SUNY Orange Program for Senior Learners Offers Diverse Programs Covering Wide Range of Topics

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Encore, the SUNY Orange program for senior learners in the Hudson Valley, announces 20 available classes that will be offered this Spring, covering such topics as history, literature, genealogy, crafts and fitness. Registration for courses is now being accepted, with the first class beginning March 2.

Encore, a lifelong learning program established for residents ages 50 and older at SUNY Orange, supports high-interest courses, most of which are generally short-run offerings (comprised of one to four class meetings) and held on the College’s Middletown campus.

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: “Your Family Tree Begins With You,” “Your Family Tree Continues,” “Golden Age of Hollywood B Westerns,” “Hiking,” “Book Club,” “Preserving Orange County’s Important Lands,” “The Final Year of Conflict: Civil War in 1865,” “America & The World,” “Portraits of 19th & 20th Centuries,” “Publish Your Own Book,” “Advanced Bridge & Intermediate,” “Rocks 7 Minerals,” “Spinoza: On The Improvement of the Understanding,” “Petticoats To Prostitutes: Women During The Civil War,” “Huckleberry Finn,” “Tai Chi,” “Mah Jongg,” “Conductorcise,” “Aquacize” and “Films For Everyone.”

Membership in Encore is required in order to register for the upcoming courses, and membership must be paid for registration for classes will be accepted. Membership dues are $55 per year and Encore has openings available for the remainder of the 2014-15 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