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Alumna Coordinates Major Intercontinental Art Exhibition

Debra Eck earned a Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Studio Arts from JCC in 2001. And now she's coordinating "Colonize," an exhibition featuring artists from across the United Kingdom -- many of whom are coming to Jamestown to present during the exhibition!

The exhibition includes painting, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art and film. Taking part with Ms. Eck (an Essex native and longtime Jamestown artist) will be artists Kimbal Bumstead, Wendy Williams, Jean McEwan, Bruce Davies, Michael Borkowsky, Elena Thomas, David Cotton and Susanne Torstensson.

The opening Reception is Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3rd On 3rd Gallery, located at 116 East Third Street in Jamestown on the 3rd floor of The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts. The exhibition will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through April 25. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Alumnus Opens Medical Practice

JCC alumnus Dr. Bradley Kulig, a chiropractor, recently joined Dr. Pownall and Dr. Pope at Brookside Professional Center in Jamestown! He distinguished himself while attending the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, earning the "adjusting award," given to a student who displays mastery of chiropractic manipulation. For more information about Dr. Kulig and his practice, visit him online!

Alumnus Earns Promotion

Terry Norris is now the branch manager for the newly-opened Jamestown office of Usherwood Office Technology, a company that provides local sales and service for digital copiers,, laser printers, computer networks, IT solutions, and advanced application software. As the branch manager, Norris is responsible for managing the entire sales cycle across client accounts in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Alleghany counties. 

Norris earned an Associate degree in Business from JCC and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from SUNY Fredonia.

Prior to joining Usherwood, Norris worked as a sales representative for 27 years in Chautauqua County where he interacted with many of the local businesses throughout the Southern Tier. Norris volunteers as assistant coach for the Maple Grove High School wrestling team and enjoys playing softball in his spare time. Norris has a wife, Laurie, and two daughters, Ashlyn and Taylor.

The new branch opened at 1376 East Second Street in Jamestown. It includes more than 1,500 square feet of showroom space. 

To read the full article as it appeared recently in the Dunkirk Observer, click here.

Alumna Earns CPA License

Megan E. Green, '11, recently became licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. 

To obtain this license, Megan passed the uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination, a four-part, 16-hour exam covering the areas of financial accounting and reporting, auditing and attestation, business environments, and regulation. Candidates for the CPA designation must satisfy extensive educational requirements from an accredited institution and fulfill stringent experience requirements.

Megan joined Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. in 2007. BWB is a full-service public accounting firm providing wide-ranging assistance in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services. Its current staff consists of over 50 professionals, paraprofessionals and support staff, including 25 CPAs. The firm serves as accountants and advisors to businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the United States while maintaining offices in Jamestown, Olean, and Orchard Park.

Megan earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from JCC in 2011. She went on to graduate from SUNY Fredonia in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, a secondary major in finance, and a minor in economics.

Alumnus Completes Basic Training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Dale N. Ransom, who graduated from JCC in 2011, completed basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas, last fall! The eight-week program included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Like other airmen, Dale earned four credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. But Dale went above and beyond and distinguished himself as an honors graduate! Dale is the son of Dale and Donna Ransom of Fredonia. 

Thank you for your service, Dale — and congratulations!

Alumnus Inducted to Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame

We're proud to announce that a JCC alumnus was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 17, 2014! Dan Lunetta, Class of 1978, was inducted along with seven others in a ceremony at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.

A Jamestown native, Lunetta began his baseball career as a groundskeeper at College Stadium — now known as Russell Diethrick Park — in 1979 and became the general manager of the Jamestown Expos a year later. That began an administrative career in baseball that is nearing 35 years. Along the way, Lunetta has served as the director of team travel for the Montreal Expos and the Cincinnati Reds. After serving a year as the general manager for the Rochester Red Wings in 1990, Lunetta joined the Florida Marlins in 1991 and served in various positions there, including as the director of minor league administration, farm director, and director of baseball administration. Highlighting his tenure with the Marlins was their 1997 World Series win. In 2002, Lunetta became special assistant to the general manager of the Montreal Expos. Since 2004, he has been director of minor league operations for the Detroit Tigers and has helped the franchise to two World Series appearances.

Click here to read about the induction ceremony.

An Adorable Proposal

Have you heard about this absolutely ADORABLE proposal to a JCC alumna? It involved a 10-story college dorm. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Thank You to our Alumni Veterans

We are proud to say that many of our alumni are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. We're grateful for your service and dedication to our country! The JCC Foundation has established the Veterans Scholarship Fund. Once fully funded, the scholarship will ease the financial burden of attaining a college degree for veterans, those currently serving on active duty or on reserve status, their spouses, and their children or dependents. Donations in support of the scholarship are being accepted. To learn about how you can make a gift, call the JCC Foundation at 716.338.1010 or click here to make a donation online!

JCC Alumni Serve on Jamestown City Council

Did you know that we've got some JCC alumni on the Jamestown City Council? We're proud of alumni Tony Dolce (R-Ward 2), Class of '81; Maria B. Jones (D-Ward 5), Class of '98; Kim A. Ecklund, (R-At Large), Class of '87; and George S. Spitale, (D-At Large), Class of '97. They're working hard to make our community a better place to live, work, and play! Thank you for all you do!

JCC Alumna is a Chautauqua County Legislator

One of the newest members of the Chautauqua County Legislature is a JCC alumna! Janet Keefe, the new District 4 legislator, holds a degree in Human Services from SUNY JCC. She was a county legislator from 1985 to 1993 and was the County Attorney between 1998 and 2005.

Two Alumni Honored by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

Dennis Webster and Terry Frank were recognized by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, gentlemen! Click here to read more!