ILR Spring Catalog 2016 - Bergen Community College

Lois E. Marshall Institute for
Learning in Retirement at
Bergen Community College
Where learning is a lifelong experience
BERGEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, in cooperation with Road Scholar Institute Network,
offers adults 55 years and older the opportunity to define and pursue their own informal
educational goals, at their own pace and according to their own choices and talents.
Division of Continuing Education, Corporate and Public Sector Training
Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Spring 2016 Program Information
(201) 447-7156
[email protected]
The ILR office is located in the Technology Education Center building
(TEC), Room TEC115. The TEC building is next to the Pitkin Education Center
(Pitkin), main building. ILR courses are held in various classrooms on all
Classroom locations are posted daily in Pitkin at the Welcome Counter by
the Student Center entrance and the IT Help Desk by the Public Safety
area as well as outside room TEC115. There is also a recorded, room
assignment message updated every Friday afternoon, call (201) 447-7156
then press 2.
Your membership fee entitles you to 4 courses each semester (4 courses
TOTAL for “Spring Only” members ---see below). Every effort will be made
to accommodate your requests. Regardless of your choices, you must sign
up for each course so we can plan room sizes and handouts. We will not
call you unless the course is filled.
ILR Spring Only Program Enrollment
Enrollment in a course requires completion of the entire Registration
Form as well as payment of the membership fee. Anyone who registered
and paid ($215.00) for Fall 2015 does not need to pay for Spring 2016. New
members wishing to enroll for Spring 2016 must pay a membership fee of
$125.00. Course registration for Spring only ILR members will be
permitted January 25, 2016.
We accept checks and credit cards.
Bonus Courses
For everyone!! Some courses are designated with ** as a bonus course. You
may register for 2 of these courses in addition to the allocated 4 courses.
** Register Early! Please sign up for a class if you plan to attend and only
attend classes for which you are registered.
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ID Card and Parking
All members should stop by TEC115 to receive either a sticker to update
your ID Card or a Student ID Number if you are a new ILR member.
Parking – park in student parking only, most classes are accessible from
Parking Lot B.
Public Transportation & Bergen Community College inter-campus
Shuttle (BCC Shuttle)
NJ Transit: buses run regularly to campus, check
for schedules and to verify they stop on Campus.
Paramus Campus
Bus Numbers: 163 (stop on Paramus Road)175, 751, 755,
756, 772 (stop at the Student Center)
Hackensack Campus
There are many buses that stop in Hackensack, please check for the bus number and schedule.
Lyndhurst/Meadowlands Campus
Bus Numbers: 76, 192
BCC Shuttle: shuttle runs in 30 minute increments. The shuttle is provided
to all members of the BCC community to connect the Paramus campus
and the Lyndhurst/Meadowlands Campus. For a current schedule
please log onto
Benefits of ILR Membership
Cafeteria – BCC cafeteria (Pitkin Building, 2nd Floor) is open Monday to
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dunkin’ Donuts
is located in the Student Center (Pitkin Building) and is open weekdays
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dental Hygiene Clinic – This on-campus program is open to ILR members
with a Student ID card. Call (201) 447-7180 for an appointment. There is a
minimal charge for this service.
Sidney Silverman Library – ILR members may borrow items from the
BCC Library by presenting their Student ID card at the desk.
Emergency Closings
In the event that the College will be closed or have a delayed opening,
official notification is available from the following services:
• BCCs Emergency Notification System register at
• BCC website:
• Call the College’s main telephone number (201) 447-7100
• Log on to to sign up for email notification of
college closings
• Listen to radio stations: WCBS/880, WOR/710, 1010 Wins, WVNJ 1160
• Watch News 12 NJ TV on Cablevision
• Classrooms are not available until the scheduled start time of an ILR
course. If you arrive before the start time, please wait in the student
center, cafeteria or any area designated for students.
• Do not block corridors or in any way interrupt a class prior to its end time.
• Help keep everyone safe. Allow students to exit a classroom before
• Since classroom space is limited, it is important you register only for
courses you will be able to attend. If you know you will miss more
than one session, please forgo registering for the course.
• If you register for a course and later decide you do not wish to begin
the course, call or stop by the ILR office to let us know.
