Past Bloggers

Katie Andalora

Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Early Childhood Education
Campus: Jamestown

Hello everyone, my name is Katie Andalora! I was born and raised in Jamestown, NY, I attended Jamestown High School and I’m now going into my second year at Jamestown Community College. I’m majoring in Early Childhood/ Childhood Education in the hopes of transferring to SUNY Fredonia next fall to receive my bachelor’s degree. Last fall I was a part of the women’s soccer team at JCC, and this past spring I joined the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I love to be surrounded by wonderful people that can make me laugh and smile! Like most college students, I dedicate myself to both my studies and Netflix!!

Christina Aviles

Headshot for Christina AvilesHometown: Dunkirk, NY
Major: Pre-Nursing
Campus: North County Extension Center

Christina Aviles is the name. Remember it; it will be famous! Born and raised in Dunkirk, NY. Currently I’m in the pre-nursing program at North County, and someday I hope to work at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I’m mainly known for my snort, but I’m much more than that! A way to describe me is a jar of glitter and gummy worms (p.s. my favorite candy). I love making new friends and learning new things, and I have a passion for singing. Someday I hope to go on “The Voice” and be taken under Adam’s wing! For this blog, I will be writing about pretty much anything. I’m specifically interested in the different groups we have here at North County and all the amazing things happening in this part of the JCC community. Thanks for reading!

Blake Bailey

Blake Bailey HeadshotMajor: Social Science (Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Campus: Jamestown

Hey, I’m Blake, and I’m concentrating on political science with my social science degree. This semester, I am teaching English in Chengdu, China, as part of an internship program. After graduating with my associate’s degree, I hope to transfer to UB and get my bachelor’s degree so I can pursue a career of interpreting. I’m currently learning Mandarin Chinese and American sign language, but I hope to learn Cantonese in the future! I recently resigned as Student Senate’s vice president for this internship, and I participate in Anime Club and work as a student ambassador.

Kirstie Baldwin

Baldwin-headshotHometown: Wellsville, NY
Major: Early Childhood Education
Campus: Cattaraugus County

I’ve always wanted to travel, meet new people, and see new things. My goals in life are to travel the world and become a math professor, because teaching and helping people is what I love to do. I am so excited for this internship in China, and I can’t wait to experience everything I can once I get there. Yes, I’ll be leaving the ones I love, but I will also be experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When I’m not traveling the world, I love to play volleyball and softball. Other things about me: I’m living with my boyfriend, whom I’ve been with for over three years. My family and friends mean the world to me, and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Laramie Ball

Major: Humanities
Campus: Jamestown

Hello, my name is Laramie Ball. I am a student at Jamestown Community College, and I just finished my first year this past semester. I am a Humanities major with a track in Psychology. I was home-schooled my whole life, and now have a desire to learn about people and their cultures. I have a lot of hobbies/interests, including art, dance, literature, writing, travel, food psychology, working with animals, and building relationships with people. I live at home with my mother, father, younger brother, and four cats. I am going to be living with a host family and completing an internship in Valladolid Spain. I will be teaching English at a language emersion school. I am very excited, and look forward to sharing about my adventures here in my blogs.

Kali Beardsley

Kali Beardsley headshotHometown: Wellsville, NY
Major: Individual Studies/Pre-OTA
Campus: Cattaraugus County

Hi, my name is Kali Beardsley, and I’m extremely excited to experience life in Chengdu, China. I can’t wait to experience the culture and see what daily life is like in the world’s most populous country. I’m hoping that this is just the first step in a long life spent traveling the globe. This internship is especially great for me because I love being around and working with children. In my free time I enjoy playing volleyball, softball, and going on vacations with my friends and family. Eventually, I want to live in the Carolinas and enjoy a career as an occupational therapist.

Casey Bobek

Casey Bobek's headshot Hometown: Bemus Point, NY
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities
Campus: Jamestown

Hey, guys!  I’m bad at introductions, but allow me to tell you a little about myself. My name is Casey Bobek, and I am majoring in Liberal Arts, with a special interest in English. When I first came to JCC, I saw it as a necessary stepping stone; an obstacle to reaching a career in the literary world. Turns out, college wasn’t this big problem I needed to deal with, but an opportunity to enjoy, especially as I began my second year. Growing up with a passion to write and a love of learning, and with a little friendly pushing from my best friend and my mom to do something with my time, I decided to take a leap and get into blogging. Anthropology wasn’t ever really touched on in my high school, and I’d wager it wasn’t really touched on in many high schools in the county. A shame, really, because it’s quite an interesting subject to learn, which is why I want to let you know a little bit about it. My writing could never replace a full-blown Anthropology class, but if any luck, it’ll catch your attention. Never too late to learn something new!

