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Patricia McKinney, RN, BSN, Class of 1992, was recently named the 2014 Nurse of Distinction at WCA Hospital ! Patricia is a graduate of JCC's Nursing Program  and is the Senior Staff Nurse on WCA's 5D Inpatient Medical/Surgical Unit. She was honored with the award at a special breakfast held in celebration of National Nurses Week. Patricia, a 36-year veteran of nursing at WCA, was recognized for her clinical knowledge and skills, leadership and development attributes, and expertise and compassion as a nurse.
WCA Hospital has selected a "Nurse of Distinction" each year since 1989. It is given to an outstanding Registered Nurse who exemplifies WCA's mission and vision; displays outstanding achievement; is a role model; possesses professional standards and leadership skills; is an advocate for healthcare and the nursing profession; and is involved in his or her community. Honorees are nominated by colleagues and selected by the Nurse of Distinction Committee comprised of recipients from previous years.
Patricia began her career at WCA Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse, or LPN, in May 1978 when she accepted the position of licensed practical nurse. She was promoted to Graduate Nurse after her graduation from JCC, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Daemen College.
Tesla Nicole Grobaski, a local nature photographer and JCC alumna, will showcase her second exhibition at the Lakewood Memorial Library throughout the month of July. The exhibition will display her nature photography, which illustrates the beauty that can be found in many different areas throughout Western New York and some parts of Pennsylvania. Her aim is to get viewers to see this beauty by using different angles, depth of field, and natural light and color throughout her photographs.
In 2013, Tesla earned a degree from JCC in Individual Studies and graduated with High Honors. She's now studying visual arts and new media with a concentration in graphic design at SUNY Fredonia.
Maria V. Sena, Class of 2014, presented breast cancer chemotherapy research at the Immunology 2014 conference  held during the American Association of Immunologists  (AAI) 2014 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. The event is considered the premier global conference for immunologists.
Throughout the conference, Ms. Sena elaborated on the research she and fellow student Andrew Gerwitz conducted at JCC. Their research poster, entitled: “Meprin Alpha Mediates CCL2 Activity in Murine Bone Marrow Cells Using a Model of Breast Cancer Chemotherapy,” was one of more than 2,000 displayed at the conference.
Immunology 2014 featured cutting edge developments from scientists, including world leaders in immunology presenting their research in plenary lectures and special symposia, award lecture presentations, and major symposia. In addition, more than 700 other AAI and guest society members presented their latest findings in over 100 sessions.
During the Frewsburg High School graduation on June 27, 2014, JCC alumna Lindsay Marzec, Class of 2002, spoke to graduates and offered as advice to her students the same advice offered by Polonious to his college-bound son in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "To thine own self be true."
From her speech: "Your boldness is what sets you apart from the rest. The next step is using those attributes that set you apart to better yourself and to better the world. You all can improve the world just by being true to yourselves. I hope you will remember how important you are in deciding your own futures."
Lindsay has taught in Frewsburg since 2004, where she has served as the English department chair and advisor for the school newspaper.
To read the full article in The Post-Journal, click here !
Gail Coyle, Class of 1986, was recently honored with the 2014 Individual Community Service Award by the Southern Tier Environments for Living !
During her 15 years as a Compeer  volunteer, Gail has served as a member of the Compeer Advisory Board, is a member of the Board’s committees on Recruitment and Fundraising, and has secured a volunteer for the adult program. Year after year, Gail obtains gift baskets and donations for the Compeer Fore Youth Golf Tournament. Gail has also volunteered her time to be the craft leader for a monthly Craft Group and has made over 100 homemade table favors for the Compeer Christmas Party.
Gail earned a degree in Individual Studies from JCC. She's also a member of the JCC Alumni Association Board of Directors for the Jamestown Campus .
Brian Manning, Class of 2002, has recently joined our North County Center as its Coordinator of Computer Training. At the North County Center, Brian manages lab facilities and provides software support for students, faculty and staff. He also develops and teaches non-credit computer and technology courses.
Brian earned an A.S. degree in Computer Science from JCC and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication from American InterContinental University in 2004. He completed graduate coursework in addition to a “Mini-MBA” program, at Canisius College in 2014.
Jeff Camp, Class of 1984, was recently promoted here at JCC ! Jeff is now the Director of Hardware and Network Services in our Information Technology Department. He supervises our Help Desk and software support services.
