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Daemen Ranked in Top 10 Nationally for Biology Degree

Daemen Ranked in Top 10 Nationally for Biology Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College has been ranked among the top 10 in the nation on the “35 Best Value Small Colleges for a Biology Degree” list released by Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education in the country.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top institutions in the nation for a degree in the field of biology,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Our academic excellence, educational value, and many learning opportunities truly make a Daemen education an outstanding experience for our students.”

On the 2017 list, Daemen is ranked No. 7 among small schools in the U.S. that offer a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related area. The college was specifically cited for its unique bachelor’s degree in biology/master’s degree in cytotechnology program offered in partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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Get a Pound for a Pint at Audubon’s Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 27

Get a Pound for a Pint at Audubon’s Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 27

Jamestown, NY – The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Audubon Community Nature Center.

At “A Pound for a Pint,” you can combine giving with receiving on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For every pint donated, the Red Cross will provide a pound of Conewango Blend birdseed that the donor can choose either to take home or to donate to Audubon’s feeders.

Conewango Blend is a mix of birdseed especially formulated by the Nature Center’s own experts to attract a wide array of birds to your feeders.

After filling local needs first, the American Red Cross has the ability, through the national inventory system, to move blood around the country to wherever and whenever it is needed most.

There is a critical need for all blood types at this time. Please give the gift of life!

High School Students to Compete in NFADA AutoTech Competition

High School Students to Compete in NFADA AutoTech Competition

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College will host the 2017 NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition on Saturday, Jan. 14. The competition features teams of two high school automotive seniors who will go through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. Ford Motor Company is the vehicle sponsor and will be providing six 2017 Ford Explorers for the students to compete on.

Also during the event, high school juniors will compete in a Tire Changing Rodeo. They will race against time in an Olympic-style format to dismount and mount tires using a tire-changing machine.

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Imagine having only $6.36 a day to spend on food, living in a house that only heated up to 60 degrees, not having reliable transportation, or not owning a winter coat or boots. For more than 200,000 Western New Yorkers, this is daily life.  

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), which serves the southern communities of Western New York, is raising awareness about the challenges of living in poverty through a new community-wide campaign during the month of January 2017 called “ROC Resolutions.” During each week of the month, the spotlight will shine on a different obstacle often encountered by those living in poverty. Week one (Jan. 2-8) will focus on food, while week two (Jan. 9-15) will focus on utilities, week three (Jan. 16-22) on transportation, and week four (Jan. 23-30) on clothing.

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Audubon Seeking Winter Lights Volunteers

Audubon Seeking Winter Lights Volunteers

Jamestown, NY – “It takes a lot of willing folks to present the exciting experience of Winter Lights,” said Audubon Community Nature Center Volunteer Coordinator Katie Finch. “We couldn’t make it happen without the dedication of many volunteers.”

With a thanks to those who are already on board, including some through RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Finch is putting out a call for more help for the eights nights of Winter Lights from December 16 through January 7.

A collaboration between Audubon staff and Volt Vision in Warren, Pennsylvania, Winter Lights is an exhibition with 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights along a luminary-lit trail.

Daemen Earns Two National Military Friendly Distinctions

Daemen Earns Two National Military Friendly Distinctions

Daemen College has been recognized as one of the top military friendly and veteran supportive institutions in the country in two newly released national rankings.

For the eighth consecutive year, Daemen has been selected by Victory Media as a Military Friendly School, which is awarded to top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country for doing the most to embrace student veterans and have dedicated resources to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond graduation.

Daemen has also been named a top school in the 2017 Military Advanced Education and Transition Guide to Colleges and Universities that measures best practices in military and veteran education.

Come to Audubon’s Christmas with the Critters Wednesday, December 28

Come to Audubon’s Christmas with the Critters Wednesday, December 28

Jamestown, NY – For a different way to celebrate the holidays, come and meet Audubon Community Nature Center’s animal ambassadors at “Christmas with the Critters.”

On Wednesday morning, December 28, the program about the live animals that live at Audubon and their stories will include a chance to touch some of them.

At the 10-11:30 a.m. event, participants can also make a craft for the outdoor animals and help the animals open their presents, since they don’t have hands.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get close to our education animals,” said Kim Turner, who heads up Animal Care.

Admission to the party is $8 for non-member adults, $6 for adult Friends of the Nature Center and all children aged 3-15, and free for children two and under. Reservations are not required.