|Motto||A World of Opportunity|
|President||Dr. Gary A. Olson|
|Location||Amherst, New York
|Former names||Rosary Hill College|
|Colors||Blue and White|
Daemen was established in 1947 as Rosary Hill College for women by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, founded by Mother Magdalene Damen. The College graduated its first male alumnus in 1968, and changed its name in 1976 to honor the foundress of the order which founded Rosary Hill College.
There are more than thirty undergraduate programs and six graduate programs at the school.
Daemen College has a competency-based core curriculum in which students are expected to master critical thinking and creative problem solving, information literacy, communication skills, affective awareness, moral and ethical discernment, contextual competency, and civic responsibility. Also notable is Daemen's integration of service learning into the Core Curriculum.
The Gersh Experience
The Gersh Experience is a college program established for students with neurological disorders who would have had difficulty in a public college. The school will be located in the former George L. Lowry Middle School building and its accompanying 9 acres (36,000 m2) in North Tonawanda, New York. The school will offer a two-year program for students with neurobiological disorders such as high functioning autism, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Individuals with violent histories are not candidates. The school is designed to educate the academically gifted who have neurobiological disorders. The middle school was closed down after the 2003-2004 school year due to budget and claims that the building was not maintained properly. The property was subsequently bought from the city by Gersh Management Services for a sum of $700,000 (this was the lowest of the three offered bids because it was the only offer that did not require tax deferment). Gersh also owns another school in New York State, Gersh Academy, which provides the same support for younger children.
Daemen College teams, the Wildcats (formerly the Warriors), are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing as an Independent provisional member. The Wildcats also compete as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The Wildcats were part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the now-defunct American Mideast Conference. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
With the anticipated decline in participation in the NAIA, Daemen is currently pursuing membership to NCAA Division II status. This represents significant growth for the college's athletics program which have achieved national recognition for women's volleyball, women's basketball and men's basketball. Daemen has recently hired a new athletic director and a compliance professional in support of the application for NCAA DII.
Notable alumni and faculty
- Ayke Agus '07 - violinist who studied under Jascha Heifetz (honorary degree).
- Wayne Brown '03 - the founder of Acromegaly Community.
- Ida M. Campagna, MD '69 - obstetrician who delivered Matthew Wesolowski, one of the world’s first babies to be carried by his own grandmother. The pregnancy over age 50 was a breakthrough in IVF treatments.
- MaryEllen Elia '70 - superintendent of Schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools Tampa, Florida.
- Mary Ann Esposito '64 - creator/host of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, a cooking program that is the longest-running United States television series of its kind.
- Sue Falsone '96 - physical therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers is the first female physical therapist in Major League baseball.
- Geoffrey Gatza, publisher, editor, poet
- Gerda Weissmann Klein '75 - an author, humanitarian, historian, inspirational speaker and Holocaust survivor (honorary degree).
- James K.Y. Kuo - professor and abstract expressionist painter.
- Lynn Marinelli '85 - chairwoman of the County Legislature in Erie County, New York.
- Al J. Masocco '73 - the Grammy award winning, Senior Director of West Coast Marketing for Epic Records.
- Mary A. O'Connor Tosney '64 - philanthropist and founding member of the Women of Jewelia.
- Margaret "Meg" Quinn '73 - founder of the Theatre of Youth Buffalo, NY.
- Jeffrey R. Rabey '92 - superintendent of Schools, Depew Union Free School District Depew, New York.
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