5 Things You Might Not Know About Manor

Manor College is a wonderful school, and there’s more to it than meets the eye. I have five interesting facts about the college that you may be surprised to hear about.

1. Why the Sisters Came to Philadelphia

In 1911, the sisters received an invitation from the Most Reverend Solter Ortynsky to come to Philadelphia. He was the first Ukrainian Bishop in the United States. Their mission in Philly was to open an orphanage and school  at North 7th and Parish Streets. In addition to Manor, St. Basil Academy was established in 1931. This is a private Catholic High School for girls. You can see this school right across the street from Manor’s campus. The sisters actually lived in the farm house, which is located right next to the barn at Manor. There are many other foundations of the Sisters of St. Basil. To name a few there are Poland, Argentina, Bosnia, and Italy.


2. Manor College Was Not Always Manor College

When Manor College was formed in 1947, it wasn’t called Manor College. It was originally called St. Macrina, and it was an all girls’ school. The Sisters of St. Basil the Great formed this college. The Sisters of St. Basil the Great were founded by St. Basil and his sister St. Macrina, who were from a traditional family of leaders in the community. They were also the ones who established Eastern Monasticism. In other words, they were supposed to be co-workers with God in developing education. In its first year, the school opened its doors to a total of eleven girls.


3. Manor College Classes Were Televised

Who knew that Manor used to televise their classes?  Beginning in Fall 1996, Manor College had a distance learning program. They were established with students who did not attend full time in mind. WHYY Channel 12 offered these programs.  The first course offered was called “Introduction to Psychology” and was taken by six students. With the success that came out of it, it was available to the whole student body a year later. The lecture comprised of 26 hour-long lectures airing twice a week over the course of a 13-week semester. They would be broadcast between the times of 1-5 and could be recorded for a students’ benefit. The class would only meet together three times the whole semester. This would only be for orientation, the mid-term, and the final.


4. There Was a Class Designed to Teach Students in Three Colleges at the Same Time

Manor College, starting in 1998, had a cultural diversity program where students could be in three different places at the same time once a week.  This would work simply with a television screen and cooperation with two other schools. The two other colleges were Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana and a college in Aberdeen, South Dakota located on a Native American reservation. The program was called “Diversity Link,” and it was a program meant to teach about cultural diversity.


5. Manor Had an Annual Ukrainian Festival

Manor used to host an annual Ukrainian Festival, and almost 4,000 people came to this event each year. The purpose was to honor the culture, arts, as well as traditions of Ukraine.  This took place on the parking lots of Manor. There were performances from authentic vocal groups and dance troupes from the Ukraine. Attendees were be educated, entertained, as well as enjoyed delicious foods like Kowbosa (a type of sausage).


I hope you found these facts fascinating! Let me know if you know anything interesting about Manor College that may surprise us.

By marketing intern William F. Rodebaugh III

5 Fun Things to Do Near Jenkintown

After a busy day here at Manor College with classes, assignments, exams and more, students may need some time to unwind and have some fun. I compiled a list of five places you could attend close to campus in the Jenkintown area. After reading this, let me know if you have any further suggestion of what you consider to be a fun activity.

Alverthorpe Park

Not that far from the campus is a beautiful park called Alverthorpe, located on Jenkintown Rd and Forrest Avenue. This park gives free membership for students, teachers, and faculty at Manor College with the ID badge. Right now it is open from 8am to 5pm, but starting March 4th it will be open until 8pm. There are many different activities you can do here. One thing you can do: play basketball at the basketball court. This is good for those on the basketball team who want to practice in an outdoor environment. It is open all year round. This is a gorgeous place to take a run or walk with the beautiful trees, and animals that run around. Also, for a $15 fee you could have a relaxing night and go camping. When I have gone on a run in the past I saw several deer. Additional activities that come at a price are: tennis courts with a 1.5 hour limit, fishing, and Par-3 Golf. You can also reserve picnic tables for $5.00. For more information, visit the Alverthorpe website.

source: TTF Watershed

Abington Art Center

For those who have an appreciation for art and want to find something free to do, the “Abington Art Center” in Jenkintown is for you. You can find this on a 27 acre campus that is located 10 miles away from Center City. This is located on 515 Meetinghouse Rd. The Winter Gallery is open until March 23rd Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.  It is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays. The sculpture park which looks like is getting work on right now is open each day from sunrise to sunset. For more information, visit their site.

