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Criminal Justice Club Tours Police Academy

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On Friday, April 1st, the Criminal Justice Club at Sussex County Community College and two advisors visited the Morris County Police Academy.  While there, students were given a tour of the academy and had the opportunity to talk to some recruits. A demonstration was performed of the FATS Training Simulator (Firearms Automated Training Simulator) where two students were able to participate in shoot-don’t-shoot scenarios.  A tour of the Sheriff’s Department 911 Communications Center and also the Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab ended the visit.

Pictured: SCCC Criminal Justice Club  in front of the Morris County Sheriff’s Dept. Mobile Crime Lab truck.

SCCC students recognized for excellence

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Excellence. According to Webster’s Dictionary this word refers to someone or something being exceptionally good or outstanding. In the case of Sussex County Community College, excellence refers to numerous students who will be graduating this month. These outstanding students were recently recognized for their excellent work over the past school year at a special ceremony on April 27.

The ceremony, held in the Student Center Theater, included the top honor of the Presidential Award, which was presented by SCCC President Dr. Jon Connolly to five students: Madeline Chiappini, Leah Clark, Ashley Craig, Samuel Dunn and Brian Paz were all recognized for their efforts.

The following students were also acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to excellence:
• Andrei Burul and Jason Boehm, Dean of Student Services and Student Affairs Award
• Shawn Smith, Award for Excellence in Accounting
• James Leddy and Jillian Pullis, Athletic Council Awards
• Andrei Burul, Award for Excellence in Anthropology
• Victoria Vasquez (Biology) and Michele Mieklo (Pre-Nutrition), Award for Excellence in Biology/Pre-Medical Professional Program
• Daniel Bell, Award for Excellence in Business Management
• Madeline Chiappini, Gina Fasolo, Beau Lethbridge and Nicole Rafferty, Award for Excellence in Business Administration
• Mary Springer, Carnevale Poetry Award
• John Gieger, Outstanding Club President Award
• Brittany Jollie, Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies
• Kyrie Knierim, Cottley Fiction Award
• William Fischer, Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice
• Craig VonBartheld, Award for Excellence in Computer Information Systems
• Regina Norris, Award for Excellence in Education
• Daniel Day and Donald Rattino, Fine Arts Achievement Award
• Emma Cussatti, Award for Excellence in Film, Broadcasting and Journalism
• Frank Rocco Award for Excellence in Graphic Design
• Bobbac Kashani, Award for Excellence in Mathematics
• Katheryn Schmidt, Award for Excellence in Paralegal Studies
• Derek Thompson, Award for Excellence in Psychology
• Alison Dill, Theater Arts Achievement Award
• Christopher Winschuh, Outstanding Writing Award

Sussex Community College offers a full range of degree and certificate programs. Enrollment is open for the fall semester. For further information, please visit sussex.edu.

Sussex County Day Postponed

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Due to the weather, Sussex County Day, scheduled for Sunday, May 1st will be postponed.

Magura Named GSAC Player of the Week

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Sussex County Community College’s Matt Magura has been named Division II Garden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Skylander’s Utility Player, Matt Magura, had 14 hits in 22 plate opportunities. Magura had a .636 batting average, including three doubles, nine runs, and five runs batted in.  He is also batting .508 on the season with 68 at-bats.  Skylanders had a record of 3-3 during the week.

Softball Split for Pink Games

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On a day when they were bringing attention to breast cancer awareness, pink proved to be the color of choice of the Sussex County Community College softball team on Sunday April 24.

The Lady Skylanders captured their first win of the season, knocking off Montgomery Community College in the second game of a doubleheader.

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Linda McSweeney, a breast cancer survivor, who threw out the first pitch to our catcher and her daughter, Katie McSweeney.  Our team was dressed in pink game shirts and socks and pink balloons adorned the outfield fence.  Our team also accepted donations for their upcoming participation in Sussex County’s Relay for Life at the Fairgrounds in mid May.  In return for donations, the team had baked cupcakes and brownies for the fans who donated.

In the first game of the  doubleheader vs Montgomery CCC, Blue Bell, PA,  it appeared our women would secure their first win, but lost a hard fought 11-8 game, as Montgomery scored 5 runs in the next to last inning.  The highlight for our team was a long home run by Kelsey O’Connor (Sparta, HS) to left center field.  The second game turned out to be a real slugfest as SCCC prevailed in a 24-16 victory.  Again, Kelsey O’Connor came through with another long home run to left field, giving her 2 home runs on the day.  There was lots of hitting and stolen bases and some outstanding defensive plays, not to mention, the pitching of Sara Smith (Newton) who pitched both games.  The women return to action on Saturday as they travel to Lehigh Carbon CC for a DH tilt and return home for their final game, Sophomore day, honoring all sophomore players  on May 3.

