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Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

AMHERST, N.Y. – Best Value Schools has named Daemen College as one of the “50 Best Value Small Colleges,” a distinction that places it in the top 15 small institutions in the nation.

Daemen, which is the only college in the Buffalo Niagara region included on the list, ranks No. 14 in the 2016 roster from Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education across the U.S. Selected top institutions have 4,000 or fewer students and rankings are based on net price, retention rate, graduation rate, and class size.

“We are pleased to have Daemen ranked fourteenth among the best small colleges in the country for overall value,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This national distinction speaks to our steadfast commitment to provide a high-quality education that is affordable and to offer our students an exceptional value for their investment.”

Rural Outreach Center Celebrates a Year of Service in Western New York

Rural Outreach Center Celebrates a Year of Service in Western New York

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, served over 550 individuals in 2015, according to the nonprofit organization’s recently released annual report.

“Our mission is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas,” said Pastor Frank Cerny, ROC board chairman. “We serve with compassion, empathy and respect for all people.”

Among the ROC’s 2015 highlights was opening a temporary facility at 730 Olean Road in July, said Cerny. “Having a physical presence has increased foot traffic and allowed us to expand our services. In addition, our New Paths Redistribution Center and Health Services programs now operate out of our new facility.”

Following are additional highlights from the 2015 annual report:

Hochul to Address Sexual Assault Prevention Law at Daemen

Hochul to Address Sexual Assault Prevention Law at Daemen

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will address New York State’s “Enough is Enough” sexual assault prevention law and learn the latest in Daemen College’s comprehensive efforts at a meeting with the campus community at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The discussion follows Hochul’s visit last year to talk about the proposed sexual assault policy legislation at a roundtable meeting with Daemen students, faculty and staff. Since being signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, Hochul has been conducting a tour of colleges and universities across the state to discuss the new policy.

“Enough is Enough, championed by Gov. Cuomo, is the nation's most aggressive policy to fight against sexual assault on college campuses,” said Hochul. “I look forward to hearing more about Daemen’s proactive initiatives that support this policy.”

The Resource Training Center and S.E.R.V. Niagara Offer Scholarship Program for Veterans

The Resource Training Center and S.E.R.V. Niagara Offer Scholarship Program for Veterans

The Resource Training Center of Amherst and S.E.R.V. Niagara are teaming up to offer a unique scholarship for veterans of the United States armed forces. Through the Gary L. Valeri Scholarship Program, veterans will be trained to work as Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC). The scholarship is named after the former husband of S.E.R.V. Niagara’s founder, who lost his long battle with addiction.

The training program, offered two nights per week over an 11-month period, will qualify veterans to work with other veterans in a wide variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, veterans facilities, halfway houses and the court system.

Catholic Charities Volunteers from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties Gather for Appeal Workshop

Catholic Charities Volunteers from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties Gather for Appeal Workshop

About 50 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered Jan. 9 for a Tri-County volunteer training workshop and luncheon to help kick off the 2016 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

The event was held at Bohn’s Restaurant in Batavia in preparation for the 92nd annual campaign, which carries a goal of $11 million and officially began Jan. 6. The patron saint for the 2016 Appeal is St. Nicholas.

During the luncheon, two individuals were honored with “Hero of Hope” awards.

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials and volunteer leaders announced an $11 million goal for the 2016 Appeal Jan. 6. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Buffalo, representing The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo who was unable to attend, made the announcement at a kick-off event held at the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center for refugee clients and the community, located in the former Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side. The theme for the 2016 Appeal is “Find Good Within” and the patron saint of the 92nd annual Appeal is St. Nicholas.

The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York along with Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.  

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College President Gary A. Olson conferred a bachelor’s degree in nursing to student Paula Williams, who is seriously ill with breast cancer, at a private on-campus ceremony held Dec. 16 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. She completed the academic requirements in the fall semester to receive her nursing degree, which was presented in advance of the college’s annual commencement ceremony in May.

“We are all very proud of Paula for persevering through her illness to receive her degree,” said Olson. “She is courageous, tenacious, and an inspiration to everyone at Daemen.”

A graduate of the former Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing, Williams held various staff and leadership positions at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In recognition of her professional excellence, she was awarded a scholarship from the Kaleida Health Foundation.