Center for Lifelong Learning

The Center for Lifelong Learning is designed for individuals over 50 looking for intellectual stimulation, an opportunity to expand their horizons, and want to be part of a lifelong learning community.

Spring 2024 Program Schedule

Come to campus to practice your computer skills in the college’s Open Lab staffed with tech savvy student assistants. The lab is available January 29, 2024 through May 9, 2024, but is closed during Spring Break scheduled March 11 through March 17, 2024.  

Date & Time:      Mondays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

                           Tuesday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 3 to 5 p.m.

                           Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                           Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: SCCC Library

Cost: Free! 

Parking: It is recommended that attendees park in the College’s Upper Parking Lot behind L Building and walk across the pedestrian bridge that connects the Library Building. There is an elevator available.  

 

Join Prof. Erin Shroll as she helps you kick off your Spring planting. Erin will provide you the information and the inspiration needed to attract birds, bees and butterflies to your garden. Learn how to create your own special habitat right in your own backyard. Come ready to take notes, learn and ask questions!

Prof. Shroll is the Agricultural Business & Horticultural Science Supervisor at Sussex County Community College and has years of experience creating gardens of all types. Erin also heads the SCCC Student Farm.

Date: Friday, March 8, 2024  

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Atrium of the SCCC Performing Arts Center 

Cost: Free! 

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register.    

During this two-part event, we will take a walk through the history of rock and roll as it unfolded in the United States, from the days before rock (pre-1955) to the beginning of the 1980s (and beyond if time permits). We will discuss how developments in the music business and in technology helped shape the ways in which styles developed while enjoying the exploration of the music and artists, emphasizing both the cultural context and the music itself.

A lifelong musician, Wendy Fullem has shared the rock and roll stage with members of KISS, the Ramones, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, and with music legends such as Junior Wells and Marvin Hamlisch. She is a working musician and plays in multiple rock, blues, swing, and punk bands.    

Professor Fullem holds an MA in music business from Berklee College of Music, and is in the process of earning a PhD in music education. She teaches The History of Rock and Roll, and Foundations for Success at Sussex County Community College.   

Date: Friday, March 22nd & Friday April 12th

Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

Location: Student Center Theater – D Building 

Cost: Free! Light refreshments served during the intermission.   

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register.   

Parking: Attendees should park in the lower main parking lot, walk to “D” building (the brick building next to the building with the flagpole) and walk through the hallway to the theater.   

A five-part Introduction to Drawing class will be held emphasizing 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.  

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 an eraser.   Pre-registration is required and space is limited. 

Dates: Saturday, March 23rd, April 6th, April 13th, April 20th & April 27th

Time: 10 a.m.  

Location: Art Gallery, Room C106 (located by the entrance to the “B” building)

Cost: $30

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register.   

Parking: Attendees should park in front or behind the Horton Mansion.   

One myth fueled the belief that the royal rulers of Egypt were gods.  But what kind of gods would they be? That was the question asked for almost 2,000 years as kingdoms rose and fell and pharaohs had to decide just how to rule Ancient Egypt. Join historian and SCCC professor Dr. Robyn Izquierdo as she delves into the mystery and history of a culture that continues to fascinate!

Robyn has been teaching college history for over 30 years. Her degrees (BA in US History, MA in Ancient History, PhD in Western Theological History, and ABD in Academic Psychology) are a reflection of her love of all things history and of learning itself. She is the founder of The Learning Fix Online Education Center and SafeCircles, and volunteers for non-profits whenever she is able. She's won several teaching awards, and feels most comfortable in front of a classroom. She has overcome several difficult circumstances in her life and she uses the lessons learned from them to guide her goals in education and her work with students. She presents lectures at university, community and church groups, has written and published a variety of works, and most importantly has two fantastic children. The Learning Fix is part of her dream to use her love of learning and teaching to support and encourage others.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2024  

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Atrium of the SCCC Performing Arts Center 

Cost: Free! 

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register.    

This FREE Certificate Program, Becoming a Community Journalist, is a course designed to teach journalism skills and design practices for anyone in greater Sussex County who wants to share stories and information about their communities. The 8-week course offers a hands-on exploration of how journalism works. You'll learn how to increase your understanding of local issues that are affecting you and your neighbors and how to write and report important stories with and for your communities.

Your instructor will be Prof. Cheryl Conway. Prof. Conway teaches Journalism I and II at SCCC and has decades of experience as a community newspaper and magazine editor and reporter. She is also the editor of SCCC’s College Hill newspaper. 

