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The first Louise Tefft Award was awarded recently to JCC's OTA program and the SUNY Fredonia Pre-Health Professionals Club. The award highlights a person or persons who have supported the Chautauqua Blind Association.

Louise, a CBA client for 28 years, credited the services that she received from the CBA for her ability to remain independent in her home until she died in 2016 at 101.

Emily-Jane Berakah, a Dunkirk High School senior, won first place in the fifth annual College Connections student speech contest at JCC.

The other contestants were Christopher Michalski, a Dunkirk High School senior, and Henry Malarkey, a Jamestown High School junior.

The competition is open to College Connections students at partner high schools who are enrolled in JCC’s Public Speaking course. Course instructors are Donna Pucciarelli at Dunkirk High School and Barbie Price at Jamestown High School.

Early auditions for JCC’s production of Hairspray will be held May 31 and June 1.

The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to JCC students, high school students, and community members. Those auditioning must prepare a song from Hairspray that demonstrates vocal range and acting ability and should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance portion of the audition.

Final auditions are scheduled August 30 and 31. Rehearsals begin in September and performances will be held November 3-5 and 9-12.

JCC will hold several Excelsior Scholarship information sessions in May and June.

Current college students, individuals who are planning to start college in the fall, and parents of college bound students are encouraged to visit JCC’s financial aid and admissions staff during the sessions to learn how the scholarship could impact those attending JCC.

Deborah Johnston, a senior JCC nursing adjunct instructor, presented several ideas during the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando, FL earlier this year.

The annual conference showcases the newest medical simulation technologies and techniques. Organized by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, IMSH is attended by leaders in simulation, authors of current research articles, and simulation theorists.

Theo Collins, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran and 2009 graduate of JCC, will deliver the 2017 commencement address at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus on May 19 and at the Jamestown Campus on May 20.

The Cattaraugus County Campus ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center on Wayne St. in Olean. The commencement program in Jamestown begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

JCC is encouraging students to gain “real world” experiences by including internships in their summer plans.

“Among the promises we make to our students is connecting them to their goals,” said Marilyn A. Zagora, vice president of academic affairs. “Internships provide direct connections to career fields and complement classroom learning in ways that will be incredibly valuable in an increasingly competitive job market.

JCC is launching Career Advantage, a program designed for adult students, at its Jamestown, Olean, and Dunkirk sites this fall.

“The Career Advantage program is another example of how JCC continues to meet the needs of our community with high quality, accessible, and affordable programs,” said JCC president Cory L. Duckworth. 

Virtuoso classical saxophonist Andy Wen, a founding member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet, will perform a solo recital at 7 p.m. on May 7 in JCC’s Scharmann Theatre.

Dr. Wen’s recital will feature 20th and 21st century works for solo saxophone as well as saxophone and piano. The program will launch a three-day performance residency. All events, except the May 9 concert, are free and open to the public.

The residency is sponsored by JCC’s college program committee, music department, arts, humanities, and health sciences division, and Faculty Student Association.

JCC Preparing For Excelsior Scholarship Implementation

 Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced passage of the New York state budget which includes establishment of the Excelsior Scholarship to provide a tuition scholarship to students enrolled in New York public colleges and universities beginning this fall. 

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