Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society Inductees

April 24, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College inducted 97 students into Psi Beta, the community college National Honor Society for Psychology in early April, the largest group in the College’s history.  Associate Professor of Psychology, Melanie Arpaio, stated in her welcoming remarks, “Psi Beta’s missions is to promote professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.”

In order to be eligible for induction into SCCC’s Psi Beta Chapter students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in their psychology courses. The new inductees are:

Rebekah Aymat Melissa Becker Katherine Bertoa
Courtney Biggs Daphne Boyd-Bermingham Heather Bush
Samantha Campion Elisa Campos Alyssa Carcich
Jean Card Skylar Carroll Julia Charlton
Emily Chayka Tierney Clark Taylor Copeman
Hollie DeBlock Ingrid DeLisa Stephen DiNapoli
Amber Drake Tea Fairweather Thomas Fazio
Michael Fedorko Kristina Feeley Melissa Fernandez
Connor Fitzsimmons Michael Franzone Jodi Gangwer
Jenna Garcia Cedric Gaston Danielle Giamanco
Breanna Greene Kyle Gregory Erin Guyre
Theresa Haberle Robert Hahn Ashley Hebble
Paige Heller Thomas Hunt Joshua Imbimbo
Jennifer Kennedy Lily Kjellander Kayla Klass
Victoria Klimek April Lange Blair Lanza
Jessica LeMasson Jason Levalley Andrew Liberatore
Kalin Longton Nicole Manning Amanda Maxwell
Callum McAuley Noel McCabe Ryan McManus
Sara Jo Miller Carley Miller Brendan Mills
Caitlin Modero Monica Moore Michael Neale
Joseph Nivare Johned Nolte Emily O’Connor
Ryan Ortiz Mariah Ouellette Rachel Palmer
Justina Petrullo James Pomeroy Stefano Postiglione
Kelly Rajczyk Abigail Reed Kellie Reilly
Julia Richards Leah Rodriguez Dillon Rossi
Matteo Russo Chris Santamaria Derek Sarapuchiello
Brooke Sarno Khai Schooler Sarah Severini
Brentlee Spiegel Nicole Stanton Jilyssa Stevens
Alexis Stires Montague Strnad Christopher Stundon
Molly Sullivan Nicole Swistack Hailey Szabo
Simone Thomas Brittany Todd Samantha Vance
Marc Vandenbroek Kassidy Wagner LaurenWilkes
Kayla Williams

Psi Beta students gather on stage for a photo after the ceremonyTo learn more about SCCC visit: For information on admissions contact the SCCC admissions department by phone at (973) 300-2223 or visit:

Pictures: The Psi Beta inductees gather on the stage of the Performing Arts Center after the ceremony.

SPT Offers Pilates Instructor Certification Training Program

April 22, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Skylands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College offers a 476-hour Pilates Instructor Certification Program as part of its Continuing Education Healthcare Career Program. Pilates is a multibillion-dollar industry established in the early 20th century and is currently one of the most popular approaches to movement, balance, and toning.

The Pilates Instructor Certification, which is built on the methodology of the DualStar™ Pilates Institute, offers a diverse array of benefits. The program provides mastery in the use of all standard Pilates’ equipment, enables students to design safe, individualized, effective workouts by familiarizing them with basic human anatomy, and teaches students the business practices needed to run a successful studio.

SPT’s Pilates Instructor Certification Program is appropriate for a wide range of people. Experienced Pilates instructors, Pilates enthusiasts with no prior teaching experience, physical therapists, students majoring in exercise science, dance, equestrian training, or a similarly physical field of study, can all benefit from completing the program. In addition, Pilates Instructor certification can also be beneficial to massage therapists as an additional source of revenue.

This intensive program of study, which includes online classroom and studio instruction, begins May 29th with “Introduction to Mat Pilates” and “Pilates Mat 1 & 2”. There will be a mandatory Orientation on May 22nd at 6:00 pm for registered students. The orientation will be held at the Synergy Pilates Studio in Newton.

Upon successful completion of Mat 2, one can seek employment as a Certified Pilates Mat Instructor. Students completing the Mat series are eligible to continue in the fall with the remaining courses to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. The remaining classes include “Introduction to Pilates Apparatus,” “Pilates Reformer Certification,” “Pilates Cadillac Tower Certification,” “Pilates Chair Certification,” and “Exero ™ System Certification.”
Classes are held online and the Synergy Pilates Center in Newton.

