In his address to the campus community, Olson reported that this year’s entering class is Daemen’s largest in the past five years and includes a significant number of academically talented students. Graduate enrollment was reported to be particularly strong, having experienced a remarkable 43 percent increase compared to last year. Also, a 15 percent increase in enrollment is expected in programs offered at the college’s Brooklyn campus.
Olson shared news of the successful completion of several renovation and construction projects, including the next phase of upgrades to the college’s science facilities. To date, a total of $2.1 million in improvements have been made to science laboratories and classrooms.
Also completed was a nearly $1 million refurbishment of Curtis Hall. Other recent enhancements include a new outdoor student recreation space, campus apartment improvements, a makeover on the exterior of Lumdsen Gymnasium, and modernization of the women’s locker rooms.
Olson also reported that 95 percent of the $22 million goal has been reached for Daemen’s Drive to 75 campaign, the college’s first-ever comprehensive campaign.
Olson announced that to help ensure that Daemen’s positive trajectory continue, the college has established two steering committees to work on the college’s next five-year strategic plan and master plan. He noted that with the current plans ending in 2020, it is time to begin the planning process and to outline new initiatives that will define the college’s goals and objectives for the next five-year period.
Videos of all previous State of the College Addresses can be found on the President’s Site.