We Exist for Students
The Wildcat Wellness Committee (formerly Student Wellness Action Group (SWAG)) creates a space where student voices and ideas are at the center of all campaign and programming efforts that the group explores and implements. The Wildcat Wellness Committee is comprised of students, faculty and administrators (full list can be found below). The focus of this group is to create evidence-based programming to inform, educate and influence students to make healthier choices. Topics include but are not limited to substance use prevention, sexual assault prevention and mental health.
2018 NCAA CHOICES Grant Recipient
The grant provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences to integrate athletics departments into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. NCAA CHOICES projects involve a partnership with athletics and other campus departments in the development and implementation of effective alcohol education projects.
- Program goal: Increase alcohol awareness by providing the Daemen student body with the skills, knowledge, and support necessary to make informed healthy choices about their use of alcohol.
- Audience: All students will be exposed Daemen CHOICES message through an on campus awareness campaign which will reduce misperceptions of alcohol and other drug use, provide alcohol education, and increase healthy protective behaviors of Daemen students. Furthermore, all students will have access to CHOICES sponsored events and activities that provide substance-free choices for socializing.
APPLE Training Institute
With funding from the NCAA CHOICES grant, 4 students and 2 administrators traveled to Orlando, FL to attend the 2018 APPLE Training Institute.
- Samantha D’Agostino - 2nd year - Psychology Major, W. Soccer Team
- E ithan Hahn - 1st year - Physical Therapy Major, M. Soccer Team
- Monahe Marchione - 1st year - Business (Sport Management) Major, Track & Field
- Erik Matthews - 1st year - Physical Therapy Major, M. Soccer Team
- Hailey Dietrich, MS - Student Athlete Success and Community Engagement Coordinator & Program Coordinator for Center for Allied & Unified Sport and Exercise
- Ashley Breth, MPH, CHES - Coordinator for Health & Wellness Education
With the knowledge gained from the APPLE Training Institute, the team created an action plan. To review the plan, click here! For more information about the team's experience, click here: APPLE Training Institute Team.
Spring 2019 Initiatives:
- Reviewing and rebranding communication to support student needs and provide quick, accessible information to make informed decisions
- Creating awareness campaign on our newest resource to support students: Reach Out App
- Reach Out App by Captivation - available in the Apple Store of Google Play Store
Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
- Passive & active programming (stay tuned for April 2019 events!)
- Fundraising to support the Crisis Services Advocate Program
- Participation in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (photo below from 2018 event; Daemen won the "largest campus team" award!)
Student Committee Members:
- Samantha, D'Agostino, Psychology Major, Women's Soccer Team
- Erik Matthews, Physical Therapy Major, Men's Soccer Team
- Eithan Hahn, Physical Therapy Major, Men's Soccer Team
- Monahe Marchione, Business (Sport Management) Major, Track & Field
- Cortez Sowell, Health Promotion Major, President Omega Epsilon Zeta
- Matt Griffith, Psychology Major, Resident Assistant
- Jamie Boyar, Business Major, Women's Soccer Team
- Andrew Sischo, Business Major, Men's Basketball Team
- Desirae Marotta, Education Major, Resident Assistant
- Jessica Ballou, Natural Science Major
Administrative Committee Members:
- Dr. Greg Nayor, Vice President for Student Affairs (Ex-officio)
- Laurie Walsh, Title IX Coordinator (Ex-officio)
- Ashley Breth, Coordinator for Health and Wellness Education
- Meg Altman-Cosgrove, Assistant Director, Residence Life
- Hailey Dietrich, Success and Community Engagement Coordinator, CAUSE
- Andrea Jeski, Administrative Assistant, CHIP Center
- Robert Mead-Colegrove, Assistant Dean for Campus Life
- Steph Albano, Head Women's Volleyball Coach and Senior Women's Administrator
- Michael Paglicci, Coordinator of Student Transition and Campus Programming
- Shannon Schmitt, Director of Counseling
Faculty Committee Members:
- Dr. Denise Emer, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences
- Dr. Meri Stiles, Associate Professor, Social Work and Sociology
- Dr. Justine Tutuska, Department Chair, Health Promotions
- Dr. Stephanie Malienko, Assistant Professor, Health Promotions
- Dr. Whitney Mendel, Assistant Professor, Public Health
The College’s efforts do not operate in a vacuum – it partners with the Campus Care Team, Campus Safety, Title IX Coordinator, Laurie Walsh, J.D., firstname.lastname@example.org, and student groups. Additionally, the College has spearheaded a “Do Something” campaign to continue raising awareness on the important issue.
- A conduct review process that is fair, consistent, and expedient for both the complainant and respondent. The policies and procedures not only comply with the policies outlined by the federal and state governments, but also with the best practices in the profession. Daemen College prides itself on balancing compassion with adjudication and education. Students can review the conduct review process in the Student Handbook.
- As part of that conduct review process, the College has created a simple handout to provide to students who may have experienced a sexual assault or harassment which outlines their rights as well as FAQs on what to expect in coming forward.
- Require completion of a web-based educational orientation, for all incoming students (including transfers and graduate programs) during the summer and early part of the fall term each year. This program addresses alcohol, drug, and sexual assault violence prevention.
- Bystander Intervention Training for all student leaders before classes begin each year. This training includes: Athletes, Greek Leaders, Student Ambassadors, Resident Assistants, Tour Guides, Peer Mentors, and Orientation Leaders. Designed by Crisis Services of Buffalo, this 90-minute class teaches student leaders what to look out for and how to address and prevent something from happening.
- Education for Faculty and Staff, including Campus Security Authorities under the Clery Act and Responsible Persons under Title IX on how to report a crime. One part of that training for CSAs and Responsible Persons is an annual online presentation.
- Regular education and programming including: Red Flag Campaign, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Passive Programming Campaigns, and more.
The Student Handbook is the College's official policy and procedure statement of your rights and responsibilities as a Daemen College student. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the contents of the handbook and to refer to it as needed for detailed statements of policy and procedure.