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Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen College 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 only five institutions in Western New York 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).

“This prestigious national distinction is a great tribute to our students’ exceptional dedication and hard work to a range of community service activities that have a positive, meaningful impact in our local, regional and international communities,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are immensely honored to be recognized for all of the college’s outstanding civic engagement efforts.”

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Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

In a formal ceremony held Dec. 9 at Daemen House, the presidential residence, college officials signed a memorandum of agreement with a high-level delegation of governmental officials from Mongolia that will lead to exchanges of faculty and students between Mongolia and the U.S.

“Daemen College has a longstanding relationship with the Mongolian government and its people, and we are delighted that this agreement will enable many students and faculty from Mongolia to come to our college as well as our faculty to visit Mongolia,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.

Alix Rice park reaches goal after receiving grant


AMHERST, N.Y.- More than three years after her death, a planned skate park to honor a local teenage girl is about to become reality.

The Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation was awarded a $128,888 parks grant from New York State Thursday as part of the annual Regional Economic Development Council Awards. Prior to receiving the grant, the foundation was about $120,000 shy of their $350,000 goal.

"It really is what we needed to say, 'It will happen,'" Jon Fulcher, president of the foundation told 2 On Your Side over the phone. "Now it's just a matter of securing the maintenance, insurance and program fees going forward."

The park will be dedicated to Rice, who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver while she was riding her skateboard home from work.

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

Western New Yorkers will be able to turn to their smartphones for information on child care, Thruway conditions, rental properties, landlords and other topics, thanks to creativity and innovation that emerged from the 2014 AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.

The winners of the two-month “virtual hackathon” were announced Dec. 4 by AT&T, along with community partners including the University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.

The contest challenged local developers, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs. The competition aimed to connect and engage citizens with government and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.  

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Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Daemen College’s newly completed $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility was formally opened Dec. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying a major step forward in a Buffalo Billion initiative focused on growing Buffalo Niagara’s film and post-production industry.

“Western New York is poised for success in developing a thriving regional post-production industry and this new, state-of-the-art visual effects facility is a key investment in making that happen,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to be a part of such a dynamic venture with great potential for economic growth and job creation.”

A year in the making, the nearly 16,000-square-foot visual effects facility evolved from a collaboration between Daemen and Empire Visual Effects, a post-production and animation company. A $4.5 million Buffalo Billion grant jump-started the endeavor, which included $1.9 million to Daemen to create and equip the high-tech facility.

Canadian Celtic Choir Plans Christmas Event in London

Canadian Celtic Choir Plans Christmas Event in London

 

Nearby London, Ontario, will host the Canadian Celtic Choir for “An English Christmas” for two shows on Saturday, Dec. 20! Performances are scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. in London’s Aeolian Hall, located at 795 Dundas St. E.

The Canadian Celtic Choir will perform under the direction of William W. Zadorsky, accompanied by Jean Willadsen and special emcee Paul Grambo. The choir features more than 50 voices and was founded in 1996 to sing and promote Celtic choral music and culture in Southwestern Ontario. The choir has performed at numerous summer festivals, black tie benefits, special celebrations and its own self-produced concerts. 

Amherst Water Line Break Prompts Utility Review


Amherst, NY - Some Amherst residents were really left out in the cold last week when a water line broke and forced the shutdown of natural gas service. Now town officials are trying to find out exactly what happened and the necessary repairs. It turns out there may be other issues for the utilities involved.