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SCCC students participate in community service

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Students from several of Sussex County Community College’s Foundations for Success classes are giving back to the community by participating in a number of projects throughout the tri-state area. The students volunteer for these projects as part of their Road Trip Service requirement. SCCC Adjunct Professor George Lightcap teaches both classes.

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SCCC students built a six-yard rock crib to protect a section of the Appalachian Trail from erosion in Wantage, NJ. This section of Trail is maintained by Alan Breach. This project was supervised by both Breach and Lightcap, themselves A.T. section hikers. From left to right: Brandon Soden, Adria Tidaback, Thor Dunn, Jason LeValley, Pablo Lerch, Brandon Korczakowski, Dalton Campbell, Tyler Kuhrt, Spencer Kronyak, Fred Principe, Nicole Shepard, Kali Radice, and Michaela Acheson

Picture Caption: SCCC students travel to Newburgh, New York to help Habitat for Humanity where they devote a full day of service. Pictured from left to right: Sean Reiche, George Lightcap (SCCC Foundations Instructor), Caitlin Hurley, Madeline Abatemarco, Kyle Lawkiel, Michaela Mendralla, Justin Chernes, Kalei Winfield, Devin Banghart, & Heidi Duncan.



Adjunct Professor Dehnert elected to International Organization

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Bruce Dehnert, SCCC adjunct professor, was recently elected as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC).  Mr. Dehnert was elected in September. The organization is based in Geneva, Switzerland and represents noted artists, gallerists, collectors, and museums in the field of ceramics worldwide. The IAC is a cultural partner in United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Mr. Dehnert, along with three other American ceramicists, will be inducted into the IAC during their conference in Barcelona, Spain in 2016. The selection recognizes Dehnert’s contributions as an artist as well as his teaching, writing, and presence in the international arena of ceramic art.

A studio potter and sculptor for 35 years, Dehnert is originally from Wyoming and moved to New York City in 1986 to teach at Hunter College. In 1991, Dehnert received his MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. Since that time, Dehnert has taught in New Zealand, on the Island of Borneo and many educational/Art centers in the United States. He is currently an adjunct professor at Sussex County Community College where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3-D design. He has been at the College 16 years. Dehnert’s book, Simon Leach: A Pottery Handbook, was a recent bestseller.  Both he and his wife, the British painter, Kulvinder Kaur Dhew, are based in New Jersey where he is Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft.

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SCCC students inducted into national honor society

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Dozens of dedicated Sussex County Community College students were recently inducted into the world’s largest honor society for community colleges at a special ceremony on campus.

Phi Theta Kappa International is the honor society for two-year colleges and includes members from throughout the country and beyond.  Inductees earned their status through their exceptional scholastic work. These elite students represent the College’s finest.

To become a part of Phi Theta Kappa, students must be enrolled in an accredited associates degree program and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students are then eligible to apply for transfer scholarships offered by over 600 four-year colleges and universities located throughout the U.S.

“Our students have worked hard to earn their spots in this prestigious honor society,” said Scott Scardena, Transfer Counselor and PTK Advisor at SCCC. “Their dedication to their education made them perfect candidates and we are proud to be able to add these students to the Phi Theta Kappa elite.”

The following individuals were inducted:

Julianna Alfonso, Ryan Altieri, Zachary Anderson, Steve Araujo, Lisa Baca, Eric Baker, Amanda Baldino, Joshua Brucker, Colleen Cahill, Laura Campbell, Brandon Caton, Shelby Chapman, Frank Chiofalo, Rachel Condit, Victoria Connelly, Robert Cooper, Alyssa Cox, Danielle Czohla, Sharon Debowski, Jesse Eddings, Joanne Fekete, Jessica Fiess, James Fischer, William Fischer, Sara Freericks, Ann Giannini, John Gieger, Samantha Glosser, Kayla Greco, Jordan Greszczak, Mary Griffin, Jake Gutowski, Amanda Headley, Steven Henry, Robert Holland, Daniel Howe, Brad Howlett, Luis Hurtado-Martinez, Nikki Ingerman, Mary Ingrassia, Lonie Joyce, Bobbac Kashani, David Keenan, Rita Keene, Melissa Kemeny, Charles Keppler, Jeffrey Kuchta, Scott Lausch, Amanda Losco, Lorraine Macaluso, Nichole Mack, Amanda Magyar, Gina McGuire, Grace McLaughlin, Nicholas McWilliams, Callum Mcauley, Kim Messier, Michele Mielko, Jacqueline Miller, Sarajo Miller, Lucas Nooter, Kelsey O’Connor, Linda O’Gorman, Nathaniel Ottens, Jayne Paulus, Sarah Pettenger, Daniel Rafferty, Megan Reich, Aidan Samuels, Kathryn Schmidt, Erica Sisco, Charlie Spirko, Mary Springer, Mary Stanton, Shannon Stevenson, Skyler Stoner, Daniel Terhune, Allison Thorn, Marc Vanderhaeghen, Victoria Vasquez, Jay Ziegler, Kathryn Zielinski, Matthew Zupkay, and Maria von Suppiny.

