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Jefferson CC Honors Retirees, Emeriti

Jefferson Community College Honors Retirees & Emeriti at Annual Recognition Ceremony

by Pamela J. Dixon, Public Relations Technical Specialist

Jefferson Community College (JCC) observed the retirement of seven faculty and staff, four newly-appointed emeriti, and honored 40 current employees for milestone years of service to the College at its annual Recognition Celebration held on Friday, May 1, 2015. The honorees’ combined years of service to the College: 736. 

Retiring and Retired JCC employees recognized were:

Karen A. Carr, of Watertown, joined Jefferson in 1990 as the administrative assistant to the president and retired in July as assistant to the College president. Karen has the unique distinction of having served four of Jefferson’s five presidents during her 25-year tenure with the College. She has been involved in nearly every facet of the campus community and many significant events within Jefferson’s history including 25 commencement ceremonies, three presidential inaugurations, and the College’s 50th anniversary celebration. In 1998, Carr received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service and in 2011, she was recognized by the Alumni Association as recipient of the Jeffersonian Award.

Kevin M. Clark, of Cape Vincent, came to Jefferson as a custodian in 1983. In 2004 he was promoted to Building Maintenance Mechanic and promoted again in 2005 to Senior Building Maintenance Mechanic II. As a senior member of the facilities staff, Kevin was responsible for facility operations on campus such as equipment repairs, grounds work and scheduled maintenance during off-hours. He retired in October 2014 after 31 years of service to Jefferson.

Terry A. Heagle, of Carthage, joined Jefferson in 1990 as an adjunct instructor for the Business Division and in 1997, he was appointed to the position of continuing education coordinator in the Continuing Education Division. Heagle spent the latter part of his Jefferson career on Fort Drum assisting the military community with achieving their educational goals. He also managed the military inventory transcript program and served as Faculty Association treasurer for 10 years. Terry retired in December 2014 after 25 years of service to the college.

Kathleen A. Lane, of Dexter, came to Jefferson in 1981 as a keypunch operator when college data was entered via cards on keypunch machines. When technology changed, Lane’s position became data entry machine operator in 1997 and in 2004, she was promoted to computer support specialist. In the community, Lane has dedicated her time to three primary charities – Relay for Life, the Kidney Foundation and the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, the latter of which she served as a board member for three years. Lane retired in May after 24 years of service to the college.

Michael E. Perry, of Watertown, joined the Learning and Success Center at Jefferson as a professional tutor in 2008 right after earning his associate’s degree in accounting from the college. In 2009, he joined the financial services office as an account clerk where he assisted more than 1,000 students navigate their financial aid questions and answers. Perry served on the JCC Alumni Association Board of Directors and as the treasurer for the JCC Educational Support Professionals Association. He retired in January 2015.  

Michele A. Price, of Dexter, joined the campus community in 1989 as the food service director responsible for the Courtyard Cafeteria and campus catering and in 1990 she became an employee of the Faculty Student Association. Michele also began managing campus bookstore operations when she became the director of retail operations in 2008. Michele was a fixture on the Retirement and Recognition Committee for 25 years and also served on the commencement committee for six years. She retired in July 2014.

Suzanne W. Wadhams, of Chaumont, came to Jefferson in 1995 as a systems analyst in the computer center, and after 20 years of service, she retired in February 2015. Sue’s critical thinking and organizational skills were integral to the success of the college’s migration from the Student Information System (SIS) to JCC’s current Banner system, an implementation that took place campus-wide from 2007-2011. Sue was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service in 2011.

Jefferson Community College retirees who received Emeriti status were:

B. Patricia Barbalich, Professor Emerita; retired as an associate professor of math after serving the college for 20 years as a distinguished faculty member in the Math/Science Division. Pat was involved in many aspects of the campus community including academic, social, and cultural activities, but was perhaps best known for going above and beyond for her students. In 1975, she was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Barbara E. Harter, College Service Emerita; retired in 2008 after 15 years of dedicated service to the College as a typist in the Office of the Registrar. During her tenure, Barb served as president of the JCC Women’s Organization, secretary of Jefferson’s Educational Support Professionals Association, and co-chair of the annual United Way campaign at Jefferson. In 2000, Barb was named the Jefferson County Association of Educational Office Professional of the Year and was conferred status as an Honorary Alumna of Jefferson in 2001. 

Marie A. Hess, Professor Emerita; retired from the College in 2013 after a 38-year career as a distinguished member of Jefferson’s nursing faculty. Marie achieved the rank of professor of nursing in 1991 and was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1996. In 2012, Marie was recognized by the Alumni Association as recipient of the Jeffersonian Award. Since retiring, Marie has maintained her strong connections with Jefferson, assisting with the paramedic accreditation application process and the implementation of a U.S. Department of Labor Grant, tutoring nursing students and adjunct instructing.

Robert L. Watts, College Service Emeritus; retired from Jefferson in 2005 after a 22-year career of service to the College. Bob was first hired by the library media center in 1983 to provide audio-visual support. From 1995 until his retirement, Bob served within the instructional technology department as a technical specialist supporting all equipment, satellite systems, teleconferences and ITV classes. Bob was honored in 1997 with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service.

JCC also recognized current employees with between five and 35 years of service.

Photo of retirees honored at Jefferson Community College's Annual Recognition Celebration (May 2015)

Jefferson Community College retirees are pictured here with college president Carole A. McCoy (far left) and David J. Clark (far right), member of the JCC board of trustees,  following the Recognition Ceremony at Jefferson Community College held on May 1, 2015.
Center L-R: Retirees Terry A. Heagle of Carthage, Karen A. Carr of Watertown, and Michael E. Perry of Watertown.

Retirees not pictured: Kevin M. Clark of Cape Vincent; Kathleen A. Lane of Dexter; Michele A. Price of Dexter; Suzanne W. Wadhams of Chaumont.

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