Adam Bremmer

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Hometown: Lakewood, NY
Major: Business Administration: Marketing
Campus: Jamestown

Hey, how’s it going? My name is Adam, and I am a 2011 graduate of Southwestern High School. I’m going to be a senior at SUNY Fredonia this fall, but I’m taking my internship and a couple of classes through Jamestown Community College. I’m going to be writing about my internship at the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy. Check us out sometime online or in person on West Third Street in Jamestown. I’ll be talking about my experiences, job duties, lessons learned, and hopefully some interesting stories while working here. My hobbies include video games, movies, working out, spending time with friends, and traveling.

Jordan Brooks

Hi, guys! My name is Jordan Brooks. I’m a Panama High School graduate, and as of May 2015, I’ll be a Jamestown Community College graduate too. I can honestly say coming to JCC was the best decision I’ve made, and I made sure to take advantage of everything JCC was throwing in my direction. To Hawk Nation, thank you for being a place to call home.



Alyssa Brown

Alyssa BrownHometown: Olean, NY
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities
Campus: Cattaraugus County
Intended Career: Teacher Abroad

Hello, my name Is Alyssa Brown and I’m currently a sophomore at Jamestown Community College on the Cattaraugus County Campus. As an honor student, I’ve worked on campus as a Peer Mentor, and played soccer for the Jaguars this past fall. Go Jags! In my spare time, however, you can catch me listening to music or hanging out in the Learning Center with my friends.

I chose JCC because of the scholarships it provided me with! Graduating in the top 20% of my class made me eligible for the USA scholarship. I also chose JCC because it has the perfect class sizes for me. They’re smaller, and allow me to be more interactive with my classmates and professors.

As of now I’m currently trying to master the Mandarin language for an internship I’m completing in Chengdu, China. I’m more than delighted with JCC and the opportunity it has provided me with to both study and teach abroad at the same time!

John Canning

Hometown: Kelowna, BC, Canada
Major: Nursing
Campus: Jamestown

Hi, I’m John, and I am in JCC’s nursing program on the Jamestown Campus. I’m from Kelowna, BC, Canada, and I am attending JCC to launch myself into a nursing career with a background in physiotherapy and exercise physiology. In my blog I’ll be sharing things that I hope you’ll be able to experience through my writing. Blogs are great because they’re both personal and informative, and they spark discussion about issues and common ideas between people that might never meet under other circumstances. Expect topics such as the local music scene, college shenanigans, and current events from both the Canadian and American side of things!

Cody Card

Hometown: Cuba-Rushford
Major: Criminal Justice
Campus: Jamestown

Hello, my name is Cody Card and I’m from Cuba-Rushford. I’m a freshman majoring in criminal justice here on the Jamestown Campus. I chose JCC because they had one of the only programs in the area for media arts, which was a big draw for me. The cost and affordability didn’t hurt, either! I have since decided to switch my major to criminal justice, although I continue to enjoy making videos and using my media arts background.

Kat Carr

Hi! I’m Kat, and I’m a sophomore Human Services major from Dunkirk, NY. I’m also a Student Ambassador, member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and JCC’s Honors Program, serve on the College Program Committee, and work on campus in the Campus Life office. Outside of school, I’m a Parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at Blessed Mary Angel R.C. Parish in Dunkirk. My career goal is to become a social worker, but I also enjoy theater, traveling, shopping, reading, piano, singing, and working out.

Victoria Carvelli

Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities, French concentration
Campus: Jamestown

Bonjour! I’m Victoria Carvelli and I am a sophomore at Jamestown Community College, and I love France. Especially French food. I’m a Jamestown native and I went to Jamestown High School (surprise!) and I’m currently in Annecy, France doing language study to strengthen my grasp on French. I was absolutely delighted to discover JCC’s options for international study and I’m thankful to have such a gem of an educational institution in my backyard.

Connor Charles

Hometown: Olean, NY
Major: Individual Studies
Campus: Cattaraugus County
Intended Career: Teacher

Hi, my name is Connor and I’m currently a first-year student in the honors program at Jamestown Community College. I work on campus at the Learning Assistance and Computer Center (Learning Center) on the Cattaraugus County Campus as a tutor. I tend to tutor English most of the time.

I chose JCC for many reasons!  JCC offered me a great scholarship (since I graduated in the top 20% of my high school class, I was eligible for the USA scholarship) and it was the perfect size school for me. There isn’t an overwhelming amount of people but there are enough that I meet someone new nearly every day.

Alyssa Crespo

Alyssa CrespoHometown: Fredonia, NY
Major: Social Science
Campus: Jamestown

My name is Alyssa Crespo. I grew up in a little town called Fredonia, New York, and have lived there my whole life. I am 20 years old, and I’m currently still living with my family which entails my mother (Kate), my father (Jamie), and my two brothers (Forest and Sean). My major is the Social Sciences, but I still have yet to figure out what I will be doing with my Associates degree and what I will be doing afterwards for college. Spring semester of 2016 I will be doing the International Internship in Valladolid, Spain.

