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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

in Fine Arts, News, Performing Arts

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

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:

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.

Annual Golf Outing to support student athletes

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Monday, May 2nd
Ballyoween Golf Club

There are golf outings and then there are golf outings!  Sussex County Community College’s 21st Annual Golf Outing always falls into the “Wow” category. A lot of fun, and for a good cause. This year’s much anticipated outings tees off on Monday, May 2, at the Ballyowen Golf Club in Hardyston.

This event is an important part of SCCC’s dedication to lifelong learning and community enrichment, helping the Athletic Department fulfill its commitment 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 student athletes at SCCC.

Cost per golfer is $200 ($800 for a foursome). The Golf Outing begins with check in and breakfast at 7:30, and then a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch and an awards ceremony will take place following golf.

Top  sponsors for this year’s golf outing are Sussex Bank and iHeart Media.

To register directly for golf or to become a sponsor, go to

For additional information, please contact the SCCC Foundation at 973-300-2121 or send an email to  You can also learn more about the event by visiting

Rockin’ Fest, to Support Student Veterans

in Foundation, Performing Arts, Veterans

Thursday, June 30th
5:00 pm
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

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

Fireworks generously sponsored by:






Teen Arts Festival 2016

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Teen Arts Festival (click for a full listing of events)
March 15, 2016 (snowdate March 16)
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The exhibits are open to the community any time during the College’s regular operating hours.

The arts will be showcased at Sussex County Community College when the 2016 Sussex County Teen Arts Festival takes place Tuesday, March 15.

Students from area schools throughout Sussex County will converge on SCCC for a day of creative writing, dance, instrumental, theater, video, visual art, and vocals.  Workshops, demonstrations and performances will be presented throughout the day. Performances will be critiqued by professionals from the tristate area.  The art exhibit is open to the public March 9 through March 16 during college hours.

It is expected that between 1,200–1,400 7th through 12th graders will participate in the event, which runs from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Teen Arts Festival is open to registered schools and the parents of students from those schools.

The Teen Arts Festival has been made possible through funding from SCCC, School Districts of Sussex County, and donations from the Aeroflex foundation, individuals and businesses.  Funding has been available in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Block Grant program, administered by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.

Students can attend a variety of workshops throughout the day, from life drawing to jewelry to game art graphics and floral design, to stage combat, poetry, African drumming, and mime, as well as many others. “Stop ‘N Go Art Stations” include Chinese Brush Stroke, positive energy art, photography, and more. Demonstrations on magic, juggling, chain saw art and song writing will take place. Forty- five varied professional artists will be working with the teens.

“It’s a great learning experience for the students,” said Stella Trikouros, Assistant Professor of Theater and Communications at SCCC, and the Coordinator of the Teen Arts Festival in Sussex.  “County teens are given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of art forms and to share their completed work or performances in a supportive atmosphere and to the public. These devoted artists travel up to three hours to get to SCCC. It’s a full day for students, artists, teachers and SCCC staff.”

The Visual Arts and Video reception is held on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. This exhibit includes all of the student artwork submitted by the schools, with 600 2-D and 3-D pieces in 4 buildings.  In the ensuing weeks, student artwork that was selected by the artists will be showcased at various locations around the county.

“Selected student works for the exhibits are always an eclectic variety of mediums and age range,” said Trikouros. “It’s a nice mix of talent and perspective.” Students will be selected by the artists to represent Sussex at the State Teen Arts Festival June 1, 2, 3. The State Teen Arts Festival will be offering scholarships to outstanding student artists.

Sussex County students first participated in the State Teen Arts Festival in 1969. SCCC has sponsored the Teen Arts Festival in Sussex County since 1989. For more information on the day’s events, visit

SCCC provides an affordable, high quality education in a broad range of fields of interest.  For more information about SCCC and its degree and non-degree programs, visit

TRIP: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The bus leaves from the upper E Parking lot promptly at 9 AM and will return at 5 PM on Saturday, April 16th. The cost is $22 per person and includes a service fee of $2 per person. This ticket is for the round trip BUS RIDE only. It does not include admission to the museum. No refunds for tickets; if severe weather prevents us from going on the trip on the scheduled date, we will reschedule for a future date and honor all those who have purchased tickets.

Women Business Leaders Set to Network

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Area professional women can learn best practices for career advancement and network with women business leaders all while helping female students afford the cost of college during a Women’s Panel Discussion.
The event will take place on Wednesday, February 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the SCCC Performing Arts Center Atrium.

This event is sponsored by United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council and Sussex County Community College.