Prospective students should call Dianne Czar at 908-835-2333 for more information or visit

Students will need to provide a copy of their GED or HS diploma. Students must also be insured and have CPR AED and First Aid certification before pursuing their teaching hours if enrolled in the full Pilates Instructor Certification Career Program.

Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival June 9

April 19, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

 The Betty June Silconas Center at Sussex County Community College will be the setting for the Poetry Festival. The Festival is set for Saturday, June 9 in the Performing Arts Center Atrium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This event will include an all-day book fair featuring local poets, literary readings, and workshops. Registration and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m.

  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
  • 10 a.m.-Noon: Writer’s Workshop with Guest Poets

(Registration and event fee required for panel discussion)

  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch and Open Reading – everyone invited!
  • 1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Guest Poet Reading
  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Launch Reading for The Stillwater Review, Volume 8
  • All-day Book Fair– Come meet our local poets

The Writer’s Workshops includes “What Risk Is”: Dream Logic in the Poem with Renée Ashley, “The Generator”: Writing and Caring for Early Drafts of Poems with J. C. Todd and “No ideas but in things”: Developing Concrete Imagery in Poetry with Jane Wohl.

The festival will close with the launch of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center’s Stillwater Review, Vol. 8, plus reading.

The Betty June Silconas Poetry Center at Sussex County Community College honors the memory of Betty June Silconas, a Sparta resident, who celebrated life in her poems. The joy and love she had for family, friends, and her home are evident in her work. Ms. Silconas never sought to be recognized. She wrote for the bliss she experienced as she chronicled the events in her life. With a generous donation from her family, the Silconas Poetry Center is a place where anyone can come to read.

Registration fee for the morning Writer’s Workshop is $15 and includes breakfast, lunch, and a copy of The Stillwater Review, Volume 8. Advanced registration is recommended to reserve a spot.

This year’s Festival will support the SCCC Foundation to include student scholarships and campus initiatives. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact for more information.

Mail payment to: Sussex County Community College, ATTN: Foundation
One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860.
Make check payable to SCCC Foundation, include “Poetry Festival” in the memo line.

For questions, please email David Crews at,

‘TRANS(RE)FORMATION’ Art Gallery Exhibit

April 17, 2018 in Fine Arts, Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Please join the SCCC Art Club for an Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 25 from 6-8 pm

SCCC is pleased to announce ‘TRANS(RE)FORMATION’ an exhibition of art pieces created by student members of the Art Club. Included within the gallery space is an installation of a wrap-around mural and sculpture. Art club members have added, combined and extended the piece in a journalistic manner, each member of the team was able to change the direction of the final work by participating in a collaborative manner.

Additionally, a project incorporating ideas of recycling and up-scaling will be installed.  The project relates to constructing art from disused containers, i.e. water bottles as a way of changing the contextual narrative of daily objects. Questioning value and purpose of these things is a contemporary concern in both political and ethical terms.

A temporary portraiture studio will be staged within the gallery space during the opening reception. The performance element of this activity serves to challenge the notions of public and private art practice. Volunteers from the community are welcome to sit for portraits. Art Club members will draw portraits of volunteers and exhibit them as they are created.

Art Club Members
Jessica Corujo
Dyanna Paredes
Tobi Madison
Elizabeth Dehaas
Elizabeth Strowe
Samantha Merrill
Michaela Sorton
Paula Scheyer
Nate Nunez
Nick Arango

Community Colleges Applaud Governor Murphy’s Community College Tuition Aid Grants

April 16, 2018 in Financial Aid, News by Kathy Peterson

Today, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state association for New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, released the following statement from NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D., after Governor Phil Murphy’s FY2019 Budget Address:

            “We applaud Governor Murphy’s vision and commitment to expanding college access and affordability for tens of thousands of students throughout the state. The proposed $50 million investment for New Jersey Community College Tuition Aid Grants in the FY2019 State Budget is the first step towards ensuring that all New Jerseyans will have access to the post-secondary education they need to be successful in today’s rapidly changing economy.

            “New Jersey’s 19 community colleges are the largest provider of higher education in the state, serving over 325,000 students annually in high-quality programs that lead to associate degrees and industry-valued certificates and credentials. Currently, 45% percent of all students who graduate from a New Jersey four-year college or university have previously attended a community college. Community colleges also provide an array of opportunities for adults hoping to upgrade their skills and change career paths.

            “We look forward to working with Governor Murphy, his administration and the legislature on this significant investment in New Jersey’s future.”

