A robust liberal arts program is one of the key principles upon which Rosary Hill and Daemen College were founded. The College enhanced this commitment in October, by unveiling the new Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts. This long-awaited event was highlighted by the largest naming gift in Daemen’s history, from Nancy Haberman Gacioch, a member of the Rosary Hill College Class of 1962, her husband, William, and their family. The dedication of the Nancy Haberman Gacioch, William T. Gacioch & Family Center for Visual & Performing Arts clearly demonstrates the importance of connecting the College’s past with its future and the critical role that our fellow alumni play in ensuring that these dreams come to fruition. Moreover, Mrs. Haberman Gacioch just celebrated her class’ 50th anniversary and has established a scholarship fund for women in business and has provided funds for the Entrepreneurship lecture series.
The Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts was inspired by the late Sr. Jeanne File, who established the Art Department more than six decades ago. The $5.4 million structure is designed to achieve, at the very least a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, utilizing ‘green’ technology and geothermal heating to contain energy costs. The synergy created in planning and creating a LEED-quality building produces a structure that is very usable, sustainable, and has less impact on the environment. Using the existing exterior structure of the former Marian Library, the Center also makes efficient use of this space without expanding the College’s footprint, furthering Daemen’s continuing commitment to sustainability.
In addition to the latest facility renovations on campus, Daemen was recently notified that its application for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II has been accepted. Now the Wildcats immediately begin the transition phase, a three-year process, to become compliant with all NCAA rules and regulations. The athletic department has entered into what is known as Candidacy Year 1, followed by Candidacy Year 2 in the 2013-2014 academic year and then finally, in the third year, the Wildcats will drop their other national affiliations and comply with additional NCAA requirements. If all goes as planned, Daemen College will become a full NCAA Division II member and fully join the East Coast Conference (ECC) in the 2015-2016 academic year. In reaching this goal, Daemen will become the first Buffalo area college to be affiliated with NCAA Division II, which offers alumni an additional and exciting opportunity to cheer and support our beloved alma mater.
I ask that you become involved in the wide variety of activities available for alumni, not just on campus, but all over the country. I encourage you to make the alumni pages of the Daemen College website a frequent online stop, in order to keep abreast of all of the opportunities to reconnect with old friends and your College. You will find it is well worthwhile! Visit our website at: www.daemen.edu/alumni.
Jeffrey R. Rabey ’92, Chair, Board of Governors
Daemen College/Rosary Hill Alumni Association