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Daemen is First Recipient of New Arts Award

Daemen is First Recipient of New Arts Award

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College has been selected as the first recipient of the Business Supporter Award presented as part of the Town of Amherst Arts and Culture in Public Places Board’s newly created program to celebrate contributions to the arts in the community.

The honor was presented at the inaugural Amherst Awards for the Arts event held May 13 in MusicalFare Theatre on the college’s campus. The awards program recognizes organizations and individuals who provide outstanding service to local art and display excellence within the arts discipline.

“Daemen has a longstanding dedication to fostering visual and performing arts as well as in nurturing the artistic, creative and intellectual potential of our students in an array of programs,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to receive this honor and be recognized as a vital center of arts and cultural development in Amherst and throughout the region.”

Wasserman Schultz Gives View of Political Landscape

Wasserman Schultz Gives View of Political Landscape

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida shed light on the national political scene and her personal path to public service at the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series event held May 13.

In an engaging and conversational style, Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, started off speaking before the overflow crowd about her introduction to politics in 1992 when she ran for the Florida State Legislature.

“The opportunity to work in public service was inspiring and presented an opportunity for me to help people, particularly young families, improve education and work on making quality, affordable health care available to everyone,” she said. “However, most of all, I knew my voice could speak for other women like me who are not represented in a political capacity.”

Mary Queen of Angels Accepting Applications for Free Universal Pre-K Program

Mary Queen of Angels Accepting Applications for Free Universal Pre-K Program

 

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga will once again offer free Universal Pre-K for the 2014-15 school year beginning in September. The program is made possible through the Cheektowaga Central School District.

Universal Pre-K classes are held for 2.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Children eligible for the program must turn four years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2014. Free busing is included, and participants may also qualify for a free or reduced lunch program.

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for In-School Social Work Program

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for In-School Social Work Program

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $211,000 grant from Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic health plan, to support its In-School Social Work (ISSW) program serving students, families and faculty at several Catholic grade schools. This year marks a decade that Fidelis Care has supported the program.

The grant reflects part of the funds made available through the 2013 Fidelis Care Community Grant Fund, which are distributed in the eight Roman Catholic Dioceses across New York State, including The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, to nonprofit organizations with similar missions and values of service to low-income, vulnerable individuals.

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

John Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire and chairman/CEO of the Red Apple Group, which is ranked by Forbes as one of the largest private companies in the country, will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Daemen College’s annual commencement ceremony being held at 2:30 p.m. May 17 in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Catsimatidis oversees holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, real estate, aviation, and supermarkets with investments in both medical and industrial technology. His companies post annual sales of approximately $5 billion. With more than 8,000 employees, he is a major employer in the New York metropolitan area and upstate New York.

Daemen President Praises Positive Momentum at Address

Daemen President Praises Positive Momentum at Address

 

Daemen College President Gary A. Olson delivered his spring State of the College Address to the campus community on April 24, during which he focused on the strength of the college’s enrollment, capital construction and facilities improvements, and the institution’s growing visibility and distinction.

In his second address since starting as president in February 2013, Olson informed the large audience, made up of Daemen Board of Trustees members, faculty, staff and students, that the “state of our college is very strong” and that he is committed to building on the institution’s many successes.

Daemen Student-Run Social Media Campaign Raising Diversity Awareness

Daemen Student-Run Social Media Campaign Raising Diversity Awareness

Inspired by the widely popular #ITooAmHarvard campaign, a student-run social media endeavor designed to promote unity and diversity on campus has been launched by a group of Daemen College students.

The #ITooAmDaemen awareness campaign features the personal experiences and reflections of Daemen students on diversity issues and their perspectives on challenges they face. A photo gallery of students holding signs with messages offers a personal snapshot of their thoughts on diversity and inclusiveness as college students. Created as a student team project for the college’s “Social Media Fundamentals” course, the messaging is being captured on various media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.