POTSDAM - At their recent fall luncheon, SOAR members and friends recognized the contribution to SOAR made by businessman Terry Niles (Niles Asset Management), who just happens also to be a Civil War scholar and expert on Abraham Lincoln.
Besides teaching a series of SOAR classes on the Civil War and the life of Lincoln, Terry also has been active with the St. Lawrence County Historical Association - taking part in the Civil War Round Table, serving on the Board of Trustees in the past, and still actively a member of the finance committee.
SOAR members appreciate Terrys dedication, passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm. As one student from Terrys SOAR class says, His knowledge is extensive. He has read so many books, done so much research, visited where Lincoln crew up, and traveled to the places and memorials that honor this great president. This shows his dedication to the subject.
Another SOAR student reports, Terry is so immersed in the period and the family of Lincoln. His enthusiasm brings places and people to life, and makes you see them as real.
The Leon LeBeau SOARing Educator Award honors an instructor or presenter who, like long-time art teacher Leon LeBeau, has made exceptional contributions to the intellectual, emotional, or physical well-being of SOAR members. This is the fourth time that the award has been given.
Previous recipients are John Casserly (2009) for his continuing series of classes on current events, Pam March (2010) who leads two levels of Tai-Chi each semester, and Clive and Sandra Henery (2011) for their ongoing course Tunes-R-Us, which develops a new theme each year.
SOAR is a member-directed lifelong learning group in the North Country. The organization is sponsored locally by SUNY Potsdam through the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation (CLEAR). Currently there are over 370 SOAR members, people beyond fulltime careers in the home and workplace who enjoy intellectual stimulation, physical activity, building skills, as well as going places and engaging in good fellowship.
Each semester SOAR offers over 50 courses, ranging from single presentations to classes of multiple sessions. The SOAR 2013 spring semester runs from March 11 – May 17, with daytime classes not only held on the SUNY Potsdam campus, but in other places in the Potsdam/Canton area. There are new courses starting each week, allowing greater participation opportunities and flexibility for people with busy schedules or who are away from the area part of the year. New members may join SOAR at any time for the yearly fee of $65, renewable each fall.