“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

The Bar-room Buzzards will be joined by trombonist Peter Pepke during JazzFest on April 11 at JCC’s Jamestown Campus.

Admission to the 7:30 p.m. performance in Scharmann Theatre is $5, general public, $3, area students and senior citizens, and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased through JCC’s box office, 716.338.1187, or online at

The performance is sponsored by the college program committee of JCC’s FSA and the arts, humanities, and health sciences division.

Students named to JCC's fall 2013 part-time student dean’s list earned at least a 3.50 average, equal to a B plus or better, in six to 11 credit hours of letter-graded work include:                     

Allegany Erin Arsenault, Deanna Broughton, Jason Everett, Ronald Higley, Oliver Nagel, Tara Plath, Elizabeth Rodgers, Gabriella Ross, Joy Sawaya, Krystal Thompson

Almond Kelly Levert

Andover Grace Dowd

Angelica Megan Baker, Brandon Ellsessor

Arcade Amy Atkinson

Jamestown Campus

Seventy-nine students at JCC’s Jamestown Campus were inducted into the Alpha Kappa Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor fraternity, on February 22.

Mark Schultz, principal at Pioneer High School and a 1996 alumnus of JCC, was the guest speaker for the ceremony, which was attended by about 275 friends and family members of the inductees.      

Biotechnology students who are members of JCC’s DNA Club will host a research expo featuring student presentations from noon to 5 p.m. on February 28.

The event, which will be held in the Science Center on JCC’s Jamestown Campus, includes a soup and salad fundraiser from noon to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds will defray expenses for DNA Club members attending the American Association of Immunologists conference in Pittsburgh in May.

Student presenters will be sophomore Maria Sena and recent JCC graduate Gabriel Hrysenko. Their presentations will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.