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Agatha Christie Play Performance at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the great mystery writer, Agatha Christie by performing “A Murder Is Announced”, adapted from the novel for the stage by Leslie Darbon. Agatha Christie’s novels have sold more than two billion copies around the world, only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. She was born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, to an American father and English mother. She became the only female playwright to have three plays running in the West End of London at the same time.

The mystery “A Murder is Announced” begins almost immediately with an announcement in the local paper, stating the time and place when a murder is to occur. A determined Inspector grimly follows the twists and turns of a mixed motives and concealed identities.

“The play has been a delight to direct because of the talented actors, technical crews and my student director, Kalei Winfield,” said SCCC Assistant Professor of Theater, Stella Trikouros.

“A Murder is Announced” will be performed at the SCCC Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 pm with a matinee on Sunday, November 22 at 3 pm. The performance will be followed by a free reception sponsored by The Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council for visual artist “Claudia Arbizu” whose oil paintings are exhibited in the Atrium.

Tickets prices are $10- $15 for the community and can be purchased by visiting or call 973-300-2106. “A Murder Is Announced” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Cast/Crew of “A Murder is Announced” SCCC November 20 – 22
1st row: Alison Dill, Jessica Kabbash, Sue-Ann Selimo
2nd row: Tim Chenard, Joilenni Silverio, Amanda Fantastia, Jessica Mortell, Franklin Silverio, Brittany Schroeder, Nicole Shepard
3rd row: Kalei Winfield, Vicki Pennella, Beth Kabbash

SCCC to honor Veterans and remembers POW MIA Service Members

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will hold a Veterans Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11 at 2 pm by the 9/11 Memorial in honor of Veterans Day. The event, which was organized by the SCCC Veterans Services Office on campus, will honor veterans and  remember POW MIA service members. The ceremony will open up with the singing of our National Anthem by Nikki Briar followed by remarks from President Connolly. Former Navy Veteran, James Cahill, will read the POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony for those U.S. service members who were never accounted for during the war.  Freeholder Richard Vohden will also be present to share his thoughts to attendees. Jack Tripp, Chaplain of the Post 86 American Legion in Newton,  will talk about the history of Veterans Day. The conclusion will be a flag ceremony held by Commander of Sussex County American Legion, Walter Kuntz.

Medical Assistant Program Offered at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) Health Sciences Department celebrated Medical Assistant Recognition Week with a presentation on Friday, October 23. Local health care professionals Robert Mierzejewski and Karen Hartman, CMA of Morristown Cardiology along with Dr. Michael Ganon of Newton Urgent Care were in attendance to provide words of encouragement to SCCC’s current Medial Assistant students.

The presenters have close ties with the College; Dr. Michael Ganon is an instructor at SCCC and Morristown Cardiology has participated in an externship program with the College for the past two years, working with seven of SCCC’s Medical Assisting students.

“I find that students who graduate from the SCCC Medical Assistant program have excellent personal and clinical skills. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who is interested in the field,” Robert Mierzejewski expressed after the presentation.

Medical Assistants focus on the quality of patient care by assisting a physician with clinical skills. They ensure patient satisfaction by handling administrative tasks essential to secure proper reimbursement by Medicare and other insurances as well as other office tasks.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations.

Sussex County Community College is offering this 41-week Medical Assistant Program that runs twice a year. The next program will begin in January of 2016 with classes being held in the Health Sciences Building on campus.

For more information visit or contact Kathryn Quinn, Program Coordinator at 973-300-2279. Inquiries must be made before November 30, 2015 to be considered for the January program.

Pictured: Kathryn Quinn addresses the Medical Assistant students during a presentation.

The Power of Dreams, find out what they mean.

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Join Dr. Francesco Ancona, professor of English at Sussex County Community College, for an intriguing presentation as he explores how to decipher the meanings behind your dreams. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, November  17 at 10:50 am in the Student Center Theater and is also open to the public at no charge.

“The presentation explains what Freud termed the ‘language’ of dreams to enable attendees to interpret their own dreams, as no one can do so better than the dreamers themselves – especially with a cup of coffee, glass of wine, and a good friend,” said Dr. Ancona.

