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The JCC Alumni Association on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses will present the 2010 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.

Works by 15 JCC students were honored with awards during the opening of the annual student art exhibition in the Weeks Gallery.

The exhibition, on display through May 7, features 99 works selected from 223 submissions by 62 students, including drawings, two- and three-dimensional designs, paintings, ceramics, photography, digital art, and multimedia works.

The show was judged by Robert Booth, State University of New York at Fredonia Distinguished Teaching Professor, and chair of the department of visual art and new media.

A submission by JCC sophomore Jill Mahon was one of nearly 100 scholarly posters represented in a showcase of undergraduate research done at SUNY colleges.

Ms. Mahon participated in the first Summer Undergraduate Research Institute at JCC in 2009, where she began studies to understand how cancer cells in bone marrow can be affected by chemotherapeutic agents.

Brian W. Mallory, vice president of beverage sales and corporate human resources at PepsiCo, will deliver the 2010 commencement address at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus on May 21 and at the Jamestown Campus on May 22.

The May 21 ceremony 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. in the Physical Education Complex.

To commemorate Arbor Day and the college's designation as a Tree Campus USA college, JCC will hold a special tree planting ceremony at 12:15 p.m. on April 30.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held north of the Jamestown Campus tennis court parking lot along Curtis Street.

The event includes the planting of Black Tupelo, Pioneer Elm, and Gingko trees and the presentation of the Tree Campus USA plaque to JCC officials. Sargent Cherry, Hackberry, Pink Spire crabapple, and red oak trees will also be planted on the Jamestown Campus this year.

Area families who are willing to treat international students attending JCC to a meal or shopping excursion are sought for the upcoming academic year.

Community International Friendship Program (CIFP), a program linking JCC's international students with community members and community resources, provides area residents a chance to learn about international cultures through students from different countries.

The JCC choir, concert band, vocal jazz ensemble, and jazz ensemble will showcase a variety of music styles during a combined performance on May 11. The JCC rock ensembles perform on May 13.

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, 338.1187, or at the theatre door prior to a performance.

The Jazz Associates will perform during Jazz Night on May 14 in College Center on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus.

The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the JCC program committee and JCC Alumni Association of the Cattaraugus County Campus.

The Jazz Associates will perform standards from the 1940s to the present. The group consists of Ken Crane on trombone, Moses Howden on drums, Jan Rhody, piano and vocals, Les Sabina playing saxophone, and Tim Sullivan on bass.

Light refreshments and snacks will be available.

Migrant community culture will be examined in a special presentation by award-winning photojournalist and author Gary Harwood at 7 p.m. on March 29 in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by JCC's college program committee and the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.

JCC will host a healthcare job and education fair from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 26 in the Physical Education Complex on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Healthcare employers and representatives of four-year colleges have been invited to attend the event to provide information on job opportunities in the healthcare field.

Visitors to the job fair should several copies of their resume and should dress appropriately since they will meet with potential employers.

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