Daemen College’s newly refurbished Veteran’s Center, which provides a welcoming campus space devoted to students who have served in the military, has been named in honor of alumna Nancy Haberman Gacioch, a long-time supporter and friend of the college.
The 500-square-foot Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Veterans was officially dedicated at a Sept. 12 ribbon-cutting celebration attended by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, veterans and others from the college community. Bill Gacioch, who surprised his wife with the event, was also in attendance along with their three children and family friends at the dedication for the center.
“We are deeply grateful for Nancy’s dedication to Daemen, for her belief in the importance of a college education, and for her enthusiasm to take our college to new heights,” said Olson. “We want all of our Veteran students here at Daemen to succeed, and Nancy is helping to make that possible by providing this welcoming space for them.”
Originally housed in Daemen’s Business Building, enhanced campus space for the Veteran’s Center was created in Duns Scotus to provide a centralized place where veterans can go to study, connect with other students through shared experiences, or simply to relax in between classes.
Daemen’s strong commitment to veterans was recognized by Victory Media as a 2014 Military Friendly School, a list that places Daemen among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country for doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses.
Gacioch, who co-founded National Property Management Associates with her husband, earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (social studies) from Rosary Hill College (now Daemen).
Because of Bill and Nancy Gacioch, Daemen is home to the Haberman Gacioch Visual & Performing Arts Center, which has enriched the arts and cultural life of audiences throughout Western New York and serves as a valuable exhibit space for Daemen students and alumni.
Beyond this, she has established the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, which brings entrepreneurs from a range of businesses to speak on campus, and supported Daemen’s entrepreneurship academic minor and a scholarship for women. Most recently, she has sponsored the creation of theNancy Haberman Gacioch Professorship in Creative Entrepreneurism at Daemen.