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The founders of the 5 Gyres Institute, an organization established to reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans, will present “The Perils of Plastic: Notes From the Ocean” at 7 p.m. on April 16 and noon on April 17 in Scharmann Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Admission is free. The program is sponsored by JCC's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics division as part of its Celebration of Science series. For more information, call 716.338.1315.

Seven area high school students competed in a College Connections student speech contest at JCC's Jamestown Campus in early May.

 

The community is invited to join the Do One Thing campaign to raise awareness about environmental sustainability.

 

Pledges of action – from recycling to starting a garden to riding a bike rather than driving a car – have been posted by JCC students and staff and several community members. Tom Meara, JCC's sustainability program coordinator, hopes at least 1000 pledges will be posted by Earth Week, which begins April 22.

A four-part “Endangered Earth” film series, sponsored by JCC's office of sustainability, begins April 9. Free and open to the public, the films are shown at 7 p.m. in the Carnahan Center Theatre. A guided discussion is conducted at the conclusion of each film.

The series is held in conjunction with JCC's college program committee and Earth Awareness Club. For additional information, contact the JCC's office of sustainability, 716.338.1194.

Early auditions will be held on June 17 and 18 for JCC's production of Anything Goes, which will be performed in the fall. The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to students and community members. People trying out should memorize a song to sing and bring the sheet music and should also wear comfortable clothing for learning a dance routine.

The musical will be directed by Robert Schlick with technical direction by Steven Gustafson. Rehearsals begin in September and performances are set for selected dates in November.

A total of 177 students were awarded degrees or certificates from JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in December 2012. Highest honors represents a 4.0 grade point average, high honors a 3.50-3.99 GPA, and honors a 3.25-3.49 GPA. Graduates include:

 

Students named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses earned at least a 3.50 average, equal to a B plus or better, in 12 or more semester hours of study. They include:

JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque is among the State University of New York's (SUNY) community college presidents encouraging state legislators to amend the 2013-14 budget proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last month which would keep state aid to community colleges flat. JCC administrators and students will be communicating with members of the state's Assembly and Senate to share this message.

“Base aid is the key concern,” said Dr. DeCinque. “Adequate support is essential to the well-being of the state and SUNY and, most importantly, to the students we serve.”

A virtual tour of JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus is now available. The video, which runs just over three minutes, was produced by Vincent A. Gerace, a 2012 graduate of JCC's media arts program, who is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in film at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL.

 

The video walks visitors through the Cattaraugus County Campus facilities as well as the JCC Physical Education Center which is shared with the Olean Family YMCA.

 

Nominations are due March 1 for the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award offered by the alumni associations at JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses.

 

The award, an annual form of recognition on behalf of each association, recognizes JCC alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in service to their communities.

 

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