Daemen President Gary Olson and Elizabeth George Ivers.

Campus Enhancements

Daemen College’s Lawrence and Mary Arlene George Memorial Reading Garden, located outside the college’s Research and Information Commons, was established with a generous gift from Elizabeth “Liz” George Ivers, a 1970 graduate. Named in honor of Ivers’ parents, the reading garden serves as an enduring symbol of her passion for and commitment to her alma mater. The garden is an inviting setting where our students can relax, study or gather.

Dale Demyanick meeting with his Demyanick scholars.


Dale B. Demyanick ’79 established the Richard and Lorraine Demyanick Scholarship for John F. Kennedy (JFK) High School Graduates in honor of his parents. The Demyanick Scholarship is part of 52 donor funded scholarships that are awarded to more than 100 students. A JFK High School graduate, Demyanick created the scholarship to provide undergraduate students from his alma mater the same high quality educational opportunity he had as a Daemen student.

Academic Excellence

As part of the campaign, Daemen College received a $350,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation for the Institute for Government and Nonprofit Innovation, Training, and Evaluation, also known as IGNITE, which is housed in the college’s historic Curtis Hall.

Generous funding from the Oishei Foundation will maximize IGNITE’s use of Curtis Hallallowing the college to better serve the Buffalo Niagara community. Through IGNITE, Daemen social work faculty are connected with non-profit organizations, foundations, schools, and community groups to provide expertise, professional assistance, and other support.