JCC Students Named to All-New York Academic Team


Jefferson Community College (JCC) is pleased to announce that Belinda G. Jones, Fort Drum, and , Watertown, have been named to the All-New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges.  To be chosen for the All-New York Academic Team, students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 and have a history of scholarly achievement. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement.

Belinda Jones is originally from Kinston, North Carolina.  She began her studies at Jefferson in 2010 and received her first degree, an associate of science in human services, from Jefferson in 2012.  In May, Jones will be graduating with her second Jefferson degree, an associate of arts degree in liberal arts - humanities and social sciences.   With her 4.0 GPA, Belinda has earned President’s List honors every semester she has taken classes at Jefferson and is a member of Jefferson’s Tau Xi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. In 2012, she was named outstanding human services student by the Liberal Arts Division. Most recently, Jones was one of only 20 students named to the PTK All-USA Community College Academic Team. She plans to transfer to East Carolina University to earn her bachelor’s in social work and pursue a career in the human services field as a childcare center licensor. 

During her time at Jefferson, Jones has clearly established herself as a leader within the classroom as well as with co-curricular activities.   Belinda is a participant in Jefferson’s Honors Program which provides an individualized and enriched learning opportunity for academically motivated students.  While serving as vice president of the human services club and human services curriculum assistant, Jones collaborated with one of her instructors to spearhead and assist with the development of a fieldwork manual to be used by both Jefferson human services internship students and fieldwork site supervisors.  

Currently, Belinda serves as a student representative on the Faculty Student Association Board of Directors and has served on several campus committees including the academic calendar committee, a Chancellor’s Award selection committee and, most recently, the Strategic Planning committee.  Jones is current president of Jefferson’s Student Government and under her leadership this past year Student Government has held two successful blood drives and has sponsored 18 club activities to date that benefit both the campus and community at large.   In the community, Belinda lends her time to Relay for Life and the American Heart Association, organizing and participating in fundraisers for both organizations.  Belinda and her husband Casey have been stationed at Fort Drum since 2010 and they have two children, Adam and Abby. 

Vidhi Udeshi is a 2011 graduate of Watertown High School and will graduate from Jefferson in May with an associate of science degree in business administration.  With her 3.44 grade point average, Vidhi has earned President’s List honors at Jefferson Community College and is a member and current president of Jefferson’s Tau Xi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.  Vidhi has distinguished herself as a leader on campus and is current president and past treasurer of the business club on campus, and also served as treasurer of the International Club.   Additionally, she has served on the College’s Completion Day committee, Entrepreneurship Day Committee, Heart Walk Logistics Committee of PTK, as well as volunteered at a variety of campus events including the Theory of a Deadman concert, student government sponsored blood drives, and assisted the Center for Community Studies administration of the annual Lewis County Survey of the Community.  Due in part to her work on behalf of Business Club in assisting with the annual Entrepreneurship Day event, Vidhi received SUNY’s new Emerging Leader Award in November 2012.

Vidhi plans to transfer to Baruch College, City University of New York, and major in international business with a concentration in finance. She is planning for a career as a corporate attorney.

Ms. Jones and Ms. Udeshi were among 73 students from across all SUNY and CUNY (City University of New York) community college campuses honored April 4 at the annual All-New York Phi Theta Kappa Awards Ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.  

“The students we honor today have strong records of achievement as student leaders, scholar athletes, aspiring artists, and community volunteers,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “By exhibiting excellence in class, on campus, and in their local communities, these students truly represent the power of SUNY and we honor them with great pride. Congratulations to all the students being recognized today.”

The Phi Theta Kappa ceremony is jointly sponsored by the New York Community College Trustees, New York Community College Association of Presidents and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.