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Quintero and Knoll Named GSAC Players of the Week

March 22, 2017 in Men's Baseball, Sports by mrath

SCCC is proud to announce that 2 baseball players, Jared Quintero and Jake Knoll, are being recognized as Player and Pitcher of Week.  Details can also be found on the Region 19 website at

Sophomore, Jared Quintero, was named D2 Region 19 GSAC Player of the Week yesterday. Jared went 12-24 11rbis and 4doubles in 7 games last week!

Freshman, Jake Knoll, was also named D2 Region 19 GSAC Pitcher of the Week as he went 2-0 pitching 2 complete games (14innings) striking out 10 and only allowing 2 earned runs for both games.

Senior Life Center, April Events

March 21, 2017 in Continuing Education, Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C., a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Senior Services and Sussex County Community College will be hosting presentations in the Atrium of the Performing Arts Center in April.

Friday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.: There will be a presentation on, “Downsizing Your Home Without Getting Overwhelmed”. Join Jamie Novak for a humorous look at the common challenges to paring down. If you have an attic full of treasures, a garage filled with heirlooms instead of a car, a basement with your children’s toys and closets of collectibles, this program is for you.  Aside from a laugh or two, you will walk away with stress-free steps to downsizing with ease.  If you are wondering what has value, where you can share or sell it and how to let it all go, Jamie has suggestions for you!  Jamie Novak, organizing humorist, bestselling author and time management specialist. You also may have seen Jamie on QVC, HGTV, or read one of her bestselling books.

Fridays, April 14 and April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon: “You Can Draw!” held in the Art Gallery, C Building. This two-session course will give you the basics of technique while allowing you to express yourself in a creative and personal manner. Drawing should be seen as a means of expression rather than a complicated artistic process.  Michael Hughes will demonstrate these techniques.  He is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. He holds a degree in Studio Arts, Art History and Graphic Design.  He has participated in several group shows and won awards for his works.

Students should bring basic drawing tools including a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and an eraser. These supplies can be purchased at any craft store. The cost for the two-session course is $20, payable to Senior Services Trust Fund. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Monday, April 17 or Tuesday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m.-Noon: 50 Plus Technology Workshop: “How to Skype Your Friends and Family.” The class is free and will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors. Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

Tuesday, April 18 or Monday, April 24 from 11:00 a.m.-Noon: 50 Plus Technology Workshop: “How to Use Your Smartphone’s Camera Functions.” The class is free and will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors. Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

Friday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m.: there will be a presentation on “What is Poetry?”  Jean LeBlanc explores the nature of this versatile art form called poetry.  How do poets help us understand our world?  How do poets use language as a medium, finding new ways to name for us the things we have always known?  From Sonnets to free verse to haiku, this is a celebration of the written word.  Come celebrate how poetry matters in our lives.

Jean LeBlanc has been a member of the SCCC faculty since 1999.  Her work has appeared in journals around the world.  She writes poetry in all forms, from free verse to haiku, tanka, haiga and haibun.  Her poetry advocates for an awareness of the beauty of this journey called life.  Recent collections include, “The Opposite of Bird”, “Haiku and Haibun” ( 2015)  and “A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press 2015).

Light refreshments will be served during the presentation.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Please contact the Division of Senior Services for additional program information or to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or via email at

Criminal Justice Career and Transfer Day 3/23

March 21, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

Join the Criminal Justice Club and SCCC on Thursday, March 23rd for a Criminal Justice Career Day and Transfer Fair. Over 20 agencies will be in attendance in the E Building (3rd Floor) from 10 am-2 pm. Talk to local law enforcement personnel and discuss your career options.

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Bignell Signs for Goldey-Beacom

March 20, 2017 in Sports, Women's Soccer by mrath

Poppy Bignell (Northampton, England) of the SCCC women’s soccer program has signed a National  Letter of Intent to join Goldey-Beacom College next fall.  Poppy was a two season starter at Sussex, playing left back and scoring 5 goals while providing 7 assists during her time as a Skylander.  Bignell was named as team captain for her sophomore year, and Sussex congratulates Poppy for her achievements and for taking the next step in her collegiate soccer career.

Poppy Bignell signs her LOI with Sussex Assistant Coach Mike Rath (left) and Head Coach Frank Vernacchio (right)

Golf Outing

March 20, 2017 in Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box by Sandy Cupo

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Black Bear Golf Club
138 Route 23
Franklin, NJ – a Crystal Springs Resort property!

SCCC Skylanders Annual Golf Outing has become a tradition and generates critical resources for our student athletes. We hope you can join us this year – it’s a great event for a great cause, or consider a sponsorship. On behalf of the SCCC Skylanders Athletics Program and our deserving students, thank you for your support!

Agent who nabbed ‘The Iceman’ speaks at SCCC

March 20, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

The Criminal Justice Club at Sussex County Community College is hosting a discussion featuring an appearance from one of history’s most famous federal agents, Dominick Polifrone. Best known for his lead role in the apprehension of notorious serial murderer and hit man Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski.

The movie, “The Iceman” will be shown followed by a discussion from Polifrone on Wednesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts.  He will share his experiences from his distinguished law enforcement career of over three decades.

Polifrone, who began his career in 1971 as a criminal investigator with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, became a federal agent in 1976 at the New York office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms. In addition to his role in the capture of Kuklinski, Polifrone played an integral part in the Armed Criminal Enforcement Project designed to make the streets of Washington, D.C. safer.

