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SCCC Students Give Back To Community

in Campus Life, News

Sussex County Community College students routinely give back to the community throughout the year, but at holiday time, they certainly do take things up a notch.

Several clubs on campus participated in holiday-related activities over the past few weeks.

The  Rotaract club collected and donated 5 full Thanksgiving dinner baskets (including turkeys) to those less fortunate.  The president of the club, Cassidy Zaruba, noted that  ”It’s essential for Rotaract Club to help and serve the needs of our community. ”

On November 23, the Rotaract Club donated the baskets to The Center of Counseling and Prevention in Newton for 5 different families in the area. The Thanksgiving turkey baskets is an annual activity that Rotaract Club has provided for the community for a few years.

The Student Government Association expanded its traditional Golden Wish Tree (for senior citizens) to include the children at local non-profit Ginnie’s House in Newton.  Ginnie’s House provides social work services for children who have experienced significant trauma and sexual abuse.

“Our SGA was moved by their mission this year, so in addition to providing gifts for 25 seniors at Barn Hill, they have also collected 25 specific gifts for the children at Ginnie’s House,” said Meagan Khoury, Assistant Director of Student Engagement at SCCC.

Most recently, SGA officers Corrine Woodhead, Andrei Burul, Mari McInerney and Cheyenne Cibien, volunteered at the Ginnie’s House annual holiday party, helping to set-up, decorate, and help out wherever needed.

The College’s Criminal Justice Club members got involved with the New Jersey State Police’s food drive, which benefits victims and survivors of domestic violence. Students in the Criminal Justice program at SCCC collected numerous canned goods and non-perishable food items and delivered it to NJSP Sussex Barracks.

“We have a great group of students here who truly care about the community,” said Khoury. “They do it because they want to do it.”

For more information about organizations on the SCCC campus, visit www.sussex.edu.

Photo: Criminal Justice  Club with their food donations: L-R: Professor Bill McGovern; SFC Bade (Asst Station Commander); Paul Dwornicki; Rachael White; Kaitlyn Cabrera and Professor Wendy Cooney.

 

Newton launches new shuttle bus at SCCC

in Campus Life, Home Page, News

The Town of Newton is pleased to announce the launch of a new town-wide shuttle bus that will carry passengers throughout Newton.  Service commences on Tuesday, November 3rd and will run Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 am-2 pm. Newton Town Shuttle Schedule.

In addition to the existing Senior Shuttle Bus, this new endeavor will allow Newton residents and business patrons the opportunity to travel around Town to select destinations at no cost.  All costs are borne by the Town of Newton in order to encourage patronage at local eateries and establishments.

Although the bus is open to anyone in Newton, the primary goal is to allow students and employees of SCCC and Thorlabs to leave their respective campuses (without giving up a parking space!) to shop and dine at local small businesses, encouraging a stronger relationship between visitors to Newton and area businesses.

“We have talked about this venture for many years,” stated Thomas S. Russo, Jr., Newton Town Manager.  “It is a great way for employees of Thorlabs, and students/faculty at Sussex County Community College, to leave their respective campuses with comfort and ease, in order to patronize some of our terrific eateries and shoppes.  The bus is also open to anyone in Town so it is a proverbial win-win for everyone.”

Passengers shall be 16 years of age or older.  The bus runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am–2 pm.  The bus is handicapped accessible and can accommodate up to 21 passengers, space permitting.  All passengers are required to wear seat belts. Passengers can bring one (1) personal bag (i.e. purse, backpack) and two (2) additional shopping bags on the bus.

The stops on the route include: SCCC (Performing Arts Center and E-building), Dominick’s Pizzeria Plaza, Krave/QuickChek Plaza, Thorlabs, Spring Street, Hayek’s Market, and Authentic Pizza Plaza.  For approximate pick-up/drop-off times, please go to the Town of Newton official website at www.newtontownhall.com.

The bus will not run on Town of Newton holidays, in the event of inclement weather, or due to unforeseen circumstances requiring the Town Manager or his designee to cancel same.  Any cancellations of service will be noted exclusively on the Town website.

Pictured left to right; Ex Director of Human Resources Michael Gallegly, VP of Academic & Student Services William Waite, SCCC President Jon Connolly, Newton Mayor Tom Russo, Sr. Vice President of Finance, Operations and CFO Frank Nocello and Director Campus Safety, Security and Campus Operation John Scully.

Community Haunted Hayride/Halloween Party

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The Student Government Association (SGA) at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is hosting a haunted hayride and Halloween party for community members of all ages on Friday, October 30 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.  There will be a children’s party in the cafeteria, located in the Student Center, which offers games and activities run by SCCC student clubs. The community is invited to take a haunted hayride around the campus as students help to act out a horror story along the trail. This year’s theme is classic movies monsters.

Snacks along with a hot chocolate and coffee bar will also be provided in the cafeteria.  SCCC clubs have also been collecting used costumes for any child that does not have a costume, supplies are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. This event is free for all who attend.

C4 Completion Commitment at SCCC

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Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate.

And that’s exactly what students at Sussex County Community College will be promising to do — signing a mass pledge to complete their associate degree or certificate before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty and staff have also been asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

On Monday, October 19 from 10 am-1 pm in the Student Center, students will gather to sign the completion pledge, part of a national community college movement. Along with the signing, SCCC will once again host motivational speaker, Jon Vroman. Jon will speak to students on Thursday, October 22 from 10:50 am – 12:05 pm in the Student Center Theater. He will also be available to chat with students afterwards.