I absolutely love learning new things every day, and I’m very passionate about what I do. I enjoy reading a lot. I also love to hula hoop dance and do yoga every day. I have my own henna business; henna is a temporary and natural tattoo, an art mainly practiced in the Middle East. I’m very interested in languages. I went on exchange in Brazil for a year and I became fluent in Portuguese. I learned Spanish in high school for four years, and I’m currently taking a sign language class which I absolutely love, so I’m also considering going into language for my education major.

Food is my best friend. When I was younger, I was very picky. Since I’ve been to Brazil, I had to be polite and try everything people put in front of me; therefore, I learned to love a variety of foods and try new things. I cannot wait to see what Spain has in store for me. I am beyond excited to go on another adventure, share my culture, and learn about Spain!

Kayla Crosby

Headshot of Kayla CrosbyHometown: Russell, PA
Position: Residence Director, Hillside Suites West
Campus: Jamestown

Hello, my name Is Kayla Crosby and I’m currently the Residence Director ofHillside Suites West at Jamestown Community College on the Jamestown Campus. A few years ago, however, I was a student at JCC. I lived on campus both years while I was studying at JCC; first in the South Hall and then as a Resident Assistant in the North Hall. I was also a Student Ambassador and the point guard for the Lady Jayhawks Basketball team. After obtaining my Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science, I transferred to St. Bonaventure University to complete my Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education, with additional certifications in Special Education and Early Childhood Education.

Over the years I’ve learned that JCC is truly what you, the student, makes of it. It’s a great college, with educated and caring professors and staff members, many clubs, organizations, and athletics to be a part of, a diverse population of students, and a truly beautiful campus. It is the perfect college for students who like “small town living”. JCC was a great starting point for me as I began my college career. I received an affordable education close to my hometown. Some people just attend classes and do not participate in any other activities on campus. I, however, decided to become involved and get the most out of my time at JCC. When it came time to transfer to St. Bonaventure, all of my JCC credits transferred and I was able to finish my degree after only two additional years.

During my time as a student at JCC, I was able to meet new people and grow as a person. Now that I have my bachelor’s degree, I am back at JCC to help more students achieve their goals. Stay connected with me though my blog as I continue to share more about Residence Life at JCC.

Greg Cross

Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Early Childhood Education
Campus: Jamestown

Hi!  My name is Greg Cross and I’m a sophomore here at JCC. I am from Jamestown and went to JHS for high school. My major is adolescent education with a focus in history, but I also enjoy taking courses in the field of social science. On campus, I am a member of the men’s golf team and the Student Ambassadors. My main interests include playing/following sports, playing video games, and reading books.

Jennie Cross

Jennie CrossHometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Fine Arts: Music
Campus: Jamestown

Hello! My name is Jennie Cross and I am currently a sophomore at Jamestown Community College. I graduated from Jamestown High School in 2012 and now plan on graduating from JCC in December 2013. As a music major, my main instrument is flute, but I also play the violin, piccolo, and I love to sing and dance!

One reason I chose JCC is because by graduating in the top 20% of my class I am able to attend tuition-free on the USA scholarship. I also love JCC because of the wonderful musicals they put on every year. As a member of the JCC Uncommoners, I had a amazing experience playing Serena in last year’s production of Legally Blonde and I am super excited to audition for this year’s show, Anything Goes. I also work on campus as a student ambassador. I love giving tours of the campus and meeting new people!

Adam DitcherHometown: Randolph, NY

Hello, my name is Adam and I have the great privilege to be blogging about my experience working and living in Valladolid, Spain for a month. Upon leaving for Spain, I will have just graduated with my BBA from St. Bonaventure University. I’ve studied Spanish since the sixth grade and never had the opportunity to travel and undergo an immersion experience. So, I’m extremely excited to see and experience some new things, as well as improve my Spanish and get to know people in Spain.

Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards

Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Physical Education Studies
Campus: Jamestown

Hey guys! My name is Corinne Edwards. I live in Jamestown, New York and attend Jamestown Community College. I am an Athletic Training major and this summer I have the opportunity to travel to Wexford, Ireland to intern in a Sports Medicine Clinic for a month. While in Ireland I will be working side by side with athletes while they perform in sports I have never watched before. I cannot wait to learn new training programs and techniques that I can use in my profession. I love to explore and learn new things, so  I cannot wait to see the beautiful scenery and make memories I’ll remember forever. I plan to make the most of this experience and share it with you all!

Obehi Ejele


Hometown: London, England
Major: Media Arts
Campus: Jamestown

My name is a weird one, isn’t it? If you haven’t noticed already, it’s Obehi Ejele, and if you haven’t struggled to pronounce it already, it’s simply said as ‘Oh-Bee’.

