Daemen College in 2007
|President||Dr. Martin J. Anisman|
|Location||Amherst, New York|
|Former names||Rosary Hill College|
|Colors||Blue and White|
Daemen was founded in 1947 as Rosary Hill College for women by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, headed by Magdalene Daemen. The school became co-ed in 1971, and changed its name in 1976 to honor its founder. Currently, Daemen is a non-sectarian four-year liberal arts college.
Of particular interest to many prospective students are the Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs, for which the school has a nationwide reputation. A significant number of students in these two departments are from outside of Western New York.
There are more than thirty undergraduate programs and six graduate programs at the school.
Daemen College is unique for its Core Curriculum, which is competency-based. Students who graduate from the College are expected to master critical thinking and creative problem solving, literacy in information and multi-media technology, communication skills, affective judgment, moral and ethical discernment, contextual competency, and civic responsibility. Also notable is Daemen's integration of service learning into the Core Curriculum.
Gersh College is a college program established for students with neurological disorders who would have had difficulty in a public college. The school will be located in the former George L. Lowry Middle School building and its accompanying 9 acres (36,000 m2) in North Tonawanda, New York. The school will offer a two-year program for students with neurobiological disorders such as high functioning autism, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Individuals with violent histories are not candidates. The school is designed to educate the academically gifted who have neurobiological disorders. The middle school was closed down after the 2003-2004 school year due to budget and claims that the building was not maintained properly. The property was subsequently bought from the city by Gersh Management Services for a sum of $700,000 (this was the lowest of the three offered bids because it was the only offer that did not require tax deferment). Gersh also owns another school in New York State, Gersh Academy, which provides the same support for younger children.
Gersh College is expected to open no later than September 2007 and plans to open with a partnership with nearby Daemen College in Amherst.
Daemen sports teams are the Wildcats, formerly the Warriors, members of the NAIA.
MusicalFare Theatre is located on the campus of Daemen College.
Lynn Marinelli - Chairwoman of the County Legislature in Erie County, New York
Mary Ann Esposito - Creator/host of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, America's longest-running cooking program
Sue Falsone - Physical Therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers is the first female physical therapist in Major League baseball.