The event is being hosted by the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Challenge, a national education initiative. Learn more at www.cccompletioncorps.org. Students who complete their degree or certificate will earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not complete. In addition, individuals with credentials are less likely to become unemployed than their co-workers who did not earn credentials.

Why Complete? Here are some of the facts:

• More than 70 percent of community college students who transfer to a senior college with an associate degree successfully complete a baccalaureate degree. Those who transfer without the associate degree increase their likelihood of never earning a baccalaureate degree.

• Students with associate degrees lose fewer credits, if any, when transferring to senior colleges. In many states, it’s the law!

• Students who transfer to public senior colleges without an associate degree are often forced to take additional classes or repeat classes at the senior college at three times the cost of community college tuition.

For more information about the Completion initiative, click here: http://www.cccompletioncorps.org/why-complete.

Orientation brings over 550 students to campus

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) held their fall orientation for new and transfer students on Wednesday, September 2. Over 550 students gathered under the pavilion for this year’s theme, “Passport to Success.”

Speakers for the event included Todd Poltersdorf, director of admissions; Frank Nocella, interim president; and Corrine Woodhead, president of the Student Government Association (SGA). This year’s motivational speaker was Jon Vroman who gave a presentation about “Living College Life in the Front Row.” This was Jon’s fifth year as a guest speaker due to the positive response from students in the past.

Students were divided into groups to participate in various discussions including campus safety, financial aid and making the most of campus online tools.  The groups toured the campus, visiting the Performing Arts Center, computer labs and bookstore; met student leaders, faculty and administration; obtain parking stickers and apply for their SCCC ID cards.  Lunch with the staff and faculty was provided under the pavilion as well as DJ entertainment.

Classes for the fall semester begin on Tuesday, September 8 but students can still late register until Monday, September 14th.  Check the College website for extended office hours during this time. Visit sussex.edu for more information.

Salary Negotiations SCCC Start Smart Seminar

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Negotiating a salary can often be fraught with concerns. How much do I ask for? What would be too little, or too much? What’s a proper amount to ask for in a raise? You don’t want to blow the job, but you also want to get a salary that is fair.

A two-part series, scheduled for Thursdays April 9 and 16 at Sussex County Community College, tackles the question of salary negotiates. Both sessions take place from 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in Room E 255.

The program, facilitated by AAUW-American Association of University Women, is open to women and men.

For more information and registration, please contact Heidi Gregg, hgregg@sussex.edu or call 973-300-2232. SCCC is located at 1 College Hill Road, Newton, near Route 206. SCCC offers an array of degree and non-degree programs, as well as community events and seminars. For more about SCCC, visit www.sussex.edu.

SCCC to Host Music Talent Show

in Campus Life, News

Sussex County Community College’s CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) will host its 7th Annual Musical Talent Show on Thursday, April 9 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. SCCC faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to participate. Music should be Christ centered and can include traditional, rock, gospel or rap. Cake and coffee will be served. Admission is $1.00 with all proceeds donated to Samaritan’s Purse.

Interested talent should contact Professor Wade at: wwade@sussex.edu or visit: http://clubs.sussex.edu/cru/

Family Magic Show featuring “Gary the Great” Performing at SCCC

in Campus Life, Performing Arts

The Sussex County P.B.A. Local #138 along with the Sussex County Community College (SCCC) Criminal Justice Club will be hosting the first annual Family Magic Show. The event will be held on Sunday, March 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College.

“Gary the Great” is the kind of magician who performs anywhere from backyard barbecues to headlining events for Morgan Stanley, Ralph Lauren and many others. He has many years of experience on stage captivating audiences with his magic. He performed his first trick for his kindergarten show-and-tell and has been in love with the theatricality of magic ever since. Gary belongs to the International Brotherhood of Magicians and is a resident magician for the Brooklyn Public Library and About.com, and he regularly volunteers at several New York pediatric hospitals.

Admission to the show is $7 for children and seniors; $9 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the SCCC Box Office at sussex.edu. A $2 per ticket processing fee will be added to each ticket.

Kinky Boots Broadway Show Trip

in Campus Life, Performing Arts

Thursday, April 23
Bus leaves at 2:30 pm and returns at 12:30 am for a 7 pm show • NYC
Tickets go on sale to students on March 09 for $65, staff on March 30 for $123, and community on March 30 for $133

Kinky Boots features the first-ever Broadway score by Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper. This new musical packs a punch and provides catchy songs, top-notch performances, colorful costumes, big sets, dazzling dance sequences and even a few scenes that could make you cry. Join Charlie Price as he suddenly inherits his father’s failing shoe factory. While trying to save his family business, he soon finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Ladies Night of Comedy

in Campus Life, Foundation, Performing Arts

Saturday, April 11
8 pm • PAC
Admission: $18-$22, Note: Admission is included in select Ladies’ Saturday Retreat tickets

Get ready for a fun night featuring three hilarious comedians that will leave you in stitches. Their observations of the world will take your stomach muscles to places they’ve never been to. All three have long lists of TV credits, ranging from Nick Mom’s Night Out to The Late Show with David Letterman. You’ll see why so many people love Karen Bergreen, Alexandra McHale and Sherry Davey. As if that wasn’t enough, the host for the evening will be the award-winning celebrity impersonator, Scott Mason, as the fabulous DAME EDNA. This event is in conjunction with SCCC’s Ladies Retreat but open to the public. For mature audiences only.