The Austrian Village

If you want to go some place for lunch or dinner with food from another country, I would suggest the Austrian Village on 321 Huntingdon Pike. This is open from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm. An example of something Austrian you can have here is a schnitzel, which is a type of breaded pork cutlet. You can also get a variety of salads, burgers, and sandwiches. For more information, visit their website.

Joseph’s Pizza

For those who enjoy pizza I would recommend “Joseph’s Pizza” which is not that far off from the Austrian Village, located on 7947 Oxford Avenue. They have a unique pizza made from “signature fresh dough” with their special sauce with mozzarella cheese on the top of it.  For those who want something besides pizza there is also pasta, salads, wings, and sandwiches. For students or those on campus who want to bring something on campus to share or eat alone, they have a take out option. For more information on the foods they have, or the history of the restaurant, visit their website here.

source: Wikipedia

Hiway Theater

Wouldn’t it be relaxing to go to see a movie after a long day of work and classes? Try the the Hiway Theater on 212 York Road. This week, there are two movies showing. One of them is “The Upside” starring Philly-born Kevin Hart (let me know how it is if you go and see it). The other one is called “The Favorite” starring Olivia Coleman. Find the most current schedule on their website.

Source: Hiway Theater

I hope you take some time to look at these Jenkintown gems!

By marketing intern Will Rodebaugh III

Finding the Balance: School, Soccer, Parenthood and Work!

When I started school, I remember joking around with my friends and family about becoming a soccer player. You may think some girls just play soccer for the cute uniforms. Well, guilty as charged, because originally—that was me! Later that year, around August, Manor College’s soccer coach wound up reaching out to me, and asked me to join the team. I thought this was a joke, or I was on the show Punk’d, because I never talked about soccer with anybody at school, and I didn’t know any soccer players.

Well, fast forward to September when the season started. Being on the soccer team taught me to watch the opponent’s feet. If you have time one day, just watch a basketball player or football player on the field or court, and observe their posture and their body weight. You see that if they lean to the left more so than their right, then 9 times out of 10 they’re going to go right, and visa versa. When my coach had me out there on the field, he pushed me to run more than what I would do on a regular run; he pushed me more then I would push myself. I wasn’t the best player, but I was fast!

The soccer team was down to earth; it was a couple other girls that never played before, and some that you can tell soccer was their life. In the beginning, it was good; I was a cheerleader from middle to high school, so I knew about the obstacles that came with it. However, college was a totally different experience, with practice every day, then class at 6:30pm at night. Pet peeve: I hate sweating and being dirty, and going straight to class after the workout was just…ewwww.

My social life was another story; friends and family complained about not seeing me. My life was basically being a working mom, full-time soccer player, and school full time; plus, my son was in football. So, talk about a chicken running with their head cut off!  My grades were good, but the days I had games were the days I had my hardest class. I was thinking: I can do it, I’ll get my grades up and work turned in, in no time. Nope: I failed.

Being a mom while playing soccer was hard for me sometimes. I felt like I wasn’t giving my son enough attention. However, when I thought about it, I knew that was me just telling myself that I need to quit. That right there made me realize: I can still do what I want and still have time for my son and do what I need to do for him. I brought my son to the practices; I brought my son to the games. Yes, it was hard, but I managed. If my son did not have his tablet or phone, he would play with the soccer ball or my coach would let him play with us doing practice.

In other words: I put what I learned in soccer into practice. I pushed myself harder than I ever would have before. It took me a while to learn the right balance for my life; for now, I’m taking a break from the soccer team and concentrating on academics. That doesn’t mean you can’t balance work, sports, socializing and school, but here’s what I learned: part of being an adult is finding what works for you.

Sheresa Palmer is a Criminal Justice major at Manor College.

What’s Varenyky? Learning to Cook the Ukrainian Pierogi

Last week at Manor College, we celebrated our fifteenth annual “Founders’ Day,” a series of week-long events that students, professors, faculty and alumni participate in. This was the first year where Founders’ Day was celebrated over the course of one week. The week consisted of community service, food creation, social media events, awards, and celebration. One particular event was a food making event where we created “Ukrainian Varenyky.” This is like a pierogi.

I was very happy to participate in making a handful of these delicious pierogi. Making it was not as difficult as I thought it would be. In creating this dish, very few ingredients were needed to make the shell. Only flour, salt, oil, and water were required. I started by combining flour and salt and putting it into a bowl. I added oil and water and stirred it to mix it up. Then I did the part I thought was the most fun. I put the dough on a mat for five minutes and rolled the dough with my bare hands until it got smooth and soft. I enjoyed this because it allowed me to get all my strength in the dough and improve my coordination skills. I always enjoy opportunities for doing that.

