Gregory Fish, who served as executive director of Jamestown Community College's Faculty Student Association, retired recently.
During his tenure at JCC, which began in 1980, Fish served a variety of roles in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). He was the Region III men's regional director from 1997 to 2008, was the national committee chairman for the men's ice hockey, golf, basketball, and swimming and diving committees, and was a member of the national budget/finance and executive committees as well as the men's bowling, baseball, and soccer committees. Fish also served as the NJCAA Division 3 men's baseball tournament director and the NJCAA Division 3 men's golf national championships director.
A graduate of JCC and the State University of New York at Oswego, Fish also oversaw JCC's athletics program for several years.
Congratulations on your retirement, Greg!
John Stahley, Class of 1986, has been appointed to the JCC Board of Trustees by the Cattaraugus County Legislature. His term will expire in 2021.
He is the general manager of Dresser-Rand 's Olean operations, a position to which he was named after serving as the company’s director of operations. Since joining Dresser-Rand in 1990, he has held progressively more responsible positions in engineering, project management, and manufacturing. John also served as manager of Turbo Products for Dresser-Rand's Shanghai Compressor Co. in Shanghai, China between 1996 and 1998.
John earned an associate's degree in engineering science  from JCC and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He later earned an MBA at St. Bonaventure University. He is deeply involved in the community. He serves on the boards of directors for the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, the Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Dream It Do It Cattaraugus County, and the Olean Area Executive Alliance. He is also a member of the Northwest Quadrant Revitalization Plan steering committee in Olean. Stahley also served on JCC’s presidential transition team. A certified project management professional, he is the author of several technical papers and the Dry Gas Seals Handbook.
Jeanette Seawright, Class of 2004, has marked her 25th year working for Vector Marketing Corp. Jeanette joined the company in 1990 as a mail room attendant and data processing operator. Over the years, she has earned promotions to data processing operator and senior data processing representative. She assumed her current responsibilities in 2013.
Jeanette earned a degree in business administration from JCC and distinguished herself by earning membership to Phi Theta Kappa.
Community colleges meet their students where they are and provide them with a wide array of resources they need to succeed -- something alumna Jennifer Morgan-Burt, Class of 2011, knows first-hand.
Jennifer overcame long odds to progress to her career in social work. She dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and earned her GED when she was 20 and pregnant. Twelve years later, at 32, Jennifer came to JCC and excelled in our developmental studies program. She graduated with high honors and distinguished herself by earning induction to Phi Theta Kappa. She then went on to earn a degree from Empire State College with high honors. In the workforce, Jennifer found her calling as a homeless intervention specialist at Cattaraugus Community Action and then became a program manager for a single room occupancy facility. She went on to pursue a Master's in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Jennifer was featured in a report by the New York Community College Association of Pesidents, the City University of New York, and the State University of New York, entitled "New York's Community Colleges: Springboard to Success ."
The report says community colleges like JCC are the driving force behind strengthening the economic power & educational readiness of New York State. This provides a significant return on investment, not only to students, but also to taxpayers, employers & local communities. The report details how community colleges collectively added $809 billion in income to the US economy. In New York, SUNY and CUNY community colleges serve among the largest populations of public higher education, with nearly 240,000 students enrolled at the 30 SUNY community colleges, in addition to more than 98,000 students at seven CUNY institutions.
To read more, click the report cover below!
Troy Bouckhuyt, Class of 2004
Troy Bouckhuyt, Class of 2004, was recently featured in a series on local students who have received support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Troy, who graduated from Southwestern Central High School and earned a degree in criminal justice from JCC, graduated from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy and is now a deputy sheriff with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. In 2008, he attended the FBI's Hazardous Devices School in Alabama and received his bomb technician certification, becoming one of approximately 2,900 bomb technicians in America. As a member of the Chautauqua County Bomb Squad and SWAT Team, Troy and his unit are responsible for responding to calls involving IEDs, suspicious materials, and explosive substances in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. This is in addition to their primary roles as patrolmen and investigators.
In addition to relevant coursework, students at the Sheriff's Academy also participate in hands-on field training in which they have the opportunity to ride along with current members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Here, Troy is shown working with a bomb-diffusing robot during a robotics training event with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
To read a full feature article on Troy, click here .
Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist, Class of 1960, has announced that work on her third book is under way, with hopes to publish in 2015. The book will feature the history of Brooklyn Square and will be titled, "Remembering Brooklyn Square: The 1930s to the 1960s."
Joan is the author and editor of two books on local history, "The Lost Neighborhood Collection," published in 2010, and "Brooklyn Square, the Lost Neighborhood, and Beyond," published in 2013. These books are available at the Fenton History Center on Washington Street in Jamestown and Off the Beaten Path, a bookstore on Chautauqua Avenue in Lakewood. The books are also available via direct mail order by contacting Joan via email (scandit[at]att.net).
Joan graduated from Jamestown High School in 1958 and graduated in 1960 from JCC with high honors. She went on to Harpur College in Binghamton, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in British Literature in 1962. She returned to Jamestown and taught in the English department at Jamestown High School from 1962 to 1964. During the Spring 1964 semester, she taught a class in freshman composition and literature at JCC in the evening division.
In a letter to the Alumni Relations Office, Joan writes, "This publishing venture has been an interesting enterprise for me in my retirement from college teaching."
Bryan Hodgson, Class of 2007
Bryan Hodgson, Class of 2007, has been named an assistant coach of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team.
Recruiting will be a central focus of his role for the team. He arrives at UB after spending the last two years coaching at Midland College in Texas, where he helped lead the team to a six-win turnaround during the 2014-15 season. While there, he assisted in managing all aspects of the recruitment for Midland and conducted individual skill development workouts and in-season team practice sessions. In addition to Midland College, Hodgson has also coached at JCC and SUNY Fredonia. He formed the I-90 Elite, an AAU team featuring kids from Western New York and Erie, Pennsylvania.
Hodgson, a Jamestown native, earned a degree in social sciences from JCC.
To read the full profile in The Post-Journal, click here .
Sierra Rose, Class of 2014, has been named a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence ! Sierra was one of 256 students honored with the award, which recognizes students for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.
Sierra graduated with high honors in December 2014 from our Cattaraugus County Campus with an associate's degree in criminal justice . During her tenure at JCC, Sierra was named to the 2015 Phe Theta Kappa All-New York second team. She was co-president of JCC's Phi Theta Kapp chapter  and served as a peer mentor and student tutor. She transferred to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford , where she plans to pursue a career as a New York State trooper.
Denise Jones was named executive director at The Resource Center in March 2015, succeeding Paul Cesana, who retired that month after 27 years in the position. An employee of The Resource Center since 1990, Denise, who is a certified public accountant, joined TRC as its first internal auditor. She worked in that capacity until 1997, when she was named finance director. In 2004, she was named chief financial officer and assistant executive director for administrative services.
In 2007, Denise was named associate executive director and chief operating officer. In that role, she was responsible for providing executive leadership and support to all components of agency operations; providing executive-level guidance and support to all departments; helping to guide the delveopment and execution of strategic plans and outcomes management; supporting the coordination of interdepartmental policies, procedures, and operational activities; and assisting in ensuring the financial stability and growth of The Resource Center through the development and oversight of business planning, long-term financial plans, and service and financial oversight of support and service departments.
As executive director, Denise will helm an organization that is now Chautauqua County's second-largest employer, with more than 1,700 employees serving more than 17,000 individuals. The organization's annual operating budget is nearly $100 million.
Denise earned an Associate of Science in business administration from JCC and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting from Binghamton University. She later earned a Master of Science in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College.
The Resource Center has supported people with disabilities and their families since 1958. For more information, visit them online .
Jamestown Community College and the JCC Alumni Association have announced that 11 alumni of the college's nursing program  have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award .
The award honors those who have typified the JCC tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through professional achievement and by exemplifying the qualities of an ideal nurse. Recipients are nominated by their co-workers and may have graduated from either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County campuses.
“For more than 50 years, the nursing program at JCC has consistently produced some of the best nursing professionals in Western New York,” said Dawn Columbare, D.N.P., the Director of Nursing at JCC. “Some of our graduates go on to earn higher degrees. Our graduates work close to home in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctor’s offices, clinics, and home care agencies. No matter their path, our nursing graduates bring credit to this institution with their professionalism and devotion to excellence in patient care throughout Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.”
This year’s recipients of the Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award were:
Since its inception in 2002, the Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award has been presented to 130 outstanding nursing alumni. For a complete list of award recipients and more information, click here .