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Host families are sought for Japanese college students who will visit the region in late July and early August.

The students, whose ages range from 18 to 22, are enrolled at Showa University in Tokyo, Japan. They will participate in activities sponsored by JCC's Center for Continuing Education and international outreach program. ESL instruction, tours of local healthcare facilities, and various trips to experience Chautauqua County and western New York are planned.

Alan Friedman will present “Catching Sunlight,” an exploration of the technical and aesthetic challenges of photographing the sun, at 7 p.m. on March 8 in the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center Theater on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by JCC's Celebrating Science speakers series and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

Explore JCC, a March 3 open house on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, will provide high school students and others an opportunity to learn more about JCC's programs.

From 10 a.m. until noon, visitors can explore academic programs and student services during a college fair and learn more about JCC during guided campus tours.

A session for undecided students, which meets from 11 to 11:30, outlines options for career and personal success. JCC representatives will outline financial aid opportunities during a session at 11:30 a.m.

Mary Owusu, an educator from Ghana, will present “Imagining Africa” at noon on March 5 in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The program, sponsored by JCC's international outreach office, is free and open to the public.

Ms. Owusu is a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Baldwin-Wallace College in the political science and history departments. She served previously as a Cadbury Fellow at the University of Birmingham in England and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.

Students named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses earned at least a 3.50 average, equal to a B plus or better, in 12 or more semester hours of study and included:

Students named to the fall 2011 part-time student dean's list at JCC earned at least a 3.50 average, equal to a B plus or better, in six to 11 credit hours of letter-graded work. Named to the dean's list are:                         

Martha Kershaw, RN, MS, OCN will present “Cancer Basics” as the next Celebration of Science speakers series program at noon on March 26 on JCC's Jamestown Campus. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Scharmann Theatre.

Ms. Kershaw, a staff development instructor at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for the past eight years, will discuss cancer and its incidence, prevention, and care.

JCC's occupational therapy assistant program will host a networking mixer from 4:30-6 p.m. on April 19 in the Jamestown Campus Student Union.

Occupational therapy practitioners and anyone interested in the field are invited to participate in the program. Refreshments will be served.

The event, which is being held in celebration of April as Occupational Therapy Month, is supported by the JCC OTA Educational Council. The registration fee is $10. To register, call 716.338.1164.

JCC's annual Earthfest, celebrating Earth Day, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25.

The event, sponsored by JCC's Earth Awareness Club 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 will be held in the Student Union.

Music by local acoustic guitarist Matt Maloof will open Earthfest. At noon, Jeff Musial will display various animals from Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics.

Darren M. Williams, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will deliver the 2012 commencement address at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus on May 18 and at the Jamestown Campus on May 19.

The May 18 ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center on Wayne St. in Olean. The commencement program in Jamestown begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

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