• The ILR does not issue refunds.
The college reserves the right to make changes when necessary to courses.
Every effort will be made to inform course registrants in advance.
Please arrive to your class on time and have your cell phones turned off.
Fitness Room and Swimming Pool – Schedule and Medical Release
forms are available in the Office of Health Service room HS 100 Pitkin. You
must complete a Medical Release form and return it to room HS 100 to
receive a medical card before you can use the facilities. You must also
present your Student ID card.
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MONDAY Course Offerings
Introduction to Buddhism
IR – 628
What does Buddhism teach? How did it develop? How can you have
religion without god(s)? Can I be Buddhist and another religon at the same
time? These answers and more will be discussed!
Mondays: February 22, 29, March 7, 21, 28, April 4
Room: TEC119 / Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Jennifer Lyden, BCC Faculty
IR – 630
Beginners and refreshers Mahjongg players, be part of this exciting new
course. The mahjongg card is a necessity; learn how to play in 6 easy
sessions. If you have a Mahjongg set, please bring it.
Mondays: February 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Room: TEC119 / Time: 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Cohen
In “The Record”
IR- 256
Meet your favorite editors, columnists and writers from The Record and
learn more about the current newspaper industry.
Mondays: February 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18
Room: TEC119 / Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructors: Various speakers from The Record
More Important but Forgotten People & Events
of the Civil War: Part II
IR- 643
Did you know an Irish Catholic immigrant rose from CSA private to major
general was known as the “Stonewall of the West?” And that he advocated
freeing the South’s slaves in exchange for military service as early as 1863?
That there was a Union major general nicknamed “Kilcavalry?”That a beautiful
Washington socialite-turned-Rebel spy helped determine the outcome of
First Bull Run (and thus the war)? That an important naval engagement of the
war was fought off the French coast? That political correctness, 1864-style,
resulted in the hellish Union catastrophe known as the Battle of the Crater?
That a packet of three wrapped cigars ignited the bloodiest single day in
American military annuals? That two leading Rebel cavalry leaders retired
from the U.S. Army as major generals? That the northernmost fight of the war
occurred in Vermont? These and other new interesting; important but mostly
forgotten figures and events will be studied in depth in a continuation of a
course first offered in Spring 2015.
Mondays: March 7, 14, 21, April 4, 11, 18
Room: TBA / Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: James Devine
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The Discovery Series: New York City
IR- 640
Visit the sights of New York City via PowerPoint presentation. Course
instructor has walked every mile, researched, and documented sights that
will include aspects of Central Park, Governors Island, Roosevelt Island,
Bryant Park, and selected historic landmark buildings. Presentations will
include some history, art, architecture, and beautiful scenery, along with
some very interesting facts.
Instructor is an experienced lecturer, hiker, and active member of the NY/NJ
Trail Conference, Appalachian Mountain Club, Adirondack Mountain Club
and Friends of Sterling Forest. Instructor is also a trained trail maintainer for
trails located in Sterling Forest and Ringwood State Park.
Dates and additional expenses for a class tour of Roosevelt Island and
Governors Island will be discussed during class
Mondays: March 7, 14, 21, 28
Room: TBA / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Mario Medici
The Air Force in World War II
IR- 580
The class will study WW I ace Eddie Rickenbacker’s near-death experience
during WW II while stranded in a life raft at sea. We will learn how Lieutenant
Louis Feingold escaped capture with the help of the French Resistence after
his B-17 was shot down over occupied France. Feingold’s story is told by his
son. Joe De Luccia, a radio operator/gunner who flew 32 combat missions
between June and October 1944 will describe what it was like in aerial
combat during World War II inside a B-17 Flying Fortress. Other topics will
feature the story behind the movie “The Great Escape” and the music that
inspired the troops in World War II featuring Glenn Miller, Lili Marlene, Dave
Brubeck and others.
