Community and Professional Education

Fall 2017 Offerings: Leisure & Special Interest

Contemporary Guitar Skills I
This course is designed for beginners and those who have been playing guitar for one year or less. You will be guided through the basics of guitar, including how to tune, play chords and solo. Also covered are major, minor and pentatonic scales, basic soloing skills, theory, technique and ensemble skills. Many musical examples will be illustrated from popular songs, including songs that are of special interest to students. You must provide your own acoustic or electric guitar (a small amplifier should be used with electric guitars). Additional materials will be discussed at the first class; anticipated cost is $20.
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Mon., 9/11- 12/4, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 10/9
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Contemporary Guitar Skills III
This class is for advanced students who have completed Contemporary Guitar Skills II and for those with four or more years of playing experience. Topics include; scales, arpeggios, modes, alternate tunings, scale applications, virtuoso techniques, phrasing, improvising and more.
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 9/12 - 11/28, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Rhythmic Analysis and Intro to Drum Set
This course will focus on the theory, history, and application of rhythmic patterns in western music. Students will learn to identify and perform snare drum rudiments on practice pads using proper snare drum technique. We will also talk about the history and application of these rhythms in genres ranging from rock to jazz to classical. Students will also listen to and analyze contemporary forms of music to further understand the way these rhythmic patterns structure and enhance modern compositions.
Rhythmic Analysis and Intro to Drum Set Materials List
12 Sessions, DCC 138
Wed., 9/13 -12/6, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
No class 11/22
Danny Sher, Instructor

Songwriting, Recording and Getting Heard
How does a band, solo artist, songwriter or producer get their work heard these days? What are the secrets of getting airplay, writing a great song, making a compelling sounding recording and getting high-visibility gigs? Instructor Sandy McKnight has a 40-year career as a musician, producer and songwriter, and will share his insights in this six-week course. Participants are encouraged to bring in songwriting works-in-progress for review and feedback. Recently back from Midem, an international music conference in Cannes, Sandy has up-to-the-minute information on the rapidly changing landscape of the music business, and he will discuss any topics of interest to you in this class.
6 Sessions, DCC B06
Tues., 10/17 - 11/21, 6 - 9 p.m.
Sandy McKnight, Instructor

Understanding the Vietnam War: Hard Lessons from an American Reckoning
The war in Vietnam was more than the defining experience of a generation. It forever altered the way Americans see themselves. Not since the Civil War has our nation been so compelled to look inward, reflecting upon its identity and role in the world. Yet there remains a cultural tendency to hold the war at arm's length, as evidenced by how little Americans know of its true causes, major figures, military strategies, and most importantly, its lessons. This four-session course will examine how America slid into one of the most traumatic periods in its history, one that produced heroes and tragedy we still must come to understand.
4 Sessions, ADM 101
Wed., 10/4 - 10/25, 6 - 8 p.m.
Michael Rivest, Instructor

Witches, Ghosts and Hauntings
Author Pauline Bartel is your guide for an excursion into the mysterious world of the supernatural. Learn the myths and realities of witches, ghosts and hauntings from the earliest days to the present time. Then take a side trip into Pauline's personal world where she reveals her own experiences with spells and spirits. Come along only if you're unafraid.
3 Sessions, DCC B06
Wed., 10/18 - 11/1, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

Star-Crossed Majesty: Marie Antoinette, Queen of France
The youngest daughter of the celebrated Empress Maria Theresa of Austria-Hungary, Marie Antoinette was a child of fate. She was born on Nov. 2, 1755, the Feast of All Souls. That same day, a colossal earthquake struck Lisbon, the home of her godparents the King and Queen of Portugal, and left 30,000 fatalities. This ill omen was seen by some as a portent foreshadowing the later calamitous events of her short life, which ended at 38 under the blade of the guillotine. One of the most unjustly maligned royals in history, she never uttered the infamous retort "Let them eat cake" when told the people of France were starving. In this course, we will follow the thread of destiny from her sunny, idyllic childhood in Vienna to her tragic end on a scaffold in Paris.
3 Sessions, ADM 102
Thurs., 10/19 - 11/2, 7 - 9 p.m.
Daniel O'Callaghan, Instructor

30-Hour Teaching Techniques and Methodology Course for Driving Instructors
This course is necessary for those driver instructors who intend to teach the New York State Five-Hour Pre-Licensing Program. Upon successful completion of this course and one year experience as an in-car instructor, a driving school instructor's certificate endorsed for classroom instruction will be issued.

Topics to be discussed include principles of learning, communication in the instructional process, media equipment and its use in the classroom, uses and techniques of questioning, and instructional organization and management. All participants will be required to attend a five-hour pre-licensing program. A college certificate of completion will be awarded to all individuals who successfully complete this course. 3.0 CEUs
6 Sessions, DCC 137
Mon., 9/11 - 10/23, 3:30 - 9 p.m.
No class 10/9
John Ferrucci, Instructor

The World of Tea
Discover the amazing flavors and powerful health benefits of tea. We will sample different styles and varieties, including herbal teas, and discuss the latest research on this ancient beverage. A food menu is optionally available and can be purchased separately on-site during class. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.
1 Session, Whistling Kettle in Troy
Fri., 10/13, 6 - 8 p.m.
Kevin Borowsky, Instructor

Affirmative Action and the Constitution
This course will provide an overview of Affirmative Action law in the broader legal context of race and discrimination. We will examine the current rules on Affirmative Action in higher education admissions and employment opportunities. The discussion will include the key Constitutional provisions, Supreme Court rules and federal statutes. We will wrestle with such issues as: Is US law "colorblind"? Should it be?
1 Session, WIL 113
Fri., 10/13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Stephan Haimowitz, Instructor

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Whether you are a complete beginner or just need a refresher, join us. This class includes basic instruction and the opportunity to play with people of varying skill levels. Please bring a 2017 National Mah Jongg League, Inc. Official Standard Hands and Rules card. If you have a Mah Jongg set, please bring it with you. Cards can be purchased at
4 Sessions, DCC B06
Mon., 11/6 - 11/27, 10 a.m. - Noon
Nancy Siegel, Instructor

Become an Even Better Parent
Parenting is the most important and challenging job in the world, yet few parents receive any training. This interactive course will provide information and hone skills to make you an even better parent than you already are. Topics will include: building emotional bonds; communicating effectively; developing realistic expectations; establishing cooperation; preventing and responding to behavior issues; handling strong emotions in parents and children; caring for yourself; decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse; and enjoying the parenting process more.
6 Sessions, DCC B06
Tues., 9/19 - 10/24, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,
Tracy Dunn, Instructor

Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera
Get control of your digital SLR camera! In this course, you'll break through the technology barrier and learn how to use your DSLR to take beautiful photos.

You'll start out by learning about the many features and controls of your DSLR and look at the lenses you need for the kind of photography you enjoy. Next, we'll explore exposure controls. You'll learn about metering, exposure compensation, managing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You'll find out how to use these features to get the right exposure for every shot.

Then we'll turn our attention to flash photography, managing camera controls, photo files, and even working in manual mode. With these skills, you'll be able to take your photography to the next level. Finally, the course explores high dynamic range photos and how to master those difficult and tricky exposure situations.

By the end of this course, you'll truly be a DSLR master, and most of all, you'll be able to use your camera to take the photos you've always dreamed of. This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online ed2go username and password within one week of registration. More detailed information on this course can be found at
Online course dates: 10/18 - 12/8/17

Start an Edible Garden
Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season. This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online ed2go username and password within one week of registration. More detailed information on this course can be found at
Online course dates: 10/18 - 12/8/17