Office of Student Affairs

Welcome to Student Affairs

On behalf of the Student Affairs Staff, I hope you enjoy your time at Daemen. Whether you are beginning your college career or continuing it, there will be exciting times ahead. The Student Affairs Staff is here to support you in the transitions that naturally occur when balancing life and higher education. We hope to challenge you to reach your goals while supporting you in those efforts.

We have found that for individual growth, there must be some feelings of discomfort. Our wish is for you to feel the discomfort and move through it towards learning. For us, education is about learning inside and outside of the classroom. We also believe that education and learning occur over a lifetime. We hope you will learn from us; we know we will learn from you. Best wishes in your academic and non-academic pursuits at Daemen College!

Richanne C. Mankey, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Wick Center, First Floor
(716) 839-8332

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Daemen College Student Affairs Philosophy

The Student Affairs Staff will:

Create a caring student-centered and Daemen College-centered atmosphere which promotes student development, mutual care and respect, ethics, leadership, balance, wellness and a place that people are excited about.

Foster a campus environment that promotes an understanding about Student Affairs and the educational aspect of out-of-the-classroom learning through both negative and positive issues. Enhance the understanding that learning and fun are not mutually exclusive.

Promote a belief that students and their wellness are the focus of decision-making. Facilitate an atmosphere where individuals are empowered to voice ideas and concerns.

Expand and develop traditions whereby students are proud to be at Daemen College and will carry the traditions of their alma mater into the future.

Daemen College Student Affairs:
Choose growth. Choose balance. Choose integrity.


William Morris
Director of Athletics
Wick Center, Second Floor Office Suite
(716) 839-8375


Cassandra Salter-Smith
Director of Campus Ministry
Wick Center, First Floor (next to Cyber Cafe)
(716) 839-8237


John Suckow
Food Service Director
Wick Center, Dining Room
(716) 839-8328


Susan Girard
Director of Health Services
Wick Center, First Floor
(716) 839-8446



Kimberly Pagano
Director of Orientation & Student Leadership Development
Wick Center, Second Floor Office Suite
(716) 839-8494


Sara Alexanderson
Director of Housing & Residence Life
Wick Center, Second Floor Office Suite
(716) 839-8200


Chris Malik
Director of Student Activities
Wick Center, First Floor
(716) 839-8332

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Daemen Professors & Students from several departments work at a public clinic to provide free medical care in Progreso Dos in the Dominican Republic during the semester break.

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Student Profiles

Peter Loney

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"I think one of the most crucial aspects of the Daemen curriculum is the required internship. I was an accounting intern for both a private health care company and a certified public accounting firm. I was able to apply lessons learned in the classroom to real business situations. When my internships were over, each company offered me a full-time position."