Jessica Goodell, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and author of Shade It Black, will deliver the 2016 commencement address at Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus on May 20 and at the Jamestown Campus on May 21.

The Cattaraugus County Campus ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center on Wayne St. in Olean. The commencement program in Jamestown begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

The JCC Alumni Association honored several “Alumni Nurses of Distinction” recently.

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.

Students from Brocton, Frewsburg, Jamestown, Pine Valley, Sherman, and Warren County Christian School participated in the Amazing Science Challenge at JCC’s Jamestown Campus recently.

The program, held on two different days to incorporate special events at JCC, was open to students in grades 9-12. Students competed in team-based activities involving biotechnology, forensic biology, and environmental science.

JCC’s experiential learning program held its fifth annual Scholars Day recently to celebrate academic research and creative activity among faculty and students.

The event featured poster displays and presentations. Entries representing honors program coursework, capstone courses, field placements and internships, research, and experiential learning were considered for inclusion in the event.

Kids’ College at JCC’s Jamestown Campus, featuring full day, morning, and afternoon camp options, will be held July 18-22. Area youth ages eight to 12 years old are eligible to enroll in the program.

The program features a full day camp, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes lunch. The fee is $229. Half-day camp options are from 8 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m. The fee is $129.

College Connections, JCC’s concurrent enrollment program with regional high schools, has been reaccredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

“In earning this special status, JCC maintains an elite group of colleges which have met the highest standards of rigor on a variety of important characteristics associated with their dual enrollment programs,” stated Marilyn Zagora, JCC’s vice president of academic affairs.

JCC students Connor Aitcheson of Frewsburg and John Gordnier of Olean were among 248 State University of New York students honored recently with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for their academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

JCC students Alex Shipherd and Bryce Alexander will present details on their internships with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute from 6-7 p.m. on May 4 at RTPI. The program is free and open to the public.

Throughout the winter field season, Shipherd monitored known locations of roosting Northern harriers and short-eared owls within Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties while using GIS to find other probable locations.

Pre-audition and dance workshops will be held May 16 and 17 for JCC’s production of Cabaret in November.

The workshops, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre on JCC’s Jamestown Campus, are open to students and community members. The plot, background, and vision for the show will be discussed. Singers are encouraged to perform a memorized song from Cabaret. A pianist will be provided.

A weekly dance class will be offered, beginning in June. Final auditions will be held in August.

Club Valor, the student-based veterans group at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus, will hold a 5K run/walk on May 7.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at JCC’s College Center. Individuals can also pre-register at JCC’s Counseling & Career Center. The entry fee is $10 and the race begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers.


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