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Historic West Virginia Mine Wars to be Explored in Show

Historic West Virginia Mine Wars to be Explored in Show

AMHERST, N.Y. -- The history and culture surrounding the West Virginia mine wars of the early 1920s will be explored through images and music of the era at a 7:30 p.m. performance on April 2 in the Daemen College Wick Campus Center Social Room.

Activist, artist and folklorist Saro Lynch-Thomason will present the “West Virginia Mine Wars Show,” which will look at the 20-year battle for union and miners’ rights in West Virginia. The multi-media show will also examine the connection between traditional Appalachian culture, labor activism, coal mining, and the historical significance of Blair Mountain, where one of the largest civil uprisings in U.S. history took place and today is considered an endangered historic site.

Lynch-Thomason’s show will feature a narration of the story of the coal wars through first-person perspectives and period photographs. In addition, she will perform music from the era on a mountain dulcimer, a traditional instrument of Appalachia.

Daemen Receives Grant to Advance Skills of Workforce Serving Elderly

Daemen Receives Grant to Advance Skills of Workforce Serving Elderly

AMHERST, N.Y. – A $20,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to Daemen College will be used to help enhance the practical skills and experience of the future workforce serving the elderly.

The grant will be used to implement the Daemen Social Work Department’s initiative “Investing in an Elder-Competent Workforce: Relationship Building and Education for the Elderly in the Community Through Social Work Clinical Practice.” It builds on a $10,000 grant also from the Health Foundation for the development of enhanced geriatric education for social work students, an effort being overseen by Dr. Joanne Cannavo, associate professor of social work.

“This initiative is vital to advancing the skills of our students and giving them the opportunity to interact and work with an elderly population throughout their senior year of studies at Daemen,” said Cannavo.

The First sign of Spring: Witch Hazel

The First sign of Spring: Witch Hazel

By Chris Busch, Medina, NY

So, what’s the first sign of spring?

Is it the first sight of robin red-breast?... The first crocus pushing up through the earth?... Perhaps the ever-popular bright yellow blossom of the forsythia?...

The answer is– none of the above... it is the fringe-like petals of the Hamamelis– the Witch Hazel!

Unique Chainsaw Carving Event Cuts a Path to London, Ontario Area

Unique Chainsaw Carving Event Cuts a Path to London, Ontario Area

 

Chainsaw artists from the United States, Canada, Czech Republic, UK, Slovakia, Ecuador, Poland, Germany, Austria, Japan and the Philippines will be heading to Ontario for the sixth annual Canadian “Carvapalooza.” This unique event, which is open to the public and concludes with a live public auction of the newly created carvings, will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9-13.

The highlight of the event is the auction, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, when all of the carvings created during the event will be made available to the highest bidders!

ORLEANS/NIAGARA BOCES DIGITAL DESIGN AND PRODUCTION STUDENT TAKES BEST IN SHOW

ORLEANS/NIAGARA BOCES DIGITAL DESIGN AND PRODUCTION STUDENT TAKES BEST IN SHOW

The Orleans Career and Technical Education Center’s Digital Design and Production Class has something to cheer about: Theresa Albone took home Best in Show at the Bryant and Stratton DigiTalent Design Contest.  The Royalton Hartland senior walked away with a $5,000 scholarship to the college, an iPod mini and $250 to be given to her teacher Crystal Hall to be used in her Orleans Career and Technical Education Center program.  “I am so proud of her,” says Mrs. Hall.  “She came in and was telling me she had been sick and then she says, “I have something for you” and shows me she won the competition.  I was like are you kidding me?  She worked so hard for this and she is a very talented young woman.  It is awesome.” 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Employees Show Support for Local Boy

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Employees Show Support for Local Boy

Orleans/Niagara BOCES employees at the Niagara East Conference Center, Continuing Education and Technology Center turned out in their blue clothing to show support for a local boy who has been diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma, a malignant and aggressive brain tumor.  Network Team Specialist Michael Fisher heard about the plight of Ben Sauer, a four year old Clarence boy, and it moved him to gather his coworkers to show their support for the little boy.  His parents have set up a foundation called Blue 4 Ben to help offset his medical costs, living expenses and donations to Roswell Park where he is undergoing treatment.  “For anyone who knows me, this story hit close to home and I wanted to show his family that we are sending thoughts and prayers to him,” said Mr. Fisher. 

Literary Scholar, Academic Excellence to be Featured at Daemen Festival

Literary Scholar, Academic Excellence to be Featured at Daemen Festival

Literary and legal scholar Stanley Fish will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Daemen College Academic Festival, an annual celebration of academic excellence showcased through student and faculty presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, performances and other activities.

Considered one of the century’s most original and influential literary theorists and public intellectuals, Fish will give his address, “What Are Academics Free to Do?,” at 7 p.m. April 15 in the Wick Campus Center Social Room. Due to limited seating, reservations for the keynote address are encouraged by April 1 to speaker@daemen.edu.