Spotlight: News/Events

Encore Members Visit Touro College, Learn About Osteopathy

Touro College Main Building, Middlteon, NYTouro administrator welcomes Encore groupTouro's  Lab with SIM models of patientsMember studying human body model


On a hometown Travel-Learn event, Encore toured the city's new Touro College of Osteopathy facility. And what we discovered was a treasure in our own backyard, in the former home of Orange Regional Hospital. Led by Bev Schulman, the 20-member group was welcomed by administrators and faculty. They visited the learning labs where students studied advanced techniques, used SIM models of humans (adult and child) to practice, and hone their craft. "The SIM lab had manikin bodies and parts that mimic all types of problems and reactions," Bev reported. She also observed that the classrooms and lecture halls are technology state of the art. Encore was also permitted in the autopsy lab. The experience was so positivey received that, Bev says, "We'll probably do it again next academic year."


Pick Up Those Colored Pencils! Let's Draw in our Fall 2016 Class

12 happy senior learners, guided by volunteer instructor Joe Petrosi, did just this in an engaging 5-session course, "Color Pencil Drawing" in September-October. The emphasis here is on DRAWING so members learned how to create or transfer an original design or a photo or sketch from another medium. Using the light box, tracing paper, enlarging techniques, they intently created the outlines. Then instructor Joe demonstrated various strokes, shading etc for creating special color textures and effects. "Joe is an amazing instructor who knows how to work with us individually as well as a group," one class member says. And what you can see below are some of their works and all of their smiles!

Instructor Joe Petrosi with a happy student and artwork.This gentleman shows his drawing.

Here the color junps off the student's page.Two students busy at drawing. As does this intent student.


ENCORE Members Visit Ellis Island September 2016

Moe candidsEncore member in the Great HallEllis Island viewsThe Wall of ImmigrantsDisplay of Immigrants' ClothingInside the Great Hall, Flag flying


"Who we are now and who we were when" was the theme of Encore's Travel-Learn excursion this September. Led by Bev Schulman, Travel Committee Chair, the energetic group toured the main building, marveled at the displays of immigrant memorabilia, and viewed the names on the Wall of Immigrants.



Encore Travels to Lower East Side Tenement Museum September 10, 2015

What was daily life really like for the thousands of immigrants (perhaps some of them your own ancestors) who poured into New York City between 1863-1935. Experience it for yourself on Encore's travel-learn trip to the renowned Lower East Side Tenement Museum. In these carefully restored apartments and shops, Museum guides will take you back to the "living" past. Everything you will see and hear has been researched and reconstructed from anecdotal accounts, immigrant family histories, and historical records. Perhaps, too, we'll ponder new insights into current debates about immigrants.   After the tour (approximately 1 hour), you are free to lunch on your own at your choice of local restaurants, including the famous Katz Deli. The $42 trip cost includes bus transportation, admission fee, and bus driver's tip. Lunch is on our own.

      Lower east Side Tenement Museum Exterior Interior Tenement Apartment Group Tour Inside Tenement Hallway and Stairway Italian Immigrant Family Photo

NOTE: Trip registration is open to MEMBERS' ONLY; it is via printed registration form members will receive in August. Space is limited and is on a first come-first served basis. No phone registrations.



Five new Encore Steering Committee members will assume their duties September 1. Four were elected at the June Members' Meeting. They are Florette Soroka, Mary Berrigan, Joe Petrosi, and Joel Weintraub (pictured below). The fifth, Nancy Sears, was appointed in July to fill the remining term of Gert Mokotoff who becomes Board EMERITA.


Florette Soroka Mary Berrigan Joe Petrosi Joel WeintraubNancy Sears


Encore also says thank you to retiring Steering Committeee President Shirley Gordon (pictured below)who is moving away. At the July Steering Committee meeting, board members lauded Shirley's commitment, service and leadership. Active on ENcore's challenging Curriculum Committee as well, Shirley has infused new ideas and offerings.




Parking Information

SUNY Orange suggests:

  • If you bring your own car, you may park in available space in the open college lots. Be sure to place your blue “Attending Encore class”  strip on your windshield. However,
    • Harriman Hall Parking Lot (Lot 2 directly behind Harriman Hall, corner of Wawayanda Ave & East Conkling St.) is still CLOSED due to construction.
    • Orange Hall Parking Lot (behind Orange Hall) can be entered ONLY THRU the Grandview Ave. entrance. Once you are parked, you can still enter Orange Hall from the inner campus.