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Fashion industry provides creative outlet for Lackawanna student

Fashion industry provides creative outlet for Lackawanna student

CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK (March 2, 2016) – Fashion design has opened doors for Lackawanna student Uniqua Rolon, an aspiring clothes designer.


Uniqua 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.


Uniqua has been working on vintage 1980s designs for the modern era. According to Uniqua, her inspiration came largely from TV shows and music performed by MC Hammer and Boy George.


“I have been in love with the 80s for as long as I can remember,” claimed Uniqua. “My initial inspiration for the fashion industry sprouted from the show, ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ I realized due to my shape and size I wouldn’t be able to make it as a model, so why not be the designer?”

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.”

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teacher Volunteers for Literacy Program

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teacher Volunteers for Literacy Program

Dog Ears Bookstore in South Buffalo is in immediate need of teacher volunteers to assist with new elementary school literacy programs that will be offered at the nonprofit bookstore beginning in March. 

“We’re looking for individuals who can donate a couple of hours a month to serve as teaching mentors in our new after-school programs to be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “Retired teachers and adults with some classroom experience are preferred.”

Mary Queen of Angels School Plans Annual Basket Auction

Mary Queen of Angels School Plans Annual Basket Auction

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School will hold its annual basket auction event on Friday, March 18, in the Infant of Prague Parish Hall, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. A $5 donation includes admission and your first sheet of auction tickets. More than 200 baskets, gift certificates and other prizes will be given away during the event!

Mary Queen of Angels is currently accepting donations of new items and gift cards that will be used in the basket auction. If you are unable to bring your donation to the school, please call the school office at 895-6280 to arrange for pickup. Plenty of free parking will be available at the event.

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.