Sarah Ruden, a visiting scholar at Wesleyan University, will read original poetry and excerpts from her translation of The Aeneid at noon and 6:30 p.m. on February 27 in the Cutco Theater on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by JCC's campus program committee and the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities. Refreshments will be served.

Four books have been chosen as the next selections in the Community Reads Project at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus. Each book will be featured in an informal discussion from noon to 1 p.m. in room 124 of JCC's College Center. The discussions are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Through a major gift to the JCC Foundation, John E. Anderson has established the John and Judy Anderson Unified Student Assistance Scholarship Endowment at JCC.

“The fund allows me to honor the memory of my late wife, Judy, in a way that will benefit deserving students at JCC for many years to come,” said Anderson.


JCC's 2013-2014 budget was approved at today's meeting of the college's board of trustees. The new budget, which totals $34,551,293, is 1.6% larger than the college's original 2012-2013 spending plan. JCC's new fiscal year begins September 1, 2013.


“Given the continued economic uncertainty in our state, country, and throughout the world, this was yet another challenging budget to build,” said Dr. DeCinque. “The approved budget includes a state aid amount of $2,422 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student.


Paul A. Benke was honored as JCC's first president emeritus during the JCC Foundation's annual recognition event in October. JCC's board of trustees issued a resolution in September 2012 naming Benke as president emeritus in recognition of his numerous contributions and the leadership he provided during his tenure as JCC's fifth president from 1981 to 1991.

Transfer articulation agreements for several bachelor's degree programs have been updated by JCC and Daemen College.

The agreements specify conditions under which JCC graduates are guaranteed acceptance, with junior standing and the opportunity to complete the bachelor's degree in four semesters, to Daemen's programs in accounting, paralegal studies, and natural science: health care specialization.

The first group of participants has graduated from The Resource Center (TRC) Corporate College, a joint endeavor between JCC and TRC.

In a recent ceremony, six TRC employees were honored for completing a two-year program which consisted of 18 hours of credit coursework and 36 hours of non-credit workshops and seminars. The graduates included Diane Cornell, John DePane, Rita Ferraloro, Kathy Peterson-VanHorn, Rischell Pratt, and Stephanie Runge.

The F.T. and Anna C. Manley Trust, administered by Key Bank, has awarded a grant of $9,950 to JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus.

The grant will be used to increase the quality of audiovisual imaging and provide a smart classroom system for instructors and trainers in JCC's Training and Conference Center. The rooms are used extensively by the Olean community as well as the college.

Legally Blonde: The Musical, the fall production of the JCC Uncommoners, opens at 8 p.m. on November 2 in JCC's Scharmann Theatre.

Gregory T. DeCinque, who is entering his 19th year as president of JCC, has announced his intention to retire following the close of the 2012-13 academic year. The announcement was made to faculty and staff at Dr. DeCinque's annual "welcome back" address.

Dr. DeCinque came to JCC in 1994 and is the longest-serving president in the history of the 62-year-old community college. According to Lance S. Spicer, chairman of the college's board of trustees, a formal search for Dr. DeCinque's successor will begin soon.


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