“It was an honor to be able to participate in the girls ‘Play for Pink’ game,” said Linda McSweeney. “I am so proud of my daughter, Kaitlyn, and the rest of her teammates for their commitment and sacrifices they make everyday to be part of this team.  Most of them are balancing school, work and games. We should all be so dedicated and congrats to the girls on their win!”

SCCC Student Production a Hilarious Look at Blind Dates

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Dating can be hard. Blind dates can even be harder. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. The Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Club’s spring production of “Check Please, Check Please: Take 2, Check Please: Take 3”, follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse — until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

Club member and SCCC journalist, Taylor Turkington, attended the play’s auditions over a three-night span in February where dozens of actors auditioned on the college’s Performing Arts Center stage for parts in this year’s spring play. The club President, Abby Brader, said everyone loved the play when they first read it.

“When Vice President Megan Smaletz, showed everyone the play, the club immediately took to its comedy,” said Brader. “We were all unanimously excited and due to that, there was not much of a real decision when choosing the play,”

Stella Trikouros, Assistant Professor of Theatre/Communications and the group’s advisor, added, “This play has been produced totally by our SCCC Performing Arts/Theater Students. It is wonderful to see these talented students demonstrate their talents on stage and off to create a play production from audition to performance. The actors have been rehearsing vigorously over these past two months and cannot wait to bring laughter to the audience!”

“Check Please, Check Please: Take 2, Check Please: Take 3”, by Jonathan Rand, is a 3-act comedy.  It will be performed in the SCCC Performing Arts Theater on campus on Saturday April 23, 7 p.m., and Sunday April 24, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for SCCC students with ID.

The production is being directed by Connor Nelms of Sparta. Stage Manager is Dana Szalczinger of Wantage.

The cast includes Franklin Silverio (Newton), Melissa Marshal (Andover), Emma Cussati (Sparta), David Forman (Sparta), Erika Castro (Newton), Matt Dorniak (West Milford), Abby Brader (Ogdensburg), Alex McCully (Newton), Amanda Fantasia (Newton), Eric Fredricksen (Sparta), Nicole Shepard (Ogdensburg), Marcus Gomez (Wantage), Brittany Schroeder (Newton), Ariana Litteral (Franklin), Cassidy Zaruba (Newton), Megan Smaletz (Newton), Corey Gaskin (Wantage), Derya Demirtas (Sussex), Jessica Mortell (Sussex), Dovile Navickaite (Sparta), Amanda Wassel (Hamburg), Connor Dougherty. (Newton), Stephanie Penna (Blairstown), Rachael Sabhia (Sussex), Joilenni Silverio (Newton), Mark Witten (Sparta), and Joe Bennet (Stillwater).

‘Elite’ SCCC students join national honor society

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Sussex County Community College inducted a new group of students showing academic excellence into the most prestigious honor society for community colleges in the United States during a ceremony earlier this month.

Phi Theta Kappa International is the honor society for 2-year colleges and boasts members from throughout the country. Membership is based upon academic achievement. Among the criteria for induction, students must be enrolled in an accredited associates degree program and have a GPA of 3.5 or over. As a member of this organization, these students are eligible to apply for Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships offered by over 600 4-year colleges and universities located throughout the United States.

More than 100 outstanding students were inducted into the organization during a ceremony held April 1.

“We are very proud of the hard work that our students have accomplished at Sussex County Community College,” said Scott Scardena, PTK Advisor. “It is no easy feat to join this elite group and every inductee has wholeheartedly earned it.”

