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Fillingham Recognized for
25 Years of Service
Posted: October 22, 2014
On October 22, 2014, New York State Police Captain Darrin S. Pitkin
presented Sergeant/Station Commander Edward C. Fillingham, SP
Alexandria Bay, with a 25-year pin and certificate commemorating 25
years of service with the New York State Police. Pictured from left
is Zone Sergeant Robert D. Allen, Captain Darrin S. Pitkin, Sgt/SC
Edward C. Fillingham and Zone Sergeant Robert Dixon.
for Food Pantries
Posted: September 29, 2014
Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell stopped by Community Action Planning
Council with good news about a legislative initiative to help fight
hunger. Thanks to Addie's advocacy, the Food Bank of Central New
York is receiving a $15,000 grant to support north country food
Pictured (from left): Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell; Food Bank
of CNY representatives Sarah MIller-Locke, Alicia Suskin and Rebecca
Lare; and Community Action emergency services manager Tammy Kitto.
Jeff-Lewis Pioneers in Syracuse
Posted: September 22, 2014
The Jeff -Lewis Pioneers girls basketball team are off to a 6-0
start in the Syracuse fall league coached by former Syracuse player
Matt Gorman. Coach Gorman and the girls ran into Syracuse coach Jim
Boeheim at last Sunday's game for a photo op.
Front row: Peyton Romig and Kelsey Gonseth; middle row: Anna
Hoover, Kylee Rosbrook, Coach Boeheim, Chelsea Vantassel, Hanna
Misercola, and Hailey Martin; back row, Coach Gorman.
Posted: September 18, 2014
National Historic Site Ft. McHenry ranger Vince Vaise “Francis Scott
Key” and Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site manager
Connie Barone met at Baltimore’s Star Spangled Spectacular 200th
anniversary of the national anthem on Saturday September 13, 2014.
Piano Competition Winners
David Geng from Princeton New Jersey, Honorable Mention
Noah Landers from Watertown New York, Audience Award
Hongxi Li from Beijing, China, 3rd Place winner
Jerry Chen from Toronto, Canada, 2nd Place winner
Raymond Feng from Pittsford, New York, 1st Place winner
Elisabeth Pion from Montreal, Canada, 1st Place winner
Soeun Lee from South Korea, 3rd Place winner
Kevin Wang from Bellevue, Washington, Audience Award
Tania Rivers-Moore from Seattle, Washington, 2nd Place
Posted: September 18, 2014
Winners in the 1000 Islands International Piano Competition were
announced Sunday, September 8, 2014 at the conclusion of the three
day event. The competition was in Cape Vincent NY on the grounds of
the historic Maple Grove Estate.
In the Junior category (under age 19), first place went to
Raymond Feng (age 12) from Pittsford, NY. The second place award
went to Jeremy Chen (age 16) from Toronto, Canada. Hongxi Li (age
17) from Beijin, China was named third place winner. Honorable
Mention Award was presented to David Geng (age 17) from Princton,
New Jersey. Noah Landers (age 17, a local contestant from Watertown)
was selected by audience members as their favorite pianist in this
In the Senior category (ages 19-25), Elisabeth Pion from Montreal,
Canada won the first place award. She attends the Montreal Music
Conservatory. Second Place was presented to Tania River-Moore of
Seattle, Washington who attends Harvard. Soeun Lee, an Eastman
School of Music student originally from South Korea earned third
place award. The audience award for favorite pianist in the senior
division was presented Kevin Wang, an Eastman School of Music
sophomore from Bellevue, Washington.
Once again, the community of Cape Vincent extended a warm welcome to
all of the competitors and their families. Committee member express
many thanks for all the generous monetary donations from
individuals, local civic groups and businesses! Thanks also go out
to families who hosted the contestants and all the volunteers who
worked during the three day event. Without this support the Cape
Vincent Arts Council alone could not provide this program for young
Distinguished Alumni and
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Jefferson Community College (JCC) recognized
distinguished alumni and athletic hall of fame inductees
on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at a ceremony held at the
Elks Lodge in Watertown. Pictured:
(left to right): Hall of Fame Inductees - Michael F.
Delaney, Watertown; Jennifer L. Richmond, Colorado
Springs, Colorado; and John P. Day, Watertown.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients - John D. Peck,
Carthage, Jeffersonian Award; Nathan P. Hunter,
Watertown, Rising Star Award; and Nicole A Heldt,
Norwood, Professional Achievement Award.
