Nancy Haberman Gacioch ’62, speaking to the Class of 2012
With those words, Nancy Haberman Gacioch ’62, who studied economics and social studies at the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College, advised Daemen 2012 graduates to be true to themselves. A philanthropist and strong supporter of many Buffalo and Western New York charitable organizations; business owner; and former teacher, Gacioch was a member of the Daemen College Board of Trustees for six years, from 2005 to 2011.
Commencement ceremonies took place Saturday, May 19, in Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo. For 2012, the College awarded over 800 undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Gacioch told the graduates that each of them “Has within you the same essence of a life well-lived as I do.
“Even when you think your passions may be thwarted, never, ever give up. You are facing a very different world than I did when I graduated 50 years ago from Rosary Hill College. It is a world filled with many more complications — and many more challenges. But within your heartfelt passions, you hold the key. The only person who can hold you back is you.”
Believing that there ought to be a significant incentive for women in the area of business entrepreneurship, she generously provided the support to start and maintain the Daemen College Interdisciplinary Minor in Entrepreneurship, and an accompanying entrepreneurial lecture series at Daemen in her name. Gacioch also provided funding for a new scholarship, the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Endowed Scholarship for Women, which is needs-based and primarily for WNY residents.
The lecture series is now helping women in the program to learn first hand the experiences of building a business; how to achieve success; along with tuition assistance and other program financing needs.
Nancy Haberman Gacioch and her husband, Bill, are widely known for their philanthropy in Buffalo and Erie County. Their great success in creating a business employing 300 people and providing housing for over 20,000 tenants around the country has enabled them to make a significant difference in the lives of many residents of Buffalo and Western New York. National Property Management Associates (NPMA), now headquartered in Orchard Park, was founded more than 45 years ago.
The College also awarded four special honors at Commencement:
Kevin A. Gill, a Buffalo resident who graduated with a degree in Business Administration-Sports Management, received the College’s most prestigious academic honor, the Charles Lumsden Award, for maintaining a 3.99 gradepoint- average throughout his undergraduate years.
Alyssa Marie Crane, a Visual Arts Education major from Lancaster, NY, received the 2012 President’s Award. The award goes to the student who has demonstrated an outstanding record of leadership and involvement in the College community.
The Mary Angela Canavan Award, named for the second president of the College, is presented to the student who best exemplifies a dedication to and enthusiasm for campus life. The 2012 award was presented to Rebecca Buttaccio, from West Seneca, NY. Rebecca received a BS/MS in Health Sciences/Physician Assistant Studies.
The Daemen College Alumni Senior Award, given by the Daemen College/ Rosary Hill Alumni Association, went to Senior Class President Sarah Hartman, a Psychology major, from Oakfield, NY. The award recognizes an outstanding graduating senior who has made a significant contribution to the College.
The College also had 13 veterans among the 2012 graduates — 1.5% of the class — who received degrees ranging from Bachelors to Doctorates, making them Daemen’s largest group of veterans in a graduating class.