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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.

‘Excellent’ SCCC students recognized

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Sussex County Community College recognized several of its graduating students in a ceremony last week for their exceptional work over the course of the past school year.

The ceremony, held in the Student Center Theater, included the top honor of the Presidential Award, which was presented by SCCC President Dr. Paul Mazur to five students: Daniel Bieniasz, Chris DeVries, Michelle Dester, Jesse Hughes, and Kimberly Jones were all recognized for their efforts.

The following students were also acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to excellence:
• Mari McInerney, Vice President of Student Affairs Award
• Christian Basile, Award for Excellence in Computer Information Systems
• Jason Merdurio and Kevin Weatherworks, Award for Excellence in Mathematics
• Jeffrey Perosi and Dominic Campagna, Award for Excellence in Business Administration
• Denise Vander Maas, Award for Excellence in Business Management
• Ashanti Benjamin, Award for Excellence in Anthropology
• William Morrison, Award for Excellence in Accounting
• Alexandra Tczap and Carmine Caruso, Athletic Council Awards
• Danielle Fortini and Chelsea Pastor, Award for Excellence in Biology/Pre-Medical Professional Program
• Brenden Schmitt, Carnevale Poetry Award
• Rachel Sollers, Cottley Fiction Award
• Brian Porter, Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice
• Mayra Tamburro, Award for Exceptional Achievement
• Winter Rosen, Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies
• Sara Boysen and Kyle Walker, Fine Arts Achievement Award
• Homer Wanamaker, Jr., Award for Excellence in Graphic Design
• Kyle Van Sweden, Award for Excellence in 3D Computer Arts
• Kimberly Jones, Award for Excellence in Journalism
• Andrei Burul and Joanne Fekete, Outstanding Club President Award
• Joanne Fekete, Outstanding Writing Award
• Dawn Truhn, Award for Excellence in Paralegal Studies
• Lorraine Macaluso, Award for Excellence in Psychology
• Nick Savarese and Ashley Hohmann, Theater Arts Achievement Award

“These graduates went above and beyond the call of learning,” said Dr. Mazur after the ceremony. “We as a college community are proud to call them our students and wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.”

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

Prominent Pro-Life Activist to Speak at SCCC

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One of the nation’s foremost defenders of the sanctity of life will be speaking at Sussex County Community College in May. Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, is scheduled to appear at SCCC’s Performing Arts Center May 14 at 8 p.m. A mass will be held at 5:00 pm in the Student Center Theater.

A Roman Catholic priest, Father Pavone is one of the country’s most prominent pro-life activists. Appointed by the Vatican to the Pontifical Council for the Family, Father Pavone also serves as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate and numerous awards, including the “Proudly Pro-Life Award” from the National Right to Life Committee. Father Pavone is the author of two books, regularly appears on television and radio, and travels the word extensively to speak out in defense of life.

This event is hosted by SCCC’s Campus Crusade for Christ Club. Admission to the event is by donation. For more information about the event, email

SCCC Inks Agreement with FDU That Gives Grads Steep Tuition Discount

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Graduates of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) looking to continue their educational pursuits are now eligible to receive steep tuition discounts from Fairleigh Dickinson University, under an agreement recently announced by the two colleges.

The SCCC-FDU Scholars Program can save eligible students seeking a bachelor’s degree a minimum of 40 percent on tuition rates at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for SCCC graduates to have access to FDU programs at a sharp discounted rate,” stated Vice President of Academic Affairs William Waite. “The quality courses offered at FDU will allow our students to access a variety of programs enabling them to complete their bachelor’s degree.”

First and foremost, for a student to be eligible, they must obtain an associate’s degree from SCCC. It is then that the SCCC-FDU Scholar is given a minimum 40% reduction in tuition at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Other financial incentives are also available to those who are eligible for any or all of the below:
· Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society membership
· SCCC cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
· Residential housing grant
· NJ Stars II participant

SCCC and FDU’s goal for the program is to ensure that students have a seamless transition and optimize the potential savings that are available through this program, and other scholarship opportunities at FDU. New, incoming students must sign a letter of intent to enroll at FDU before they reach 30 credits. Interested students should contact an advisor at SCCC to discuss the program and how best to achieve success in it.
For more details on the SCCC-FDU Scholars Program, call the SCCC Transfer Counselor Scott Scardena at 973.300.2206 You can also visit for more information about this and other unique transition programs available at SCCC.

Alternate Spring Break an Eye Opener for SCCC’s Diesburg

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While a great number of college students head to Florida or other exotic places for spring break, Renee Diesburg, a Sussex County Community College (SCCC) sophomore, went on an “alternate” spring break.

