JCC students Amy Hulin of Bolivar, Jennifer James of Cuba, and Alexandra Villafrank of Westfield were among 59 students from the State University and City University of New York placed on the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2014 All-New York Academic Team for Community Colleges.

The students, all of whom will graduate in May, were honored at a recent luncheon in Albany for their academic achievements, leadership, and service to their colleges and communities.

Harold J. Weiss Jr. will sign copies of his new book, Tracking the Texas Rangers, the Twentieth Century, from noon to 2 p.m. on April 28 in Hultquist Library on JCC’s Jamestown Campus.

Dr. Weiss, a retired JCC history, government, and criminal justice professor, also published the acclaimed biography, Yours to Command: The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald.

The Hultquist Library collection contains both books by Dr. Weiss.

Three individuals with experience in cooperative economy will discuss the documentary, Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work, on April 19 in the Lenna Theatre on JCC’s Jamestown Campus.

The film screening begins at 1 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. Both events, free and open to the public, are sponsored by JCC’s college program committee with support from the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. Lenna Theatre is located in Hultquist Library. Refreshments will be served. 

“The Battle Within,” a presentation by concussion awareness advocate and former middleweight boxer Ray Ciancaglini at 6 p.m. on May 1, will also feature a screening of the documentary Head Games.

The Battle Within poster

JCC's Weeks Gallery will host an opening reception for the annual student art exhibition at 6 p.m. on April 24. The reception, free and open to the public, will feature performances by JCC music students.

The exhibition features works from all JCC campuses and includes painting, drawing and prints, photography, 2D and 3D works, ceramics, and new media created during the 2013-2014 academic year. Artistic excellence and gallery awards will be presented during an awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Andrew and Noah Band will perform its improvisational Americana Groove concert on April 23 at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean. The 7 p.m. concert, which will be held in Cutco Theater, is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the JCC Cattaraugus County campus program committee.

The band’s core material, written by brothers Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand, “captures the memory of what we had, the urgency of where we are, and the beat to keep you moving all night long.”

JCC and the Olean Public Library will host a poetry reading by American poet, editor, and literary critic William Heyen at 5 p.m. on April 16 in the Magnano Reception Room on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

The free event, coordinated by JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus program committee, is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The program is made possible with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Falconry expert Mike DupuyJCC’s annual Earthfest to celebrate Earth Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23. The event, sponsored by JCC’s Earth Awareness Club, Student Senate, and the college program committee of the JCC Faculty Student Association, is free and open to the public.

Weather permitting, Earthfest will be held outside the Hamilton Collegiate Center near the pond. Otherwise, the program is held in the Student Union.

“The Belle of Amherst,” a one-woman show based on the life of Emily Dickinson and starring Christina Rausa, will be performed at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in April.

Christina Rausa headshot