Mondays: March 7, 14, 21, 28
Room: TBA / Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rick Feingold, BCC Faculty & Joe De Luccia
Baseball A La Carte: Part 2
March 21: Origins of Casey at the Bat poem
March 28: Black Sox Scandal of 1919
April 4: Moe Berg
April 11: Wit & Wisdom of Yogi Berra
Mondays: March 21, 28, April 4, 11
Room: TBA / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dick Burnon
IR- 535
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Start Hiking
IR – 591
This course is intended for individuals who are interested in hiking but are
not sure how to get started or have limited knowledge and would like to
learn more. The course will be in five sessions which will include classroom
instruction (week 1), a guest speaker (week 2), and three 4-mile “moderate”
hikes (weeks 3-5). Hikes will take approximately 3 hours each.
The instructor is an experienced lecturer, hiker, and active member of the
NY/NJ Trail Conference, Appalachian Mountain Club, Adirondack Mountain
Club and Friends of Sterling Forest. Instructor is also a trained trail
maintainer for trails located in Sterling Forest and Ringwood State Park.
Please check with you doctor to make sure you are medically fit for this
Mondays: April 4, 11 (classroom sessions) 18, 25, and May 2 (hike dates weather dependent)
Room: TBA / Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Mario Medici
Holistic Health
IR- 595
This course will provide an overview to various Holistic Health modalities:
q-gong, nutrition, mindfulness, lyphatic drainage, reiki and more. Each
session, taught by a practicing expert, will focus on the history and benefits
of the modality.
Mondays: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Room: TEC119 / Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Various by Topic
**The Impact of Hearing Loss
IR- 647
This presentation will help you to understand the impact that untreated
hearing loss has on quality of life and overall wellbeing. Auditory
deprivation, which is what happens when the brain no longer receives
appropriate auditory stimulation, leads to diminished cognitive function.
As it becomes more and more difficult to hear, the individual begins
withdrawing from family and friends as their frustration grows.
Monday: April 18
Room: TEC119 / Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Gans
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
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Women Who Matter, Part 4: Women’s Right to Vote IR- 642
April 18: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
April 25: Susan B. Anthony
May 2: Victoria Woodhull
May 9: Alice Paul
Mondays: April 18, 25, May 2, 9
Room: TBA / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dick Burnon
TUESDAY Course Offerings
Basic Spanish Conversation
IR- 649
This course enables you to interact with your, neighbors, friends, colleagues.
No previous Spanish language knowledge necessary.
Tuesdays: February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Room: TBA / Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Instructors: Hamingia Rodas
Hot Topics in Current Events
IR – 355
Discuss the “hot” topics and controversial issues in today’s news. Learn how
our opinions are shaped by news and share your thoughts and opinions.
Tuesdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26
Room: TBA/ Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Sauberman & Alan Benstock
Improv/Drama - Theater without a Script
IR – 547
Lots of fun and there will be nothing to memorize! This course in theater
consists of improvisation/theater games which include being given
situation and having the student react using their own words, using one
word or phrase to tell a story, and interviewing famous people (living or
dead) on current topics. The last two classes will have students give their
own interpretation of a scene from a TV show, movie, or play.
Tuesdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12
Room: TBA/ Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Beatrice Greenberg
3+ Factors that Gave Meaning to 3+ Sciences
IR- 636
In biology, chemistry, and geology, and to some extent physics, certain
factors developed in the 19th and 20th centuries that provided reasons for
much the phenomena in each science. Join the class to explore what led
up to these marvels and how they affected each science.
Tuesdays: March 15, 22, 29
Room: TBA / Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Stuart Kaplan
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**Disney World for Seniors: Tips and Secrets
IR- 561
Disney World is a great place for seniors! Now is when you can appreciate
all of the “adult” wonders at Disney World. Learn about the non-ride
entertainment. Did you know that there are 20-different-daily-free-live
shows just at the Magic Kingdom alone? Discover Disney from an adult
point of view. Learn:
•the best bathrooms; ways to avoid the crowds
•the quick-service-snack bars that have better foods
•the best time of the year to attend
•how to get the Disney Meal Plan free or 30% off of your room cost
•special events at WDW; staying in the park vs. outside the park
Tuesdays: March 22, 29
Room: TEC119 / Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Maureen Smith
The Bible as Literature: Women in the Bible
IR – 645
In addition to being the basis of three major religions, the Bible is one of
the great works of world literature. The course emphasizes
understanding and appreciation of the text and the literary devices used.
