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SCCC Defeats Rockland

April 17, 2017 in Men's Baseball, Sports by mrath

The Sussex County Community College baseball team won against Rockland Community College 3-2 after 9 innings on Wednesday.  Anthony Carida (Hackettstown) continues his hot play this week, but on the bump for this game.  He threw 5 scoreless innings as he was able to get out of jams with big pitches. Anthony, a freshman transfer from Rutgers New Brunswick, pitched well for his second start of the season (his last coming in Florida) and came up big with getting us that win to inch closer to a .500 record.

Offensively, it started in the 3rd inning with freshman Ben Armstrong (High Point) bunting for a single to get things started, then next batter Mike Lucero (Colorado) hit a double down the line to put himself and Ben in scoring position. Next, batter Peter Ferony (West Milford) laced a single up the middle to score Ben, then the following batter, Justin Smith (Newton), hit a single to left to score Mike to make the score 2-0. In the 4th inning we added another run on a errant throw to make it 3-0. In the 9th inning with the score 3-2… Trevor Risdon (High Point) came in to close the game for the save to bring our overall record to 11-13.

Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree On-Site at SCCC

April 13, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) educational partnership with Felician University provides students easy access to several bachelor degree programs onsite at SCCC.

Students looking to earn a bachelor’s degree right here in Sussex County can do so by following a sequence of courses beginning in their freshman year at SCCC. An associate degree can be earned by completing general education courses, and then students can seamlessly transition to upper-level courses offered by Felician University on-campus at SCCC. By following this sequence in the first year, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in business, criminal justice, or education in about four years. Also offered is an RN/BSN 15-month fast track program.

This unique partnership saves time and money:

  • No need to worry about shopping around for a college that will accept the most transfer credits
  • Maximize the number of affordable community college courses that are transferable.
  • No long-distance commuting or housing costs! All courses are held locally on the SCCC campus.

To learn more about a Felician University bachelor’s degree program at SCCC, attend the Information Session on Thursday, April 20 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Student Center, D Bldg, Room 204. Sign up at here.

For more information, contact David Cohen, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Felician University, 201.355.1451 or email cohend@felician.edu.

SCCC’s PTK inductees honored at ceremony

April 13, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) inducted an amazing group of outstanding students who have shown academic excellence into the most prestigious honor society for community colleges in the United States. A special ceremony was held at the College on March 31 to mark this recognition.

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

SCCC student Amelia Macchietto, PTK president led the processional and the Pledge of Allegiance while Dr. James Baker, interim vice president, CFO and COO welcomed the students and their families to the reception. Dr. James Ahern, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer, presented the newly inducted honorees with certificates.

The following individuals were inducted into PTK at the ceremony:
Laura F. Allen, Benjamin C. Armstrong, Rebekah L. Aymat, Brandon Baskerville, Melissa K. Becker, Breea N. Boylan, Ryan D. Briggs, Bryan D. Bronstein, Jenna Burdett, Jessica L. Carano, Matthew Cashen, Bryan T. Chappell, Roseann C. Cid, Caitlin A. Conroy, Jessica Corujo, Samantha M. Crane, Mikaela M. Crowell, McKenzie Cuccia, Payton T. Decker, Debra Defeo, Nicholas J. Dicarlo, William M. Dietrich, Maureen Douglas, Jessica Dowd, Matthew B. Duckworth, Thomas N. Fazio, Michelle A. Ferrara-Ryan, Troy Fewkes, Jonathan M. Finocchiaro, Michelle Firtek, Connor J. Fitzsimmons, Kristin M. Gerhart, Sarah G. Griffiths
Jessica Guerrero, Erin E. Hackett, Jeffrey Hanley, Emily M. Hewitt, Brielle Hilbert, Merrinda C. Hill, Thomas R. Hunt
Brianna Inglima, Randy Jackson, Cassidy J. Jameson, Eryk Jaworski, Jessica R. Kabbash, Tatiana Karram, Jessica D. Keveson, Alaina A. Lackey, Amy M. Leider, Benjamin R. Liegner, Natalia Lopez Grajales, Nick J. Martucci, Brian F. Masi, Brittany C. Mattia, Ryan P. McManus, Jason D. McWilliams, Jonathan A. Mecca, Kelly F. Memolo, Jonathan P. Nelson, Emily A. O’Connor, Ryan P. Ortiz, Thomas Parry, Sarah Pope, Daniel F. Quinn, Rebekah J. Ramnarine, Julia M. Richards, Abigail L. Roberts, Kyle M. Rosencranz, Andrew O. Rzeszotarski, Victoria Sajak, Cesar Santana, Gabrielle M. Sarni, Kierra A. Schmidl, Khai A. Schooler, Amanda C. Shahin, Mark E. Shannon, Andrew P. Sorton, Brittany Spina, Katherine E. Stansfield, Nathan A. Stillings, Ryan A. Sumski, Kersten T. Szuszkowski, Brittany L. Todd, Kiran D. Tompkins, Collin J. Tully, Melissa A. Vanwingerden, Michael R. Vitiello, Brian J. Wallace, Larissa M. Walsh, Madison Walsh, Beth-Ann M. Whitehead, Gavin A. Wisse, Christian Wood, Brian Zakrzewski, Ali Ziabakhsh, and Florencia B. Zipitria.

