Student Senate

Student government at JCC

If you’re interested in initiating change and representing students on campus, join Student Senate at Jamestown Community College.

Student Senate is the officially recognized student governing body of Jamestown Community College. Student Senate represents the student body and the community, and has a direct voice in all student affairs and many college activities.

Student Senate operates on budgets allocated by the Faculty Student Association. Senate charters clubs and organizations and allocates funds. Senate also serves as an advisory board to the president of JCC, bringing attention to student concerns and making recommendations so that we continue to meet our commitment to students.

Senate meetings

  • Jamestown Campus: Fridays, noon - 2 p.m. in COCE 55
  • Cattaraugus County Campus: Mondays, noon-1 p.m. in COLL 220

Student leaders

Jamestown Campus and North County Center
Senator Introduction

Veronica Benini, Freshman Representative

Hometown: Castel di Casio,Bologna, Italy
Major: Business Administration

At JCC I really like how small the campus is and the fact that you know everybody; when the professors know your name and who you are, your possibility to be a successful student is almost guaranteed. I like being able to ask for help knowing that the professor will be willing to assist me and that they would be happy to do it.

I was the student president for my class back in Italy and I honestly loved it, and I really enjoyed having real talks with teachers and the principal about students and their problems. I would like to do it again but bigger this time, being part of the Student Senate. My advice for students is to always look at the positive side of things, and never let anyone drag you down.

Cassondra Doubek, Sophomore Representative


Suleyman Eminov, Freshman Representative


Yuliya Gluhova, Freshman Representative

Hometown: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Major: Social Sciences (Liberal Arts & Sciences)

In JCC I like the small size classes and atmosphere that feels like a home away from home. Currently I am organizing evening activities for Nagasaki students from Japan that came to JCC for three weeks to experience American culture. I'm also involved in internships, being a lab assistant, Model UN Club, and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

I decided to run for Student Senate because I want to be a student voice that will be heard! My advice for students is learn to manage your time! Believe in yourself and you will be able to achieve the unachievable!

Andrew Hutchison, Sophomore Representative

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Hometown: Little Valley, NY
Major: Business Administration

I like the connectivity of JCC. I'm involved in BSU and Student Senate, and I'm the FSA executive board vice chairman and finance committee member. I'm looking forward to getting to know new people and taking new classes.

I decided to run for Student Senate so I could change something. My advice for students is don't quit!

Bagul Mammedova, Freshman Representative

Hometown: Yoloten, Turkmenistan
Major: Global Studies

At JCC, I like how I am treated here. Whenever I need help, in the library, classes, or in the hall, there are always people to help me. Even when I was too shy to ask things, there were people who noticed that I needed help and reached out to help, which reminds me that I am not alone.

I decided to run for Student Senate because I want to make a contribution to JCC in helping students getting involved in campus life, to make students' time unique here, and help them carry memorable moments even after they graduate. Being involved is part of my major, which will be an integral part of me wherever I am. This is what makes me happy. Always step forward and never be satisfied with yourself. Dissatisfaction leads to new challenges, new experiences, and of course to new improvements!

Dan Mattock, Sophomore Representative

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Hometown: Perth, Western Australia
Major: Business Administration

What I like most about JCC is the sense of community on campus. There are so many people with so many backgrounds and experiences but we all come together to form one community. I did not have the opportunity to experience such a college community back in Australia, so I appreciate it very much. I am involved with the Honors program, men's soccer team, and PTK Honor Society. I'm also a representative on the FSA executive board, tutor in the learning center, and student ambassador. I'm excited for the warmer weather, new classes, and the chance to change things for the better.

I decided to run for Student Senate because I was a freshman rep in the 2018-19 year and wanted to return as a sophomore to make more of an impact. I served as the treasurer during my term, so I have previous experience holding an executive board position. My advice for students is that one of the most important skills in college is time management - learn that before anything else.

Ines Missaoui, Sophomore Representative

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Hometown: Monastir, Tunisia
Major: Computer Science

I like that JCC is getting more diverse, and you will meet students from different parts of the world. Everyone at JCC will make you feel like you are in a family and always welcomed, and you can find help when needed. I am a student ambassador, president of Event Club, member of campus activities board, member of the Faculty Student Association, and member of the Student Affairs Committee. I'm excited to welcome new students and show them all the opportunities that they can take. It is so exciting for the new international students coming to JCC, and I am so happy to be part of their experiences and mentor them.

