Criminal Justice Club Tours Police Academy

May 3, 2016 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

On Friday, April 1st, the Criminal Justice Club at Sussex County Community College and two advisors visited the Morris County Police Academy.  While there, students were given a tour of the academy and had the opportunity to talk to some recruits. A demonstration was performed of the FATS Training Simulator (Firearms Automated Training Simulator) where two students were able to participate in shoot-don’t-shoot scenarios.  A tour of the Sheriff’s Department 911 Communications Center and also the Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab ended the visit.

Pictured: SCCC Criminal Justice Club  in front of the Morris County Sheriff’s Dept. Mobile Crime Lab truck.

SCCC students recognized for excellence

May 2, 2016 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Excellence. According to Webster’s Dictionary this word refers to someone or something being exceptionally good or outstanding. In the case of Sussex County Community College, excellence refers to numerous students who will be graduating this month. These outstanding students were recently recognized for their excellent work over the past school year at a special ceremony on April 27.

The ceremony, held in the Student Center Theater, included the top honor of the Presidential Award, which was presented by SCCC President Dr. Jon Connolly to five students: Madeline Chiappini, Leah Clark, Ashley Craig, Samuel Dunn and Brian Paz were all recognized for their efforts.

The following students were also acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to excellence:
• Andrei Burul and Jason Boehm, Dean of Student Services and Student Affairs Award
• Shawn Smith, Award for Excellence in Accounting
• James Leddy and Jillian Pullis, Athletic Council Awards
• Andrei Burul, Award for Excellence in Anthropology
• Victoria Vasquez (Biology) and Michele Mieklo (Pre-Nutrition), Award for Excellence in Biology/Pre-Medical Professional Program
• Daniel Bell, Award for Excellence in Business Management
• Madeline Chiappini, Gina Fasolo, Beau Lethbridge and Nicole Rafferty, Award for Excellence in Business Administration
• Mary Springer, Carnevale Poetry Award
• John Gieger, Outstanding Club President Award
• Brittany Jollie, Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies
• Kyrie Knierim, Cottley Fiction Award
• William Fischer, Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice
• Craig VonBartheld, Award for Excellence in Computer Information Systems
• Regina Norris, Award for Excellence in Education
• Daniel Day and Donald Rattino, Fine Arts Achievement Award
• Emma Cussatti, Award for Excellence in Film, Broadcasting and Journalism
• Frank Rocco Award for Excellence in Graphic Design
• Bobbac Kashani, Award for Excellence in Mathematics
• Katheryn Schmidt, Award for Excellence in Paralegal Studies
• Derek Thompson, Award for Excellence in Psychology
• Alison Dill, Theater Arts Achievement Award
• Christopher Winschuh, Outstanding Writing Award

Sussex Community College offers a full range of degree and certificate programs. Enrollment is open for the fall semester. For further information, please visit

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Thursdays on the Green

May 1, 2016 in Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box by admin

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.

Sussex County Day Postponed

April 30, 2016 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Due to the weather, Sussex County Day, scheduled for Sunday, May 1st will be postponed.

Magura Named GSAC Player of the Week

April 28, 2016 in Home Page, Men's Baseball, Sports by Michael Rath

Sussex County Community College’s Matt Magura has been named Division II Garden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Skylander’s Utility Player, Matt Magura, had 14 hits in 22 plate opportunities. Magura had a .636 batting average, including three doubles, nine runs, and five runs batted in.  He is also batting .508 on the season with 68 at-bats.  Skylanders had a record of 3-3 during the week.

Softball Split for Pink Games

April 25, 2016 in Home Page, Sports, Women's Softball by Michael Rath

On a day when they were bringing attention to breast cancer awareness, pink proved to be the color of choice of the Sussex County Community College softball team on Sunday April 24.

The Lady Skylanders captured their first win of the season, knocking off Montgomery Community College in the second game of a doubleheader.

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Linda McSweeney, a breast cancer survivor, who threw out the first pitch to our catcher and her daughter, Katie McSweeney.  Our team was dressed in pink game shirts and socks and pink balloons adorned the outfield fence.  Our team also accepted donations for their upcoming participation in Sussex County’s Relay for Life at the Fairgrounds in mid May.  In return for donations, the team had baked cupcakes and brownies for the fans who donated.

In the first game of the  doubleheader vs Montgomery CCC, Blue Bell, PA,  it appeared our women would secure their first win, but lost a hard fought 11-8 game, as Montgomery scored 5 runs in the next to last inning.  The highlight for our team was a long home run by Kelsey O’Connor (Sparta, HS) to left center field.  The second game turned out to be a real slugfest as SCCC prevailed in a 24-16 victory.  Again, Kelsey O’Connor came through with another long home run to left field, giving her 2 home runs on the day.  There was lots of hitting and stolen bases and some outstanding defensive plays, not to mention, the pitching of Sara Smith (Newton) who pitched both games.  The women return to action on Saturday as they travel to Lehigh Carbon CC for a DH tilt and return home for their final game, Sophomore day, honoring all sophomore players  on May 3.

“It was an honor to be able to participate in the girls ‘Play for Pink’ game,” said Linda McSweeney. “I am so proud of my daughter, Kaitlyn, and the rest of her teammates for their commitment and sacrifices they make everyday to be part of this team.  Most of them are balancing school, work and games. We should all be so dedicated and congrats to the girls on their win!”

Sussex Wins in Annual Veteran’s Game

April 25, 2016 in Men's Baseball, Sports by Michael Rath

What a night at Skylands Stadium last night as our baseball team hosted their Annual Military Appreciation Game honoring all US Veterans.  On a starry night under a full moon and under the lights of the stadium, the SCCC baseball team came away with a rousing victory over Orange CCC 13-6.  The Skylanders opened with a bang scoring 8 runs in the bottom of the first (star players of the night listed below) to the delight of an almost sold out crowd.  Besides the enjoyment of the victory, there were many fun activities including an excellent rendition of the National Anthem sung by Shawn Oroho. The first pitch was thrown out by our own Frank Ancona, who served in Korea and, as usual,  was dressed to the “nines” in his 3 piece outfit and took the mound to fire a fastball to home plate.  We also had the dizzy bat contest, t-shirt toss (twice), trivia questions, as well as interviews of numerous vets in between innings, each of which received rousing applause and a small token from the SCCC Athletic Department.  All and all, this event was a great success and we look forward to next year’s which will be bigger and better.

Hitters on the day:

Nick McWilliams 4-5 3 runs 3 RBIs

Peter Ferony 3-5

Matt Magura 3-5

Billy Sabo 2-4, 2 runs 3 RBIs, Double and Triple

Jon Pezzato 2-4 3 runs, Triple in first


Winning Pitcher:

Dave DelSontro, 3rd win of the season

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).