Course Offerings

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

Here's a list of the upcoming Fall 2016 courses.

  • Mah Jongg
  • The Iroquois in the American Revolution
  • The Essence of Ta'i Chi/Beginning & Continuation
  • Ghosts? What Ghosts? Spirits of the Civil War
  • Handwriting: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
  • Got Sleep? Stress, Sleep and Relaxation
  • Color Pencil Drawing/Beginning & Continuing
  • Stories That Won't Leave Us Alone
  • Book Club
  • 1945
  • Iplications of Philosophy in Quanum Physics
  • Bridge: Intermediate
  • Making America Home
  • The Amazon: Peru & Ecuador
  • Aquasize
  • Films for Everyone
  • What is Islam?


To see the complete course descriptions, scroll down below this list. You will also see the dates, times and places for each course. Once you receive your registration packet in the US Mail, you may register. If you wish to join and register, please contact us at 341-4896.

These learning opportunities are scheduled within the college’s academic calendar and are assigned to available areas after the credit classes have been scheduled.  Since this schedule is completed at least two months before classes begin, neither Encore nor its instructors can make changes after that.  The only exception would be a college-wide postponement, cancellation, or rescheduling i.e. snow day. So choose your courses carefully.

Please remember to note for each course:

  • the number of sessions
  • the exact dates of those sessions
  • the location (building & room)

Because of content and/or classroom size, many courses have enrollment caps. Registrations are processed on a "First Come-First Served" basis.


MONDAY Classes Fall 2016


*** MAH JONGG: 6 sessions 1:00 - 3:30 pm Monday, September 12, 19, 26; October 17, 24, 31    

                                                  ROOM – Shepard Center Alumni Room

Learn to play that popular game, Mah Jongg, which you keep hearing about.  The American version will be our focus.  The class is for men and women who are beginners, but can also serve as a refresher course for those who have played before.  Participants will need to purchase their own Mah Jongg cards.  Instructor will order these after 1st class.  Approximate cost $8.00.

Instructor:  Florette Soroka, Pat Blau

Florette has played Mah Jongg for over 35 years and has been teaching others to play for numerous years in Chester, at Middletown Mulberry House, Encore and at the Town of Wallkill Wildflower Community Center.


Tuesday Classes Fall 2016

***COLOR PENCIL DRAWING: 4 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm

                                                   Tuesday, April 5, 12, 19, 26

                                                   ROOM – Shepard Center Alumni Room

Learn the basics of color pencil drawing, a medium new to many of us.  This is a hands-on course.

NOTE: Students will need to purchase color pencils; locally try Hobby Lobby or Jerry’s Artarama/Dick Blicks or Craftsy-all online.  Students will also need a gum eraser and a ruler and 9 x 12 drawing pad (make sure it will be good for color pencil).

Instructor: Joe Petrosi


***THE IROQUOIS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION:  1 session 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                                         Tuesday, Sept. 6

                                                          ROOM – Library 221

Instructor will speak on the reasons why the Six Nations participated in the revolution and the ensuing consequences for them.  He will discuss the battles, campaigns, and treaties that have impacted the Iroquois and the United States down to this day.

Instructor: Frank Salvati

Frank is resident of Orange County and a passionate student of the Indian wars, particularly  in North Eastern America.  He has been a popular speaker about the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and others.


***THE ESSENCE OF T’AI CHI/ BEGINNING & CONTINUATION: 6 sessions 2:00 – 4:00pm,

Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25

                                                                          ROOM: Phys. Ed Dance Studio

Beginners will learn how to do a small T’AI CHI routine that can be done on a daily basis. At the same time, they will learn to stimulate their internal CHI. Returning students will continue on with what they have learned.

NOTE: Students will be standing for a prolonged period. If they have any physical limitations, they may want to consult a physician to see if this activity is suited for them.

Instructor: Joseph Petrosi

Joe started studying T’ai Chi over 25 years ago as an alternative to having back surgery.  He has studied T’ai Chi with some world renown masters and also teaches T’ai Chi Sword, Walking Stick, Staff and Spear.  He is a Certified Qigong Instructor.                       

***STORIES THAT WON’T LEAVE US ALONE!: 2 Sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm

                                                                   Tuesday, Sept. 13, 20

                                                                  ROOM: Library 221

Remember those children’s stories we, our children and grandchildren loved,  “Pinocchio”, “Cinderella”, “Alice in Wonderland”?  Why did they attract us? Why do we still retell them in print, on TV and in film?  Over the years, how have these stories been changed?  How might those changes reflect our expectations, values and assumptions?  Our culture and society today?  Participants should try to review those 3 stories: on the Internet, in your library or perhaps those copies still tucked away in your own home.

Instructor: Chris Godwin

Chris is Professor Emeritus of English and retired Chairperson, Department of English, SUNY Orange. Her professional experiences include children's literature (not for children only!) and the power and impact of stories.  Chris also serves on the Encore Steering Committee.