I decided to run for Student Senate to serve other students and help make their experience at JCC better. Student Senate gives the chance to the senators to make a change, and one of my goals is to improve and change what's needed. Student Senate also offers an opportunity to network and build relationships, which I am looking forward to. My advice for students is that life is about creating yourself and taking advantage of all the opportunities around you. Never think you are not good enough, always try.

Hannah Nichols, North County Representative

Hometown: Brocton, New York
Major: Nutrition (Math & Science)

What I like most about JCC is it feels like a close family. Everyone is very friendly, and extremely helpful. I felt welcomed right away by the students and the staff!

I am interested in Student Senate because I want to make everyone feel welcomed, have a positive impact on others, as well as resolve any issues students may have. My piece of advice for students is to not be afraid to ask for help, everyone here is wanting you to succeed more than anything and help you get the best learning experience possible!

Benjamin Peterson, Sophomore Representative


Heath Reed, Student Trustee

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Hometown: Sherman, NY
Major: Business Administration

At JCC, I like the small classes and personal relationships you can have with professors. I love how personable everyone is! I'm excited about completing my second year of college and getting one step closer to my dream job. I am very thankful for all the people that I have met, and friendships I will keep for life.

I decided to run for Student Senate because I would like to be more involved with JCC. I would like to make everyone's experience at JCC the best it can possibly be! My advice for students is that hard work pays off! Respect all!

Lenny Stingel, Freshman Representative

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Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Engineering Science

What I like most about JCC is being in an environment that fosters both growth of friendship and knowledge. I am the president of TEN (engineering club) and the public relations representative for PTK Honor Society. I am excited for the challenges that will be presented to myself and the events that are held at JCC.

I decided to run for Student Senate to provide positive change within JCC and rectify problems that the student body might face. One piece of advice I have for students is to embrace the challenges and look at them as a chance to grow. Success is contagious and it only increases with the more challenges you present yourself with.

Harry Ward, Freshman Representative

Hometown: Gooseberry Hill, WA
Major: Math & Science

What I like most about JCC is the community. Sophomore senator Dan Mattock encouraged me to run for Senate and get involved. My advice for students is to show up! You're not going to learn anything if you don't even bother to show up.

HongWei Zhang, Freshman Representative

Hometown: FuZhou, China

I love that people are so nice at JCC, and there are multiple activities every week, to make campus life more abundant. I decided to run for Student Senate because I would feel happy that I can make campus life more fun and be more meaningful for everybody. My Provide advice for students is do not let challenges beat you. You must live your life as brilliantly as possible, because we only live once.

Cattaraugus County Campus
  • Melody Clune, president
  • Jadyn Golden, vice president
  • Wyatt McCann, secretary
  • Grace Pierce, treasurer
  • Wayne Hulin
  • Dominic Wilcox

Get involved

Be a senator

The Student Senate is elected through general student elections following petition on the Jamestown Campus, and by petition on the Cattaraugus Campus. Student Senate meets regularly throughout the entire school year.


Be a student trustee

About the position

The student trustee is one of 15 voting members on the Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is charged with upholding the mission of the college. The student trustee's primary responsibility is to act in the interest of the college by being especially mindful of student interests and to share those interests with the board.

The student trustee is expected to attend monthly Board of Trustees meetings, may be appointed to sub-committees formed by the board, and regularly gives a brief oral report to the board on issues related to Student Senate, student life, and campus events. Additionally, the student trustee is a non-voting member of the Student Senate and is expected to attend weekly Student Senate meetings during activity hour on Fridays.

Elections and eligibility

The student trustee is elected each spring during a general election held at all sites, and full-time students shall be allowed to serve a maximum of two academic years. Students eligible to run for student trustee must:

  • be a full-time student at Jamestown Community College,
  • be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 as of the most recent semester, and
  • have completed 24 credit hours (sophomore status) at time of induction (June).
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Contact Student Senate

Jamestown Campus
(Hamilton Collegiate Center)

Cattaraugus County Campus
(College Center)