August marks Jeff's 30th year here at JCC. He began his career here as a senior lab technician and has also served as our Senior Computer Technician, a Network Administrator, and most recently as Assistant Director of Hardware and Network Services.
Jeff is a member of the JCC Alumni Association Board of Directors, Jamestown Campus , and has served as the "technology guru" for the Alumni Association's wildly popular Mystery Theatre , which is in its 26th year.
It's only June — barely three weeks after the 2014 Commencement  ceremony — but our Class of 2014 alumni are already doing amazing things!
After a very competitive selection process, Jeany Melendez, Class of 2014, has been chosen to participate in a summer residency program at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School! Recognizing the shortage of minorities entering the field of law, the DiscoverLaw.org Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program  is designed to provide an immersive experience for underrepresented minority students and first generation college students interesting in pursuing a law career. SUNY Buffalo Law School  is hosting the program in collaboration with the Minority Bar Association of Western New York .
On behalf of the JCC Alumni Association, congratulations and best wishes for what we know is going to be a bright future!
Deb Eck, a JCC alumna and an Adjunct Instructor of Art at our Jamestown campus, will be honored on June 10 with the 2014 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in Arts and Culture! Deb is a 2001 alumna, having earned her A.S. in Fine Arts: Studio Arts at SUNY JCC's Jamestown campus.
The Jamestown YWCA presents the Women of Achievement awards to women who represent outstanding achievement in their field. Awards are presented to women who exhibit leadership skills, are a role model and mentor to other women, advocate for positive social change, give back to the community, and who demonstrate a commitment to the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
On May 16 and 17, 2014, JCC held Commencement exercises at its campuses in Cattaraugus County and Jamestown. The ceremony honored 571 spring 2014 graduates, 201 December 2013 graduates and 63 summer 2013 graduates. To watch the full Commencement ceremony, click here !
After earning her degree from JCC, Mrs. Phillips worked for 25 years as the vice president of the family-owned ACME Appliance Store. But she is best known for her life’s work as a tireless community volunteer.
Since 1999, Mrs. Phillips has served as a member of the JCC Foundation Board of Directors. She was the co-chairman of the JCC Foundation’s “Funding Excellence Campaign,” which raised nearly $12 million in support of College projects that included the new Science Center. She remains a longtime member of the JCC Alumni Association Board of Directors for the Jamestown Campus; a member of the WCA Hospital Foundation Board of Directors; a member of the WCA Hospital Auxiliary; and a member of the Jamestown Concert Association Board of Directors.
Mrs. Phillips has long been a regular volunteer for the Arts Council of Chautauqua County and the Reg Lenna Civic Center, where she served as the chairman of the House Committee for the Youth Series Educational Program. She has also been an active volunteer for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and has served on the organization’s scholarships and grants committees.
Since 1991, Mrs. Phillips has been an active member of Crèche, an all-volunteer non-profit organization devoted to providing for the basic needs of children, newborns through age 18, who reside in the greater Jamestown area. She has served on its Board of Directors and has been the chairman of its publicity, membership, hospital investigating, and community services committees.
She has also served as co-chairman of the George Bataitis Open Golf Tournament committee, which raises critical funding in support of athletics at JCC.
In 2001, Mrs. Phillips was honored for her devotion to the community when she was named Woman of the Year by the Interclub Council of Jamestown, a consortium of clubs and service organizations from Jamestown and Chautauqua County.
Muzza earned an Associate of Arts degree in Social Sciences from JCC and is currently the interim experiential learning coordinator for JCC. He is perhaps best known for his 35-year career with Jamestown Public Schools .
Muzza began his career with the school system as a work-study coordinator at Jamestown High School before becoming the Dean of Students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and, later, its assistant principal. He was the principal at C.C. Ring Elementary School for 14 years before returning to Lincoln School as its principal for eight years.
In 1999, Muzza was the recipient of the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Service to Youth Award. In 1990, he was recognized by the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council in recognition of his work in alcohol and substance abuse prevention education.
Muzza is active in the community. He currently serves as the vice president of the Babe Ruth World Series Committee; is a volunteer driver for international students attending JCC; is the treasurer for the Holy Name Society at Holy Apostles Church; and serves on the Community Planning Committee for Jamestown Public Schools.
After graduating from JCC, Muzza went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from SUNY New Paltz in 1975. He earned a Master of Science degree in Education from SUNY Fredonia in 1983 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration there in 1986.