I was born and raised in the east of London in the United Kingdom by my two wonderfully supportive Nigerian parents, so in hindsight I’m a strictly British kid mixed with a Nigerian upbringing. I was raised in a household full of boys, with my mum being the only woman in the house. Growing up, along with my older brother and younger cousin, I took a keen interest in basketball and somewhere alongside that I also picked up art as a hobby. So in reality that’s more or less exactly why I’m here, to play basketball under Coach Sisson and major in Media Arts. However, upon arriving at Jamestown Community College solely for these two reasons, I realized that this place is so much more than just that in a positive light which I’ll expand on more thoroughly in further blog posts.

So simply put, I’m an athlete from London who enjoys art and everything else a man of my age would love, such as music, food, family and friends to say the least. My mother is a pastor, I’m a Christian and I love God, my family is huge, and I adore London more than any other place I could think of.  But whilst writing this, quite frankly, American customs and culture have always been a bit strange to me, but I’m willing to learn and understand throughout my journey here. I plan to blog about pretty much anything and everything I see here, so if you want to experience the wonders and heights of Jamestown Community College and Jamestown itself vicariously through the unfamiliar eyes of Londoner, look no further, I’m your guy.

Kate Ewer

Kate EwerHometown: Sugar Grove, PA
Major: Individual Studies (Business)
Campus: Jamestown
Intended Career: Agricultural Business

Hi, my name is Kate and I’m currently a sophomore pre-honors student at Jamestown Community College. I work on campus answering phones at the switchboard and also help out in the President’s Office. I love to sing and have participated in choir and vocal jazz here on campus. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and spending time on my family’s farm with my goats.

I chose JCC because of the great scholarships offered! I graduated in the top 20% of my high school class, which made me eligible for the USA scholarship. I also chose JCC because of the small class sizes. They’ve allowed me to create some close relationships with my professors. I like that I’m not a just a student ID number here, and that people know me by name and care about how I do.

Nicole Ewer

Nicole Ewer headshotHometown: Sugar Grove, PA
Major: Individual Studies
Campus: Jamestown

Hello there! I am Nicole Ewer, a small town girl from Pennsylvania embarking on a new adventure in Valladolid, Spain. I am pursuing a month-long internship for the month of June teaching English. Spanish has always been one of my passions, and I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity through JCC to explore the language and culture in Spain!

Dana Filsinger

Dana Filsinger Hometown: Jamestown
Major: Individual Studies
Campus: Jamestown
Intended Career: Undecided

Hello everyone! My name is Dana Filsinger and I am from Jamestown. I currently have an Individual Studies major, since I am not completely sure of my future career plans. I have been really enjoying my experience at JCC and am excited for my future there.

I am about to embark on an incredible journey to Spain. While I am there, I will be an intern, assisting and conducting English-speaking classes. I will be living with a host family and I am looking forward to spending time with them and learning more about the Spanish culture.

I chose to do this internship because I am very much interested in Spain’s culture and I enjoy teaching. In 2010, I was selected and sponsored by the Jamestown Rotary Club to be an Exchange Student to Spain. I lived in Spain with a host family from August 2010 to July 2011. I had an incredible experience and learned so much while I was there. I am so grateful to have been selected for this internship and I’m excited to share my experiences with all of you!

Holly Filsinger

Holly Filsinger headshotHometown: Jamestown, NY
 Individual Studies
Campus: Jamestown

Hello there, my name is Holly Filsinger. I’m from Jamestown and currently an individual studies major. I work at the Weeks Gallery on campus, and have found that it’s a hidden gem at Jamestown Community College. I’m beyond excited to work at the gallery and to share all that’s to be learned and discovered. I’ve been lucky enough to live a year abroad as an exchange student before I attended JCC. After living in a foreign country, I learned that what makes a place unique are the people who make it what it is. As a result, I’m curious to find out more about the students and faculty who make JCC stand out.

Brooklyn Ford

Brooklyn Ford profile picHometown: Shinglehouse, PA
Major: Fine Arts: Studio Arts
Campus: Jamestown

The campus and friendly staff here at JCC sold me on where I wanted to go to college. During my time here, I have served the college as a Student Ambassador and Lifeguard. Rounding out my last semester, I’ve decided to intern at the Weeks Gallery, where I get to see what goes on behind the scenes and find out how exhibitions come together!

Hannah Fox

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Hometown: Cuba-Rushford, NY
Major: Humanities (Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Campus: Cattaraugus County

My name is Hannah Fox, and I am a Cuba-Rushford graduate currently attending my first year of college at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, NY. I am majoring in humanities with future hopes of going into international education and international relations. What do I do while not in school? I take interest in cross country running, painting, drawing, music, and reading. I’m teaching English in China this semester, and I can’t wait to share my adventures with you!

