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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.


Grant 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 pantries.

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.


Star Spangled Celebration


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.


TI Piano Competition Winners

Junior Division

From L-R:
David Geng from Princeton New Jersey, Honorable Mention Award
Noah Landers from Watertown New York, Audience Award Prize
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

Senior Division

From L-R:
Elisabeth Pion from Montreal, Canada, 1st Place winner
Soeun Lee from South Korea, 3rd Place winner
Kevin Wang from Bellevue, Washington, Audience Award Prize
Tania Rivers-Moore from Seattle, Washington, 2nd Place winner


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 division

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 people.



JCC 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 Institute graduate.

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 learning.

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 Association.

Today, 24 inductees fill the Jefferson Community College Hall of Fame.


New 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.”


JCC Awards for Excellence

SUNY 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 Teaching.


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 Elmira College.

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 College.

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 staff.

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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