Mary Jantzi, a biology teacher at Chautauqua Lake Central School, was presented the Teacher of the Year award during the annual College Connections professional development day at JCC on October 16.

Ms. Jantzi has taught the BIO 1500: Human Biology course in the College Connections program since 2007.

Each year College Connections recognizes a teacher who best exemplifies the core program standards. Ms. Jantzi was chosen from among 192 program teachers from 42 partner high schools and BOCES centers.

JCC and the Hispanic Coalition of Chautauqua County will host a Hispanic Education Event from 6 to 8 p.m. on November 10 at JCC’s Jamestown Campus.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the cyber café located in the Hamilton Collegiate Center.

Participants will learn about planning and paying for college, the college admission process, student support services, and how to succeed in college.

Planetary will be shown on October 19 as the next selection in JCC’s Endangered Earth film series.

The series, sponsored by JCC’s sustainability program, college program committee, Earth Awareness Club, and Hultquist Library, is free and open to the public. Films begin at 7 p.m. in the Carnahan Center Theatre and feature a guided post-screening discussion.

Wendell Rivera’s Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform a free 90-minute performance and workshop beginning at noon on October 29 in Cutco Theater on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

The event is sponsored by the JCC Cattaraugus County Campus Program Committee and the JCC Faculty Student Association.

Incorporating Afro-Caribbean rhythms with progressive jazz, Rivera is a frequent performer at western New York jazz festivals and was inducted in to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

For more information, call 716.376.7594.

The Veterans Book Project, an art collaboration by Monica Haller, opens in the Center Gallery at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean on November 9.

Patricia Briggs, director of the Center Gallery as well as the Weeks Gallery on JCC’s Jamestown Campus, is one of several people who assisted Haller with the Veterans Book Project.

Dr. Briggs will introduce the project at a reception from 1-2 p.m. on Veterans Day, November 9, in the gallery, which is located on the second floor of College Center.

In Our Skin, an exhibition featuring works by Stacey Davidson and Jenny Schmid, will be displayed in Weeks Gallery on JCC’s Jamestown Campus beginning November 2.

A reception, open to the public, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on November 5 in the gallery. The reception includes an artist’s talk by Schmid at 6. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts & Sciences Center.

Bellevue University, a private, accredited, non-profit university, will celebrate its partnership with JCC with a special event on October 15.

Kerri Brown, Bellevue University’s local outreach manager, will outline Bellevue’s programs and services from 2-5 p.m. in the quiet lounge located in the Hamilton Collegiate Center on JCC’s Jamestown Campus. Refreshments are provided.

Students who attend the session will have the opportunity to enter to win one of two $1,000 grants.

Several students were awarded degrees or certificates from JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in August 2015. Two students earned high honors (3.50-3.99 GPA), and six students earned honors (3.25-3.49 GPA).

Graduates included:

Allegany: Shawn Dubin (A.S.-Criminal Justice)

Belmont: Nicholas Fanton (A.A.S.-Individual Studies)

Bemus Point: Lacey Andrews (A.A.-Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities), Jaynie Leonard (A.A.S.-Nursing), Emily Sanders (A.A.S.-Individual Studies)

JCC’s Jamestown Campus will hold an open house for high school students and others from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 12.

A campus fair featuring information on academic programs and student services will be held in the Student Union and participants can also choose among a variety of informational sessions that include topics such as internships, financial aid, JCC’s honors program, transferability of JCC credits, and options for undecided students. Guided campus tours are offered.

Rehearsals have begun for JCC’s production of South Pacific.

South Pacific poster


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