Course Offerings

Spring 2018 Course Offerings


Here's a list of the upcoming Spring 2018 courses.

  • Introduction and Beginning Bridge
  • Women of Color During The Civil War
  • Got Sleep
  • Senior Improvisational Theater
  • Beginning & Intermediate Color Pencil Drawing
  • Investing During Retirement: What You Need To Know
  • Hand Drumming For Beginners
  • The Essence of T'ai Chi
  • The Path To The Civil War, Secession And The Outbreak Of The Conflict
  • Book Club
  • Hiking
  • Birding: Sri Lanka
  • The Beatles: "making Of Revolver" & "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band"
  • Bridge: Supervised Bridge At Intermediate Level
  • America's 1st Ally: The Oneida Indians
  • Photo Series: Reframing Your Neighborhood
  • Layman's Guide To "Reframing" Our Emotions
  • Art & Discussion Of Style
  • More Hands-On Chinese Culture
  • Friday At The Movies
  • Evangelical Epistemology

To see the complete course descriptions, scroll down below this list. You will also see the dates, times and places for each course. Once you receive your registration packet in the US Mail, you may register. If you wish to join and register, please contact us at 341-4896.

These learning opportunities are scheduled within the college’s academic calendar and are assigned to available areas after the credit classes have been scheduled.  Since this schedule is completed at least two months before classes begin, neither Encore nor its instructors can make changes after that.  The only exception would be a college-wide postponement, cancellation, or rescheduling i.e. snow day. So choose your courses carefully.

Please remember to note for each course:

  • the number of sessions
  • the exact dates of those sessions
  • the location (building & room)

Because of content and/or classroom size, many courses have enrollment caps. Registrations are processed on a "First Come-First Served" basis.


MONDAY Classes Spring 2018

***INTRODUCTION AND BEGINNING BRIDGE: 3 sessions: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                                                             Monday, April 2, 9, 16

                                                                             ROOM – Library 130

This course is for beginners and those wishing to dust off their rusty skills.  We will discuss bridge basics, counting points, terminology and strategy, all while playing the game.

Instructor: Beverly Shulman, Rich Grabowski

Bev and Rich have been playing bridge as partners for many years …and are still together!  They enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for bridge with friends, new and old.

***WOMEN OF COLOR DURING THE CIVIL WAR: 3 sessions: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

                                                                             Monday, April 16, 23, 30

                                                                             ROOM – Harriman Hall 211A

Though they were known basically as slaves, women of color contributed much more during the Civil War.  They were nurses, conductors on the Underground Railroad, spies and soldiers. Learn about their activities and contributions.

Instructor: Yvonne Bigney

Yvonne was a Civil Ward re-enactor for 10 years participating in many reenactments including Museum Village, Walnut Mt, the 135th anniversary @ Gettysburg, etc.  She belonged to the 15th NY Volunteer Calvary and 124th NY Infantry, the “Orange Blossoms”. She has given talks at historical societies, libraries and schools.  Yvonne serves on the board of the Encore Steering Committee.



Tuesday Classes Spring 2018

***GOT SLEEP: 2 sessions 3:00 – 5:00 pm Tuesday/Thursday

                                                                         February 27, March 1

                                                                         ROOM – Library 221

Stress & sleep deprivation place one at risk for a wide range of stress related conditions.  In this course, we look at how to promote healthy sleep habits, what the current sleep research and understanding sleep architecture can add.  The main objectives are to inform about positive benefits of sleep and increasing good health.

Instructor: Nancy DeLauro

Nancy is a Public Health nurse who has worked for the Orange County Health Department in both in nursing and early intervention.  She has also taught in the past for SUNY Orange and Encore.

***SENIOR IMPROVISATIONAL THEATER: 4 sessions 2:00 – 4:30 pm

                                             Tuesday, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22

                                                                     ROOM – Library 130

This 4 session workshop leads participants through developing characters and scenarios from their imaginations and experiences to improvising a play around a common theme.

No prior experience is needed, just enthusiasm and a willingness to participate.

Instructor:  Dr. Linda Richmond

Linda is a licensed psychologist and certified psychodramatist.  For the past several years she has been directing a senior improvisational theater group, sponsored by the Warwick Library.


