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JCC Annual Recognition Celebration 2018

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Retirees available for photo pose with Trustee Chair Terry Fralick (2nd from left) and College President Ty Stone (3rd from left) are (left to right): Donald Johnson, Pamela Kaus and Betsy Penrose.

Jefferson Community College (JCC) observed the retirement of eight faculty and staff, and honored those for milestone years of service to the College at its annual Recognition Celebration held on Friday, May 4, 2018. Combined years of service to the College total 600.  

Retirees are:

Thomas A. Baker of Watertown, joined the humanities department faculty at Jefferson in 2003. During the course of his career, he achieved the rank of associate professor. It is from this position he will retire in August 2018. Baker served 14 years of his 15-year tenure as chair of the humanities department. Additionally, he organized humanity themed events of interest to the public. He holds an associate’s degree from Olive Harvey College, a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, a master’s and doctorate degree from Marquette University.

Tina M. Berkey, of Adams Center, joined the College as a typist shortly after graduating from Jefferson in 1982. During her 35-year tenure at the College, she provided administrative support to the director of advising, transfer credit evaluators, academic advisors, and enrollment services. Berkey served the College as secretary of Senate, president of the JCC Women’s Organization, secretary of the Academic Affairs Committee, team captain of the JCC Relay for Life team, and vice president of the Jefferson County Association of Educational Office Professionals. She holds both an associate’s degree in executive secretarial science and an associate’s degree in humanities and social sciences from Jefferson. She retired in June 2017.

Ann L. Clark-Moore, of Dexter, joined the English department faculty at Jefferson in 1991. She rose to the ranks of associate professor and it is from this position she retired in December 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas, a master’s degree from Wake Forest University and a doctorate, A.B.D., from Syracuse University. She retired in December 2017. She served the College 26 years. 

Virginia M. House, of Dexter, joined Jefferson in November 2008 in the registrar’s office. During her 9-year career at the College, House assisted numerous students on a daily basis with a variety of course-related tasks including class registration, dropping/adding classes, withdrawals and much more. House holds an associate’s degree from Powelson Business Institute. She retired in June 2017.

Donald R. Johnson, of Watertown, was hired in 1996 as the College’s extension site coordinator on Fort Drum. In 2005, he was promoted to director of military programs and it is from this position he retired in July 2017. In addition to overseeing the daily operation of the College’s Fort Drum extension site, he served as the College liaison with Fort Drum and as point of contact for all college military related programs. Johnson was a member of the SUNY Military and Veteran Advisory Committee, New York Advisory Council on Military Education, American Council on Adult and Continuing Education, and the Northern New York Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. He was a member of the JCC Academic Affairs Committee and the JCC Adult Learner Committee. He received the Fort Drum Man of the Mountain Award in 2016 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree from Elmira College. He served the College 21 years.

Pamela Kaus, of Watertown, started at Jefferson in September 2010 as an instructor of human services and is retiring as assistant professor of human services. During her 8-year tenure, she developed and managed all required internships for the human services and chemical dependency programs. She served on many committees including Curriculum Committee and Student Conduct Board. From 2013-2015, she chaired the Campus Life Committee. Additionally, she served as advisor of the human services club and student government. Kaus received the Thomas W. Myers Co-Curricular Service Award in 2015 and the National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Service to Students Award in 2016. Kaus holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Purchase, a master’s degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington and a doctorate in human development, A.B.D., from Maryland University. She will retire in May 2018.

Betsy D. Penrose, of Watertown, joined Jefferson in November 1991, as a data systems analyst to implement the College’s first integrated student information system and ultimately served the College in many capacities. The positions she held at the College include assistant director of admissions and financial aid, director of financial aid, dean of enrollment management and student life, and vice president for students. Among her many endeavors, Penrose played an integral role in student focused projects including, but not limited to: on-campus housing, Health & Wellness Center, Veterans Center, one-stop enrollment services, integrated student success services, Jefferson Community School, and campus food closet. Penrose served as president of SUNY Financial Aid Professionals and secretary of the SUNY Chief Student Affairs Officers. She received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2003, the William A. Troy Service Award, and a SUNYFAP Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service as Advocacy Chair. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical science from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in systems management from University of Southern California, and will complete a Ruffalo Noel Levitz enrollment management graduate certificate in June 2018 from Bay Path University. She retired in March 2018. Betsy served the College 27 years.

Deborah A. Steinberg, of Calcium, joined Jefferson in September 1997 as an instructor of psychology and rose to the ranks of associate professor. She served on the JCC Middle States Steering Committee, Periodic Review Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and the Foundation Board of Directors. Additionally, she served as a general education coordinator and advisor of the Early Childhood Club and Student Government. From 2011 to 2015, she served as chair of the social science department. In 2016, she received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. For 11 years, Steinberg was a member and officer of the board of directors for Pivot/Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County and served on the Community Action Planning Council’s Head Start Policy Council from 2001-2004. Steinberg holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in curriculum planning from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree in human development/child development and art education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She retires in May 2018. She served the College 21 years.

Jefferson Community College recognized these current employees for years of service:   

Five Years: James Buyea of Dexter; Alissa C. Donnell of Carthage; Chris M. Ebey of Brownville; Trisha L. Howell of Watertown; Jeffrey Kiggins of Harrisville; Jill A. Knudsen of Watertown; Katie J. Korman of Chaumont; Clifford J. Peters of Watertown; Susan Walker of Dexter; Michael A. Wicks of Harrisville

Ten Years: Michael B. Avery of Sackets Harbor; Teresa M. Boulton of Sackets Harbor; Patricia A. Crowder of Theresa; Lawrence Danforth of Corning; Leah A. Deasy of Mexico; Adrienne M. DeMiceli of Watertown; Deborah M. Elliott of Clayton; Kathy J. Flanders of Clayton; Tanya L. Hoistion of Calcium; Carleen S. Huxley of Sackets Harbor; Brandon L. Maxam of Oswego; Charlene M. Moser of Croghan; Beverly M. Norton of Watertown; Roy C. Romano of Watertown; Raymond R. Side Redwood; Roxanna J. Silsby of Gouverneur; Gabrielle M. Thompson of Watertown

Fifteen Years: Richard E. Merryman of Watertown; Gerald Zoanetti of Henderson Harbor

Twenty Years: Paul A. Alteri of Watertown; Kathryn L. Brownell of Dexter; Charlotte G. LaShomb of Clayton; Cheryl M. Martin of Watertown; Lynn M. Sprott of Watertown; Sheree A. Trainham of Chaumont


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Twenty-Five Years: (above l-r) Venkat Chebolu of Watertown; Paul F. Rowe of Watertown; Gail A. Patrick of Theresa


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Thirty Years: (above l-r) Linda S. Dening of Lowville; Kimberly S. Stearns of Rodman; Courtney Bauer of Redfield; Rosemary Deusser-Jensen of Watertown


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Thirty-Five Years (above): Michael White of Chaumont