We will study the Bible’s take on women – the bad girls (e.g. Jezebel), the
good girls (e.g. Deborah), and those in between. We will finish with the
Song of Songs (erotic love poetry) and the Books of Ruth and Esther. In
the last session we will see the movie Esther and the King and compare
the Hollywood version with the text. Bring a copy of the Jewish
Bible/Christian Old Testament to each class.
Tuesdays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
Room: TBA/ Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (May 10 only 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.)
Instructor: Marvin Chertkoff, PhD
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
Enjoying Short Stories
IR – 055
Stories and/or authors are recommended by students; copies of all stories
will be ready for student pick-up a week before the first class.
Tuesdays: April 12, 19, May 3, 10
Room: TEC119 / Time: 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Instructor: Marsha Rosen
Chemistry in the News
IR – 548
Each week students will watch a video followed by a class discussion. Topics
explored will be DNA, Climate Change, Fracking, Chemical Industry, and FDA.
Tuesdays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Room: TBA/ Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Theodore Arin, former BCC Faculty
Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra
IR – 633
If power is the ultimate aphrodisiac, what electricity must have been
generated the day Antony met Cleopatra roughly two years after the events
of Julius Caesar. Their fates were sealed politically and romantically. They
may have been world leaders, but when love struck, they became mortals
like the rest of us, flawed and aging ones at that. We recognize their
jealousies, doubts, shame and insecurity. But at the end of the day, their
love is still standing, and it is this, not the political battles and machinations,
that Shakespeare celebrates in all its human messiness. Bring any copy of
the play to class.
Tuesdays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Room: TBA/ Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Janet Chertkoff
Sing, Sing, Sing
IR- 247
Join the Bergen Community College Senior Chorus. This program is open
to all for pleasure and fun. We will sing popular music, old standards, and
show tunes. The chorus will entertain at our end of the year events and
more. No auditions necessary, just a desire to sing.
Tuesdays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, June 7, 14
Room: TBA / Time: 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Heitmann
US Constitution
IR- 641
We will study the history of the US Constitution including the Philadelphia
Convention of 1787, major compromises, principles, and facts about the
Tuesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24
Room: TBA / Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tom DeStefano
* *Travel Talk
IR - 609
We will discuss and share our travel experience, useful travel tips and ideas
as well as cautionary Advice.
Tuesdays: May 3, 10
Room: TEC119 / Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Sauberman & Ylva Hellstrand
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
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WEDNESDAY Course Offerings
Beginners: Landscapes & Seascapes in Watercolors
IR- 619
This course is ideally suited for beginners preferably with a background in
sketching. Through a series of simple and easy-to-follow demonstrations,
students will learn the way watercolors work in order to produce beautiful
paintings. Students are responsible for their own supplies. Supplies
needed are: watercolor set, watercolor paper, brushes, pencils and a
kneaded rubber eraser.
Wednesdays: February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Room: TEC119 / Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructors: Barry Shiff
Watergate: More Than Just A Third-Rate Burglary
IR- 644
There’s much more to the Watergate Scandal than “All the President’s
Men.” How---and why---did the law-breaking in the name of law-andorder start? How did the Committee to Reelect “fix” the 1972 Presidential
Election? Why did Richard Nixon command such loyalty---and such
visceral hatred---right up to the release of the “smoking gun” tape? Why
was Gerald Ford’s pardon such an act of political and personal courage?
This course, first offered in 2014, will be updated with the latest
Watergate-related studies, including Bob Woodward’s new book “The
Last of the President’s Men.” It will also devote one full class to the
incredible, untold story of the Saturday Night Massacre’s fateful link to
the Yom Kippur War: when RMN saved the world from nuclear
holocaust…but blew up his Presidency simultaneously.
Wednesdays: March 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13
Room: TBA / Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: James Devine
Great Religions of the World
IR – 529
Our discussions will focus on three major religions – Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam. These religions are called the Religions of the
Book, since the books of Scripture are fundamental to their faith. These
religions are part of our daily global and local news. Many of our family,
friends, and neighbors belong to one of these three religions.
