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Family Newsletter Winter 2013




JCC Welcomes the New Dean of Students





Dear Cannoneer Families:


It is great to have your family member(s) here at SUNY Jefferson!  Whether they are a new student this semester, or a continuing student who has been on campus for a while, they are an important part of our academic community!


I am privileged to serve as Jefferson’s Dean of Students and will focus on creating a healthy, safe and supportive campus where students can maximize their personal potential while pursuing their educational dreams.  In my short time at JCC, I have been impressed with both the student body, and the outstanding team of faculty, staff, and administration that work every day to make JCC the best that it can be!


At SUNY Jefferson, I am responsible for leading several student life functions including residence life, student activities, judicial affairs, counseling, and health services.  I have a passion for residence life, going back to when I was an undergraduate living in the residence halls.  Professionally, I have been a Resident Director, Assistant Director of Residence Life, a Director, and most recently, the Dean of Students at Northern Oklahoma College.  Originally from Pennsylvania, I jumped at the chance to get back to the Northeast, and have very much enjoyed my time this year in the North Country.


As students prepare for upcoming finals, it is important for them to utilize all of the support services that JCC offers.  We are here to help students as much as possible now and in the future.  CONGRATULATIONS to those students who are graduating this semester.  As soon-to-be alumni, we encourage students to stay connected to their alma mater and remember to visit campus often.  I am confident students will find the reputation of SUNY Jefferson is a strong one that will serve them well as they continue to pursue their dreams!


Best wishes to all students for an outstanding JCC experience, and GO CANNONEERS!




Ronald Shidemantle                                                                      

Dean of Students


 Jefferson's graduation rate ranks #1 among all NY community colleges!


*A Residence Hall Update* 


East Hall will open Fall 2014!!


Construction continues on Jefferson's new 298-bed residence hall that will house eight student resident assistants and two professional resident directors who will live in the hall and be available 24/7 to assist students. The living space features a combination of double and single bedrooms in four spacious suites designed for six, five, four, or three-person occupancy.


Get the whole college experience at JCC - quality education, affordable tuition, record of student success, diversity of campus activities, and now student housing. Apply today!


Keep in mind that there is a required, non-refundable $250.00 housing deposit at the time of application and will be applied towards the housing costs.


To keep tabs on construction progress via webcam, to apply, or for more information, visit:




Winter weather is fast approaching!





Sign up for NY ALERT


Stay connected and allow NY Alert to inform you of any campus delays or cancellations. If you have not signed up, click on the link below and follow the steps.


North Country winters are known to pack a punch. Make sure you are prepared for winter travel.


Below are some tips for safe travel:


  • Get a tune-up
  • Check the battery and fluid levels in your vehicle
  • Check your wipers and replace if necessary
  • Fill your gas tank
  • Purchase snow/all-weather tires if possible
  • Always have supplies handy ( Ex: Sandbags/cat litter, Jumper cables, Snow brush, Flashlight, etc...)
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Clean your vehicle off completely before driving
  • Leave early
  • Drive slow


Again, safety first.  Students are not expected to put themselves at risk in order to make it to class. However,  it is your responsibility to contact your instructor(s) to inform them of any absences that may arise due to travel restrictions.






Wednesday, December 11th through Friday, December 13th in the Scanlon Tutoring Center, Melvil Dewey Library, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Exam Jam offers JCC students the opportunity to receive intensive tutoring before final exams occur. Professional and peer tutors answer content related questions while the New Student Services department provides lunch.


This is a great opportunity to get the help you need, while you relax and enjoy a delicious meal with your classmates. All JCC students are encouraged to attend.


Best of luck to everyone on your finals!!










FINALS. Just the mention of the word causes a feeling of dread. But it doesn't have to be that way! If you've been attending class, taking notes, and keeping current with your assignments, you've already gathered all the tools you need to succeed. While some anxiety is completely normal, here are some tips you can incorporate right now to prevent those nerves from getting the best of you!

  • Manage Your Time 


Study when your mind is fresh.   


Study often and in short segments if necessary.


Plan to get a good night's rest - every night.  


  • Manage Your Notes


Find a place that's comfortable, quiet, and free of distractions.


Use previous exams.


Create note-cards.


  • Manage Your Anxiety


Take the first few minutes to "empty your brain" when the exam begins.


Look over the exam to determine how to budget your time.


Read all directions and questions carefully.


Focus. Take it one question at a time.


Use the exam to help you.



**Be sure to check the student Portal for more elaborate study tips beginning Wednesday, December 11th**





Up & Coming at JCC


Changes to High School Equivalency Testing


There are big changes coming in 2014 for those seeking their high school equivalency diploma. The new High School Equivalency Test called TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) will replace the GED® Test in the beginning of 2014.  To assist those seeking their high school equivalency diploma, Jefferson will be offering an exam prep course beginning in March 2014.


This exam prep course is for adults who want to develop the skills and understanding necessary to pass New York State's Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam (formerly known as GED). To be eligible for this prep course - adults must no longer be enrolled in high school and have the ability to learn at an 8th grade or higher level as demonstrated through a college assessment exam. They must also have plans to continue, at some point, with college.


Workshop Schedule:


CED 500 701

Workshop Date: March 3, 2014 - June 9, 2014 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Yancey & Marc Davis

Location: Room E-115

Cost: $25


CED 500 702

Workshop Date: March 4, 2014 - June 5, 2014 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Instructor: Teal Abel & Todd Parody

Location: Room 6-106

Cost: $25


For more information, please contact the Continuing Education Division at 315-786-2233 or in E-100 of the Extended Learning Center on campus.






FALL 2013


Instruction Ends......Mon. December 9, 2013


Reading Day......Tue. December 10, 2013


Final Exams......Wed. December 11 through Tue. December 17, 2013


Grades Due......Fri. December 20, 2013




Register for Winterim Classes Online

(Closes at 5:00pm)......Thurs. December 19, 2013


Winterim Classes Begin......Thurs. December 26, 2013


Winterim Classes End......Thurs. January 16, 2014




Spring Tuition Bills Due......Thurs. January 2, 2014


Faculty Report Back......Wed. January 15, 2014


Last Day to register for early and Full-Term

Online Classes for Spring 2014......Thurs. January 16, 2014


Instruction Begins......Tues. January 21, 2014



Textbook Buybacks!


Make some extra cash before break by cashing in on your used textbooks!


Where? The FSA Bookstore

When? Monday, December 9th through Thursday, December 19th

Times? Monday-Thursday, 9am to 4pm and Friday from 9am to 3pm









Wishing you and your families a Merry Holiday & a Happy New Year!!!