Diesburg was one of just four New Jersey students selected to be part of United Way’s “Powered by U”, an alternate spring break program funded by the Kimberly Clark Foundation. Two hundred students nationwide applied to be in the program and only a select few were chosen, including Diesburg. The program was held in Washington, D.C., the week of March 15-20.

During the course of the week, Diesburg volunteered with various community service projects, including a homeless shelter and a daycare center, working predominately with children.

“It was an eye-opening experience,” said Diesburg, who lives in Newton and went to Kittatinny Regional High School. “It totally exceeded my expectations.”

Diesburg, who will graduate from SCCC in May with an Associate in Business Administration, is no stranger to volunteerism.

At SCCC, she is Vice President of the Student Government Association, is President of Student United Way, and Vice President of the Rotaract Club. In the community, she has been active in her church and 4-H, and in high school was involved in numerous clubs and activities.

“Giving back to the community has always been part of my life,” said Diesburg. “It’s a two-way street. It helps me learn and it helps those who need help. I’ll always keep volunteering in the community. Volunteers are the glue to every community.”

When she first heard about the Alternative Spring Break program, she jumped at the chance to apply.

“I have to thank Sean Hyland for the opportunity,” said Diesburg, who will continue her education in the fall (somewhere in New Jersey). “He works with United Way in Sussex (and is also a student at SCCC). He is the bridge between United Way and Student United Way. He let me know about the program. He’s a big factor to where I am today. He has always had faith in me.”

In addition to visiting and helping out at community programs, Diesburg spent some time on Capitol Hill, meeting with representatives of Congressman Scott Garrett and advocating for more funding for after school programs and other issues.

Although Diesburg was only in Washington a week, it clearly had an impact on her. At the daycare center she spent time with many 5 to 7 year olds. At the end of the day, one of them said to her, “Don’t leave! I like you!”

“That really made me feel good,” she said.

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Military Vets receive special tuition rate from Sussex County Community College

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In their continuing efforts to offer support to military veterans, Sussex County Community College has announced that it will give a special tuition rate to all veterans.

“This is a huge, huge deal,” said Mike DeVilliers, Veterans Services Coordinator at SCCC. “We are very excited about this new initiative. It’s another way for us to thank our veterans for their service to our country.”

Therefore, those who have had active federal service of 90 days or more are eligible for the College’s Veteran Tuition Rate. In addition, any dependent of a veteran that is receiving VA education benefits is also eligible for the Veteran Tuition Rate.

“This goes above and beyond what any other college does,” said DeVilliers, a veteran of the Army himself. “If you are a veteran – or a dependent – and eligible, you get the Veteran Tuition Rate.”

SCCC is proud to offer the Veteran Tuition Rate to all vets. SCCC currently has many veterans from Sussex County enrolled, as well as 30 veterans from nearby Pike and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania.

This is the latest effort by the College to assist in the transition to state side for veterans. The staff works closely with veterans on a number of levels, assuring that they get the attention needed to receive their education. Another program offered by the College is its Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER), which helps veterans in need of emergency funding while in college. SVER acts as a bridge for those veterans who qualify and are in need of housing, food, car payments and other basic needs when college is not in session.

“Our goal is to help our veterans complete their education so that they can reach their career aspirations,” DeVilliers said. “They’ve done a lot for us; it’s our turn to do what we can for them.”

For more information about veterans’ services at SCCC, contact Mike DeVilliers at 973-300-2109.

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SCCC Students Join Elite Honor Society

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More than 100 Sussex County Community College students were recently inducted into the most prestigious honor society for community colleges in the United States.

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.

One hundred and one students were inducted into the organization during a ceremony held in March.

“Hard work and perseverance has paid off for these inductees,” said Scott Scardena, Transfer Counselor and PTK Advisor at SCCC.” These students are now part of an elite group of people who have achieved an important goal in their academic career.”

