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 email

Antiques Road Show: What are your Treasures Worth?

Friday, September 22, 2017  I  2:00 PM  I  Performing Arts Center
Free and refreshments will be served

Appraiser: Michael Ivankovich
The Antiques Road Show presentation at SCCC is designed to mimic the popular television show.  Professional appraiser, Michael Ivankovich, will introduce you to the concept of “Value” and reveal what your antiques, collectibles, and personal treasures are really worth today.  Mike is a home downsizing specialist and author. He will be discussing how in his downsizing expert role he guides clients through the entire home downsizing process, helping them understand the value of their personal property assets, helping them determine whether they have any valuable hidden treasures, and helping them dispose of their excess personal property assets for the greatest amount with the least amount of work in the shortest time. He is the host of the radio show, “What’s It Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser” on WBCB 1490 AM.

The first 25 people who register for the program will be invited to bring in one item for Mike to appraise.

The Music of Our Lives

Friday, September 29, 2017  I  1:00 PM  I  Performing Arts Center
Free and refreshments will be served

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi
Explore the styles that defined 20th Century music with Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi.  Listen and learn how 20th Century music has challenged and changed the way we listen and enjoy music.  Dr. Gianuzzi is an adjunct professor of music at Sussex County Community College and a music teacher at Sparta High School. She is the Music Director of the Drama Geeks, the community theater group.

Guest Author Series: Dr. Mark Vogel
The Mystery of Jack the Ripper

Friday, October 27, 2017  I  1:00 PM  I  Performing Arts Center
Free and refreshments will be served

Presenter: Dr. Mark Vogel, author of The Ripper’s Time
Jack the Ripper is one of the most infamous serial murder cases in the world. Set in the horrendous slums of eastern London in 1888, five women, possibly more, all impoverished prostitutes, were viciously slayed.  Strangled, slashed, and often disemboweled, the heinous crimes rocked London to its core.  The unknown assailant, like a phantom in the night, committed his grisly tasks and vanished without ever being caught.

The identity of Jack the Ripper is by far the most beguiling aspect of the murders. But within this mystery are countless other mysteries.  Was he a doctor? Why did he keep some of the victim’s organs?  Are the famous Ripper letters authentic or a hoax? How was he able to commit the murders without being caught? Did he have an accomplice? Why did he stop killing?

The entire story will be discussed via a PowerPoint presentation, with then and now photos, by Dr. Mark R. Vogel, a clinical psychologist who has studied the case, reviewed original police files, and visited the murder sites himself. Dr. Vogel is a clinical psychologist with thirty years of experience. He previously worked in the state prison system where he performed psychological evaluations on hundreds of inmates. Currently, he works for the New Jersey VA Hospital where he treats war veterans suffering from PTSD.

His second novel, The Ripper’s Time was published in 2017.  His first novel, Crestwood Lake, a horror mystery, was published in 2016.  Dr. Vogel also writes a food and wine column called Food for Thought. His website is

Insight Into Art: Impressionism

Friday, November 3, 2017  I  1:00 PM  I  Performing Arts Center
Free and refreshments will be served

Presenter: Professor Michael Hughes
Join Professor Michael Hughes to learn about the culture, style, painters, and major works of the Impressionist movement. Explore the lives and paintings of Manet, Sisley, Pissaro, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and Morisot. Impressionism is only direct sensation. All great painters were less or more impressionists. It is mainly a question of instinct. Find out why Claude Monet said, “Let this class expand your knowledge and appreciation of this beloved art style.

Professor Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. He holds degrees in Studio Arts, Art History and Graphic Design. He has participated in group shows and won awards for his work.

Understanding Why Weather Can Cause Havoc  – Canceled

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 I 1:00 PM -2:00 PM I Performing Arts Center

Open House: Be Our Guest

Friday, December 8, 2017 I Noon to 3:00 PM I  Performing Arts Center
Free and a light lunch will be served

We’re celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the partnership between the College and the Division of Senior Services at an Open House gathering and you’re invited! Please join us at the Senior Life Center at SCCC on Friday, December 8, 2017, from Noon until 3 p.m. in the Atrium at the Performing Arts Center. Meet our staff, enjoy a light lunch, and learn about the many programs and services that are available to Sussex County seniors through the Division of Senior Services, the College and the Senior Life Center.

Senior Life Center Courses:

Introduction to Drawing

October 13, 20, 27  I  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM  I  Art Gallery/C106
Fee: $30

Instructor: Professor Michael Hughes
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.  Open to beginning students as well as those who want to refresh their skills before moving on to more advanced studio courses.

Professor Michael Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. He holds degrees in Studio Arts, Art History and Graphic Design. He has participated in several group shows and won awards for his work.

Students should meet the first class in the Art Gallery. 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.

Directions to Art Gallery: Park in the lower main parking lot, walk to the Art Gallery in the “C” Building.

A Musical Tour through the 20th Century

Friday, October 20, 2017  I  3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, November 3, 2017 
I  3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 3, 2017 
I  3:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
Fee: $30, includes ticket to Beauty & the Beast

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi
This 3-part course introduces students to a broad survey of music in the 20th Century.  These genres include, jazz, musical theater, pop and rock. Although the course emphasis will be on hearing music, the instructor will provide background material to make the listening experience more meaningful.

The third course will meet in the Performing Arts Center to attend a Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:00 pm matinee performance of the Broadway musical Beauty & the Beast which is being presented with a theater orchestra.  Course cost is $30 and includes the discounted price of the Beauty & the Beast ticket! The instructor, Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi, is an adjunct professor of music at SCCC, a music teacher at Sparta High School and Musical Director of The Theater Geeks, the theater group currently in residence at SCCC.

50 Plus Technology Workshops

Date/ Time/ Location: To Be Announced.  Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register.

Presenter: Technology Club
Come to campus and join the volunteer student members of SCCC’s Technology Club as they unravel the mysteries of 21st technology for our Sussex County seniors!  The Senior life Center and the Technology Club will be offering 4 hands-on workshops.

Workshops include the following: 1.) How to Skype Your Friends & Family; 2.) How to Use Your Smart Phone Camera Functions; 3.) Managing Email Basics; and 4.) Finding Popular Websites and Internet Safety.

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

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