Marist College Center for Lifetime Study Celebrates 30 Years

Anthony Proia, Director of Media Relations

July 18, 2022 – Back in 1992, Marist announced the establishment of a peer-led education program for Hudson Valley residents 55 years and older. The Marist Center for Lifetime Study (CLS) was created by Jonah and Joan Sherman to provide educational opportunities, cultural exploration and academic development to local seniors. CLS is a volunteer, membership-run organization that provides an experience of learning and fellowship in a relaxed classroom atmosphere without exams or grades.

Thirty years after its founding, that commitment continues, with a new suite of courses available for the coming 2022-23 academic year and there is now space available for local applicants to take advantage. Courses are offered in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and general sciences and are taught by CLS members, college faculty, or community leaders. Classes for the fall are now available to view on our website.

"CLS has opened up new learning experiences for me about subjects I never would have thought to explore," said CLS member Denise McGinley. "The program offers unique places to visit, allowing me to expand my knowledge of many subjects, including art, local history, the environment and lunch! As a new member I was totally impressed with each class."

"We loved going to college so now we go to CLS. That really says it all," said Mary Coiteux, who along with her husband Paul, are CLS members.

"As a member of CLS, I have enjoyed the classes and many of the trips to interesting locations," adds another member, Mary Lou Davis. "I see old friends and make new ones when I attend the meetings and courses offered."

Center for Lifetime Study Membership

Current members who have not yet renewed for the coming 2022-23 program, can do so online. Those interested in becoming new members, can email: or call the CLS office at (845) 575-3902. Registration is open until August 14. There is no waitlist. Members have access to Marist events, programming and campus resources such as the James A. Cannavino Library and the McCann Center pool.

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