As the academic year at Daemen College comes to a close, we are celebrating new levels of excellence, and our national prominence continues to grow. In many ways, Daemen is a strong, vibrant institution with an enduring sense of promise and purpose. The collective pride we share in our college is built on a steadfast dedication to ensuring that we offer an outstanding Daemen education that’s replete with an array of robust learning opportunities and experiences.
Since its founding, Daemen has had a strong presence in the Town of Amherst and our surrounding communities. Our positive role is clearly illustrated in a new study that reveals that Daemen’s economic impact on the Buffalo-Niagara region is significant and growing. Without question, our college is a major contributor to the economic health of this region. You can read more about Daemen’s remark-able economic impact in this issue of Daemen Today.
Daemen’s national distinctions—including the prestigious 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and the distinguished achievements and honors received by our extraordinary faculty and staff—are impressive. These accomplishments speak volumes about our unparalleled commitment to excellence and unwavering drive to enrich our special institution.
Take a look around our beautiful suburban campus and you’ll see visible signs of ongoing improvements. Work continues on the Daemen Academic and Wellness Center in the former YMCA building across from our Main Street location. Expected to open in fall 2015, this important new facility will greatly expand our campus footprint and create much-needed new space and additional resources for our students, faculty and staff.
Other plans in the works—including extending our new decorative wall along the west front of campus, past Curtis Hall, around the corner at Getzville, and down to the Getzville entrance—will further enhance our campus and its overall look for our college community and visitors who attend our many events throughout the year. Still other improvements are outlined in the College’s newly created facilities master plan, which will guide the next stage in campus planning by identifying priori-ties in improving campus space and facilities.
Another exciting development is that the college is establishing a new Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity to enhance efforts to foster an inclusive learning environment for all Daemen students and to raise awareness of and appreciation for diversity. This office is a crucial step in promoting a campus environment that embraces multiculturalism and sustains an inclusive community that’s welcoming to a diverse population. The Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Office, developed through a partnership between the Offices of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, is a response to recommendations from the Faculty, Equity and Diversity Initiatives Council and the Diversity Action Committee, as well as a campus climate survey.
This has been an exceptional year and a milestone for the newly graduated Daemen Class of 2015. Our graduates’ hard-earned degrees represent the culmination of a transformative Daemen experience that will be rooted in their many future successes. We encourage these graduates, our newest alumni, to stay connected with our Daemen family.
With the generous support, engagement and com-mitment of many in our Daemen community, our college will continue to flourish and improve upon an already inspiring educational experience for our students. Thank you for your belief in Daemen and for making this a thriving institution.
Gary A. Olson