Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award given by Jamestown Community College alumni associations in Jamestown and Cattaraugus County.

JCC’s alumni associations present the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the association’s highest honor, to those who have typified the college’s tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.

Michael Martello has been named vice president of administration at JCC. In his new role, Martello oversees administration of the college’s budget and finances, information technology, business services, and college-wide safety departments.

Martello joined JCC’s staff in 2009 as executive director of administrative services and served as interim vice president of administration since May 2015. He served previously as chief financial officer, human resource manager, and vice president for strategic development at The ReHabilitation Center.

JCC’s music ensembles will perform on December 8 and 10. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. in 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, 716.338.1187, at the theatre door prior to performances, or online at

Sheldon House, which has served as a guesthouse and facility for special events for nearly 40 years, is being placed on the market by JCC. 

JCC’s board of trustees, citing increased maintenance costs and diminishing funds in the college budget to support Sheldon House, has determined that the well-known facility no longer serves to advance the college’s central mission.

Sharon Rula Backos will perform her original production, “Into the Heart of Rural America: Personal Stories from the People Who Live Here,” at 3 p.m. on November 16 at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.                           

The performance will be held in the Student Union in College Center. A second performance will be held at 7 p.m. on November 18 in Cutco Theater, also located on JCC’s campus. Both events are sponsored by JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus program committee are free and open to the public.

The JCC Foundation honored Joseph C. Johnson, Samuel Price Jr., and several community partner organizations during its annual recognition event in late October.

Johnson and Price were the recipients of the foundation’s John D. Hamilton Award, which was established in 1995 to recognize individuals whose contributions exemplify those of Hamilton, a past president and trustee emeritus of JCC.

JCC and Roberts Wesleyan College have formalized an agreement that facilitates the transfer of JCC graduates into Roberts Wesleyan’s health administration degree program.

The agreement guarantees acceptance of JCC graduates who are working adults, have at least two years of professional work experience, and satisfactorily meet Roberts Wesleyan entrance requirements.

Dennis Johnson, Andrew Pitoniak, and Nicholas Wright joined the faculty at JCC’s Jamestown Campus this fall.

Dr. Johnson, associate professor of sport management and physical education, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health and physical education at Marshall University and a doctorate in exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina.

JCC’s production of South Pacific opens November 6 in Scharmann Theatre on JCC’s Jamestown Campus.

Performances, which begin at 8 p.m., will also be held on November 7, 12, 13, and 14. A 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for November 8.

JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean will hold an open house for high school students and others from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 31.

A campus fair featuring information on academic programs and student services will be held in the Student Union. Participants can explore internship opportunities, admission and financial aid procedures, JCC’s honors program, transferability of JCC credits, and options for undecided students. Guided campus tours are offered.


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