooper went to a loving home after being adopted by a house painter who lives in the area. Presently, the Animal Outreach of Cape May County is trying to collect funds to build a permanent shelter for dogs, cats and other domestic animals. To donate, or to learn more, visit

Top Right: Mary Sims, education coordinator for Manor’s Legal Studies programs and long time volunteer at the Animal Outreach of Cape May County, is seen with Dr. Robert Moffat, who made a house call to give some shots to the cats being sheltered at the facility.

Left: It’s feeding time for the cats waiting to be adopted at the Animal Outreach of Cape May County shelter.

Bottom Right: Mary Sims’ husband, Rich, with Rocky (left) and Molly (right), both of whom were foster dogs. Mary and Rich kept Molly as their own.



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Theresa Groody is currently serving as the first Expanded Functions Dental Assistant to the State Board of Dentistry.

1981 Marybeth Krawczuk is currently at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer and also the Vice President of Quality & Chief Quality Officer.

1985 Lisa Golkow, CEO of Golkow Technology and a proud Manor College Board of Trustees member welcomed twins, Jacob and Ava into her family last year.

1986 Stasia MentoMoloney was recently awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy from La Salle University. Stasia is a proud member of the Manor College Board of Trustees.

1994 Randi E. Golub, CVT has started her own company as owner/operator at CatNurse on Call/ CatNurse Cottage in Eugene, OR. Randi specializes in the care of terminally ill, diabetic and elderly cats and dogs and offers feline only boarding at CatNurse Cottage. Randi has also published a book titled, The Feel Better Book for Cats & Dogs - Nursing Care for All Life Stages
Sugarbabies - A Holistic Guide to Caring for Your Diabetic Pet.



Andrew Studyk, BSRT (R)(MR) is currently a MRI Technologist at Jefferson Outpatient Imaging in Philadelphia, Pa. Andrew’s niece, Vera Penkalskyj is a current Manor student, studying Psychology and working on campus in the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center.

1998 Sister Kim Kessler, CSR is a Sister of the Holy Redeemer and is the life skills and wellness advocate at Drueding Center and coordinates a food pantry at Drueding Center, called Green Light.

1999 Dan Campbell is currently the Executive Director of The Arbors at Buck Run Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care in Feasterville/Trevose, Pa. Brandy Terry currently runs the ICU at HOPE Veterinary Specialists and is a specialist in Emergency and Critical Care.

2000 Marie N. (Varano) Villante is most recently employed with Henkels & McCoy as a Contracts Manager. Antonietta DiFrancesco is a paralegal program graduate whom is currently working for the City of Philadelphia as a Legal Assistant dealing with delinquent business taxes.

2002 Stephanie Fritz is a nurse oncologist at the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services.

2003 Jennifer Pirrelo is a proud member of Manor College’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and currently works at West Pharmaceutical Services as a Project Manager.


Christopher Jud, a graduate from the Business Administration program, is a CPA and Tax Specialist at Pitcairn in Jenkintown, PA. Chris was recently elected as President of the Endowment Fund Board of Northern Children’s Services in Philadelphia, Pa.

Kamil Yakubov, earned her Associate’s in Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and is currently a professional, full-time, freelance court certified Russian and French interpreter, language tutor, and translator (Russian, French, German, Swedish) who specializes in the fields of legal, medical, and business translation and interpretation. Shannon Paine is currently a Hospice Nurse at Holy Redeemer Hospital and has just received her Bachelor’s in the Science of Nursing this past Spring. Kelly Doxzon was recently named the Quality Assurance Manager at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. Lauren Gilmartin is the Lead Sonographer doing high-risk obstetrics at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

2005 Karen Small graduated from the Veterinary Technology program and is currently a development scientist working for a diagnostic company in Malvern, Pa.

2006 Tasha McNerney, CVT was appointed chair of the membership committee for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and is pursuing her certification as a veterinary pain practitioner (CVPP) through IVAPM.

