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Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named JCC to its Military Friendly Schools® list for the second consecutive year.

The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to ensure the success of American military service members, veterans, and spouses as students.

The cast of Legally Blonde: The Musical, the fall production of the JCC Uncommoners, will include JCC students Carl Brewer of Cassadaga, Amanda Wickmark of Fredonia, and Kari Ames, Hillary Belin, Amanda Campbell, Jennie Cross, Caitlin Cusimano, Breontai Gates, Karimah Rahman, Brian Swartzwelder, Thomas Tracy, and Eva VanRusso of Jamestown, and former JCC students: Caitlin Clark, Michael Correy, Michael Giambelluca, Daman Holland, Matt Warren, Teal Weatherley, and Remington Whitcomb.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded JCC nearly $900,000 over the next three years to support biotechnology training for high school teachers and JCC students through HURI SURI, a collaborative program to provide undergraduate research opportunities for JCC and area high school students.

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.

JCC and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania have formalized a transfer articulation agreement regarding Edinboro's nursing degree program.

JCC students who graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree in nursing, are licensed as registered nurses, and who meet program prerequisites will be accepted into Edinboro's nursing bachelor's degree program with advanced standing. 

George Carlo, performance coach for the Detroit Tigers, will present “Secrets of Champions” during a men's health night program at JCC's Jamestown Campus from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on November 12.

The program, sponsored by JCC's campus health center, will be held in the Physical Education Complex and is open to male students as well as men from the community.

Fifty-nine students were awarded degrees or certificates from JCC in August 2012. One student earned highest honors (4.0 grade point average), nine students earned high honors (3.50 to 3.99 GPA), and nine earned honors (3.25 to 3.49 GPA).

Three special honors will be presented during the JCC Foundation's annual recognition event on October 25.

Patricia Phillips, a member of the JCC Foundation board of directors since 1999, will receive the John D. Hamilton Award. The Community Partner Award will be given to JCC's regional sponsors which include the city of Jamestown, Cattaraugus County, and Chautauqua County. Paul Benke, who served as JCC's president from 1981 to 1991, will be honored as president emeritus during the event.

JCC and the Chautauqua County Counselors Association will host the 36th annual College & Career Night on October 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The program offers high school students, their parents, and community members the opportunity to gather information about educational institutions and career possibilities. Representatives from nearly 60 colleges and 80 career areas are expected to attend the event.

Admission is free. For additional information about College & Career Night, call JCC, 338.1001.

The JCC Foundation presented the John D. Hamilton Award and Community Partner Award during its annual recognition event in October.

John D. Hamilton Award
Patricia M. Phillips, a member of the JCC Foundation board of directors, was honored with the 2012 John D. Hamilton Award. The award was established by the foundation in 1995 to recognize individuals whose contributions exemplify those of Mr. Hamilton, a trustee emeritus of JCC.

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