AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College honored outstanding student leaders in clubs, organizations and departments at the college’s annual Student Leadership Awards Luncheon hosted May 4 by the Office of Student Affairs.
“Both academics and student engagement in leadership and co-curricular activities outside the classroom are important to student success,” said Dr. Greg Nayor, vice president for student affairs. “Coming together at the end of the year to celebrate these accomplishments shows how much our students contribute to the life of the college and to the student experience.”
The 2017 Daemen Student Leader of the Year award, which recognizes a student who has exhibited extraordinary efforts and achievement in student life at the college, was presented to Emily Currier of Rochester. A Class of 2017 graduate, she received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the college’s commencement held on May 20.
The Student Leadership Awards Luncheon also honored Daemen students who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders and named to the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
In addition, the event included the college’s third annual gavel ceremony to officially transfer responsibilities from the outgoing to the newly elected president of the Daemen Student Association.
Academic Advisement/Peer Mentor Program
Alumni Relations/Student Alumni Ambassadors
Arthur O. Eve HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program)
Housing and Residence Life
Insight (college newspaper)
Lambda Chi Lota
LEADS (Leadership and Empowerment for the Active Development of Students)
Social Work Alliance
Society for Human Resource Management
Special Events 2017 Academic Festival
Student Physical Therapy Association
Students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges are selected based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success.
Daemen students selected for this distinction are : Christina Auguste of Brooklyn; Gina Benevento of Orchard Park; Julianna Brnik of Cheektowaga; Jacqueline Chmiel of Williamsville; Sean Christie of Erie, Pa.; Aaron Cole of Spencerport; Emily Currier of Rochester; Kyle Flierl of Buffalo; Taylor Heinold of Hamburg; Niko Jemmison of Bronx; Maryan Jumale of Buffalo; Janelle Legault of Garner, N.C.; Hannah Marvin of Newark; Leah McDonell of Grand Island; Shannon Meyers of Baldwin; Morgan Montgomery of Marcellus; Sarah Munella of North Tonawanda; William Olkowski of Snyder; Summer Phillipson of Franklinville; Idania Ramirez of Bronx; Jennifer Smyczynski of Getzville; Sara Spence of Tonawanda; Jarrett Streicher of Tonawanda; Allyson Thompson of West Monroe; Amy Trabert of Buffalo; Morgan Urbanek of Webster; Chad Van Every of Lakewood; Mark Veitengruber of Rockford, Mich.; Morgan Villnave of Brasher Falls; Rebecca Volmy of Lockport; and Brianna Zichettella of Newfield.
For the gavel ceremony, outgoing president Brandon Michael of Bronx, passed the gavel to Hugo Juarez of Ridgewood, who has been elected to serve as the 2017-18 Student Association president.
Other newly elected officers for the Student Association Executive Board are Taqiyah Gibbons of Yonkers, vice president of governing; Rebecca Volmy of Lockport, vice president of programming; Taylor Heinold of Hamburg, vice president of collegiate affairs; Shamella Jeffers of Brooklyn, treasurer; and Stephanie Lopez of Los Angeles, Calif., secretary. Class presidents will be elected this fall and will join the Executive Board to make up the 10-member Student Association Senate.