JCC alumni, family, and friends are invited to JCC Night at the Ballpark with the Jamestown Jammers on August 28 at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park. The Jammers will take on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers during the game. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the game begins at 7:05 p.m.


Bleacher tickets are available to JCC alumni free of charge. Each alumnus is limited to a maximum of six tickets. The event is sponsored in part by the JCC Alumni Association. 

For additional information, contact Amanda Sleasman at the JCC Foundation, 716.338.1057.


In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, JCC will sponsor “Missing Spots on the Sun: Anything Wrong?,” a presentation by JCC alumnus Darren Williams, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Penn State Erie, The Behrend Campus, at 7 p.m. on October 7.

The program, free and open to the public, will be presented in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus. Program sponsors are JCC's physics department and the college program committee of JCC's Faculty Student Association.

Rehearsals have begun for JCC's production of The Producers, which opens November 6 in Scharmann Theatre on the Jamestown Campus.

Based upon the Mel Brooks' classic comedy film from 1968, the musical version of The Producers sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. When it debuted on Broadway, it won a record 12 Tony Awards.

JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus will host acoustic guitarist Neil Jacobs at 7 p.m. on October 15 as part of the Rising Star Series. His performance will be held in JCC's Cutco Theater and is free and open to the public.

Known for his mastery of the 12-string acoustic guitar and relaxed interaction with audiences, Jacobs' compositions cover diverse music from around the world and highlight Gypsy, Balkan, folk, classical, and jazz selections. For more information, visit

Six individuals joined JCC's faculty this fall.

Dennis Benamati, assistant professor and director of libraries for JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses, earned a bachelor's degree at St. Francis University, a master's degree at Fordham University, and a master's degree in library science at Southern Connecticut State University. His previous library administrative experience includes work at SUNY Albany, Marist College, Sacred Heart University, and several law libraries.

Students who were awarded degrees or certificates from JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in August 2009 include:

High honors, representing a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99, were earned by: Christina Marsh of Kennedy, Associate in Science (A.S.)-Human Services, Lindy Johnson of Frewsburg and Susan Threadgill of Allegany, A.S.-Individual Studies; Noah Allen of Jamestown, A.S.-Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics and Science; and Elizabeth Ventura of Jamestown, Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)-Occupational Therapy Assistant.

JCC, in collaboration with the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC), will celebrate the opening of the Beyond Shadow and Light photography exhibition in new gallery space at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus with a wine and cheese reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on September 25.

The new Weeks/Olean Gallery is located in on the second floor of JCC's College Center. The reception is free and open to the public.

James E. Stitt, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Cutco Corporation, will receive the John D. Hamilton Award during the JCC Foundation's annual dinner on October 29 at Premier Banquet Center in Olean.

For information or tickets, contact the JCC Foundation office at 716.376.7513 or

The award is the highest recognition given by the college and is presented to individuals who provide exemplary support to the college.

A three-credit JCC plein air painting course features a six-day exploration of Florence and Rome, Italy next March.

The course, conducted by JCC adjunct faculty member and local artist William Waite, is designed for JCC students as well as community members.

Pre-trip classes will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. on January 27, February 3 and 17, and March 3 and 17. Participants will visit Florence, Siena, Tuscany, and Rome March 26-31.

Top high school students from throughout the region will gather at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus on October 16 to compete in “Meeting of the Minds,” an academic quiz bowl competition for students in grades nine through 12.

The public is welcome to attend the event, which will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in Cutco Theater.

West Valley Central School, last year's champion, will compete against schools from Hinsdale, Kane, Friendship, Olean, Salamanca, Otto-Eldred, and Port Allegany. Oswayo Valley High School is an alternate team.


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