Cole Garifi

Cole GarifiHometown: Jamestown, NY (Originally Seoul, South Korea)
Major: Fine Arts – Music
Campus: Jamestown

Hey there! How are you doing? Cole here. I’m a second year student here at JCC. When I’m not studying music, practicing every single instrument, giving tours as a Student Ambassador, or generally being awesome, I love grabbing a bite to eat with friends. I’m a firm believer that food should be more than a thing you stuff your face with in order to keep yourself alive and reading this wonderful bio (we both know that’s what’s driving your existence at this point). Food should be a communal thing; something to be enjoyed and cherished, whether alone or with a group of friends. In this blog, you and I will take a trip around Jamestown, Olean (that’s right, I didn’t forget about you…), and points in between sampling all of the best places to grab some nosh. I know there’ll be places you’ve never heard of (some places might even serve some less-than-normal grub), but I’m confident that our journey together will not only draw us closer as foodies and friends, but encourage others to start their foodie journeys with their friends. So sit back, grab a snack, and fasten your seat belts. We’re blasting off to Flavor Town!

Zoanne Gebhard

ZoanneGebhardHometown: Grand Island, NY
Major: Humanities
Campus: Jamestown

Hello, my name is Zoanne Gebhard. I am going to be in Venice for the semester to study the Italian language. I plan to graduate this spring with a degree in Humanities. In the future, I hope to become an interpreter. Different cultures and languages have always fascinated me so this experience is something I have always wanted to do! Be prepared for tons of pictures of the area and my travels.

Riley Gustafson

Hometown: Frewsburg, NY
Major: Music
Campus: Jamestown

I’m Riley, and I’m a sophomore from Frewsburg, NY majoring in music. I have served on Senate for two years and also got involved as a representative for the SUNY Student Assembly. I am currently a Student Trustee, and like it because it’s the ultimate chance to share the voice of the student body and participate in one of the most influential governance boards on campus, the Board of Trustees!

Mary Hinz

Hometown: Portville, NY
Major: Mathematics
College: Saint Francis (Pa.)

My name is Mary Martha Hinz. I am from Portville, New York. I just completed my third year as a Mathematics major at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. I enjoy reading, playing sports, learning about subjects which interest me, and spending time outdoors. I am looking forward to learning more about the language and culture through immersion, something that one cannot truly experience in a classroom. I hope to be able to share my knowledge of the English language and American culture with those whom I will be teaching, and to be able to make long-lasting relationships with my host family, the teachers at the school, my fellow interns, and others that I meet throughout this experience.

Nick Hlifka

Nick JCC FeatureHometown: Sherman, NY
Major: Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science
Campus: Jamestown

Hi, my name is Nick, and I am a freshman at JCC. I previously attended Sherman Central School where I graduated in June. I am also blind, and I plan to blog about campus life and activities from a visually impaired person’s perspective. It’s easy to find information on what it is like to go to college, but the entire experience changes for a person without sight! I will share my experiences in residence living, campus activities, athletic events, and anything else that goes on!

Kenzie Hoag

Major: Environmental Science and Liberal Arts & Sciences: Math & Science
Campus: Jamestown

Hello all! My name is MacKenzie (but you can call me Kenzie) and this semester I’m participating in JCC’s carbon emission internship! I am a dual environmental science and liberal arts and sciences: math and science major, and I want to pursue a career as a veterinary clinical pathologist. Being deeply rooted within environmental science allows me to think of our planet on an ethical and moral basis, and I view our Earth in terms of “friend,” “faith,” and “hope.” If we don’t monitor Earth’s health and actively try to treat her diagnosis, then we too will fall victim to her metathesis. I invite you all to join me in my journey to preserve a friend, a faith, and the hope of a healthier environment through sustainability.

Haylei John

Salamanca, NY
Major: International Studies & Spanish
College: St. Bonaventure University

¡Hola! My name is Haylei John, and I’ll be sharing my experiences in Valladolid, Spain with you through my blogs. I’m an International Studies and Spanish major at St. Bonaventure University from Salamanca, New York. I’ll be spending five weeks in Spain for an internship at the International Immersion Institute, where I’ll be teaching English. I’m excited to be immersed in the Spanish culture—especially through eating muchas tapas and drinking plenty of café con leche!

