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JCC students Heather Pfeiffer of Olean and Jill Mahon of Dewittville were among 51 students from the State University and City University of New York placed on the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2009 All-New York Academic Team for Community Colleges.

The students were honored at a recent luncheon in Albany for their academic achievements, leadership, and service to their colleges and communities.

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.

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.

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