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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.

On June 30 at the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, JCC broke ground on a new Manufacturing Technology Institute. The 20,000 square foot facility will cost around $6 million to construct. The building is expected to be complete in March 2016 and will be able to house classes starting with the summer 2016 semester. It will offer both credit and non-credit programs, as well as maker space. The Alumni Relations Office is thrilled to see this new development at our Cattaraugus County Campus. JCC, like the region's other academic institutions, is an economic powerhouse and we're at the forefront of making sure our region's employers have a qualified workforce pool. We can't wait to welcome alumni of this new facility to the JCC alumni network!

To see photos from the groundbreaking ceremony, click here.

The Weeks Gallery will be hosting "Far and Away," an art exhibition featuring the work of seven alumni, throughout the month of July 2015. The exhibition will feature highly naturalistic figurative drawings next to interactive new media and video installations and will include the work of Bethany Bjork, '08; Bernard Aaron Dolecki, '10; Lori Kraemer, '01; Sharise Peacock, '12; Justin Sorenson, '07; Kyle Turner, '07; and Leah Yerpe, '05. An opening reception is set for July 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Gallery. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists and ask questions. For more information about "Far and Away," click here.

Three individuals will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award during Jamestown Community College’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16 in Jamestown.

Sharon Hamilton; Carol S. Johnson, Ph.D., RN, NE-BC; and Ebrahim Randeree will be honored as Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex on the Jamestown Campus.The ceremony will also recognize August and December 2014 and May 2015 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 89 have been named Distinguished Alumni. 

"It is our pleasure and privilege to honor these alumni," said Kristen Johnson, JCC's alumni relations director. "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."


Sharon Hamilton, Class of 1989

Sharon Hamilton, '89

Sharon Hamilton, '89

Sharon Hamilton retired in October 2014 as the Vice President of Lutheran Senior Housing at Lutheran Social Services, where she worked for 30 years.

A 1989 alumna of JCC, where she earned a degree in social science, Mrs. Hamilton went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in human service administration in 1992 from Empire State College. She holds two master’s degrees: one in community counseling from St. Bonaventure University, which she earned in 1996; and one in professional studies and community services from Alfred University, which she earned in 2000. In addition, she holds a graduate certification in gerontology from the University of North Texas-Denton.

Mrs. Hamilton is deeply involved in the community. She is a member of the Jamestown Noon Rotary, where she has been a past president, board member, and Paul Harris Fellow. She is also the current Assistant Rotary District Governor. In addition, Mrs. Hamilton serves as a board member and the treasurer for First Things First. She is a past board member of several organizations, including Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, the Joint Neighborhood Project, the Chautauqua Blind Association, and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Mrs. Hamilton is a recipient of the Harriet Danielson Service Award from First Lutheran Church. She was also named the United Way Volunteer of the Year for both the Chautauqua Blind Association and Family Service of the Chautauqua Region. She is also a recipient of the Zonta Women in Leadership Award and the YWCA Women of Achievement Award.  


Carol Johnson, Class of 1966

Dr. Carol S. Johnson, '66

Dr. Carol S. Johnson, '66

Dr. Carol S. Johnson, who will also give the commencement address, is a renowned healthcare leader, nursing advocate, and philanthropist.

After graduating from JCC in 1966 with a degree in nursing, Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Purdue University, a master’s degree in public affairs at Indiana University, and a doctorate in health administration at Warren National University.

She retired in 2011 after a 47-year career at Parkview Health System in Indiana. Her tenure there began as a staff nurse in the pediatrics unit and, in increasing levels of responsibility, she managed nursing care in different departments. After serving as a nursing resource management specialist in the early 1990s, Dr. Johnson coordinated clinical staff development activities. Prior to retirement, Dr. Johnson served as Parkview’s clinical excellence and nursing research director for nearly four years. She managed clinical education activities for Parkview’s seven-hospital system, providing leadership for nursing research and documentation, staffing effectiveness, and nursing care measurement.

Dr. Johnson is the recipient of several leadership and achievement awards and has been an active member of various nursing organizations. She is the author of “What Would Florence Do? A Guide for New Nurse Managers” and has contributed to, or co-authored, content for professional journals and books. She has been a columnist for “The Indiana Nurse” since 2002. Dr. Johnson, a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, established the Sue Johnson Nursing Scholarship with the Parkview Hospital Foundation to provide funding for hospital employees pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.


Ebrahim Randeree, Class of 1988

Ebrahim Randeree, '88

Ebrahim Randeree, '88

Ebrahim Randeree is the Associate Dean in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. He is also a member of the faculty there, and developed several courses including social media management, information technology leadership, and advanced health informatics.

Ebe graduated from JCC in 1988 with a degree in computer science. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992. He holds a MBA in health systems management and a Ph.D. (ABD) in management information systems both from the University at Buffalo.

Over the years, Ebe has been widely acclaimed for his work and leadership. Most recently, in 2014, he was named the STARS Alliance Advisor of the Year and a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award.  In 2012, he was the recipient of the College of Communication and Information Leadership Award and the recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award for the School of Library and Information Studies. Randeree is a volunteer at Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle coding and tech camps, which are designed to teach girls how to code. 


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