Scholarships and awards were presented during JCC's annual awards ceremonies on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. Recipients included:
Scholarships and awards were presented during JCC's annual awards ceremonies on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. Recipients included:
JCC is collaborating with area organizations to provide archaeological experiences for students this summer.
One- and two-credit hour internships are available through Archaeology at the Fenton History Center, which begins May 20 and concludes August 15. Under the direction of a team from the University of Buffalo, students will perform historical archaeology. Written records and documents, in conjunction with archaeology on the site, will be used to reconstruct a more complete history of that part of Jamestown. Hours for the internship are flexible.
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.
Anything Goes, a favorite on Broadway, features music and lyrics by Cole Porter including “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Blow Gabriel, Blow,” “All Through the Night,” and “Anything Goes.”
Seven area high school students competed in a College Connections student speech contest at JCC’s Jamestown Campus in early May.
Finalists were chosen from among students at nine schools offering JCC’s public speaking course. First and second place winners of local contests at each school were invited to participate in the finals. Finalists included: Tori Curtis and Weston Young, Falconer High School; Erin Domagola and Madeleine Rhodes, Southwestern High School; Sarah Gibson and Abigail Johnson, Jamestown High School; and Haley Porterfield, Allegany-Limestone High School.
Contestants were judged in 10 categories assessing both speech delivery and speech content. Abigail Johnson took first place and received $250, while Weston Young placed second and received $50.
“Green. Gold. Proud.”
Those were the words resounding at JCC with the unveiling of a new identity system for the college at end-of-the-year student celebrations held at the Jamestown Campus and the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean May 8.
The system includes a new college logo as well as new logos for the college's athletic teams - the Jamestown Campus Jayhawks and the Cattaraugus County Campus Jaguars.
“This is an historic occasion as JCC introduces a new college identity system - a system designed to update the college's image and to unify the college across its four physical locations as well as its fifth location - cyberspace,” said JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque.
JCC's annual Scholars Day was held on May 1 to celebrate academic research and creative activity among faculty and students.
The event featured poster displays and a tabletop presentation. Entries representing honors program coursework, capstone courses, field placements and internships, research, and experiential learning were considered for inclusion in the event. Academic divisions featured at the program were arts and humanities, health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology and engineering.
Participants spoke about the dynamics and impact of their research. Besides JCC students, faculty, and staff, 30 students who are in enrolled in JCC’s College Connections program at Dunkirk High School attended the program.
The JCC Cattaraugus County Campus program committee will host Diversity Weekend May 10 and 11. Events will be held in JCC’s Cutco Theater in Olean and are free and open to the public.
Nigel “Nodi” Ipp, author, life coach, and founder of Ethical Solutions, will present “Lessons on Diversity under Apartheid: Survival and Safety in South Africa” from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 10. Raised in South Africa, Ipp will speak about the struggles that he and his peers had in creating a moral framework under a government that legalized and brutally enforced differences.
On May 11, the Academy Award winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man will be shown at 12:30 p.m. A true story, the film follows two South African fans of American rock icon Sixto Rodriguez and their quest to find him, or the truth about him, after he disappeared into obscurity.
High school juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend College 101 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on May 9 at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean and from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 15 on the Jamestown Campus.
The Cattaraugus County Campus program, which will be held in Cutco Theater, begins with a session that encourages parents and students to work together when exploring college options. Another session is designed to help students examine career directions. “How Can We Afford College?,” designed for parents, and “Survivor: College Edition,” for students, are also featured.
JCC's choir, concert band, vocal jazz ensemble, and jazz ensemble will showcase a variety of music styles during a combined performance on May 7. The JCC rock ensembles perform on May 9. Both concerts will be performed in JCC’s 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 online.
The May 7 concert features the college choir, directed by Brian A. Bogey. Selections include “Hallelujah” from “Mount of Olives,” “In These Delightful Pleasant Groves,” “Order My Steps,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin, “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” and a choral selection from “Carousel.”
