Daemen College

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Daemen College
Rosary Hall
Former names
Rosary Hill College
MottoA World of Opportunity
Endowment$19.8 million
PresidentGary A. Olson
New York
United States

42°57′55″N 78°47′20″W / 42.965373°N 78.788838°W / 42.965373; -78.788838Coordinates: 42°57′55″N 78°47′20″W / 42.965373°N 78.788838°W / 42.965373; -78.788838
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Daemen College is a private liberal arts college[1] in Amherst, New York.[2][3] It also offers graduate programs in business, healthcare, and education.


Rosary Hill College for women was established in 1947 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity. That order's founder, Mother Magdalene Daemen, was recognized when the school was renamed Daemen College in 1976 (the same year it became nonsectarian). The college has admitted men since the mid-1960s and graduated its first male student in 1968.


There are more than thirty undergraduate programs and six graduate programs at the school.

Daemen College has a competency-based core curriculum in which students are expected to master critical thinking and creative problem solving, information literacy, communication skills, affective awareness, moral and ethical discernment, contextual competency, and civic responsibility. Also notable is Daemen's integration of service learning into the Core Curriculum.


Daemen College teams, the Wildcats, are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing as a member of the East Coast Conference. Formerly, the Daemen College Wildcats were part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the now-defunct American Mideast Conference. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball. Names prior to Wildcats include the Rosary Hill College Angels, the Daemen College Demons, Golden Warriors and Warriors.


Daemen College is the first private college in the Buffalo-Niagara region to start an official esports team. As of 2018 the team competes in League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Quake Champions.[4]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • James K.Y. Kuo, professor and abstract expressionist painter. His works are in the Albright–Knox Art Gallery and the China Institute.
  • Elizabeth Murray, painter, printmaker and draughtsman.Her works are in many major public collections, including those of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • Robert Morace, professor of English, an American writer and author of several guide books on Scottish writers.

Notable alumni/students[edit]

  • Mary Ann Esposito '64, creator/host of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, a cooking program that is the longest-running United States television series of its kind.
  • Catherine A. Carey '67, former Clerk of the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1984.
  • Sue Falsone '96, Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with United States men's national soccer team. First female Physical Therapist in MLB. Head Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Rick DePiro. Notable Musical Artist, award winning Jazz and Rock Organist, Pianist, Record Producer, Music Executive, Philanthropist
  • Geoffrey Gatza '02, editor and publisher.
  • Gerald Beverly '15, professional basketball player for the Basket Brescia Leonessa for the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).
  • Ayke Agus, classical Violinist and Pianist, known primarily through her longtime collaboration with the violinist Jascha Heifetz.
  • Samuel Ouedraogo, basketball player and member of the Burkina Faso National Basketball Team.
  • MaryEllen Elia, New York State Education Commissioner and former superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida.


  1. "Admissions". Daemen College. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  2. Overview of Daemen College (Map). USGS. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  3. Buffalo NE Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1989. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  4. "Daemen esports". Daemen College Athletics.

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