Ashley Strobel graduated with an Associate’s of Science from the Accounting program and is currently working in the Transfer Admissions Office at La Salle University and is enrolled in La Salle’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Master of Arts program. Daniel Perez became Admissions Counselor and Head Soccer Coach at Bryn Athyn College. Simone Cardoso Salgado is currently attending Florida Christian University online working towards her Masters in Coaching, a process to guide people to help them get plans done quicker, with positive psychology and self-motivation. She is also a partner of Made in Brazil Services, a check cashing business. Joseph Speziale, a graduate from the Information Science and Technology program, is currently employed by Microsoft as a Sharepoint Field Engineer.



Shelly Atkinson graduated from the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting program and is currently employed at Kaminsky Dental Associates in center city Philadelphia. Shelly also returned to Manor College and joined the clinical staff for the EFDA program.

Mary Jordan graduated from the Early Childhood Education program and is currently the owner/director at Precious One’s Child Care Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

2009 Christina Hyatt is currently engaged and working as an ad Advocate for Medrisk. Christina is also the coach for an under eight girls soccer team for the United Ukrainian Club.

2010 Allen King III has received his Master of Business Administration from Rosemont College and is currently employed with Bank of America as a Major Account Executive in Wilmington, Delaware.

2011 Brittany Kane obtained her Associate’s degree in Pre-Radiological Sciences and is currently attending the Radiology program at Holy Family University in Philadelphia. Cathleen Curran is currently a Milieu Counselor at The Warwick House in Warminster, Pa.

2012 2007 Erica Nix is happily employed as an Administrative Assistant II, at La Salle University, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences.

Jessica Strickland just graduated this May from La Salle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She will be returning to La Salle in the Fall to earn her Master’s in Business Administration. Sheila Mills, CVT is pursuing her certification in Canine Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee. Shelly Wenger is a certified veterinary technician at Barknpurr Veterinary Hospital and published author. Shelly published her eBook titled Digital Scrapbooking: Your Questions Answered in April of 2013.

Cynthia Windfelder is an Information Systems & Technology graduate who is currently studying medical technology at Manor College during the evenings while working full time as a shift supervisor at Rite Aid. Kelsey Palmer is currently pursuing her career to be a Registered Nurse at Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing. Diane Nobles is a cardiology nurse at Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Langhorne, Pa. Olga Myalik tied the knot in Philadelphia on November 2, 2013 to Sergey Shum and is currently a Paralegal/ Adminstrative Assistant at Stalker Vogrin Bracken Frimet, LLP in Blue Bell, PA.

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Donor Report


Honor Roll of Donors The Manor College Annual Review is proud to recognize those individuals and organizations who made a contribution to Manor College from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Anyone who made a donation to the college after June 30, 2013 will appear in the 2015 issue of the Annual Review. Every effort has been made to list donors names accurately and in the proper category, however, errors can occur. If your name has been omitted, misspelled or placed in the incorrect category, please accept our apologies and contact the Office of Development at 215.885.2360, ext. 215 or e-mail them at Mother Josaphat Founders Society Donations of $10,000 and above Mother Josaphat, the foundress of Manor College, believed that education, community support, and service to others provided the foundation for a well rounded society. We recognize donors whose contributions exceed $10,000 by enrolling them in the Mother Josaphat Founders Society. President’s Circle Donations of $5,000 – $9,999 Donors contributing over $5,000 are recognized by the president for their generosity which enables Manor to offer a wide-range of competitive programs and scholarships for students. Basilian Benefactor Donations of $1,000 – $4,999 Donors contributing $1,000 or more become Basilian Benefactors, in honor of St. Basil the Great, whose order of Ukrainian Sisters founded Manor College in 1947. Manor Associates Donations of $500 – $999 Associates of Manor College are valued for their contribution to Manor College. They include Trustees, faculty, staff, friends and corporate supporters. Macrinian Society Donations of $250 – $499 Donors contributing over $250 are enrolled in the Macrina Society, named for St. Macrina, who established the first community for the Sisters of St. Basil the Great. Blue and White Club Donations of $100 – $249 Donors contributing between $100 to $249 become members of the Blue and White Club, named for Manor’s colors. Friends Donations of $1 – $99 Every gift makes a difference. Individuals giving up to $100 are regarded as friends of Manor College.

