The Daemen College campus is abuzz with excitement. Early in the fall semester, we welcomed back to campus a beloved alum: New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, who delivered an inspiring Convocation speech to our new students as they began their academic journey at Daemen. We are proud to count the commissioner as one of our many graduates who have gone on to achieve great professional success and who are making a real impact in their communities. When our graduates succeed, it means Daemen has succeeded in its primary mission: to prepare students for life and leadership in an increasingly diverse and complex world.
Over the summer, we completed a number of campus improvements. Particularly notable is the opening of two new buildings, both of which are former single-family residences on Getzville Road. Honors House is the new home of our Honors Program, a lounge for students in the program, and a residence for up to five students. Next door is Alumni House, home to our fundraising, alumni relations, and publications operations. You can read more about Alumni House in a future issue of Daemen Today.
Also new to Daemen’s campus is The Den, a completely redesigned campus dining and entertainment venue located in the space formerly occupied by the Cyber Café. Students, faculty, and staff can dine and enjoy live performances in this attractive, modern facility. This summer, we enhanced technology throughout campus, concluded a three-year long campus beautification project made possible through the generosity of our donors, and renovated a key large classroom serving our natural science classes, the first of several refurbishments planned for our science facilities.
I am especially proud that Daemen’s national prominence is steadily rising. For the 9th consecutive year, Daemen was named a College of Distinction in recognition of the institution’s excellence in undergraduate higher education. Best Value Schools designated Daemen as one of the “50 Best Value Small Colleges,” a distinction that places it in the top 15 small institutions in the nation. For the seventh consecutive year, Victory Media selected Daemen as a Top Military Friendly School in the nation, and the American Heart Association identified the college as a “Fit-Friendly Workplace.” Most recently, our Nursing Department was named one of the top nursing schools in the country in new rankings released by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com. Clearly, Daemen College has earned a strong reputation for excellence nationwide.
Finally, I am immensely grateful to all those who contributed to the reaffirmation of Daemen’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which issued a rare commendation for the quality of our self-study report. This major institutional achievement is truly a tribute to the diligence and hard work of the members of our Steering Committee and our entire faculty and staff.
As you can see, Daemen College is on the move, and I extend my sincerest thanks for your support and commitment to making this an exceptional institution for current and future generations of students. I hope you enjoy this issue of Daemen Today.
Gary A. Olson