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FREE Classes and a Holiday Concert at the Sussex County Senior Life Center at SCCC

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(Newton, NJ)  The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C., a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services and Sussex County Community College is hosting the following free classes:

On Monday, November 7, 2016 and Monday, November 14, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., there will be free classes on How to Skype Your Friends and Family.  These classes will be held in Room L121, in the Library and Science building located at the top of the college. You may choose one date to attend.

On Monday, November 21, 2016 and Monday, December 5, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to12:15 p.m., there will be free classes on How to Use Your Smartphone.  These classes will be held in Room L121 in the Library and Science building located at the top of the college.  You may choose one date to attend.

On Monday, December 12, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., there will be a class on How to Find the Most Popular Websites.  This class will be held in Room L121 in the Library and Science building located at the top of the college.

The classes will be conducted by Professor Robert Reeber and the Technology and Engineering Club members of S.C.C.C.

Pre-registration is required for each of the classes and space is limited.  Please contact the Division of Senior Services for additional program information or to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or via email at

There will be a free Holiday Concert given by Moderately Bright Four on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at S.C.C.C.  Moderately Bright Four is a group from Flanders, New Jersey whose music includes a wide range of acapella:  do-wop, barbershop, jazz, novelty, and classical pieces, along with patriotic and holiday favorites.

Sussex Soccer Poised for Playoff Run

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The Sussex County Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams qualified for the NJCAA Region XIX postseason tournament this past week with wins over the County College of Morris and Essex County College. Boasting records of 10-4 for the men and 9-3 for the women, both teams are looking to secure home field advantage in the playoffs.

This season, the men’s team are led by Tom Parry (Hereford, England) who has scored 22 goals, ranking him 1st in the nation for Division III players.  Averaging over one and a half goals per game, Parry has led the line for the Skylanders and made them one of the most potent offenses in Region XIX.  Parry’s supporting cast has also been tremendous this season.  A healthy mix of both local and international talent have come together to thrive in Sussex’s 4-2-3-1 system.  Alejandro Patino (Newton) and Ben Armstrong (High Point Regional) have excelled in midfield alongside internationals Mario Umanzor (San Jose, Costa Rica) and Fraser Morrison (Perth, Scotland). Head coach, Frank Vernacchio believes this is arguably one of the most talented teams to come through SCCC.  “The local guys and internationals really complement each other.  We have a great balance of high technical skill, athletic ability, and physical presence.  This is one of the most complete teams that I have had the pleasure of coaching.”

Matt McAvoy in possession

Matt McAvoy in possession

SCCC’s defense has been just as strong as their offense.  With Sussex’s defense comprised of sophomores, poise and maturity are easily seen in every game they play.  Newcomers Cody Bartsch (Vernon) and Euan Fraser (Perth, Australia) have adapted well to the pace of play and have become defensive stalwarts with sophomores Matt McAvoy (Adelaide, Australia) and Alex Colcheedas (Melbourne, Australia) providing cover from their flanks.  “All of our defenders are playing at a high level at the moment,” states Vernacchio. “We have great competition for each position in our back four, and I can rely on every defender I have to do the job.  Whether it’s Zak [Novak], Cody, or Euan playing at centerback, I know the other team won’t be able to break through our defense.”


On the women’s side, the Skylanders have won eight straight games to bring their record to 9-3 and are looking to repeat as Region XIX Champions.  Scoring 57 goals and only giving up 16 this season, the women’s soccer team are both prolific and defensively solid.  Gabby Sarni (Kittatinny Regional) and Jill Pullis (Vernon) have led the team offensively.  Sarni, who now holds the school record for goals in a season, has scored 26, ranking her 4th in the nation for Division I players.  Pullis also broke the college’s records for assists in a season and a career with a tally of 18 assists so far this season, ranking her 2nd in the nation.  Head coach, Frank Vernacchio was quick to praise his attacking duo. “Gabby and Jill have been outstanding this year.  It’s not often that you see the records for both goals and assists broken in the same season.  Our offense has really clicked this year and everyone is playing a part.  When you look at our team, we don’t have just one goal scorer who we rely on.  Yes, Gabby has scored quite a bit and has played great, but our entire offense is scoring and creating chances.  I think we have 10 different goal scorers this year and that really shows how well we are playing collectively.”

Eden Brown

Eden Brown

Sussex has dominated defensively as well this season.  Returners Kirsten Maurizi (Pope John) and Poppy Bignell (Northampton, England) have helped newcomers Eden Brown (Northampton, England) and Camille Constant (Aix les Bains, France) settle in and thrive in Region XIX competition.  Constant has been a goalkeeping standout and is ranked 2nd in the nation for goals against after only giving up a total of one goal in all of her games. Vernacchio adds, “The partnership of Eden and Kirsten in the back has been outstanding.  Both players read the game so well, and in my opinion, are the two best centerbacks in the region, if not the nation.”

