Three individuals will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award during Jamestown Community College’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16 in Jamestown.

Sharon Hamilton; Carol S. Johnson, Ph.D., RN, NE-BC; and Ebrahim Randeree will be honored as Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex on the Jamestown Campus.The ceremony will also recognize August and December 2014 and May 2015 graduates.

Presented by the JCC Alumni Association, the award honors those who have typified the college’s tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service. Of approximately 21,000 alumni, only 89 have been named Distinguished Alumni. 

"It is our pleasure and privilege to honor these alumni," said Kristen Johnson, JCC's alumni relations director. "They began their academic careers at JCC and have gone on to achieve great things. They are wonderful role models and shining examples of the heights our students can reach."


Sharon Hamilton, Class of 1989

Sharon Hamilton, '89

Sharon Hamilton, '89

Sharon Hamilton retired in October 2014 as the Vice President of Lutheran Senior Housing at Lutheran Social Services, where she worked for 30 years.

A 1989 alumna of JCC, where she earned a degree in social science, Mrs. Hamilton went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in human service administration in 1992 from Empire State College. She holds two master’s degrees: one in community counseling from St. Bonaventure University, which she earned in 1996; and one in professional studies and community services from Alfred University, which she earned in 2000. In addition, she holds a graduate certification in gerontology from the University of North Texas-Denton.

Mrs. Hamilton is deeply involved in the community. She is a member of the Jamestown Noon Rotary, where she has been a past president, board member, and Paul Harris Fellow. She is also the current Assistant Rotary District Governor. In addition, Mrs. Hamilton serves as a board member and the treasurer for First Things First. She is a past board member of several organizations, including Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, the Joint Neighborhood Project, the Chautauqua Blind Association, and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Mrs. Hamilton is a recipient of the Harriet Danielson Service Award from First Lutheran Church. She was also named the United Way Volunteer of the Year for both the Chautauqua Blind Association and Family Service of the Chautauqua Region. She is also a recipient of the Zonta Women in Leadership Award and the YWCA Women of Achievement Award.  


Carol Johnson, Class of 1966

Dr. Carol S. Johnson, '66

Dr. Carol S. Johnson, '66

Dr. Carol S. Johnson, who will also give the commencement address, is a renowned healthcare leader, nursing advocate, and philanthropist.

After graduating from JCC in 1966 with a degree in nursing, Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Purdue University, a master’s degree in public affairs at Indiana University, and a doctorate in health administration at Warren National University.

She retired in 2011 after a 47-year career at Parkview Health System in Indiana. Her tenure there began as a staff nurse in the pediatrics unit and, in increasing levels of responsibility, she managed nursing care in different departments. After serving as a nursing resource management specialist in the early 1990s, Dr. Johnson coordinated clinical staff development activities. Prior to retirement, Dr. Johnson served as Parkview’s clinical excellence and nursing research director for nearly four years. She managed clinical education activities for Parkview’s seven-hospital system, providing leadership for nursing research and documentation, staffing effectiveness, and nursing care measurement.

Dr. Johnson is the recipient of several leadership and achievement awards and has been an active member of various nursing organizations. She is the author of “What Would Florence Do? A Guide for New Nurse Managers” and has contributed to, or co-authored, content for professional journals and books. She has been a columnist for “The Indiana Nurse” since 2002. Dr. Johnson, a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, established the Sue Johnson Nursing Scholarship with the Parkview Hospital Foundation to provide funding for hospital employees pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.


Ebrahim Randeree, Class of 1988

Ebrahim Randeree, '88

Ebrahim Randeree, '88

Ebrahim Randeree is the Associate Dean in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. He is also a member of the faculty there, and developed several courses including social media management, information technology leadership, and advanced health informatics.

Ebe graduated from JCC in 1988 with a degree in computer science. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992. He holds a MBA in health systems management and a Ph.D. (ABD) in management information systems both from the University at Buffalo.

Over the years, Ebe has been widely acclaimed for his work and leadership. Most recently, in 2014, he was named the STARS Alliance Advisor of the Year and a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award.  In 2012, he was the recipient of the College of Communication and Information Leadership Award and the recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award for the School of Library and Information Studies. Randeree is a volunteer at Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle coding and tech camps, which are designed to teach girls how to code. 

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