There has been much excitement at Daemen College over the past several months – from welcoming our new president to watching the men’s and women’s basketball teams achieve a tremendous amount of success.
The lady Wildcats won the 2013 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The Wildcats, making their first-ever appearance in the USCAA national championship tournament, closed out the year with a 26–7 record. The men’s team, ranked in the top five among USCAA teams all season, was the number three seed in the championship tournament. But the Wildcats saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end, and closed out their record-setting season with a 27–6 record and a 70–67 loss to top-seeded Rochester College in the championship game.
Daemen, transitioning from NAIA Division II to NCAA Division II, is in its first year as a member of the USCAA. The Wildcats have wasted no time in making a name for themselves. You can read about Daemen’s three other national titles in this issue of Daemen Today.
To add to the on-campus energy, on February 1, 2013, Daemen welcomed its sixth President, Dr. Gary A. Olson. As the Chair for the Alumni Board of Governors, I have had the distinct privilege of meeting Dr. Olson on several occasions and truly believe that the future of Daemen College is in good hands. There is more on Dr. Olson in this issue of Daemen Today.
I am excited to participate on a new advisory board that Dr. Olson has created, The President’s Leadership Advisory Council. Comprised of a wide range of individuals serving in leadership roles across all Daemen constituencies, the Council will meet once a month. Among the goals for this group are increasing the flow of communication, increasing transparency in decision making, and expanding inclusiveness. I will be updating my fellow alumni on the progress of this committee in next issue of Daemen Today.
As all of us embrace our memories of our time at Daemen/Rosary Hill, I ask that you strive to become involved in the variety of activities that are available for alumni, not just on campus, but all over the country. I encourage you to visit the Daemen College website: www.daemen.edu/alumni on a frequent basis, in order to keep abreast of all of the opportunities that will reconnect you with old friends and your beloved alma mater.
Jeffrey R. Rabey ’92, Chair, Board of Governors
Daemen College/Rosary Hill Alumni Association