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Emilyann Pleszewski, a senior at the State University at Fredonia and a Jamestown Community College graduate, and Helen Leysath, co-advisor of the Tau Sigma chapter, display a ceremonial check for the $1,500 scholarship that Pleszewski received from the national honor society.Emilyann Pleszewski, a senior at the State University at Fredonia and a Jamestown Community College graduate, and Helen Leysath, co-advisor of the Tau Sigma chapter, display a ceremonial check for the $1,500 scholarship that Pleszewski received from the national honor society.

Emilyann Pleszewski, Class of 2013, has received one of 37 national scholarships awarded by Tau Sigma, the academic honor society that recognizes transfer students for their achievements. 

Now a student at Fredonia and a member of the school’s Beta Delta Chapter of Tau Sigma, Emilyann received a $1,500 scholarship – the largest Tau Sigma award granted to a Fredonia student since the local chapter began nominating students in 2009. 

Established at Fredonia in 2008, the Beta Delta Chapter of Tau Sigma admits transfer students who receive a 3.5 GPA or higher during their first semester at Fredonia. Criteria used by Tau Sigma’s national Scholarship Review Committee included involvement in and service to a local Tau Sigma chapter as well as the university, community service, and academic achievement. To read more about Emilyann’s involvement in her community, click here to read the full media release.

Emilyann earned an Associate of Science in human services, with a concentration in social work, from JCC in 2013. She graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA and received the Trustee’s Award for a student in the Associate of Science track. During her time at JCC, Pleszewski was an award-winning goalkeeper for the Lady Jayhawk Soccer Team, earning the Female Academic Athlete of the Year award from the Western New York Athletic Association.

She went on to the State University at Fredonia, where she is a social work major who has been named to the Dean's List for three semesters, carried a 3.75 GPA into her final semester, and is excelling in a 500-hour, year-long field experience in social work. She worked on a research project with Drs. Rolanda Ward and Dani McMay that will be presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Orlando in early March.

Upon her graduation from Fredonia, Emilyann plans to pursue a graduate degree in social work at the University at Buffalo.

Anthony Barone, '99Anthony Barone, '99

Anthony Barone, Class of 1999, has been named the business manager and field manager of the new Jamestown Jammers!

Barone earned a degree in social studies from JCC. He was a shortstop for the Jayhawks and was named an all-conference player and voted one of JCC's Top 50 Athletes. Barone also played on the Jayhawk basketball team, which won a regional title and competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament. He returned as head coach for the Jayhawk baseball team between 2007 and 2012 and led the Jayhawks to 207 victories and a 101-62 regional record. In 2008, he was named the Region 3 Coach of the Year by the NJCAA as Jamestown qualified for five consecutive NJCAA Regional Tournaments. 

For more information about Anthony and the duties he'll be performing for the Jammers, click here to read The Post-Journal's coverage.

 

Christopher Costello, '99
Christopher Costello, '99

Christopher P. Costello, PLS, Class of 1999, has joined Foit-Albert Associates in Buffalo as a Land Surveyor.

Mr. Costello brings to his new position 9 years of experience in the Land Surveying profession. He will add his expertise in the preparation of ALTA/ACSM Land Title surveys, as well as boundary, topographic, and construction surveys. His first assignment will be Buffalo's Urban Development Corporation's River Bend Commerce Park.

After earning his Associate of Science in engineering science from Jamestown Community College, Mr. Costello went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in land surveying engineering from Purdue University in 2004. 

Founded in 1977, Foit-Albert Associates is a 45-person architecture, engineering, and surveying firm with offices located in Buffalo, Albany, New York City and Briarcliff, New York.

Scott Kindberg, '81
Scott Kindberg, '81

Scott Kindberg, Class of 1981, was recently named the new sports editor at The Post-Journal. 

He has worked at The Post-Journal since March 1983, serving as the assistant sports editor for nearly 30 years. During his tenure, he covered the Buffalo Bills during their runs to four straight Super Bowls; chronicled numerous team and individual New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships; authored 11 books; and won 11 New York State Associated Press Association writing awards since 1993, including first-place efforts in 2003 and 2011.

A Jamestown native, Kindberg went on from JCC to graduate summa cum laude from Point Park University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications. 

Peter Morgante, Class of 1997
Peter Morgante, '97

Peter J. Morgante, Class of 1997, has been named the controller at Hope's Windows.

A Jamestown native, Morgante started his career at Buffamante, Whipple, and Buttafaro P.C. in Jamestown and is a licensed CPA. He was previously the senior manager at Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company and was also the director of North American Finance/Financial Controller at TitanX Engine Cooling Inc. He earned his associate's degree in Business Administration from JCC. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting from SUNY Fredonia and a masters degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He is treasurer of Moon Brook Country Club and a board member for the Workforce Investment Board.

Hope's Windows is manufactures custom designed, precision hot-rolled solid steel and solid bronze window and door systems, specializing in commercial, institutional and luxury residential applications.