Taylor Kickbush

Taylor Kickbush headhsotHometown: Gowanda, NY
Major: Communication
Campus: Jamestown

Aspiring fashion journalist, freelance photographer, and lover of running-my name is Taylor Kickbush. Being a 19-year-old sophomore at Jamestown Community College, I find it hard to believe that my associate’s degree in communication is in sight and adulthood rests just beyond the horizon. At this point in my college career, I have discovered that JCC offers wonderful opportunities to create friendships and network with valuable career professionals from (literally) around the globe! As I continue my internship in London, England this spring, I plan to trek the UK and represent JCC with all of the workplace etiquette its classes have taught me. Every day I feel one leap closer toward successfully achieving my dreams, and one day I hope you can say the same. In closing, I thank all those who read these words as I write about the everyday obstacles we all hurdle on the route to our becoming who we want to be.

James McCullough

I’m a recent graduate from JCC, beginning at Mercyhurst University this fall to continue working on an anthropology degree with a concentration in archaeology. I’ spent time in Guatemala to learn Spanish, experience new places, and to visit important archaeological sites, such as the Mayan ruins of Tikal. This blog will cover my experiences in Guatemala with an anthropological inclination.

Jeany Melendez

Student Senate Member Jeany MelendezHometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science major, focusing on political science with a concentration in pre-law
Campus: Jamestown

Hola! I’m Jeany from Jamestown, NY. I’m a sophomore Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science major, focusing on political science with a concentration in pre-law. Currently, I serve as the Public Relations Chair on the Student Senate for the Jamestown and North County campuses. I’m also a Peer Mentor and Spanish peer tutor. I moved to Jamestown from Puerto Rico about four and a half years ago, and I’m the oldest of four siblings. I also enjoy painting, singing, and volunteer work.

Rey Muniz III

Student Senate President Rey Muniz III Hometown: Let’s go with ConnecticutMajor: Political science with a minor in awesomeness

The name is Rey. I am currently a sophomore here at JCC, and I am super involved around campus. Chances are you’ve seen me running from one building to another with a clipboard in hand, a Romney-like comb-over, and a tie. I am unique in that I have a million divided passions. My love for politics has persuaded me to pursue political office at the national level, while my adoration of art, music, and all things classy has led me to pursue activities on and off campus to satisfy my endless desire for further erudition in these areas. I enjoy experiential learning, and the opportunity to learn and explore the social dynamics of the world outside of the classroom. I try not to take life too seriously, though I do smoke a pipe, which detracts greatly from any sense of humor I might try to exhibit. In my blogging, I hope to discuss, demystify, make fun of, and showcase art in every medium, especially the showcases around campus. SO, bear with me, read my articles, and you might (just might) walk away with a different point of view. Ciao!

Ashley Myers

Hometown: Limestone, NY
Major: Art
Campus: North County Center

My name is Ashley Myers. I’m originally from Limestone, NY and I reside in Fredonia, NY at the moment. I completed an Associates degree in Communication in December 2015 and am currently working on an Art degree. In my spare time, I enjoy being around friends, reading comics, collecting vinyl records, and drawing/painting. This semester, I am collaborating with the Weeks Gallery on the Jamestown Campus to assist in creating blogs about the shows, while also advertising for the gallery through social media, and learning the overall functions of a gallery.

Claudia Neu

Claudia Neu and PigletHometown: Cuba, NY
Early Childhood Education
Cattaraugus County

My name is Claudia Neu, and I live in Cuba, NY. I’m studying early childhood education here at Jamestown Community College, and I’m an intern in the Disney College Program. I first found out about the program in high school, when my family and I went on our first Disney vacation in 2011 and I talked with one of the workers. Fast forward to my second week of the fall 2014 semester at JCC: I saw the poster to contact Felix Muzza if you were interested in an internship with Disney. It was fate! I believe everything happens for a reason. The reason for my attendance at JCC: Disney! I’m ready to delve into Disney’s role in my life, as well as the role I’m about to play. I also really want to share what I do day-to-day, how I work behind the scenes for such a large company, and to just have fun. Stay tuned to learn more about all the fun and work I will be doing! Enjoy yourself and learn something new with me as we explore the most magical place on Earth: Disney!

Blake Peterson

Blake Peterson with two people dressed up as Micky and Minny mouseHometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences: Math & Science
Campus: Jamestown

Hi! My name is Blake Peterson and I am a freshman at the Jamestown Campus of Jamestown Community College. I graduated from Southwestern High School in 2013 and I am working toward an associate’s degree in math & science at JCC before transferring to a 4-year school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. While searching for colleges, JCC was appealing to me for many reasons. Most importantly, because I was in the top 20% of my graduating high school class, I am able to attend tuition-free through the USA scholarship. I love all of the opportunities JCC has to offer! For example, this coming Spring, I will be spending the semester as an English Instruction Intern in Valladolid, Spain. I am greatly looking forward to this experience and sharing it with others through this blog!

Erika Sanders

Erika Sanders headshotHometown: Delevan, NY
Major: Communication
Campus: Jamestown

Hi! I’m Erika, and I will be majoring in media and communication with the desire to become a journalist, specifically focusing on photojournalism. I am from Delevan, NY. I plan on using this job opportunity to strengthen my writing skills, while also using this as a learning advantage, as this job is very similar to my future career goal.

