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Daemen launches campaign to raise $22 million

Daemen College is embarking on an ambitious campaign to raise $22 million for campus improvements, academic enhancements and endowed faculty posts and scholarships.

Daemen President Gary A. Olson announced the college's first-ever comprehensive capital campaign at a gala event Friday night. The college already is three-quarters of the way to reaching the $22 million goal, thanks to a silent phase of the campaign over the past few years.

Olson and his wife, Lynn Worsham, a humanities scholar who taught in the English department at Idaho State University, are making a $1 million bequest to the college as part of the campaign.

"We're very much committed to Daemen College and to its students, so it's easy to contribute to the current and future success of students in this way," Olson said. "The main reason that we think so is that Daemen College changes lives every single day, and that's what attracts us."

The campaign is dubbed "Daemen's Drive to 75," because officials expect to have it completed in time for the college's 75th anniversary in 2022.

The money will fund improvements to science facilities on campus, endowed faculty positions and scholarships, and a new public square quadrangle to replace parking lots at the center of campus, among other projects and programs.

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