Students and advisors from colleges from throughout the region gathered at Daemen College in February for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP) District 2 conference, the first-time the event was held on Daemen’s campus.
Hosted by the Daemen Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA), nearly 100 attendees participated in the two-day conference, “Little School, Big World.”
Following a welcome by Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, Daemen vice president for institutional advancement, keynote speaker Dr. R. Bruce Baum’s presentation, “Laugh Harder: Live and Learn Longer,” opened the conference activities. The day wrapped up with an evening trip to Niagara Falls and a game show hosted by Jill Cole, assistant director of housing and residence life and Spirit Committee chair.
Day two of the conference featured sessions on a variety of topics, including time management skills and student leadership. The conference concluded with the 2014 CASE ASAP District 2 awards ceremony. Daemen SAA received honors for Outstanding Internal Program (Top Chef Challenge) and Outstanding Tried and True Program (The Surprise Dessert Delivery Program). The Outstanding Student Leader award went to Kyle Backal, whose six years in Daemen SAA is the longest in the group’s history. All winners now advance to the national awards.
“The event was a great experience and one I will never forget,” said Jemila Grant, a Daemen Student Alumni Ambassador. “I learned so much about my strengths as an individual and what we can achieve with being part of a terrific organization like SAA.”