Barbershop Concert Coming to SCCC

April 12, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

Students at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) are excited about performing in the first barbershop-style concert on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

This concert is the brainchild of Nathan Stillings, an SCCC Student Ambassador and devotee of barbershop since his high school days at High Point Regional High School. “I first met Nathan when he performed at Teen Arts under the direction of Ms. Dori Martin” said Professor Stella Trikouros, the SCCC Barbershop Club Advisor. “Nathan’s love of barbershop is responsible for the creation of the club and this concert.”

“I have been singing barbershop-styled music for roughly five years now and absolutely love it! When I had to choose a service project as a Student Ambassador, I knew I had to do something music related to help open new doors of opportunity for students on campus,” stated Nathan. “I reached out for support from SCCC student Joe Borowic IV who sang with me at High Point. It’s amazing to see others develop the same love for barbershop that I have developed.”

The Choir rehearses every Monday from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and is open to both SCCC students and community members. The current SCCC Barbershop Choir members include: Eric Alvarez, Joe Borowic IV, Connor Doherty, Matthew Epperly, Richard LaChance, Alex Liotta, Devon O’Donnell, Nathan Stillings, and Mike Woodrow.

This concert additionally includes members of GimmeFour, a local international convention-level professional barbershop quartet that includes: Paul Franek (tenor), Dave Ammirata (lead), Joe Servidio (Baritone) and Will Downey (Bass). Also performing will be the local women’s barbershop-style choir Harmony In Motion. Ms. Martin, a music teacher at High Point Regional High School has two Barbershop groups performing which are The Rolling Tones and Dori’s Boys. Additional barbershop groups may also be in attendance.

Mr. Kevin Boehme, a music teacher from Vernon Township High School, encouraged Nathan when he wrote “Thanks for what you are doing to spread the joy of barbershop harmony in our area!” Performing from Vernon Township H.S. are Chord of the Rings and the female barbershop group, The Accidentals.

Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door and will benefit the SCCC Barbershop Club.

SCCC now offers several majors in music and is honored to host its first student organized Barbershop Concert. For information contact Nathan at nshillings@student.sussex.edu or Stella Trikouros at 973-300-2104.

Summer Youth Programs at SCCC

April 7, 2017 in Home Page, News, Performing Arts Box by Sandy Cupo

Skylands Professional Training, a partnership with Sussex and Warren County Community College, will be offerings a  Youth Enrichment Programs this summer. These programs provide an educational and stimulating alternative to traditional camp, combining learning with creative hands-on experiences. Lunch supervision is available for children staying for both a morning and afternoon session.  All programs run Monday through Thursday and are held on the SCCC campus.

A variety of programs are being offered for ages 7-14, including:

  • STEM Inventions with Little Bits (Ages 7-12) – STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  In this invention workshop, students enhance their skills with a great new system of discovery called Little-Bits.  Little-Bits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower users to invent anything, from a remote controlled car, to a smart home device. Students begin with several inventions and then will design and create their own.  This program runs August 7-10 from  9 a.m. – 12 pm and costs $109.
  • App Attack! Make Your First Game App (Ages 8-12) – Kids can customize their own game app using a specialized app and game development tool.  See first-hand how the world of app publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. This program runs August 7-10 from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Introduction to LEGO and Vex IQ Robotics (Ages 9-14) – Have fun building, designing, and programming robots with Lego Mindstorms & VEX IQ robotic systems. Build robot projects and creations that use working sensors and motors. This program runs August 7-10 from  12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Code Breakers (Ages 12-14) – Calling all future coders, programmers, and designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. This program runs August 7-10 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Super Science STEM Challenges (Ages 7-12) – In this engineering camp, students will have fun integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by building and designing a wide range of gadgets, inventive machines, towers, crazy contraptions, and more.  A host of other fun contests designed to bring out the engineer in you!  This program runs August 14-17 from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Minecraft© Designers (Ages 8-12) – Kids who love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design their own world will love this class! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures to import at home or share with friends. This program runs August 14-17 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.   
  • Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon (Ages 7-12) – Campers will have fun building and creating using just their imagination. Campers will construct a complex Battle-Bot robot from a huge Robotix modular collection. Campers will learn engineering principles in a fun, hands-on atmosphere. All campers will take home a Hexbug Warrior. This program runs August 14-17 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Minecraft© Modders (Ages 8-12) – Kids can use their favorite game to learn the basics of modding and the foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements to create a mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. This program runs August 14-17 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Make Your First Video Game! (Ages 8-12) –  Learn how to create a video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows kids the keys to designing their first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that will be explored. This program runs August 21-24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.
  • LEGO Star Wars & Motorized Machines (Ages 7-12) – LEGO enthusiasts, have fun building their favorite adventure from a Star Wars galaxy.  Campers will also build a wide assortment of non-Star Wars motorized LEGO Education machines and create their own projects that illustrate science concepts. This program runs August 21-24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Architecture and Engineering Challenges (Ages 7-12) – Campers will work to design and build towers, balsa bridges and a wide array of Lego and K’nex architecture projects.  Have fun building famous architectural designs from around the world along with building bridges, towers, and other structures using a variety of materials. This program runs August 21-24 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Video Game Animation! (Ages 12-14) – Campers create and animate their own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in a game. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. This program runs August 21-24 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
For a full description of each program, click here.

