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SCCC Students Give Back To Community

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Sussex County Community College students routinely give back to the community throughout the year, but at holiday time, they certainly do take things up a notch.

Several clubs on campus participated in holiday-related activities over the past few weeks.

The  Rotaract club collected and donated 5 full Thanksgiving dinner baskets (including turkeys) to those less fortunate.  The president of the club, Cassidy Zaruba, noted that  ”It’s essential for Rotaract Club to help and serve the needs of our community. ”

On November 23, the Rotaract Club donated the baskets to The Center of Counseling and Prevention in Newton for 5 different families in the area. The Thanksgiving turkey baskets is an annual activity that Rotaract Club has provided for the community for a few years.

The Student Government Association expanded its traditional Golden Wish Tree (for senior citizens) to include the children at local non-profit Ginnie’s House in Newton.  Ginnie’s House provides social work services for children who have experienced significant trauma and sexual abuse.

“Our SGA was moved by their mission this year, so in addition to providing gifts for 25 seniors at Barn Hill, they have also collected 25 specific gifts for the children at Ginnie’s House,” said Meagan Khoury, Assistant Director of Student Engagement at SCCC.

Most recently, SGA officers Corrine Woodhead, Andrei Burul, Mari McInerney and Cheyenne Cibien, volunteered at the Ginnie’s House annual holiday party, helping to set-up, decorate, and help out wherever needed.

The College’s Criminal Justice Club members got involved with the New Jersey State Police’s food drive, which benefits victims and survivors of domestic violence. Students in the Criminal Justice program at SCCC collected numerous canned goods and non-perishable food items and delivered it to NJSP Sussex Barracks.

“We have a great group of students here who truly care about the community,” said Khoury. “They do it because they want to do it.”

For more information about organizations on the SCCC campus, visit

Photo: Criminal Justice  Club with their food donations: L-R: Professor Bill McGovern; SFC Bade (Asst Station Commander); Paul Dwornicki; Rachael White; Kaitlyn Cabrera and Professor Wendy Cooney.


Meteorology brought to high school students

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NEWTON, NJ – (December 8, 2015) Tony Selimo, instructor of meteorology at Sussex County Community College, recently presented a full day of seminars on weather-related issues at Kittatinny Regional High School. The presentation was held for faculty and students from 7th through 12thgrade. His talks focused on weather in general, weather forecasting and severe weather events. Selimo gave a more in-depth presentation to the high school’s advanced senior AP Environmental Science classes.

In addition to being an Instructor of Meteorology at SCCC, Selimo is also the Coordinator for the Film, Broadcasting, and Journalism Department, Director of the College radio station, and has been a longtime meteorologist on various radio stations.

Art Gallery Exhibits with artist Kevin Rohde

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December 11, 2015 through January 15, 2015;
Opening reception: Friday, December 11 from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm;
SCCC Art Gallery, C Building;
Exhibits are free and open to the public

Leddy Named to NJCAA First Team, All-American Soccer Team

in Home Page, Men's Soccer, News, Sports

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) announced that Men’s Soccer player, Jamie Leddy, has been named by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to the Division III First Team, All-American Soccer Team for 2015. “This is quite an accomplishment,” stated Associate Dean of Athletics, John Kuntz. “There are only 11 men’s soccer players, out of thousands, from two-year colleges that are selected to be on the first team. This is SCCC’s first time having an athlete named to the first-team, All- American and we are honored.”

Leddy, a second year student at SCCC, is an international student from Batemans Bay, Australia. He is studying Liberal Arts and will graduate in May of 2016. Leddy plans to transfer to New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) where he has been offered and accepted a full Division I soccer scholarship. His plans are to pursue an education or interior design degree while at NJIT.

“SCCC gave me the opportunity to seek an education and play soccer in a new environment, for which I am very grateful.” Leddy stated.  “I am honored and blessed to be able to further both my career in soccer and education with NJIT.”

Art Gallery Exhibits with artist Kevin Rohde

in News, The Gallery

The Art Gallery at Sussex County Community College is pleased to present two exhibits during the months of December and January.

‘Consumable Culture’ is contemporary figurative sculpture by ceramic artist Kevin Rohde.  His work explores a range of social commentary and powerful allegorical possibilities that reflect on the human figure and its enduring role within contemporary society, culture and life.

Kevin Rohde is a ceramic sculptor living and working in Baltimore, MD. Kevin was the recipient of a Fogelberg Fellowship at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN from 2012-13 and the recipient of the 2013-14 Lormina Salter Fellowship at Baltimore Clayworks where he currently maintains his studio practice as a resident artist. He was recently published as an Emerging Artists in the May 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Currently he teaches figure sculpture classes at Baltimore Clayworks and is the Professorial Lecturer of Ceramics at George Washington University. Additional information can be found at

The Project Room Figure Drawings is an installation of recent figure drawings created in the Studio Arts program at SCCC. The Human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts and the drawings highlight the importance of a rigorous creative practice that forms the basis of all visual disciplines. It is widely accepted as the foundation for both art and design disciplines. The exhibit runs alongside ‘Consumable Culture’ a figure sculpture show.