The program’s administrator is Dr. Nancy Gallo, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning at SCCC. Dr. Gallo began her writing career as a community journalist and features editor and received a New Jersey Press Association award for her work.  She will also be an instructor teaching in the program. The Becoming a Community Journalist program is offered through grant support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and input from the Journalism + Design program at the New School.

When registering for the course you can choose one of the following: 1.) IN PERSON COURSE or 2.) ONLINE VERSION OF COURSE.

  • In person course participants are required to attend 6 of the 8 workshops in this program to earn the certificate.
  • Online course participants are required to complete 6 out of the 8 modules in the online course to earn the certificate.

You’ll leave this course with samples of articles you have written, with ideas for future stories and a Certificate of Participation! Participants will be connected to local news outlet staff and community media producers in the greater Sussex County area so as to have continuing opportunities to produce original journalism.

 

Community Journalist Certificate Registration Information:

IN PERSON COURSE

Date: Held eight Tuesdays, March 26, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 7th and 14th, 2024 on campus. 

Time: 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Location: SCCC’s Media Center 

 

ONLINE VERSION OF COURSE

Date: The online course begins Tuesday, March 26, 2024 and runs for 8 weeks. It ends on May 14, 2024. 

The online course will use the Canvas Learning Management system and provide recordings of Prof. Conway’s lectures that she will give to the in-person class meetings each week. Online participants will complete the same course requirements as the in-person course, but will not be required to come to campus.

Either Course Cost: Free!

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register for either the in person or online version of the course.   Please note that registration is limited.

Parking: Park either in the main parking lot next to the Performing Arts Center and walk through campus or you can park in the Upper Lot and walk down to the Media Center. The Media Center is in its own separate one-story building.

The Theater Program at Sussex County Community College has announced its Spring comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring at the college’s Performing Arts Center (PAC), located in Building A, at One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860. 

ABOUT THE PLAY:  

Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic black comedy about the only thing more deadly than poison: family. 

Dates & Times: “Arsenic and Old Lace” show dates are: 

Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. 

Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. the matinee will be double the fun for folks who take the opportunity to reserve their tickets for a special Arbor Restaurant 3 course luncheon.

The price and menu is forthcoming. Attendees will dine at noon with plenty of time to attend the matinee. This is a brand-new offering highlighting the Arbor Restaurant which is a part of the SCCC Culinary Arts Institute in downtown Newton. Seating is limited for the luncheon.  

Cost: Just Performance Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors, and US military 

Ticket Link: https://www.simpletix.com/e/arsenic-and-old-lace-tickets-158265 

Children young and old are invited to attend the Theater Program’s and the Child Development and Education Program’s production of “Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairytale Fun” at Sussex County Community College.  The show is geared for families and will be held at the college’s Student Center Theater in Building D, where children will experience a creation station, enjoy the show and meet and greet the fairytale characters. A snack will be provided. This fun experience runs approximately one hour. 

Dates & Times:

Thursday, May 2, at 12 p.m. 
Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. 
Thursday, May 9, at 12 p.m.  

All tickets are $5; children under 2-years-old are free. 

Ticket Link: https://sussex.edu/community/performing-arts-center-shows/ 

Past Program Schedule - Fall 2023

Come to campus to practice your computer skills in the college’s Open Lab staffed with tech savvy student assistants. The lab is available September 11, 2023 through December 12, 2023, but is closed on October 9 for Indigenous Peoples Day and November 22-26 for Thanksgiving. While this is a practice lab, and not an instructional class, lab assistants may be able to assist with your questions.   

Date: Mondays through Thursdays  

Time: View Schedule

Location: Library - Building L

Cost: Free!

Parking: It is recommended that attendees park in the College’s Upper Parking Lot behind L Building and walk across the pedestrian bridge that connects the Library Building.

Join Professor Michael Hughes for a lecture celebrating artists who are driven by a need to create, yet work outside the parameters of Fine Art. This “outside the box” discussion will highlight primitive artists such as Henri Rousseau & Grandma Moses and the Folk-Art movement.

Professor Michael Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC.

Date: Friday, September 22

Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

Location: Atrium

Cost: Free! Light refreshments served during the intermission.   

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register.   

Parking: Attendees should park in the lower main parking lot directly outside the Performing Arts Center. There is an elevator in the lobby of the building.  The Atrium is directly at the top of the stairs or make a right out of the elevator and a left to proceed to the atrium.

A five-part Introduction to Drawing class will be held emphasizing 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.  

