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SCCC Offers Summer Sports Camps

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Registration for Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) Skylanders Sports Camp is now open.  These day camps are designed to create a team-building atmosphere while teaching and improving your child’s fundamental skills. Sportsmanship is stressed and demonstrated throughout the camp experience.  The camps are open to males and females between the ages of 8 to 14. Each camp is $145 and the day begins at 9 and ends at 3pm.  There is a break at 11:30, and campers can either bring or buy their lunch from the cafeteria.

The baseball camp runs July 13-16 and will be taught by Ramadan Mehmedi, SCCC Head Baseball Coach. The Co-ed soccer camp runs July 20-23 and will be taught by Juan Flores, Head Women’s Soccer Coach while the co-ed basketball camp will run from July 27-30 which will be taught by Randy Jackson, SCCC Head Men’s Basketball Coach. The camps focus on learning new individual skills, practicing them in a game setting, and learning teamwork all while having fun.

For more information, please contact the SCCC Assistant Athletic Director, Mike Rath, at (973) 300-2751 or visit the camp website at


College Holds Annual Foundation Scholarship Ceremony

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On Thursday May 7, more than 260 people gathered in the Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center for the SCCC Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Ceremony. The annual event is one of the highlights of the year for the College and recognizes students who receive academic, non-academic and athletic scholarships for use in the spring 2015 and fall 2015 semesters. This event also acknowledges the generous donors who support the funds and the Foundation.

The SCCC Foundation is a 501(c)3, not for profit that works to build relationships with the community and solicit funding to support the College’s initiatives. Karen DiMaria, Vice President of Institutional Advancement who also acts as the Executive Director of the Foundation noted that the Foundation awards over $130,000 in scholarships to more than 200 students annually. Scholarships range from $250 book scholarships to $2,000 awards for tuition and fees with additional support for student veterans, and many of the funds are endowed. DiMaria said, “Endowed scholarships are invested so that the interest earned on them is awarded each year. After reaching $10,000, each endowed scholarship will support generations of students for years and years to come.”

Scholarships are raised by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and also by four major special events hosted by the Foundation each year; the Ladies Saturday Retreat and Skylander Golf Outing held each spring and the Skylander 5K/10K Challenge and Annual Scholarship each fall.

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Sussex County Community College Graduates Over 550

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Outgoing Sussex County Community College President Dr. Paul Mazur joined hundreds of proud parents and friends in congratulating Sussex County Community College’s Graduating Class of 2015 at today’s Commencement, held on the Connor Green on campus.

It was the final graduation class for Dr. Mazur, who is retiring shortly.

This year’s graduating class numbered 552 as SCCC continues its efforts as an elite community college in New Jersey.

“We are very proud of our students,” said Dr. Mazur. “They have their futures ahead of them and we are confident that they will be successful in whatever paths they choose .”

Grand Marshal was Faith Dillon, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. who led the processional. Dillon is retiring this year.

Stella Trikouros, Assistant Professor of Communications & Theater Arts, was the Faculty Speaker, while Liberal Arts graduates Brianna Bizak and Kodie Hilbert were the Student Spokespersons.

In addition to Dillon, fellow retirees Assistant Professor of English Jim Rawlins and Eileen Thomas, Financial Aid Loan Specialist on campus, were all recognized for their efforts at the College.

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SCCC Surgical Technology Program Provides Cutting Edge Entry-Level Training

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NEWTON, N.J. (May 18, 2015) – The Surgical Technology at Sussex County Community College gives area students the opportunity to enter a fascinating, challenging and exciting field in healthcare. Surgical Technologists work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures. They possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, medical terminology and implementation of instruments and technologies to facilitate a surgeon’s performance of invasive therapeutic or diagnostic procedures.

The nationally accredited certificate program at Sussex County Community College is 12 months in length, beginning each September and concluding the following August. This highly competitive program is limited in class size, and is held at the SCCC campus, with some classes offered online or as hybrid classes (both on campus and online). Currently students complete their offsite clinical rotations at Chilton Memorial Hospital, Newton Medical Center, Overlook Hospital, Saint Clare’s Hospital (Dover and Denville campuses) and Eye Care Northwest.

SCCC’s Surgical Technology Program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( as recommended by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). This accreditation gives program graduates the eligibility to take the national certification examination required for credentialing as a certified surgical technologist (CST). That would enable them to work as a Scrub Surgical Technologist, a circulating Surgical Technologist or a Second Assisting Technologist. Graduates are employed by hospitals and surgery centers.