Wednesdays: March 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13
Room: TEC119 / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gloria Thomas, PhD
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Biology: Study of Virology
IR- 648
Study virology and the effects that viruses have on Humans. Included
in the class will be the study of bacteriophages that infect our constant
companions, the bacteria. The class will also study some of the human
organ systems involved in viral diseases.
Wednesdays: March 23, 30, April 6, 13
Room: TBA / Time: 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructors: Marty Lowe, BCC Faculty
Unique Perspectives of the American Presidency
IR- 581
Learn and discuss the often critical ongoing pageantry of American
history along with the fables and anecdotes about the presidents from
Washington to Obama.
Wednesdays: March 30, April 6, 13, 20
Room: TBA / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructors: Walt Brown, PhD
Digital Cameras for the Technology Challenged
This course is for those who have a digital camera but do not know how
to use it. You’ll learn how to set up your camera as well as how to
download, organize, and get your images printed. You’ll also learn how
to use depth of field, lighting and composition to improve your
photographs, including pictures of friends and family. If all this sounds
complicated, don’t worry, we’ll keep it simple. This is a hands-on course.
Please bring your camera and the camera manual to class. Enrollment limited.
Wednesdays: March 30, April 6, 13, 20
Room: TBA / Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ray Turkin
* *Vaccines
IR – 632
During this presentation, you will become acquainted with the science
behind the vaccines that seniors and urged to take and participate in a
discussion the pros and cons of these vaccines..
Wednesday: March 30
Room: TEC119 / Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Judith Fitzpatrick, PhD , BCC Faculty
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
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How To Locate Your Class
(10 min)
Buildings and wings are designated as
Main Building
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road, (Parking Lot A or B)
WINGS: A, B, C, L, S
Student Parking
Most classes are held at the Paramus
campus, unless otherwise listed. Class
locations are listed with a specific site,
building and room number, (report there at
class time), or with location to be
announced (TBA). Call
(201) 447-7155 the day before for
classroom assignments.
TEC - Technology Education Center
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd. (Parking Lot B)
(Bldg. to the right of Main Bldg.)
E - Ender Hall
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road,
(Parking Lot E or F)
CLC - Ciarco Learning Center
355 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ
(Enter parking lot from Passaic or Berry St.)
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Contemporary Issues in French
IR- 234
How does the French press report the news? How does the French press
view what happens in the United States and in French domestic and
foreign affairs? Gain skills in reading French press reports and in
discussing current issues as you keep abreast of medical progress,
scientific discovery, space exploration, events in the Middle East and
terrorism. Ask your questions, add your own information, and glimpse
at the underlying history behind current issues. Converse and read in
French with aids to practice and increase your language skills in a
relaxed, supportive, and encouraging ambience.
Prerequisite: knowledge, but not necessarily mastery, of basic French
vocabulary and grammar. Acquiring mastery is a major aim of the course.
Wednesdays: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
Room: TBA / Time: 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Instructors: Virginia Rauch, PhD
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Intermediate: Landscapes & Seascapes in Watercolors IR- 615
This course is designed for anyone with a reasonably good
understanding of how to handle watercolor techniques. Discussions and
demonstrations provide students with unlimited information regarding
color mixing, wet into wet painting, dry brush and much more. Students
are responsible for their own supplies. Supplies needed are: watercolor
set, watercolor paper, brushes, pencils and a kneaded rubber eraser.
Wednesdays: April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
Room: TEC119 / Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructors: Barry Shiff
Moral & Ethical Choices
IR - 557
Moral and ethical choices face us daily. They come from history, current
events and our personal life. We will discuss these choices and dilemmas.
Everyone will be required to bring in an ethical and moral dilemma that
they would like to discuss.
Wednesdays: April 6, 13, 20, 27
Room: TBA/ Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Sauberman
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Basic Home Repair
IR – 389
This is a hands-on course in which students will perform repairs and
maintenance using materials and tools supplied by the instructor. Topics
covered will be tools and tool safety, sheetrock repair, electrical safety, switch
and receptacle replacement, battery testing, lamp repair, plumbing principals,
outdoor faucet repair, toilet bowl repair, and kitchen and sink repairs. Time
will be reserved near the end of each class for specific student problems and
questions. A $35.00 material fee will be charged to cover the cost of these
items payable directly to the instructor at the beginning of the course.
