Gregory Rabb, associate professor of political science at JCC, was a presenter at a recent conference focusing on experiential approaches to understanding the causes of war and efforts to bring about global peace.

Held in September at Whittier College in California and co-sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace and the University of Southern California, the conference drew together high school and community college educators involved in courses that explore diplomacy and international negotiation.

JCC has signed new and updated articulation agreements with several colleges to facilitate the transfer of JCC graduates into bachelor's degree programs.

The agreements stipulate coursework, academic credits, and grade point average (GPA) expectations required of JCC students planning to transfer.

Dan Thomas graduated from JCC last May with an Associate in Applied Science degree in welding technology. He returned to JCC's Manufacturing Technology Institute this fall to tell current students about how he has furthered his education to take his welding skills to a new location – underwater.

“I've enjoyed the water since grade school and was on the swim team for seven years,” said Thomas, a 2006 graduate of Chautauqua Lake Central School. “So even before I had graduated from JCC I was already researching careers in underwater welding and commercial diving in general.”

Several JCC faculty members were promoted at the start of the 2009-10 academic year.

Shannon Bessette, David Jeffery, Heather Panczykowski, and Sarah Tranum were promoted to associate professor. Marilyn Gerace, Cindy Hinz, and Tammy Smith were promoted to assistant professor.

Ms. Bessette, who teaches anthropology on the Jamestown Campus, earned a bachelor's degree at Cornell University and a master's degree at the University of Oklahoma. She joined JCC's faculty in 2000.

The JCC Uncommoners will hold auditions from 7 to 9 p.m. on December 2 and 3 for Of Mice and Men. The open casting call will be held in Scharmann Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Of Mice and Men will be performed on March 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, and 20.

Male actors for the two lead roles, the boss, and several ranch hands are needed. The play also includes a role for one female. A well-behaved, older dog is needed for the show as well. For further information concerning the auditions, contact JCC theatre director Robert Schlick at 716.338.1153.

JCC's choir, concert band, and jazz and rock ensembles will showcase a variety of music styles during upcoming winter concerts in 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 performances.
JCC's choir, concert band, vocal jazz ensemble, jazz ensemble big band, and concert band perform on December 8 at 7:30 p.m.

JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus and St. Bonaventure University will offer an opportunity for students and the public to learn about financial aid during a workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m. on January 6 in JCC's Cutco Theater in Olean.

The workshop is designed for anyone interested in applying for financial aid at any institution.

Students and parents planning to apply for financial aid for the 2010-2011 academic year are encouraged to attend. General financial aid topics will be covered, including an overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Twin Tiers Community Band will perform a concert beginning at 2 p.m. on December 13 in the Cutco Theater on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

The concert, free and open to the public, is sponsored by JCC's campus program committee.

For additional information, call 716.376.7586.

Daniel J. Wallace of Allegany has been appointed to the JCC Foundation board of directors.

Wallace, human resources director at Dresser-Rand Company, earned a bachelor's degree at Penn State University and a master's degree at Syracuse University. He is a member of the Regional Community Development Council and Southern Tier Advanced Manufacturing Institute. He is also a member of the Archbishop Walsh Academy board of directors.

Lacey Blocker of Randolph, a freshman on JCC's women's volleyball team, has been selected as a National Junior College Athletic Association Division III All-American for the 2009 season.

Blocker, who led the Jayhawks with 429 kills, 55 aces, and 63 blocks, was selected for the All Region first team and Division III All Tournament team. She was also named Player of the Year for the Western New York Athletic Conference.

The Jayhawks finished the season with a 15-5 overall record.


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