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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 via email at

Antiques Road Show: What are your Treasures Worth?

Friday, September 22, 2017  I  2:00 PM  I  Performing Arts Center

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.  Mike 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

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 in residence at SCCC.

Three Part Classes

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.

Class meets Friday, 10 am to 11:30 am.  October 13, 20 and 27 in C106.  Students should meet the first class in the Art Gallery, Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ.  The Course fee is $30.00.  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:  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 events) walk to “C” 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.

The Mystery of Jack the Ripper

Friday, October 27, 2017  I  1:00 PM  I  Performing Arts Center

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. Mark R. 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.

Insight Into Art: Impressionism

Friday, November 3, 2017  I  1:00 PM  I  Performing Arts Center

Presenter: Professor Michael Hughes

Do you enjoy paintings by the French Impressionists, but would like to understand them better?  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.

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

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 3-part course will meet Friday, October 20, 2017 and Friday, November 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center, Room A227 (directly off the Atrium) at Sussex County Community College, 1 College Hill Road, Newton, NJ.  The third course meeting students 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: $30.00 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 TBA  I  Time  I  Place
Presenter: Technology Club

Learn how to: Skype your friends and family, unlock the internet and find information and learn how to create email folders, organize email groups, complete searches within your email, set up auto reply and finally solve the reply or reply all dilemma.  Also, how to use your Smartphone’s Camera functions.