As part of an ongoing effort to enlist the Daemen community to share the university’s story, here is another batch of talking points for our alums and friends.

Masters Receives Inclusion Diversity Equity Awareness Award

Daemen’s director of academic support and engagement, Lindsay R. Masters, is one of 19 honorees of Buffalo Business First’s 2023 Inclusion Diversity Equity Awareness (IDEA) Awards, which recognize those who are “defenders of diversity and champions of inclusion” within their communities. This is the third consecutive year a Daemen employee has won an IDEA award.

Lobdell ’14 Named VP of Patient Care, Chief Nursing Officer

Daemen University alum Diane Lobdell ’14 has been named vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Lobdell will focus on staff development, education, and collaboration. She will also be restarting the Patient Advisory Council to hear directly from patients and identify areas of improvement.

MSW Program Receives Grant from Patrick P. Lee Foundation

Daemen’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program will receive a $150,000 grant over a three-year period from the Patrick P. Lee Foundation to fund student scholarships. The foundation, which supports students pursuing careers in mental health, will provide $50,000 each year to fund scholarships for five Daemen students of $10,000 cash.

Film by Santillo ’22 Makes Semifinals in International Film Festival

Tessa Santillo ’22 has placed as a semifinalist in AniMate, an Australian international film festival that includes categories specifically for animation students. Her nominated short film, Dusk, was created during her senior year while studying animation at the university.

Daemen Leaders Named to Buffalo Business First’s Power 250 List

President Gary A. Olson and several Daemen leaders, including Board of Trustees chair John Yurtchuk, have been named among the most influential leaders in WNY in Buffalo Business First’s Power 250 list, a yearly ranking of the region’s most prominent leaders.

Daemen Named a National ‘Military Friendly School’

Daemen has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for the 14th year in a row. The designation indicates institutional support for veterans navigating the college experience. Criteria for the honor include student retention, rate of graduation, and job placement.