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Art Gallery Exhibit with artist Bill Westheimer

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Janet Taylor PickettArt Gallery Featured Image 150x150 Art Gallery Opening Reception: October 21, 6 pm
Art Gallery Showing: October 21 through November 25

Sussex County Community College is delighted to announce MANUAL: The Personalities of Hands at the Art Gallery in C building Friday, October 21 through Friday, November 25. Bill Westheimer will be signing his book during the Opening Reception on Friday, October 21 at 6:00 pm, all are welcome to attend.

MANUAL: The Personalities of Hands is a fine art exhibition and a book of portraits with a twist: personal stories and private secrets told through images of hands. Readers witness the diverse range of humanity through photographs and photograms of hands rather than traditional pictures of faces. Westheimer has captured the hands of 150 people from diverse walks of life, including a priest, rock star, trapeze artist, mentalist and politician. 78 of the portraits appear in the 96 page full color book. 

Since making his first photograph at age 14, Westheimer has been fascinated with alternative processes including holography, solarization, and high contrast imagery. At Union College Bill studied with noted painter and educator Arnold Bittelman. He continued with his experiments in photography and experimental image making while completing college.

Additionally, he studied with Jerry Burchfield who introduced him to color photograms and Cibachrome (Ilfochrome) printing. Bill went on to teach Cibachrome printing at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. He learned the 19thcentury technique of collodion glass plate photography from the leading experts in the field: France Scully and Mark Osterman. His works are exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.

Veteran’s Fish ‘n’ Chips Dinner

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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.

Guns in America – Topic of SCCC film/discussion

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-2Monday, October 24
10:30 am
Performing Arts Center

The highly regarded documentary film, 91%: A film About Gun Violence in America, takes on the hot topic of gun control. Many proposed mechanisms for controlling gun distribution are opposed by gun rights activists, but research shows that 91 percent of U.S. citizens support a universal background check for firearms purchases.

A screening of this very timely film will be held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Performing Arts Center, One College Hill Road, Newton. The documentary is free and open to the community. A discussion with filmmaker John Richie will follow.

“Gun Violence in America is epidemic” says William McGovern, program coordinator for the Criminal Justice and Fire Science Technology programs at SCCC.  “From homicides in Chicago to mass shootings at schools, we as a nation need a better solution to preventing tragedies that happen over 300 times a day in our communities. We look forward to presenting this important – and timely – documentary.”

The film was produced and directed by John Richie, a writer/director/producer based out of New Orleans. In 2004, he began his film career working in the camera department of many large Hollywood films. Ritchie found his passion in documentary filmmaking in 2006 working on Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke, the 5 part HBO series about Hurricane Katrina’s effect on the people of the Gulf South. Shortly after this experience, John embarked on making his own films centered on social justice issues with a focus on gun violence and policy.

His newest film, 91%, is being released this year through The Cinema Guild. 91% examines Americans overwhelming support for comprehensive background checks on all gun sales, Congress’s failure to pass any meaningful legislation to date, and how it affects our public health.

This work has led Richie into working on projects with the Sierra Club, City of New Orleans, and The Louisiana Endowment for The Humanities. He’s known for his ability to bring honesty in the telling of difficult stories while maintaining the integrity of the people and the truth.

Photo: John Richie, Filmmaker

Documentary Film on PTSD in Police/First Responders

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code9Wednesday, November 9
7:00-9:00 p.m, Performing Arts Center.

The Sussex County affiliate of NAMI NJ (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and their Criminal Justice/Fire Science Technology Department are partnering to present the documentary film, “Code 9, Officer Needs Assistance” free of charge at the Performing Arts Center, One College Hill Road, Newton NJ on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The film spotlights PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) among police and first responders, which is a major challenge, though vastly overlooked and slow to be acknowledged.

The lives of filmmaker Deborah Louise Ortiz and her husband were overturned once he retired from the police force after twenty-two years of service. He was a highly-decorated New York State trooper and former federal agent with the DEA drug enforcement task force Dreams of a happy retirement were shattered, as he fought daily battles with his demons, creating a constant nightmare for his family.

It was then that she decided to create a documentary film to raise awareness and open up the conversation in order to break down stigma, so that those suffering would feel more comfortable seeking help. Ortiz also became determined to seek solutions to this problem.