Honor Roll


Mother Josaphat Founders Society Donations of $10,000 and above Akrimax Pharmaceuticals, LLC Endowed Scholarship Leonard and Helena Mazur Marie Louise Vermeiren Jackson Young & Lisa Chin Gift exclusively directed to the Dr. Yuriy & Yaroslava Rybak Scholarship †Dr. Yuriy Rybak President’s Circle Donations of $5,000 – $9,999 Steven Quoc and Karen Huynh The Philopatrian Literary Institute The Beneficial Foundation Basilian Benefactor Donations of $1,000 – $4,999 John Atton Susquehanna Bank Joanna Bassert, V.M.D. Benco Dental Company Frances Boccella, 1969 Catering by Mario’s Food Services, Inc. Charles Cheleden, Esq. Peter Chornomaz Amplifiler Solutions Corporation Roy Delizia Ukrainian Selfreliance Credit Union Philadephia Brother Joseph Burke, F.S.C. George H. Rendell Associates, Inc. Linda Golkow, 1985 Roman and Maryann Gramiak SPERACURA LLC MB Finacial Foundation Stasia M. Mento-Moloney, 1986 Sally Mydlowec, 1966 Kathleen J. Sandoski Alex Stogryn Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP Erwin and Ella Straw Golkow Technologies The Heritage Foundation Verizon Foundation Endowed Scholarship Joseph Toner III Gifts exclusively directed to the Vet. Tech. Digitial X-Ray Project Barbara Ozer Manor Associates Donations of $500 – $999 Comprehensive Investment Solutions, LLC Cherie Crosby Dishler Landscaping Selfreliance Credit Union - Newark

Donors Norma and Ralph Hall Herman Goldner Co., Inc. Rosemary Kelly, 1965 Anne Knop MCL Consulting Diane Meehan, 1989 Regina Pape, 1961 Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America John W. Winicki Barbara Zajac Jane Zegestowsky Gift exclusively directed to the Sr. Cecilia Endowed Scholarship Marylou Delizia, 1966 Gift exclusively directed to the Michael McHugh Memorial Scholarship Fund Mary Sims, Esq. Gift exclusively directed to the Seminack-Cwiek Family Award Stephen and Ava Seminack Gift exlusively directed to the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center MB Financial Foundation Macrinian Society Donations of $250 – $499 Dr. Kenneth Boyden Chemsynergy Inc. Johnna Corbett, 1986 Granison Eader Emisphere Technologies, Inc. Gallop Printing Anna Maksymowych Nickolas I. Milanytch George Rendell Silva Printing Associates Salvatore Sinibaldi Sue Ann Southerland, 1987 Marialice Stanzeski Taras Szmagala, Jr. Gift exclusively directed to the Assunta & Pasquale Pace Memorial Fund Dr. Patricia Sisca Pace Gift exclusively directed for the purchase of digital technology for the Program of Veterinary Technology The Bon-Ton Stores Foundation Kevin D. Welsh

FY 2013

Gift exclusively directed to the Sesok Memorial Scholarship Fund Deborah Sesok-Pizzini Gift exclusively directed to the Mary Wolchanski Scholarship Sister Marie Francis Walchonsky, OSBM Gift exlusively directed to the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center Alena Roma Dockhorn Gift exlusively directed to the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center, Gift in Kind Blake Florist, Inc. Marilyn Hollenbeck Blue and White Club Donations of $100 – $249 Alicia Behn †Monsignor George Binkowski Dr. and Mrs. James A. Bond Janis Checchia, 1966 Mary Lou Chin, 1958 Elizabeth Colonna, 1969 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Katherine Denega Cecilia Markham, DMD Sarah Assheton Dodd, 1961

“I feel a lot of gratitude towards Manor College for helping me work towards my dreams.” Class of 2014 Krisela Vojniku Presidental Scholarship recipient Patrice Flanagan, 2006 Florence Fromel Elena Giannasio, 1967 Teresa Gillis, 1964 Mykola Haliv Mary Harbison Oksana Hrubec, 1967 Christopher Jud, 2004 James Jurasinski Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM, 1956 Vera Kaczaj-Sushko,1956 Eileen Konecke, 1963 Stephanie Konyk, 1964 Agnes Kowal George Kozub Michael Lerner Katherine Ludes, 1964 Donna Eastabrooks, RDH, MA, PhD