Wednesdays: April 6,13, 20, 27
Room: TBA / Time: 3:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Instructor: Sal Rotolo
Financial Strategies for Retirees
IR- 625
This course is intended for individuals who are interested in understanding
the various strategies that are implemented during retirement. Specifically,
this course will cover the question, can I afford to retire? To help students
answer this question, we will cover a variety of topics pertaining to retirement
planning. In particular, when to take social security, how to account for inflation
and cost of living fluctuations, portfolio performance and lifetime income, as
well as the tax implications of retirement contributions and distributions.
Wednesdays: April 20, 27 May 4, 11, 18
Room: TBA / Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Instructors: Various speakers from Traphagen Financial Group
Life and Death of JFK
IR- 503
This class will focus on the life, political career, and assassination of John
F. Kennedy. Time will be devoted to the instructor’s extensive research
into all these areas with anecdotes ranging from meeting with Caroline
Kennedy to Marina Oswald to research trips to Russia.
Wednesdays: April 27, May 4, 11, 18
Room: TBA / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructors: Walt Brown, PhD
Vietnam: You Just Had to be There (1968-1969)
IR- 560
This three session class is dedicated to John J. Kelly, Sr., the former co-instructor
of this course. The current course is presented by a Vietnam War Veteran who
will be presenting real life experiences and displaying some personal and
captured memorabilia. The presentations will be done using PowerPoint slides
and will cover the period from February 1968 (Tet Offensive) to January 1969
in the Delta/Saigon capitol military district area (III Corps) of Vietnam. Part two
will be a PowerPoint presentation on “Vietnam: The Helicopter War.”
Wednesdays: May 4, 11, 18
Room: TEC119 / Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructors: Stanley A. Kober
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THURSDAY Course Offerings
French Art: Impressionism and After
IR- 635
Explore the lives; study the paintings of the French Impressionists and
those who came after them. Some of the artists that will be studied are
Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Caillebotte, Cezanne, Seurat.
Thursdays: February 25, March 3, 10, 24, 31
2:15 -- 11:15
3:30 p.m.
Room: TBA / Time: 10:00
Instructor: Sandra Hancock Martin
West Africa: Early Years, Colonial and Post Colonia Era IR – 631
Africa is one of the richest continents in the world. In particular, West
Africa is wealthy in oil, cocoa, coffee, diamonds, gold, uranium and
bauxite. In this course you will understand the development of Africa
and how it is important and strategic in the world. All the countries of
West Africa are rich in cultures and traditions, and have much to offer in
tourism. Come and explore the physical, educational, economical,
religious, social, political and psychological aspects of African life.
Thursdays: February 25, March 3, 10, 17
Room: TEC119 / Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Koutouan Anouma
Baseball & American Culture
IR- 637
This course explores topics in American culture through the lens of
baseball by taking an interdisciplinary approach to literature, culture, law,
history and sociology. Baseball fans, scholars and novices are welcome.
Thursdays: March 3, 10, 24, 31
Room: TBA / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Bill Burke, BCC Faculty & Mark Altschuler, BCC Faculty
Laws Affecting Seniors and the Disabled
IR- 060
How to protect assets in the event of nursing home care, including
Medicaid planning and planning for admission to the Veteran's Home.
The importance and use of Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives
(Medical Powers of Attorney and Living Wills), whether to purchase long
term health care insurance as well as a discusion of estate planning using
Wills and Trusts, and a clear explanation of the rules concerning gifts and
probate procedures. All will be presented in a clear, concise "nuts and
bolts" fashion
Thursdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24
Room: TBA / Time: 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Instructor: Robert J. Romano, Jr., Esq.
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The Golden Age of Pop Music
IR- 585
We continue our appreciation of America's pop music with selections
from The Great American Songbook of the 1920's to the 1960's. Each
class will have a theme, featuring musical standards from the Broadway
theater, Hollywood musicals and Tin Pan Alley.