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 an eraser.   Pre-registration is required and space is limited. 

Date: Saturday, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21

Time: 10 a.m.  

Location: Art Gallery, Room C106 (located by the entrance to the “B” building)

Cost: $30

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register.   

Parking: Students should park in the lower main parking lot, walk to “B” building (the building with the flagpole located directly in front of it) and go through the front glass doors then walk to the elevator and take it to 2C.  

She Kills Monsters is a drama-comedy play by Qui Nguyen that debuted in 2011. It tells the story of Agnes Evans, an average woman who loses her parents and little sister Tilly in a car accident. Having been very distant from her sister while she was alive, Agnes  embarks on an adventure to get to know her sister better by playing a Dungeons & Dragons module that Tilly had written and discovers things she'd never imagined. The plot takes place in reality and in the imaginary game world; in the game world Agnes learns about Tilly's exploration of her sexuality and how she struggled with her sexuality in reality.

Dates & Times: Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 4 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Theater – SCCC Performing Arts Center

Cost: $10 general admission

 $5 for seniors, faculty, students, and US military

The College Novel for the 2023-2024 academic year is Gail Honeyman's novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Members of the community are invited to read the novel and join us on campus for a lecture and discussion focusing on the novel’s themes. The goal of the college novel is to create a lifelong learning and reading community and encourage reading for pleasure, critical thinking, global awareness, and multicultural understanding. Read on your own or gather a group of readers to discuss on your own and then come to campus for a fascinating look at the novel led by Dr. Mary Thompson, English professor at SCCC.

Date: Wednesday, November 8

Time: 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Student Center Theater

Cost: Free!   

Registration:  Open to all

Parking: Attendees should park in the lower main parking lot, walk to “D” building (the brick building next to the building with the flagpole) and walk through the hallway to the theater.   

Presented by Raymond Frey, Ph.D., Professor of History, University Historian, Centenary University

With the weight of the world on his shoulders after the death of FDR and the looming Cold War, President Harry S. Truman needed a place to relax and unwind from the immense pressures of his job. His aides suggested the Commandant’s Quarters at the Key West Naval Base in Key West, Florida. 

Like so many of us who have been there, he quickly fell in love with the island and its casual lifestyle. But his trips were more than vacations—he and his staff used the time to both to work and relax.

So take a trip to Key West and the Little White House with Dr. Frey. Professor Frey was a guest speaker there three times, as well as a distinguished speaker at the Truman Presidential Library in Missouri. He is considered to be one of the foremost experts on the Truman presidency. Be prepared for some great inside stories about Truman and the men and women who worked closely with him.  

Date: Friday, November 10

Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

Location: Atrium

Cost: Free! Light refreshments served during the intermission.   

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register.   

Parking: Attendees should park in the lower main parking lot directly outside the Performing Arts Center. There is an elevator in the lobby of the building.  The Atrium is directly at the top of the stairs or make a right out of the elevator and a left to proceed to the atrium.

We’re celebrating the wonderful work done by the County’s Senior Services Division Plus the 8th Anniversary of the active partnership between the College and the Division. Please join us for a buffet lunch in the beautiful Performing Arts Atrium.  You will have an opportunity to meet Senior Services Division and Center for Lifelong Learning staff and learn about the programs and services that are available to Sussex County seniors through the Division of Senior Services, the College and the Center.

Date: Friday, December 8

Time: Noon to 1:45 p.m.

Location: Atrium

Cost: Free!  

Registration:  Call 579-0555 ext. 1277 for information and to register.   

Parking: Attendees should park in the lower main parking lot directly outside the Performing Arts Center. There is an elevator in the lobby of the building.  The Atrium is directly at the top of the stairs or make a right out of the elevator and a left to proceed to the atrium.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

Sussex County residents, 65 years and older, are entitled to free tuition and fees for eligible college-level courses. 

These conditions apply:

  1. The class must be eligible for the senior citizen free tuition (some labs, trade and field experience courses will not be eligible);
  2. Paid enrollment warrants the course being conducted;
  3. There must be sufficient space available in the class; and
  4. 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.
  5. Applicants may take the course for college credit or may choose to audit the course.
  6. 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 Advising & Counseling Center, but must register at the Office of the Registrar.

Monthly Newsletter

Sign up for the Sussex County Senior Services Division’s electronic monthly emailed newsletter, which includes The Center for Lifelong Learning’s programs, at www.sussex.nj.us/seniorservices or by calling 973-579-0555, extension 1277, to subscribe.