Both exhibits will be on display in the SCCC Art Gallery from December 11, 2015 through January 15, 2015. An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 11 from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm in the SCCC Art Gallery, C Building. These exhibits are free and open to the public.

New Agricultural Program Starting this Spring

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will officially begin their two new agriculture programs this spring.

The new Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation (CCCF) School of Agriculture is set to accept students when the spring semester begins. The program was launched through a generous $250,000 start-up gift .

Late last year educators, College leadership, VIPs in New Jersey agriculture, area farm owners, and SCCC supporters enthusiastically attended a reception for the naming and launch of this new agriculture program.

Curricula for the first two programs in the new Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation School of Agriculture will be an Associate in Science in Horticultural Science and an Associate in Applied Science in Agricultural Business.

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, William Waite stated, “The opportunity to offer a new agriculture program is exciting for SCCC and the community at-large, and will be an excellent way to build on the community’s traditional values. Sussex County has agricultural roots that go back generations. It’s only natural that we provide an opportunity for those people who want to pursue a career in agriculture.”

The School of Agriculture at SCCC will bridge programs from the high school level to a bachelor’s and master’s degree offered through the College’s four-year academic partners, such as Rutgers University. A recently signed Transfer Agreement with Suny Cobleskill also give students the opportunity to transfer to a Bachelor’s of Technology degree.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Karen DiMaria said, “The Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation has once again invested in SCCC to help provide start-up funding for this new and exciting program,” DiMaria added.  “The Clearing Corporation is an amazing Foundation that truly cares about the community and is not afraid to step up to the plate for the good of others!”

The College’s mission is to ensure that it continues to offer programs that are vital to the community and that lead to continued educational opportunities and jobs.

To learn more about the new agriculture program at SCCC, contact the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or visit

SCCC’s Ancona earns second doctorate

in Faculty, Home Page, News

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) Professor Frank Ancona can now add another new title to his name. Ancona, who recently published his sixth book, recently earned his second doctorate.

He received the doctorate (Doctor of Medical Humanities) from Drew University.  Dr. Ancona’s concentration was on psychoanalysis, and his dissertation was on the therapeutic nature of dreams. He completed his clinical internship at St. Barnabas Hospital. Dr. Ancona also participated in graduate studies in psychoanalysis as part of a joint Centenary/Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis program.

Dr. Ancona’s first doctorate is from St. John’s University where he earned a Doctor of Arts. His dissertation for that one was a psychoanalysis of father absence as demonstrated through the arts.

“I’m happy to receive recognition for my achievement but I am simply illustrative of the excellent SCCC faculty and staff, who have many wonderful accomplishments to provide the best education for our students,” said Dr. Ancona.

Dr. Ancona ‘s latest book, THE POWER OF DREAMS: A HISTORY OF HEALING BODY, MIND, AND SOUL.  A previous book of his, FEMINA SAPIENS, was part of the Rhodes-Fulbright library series.  FEMINA SAPIENS was nominated for a NJ Council on the Humanities book award by the publisher.

THE POWER OF DREAMS is a survey of the healing power of dreams from the prehistoric through contemporary times.  It has a tripartite structure, in that it deals with the therapeutic nature of dreams for the body, mind, and soul. It is also an effort to bring together the different specialized areas of dream studies: psychological, spiritual, and medical. Dr. Ancona is a longtime member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, an organization that is open to all areas of dream study and research.

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. Dr. Ancona’s book is available online in ebook (Kindle) format through Amazon.

For more about SCCC and its varied degree programs please visit

Enrollment opens for Winterim/Spring Semester

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Current, transfer, and prospective students love the winterim semester at Sussex County Community College! And no better time than to start thinking about how to get ahead of the college “curve” than now.

Lighten the load of a busy semester or take advantage of learning while home for winter break from a four-year institution. With a range of classes, this two and a half week semester, which runs from Jan. 4 to Jan. 20 this year, is perfect for full and part-time students.

Registration begins on Monday, November 30 for both the winterim and spring 2016 semesters. Current, new, and transfer students are invited to register at that time.  Prospective and visiting students can apply online, or contact for more information.

The spring semester begins January 25 and runs through mid-May. Registration for both of these semesters continue until the start of classes, but early registration is encouraged as classes tend to fill up quickly.

For a list of course options, and the winter and spring academic calendars, please visit

College counselors are available Monday through Friday to help students through the registration process. The Student Advisement Center, open at 8 a.m. daily, can be reached at 973-300-2207.

In addition to the dozens of programs already available, SCCC is proud to announce three exciting new degrees in Agricultural Business, Horticultural Science, and Illustration Option.

SCCC also offers Transfer Agreements with many four-year colleges and universities. This allows students to transition easily to their bachelor’s degree after receiving their two-year degree, as long as all requirements are met.

To get started today, apply online at or call the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223.

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.

Picture Caption:
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

in Fine Arts, Home Page, News

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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