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International Experts to Examine Crisis in Ukraine

International Experts to Examine Crisis in Ukraine

“Crisis in Ukraine” will be examined in a roundtable discussion by faculty experts, including a guest historian from Poland, from 3 to 5 p.m. April 26 in Daemen College’s Schenck Hall Auditorium.

Panelists will include guest scholar Dr. Tomasz Pudłocki, assistant professor of history at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, as well as Dr. Jacek Lubecki, associate professor and director of the Center for International Studies at Georgia Southern University; Dr. Steven Maddox, assistant professor of history at Canisius College; and Dr. John D. Occhipinti, chair of political science at Canisius. Moderator will be Dr. Andrew Kier Wise, department chair and associate professor of history at Daemen.

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Dr. Isiah Marshall, associate professor and master of social work program director at Daemen College, has been selected as a Health Leadership Fellow by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

The 18-month program is designed to expand the network of highly collaborative and skilled leaders who will serve as advocates to improve the health and well-being of the frail elderly and children from communities of poverty throughout the region.

As a Health Leadership Fellow, Marshall will participate in sessions on personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader, results-based leadership, and collaboration. He will also attend two- to three-day retreats led by experts in the field, take part in an inter-organizational team project, and receive executive coaching.

Historic West Virginia Mine Wars to be Explored in Show

Historic West Virginia Mine Wars to be Explored in Show

AMHERST, N.Y. -- The history and culture surrounding the West Virginia mine wars of the early 1920s will be explored through images and music of the era at a 7:30 p.m. performance on April 2 in the Daemen College Wick Campus Center Social Room.

Activist, artist and folklorist Saro Lynch-Thomason will present the “West Virginia Mine Wars Show,” which will look at the 20-year battle for union and miners’ rights in West Virginia. The multi-media show will also examine the connection between traditional Appalachian culture, labor activism, coal mining, and the historical significance of Blair Mountain, where one of the largest civil uprisings in U.S. history took place and today is considered an endangered historic site.

Lynch-Thomason’s show will feature a narration of the story of the coal wars through first-person perspectives and period photographs. In addition, she will perform music from the era on a mountain dulcimer, a traditional instrument of Appalachia.

Daemen Receives Grant to Advance Skills of Workforce Serving Elderly

Daemen Receives Grant to Advance Skills of Workforce Serving Elderly

AMHERST, N.Y. – A $20,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to Daemen College will be used to help enhance the practical skills and experience of the future workforce serving the elderly.

The grant will be used to implement the Daemen Social Work Department’s initiative “Investing in an Elder-Competent Workforce: Relationship Building and Education for the Elderly in the Community Through Social Work Clinical Practice.” It builds on a $10,000 grant also from the Health Foundation for the development of enhanced geriatric education for social work students, an effort being overseen by Dr. Joanne Cannavo, associate professor of social work.

“This initiative is vital to advancing the skills of our students and giving them the opportunity to interact and work with an elderly population throughout their senior year of studies at Daemen,” said Cannavo.

Literary Scholar, Academic Excellence to be Featured at Daemen Festival

Literary Scholar, Academic Excellence to be Featured at Daemen Festival

Literary and legal scholar Stanley Fish will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Daemen College Academic Festival, an annual celebration of academic excellence showcased through student and faculty presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, performances and other activities.

Considered one of the century’s most original and influential literary theorists and public intellectuals, Fish will give his address, “What Are Academics Free to Do?,” at 7 p.m. April 15 in the Wick Campus Center Social Room. Due to limited seating, reservations for the keynote address are encouraged by April 1 to speaker@daemen.edu.

Twenty Two Local High School Students Inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Twenty Two Local High School Students Inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Nearly 130 high school seniors representing 20 school districts from across the region were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). The ceremony celebrated the academic accomplishments of students from Erie 1 BOCES' three career and technical centers: Harkness, Kenton and Potter.

Zainab finds a love in fashion

Zainab finds a love in fashion

Fashion is a love that many people share, Zainab Al-naji, a senior from Cheektowaga Central High School, has explored her love for fashion while enrolled in Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

During her time in the program, Zainab got acquainted with the basics of fashion and design with classes like fashion history and color theory, while also learning practical skills such as drafting patterns and producing garments. Her education was rounded out as she learn about merchandising through classes on promotion and distribution.

“I learned so much in this class,” Zainab said. “I learned that fashion is not just about shopping and looking good. Fashion has so much more to it like textiles, design, business, and much more.”