Eventually, Polifrone was promoted to Resident Agent In Charge of the ATF’s New Jersey Field Office, where he oversaw the implementation of national law enforcement policies and initiatives on a wide range of issues. In this capacity, Polifrone oversaw actions related to illegal weapons smuggling, gang activities, highly-sensitive security issues, and the highly-regarded Project LISA.

Recognized as one of the top ten police officers of the year in PARADE Magazine and by the Association of International Chiefs of Police, his achievements and contributions to the Law Enforcement society have been acknowledged by entities such as the United States Attorney’s Office (JDNJ), FBI, United States Marshal’s Services, Secret Service, New Jersey State Police and the New York Police Department. Honors bestowed upon him reflect his standing in the Law Enforcement Community.  Most notably are the United States Exceptional Service Award from the Department of Treasury and the New Jersey Valor Award.

A lifelong resident of Bergen County, he is currently in charge of the Hackensack High School Drop-In Center, a school-based community program offered to all students and their families to assist them in all aspects of curriculum and career development.

All members of the general community are invited to attend this free event.

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Skylanders Sweep Atlantic Cape

March 20, 2017 in Men's Baseball, News, Sports by mrath

The SCCC baseball team won both games against Atlantic Cape on Sunday. In game 1, the Skylanders rolled to a 16-2 win with 18 hits, 14 RBI’s, and 7 walks. Freshman pitcher, Trevor Risdon (High Point) started the game on the bump and went 6 strong innings, not allowing an earned run to get his first college victory!

In game 2 Sussex won 6-2, with more of a pitching battle early on as Jake Knoll (Colorado) ended up throwing a complete game for the second time this week to pick up his 3rd win of the season. Jared Quintero (Paterson) and Peter Ferony (West Milford) led the way with the bats going a combined 5-7 with 2runs, 4 RBIs, and 3doubles!

Offensive leaders in both games:

Peter Ferony: 5-9 4runs  2 RBIs 2doubles

Mathew Magura: 4-8 4runs 3 RBIs 2doubles

Jared Quintero:  6-8 3runs 8 RBIs 3doubles

Justin Smith: 3-6


Team Record 7-8

SCCC to hold Diversity Colloquium

March 17, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

The United States is represented by a vast range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, which make up the fabric of this country. Diversity issues are continually changing and discussed in all cultures.

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will tap into the subject of diversity by holding a Diversity Colloquium on Thursday, March 23 at 10:50 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  The Colloquium topic, “The Power of Perception in Civil Rights Law,” will examine the limitations of the current paradigm for eliminating discrimination. Guest speakers will be present to discuss issues of implicit bias, racial anxiety, microaggression and reimaging diversity.

Guest speakers include the following professionals in their field:
Dr. John Fitzgerald Gates is the Vice President for Diversity at the University of Virginia School of Engineering, and Principal and Chief Strategist of Criticality Management Consulting. Dr. Gates is an esteemed organizational scientist, expert in Strategic Diversity Management, and in-demand corporate strategist. He is author of the groundbreaking research and thought leadership series, “STRATEGY: The Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion Thought and Practice,” featuring his two decades of research and practice in the field of Strategic Diversity as well as the commentary of diversity executives from 20 leading companies, sports franchises, and nonprofit organizations. The STRATEGY series has been heralded as the authoritative word on contemporary diversity management. Dr. Gates has held the positions of Associate Dean of Harvard College, Chief of Staff at the University of Vermont, and Executive Director of Global Operations at NYU. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, and an Advanced Certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Rachel D. Godsil is a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. She is the Director of Research and Co-Founder, Perception Institute. Godsil collaborates with social scientists on empirical research to identify the efficacy of interventions to address implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. She has co-authored a wide variety of articles, book chapters, and reports focusing on these concepts, and regularly authors amicus briefs on behalf of empirical social psychologists in the Supreme Court. Godsil works with a wide range of private and public institutions seeking to address the role of bias and anxiety associated with race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. She practiced law in New York City as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as an Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Currently, she is the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law and has taught at both the University of Pennsylvania Law School and New York University Law School.

Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Esq. is Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential. She is responsible for leading and supporting all diversity and inclusion efforts for the company, and for ensuring ongoing compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity/affirmative action laws. She is on the Boards of GLSEN, Inc. (The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the National Organization on Disability, Women Presidents’ Organization, and the American Conference on Diversity. She is an active member of several professional associations and is a Co-Chair of the Asia Society Global Talent and Diversity Council. Meyer-Shipp has been named a “Diverse Attorney of the Year” by the New Jersey Law Journal, and has received numerous honors including the Oliver Randolph Award from the Garden State Bar Association, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award for the Corporate Sector, and was recently inducted into the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame. She has made the Black Enterprise list of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, and has also been named one of the “Most Powerful & Influential Women of the Tri-State Area” by The Tri-State Diversity Council.

The Diversity Colloquium, held at SCCC’s Performing Arts Center, is open to the community and free of charge.

LACE Program Canceled tonight

March 15, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

Please note that the LACE program scheduled for tonight, March 15th, is canceled.

Teens Arts rescheduled for March 16

March 10, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

The Sussex County Teen Arts Festival will showcase the arts on the campus of Sussex County Community College (SCCC). Due to the impending storm for Tuesday, March 14, Teen Arts will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 16.

Over 1,400 area 7th through 12th graders from Sussex County will visit and participate in the events, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  held at SCCC.  The day is full of creative writing, dance, instrumental, theater, video, visual art, and vocals.  Several workshops, demonstrations and performances will be presented throughout the day. Student performances will be critiqued by professionals from the tristate area.  The art exhibit is open to the public during college hours.

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.

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.

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.

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