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Three alumni of Jamestown Community College will be named recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award during the college’s commencement exercises on May 21.

The ceremony, which will be held in the Physical Education Complex at JCC’s Jamestown Campus, will recognize Faith Donald, Ph.D.; Jessica Goodell, who will deliver the commencement keynote address; and Douglas Warn, M.S.W.; as well as December 2015 and May 2016 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 93 have been named Distinguished Alumni. 

“It is our pleasure and privilege to honor these alumni,” said Kristen Johnson Lombardi, the director of alumni relations at JCC. “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.”

 

Jessica Goodell, '07

Jessica Goodell, '07, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus AwardA veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Goodell is the author of “Shade It Black,” a memoir that chronicles her service as a member of the Marine Corps’ first officially declared Mortuary Affairs Unit at Camp Al-Taqaddum in Iraq. At the time of her service, Ms. Goodell was one of two women on the platoon and earned the rank of Lance Corporal.

In 2007, Goodell earned a degree in social science from JCC in just two semesters, graduating at the top of her class and earning the college’s top social sciences award. She went on to earn a degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 and is now in the final year of a doctorate program in counseling psychology at the University at Buffalo. She hopes to work with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders and other combat-related mental illnesses.

 

Faith Donald, '75, Ph.D.

Faith Donald, '75, Ph.D., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.A healthcare provider and advocate, Dr. Donald’s groundbreaking research was and continues to be instrumental in integrating the nurse practitioner role into the Canadian healthcare system, where it remains relatively new. Her work has resulted in greatly expanded access to healthcare across Canada. She is currently working with the Pan American Health Organization to implement the nurse practitioner role in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Dr. Donald is an associate professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University in Toronto. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from JCC in 1975 and went on to earn both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Warn, '79, M.S.W.

Douglas Warn, '79, M.S.W., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.An author, speaker, and longtime clinician, Warn has spent his career serving those who are homeless, mentally ill, cognitively impaired, or suffering from addiction. Since 2002, he has worked with Project Renewal in New York City, a social service agency serving these groups, where he is now the Director of Clinical Training, Supervision, and Development there. He maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist and is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Social Work at Columbia University. His volunteer time is spent serving meals at the Church of the Holy Apostles, New York City’s largest soup kitchen. 

Warn earned a degree in psychology from JCC in 1979 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in the field from Allegany College in 1981. He earned a master’s degree in education from Syracuse University in 1986 and a second master’s degree in social work from New York University in 1995.

 

For additional information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, including a full list of past recipients, click here.

Christopher Holland, '93, Ed.D., was named a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award.Christopher Holland, '93, Ed.D., will be named a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award during Jamestown Community College’s commencement exercises on May 20.

The ceremony, which will be held at the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center in Olean, will also recognize December 2015 and May 2016 graduates.

Presented by the JCC Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumnus 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 93 have been named Distinguished Alumni. 

“It is our pleasure and privilege to honor these alumni,” said Kristen Johnson Lombardi, the director of alumni relations at JCC. “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.”

Now the Vice President of Student Services at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Dr. Holland has dedicated his professional life to working with youth. He has volunteered as a “big brother” for Big Brother, Big Sister programs in Florida, Montana, Mississippi, and New York and has mentored youth in various capacities in 6 states, most recently as a tutor and counselor for Upward Bound programs. He has lectured widely on diversity, gender and sexuality, and the experiences of underrepresented student groups.

"I truly appreciate this honor," Dr. Holland said. "I am deeply humbled by my alma mater, Jamestown Community College, bestowing this award on me. Over the past 20 years as I have progressed in my career and in working with my students, I have never forgotten the start that JCC provided to me and the impact that a place like JCC can have on a student's development."

Dr. Holland is a 1993 graduate of JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus, where he earned a degree in liberal arts. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the State University of New York at Fredonia and later earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University at Albany. He holds a doctorate degree in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

For additional information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, including a full list of past recipients, click here.

 

Jessica Goodell, '07Jessica Goodell, '07, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and author of Shade It Black, will deliver the 2016 commencement keynote address at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus on May 20 and at the Jamestown Campus on May 21.

The Cattaraugus County Campus ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center on Wayne Street in Olean. The commencement program in Jamestown begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

Ms. Goodell earned a degree in social sciences from JCC in just two semesters, graduating at the top of her class and earning the college’s top social sciences award. She went on to earn a degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 and is in the final year of a doctorate program in counseling psychology at the University at Buffalo. She hopes to work with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders and other combat-related mental illnesses.

Her book is a memoir chronicling her service as a member of the Marine Corps’ first officially declared mortuary affairs unit at Camp Al-Taqaddum in Iraq. At the time of her service, Ms. Goodell was one of two women on the platoon and earned the rank of lance corporal.

