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ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing. 

Audubon Community Nature Center Unveils New Sign and New Name

Audubon Community Nature Center Unveils New Sign and New Name

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) began its 60th anniversary year with all things new: a new name, newly defined mission, vision, and belief statements, and new slogan, graphics, and website.

The change was celebrated with the recent unveiling of a new sign at its entrance on Riverside Road, one-quarter miles east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

President Ruth Lundin addressed the assembled group. She noted that for the last ten years, the Nature Center staff and Board of Directors have been thinking that the name and the logo did not do justice to its wide range of exhibits, events, and programming. Despite focus groups, surveys, and questionnaires, including both members and strangers, “The crystal ball remained murky. We were not interested in taking a new direction but in clarifying the essence of what we provide.”

Daemen Opens Alumni House, Adds Campus Parking Lot and Footbridge

Daemen Opens Alumni House, Adds Campus Parking Lot and Footbridge

Daemen College has opened the doors to its newest addition to campus, Alumni House, which will serve as a central hub for the Office of Institutional Advancement’s fundraising, alumni relations, and publications operations.

Once Daemen’s presidential residence, Alumni House sits in a wooded area on campus directly adjacent to the college’s recently opened Honors House. The two-story facility has been reconfigured to include nine offices, meeting and event space for small gatherings, and a reception area.

“For the first time, our institutional advancement team will be centralized in the same building, which will provide for better access and greater collaboration among these key offices,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Alumni House is a welcoming place where we can engage with our graduates, donors, visitors, and the campus community throughout the year.”

‘Vaticanologist’ to Speak at Niagara University on Pope Francis & Catholicism

‘Vaticanologist’ to Speak at Niagara University on Pope Francis & Catholicism

Well-known “Vaticanologist” John L. Allen Jr. will deliver an address Nov. 9 at Niagara University as part of the Henry and Grace McNulty Lecture Series on Religion in the Modern World.

The title of Allen’s talk, which will take place in the Castellani Art Museum at 5:15 p.m., is “Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Industry Leaders Unite To Establish Food Marketing Program At Niagara University

Industry Leaders Unite To Establish Food Marketing Program At Niagara University

In what would appear to be an unlikely alliance, John Persons and Michael Keating are seated at a boardroom table inside Niagara University’s Bisgrove Hall, strategizing toward a common goal.

‘Murder at Maple Springs’ is Latest Release from No Frills Buffalo Publishing

‘Murder at Maple Springs’ is Latest Release from No Frills Buffalo Publishing

“Murder at Maple Springs,” written by Western New York native Robert John Terreberry, is the latest release from No Frills Buffalo publishing company. Terreberry, a native of Niagara Falls, currently resides in Maple Springs.

In reality, Maple Springs is a beautiful spot on Lake Chautauqua, south of Buffalo and just north of the Pennsylvania border. It's a restful and inviting summer community bent on offering successful R&R. 

Daemen Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Daemen Receives National Recognition for Community Service

For the eighth consecutive year, Daemen College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to the community, service learning, and civic engagement.

The national honor recognizes higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Daemen is one of only four institutions in the Buffalo Niagara region and among 35 colleges and universities across New York State to receive this national distinction in the 2015 general community service category.