Jim Rensel, Class of 1983, has taken the helm as the new mayor of the Village of Falconer! He's preparing to take the village in a new direction. To read about his plans as reported by The Post-Journal, click here

Kyle Croker, Class of 2010, Joined BWB's Olean Office
"What Would Florence Do?" is the first book by Dr. C. Susan Johnson, Class of 1966.

Dr. C. Susan Johnson, Class of 1966, has published her first book! Titled "What Would Florence Do? A Guide for New Nurse Managers," it's designed to help nurses excel in their management roles. "What Would Florence Do?" is available at Nurses Books, the publishing program of American Nurses Association, and has been widely hailed as an essential training guide.

Dr. Johnson has been a practicing nurse for 47 years. She is currently employed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet appraiser and continuing nursing education accreditation appraiser. Prior to her retirement from hospital nursing in 2011, she was employed as director of clinical excellence and nursing research at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her nursing roles have included staff nurse, manager, nursing resource management specialist, educator, accreditation specialist and nurse director.

Congratulations, Dr. Johnson!

Kyle Croker, Class of 2010, Joined BWB's Olean Office
Kyle Croker, '10

Kyle M. Croker, Class of 2010, recently joined Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C., as a staff accountant in the Olean office, according to Jack Whipple, CPA, and Managing Shareholder of the firm.

Ms. Croker, of Kill Buck, earned her Associate’s degree in accounting from Jamestown Community College and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from St. Bonaventure University. She is a graduate of Salamanca City Central High School in Salamanca.

As a staff accountant, Ms. Croker will be involved in preparing financial statements related to compilations, reviews and audits. In addition, she will be responsible for preparing tax returns for a variety of individual and business clients.  

“As we continue to develop our professional staff, we are very pleased that Kyle has joined BWB,” Whipple said.  “Adding talented individuals like Kyle will further strengthen our team and in return add value to each of our client engagements."

BWB is a full service public accounting firm providing wide-ranging assistance in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services. Their current staff consists of fifty-five professionals, paraprofessionals and support staff, including twenty-six Certified Public Accountants. 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, NY. 

 

Maryann Wilcox, RN, Class of 1994, recently joined JCC as its campus nurse and Assistant Director for the Jamestown Campus Health Center! Ms. Wilcox held the position on an interim basis since late August 2014. Maryann has been part of the nursing faculty at JCC for several years, serving as a clinical instructor. She's a graduate of our nursing program, and brings to the position clinical expertise in many areas of the nursing field. Her past experience includes nurse manager positions in several departments at WCA Hospital in Jamestown. Congratulations, Maryann!

 

John Bauer, Class of '71, Joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors
John Bauer, '71

Matthew Kindberg, Class of '05, Joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors
Matt Kindberg, ‘05

Juanita Rublee, Class of '93, Joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors
Juanita Rublee, ‘93

The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association, Jamestown Campus, has added three JCC alumni to its board of directors: John Bauer, ‘71; Matt Kindberg, ‘05; and Juanita Rublee, ‘93, all of Jamestown. The trio joined the board on Jan. 1.

“This is an exciting time for the JCC Alumni Association as we launch new initiatives to connect with more than 20,000 alumni and the thousands of current students who will soon become alumni,” said Kristen Johnson, the director of alumni relations at JCC. “Because the board plays a central role in the success of these efforts, it was the perfect time to add the unique talents and perspectives of these civic-minded individuals.”

Bauer earned a degree in social science from JCC and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from SUNY Fredonia in 1973 and an associate’s degree in accounting from Jamestown Business College in 1993.

Bauer, who is retired, has long been deeply involved in the community and has worked with the Babe Ruth World Series Committee, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, the Jamestown Family YMCA, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, LucyFest, the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Falconer, the Fluvanna Fire Department, the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Jamestown Riverfront Council.

Kindberg teaches Global History and Geography for the Clymer Central School District. A graduate of Jamestown High School, Kindberg earned an associate’s degree in social studies from JCC. While at JCC, Matt served as a student ambassador and as a member of the Student Senate.  During his sophomore year, he served as the student trustee to the JCC board of trustees.  He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in social studies adolescent education in 2007 and a master’s degree in literacy education in 2010, both from SUNY Fredonia.

For the last two years, Kindberg has served as president of the Clymer Education Association. He is currently the vice president of the The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts board of directors. He is also a member of the Chautauqua Chamber Singers and is a member of First Covenant Church. 

Kindberg is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kindberg and Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Brombacher.

For the last 12 years, Ms. Rublee has worked for Lamar Advertising, where she works to create effective billboard advertising campaigns for local businesses and organizations. Born and raised in Jamestown, she earned an associate’s degree in business administration from JCC and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from SUNY Fredonia in 1995.

Ms. Rublee is a member of the Chautauqua Leadership Network, where she is the chairman of the Community Engagement and Public Relations Committee.

For more information about the JCC Alumni Association and the services it provides to alumni of Jamestown Community College, visit www.sunyjcc.edu/alumni or www.facebook.com/JCCAlumni.

 

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