Taylor Satalino

Taylor Satalino headshotI am 19 years old and live in a very small town in New York. I’ve never been away from home for more than two weeks and I’ve never gone a day in my life without talking to my mom. My dog keeps me sane and is absolutely one of my best friends. This semester is a bit different, though, because I am currently studying abroad in Ireland, finally away from home!



Luciana Sena

Luciana SenaHometown: Ashville, NY
Individual studies

Hi! My name is Luciana Sena, but you can call me Luci. I am currently a freshman here at JCC with an individual studies major because, to be honest, I have no idea what I want to do with my life. But I’m OK with that because it gives me the chance to explore! I grew up and reside in Ashville, NY with my wonderful family consisting of my mom, Carol, dad, Richard, and three beautiful sisters, Maria, Gina, and Anna. But for the spring 2014 semester my surroundings will dramatically change, as I embark on an amazing adventure teaching English in Valladolid, Spain! What an incredible opportunity I have been given; I am beyond excited to partake in this experience as well as to share it with all of you!

Maria Sena

Maria Sena photoHometown: Ashville, NY
Major: Biotechnology
Campus: Jamestown

Hi! My name is Maria Sena, and I am a sophomore at the Jamestown Campus of JCC. I graduated from Chautauqua Lake Central School in the top 20% of my class, which made me eligible for the USA scholarship. I am majoring in biotechnology, and I absolutely love it! I chose JCC mainly because of the biotechnology program and all of the research opportunities that would be available to me as an undergraduate. I could not have made a better decision!

Besides academics, I am a student ambassador on campus, and I give tours and participate in open houses. It has been a great way to learn about the campus and meet new people. I am also the president of the DNA Club, the biotech club on campus, which was an awesome way to get more involved in my major. My goal is to one day be a research scientist.

Alivia Sheffield

Hometown: Van Buren Point, NY
Major: Environmental Science
Campus: Jamestown

Hi, I’m Alivia. I’m a sophomore from Van Buren Point, NY majoring in environmental science. I plan to eventually become a wildlife biologist. I’m an active member of Student Senate, the Earth Awareness Club, Hall Council, and the FSA activity board. Outside of school I enjoy volunteering at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, balloon twisting, unicycling, camping, hiking, and vegetarian cuisine! I love and appreciate this college and I hope to better it as much as I can. I like being involved, learning new skills, meeting new people, and bringing change when and where it’s needed.

Tyler Silagyi

Tyler Silagyi's HeadshotMajor: Business Administration
Campus: Jamestown

I grew up in the Pine Valley school district, which is well known for being in the middle of farm-country–there is even a day within the school year when students are able to drive their tractors to and from school.

I decided to attend JCC in 2011 for three reasons. Firstly, it was close to home; secondly, I received the USA Scholarship, which gave me two years free tuition; thirdly, I didn’t know what I wanted to do career-wise and I knew that JCC would be a great place to figure it out. So over the past two years I worked towards, and earned, my A.S. in liberal arts & sciences: humanities. I was also inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, and became a resident assistant in the Hillside Suites West.

I will be continuing my education at JCC for a third year to earn a second associate’s degree in business administration with the hopes of a career in human resources. I’m still an RA in the Hillside Suites, and I look forward to once again being able to bring new and memorable experiences to residents. It is my hope that residents will see me not only as a role model, but also as someone they can come to with questions.

Barbara Simon

Barbara Simon

Hometown: Olean, NY
Major: Education
Cattaraugus County
Intended Career: Teacher

Hi, my name is Barbara and I’m currently a sophomore at Jamestown Community College. This semester I decided to spend my time in China teaching English. My future goal is to teach and this will be a great experience!

Paige Sirwata

Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Communication and Global Studies
Campus: Jamestown

Paige SirwatkaMy name is Paige Sirwatka, and I was born and raised in Jamestown, New York. I am currently a sophomore at JCC, double majoring in Communication and Global Studies. After graduating from JCC, I’m planning to transfer to the International Studies Program at City College with a concentration in Culture and Communication. I love the endless ways in which these fields interact, and it’s fascinating to observe what serves as communicative devices within specific cultures: art, architecture, literature, religion, food, as well as, of course, language itself.

In the future, I’d love to be able to be able to teach English abroad, especially in rural settings. This semester I’m involved with a number of different global projects, including CLAC (Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum) and the Soliya program, an online discussion group that connects students from over 100 universities in 28 different countries. I also a member of the Honors College and Student Senate.

I currently live with my two wonderful parents, three dogs, six cats, seven chickens, and five ducks. I love hiking with my dog, Waldo, working in our gardens, baking bread, and drinking lots and lots of coffee.

