Southern Oregon University Sells Carbon Credits to Chevrolet

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Aug. 27, 2014

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:

Roxane Beigel-Coryell, Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator, Southern Oregon University; Tel: 541-552-8139beigelcod@sou.edu

Sharon Basel, Sustainability Communications Manager, General Motors; Tel: 313-378-6647Sharon.basel@gm.com

Campus Engages Students on Clean Energy Efforts

Southern Oregon University is participating in Chevrolet’s carbon-reduction initiative. It is selling carbon credits for the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Raider Village residence halls to Chevrolet for one year. This unique program enables the university to receive funding for reducing the campus’ carbon footprint through green building practices.

“Chevy’s efforts offer an exceptional opportunity to recognize top-performing, LEED-certified projects, while encouraging them to continue to operate in ways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate global climate change,” said Chris Pyke, Ph.D., vice president of research for the U.S. Green Building Council.

SOU has long been a leader in campus sustainability, adopting a Climate Action Plan in 2010. The plan outlines the university’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint 10 percent by 2020 and 100 percent by 2050. One of its strategies to reach carbon neutral is investing in green buildings, such as the LEED Gold-Certified Raider Village. The Village is the newest development in sustainable campus living and a unique experience that has no equal in the Oregon University System. The buildings feature daylit common spaces, variable refrigerant flow technology, and 153 kilowatts of solar photovoltaics.

In 2010, Chevrolet was also working to set carbon goals of its own beyond its efficient vehicles and responsible manufacturing efforts, striving to reduce up to 8 million tons of carbon dioxide in certified carbon projects across the country. To achieve this commitment, the company rolled out its voluntary carbon-reduction initiative. Most recently, it helped develop the methodology funding the energy efficiency work of universities like SOU.

Chevrolet is purchasing carbon from campus greenhouse gas reductions and retiring them, meaning the company will never use them to offset emissions related to its own operations or products.

Chevrolet and SOU first connected on this project during a conference last year, when student Shaun Franks introduced the opportunity to university staff. During the program’s validation process, SOU discovered that the LEED buildings were not performing to their full potential. This is a common problem for LEED projects, as the green building practices only focus on design and construction, and one of the reasons LEED increasingly emphasizes the need to link project goals with operational performance measures.
Once aware of the opportunity for improvement, SOU engaged the student residents to help reduce energy use to achieve the buildings’ optimal performance.

“Discovering that the buildings weren’t performing to the design standards was just the push we needed to ramp up our student engagement efforts in the residence halls,” reflects Roxane Beigel-Coryell, sustainability and recycling coordinator, SOU. “It also underlines the importance of monitoring all campus buildings to ensure they are operating as efficiently as possible.”

This fall, student leaders will run an energy conservation campaign in the new halls to educate and engage student residents in the university’s conservation efforts.

“We know there are ways to fuel the clean-energy movement beyond our electric vehicles and use of renewables at our manufacturing facilities,” said David Tulauskas, director of sustainability at General Motors. “The leaders in the higher education community, like Southern Oregon University, are doing big things to leave a smaller footprint, and engaging their students along the way. This effort supports their ingenuity and continued investment in energy efficiency.”

SOU plans to use revenue from the carbon transaction to fund additional energy conservation projects on campus, such as lighting retrofits, equipment upgrades, or to expand existing solar arrays.

“SOU will further its clean energy leadership through this partnership with Chevrolet,” said Dr. Roy Saigo, President of Southern Oregon University. “The funds gained will be reinvested in carbon-reduction projects on campus that will brighten the future of our students and benefit our community.”

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 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

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Southern Oregon Historical Society Honors SOU Archaeologists

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June 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Mark Tveskov, Director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, Southern Oregon University; Tel: 541-552-6345, tveskov@sou.edu

Rob Esterlein, Executive Director, Southern Oregon Historical Society; Tel: 541-773-6536 Ext.1005, Email: director@sohs.org

Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology to Receive Southern Oregon Heritage Award in Presentation on June 28

The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) will present its 2014 Southern Oregon Heritage Award to the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) for its contributions to the scientific study of the History of the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon. The award, given annually for outstanding contributions to the preservation and promotion of history, will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Oregon Historical Society on June 28.

