New Academic Initiatives for Fall 2011 Offer Wide Range of Careers

Several New Daemen Academic Initiatives Offered for Fall 2011

April 21, 2011



Daemen College is offering significant new academic initiatives for the fall, 2011 semester, offering a range of study tracks, specializations, and career options.


Paralegal Studies Major and Certificate Program


The Paralegal Studies Major and Certificate Program involves two tracks:



1. A Paralegal Studies Major leading to a Bachelor’s Degree (BS)

2. A Paralegal Studies Certificate track that could be used by either returning students with a Bachelor’s Degree (Min. 25 credits paralegal coursework), or students enrolled in other programs at Daemen College who would like to use their free electives to earn an additional credential (Note: the Certificate would only be granted to students who actually complete a bachelor’s degree).    



            Applications are now being accepted for the fall, 2011 semester. For additional information contact Dr. Laurie Walsh, Associate Professor of History and Government, at , or the Daemen College Admissions Office, 716.839.8225, or 800.462.7652.



International Center for Excellence in Animation


Daemen College will open a new International Center for Excellence in Animation, and through the Center, offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation. The College will begin accepting students into the program for the Fall, 2011 semester. Daemen’s Animation program, operated through the International Center, is also fully integrated with a Western New York animation studio.


“The International Center for Excellence in Animation will train students to employ art and technology to affect communication in all its forms: entertainment, information dispersal, performance, mass communication, international understanding, and intercultural awareness” –  Dr. Laura Watts Sommer, Associate Professor of Art History and Director, Visual and Performing Arts at Daemen College. 


The program is unique in its response to industry feedback, responding to  professionals who see a deficiency of animators with a high level of artistic training.  Students in the Animation Program will be trained as artists and thinkers, and will be able to transfer their creative strengths directly into the field of animation. The Daemen program will provide students with specialized technical training in 2D and 3D Animation within a Fine Arts context. The curriculum will also foster the development of well-rounded learning experiences, better enabling students to actively participate in a complex world. 


The Daemen Animation Program, as part of the International Center, is built around multiple strengths, recognized by animation professionals and business leaders. These include the combination of the flexibility and breadth of a Liberal Arts program; the strong visual skills of a Fine Arts program; and the technological opportunities presented by upper level, specialized animation instruction.


To enable students in the program to gain career experience, Damen has entered into discussions with animation studio IBC Digital.  Based in Buffalo, NY, IBC Digital has been a strong creative force in the industry, producing national commercials, animated television series, and interstitial projects for clients such as MTV; Disney; PBS; and brands including Trix; Cocoa Puffs; Reese’s; and Kid Cuisine.


The International Center of Excellence in Animation at Daemen College presents a unique opportunity for students pursuing a future in the dynamic animation industry. The program’s mission is to give graduates the tools they need to both succeed in the industry and express their own unique creative visions. Daemen is accepting students into the  program for the fall, 2011 semester. For additional information contact Dr. Laura Watts Sommer, Director-Visual and Performing Arts, Daemen College, 716.839.8359,



Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global

and Local Sustainability


Daemen College is also offering a new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and Local Sustainability. The degree will prepare students for the twenty-first century by developing problem-solving skills while addressing current sustainability issues. This program will be the first in Western New York to offer a curriculum focused on educating students on sustainability concepts and how they can be applied to modern communities.   


Students can choose an area of concentration from several options: the liberal arts; business; health care studies; or education. The program will be supported by the extensive network of partnerships established by Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement. Students, working with community leaders and residents, will integrate coursework in developing practical solutions to community problems to promote the social, environmental, and economic well being of communities around the globe.


Students completing the Daemen College Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and Local Sustainability will be prepared to pursue an increasingly wide range of careers, as well as bring a new set of skills to traditional careers. Some of the options will include: sustainability officer for companies or a non-profit organization; environmental product testing; marketing and sales of environmentally-friendly products; social justice law, consultant, or community planner; global health educator; grant writer; media and communications project manager for community agriculture initiatives; and broad employment by corporations committed to sustainable practices.


            Daemen College is now accepting applications for the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and Local Sustainability for the fall, 2011 semester. Interested students should contact the Daemen Admissions Office, (716) 839-8225, (800) 462-7652, or online  Or contact Brenda L. Young, Ph.D., LEED AP, Professor of Biology, Natural Sciences Department Program Director, Global and Local Sustainability, Daemen College (716) 839-8366; 

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Wow! Did you know that Daemen has been recognized by the President of the United States?

Daemen College has been named to the 2008 Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction – recognized as a national leader for its service learning programs.

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