High school students throughout southwestern New York were recognized as students of the year in JCC's College Connections program at the close of the 2011-2012 academic year.

A total of 572 students earned degrees and certificates during JCC's May 2012 graduation. Seven students earned two degrees, and seven students earned a degree and a certificate. Fourteen students graduated with highest honors, representing a 4.0 grade point average.

Students named to the JCC dean's list for the spring 2012 semester earned at least a 3.50 average, equal to a B plus or better, in 12 or more semester hours of study.

Several faculty appointments and promotions, effective with the start of the 2012-13 academic year, were announced recently:

New faculty    
Amanda Bartels, a mathematics instructor on the Cattaraugus County Campus, earned a master's degree in education at SUNY Albany. She is a former adjunct instructor at Niagara County Community College, Erie Community College, and Niagara University.

Auditions will be held on June 4 and 5 for JCC's production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. The auditions begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre. Final auditions will be held August 30 and 31 and performances will be held in November.

As part of the Rising Star Series at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus, the Bonnie Loch Fiddlers will perform at 7 p.m. on March 10 in the Cutco Theater.


The free performance will include a blend of traditional, contemporary, and original Celtic music.

The concert is sponsored by Cutco Foundation and the JCC Faculty Student Association. For more information, call 716.376.7586.


The Medaille College Communiversity lectures on computer forensics scheduled for February 2 at JCC's Jamestown Campus are cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. 



Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES), a Swedish-based organization operating 17 independent schools, will conduct teacher recruitment fairs in the area in February and March.

IES, with which JCC established a partnership recently, is recruiting certified, native English-speaking teachers for academic year instruction in Sweden. IES schools enroll over 9,000 students in Sweden.

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council and JCC will present an opening reception for “Juror's Choice: Member Show Winners” exhibition on February 18 in the Center Gallery, located on the second floor in College Center on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and includes hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting. A brief introduction and talk begin at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibition will be on display until April 1. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parents of high school students who are taking courses through JCC's College Connections program are invited to a public forum to learn more about the program.

The forums will be held at JCC locations from 7 to 8 p.m. Sessions are set for February 7 at the North County Center in Dunkirk, February 10 at the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, and February 17 at the Jamestown Campus. Reservations are not required.

Maria Kindberg, College Connections coordinator, will provide details on courses available to qualified students through the program at area high schools.


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