Award-Winning Photo Journalist Ferrato to Present

April 13, 2018 in Fine Arts, Home Page, News, Performing Arts Box by Kathy Peterson

Photo Journalist, Donna Ferrato holding her camera near a poster of "War is Over!"Award-winning photo journalist, Donna Ferrato, will be presenting her works on the global problem of domestic violence at Sussex County Community College on Wednesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to noon.

This free event, open to the public, will be held in the SCCC campus’ Student Center Theater. The College is located at One College Hill Road in Newton.

In addition to displaying her year-long works on this subject, Ferrato will also be available for questions. April is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Ferrato is one of the most respected photo journalists in the United States. A documentary photographer from Lorain, Ohio, Ferrato has published four books including “Living with the Enemy” and “Love & Lust”; as well as participating in over 500 one-woman shows internationally. Ferrato has received awards such as the W. Eugene Smith Grant (1986) and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography (1987). In 2016, TIME magazine announced her photograph of a woman being hit by her husband as one of the “100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time.”

Currently, Ferrato is documenting her rapidly-changing New York neighborhood of Tribeca for a new book, and leads international experimental photography workshops. She also has a traveling retrospective, first exhibited in Italy at Cortona On The Move 2017 festival, called “American Woman: 40 Years,” which brings all of Ferrato’s lifelong projects—domestic violence, sex, Tribeca, assignment work, and family life—together for the first time.

For additional information about SCCC, including other community programs and events on campus, visit

Skylanders’ Baseball to Host Military Appreciation Game

April 6, 2018 in Home Page, News, Performing Arts Box, Performing Arts Spotlight by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College continues to be a very military-friendly college and is proud to have many area veterans attending college.  SCCC’s Veteran Services Coordinator works to ensure that each veteran student is given the attention they deserve.

The SCCC Skylanders Baseball team is proud to be hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday, April 24 at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College. The rain date will be April 25th at 7 pm.

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 $2600 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.

SCCC is the only college in the area that offers this type of added financial support to student veterans. They are able to get additional assistance and continue their education without interruption. The SVER is able to provide an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives.

To make a donation to SVER visit on Student Veteran’s Support at SCCC.

For more information about our veterans services contact the Veteran Services Coordinator at 973.300.2109.

Alternative Approaches to Pain Management in Older Adults

March 28, 2018 in News by Kathy Peterson

The Center for Prevention and Counseling is excited to announce a new prevention initiative addressing Alternative Approaches to Pain Management in Older Adults. Sussex County residents are invited to the inaugural event “Your Health and You … What You Need to Know About Taking Control of Your Total Wellness,” on Tuesday, April 24th 2018 from 12pm to 3pm. This event will be held at the Sussex County Community College, Performing Arts Center Atrium and Theater, in cooperation with the Senior Life Center and Sussex County Division of Senior Services.

Featured speakers include Dr. Brutico, Emergency Department Medical Director at Newton Medical Center and Sussex County Prosecutor, Francis A. Koch who will provide participants with information such as understanding trends, laws and resources as it pertains to pain management in older adults; learning about tools and resources available to help navigate the path to wellness. Newton Police Department will be on hand to provide an opportunity to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications and over-the-counter medications.  Participants are highly encouraged to bring their unused, unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications to properly dispose of.  This event also includes a complimentary lunch.

As our country is in the midst of a health crisis due to opioid abuse and misuse, it is important to address all ages with prevention efforts to reduce the increase in use and misuse of prescription medication. Therefore, in response to this need, the Center for Prevention and Counseling is pleased take on a prevention initiative to address Alternative Approaches to Pain Management in Older Adults to enhance efforts to address a spectrum of ages.

Registration is required and can be done so by emailing or by calling 973-383-4787 ext. 231.

For more information on “Your Health and You … What you Need to Know About Taking Control of Your Total Wellness,” contact Ashley Brown at The Center for Prevention and Counseling by phone: (973) 383-4784 or email:

SCCC Skylanders Golf Outing

March 27, 2018 in Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box by Sandy Cupo

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

7:30 am

Newton Country Club
25 Club Road
Newton, NJ 07860

SCCC to hold a Nursing Information Session

March 27, 2018 in Home Page, News by Sandy Cupo

Sussex County Community College will hold a Nursing Program Information Session to inform prospective students about the Sussex Campus Division of the Passaic County Community College RN program.  The Session will take place on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 pm. The Nursing Program Information Session will cover specific information about entrance into the program, prerequisites, transferring credits, the TEAS exam, and Nursing I through IV.

The session will be held in the Health Sciences and Performing Arts Center (A Building), room A321. Any questions can be directed to Crystal Quaglio, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at 973-300-2136.