                                                           6 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Tuesday

                                                                 March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1

                                                                 ROOM – Harriman Hall 207

Beginning students will learn to draw various objects like flowers, scenery.

Intermediate students who have taken the class before will learn some new techniques to add to their talents. Students should bring in pictures as studies to draw from.

NOTE: Students will need to purchase the following: color pencils (Crayola set of 72 pencils is good) usually priced under $8.00, drawing pad (a nice vellum heavy weight 10 x 12 or larger), eraser (kneaded or white plastic), pencil sharpener, ruler, small package of grafite transfer paper, Derwent burnisher and blender set.

Instructor: Joe Petrosi

Joe is an accomplished artist. His works hang in many private homes and businesses, both here and abroad.  In 2012 he was voted the Best Ink and Pencil Artist in the Hudson Valley.  His work has been exhibited in both multi-artist and one man shows in the tri-state area.


                                                                    3 sessions: 2:15 – 4:15 pm

                                                                    Tuesday, April 10, 17, 24

                                                                    ROOM – Harriman Hall 211B

Learn from the instructor’s over 40 years of investing experience and avoid his mistakes! Various investment strategies will be discussed: income investments, dividend paying stocks, ETF’s (Exchange traded funds), MLP’s (Master Limited Partnerships), “Sell” rules, Limit Orders, Asset Allocation, etc.  Questions are encouraged: no question is to “dumb” to ask.

Instructor: Robert Pollsen

Robert is a retired Certified Financial Planner professional. He has worked in NYC’s financial district for over 25 years: Standard & Poor’s, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and more.



Wednesday Classes Spring 2018



***HAND DRUMMING FOR BEGINNERS:  3 sessions 3:00 – 4:30 pm

                                                           Wednesday, March 14, April 11, May 9

                                                                ROOM – Shepard Center – Alumni Room

Participants will learn the basic tones and rhythms played on hand drums.  Principles of learning, listening, practicing and playing will result in increased skill related to hand drumming.

Required: Ability to use both hands and sit for 1 ½ hours.

Participants should bring a hand drum or other percussion instrument to class.

Instructor: Stuart Kessler

As a youngster, Stu played drums (traps) with various bands on Long Island.  Later in life, he developed an interest in hand drumming and continued his passion by joining other hand drumming groups.

***THE ESSENCE OF T’AI CHI:  6 sessions 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Wednesday March 28, April 4, 9, 16, 23, May 2

                                                                       ROOM – Phys. Ed Dance Studio

Students will learn the first set of movements from the Yang Style long form of T’ai Chi Chuan. Qigong movements for meditation will also be taught. Students will need to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

NOTE: Students will be standing for a prolonged period. If they have any physical limitations, they may want to consult a physician to see if this activity is suited for them.

Instructor: Joseph Petrosi

Joe started studying T’ai Chi over 25 years ago as an alternative to having back surgery.  He has studied T’ai Chi with some world renowned masters and also teaches T’ai Chi Sword, Walking Stick, Staff and Spear.  He is a Certified Qigong Instructor.



                                                                     1:00-3:00 pm Wednesday, March 28, April 4, 11

                                                                     ROOM – Rowley Center 010

This course will discuss the major events that led to the American Civil War. Students will explore the major cultural, social, political, military, diplomatic, legislative and controversial issues of this era.  The causes of increasing sectional tensions leading to secession, the diplomatic, military, and technological aspects of the opening year of conflict and the controversies inherent in this time period will be emphasized.

Instructor: Heidi Weber

Dr. Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Global Studies at SUNY Orange.  She is actively involved in teaching classes in the Honors program as well as for Encore.  Heidi was selected as the recipient of both the SUNY Orange Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

***BOOK CLUB: 2 sessions 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Wednesday, March 28, April 4

                                                            ROOM – Library 221

We will discuss Beloved by Toni Morrison on March 28.  For the April 4th class, we will discuss The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, written by Annie Burrows & Mary Ann Shaffer.

Students will be required to read each book prior to class.

Instructor: Marlena Lange

A long time Encore instructor, Marlena has also been a teacher of English at Chester High School, SUNY Orange, Harriman College and Mercy College.  She has worked in many local prisons and is an active member of Friends of Thrall Library.

