SOU In the News: June 20 – 26

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Jacksonville Review – Digging Jacksonville: Artifact 8: Butchered Bear Bone: http://jacksonvillereview.com/artifact-8-butchered-bear-bone-by-katie-johnson/

 

News on SOU Academic Programs:

 

News on SOU Environment and Sustainability Initiatives:

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Mail Tribune – Ashland Museum Hosts Chuck Close Exhibit: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150619/NEWS/150619525/0/SEARCH

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

KDRV – SOU Students Begin Orientation: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/_SOU_Students_Begin_Orientation_.html

 

News on Politics and Policy Impacting SOU and Higher Education:

 

Miscellaneous News:

Daily Tidings – OLLI Open House Previews Courses: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150622/NEWS/150629991/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Comics Culture Comes Alive: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150620/NEWS/150629958/101033/NEWS

Daily Tidings – Letter to the Editor: Wasted Water: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150623/OPINION/150629967/0/SEARCH

World News – SOU Foundation Receives New Scholarship: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/06/22/SOU_Foundation_Receives_New_Scholarship_Southern_Oregon_Univ/

World News – SOU Now Home to Passport Acceptance Facility: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/06/22/SOU_Now_Home_to_Passport_Acceptance_Facility_Southern_Oregon/

SOU Professor Receives Championship Ring

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University economics professor Dan Rubenson never expected to wear an NAIA Football National Championship ring. Though he followed the team’s run of success through the regular and post seasons, he wasn’t directly involved in team activities in any way. That’s why it came as somewhat of a shock when he was informed that he’d be receiving a championship ring.

It turned out that, while he may not have had a direct impact on the football team, Dr. Rubenson did have a direct impact on someone else: 1997 SOU graduate Rick Young. Young, now senior vice president for State Street Bank and Trust in Kansas City, Mo., heard about his alma mater’s national championship and the effort that was underway to raise money for rings. He took action, donating $10,000 toward the effort. Young’s employer matched his donation and the combined $20,000 helped SOU go beyond its goal of $37,000 needed for rings for the team.

“It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort, and when we saw that they needed money for those rings to reward them as champions, we thought it was an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is,” Young told The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito in April.

During the more than 25 years that had passed since he graduated from SOU, Young had kept in contact with Dr. Rubenson, who has taught economics at SOU for nearly 30 years. “I’m not sure I could ever express what Dr. Rubenson’s mentorship did for me as a student,” he said. “What SOU did for me—what it’s done for thousands of students over the years—goes far beyond simply teaching facts and information. That’s where I learned to think critically and to really understand the world around me and my place in it. SOU instilled in me the power of thought and this was a way for me to give a little something back.”

Professor Dan Rubenson shows off his national championship ring.

Professor Dan Rubenson shows off his national championship ring.

For his part, Dr. Rubenson was surprised when he heard the news that he’d be receiving a ring. “It was definitely not something I expected,” he said. Dr. Rubenson had been in contact with Young over the years and recalled him as a strong student. “I’m really touched by this. He was always a good student and I think the reasons he gave for wanting to give back to the University are shared by most of our alumni.”

The fact that Young stipulated that Dr. Rubenson receive a ring illustrates the importance of faculty/student relationships and the impact that SOU faculty have on those who they teach. “I’m far from the only faculty member at SOU who has had such an influence on a student,” Dr. Rubenson said. “I’m certain all of my colleagues in every department on campus have. Many of us are still in touch with students who sat in our classrooms decades ago. That one-on-one relationship between students and faculty is one of the things that makes SOU so special.”

SOU defeated Marian University (Ind.) 55-31 in the NAIA Football National Championship last December, capping a 13-2 season and earning the University’s first-ever national championship in football.

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU Foundation Receives New Scholarship

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(Ashland, Ore.) — The Southern Oregon University Foundation received a new annual scholarship from Southern Oregon Pride with matching funds from two community members. The SOPride Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to promote equality, peace, and inclusion and is dedicated to community service.

