JCC honored 12 alumni who have distinguished themselves in education during a recent awards banquet on the Jamestown Campus.

JCC will offer its English Immersion Program for non-English speakers July 24-August 14 at the Jamestown Campus. The registration deadline is July 17.

Begun last year, JCC's program features intensive training in English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation as well as listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for individuals planning to study or work in the area.

President Gregory T. DeCinque presented awards to three adjunct faculty members at the close of the 2008-09 academic year.

The President's Award for Excellence for adjunct faculty was presented to Colette Haight. Michelle Buhite received the adjunct faculty and distinguished adjunct faculty awards while Aimee Brunelle received the distinguished adjunct faculty award.

Area youngsters age 12 and under are invited to display their patriotism and artistic ability in “Chalkin' Proud America,” a chalk art competition being sponsored by the JCC Cattaraugus County Campus Alumni Association as part of the “Taste of Olean” celebration at JCC from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26.

Each youngster will be provided with chalk and asked to create a patriotic sidewalk drawing in a designated space. Competition entry is free, and winners will be selected at 3 p.m. Winners in each age group will receive special prize.

JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus presented awards recently to student athletes for both academic and athletic excellence.

Denise Burbey and Taylor Pancoast are recipients of the 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.

Faculty, librarians, and professional service employees within the SUNY system who received the SUNY Chancellor's Award were honored with a certificate and cast bronze medallion. The awards are announced after a SUNY advisory committee reviews nominations from faculty, students, and colleagues throughout the 64-campus system.

The SUNY board of trustees has approved the appointment of Cory L. Duckworth as JCC's next president. The appointment follows a recommendation by JCC's board of trustees on May 29 to appoint Dr. Duckworth as president.

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join the great team at JCC,” said Dr. Duckworth. “My wife Elva and I felt the very warm welcome extended to us by the college and community and are eager to become acquainted with the communities served by the college. We look forward to working with everyone to take student success to the next level.”

JCC and Buffalo State College will co-host the 48th Annual University Photographers' Association of America Technical Symposium at JCC June 22-26.

Fifty-three university photographers from across the U.S. and Canada will spend the week at JCC attending educational and inspirational presentations by some of the world's leading photographers. This year's symposium theme is “green.”

Marilyn Zagora, vice president and dean of academic affairs, and Eileen Goodling, vice president and dean of student development, have announced the names of those students who were awarded degrees or certificates from the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in May 2009.

A total of 448 students earned degrees and certificates. One student earned two degrees and three students earned a degree and a certificate. Sixteen students graduated with highest honors, representing a 4.0 grade point average.

Auditions for the JCC Uncommoners' fall musical production, The Producers, will be held June 22 and 23, beginning at 7 p.m., in Scharmann Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Information on the auditions can be obtained by calling JCC theatre director Robert Schlick, 716.338.1153.

“The JCC Uncommoners are privileged to be the first company in the area to present the show,” said Schlick. “One reviewer called The Producers `the funniest show on the planet!'”


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