***GHOSTS? What Ghosts?  Spirits from the Civil War: 4 sessions 2:15 – 4:15 pm

                                                            Tuesday, Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4

                                                             ROOM – Library 221

They say violent death leaves spirits in its wake.  Come learn of any spirits left behind at the conclusion of the Civil War.

Instructor: Yvonne Bigney

Yvonne is a Civil War re-enactor for 10 years participating in many re-enactments including Museum Village, Walnut Mt. , the 135th anniversary of Gettysburg, etc. She belonged to the 15th NY Volunteer Calvary and 124th NY Infantry, the “Orange Blossoms”.  She has given talks at historical societies, libraries and schools.

***HANDWRITING – THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY   3 sessions2:00 – 4:00 pm

                                                                 Tuesday, October 18, 25; November 1

                                                                ROOM: Shepard Center-Alumni Room

What is handwriting? When and how did you learn to write? Who are the famous forgeries from history? How did we know they were fake?  We'll also review the story of ink, paper and style.

Instructor: Dr. Raymond Berweger

Dr. Berweger is a retired dentist who in 2015 was certified as a Forensic Document Examiner.  Since 2014 he has held an apprenticeship in the office of Robert Baier, CFDE.

*** GOT SLEEP? Stress, Sleep and Relaxation: 2 sessions 3:00 -5:00 pm

                                                       Tuesday/Thursday, November 8, 10

                                                        ROOM: Shepard Center – Alumni Room

Stress and sleep deprivation places an individual at risk for a wide range of stress-related conditions.  In this course we will identify individual stresses and how to better manage stress strategically. Discussion will include diet, exercise and sleep is critical components to over-all health.

Instructor: Nancy DeLauro

Nancy is a Public Health nurse who has worked for the Orange County Health Dept. in both the in nursing and early interventions. She is currently working with young children and their families screening children for developmental concerns.  She has taught in the past for SUNY Orange.

Wednesday Classes Fall 2016


                                                    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12

                                                    ROOM – Shepard Center – Alumni Room

Learn the basics of color pencil drawing, a medium new to many of us. If you have taken the class you will be able to progress.  This is a hands-on course.

NOTE: Students will need to purchase color pencils; locally try Hobby Lobby or Jerry’s Artarama/Dick Blicks or Craftsy-all online.  Students will also need a gum eraser and a ruler and 9 x 12 drawing pad: make sure it will be good for color pencil.

Instructor: Joe Petrosi

Joe is an accomplished artist. His works hang in many private homes and businesses, both here and abroad.  In 2012 he was voted the Best Ink and Pencil Artist in the Hudson Valley.  His work has been exhibited in both multi-artist and one man shows in the tri-state area.



***BOOK CLUB: 2 sessions 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Wednesday, October 5, 12

                                                  ROOM – Library 130/Gilman Center

We will discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng for the October 5th class.  For the October 12th class, we will discuss Firebrand and the First Lady, by Patricia Bell-Scott. Students will be required to read each book prior to class.

Instructor: Marlena Lange

A long time Encore instructor, Marlena has also been a teacher of English at Chester High School, SUNY Orange, Harriman College and Mercy College.  She has worked in many local prisons and is an active member of Friends of Thrall Library.

***1945:  3 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm Wednesday, October 19, 26, Nov. 2 

                                                                      ROOM – Harriman Hall 211B  

This course will cover the world events that transpired in 1945.  We will cover the end of WW II in both Europe and the Pacific.  In addition, the trials of war criminals in both regions will be discussed.  This class will also cover the origins of the Cold War.                                                                  

Instructor: Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber

Dr. Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Global Studies at SUNY Orange.  She is actively involved in teaching classes in the Honors program as well as for Encore.  Currently, she is working on the establishment of a Holocaust Center here at SUNY Orange.


Thursday Classes Fall 2016


                                                      Thursday, September 15

                                                       ROOM – Library 221

In this course, we will discuss  what Quantum Physics implies for a Philosophy of Life.  Don't worry: no math is required; we'll be taking plain English. Class participation is encouraged.

Instructor: Bernie Ampel

Bernie has lived in the Hudson Valley for over 40 years, has been a Psychotherapist in family and done individual counseling for 30 years in private practice, and is interested in all things pertaining to the working of the mind.

***BRIDGE - INTERMEDIATE: 5 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                               Thursday, September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20

                                                ROOM – Shepard Center Alumni Room

Take a seat; continue with our knowledgeable faculty trio.  Learn more bridge conventions, play of the hand, defense and signals. 

Instructors: Marion Sotelo, Jeanine Kachele, Martha Schuck

All three instructors have been duplicate bridge players for many years.  Marion has attained the rank of Silver Life Master. All three love the game and want others to share their enthusiasm for Bridge..

***MAKING AMERICA HOME: 1 session 2:00 – 4:30 pm

                                                   Thursday, September 22

                                                   ROOM – Library 221

When my husband & I saw the movie “Brooklyn” recently, it triggered memories of our own experience when we first arrived in America.  With the movie “Brooklyn” and the book of the same title by Colm Tobin as springboard for discussion, recall your own stories or those of relatives or friends who left their native lands for the promise of America and made it their home.  Sharing our experiences, we’ll also examine how  immigrants of today – and in the past – have different motivations for migrating to this great country.Recommendation: If participants can, try to see  the movie “Brooklyn” or read the book by Colm Toibin before class.