To register for these programs, please fill out the Registration Form at http://sussex.edu/ce/skylands/summer-youth-enrichment-programs/ For more information on the Summer Youth Enrichment Programs, please contact Dawn Smith at (973) 300-2316 or djsmith@sussex.edu.

Earth Day Celebration Returns to SCCC

April 6, 2017 in News by Sandy Cupo

NEWTON– To commemorate Earth Day, the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has partnered with Sussex County Community College (SCCC) to plan an environmentally-themed event on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 for students of SCCC and Halsted Street Middle School.

Throughout the event, Halsted students will rotate through a series of stations led by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, SCCC students and faculty, Sussex County Clean Communities, and the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program. By participating in each station, students will learn about plant structure and function, macroinvertebrate (aquatic insect) identification 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 a campus trail walk organized by SCCC’s Adventure Club, a campus litter clean-up led by Sussex County Clean Communities and SCCC’s Biology Club, and a stormwater walk led by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.

SCCC’s biology students will take an active role in educating the middle school students about different groups of plants, flower structure and function, and tree identification. This event will allow SCCC students to fulfill their service learning requirements by teaching the skills they have acquired in the classroom to younger students from Halsted Middle School.  Service learning provides college students a platform 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 among different age groups.

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) is excited to plan this event to strengthen its ongoing partnership with SCCC and the Town of Newton.  During the 2016-2017 school year, the WRWMG has already organized numerous events for the SCCC student body, including an agricultural field trip to Ideal Farms where students learned about best management practices that farmers can install to help protect water quality, and floodplain reforestation field days at the Public Safety Training Academy where students learned about the importance of tree buffers through hands-on planting activities.  Over the coming months, the WRWMG looks forward to continuing to work alongside SCCC students and faculty to find additional ways to collaborate both on and off campus.

NY Times Photographer to Speak at SCCC

April 6, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

Mr. James Estrin, senior staff photographer for the New York Times, will address the “future of photography” at Sussex County Community College’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 20, at 10:50 am. The presentation is free to the community.

Mr. Estrin, a co-editor of the Times’s photography platform “Lens” with David Gonzalez, has worked for the Times since 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001. He is also the co-executive producer of the documentary film “Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro,” which appeared on HBO in 2016. He teaches widely and is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

PowerPoint Classes – Registration Open

April 5, 2017 in News by Kathy Peterson

Skylands Professional Training is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded training for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations.

PowerPoint 1 – Creating Powerful Presentations – April 25 & 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register by April 18.
PowerPoint 2 – Beyond PowerPoint Basics – May 9 & 10 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Register by May 2.

To see course information and eligibility click here.
Contact Maija Amaro to Register: 908-835-4029 or mamaro@warren.edu

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Sussex Holds Annual Breakfast of Champions

March 23, 2017 in Men's Baseball, Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Sports, Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Women's Softball by mrath

Sussex County Community College held its annual Breakfast of Champions this past Wednesday to honor student athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  This year, over 40 student athletes were recognized at the ceremony, and each athlete invited a faculty or staff member who has had a positive impact on their academic success.  The student athlete representatives this year were Brielle Hilbert from women’s basketball and Ben Armstrong from men’s soccer and baseball (pictured above).

Brielle Hilbert (women’s basketball) and Ben Armstrong (men’s soccer and baseball) announce the names of the Breakfast of Champions honorees

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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 www.njcaaregion19.com

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.