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Felix Muzza, Class of 1972, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award during Commencement exercises on our Jamestown Campus on Saturday, May 17!

Muzza earned an Associate of Arts degree in Social Sciences from JCC and is currently the interim experiential learning coordinator for JCC. He is perhaps best known for his 35-year career with Jamestown Public Schools.

Muzza began his career with the school system as a work-study coordinator at Jamestown High School before becoming the Dean of Students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and, later, its assistant principal. He was the principal at C.C. Ring Elementary School for 14 years before returning to Lincoln School as its principal for eight years. 

In 1999, Muzza was the recipient of the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Service to Youth Award. In 1990, he was recognized by the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council in recognition of his work in alcohol and substance abuse prevention education.

Muzza is active in the community. He currently serves as the vice president of the Babe Ruth World Series Committee; is a volunteer driver for international students attending JCC; is the treasurer for the Holy Name Society at Holy Apostles Church; and serves on the Community Planning Committee for Jamestown Public Schools.

After graduating from JCC, Muzza went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from SUNY New Paltz in 1975. He earned a Master of Science degree in Education from SUNY Fredonia in 1983 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration there in 1986.

Dr. Joshua T. Harris, Class of 1998, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award during Commencement exercises on our Jamestown Campus on Saturday, May 17! Dr. Harris will also deliver the keynote Commencement address.

Dr. Harris graduated from Jamestown Community College in 1998 with a degree in Social Sciences and a concentration in political science. He is currently the policy director for The Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, DC-based think tank advancing responsible data use and consumer privacy.

As a student at JCC, Dr. Harris participated in the SUNY Model European Union and the International Negotiation Modules Project. That experience led him to a storied career in economic policy, during which he worked as an international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce. 

In 2012, he received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the highest award offered by the Department, for his work in this area. Dr. Harris also represented the U.S. Department of Commerce in international groups that included the Organization of American States and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2007, he prepared briefing papers for President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Harris graduated with honors from SUNY Geneseo in May 2000, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In May 2004, he earned his juris doctor from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Also that year, he was selected to the White House’s Presidential Management Fellowship program and worked in the Trade Information Center.

Brenda Freeman Sawyer, Class of 1993, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award during Commencement exercises on our Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean on Friday, May 16. The Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented annually, is the highest honor given 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.

Mrs. Freeman Sawyer earned an Associate of Science degree in Math and Science and is a Physician Assistant for the Olean Medical Group. There, she works in endocrinology to treat and diagnose a variety of conditions, including thyroid disorders, hypoglycemic disorders, and other disorders of the endocrine system. Her Master’s thesis focused upon how a secretion from the heart’s ventricles, produced in response to excessive stretching of heart muscle cells, can be used to predict clinical outcome in patients who come to an emergency room with heart rhythm disorders. As a Physician Assistant, Mrs. Freeman Sawyer was instrumental in the opening of Olean General Hospital’s campus in Port Allegany.

Mrs. Freeman Sawyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science and Biology from Alfred University in May 1995 and graduated from Lock Haven University’s Physician Assistant Program in May 2009 with a Master of Health Science degree.

Joshua T. Harris, J.D., Class of 1998, will be the keynote speaker for JCC 's 2014 Commencement exercises on May 16 and 17. 

Dr.  Harris, the policy director for The Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, DC-based think tank advancing responsible data use and consumer privacy, graduated from JCC with a degree in social sciences and a concentration in political science. He went on to graduate with honors from SUNY Geneseo in 2000, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2004, he earned a juris doctor degree from the George Washington University School of Law and was selected for the White House’s Presidential Management Fellowship program.

As a student at JCC, Dr. Harris participated in the SUNY Model European Union and International Negotiation Modules Project. Those experiences led him to a career in economic policy, during which he worked as an international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce developing and implementing the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Cross Border Privacy Rules System. 

In 2012, he received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the highest award offered by the department, for his work. Dr. Harris also represented the U.S. Department of Commerce in international groups that included the Organization of American States and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The JCC Alumni Association, Jamestown Campus, was proud to sponsor the Best of Show Award for the Weeks Gallery's 2014 Juried Student Art & Design Exhibition! Leasen Robinson, '00, the Alumni Association Vice Chair, presented the award and a check for $100 to Brianna Caskey at the Exhibition's opening reception on April 24. Brianna's work was "Maya Likes This A Lot," an oil on canvas paper. To see a photo, click here.

The Student Art & Design Exhibition will run through May 8, 2014 at the Weeks Gallery on the second floor of the Arts & Sciences Building, Jamestown campus.

Debra Eck earned a Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Studio Arts from JCC in 2001. And now she's coordinating "Colonize," an exhibition featuring artists from across the United Kingdom -- many of whom are coming to Jamestown to present during the exhibition!

The exhibition includes painting, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art and film. Taking part with Ms. Eck (an Essex native and longtime Jamestown artist) will be artists Kimbal Bumstead, Wendy Williams, Jean McEwan, Bruce Davies, Michael Borkowsky, Elena Thomas, David Cotton and Susanne Torstensson.

The opening Reception is Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3rd On 3rd Gallery, located at 116 East Third Street in Jamestown on the 3rd floor of The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts. The exhibition will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through April 25. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

JCC alumnus Dr. Bradley Kulig, a chiropractor, recently joined Dr. Pownall and Dr. Pope at Brookside Professional Center in Jamestown! He distinguished himself while attending the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, earning the "adjusting award," given to a student who displays mastery of chiropractic manipulation. For more information about Dr. Kulig and his practice, visit him online!

Terry Norris is now the branch manager for the newly-opened Jamestown office of Usherwood Office Technology, a company that provides local sales and service for digital copiers,, laser printers, computer networks, IT solutions, and advanced application software. As the branch manager, Norris is responsible for managing the entire sales cycle across client accounts in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Alleghany counties. 

Norris earned an Associate degree in Business from JCC and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from SUNY Fredonia.

Prior to joining Usherwood, Norris worked as a sales representative for 27 years in Chautauqua County where he interacted with many of the local businesses throughout the Southern Tier. Norris volunteers as assistant coach for the Maple Grove High School wrestling team and enjoys playing softball in his spare time. Norris has a wife, Laurie, and two daughters, Ashlyn and Taylor.

The new branch opened at 1376 East Second Street in Jamestown. It includes more than 1,500 square feet of showroom space. 

To read the full article as it appeared recently in the Dunkirk Observer, click here.

Megan E. Green, '11, recently became licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. 

To obtain this license, Megan passed the uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination, a four-part, 16-hour exam covering the areas of financial accounting and reporting, auditing and attestation, business environments, and regulation. Candidates for the CPA designation must satisfy extensive educational requirements from an accredited institution and fulfill stringent experience requirements.

Megan joined Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. in 2007. BWB is a full-service public accounting firm providing wide-ranging assistance in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services. Its current staff consists of over 50 professionals, paraprofessionals and support staff, including 25 CPAs. 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.

Megan earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from JCC in 2011. She went on to graduate from SUNY Fredonia in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, a secondary major in finance, and a minor in economics.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Dale N. Ransom, who graduated from JCC in 2011, completed basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas, last fall! The eight-week program included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Like other airmen, Dale earned four credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. But Dale went above and beyond and distinguished himself as an honors graduate! Dale is the son of Dale and Donna Ransom of Fredonia. 

Thank you for your service, Dale — and congratulations!

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