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Thursdays: March
31, April
14 28
Room: TEC119 / Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joe Weisfeld
Retiree’s Guide to Financial Fitness
IR – 393
After recent market downturns, the value of good advice is more
apparent than ever. Learn about investment products and how inflation
can erode your retirement income, learn ways to potentially lower your
risk in the stock market, IRA issues, the proper mix and type of bonds,
stocks and alternatives, long term care coverage, minimizing your estate
taxes, and other financial issues. A review of some sophisticated products
that offer lower risk ways to make respectable returns. This course is given
by a Principal in one of the largest independent financial planning firms
in the NY/NJ area. He is a Certified Financial Planner with 24 years of
Thursdays: March 17, 24, 31, April 7
Room: TBA / Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: David R. Chepauskas, CFP
Prize Winning Contemporary Poets
IR- 578
Read the lyrical and accessible work of Mary Oliver, Stanley Kunitz, James
Wright, and others. Experience how the elements of poetry – speaker,
structure, figurative language, word choice, repetition – help us
appreciate and understand these poems.
Thursdays: March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28
Room: TBA / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Freedgood
**Local Authors’ Corner
IR – 618
Meet a local author; learn about his writing process, how to get
published and discover thrilling new works of literature.
Thursday: March 31
Room: TEC119 / Time: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Robert J. Romano, Jr., Esq.
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
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**AARP Driver Safety
IR – 088
This course offers an important opportunity to learn how to drive more
efficiently and safely. The course contains up-to-date information about
changes over time in oneself, their vehicles, road construction and state
laws. The content of the course can assist in boosting safety and awareness,
refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risks, increase
confidence, prolong mobility, maintain independence and the ability to
drive safely. AARP requires an additional fee, $15.00/Member of AARP;
$20.00/non-member, payable by check at the beginning of class.
Thursday: April 7
Room: TBA / Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Frank Biamonte
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
Scrabble: Mastering Strategy
IR – 611
Participants will learn Key strategies to be more competitive; produce
more high scoring words and learn the importance of using 2- and
3-letter special words. They will get a chance to play against other
participants and the instructor.
Thursdays: April 7, 14, 28, May 5
Room: TBA/ Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Christine Incontro
Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat
IR- 604
Learn how to turn your suburban backyard into a thriving healthy habitat
for migratory birds and butterflies. Due to over development our
backyards have become some of the last places available to many species
of wildlife in this course we will cover gardening with native plants,
creating a butterfly garden, the birds of Bergen county and much more
Thursdays: April 14, 21, 28
Room: TEC119 / Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Don Torino, Bergen County Audubon Society
Securing Your Personal Information
This course will cover the following: 1. Preventing Elder Fnancial Abuse
- Helping seniors to recognize their vulnerability and how to preventit
from happening to them. 2. Idnity theft how to protect your information
and what to do should it happen to you. 3. Cyber scams - Find out how
not to be a victim when using the wheb ( recognizing popular scams).
Thursdays: April 21, 28, May 5
Room: TEC119 / Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Carole Feeney, Community Bank of Bergen County
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* *Declutter Your Home
IR – 646
Learn about the hoarding and decluttering your home in this riveting
Thursday: May 5
Room: TEC119 / Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tom Hollerbach
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
**Life on Wheels: Vacation or Live in a Motor Home
IR – 527
From a humorous standpoint, learn how a motor home can replace a
shore, lake, desert or mountain home or better yet, replace all of them.
This class presents an overview of life styles available to those who would
like to see many interesting sights in USA at one’s own pace in a house
on wheels. The instructor and his wife own a motor home and reside in
it 2 to 4 months per year.
Thursday: May 12
Room: TEC119 / Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Steve Fowls
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
FRIDAY Course Offerings
Money! Money! Money!
IR- 624
This course will be a fun discussion of money, the lifeblood of our
economy. We will look at some facets of money’s current role; we will
review how money came to be so important; and we will speculate
about how money might change over the next several years.
Fridays: February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Room: TBA / Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Ewalt
Gianlorenzo Bernini
IR – 638
This class will examine the long and incredibly productive career of the
Italian Baroque artist Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). The son of a
sculptor, Bernini encountered Pope Paul V when he was just a young boy;
upon seeing his work, the Pope prophetically declared that he would
become "the Michelangelo of his age". Bernini would in fact go on to
become one of the great Universal Men of the Counter Reformation,
working as a sculptor, painter, architect, and playwright.
