For nearly five decades, Professor Peter A. Siedlecki has been an everpresent figure on the Daemen College/ Rosary Hill College campus. Perhaps closest to his heart during his 49 years of dedicated service has been the college’s honors program.
His notable commitment to the program has been fittingly embodied with the naming of the Dr. Peter A. Siedlecki Honors Lounge in the college’s historic Curtis Hall. The space that now bears his name was officially dedicated at a ceremony held this fall.
Previously director of the Daemen Honors Program, Siedlecki’s longstanding passion and pride in the program led to him establishing an endowed fund for its support.
“Nothing I had previously done gave me more satisfaction than my three years as director of the honors program,” he said. “The reason for this is simple: a college exists to expand the consciousness of the individual, and the honors program comprised the most outstanding collection of individuals one could imagine. These scholars were curious, thorough, self-motivated, and exciting to anyone devoted to acquiring knowledge.”
He added, “My gift to the honors program was made in recognition of the admirable academic qualities displayed by Daemen’s honors students.”
Siedlecki, professor of English, has had an illustrious career at Daemen. During this extensive tenure at the college, he has received three Fulbright Senior Lectureships; served on a committee for the institution’s name transition; served three times as president of the Faculty Senate; participated in multiple college committees; and was divisional chair and later the first dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences.
After completing his service as dean, Siedlecki assumed the honors director role and moved into office space in Curtis Hall that had once been the ballroom of the Coplons, the building’s original owners, and later the site of Rosary Hill Christmas parties, music recitals, and formal gatherings in his early years at the college. Siedlecki encouraged students to use the honors lounge as a place to study or to simply hang out.
“These were some of the best students at the college and this lounge was important in making them feel part of a special community,” said Siedlecki.