Building Renamed in Honor of Sheldon Foundation

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Building Renamed in Honor of Sheldon Foundation

The following is an excerpt from JCC’s 2017 annual Report:

“One of JCC’s most versatile buildings now bears the name of those who established the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.

The Arts & Sciences Center, built in 1968, was renamed the Isabella M. and Ralph C. Sheldon Center in honor of the Sheldon Foundation of Jamestown for its long-standing support of capital and programming projects. The foundation awarded a $1.1 million grant in 2017 to renovate and upgrade facilities and equipment for JCC’s music program in the building.

Completion of the $5 million construction project is expected in January 2019. The project includes an additional 3,000 square feet to accommodate new and renovated classroom, studio, rehearsal and performance spaces.

The Sheldon Foundation has contributed nearly $5 million to JCC since the college was established in 1950. The foundation assisted with construction of JCC’s Physical Education Center, Weeks Gallery, Arts & Sciences Center, Science Center, and Carnahan Center and has also contributed to special academic program initiatives.

With grants from the Sheldon Foundation and other sources, the third floor of what is now the Sheldon Center was renovated in 2013 to create a state-of-the-art facility for JCC’s nursing program.

The Sheldon Center was the second building constructed at JCC’s Jamestown Campus. Dedicated as the Science, Engineering, and Fine Arts Center in 1968, the $1.8 million, three-level brick and stone building originally housed classrooms, labs, and a 500-seat auditorium.

Today, the building houses the Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology, as well as the Arts, Humanities, and Health Sciences divisions. The office for applied learning and College Connections, JCC’s dual enrollment program for high school students, are also located in Sheldon Center.

The Scharmann Theatre, Weeks Gallery, and Weeks Reception Hall are Sheldon Center venues for events related to the college and community.”

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Sheldon Supports In-Lake and Watershed Projects Through The Alliance

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Sheldon Supports In-Lake and Watershed Projects Through The Alliance

At its May 2018 meeting, the Sheldon Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance.  A previous grant to the Alliance resulted in a 5-Year Implementation Strategy for in-lake and watershed plans.  As part of the Strategy, a tool was developed to prioritize projects, secure funding and allocate resources. Confident that the Alliance now has the ability to coordinate lake and watershed projects, the Sheldon Foundation's Board directed a lump sum grant to the Alliance for reallocation among its membership.  The Sheldon Foundation anticipates future lake and watershed grants will be funneled through the Alliance.

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Sheldon awards funding for Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance's 5-yr ImplementationStrategy

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Sheldon awards funding for Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance's 5-yr ImplementationStrategy

The Sheldon Foundation recently awarded funding to the Alliance to prepare a five-year implementation strategy for the management of the lake and its watershed.  The Alliance, with the assistance of its environmental consultant, Eco-Logic, is integrating existing plans and studies into a strategy that will help the Alliance staff and membership evaluate, prioritize and allocate funding for lake and watershed management initiatives. The Alliance conducted focus group meetings at the end of January 2018, and 35 stakeholder entities participated.  The 5-year  Implementation Strategy will be completed and publicly presented in May, 2018. 

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Healthcare Career Advantage Talent Pipeline Internships

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Healthcare Career Advantage Talent Pipeline Internships

With funding from the Ralph C. Sheldon and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, eight pre-medical students recently began an eight-week summer Chautauqua Works Workforce Development Board's Healthcare Career Advantage Talent Pipeline Development Program, gaining valuable insight into the medical field.  Based at UPMC Chautauqua WCA and other area health care agencies, pre-med students Brad Brown, Santana France, Haylie Birt, Tessa Alianell, Ashley Moulton, Jon Scroxton,  Zachary Eklum and Nick Carlson rotated through both clinical and non-clinical areas of the local hospitals and physician medical office practices.   Each participant was eligible for a six to eight week paid internship.

Both the Sheldon Foundation and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation have supported this program since inception in 2010.  Since then the program has served more than 400 aspiring health care students from six different Chautauqua County school districts by introducing them to health care career possibilities through interactive workshops, career fairs as well as paid internships in the health care field. 

During the eight week orientation, the eight premed students observed in the cardiology/catherization lab, emergency, respiratory, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, general and orthopaedic surgery, anesthesiology, and bariatric care departments as well as in physician's medical specialty practices in the area. The purpose of the program is to "grow our own" physicians with the goal of enticing program alumni, who have successfully completed medical school and residency to come home to practice.

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