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Pasta dinner to support student veterans

in News, Veterans

The Sparta VFW Post #7248 will be holding a Pasta Dinner on Friday, February 10 from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. All proceeds from this event will benefit SCCC student veterans.  Sponsors for the event include: dinner sponsor, Andrew Milling of Sparta Weichert Realtors;  bread sponsor by Augie of Augie’s Brooklyn Bagel, Deli and Catering;  dessert sponsor by John of Trout Unlimited. The food will be prepared by Donna of Homer’s Restaurant.  The event will be held at the Sparta VFW, 66 Main St., Sparta, NJ. Suggested donation is $20. There will also be a cash bar available. For tickets please call 973.729.7011.

Veteran’s Fish ‘n’ Chips Dinner

in News, Veterans

fishnchips with text smSaturday, November 19
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.

If you would like to just donate to the Student Veterans Emergency Relief (SVER) program click here:

 

 

Ahead of Sussex Veterans Clinic, Booker Meets With Vets

in Home Page, News, Veterans

These are exciting times for veterans in Sussex and Warren counties. At the forefront is the impending opening of the Community Base Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Newton in September. Ahead of this major development, U.S. Senator Cory Booker recently came to the campus of Sussex County Community College for a round table discussion with veterans from Sussex and Warren regarding issues that are important to them.

The significance of the opening of the CBOC is major for area veterans. Instead of traveling to the Veterans Hospital in East Orange, veterans can now drive a short distance for basic healthcare needs, right here in Sussex. The Newton clinic will make life a lot easier for our veterans, including many who attend veteran-friendly SCCC.

To help promote the new clinic, and his concern for veterans in general, Booker came to the SCCC campus on August 3 with several officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC., who offered insight into federal programs. Also on hand were Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen and Scott Garrett. But the real stars of the day were the veterans representing various wars and backgrounds, both male and female.

Veteran organizations from both Sussex and Warren County were invited to attend as they are a big part of the coalition that helped bring the VA medical clinic to Newton.

“We are unified today in a very important issue,” Booker, a longtime supporter of veterans issues, stated at the outset. “It is something that I am totally committed to. We must keep veterans issues at the forefront.”

He added, “You know the issues better than anybody. You know the struggles friends are going through. There is a sense of urgency in New Jersey. We have veterans who are homeless, we have suicide after suicide, and we have veterans ready and willing to work but can’t find jobs. We need to be thanking our veterans and helping them.”

Several veterans took part in the round table discussions, with questions from the audience afterwards. Among the topics that were brought up were a lack of sufficient VA officers to handle large caseloads, limited health services for women, long wait lists for certain services, and general funding issues.

Skylanders Military Appreciation Baseball Game

in Performing Arts, Veterans

Sussex County Community College prides itself on being a military-friendly college. The College works closely with veterans on a number of levels, assuring that they get the attention they need. In some cases, veterans need some extra assistance.

And so, the SCCC Skylanders baseball team is hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Wednesday, April 20 at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College.

This event will be a fundraiser for the College’s Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER). SVER provides emergency funds to student veterans at SCCC who need financial help in between semesters. Veterans receive a VA housing allowance of $2500 per month, but only when college is in session. SVER aids veterans with additional assistance for those veterans who qualify and are in need of housing, car payments, food, and other essentials when college is not in session.

“No other college in New Jersey offers anything like this,” said Mike DeVilliers, Veterans Services Coordinator at SCCC. “If we can step in and intervene so they can continue their education without interruption that’s great. Our goal is to get them to the finish line. If we can give them an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives it’s the least we can do.”

DeVilliers himself is a veteran, having served in the Army for 10 years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, and elsewhere.

SVER is a program of the SCCC Foundation. For more information about the game or veterans’ services at SCCC, contact Mike DeVilliers at 973-300-2109.

To make a donation to SVER please visit: commerce.cashnet.com/sussexfoundationpay.

Show your American pride and  wear royal blue!

