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SCCC’s Ladies’ Saturday Retreat: A Perfect Day for Mothers, Daughters and Girlfriends

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Sussex County Community College’s Ladies’ Saturday Retreat will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is an opportunity for women to gather, relax, rejuvenate and become motivated. The day includes a keynote speaker, café reception featuring local restaurant food tastings, informative workshops, vendors, dinner and a comedy show to complete the evening.

The Ladies’ Saturday Retreat keynote speaker, Melanie Contreras, founder of Women to Women by Julia, is scheduled to kick off the day by delivering an empowering presentation. Her speech encourages women to help themselves as well as one another throughout life. For more information on Melanie, visit her website at

Workshops will run throughout the day and are designed to enrich attendees’ intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional senses. This year’s workshops include: belly dancing, yoga, energizing your life, PiYo, social media, nutrition advice & exercise guidelines, watercolor, gardening, photo editing, dream interpretation, self-defense, meditation, quilting, fitness, plus much more. To view detailed information on workshops visit the website at Attendees can also take advantage of a little “me” time in the Oasis Room. Guests can make an appointment to be pampered with a mini, complimentary facial, massage, make-over, and more. Early registration for workshops and Oasis Room appointments will open to ticket holders on March 1.

New to Ladies’ Saturday Retreat is a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. Mothers and their daughters can enjoy a day together with specialty workshops geared towards girls 12-18 years of age.

Throughout the day, vendors and exhibitors will provide an opportunity to learn about county services and organizations available to woman. They will also have on display an eclectic assortment of wares available for purchase. Vendors will be offering jewelry, accessories, make-up, wellness services, wood crafts and food.

The evening show, Ladies of Comedy begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This hilarious comedy trio is sure to keep the audience laughing until the last joke. The combined comedic talent of Sherry Davey, Karen Bergreen and Alexandra McHale, which spans years of comedy, includes guest appearances on many TV shows, performing at comedy clubs throughout the US and winning several comedy awards. The opening entertainment includes the musical band HotFlashes, a power Duo/Trio of women who perform an eclectic mix of rock from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, along with upbeat original tunes.

Portions of the proceeds from Ladies’ Saturday Retreat will support scholarships for female students at SCCC.

Ticket prices for The Ladies’ Saturday Retreat vary according to the choice of events planned for the day. For a complete listing of prices and to purchase tickets visit For additional information please visit, call 973-300-2121 or email

Sussex County Community College President Dr. Paul Mazur Resigns

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NEWTON, NJ – February 17, 2015 – In a letter to Judge Lorraine Parker, the Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, dated February 14, 2015, Sussex County Community College President, Paul Mazur, D.P.A., announced that he will formally resign his position as of June 30, 2015. The resignation notes that Dr. Mazur, along with his staff, faculty and executive team have accomplished much of what he had set out to do.

Some of the accomplishments noted in his letter include the stabilization of the College’s finances and reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the development of two new programs in Horticulture and Agriculture Business which was facilitated by the single largest major gift received by the College. Also noted was the College’s renewed focus on serving students with a full time Veterans Affairs Office, security upgrades and a Learner Assessment Outcomes program.

Judge Parker noted, “Dr. Paul Mazur has maintained a steady hand over the past four, challenging years and has recently brought the College successfully through its most recent crisis. We will miss Paul when he leaves and we will certainly move ahead on many projects that he initiated.”

SCCC is Offering Credit Courses in Just 7 1/2 Weeks

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Sussex County Community College is offering a new Focused Study Program. The courses provide a range of general education courses that fit into an associate degree in 7 ½-week blocks during each semester. Courses begin on Wednesday, March 25 and end on Thursday, May 14. All courses meet on Mondays and Wednesdays for two periods twice a week.

The benefits to a Focused Study course allows for enhanced learning by studying only one or two subjects at a time. Students looking to start later in the semester have the opportunity to do so with the Focused Study courses making it convenient and reliable to build classes into a busy schedule.

Courses available include Math Concepts, Foundations for College Success, Introductory Algebra II, Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Psychology, English Composition II, U.S. History II and Microeconomics (online).

“Focused Study courses provide a unique and convenient learning opportunity” stated Professor of Human Services and Psychology Naomi Miller. “A student can be immersed in just two subjects at once, but still achieve a full course load by semester’s end. An added benefit is having only 2 exams hit in the same time period, making it easier to study intensively for each.”

Students not currently enrolled at SCCC must fill out an application which is available online at and provide SAT scores or take the Placement Test offered at SCCC.

For more information contact the SCCC Counseling and Advising Center at 973.300.2207.

Scholarship Applications Available for Fall 2015 Semester

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering over 100 scholarships that are available to both current students and incoming students. These scholarships range from $250 to $2,000 for the upcoming Fall 2015 semester. These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation.

Applications are available online at and in SCCC’s Counseling and Advising 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.

The completed application packet should be returned to the Counseling and Advising Center in the Administration Building, Room B206 by Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Karen Unrath at 973-300-2121, or Al Buechler, Scholarship Chairman, at 973-300-2207.

