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Center for Lifetime Study

The Marist Center for Lifetime Study (CLS) provides opportunities for intellectual and cultural exploration and development for men and women of retirement age. CLS provides a rewarding experience of learning and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere without exams or grades. Currently, 650 members enjoy courses, trips, and social events held in various locations.

The Center is a volunteer, membership-run organization. Courses are offered in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and general sciences and are taught by CLS members, college faculty, or community leaders.

Currently, the Center for Lifetime Study and its waiting list have reached capacity. We are no longer accepting applications.

The History of CLS

The Sherman Legacy

             On February 12, 1992, Marist issued a press release announcing the establishment of a peer-led education program for individuals 55 years and older.  The Marist Center for Lifetime Study, or CLS, was established by the late Jonah Sherman and his wife Joan in honor of Jonah’s aunt Rose Sherman to provide intellectual opportunities, cultural exploration and academic development to local seniors.  The Shermans’ commitment to enriching the lives of others led Jonah to serve on Marist's Board of Trustees, as well as leadership positions in several local nonprofit organizations and led Joan to serve with other voluntary organizations.  Together, they worked with Catharine Street Community Center, where they began their volunteer lives locally. 

In 2007, Jonah made a special contribution to the Marist Archives and Special Collections in the James A. Cannavino Library with a donation of materials documenting the business and commercial history of Poughkeepsie.  The collection is filled with rare artifacts, books, newspapers, photographs, correspondence, advertisements, and other materials; the Jonah Sherman Collection an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to learn more about the economic growth and business development of our community. Jonah and Joan Sherman were sent to Central Europe, Asia, and Africa over a period of 13 years with International Executive Services Corps, United Jewish World Service, and United Way International to promote economic self-sufficiency in small communities, education and prevention of HIV/AIDS and the development of volunteerism.  Through CLS, Jonah and Joan Sherman have given Marist a unique legacy of service and leadership.

The Center for Lifetime Study

In March 1992, the Marist Center for Lifetime Study launched, with a series of four- to six-week noncredit courses.  The Center, a gift from the estate of Rose Sherman, is strongly ingrained with a sense of leadership and academic purpose.  Rose Sherman moved to Poughkeepsie in the 1980’s to be cared for by her family.  Jonah, sensitive to the need for challenging intellectual pursuits for senior citizens, worked to establish the Marist Center for Lifetime Study as a loving tribute to his Aunt Rose after her death