For more information on the Surgical Technology Program at SCCC, contact Program Coordinator Lillian Louglas by email at, call 973-300-2290 or contact the main Health Sciences Dept. at 973.300.2782.


Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival

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NEWTON (May 21, 2015) -Enjoy listening to poetry? Aspiring to become a poet? The Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival at Sussex County Community College has a full day of activities scheduled to interest and inspire participants.

Set for Saturday, June 13, the festival includes an all-day book fair featuring local poets, literary readings, and workshops. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

If writing block hits you when you sit down to write, “A License to Steal,” from Diane Lockward, poet and author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, aims to help. She will explore using others’ works as inspiration for your own. Attendees will begin their own drafts and leave with strategies for success.

“A Fresh Break for Your Writing: Viewing a Poem’s Line Breaks as Possibilities, Not Endings,” instructed by BJ Ward, a poet and essayist featured by national and local publications and programs and a Professor at Warren County Community College. He will help attendees explore their own works as well as poems from the last 50 years to see how line breaks can be used to emphasize and enhance imagery.

Author, editor, and retired teacher of poetry Sander Zulauf will host “‘old pond / frogjump / splissh!‘ - ‘Bashō, haiku, & you.” He proposes that haiku is poetry for the Twitter age and attendees will travel with him through the ages to see how it has changed over time. Attendees will construct their own haiku.

For those looking to share their own work, a free open mic session will be held from 12-1 p.m., followed by readings from the featured poets, who will also be signing copies of their books.

The festival will close with the official launch of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center’s Stillwater Review, Vol. 5, plus reading.

All workshops will run from 10 a.m. to noon and cost $10 per person, or $5 for students. All classes are first come, first serve, but reservations can be made by contacting SCCC Professor Priscilla Orr at


SCCC Criminal Justice Students Make A Difference

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Several Sussex County Community College Criminal Justice students wanted to make a difference during SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month). They learned that the New Jersey State Police was conducting a drive to benefit sexual assault victims and survivors as part of SAAM. The campaign is intended to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. When a sexual assault forensic kit is completed, a victim’s clothing is often retained by law enforcement as evidence. Donated clothing is provided to the victim to allow them to leave the hospital with some sense of dignity. In addition, toiletries are donated as victims are offered the opportunity to shower after the examination is completed since they are asked not to shower beforehand. The Criminal Justice students of SCCC collected and then donated clothing and toiletries to the New Jersey State Police campaign.

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SCCC SALUTEs Student Veterans with New Honors Society

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Service. Academics. Leadership. Unity. Tribute. Excellence. These are the core values of Sussex County Community College’s SALUTE program, a National Honor Society for Veterans.

The first of its kind, SALUTE honors student veterans and military in 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education. But not only does membership into the national honor society look to pay its thanks to the men and women who have served or are currently doing so, it also strives to better the academic success of the veterans. The honor society includes the unique aspect of a four-tier system, which is designed to encourage student veterans to strive to improve their GPA and advance to a higher tier of excellence during their academic careers.

Sussex County Community College inducted its first SALUTE members in a special ceremony on campus on April 29.

Inductees included United States Marines Megan Crespo, Kyle Dichterenko, Matthew Harbst, Matthew Lunz, Ihor Manik, Justin Pabst, and William Vargas; Pennsylvania Army National Guardsman Michael Worley; as well as Rebekah Battersby and AJ Perrier of the United States Army.

The program also included a tribute to MIA Prisoners of War. The audience was welcomed by SCCC President and Air Force Veteran Dr. Paul Mazur. Presentations were given by current students, Frank Wallace and AJ Perrier, President and Vice President of SCCC’s Student Veteran’s Organization.

SCCC is a leader in working with veterans, current military students, and their families in offering several programs to assist them in advancing their educational careers. To learn more about these opportunities, contact SCCC’s Veteran Services Coordinator, Mike DeVilliers, at 973-300-2109.

Photo: From left to right: Mike DeVilliers SCCC Veterans Services Coordinator , Rebekah Battersby, Kyle Dichterenko, Matthew Lunz, Justin Pabst, AJ Perrier, Ihor Mankin, Michael Worley, and Guest Speaker Frank Wallace.

High School Senior Also Ready to Graduate from SCCC!

