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New Daemen Partnership Opens Doors for Colombian Students

New Daemen Partnership Opens Doors for Colombian Students

Graduate-level students in Colombia will have the unique opportunity to earn a master’s degree in global business from both Daemen College and Ceipa University in Sabaneta through a new academic partnership between the two institutions.

A Memorandum of Agreement for this international collaboration, which is the first of its kind Daemen has established with a Colombian university, was formally signed June 5 by Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, who represented Daemen President Gary A. Olson, and Diego Mauricio Mazo Cuervo, dean of Ceipa University.

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for 90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for  90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2014 – The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight-county region. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.8 million.

During Appeal Week, which ran from April 6-13, parish volunteers and pastors across Western New York led a concerted effort to gather donations, and participated in fundraising activities in order to bring the Appeal closer to its final goal.

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Dr. Isiah Marshall, associate professor and master of social work program director at Daemen College, has been selected as a Health Leadership Fellow by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

The 18-month program is designed to expand the network of highly collaborative and skilled leaders who will serve as advocates to improve the health and well-being of the frail elderly and children from communities of poverty throughout the region.

As a Health Leadership Fellow, Marshall will participate in sessions on personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader, results-based leadership, and collaboration. He will also attend two- to three-day retreats led by experts in the field, take part in an inter-organizational team project, and receive executive coaching.

Local Pastor Hopes to Share His Inspirational Message Across WNY

Local Pastor Hopes to Share His Inspirational Message Across WNY

 

“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can.”

It’s a simple, yet powerful message. It’s also a message that Reverend Christopher Wylie has learned firsthand through a lifetime of overcoming a multitude of serious health issues and other seemingly insurmountable obstacles. And, it’s a message that he now hopes to share both in his churches and in the broader community as an inspirational speaker.

Cheektowaga Native Wins Songwriting Award

A Cheektowaga Central High School graduate has sung her way to the top of an international songwriting competition.

Lisa Racki Barrett, who graduated in 1986, was voted Female Artist of the Year in the 2013 Clays Country Music Awards, which was sponsored by Clays Country Radio, after her music was featured for several months and listeners casted their votes online.

While her music continues to be aired by the station, Barrett also will receive a trophy for her accomplishment. She also has been asked by Clays' newly crowned Songwriter of the Year, JT Hollis, to record a duet with him in the near future. 

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York Awards Grant to Catholic Charities Senior Programs

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $52,466 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY) Ready or Not Initiative to support its older adult programs serving seniors in Erie, Genesee and Orleans counties.

The HFWCNY is a nonprofit, private foundation whose mission is to improve the health and health care of the people of Western and Central New York.

The funding will allow Catholic Charities to create and implement a plan to respond to current economic and legislative changes impacting access to care for the senior population, including Medicaid redesign and the Affordable Care Act.  

Local Country Singer Hopes to Earn National Titles

Local Country Singer Hopes to Earn National Titles

A Cheektowaga native is hoping to add another songwriting accomplishment to her resume as she crafts music to honor her family and help others.

Lisa Barrett, a 1986 graduate of Cheektowaga Central High School, is a nominee for Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Clays Country Music Awards, sponsored by Clays Country Radio.

“I’m honored to be nominated right alongside some incredibly talented artists and songwriters from around the globe,” she said. “Thanks to Clays Country Radio, my original music is being played in approximately 80-plus countries internationally. It’s an awesome feeling to hear your song right after Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn or Garth Brooks.”