“We did not understand what was happening to my husband because his disintegration was never addressed in the countless hours of training he received during the course of his career,” explains Ortiz. “They never warned him of the psychological dangers involved in police work. His superiors never asked him if he was okay after he experienced a traumatic incident (and there were many). They never mentioned or recognized the reality of PTSD, because PTSD wasn’t supposed to afflict the cops. Cops were supposed to just take it all in stride and go on to the next horror.”

Experts interviewed in the film estimate up to 20 percent of police officers across the nation suffer from PTSD. In the course of filming, Ortiz came to realize that fire and emergency medical personnel were equally susceptible to the disorder.

Bill McGovern, M.A., Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice and Fire Science Technology at SCCC will participate in the presentation and Question and Answer segment following the film, along with Bob Cubby, a Sussex County resident and retired Jersey City Police Captain, who is one of the police officers interviewed in Code 9.

NAMI Sussex Executive Trustee Marjorie Strohsahl says, “Not only is it important for police and first responders (active and retired) to view this film, but it is especially important for their families, friends and the general public to see this documentary. It is hoped that a greater understanding of what these men and women experience in their line of duty will help to bust the stigma and encourage them to seek the services and support they need.”

The film has  garnered a number of awards: Winner of both the Best Documentary and the Audience Choice-Feature from the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival, the IndieFEST Film Award of Merit, and the Laurel of Excellence from the TBAE. Currently, discussions are underway to have the story of the Ortiz family’s struggle with PTSD made into a major motion-picture, available in theaters everywhere.

NAMI Sussex is a co-sponsor of this Code 9 event. The affiliate and NAMI affiliates throughout NJ provide free family education programs and support groups. For more information, call 973-214-0632 or email Visit to locate other affiliates within NJ.

Learn more about the National Alliance on Mental Illness at It is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness by educating, advocating, listening and leading in thousands of communities across the United States.

Brochures on the S.H.A.R.E. program for first responders and their families provided by the non-profit organization Code9 Project will be available at the film screening and may be found on the website

For additional information about the November 9th event, please contact t 973-729-5153.

Commencement 2016

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Commencement 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm (students report at 5 pm)
Connor Green (Live streaming in the PAC)
Robing for Ceremony:5:00 pm
Line up: 5:30 p.m.
Commencement: 6:00 p.m.

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Thursdays on the Green

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Thursdays on the Green is the FREE outdoor concert series that has been a summer tradition for hundreds of Sussex County residents since 2002. In addition to fabulous music, guests enjoy a family festival with vendors, artisans, giveaways and more. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the show.

25th Annual Fine Art Students’ Exhibition

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One of the most anticipated events in the Sussex County Community College calendar, the Annual Fine Art Students’ Exhibition, will be installed from May 6 through June 20. Presented in the Art Gallery in Building C, this year’s exhibit features approximately one hundred works created by current SCCC students who are either art majors or have taken courses in the Department of Fine Arts.

This juried exhibition will highlight works from digital media, design, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and photography. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 6 from 6:00-8:00p.m. It is always well attended and has proven to be a wonderful night. The exhibition offers students an opportunity to showcase their artworks and creative endeavors within a professional event. The public is most welcome and encouraged to come and view works made by aspiring artists, covering a wide range of topics, materials, and methods.

The exhibition, for some of the students, is the culmination of their foundation work that can be a launching point for careers within the Art and Design fields.

During the Opening Reception refreshments will be served. A lively evening is guaranteed.

For more information, call 973-300-2144.

SCCC Student Production a Hilarious Look at Blind Dates

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Dating can be hard. Blind dates can even be harder. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. The Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Club’s spring production of “Check Please, Check Please: Take 2, Check Please: Take 3”, follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse — until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

Club member and SCCC journalist, Taylor Turkington, attended the play’s auditions over a three-night span in February where dozens of actors auditioned on the college’s Performing Arts Center stage for parts in this year’s spring play. The club President, Abby Brader, said everyone loved the play when they first read it.

“When Vice President Megan Smaletz, showed everyone the play, the club immediately took to its comedy,” said Brader. “We were all unanimously excited and due to that, there was not much of a real decision when choosing the play,”

Stella Trikouros, Assistant Professor of Theatre/Communications and the group’s advisor, added, “This play has been produced totally by our SCCC Performing Arts/Theater Students. It is wonderful to see these talented students demonstrate their talents on stage and off to create a play production from audition to performance. The actors have been rehearsing vigorously over these past two months and cannot wait to bring laughter to the audience!”

