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Daemen Ranked in Top 10 Nationally for Biology Degree

Daemen Ranked in Top 10 Nationally for Biology Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College has been ranked among the top 10 in the nation on the “35 Best Value Small Colleges for a Biology Degree” list released by Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education in the country.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top institutions in the nation for a degree in the field of biology,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Our academic excellence, educational value, and many learning opportunities truly make a Daemen education an outstanding experience for our students.”

On the 2017 list, Daemen is ranked No. 7 among small schools in the U.S. that offer a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related area. The college was specifically cited for its unique bachelor’s degree in biology/master’s degree in cytotechnology program offered in partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Major Gift From Finns Pushes Niagara University Nursing Scholarship Over $1 Million

Major Gift From Finns Pushes Niagara University Nursing Scholarship Over $1 Million

E. John and Jeanne C. Finn have made an $875,000 gift to support the Jerome Patrick and Alice Conley Corcoran Scholarship at Niagara University.

Their most recent gift brings the endowed scholarship fund over $1 million.

Daemen Earns Two National Military Friendly Distinctions

Daemen Earns Two National Military Friendly Distinctions

Daemen College has been recognized as one of the top military friendly and veteran supportive institutions in the country in two newly released national rankings.

For the eighth consecutive year, Daemen has been selected by Victory Media as a Military Friendly School, which is awarded to top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country for doing the most to embrace student veterans and have dedicated resources to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond graduation.

Daemen has also been named a top school in the 2017 Military Advanced Education and Transition Guide to Colleges and Universities that measures best practices in military and veteran education.

Western New York Land Conservancy to Restore the Niagara Gorge

Western New York Land Conservancy to Restore the Niagara Gorge

The Western New York Land Conservancy has just secured almost $1 million for the new “Restore the Gorge” project from the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee to begin ecological restoration work in one of the most important natural places in the world – the Niagara Gorge. 

The Niagara Gorge is comprised of unique ecological communities and is one of the most biologically diverse places in the Great Lakes. According to Nancy Smith, executive director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, “The Niagara Gorge is home to the majority of the plant species found in the Niagara Frontier, many of them very rare. It is also part of a globally significant Important Bird Area, and the lower Niagara River rapids are important spawning grounds for freshwater fish, including the threatened Lake Sturgeon.” 

Region’s First Prescribed Burn a Success for the Land Conservancy

Region’s First Prescribed Burn a Success for the Land Conservancy

The Western New York Land Conservancy conducted a prescribed burn on Nov. 7 at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. The preserve contains a beautiful 10-acre grassland — one of the most threatened natural communities in New York State. This grassland is very healthy and brimming with tall native grasses, giving wildlife a place to hide, eat, rest and nest. One of the best ways to keep a grassland healthy is to burn it periodically.

Daemen Opens New Section of Campus

Daemen Opens New Section of Campus

Daemen College formally opened a new section of campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Nov. 22 to celebrate the completion of a footbridge that connects with the original part of campus grounds.

Set in an attractive wooded area on the south end of Daemen’s campus, the approximately 30-foot bridge is accessible from a recently installed parking lot located by Alumni House, which opened this fall for the Division of Institutional Advancement, and the college’s Honors House. The bridge spans a small culvert and leads to a walking path behind Schenck Hall.

“This new bridge connects our newest facilities with the rest of campus and both symbolically and physically bridges the new and older parts of our beautiful and growing campus," said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. "It signals a new era for Daemen College.”

Robert And Lynda Engel Make $500,000 Gift To Levesque Scholarship

Robert And Lynda Engel Make $500,000 Gift To Levesque Scholarship

A $500,000 gift from Robert and Lynda Engel will be used to support the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Endowed Scholarship at Niagara University.

Robert Engel is a 1975 graduate of Niagara University and a member of its Board of Trustees.

The contribution brings the endowed scholarship fund over $1 million. The scholarship, established in 2013 to honor the 13-year service of Father Levesque, Niagara University’s 25th president, helps offset tuition costs for NU students from rural communities in Western New York’s eight counties.

“We are extremely grateful to Bob and Lynda for the numerous ways that they support Niagara University, our mission and our students,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president. “This gift is a tremendous manifestation of the Engels’ abiding generosity, which is rooted in a commitment to provide young people with access to an excellent education that’s framed by Catholic and Vincentian values.”