Ms. Goodell will also be a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor presented by the JCC Alumni Association. The award has been presented annually since 1980 to alumni who have typified the college’s tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service. Each year, the award is given at Commencement in the hopes that the award recipients will inspire JCC's newest alumni — its graduates — to achieve great things.

Karen Volpe, '90 and The Boobé Sisters, will be featured on the 11th season of America's Got Talent, which premiers on May 31 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. Judges include creator and executive producer Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel. Nick Cannon returns as host this season, and the series will return to Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre.

Volpe is joined by Boobé Sisters Leah Finkelstein and Heather Stewart. Each member of the trio has years of experience in improvisational comedy, are professional comedy writers and producers, and have performed in a variety of venues across the country. A comedy singing group, The Boobe Sisters perform 60s-inspired covers of classic songs and song parodies. 

Volpe earned an associate of arts degree from JCC and went on to Fredonia, where she earned a bachelor's degree in musical theatre. A professional actress and singer for the last 20 years, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Paul Preston. Their radio show, The Movie Guys, can be heard on 107.9 FM WRFA Mondays at 8 p.m.

Jessica Cappa, '97, was honored by WCA Hospital as its 2016 Nurse of Distinction.WCA Hospital has announced that Jessica Cappa, BSN, RN, '97, has been named the hospital's 2016 Nurse of Distinction. WCA Hospital awards the distinction to an outstanding registered nurse who displays outstanding achievement; is a role model; possesses professional standards and leadership skills; is an advocate for health care and the nursing profession; and is involved in his or her community. The honoree is nominated by his or her colleagues and selected by the hospital's Nurse of Distinction Committee, which is comprised of recipients from previous years.

Cappa, a nurse in the Emergency Department at WCA, earned her degree in nursing from JCC and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing from Daemen College. She began working at WCA Hospital as a graduate nurse on the hospital's 5D Nursing Unit before moving to the Emergency Department in September 2000. 

In her opening remarks at the celebration, Emelia Lindquist-Harley, MSN, RN, the director of nursing and emergency department nurse manager at WCA Hospital, said this of Jessica: "Today, we recognize the distinguished work of Jessica, who sets the bar high for her colleagues. She is a hard working, professional, and passionate individual. She is incredibly proud to be part of this hospital and continuously works at improving professional practice, not just in the Emergency Department, but throughout the hospital. She is a role model of compassion, caring and advocacy."

To read more, click here.

PHOTO: In the front row, from left, are: Cecil M. Miller III, WCA Hospital vice president of ancillary and support services; Jessica Cappa’s daughters, Ellie, Jacey and Kaylee; Jessica Cappa, (holding flower bouquet) 2016 Nurse of Distinction honoree; and Emelia Lindquist-Harley, WCA Hospital director of nursing and Emergency Department nurse manager. In the back row, from left, are Brett Cappa and Priscilla P. Banes, WCA Hospital Emergency Department assistant nurse manager.

The 2016 Alumni Nurses of Distinction.Jamestown Community College has announced that eight alumni of its nursing program have been selected as recipients of the 2016 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 53 years, the nursing program at JCC has consistently produced some of the best nursing professionals in Western New York,” said Becky Tyler, MS, BSN, RN, 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: 

  • Charlotte Behen, B.S.N., R.N., a nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY and a 2010 alumna of JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus;
  • Melanie Luther-Shay, B.S.N., R.N., a nurse at Bradford Regional Medical Center and a 1980 graduate of JCC’s Jamestown Campus;
  • Deborah McMillen, M.S., R.N., an assistant professor of nursing at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and a 1995 alumna of the college;
  • Michele Orcutt, B.S.N., R.N., a 2003 graduate of JCC’s Cattaraugus County  Campus and a nurse in obstetrics at Olean General Hospital; 
  • April Pettit, R.N., a nurse at Olean General Hospital and a 2010 graduate of JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus; 
  • Dawn Pickett, R.N., a nurse at WCA Hospital in Jamestown and a 2007 alumna of JCC’s Jamestown Campus; and
  • Jody Shely, B.S.N., R.N., a nurse at Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center in Jamestown and a 1997 graduate of JCC’s Jamestown Campus.

Receiving a surprise recognition as an Alumni Nurse of Distinction was Ms. Tyler, a member of the JCC nursing faculty since August 2011 and a 1980 alumna of the college’s Jamestown Campus. Ms. Tyler holds a master’s degree in nursing, a post-master’s certificate in nursing education, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from American Sentinel University.