The presentation will also include the process of keeping a dream diary and will include plenty of time for answering questions.

Dr. Ancona is the author of “The Power of Dreams: A History of Healing Body, Mind, and Soul,” due out this month, an academic study of how dreams are “the most misunderstood necessity of life,” as well as a key to human development, including how dreams affect physical, mental, and spiritual health.

He has been teaching about dreams for more than 20 years, conducting workshops throughout the state, and has taught an array of dream and mythology courses at Sussex County Community College, where he is a full-time professor.  Dr. Ancona trained in psychoanalysis at both Drew University and in a joint Centenary /Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis Master’s program. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

While much of the field of dream studies is compartmentalized into tight categories, Dr. Ancona prefers to look at dreams holistically, including historical and interdisciplinary aspects.

To attend this event, visit Sussex County Community College, located at One College Hill Road in Newton. For more about SCCC, please visit Dr. Ancona’s book will be available in ebook (Kindle) already available on Amazon and the paperback version.

SCCC Announces Robert S. Needham Scholarship Winners

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Sussex County Community College has announced that 16 students have been named as this year’s Robert S. Needham Memorial Scholarship winners. The recipients are Erika Castro-Reynoso, Kilsy Castro-Reynoso, Marissa Durgin, Amber Gall, Jade Gay, John Gieger, Sadie Gramuglia, Lauren Hennighan, Corinne Henningsen, Tyler Hunt, Gina McGuire, Lon Ndreu, Morgan Philhower, Eric VanGorden, Daisy Williams, and Shannon Young.

The Robert Needham Scholarship honors high-achieving, second-year students who have contributed to their community or college campus, and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. The scholarship is to be used towards continuing their education at Sussex County Community College.

For information on admissions, contact the SCCC Admissions Department at (973) 300-2223 or email

Pictured front row left to right: Jade Gay, Shannon Young, Erika Castro-Reynoso, Corinne Henningsen, Morgan Philhower, Lauren Hennighan, Marissa Durgin, and Kilsy Castro.

Back row, left to right: Tyler Hunt, John Gieger

Not pictured: Amber Gall, Sadie Gramuglia, Gina McGuire, Lon Ndreu, Eric VanGorden and Daisy Williams

Arpaio and SCCC find success with Psi Beta

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Associate Professor of Psychology, Melanie Arpaio took her role seriously as the advisor to Sussex County Community College’s Psi Beta chapter, quickly climbing the organization’s ranks and representing SCCC on a national level.

Psi Beta is a National Honor Society in Psychology for two-year learning institutions. Thousands of chapters dot the country. Its mission in part, according to the Psi Beta website, is to “encourage professional development and psychological literacy of all students.”

According to Arpaio, those last few words are important. Her Psi Beta students don’t have to be Psychology majors.

“We only ask for a passion for learning more about human behavior and motivation,” she said. “I became involved in Psi Beta because it was clear that my students wanted to learn more, to expand their knowledge about psychology and to become involved outside of campus.”

Chartered in 2007 with the guidance of Arpaio, the SCCC chapter of Psi Beta – one of the oldest honor societies in the nation – has grown since its inaugural year. Arpaio, in her evolving role locally and nationally in the organization, has helped the program soar.

Currently acting on Psi Beta’s advisory board to the National Council, Arpaio has previously been President of the National Council and has had the pleasure of mentoring students and faculty from throughout the country, as well as representing Psi Beta at national and international conferences. In fact, the national President of the Council represents the thousands of Psi Beta students and alumni as well as the hundreds of faculty advisors and the regional vice presidents, to the international organizations such as American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

She is proud of founding a student travel scholarship that allows some members to attend the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, where several students have even been selected to present. She is also working with other leaders to create an endowed scholarship. Arpaio was recently nominated for a position on the Membership Committee in the Technology slate for the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association.

Working with her students in Psi Beta, Arpaio said, “has been one of the fulfilling aspects of my career.”

Many of her Psi Beta graduates have gone onto advanced degrees and found success in the field of psychology.

Keeping busy on and off campus, Arpaio also advises the Psychology, Anime, and Adventure Clubs, and serves in several other capacities. She is currently working toward her PhD in Educational Psychology (her master ‘s degree is from Centenary College), focusing on the successful transition of students with high-functioning autism disorders into a college setting. And even at home she keeps going, teaming with her husband, Jerry, taking in adult dogs who have been confined in puppy mills.

For more information on Sussex County Community College and all the College has to offer, contact the Admissions Department at 973.300.2223.


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.