After that, I took a brief ten minute break in order to let the dough rest on the mat. Then I rolled out half of the dough with a roller until it was ⅛ inches thick. After rolling, I used a tool to make small circles out of the dough. I was able to make nine small circles out of it. Then it was time to fill up the circles with the fillings. I had a couple of different options to fill them with. The ingredients were mashed potatoes, shredded cheese, and sauerkraut. You could also put sour cream and fried onions on top of them.

Personally, I thought filling and rolling the varenyky was the most difficult part for me. I needed to put a spoonful of filling into the circle. It turned out on a majority of them I ended up putting too much mashed potatoes and cheese in them. Pretty much if anything stuck out while it was baking it would pop open. This was soon corrected with help. I needed to fold the circle in half and keep giving them small pinches. I wrapped the process up by taking my nine pirogies to the kitchen and boiled them for five minutes. In the end, they looked a bit soggy, but I still think I did a good job. I realize that if I keep making these I can do a whole lot better.

It turned out that there were trays and trays full of Ukrainian varenyky. I thought they tasted really good. It was an awesome idea to learn how to create this food. Something cool about the varenyky is that you can put any food you want inside. It can be beef, chicken, or even a something dessert-like, such as fruit.  I really enjoy learning how to cook things even though I have not done it so much. I hope it is something that I will keep on improving as time goes on.

Will Rodebaugh is an intern in the Manor College marketing department.

A Letter to Incoming Freshmen

When entering college, what’s the first thing that comes to mind as a freshman? The hot guys or girls; do they have a sorority or fraternity; or what type of clubs/sports they have?

You may start to believe that college is like what you see on tv/in the movies. Well, if that’s the case, let’s just say: you will be completely shocked.

My first day as a freshman was January 17, 2017. I was excited because I was so ready and nervous at the same time. I was thinking: what if the professors do not like me, or what if they are complete jerks? I was so overwhelmed that my mind was racing a thousand miles per hour like a race car.

However, my experience was the complete opposite of my fears. The professors/advisor I have had so far love me, and actually helped push me to become the best I can be. I’m not saying that school is easy breezy, because if that’s the case, everybody would be passing with flying colors and wouldn’t be stressed about midterms, etc. But: you will become more mature here, and you will succeed if you make good choices.

I am going to say this to the up and coming freshmen: relax, breathe. The professors are so welcoming. Some are stern and it’s going take a cold day to get them to smile, but they want the very best for you.

Please, do not come to college and skip class because your friends are not in the same class as you, or because you do not like a teacher. You are in college now, where “What you do today, will affect your tomorrow.”

My top tips for first year students:

  • Take advantage of all the help that’s given to you.
  • Check your emails.
  • Network — reach out to people, help out with different organizations.
  • Take advantage of your education.
  • Study and get a tutor, even if you feel like you do not need one.

Your first year is your easy year. Join a study group, or make one. Don’t be a procrastinator and turn in the assignment at the last minute. If you like to work under pressure, then go for it, but for most others, don’t. In other words: know yourself and how you thrive. Do not keep putting stuff to the side because you want to have fun or be with your friends. Better yet: make sure you have one friend that’s going be on your case and motivate you and everyone in the group to stay on top.

I’m ending this blog with a thought.

I pray that y’all have: No distractions, no unnecessary interactions.

It’s focus time.

It’s grind time.

Sheresa Palmer is a Criminal Justice major at Manor College.

Advice to Freshmen by William Rodebaugh

Dear Freshmen,

My name is William Rodebaugh.  At Manor College, I go by Will.   I am a Sophomore. I thought I would take this time to offer you advice as you go into your first year at Manor College.  The goal of this post is to give my experience of how I got through my freshman year. I hope you find it helpful!

Stay Diligent

Staying on top of everything is something that might come as a challenge, but can be done. In my opinion, the work is manageable, but you just have to make sure you do it.  Also, I remember during my first year, I still had time left over for extracurricular activities. For example, my freelance writing job and reading.

Something that served me very well last year was choosing classes that were the earliest in the morning.  That way I had plenty of time to study and do the assignments. While that might not work for every required class, I encourage you to pick morning classes when you can.  

