Monday, November 15, 2010 - 2:25pm

The current and former chairpersons of the JCC board of trustees received the John D. Hamilton Board Service Chair Award during the JCC Foundation's annual dinner on October 28.

In recognizing the recipients, JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque said, “They have often been the ones to see that the president remained steadfastly committed to and focused on the mission of the college and prodded him along or propped him up as dictated by the situation.”

The award celebrated both the college's 60th year anniversary and the leadership of 14 individuals who have helped guide the college over its history. The award was named after Hamilton, who served on the board from 1954-1963 and was chairperson from 1957-1963.

Past board of trustees chairs also included Sidney T. Hewes, one of the college's founders, served as its first chairperson from 1950-1956; Howard A. Johnston, chairperson from 1956-1957; Charles H. Price, chairperson from 1964-1968; Simon Goldman, chairperson from 1968-1972; R. Quintus Anderson, chairperson from 1972-1977; Lucy Alpaugh, chairperson from 1977-1979; Samuel C. Alessi, chairperson from 1979-1988; Miles L. Lasser, chairperson from 1988-1990; Je'Anne G. Bargar, chairperson from 1990-1994; Lillian V. Ney, chairperson from 1994-1998; Samuel P. Price Jr., chairperson from 1998-2003; James P. Griffin, chairperson from 2003-2007. The current board chairperson, Lance S. Spicer, began serving as chairperson in 2007.

The award was presented to the individuals, or their family members, by Dr. DeCinque and John Garfoot, JCC vice president and dean of administration and JCC Foundation executive director.

In his remarks, JCC Foundation president Hadley Weinberg spotlighted the efforts of foundation board members, staff, and volunteers on their collaboration with college leaders to assist with funding priorities and the needs of the college.

“The foundation continues to create opportunities for our students and the communities we serve,” said Weinberg. “We are nearing completion of our new, state-of-the-art science facility on our Jamestown campus. It will be one of the first LEED Silver certified buildings in the area and will position JCC as a center of excellence in the sciences and a leader in environmental stewardship, sustainability, and green design for years to come.”

Weinberg also noted that in spite of the downturn in the economy, the JCC Foundation raised over $1,450,000 during the last fiscal year.

A priority for the foundation, emphasized Weinberg, is to continue to build the Unified Student Assistance Endowed Scholarship. The program guarantees that the most talented students in JCC's service area are able to start their college careers at JCC.

Starting in 1979, JCC and the community made a commitment to pay the cost of full tuition at JCC for Regents diploma students graduating in the top 20 percent of their high school classes. To date, $5,250,000 has been awarded in USA scholarships to over 2,700 students.

The JCC Foundation is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1983 to manage contributions made on behalf of JCC and to allocate the funds to JCC programs or events which are not included in the college's operating expense budget. JCC Foundation funds are used to support scholarships, faculty development, cultural events, acquisition of instructional resources, and special programs for students, faculty, and the community.

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