Campus Crusade for Christ Club will be hosting Father Frank Pavone Talk

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Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) Campus Crusade for Christ Club will be hosting Father Frank Pavone on Friday, March 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Father Pavone is an American Roman Catholic priest and one of the most prominent pro-life activists. He is the National Director for Priests for Life and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life and travels the world speaking against abortion. He has received numerous pro-life awards and an honorary doctorate “Proudly Pro-life Award” by the National Right to Life Committee. Father Pavone has also written two books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It, and Pro-life Reflections for Every Day.

For more information about this event at SCCC contact Admission to this event is by donation.

This event has been cancelled.

SCCC Opens Registration for Summer Courses

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be opening their registration for summer sessions earlier than in previous years. SCCC will be accepting registrations for their two summer sessions starting on February 9.

These summer sessions are open to anyone looking to attain college credits. These credits can be transferred to any college or university provided the accepting institution approves of the course. There are two separate summer sessions available with Summer I running May 26 thru July 8 and Summer II running July 13 thru August 20 (math and science classes end August 26).

SCCC’s tuition is an affordable way to complete general education requirements, especially for students attending four year colleges. Courses include Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Concepts, Effective Speaking, English Composition I & II, Macroeconomics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, US History and many more. Students have a choice of attending morning and/or evening classes with some courses available online. High School students can also get a jump on their education once they graduate by taking one of the Summer II sessions.

Applications, course schedules, information and instructions can be found online at For more information or assistance, please contact the SCCC Admissions department by phone at (973) 300-2223 or by e-mail at

Transfer Fair to be Held at SCCC

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Transferring to a four-year college or university has never been easier. Montclair University, Ramapo College, Marywood University, Monmouth University, Seton Hall University and East Stroudsburg University are just a few of the over 40 colleges who will be in attendance at the Spring Transfer Fair at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). The Transfer Fair will be held on Thursday, February 26 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Center (D) Building and the Student Center Theater. The snow date will be Thursday, March 5.

The Transfer Fair gives SCCC students the opportunity to obtain information on transferring to a 4-year college or university. Students will meet with college representatives to discuss admission requirements and options for pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

SCCC will also be holding several “Instant Decision Days” for the following colleges; William Paterson University on March 23, Centenary College on March 24, East Stroudsburg University on March 25, Ramapo College on March 26, and Montclair State University on March 31. The “Instant Decision Days” allow students to find out if they are admitted to the college they signed up with. A table will be set up at the Transfer Fair with more information and to sign up for a specific day and college. Programs requiring a separate application are not eligible.

For more information, contact the SCCC Transfer Counselor at 973-300-2206 or Registration is not required, and the event is free to attend.

SCCC Partners with Fairleigh Dickinson University

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The administration of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) met on Friday, January 30 to formally sign an agreement to offer a seamless transfer from SCCC to FDU in their graphic design program. Both colleges anticipate this partnership to have increased opportunities for students in Sussex County.

The new transfer articulation agreement with FDU will allow students who graduate from SCCC with an Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design to seamlessly transfer into FDU’s Bachelor of Graphic Design Program. This agreement outlines a clear path for students and allows them to move on to their bachelor’s degree without losing any credits. Students will enter FDU at a junior year status, and will be able to complete the B.A. in Graphic Design degree within 2 years. The work of Assistant Professor Sherry Fitzgerald, SCCC’s graphic design coordinator, and Director of Graphic Design/Animation Robin Barkley from FDU have been instrumental in moving this agreement forward.

“The transfer articulation agreement with FDU is very beneficial to our students,” stated Assistant Professor Fitzgerald.  “SCCC students will be able to transfer seamlessly into a great university with amazing opportunities for scholarships. I am delighted for my students.”

While the NJ Transfer Agreement outlines the acceptance of all credits from a community college, these agreements that concentrate on specific programs of study will guarantee a seamless transition to the four-year institutions.

For more information about this and other transfer articulation agreements offered at SCCC, please contact the SCCC Transfer Counselor at 973.300.2206.

SCCC Art Gallery Opening for Bill Lowenburg

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be holding an opening art reception on Friday, January 30 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery. The exhibition, which runs from January 30 through March 3, 2015 will showcase Bill Lowenburg’s work of art.

A Photo Screenplay, based on his novel, The Zorki Chronicles is a departure from Bill Lowenburg’s previous shows. For this one, he has thrown off the concerns associated with regarding photographs as meticulously-crafted, revered objects. The inspiration for this nontraditional approach was inspired by writers Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut and photographers Duane Michaels and Robert Frank.

Bill was a researcher on the authorized biography Norman Mailer: A Double Life, by Michael Lennon, released last year. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and he studied photography for many years with Larry Fink. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed monograph, Crash Burn Love (Back Street Books 2005), a photo documentary of automobile demolition derby. His photographs and articles have been published internationally.

Late Registration Extended

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Due to the recent storm, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be extending their Late Registration for the spring semester until early next week. Please contact the Counseling and Advising Center for more information.

SCCC will be extending their office hours from January 12-February 2.
Monday through Thursday – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 12 noon
The extended office hours are for the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, The Counseling and Advising Center and the Bursar’s Office. The Counseling and Advising Center remains open from Monday to Thursday until 6:30 p.m. throughout the semester.

For more information or to register for classes, please contact the SCCC Admissions department by phone at (973) 300-2223 or by email at