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The JCC Alumni Association on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses will present the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award during commencement ceremonies in May. The award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in service to their communities.

A total of 536 students earned degrees and certificates from JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in May 2010. One student earned two degrees and four students earned a degree and a certificate. Eleven students graduated with highest honors, representing a 4.0 grade point average.

Area youngsters age 12 and under are invited to display their patriotism and artistic ability in “Chalkin' Proud America,” a chalk art competition sponsored by JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus Alumni Association during the Taste of Olean celebration at JCC from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 25.

Each youngster will be provided with chalk and asked to create a patriotic sidewalk drawing in a designated space. Competition entry is free, and winners will be selected at 3 p.m. Winners in each age group will receive special prize.

Richard J. Rupprecht received the 2012 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Faculty, librarians, and professional service employees who received the SUNY Chancellor's Award were honored with a certificate and cast bronze medallion. The awards are announced after a SUNY advisory committee reviews nominations from faculty, students, and colleagues throughout the 64-campus system.

JCC's 2012-2013 budget was approved by the college's board of trustees on June 19. The new budget, which totals $33,994,003, is 2.5% larger than the college's original 2011-2012 spending plan. JCC's new fiscal year begins September 1, 2012.

“Given the continued economic uncertainty in our state, country, and throughout the world, this was yet another challenging budget to build,” said JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque. “The approved budget includes a state aid amount of $2,272 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student.

Ticket purchases for events held in JCC's Scharmann Theatre have become more convenient with a new online ticket system.

Presale tickets can be purchased online through JCC's box office from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Online tickets for general admission can be purchased up to four hours before the start of an event.

Hilary Corna, author of One White Face, will present “Create Your Own Opportunity and Embrace Your Potential: I Dare You” at noon on October 17 in the Carnahan Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus. The program is free and open to the public.

High school students throughout southwestern New York were recognized as students of the year in JCC's College Connections program at the close of the 2009-2010 academic year.

JCC honored the students, who were chosen by their schools, during a special reception in June. In selecting the students of the year, schools were asked to consider College Connections participants who had embraced the challenges of completing college level work while in high school and demonstrated resourcefulness, integrity, and dedication.

Several JCC student athletes have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their academic achievements. Students must achieve grade point average and athletic participation expectations to be recognized at regional and national levels.

JCC alumni, family, and friends are invited to JCC Night at the Ballpark with the Jamestown Jammers on August 27 at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park.

The Jammers will take on the Williamsport Crosscutters during the game. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the game begins at 7:05 p.m.

Free 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.

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