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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 3:34pm

Jessica Goodell, a 2007 JCC graduate, author, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, delivered the keynote address at commencement exercises in Olean and Jamestown.

The ceremony honored, college-wide, 562 spring 2016 graduates, 172 December 2015 graduates, and 54 summer 2015 graduates.

The JCC Trustee Award, which recognizes the highest academic achievement in each degree area, was presented to Holly Filsinger and Lillian Wallace, both of Jamestown, Associate in Arts; Zachary Jackson of Randolph and Emily Marsh of Sinclairville, Associate in Science; and Derek Vaughn of Frewsburg, Associate in Applied Science.

The JCC Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Ms. Goodell, Faith Donald, Christopher Holland, and Douglas Warn. 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 93 have received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

A healthcare provider and advocate, Dr. Donald’s groundbreaking research was and continues to be instrumental in integrating the nurse practitioner role into the Canadian healthcare system, where it remains relatively new. Her work has resulted in greatly expanded access to healthcare across Canada.

Jamestown Campus alumni award recipients

Faith Baldwin Donald is an associate professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University in Toronto. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from JCC in 1975 and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at D’Youville College. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2007.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Jessica Goodell is the author of Shade It Black, a memoir chronicling her service as a member of the Marine Corps’ first officially declared Mortuary Affairs Unit at Camp Al-Taqaddum in Iraq. At the time of her service, Ms. Goodell was one of two women on the platoon and earned the rank of lance corporal.

In 2007, Ms. Goodell earned a degree in social sciences from JCC in just two semesters, graduating at the top of her class and receiving the college’s top social sciences award. She earned a degree in psychology at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 and is in the final year of a doctorate program in counseling psychology at the University at Buffalo.

An author, speaker, and longtime clinician, Douglas Warn has spent his career serving those who are homeless, mentally ill, cognitively impaired, or suffering from addiction.

Since 2002, he has worked with Project Renewal in New York City, a social service agency serving these groups, where he serves as director of clinical training, supervision, and development. He maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist and is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Social Work at Columbia University. His volunteer time is spent serving meals at the Church of the Holy Apostles, New York City’s largest soup kitchen.

Warn earned a degree in psychology at JCC in 1979, a bachelor’s degree at Allegany College in 1981, a master’s degree in education at Syracuse University in 1986, and a master’s degree in social work at New York University in 1995.

Cattaraugus County Campus alumni award recipient

Currently the vice president of student services at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Christopher Holland has dedicated his professional life to working with youth. He has volunteered as a “big brother” for Big Brother, Big Sister programs in Florida, Montana, Mississippi, and New York and has mentored youth in various capacities in six states, most recently as a tutor and counselor for Upward Bound programs.

Dr. Holland is a 1993 graduate of JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus, where he earned a degree in liberal arts. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at SUNY Fredonia and a master’s degree in higher education administration at the University at Albany. He holds a doctorate degree in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

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