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U.S.-India Ties, Country’s Global Growth Emphasized in Lecture

U.S.-India Ties, Country’s Global Growth Emphasized in Lecture

Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, consul general of India in New York, presented valuable insight into the country’s impressive emergence as an independent nation and underscored the importance of strong U.S.-India relations in the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series event held on July 25.

As the first international speaker in the lecture series, Mulay discussed India’s rich ancient history to offer an intriguing perspective on its evolution to the country that exists today. India’s success, he explained, comes from a blend of history, cultural values and commitment to economic growth.

“India is a land of great aspirations and prosperity and is a country that strives to serve as an example of peace,” said Mulay. “Since its independence (from Great Britain) in 1947, India has embraced working as a unified nation and is focused on living by its affirmations as a democratic society.”

Cheektowaga Celebrates Ukrainian Heritage

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY- The situation in Ukraine was weighing on the minds of the attendees of the Ukrainian Heritage Festival in Cheektowaga Sunday afternoon.

Festival goers enjoyed the food, music and dancing celebrating Ukraine, but did so with knowing the situation back east left the country in a state of flux.

"This is so, so sad that a different country is invading the sovereign borders of Ukraine which wants to live peacefully, has a government that they now support," Zina Hajduczok, the festival MC said.

"Let them have their way and let the land become peaceful and free is what we all desire."

Explore Buffalo Announces August Tour schedule

Explore Buffalo Announces August Tour schedule


Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of August events. 

New proposal to build commerce park in Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - Dozens of Cheektowaga residents showed up to a meeting to see what's next for a vacant, run-down lot on Union Road.

The Benderson Development Company held a meeting Wednesday night to announce plans to turn the more than 20-acre plaza into office and warehouse space.

But some residents wonder if another warehouse is really what the area needs.

"The bottom line is, to see that vacant lot every time you drive through the entrance into Cheektowaga, the entrance into West Seneca. You see this empty ugly looking lot," Town of Cheektowaga Supervisor, Mary Holtz said. "I mean we could do something. We can't force them to put businesses in there that won't come. So I mean it comes down to the economy."

The new complex will be known as Garden Village Commerce Park. The proposal will be brought to the town planning board in August.

Feds Push New Safety Standards For Trains Carrying Oil

Buffalo, NY - The federal government is now stepping in with a plan to boost safety for rail tank cars which carry oil through Western New York and other areas of the country.

Some like U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York feel it was a disaster waiting to happen unless standards were upgraded.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has new safety requirements for the long trains which carry a highly volatile form of crude oil and ethanol.

Specifically the DOT wants the railroads like CSX to replace within two years, the older tank cars which are labeled DOT - 111. That's because they have been known to rupture when they derail and the resulting explosion can be catastrophic. Newer model tank cars have thicker steel and are stronger.

Niland Named Daemen’s Athletics Director

Niland Named Daemen’s Athletics Director

Daemen College President Gary A. Olson has appointed Bridget Niland as director of athletics. A member of the college faculty since 2006, she replaces William Morris, who has left to pursue other opportunities.

In addition, Jessica Gorski has been promoted to associate athletic director for sport administration as the athletic department continues to strengthen in light of its advancement to the Provisional Year of the NCAA Division II membership process.

“These two appointments will go a long way to move Daemen athletics to new levels of excellence,” said Olson. “We are now perfectly positioned to gain full NCAA membership.”

With Niland’s appointment as Daemen’s athletic director, she becomes, at present, only the second woman in that role at a Western New York college, joining Medaille College's Amy DeKay.

Daemen Receives National Distinction As a ‘Great College to Work For’

Daemen Receives National Distinction As a ‘Great College to Work For’

Daemen College has been named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 Honor Roll as a “Great College to Work For,” an elite distinction that places the college as one of the top 10 small four-year institutions to work for in the nation. This marks the first time Daemen has been selected for this distinguished workplace recognition as one of the best colleges in the United States.

“The fact that Daemen has been named one of the nation’s top 10 small four-year colleges to work for is a tribute to our devoted faculty and staff, who together make Daemen a remarkably collegial workplace and an exceptional learning community for our students,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are honored to receive this prestigious national recognition.”

The results, which were released today (July 21) in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities across the U.S.