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JCC Honors Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Fame Inductees

(l-r) Thomas Greene, Hall of Fame Inductee; Sonya A. Comins, Professional Achievement Award; Jeff Cole, Community Service Award; and Michele L. Capone, Jeffersonian Award. Unavailable for photo: Joseph Jones, Hall of Fame Inductee.

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held its annual Distinguished Alumni and Cannoneer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on September 28, 2017. Three distinguished alumni were recognized for their professional achievement and exemplary commitment to their community and Jefferson Community College. Two members were inducted into the Class of 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame for their outstanding athletic success and significant contributions to JCC’s athletic program.   

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni honorees are Michelle L. Capone, Class of 1995, Jeff Cole, and Sonya A. Comins, Class of 1993.  

Capone, Watertown, received the Jeffersonian Award for her significant history of volunteerism, civic involvement, humanitarian undertakings and service to Jefferson Community College. She holds an associate degree from Jefferson, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree from SUNY Oswego. Capone is the Director of Regional Development for the Development Authority of the North Country. She is a board member of several organizations including the Northern New York-Fort Drum Association of the United States Army, United Way of Northern New York, CREDO Foundation, Watertown Industrial Center Local Development Corporation, Carthage Industrial Development Corporation and JCC Foundation. Michelle has been recognized as a “40 Under 40 Leader” by the Watertown Daily Times and by NYS Senator Patty Ritchie as a “Woman of Distinction.”

Cole, West Carthage, received the Community Service Award presented to a member of the campus community, either through employment or significant service on college leadership or advisory boards, and exemplifies volunteerism, civic involvement, humanitarian undertakings and service to Jefferson. He holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh. Cole served 14-years as anchor of WWNY TV/WNYF and in May, was named producer of the station’s 6 PM broadcast. Cole is a multi-recipient of awards from the Associated Press and New York State Broadcasters Association. Cole is the inspiration behind Braman’s Block, the Habitat for Humanity project located in Carthage. In the community, Cole is known to emcee a variety of fundraising events including the annual Polar Bear Dip in Alexandria Bay and Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ in Clayton. He serves on the Foundation Board for Hospice of Jefferson County and is in his 12th year of teaching at Jefferson.

Comins, Chaumont, received the Professional Achievement Award for her significant professional growth, leadership abilities, and recognition for success. She holds an associate degree from Jefferson and both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from SUNY Cortland. Employed at SUNY Cortland since 1998, Comins served 19 years as athletic trainer and for the past 13 years, as head athletic trainer overseeing a team of 40 who provide services to more than 25 SUNY Cortland sports teams. An active member of SUNY Cortland’s athletic training academic program, Comins is a clinical instructor, teacher, and academic advisor. Comins is a member of the JCC 1992 women’s basketball team who won the College’s first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III Championship and was inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. She is recipient of the 2000 John L. Sciera Award for outstanding service to the SUNY Cortland athletic training program and the 2007 Fraser Stokes Award for service to SUNY Cortland athletics.

Capone, Cole and Comins join over 90 alumni who have been honored as Distinguished Alumni since the program’s inception in 1989.

The Cannoneer Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductees are Thomas Greene, Lake George, and Joseph Jones, Class of 1972,of Delray Beach, Florida.

Greene, a Watertown native, is a former member of the JCC baseball and men’s basketball teams and was named to NJCAA All-Region III baseball team in 1966. He co-organized the Holiday Basketball Shootout, a fundraiser for the JCC men and women’s basketball teams currently in its 25th year. Among his accomplishments, Greene was named Section III Official of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York and was instrumental in bringing the Coaches vs Cancer fundraiser to the Frontier League.    

Jones, an Ogdensburg native, is a member of the Professional Golf Association (PGA). A two-sport athlete during his time at JCC, Jones’ accomplishments in golf and basketball include winning the NJCAA Region III Golf Championship in 1972 and being named University of North Carolina at Asheville Outstanding College Athlete in basketball. Among his accomplishments, Jones coached the 1996 and 1998 U.S.A. Maccabi Transatlantic Cup Team, is head golf professional at Delaire Country Club for 30 years, and has participated in over 100 golf tournaments to benefit numerous charities.

Since its inception in 2009, Jefferson has inducted thirty-four members and the 1992 Women’s Basketball team into its Athletic Hall of Fame. 

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