Janelle Wilson, the Coordinator of the Queer Resource Center at SOU said, “We are thrilled that Southern Oregon Pride has chosen to contribute to the success of our students. Their commitment to supporting our campus community is an extension of their mission to promote educational opportunities throughout the greater Rogue Valley. We are grateful for their generous gift to our students.”

SOPride will host its “White Party” fundraiser on June 27. Proceeds from the event will partially fund the annual scholarship each year.

“It is the mission of SOPride to promote equality, peace, and basic rights for all and to give back to our community. I am so proud that we are able to support an SOU student who shares these values,” said Gina DuQuenne the founder and President of SOPride.

More information about SOPride can be found at www.sopride.org.

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU Now Home to Passport Acceptance Facility

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(Ashland, Ore.) —The Southern Oregon University Office of International Programs is now an officially designated Passport Acceptance Facility (PAF).

That designation, which comes from the U.S. Department of State, means that individuals applying for a first time passport, those whose current passport was issued more than 15 years ago or were younger than 15 years of age when it was issued, and anyone who has undergone a name or gender change can now apply. As an additional service and added convenience, community members renewing or applying for new passports can have their passport photos taken at the PAF in the Office of International Programs.

The PAF at SOU is open to the public. “We’re very pleased to have this designation and to offer this convenience to SOU and local community members,” said Virginia Roberson, director of SOU’s Office of International Programs.

The facility is located in Room 322 inside the Stevenson Union on SOU’s main Ashland campus. It is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

Before contacting the PAF at SOU by phone or in person, the Office of International Programs requests that applicants first visit the U.S. Department of State’s official website, travel.state.gov, and click on “How to Apply for a Passport” for information on passport forms and fees. For general inquiries, applicants may call the main phone number of the Office of International Programs at 541-552-6336.

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

About the SOU Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs (OIP) offers a variety of services including international student recruitment and admissions, international student, scholar and visitor services and study away. The OIP also manages SOU’s Intensive English Program.

SOU In the News: June 13 – 19

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Daily Tidings – Overcoming the Odds (feature on graduate Sabrina Podsobinski): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150613/NEWS/150619878/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – You’re Hired: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150615/NEWS/150619807/0/SEARCH

Oxford University Press – “Deflategate,” Fox News, and Frats: This Year in Public Apologies (feature by Professor Edwin Battistella): http://blog.oup.com/2015/06/public-apologies-2015/

Daily Tidings – SOU Recognized Pair for Lifesaving Efforts: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150617/NEWS/150619803/0/SEARCH

 

News on SOU Academic Programs:

KDRV – Class of 2015 Graduates from SOU: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/Class_of_2015_Graduates_From_SOU.html

KDRV – Web Extra: Mark Helfrich SOU Commencement: http://www.kdrv.com/sports/southern-oregon-university/Web_Extra_Mark_Helfrich_SOU_Commencement.html

KTVL – SOU Graduation: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_vid_16397.shtml

KOBI – Ducks Head Coach Gives SOU Graduation’s Commencement Speech: http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/graduation-day-for-southern-oregon-university-seniors.html?category_id=3#.VX72Lka2pCA

RVTV – SOU Commencement 2015 (video archive of ceremony): http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01550&video=239841

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Mark Helfrich’s 4 Pieces of Advice for College Graduates: http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2015/06/mark_helfrichs_4_pieces_of_adv.html

Daily Tidings – Southern Oregon University Graduates its 89th Class: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150614/NEWS/150619870/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU Launches 89th Graduating Class: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150613/NEWS/150619874

Daily Tidings – 95 Percent of OHSU Ashland Nursing Grads to Make an Average of $32 an Hour: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150614/NEWS/150619871/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Ashland OHSU Nursing Grads Celebrate Job Prospects: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150615/NEWS/150619710/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – SOU Launches 89th Graduating Class: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150613/NEWS/150619768/0/SEARCH

