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Films featuring Native American themes and performances by renowned Native Americans Joanne Shenandoah, Doug George Kanentiio, and John Trudell will be featured during the Native American Film Festival at JCC April 29-May 1.

Admission to a performance by Trudell and the band Bad Dog on May 1 is $5. All other events in the festival are free. Although the April 29 film will be shown in Fredonia, other festival films and events are held on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

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.

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.

The John R. Oishei Foundation, located in Buffalo, has awarded JCC a $71,000 grant to help the college purchase an array of high technology equipment for its biotechnology degree program.

“JCC is excited about this gift from the Oishei Foundation, which will enhance our efforts to engage more local young people in pursuing biotechnology careers,” said Jean Schrader, assistant dean of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Residents of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Warren counties are invited to submit up to three original works to Jamestown Community College's Four-County Poet Competition. Entrants must be at least 16 years old by June 1, 2010.

Participants can submit one packet of three unpublished original poems by the July 1 deadline. Initial judging will be conducted by JCC faculty with finalists' poems sent to a published poet for selection of winners.

Beginning with the spring 2011 season, JCC's intercollegiate women's softball program will move from the Jamestown Campus to the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

The shift will allow for a more comprehensive athletics presence on the Cattaraugus County Campus as well as support the rich tradition of softball present in the region.

The JCC Uncommoners will hold auditions from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 7 and 8 for The Who's Tommy. Auditions are held in Scharmann Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Performances will be held November 4-6, 12-13, and 19-20 at 8 p.m. and on November 14 at 2 p.m.

The JCC Alumni Association honored several “Alumni Nurses of Distinction” at a recent dinner. Each honoree was nominated by his or her employer.

The annual recognition is designed to honor nursing graduates who have distinguished themselves as healthcare providers. The award has been presented to over 80 outstanding alumni since its inception.

The program also featured guest speaker Linda Q. Thede who discussed the need for an electronic health record and the role nurses can have in planning the record.

The JCC Foundation has announced that the Hultquist Foundation and Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation are the lead donors of a new science facility being constructed on JCC's Jamestown Campus. Each foundation contributed $1,000,000 toward the project.

Begun in September 2009, the building will focus on green technology and sustainable living to meet the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council and qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

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.

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