Students from JCC and other American and European colleges participated in a simulated European council summit during the annual SUNY Model European Union Simulation (SUNYMEU) in New York City earlier this month. The simulation is sponsored by the SUNY Institute for European Union Studies and Simulations (IEUSS) and the SUNY Center for Global Affairs.
Participants examined terrorist threats against the EU, youth unemployment issues within the EU, and humanitarian intervention and refugee support for Syria.
Christopher Nowinski will be on hand to discuss “Head Games,” a documentary on concussion-related injuries, at JCC’s Jamestown Campus on May 31. The event, free and open to the public, begins with a reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Scharmann Theatre lobby, followed by the film screening at 8.
Inspired by events from his book Head Games, Nowinski, a former Ivy League football star and WWE wrestler, interviewed Bob Costas of NBC Sports, NHL all-star Keith Primeau, Olympic women’s soccer gold medalist Cindy Parlow Cone, and others on the dangers of head concussions, prompting viewers to ask themselves, “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?”
JCC will offer its English Language Immersion Program for non-English speakers July 22-August 9 at the Jamestown Campus.
The program features intensive training in English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation as well as listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for individuals planning to study or work in the area. Tuition and fees for the non-credit program is $2700, which includes materials, on-campus housing, ground transportation, and some meals. The program cost for those who have other housing arrangements is $1700. The registration deadline is June 30.
The program is designed to improve English language skills for individuals entering a U.S. college, community members whose first language is not English, and for local employees or their family members who located into the area from another country.
JCC’s Weeks Gallery will host an opening reception for the annual student art exhibition at 6 p.m. on April 25. The reception is free and open to the public.
The exhibition features works from all JCC campuses and includes painting, drawing and prints, photography, 2D and 3D works, ceramics, and new media. Artistic excellence and gallery awards will be presented during an awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Peter Tucker, assistant professor of art at the State University of New York at Fredonia, earned bachelor’s degrees at Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas and a master’s degree at the Massachusetts College of Art. He taught previously at the University of Texas and at St. Edward's University. His work has been shown in galleries across the country and is in the permanent collections of the Blanton Museum of Art and the Library of Congress.
JCC had the largest delegation at the first Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) conference held at Montgomery Community College in Bethesda, MD in mid-March.
Finger Lakes Community College, JCC, and two other community colleges are founding members of CCURI, whose goal is assisting community colleges nationwide in the development of undergraduate research programs.
Fourteen students in JCC’s biotechnology program attended the conference and were joined by colleagues from other community colleges which have received National Science Foundation funding for undergraduate research programs. Two years ago, the NSF awarded JCC and several other community colleges $3.4 million to support biotechnology undergraduate research opportunities for students.
Homestays are sought for students who will visit the region in late July and early August as part of Jamestown Community College’s international outreach programs. Area families or individuals who have an interest in hosting an international student are encouraged to contact Victoria Peterson, JCC's international outreach coordinator, at 716.338.1291 or email@example.com.
The students will participate in English classes and other activities during the day but will have the ability to immerse themselves in American culture and continue to practice English during the evenings with their hosts.
Among the students will be a group whose members range in age from 18 to 22 and are enrolled at Showa University, a renowned medical school in Tokyo, Japan. They will participate in English as a Second Language instruction and experience Chautauqua County and western New York culture during their visit from July 26 to August 6.
The George Bataitis Open Golf Tournament will be held at Chautauqua Golf Club on May 11. A fundraiser for JCC athletics scholarships, the GBO celebrates its 24th anniversary this year. Jamestown Macadam, Inc. is the major sponsor for the tournament.
The four-player scramble format tournament will award prizes in scratch and handicap in the men’s and women’s divisions as well as closest to the pin, men's longest drive, women's straightest drive, team skins, and hit the green contests. The $80 entry fee includes greens fees, golf cart, gift pack, course refreshments, and lunch. A continental breakfast precedes the 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
An information session will be held on April 13 for Spanish in Guatemala: Explore and Volunteer, a four-credit course that JCC is offering June 30 through July 14. The session begins at 2 p.m. in room 224 of the Arts and Sciences Center. For more information, call Theresa Baginski, JCC’s associate professor of Spanish, at 716.338.1159.
