25th Annual Fine Art Students’ Exhibition

April 20, 2016 in Fine Arts, News, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box, Performing Arts Spotlight by Sandy Cupo

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.

Ferony Selected as GSAC Player of the Week

April 19, 2016 in Men's Baseball, Sports by Michael Rath

Congratulations to SCCC baseball player Peter Ferony (West Milford HS) as he was selected as the Division II Garden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week for April 11 – 17.  Peter, a third baseman had a remarkable .700 batting average for the week, having 14 hits in 20 at bats with 2 doubles, 4 runs scored and 9 RBI’s.  Two of his hits were game winning hits versus Sullivan CCC and Rowan College at Burlington County.

SCCC Student Production a Hilarious Look at Blind Dates

April 19, 2016 in Home Page, News, Performing Arts by Kathy Peterson

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).

‘Elite’ SCCC students join national honor society

April 14, 2016 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College inducted a new group of students showing academic excellence into the most prestigious honor society for community colleges in the United States during a ceremony earlier this month.

Phi Theta Kappa International is the honor society for 2-year colleges and boasts members from throughout the country. Membership is based upon academic achievement. Among the criteria for induction, students must be enrolled in an accredited associates degree program and have a GPA of 3.5 or over. As a member of this organization, these students are eligible to apply for Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships offered by over 600 4-year colleges and universities located throughout the United States.

More than 100 outstanding students were inducted into the organization during a ceremony held April 1.

“We are very proud of the hard work that our students have accomplished at Sussex County Community College,” said Scott Scardena, PTK Advisor. “It is no easy feat to join this elite group and every inductee has wholeheartedly earned it.”

The following individuals were inducted into PTK at the ceremony:
Lorna Aaron, Madeline Abatemarco, Erion Adams, Philip Andujar, Nicole Bencivenga, Brianna Benecki, Megan Biemesderfer, Courtney Biggs, Ryan Bills, Pamela Blauvelt, Tyler Bowman, Michael Brinster, Brittany Campanello, Christina Caraballo, Dana Catalano, Caitlin Clark, Gabrielle Conte, Stephanie Cornine, Emma Cussatti, Chloe Deluca-Knighton, Adam Dennis, Olivia Dewitt, Gina DiCristo,
Andrew Dietz, Erin Dimino, Samantha Direnzo, Richard Dreisbach, Paul Dwornicki, Sarah Fairweather, Karin Falk, Julia Finan, Eliza Fournier, Andrew Godlewsky, Alexandra Hansen, Colette Hansen, Nicole Henningsen, Kenneth Herbert, Aliena Hull, Nancy JaraVargas, Sarah Johnson, Daniel Kardan, Brianna Keller, Megan Kennedy, Kimberlee Laner,
Jamie Leddy, Pablo Lerch, Amelia Macchietto, Julia Madani, Sebastian Marczuk, Gabrielle Martinez, Matthew McCann, Connor McCormick, Michael McCurry, Paige Meyerriecks, Grace Miceli, Luciana Morea, Justin Morgan, Jessica Mortell, Nathan Mundi, Troy Nixon, Rachel Orr, Stephanie Penna, Gina Pitch, David Pluviose, Justine Potter, Alyssa Preziosi, Jared-Daniel Quintero, Megan Reed, Meghan Roach, Saghar Safari, Olivia Salvaterra, Noelle Schofer, Brittany Schroeder, Nicole Schultz, Jeanine Sebright, Michael Sesera, Nicole Shaw, Katherine Sherman, Josivette Silverio, Jessica Sinfield, Sylvia Sirin, Rachel Sollers,
Matthew Spinks, Arielle Stampone, Nichole Switz, Summer Taylor, Dawn Teets, Derek Thompson, Kathleen Thompson, Annette Toomey, Lauren Tregoning, Robert Tremain, James Tucker,
Mary Ullmann, Alexis VanDuzer, Taylor VanNoordt, Brittany VanderPloeg, Alec VanderVelde, Rosario Vasquez, Evan Vetter, Craig Von Bartheld, Tyler Wagner, Sharon Wareka, Abigael Way, Kayla Weinstein,
Daisy Williams, Kalei Winfield, Lina Zeidan, and Naomi Zoko.

SCCC provides an array of higher educational opportunities. For more about SCCC visit

SCCC students slate Climate Change Forum

April 14, 2016 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

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.

Fatal Vision Golf Cart Demonstration today!

