Amherst Recognizes Daemen for Six Straight Years of National Service Learning Honors
Each Year Daemen Students Contribute over 30,000 Service Hours to Local Communities
April 29, 2013
Contact: Mike Andrei
Dr. Susan Marchione
Service Learning Coordinator
Daemen College was honored by Amherst officials for the College’s six straight years of National Service Learning Honor Roll achievements, prior to the start of the Town Council’s April 29 meeting. Town officials singled out Daemen students, faculty, and staff for their years of contributions to Western New York, made through Daemen service learning and community volunteer programs.
This spring, Daemen College was again named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognized as a national leader for its service learning programs.
“Daemen College service learning initiatives are a model for colleges and universities throughout the nation. We want to lead by example," said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.
“Fostering civic engagement and a sense of social responsibility is a key part of our core mission, dating back to our founders. We believe it is vitally important for all students to engage in this type of learning experience.”
In academic year 2012-2013, hundreds of Daemen students contributed over 30,000 service hours to Western New York communities. More than two dozen service learning classes were taught by 21 faculty members in 11 academic disciplines.
Each year Daemen students perform service at over 50 different community sites, including those in three neighborhoods in which Daemen has established long-standing partnerships: Seneca Babcock, Buffalo’s West Side, and the Fruit Belt. Daemen students are involved as volunteers in after-school programs; health and human service agencies; youth and senior advocacy organizations; programs for international and refugee populations; and housing rehabilitation projects.
For more than a decade, Daemen College faculty, students, and staff have brought about improvements in education and health care; helped to create economic self-sufficiency; helped to increase literacy levels; and built environmental and civic awareness.
Additional projects include the Refugee Teen Empowerment Program at Lafayette High School, coordinated by the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, which helped to significantly improve graduation rates; providing Environmental Education in the Community classes; and developing environmental projects with students in Buffalo’s MLK School #39.
Launched in 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service learning programs – including commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. Honorees for the award are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovativeness of service projects; percentage of student participation in service activities; incentives for service; and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.