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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.

Individuals who are unemployed or underemployed are encouraged to visit JCC's Jamestown Campus on May 13 to explore the college's certificate and degree programs and learn about admissions procedures and financial aid opportunities.

JCC's Weeks Gallery will present Weightlessness, an exhibition of photographs by Arno Rafael Minkkinen, from June 8-July 30.

The show features selections from the artist's monograph, Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs.

Minkkinen is the featured artist for JCC's Global Collection of Photography (GCP) summer exhibition. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 pm., Monday-Thursday.

Denise Burbey and Taylor Pancoast are recipients of the 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.

Faculty, librarians, and professional service employees within the SUNY system 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.

The SUNY board of trustees has approved the appointment of Cory L. Duckworth as JCC's next president. The appointment follows a recommendation by JCC's board of trustees on May 29 to appoint Dr. Duckworth as president.

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join the great team at JCC,” said Dr. Duckworth. “My wife Elva and I felt the very warm welcome extended to us by the college and community and are eager to become acquainted with the communities served by the college. We look forward to working with everyone to take student success to the next level.”

JCC and Buffalo State College will co-host the 48th Annual University Photographers' Association of America Technical Symposium at JCC June 22-26.

Fifty-three university photographers from across the U.S. and Canada will spend the week at JCC attending educational and inspirational presentations by some of the world's leading photographers. This year's symposium theme is “green.”

Marilyn Zagora, vice president and dean of academic affairs, and Eileen Goodling, vice president and dean of student development, have announced the names of those students who were awarded degrees or certificates from the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in May 2009.

A total of 448 students earned degrees and certificates. One student earned two degrees and three students earned a degree and a certificate. Sixteen students graduated with highest honors, representing a 4.0 grade point average.

Auditions for the JCC Uncommoners' fall musical production, The Producers, will be held June 22 and 23, beginning at 7 p.m., in Scharmann Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Information on the auditions can be obtained by calling JCC theatre director Robert Schlick, 716.338.1153.

“The JCC Uncommoners are privileged to be the first company in the area to present the show,” said Schlick. “One reviewer called The Producers `the funniest show on the planet!'”

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