The following individuals were inducted into PTK at the ceremony:
Lorna Aaron, Madeline Abatemarco, Erion Adams, Philip Andujar, Nicole Bencivenga, Brianna Benecki, Megan Biemesderfer, Courtney Biggs, Ryan Bills, Pamela Blauvelt, Tyler Bowman, Michael Brinster, Brittany Campanello, Christina Caraballo, Dana Catalano, Caitlin Clark, Gabrielle Conte, Stephanie Cornine, Emma Cussatti, Chloe Deluca-Knighton, Adam Dennis, Olivia Dewitt, Gina DiCristo,
Andrew Dietz, Erin Dimino, Samantha Direnzo, Richard Dreisbach, Paul Dwornicki, Sarah Fairweather, Karin Falk, Julia Finan, Eliza Fournier, Andrew Godlewsky, Alexandra Hansen, Colette Hansen, Nicole Henningsen, Kenneth Herbert, Aliena Hull, Nancy JaraVargas, Sarah Johnson, Daniel Kardan, Brianna Keller, Megan Kennedy, Kimberlee Laner,
Jamie Leddy, Pablo Lerch, Amelia Macchietto, Julia Madani, Sebastian Marczuk, Gabrielle Martinez, Matthew McCann, Connor McCormick, Michael McCurry, Paige Meyerriecks, Grace Miceli, Luciana Morea, Justin Morgan, Jessica Mortell, Nathan Mundi, Troy Nixon, Rachel Orr, Stephanie Penna, Gina Pitch, David Pluviose, Justine Potter, Alyssa Preziosi, Jared-Daniel Quintero, Megan Reed, Meghan Roach, Saghar Safari, Olivia Salvaterra, Noelle Schofer, Brittany Schroeder, Nicole Schultz, Jeanine Sebright, Michael Sesera, Nicole Shaw, Katherine Sherman, Josivette Silverio, Jessica Sinfield, Sylvia Sirin, Rachel Sollers,
Matthew Spinks, Arielle Stampone, Nichole Switz, Summer Taylor, Dawn Teets, Derek Thompson, Kathleen Thompson, Annette Toomey, Lauren Tregoning, Robert Tremain, James Tucker,
Mary Ullmann, Alexis VanDuzer, Taylor VanNoordt, Brittany VanderPloeg, Alec VanderVelde, Rosario Vasquez, Evan Vetter, Craig Von Bartheld, Tyler Wagner, Sharon Wareka, Abigael Way, Kayla Weinstein,
Daisy Williams, Kalei Winfield, Lina Zeidan, and Naomi Zoko.

SCCC provides an array of higher educational opportunities. For more about SCCC visit www.sussex.edu.

SCCC students slate Climate Change Forum

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As part of a Service Learning project for their Biology, and Environmental Studies classes, a group of Sussex County Community College students will lead a discussion forum on the subject of Climate Change and how it has impacted the planet and consequently the lives of everyone, and what can be done about the future as a result.

This event, to be held in the Student Center Theater at SCCC on Thursday April 21 from 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

The forum will be led by the students, and moderated by Dr. Dina Conde, Dr. Lori Colgan, and Professor Margaret Vyff, all members of the SCCC faculty.

As part of forum, guest speaker Alan Spector will talk about the “Benefits of Alternative Energy in Reducing Carbon Emissions”.

Agricultural Science and Botany students also volunteered to participate in this curriculum driven event. The students have actively researched several topics related to Climate Change throughout the semester and are preparing for the forum under the guidance of their instructors. Their findings and what they have learned will be shared with the college community and the community at large to fulfill their Service Learning and curriculum requirements.

The impact of climate change on agriculture, biodiversity, human health, and weather patterns will be presented.  What the future holds and what people can do to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on the planet will also be discussed.

Women’s Soccer Signs Local and International Talent

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Gabby Sarni (left) Eden Brown (center) and Brielle Hilbert (right) sign for SCCC

The Sussex County Community College women’s soccer team completed the signings of local recruits Gabby Sarni and Brielle Hilbert, as well as international talent Eden Brown from Northampton, England.  The three recruits signed their Letters of Intent this past week, committing to play for the current NJCAA Division I Region XIX champions. Hilbert (Wallkill Valley) and Sarni (Kittatinny) have been local stand outs for their high school teams, with Brielle excelling in both soccer and basketball.  Eden has played with the Northampton FC academy for several years, as has been a dominant midfielder and defender for the club.

Head coach Frank Vernacchio could not praise the three players enough saying, “We worked really hard on bringing these players in to play for us.  Brielle, Gabby, and Eden will add a lot to our team and we pursued them to help us achieve our goal of reaching the National Tournament this season.  Each player brings something different to us and will help us reach that next level here.”

Assistant coach Mike Rath added, “Not only are these girls great players, but they also have great character.  We are really excited for this upcoming season, and these three players are going to bring another dimension to our program.”

The Skylanders open their season with a trip to the Community College of Rhode Island on September 3.

Visit, Test, & Register at the Spring Open House

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will host its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 23rd in the Performing Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For all students who apply for admission to SCCC during the Open House, the $25 application fee will be waived.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with an SCCC counselor to assist them in deciding on a major, choosing a career path, or just to discuss academic options. Open House attendees will be able to take the placement test and register for classes all in one day. Attendees can also learn about the different degree and certificate programs, new and established transfer agreements, the 16-Month Fast Track Associate’s Degree Program, opportunities for military veterans, NJ STARS, academic support services, athletics, student activities, and more. Faculty and staff will also be in attendance to discuss programs of study, answer questions about financial aid, and offer tours of the campus.

Walk-in placement testing is open from 10:30 a.m., with the last test administered beginning at 12:30 p.m. Financial Aid, Student Advisement Center, and the Bursar’s Office will be open until 3 p.m.

For more information or to register for Open House, please visit sussex.edu/openhouse or call the Admissions Office at 973-300-2223.