Daemen College Recognized by BEAM Volunteer Awards

        Daemen College Recognized by BEAM Volunteer Awards


February 24, 2011



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations



           Contributions of time, energy, and longstanding support by Daemen College to the Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) were recognized at the Annual BEAM Volunteer Awards Breakfast February 16, 2011, at Emerson Commons, in Buffalo.


           Daemen Director of Computer Support Services Darrell Moore accepted an award on behalf of the College in recognition of his and others’ service at Daemen to students who attend the Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) workshops at Daemen every summer. As pointed out by Moore, the BEAM annual summer program at Daemen also receives technical support and scheduling assistance from Executive Director of Academic Computing Services Kelly M. Duran and Registration Clerk Kim Petry, in the Daemen Registrars Office.   


           BEAM is a non-profit organization consisting of individuals and representatives from industry; education; government; and professional and community groups. BEAM encourages, supports, and prepares students from Western New York to pursue technical careers. Its target population is minority, female, and other under-represented students.


           Beginning in the intermediate level, BEAM provides math, science, engineering, and technical experiences through BEAM clubs, internships, and summer programs. For approximately 15 years, Daemen College has provided support and staffing for an annual on campus summer BEAM program.        


           “BEAM provides realistic engineering-type projects,” notes Jeffery E. Arnold, Director of the Teacher Leadership Grant at Daemen, and a member of the BEAM Board of Directors.


           "These projects involve a variety of skills on the part of the students involved – such as PowerPoint, computer-based design, and modeling of scale physical representations.


           “The BEAM summer programs at Daemen are about community service as well as education…about the investment the College makes in the community. Completing a BEAM summer program at Daemen is very often the first exposure many of the participating students have had to a college environment. It provides an experience for them that shows that higher education is something that they can and should strive for.”   


           BEAM was founded in 1982, through a collaboration of Union Carbide Corporation; the University at Buffalo; and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The concept received enthusiastic support from the Buffalo Board of Education, Buffalo Public Schools, and local industry.   


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