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Daemen Earns National Ranking by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Daemen Earns National Ranking by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

AMHERST, N.Y. – For the second consecutive year, Daemen College has been ranked nationally in the prestigious Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, which focus on student success and learning. The second annual list includes 1,054 institutions from across the U.S.

Rankings are based on four key performance areas, including resources (30 percent), engagement (30 percent), outcomes (40 percent), and environment (10 percent).

Based on these four main pillars, Daemen was strongest in the area of engagement, making it the second time the college has ranked high for effectively engaging with students. Specific measures used to assess this are interaction with teachers and students, students feeling engaged with the college, whether students would recommend the institution to a friend, and the number of accredited programs.

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Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting rural poverty, will host its fourth annual “ROCtober” event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

The event will feature food by Elm Street Bakery, wine provided by Reed’s Wines and Liquors, beer, music by Doug Yeomans, and a custom-made cherry coffee table handcrafted by local artisan Jim Conell-Cordes and valued at $2,800. Raffle tickets for the coffee table are available for $10 each or three for $25. The drawing will take place the night of the event.

Make Reservations Now for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest, October 6 and 7

Make Reservations Now for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest, October 6 and 7

Jamestown, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest is so popular that even with 26 time slots, several are already full.

This magical evening combines a luminary-lit trail with talking animals and is as fascinating for adults as it is for the children they accompany.

The Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, evenings begin with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then you are escorted around a trail by volunteer “fireflies” that light the way with lanterns. Larger-than-life-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

Animals featured this year are Spring Peeper, Garter Snake, Monarch Butterfly and Monarch Caterpillar, Pileated Woodpecker, Little Brown Bat, and Mice and Praying Mantid. The number of animals is increased this year as some are being paired together at the same station for more interaction and dialogue. 

Youth Symphony Board Welcomes Former Students as New Members

Youth Symphony Board Welcomes Former Students as New Members

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board welcomed two new members, Marie Karbacka and Tim O’Brien, at their September meeting.

Along with current member Tim Pryzbelinski, they make three board members who were CRYS students in their youth and are now music teachers.

“It’s very exciting to begin our 31st season with these additions to our board,” said newly elected president Nancy Larson. “With their experience and positions in our local music community, they will bring a valuable perspective and resource to our work!”

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Rural Outreach Center to Offer Living With Diabetes Sessions

Rural Outreach Center to Offer Living With Diabetes Sessions

Those who live with diabetes know it is a challenging condition and must be monitored closely. This includes blood work, medications, making daily choices about the foods that are eaten, exercise routine, fluid intake and planning ahead to maintain good health.

The public is invited to come and join other individuals who want to learn more about diabetes by participating in five sessions to be held at the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), 730 Olean Road, East Aurora, beginning Oct. 10. Other dates include Oct. 17, 24, 30 and Nov. 14, all from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Don Birdd will be teaching the sessions. Birdd is a retired Buffalo State College science professor who has lived with diabetes for over 20 years. He will be providing current research materials on ways to achieve and maintain good health.

Audubon Photo Contest Winner from NYC Visits Nature Center

Audubon Photo Contest Winner from NYC Visits Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Program Director Jennifer Schlick was delighted to present a prize in person to one of Audubon’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest winners.

Kyra Bettwy, a seventh grader who lives in New York City, spends summers with her family visiting her grandparents, John and Marie Plumb, and enjoying the outdoors in Randolph, New York. She saw the announcement of the Photography Contest online when she was signing up to run in Audubon’s Wild 5K Run/Walk in July.

The categories for entries in the contest are Landscapes, Plants, Wildlife, and Audubon Community Nature Center, with Adult and Youth Divisions in each category.

Local Educator Hopes to Share His Love for the Great Outdoors with a New, Younger Audience

Local Educator Hopes to Share His Love for the Great Outdoors with a New, Younger Audience

Dave Bauer made a career out of teaching environmental science to teenagers, and now that he’s retired, he wants to cut back a little bit. No, not on teaching students about his love for the environment and the great outdoors. That will never change.

What he would like to do is cut back on the age of the students a wee bit, and bring his message to the kindergarten through grade three population … and their parents, teachers, librarians, principals and school administrators.