Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center opens at DelVal

Sep 09, 2013

Manion Center Ribbon Cutting

From Left: College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan; Marine veteran, DelVal alumnus and College Organic Farming Program Coordinator Dennis Riling '12; Janet's husband Col. Tom Manion (Ret.); Janet's granddaughters Maggie and Honor Borek; Janet's daughter, Ryan Manion Borek, who is president of the Travis Manion Foundation; and Col. John Dickinson of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard at the ribbon cutting for the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center.

Veterans, military service members, people from the College and the surrounding community gathered at Delaware Valley College on Monday, Sept. 9 to open the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center.

The Center is named in honor of the late Janet Manion, the founder of the Doylestown-based Travis Manion Foundation. Janet Manion died of cancer in 2012. She was the mother of Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed while serving his country in 2007. The Travis Manion Foundation serves veterans and the families of fallen heroes. Before Janet Manion passed away last April, she was awarded an honorary degree from DelVal. Janet Manion was also one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Citizens Service Before Self Honor, awarded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for bravery, courage, and commitment to service.

The Center, which is located in Elson Hall on the College’s main campus, is a one-stop place for veterans, military personnel and dependents to relax with people with shared experiences between classes, get help with paperwork for educational funding, and get support from staff and peers.

At the ceremony, College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan said the center will be a “home within a home” to assist veterans at Delaware Valley College with the transition to civilian life.

Janet’s husband, Col. Tom Manion (Ret), said that the Manion family could not be prouder of Janet’s legacy, all that she accomplished during her life and to see her name a center that will help military and veteran students at Delaware Valley College.

“This center will be a guiding light and pathway for all who enter…,” said Tom Manion. “Veterans will have a guardian angel in Janet. This is another example of her legacy continuing.”

Ongela Djerf  ’10, an Army veteran who earned her bachelor’s degree at the College is now back at DelVal for her MBA.

“Delaware Valley College is place where veterans can look to as a place to gain an education that will and has put veterans on the path to success,” said Djerf.

She said the center will be a place of solace, a place to form friendships with people with shared experiences, and a “home away from home” for veterans.

“I’m proud to say that I’m an alumna of an institution that cares deeply about all of its students, but is taking an additional step forward in support of its veteran students,” said Djerf.

The ceremony included a color guard, and a saxophone performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”