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Thomas I. Flowers, a partner in the law firm of Price, Flowers, Malin and Westerberg, received the John D. Hamilton Award during the JCC Foundation's annual recognition event in November.

The John D. Hamilton Award, established by the JCC Foundation in 1995, recognizes individuals whose contributions exemplify those of Hamilton, a trustee emeritus of JCC.

The New York State Department of Education has approved the offering of an associate's degree in environmental science at JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The 60-credit hour degree program prepares students to comprehend, evaluate, and analyze contemporary environmental problems at the interface of nature, human institutions, and scientific study. Interdisciplinary explorations and scientific tools and technologies essential for addressing emerging environmental challenges and opportunities are featured.

JA $5,000 donation from the Johnson Foundation of Jamestown has enabled JCC to expand and improve JCC's biotechnology program through the purchase an electroporator.

Electroporation is a technique used to move DNA from cells of one organism to another and is an essential part of biotechnology.

JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus and St. Bonaventure University will offer an opportunity for students and the public to learn about financial aid during a workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on January 10 in JCC's Cutco Theater.

The Community Reads Project at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus has chosen The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan as its next reading selection.

The Community Reads Project, sponsored locally by JCC and the Olean Public Library, is part of the “one book, one community” movement that originated in Seattle.

Paperback copies of The Omnivore's Dilemma will be available for $5 in JCC's campus store beginning January 12.

The JCC Alumni Association will present Chef's Surprise: A Culinary Mystery on January 27 and 28.

The event, which is the organization's 24th original, interactive mystery, begins at 7 p.m. Admission, which includes hors d'oeuvres and refreshments served throughout the evening, is $20 per person for the general public and $18 for members of the alumni association or JCC's Faculty Student Association.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the alumni office at 716.338.1056.

Slam poet Gayle Danley will present “Slam It! Powerful Poems to Tell My Story” during the annual community-wide observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 6 p.m. on January 16 on JCC's Jamestown Campus. The program is free and open to the public.

The event, coordinated by representatives of JCC, the Jamestown YWCA, and Ebony Task Force, also includes recognition of winning entries in art, dramatic presentation, public service announcement, speech, poem, and essay contests organized by the Jamestown YWCA.

Celtic rock performed by Scythian will be featured during the opening reception for the “Material/Ethereal Constructs” exhibition on February 4 in the Weeks Gallery on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The exhibition includes works by Judith Olson Gregory and Dianne Baker. The gallery will open at 6:15 p.m. with an artists' talk beginning at 6:30. Scythian performs at 7, and is followed at 8:15 with music by Bill Ward and Amanda Barton during a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and wine and beer tasting.

Several JCC students examined the Eurozone crisis with students from the U.S. and Europe during the annual SUNY Model European Union Simulation (SUNYMEU) held at Exeter University in Great Britain in January.

A JCC Alumni Ski Day is planned at Peek ‘n Peak Resort on February 4 and 20.

The event is open to JCC alumni and their family and friends and features discounted pricing on lift tickets, rental equipment, and learn to ski packages.

To receive a voucher for the discounts, contact JCC's alumni office at 716.338.1056 or www.sunyjcc.edu/alumni.

Voucher requests must be received no later than three days before the event. Vouchers must be presented at the Peek ‘n Peak ticket window to receive the discount.

 

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