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JCC holds Annual Recognition Ceremony 2017

Retirees posed with Board of Trustees Chair Terry N. Fralick (far left) are (l-r) Rosanne N. Weir, Ronald D. Curtis, Sharon L. Zaffarano, George Y. Hoistion Jr., and Carole A. McCoy. Retirees not pictured: Juliana A. Eames, Matthew R. Lambert, Craig T. Sherbino, Pamela F. Smith, Judy L. Traynor.

Jefferson Community College (JCC) observed the retirement of ten faculty and staff, five newly appointed emeriti, and honored those for milestone years of service to the College at its annual Recognition Celebration held on Friday, May 5, 2017. Combined years of service to the College total 695.  

Retirees are:

Ronald D. Curtis, of Calcium, joined the JCC facilities department in 2002 as a building maintenance mechanic. Prior to joining Jefferson, Curtis spent 29-years as a Millwright, the “go-to-guy” in the industrial maintenance field. With the ability to perform independently a variety of mechanical and building maintenance tasks including masonry, carpentry, electrical, painting, assembling, welding, metal working and equipment repairs, Curtis quickly became an asset to the facilities department. He retired in December 2016 after 14-years of service.

Juliana A. Eames, of Watertown, began working at the College in 1979 after earning her associate’s degree in executive secretarial science in 1977. She joined Jefferson as a secretary in the nursing department and former Learning Resource Center. In 1997, she transferred to the Liberal Arts Division where she served the college 37-years. Eames was an active member of the JCC Educational Support Professionals and held numerous positions including secretary at the time she retired. In addition, she served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, advisor of the Dionysian Players, secretary of the Spirit of Jefferson Committee, and member of Professionals Secretaries International. She retired in December 2016.

George Y. Hoistion, Jr., of Watertown, joined the JCC facilities department in 2001 as an evening shift custodian. In 2012, he advanced to performing maintenance work, grounds care and snow removal. He worked 15-years of his career at Jefferson and retired in December 2016.

Matthew R. Lambert, of Delmar, joined Jefferson in 1991 as an assistant counselor. In 1994, he was appointed counselor and then in 2012, student success counselor. Lambert holds an associate’s degree from Hudson Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland, a master’s degree from Alfred University and a master’s degree from SUNY Oswego. In 2008, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. During his 25-year tenure, Lambert served on numerous committees, chaired the EverGREEN committee, and co-chaired the College’s North Country Community Cup team. He retired in September 2016.

Carole A. McCoy, of Sackets Harbor, joined Jefferson as the College’s fifth, and first female, president in February 2007. Under her leadership, the College achieved several milestones including construction of Jefferson’s first student housing, development of the Higher Education Center, construction of the Deans Collaborative Learning Center, transformation of the Dewey Library Building to the Gregor Building, and creation of the Health & Wellness Center. In 2016, Carole received the prestigious Athena® Award from the Greater Watertown North Country (GWNC) Chamber of Commerce. On May 10, 2017 Dr. McCoy was honored with the Fort Drum Woman of the Mountain Award. She served as a board member of WPBS, the Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce, United Way of NNY, Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, Samaritan Keep Home and Victims Assistance Center. She is a member of Rotary, former North Country Heart Walk chair, and a frequent guest judge at numerous community events. She will retire in June after 10-years of service to the College.

Craig T. Sherbino, of Theresa, started working at Jefferson in April 1990 as a building maintenance mechanic I. In addition to his many talents for general carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, grounds care and snow removal, he maintained the campus clock systems and was the campus locksmith. In June 2013, he was promoted to senior building maintenance mechanic I. He retired in October 2016 after serving the College for 27-years.

Pamela F. Smith, of Newton Falls, joined Jefferson in 1992 as an adjunct lecturer and part-time academic advisor before she became a full-time instructor of mathematics in 1999. Smith was promoted to assistant professor in 2002 and associate professor in 2015. She served on numerous campus committees including the Middle States workgroup and chaired the math department and the development education workgroup. Furthermore, she was a member of the Faculty Association social committee. She retired in December 2016.

Judy L. Traynor, of Watertown, began her career at Jefferson in 1994 as an adjunct instructor of nursing. In 1997, she was appointed full-time faculty, then in 2001 she was promoted to assistant professor, and in 2008, promoted to associate professor. Traynor served on the nursing program review committees, advised the JCC Student Nurses Association and accompanied nursing students to the Annual National Student Nurse Conventions. She holds a bachelor’s in nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh, a master’s in nursing and family nurse practitioner from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and a post master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from University at Buffalo. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University in 2001. She retired in May 2016.

Rosanne N. Weir, of Watertown, was hired in 1977 as the College’s first admissions counselor. In 1989, she was promoted to Admissions Director and held that position until 2015 when she was promoted to Dean for Enrollment. Weir chaired the Adult Learner Committee and formed a partnership with SUNY Oswego to develop Start Now, a program that enables students from NYC to start at Jefferson and seamlessly transfer to SUNY Oswego. Most recently, she led the implementation of the new model of service in Enrollment Services. In 1989, SUNY recognized Weir as the College’s first recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She holds a master’s degree from SUNY Oswego and a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University. She retired in May after 40-years of service to the College.  

