Daniel Powers, a 1984 JCC alumnus, delivered the keynote address at JCC's 35th commencement at the Cattaraugus County Campus on May 20 and 61st commencement at the Jamestown Campus on May 21.

The ceremonies honored, collegewide, 625 spring 2011 graduates, 199 December 2010 graduates, and 63 summer 2010 graduates.

JCC's Weeks Gallery will host an opening reception for its annual student art exhibition at 6 p.m. on April 21 in the gallery.

The reception, featuring music by Amanda Barton and Charity Nuse, is free and open to the public. An awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Sarita Hopkins Weeks Reception Hall, during which artistic excellence awards will be presented.

The JCC Alumni Association on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses will present the 2011 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.

Cattaraugus County Campus
Dominic P. Rogers will be honored during the Cattaraugus County Campus commencement on May 20.

JCC sophomore Donald Pool has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.

Gold Scholars each receive a $1,500 stipend and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars were listed in USA TODAY.

Pool, a Jamestown resident who will graduate from JCC this spring with an Associate in Science: Human Services degree, is president of the PTK chapter on JCC's Jamestown Campus. He has been active in the college's Non-traditional Student Network and Sign Language Club.

JCC students Carly Olds of Andover, Andrew Robertson of Jamestown, and Molly Woodfield of Lakewood were among 249 SUNY students honored recently with the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence for their academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

JCC recently entered into a transfer articulation agreement with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to assist students who plan to transfer to various bachelor's degree programs.

The programs include biology education, chemistry education, English education, environmental education, mathematics education, and social studies education for grades 7-12, and business, computer, and information technology education for grades K-12.

Nearly 100 area high school students explored entrepreneurship in a recent half-day program titled “Be the Boss!” at JCC.

Tom Filsinger, whose entrepreneurial endeavors include Filsinger Games and Dark Menace Productions, delivered the keynote presentation as he discussed turning your passions into business success. Jamestown area entrepreneur Gary Lynn discussed the importance and value of sharing business success with your community. Students also heard Adam Mook of Erie-based Logistics Plus discuss finding global opportunities for your business.

JCC is one of 11 colleges and universities nationwide being recognized by University Business magazine's ‘Models of Efficiency' program.

JCC identified a solution to transition faculty contract processing from a paper-based system to a streamlined electronic system. The college's existing system called for special contracts with faculty who taught extra courses.

JCC rolled out the new system in phases beginning in summer 2010 with the whole system converted to the paperless system by January of this year.

Forests will be the focus of JCC's Earthfest, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20 outside the Hamilton Collegiate Center on the Jamestown Campus.

The event, sponsored annually by JCC's Earth Awareness Club and the college program committee of the JCC Faculty Student Association, is free and open to the public.

Renowned musician Bobby Militello will perform with the Dave Golando Big Band during JCC's annual Jazz Fest on April 23 in Scharmann Theatre on the Jamestown Campus.

Admission to the 8 p.m. concert is $5, general public; $3, senior citizens and area students; and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets are available in the JCC box office, 716.338.1187, or at the theatre door prior to the concert.

Ticket holders are invited to an open rehearsal, which begins at 5:30 p.m.