Dr. Edwin Clausen Honored by National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York
Daemen Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Edwin Clausen Among Community Leaders Honored by National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York for 2011
January 13, 2011
Contact: Mike Andrei
Daemen Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Edwin Clausen is among Western New York community leaders honored by National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York for 2011.
Dr. Clausen, who will become President of Daemen College in June, 2011, was selected for his contributions to the progress of education in Western New York. Dr. Clausen was instrumental in adding a community service requirement to the Daemen College core curriculum. Daemens service learning program has been named to the Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.
Dr. Clausen joined Daemen in spring, 2000, from a position at Arizona International College at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. He holds a Ph.D. in modern Chinese history, and a Masters Degree, also in history, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Clausen also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, in history, from the University of California, Riverside.
In academic year 2008-09, nearly 500 Daemen students contributed tens of thousands of hours of service to Western New York and other communities in need. Twenty five service learning classes were taught by 21 faculty members in 11 academic disciplines in 2008-09.
In 2010, 65 percent of Daemen seniors surveyed reported that their service experience contributed quite a bit or very much to their knowledge, skills, and personal development all heightened by contributing to the social welfare of the Western New York community. This past spring, nearly 200 Daemen students performed service at over 50 different community sites, including several in three neighborhoods in which Daemen has established long-standing partnerships: Seneca Babcock, Buffalos West Side, and the Fruit Belt.
Dr. Clausen was also recognized for his role in designing and implementing the Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement. Since its inception approximately seven years ago, the Center has collaborated with City of Buffalo neighborhoods in Seneca Babcock, the West Side, and the Fruit Belt, to bring about positive change for residents in each community. This has been accomplished through improvements in nutrition and health care; helping to create economic self-sufficiency; and building environmental awareness.