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Alissa Donnell

JCC’s Agri-Business Program Takes Root with Alissa Donnell

When thinking about agri-business, you might think of someone having a family farm background.  Not so with Jefferson’s agri-business instructor Alissa Donnell. She grew up in Liverpool, New York without any knowledge of agriculture education when she began college at the University of Delaware.  She has always had a love of animals, especially horses, and discovered agriculture education while at Delaware and discovered this was her calling. She graduated with her bachelor in science degree in 2001 and accepted a management position with Hallston Manor, an equine facility in Clay, New York. ......

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Christine Grimes-Topping

The Style and Grammar of Dr. Christine Grimes-Topping

With just a twist of fate, Jefferson’s assistant professor of English, Dr. Christine Grimes-Topping could have easily been astronaut Christine Grimes-Topping. Growing up in Texas and living next to NASA, Christine had dreams of space travel as a child, and it wasn’t until much later in her life that she recognized her true passion lay with her feet firmly planted in a classroom.

Christine earned her bachelor in arts degree in business and English from Regis University in 2000 and thereafter was hired as a manager at Target. Realizing business was not her passion, she decided to pursue her master’s degree and attended......

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Dawn Robinson

Getting Down to Business with Dawn Robinson

Dawn Robinson is not only one of our business instructors here at Jefferson, she is also an alum!  Dawn graduated from Jefferson with an associate in applied science degree in retail business management in 1997 and during her time here as a student, she formed many relationships with both staff and faculty.  Professor Cherie Ditch was one professor who helped guide and mentor Dawn throughout her time at Jefferson. “I like to refer to Cherie as my mom away from mom; anytime I needed guidance she was always there to pull me back to earth, and still is,” she said.   After graduation......

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Dr. Lisa Scrivani-Tidd

Dr. Lisa Scrivani-Tidd … ORGAN-ically Inclined

Dr. Lisa Scrivani-Tidd is Jefferson Community College’s professor of music and she is also director of music and organist at the Church of St. Lawrence in Alexandria Bay, N.Y.  Growing up in Niagara Falls, Dr. Scrivani-Tidd had an almost instantaneous love of music and began lessons at a young age. “I began my lessons at age 6 and just excelled at the saxophone and organ. I told my parents when I was a senior in high school that I wanted to be an organ major at SUNY Fredonia; I always knew music was going to be life,” she said.

Dr. Scrivani-Tidd was true to her word and earned her bachelor of music degree in music......

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