Adding more defensive presence is Brittany Todd from Wallkill Valley High School.  Todd has found herself playing both center midfield as well as centerback and has impressed at both positions.  “Brittany is a fantastic player,” states Vernacchio. “We rely on her as much as we do Camille, which is saying quite a bit.  When she is in the midfield we are a more composed team because she can both keep possession as well as break up the other team’s attack.  She has been very effective for us this year and is an underrated player for sure.”

The Region XIX Tournament starts Saturday, October 22 for both the men’s and women’s brackets.  Sussex will know their opponents after the Region XIX Seeding Committee releases the tournament matchups on Wednesday October 19.

Art Gallery Exhibit with artist Bill Westheimer

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Janet Taylor PickettArt Gallery Featured Image 150x150 Art Gallery Opening Reception: October 21, 6 pm
Art Gallery Showing: October 21 through November 25

Sussex County Community College is delighted to announce MANUAL: The Personalities of Hands at the Art Gallery in C building Friday, October 21 through Friday, November 25. Bill Westheimer will be signing his book during the Opening Reception on Friday, October 21 at 6:00 pm, all are welcome to attend.

MANUAL: The Personalities of Hands is a fine art exhibition and a book of portraits with a twist: personal stories and private secrets told through images of hands. Readers witness the diverse range of humanity through photographs and photograms of hands rather than traditional pictures of faces. Westheimer has captured the hands of 150 people from diverse walks of life, including a priest, rock star, trapeze artist, mentalist and politician. 78 of the portraits appear in the 96 page full color book. 

Since making his first photograph at age 14, Westheimer has been fascinated with alternative processes including holography, solarization, and high contrast imagery. At Union College Bill studied with noted painter and educator Arnold Bittelman. He continued with his experiments in photography and experimental image making while completing college.

Additionally, he studied with Jerry Burchfield who introduced him to color photograms and Cibachrome (Ilfochrome) printing. Bill went on to teach Cibachrome printing at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. He learned the 19thcentury technique of collodion glass plate photography from the leading experts in the field: France Scully and Mark Osterman. His works are exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.

NJC4 Week to Promote College Completion

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Beginning Monday, October, 17, New Jersey’s 19 community colleges will hold the fourth annual New Jersey Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4), a statewide initiative to increase awareness about the importance of completing associate degrees and certificates.

NJC4 is a campaign created to increase the number of students at community colleges completing their associate degrees and certificates so that they can successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees, and enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages. Partners for these events include the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), Kean University, Rutgers University-Newark, and the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ (NJCCC) Center for Student Success.

During the week of Oct. 17 to 21, each community college will hold a series of campus-based college completion activities with the goal of raising awareness and encouraging students to sign the completion pledge.  Since NJC4 began in 2013, over 30,000 students have signed the pledge to complete their degrees and certificates.

Sussex County Community College will be participating in the week long events starting on Monday, October 17 at 12:05 a.m. with a Banner and Commitment signing; Tuesday, October 18 at 10:50 a.m. will be Guest Speaker, Jen Croneberger; Wednesday, October 19 at 12:05 a.m. will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day; Thursday, October 20 is our Transfer Excitement Day at 10:50 a.m. All events will take place in the Student Center Galleria.

“We are excited about NJC4 at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence A. Nespoli. “Partnering on NJC4 with the New Jersey Education Association, Kean University and Rutgers University-Newark helps our 19 community colleges’ Phi Theta Kappa Chapters inform students about the importance of staying in school to earn a college credential.”

NJEA, Kean University and Rutgers University-Newark have provided grants to each Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the 19 community colleges to help offset the cost of NJC4 events and activities.

“NJEA is happy to once again partner with New Jersey’s 19 community colleges to support the NJC4 initiative that encourages students to persevere, succeed and ultimately achieve the credentials necessary to be successful members of New Jersey’s workforce,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer.

“As a Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll school, Kean University is proud to support associate degree completion programs like NJC4 as an important step toward receiving a bachelor’s degree and ultimately student success,” said Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi.

“Rutgers University-Newark is excited to continue to strengthen its relationship with New Jersey’s community colleges, and NJC4 is a great opportunity to provide hardworking students with the tools, knowledge and encouragement to best achieve long-term academic success,” said Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs and Services at Rutgers University-Newark Dr. John Gunkel.

You can follow NJC4 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #NJC4 and watch a short video.

