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. These afternoon classes will be offered this spring to explore everything from estate planning to English Tea Traditions to social media. Classes are free and open to the public.

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

Date/Location Time   
October 21
Performing Arts Atrium
1 pm Journal Writing for Seniors
This lecture will be devoted to the writing process and its myriad uses. Participants will be engaged with ways to make journal writing a part of their daily lives to reflect, clarify, and express thoughts. Please bring a notebook and pen. Sharing will be encouraged, but not required. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Eleanor Carducci has been studying the writing process throughout her career as an English Professor.  She has been a Fellow for the Study of Writing in New Jersey and has studied at Drew University with courses such as “Writing to Heal.”  Dr. Carducci earned a Doctorate from Rutgers-The State University and presently is an English Professor at SCCC.
October 28
Performing Arts Atrium
1 pm The Interesting Places Our Presidents Were Born and the Surprising Ways They Died
Louis Picone will share how he first developed an interest in the birthplaces of the American presidents and what led him to write his first book about the subject. He will also discuss his second book which details how our presidents have died and the many peculiar stories of their burials. He will talk about his travels, how he researched his topics, and will share some fascinating stories about the Presidential birthplaces and their deaths. Picone will be autographing his books following a question and answer session.  Refreshments will be served.
Louis L. Picone is the author of Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2012) and The President Is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond…(New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). Picone has served on the Historic Trust Board of Roxbury Township and is a member of the Authors Guild. He has traveled to all fifty of the United States to visit historic presidential sites and is currently working on a Masters in History at William Patterson University. In June 2016 Louis was invited to speak at the international conference, “U.S. Presidents and Russian Rulers” at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He resides in Roxbury, New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
November 4
Performing Arts Atrium
1 pm Milton Hershey: The Man Who Reinvented Chocolate
Dip into a vat of delectable delights and find out how a boy with a 4th-grade education became the world famous “Chocolate King.”  Expected to be a family farmer, fired as an apprentice, Hershey became an innovative entrepreneur, world-famous producer of chocolate, philanthropist, creator of a town built on chocolate, and founder of The Hershey Company (worth 100+ million at the time of his death). Rose’s presentation will offer a savory confection of dreams, drive, struggle, failure, and successful capitalism – all in the pursuit of chocolate. Chocolate treats will be served!
Dan Rose has taught English and Literature for over 20 years to elementary, secondary, and college students in the U.S. and the UK as well as for several lifelong learning schools in New Jersey and Florida. He has been an Editor at Silver Burdett Publishing and a Trainer/Technical Writer at AT&T.  Mr. Rose has an M.Ed. degree in English and an MS degree in Project Management.  His poems and stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Lips, Portage, Perspectives, U.S. 1 Worksheets, and Little Patuxent Review.  A writer, editor, and educator, Dan Rose teaches and writes about various subjects.  He and his wife live in NJ with their dog Zoëy.
Monday, November 7
and Monday, November 14
Room L121
 11 am  How to Skype Your Friends and Family The class will be conducted by Professor Robert Reeber and the Technology and Engineering Club members of SCCC
November 18
Performing Arts Center
1 pm Amazing World of Modern Art
Michael Hughes is a Sussex County Community College Professor and expert on Art and Film.
Professor Michael Hughes will share his inimitable presentation style to explain the nuances of Modern Art. Professor Hughes will explain the different styles of what is considered modern art and will welcome questions from attendees. Refreshments will be served.
Monday, November 21 and Monday, December 5
Room L121
11 am How to Use Your Smartphone  The class will be conducted by Professor Robert Reeber and the Technology and Engineering Club members of SCCC
Monday, December 12 11 am How to Find the Most Popular Websites The class will be conducted by Professor Robert Reeber and the Technology and Engineering Club members of SCCC
December 17
Performing Arts Atrium
2 pm Moderately Bright Four
Holiday favorites. Refreshments will be served.
Based in Flanders, NJ, the group features Audrey Wells, Roberta Foster, Steve Kohn, and Jeff Wells, all brought together by a love of singing and a certain amount of “ham-araderie.” Moderately Bright Four has been a musical sensation in North Jersey since the four singers joined voices in 2004. Moderately Bright Four entertains regularly at numerous professional, community, and private events and recently were finalists in the “Morristown’s Got Talent” competition.  Their repertoire includes a wide range of a cappella music: doo-wop, barbershop, jazz, novelty, and classical pieces, along with patriotic tunes and holiday favorites.