Sharon L. Zaffarano, of Gouverneur, joined the College’s custodial team in 1989. She was promoted to building maintenance mechanic in 2009 and retired from this position in December 2016 after 28-years of service to the College. Zaffarano dedicated her career to providing a commitment to excellence and outstanding customer service. In 2016, Sharon received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Retirees receiving Emeriti status are:

Mary Lou L. Bertrand, of Watertown, Professor Emerita; retired after serving the College for 29-years. She chaired the Business Studies department for 5-years, served as acting associate dean of the Business Division in 1991 and was the strategic planning coordinator for 4-years. She served on the Facilities Planning Steering Committee during the construction of the Jules Center. In 2000, she was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

Terry A. Heagle, of Carthage, Continuing Education Coordinator Emeritus; retired in 2015 after 25-years of dedicated service to the College. Terry assisted the military community on Fort Drum and oversaw the military inventory transcript program. Terry served as treasurer of the Faculty Association for 10 years in addition to serving on several Faculty Association negotiation committees. He chaired the Individual Studies program 5-year reviews on four occasions and served as chair of the Campus Life Committee from 1999-2002.

Patricia R. Mattraw, of Watertown, Assistant College Registrar Emerita; retired after serving the College for 37-years. Among her many talents, Mattraw’s initiative and technology skills were integral to Jefferson being a successful, early adopter of a new online degree audit software system in the early 1990’s. During her tenure, her dedication and service to Jefferson was recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the Thomas W. Myers Award for Co-curricular Service, and the 2004 Cannoneer’s Most Outstanding Contributor to Athletics Award.

Julie A. Stevenson, of Plessis, College Service Emerita; retired as a secretary after serving the College for 36-years. Over the years, she served on more than 14-committees and supported student activities as advisor of JCC’s Phi Omega Upsilon Sorority, co-chair of the tri-county North Country Women’s Issues in the 90’s Conference. As a trained domestic violence/rape advocate, she was honored with the Jefferson County Women’s Center Volunteer of the Year Award in 1992. 

Mark D. Strader, of Adams, College Service Emeritus; retired in 2013 as senior building maintenance mechanic I after 23-years of service to the College. He was integral to the logistical success of campus events and instrumental in renovation projects. He was honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service in 2013.

Jefferson Community College recognized these current employees for years of service:   

Five Years: Bruce F. Alexander of Dexter, Dawn Bartlett of Watertown, Anthony J. Burgess of Watertown, Heather M. Cole of Gouverneur, Andrew N. Draper of Watertown, Kimberly E. Honeywell of Watertown, Julie Hosbach of Watertown, Deanna L. Lothrop of Chaumont, Maryann Pierce of Redwood, Christine D. Pristash of Sackets Harbor, Shawna M. Spencer of Richland, Jason E. Tessier of Sandy Creek, Katy E. Troester-Trate of Watertown, Cassondra Widrick-Phillips of LaFargeville

Ten Years: James P.R. Ambrose of Black River, Ronald D. Curtis of Calcium, Daniel J. Dupee II of Sackets Harbor, Christine M. Grimes Topping of Sackets Harbor, Carole A. McCoy of Sackets Harbor, Renee L. Patterson of Watertown, Christopher Rowland of Watertown, Allen J. Speno of Chaumont

Fifteen Years: Stephen E. Arnold of Natural Bridge, Mark D. Irwin of Watertown, Tina M. Kimmis of Brownville, Tricia M. Richardson of Dexter

Twenty Years: Melody A. Brenon of Dexter, Eric F. Constance of Sackets Harbor, Genny E. Pond of Pulaski, Rachael L. Riordan of Adams Center, Lisa Scrivani-Tidd of Alexandria Bay, Pamela F. Smith of Newton Falls, Deborah A. Steinberg of Calcium

Twenty-Five Years: Michael Babcock of Sackets Harbor, Larry G. Covell of Watertown, Monica J. Papagni of Adams Center, Sheri Jo Russell of Watertown, Robin Stephenson of Redwood, Alexander Vickers of Watertown, Jeffrey Wiley of Dexter

Thirty Years: Rebecca R. Small Kellogg of Dexter, John W. Wagar of Watertown

Thirty-Five Years: Tina A. Berkey of Adams Center, Cheryl R. Ditch of Henderson Harbor

Forty Years: Rosanne N. Weir of Watertown


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Emeriti pictured here with Board of Trustees Chair Terry N. Fralick and College President Carole A. McCoy (far left) are (l-r) Terry A. Heagle, Continuing Education Coordinator Emeritus; Julie A. Stevenson, College Service Emerita; Mary Lou L. Bertrand, Professor Emerita; and Mark D. Strader, College Service Emeritus. Not pictured: Patricia R. Mattraw, Assistant College Registrar Emerita.


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Recognized for 35-years of service to the College is Tina A. Berkey (left) and Cheryl R. Ditch.


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Recognized for 40-years of service to the College is Rosanne N. Weir.