“Check Please, Check Please: Take 2, Check Please: Take 3”, by Jonathan Rand, is a 3-act comedy.  It will be performed in the SCCC Performing Arts Theater on campus on Saturday April 23, 7 p.m., and Sunday April 24, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for SCCC students with ID.

The production is being directed by Connor Nelms of Sparta. Stage Manager is Dana Szalczinger of Wantage.

The cast includes Franklin Silverio (Newton), Melissa Marshal (Andover), Emma Cussati (Sparta), David Forman (Sparta), Erika Castro (Newton), Matt Dorniak (West Milford), Abby Brader (Ogdensburg), Alex McCully (Newton), Amanda Fantasia (Newton), Eric Fredricksen (Sparta), Nicole Shepard (Ogdensburg), Marcus Gomez (Wantage), Brittany Schroeder (Newton), Ariana Litteral (Franklin), Cassidy Zaruba (Newton), Megan Smaletz (Newton), Corey Gaskin (Wantage), Derya Demirtas (Sussex), Jessica Mortell (Sussex), Dovile Navickaite (Sparta), Amanda Wassel (Hamburg), Connor Dougherty. (Newton), Stephanie Penna (Blairstown), Rachael Sabhia (Sussex), Joilenni Silverio (Newton), Mark Witten (Sparta), and Joe Bennet (Stillwater).

Skylanders Military Appreciation Baseball Game

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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:

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

SCCC Celebrates Earth Week

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To commemorate Earth Week, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has partnered with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to plan an environmentally-themed event on April 19 for the students of SCCC and Halsted Street Middle School.

Throughout the event, Halsted students will rotate through a series of stations led by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, SCCC students and faculty, and Sussex County Clean Communities.  By participating in each station, students will learn about macroinvertebrate (aquatic insect) sampling to determine water quality, the importance of planting tree buffers along waterways for stream health, how to prevent non-point source pollution, the ecological benefits of recycling, and how to become a watershed steward at the local level.  During the afternoon, Halsted Middle School students will also participate in the annual campus litter clean-up and ceremonial tree planting organized by SCCC’s Biology Club and join SCCC students in a plant identification trail walk led by SCCC botany faculty and SCCC’s Adventure Club.

SCCC’s environmental science students will take an active role in educating the middle school students about the importance of protecting water quality in their home community.  This event will allow SCCC students to fulfill their service learning requirements by teaching the skills they have acquired in the classroom and in the field to younger students from Halsted Middle School.  Service learning provides college students with the opportunity to meet community needs by sharing the skills they have gained with others.  This event is unique in that it will connect college-aged students with middle school students from Newton, resulting in a sharing of experiences across different age groups.

Sussex County Community College and the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) are excited to plan this event to strengthen their partnership with the Town of Newton.  The April 19th event will be the first step in linking the SCCC student body to the water quality improvement mission of the WRWMG. Located at the headwaters of the Paulins Kill River, SCCC provides the perfect platform to implement green infrastructure projects on campus to improve the long-term water quality of the Paulins Kill Watershed.  The WRWMG looks forward to working alongside SCCC students to implement stormwater best management practices on campus in the coming months.

Thursday,  April 21: Climate Change Forum

As part of a Service Learning project for their Biology, and Environmental Studies classes, a group of Sussex County Community College students will lead a discussion forum on the subject of Climate Change and how it has impacted the planet and consequently the lives of everyone, and what can be done about the future as a result.

This event, to be held in the Student Center Theater at SCCC on Thursday, April 21 from 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

The forum will be led by the students, and moderated by Dr. Dina Conde, Dr. Lori Colgan, and Professor Margaret Vyff, all members of the SCCC faculty.

As part of forum, guest speaker Alan Spector will talk about the “Benefits of Alternative Energy in Reducing Carbon Emissions”.

Agricultural Science and Botany students also volunteered to participate in this curriculum driven event. The students have actively researched several topics related to Climate Change throughout the semester and are preparing for the forum under the guidance of their instructors. Their findings and what they have learned will be shared with the college community and the community at large to fulfill their Service Learning and curriculum requirements.

The impact of climate change on agriculture, biodiversity, human health, and weather patterns will be presented.  What the future holds and what people can do to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on the planet will also be discussed.