Dr. Joshua T. Harris, Class of 1998, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award  during Commencement exercises on our Jamestown Campus on Saturday, May 17! Dr. Harris will also deliver the keynote Commencement  address.
Dr. Harris graduated from Jamestown Community College in 1998 with a degree in Social Sciences and a concentration in political science. He is currently the policy director for The Future of Privacy Forum , a Washington, DC-based think tank advancing responsible data use and consumer privacy.
As a student at JCC, Dr. Harris participated in the SUNY Model European Union and the International Negotiation Modules Project. That experience led him to a storied career in economic policy, during which he worked as an international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce.
In 2012, he received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the highest award offered by the Department, for his work in this area. Dr. Harris also represented the U.S. Department of Commerce in international groups that included the Organization of American States and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2007, he prepared briefing papers for President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Harris graduated with honors from SUNY Geneseo in May 2000, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In May 2004, he earned his juris doctor from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Also that year, he was selected to the White House’s Presidential Management Fellowship program and worked in the Trade Information Center.
Brenda Freeman Sawyer, Class of 1993, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award  during Commencement exercises on our Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean on Friday, May 16. The Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented annually, is the highest honor given by the JCC Alumni Association . The award honors those who have typified the college’s tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.
Mrs. Freeman Sawyer earned an Associate of Science degree in Math and Science and is a Physician Assistant for the Olean Medical Group. There, she works in endocrinology to treat and diagnose a variety of conditions, including thyroid disorders, hypoglycemic disorders, and other disorders of the endocrine system. Her Master’s thesis focused upon how a secretion from the heart’s ventricles, produced in response to excessive stretching of heart muscle cells, can be used to predict clinical outcome in patients who come to an emergency room with heart rhythm disorders. As a Physician Assistant, Mrs. Freeman Sawyer was instrumental in the opening of Olean General Hospital’s campus in Port Allegany.
Mrs. Freeman Sawyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science and Biology from Alfred University in May 1995 and graduated from Lock Haven University’s Physician Assistant Program in May 2009 with a Master of Health Science degree.
Joshua T. Harris, J.D., Class of 1998, will be the keynote speaker for JCC 's 2014 Commencement  exercises on May 16 and 17.
Dr. Harris, the policy director for The Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, DC-based think tank advancing responsible data use and consumer privacy, graduated from JCC with a degree in social sciences and a concentration in political science. He went on to graduate with honors from SUNY Geneseo in 2000, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2004, he earned a juris doctor degree from the George Washington University School of Law and was selected for the White House’s Presidential Management Fellowship program.
As a student at JCC, Dr. Harris participated in the SUNY Model European Union and International Negotiation Modules Project. Those experiences led him to a career in economic policy, during which he worked as an international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce developing and implementing the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Cross Border Privacy Rules System.
In 2012, he received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the highest award offered by the department, for his work. Dr. Harris also represented the U.S. Department of Commerce in international groups that included the Organization of American States and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The JCC Alumni Association, Jamestown Campus, was proud to sponsor the Best of Show Award for the Weeks Gallery's 2014 Juried Student Art & Design Exhibition! Leasen Robinson, '00, the Alumni Association Vice Chair, presented the award and a check for $100 to Brianna Caskey at the Exhibition's opening reception on April 24. Brianna's work was "Maya Likes This A Lot," an oil on canvas paper. To see a photo, click here .
The Student Art & Design Exhibition  will run through May 8, 2014 at the Weeks Gallery on the second floor of the Arts & Sciences Building, Jamestown campus.
Debra Eck earned a Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Studio Arts from JCC in 2001. And now she's coordinating "Colonize," an exhibition featuring artists from across the United Kingdom -- many of whom are coming to Jamestown to present during the exhibition!
The exhibition includes painting, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art and film. Taking part with Ms. Eck (an Essex native and longtime Jamestown artist) will be artists Kimbal Bumstead, Wendy Williams, Jean McEwan, Bruce Davies, Michael Borkowsky, Elena Thomas, David Cotton and Susanne Torstensson.
The opening Reception is Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3rd On 3rd Gallery, located at 116 East Third Street in Jamestown on the 3rd floor of The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts. The exhibition will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through April 25. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, click here .
JCC alumnus Dr. Bradley Kulig, a chiropractor, recently joined Dr. Pownall and Dr. Pope at Brookside Professional Center in Jamestown! He distinguished himself while attending the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, earning the "adjusting award," given to a student who displays mastery of chiropractic manipulation. For more information about Dr. Kulig and his practice, visit him online !