***HIKING: 2 sessions 2:00 4:00 pm Wednesday, April 11, April 25

Basha Kill Wildlife Preserve, April 11- 2:00 – 4:00 pm

For the first adventure, participants will meet at Haven Road Parking lot. This is an

easy walk in the beautiful marsh run by the DEC, part in Sullivan County, and part in Orange County. Directions will be included with course confirmation.

Appalachian Trail Mt. Peter, April 25 – 1:30 – 4:00 pm

Hike the Appalachian Trail.  Depending on conditions, we may even get to look out over Greenwood Lake.  This is a moderate hike with a few inclines and a rocky trail. The parking area is on Rt 17A about a ¼ mile past the Bellevale Creamery on the right coming from Warwick.

If you would like to car pool, meet at the Encore parking lot at 12:50.  I will hand out directions the day of the Basha Kill hike.  Rain date for this hike is May 2.

Please note: Students must be able to walk for 2 hours on sometimes rocky terrains.Wear sturdy shoes or sturdy sneakers or hiking boots – if you have them.  Bring water and sunscreen.  Rain cancels this course.  If you have any questions about the day’s hike, you can call the instructor at (845) 665-9200.

Instructor: Marlena Lange


***BIRDING SRI LANKA: 1 session 2:00 – 4:00 pm Wednesday, April 25

                                                                               ROOM – Harriman Hall 211A

Based on a recent trip to Sri Lanka, William will use a new Power Point presentation to discuss the cultures, wildlife and birds.

Instructor: William Fiero

William is an avid traveler, focusing on nature and photography.  He has also been an Encore instructor for a number of years, sharing beautiful photography of his world travels.


Thursday Classes Spring 2018


                                                          2 sessions 2:00 – 4:30 pm

                                                          Thursday, April 5, 12

                                                           ROOM – Harriman Hall 211B

“Making of Revolver”- April 5

This lecture will follow in the footsteps of The Beatles as they redefine contemporary music, breaking boundaries by expanding the scope of pop and rock sounds, as they create their timeless masterpiece – “Revolver”. We will discuss the genesis of how the songs were conceived and written, their musical influences, recording and experimental studio techniques and the creation of their legendary artwork cover sleeve.

“The Making of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” – April 12

The lecture will follow the footsteps of the Beatles as they embark on the creation of their 8th studio album.  We will explore the genesis of how the songs were written, their influences, recording and production techniques and the iconic cover art. Rolling Stone ranks “Sgt. Pepper’s as the #1 album of all time.

Instructor: Vincent Bruno

Vincent is a rock historian with focus on the Beatles and the Sixties. As a Beatles scholar and storyteller, he looks to embrace their legacy and to present an entertaining, interactive and informative session for both the casual listener and the hard core Beatles fan. He holds an MPA from Baruch College and, as an adjunct instructor for the past 25 years, he has taught courses in Humanities, Manage and Coop Ed.


                                                     Thursday, April 5, 12, 19, 26                                                                                                       ROOM – Shepard Center – Alumni Room

This course is only for experienced bridge players. We will play out hands and discuss bidding and play.  We will discuss duplicate bridge conventions

Instructors: Martha Schuck, Mariann Stepp

Mariann taught elementary school; Martha taught junior high and both have played duplicate bridge for a number of years.  They enjoy tournaments and hope to encourage better play among students so they, too, will gain the confidence to join local clubs and move on to tournament play.

***AMERICAS 1ST ALLY: THE ONEIDA INDIANS: 1 session 3:00 – 5:00 pm

                                                                                   Thursday, April 5

                                                                                   ROOM: Rowley Center 202

Breaking from the Pro British Iroquois Confederacy, the Oneidas risked everything to fight alongside their American friends.  Most history books tell us France was our 1st ally during the

American Revolution – Wrong! It was the Oneida.

Instructor: Frank Salvati

Frank is a resident of Orange County and passionate student of the Indian Wars, particularly North Eastern America.  He has been a popular speaker about the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and others.


                                                       3:00 – 5:00 pm Thursday, April 5, 12, 19, 26

                                                        ROOM – Library 221

This is a class for new and advanced photographers interested in making a photo series.  Students will be required to bring in prints each week; photocopies, inkjet and photographic are all welcome.

