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West Valley High School won the 2009 High School Bowl championship, defeating Chautauqua Lake 73- 60 in the concluding match. The contest, held at JCC, broadcast over Media One radio stations WJTN and SE-93.

West Valley is only in its third year of competition in High School Bowl, and finished the season with a record of six wins and one loss. Chautauqua Lake finished with a record of four wins and two losses.

Three JCC students participated in the annual SUNY Model European Union Simulation (SUNYMEU) held in April at SUNY New Paltz.

This year's program was “European Council Summit: The Czech Presidency.” Students were assigned a role as a representative of a larger delegation (an EU country or the EU Commission), as heads of government, foreign ministers, EU commissioners, or even, for journalism majors, as members of the press corps.

Heather Pfeiffer of Olean and Kenneth Long of Dunkirk were honored recently with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The students are among 238 SUNY students recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

The annual awards are given to students who earn a grade point average of 3.78 or higher and record a significant contribution to their campus or local community.

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 May issue of Aviation Digest, a buying guide for general and corporate aircraft and services, contains a feature on JCC's professional piloting degree program.

The monthly publication is distributed to airports along the East Coast, to airplane dealers throughout the country, and to subscribers.

The article outlines curricular components of the degree and career opportunities for graduates of JCC's program.

The JCC Alumni Association honored 14 “Alumni Nurses of Distinction” recently.

Jacqueline M. Crisman, assistant professor of biology and coordinator of biotechnology, participated in the recent National Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Program conference in Atlanta.

The conference, sponsored by the Biotechnology Institute, is designed to educate teachers, students, and the public about the promise and challenges of biotechnology. Participants join a network of advisors, or "teacher-leaders," committed to teaching biotechnology to students and serving as resources for other teachers.

Harold Weiss Jr. will discuss and sign copies of his book, Yours to Command: The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald, at JCC's Hultquist Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 28. The program is open to the public.

Dr. Weiss retired from JCC in 1990 after a 31-year tenure teaching history, government, and criminal justice. He has a long-time interest in the history of western law and order, particularly the Texas Rangers.

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