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Jefferson CC Honors Retirees, Employees

Jefferson Community College Honors Retirees and Employees (2016)

Jefferson Community College (JCC) observed the retirement of nine faculty and staff and honored those for milestone years of service to the College at its annual Recognition Celebration held on Friday, May 6, 2016. Combined years of service to the College total 520.  

 Jefferson Community College 2016 event honoring recently-retired employees and employees who have reached select employment milestones for years of service.
Jefferson Community College retirees pose with President JoAnn C. Baker at JCC’s annual Recognition Celebration on May 6th. From left to right:  Marlene P. Johnson of Dexter, Thomas W. Vincent of Brownville, Sheri J. Madlin of Watertown, JoAnn C. Baker of Watertown, President McCoy (in green), Patricia K. Jaacks of Watertown, Paul J. Amyot of Plessis, and Cynthia A. Shelmidine of Mannsville. Retirees not pictured: Jeffrey A. Moore of Dexter and Rebecca E. Buchanan of Albany. 

The retirees honored were:

Paul J. Amyot, of Plessis, started his career at Jefferson as a building maintenance mechanic in August 2001. Amyot was responsible for keeping the campus and all of its buildings and facilities warm in the winter and cool in the summer by servicing and maintaining the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. In September 2008, he was promoted to senior building maintenance mechanic and retired from this position in November 2015 after serving the College for 15 years.

JoAnn C. Baker, of Watertown, joined Jefferson in April 1995 as a part-time typist in the student activities office. In September 1995, she joined the registrar’s office and in September 2000, she became a full-time typist.  After ten years of service working in the registrar’s office, she transferred to the admissions office where she worked until her retirement in April 2016. Baker was responsible for assisting prospective students, clerical duties, and contributing to the day-to-day operations of the admissions office. During her 21 years of service to the College, JoAnn served on the Scholarship Committee for the JCC-ESP and volunteered at several student activities, commencement ceremonies, and the JCC Women’s Organization craft fair. She holds an associate’s degree from SUNY Canton.

Rebecca E. Buchanan, of Albany, started teaching at JCC in 1983 as an adjunct instructor of sociology and criminal justice. In 1987, she was hired full-time as an instructor of human services. In 1990, she was promoted to assistant professor and then in 1996 to associate professor. During her 29-year tenure at Jefferson, Buchanan was involved in many facets of the campus community. She contributed to the curriculum development for the human services and early childhood education degree programs and chaired the social sciences department. She served on 23 search committees, the affirmative action committee, several Middle States committees, campus life committee of which she chaired, and advised the human services club. Additionally, Buchanan served on the commencement committee for 25 years and is the longest serving marshal of JCC’s commencement exercises. She holds an associate’s degree from Jefferson, a bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Technology, and two master’s degrees, in criminal justice from SUNY Albany and in human services/counseling from SUNY Oswego. Becky received the Outstanding Alumni in Teaching Excellence Award from SUNY Albany. She retired in July 2015.

Patricia K. Jaacks, of Watertown, first joined the College as an adjunct instructor of medical microbiology. She was hired full-time in 2003 as an instructor of biology and was promoted to assistant professor in 2007 and then to associate professor in 2012. It is from this position she will retire in May 2016. During her 13-year tenure, Jaacks played a key role in developing the College’s annual Super Science Saturday (SSS) event launched in 2008 and serving as co-chair of the SSS committee. Additionally, she co-chaired the instructional technology advisory committee and served on committees including those for curriculum, advising, campus life, enrollment, and web redesign. In 2008, she received the Thomas W. Myers Award for Co-curricular Service and in 2013 received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and a master’s degree from SUNY Potsdam.

Marlene P. Johnson, of Dexter, started working at Jefferson as a nursing lab coordinator in 2009. As a member of the College’s robust nursing department, Johnson assisted with incorporating simulation at all levels into the nursing program. She served on many committees of the nursing department along with the admissions committee. She is a longtime member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and through the American Heart Association, she is an instructor for Basic Life Support. Johnson earned a certificate in simulation from Drexel University and holds an RN diploma from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from SUNY Plattsburgh. She retired from JCC in April 2016.

Sheri J. Madlin, of Watertown, joined Jefferson in 2001 as an account clerk in the financial services office. Prior to coming to JCC, she worked 21 years at Champion International Paper Company. Among her duties at Jefferson, Madlin was responsible for verifying financial information and answering questions about scholarships and grants. It is from this position she retired in April 2016 after 15 years of service to the College. In the community, Madlin is a longtime member of the Watertown Elks Lodge. She holds an associate’s degree from Jefferson.

Jeffrey A. Moore, of Dexter, joined Jefferson in February 1984 as a data processing programmer. Seven months later, he was named the assistant data processing programmer and in June 1999, he was promoted to computer programmer. He retired from this position in January 2016. Over the years, Moore worked to stay current in his field by taking college courses from SUNY Oswego and SUNY Empire. His skills were critical in the success of many different software application launches including a loan default system, the veterans benefit system and the College’s migration from the Student Information System to JCC’s current Banner system.  He holds an associate’s degree in data processing from Jefferson. Moore dedicated 32 years to the College’s computer center and information technology. 

Cynthia A. Shelmidine, of Mannsville, began working at the College in 1990 as an adjunct instructor and joined the full-time faculty staff in 1996 as an instructor of criminal justice. In 2000, she was promoted to assistant professor of criminal justice and it is from this position she will retire in May. During her 26-year tenure at Jefferson, Shelmidine served on numerous committees and chaired the public safety department for 12 years. She is a member of the Alumni Advisory Council and past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, co-advisor of the criminal justice club and member of the Criminal Justice Education Association of New York State. For the past 14 years, she planned and organized the College’s annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony. In 2008, she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. In the community, she serves as the president of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance. Shelmidine holds two associate degrees from Jefferson, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree from SUNY Albany.

Thomas W. Vincent, of Brownville, started his career at Jefferson in 2003 as a microcomputer application specialist. Along with his degree from Jefferson, Vincent holds many instructional technology (IT) certifications such as Microsoft certification, EASI (Equal Access to Software & Information) and Extron Electronics.  In addition to day-to-day duties in the IT department, Vincent served on committees including: four search committees, Middle States Accreditation (twice), EverGREEN, and Institutional Effectiveness. Tom retired in August 2015 after 12 years of service to Jefferson.

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