The following individuals were inducted:
Alexander Altieri, Nicole Ammirato, Anthony Appaluccio, Nicole Bauberger, Daniel Bell, Garrett Bergner, Alex Block, Alexis Brennan, Andrei Burul, Nicole Casey, Jesse James Nick Catral, Madeline Chiappini, Emily Ciaravino, Justine Cieslik, Morgan Citro, Casey Cleaver, Julianna Cole, Ashley Craig, Adam Crisman, Lindsay Dale, Shannon Dalton, Connor Davis, Michelle Davis, Alexandra DeVilliers, Kyle DiStasi, Sarah Difalco, Jaimelynn Dingman, Samuel Dunn, Marissa Durgin, Rhiannon Eppinger, David Falleni, Emilee Fischer, Kristie Fuhrmann, Samantha Gomez, Sadie Gramuglia, Victoria Guyadeen, Caitlin Hall, Breanna Haudek, Jessica Hergert, Gabriela Herrera, Diana Hetyei, Arcangelo Iurato, Brittany Jollie, Brianna Kimberly, Carolyn Krone, Rachel Kylis, Melanie LaRusso, Beau Lethbridge, Seth Lewinson, Andrew Loiacono, Alyxx Mangine, Alfred Marcinkowski, Andrew Mastrelli, Emmi McAuliffe-Uchida, Cheyenne McDole, Brittney McGahey, Hannah McSweeney, Kaitlyn McSweeney, William Morrison, Liliane Moscagiuri, Sara Mountford, Tyler Nichols, Regina Norris, Ashlyn Nye, Ava Oliver, Morgan Philhower, Nathan Piserchia, Katarina Polizos, Breanna Puskas, Nicole Rafferty, Keith Ricciardi, Devon Richards, Erin Sanders, Trent Schamble, Kendra Schwabe, Jacob Schweinberg, Justin Scrufari, Sharron Silvia, Jennifer Slater, Steven Sokolowski, Amy Sollers, Jerryanna Spiegel, Tiffany Spooner, Kristopher Tapia, Anthony Terminello, Emily Timchak, Sarah Turo, Maxwell Unrath, Garrett VanderSluys, Erin VanGorden, Danielle Vitale, Daniel Walz, Kaitlyn Wamback, Amanda Wassel, Rebecca Weighall, Joseph Whitney, Brianna Wistuba, Jacob Wolfe, Corrine Woodhead, Ashley Young, Alexis Zimmerman.

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SCCC Opens Registration for Summer and Fall Courses

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For those looking to get a head start on their educational endeavors this fall (and summer), Sussex County Community College (SCCC) makes it easier than ever to register in advance.

Registration for summer and fall classes at SCCC is now open and there are myriad ways for students to sign up for their classes of choice.

Summer registration is open and the College is expecting a large demand for summer courses, particularly from students who have gone away to four year colleges and will look for an affordable way to pick up needed classes close to home. The College offers two Summer Sessions. Summer I runs from May 26th until July 8th; Summer II begins July 13th and concludes on August 20th, 4 credit classes end on August 26th.

SCCC has an open admissions policy and registration is available on a rolling basis. Students can apply and register from now up until classes begin on September 8th.

The fall students are encouraged to register early for the best chance at securing their schedule of choice. New students may complete an application available online, by mail, or in the Admissions Office on campus. A complete listing of summer and fall classes available is posted online at

SCCC has been offering a quality education to Sussex County residents for more than 28 years with two-year degrees in areas such as business, criminal justice, communications with broadcasting and film options, fire science technology, graphic arts, human services, liberal arts, studio arts, web publishing, among many more. There many certificates to choose from including those in the health science field. As the field of medicine has a high demand for quality workers, SCCC offers training certificate programs in the College’s Health Sciences department. For a complete list of certificates you can visit

Additionally, the Community Education department at SCCC offers non-credit certificates in the Alternate Route Teacher Certification through the New Pathways to Teaching in NJ and many other certificate programs along with lifelong learning classes.

For more information about admission to the College visit or call 973-300-2223.

24th Annual Fine Art Student Exhibition

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be celebrating its 24th Annual Student Art Exhibition which opens on May 1 and will remain on view through June 19. The public is invited to attend the gala opening reception on Friday, May 1 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Each year a jury comprised of Fine Art faculty and students select over 150 examples of student artwork. The annual exhibition has become a tradition at the College and celebrates the combined efforts of students and faculty in the Fine Art Program. Dr. Julie McWilliams, Academic Coordinator of the Fine Arts Degree program admits, “although the show requires a great deal of planning, it is always an interesting and eclectic exhibition. It is important for all artists, to see their efforts displayed in a professional gallery setting and to compare their ideas and work with their peers. Additionally, participation in this competitive, juried format is a valuable component of the student/artist resume. As our students also participate in jurying, hanging, and striking the show, they gain immeasurable experience of the entire gallery process. It is an important show for us all.”

Students at SCCC work in a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, design, sculpture and ceramics.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, directions to SCCC or summer Art Gallery hours, please call the College at 973-300-2100 or visit


Photo: Artist, Kyle Walker, student of Bruce Dehnert (Head of Ceramics Peters Valley School of Crafts) fine tunes his multi-media piece: “Instrument” while students look on.


SCCC Adjunct Professor of American Sign Language Interviewed

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David Gunness, Sussex County Community College Adjunct Professor of American Sign Language, was recently interviewed for a documentary produced by Learning World, a program on Euronews, a France-based TV channel. David and his teaching techniques were highlighted in an episode about teaching techniques and bridging education for hearing impaired as well as hearing students. Professor Gunness’ ASL class is very popular at SCCC and typically fills very quickly. He is now pursuing his graduate degree in special education and SCCC is proud to have David as part of its dedicated faculty.