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NFADA AutoTech Competition Organizers Thankful for Sponsors, Scholarships

NFADA AutoTech Competition Organizers Thankful for Sponsors, Scholarships

 

The annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial High School AutoTech Competition, an annual event sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17. Winners will be crowned in both the diagnostic skills and tire-changing competition, and thanks to the generosity of several sponsors, prizes and scholarships will be awarded to hard-working local students.

Lyndonville School Staff Makes Holidays Brighter For Local Families

Lyndonville School Staff Makes Holidays Brighter For Local Families

The holidays hold a special meaning to everyone, but especially to children who look forward to unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day.  Unfortunately there are families who have been hit with hard times and are struggling to give their children a day of wonder and a nice family meal.  The Lyndonville Central School District staff is opening up their hearts and their wallets to fourteen local families to make sure that the holiday is brighter for all of them. 

 

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen College has for the seventh consecutive year been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service learning and civic engagement.

Daemen is one only five institutions in Western New York and among 35 colleges and universities in New York State to receive this national designation in the 2014 general community service category, which is awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

“This prestigious national distinction is a great tribute to our students’ exceptional dedication and hard work to a range of community service activities that have a positive, meaningful impact in our local, regional and international communities,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are immensely honored to be recognized for all of the college’s outstanding civic engagement efforts.”

Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

In a formal ceremony held Dec. 9 at Daemen House, the presidential residence, college officials signed a memorandum of agreement with a high-level delegation of governmental officials from Mongolia that will lead to exchanges of faculty and students between Mongolia and the U.S.

“Daemen College has a longstanding relationship with the Mongolian government and its people, and we are delighted that this agreement will enable many students and faculty from Mongolia to come to our college as well as our faculty to visit Mongolia,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Daemen College’s newly completed $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility was formally opened Dec. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying a major step forward in a Buffalo Billion initiative focused on growing Buffalo Niagara’s film and post-production industry.

“Western New York is poised for success in developing a thriving regional post-production industry and this new, state-of-the-art visual effects facility is a key investment in making that happen,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to be a part of such a dynamic venture with great potential for economic growth and job creation.”

A year in the making, the nearly 16,000-square-foot visual effects facility evolved from a collaboration between Daemen and Empire Visual Effects, a post-production and animation company. A $4.5 million Buffalo Billion grant jump-started the endeavor, which included $1.9 million to Daemen to create and equip the high-tech facility.

Medina FFA Chapter’s Model Farm Teaches Students Agriculture and Life Skills

Medina FFA Chapter’s Model Farm Teaches Students Agriculture and Life Skills

The FFA is drawing all sorts of Medina students who are interested in agricultural science.  The FFA was formerly known as the Future Farmers of America and even though a large number of the 120 students enrolled in the program did not grow up on a farm, they are interested in farming, livestock and food. 

 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Niagara Career and Tech Ed Students Hold Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Niagara Career and Tech Ed Students Hold Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

For the month of November, the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center SkillsUSA students sponsored a food drive to benefit the Heart, Love and Soul Food Pantry in Niagara Falls.  SkillsUSA encourages community service along with leadership skills.

 

 Students and staff at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ center donated over 450 non-perishable food items along with $300 that was used to purchase additional food items for the pantry.  Two of the Junior Class SkillsUSA officers, Keira Fletcher from Wilson and Emily Knibbs from Starpoint, donated their time to do the shopping for the additional items.