In three years, New Jersey has become a national leader in student completion initiatives, with other states, including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. consulting with the New Jersey Center for Student Success to begin their own similar statewide campaigns.

The national Community College Completion Initiative began in April 2010 when leaders from the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Center for Community College Student Engagement signed Democracy’s Colleges: A Call to Action. Each of these organizations developed action plans and strategies to involve their constituents to produce 5 million more associate degree and certificate holders by 2020.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students, recognizes and encourages academic achievement of two-year college students and provides them with opportunities for individual growth and development through service, leadership, honors, and fellowship programs.

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’s College Novel lecture, Station Eleven, scheduled for 10/13

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has selected Station Eleven by Emily S. John Mandel as the College novel for the 2016/2017 academic year.

The College novel lecture of the academic year will take place on Thursday, October 13 at 10:50 a.m. in the Student Center Theater.  The lecture is open to the community, free of charge.

The panel for this lecture, titled “Art and Literature of the Apocalypse,” will include SCCC President Dr. Connolly, who will speak on the role of the College novel in academic life; Professor Mike Hughes, who will speak about visual apocalyptic art; and English Professor Dr. Mary Thompson who will be speaking on the themes of Shakespeare’s Lear and Midsummer and why they resonate with the survivors in Station Eleven. It promises to be a fascinating examination of the role of art and literature in all of our lives.

Professor, Eleanor Carducci,  began the College novel tradition in 1993.  Carducci asks the faculty and staff annually to nominate novels and then holds a meeting for people to advocate for their nominations.  At the end of the meeting, the group reaches a consensus as to which novel will become the College novel for the new academic year.

Since its inception, the College novel series has sustained itself as a campus activity. Its key achievement has been to create a reading community that finds pleasure and stimulation through the reading of a novel. On the College’s website,, a comprehensive view of the College novel is offered as well as ideas for teaching. The College novel allows professors to teach about the novel from different perspectives.







Veteran’s Fish ‘n’ Chips Dinner

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6:00 to 8:00 pm
Sussex County Community College

Sussex County Community College’s Department of Veteran Services will be hosting a Fish & Chips Dinner by Tastefully British. Tickets may be purchased at SCCC’s Veteran’s Resource Center, Bursar’s Office or online, $20 for adults, $15 Veterans & Students (11 -20 yrs of age), $10 for children 10 and under. Please specify if you would like to substitute fish with chicken at the time of advance ticket purchase.

The event will also feature complimentary beer & wine, 50/50 raffle, Basket of Cheer, and door prizes. All proceeds from fundraising efforts and admission will support SCCC’s student veterans.

SCCC’s Homecoming for Alumni & Current Students

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Saturday, October 15
Connor Green, SCCC Campus

Join us in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Sussex County Community College’s first graduating class! We’re kicking off the fall season with our first annual Homecoming event for our alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends of SCCC. We have a day full of activities planned so you can connect with classmates, professors and staff!

12 Noon

  • Root for our Skylanders Men’s Soccer team!
  • Homecoming Queen & King Announcement
  • Introduction of Skylander Cup Teams

1:30-5:30 pm

  • Alumni BBQ
  • Music: Luke and the Troublemakers
  • Fun & Games: Mechanical Bull, Velcro Wall, Castle Bounce House, Dunk Tank, Meltdown, Inflatable Obstacle Course, 3 Lane Bungee Run, and Carnival Games
  • Craft Fair
  • Skylander Cup Decathlon

All events are free of charge! An RSVP would be appreciated but is not necessary.
For more information please contact Homecoming Coordinators at:
973-300-2320 x4159,

Guns in America – Topic of SCCC film/discussion

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-2Monday, October 24
10:30 am
Performing Arts Center

The highly regarded documentary film, 91%: A film About Gun Violence in America, takes on the hot topic of gun control. Many proposed mechanisms for controlling gun distribution are opposed by gun rights activists, but research shows that 91 percent of U.S. citizens support a universal background check for firearms purchases.

A screening of this very timely film will be held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Performing Arts Center, One College Hill Road, Newton. The documentary is free and open to the community. A discussion with filmmaker John Richie will follow.

“Gun Violence in America is epidemic” says William McGovern, program coordinator for the Criminal Justice and Fire Science Technology programs at SCCC.  “From homicides in Chicago to mass shootings at schools, we as a nation need a better solution to preventing tragedies that happen over 300 times a day in our communities. We look forward to presenting this important – and timely – documentary.”