How do photographs change our understanding of a familiar place?  What if we abandon our constant search for the new and unexplored?  In this course, students will develop a set of cohesive images that tells a story about our neighborhoods based on several repeated trips to a single place.  Weekly shooting assignments and in-class exercises will aid students in sharpening their observational skills as they learn to talk about their photographs. Instructor led presentations on contemporary artists will provide additional examples and ideas for students to consider as they complete their projects.

Instructor: Sasha Louis Bush

Sasha is a Quuens-based visual artists. He holds a MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard and a BA in Photography from Hampshire College.  His work has been shown in several group exhibitions including Familiar Strange at the gallery Baxter St. at the Camera Club of NY in NYC and in Photowork 2012.


                                                                               1 session 2:30 – 4:30 pm

                                                                               Thursday, April 19

                                                                               ROOM – Harriman Hall 211B

What is an emotion?  Can a negative emotion be “reframed”? What does it mean to reframe an emotion?  Class participation welcomed.

Instructor: Bernie Ampel

Bernie has lived in the Hudson Valley for over 40 years, has been a Psychotherapist in family and individual counseling for 30 years in private practice, and is interested in all things pertaining to the working of the mind.

*** ART AND DISCUSSION OF STYLE: 1 session, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                                                   Thursday, May 3, 10

LOCATION: The Upfront Studio, 31 Jersey Ave. Port Jervis, NY

                  Members are responsible for their own transportation

Participants will come to the Studio and view various artwork that is currently being displayed. 3/5 cards will be handed out and the participants will write down names of various pieces of art on display and then a group discussion of the works will take place.

             Members can sign up for 1 or 2 dates (will only count for 1 class) Please indicate     

             on your form what dates you are attending.

Instructor: Joe Petrosi

Joe is an accomplished artist.  His works hang in many private homes and businesses, both here and abroad.  In 3012 he was voted the Best Ink and Pencil Artist in the Hudson Valley.  His work has been exhibited in both multi-artist and one man shows in the tri-state area.


Friday Classes Spring 2018


*** MORE HANDS-ON CHINESE CULTURE: 3 sessions 3:20 – 4:20 pm

                                                                       Friday, March 2, 9, 16

                                                                       ROOM – Library 130

Content is different from previous Hands-on Chinese Culture classes.

For much of recorded history China has led the world in nearly every aspect of civilization, transmitting beauty, wisdom and practical knowledge.  Experience first hand, some of the time-honored treasures from Chinese culture; learn about their history and hear some fun stories from experience and passionate instructors.

Instructor: Liam O’Neill

Liam has taught math and world history before becoming a public school Chinese language teacher.  For over 10 years he taught Mandarin Chinese to American middle and high school students.  Liam believes learning occurs best when it is hands-on and fun!  He travelled and lived in China for 8 months.


***FRIDAY AT THE MOVIES: 5 sessions, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

                                                                Friday, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 11

                                                                ROOM – Harriman Hall 111

Students will view review 5 musicals from the American Film Institute’s top 25 list.  We will advance chronologically.

  •  4/6        On the Town
  • 4/13       An American in Paris
  • 4/20       West Side Story
  • 4/27       My Fair Lady
  • 5/11       Chicago

Instructor: Matt Pfisterer

Matthew Pfisterer has served as the Director at Middletown Thrall Library since 2011.  Matt earned a Master’s Degree in Information Science from SUNY Albany, worked as a public

Librarian, and gained experience as director of public libraries in Ulster and Dutchess counties.

*** EVANGELICAL EPISTEMOLOGY: 1 session, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

                                                                Friday, April 13

                                                                ROOM – Harriman Hall 211A

Epistemology is the study in philosophy of theories of knowledge.  What do we mean by “I know”?  What is fact, what is faith, what is reason, what is science, what is intuition?  Evangelical is spreading the word.  You will be challenged top prove what you believe, as we search for “truth”.

Instructor: Jerry Kleiner

Jerry has been President of the Historical Society of Middletown and the Wallkill Precinct for the past 3 years. Graduate of George Washington Univ. in political science, post graduate in philosophy at University of Texas.