Instructor: Renuka Khanna

Renuka was born and educated in India.  She came to America in the mid-70’s, becoming a US citizen in 1982.  An engaging and popular Assistant Professor, Renuka taught English at SUNY Orange from 1990 – 2006.

*** THE AMAZON – PERU & ECUADOR: 1 session 2:00 – 4:00 pm 

                                                                     Thursday, October 27

                                                                      ROOM – Library 221

After his travels in Western Amazonia, William brings us much information--and pictures via a Power Point presentation--of  this enticing area of the world, including geology, ecology & wildlife.

Instructor: William Fiero

William is an avid traveler, focusing on nature and photography. He has also been an Encore instructor for a number of years.         


Friday Classes Fall 2016

*** DOCUMENT EXAMINATION: FORGERY: 3 sessions 3:00 – 5:00 pm

                                                               Friday, March 4, 11, 18

                                                               ROOM – Library 130 / Gilman Center

Forensic handwriting examination involves the analysis of handwritten material in an effort to verify or determine authorship, detect forgery and prove or disprove authenticity.

Instructor: Dr. Raymond Berwerger

Dr. Berweger is a dentist who in 2015 was certified as Forensic Document Examiner. Since 2014 he has held an apprenticeship in the office of Robert Baier, CFDE


***AQUASIZE: 3 sessions 3:00 - 4:00 pm Friday, April 8, 15, 29

                                                            ROOM – Physical Education Pool

Aquasize is an introductory course for both non-swimmers and swimmers!  Aquasize teaches basic water movements in the low end for exercise.  Students may bring their own equipment.Meet at the benches, in swim attire/without street shoes. If pool door is locked, meet at the door!

Requirements: the ability to enter and exit the pool independently and the ability to move around the pool independently. Please NoteIt would be helpful if the participant’s doctor knew about this exercise. No street shoes on the pool deck!

Instructor: Anne M. Condon

Anne has been a popular, certified and accomplished swimming instructor for many years.


***FILMS FOR EVERYONE: 6 sessions 2:00 - 5:00 pm Friday,

                                               April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13                            ROOM – Harriman Hall 111                       

Students will view 5 films which will be both entertaining and informative.  A brief history of each film will be presented before showings; discussions will follow the movie.  The following films will be shown:

  • 9/30     “Twelve Angry Men”   - Henry Fonda
  • 10/7     “The Verdict” – Paul Newman
  • 10/14    “Witness for the Prosecution”  -  Charles Laughton/Tyrone Power
  • 10/21    “Anatomy of a Murder”   - James Stewart
  • 10/28    “Judgment at Nuremberg”  - Spencer Tracy

Program is subject to change.

Instructor: Nelson E. Page

Nelson has been affiliated with the motion picture exhibition for the past 30 years.  He enjoys sharing his expertise and knowledge with Encore.


***THE MOUTH- BODY CONNECTION: 2 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm Friday

                                                             October 7, 14

                                                            ROOM – Library 221

Let’s explore how the mouth and the body are connected. We look particularly the medicines and diseases that affect both.

Instructor:  Dr. Thomas Littner        

Dr. Littner is an Alumnus of SUNY Orange.a graduate of Georgetown Dental. He is a private practice dentist in MIddletown and on staff at Orange Regional; He serves on the Sleep Board, Cancer Board, and in the Emergency Dept. He is also a lecturer at West Point.

***BEGINNER BRIDGE: 4 Sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm

                                         October 7, 14, 21, 28

                                         ROOM – Shepard Center Alumni Room

The game of bridge is currently enjoying a big revival in popularity, and this course will offer newcomers the essential knowledge need to begin unlocking the challenges, and pleasures of this time-honored card game.  The material covered should serve too as a firm basis for continued study in the Intermediate/Advanced course also offered by Encore.  About half of class time will be devoted to illustrated lecture and discussion, half to supervised play of sample hands.

Instructor: Larry Olden

Larry has been playing bridge for 40+ years and has given private coaching to individuals and small groups.




NOTE: This is a free course. You may still take two other courses that are included with your annual membership.  BUT you must register for the course immediately. Seating is limited.)

***WHAT IS ISLAM? 1 Session 6: – 9:00 pm

                                    Monday, September 19

                                    ROOM – Rowley Center – Forum Room 010

Islam is both the fasted growing and among the most misunderstood religions.  Once the most powerful and prosperous of religions, it has been increasingly associated with terrorism and violent extremism.  Join Dr. Hosein as we uncover the history, culture and religious practices as to attempt to answer “What is Islam?”

Instructor: Dr. Rasheed Hosein

Professor Hosein has been teaching Western Civ and Middle Eastern History at the United States Military Academy, West Point since July 2011.  Prior to that, he attained his PhD in the Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the Univ. of Chicago in pre-Islamic and early Islamic history in December, 2010.