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High school students throughout southwestern New York were recognized as students of the year in JCC's College Connections program at the close of the 2009-2010 academic year.

JCC honored the students, who were chosen by their schools, during a special reception in June. In selecting the students of the year, schools were asked to consider College Connections participants who had embraced the challenges of completing college level work while in high school and demonstrated resourcefulness, integrity, and dedication.

The students have spoken, and, according to the 2010 Student Opinion Survey administered by the State University of New York (SUNY), JCC earned top grades.

Students earning degrees and certificates from JCC's Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in May 2011 included:

Daniel Powers, a 1984 JCC alumnus, delivered the keynote address at JCC's 35th commencement at the Cattaraugus County Campus on May 20 and 61st commencement at the Jamestown Campus on May 21.

The ceremonies honored, collegewide, 625 spring 2011 graduates, 199 December 2010 graduates, and 63 summer 2010 graduates.

Scholarships and awards were presented during the annual college awards ceremony at JCC's Jamestown Campus on May 13. Recipients, noted by their hometowns, included:
Ashville Christina Bowman, Freshman Biology Award, Vera Varmee Pre-professional Health Scholarship; Kahl Counts, Freshman Physics Award; Jordan Flint, Dr. Raymond Johnson Memorial Chemistry Award; Bethany Hall, AAUW Transfer Award, Wilson C. "Trip" Price III Memorial Scholarship

To commemorate Arbor Day and the designation of JCC as a Tree Campus USA college, JCC held a special tree planting ceremony on April 29.

The event included the planting of Striped Maple, Black Tupelo, Katsura, Kwanzan Flowering Cherry, Redbud, Hackberry, Turkish Filbert, Perkins-Pink Yellow-wood, Heritage River Birch, Japanese Lilac, Korean Mountain Ash, Sassafras, and Bloodgood London Plane trees.

JCC honors students assisted with the tree planting. Several of the students are interns at Forecon, Inc., where they are working on an update of JCC's tree management plan.

E-waste recycling will be conducted at JCC's Jamestown Campus from 9 a.m. to noon on May 14.

The event, coordinated by JCC's sustainability committee in cooperation with Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery, will be held in the parking lot near the Arts and Sciences Center, off James Ave.

The New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling & Reuse Act requires that electronics – which may contain hazardous waste elements such as lead solder, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium -- must be recycled in an environmentally sound manner.

Works by 16 JCC students were honored with awards during the opening of the annual student art exhibition in the Weeks Gallery.

The exhibition featured 55 artists and presented 109 artworks selected from 247 submissions that include drawings, paintings, 2D and 3D design, sculpture, ceramic, mixed media, photography, digital media, and short documentary films.

Lillian V. Ney and Carole B. Faulk have been appointed to the JCC board of trustees.

Dr. Faulk, who served on JCC's human services faculty from 1981 to 2003, earned a bachelor's degree at Millersville University and master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh.

An information night will be held at JCC's North County Center on Bennett Rd. in Dunkirk from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 5.

Academic programs, credit and non-credit programs, financial aid and transfer opportunities, and student services will be outlined during the program. A tour of the center's facilities will be conducted.

Additional information on the program can be obtained by calling the JCC North County Center, 716.363.6500.
 

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