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Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:53am

Three JCC students met with state legislators in early March to garner support for the college as the State Assembly and Senate work through the 2011-12 state budget process.

Freshman Sharise Peacock and sophomores Robert Reed and Molly Woodfield, accompanied by JCC president Gregory T. DeCinque and vice president and dean of administration John Garfoot, travelled to Albany to meet with Assemblymen Joseph Giglio and Andy Goodell and Senator Cathy Young, legislative representatives for JCC service area.

Ms. Peacock, from Cuba, NY, is a member of the Residence Hall Council and the Phi Theta Kappa national honor chapter and is a student employee in JCC's Jamestown Campus business office. She is majoring in fine arts and plans to transfer to either the State University of York at New Paltz or Pratt Institute and pursue a career in art therapy and college level art education.

Reed, who hails from Bradford, PA and resides in the Olean area, is a student on the Cattaraugus County Campus, pursuing a major in business administration. He plans to transfer to a western New York area college to complete his bachelor's degree. He serves on the Olean Student Advisory Board of the JCC Faculty Student Association.

Ms. Woodfield, from Lakewood, serves on the Student Senate and as the student representative to JCC's board of trustees, and has been named a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence for 2011. She is pursuing degrees in childhood education and fine arts/studio arts.

While meeting with the legislators Ms. Peacock said, “Everyone at JCC really does care about you. The teachers and administrators care while you take classes and even after. One of my professors told me he'd be willing to write a reference for me anytime. I have a younger sister who is very intelligent and deserves the best education she can get. At JCC she will get the best education available.”

Ms. Woodfield added, “Because one of my majors is childhood education, I've been working on getting my 200 hours of field experience in area schools. When I tell my students about JCC, they become excited about eventually attending JCC. They've coined the phrase, ‘JCC is the place to be!'”

“My sister, who graduated last year, and I both came (to JCC) under the USA Scholarship program,” said Ms. Woodfield. “Being able to come here tuition-free is a very important thing to us and our family. I'm double majoring and getting a great education.”

“The best part of the trip for me was spending time with the three students who accompanied us,” said Dr. DeCinque. “Each of these fine students represented JCC very well, and expressed their concern and demonstrated their passion for JCC as they spoke to our legislators. I always find myself invigorated after spending time with such outstanding representatives of our students.”
 

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