Posted: September 10, 2014
Jefferson Community College (JCC) recognized distinguished alumni
and athletic hall of fame inductees on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at
a ceremony held at the Elks Lodge in Watertown.
Distinguished alumni were recognized for their professional
achievement and exemplary commitment to their community and
Jefferson Community College. The Jeffersonian Award recognizes a
Jefferson graduate who demonstrates a dedication to service on a
local, state, national, or international level and has a history of
volunteerism, civic involvement, humanitarian undertakings, or
service to Jefferson Community College. The Rising Star Award
recognizes a JCC graduate of the past fifteen years who is on the
rise in their career field and exhibits the potential for
significant professional achievement, leadership ability, and
promise for continued success and sets an inspirational example for
future alumni. The Professional Achievement Award recognizes a JCC
graduate who demonstrates sustained (ten years or more) success in
professional life and leadership within their profession and have
achieved recognition for success. The 2014 Distinguished Alumni
honorees are Mr. John D. Peck, Class of 2003 – Jeffersonian Award;
Mr. Nathan P. Hunter, Class of 2001 – Rising Star Award; and Dr.
Nicole A. Heldt, Class of 1989 – Professional Achievement Award.
Mr. Peck, Carthage, was elected Councilman for the town of Champion
at age 18 while still a student at Carthage High School. He served
for 10 years. In 2011, he was elected as District 7 representative
of the Jefferson County Legislature where he currently serves on the
Planning and Development Committee and the Finance and Rules
Committee. He also serves on the County Soil and Water Conservation
District Board of Directors and the Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy Committee. He is chairman of the Town of
Champion Republican committee, member of the Jefferson County
Republican Committee, and a founding member of the Jefferson County
Young Republicans. John holds an associate’s degree in liberal arts
from Jefferson, bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor
in business economics from SUNY Potsdam where he was awarded the
David E. Brown Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Best Political Senior
Thesis. Additionally, Peck is an eighth generation dairy farmer and
active in the North Country Fellowship Church.
Mr. Hunter, Watertown, is an exemplary member of the accounting
profession and constantly seeks to learn and grow within the
accounting field. He wears many hats at Northern Credit Union (NCU)
where he is Vice President (VP) of Finance and Accounting/CFO, as
well as VP of Investments, VP of Insurance and VP of Facilities. He
was instrumental in developing, and now oversees, a wide range of
financial, investment, retirement and insurance planning programs.
Hunter was a leader on the project team for NCU’s newest branch in
LeRay, a state of the art, environmentally friendly facility that
opened in late May. Hunter earned an associate’s degree in business
administration from Jefferson along with a bachelor’s degree in
accounting in 2003 and an MBA in 2004 from SUNY Oswego, and often
returns to speak with undergraduate accounting students about the
field. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud
Examiner, manages his third-generation family business, serves as
treasurer of the JCC Foundation, and is a 2011 Jefferson Leadership
Dr. Heldt, Norwood, began her biology teaching career at Carthage
Central School District and at the Delaware Academy in Delhi, NY.
She is currently full professor at SUNY Canton, teaching chemistry
and biology. Dr. Heldt earned an associate’s degree in mathematics
and science from Jefferson, bachelor’s degree with a minor in
chemistry from SUNY Oswego in 1991, a master’s in technology
secondary education, with honors, from SUNY Potsdam in 1993, and in
2006 earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Clarkson University. Dr.
Heldt serves in Clarkson University’s Pipeline Program for Academic
Success, has served as a coordinator and research coordinator for
SUNY Canton’s National Institute of Health’s Biomedical 2+2 Bridges
Program, and chaired on the development committee for a future
bachelor’s program in forensic science at SUNY Canton. Along with
her direct involvement in higher education, she has authored and
co-authored six journal articles and presented at several
professional conferences in her field. Last year, she secured a
$10,000 research grant with BASF chemical company to conduct
undergraduate research on developing green polishing slurries. Dr.
Heldt is truly an expert in her field. She exemplifies dedication to
professional growth and is devoted to serve others through higher
The Class of 2014 Cannoneer Hall of Fame inductees are Michael F.
Delaney, Watertown, Class of 1970 student athlete; Jennifer L.
Richmond, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Class of 2003 student athlete;
and John P. Day, Watertown, sportswriter.