Get Involved

I enjoyed how much I could write while a freshman at Manor.  Many of my courses required that I write a lot of papers. One of my favorites was at the end of the first semester where I had to write a “Last Lecture”. I enjoyed it because I got to tell my story and share all my strengths and weaknesses. Also, aside from classes, I entered a contest in the first semester where for Halloween I wrote my own version of a scary story. With all that being said a piece of advice I have is to use your skills and gifts to help you through your freshmen semesters.  Get involved in campus activities! It’s a great way to meet people!

Something I really enjoy about this college is how interactive it is. I enjoy the small class sizes; it makes it easier to give input on the class and share ideas. Also, it made it convenient to engage in conversations with others. I encourage all of you to engage with the class and meet someone new as well.

Stay Positive

One more thing I would recommend is to never be stressed. The first couple of weeks I got stressed often, but I felt my anxiety level really got better as the year went on.  I encourage you to take every moment as it comes. When an exam or assignment comes, take your time and tell yourself that you can do it. I hope you have a wonderful first semester at Manor College!


William Rodebaugh

5 Reasons To Get An Internship

Any opportunity you can get to obtain an internship is a great way to prepare for your future career. An internship is a position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, in order to gain work experience or to satisfy requirements for a qualification. Some colleges require that all of their graduates have an internship before graduating. This is a great way to set up graduates for success. Nearly 90% of people who have an internship with an organization get offered a job when they are eligible for job opportunities (National Association of Colleges and Employers).

  1. Gain Experience: Before going into your field of choice, you want to have as much experience as possible. This will help you decide whether or not you are entering into the right career. Completing internships in different areas will help you decide what you want to do. I feel that this is the best way to maximize the internship experience. Being able to sit down before graduation and think to yourself, “Which field did I enjoy the most?” will enable you to select one that you enjoyed and should love doing for a long time.
  2. Communication Skills: Holding these internships will help improve your communication skills. You will be able to meet new people that you may have never crossed paths with if it wasn’t for the internship. The more people you communicate and build relationships with, the larger your network will be. One thing that I was always told is “The more people you know the better.”  The more people you know, the more people can introduce you to professionals in your industry.


    Regis P., Marketing Communications Intern at Manor College

  3. Practice: Just like anything else in life, “Practice Makes Perfect”. The more practice you have in your desired field the better because it will enhance you for the future. The more experience you get, the better you will be when you’re on your own. Every  project or assignment you complete will increase your skills and knowledge of the company. This is why most businesses want to keep interns when they complete their internship.
  4. Resume Builder: Having an internship will help you build your resume. Internships can go on your resume as job experience and take the place of some less professional jobs you may have had in the past. This could give you the leg up in applying to jobs by having professional experience.
  5. Real World Experience: In order to be ultimately ready for the real world, one must get real world experience. The classroom is very important but this does not always prepare you for what’s to come in the real world. Being able to learn from professionals will be more beneficial in some cases then simply classroom experiences.

The philosopher John Locke once said, “No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.” The experiences you have in an internship will be the most influential and beneficial to your career. Learning from actually doing is better than reading from a book. Try to obtain as many internships as you possibly can during your college career to gain the most experience.

Summer Reading Recommendations

This summer, take full advantage of your time off by reading a book (or a few)! Not sure what to read? Look over this list to find some of the books that Manor’s faculty and staff recommend. (Just think how easy it will be to strike up a conversation with Prez Peri if you’ve read one of his favorite books!) Regardless of whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge, find inspiration, or relax with an easy read, this list has what you’re looking for!


The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

Recommended by: Emily Carroll, Digital Marketing Manager



Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah

Recommended by: Mary Sims J.D., Director of Legal Studies Program



Born to Run

By Bruce Springsteen

Recommended by: Mary Sims J.D., Director of Legal Studies Program



Demographics and Demand for Higher Education

By Nathan D. Grawe

Recommended by: Kim Hamm, Director of Institutional Advancement



The Glass Castle: A Memoir

By Jeannette Walls

Recommended by: President Peri



The Improvement Guide: A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance

By Gerald J. Langley, et. Al.

