Community colleges meet their students where they are and provide them with a wide array of resources they need to succeed -- something alumna Jennifer Morgan-Burt, Class of 2011, knows first-hand.
Jennifer overcame long odds to progress to her career in social work. She dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and earned her GED when she was 20 and pregnant. Twelve years later, at 32, Jennifer came to JCC and excelled in our developmental studies program. She graduated with high honors and distinguished herself by earning induction to Phi Theta Kappa. She then went on to earn a degree from Empire State College with high honors. In the workforce, Jennifer found her calling as a homeless intervention specialist at Cattaraugus Community Action and then became a program manager for a single room occupancy facility. She went on to pursue a Master's in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Jennifer was featured in a report by the New York Community College Association of Presidents, the City University of New York, and the State University of New York, entitled "New York's Community Colleges: Springboard to Success."
The report says community colleges like JCC are the driving force behind strengthening the economic power & educational readiness of New York State. This provides a significant return on investment, not only to students, but also to taxpayers, employers & local communities. The report details how community colleges collectively added $809 billion in income to the US economy. In New York, SUNY and CUNY community colleges serve among the largest populations of public higher education, with nearly 240,000 students enrolled at the 30 SUNY community colleges, in addition to more than 98,000 students at seven CUNY institutions.
To read more, click the report cover below!
Troy Bouckhuyt, Class of 2004
Troy Bouckhuyt, Class of 2004, was recently featured in a series on local students who have received support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Troy, who graduated from Southwestern Central High School and earned a degree in criminal justice from JCC, graduated from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy and is now a deputy sheriff with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. In 2008, he attended the FBI's Hazardous Devices School in Alabama and received his bomb technician certification, becoming one of approximately 2,900 bomb technicians in America. As a member of the Chautauqua County Bomb Squad and SWAT Team, Troy and his unit are responsible for responding to calls involving IEDs, suspicious materials, and explosive substances in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. This is in addition to their primary roles as patrolmen and investigators.
In addition to relevant coursework, students at the Sheriff's Academy also participate in hands-on field training in which they have the opportunity to ride along with current members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Here, Troy is shown working with a bomb-diffusing robot during a robotics training event with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
To read a full feature article on Troy, click here.
Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist, Class of 1960, has announced that work on her third book is under way, with hopes to publish in 2015. The book will feature the history of Brooklyn Square and will be titled, "Remembering Brooklyn Square: The 1930s to the 1960s."
Joan is the author and editor of two books on local history, "The Lost Neighborhood Collection," published in 2010, and "Brooklyn Square, the Lost Neighborhood, and Beyond," published in 2013. These books are available at the Fenton History Center on Washington Street in Jamestown and Off the Beaten Path, a bookstore on Chautauqua Avenue in Lakewood. The books are also available via direct mail order by contacting Joan via email (scandit[at]att.net).
Joan graduated from Jamestown High School in 1958 and graduated in 1960 from JCC with high honors. She went on to Harpur College in Binghamton, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in British Literature in 1962. She returned to Jamestown and taught in the English department at Jamestown High School from 1962 to 1964. During the Spring 1964 semester, she taught a class in freshman composition and literature at JCC in the evening division.
In a letter to the Alumni Relations Office, Joan writes, "This publishing venture has been an interesting enterprise for me in my retirement from college teaching."
Bryan Hodgson, Class of 2007
Bryan Hodgson, Class of 2007, has been named an assistant coach of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team.
Recruiting will be a central focus of his role for the team. He arrives at UB after spending the last two years coaching at Midland College in Texas, 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 also coached at JCC and SUNY Fredonia. He formed the I-90 Elite, an AAU team featuring kids from Western New York and Erie, Pennsylvania.
Hodgson, a Jamestown native, earned a degree in social sciences from JCC.
To read the full profile in The Post-Journal, click here.
Sierra Rose, Class of 2014, has been named a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence! Sierra was one of 256 students honored with the award, which recognizes students for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.
Sierra graduated with high honors in December 2014 from our Cattaraugus County Campus with an associate's degree in criminal justice. During her tenure at JCC, Sierra was named to the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa All-New York second team. She was co-president of JCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and served as a peer mentor and student tutor. She transferred to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where she plans to pursue a career as a New York State trooper.
Denise Jones was named executive director at The Resource Center in March 2015, succeeding Paul Cesana, who retired that month after 27 years in the position. An employee of The Resource Center since 1990, Denise, who is a certified public accountant, joined TRC as its first internal auditor. She worked in that capacity until 1997, when she was named finance director. In 2004, she was named chief financial officer and assistant executive director for administrative services.
In 2007, Denise was named associate executive director and chief operating officer. In that role, she was responsible for providing executive leadership and support to all components of agency operations; providing executive-level guidance and support to all departments; helping to guide the delveopment and execution of strategic plans and outcomes management; supporting the coordination of interdepartmental policies, procedures, and operational activities; and assisting in ensuring the financial stability and growth of The Resource Center through the development and oversight of business planning, long-term financial plans, and service and financial oversight of support and service departments.
As executive director, Denise will helm an organization that is now Chautauqua County's second-largest employer, with more than 1,700 employees serving more than 17,000 individuals. The organization's annual operating budget is nearly $100 million.
Denise earned an Associate of Science in business administration from JCC and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting from Binghamton University. She later earned a Master of Science in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College.
The Resource Center has supported people with disabilities and their families since 1958. For more information, visit them online.
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.