Daemen College has been selected as one of 240 institutions nationwide to receive the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, making it the second time the college has received this prestigious designation. Daemen is one of only two private institutions in Western New York of the five local colleges and universities to receive the classification.

Daemen joins an elite group of 361 colleges and universities across the country, including those that earned the distinction during the 2010 selection process, to have received this distinguished designation. The college was noted for its “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”

Awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the designation, which is effective for the next decade, recognizes the “collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional, state, national, and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partner-ship and reciprocity.”

In another recent recognition, Daemen has for the seventh consecutive year been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service learning and civic engagement. Daemen is one of only five institutions in WNY and among 35 colleges and universities in New York State to receive this national designation in the 2014 general community service category, which is awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

In addition to these distinctions, Daemen has been designated a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite, the highest level awarded, by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the college’s efforts to help employees eat better and be more physically active.

Daemen earned platinum-level status for offering employees physical activity options in the workplace; increasing healthy eating options; promoting a wellness culture in the workplace; implementing at least nine criteria outlined by the AHA in physical activity, nutrition and culture; and demonstrating measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.