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JCC is hoping area residents will participate in an Arbor Day Foundation campaign.

By casting a vote for JCC at www.arbordaynow.org, JCC will be in a position to win $2,500 in trees. Individuals should register as “tree planters” at the website, which is maintained by the Arbor Day Foundation. The contest ends November 5.

The JCC Uncommoners' production of The Who's Tommy will premiere at 8 p.m. on November 4 on JCC's Scharman Theatre stage.

The musical will also be performed at 8 p.m. on November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. A matinee performance will be given at 2 p.m. on November 14.

JCC's 2012-2013 budget was approved by the college's board of trustees on June 19. The new budget, which totals $33,994,003, is 2.5% larger than the college's original 2011-2012 spending plan. JCC's new fiscal year begins September 1, 2012.

“Given the continued economic uncertainty in our state, country, and throughout the world, this was yet another challenging budget to build,” said JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque. “The approved budget includes a state aid amount of $2,272 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student.

A festival featuring Native American themes and performances by renowned Native Americans Gary Farmer and Kevin Locke will be featured during JCC's Native American Film Festival in March.

The festival, which features events on March 10 and 11 in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus and on March 18 at the Fredonia Opera House, is sponsored by JCC's Faculty Student Association and College Program Committee.

Additional information on the festival can be obtained by calling Shannon Bessette, 716.338.1223.

JCC has received what President Gregory T. DeCinque described as "an outstanding report" including numerous commendations from the commission charged with overseeing the quality of its instructional programs and operation.

"Educational accreditation is a quality assurance process by which colleges and universities are evaluated every ten years by an external body to determine if specified standards are being met," Dr. DeCinque explained. JCC's accrediting body is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

JCC, with help from CashCourse®, an online resource from the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE), is taking a proactive approach to improving its students' financial well-being.

More than 550 colleges and universities across the U.S. are using CashCourse, a free, unbiased, and noncommercial financial education solution for students and recent graduates.

For the 12th straight year, JCC will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 3 men's golf championship at Chautauqua Golf Club June 6-10.

Practice rounds will be held on Monday with competition rounds scheduled Tuesday through Friday. Tee times are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. Team and individual score sheets will be posted. Several of the competitors are All-American and region medalists.

Tickets are available for JCC's March 29 bowling fundraiser to benefit a week of student community service.

Fountain Bowl in Jamestown is partnering with JCC to offer a special bowling rate from 5-10 p.m. on March 29. For $15, bowlers will get two games, shoe rental, and food specials. Proceeds will benefit JCC's Alternative Spring Break program. For tickets, contact Jessica Kubiak or Kim Irland at 716.338.1000.

JCC ranked third in a list of workforce development programs published in a recent issue of Buffalo Business First.

The annual ranking, based on the number of programs offered by area colleges and universities and the number of participants in those programs, listed 21 western New York institutions.

A total of 5,337 individuals from 71 regional public and private organizations in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania participated in 398 contract training programs offered by JCC's Center for Continuing Education during the 2009-10 academic year.

Native American actor Gary Farmer, who participated in JCC's Native American Film Festival in March, will conduct a playwriting and theatre seminar at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. June 6-10.

The seminar, open to anyone 16 years of age or older, will help participants to write and act in a short play, and will offer instruction in improvisation and acting techniques. Sessions meet from 6-9 p.m. at Infinity, 115 E. Third St., Jamestown.

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