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 this Fall to learn about the history of the local towns of Tuxedo and Mt. Hope, delve deeper into a pair of novels, learn about the turning points of the Civil War in 1863, and find ways of improving health through hiking, swimming, yoga and relaxation.

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: “Mah Jongg,” “Copper in America,” “History of Towns and Villages,” “Traces of the Past,” “The Deep: A Multi-Media Celebration of Whales and Dolphins,” “What the Financial Industry Does Not Want you to Know,” Consciousness and Ethics,” “Heroes and Villains Part III,” “Hiking,” “The Novel,” “Civil War,” “Aquasize,” “Yoga,” “Bridge,” “Nevelson and Bourgeois: Two 20th Century Women Sculptors,” “Your Health and Your Energy Field,” “No Sew ‘Quilt’ Wall Hangings” and “Films for Everyone.”

Encore is also sponsoring a bus trip to Albany on Oct. 16.

Membership in Encore is required in order to register for one of the upcoming courses or the Albany trip. Membership dues are $55 per year and Encore has openings available for the 2013-14 academic year. For more information, contact Encore at (845) 341-4896 or visit the organization’s web site.


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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940