Jamestown Community College and the JCC Alumni Association have announced that 11 alumni of the college's nursing program have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award.
The award honors those who have typified the JCC tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through professional achievement and by exemplifying the qualities of an ideal nurse. Recipients are nominated by their co-workers and may have graduated from either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County campuses.
“For more than 50 years, the nursing program at JCC has consistently produced some of the best nursing professionals in Western New York,” said Dawn Columbare, D.N.P., the Director of Nursing at JCC. “Some of our graduates go on to earn higher degrees. Our graduates work close to home in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctor’s offices, clinics, and home care agencies. No matter their path, our nursing graduates bring credit to this institution with their professionalism and devotion to excellence in patient care throughout Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.”
This year’s recipients of the Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award were:
- Allen Arnold, R.N., the nursing supervisor in the Emergency Department at Bradford Regional Medical Center and a 2007 graduate of JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus;
- Mary Kay Bocciolatt, R.N., the school nurse for Cattaraugus Little Valley Central Schools and a 1981 alumna of JCC’s Jamestown Campus;
- Amy Jo Caldwell, R.N., B.S.N., a nurse with the Jamestown Medical Oncology & Hematology office at WCA Hospital and a 2007 alumna of JCC’s Jamestown Campus;
- Tina Gould, R.N., an Emergency Department nurse at Olean General Hospital and a 2007 graduate of JCC’s Jamestown Campus;
- John Hallberg, R.N., a nurse in the Emergency Department at Warren General Hospital and a 2007 graduate of JCC’s Jamestown Campus;
- Mary Jo Foti-House, R.N., a 1994 graduate of JCC’s Jamestown Campus and a nurse at Hospice Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging;
- Erin Lobb, R.N., a charge nurse at Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center and a 2005 alumna of JCC’s Jamestown Campus;
- Deborah Oyer, R.N., a nurse at Brooks Memorial Hospital and a 2002 graduate of JCC’s Jamestown Campus.
- Tammy Sheeley, R.N., a nurse on the medical/surgical unit at Bradford Regional Medical Center and a 2010 graduate of the Cattaraugus County Campus;
- Edna Stercula, R.N., M.S.N., a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Erie County Medical Center and a 1979 graduate of JCC’s Jamestown Campus; and
- Melody Stuckey, R.N., a 1984 graduate of JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus and the Director of Quality Measures at Olean General Hospital.
Since its inception in 2002, the Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award has been presented to 130 outstanding nursing alumni. For a complete list of award recipients and more information, click here.
Emilyann Pleszewski, Class of 2013, has been selected as the 2015 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York State Western Division Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) Student of the Year.
The NASW award is given to master’s degree and baccalaureate level students who have demonstrated academic excellence and personify the values of Social Work as defined by the NASW Professional Code of Ethics. The award was presented to Ms. Pleszewski at the NASW annual awards luncheon on March 26 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Amherst.
While at JCC, Emilyann earned an Associate of Science in human services with a concentration in social work. 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. Now a student at Fredonia, Emilyann is a social work major who has been named to the Dean's List for three semesters, carried a 3.8 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 was presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Orlando in early March.
Upon her graduation from Fredonia, Emilyann will pursue a degree through the Master in Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing program at the University of Buffalo.
To read the full media release, click here.
Kelly Haggmark, Class of 1988
Just One Soldier
Time spent in service to country, community, and family is never wasted nor forgotten.
When Dick Haggmark was in his early twenties, he joined the Army. As a civilian, he served as a volunteer fireman and auxiliary policeman for more than 20 years.
Just One Soldier, written by Kelly L. Haggmark, Class of 1988 and a former instructor at JCC, is a book that contains 80 letters Dick wrote to his family in 1954 while he was stationed in Japan. The book also contains the words of a diary written by Dick's mother, covering the two-and-a-half years just prior to his death at the age of 47. The book also contains photos, family memories, author commentary, and newspaper clippings.
In the introduction to Just One Soldier, Kelly writes:
"Dick was born on September 11 and died on February 14. Two days represented by the heart of Americans. One when our hearts felt like they we being ripped from our chests; the other a day we celebrate the ones we love. The emotion of love is tied to both days and represents the man this book is about, Richard Herman Haggmark Sr. He loved and served his country, his community, and his family. He is remembered by his family and his community for that love and service."
Kelly will speak about Just One Soldier on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the St. Susan Center, 31 Water Street, Jamestown.
She will also hold a book signing event on April 18, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore & Ryders Cup Coffee, 28 Chautauqua Avenue, Lakewood.
For more information, or to purchase a copy of Kelly's book in paperback or as an e-book, click here.
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, '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 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, 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 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.
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!