 

News on SOU Environment and Sustainability Initiatives:

Great Value Colleges – 30 Great Small Colleges for Nature Lovers: http://www.greatvaluecolleges.net/30-great-small-colleges-for-nature-lovers/

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Daily Tidings – Ashland Museum Hosts Chuch Close Exhibit: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150617/NEWS/150619812/0/SEARCH

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

 

News on Politics and Policy Impacting SOU and Higher Education:

 

Miscellaneous News:

Mail Tribune – SOU Power Back On After Morning Outage: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150615/NEWS/150619726/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Letter to the Editor: “Grads Deserved Better Photo”: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150616/OPINION/150619719/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Jackson County Can Now Offer Jobs to College Students Before They Graduate (SOU mentioned): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150617/NEWS/150619603/0/SEARCH

SOU Offers Social Media in Business Class to Public

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(Ashland, Ore.) — The Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) along with Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) and the Post Growth Institute are sponsoring a four-hour course aimed at helping local managers and owners of small businesses gain exposure and increase sales revenue by utilizing social media.

The class, “Harness the Power of Social Media in Business,” is open to all and the cost is just $99 to attend (SBDC clients, WESO members, and representatives of non-profits pay just $75).

The presenter, Dr. Donnie Maclurcan, is a facilitator, author, and social entrepreneur, as well as affiliate professor at Southern Oregon University. He is also executive director of the Post Growth Institute.

“This is an excellent opportunity for small business in the Rogue Valley to learn some of the tools and tactics that will help them reach customers across multiple social media platforms,” said Jack Vitacco, director of the SOU SBDC. “Dr. Maclurcan is a wonderful presenter with a track record of success with his social media strategies.”

The class is scheduled to take place Thursday, June 25 from 1-5 p.m. in room 129 inside the SOU/RCC Higher Education Center at 101 S. Bartlett St. in Medford. In order to get the most from the class, participants are asked to bring a laptop or tablet device.

For more information or to register visit www.wesoweb.org/event-1950910.

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU In the News: June 6 – 12

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Mail Tribune – Invested in Learning: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150605/NEWS/150609706/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Ashland’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Honors Two Grand Marshals: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150608/NEWS/150609833/0/SEARCH

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: SOU Success Story Daniel Breaux: http://ijpr.org/post/sou-success-story-daniel-breaux

 

News on SOU Academic Programs:

Daily Tidings – SOU Business School Seeks Research Requests: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150607/NEWS/150609864/0/SEARCH

 

News on SOU Environment and Sustainability Initiatives:

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Topix – Oregon Fringe Festival: http://www.topix.com/forum/colleges/southern-oregon-university/TB5VR58MNB5OD9E39

Daily Tidings – Southern Oregon University Arts Market: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150609/NEWS/150609828/0/SEARCH

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

 

News on Politics and Policy Impacting SOU and Higher Education:

Mail Tribune – Guest Opinion: SOU Is On Its Way to a Successful Future (Guest Opinion by Dr. Saigo): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150607/OPINION/150609725/0/SEARCH

 

Miscellaneous News:

Detroit Free Press – How Should Campus Sexual Assault Cases be Handled (SOU mentioned): http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/06/08/sexual-assault-summit-solutions/28659249/

KTVL – SOU Gets Approval to Rebuild McNeal Pavilion: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_sou-gets-approval-rebuild-mcneal-pavilion-16365.shtml

Daily Tidings – Guanajuato Delegation Ready for Departure (SOU connection mentioned): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150610/NEWS/150619976/0/SEARCH

SOU Commencement to Take Place Saturday

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University will confer degrees on approximately 1,000 new graduates at its 89th Commencement ceremony Saturday at Raider Stadium on the University’s main campus in Ashland. The processional will begin at 8:45 a.m. with the ceremony following immediately thereafter.

