Students named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses earned at least a 3.50 average, equal to a B plus or better, in 12 or more semester hours of study. Named to the list were:

An original Marilyn Monroe screenprint by Andy Warhol has been donated to JCC's Weeks Gallery by Ken and Lois Strickler.

The donation was made in honor of retired JCC English professor Robert Hagstrom, one of the primary forces for creating a gallery space at JCC. Mrs. Strickler, a fellow student of Warhol's at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, worked with Hagstrom to establish a gallery for fine arts.

Sharise Peacock of Cuba has begun serving her term as the student representative to the JCC board of trustees, a post to which she was elected during the spring.

Ms. Peacock is the daughter of Sheila Hartle-Peacock of Cuba and Larry Peacock of Wellsville. A graduate of Cuba-Rushford Central School, Ms. Peacock is majoring in fine arts at JCC. She has been a member of the residence hall council, sustainability committee, and Phi Theta Kappa.

Over 1,500 of JCC's part-time students are concurrently enrolled in high school, according to a report delivered by Marilyn A. Zagora, JCC's vice president and dean of academic affairs, at the December meeting of the college's board of trustees.

Dr. Zagora presented a comprehensive summary of College Connections, JCC's concurrent enrollment program which has allowed thousands of high school students to enrich their high school experiences while earning college credits since the program began in 1998.

JCC has been awarded just under $400,000 in federal grant funds from the United States Department of Education's Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) for the 2011-12 academic year. It is anticipated that similar funds will be available for a total of five years.

The program helps eligible institutions of higher education expand their capacity to serve low income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

JCC will hold Explore JCC, an open house for high school seniors and their families, from 10 a.m. to noon on November 19 in Olean and from 2 to 4 p.m. on November 20 in Jamestown.

The program provides college-bound students with an opportunity to learn more about the JCC's programs and services.

Visitors can explore degree and certificate programs, learn about student services, and get information about transferability of JCC credits.

Special features include a financial presentation and a session for undecided students.

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting for the new Science Center on JCC's Jamestown Campus at 12:45 p.m. on November 20.

The $12 million building houses JCC's biology, biotechnology, chemistry, and geology programs. The college has attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification with advanced commissioning.

The public is invited to attend or participate in Culturefest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 16 at JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The event, sponsored by JCC's campus life program, will feature a global village of various cultural items, dance demonstrations, a djembekan drumming performance, and a language booth.

Individuals who would like to participate in the event should contact campus life director Kim Irland at or 716.338.1004.

The effects of the Ice Age on the Chautauqua-Allegheny region will be examined in the inaugural seminar of the Celebration of Science speakers series at JCC's Jamestown Campus on November 18 and 19.

JCC's board of trustees has authorized college officials to move forward with a proposed new Associate in Applied Science degree in early childhood education.

The proposal, which has already been reviewed by the college's faculty, now moves on to both SUNY and the New York State Education Department for the next stages of approval.

According to Mary Kay Szwejbka, associate professor and director of teacher education, the proposed degree is intended as a career-oriented option for students seeking employment in an entry level early care and education setting.