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CCS Honors Three Individuals with Service Awards

The Center for Community Studies (CCS) at Jefferson Community College (JCC) honored two longtime CCS supporters and an exceptional Jefferson student at its annual meeting on June 17.

Jefferson president emeritus Dr. John W. Deans, whose initial vision helped establish the Center in 1999, and Cornell Cooperative Extension executive director Dr. Richard L. Halpin, who was a founding Center director, were both honored for their “continuous dedication, service, outstanding leadership, and support of research throughout the existence of the Center.”

Jefferson student Christopher M. Roberts, Lowville, was recognized with an “Over the Top” Service Award for his abundant enthusiasm, participation and support during the Jefferson county survey process.

“Without these dedicated and visionary professionals, the Center would not exist,” says Richard R. LeClerc, director of the Center for Community Studies at JCC. “Through their hard work and conviction, the Center was established and recognized as a valuable community asset. This could not be sustained without the active involvement of hundreds of our students each year. The experiential learning experience for Jefferson students is mutually beneficial.”

The CCS mission supports and facilitates a wide range of community-building and educational activities that engage the community. In collaboration with community partners, the Center conducts unbiased community-based research and provides a forum for the productive discussion of ideas and issues of significance to the community.

(l–r) Richard R. LeClerc, Director of the Center for Community Studies at JCC; Dr. John W. Deans, JCC president emeritus; Christopher M. Roberts, Jefferson student; Dr. Richard L. Halpin, Cornell Cooperative Extension executive director and Joel F. LaLone, research coordinator for the Center for Community Studies and professor of math at JCC.