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Senior Life Center

Mission Statement: The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C. is designed for individuals over 50 who are looking for intellectual stimulation, an opportunity to expand their horizons and who want to be part of a life-long learning community that is full of insight, cultural diversity and wisdom.

The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C. is a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services and the College.

Registration: Please contact the Division of Senior Services to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or


Learn new ways of thinking and behaving and create the lifestyle that’s right for YOU!

Is It Time For An Excellent Adventure?
Exploring Your World Through Travel

Join senior travel expert Janet Della Vecchia of AAA Midlantic, Newton, NJ, as she shares how to design the best travel experiences for “seasoned” citizens. How can adding travel to your life have an invigorating affect on how you see the world? Plus, learn the pros and cons of all types of travel. What’s the right trip for you? Meet vendors who specialize in senior travel. Try your luck at free raffles!

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center Atrium, SCCC
Cost: Free

Your Health and You: What You Need to Know About Taking Control of Your Total Wellness

The Center for Prevention and Counseling, in cooperation with the Senior Life Center and Sussex County Division of Senior Services, is excited to announce a new prevention initiative addressing Alternative Approaches to Pain Management in Older Adults.
Registration is required and can be done so by emailing or by calling 973-383-4787 ext. 231.
This event includes a complimentary lunch.

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center Atrium, SCCC
Cost: Free

 “History of English Tea Traditions”

Ladies and gentlemen get ready to experience life a la “Downton Abbey” when “High Tea” comes to Newton. Wear your prettiest Spring hat and join the “tea party” as you learn about English tea traditions from well-known historian Judith Krall Russo. Enjoy a luncheon of traditional sweet and savory treats and a spot of tea! You’ll hear about teatime on H.M.S. The Queen Mary from SCCC’s Dr. Dominic Carbone.

Event Sponsored by Bristol Glen
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: Luncheon served at 12:30 p.m. followed by 1:30 p.m. Lecture
Location: Event held at Bristol Glen, 200 Bristol Glen Drive, Newton, New Jersey
Cost: Free

“Finding the Right Senior Living Option”

Whether you are thinking about “aging in place,” downsizing or upsizing you’ll want to join Senior Real Estate Specialist Fran Lavin, of Caldwell Banker, for an informative presentation designed for seniors, caregivers & Baby Boomers. Fran is trained to help buyers and sellers in the 50+ demographic. She will be discussing Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans benefits available for home and skilled nursing care, making home modifications to maximize safety and will answer your questions.

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center Atrium, SCCC
Cost: Free

Open Computer Lab Now Available to Sussex County Seniors!

Sussex County Community College is now making their Open Computer Lab located in the Library Building, Room 121, available to the county’s seniors to practice their computer literacy skills. The lab has a student assistant who is well-versed in Microsoft Office.

Date: Mondays & Wednesdays during Spring 2018 Semester
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon
Location: SCCC Library Science Building, Room L121
(Park in the Upper Parking Lot)
Cost: Free

* Please Note: College closed March 19th and 21st.  Semester ends May 11, 2018.

Bringing Art Into Your Life through Drawing

Join Prof. Mike Hughes and the Fine Arts Club as they continue to inspire a love for drawing. Open to beginning students as well as those who want to refresh their skills or continue to refine their skills.

This 3-part course emphasizes the development of observational drawing skills and hand-eye coordination.  Basic drawing elements such as line, proportion, perspective, composition, texture, and the study of light and shade are investigated through various perceptual and conceptual approaches. Professor Michael Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC.  Members of the Fine Arts Clubs have volunteered to assist Prof. Hughes.

Students should meet the first class in the Art Gallery, Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ.  Students are required to bring their own drawing supplies.  Basic tools should include a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and eraser.

Date: March 30 – April 6 – April 13
Time: Friday, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Art Gallery/C106
Cost: $30

Directions to Art Gallery:  Students should park in lower main parking lot (like they usually do for the Senior Life Center events held in the Performing Arts Center’s Atrium) walk to “B” building (the building with the flagpole located directly in front in the flower bed and go through the front glass doors and ask for directions to the Art Gallery at the Information Desk in the Lobby. Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register.


Seniors are invited to join the Campus Choir this semester.  This is a relaxed singing experience for all levels of experience or no experience. The Choir will be focusing on proper singing technique with a goal of singing in two to three part harmony. Both men and women are welcome. There is no fee and music will be provided. You only need to come with your voice!

Date: Wednesdays during Spring 2018 Semester
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center, Room 227/228
Cost: Free

For further information contact Dr. Debbie Gianuzzi, Campus Choir Director and SCCC Coordinator of Music and Musical Theater at

Drama Geek Studios Bringing New Drama and Musical
“Jesus Christ, Superstar” to SCCC

For those who enjoy stage drama, Drama Geeks will be presenting a new play titled, 8. This new play chronicles the federal trial for marriage equality.

For those who love musical theater, Drama Geeks is presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s, Jesus Christ, Superstar. The show details the last six days of the life of Jesus Christ as told from Judas’ perspective. The show will run the first two weekends in April 2018.

For further information regarding upcoming dates and times contact Drama Geek Studios at or email at

Sign up for the Senior Services Division’s Monthly Newsletter. Call Senior Services at 973-579-0555 and ask to be put on the newsletter mailing list. Check out the College website for the most up to date information.

Registration: Please contact the Division of Senior Services to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or email

Meet the Director, Dr. Nancy R. Gallo

Dr. Nancy R. Gallo is the Director of the Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C. She founded the Center in 2015 in collaboration with the Senior Services Division of Sussex County to bring speakers and courses to the Center
that promote invigorating lifelong learning for Sussex County seniors. Dr. Gallo is also the College’s Legal Studies Program Coordinator and in that role teaches courses leading to the Elder Law Specialist Certificate, as well as the Paralegal Certificate, Degree and Pre-Law Option Degree.

She has practiced law in both Florida and New Jersey and was trained by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education as a certified
Family Issues mediator. Prior to graduate school, she was a newspaper features editor and award-winning reporter. While an SCCC faculty member, Dr. Gallo received a National Endowment for the Humanities funded grant for the study, “Paul Robeson, 20th Century Humanist and Lawyer.”

Dr. Gallo is the author of the textbooks, “Introduction to Family Law” published as part of the West Legal Studies Series, and “Elder Law”
published by Delmar/Thompson Publishing.

Additionally, Dr. Gallo was the writer and producer of “Legal Briefs,” a radio show. She has a primary research interest in elder law and the issues of aging in the 21st century. Dr. Gallo lives in a restored 160 year old farmhouse on a family farm with her husband, children and two completely bonded Dachshunds.  She can be reached at and
welcomes your comments.

SCCC Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Policy: (Credit courses only) The above classes are not credit courses and are not offered under this policy.

  • Sussex County residents 65 years and older are entitled to free tuition (does not include fees) for eligible college-level courses offered by SCCC. The one-time application fee ($25) is required. All college fees are paid by the applicant at the time of registration.
  • Free tuition for senior citizens is offered with the following conditions: a) the class must be eligible for the senior citizen free tuition (some limited enrollment courses such as labs or field experience courses will not be eligible); b) paid enrollment warrants the course being conducted; c) sufficient space is available in the class; and d) registration for the course must occur only during the final two business days before the start of the semester. Applicants who opt to register earlier are not eligible for free tuition. Applicants may take the course for college credit or may choose to audit the course.
  • Applicants must register in person during the specified registration time period (the final two days before the start of the semester), and must present proof of eligibility at the time of registration. Applicants may seek advising assistance from the Student Advisement Center, but must register at Office of the Registrar