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Niagara Therapy LLC recently welcomed Class of 2015 alumna and USA Scholar Jillianne Higgs, COTA/L, as their newest therapist. Jillianne, who earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy, has experience with children and seniors and will be serving those patients in her work. Jillianne, who recently completed her training in the neuro stretch protocol and orthopedic management of the contracted joint, will specialize in neurological impairments. Congratulations, Jillianne!

Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist, Class of 1960, has released her third book about the history of Brooklyn Square in Jamestown. 

"Remembering Brooklyn Square: The 1930s to the 1960s" is an incredibly comprehensive look at the last three decades in the more than 100-year existence of Brooklyn Square. It contains personal narratives written by those who knew the old Brooklyn Square and many who owned businesses there, along with information about businesses and buildings that occupied the Square. The largest section is full of impressions and memories of the Square and takes readers on a nostalgic journey through old Brooklyn Square. It even includes a chapter featuring an article about Teddy Roosevelt's visit to Brooklyn Square on Nov. 1, 1900, where he gave is first political speech in western New York.

The book is now available at Off the Beaten Path Book Store in Lakewood and the Fenton History Center in Jamestown. Orders may also be placed by contacting the author via email at scandit [at] Cost is $24.95.

Tom Narraway, Left, with Vince Horrigan, Right

Alumnus Tom Narraway was recently appointed as the Probation Director for the Chautauqua County Probation Department. His appointment, made by Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, was effective on Oct. 1, 2015. 

Narraway has served as the department's interim probation director since the former director retired in May 2014. He has been with the department for 13 years, serving as a probation officer from 2002 to 2006, a senior probation officer from 2006 to 2013, and a probation supervisor from 2013 to 2014. Prior to working for the probation department, he was a correction officer at the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. 

Narraway earned a degree in criminal justice at Jamestown Community College and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Earlier this summer, Dr. Gail Mellow was appointed to the board of directors for the New York City Economic Development Corporation! The NYCEDC is the city’s primary economic development vehicle. A graduate of Jamestown Community College, SUNY Albany, and The George Washington University, she has been president of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City since 2000. She's the co-author of Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College, published in 2014, and has been quoted in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and has appeared on national radio and television broadcasts on NPR, MSNBC, and PBS. We're incredibly excited to see yet another alumna making a difference. Congratulations on your appointment, Gail!

Shawnna Gustafson, Class of 2012

Need a little inspiration? Meet Shawnna Gustafson, Class of 2012. After working in retail management, she realized that something was missing. She came to SUNY JCC, enrolled in our Nursing Program, and found her calling. We couldn't be prouder of the exceptional nurse she has become! You'll want to read every word of this profile about Shawnna and her accomplishments.

Keith Nelson, Class of 1990, was recently named the area director covering the state of Arizona for Premier Pharmacy, a company that specializes in hepatitis C pharmaceuticals. Nelson, who is also an alumnus of Jamestown High School, earned an associate's degree in business here at JCC, a bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia, and has been working toward a master's degree. 

Kristin Melville, Class of 1987

Kristin Melville, Class of 1987 and a previous member of the Board of Directors for the JCC Alumni Association - Jamestown Campus, has joined Hospice of Southern Maine as its Director of Development and Outreach! She's worked in fundraising, marketing and communications for more than 20 years and previously served as director of donor relations for The Salvation Army’s northern New England division. She has written several fundraising and public relations articles that have been published in professional trade magazines, including "The Chronicle of Philanthropy."

Kate Ewer, Class of 2015, has been named the new 4-H Community Educator by the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County! Kate has been active in the Chautauqua County 4-H program for 10 years as a member of the Busti Shamrocks and the Goat Program. In her new role, Kate is responsible for all 4-H programming in Chautauqua County. To read more, check out this article in the Jamestown Gazette. Congratulations, Kate!

This is your chance to wear your JCC pride on your sleeve ... literally! There's a new line of alumni apparel for sale at our campus stores. Alumni can choose from polo shirts, cardigans, v-neck sweaters, and quarter-zip pullovers in a variety of colors, including that gorgeous college green! Best of all, each item in the alumni line features the college's graceful new alumni logo. Want to window-shop? Click here to see what the alumni apparel line looks like!

The full line of alumni apparel is available at our online Campus Store. Selected pieces are in-stock at campus stores on our Jamestown Campus, our Cattaraugus County Campus, and our North County Center. To shop the online store, click here and click Alumni Apparel on the menu on the left.

As part of JCC's Spring 2015 commencement celebration, members of the JCC Alumni Association Board of Directors joined the ‪#‎MySUNYCCStory‬ movement in an effort to change the narrative about community colleges and tell their success stories. You can hear those stories by following the links below!

  • Ann Cappalino, '91: Listen here as Ann Cappalino shares her community college success story.
  • Arlene Christopherson, '65: Arlene Christopherson values her JCC education. Listen here to find out why!
  • Larry Penman, '04: Listen as Larry Penman, the 2015 chairman of the JCC Alumni Association, Cattaraugus County Campus, shares his success story and talks about why JCC means so much to him.
  • Elizabeth Petiprin, '73 and '82: Listen as Elizabeth Petiprin shares her JCC success story!
  • Larry Selph, '98: Larry Selph talks about why his JCC education means so much to him.
  • Tammy Skroback, '84: Tammy Skroback, the 2015 vice chairman of the JCC Alumni Association, Cattaraugus County Campus, talks about why she chose JCC. She recently celebrated 30 years as an employee of the college.
  • Dennis Webster, '74: You may have heard our own Dennis Webster on WJTN. Now, listen as he shares his story and talks about how JCC was there for him at a difficult time.

You can also hear some of the newest members of the JCC Family — members of the Class of 2015 — talk about why they value their JCC experience, here.

Want to share your #MySUNYCCStory? It's easy. Click here and fill out the form. We'll take care of the rest.