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SCCC to Host Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival

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Sussex County Community College will host the Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm with registration beginning at 9:30 am in the Art Gallery. Workshops will be conducted from 10:00 am until 12 pm and a book fair will be held throughout the day.

Workshops will include:

Out to Launch: Getting Started – Catherine “Cat” Doty, Workshop Leader
The writer’s connection (i.e. the butt and the chair) is step one, and there are countless ways to go from there. Using various ways to jump-start new work, participants will begin a dozen poems in the hopes that they develop into a dozen good poems. Attendees should come with a sense of humor and adventure; leave with a passel of potential poems.

OO EE OO AH AH: The Psychology of Sound in Poetry – Susanna Rich, Workshop Leader
In poetry, especially, sound not only imitates meaning, it creates it. In this workshop, participants will focus on how acoustics enliven the reading, writing, and performing of poetry. Following a series of sonic explorations, they will write poetry based on sound frequencies.

The Poetry of Place – Edwin Romond, Workshop Leader
Robert Frost writes of returning to a special place “in the grey disguise of years / seeking the ache of memory here.” William Wordsworth’s revisiting Tintern Abbey unleashed a flood of recollection that resulted in one of the great poems of British literature. For participants, too, going back to a certain physical location could be an emotional catalyst for some powerful poetry. In this workshop attendees will use a short fantasy journey with music to remember one certain place in their past, and all that it evokes, as the focus of their writing.

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Lunch, Book Signings and Open Mic
9:30 am to 4:00 pm: Book Fair
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Readings by Doty, Rich and Romond
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Launch of The Stillwater Review Vol.4 and Reading

Workshop Fee is $10. Advanced Registration recommended to reserve a spot. All readings are free as is the book fair. Local poets are welcome to bring their books to sell. For more information contact Send workshop fee to Priscilla Orr, Director, Betty June Silconas Poetry Center, Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Rd., Newton, NJ 07860. Make check out to SCCC Foundation and put poetry festival in the memo line, and indicate which workshop you want to attend. Send book fair information to

SCCC Signs Articulation Agreement with Montclair State University’s College of Science and Mathematics

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Sussex County Community College has signed an articulation agreement with Montclair State University’s College of Science and Mathematics. According to the agreement, an SCCC associate in science degree will be fully transferable as the first two years of a baccalaureate of science degree program at MSU toward the following majors in MSU’s College of Science and Mathematics:

Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences
Molecular Biology

SCCC students must earn their A.S. degree and major in either Biology, Chemistry or Geology and maintain a minimum grade point average to be eligible for admission to the MSU programs. Commenting on the MSU agreement, Interim Dean of Business, Math, Science and Law, Peter Schoch stated, “Thanks to the support of our faculty and staff and the faculty and staff at MSU, we have been able to carefully align our science curricula with that of Montclair State University’s College of Science and Mathematics to add this new articulation agreement to our growing roster of joint academic programs.”

Sussex County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and offers 19 Degree Programs, 23 Degree Options, 8 Professional Certificates, 8 Health Sciences Certificates and 24 Corporate and Community Education Training Certificates and Career Programs.

SCCC Inducts 35 Students into Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society

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Sussex County Community College inducted 35 students into Psi Beta, the community college National Honor Society for Psychology on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psi Beta’s National President, Melanie Arpaio stated in her welcoming remarks, “Psi Beta’s missions is to promote professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.”

In order to be eligible for induction into SCCC’s Psi Beta Chapter students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in their psychology courses.

The new inductees are:

Autumn Bowden
Jessica Braun
Kristen Burdzy
Michelle Callahan
Kevin Carmody
Courtney Collins
Noelle Contento
Regan Dalby
Rebecca Dey
Eric DiStasi
Maria Camila Escobar
Melissa Fraas
Megan Healey
Nicole Heck
Megan Leonardo
Lorraine Macaluso
Krystal Martinez
Amanda McCarty
Mari McInerney
Yvonne McLaurin
Christine Narvaez
Cara O’Brien
Kayla Ouellette
Donna Palmer
Alexa Sacchi
Nicole Sisco
Rachel Start
Briana Stednick
Deanine Stripeikis
Andrew Thiessen
Tiffany Valencia
Meagan VanDyk
Katlyn VanHorn
Dena Verakis
Melissa Webb

SCCC Skylanders Golf Outing To Be Held On Monday, May 5, 2014

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Sussex County Community College will hold its 19th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Ballyowen Golf Club in Hardyston, New Jersey. SCCC is dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment and the Athletic Department is committed to providing a quality collegiate athletic experience for students while enhancing the spirit and energy on campus. The Skylanders Annual Golf Outing has a long tradition of community patronage to generate critical resources to support our student athletes. The golfer’s fee is $200.00 per golfer or a foursome for $800.00.

The Golf Outing schedule is as follows:
7:30 a.m. – Check in and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Shotgun Start: Scramble Format
1:30 p.m. – Lunch
2:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

In addition, golfers will have an opportunity to meet former New Jersey Devil, Ken Daneyko. Ken spent his entire 20-year career as a defenseman with the Devils organization retiring at the end of the 2002-2003 season. Nicknamed “Mr. Devil” he finished his career with 36 goals, 142 assists and 178 points. He is one of five Devils to have won three Stanley Cups during his time with the team. He is currently an analyst with the Devils and appears on the weekly show, Hockey Night Live.

For more information email:, visit: or call 973-300-2121.

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.”