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Two individuals will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award during Jamestown Community College’s commencement exercises on Friday, May 15. The ceremony will recognize Scott Kruse and Marjorie McIntosh, as well as August and December 2014 and May 2015 graduates. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center on Wayne Street in Olean.

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."

 

Scott Kruse, Class of 1985

Scott Kruse, '85

Scott Kruse, '85

Scott is the programming manager at Cutco Corporation, where he has worked for more than 29 years. During his tenure there, he has been involved in every aspect of developing the company’s computer infrastructure, from designing the systems to creating the programming.

A 1985 alumnus of JCC, where he earned a degree in computer science at the Cattaraugus County Campus, Kruse went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science from St. Bonaventure University.

He is a past board member of the Salvation Army, where he has been involved with the annual red kettle drive for 15 years. He is a longtime board member of the HomeCare & Hospice Foundation, where he is currently the treasurer and an active participant in the annual Hospice Walk. In 2005, Kruse graduated from Leadership Cattaraugus. He currently serves on the vestry at St. Stephens Church in Olean and is the chairman for this year’s German Fest. He was a member of the committee for the Louis Zamperini monument at War Vets Park in Olean and is deeply involved as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Marjorie McIntosh, Class of 1998

Marjorie McIntosh, '98

Marjorie McIntosh, '98

Marjorie retired in December 2014 as the Assistant Director for Recruitment and Admissions at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus. She also held other positions at JCC, including that of student recruiter and college-to-work workforce specialist.   

She holds two associate’s degrees: one in secretarial science from Monroe Community College, which she earned in 1970; and one from JCC in social sciences, which she earned in 1998. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2000. 

Marjorie has long been deeply involved in the community. She is a member of the JCC Alumni Association board of directors for the Cattaraugus County Campus, the Leadership Cattaraugus board of directors, and the Everywoman Opportunity Center advisory board. She also volunteers with the American Cancer Society, HomeCare and Hospice, Carly’s Club, and Koats for Kids. 

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:25am
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