Blue and White Club Donations of $100 – $249 Donna Eastabrooks, RDH, MA, PhD Lee Ann Maginnis, 1976 Sharon Mair, 1973 Zenon Masnyj, Esq. Dr. and Mrs. Edward Mazze Angela McGowan, 1964 Anne Marie Monaghan, 1972 Miriam Moody Brian and Birgit Mursch Patricia Myr Stephen W. Nachesty Irene Nowak Luba Nowak Mary O’Neill, 1963 Sister Dolores Orzel, OSBM Rev. Father Frank Patrylak Diane Pevar, Attorney at Law Piccione Construction, LLC Monsignor Michael Poloway Steven Pressman Anna Antonyszyn Psiuk Melanie Radzinski, 1974 Robert Reeves Dr. Leonid Rudnytzky Saint Basil Academy Wasyl Salak, M.D. James Sanzare Albert M. Sasson Saxon Office Technology Donna Schmale, 1968 Madeline Seltzer, Ph.D. Ihor Shust Helen Skoufis Stephanie Stalega Stephanie Stetz Dr. Gerald Sydorak , M.D. The Loomis Company Edward Thomas Lisa Thomas, 2010 Joseph and Joan Walton William R. May Funeral Home Joseph Woytowych Gifts exclusively directed to the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center Michael Buryk Mary Okolowicz Rypan Designs St. Marys Ukrainian Orthodox League SR Chapter Gift exlusively directed to the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center, Gift in Kind


Suzanne Bobyock Helen Chomyn Daria Soroka Gloria Swered Friends Donations of $1 – $99 Maria Andrusjak Edward Ashe Michael Ayeni, 2003 Megan Beach, 2010 Randal Beck Joan Behan, 1981 Henry Belback Sheila Betasso, 1960 Adam Blusnavage, 2003 Theresa Boyce Patricia Brabson, 1972 Joanne Buccellato, 1968 Linda Buchanan Whittona Burrell, 1971 Gentiana Canole John Carr Nancy Ceranic, MT Michael Ceranic, 2014 Larry Chirlin Yu Kyoung Choi, 2013 David Cipolla, 2007 Sandra Coleman, 1981 Patricia Conroy, 1987 Casey Schmoyer, CVT, 2003 Michael Tanitsky, DO Amelia Drobile Helen Duda Walter Dziwak Stephanie Ermolowich Francis Farrell, Jr. Krista Farrell, 2009 George Fenyo Kathleen Flood, 1967 Lorraine Gastrock, 1965 Sheila Gillespie Kathleen Grasmeder, 1957 Christine Graumann, 1986 Daria Guenther Beverly Halchak John Halchak Anita Haley, 1967 Donald Hermann, 1995 Maria Iskiw Anna Janjanin, 1966 Jean-Pierre Cap Theodore Johnson, 1978 Andrew Kapustiak Bohdan Kazaniwsky Anna Kibalo Dr. and Mrs. Ivan Koropeckyj

Joseph Korszniak Bohdan Korzeniowski Maria Krislatyj Louise Krulikowski Bohdan Kulchyckyj Arlene Laserow Edward Lewandowski, Jr., 1995 Dorothy Manley Louis Marchuk

“Thanks to Manor College - with the scholarship I received, I was able to attend college without having a financial burden and with that I was able to pursue my education that will help me care for animals in the future.” Ciara Fredericks, a Presidental Scholarship recipient Maureen Matakonis, 1965 Irene Mazur Phyllis McGovern, 1972 Elizabeth Hall McNiff, 2005 Carolina Moeck Pamela Moody, 1967 Beverly Mozersky Olga Myalik, 2013 Ladimer Nagurney, Ph.D. Marta Nakonecznyj Erica Nix, 2007 Chiara Oliver-Keebler, 2013 John Orichosky Catherine O’Shea Kathleen Padlo, 1966 Nancy Pasak Diane Pittman Joan Posselt, 1983 Carol Ratko Sara Rothermel, 2009 Andrea Sabo, 2007 Mariya Vasylivna Sadova, 2013 Dianne I. Saridakis Mary Louise Schneiders Mykhaylo Senkiv, 2013 John Sereditch Paul Shabla Sister Rita Stremba, OSBM, 1956 Michael Skweir Jr. Dr. Roman Slysh Mary Ann Smith, 1967 Michael Sofiak St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Frances E. Stahlecker Theodore Stecko Frances M. Stevenson Dr. Joanna Sym-Lipsky Traci Trubiano, C.V.T., 2005 Gerald Zafair Turlington, 2013


