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Fashion industry provides creative outlet for Williamsville student

Fashion industry provides creative outlet for Williamsville student

Fashion design has opened doors for Williamsville South High School student Ellen Divita, an aspiring clothes designer.

Ellen will be exhibiting her designs along with 10 other students representing a total of eight local school districts at the “Limitless” fashion show. Students of the Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising program will be modeling their creations on March 10 at Walden Galleria.


Ellen has been working on minimalist designs for the modern woman. Using knit and form-fitted fabrics, she hopes to create a clothing line that will use accessories to emphasize her designs.


“The colors I chose for my fabrics are earth tones and neutrals, I like simple pieces that can be dressed up with accessories to complete the look,” Ellen said.

Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

AMHERST, N.Y. – Best Value Schools has named Daemen College as one of the “50 Best Value Small Colleges,” a distinction that places it in the top 15 small institutions in the nation.

Daemen, which is the only college in the Buffalo Niagara region included on the list, ranks No. 14 in the 2016 roster from Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education across the U.S. Selected top institutions have 4,000 or fewer students and rankings are based on net price, retention rate, graduation rate, and class size.

“We are pleased to have Daemen ranked fourteenth among the best small colleges in the country for overall value,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This national distinction speaks to our steadfast commitment to provide a high-quality education that is affordable and to offer our students an exceptional value for their investment.”

Hochul to Address Sexual Assault Prevention Law at Daemen

Hochul to Address Sexual Assault Prevention Law at Daemen

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will address New York State’s “Enough is Enough” sexual assault prevention law and learn the latest in Daemen College’s comprehensive efforts at a meeting with the campus community at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The discussion follows Hochul’s visit last year to talk about the proposed sexual assault policy legislation at a roundtable meeting with Daemen students, faculty and staff. Since being signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, Hochul has been conducting a tour of colleges and universities across the state to discuss the new policy.

“Enough is Enough, championed by Gov. Cuomo, is the nation's most aggressive policy to fight against sexual assault on college campuses,” said Hochul. “I look forward to hearing more about Daemen’s proactive initiatives that support this policy.”

NFADA Lists 2016 AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

NFADA Lists 2016 AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

Student teams from the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in Batavia and the Kenton Career & Tech Center in Tonawanda are celebrating victories at the NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and Tire Rodeo held on Jan. 16 in Orchard Park. The competition took place at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center located at 5885 Big Tree Road.

The AutoTech competition featured teams of two high school automotive seniors who were put through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. The WNY Ford Dealers served as vehicle sponsors and provided six 2016 Ford F150s for the students to compete on. 

Mary Queen of Angels School to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Mary Queen of Angels School to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Students, teachers and staff at Mary Queen of Angels School in Cheektowaga will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 with a variety of fun events and activities.

On Monday, Feb. 1, students will attend a kickoff Mass at Queen of Martyrs Church at noon, and will have a tie-dye dress down day. And on Tuesday, Feb. 2, students will dress to reflect any decade and will also be allowed to invite a guest to lunch at MQA.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, is fake mustache day, and students in grades three through five will take a field trip to Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo to see the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra perform. Thursday, Feb. 4, is sunglasses day, and students in grades five through seven will also visit the Buffalo Museum of Science. 

Mary Queen of Angels to Hold Meat Raffle

Mary Queen of Angels to Hold Meat Raffle

A meat raffle to support the annual Mary Queen of Angels School eighth grade class trip to Cleveland will take place on Friday, Feb. 12, in the St. Andrew Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the raffle beginning at 7 p.m.

A donation of $5 includes two slices of pizza and pop, beer or wine. Tickets will also be available at the door for $8, and there will be a 50/50 split club and side raffles. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend. 

For tickets or information, please visit the MQA School office at 170 Rosewood Terrace in Cheektowaga, or call 895-6280. For more information on the school, please visit www.mqangels.com.

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College President Gary A. Olson conferred a bachelor’s degree in nursing to student Paula Williams, who is seriously ill with breast cancer, at a private on-campus ceremony held Dec. 16 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. She completed the academic requirements in the fall semester to receive her nursing degree, which was presented in advance of the college’s annual commencement ceremony in May.

“We are all very proud of Paula for persevering through her illness to receive her degree,” said Olson. “She is courageous, tenacious, and an inspiration to everyone at Daemen.”

A graduate of the former Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing, Williams held various staff and leadership positions at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In recognition of her professional excellence, she was awarded a scholarship from the Kaleida Health Foundation.