Between innings we will have

  • a t-shirt toss
  • a dizzy bat race
  • a ‘hero in the stands
  • other give-aways

Rockin’ Fest, to Support Student Veterans

in Foundation, Performing Arts, Veterans

Thursday, June 30th
5:00 pm
9:00 pm FIREWORKS SHOW
Connor Green at SCCC with Vendors and Food

the event will be held rain or shine, bring your chairs and blankets

  • Rick Barth
  • Infinite Parallels
  • Nikki Briar and Sweet Briar Band

Parking donation:
$10 per Car
$5 per Car with Veteran or SCCC Student

The proceeds from Rockin’ Fest will go towards the Student Veterans Emergency Relief Program.

Performances by:


Nikki Briar

Country rocker Nikki Briar will get your boots stompin and hands clappin, guaranteed! She has been named the East Coast’s hardest working female country artist as of 2011, sliding herself into the hearts of fans all over the nation and world! While performing over 220 shows a year, this Jersey Girl clearly has the heart of a country music superstar.


Infinite Parallels

Covering tunes from bands who dominated the 1990’s music charts, like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, Collective Soul, and the Smashing Pumpkins, female-fronted Infinite Parallels rocks 90’s Grunge and Alternative Music with driving guitars, heavy duty rhythms, and gritty power vocals.


Rick Barth

Rick Barth is a singer/songwriter from New Jersey. He has played many shows throughout the area as a solo performer and as a member of various bands and duos. His debuted his first CD, Hand Me Down Soul, and is writing the follow up full length album, Simpler Times, as well as an EP titled Fade.

 

To Sponsor this event click to download the form:  Rockin’ Fest 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

To be a vendor at this event click to download the form:  RF_Vendor Registration Form 2016

Student veterans receive college tuition and a monthly housing stipend under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but that money stops coming during winter and summer breaks when veterans are not in class, leaving students financially strapped.

The Student Veterans Emergency Relief Program will be available for student veterans who need assistance with expenses such as paying rent or an electric bill, or purchasing food and gas during times when class is not in session. A committee will review the request for assistance and quickly evaluate the situation so a rapid resolution can be achieved. The fund is a vehicle to get them through the period so they can concentrate on their studies. If the student veteran is struggling with classes, the fund can also be used for specialized tutoring.

For more information, call 973-300-2109 or email foundation@sussex.edu.

If you cannot make the event, consider making a donation to our Student Veteran’s Emergency Relief Program.

Fireworks generously sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

 

SCCC to honor Veterans and remembers POW MIA Service Members

in News, Veterans

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will hold a Veterans Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11 at 2 pm by the 9/11 Memorial in honor of Veterans Day. The event, which was organized by the SCCC Veterans Services Office on campus, will honor veterans and  remember POW MIA service members. The ceremony will open up with the singing of our National Anthem by Nikki Briar followed by remarks from President Connolly. Former Navy Veteran, James Cahill, will read the POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony for those U.S. service members who were never accounted for during the war.  Freeholder Richard Vohden will also be present to share his thoughts to attendees. Jack Tripp, Chaplain of the Post 86 American Legion in Newton,  will talk about the history of Veterans Day. The conclusion will be a flag ceremony held by Commander of Sussex County American Legion, Walter Kuntz.

SCCC SALUTEs Student Veterans with New Honors Society

in News, Veterans

Service. Academics. Leadership. Unity. Tribute. Excellence. These are the core values of Sussex County Community College’s SALUTE program, a National Honor Society for Veterans.

The first of its kind, SALUTE honors student veterans and military in 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education. But not only does membership into the national honor society look to pay its thanks to the men and women who have served or are currently doing so, it also strives to better the academic success of the veterans. The honor society includes the unique aspect of a four-tier system, which is designed to encourage student veterans to strive to improve their GPA and advance to a higher tier of excellence during their academic careers.

Sussex County Community College inducted its first SALUTE members in a special ceremony on campus on April 29.

Inductees included United States Marines Megan Crespo, Kyle Dichterenko, Matthew Harbst, Matthew Lunz, Ihor Manik, Justin Pabst, and William Vargas; Pennsylvania Army National Guardsman Michael Worley; as well as Rebekah Battersby and AJ Perrier of the United States Army.