The film was produced and directed by John Richie, a writer/director/producer based out of New Orleans. In 2004, he began his film career working in the camera department of many large Hollywood films. Ritchie found his passion in documentary filmmaking in 2006 working on Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke, the 5 part HBO series about Hurricane Katrina’s effect on the people of the Gulf South. Shortly after this experience, John embarked on making his own films centered on social justice issues with a focus on gun violence and policy.

His newest film, 91%, is being released this year through The Cinema Guild. 91% examines Americans overwhelming support for comprehensive background checks on all gun sales, Congress’s failure to pass any meaningful legislation to date, and how it affects our public health.

This work has led Richie into working on projects with the Sierra Club, City of New Orleans, and The Louisiana Endowment for The Humanities. He’s known for his ability to bring honesty in the telling of difficult stories while maintaining the integrity of the people and the truth.

Photo: John Richie, Filmmaker

Documentary Film on PTSD in Police/First Responders

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code9Wednesday, November 9
7:00-9:00 p.m, Performing Arts Center.

The Sussex County affiliate of NAMI NJ (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and their Criminal Justice/Fire Science Technology Department are partnering to present the documentary film, “Code 9, Officer Needs Assistance” free of charge at the Performing Arts Center, One College Hill Road, Newton NJ on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The film spotlights PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) among police and first responders, which is a major challenge, though vastly overlooked and slow to be acknowledged.

The lives of filmmaker Deborah Louise Ortiz and her husband were overturned once he retired from the police force after twenty-two years of service. He was a highly-decorated New York State trooper and former federal agent with the DEA drug enforcement task force Dreams of a happy retirement were shattered, as he fought daily battles with his demons, creating a constant nightmare for his family.

It was then that she decided to create a documentary film to raise awareness and open up the conversation in order to break down stigma, so that those suffering would feel more comfortable seeking help. Ortiz also became determined to seek solutions to this problem.

“We did not understand what was happening to my husband because his disintegration was never addressed in the countless hours of training he received during the course of his career,” explains Ortiz. “They never warned him of the psychological dangers involved in police work. His superiors never asked him if he was okay after he experienced a traumatic incident (and there were many). They never mentioned or recognized the reality of PTSD, because PTSD wasn’t supposed to afflict the cops. Cops were supposed to just take it all in stride and go on to the next horror.”

Experts interviewed in the film estimate up to 20 percent of police officers across the nation suffer from PTSD. In the course of filming, Ortiz came to realize that fire and emergency medical personnel were equally susceptible to the disorder.

Bill McGovern, M.A., Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice and Fire Science Technology at SCCC will participate in the presentation and Question and Answer segment following the film, along with Bob Cubby, a Sussex County resident and retired Jersey City Police Captain, who is one of the police officers interviewed in Code 9.

NAMI Sussex Executive Trustee Marjorie Strohsahl says, “Not only is it important for police and first responders (active and retired) to view this film, but it is especially important for their families, friends and the general public to see this documentary. It is hoped that a greater understanding of what these men and women experience in their line of duty will help to bust the stigma and encourage them to seek the services and support they need.”

The film has  garnered a number of awards: Winner of both the Best Documentary and the Audience Choice-Feature from the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival, the IndieFEST Film Award of Merit, and the Laurel of Excellence from the TBAE. Currently, discussions are underway to have the story of the Ortiz family’s struggle with PTSD made into a major motion-picture, available in theaters everywhere.

NAMI Sussex is a co-sponsor of this Code 9 event. The affiliate and NAMI affiliates throughout NJ provide free family education programs and support groups. For more information, call 973-214-0632 or email Visit to locate other affiliates within NJ.

Learn more about the National Alliance on Mental Illness at It is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness by educating, advocating, listening and leading in thousands of communities across the United States.

Brochures on the S.H.A.R.E. program for first responders and their families provided by the non-profit organization Code9 Project will be available at the film screening and may be found on the website

For additional information about the November 9th event, please contact t 973-729-5153.

Scholarship Applications for Spring 2017 are now available

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has over 100 scholarships that are available to students and incoming students ranging from $250 to $2,000 for the Spring 2017 semester.  These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation.

Applications are available online at and in SCCC’s Advising and Counseling Center. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application packet in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy.

“I encourage everyone to apply for a scholarship. It could be the difference between you attending school for the semester or taking a break. If it weren’t for the generosity of others, I would not be pursuing my dreams. Even if it is as little as one class, a scholarship made the difference and allowed me to have lasting experiences and make wonderful relationships that will last a lifetime.” Jessica, SCCC Student and Scholarship Recipient.

Students should return their completed application to the Advising and Counseling Center, Administration Building, Room B206 by Tuesday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m.  Questions can be directed to the SCCC Foundation at 973-300-2121.