Terry Norris is now the branch manager for the newly-opened Jamestown office of Usherwood Office Technology , a company that provides local sales and service for digital copiers,, laser printers, computer networks, IT solutions, and advanced application software. As the branch manager, Norris is responsible for managing the entire sales cycle across client accounts in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Alleghany counties.
Norris earned an Associate degree in Business from JCC and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from SUNY Fredonia.
Prior to joining Usherwood, Norris worked as a sales representative for 27 years in Chautauqua County where he interacted with many of the local businesses throughout the Southern Tier. Norris volunteers as assistant coach for the Maple Grove High School wrestling team and enjoys playing softball in his spare time. Norris has a wife, Laurie, and two daughters, Ashlyn and Taylor.
The new branch opened at 1376 East Second Street in Jamestown. It includes more than 1,500 square feet of showroom space.
To read the full article as it appeared recently in the Dunkirk Observer, click here .
Megan E. Green, '11, recently became licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
To obtain this license, Megan passed the uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination, a four-part, 16-hour exam covering the areas of financial accounting and reporting, auditing and attestation, business environments, and regulation. Candidates for the CPA designation must satisfy extensive educational requirements from an accredited institution and fulfill stringent experience requirements.
Megan joined Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C.  in 2007. BWB is a full-service public accounting firm providing wide-ranging assistance in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services. Its current staff consists of over 50 professionals, paraprofessionals and support staff, including 25 CPAs. The firm serves as accountants and advisors to businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the United States while maintaining offices in Jamestown, Olean, and Orchard Park.
Megan earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from JCC in 2011. She went on to graduate from SUNY Fredonia in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, a secondary major in finance, and a minor in economics.
Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Dale N. Ransom, who graduated from JCC in 2011, completed basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas, last fall! The eight-week program included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Like other airmen, Dale earned four credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. But Dale went above and beyond and distinguished himself as an honors graduate! Dale is the son of Dale and Donna Ransom of Fredonia.
Thank you for your service, Dale — and congratulations!
We're proud to announce that a JCC alumnus was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 17, 2014! Dan Lunetta, Class of 1978, was inducted along with seven others in a ceremony at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.
A Jamestown native, Lunetta began his baseball career as a groundskeeper at College Stadium — now known as Russell Diethrick Park — in 1979 and became the general manager of the Jamestown Expos a year later. That began an administrative career in baseball that is nearing 35 years. Along the way, Lunetta has served as the director of team travel for the Montreal Expos and the Cincinnati Reds. After serving a year as the general manager for the Rochester Red Wings in 1990, Lunetta joined the Florida Marlins in 1991 and served in various positions there, including as the director of minor league administration, farm director, and director of baseball administration. Highlighting his tenure with the Marlins was their 1997 World Series win. In 2002, Lunetta became special assistant to the general manager of the Montreal Expos. Since 2004, he has been director of minor league operations for the Detroit Tigers and has helped the franchise to two World Series appearances.
Click here  to read about the induction ceremony.
Have you heard about this  absolutely ADORABLE proposal to a JCC alumna? It involved a 10-story college dorm. Congratulations to the happy couple!
We are proud to say that many of our alumni are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. We're grateful for your service and dedication to our country! The JCC Foundation  has established the Veterans Scholarship Fund. Once fully funded, the scholarship will ease the financial burden of attaining a college degree for veterans, those currently serving on active duty or on reserve status, their spouses, and their children or dependents. Donations in support of the scholarship are being accepted. To learn about how you can make a gift, call the JCC Foundation at 716.338.1010 or click here  to make a donation online!
Did you know that we've got some JCC alumni on the Jamestown City Council ? We're proud of alumni Tony Dolce (R-Ward 2), Class of '81; Maria B. Jones (D-Ward 5), Class of '98; Kim A. Ecklund, (R-At Large), Class of '87; and George S. Spitale, (D-At Large), Class of '97. They're working hard to make our community a better place to live, work, and play! Thank you for all you do!
One of the newest members of the Chautauqua County Legislature is a JCC alumna! Janet Keefe, the new District 4 legislator, holds a degree in Human Services from SUNY JCC. She was a county legislator from 1985 to 1993 and was the County Attorney between 1998 and 2005.
Dennis Webster and Terry Frank were recognized by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, gentlemen! Click here  to read more!