Daniel Turner Ronald Wagner, 1980 Mary Ellen Lieb-Way, 1972 George and Elizabeth Wesner Elizabeth Whitman, Ph.D Nancy Wilkinson, 1972 Renee Williams Jerry Wojt Barbara Wood Rose Worobel Stephen Wozny, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mykola Yaremko Orest Zahajkewycz Mary Zakrzewski Gloria Zannis, 1964 Edward Zetick, Esq. Hanna Zyruk Gift exclusively directed for the purchase of digital technology for the Program of Veterinary Technology Elaine Hammel, V.M.D. Gift exlusively directed to the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center Tetjana Danyliw Hope Lodge Quester Chapter #1394

Manorly Bead Club Chrystyna Prokopovych Gift in Kind to Manor College Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association Brandywine River Museum Byers’ Choice, Ltd Longwood Gardens Hersey Garden & Butterfly House Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Hagley Museum and Library Morris Arboratum of the University of Pennsylvania Nemours Mansion and Garden Wilmington & Western Railroad Winterthur Museum Gift exlusively directed to the Basileiad Library, Gift in Kind Beth Lander

Board of Trustees Leonard L. Mazur, Chairperson Roman (Ray) Gramiak, Vice Chairperson Sister Rita Stremba, OSBM, Secretary Brother Joseph F. Burke, F.S.C., Ph.D. Sister Olga Marie Faryna, OSBM Sandra A. Girifalco, Esq. Linda L. Golkow, RDR, CRCR Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM Vera Kalata Mary Kolodij Stasia Mento-Moloney, MFT Vincent Nguyen Sr. Dolores Orzel, OSBM Sr. Laura Palka, OSBM David A. Puerto, DVM Kathleen J. Sandoski Joseph E. Toner, III , Emeritus


Manor Welcomes Leonard Mazur as Board of Trustees Chairman


At its April board meeting, Manor College introduced Leonard Mazur as the new Board of Trustees Chairman. Mazur’s affiliation and support of Manor College dates back some 40 years to 1971 when he joined the college as a member of the Council of President’s Advisors, a position he held until 1979. Mazur joined the Board of Trustees in 2000 and was elected to his new role as Chairman in 2013. In 2009, Mazur was presented with the Manor College Community Leadership Award at the college’s annual Spring Gala fundraising event. Mazur served as Chair of the Board’s Standing Committee on Institutional Planning in 2010 and in 2012 he was the Chair of the Board’s Standing Committee on Development and Alumni Relations.

Mazur’s accomplishments as an entrepreneur and a supporter of the Ukrainian community are impressive. He has been instrumental in creating enterprises within companies and as a founder of numerous pharmaceutical companies. He began his business career with Cooper Laboratories while completing his Master’s in business administration. During his ten year career at Cooper, Mazur advanced from a sales representative position to a series of marketing, strategic planning, corporate development, and general management positions which included

Mazur commented that he has remained supportive of Manor College and its mission for so long because he has always been, “impressed with the dedication and commitment that the administration and the faculty have toward the students.

After ICN, Mazur was selected by the board of directors at Chantal Pharmaceuticals, a research-based company, to restructure its operations; a task which he completed within 18 months. In 1989, he joined Medicis Pharmaceuticals as a member of the founding executive team. As executive vice president, he was instrumental in establishing a dermatology-oriented company that has become a leader within its industry niche. In 1995, he founded Genesis Pharmaceutical, which is a company focused on dermatological products. Genesis was ultimately acquired by Pierre Fabre Group, based in France. Following Genesis, he established Triax Pharmaceuticals, which became a top ten company in the prescription dermatological market and was ultimately acquired by Precision Dermatologicals. Presently, Mazur is vice chairman and co-founder of Akrimax Pharmaceuticals, a cardiovascular pharmaceutical company he created in 2008. He serves as a board member of several new pharmaceutical ventures. Mazur was born in Germany and as a young boy immigrated to the US with his parents and is active in various Ukrainian – American organizations. He is a member of the Board for the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund and in 1991 was a member of the US Independent Observer Team for Referendum for the Independence of Ukraine.