Fridays: February 26, March 4, 11, 18
Room: TBA / Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Denise Budd, BCC Faculty
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Exploring the Diverse & Rich Treasures of
Italian Civilization
IR- 634-001LY
Prof. Paolo Rizzo will conduct a guided tour of Italy with discussions
and video presentations which will allow participants to walk the
streets and savor the heritage of Italy's premiere destinations.
The course is a personally guided visit to the land of Prof. Rizzo's mother
& father who emigrated to the United States in 1920. Based on his many
trips to Italy, he will focus on Italy's most culturally & historically compelling sites and masterpieces. These will include the beautiful
artworks of the Italian Renaissance masters, glorious basilicas and
cathedrals, incredible palaces and grand piazzas, exquisite GrecoRoman monuments, the natural beauty of Italy from Lake Como in the
north to the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily and much more including
the food, the music and "il vino!"
Fridays: March 4, 11, 18, 25
Room: LYN324 / Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructors: Paul G. Rizzo, BCC Faculty
Exercise Your Way to Health
IR- 445
Would you like to exercise while having fun? Join us for a group exercise
class that is light on stress but heavy on results. Exercise your body for
strength, balance and even cognitive fitness. This course concentrates
on upper body, core, legs, balance and coordination. There will be chair
and standing exercises utilizing free arm movement, speed work and
ball/band exercises. Impress your friends with a renewed vigor; impress
yourself with a renewed strength. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
or sneakers with non-slip sole; eat a light snack and hydrate with a glass
of water one hour prior to class; feel free to bring bottled water to class.
Fridays: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13
Room: TBA / Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Richard Portugal, Founder of Fitness Senior Style, LLC
1-2-3 Crochet
IR- 395
Beginners and advanced crocheters are welcome to share the fun and
enjoyment of this relaxing hobby. Join the group for two hours of
crocheting and conversation. Crochet basics and crochet projects will be
introduced. Needle size, yarn types and pattern selection will be discussed.
Fridays: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6
Room: TEC119 / Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jeanne Wacker & Eileen Sudol
SATURDAY Course Offerings
Exploring the iPad
Learn how to negotiate your iPad with ease. Topics may include: Siri,
email, taking and editing photos, Skype, settings and more. Bring your
questions, a fully charged iPad with the latest software update, and a
Saturdays: February 27, March 5, 12, 19
Room: TBA / Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Sandra Jacobs
**ILR History Club
IR – 397-001C
Everyone interested in American history is welcome and invited to the
monthly “History Talks” at the ILR History Club. Hear prepared talks and
join in roundtable discussions and debates about important people
and events in American history. In the past we have discussed America’s
presidents, native American tribes, the Civil War, World War II and the
atomic bomb. Classes meet at the Ciarco Learning Center (CLC) in
Saturdays: January 30, February 27, March 19, April 30, May 21, June
25, July 30, August 27
Room: CLC103 / Time: 1:00 - 3:00p.m.
Instructors: Lois Erwin & Marty Alboum
**BONUS Course: This course is in addition to the four courses allotted per semester.
The American Revolution
IR – 639
With the benefit of hindsight, there is often the tendency to see events
in history as being inevitable. But there was nothing inevitable about
the victory of thirteen small colonies over England - the superpower of
its day. So how did the colonies pull off this very unlikely victory? This class
will focus on the politics of the Revolution: how did the interplay of various
groups contribute to the eventual outcome of the war? While some major
battles will, of course, be discussed, this will not focus on military history.
Fridays: April 8, 15, 22, 29
Room: TEC119 / Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Janet DiNardo-White
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Please note
The views and opinions expressed in ILR courses are strictly those of the
instructors. Because the advice or information given by your instructor may
not coincide exactly with your own particular situation, we urge you to:
• Consult your broker or financial advisor before acting upon implied or
actual recommendations concerning the investment of your money.
• Consult your doctor before following any suggestions pertaining to
consumption of medically-related products or other medical advice
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Institute for Learning in Retirement
400 Paramus Road, Room TECH-115
Paramus, New Jersey 07652-1595
Phone: (201) 447-7156
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