Three JCC faculty members were promoted with the start of the 2011-12 academic year:

Theresa Baginski and Amber Kautzman were promoted to associate professor. Sarah Kelley was promoted to assistant professor.

Ms. Kelley joined JCC's faculty in 2006 as a reading instructor on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. She earned an associate's degree at JCC, a bachelor's degree at Keuka College, and a master's degree at Mansfield University.

Ellicottville Central School won the Meeting of the Minds academic quiz bowl competition held recently at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus.

The tournament, now in its sixth year, is open to academically talented high school students from southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. A student from the winning team receives a JCC scholarship.

A pathway to small business ownership and success now passes through JCC. Both the New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have granted approval for JCC to offer a new 30-credit hour certificate in entrepreneurship.

The College Connections program at JCC hosted its annual professional development event recently for over 130 high school teachers from among 40 high schools and BOCES centers.

Rick Walters, retired Jamestown Public School teacher, JCC adjunct faculty member, and long-time College Connections instructor, delivered the keynote address during which he challenged the audience to examine the current goals and outcomes of public education.

“Milk,” the 2008 film about Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist, will be shown at 7 p.m. on December 3 in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The film showing, sponsored by JCC's Interweave (Gay-Straight Alliance) and college programming committee, is free and open to the public. The theatre is located in Hultquist Library.

JCC's music ensembles will present two distinctly different concerts during the week of December 6. The concerts, which begin at 7 p.m., are held in Scharmann Theatre.

Admission to each concert is $4, general public; $3, area students and senior citizens; and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the JCC box office, 338.1187, or at the theatre door prior to performances.

JCC's choir, concert band, vocal jazz ensemble, jazz ensemble big band, and concert band perform on December 7.

Out in the Silence, a documentary about fairness and equality in rural America, will be shown in the Student Union on JCC's Jamestown Campus on November 5.

The film is free and open to the public. A meet and greet session with Out in the Silence filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer begins at 6:30 p.m. The film begins at 7.

The documentary examines the actions of residents of Oil City, PA confronting homophobia and the limitations of religion, tradition and the status quo.

The JCC Uncommoners will hold auditions for their spring production of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, at 7:30 p.m. on November 22 and 23 in JCC's Scharmann Theatre.

Auditions are open to members of the community as well as all JCC students. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute monologue and expect to do “cold” readings from the script.

JCC and several four-year colleges and universities have signed transfer articulation agreements to ease the transfer of JCC graduates into baccalaureate programs. The new agreements include:

The current and former chairpersons of the JCC board of trustees received the John D. Hamilton Board Service Chair Award during the JCC Foundation's annual dinner on October 28.

In recognizing the recipients, JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque said, “They have often been the ones to see that the president remained steadfastly committed to and focused on the mission of the college and prodded him along or propped him up as dictated by the situation.”


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