Right to left: Sr. Mary Cecilia, OSBM, President working with Leonard Mazur, Board of Trustees

“Manor really goes the extra mile Chairman and Sally Mydlowec, Exec. VP & Dean of Academic Affairs, to make sure that each student has every opportunity possible to complete his or operating responsibilities for a division of the her program,” he said. company. Notably, while at Cooper, he was involved in the creation of Cooper Vision, As the new chairman of the Board of Trustees, which ultimately became the largest eye care Mazur said he intends to, “work hand in hand company in the United States. with the administration to ensure that the strategic plan and the vision for the school are In 1981, Mazur joined the U.S. executed appropriately. Pharmaceutical Division of BASF as director of marketing. He was responsible for introducing “I think I can contribute to that process,” he into the U.S. market one of the first calcium said. channel blockers, a breakthrough medication used to treat hypertension and other heart “Leonard is and has been a significant partner disorders. He then joined, in 1984, ICN in the growth of the mission of Manor Pharmaceuticals as vice president of sales and College,” said College President Sister Mary marketing. While at ICN, he launched the Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM. “As the new Board first antiviral drug for treatment of a deadly Chair, his leadership will challenge the Manor respiratory virus that afflicts infants. College community to reach for new heights of excellence and serevice.” 38 MANOR COLLEGE ANNUAL REVIEW

Mazur holds both a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from Temple University. He has been awarded a US patent for a cholesterol lowering drug and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and Temple University’s Diamond Achievement Award.


Vera Kalata Vice-President of MB Financial Bank of Chicago and manager of the Philadelphia branch

She entered the banking industry as a teller for Chittenden Bank of Rutland, Vermont working there for several years. Vera’s affiliation with MB completes a circle of professional affiliation with Ukrainian organizations that started in 1969 when she accepted a teaching position with the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia where she taught, under the tutelage of the late Monsignor Michael Federowicz, several of the influential and successful members of the current Ukrainian Community. She is proud to be an alumnus of the School at the Cathedral and of Little Flower High School for Girls. She attended Temple University majoring in English Literature in the school of Education.

She also served as a Board Member of the Group. Vera co-directed a production of Fiddler on the Roof and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She produced two productions, The King and I and a small dramatic production of Talley’ Folly. Vera is married to Charles Kalata and raised three daughters: Jenny, mother and director of the Upward Bound program at Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont; Stephanie, mother and former Montessori teacher now living in Pittsburgh; and of Katie, mother and former project manager for Epic Systems of Madison, Wisconsin, a leading software builder for the medical field. Vera has six grand-children, the oldest of whom will be starting college next fall.

Vera’s off-duty love is in the theater having acted, produced and directed for the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

David A. Puerto, DVM Diplomat American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Puerto is a veterinary surgeon who works at the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services. Dr. Puerto graduated from the Cornell University New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He joined CARES in January 2003 following a 7-year stay at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He accomplished an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the PennHIP laboratory from 1996-1998. He completed residency in small animal surgery from 1998-2001. Dr. Puerto remained at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer and staff surgeon until joining CARES. He performs soft tissue, orthopedic, minimally invasive and neurological procedures. Dr. Puerto’s special interest lies in using minimally invasive surgical

techniques such as arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy that can shorten a patient’s recovery time and minimize postoperative discomfort. Dr. Puerto is also an active member in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery. Additionally he has authored and co-authored publications on a variety of topics and delivered presentations to the professional and academic organizations. Dave enjoys biking, skiing, and horseback riding. He spends his free time with his wife Lori, and his 2 sons, Alex and Nicholas. They share their home with a pug, cat and 4 fish. He is also fluent in Spanish.