Delaney was a member of the JCC baseball and men’s basketball teams
for two seasons in 1969 and 1970. He was a great infielder and
batted well over 300. He was also an outstanding point guard and had
a great assist to turnover ratio. Currently, Delaney is the Athletic
Director and Guidance Director at Immaculate Heart Central School
where he has served more than 38 years.
Richmond, originally of Watertown, is a two-time women’s basketball
All American who scored over 1000 points during two seasons at
Jefferson in 1991 and 1992. She returned to Jefferson in 2002 where
she played lacrosse and led the young team in a bid for the national
championship in 2003. In between her two times at Jefferson,
Jennifer spent ten years in Florida working in chiropractic care and
as a police officer. She recently moved to Colorado Springs with her
husband Drew, an active duty soldier.
Day has covered sports for the Watertown Daily Times for 41 years,
Syracuse University basketball for 30 years including 3 final four
tournaments, Frontier League Section 3, NYS high school
championships, two PGA Championships, and the JCC Cannoneers. He
received the Frontier League’s Meritorious Service Award and the
Associated Press Sports Editors Top Ten Story Award. A graduate of
SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor in Arts in English, he is a member of
the Sportswriters Association and the US Basketball Writers
Today, 24 inductees fill the Jefferson Community College Hall of
Resident Directors at JCC
Seated in Front L to R: Resident Directors Lauren A.
Morris, Vestal, Kelly L. Kessler, Rochester.
Left to Right: Olivia M. Caravella, Bayport, Lisa M.
Salzman, Lacona, Hollis C. Harrington, Rodman, Chiara M.
Alteri, Watertown, James F. Heffron, Wellesley Island,
Lela J. Kerley, Watertown, Jeffrey P. Davis, Beaver
Falls, Kathleen E. Coloney, Harrisville.
Posted: September 6, 2014
Jefferson Community College (JCC) and the Faculty Student
Association (FSA) of JCC are pleased to announce the appointment of
two resident directors for the College’s new on-campus student
housing. Kelly L. Kessler, Rochester N.Y. and Lauren A. Morris,
Vestal N.Y. joined Jefferson’s housing team on June 1, 2014. As
resident directors, Kessler and Morris are responsible for the
overall administration of the coeducational residence hall community
at Jefferson. Duties include the supervision of student resident
assistants, staff selection and training, student counseling and
referrals. Additionally, resident directors develop residence hall
and campus programming for students, direct appropriate student
conduct, and oversee general building administration. Kessler and
Morris live onsite in East Hall.
Ms. Kessler brings more than 5 years of residence life
experience in the field of higher education to Jefferson Community
College. She earned both her associate’s and bachelor’s in science
degrees, as well as a master’s in teaching degree from Johnson &
Wales University. She has served as resident assistant and graduate
assistant for traditional style housing at Johnson & Wales
University where she assisted in the development and guidance of 240
first-year residents. Ms. Morris earned her bachelor in arts degree
from Hartwick College and her master’s degree in teaching from
Bethany College. She began her residence life experience as a
resident advisor at Hartwick College where she oversaw 120 first
year resident students; and as a graduate assistant for residence
life at Bethany College where she managed resident assistants and
helped develop and implement education programs based on the needs
of their students.
Ms. Kessler and Ms. Morris oversee 8 student resident assistants
(RA) who round out the office of housing and residence life staff at
Jefferson. The resident assistants selected for the 2014-2015
academic year are: Chiara M. Alteri, Watertown, Olivia M. Caravella,
Bayport, Kathleen E. Coloney, Harrisville, Jeffrey P. Davis, Beaver
Falls, Hollis C. Harrington, Rodman, James F. Heffron, Wellesley
Island, Lela J. Kerley, Watertown and Lisa M. Salzman, Lacona.
“JCC students can expect a team of dedicated student affairs
professionals working every day to complement the mission of the
college by providing an attractive, well maintained and comfortable
living environment that promotes learning and success,” said Ronald
C. Shidemantle, dean of students at Jefferson. “We have a terrific
team of resident director, and student resident assistants that will
serve as mentors and role models for our student residents
throughout the academic year.”
Awards for Excellence
Chancellors 2014 Awards for Excellence recipients from
Jefferson Community College (left to right): Donald R.
Johnson, of Watertown, director of military programs,
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional
Service; Rachael L. Riordan, Adams Center, typist in the
athletics/physical education department, Chancellor’s
Award for Excellence in Classified Service; John F.
