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Gail O. Mellow, Charles C. Nazzaro, Carol L. O'Connell, and Glenn H. Utter have been selected to receive the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award during JCC's commencement ceremonies.

Presented by the JCC Alumni Association, the award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in service to their communities.

Jamestown Campus award recipients
Dr. Mellow, Dr. Utter, and Nazzaro will be honored at the Jamestown Campus ceremony on May 16, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

JCC will host “Understanding Islam & Muslims,” a public presentation by Sam Qadri at 7 p.m. on May 5 in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre of Hultquist Library on the Jamestown Campus.

Qadri serves as the community outreach and public relations officer for the Jamestown Islamic Society. His talk will highlight common misconceptions about Muslims in today's world, as well as some of the core teachings of the Islamic faith.

The presentation, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities at JCC.
 

The George Bataitis Open Golf Tournament will be held at Chautauqua Golf Club on May 9.

The GBO, a fundraiser for JCC athletics scholarships, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union is the major sponsor for the tournament for the next three years.

The JCC chorus, concert band, vocal jazz ensemble, and jazz ensemble will showcase a variety of music styles during a combined performance on May 5. The JCC rock ensembles perform on May 7.

Both concerts will be performed in JCC's Scharmann Theatre. Admission to each concert is $4, general public; $3, area students and senior citizens; and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the JCC box office, 716.338.1187, or at the theatre door prior to a performance.

JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus will present the annual Scrabble Challenge from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on May 31 in the Magnano Reception Room.

JCC is again partnering with Literacy Volunteers of Cattaraugus County, the Olean Family YMCA, the Newspapers in Education program of the Olean Times Herald, and St. Bonaventure University to provide an afternoon of Scrabble games played by teams of six individuals vying to be tournament champions.

The registration fee is $25 per person or $125 per team. Prizes are awarded to the winning team members.

Documentarian Kevin Annett will discuss his film, Unrepentant, about the abuse of Native children in Canadian boarding schools, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on May 3.

The program, sponsored by JCC's college program committee, will be held in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre in Hultquist Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Entries are being accepted for the 17th annual JCC Scholarship Classic Golf Tournament that will be held at Bartlett Country Club in Olean on May 20. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The tournament, sponsored by the JCC Foundation and the Cattaraugus County Campus athletic department, attracts over 100 golfers and is followed by an awards presentation and dinner.

Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College, will deliver the 2009 commencement address at JCC's Cattaraugus County and Jamestown campuses.

The Cattaraugus County Campus ceremony on May 15 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. on May 16 in the Physical Education Complex.

JCC students and faculty are celebrating April as Occupational Therapy Month with an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 27 in the OTA lab in the Arts & Sciences Center on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

JCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree for students wishing to become occupational therapy assistants as well as an Associate in Science degree for students who wish to transfer to continue their studies and become occupational therapists. JCC maintains articulation agreements with several colleges and universities to facilitate transfer of credits.

A tree planting in recognition of JCC's effort to earn the Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on April 22.

The event, held in conjunction with Earthfest, JCC's annual Earth Day celebration, is being coordinated by the college's sustainability committee and will include a proclamation by JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque. The public is invited to attend.

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