Recommended by: Kim Hamm, Director of Institutional Advancement



Just Mercy

By Bryan Stevenson

Recommended by: Mary Sims J.D., Director of Legal Studies Program


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs

Recommended by: President Peri




Recommended by: Sister Cecilia, Director of Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center



Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

By Lee Bolman & Terrence Deal

Recommended by: President Peri



Tuesdays with Morrie

By Mitch Albom

Recommended by: Sarah Clymer, Marketing Communications Assistant



Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

By Lauren Hillenbrand

Recommended by: Cherie Crosby Ph.D, Program Director of the Early Childhood Education Program



Wide Sargasso Sea

By Jean Ryes

Recommended by Donna Guerin MLIS, Library Director


We hope you check out some of these books this summer for self improvement, inspiration, and relaxation. Have a wonderful and enjoyable summer, and feel free to start a conversation with someone about their recommendation when you’re back on campus in the fall!

Have a favorite read? Add a comment below!

5 Ways to Manage your Time as a Student Athlete

As a student athlete you are asked to carry a lot of responsibilities. You are expected to balance practice, homework, workouts, games, and a social life. Balancing all of these is a job in itself, not to mention if you really do have a job. Here are a few ways to help you manage your time.


  1. Schedule your time: Try to schedule a week in advance by using a planner or calendar on an electronic device. You want to set aside time for homework, studying, practice, individual workouts, and games. Trying to remember everything without writing anything down or having it digital is hard. Check things off as you go so that you know what is or isn’t done.
  2. Set goals: Setting goals for yourself before the season is normal for athletes. Every pre-season, even if you don’t know you’re doing it, you think about what you want to accomplish, such as how many points, hits, blocks, steals, goals, strikeouts, or kills you want to average, even if you don’t know you’re doing it, you think about what you want to accomplish. Setting goals in the beginning of each semester is a great idea as well. Some goals you could start off with are obtaining a higher GPA than you did last semester, attending all of your classes, or turning in all our assignments on time.
  3. Get to know your professor: Getting to know your professor and building a good relationship with them at the beginning of the semester will be beneficial to your academic success. Being able to talk to them, tell them you’re an athlete on campus, and your game schedule (especially if you have a night class) will help you be successful in your classes. Professors are there to help you and they want to see you succeed. If you put in the effort to talk to them and build a relationship they will do the same.
  4. Avoid distractions: Sometimes in order to be successful you must separate yourself from everything and focus on things you have to get done. Outside distractions can distract you from your ultimate goal and soul purpose of being in school. Derek Jeter, a former professional baseball player, once said, “I attribute much of my success in New York to my ability to understand and avoid unnecessary distractions.” It’s easy to let distractions get in the way of your goals but that’s one of the most important things to try and control.
  5. Don’t give up: If you run into problems you can’t give up. If life was a game you would have to excel to higher levels and as you get to higher levels they get harder. This is something in life that you can’t give up on, just like you wouldn’t just quit in a game; you’re just in the next level of life. If you made it to college as a student athlete your coach already decided you were a good enough student and athlete to make it so just like they trusted in you, trust in yourself.

Using your will, determination, and some of these tips, your time in college as a student athlete will not only be fun and memorable, but successful as well.


How to Best Prepare for College

When preparing for college, there are lots of things people are going to say you need to do. Here are a few that everyone should try.

Get involved: When you are first are going off to school you should get involved in as many activities as you can, no matter if it’s participating in clubs, sports teams, or in school-sponsored on-campus events. This will give you the opportunity to meet different types of people from all over. Getting your mind off of the stress that comes with school will help your transition be smoother and more enjoyable.

Get to know your professor: Professors are there to help you and wouldn’t be teaching if they didn’t want to see you succeed. Don’t be afraid to get to know them and talk to them. Ask questions when you don’t understand something; teachers are there not only to teach the class but to help you understand the material. Getting to know your professors could even lead to an internship!

Making friends: Try to make friends with as many people as you can. Don’t limit yourself only to people that you think are the most like you. Instead, talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to. The more people you know the better; it’s all about relationships nowadays. Networking plays a part in every aspect of the world today.

Make the most of every situation: Put 100% effort into everything that you do. Never sell yourself short and say you “can’t” do something; have faith in yourself. Give 100% effort in everything you do so that you can say that you tried your best.

Be true to yourself: When coming in to school, you will be faced with many challenges that you have never faced before. Never change who you are as a person to please someone else.

Show school spirit: Represent your school on and off campus. This could be by wearing school merchandise off campus, going to school sponsored events, or talking about your school to someone who may have never heard of it before.

Using these tips and your own personal touch will put you in the right position to be successful in college. Remember to enjoy where you will be spending most of your time for the next few years of your life!