About the SAGE Community

HISTORY

SAGE Community is a non-profit educational program for persons aged 55-plus, held at Christ Church Episcopal, 21 E. Aurora Street in downtown Hudson. It is held in a community-based location that enables easy access for people from surrounding communities.  The program is in session during the fall, winter, and spring.

 

SAGE Community (formerly known as ENCORE Campus-Hudson) was originally developed by Cuyahoga Community College in the fall of 2009, patterned after the ENCORE Campus programs on the Eastern and Western Campuses of the College.  In the fall of 2013, after ENCORE-Hudson was successfully established, the program became a non-profit organization, and was re-named SAGE Community.  It was shortly after this time that the University of Akron Institute for Lifespan Development and Gerontology approached SAGE and asked if they might partner with the program. Thus began a connection that adds an important academic dimension to SAGE Community, affirming its excellence in the field of Lifelong Learning programs.

   

MISSION

To provide an environment of learning that acknowledges the intellect of today’s older population in their retirement and pre-retirement stages of life.  SAGE embraces diversity among its students and curriculum, and welcomes people of all faiths, cultures, and lifestyles.  It supports the theory of “successful aging” through continued engagement in life, involvement in community, and the continued forging of new friendships and relationships that keep us active and vital.

 

PURPOSE

To provide a curriculum of non-credit courses each new quarter, that are enlightening, enriching, intellectually stimulating, thought provoking, skill-building, and give opportunity for discussion and debate.  Courses that challenge the mind and lead to new awareness and growth.

 

FACULTY

The SAGE faculty is comprised of many professors, career teachers and professionals from a wide range of disciplines, all of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classrooms each week, and develop new topics within their disciplines for presentation each new quarter.  A testament to the depth and breadth of their knowledge.

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Iris Whittington Gold

 

Coordinator, Curriculum and Program Development

Diane Ruppelt

 

Administrative Coordinator

Gurmukh Bhatia