SUNY Orange Program for Senior Learners Has Membership Openings, Courses Upcoming

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Registration is now open for the Encore program at SUNY Orange, offering senior learners in the Hudson Valley opportunities to find peace in stressful times, review the upcoming 2012 presidential election, discover Africa, or study mid-century women artists.

Encore, a lifelong learning program established for residents ages 50 and older at SUNY Orange, supports high-interest courses in the areas of physical well-being, intellectual challenge, history, culture, current events, travel, creativity and the arts. Courses are generally short-run offerings (comprised of one to four class meetings) and most are held on the College’s Middletown campus. Most of this Fall’s schedule will be held during September and October.

Classes are taught by topical experts who have a professional background in the subject or have spent many years studying and/or teaching the topic. They are professors and professors emeriti, lawyers, businessmen, artists, musicians, bridge masters, and specialists in the various modes of spiritual and physical well-being. Class sizes are determined by available facilities, course content (lecture/hands-on) and effective learning strategy requirements.

Among the courses on tap for the Fall are: “Peaceful Mind In Stressful Times,” “Chair Yoga,” “Hiking: Moonbeams Preserve, Basha Kill Wildlife Preserve,” “Conductorize,” “Aquacise,” “Mah Jongg,” “How To Invest In Retirement,” “2012 Presidential Election,” “Down The Road To Radioland,” “World War I,” “Baseball: The World Series,” “Okavango Odyssey: Botswana’s Inland Delta & Victoria Falls,” “Africa: Festivals & Kings,” “Films For Everyone: 6 Outstanding Movies,” “Poetry, Words & Experience: Interchangeable?,” and “Mid Century Women Artists: Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Kasner.”

Membership in Encore is required in order to register for one of the upcoming courses. Membership dues are $55 per year and Encore has openings available for the 2012-13 academic year. For more information, contact Encore at (845) 341-4896 or visit the organization’s web site at www.sunyorange.edu/encore.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940