Veterinary Technology Receives New X-Ray Machine The Veterinary Technology program at Manor College cut the ribbon on its revamped radiology lab last September, unveiling a new, state-ofthe-art digital x-ray machine, ensuring that students entering the field will be prepared to use the equipment they will encounter when they go to work at many veterinary practices. Specifically, the new radiology machine does universal direct radiography, capturing x-rays and converting them to digital images. The lab also features a newly acquired direct digital dental unit, capable of producing dental x-rays for animals. The new digital equipment replaces the previous machines that relied on film. “Radiology has gone the same way as photography,” explained Dr. Joanna Bassert, director of the Vet. Tech. program. “Just as people used to use film in their cameras and now everyone has digital cameras. The same has happened with radiology machines. “With more and more veterinary practices using this type of equipment, it was vital that we be in a position to prepare our students to go out and work in the industry knowing how to use not only the digital machines, but the software used to manipulate the images,” continued Bassert. Just as software programs like Adobe Photoshop are used to manipulate digital photography, there is software used to manipulate digital x-rays.

Right to left: Sr. Mary Cecilia, OSBM, President, Sally Mydlowec, Exec. VP & Dean of Academic Affairs, Anna Hileman, representing the Connelly Foundation, Robert J. Orsher, VMD, donor to project; Joanna Bassert,VMD; Program Director for the Program of Veterinary Technology; David Puerto, DVM, donor to project: Fr. Daniel Troyan, archpriest and chaplain to Manor College.

The digital format allows x-rays to be immediately brought up on a computer where the contrast, size, color, focus and orientation of the image can be manipulated. The digital images can also be immediately emailed to specialists and no longer require enormous files in which to store them, taking up much less space in veterinary offices. According to Bassert, digital radiography is also safer and cheaper. Because the x-rays are taken quickly, there is less exposure to radiation. Because film is not being developed, there is no exposure to chemicals and ventilation becomes less of an issue in the lab. Also, film is expensive.

Veterinary Technology student, Nicole Clapper, positions Emily ‘dog radiographic mannequin’ for a ventrodorsal radiograph.

The benefits to students in the program have already been stated, but faculty also benefit by having the ability to immediately incorporate an image into a classroom lesson or an online lesson or exam. Bassert worked closely with the college’s Development department to raise the funds to purchase the equipment, with students in the program participating in a phone-a-thon and video and print pieces developed to solicit funds from various Manor constituents, such as the Board of Trustees, as well as alumni and veterinary professionals in the region, all of whom contributed to the funding. The Connelly Foundation was instrumental in providing the necessary funds to purchase the equipment, as was the college itself, which underwrote a large portion of the costs.

Right to left: Kathianne Komurek, DVM; Program Coordinator for the Program of Veterinary Technology: Beverly Bisaccia, CVT, Education Coordinator for the Program of Veterinary Technology, Marialice Stanzeski, Director of Development for Manor College; Joanna Bassert, VMD; Program Director for the Program of Veterinary Technology; Sr. Mary Cecilia, OSBM, President


From the Office of Development and Alumni Marialice Stanzeski, Director The purpose of the Development and Alumni Relations office is to build strong relationships between the College and its alumni and friends, and to encourage philanthropic contributions to the College so that the College can provide scholarship assistance to students and modernize teaching facilities. Since tuition pays for 78% of the College’s operating expenses, Manor relies upon the generosity of our alumni and friends for annual contributions to fill the gap between tuition and actual costs. Manor College is grateful to the many people and organizations who contribute donations or grants to the College because they believe in Manor’s mission and recognize our importance. Over the past six years, contributions from alumni, friends, trustees, foundations, and corporations have supported the renovation of all Allied Heath Laboratories. These renovation projects have been reported on and highlighted in past Manor Annual Reviews. The renovations campaigns provide donors with direct evidence that their contributions help Manor achieve key educational goals, particularly in the Division of Allied Health, Mathematics and Science. Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM, President of Manor looks to Development to provide increased scholarship funds for an anticipated

increase in enrollment. Earlier this year, the Board of Trustees approved an Endowed Scholarship Fund Campaign. Manor College is presently in the ‘quiet phase’ of a $1M endowment campaign to advance fundraising efforts and increase the Endowed Scholarship Fund. The College hired a Major Gift Officer whose job it is to focus on raising funds and securing pledges for the Campaign. I am proud to report that during this phase of the campaign the Development and Alumni Relations Office has secured $400,000 of the $1M goal. The Annual Appeal and the Gala continue to be the mainstays to provide annual financial support for the Basilian Scholarship program. Constituents who donate to the Annual Appeal are critical to Manor’s fundraising success. The financial success of the Basilian Gala relies on corporate support, encouraged by members of the Board of Trustees, to sponsor this event. Each constituent is important to Manor College. The individual relationships we share with our friends, alumni, corporate partners and employees are based on mutual respect for the important work each of us contributes to maintain the quality, transformative educational experience at Manor College.

