Front of Daemen campus in fall, trees with red and yellow leaves, RIC in the background

The front lawn of Daemen’s campus is now home to 22 new sturdy, resilient trees that will remain a part of the college for generations—and furthers the progress of President Gary Olson’s campus beautification initiative. 

Each tree’s planting and maintenance was made possible by a donor to Daemen’s 22 for 22 campaign, which successfully concluded this spring. At the base of each tree—of various species—are commemorative stones honoring families, friends or expressing gratitude. 

The endeavor supported the $22 million goal of Drive to 75—the college’s first-ever comprehensive campaign that will mark the college’s 75th anniversary in 2022. 

The campaign aligned with the Town of Amherst’s recent pledge to plant a million trees—one of the most ambitious urban forestry initiatives in the country—and marks another successful collaboration between the college and town. 

“Seeing the trees bloom along Main Street in spring, provide shade during summer and bring an array of colors to our campus each fall will be a gift to students and the entire Daemen community for many years to come,” said Jill Robins, associate vice president for advancement and special events.