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SCCC Offers Host of Community Events

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In their continuing effort to provide cultural opportunities for students and the public at-large, Sussex County Community College is offering several programs this spring, locally and beyond, from Newton to Broadway to Brooklyn. For those events out of town, bus transportation is included with the ticket price.

Black Maria Film Festival: Saturday, February 25 from 7-9 pm in the PAC
Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film + Video Festival has taken its name from that of the world’s first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison in 1893. The festival’s annual competition of short-format, under an hour, videos and film is juried by noted exponents of independent work and results in 40 to 60 works chosen for the festival’s annual tour which visits 65 diverse institutions in 20 states.

Admission is $5 (SCCC students are admitted free with student ID). Tickets can be purchased online and at the Bursar’s Office starting Friday, February 3. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Trip to Broadway for Aladdin: Friday, April 7, show time 8 pm
Aladdin is a musical based on the 1992 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin. Beguelin also wrote the book. The story follows the familiar tale of how a poor young man discovers a genie in a lamp and uses his wishes to marry the princess that he loves and to thwart the Sultan’s evil Grand Vizier. Aladdin premiered at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle in 2011. After several regional and international productions in 2012, the musical was given a Toronto tryout in 2013.

SCCC students pay $40 and tickets go on sale Friday, March 3. SCCC staff and faculty pay $50 and tickets go on sale Monday, March 27.  Tickets for the community are $70, and go on sale March 31.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Saturday April 15 (during the day, time TBD. Leaving early and returning later in the evening.)
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

Ticket price covers transportation to and from SCCC.  The Museum is by donation. SCCC students pay $20 and tickets go on sale Friday, February 10. SCCC staff and faculty, and the community pay $25 and tickets go on sale Monday, March 20.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Cherry Blossom Festival: Friday, April 21 (during the day, time TBD. Leaving early and returning later in the evening.)
When Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded more than a century ago, the New York City area was quickly being developed into a cityscape of buildings and paved roads. Creating a public garden was one way to ensure that some green space remained. Today, the Garden has come to represent the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display.

Ticket price covers admission to the gardens and transportation to and from SCCC. SCCC students pay $20 and tickets go on sale Monday, March 6. SCCC staff and faculty pay $25. The community pays $35. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7. All tickets can be purchased online at, select Box Office or visit the Bursar’s Office in the Administration Building at SCCC.

Spring campus and community events planned

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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
  • 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
  • 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

SCCC Students Give Back To Community

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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

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

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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

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 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:

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 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, 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

SCCC to Host Music Talent Show

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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: or visit:

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

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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, 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 A $2 per ticket processing fee will be added to each ticket.