Spanish in Guatemala provides participants the opportunity to receive instruction in Spanish and perform career-related volunteer work in Antigua. One-on-one Spanish instruction with a native Guatemalan instructor will be provided. Students will explore the social, historical, and cultural history of Guatemala while living with a Guatemalan family and volunteering for a local organization. Tours of Antigua, the Mayan Market of Chichicastenango, the Mayan ruins in Tikal, and the Pacaya volcano will be conducted.
JCC is encouraging students to gain “real world” experiences by including internships in their summer plans.
“Among the promises we make to our students is connecting them to their goals,” said Marilyn A. Zagora, vice president/dean of academic affairs. “Internships provide direct connections to career fields and complement classroom learning in ways that will be incredibly valuable in an increasingly competitive job market. “Among the most compelling reasons to complete an internship is to test your interests and skills in a particular career area,” Dr. Zagora said, “but that isn’t the only reason. You will also be strengthening your college transcript and your resume and creating professional contacts and references that can pay off in the future.”
JCC students Brittany A. Brace and Danelle R. Turney are among 243 SUNY students honored recently with the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for their academic achievement, leadership, and community service.
“By exhibiting excellence in class, on campus, and in their local communities, these students truly represent the power of SUNY and we honor them with great pride,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
JCC’s music students and faculty will present recitals in Scharmann Theatre on the Jamestown Campus during April. The programs, free and open to the public, are presented by JCC’s arts, humanities, and health services division and FSA.
The JCC faculty recital, which begins at 2 p.m. on April 14, features Brian A. Bogey as the accompanist. The program opens with performances of “Sonntag,” “She never Told Her Love,” “Try to Remember,” and “All of Me” by Ralph Rasmusson, tenor saxophone; Bill Eckstrom, guitar; Carol Svensen, piano; Spencer Drake, bass; Basil Gedz, drums; and Michael F. Kelly, baritone.
Curt Barnes, on clarinet, and Ms. Svensen, piano and vocals, will perform “Strange Meadowlark” and “I Get A Kick Out of You,” followed by a presentation of “Springtime” by Richard Lundquist on euphonium and “Concerto for Clarinet” by Rasmusson.
Through a major gift to the JCC Foundation, John E. Anderson has established the John and Judy Anderson Unified Student Assistance Scholarship Endowment at JCC.
“The fund allows me to honor the memory of my late wife, Judy, in a way that will benefit deserving students at JCC for many years to come,” said Anderson.
“John has been a friend of JCC and the entire community throughout his life,” said JCC Foundation board president Kevin Brombacher. “His scholarship fund will help provide an affordable college education at JCC to eligible USA scholars from throughout the local area.”
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.
The Ken Crane Sextet will be joined by the Razz and Friends Big Band during JazzFest at JCC’s Jamestown Campus on April 12. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. performance in Scharmann Theatre is $5, general public, $3, area students and senior citizens, and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased through JCC’s box office, 338.1187, or online.
The performance is sponsored by the college program committee of JCC’s FSA and the arts, humanities, and health sciences division.
Online courses in several academic disciplines will be taught through JCC and the SUNY Learning Network this summer. Course listings, which include starting dates, can be accessed at www.sunyjcc.edu through the JCC's summer 2013 master schedule.
Courses include: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Health Science, Nutrition, College Keyboarding, Marketing, Principles of Management, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Computer Science, Microcomputer Applications I, English Composition I, English Composition II, Writing About Literature, Introductory French I, Electronic Library Resources, Problem Solving With Mathematics, Elementary Statistics, Calculus/Analytic Geometry II, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology for Nurses, Principles of Fitness and Wellness, General Psychology, Abnormal Behavior, and Russian Civilization & Culture, and Marriage & Family.
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.
Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins formed the 5 Gyres Institute to conduct research and communicate the global impact of plastic pollution, particularly in the five subtropical oceanographic gyres – the Indian, North and South Atlantic, and North and South Pacific oceans. The 5 Gyres and its partners, Pangaea Explorations and Algalita Marine Research Foundation, organize research expeditions to assess plastic pollution.