Its strong relationship with the community is a large part of what makes Sussex County Community College so special, and several upcoming events open to the public show just the kind of diversity in programming the College offers not only to its students but the community at large.
- Newton-based non-profit Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI) is teaming with the College to recognize National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Crime Victim Rights Week, all in April, on campus. DASI’s Bystander Training on April 6 will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will “explore individual strategies that reflect an appropriate level of safe intervention needed to counter inappropriate behavior.”
- The Clothesline Project will move to campus from its annual display in Newton’s Town Square on April 19. On view all day on the Connor Green, the DASI display is made up of T-shirts decorated by survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence and their loved ones. A Poetic Healing Workshop will be held that evening at 6 p.m. in the SC Dining Room. An open mic will close the program.
- A popular annual fundraiser, benefiting student scholarships is also on the roster for spring. On April 9th, the Ladies’ Saturday Retreat will take place on campus. Open to women and girls 12 years of age and older, the all-day event features fun and educational workshops, a mini spa, café reception, local shopping, and an optional comedy show featuring “the mother of all comedians,” Robin Fox, for the over-18 crowd. More information is available at sussex.edu/ladiesretreat.
- A bus trip to see the Broadway hit “Book of Mormon” on Thursday, April 14, takes the hassle out of getting into the city. Leaving campus at 3 p.m. and returning after the Tony Award-winning show, cost of the show and bus ride are included for only $70 per community member. Tickets for community members go on sale on March 31 and are available on a first-come first-serve basis at the College’s Bursar’s Office.
- The Betty June Silconas Poetry Center will present an SCCC Faculty Poetry Reading on Thursday April 21 from 6-8 p.m. The readings will take place in the Performing Arts Center Atrium and is free of charge. An open mic will follow the readings.
- Also on April 21, a panel of biology students, led by Dr. Dina Conde, will host a Global Warming Panel Discussion from 10:50 a.m to 12:05 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The panel will discuss biological implications of the atmospheric change.
- Another Scholarship fundraiser is the 21st Annual Skylanders Benefit Golf Outing on May 2. Held at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, the scramble format outing includes an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start with breakfast, lunch, and awards ceremony included. Learn more at sussex.edu/golfouting.
- Students are, of course, at the heart of campus activities, and Fine Arts students will have their artwork on exhibit from May 6 through June 24 in the SCCC Art Gallery. The Gallery will be open during college hours.
Sussex County Community College is located conveniently in Newton and offers a full range of educational programs. Additional programming will be posted for the coming months; please visit sussex.edu.