Derek Smith

DerekSmithHometown: Frewsburg, NY
Major: Communication
Campus: Jamestown

My name is Derek Smith and I am a sophomore here at JCC. I am a communication major and an aspiring broadcast journalist. I will be studying media and communications in completing an internship in London for the spring 2016 semester. Following my stay in London I will attend SUNY Oswego for broadcast journalism to finish my 4 year degree.

I grew up in nearby Frewsburg but now Jamestown is where I call home. I am an avid fan of all sports and consider myself a political junkie. I am very passionate about the role young people play in activism, especially climate change. I enjoy reading the newspaper and writing when I’m not watching cable news or ESPN.  I am looking forward to London, but I will miss JCC and all its great students and faculty.

James Snider

James Snider Headshot

Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science
Campus: Jamestown

Hello my name is James Snider. I am a soon-to-be graduated sophomore at JCC. During my two years here, I was a Student Senator, Campus Activity Board Officer, member of the Student Affairs Committee, and President of Hall Council. This summer I will be interning with Dr. Greg Rabb, political science & law professor at JCC. Dr. Rabb is also the President of the Jamestown City Council. There I will be learning how city government works first hand. I hope you will enjoy this experience as you follow my adventure. This fall I will be going to Brockport.

Seth Snyder

Major: Fine Arts: Studio Arts
Campus: Jamestown

I’m currently majoring in Fine Arts-Studio Arts and upon completion I plan to transfer to Edinboro University, where I will start working toward my bachelor’s degree in Film and Animation. I have a strong interest in drawing, cartooning, and animation. I will be studying abroad in the spring semester at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland. It has been a life long dream of mine to travel to Scotland. It’s a dream which I never thought would come to fruition, but with hard work along with winning the Gilman Scholarship it has become a reality.

Allene Spearbeck

Hometown: Westfield, NY
Major: Human Services
Campus: Jamestown

Hello! I’m Allene. I’m a non-traditional student from Westfield, New York majoring in human services. My career goal is to be a counselor for veterans with PTSD. On campus, I’m the student trustee on the Board of Trustees, I’m a peer mentor, I serve on the college’s Planning Advisory Council as a student representative, and I work in the counseling center on the Jamestown Campus. At home, I love camping, reading, music, walking, and bicycling.

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Major: Physical Education Studies
Campus: Cattaraugus County

Hi, my name is Daniel Strong. I’m an international student athlete from Melbourne, Australia. I’m studying physical education and sports coaching here on the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College. It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride getting to JCC, and I can’t wait to share my experiences as I balance school, basketball training, and living on my own in a completely different country.

Lauren Tordella

Lauren Tordella

Hometown: Ashville, NY
Major: Business
Campus: Jamestown

Hello Everyone!

My name is Lauren Tordella. I am from Ashville, New York and I attend Jamestown Community College. This spring semester, I am traveling to Gold Coast, Australia to study abroad at Bond University. I am a business major, but have interest in event planning. At Bond, I will be taking Event Operations, Australia Popular Culture and International Trade. I am very excited about these classes and cannot wait to dive into them. While I’m in Australia, I plan to do as much traveling as I can. I want to see all the most popular and beautiful places that Australia has to offer. Other than traveling, I will be spending most of my time at the pool in my apartment complex, at the beach or at the gym. Considering that I will only be here four short months, I want to make the most of every minute and can’t wait to immerse myself into the Australian culture and lifestyle.

Chelsea Tuggle

Chelsea Tuggle
Hometown: Dunkirk, NY
Major: Communication
Campus: Jamestown
Intended Career: Undecided

Hi, my name is Chelsea and I’m currently a sophomore at JCC. In my spare time, I love reading and I love going to bookstores. In high school I played volleyball, ran track, and was a cheerleader. Now that I’m in college I work in the admissions office and am also a student ambassador.

I graduated in the top 20% of my class from Dunkirk High School in 2011, and received the USA Scholarship to come to JCC. I was undecided on what to major in, so JCC made a lot of sense for me because there are so many academic programs to choose from. It also made a lot of financial sense for me as well, since I’ll be able to graduate from here in the spring of 2013 virtually debt-free. I’m currently majoring in communications. Once I graduate, I plan on re-enrolling at JCC in the nursing program. What can I say – I love it here!

Mary Williams

Mary WilliamsHometown: Ashville, NY
Major: Humanities (Liberal Arts)
Campus: Jamestown

My name is Mary Williams, and I’m currently in my freshman year at JCC. I was homeschooled for most of my education, along with taking a few classes at JCC during my later high school years. My major is Liberal Arts and Humanities, and I enjoy taking music and psychology courses. I live with my family in the countryside, and I love running and spending time in nature. My other interests include singing, playing the piano, photography, traveling, and fitness.