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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.

 

Bob Roth, Class of 1965, is out with his fifth book! It's called "A Successful Senior Year Job Search Begins in the Freshman Year" and it's designed to help more college students land great jobs in their areas of interest. It explains what students should be doing as they move through college, how it can be done, and why it is important to employers. Congratulations, Bob!

 

Our Class of 2014 alumni are already working to change the world, and we couldn't be more proud! Take Burgandi Rakoska, for instance: she's asking Disney to create a character with disabilities. Burgandi and her request were featured on WGRZ. Click here to watch the video, and click here to sign her petition.

Rebekah J. Malone, RN, BSN, Class of 1984, is being honored by Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare and the International Nurses Association for her exceptional success in the nursing community!

With a nursing career spanning 49 years, Rebekah has devoted nearly half a century to pursuing her calling. In her current role as a Certified Diabetes Educator for Olean General Hospital, where she was recently honored for 30 years of service, she has continued to demonstrate the passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for patient care necessary to be considered a Top Nurse in her field. In 1988, she was voted a Nurse of Distinction at Olean General Hospital. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, she provides patients with specialized education in diabetes self-management. She also provides diabetes education for school nurses locally and regionally. 

Rebekah graduated from the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1965 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She graduated from Jamestown Community College in 1984 as a Registered Nurse and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1997 from Daemen College in Amherst. In addition to her certification as a Certified Diabetes Educator, she is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She remains a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. 

Congratulations, Rebekah!

Community residents are invited to submit nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award, given by Jamestown Community College Alumni Associations in Jamestown and Cattaraugus County.

Each year since 1980, the college’s Alumni Association has presented accomplished alumni and friends with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Association’s highest honor. The award, now in its 34th year, is given to those who have typified the college’s tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.

Nominees may have graduated from either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County campus. All nominations are due by Monday, March 2, 2015. 

To nominate someone, click here.

Nominators can submit their nomination online. They also have the option of electronically completing a printable PDF or Microsoft Word document. In addition, nominators can contact the Alumni Relations Office and request that a nomination form be emailed or mailed to them. The office can be reached at (716) 338-1056 or via email at alumni@mail.sunyjcc.edu.

Paper forms must be returned to Alumni Relations Office, Jamestown Community College, 525 Falconer Street, P.O. Box 20, Jamestown, NY 14702-0020. Forms returned via mail must be postmarked by March 2, 2015.

All nominations are reviewed by representatives of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. Awards will be presented at the 2015 Commencement ceremonies. 

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