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Tyler Freire will get his college diploma from Sussex County Community College (SCCC) on May 20 at the College’s commencement ceremony. On June 6 he will celebrate the completion of his high school studies with another graduation ceremony.

How is this possible? How is that he will graduate from college before high school?

For the past two years, the home-schooled Freire has simultaneously been studying at home for his high school diploma AND taking classes at SCCC, both online and in class. And so, the Wantage 18-year old will actually receive his college diploma before his high school diploma.

“Well it strikes me as being a bit odd, too,” said Freire, who has been home-schooled his entire life. “I understand it’s not the normal way things go. But I’ve done a lot of things unorthodox in my life. I’ve learned over the years that the best way is not always the way everybody else does it.”

Freire was 16 when he began taking classes at SCCC, initially as a history major and who will now graduate with an Associate in Liberal Arts degree. His mom was his teacher and (still is) but there were certain paths of study that he needed to do out of the home.

“I realized at some point that there were some courses too difficult for my mother to teach me,” said Freire. “It made sense to take courses at SCCC. It was interesting adapting to being in a classroom, especially since I was the youngest one there. I found the classroom experience to be a great asset. It prepared me for the environment in which I’ll be studying at my four-year school and challenged me to learn in a new setting.”

Two years later he is a college graduate. When he attends Reformation Bible College in Florida in the fall he will enter as a junior. In December he turns 19. Freire, whose father is a pastor, will major in theology and biblical studies.

“I love studying the scripture,” said Freire, whose two younger brothers are also home-schooled. “I want to become a minister. I really feel that I have the heart for it and that I can affect people for the better.”

Freire now has a head start on reaching his goals sooner, rather than later.

NJ Council of County Colleges Honors State’s Top Community College Student Scholars including pair from SCCC

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The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 21st annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 7, at a special event in Trenton.

Among this year’s 2015 New Jersey All-State Academic Team members are Sussex County Community College students Kimberly Jones of Hamburg and Perry Langbein from Milford. Jones is graduating this month with an AS in Communication Journalism Option. Langbein graduates next year.

“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and the Coca-Cola Foundation,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges.”

“NJEA is proud to celebrate the achievements of our students in New Jersey’s community colleges,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “These students took full advantage of the tremendous opportunities our community colleges offer. They are well along the path to achieving their dreams and we wish them continued success.”

In addition, 21 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities have offered over $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions. Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 97 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

NJEA is a diverse, democratic organization working to achieve excellence in public education in New Jersey. The mission of the New Jersey Education Association is to advance and protect the rights, benefits, and interests of its 200,000 members, and promote a quality system of public education for all students. 

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

SCCC Professors awarded mini-grants

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Three Sussex County Community College (SCCC) professors have been rewarded for their plans to promote success in the classroom through professional development with mini-grants from the Center for Student Success from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges

Dr. Dominic Carbone, Jumana Hablawi and Terry Johnson were selected from SCCC’s applications for their professional development initiatives.

Dr. Carbone, Instructor of Psychology, seeks to create a standardized assessment for students in Introductory Psychology to determine what delivery methods work best. Students in traditional, online-only, and blended sections will be assessed at the end of the semester to see where each method excels and re-work where it does not.

He will attend the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science to help further this goal.

Instructor Hablawi, who teaches biology, seeks to assess students not at the end of the term, but in real-time using “clickers.” With these devices, students will be able to answer multiple choice questions during her lectures, thus allowing her to assess the class’s overall understanding of a topic and re-discuss if needed.

Hablawi will attend a conference on evidence-based teaching and learning to help implement her program.

Focusing on college readiness rather than assessment, Adjunct Professor Johnson will attend Readiness Courses Training to find out how best to implement her proposed project. Her goal is to create an online forum through which school district teachers and community college professors can communicate and post coursework. Teachers can then better prepare their students for the expectations of college, while professors can learn how their incoming freshmen have been learning and how it will affect their future studies.

These $500 Student Success Innovation Mini-Grants are part of an initiative to enhance the experience of students, faculty, administrators, and staff in New Jersey’s 19 community colleges by encouraging the entire school community to create a culture of growth and success.

Priority was given to applicants who met the Strategic Goals for Student Success developed by a collaboration of college trustees and presidents.

The mini-grants are supported by a larger grant from the Kresge Foundation.

Sussex County Community College offers an array of degree and certificate programs. Registration is open for the fall semester. Please visit or call Admissions at 973.300.2223 for further information.