Since its inception in 2002, the Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award has been presented to 149 outstanding nursing alumni. For a complete list of award recipients and more information, click here

PHOTO: From left in the back row are JCC president Dr. Cory Duckworth; Becky Tyler, '80, an honoree and the JCC director of nursing; honoree Jody Shely, '97; honoree Charlotte Behen, '10; honoree Michelle Orcutt, '03; and JCC vice president of academic affairs Dr. Marilyn Zagora. From left in the front row are honoree Melanie Luther-Shay, '77, '80; honoree April Pettit, '10; honoree Deb McMillen, '95; and honoree Dawn Pickett, '07.

Leasen Robinson, '00, the chairman of the JCC Alumni Association board of directors, gives the Best of Show Award to Katherine Hallett.The JCC Alumni Association was pleased to honor Katherine Hallett, '17, with the Best of Show Award at the JCC Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition during the opening reception at the Weeks Gallery on Thursday, April 21. Katherine's work, pictured here, is exceptional and we were grateful for the opportunity to meet this bright young lady. We know she'll make an amazing alumna and we can't wait to see the heights she'll reach. Her beautiful work, and that of other exhibition finalists, will be on display at the gallery through May 12. Congratulations, Katherine!

At right is Leasen Robinson, '00, the chairman of the JCC Alumni Association board of directors, giving the association's Best of Show Award to Katherine.

Bryan Hodgson, '07Bryan Hodgson, '07, was recently named one of 30 assistant coaches named to the nationwide 2016 Under Armour 30 Under 30 Team, presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The announcement was made during the annual NABC Convention in Houston, which was held in conjunction with the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four. The 30 Under 30 Team recognizes the brightest assistant coaches nationwide who are under the age of 30.

Hodgson has just completed his first year as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at the University at Buffalo, where he serves as the lead recruiter for head coach Nate Oats. The Bulls won the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, and Hodgson was responsible for the addition of standout junior college transfers Blake Hamilton, Willie Conner, and David Kadiri this past year. 

He arrived at UB after spending the last two years at Midland College, where he helped lead the team to a six-win turnaround during the 2014-15 season. While there, he assisted in managing all aspects of the recruitment for Midland and conducted individual skill development workouts and in-season team practice sessions. In addition to Midland College, Hodgson has coached at JCC from 2010 to 2013 and at SUNY Fredonia. He formed the I-90 Elite, an AAU team featuring kids from Western New York and Erie, Pennsylvania.

A Jamestown native and a graduate of Jamestown High School, Hodgson earned a degree in social sciences from JCC.

To read more, click here or click here to read the profile in The Post-Journal.

Lea Anne Cali, '74After 39 years of dedication to serving youth throughout the region, Lea Anne Cali, '74, retired from New Directions Youth and Family Services on April 1, 2016 as the organization's Health Services Director.

During her tenure as Health Services Director, Cali  supervised nursing and medical services for staff and children at the organization's many campuses. She led a team that helps youth and families in crisis by providing preventive and community-based programs, residential campuses, educational services, group homes, traditional and therapeutic foster care, adoption and post-adoption services. She spent her first two decades working as the organization's nurse on staff for its residential program, then for the foster care program in group homes. 

In a recent article announcing her retirement, Cali told The Post-Journal, "I started [at New Directions] part-time a couple of nights a week, in 1977, while I was still working at other places. In 1978, I went to full time, so I've worked at New Directions pretty much for most of my career. I knew pretty quickly that I had found what I wanted to be doing. I have absolutely loved it here."

Cali and her husband, Doug, have two grown children, Mark and Beth, and six grandchildren. To read more about Cali, read the article from The Post-Journal here.

Trevor Mullard, Class of 2015Trevor Mullard, '15, never dreamed of being a nurse when he grew up. Yet that's exactly what he has become — and through it, he has found his calling.

A 2002 graduate of Jamestown High School, Mullard spent one semester at JCC before joining the United States Marine Corps. In addition to basic training and combat training, Mullard attended school and was trained as an aviation support equipment electrician during his five years of military service. Not long after he left the military, he enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and took a position as an LPN at Heritage Village in Gerry. After a few years of working at Heritage, Mullard decided to continue his nursing education and was accepted into JCC's nursing program. He graduated in 2015 with his nursing degree and now works at WCA Hospital in Jamestown.

In an interview with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, through which he received a scholarship, Mullard said, "As a smaller community college, the faculty and staff at JCC really were able to work with us one on one and I got a lot of great feedback and experiences while I was there. It's a great program. Nursing is the most rewarding field (a student) can go into and they will never be out of a job. Nurses are in such high demand right now, it's hard to fill positions. There will always be people who are sick and they need to be cared for by somebody.

"I love what I do," he said. "You are right in the middle of someone else's life, helping them and every day you are making a difference."

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 school year. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Chautauqua County high school. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects and vocations at two-year or four-year colleges or universities. For more information, or to apply, visit them online.

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