Featured speakers at this year’s ceremony include SOU President Dr. Roy Saigo and Bill Thorndike, who is speaking on behalf of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Thorndike is also Chair of the SOU Board of Trustees, which will assume governing authority of the University on July 1.

This year’s Commencement address will be given by University of Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich, who had a decorated career as a student athlete at SOU before his successful coaching career, graduated from SOU with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996.

Patricia Halleran, who is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in anthropology and certificates in both Native American studies and applied anthropology has been selected as the student speaker and Vance Beach will speak on behalf of the SOU Alumni Association. Beach earned a Bachelor of Science in communication from SOU in 2011 and a master’s degree in management in 2014.

SOU students Sabrina Podsobinksi and Hayden Teachout will receive the Dankook Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Students. This award commemorates more than thirty years of friendship between SOU and Dankook University in Seoul, South Korea. Each year at Commencement, SOU honors its outstanding female and male graduates with this award. The criteria used to select the Dankook Award recipients are: demonstration of scholarship, contributions to campus life by playing a leadership role, and evidence of citizenship and character.

Podsobinski will graduate with a double major in communication and psychology and a 4.0 GPA. After graduation, she plans to continue her studies in organizational psychology and business. Teachout will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in emerging media and digital art. He was a member of SOU’s cross country and track teams while maintaining a 3.99 GPA.

Margartet Newcomb and Jennifer Clark will be honored during the ceremony with the Universidad de Guanajuato Award for Outstanding Graduate Students. Newcomb graduates with a Master of Art in French language teaching and a 3.9 GPA, Clark with a Master of Science in education and a 4.0 GPA.

Gates to Raider Stadium open at 7 a.m. the morning of Commencement, and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Free parking is available in all parking lots on the SOU campus throughout the day. The ceremony will be broadcast live on RVTV and archived for later viewing.

More information on SOU Commencement ceremony is available online at www.sou.edu/commencement.

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU In the News: May 30 – June 5

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Daily Tidings – Invested in Learning: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150605/NEWS/150609882/0/SEARCH

World News – SOU Announces New VP of Development: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/05/29/SOU_Announces_New_VP_of_Development_Southern_Oregon_Universi/

Foundation and Endowment Intelligence – Southern Oregon University Foundation Names Executive Director: http://www.foundationendowment.com/Article/3458987/Default/Southern-Oregon-University-Foundation-Names-Executive-Director.html

Save Oregon Wrestling – First Female Edges Out Men to Earn 1st Place $3,000 Scholarship (featuring SOU commit Jessica DeHart): http://www.saveoregonwrestling.org/home/2015/05/2015-scholarship-awards-announced/

Daily Tidings – Ashland Map App Complements Popular Hard-Copy Version (SOU alumnus featured): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150531/NEWS/150539992/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Ashland Police Honor SOU Student for Using CPR to Save a Life: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150602/NEWS/150609938/0/SEARCH

Noodls – SOU Team Ranks No. 7 in World in Business Strategy Game: http://www.noodls.com/view/9DEF4355D21AC96E07B25C5D0A6A81350557300D?3070xxx1433271531

 

News on SOU Academic Programs:

Mail Tribune – Other views: Credit Transfer Agreement a Big Step (editorial about SOU/KCC partnership): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150530/OPINION/150539992/0/SEARCH

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: Sending Kids Outdoors to Learn (discussion on SOU’s Fall in the Field program): http://ijpr.org/post/sending-kids-outdoors-learn

 

News on SOU Environment and Sustainability Initiatives:

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Daily Tidings – Oregon Fringe Festival: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_vid_16307.shtml

The Siskiyou – On the Fringe: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/on-the-fringe/

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

Daily Tidings – Art Museum Hosts Free Family Day: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150528/NEWS/150529817/0/SEARCH

Noodles – SOU Students to Release Economic Forecast: http://www.noodls.com/view/11DF3974D5D69B5F43C2C8A3710AD01A00C43CCC?512xxx1432925894

