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Family Newsletter Fall 2015


Jefferson Community College



A Message from 

Dean Shidemantle



Dear Community Members:


It is great having you as a member of the SUNY Jefferson family!  Whether you are a new student this semester, a continuing student who has been on campus for a while, a family member or a friend of the college, you are an important part of our academic community!


I am privileged to serve as the Dean of Students and focus on creating a healthy, safe and supportive campus where students can maximize their personal potential while pursuing their educational dreams. At JCC we have an impressive student body, and an outstanding team of faculty, staff, and administrative professionals that work every day to make JCC the best that it can be.


I am responsible for leading several student life functions including residence life, student activities, judicial affairs, counseling and health services. I have a passion for residence life going back to when I was an undergraduate living in the residence halls.  Residing on campus and getting involved in student life should be strongly considered for ensuring a well-rounded undergraduate college experience.  If students need help getting involved in campus life, I encourage them to visit the Student Activities Office or the Office of Housing & Residence Life.  We will be sure to help students get connected and involved in all that JCC and Watertown, New York have to offer.


As students prepare for the academic year, it is important for them to know about, and utilize, the support services available at Jefferson. We are here to help everyone in the community to be successful both in and out of the classroom.  I am confident that students will find that the reputation of SUNY Jefferson is a strong one that will serve them well as they continue to pursue your dreams.


Best wishes for an outstanding academic year, and GO CANNONEERS!



Ronald Shidemantle

Dean of Students


Important Dates for

East Hall Residents



Monday, August 31

First day of classes


Friday, September 4 @ 5pm

Roommate agreement forms due


Wednesday, November 25

Residence halls close for Thanksgiving break at 10 p.m.


Sunday, November 29

Residence halls reopen at Noon


Wednesday, December 16 to Tuesday, December 22

24-hour quiet time for final exams


Wednesday, December 23

Residence halls close for winter break at Noon



JCC Students

At the Heart of CORE


Jefferson Community College’s CORE (Campus Orientation Registration Educators) program is about (current) students helping (new) students.


CORE students plays a big role at new student orientation and with college transition and retention intiatives including, but not limited to: 


  • Welcome Week Activities
  • Midterm Parties
  • Reminders of important college dates
  • Retention based phone and portal survey outreach
  • Organization and staffing of events   
  • Family Newsletters


2015 CORE Staff


Gavin Davidson, Leader

Deleha Decker, Leader


Arthur Campbell

Korie Clark

Tyler Davis

Melena Johnson

Kevin Kuhn

Lauren Perry

Kristen Stone


Here to help students, CORE staff can be reached in the Learning and Success Center, Room 6-202 (Jules Center). 




Fall 2015


Be the First To Know When Campus Closes   



New York Alert is a system that alerts students via text message, email or phone call when there are campus closings due to inclimate weather and when campus holds a drill (ie. stay in place, fire, etc.)    

To register for NY-ALERT:


1. Log into the MYJCC portal.

2. Click on Quicklinks

3. Select "Emergency Alert Contact Information (NY-ALERT)" under Personal Information

Encourage your student to register for alerts today!

What is FERPA?


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records.


Parents and guardians will only have access to non-directory information with the student's written permission. Forms for authorization to release information are available in the Student Records office. For additional information regarding FERPA contact Student Records at 315-786-2386.  



Have You Added these Dates to Your Planner? 


Monday, October 12

Recess (No Classes)


Tuesday, October 13

Classes Resume



Wednesday, November 11

Veteran's Day (No Classes)


Monday, November 17

Last Day to Witdrawal


Tuesday, November 24 @ 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving Recess Begins


Monday, November 30

Classes Resume


Monday, December 14

Wednesday Schedule

Instruction Ends


Tuesday, December 15

Reading Day


Wednesday, December 16 to

Tuesday, December 22

Final Exams


Friday, December 18

Commencement Ceremony




Cannoneer Welcome Weekend 2015 a Success


Ahoy Mateys! Jefferson faculty/staff welcomed aboard new students, and parents alike, during the 2nd Annual Cannoneer Welcome Weekend.


New residents were welcomed by faculty and staff "Chaos Patrol" to help them move in on Friday, August 28 and took part in a barbecue, service fair, parent and student program, and a matriculation ceremony. During the evening, students were invited to participate in a fun team building activity featuring Playfair and mingle with their new peers.


During the activities on Saturday was a bus tour of Watertown, and during the evening, ice cream sundaes with sexuality educator Dr. Shuey. In the evening, East Hall residents enjoyed a boat dance while setting sail on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Alexandria Bay, the Heart of the Thousand Islands.


On Sunday, returning East Hall residents moved in while new residents were shuttled to nearby Salmon Run Mall to enjoy a free movie at the Cinema. Sunday night consisted of resident assistant (RA) floor meetings and  a bonfire.Students also had a chance to win prizes when they played bingo.


Below are some pictures from the weekend. The bonfire was a wonderful way to end an exciting weekend!!










The Learning and Success Center

Jules Center, Room 6-202