The program also included a tribute to MIA Prisoners of War. The audience was welcomed by SCCC President and Air Force Veteran Dr. Paul Mazur. Presentations were given by current students, Frank Wallace and AJ Perrier, President and Vice President of SCCC’s Student Veteran’s Organization.

SCCC is a leader in working with veterans, current military students, and their families in offering several programs to assist them in advancing their educational careers. To learn more about these opportunities, contact SCCC’s Veteran Services Coordinator, Mike DeVilliers, at 973-300-2109.


Photo: From left to right: Mike DeVilliers SCCC Veterans Services Coordinator , Rebekah Battersby, Kyle Dichterenko, Matthew Lunz, Justin Pabst, AJ Perrier, Ihor Mankin, Michael Worley, and Guest Speaker Frank Wallace.

Military Vets receive special tuition rate from Sussex County Community College

in Home Page, News, Veterans

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.

SCCC offers an array of degree and certificate programs, as well as varied community events throughout the year. To learn more about SCCC, visit www.sussex.edu.

SCCC Skylanders Baseball Team to Host Military Appreciation Game

in Men's Baseball, News, Sports, Veterans

Sussex County Community College prides itself on being a military-friendly college. The staff works closely with veterans on a number of levels, assuring that they get the attention they need. In some cases, veterans need some extra assistance.

And so, the SCCC Skylanders baseball team is hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday April 7th at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. This event will be a fundraiser for the College’s Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER),

The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College in one of the first games at the newly reopened stadium.

SVER provides emergency funds to student veterans at SCCC who need financial help in between semesters. Veterans receive a VA housing allowance of $2200 per month, but only when college is in session. 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.

“No other college in New Jersey offers anything like this,” said Mike DeVilliers, Veterans Services Coordinator at SCCC. “If we can step in and intervene so they can continue their education without interruption that’s great. Our goal is to get them to the finish line. If we can give them an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives it’s the least we can do.”

DeVilliers himself is a veteran, having served in the Army for 10 years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, and elsewhere.

At the game, military personnel and veterans will be honored in numerous ways. Country singer Nikki Briar will sing the National Anthem while the Ogdensburg VFW provides the Color Guard. Veteran advocate and Vietnam veteran Frank Arminio from Stanhope will throw out the first pitch, accompanied by the Sussex County Veterans Committee. Various veterans’ service providers will also be in attendance at the game.

SVER is a program of the SCCC Foundation. The rain date for the event is Saturday, April 11th at 12 noon. For more information about the game or veterans’ services at SCCC, contact Mike DeVilliers at 973-300-2109.

SCCC offers an array of degree and non-degree programs, as well as varied community events throughout the year. To learn more about SCCC, visit www.sussex.edu.

SCCC honors Veterans and remembers POW MIA Service Members

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) held a flag raising ceremony on Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. The event, which was organized by the SCCC Veterans Services Office on the campus, was held to honor veterans and to remember POW MIA service members.

An American flag, which flew over the SCCC campus for the past year, was replaced and returned to Dr. Francesca Ancona, professor of English. Dr. Ancona allowed the College to fly the flag on the campus for the past year in honor of his father, Louis Ancona.

“My father was an immigrant, who volunteered to fight in W.W.II. He truly loved this country and fought hard,” stated Dr. Ancona. “He had some purple hearts and a bronze star, but I never learned the story behind them. For like most veterans, he didn’t talk much about the war. Like most veterans, their sacrifices were not because they fought a war; they were to end a war. So each new generation could recognize the flag flying above our heads as the symbol of our freedom, to remind us of our duty to keep the American Dream alive for all Americans.”
SCCC students Melissa Landtau, U.S. Army National Guard, Andrew Perrier, U.S. Army Reserves and Corey Murphy, U.S. Army Reserves participated by lowering one flag and raising a new one in its place.

Former Navy Veteran, James Cahill, also read the POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony for those U.S. service members who were never accounted for during the war. The crowd joined in with a response of “remember” as Cahill read the symbolism of the table setting.