April 14, 2016 in News by Kathy Peterson

The New Jersey State Police will be on the Sussex County Community College campus today, April 14,  to demonstrate the dangers of driving under the influence. Golf carts and fatal vision goggles will allow student s to understand the dangers of operating a vehicle while having impaired visions.

The event will take place today, April 14, from 10 am- 2 pm in the parking lot behind the cafeteria.

Teen Arts Showcase 4/13

April 13, 2016 in News by Kathy Peterson

There will be a Teen Arts Performance Showcase on

Wednesday April 13 at  7:30 pm
SCCC Performing Arts Center
Free and Open to the Public

Women’s Soccer Signs Local and International Talent

April 11, 2016 in Home Page, Sports, Women's Soccer by Michael Rath

Gabby Sarni (left) Eden Brown (center) and Brielle Hilbert (right) sign for SCCC

The Sussex County Community College women’s soccer team completed the signings of local recruits Gabby Sarni and Brielle Hilbert, as well as international talent Eden Brown from Northampton, England.  The three recruits signed their Letters of Intent this past week, committing to play for the current NJCAA Division I Region XIX champions. Hilbert (Wallkill Valley) and Sarni (Kittatinny) have been local stand outs for their high school teams, with Brielle excelling in both soccer and basketball.  Eden has played with the Northampton FC academy for several years, as has been a dominant midfielder and defender for the club.

Head coach Frank Vernacchio could not praise the three players enough saying, “We worked really hard on bringing these players in to play for us.  Brielle, Gabby, and Eden will add a lot to our team and we pursued them to help us achieve our goal of reaching the National Tournament this season.  Each player brings something different to us and will help us reach that next level here.”

Assistant coach Mike Rath added, “Not only are these girls great players, but they also have great character.  We are really excited for this upcoming season, and these three players are going to bring another dimension to our program.”

The Skylanders open their season with a trip to the Community College of Rhode Island on September 3.

Visit, Test, & Register at the Spring Open House

April 7, 2016 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will host its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 23rd in the Performing Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For all students who apply for admission to SCCC during the Open House, the $25 application fee will be waived.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with an SCCC counselor to assist them in deciding on a major, choosing a career path, or just to discuss academic options. Open House attendees will be able to take the placement test and register for classes all in one day. Attendees can also learn about the different degree and certificate programs, new and established transfer agreements, the 16-Month Fast Track Associate’s Degree Program, opportunities for military veterans, NJ STARS, academic support services, athletics, student activities, and more. Faculty and staff will also be in attendance to discuss programs of study, answer questions about financial aid, and offer tours of the campus.

Walk-in placement testing is open from 10:30 a.m., with the last test administered beginning at 12:30 p.m. Financial Aid, Student Advisement Center, and the Bursar’s Office will be open until 3 p.m.

For more information or to register for Open House, please visit or call the Admissions Office at 973-300-2223.

SCCC to host Zika Virus Forum

April 7, 2016 in News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will host a forum and bring awareness to the public about the Zika virus. The forum will be held on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Elaine Stanton from the SCCC Health Sciences Department will provide introductions of the guest speakers.

With cases on the rise around the globe, the Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services will bring this forum to the community to discuss public health issues and discuss their efforts to control the spread of the disease.

The Mosquito Control Bureau will also make a presentation on the steps they will take to control the mosquito population in Sussex County. Homeowners will also be given tips on how they can reduce areas around their home that would host a mosquito population.

“We should be very aware of the Zika virus and any developments related to the virus,” stated Dr. Dina Conde, SCCC Professor of Biology.  “The  mosquito that transmits the virus is native to many US states currently. There is no reason to panic but we need to have the proper agencies following closely, working with the hospitals and staying prepared. We need to be cautious and keep our eyes open for any new developments.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an Emergency Operations Center activated to the highest level as of February 8, 2016. The EOC coordinates efforts and will monitor the emergency response that will bring together scientists who specialize with arbovisruses such as Zika, birth defects, developmental disabilities and heath.

According to the CDC, transmission will increase throughout the region increasing the incidence of infection in returning travelers and the possibility of local transmission in the United States.

Facts about the Zika virus

  • Symptoms are usually mild and last a few days.
  • People usually do not go to the hospital with symptoms and rarely die from the virus.
  • The virus remains in the bloodstream a week and sometimes longer.
  • Once a person is infected, they are not likely to get the infection again.

“The College looks forward to ongoing forums with the County Health Team on crucial topics for the community at large,” stated Frank Nocella, Executive VP of Finance and Operations at SCCC.

For more facts and information about the virus visit: