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SCCC Students Named to Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team

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Ashley Engels
Paul Abatemarco

NEWTON, NJ – April 22, 2014 – The New Jersey Council of County Colleges will honor New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 20th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 1, at the Lafayette Yard Hotel in Trenton, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sussex County Community College students Paul Abatemarco of Sparta and Ashley Engels of Newton have been named to the 2014 New Jersey All-State Academic Team.

“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 Coca-Cola Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA),” 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.”

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 96 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.
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 Presents 23rd Annual AFA Fine Art Students Exhibition

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Sussex County Community College will present the 23rd Annual AFA Fine Art Students Exhibition from May 2 – June 16, 2014 in the Art Gallery in Building C on campus.

The exhibition will feature more than 100 works of art created by the students in the Associate of Fine Arts degree program. Painting, drawing, sculpture, digital fine art and photography are represented among the works selected for this year’s show by a jury of Fine Art faculty members who are also professional artists. Julie McWilliams, Coordinator of the Fine Arts Degree Program, stated “It is important for all artists to see their efforts displayed in a professional gallery setting and to compare their work with their peers.” Gallery Coordinator Douglas Petersen added, “The Fine Art students at SCCC have chosen to commit to a serious study of art. This exhibition reflects the effort they have made throughout the year to produce work with the professional finish expected of an artist. Given the rigorous standards applied to the selection process, it’s considered a high honor to participate in this exhibition.”

The public is invited to the exhibition’s opening reception to be held on Friday May 2 from 6:00b p.m. to 8p.m. in the gallery, located in Building C on the school’s campus in Newton.

SCCC to Hold Criminal Justice and Fire Science Career Symposium

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Sussex County Community college will conduct a Criminal Justice and Fire Science Career Symposium on Thursday April 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the E Building gymnasium on the college campus.

The keynote speaker will be Superior Court Judge William McGovern. The symposium will include information sessions, transfer opportunities, a discussion of career options and opportunities for networking. The symposium is open to the public.

For more information contact: Stephanie Ann Kuran, career counselor, by phone at (973) 300-2234 or by email at

SCCC’s Lisa Moorman to be Honored with Paragon Award from Phi Theta Kappa

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Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for two-year colleges will present Sussex County Community College counselor Lisa Moorman with the international level Paragon Award for New Advisors at this year’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida. PTK recognizes that Advisors play a critical role in the success of a school’s chapter. In February, 102 Sussex County Community College (SCCC) students were inducted as new members of the honor society.

The Paragon Award recognizes advisors who have made significant contributions to the growth of the individual members, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and international level of the organization. SCCC Interim Director of Counseling & Advising/International Student Advisor, Barbara Harford commented, “Sussex County Community College is proud of Lisa’s work on behalf of our Phi Theta Kappa students. Her role as Advisor to our PTK chapter is in addition to her specialization in counseling students on how best to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. We are indeed gratified to see her efforts recognized by PTK with the prestigious Paragon Award for New Advisors.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.

Marketing Department at SCCC Wins National Award

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The Office of Marketing and Public Information at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) was recently awarded a Bronze Paragon Award for 2013 from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) at their annual awards ceremony in New Orleans, LA

More than 80 judges from around the country reviewed over 1,800 entries in the annual competition recognizing excellence in communications exclusively for marketing and PR professionals among two-year community colleges.

Kathleen Peterson, Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Information at SCCC, was presented a Bronze Paragon Award for the College Fall Course Schedule, which highlights the offerings at SCCC. This will be her sixth National Award in the past three years. She has also received 14 District Medallion Awards over the course of her seven year career at SCCC.

SCCC Foundation Receives Check for $12,208 from Subaru World of Newton

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The Sussex County Community College Foundation received a check earlier today in the amount of $12,208 from Subaru World of Newton and Subaru of America Inc. as part of the 2013 Subaru “Share the Love” event.

From November 21, 2013, to January 2, 2014 customers who purchased or leased a new Subaru vehicle could select from a list of five national charities and one local partner to receive a donation of $250.00 from Subaru of America. Subaru World of Newton selected the SCCC Foundation as its local partner. The check was presented to SCCC President, Dr. Paul Mazur by Subaru World of Newton General Manager, Chris Adams.

In accepting the check Dr. Mazur commented, “We are extremely pleased and grateful to Subaru World of Newton for this fine contribution to Sussex County Community College. The funds will be used to support our mission to transform lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities through high quality academic, career and enrichment programs.”

Healthcare Enrollment Day at SCCC

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  • Are you a student or part time employee without healthcare?
  • Do you know someone who needs health insurance and isn’t sure where to start?
  • Did you know the deadline to enroll in a healthcare plan for 2014 is March 31?

SCCC is co-sponsoring a HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT DAY at SCCC on Wednesday, March 26.
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to find coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs.
Whether you are uninsured or just want to explore your choices, the Marketplace will help find coverage that’s right for you.
Bring your payroll information and Social Security number.

Wednesday, March 26

10 am to 1 pm – D Building Galleria
1 pm to 7 pm – E Building Galleria (in front of gymnasium)

Partnering with Sussex County Department of Human Services, NORWESCAP, NJ Hospital Assn., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Region II, and Newton Medical Center.

If you need transportation, please call SKYLANDS RIDE at 973-579-0480.

Activate, Rejuvenate, Motivate at the Ladies Retreat

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SCCC Offers Opportunity for Free Healthcare Training and Certification

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Individuals interested in training to become a Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide, Coding and Billing Specialist, EKG or Phlebotomy Technician, or Medical Office Assistant, are invited to attend an information session at Sussex County Community College on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:00 p.m. or Friday, April 4th at 1:00 p.m. to learn more about these certificate programs. SCCC has been selected for participation in a federally funded demonstration project that provides free training and support to income qualified individuals wishing to pursue careers in the growing field of health care. Through the assistance of the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program, eligible candidates will be selected through a lottery system to receive free training. The grant is a funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

Assistant Dean of Health Sciences and Auxiliary Education Programs, Kathleen Nelson said, “The Health Professions Opportunity Grant offers a wonderful opportunity for those interested in achieving certification in healthcare professions to acquire the education they need to pursue a rewarding career path.”

To register for one of the information sessions, please call the college at (973)300-2149.

SCCC Announces Dates for Priority Registration

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Sussex County Community College has announced the dates for Priority Registration. Online Priority Registration opens for SCCC students with no un-met developmental course requirements, no business holds and no probation on Friday, March 28th. In person Priority Registration opens for all current SCCC students on Monday, March 31st.

New students not currently enrolled may register beginning on Monday, April 14th.

The Financial Aid, Registrar and Bursar’s Office, are open Monday 8:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and Tuesday to Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The Counseling & Advising Center (B206) is open Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be open the week of spring break for Advisement. Course listings are available on the student portal —, or a hard copy can be obtained in the Counseling & Advising Center.