Penrose, Watertown, professor of chemistry, Chancellor’s
Award for Excellence in Faculty Service; Timothy J.
Abel, of Carthage, adjunct instructor of anthropology,
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching;
and Heather N. O’Brien, of Chaumont, associate professor
of mathematics, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Posted: September 6, 2014
Five members of Jefferson’s faculty and staff were honored as
recipients of the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s
2014 Awards for Excellence. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize
extraordinary achievement and encourage the continuation of
excellence. Timothy J. Abel, of Carthage, adjunct instructor of
anthropology received the inaugural Chancellor’s Award for
Excellence in Adjunct Teaching; Donald R. Johnson, of Watertown,
director of military programs received the Chancellor’s Award for
Excellence in Professional Service; Heather N. O’Brien, of Chaumont,
associate professor of mathematics, received the Chancellor’s Award
for Excellence in Teaching; John F. Penrose, of Watertown, professor
of chemistry, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Faculty Service; and Rachael L. Riordan, of Adams Center, typist in
the athletics/physical education department, received the
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.
Dr. Timothy Abel has served as an adjunct instructor of
anthropology at Jefferson since 2008. He currently instructs three
of the on-campus courses and is the only instructor of the online
anthropology courses. His passion for anthropology has proved
infectious in the classroom and he is engaging and energetic in his
development of new learning experiences for students. Dr. Abel holds
a bachelor in arts degree and a master’s in liberal studies degree
from the University of Toledo and a doctorate of philosophy from the
University of Albany.
As Jefferson’s director of military programs, Donald R. Johnson is
the face of Jefferson Community College on Fort Drum and a tireless
advocate for our community’s soldiers, their family members and
veterans. His outstanding student service, program coordination and
attention to detail ensure a positive educational experience for
military students, and he has shared his expertise as a panelist and
presenter at several national military education conferences.
Additionally, he teaches in the areas of developmental mathematics
and music and provides leadership to many committees and special
College projects on campus. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from
Florida State University and his master’s in science degree from
Heather O’Brien joined the full-time faculty of Jefferson in 2004.
Over the past decade, she has demonstrated excellence in the
classroom - teaching a broad range of math courses to students of
all ability levels, and as a student advisor and mentor. O’Brien
teaches in a traditional classroom, online, and in a hybrid approach
she developed to offer even more flexibility for students. Beyond
the classroom, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Educators
of Tomorrow Club, assists students in the math lab, and participates
in the NYS Mathematics Association of Two-year Colleges. O’Brien
holds an associate’s degree from Jefferson Community College,
bachelor’s in science degree from SUNY Fredonia and master’s in
science degree from SUNY Potsdam.
John F. Penrose joined Jefferson in 1979. His contributions and
service to education over the past three decades reach far beyond
the classroom and the College. He has taken an active role in
student co-curricular activities, campus governance, curriculum
development and assessment, College development through grants and
fundraising, and faculty mentoring and leadership. He is a master
teacher, recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Teaching in 1995, and current chair of the lab science department.
Penrose is serving as co-chair of Jefferson’s Middle States Steering
Committee preparing for the College’s accreditation visit and he has
served on a Middle States peer review committee for another
institution. Penrose holds a bachelor’s in science degree from Le
Moyne College and a master’s in science degree from Fresno State
Rachael L. Riordan is an alumna of Jefferson and a member of the
College staff since 1997. She currently serves as the typist in the
physical education /athletics department and is the frontline staff
member who interfaces with students, coaches and faculty members.
Riordan organizes fundraising activities, produces promotional
materials, plans the end-of-year athletic banquet and updates the
Cannoneer website. One of her greatest strengths is her commitment
to special projects which helps to build a sense of community and
campus spirit. She leads JCC’s Relay for Life team activities,
serves on the United Way fundraising committee and most recently
coordinated the Small Steps-Big Benefits program for faculty and
Each year, the State University of New York recognizes outstanding
members of the faculty and staff across the entire 64-campus
university system with prestigious Chancellor's Awards for
Excellence. Over the years, a total of 82 Awards for Excellence have
been bestowed on members of the JCC faculty and staff.
"Faculty and staff who receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
have served their students, fellow faculty and staff, campuses, and
communities with the utmost distinction,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy
L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees across
New York State.”
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