World News – SOU Students to Release Economic Forecast: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/05/29/SOU_Students_to_Release_Economic_Forecast_Southern_Oregon_Un/

Rogue Valley Messenger – SOU Economics Students to Issue Forecast for US Economy: http://roguevalleymessenger.com/events/community-commerce-classes-lectures/sou-economics-students-issue-forecast-us-economy

Daily Tidings – Helfrich to Deliver Commencement Address Saturday: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150604/NEWS/150609884

The Siskiyou – Helfrich to Delivery Commencement Address: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/helfrich-to-deliver-commencement-address/

 

News on Politics and Policy Impacting SOU and Higher Education:

Daily Tidings – Council Corner: SOU Scholarship Would Add Value: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150602/OPINION/150609979/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Our View: Good Idea Needs Work (editorial on City of Ashland SOU Scholarship proposal): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150604/OPINION/150609923/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Oregon Universities Pledge Tuition Limits if Lawmakers Hike Funding: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150601/NEWS/150609930/0/SEARCH

KGW – Oregon Universities Pledge Tuition Limits if Lawmakers Hike Funding: http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/06/01/universities-pledge-tuition-limits-if-lawmakers-hike-funding/28333505/

KTVL – Universities Pledge Tuition Limits if Lawmakers Hike Funding: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_universities-pledge-tuition-limits-if-lawmakers-hike-funding-16295.shtml

Mail Tribune – Our View: Any Extra Higher Ed Funds Should Limit Tuition: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150603/OPINION/150609881/0/SEARCH

 

Miscellaneous News:

Mail Tribune – Class of 2015 Valedictorians (Many planning to attend SOU): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150531/NEWS/150539952/0/SEARCH

The Dartmouth – Hanover Police Implement “You Have Options Program”: http://thedartmouth.com/2015/06/01/hanover-police-implement-you-have-options-program/

The Siskiyou – Schneider Children’s Center Remains Uncertain: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/schneider-childrens-center-remains-uncertain/

The Siskiyou – When it Goes Wrong, Who You Going to Call?: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/when-it-goes-wrong-who-you-going-to-call/

The Source Weekly (Bend): Brian Magnet or Brain Drain (feature on OSU Cascades, SOU mentioned prominently): http://www.bendsource.com/bend/brain-magnet-or-brain-drain/Content?oid=2451557

The Siskiyou – One-on-One: Dr. Roy Saigo, President of SOU: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/one-on-one-dr-roy-saigo-president-of-sou/

Two Recognized for Life-Saving Efforts at SOU

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(Ashland, Ore.) —A Southern Oregon University Campus Public Safety Officer and SOU student were both honored with Life Saving Awards by University President Roy Saigo during a June 1 ceremony on campus.

The officer, Robert Gibson, and student, Kala Griffith, were honored in their role in saving the life of a man found unconscious in SOU’s Education and Psychology Building on April 6.

SOU President Roy Saigo presents Officer Robert Gibson with the Citizen Life Saving Award. Officer Gibson's wife, Tammy, joined him for the ceremony.

SOU President Roy Saigo presents Officer Robert Gibson with the Citizen Life Saving Award. Officer Gibson’s wife, Tammy, joined him for the ceremony.

Griffith was among the first people to notice that the individual was unconscious and began giving chest compressions. Upon his arrival, Officer Gibson took over giving chest compressions until emergency medical technicians with Ashland Fire and Rescue arrived and began administering CPR. The man was subsequently transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

Dr. Saigo presents the Citizen Life Saving Award to Kala Griffith.

Dr. Saigo presents the Citizen Life Saving Award to Kala Griffith.

“It is truly my honor to present you with this award today,” Dr. Saigo said. “Your quick and responsive actions that day saved a man’s life, and for that you should be very proud, just as we are very proud to have you as part of the SOU community.”

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.