Catching Up With Marshall Burstein, ‘05 Our cover story in the 2013 issue of the Annual Review featured Manor graduate Marshall Berstein ’05 who authored a self-published book Breaking in the Back Door to the Ivy League, which touts the benefits of a two-year college education. Berstein was looking forward to a visit to the White House with Dr. Jill Biden’s policy director, Sarah Baker, to discuss his book and his experience as someone who went on to have success at an Ivy League university, Cornell, after graduating from a two-year college. The Second Lady has called a two-year college education “one of America’s best kept secrets” and has worked to underscore the critical role two-year colleges play in “creating the best, most educated workforce in the world.”

To illustrate his points regarding the value of receiving an Associate Degree, Berstein described three high school graduates who took different paths to Georgetown University. One, who did well in high school, went directly to the four-year institution. The other two went to a community college. One, who did well the first year, transferred to Georgetown as a sophomore after one year. The other stayed and earned his Associate Degree before transferring. For each student, circumstances required him to withdraw from school just before graduating from Georgetown.

A year later, we checked in with Berstein to see how the visit went.

“I don’t know that she had considered that particular scenario,” Berstein said

On Thursday, August 22, 2013 with Baker tied up in meetings, Berstein met with Biden’s chief–of-staff, Sheila Nix, and Ashley Williams, Biden’s executive secretary. For 45 minutes they discussed Berstein’s book and his own journey.

With Biden planning a second Education Summit, Nix advised Berstein that she would like to incorporate their discussions and parts of his book into the agenda, and suggested the possibility of Berstein touring some colleges with Dr. Biden to address the topic.

“I asked Ms. Nix who she thought was in a better position academically at that point,” Berstein explained. “Obviously, the one who finished at the community college was now the only one with a degree.




Financial Report for FY 2013 During 2012 - 2013, a total of $907,476 was expended on achieving goals outlined in Manor College's facilities plan, information technology plan, and long-range plan.

John Winicki, Director of Finance & Plant

Facilities Plan Expenditures - $264,350 • • • • • • • • •

Repairs to parking lot including speed humps and curbing Renovations to staff offices in the Basileiad Library building Renovations to faculty offices in the Basileiad Library building Upgrades & renovations to the St Josaphat Hall Improvements to athletic facilities Beautification of Manor College campus Additions to the program of Veterinary Technology Upgrades to security cameras around campus Modernization of kitchen facilities

Long-Range Plan - $468,894 • • • • • •

This picture was snapped midconstruction during the renovation of our student lounge, The Nest, read the full feature on page 8

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Revised curricula; reviewed, developed, and added hybrid courses Reported college wide Institutional Assessment measures with data and analysis Expanded the use of technology campus wide to include social networking Increased financial aid and scholarships Improved campus safety and emergency preparedness plans Improved the quality of instruction and use of innovative methods by faculty Provided for faculty professional growth in their specific disciplines Purchased necessary lab and educational equipment Continued to promote Manor’s name recognition

Total Expenditures  2012  -­‐  2013   Instruc/on  &     Academic  Support  

General &  Administra/on   26%  



Student Services  



Information and Technology Plan Expenditures - $174,232


Expenditures Instruction & Academic Support Auxiliaries Student Services General & Administration

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Total Expenditures


4,456,245 1,084,576 2,384,667 2,788,224 10,713,712

42% 10% 22% 26%

Purchased new computers, monitors, printers, projectors, licenses, and servers Continued to upgrade wireless capabilities Completed redesign of Manor College website Purchased computer backup capabilities and internet web filter Installed multimedia in Board room for presentations

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Marketing MANOR For the 2013-2014 school year the Office of Marketing Communications launched a new 2 Years, 2 Options outdoor advertising campaign incorporating the new orange accent color that was launched in the Manor College website. The billboard shown to the right as well as bus shelters, Septa bus tails and ends were posted all over the Greater Philadelphia and Montgomery Area.

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