Led by Dr. Mark Tveskov and staff archaeologists Chelsea Rose and Katie Johnson, the Laboratory of Anthropology at SOU has conducted detailed archaeological investigations at some of the most important historic and prehistoric sites in Southern Oregon. Recent and ongoing investigations include the old Chinese quarter in Jacksonville, Fort Lane in Central Point, the Peter Britt estate in Jacksonville and the site of the Battle of Hungry Hill in 1855 during the Rogue River Wars.

In describing the reasons the Southern Oregon Historical Society chose to honor SOULA, SOHS Executive Director Rob Esterlein commented, “We, the Southern Oregon Community, have benefited immeasurably from the work that Dr. Tveskov, his associates and students have done to apply discipline and scientific method to the study of Southern Oregon’s Past. Not only have they revealed aspects of the lives of individuals and communities that could not have been brought to light otherwise, they have regularly involved the public in the process of archaeological and historical discovery.”

“We couldn’t be more honored to receive this award,” Tveskov commented, “SOULA’s mission is to not only provide an educational opportunity for students seeking jobs in heritage fields, but also to serve Southern Oregon in the stewardship of our collective history.  This award reflects, we feel, the success and spirit of the public partnerships we have collectively developed between not only SOHS, but also local Indian Tribes and municipalities, federal and state agencies, and the public.”

The Annual Meeting of the Southern Oregon Historical Society takes place June 28, from 5pm – 7:30pm at historic Hanley Farm, 1056 Hanley Road in Central Point. The event, which includes entertainment, tours of the historic Hanley farmhouse, refreshments, presentation of awards and a talk by author Dennis Powers, is open to all members of the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

About the Southern Oregon Historical Society The Southern Oregon Historical Society is nonprofit 501c3 organization governed by its elected Board of Trustees, who act in accordance with SOHS bylaws and standard museum practices. The SOHS Director, appointed by the Board, is supported by a dedicated staff. Together, they work with many volunteers who keep the Library open, keep Hanley Farm running, and assist with programs, funding and outreach. More: http://www.sohs.org/our-story

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.

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SOU Archaeologist Chelsea Rose Featured on National TV Series

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact:

Chelsea Rose, Archaeologist, Southern Oregon University; 541-261-3087; rosec@sou.edu

or, Kelsey Wallace, OPB; 503-445-1893; kwallace@opb.org

June 16, 2014

The second season of Time Team America, the OPB national series that combines archaeological discovery with good storytelling, will premiere exclusively on OPB stations this month—eight weeks ahead of its PBS air date. Produced entirely in Oregon and shot throughout the U.S., each of the four new episodes explores a different region and time in American history through the eyes, ears and expertise of a team of adventurous archaeologists. Time Team America debuts Monday, June 16, at 10 p.m. on OPB.

Working against a ticking clock, scientists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Jeff Brown and Southern Oregon University’s Chelsea Rose join forces with host Justine Shapiro to uncover historical secrets buried beneath the soil. Combining technologically advanced tools and old-fashioned elbow grease, every one-hour episode takes viewers on a journey into the earth and back in time.

“We’re thrilled to be back for a second season of this terrific series,” says OPB’s vice president of TV production David Davis. “There’s nothing else quite like it on TV. Viewers will feel they are right in the trenches with working archeologists as they uncover the artifacts of our past.”

Here’s what’s in store for the team in season two:

-      Tucked between upscale homes in suburban Maryland just outside Washington, D.C., are the remains of an 1830’s plantation—once home to Josiah Henson, the enslaved man who inspired the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. What remains here of his life and legacy?

-      In western Oklahoma, the bones of massive 10,000-year-old bison mingle with the remnants of early human-made weapons. What strategies did hunters use against these mammoth beasts before the advent of bows and arrows? What can these bison bones teach us about our ancient past?

-      Camp Lawton, near Millen, Georgia, housed 10,000 Union prisoners at the end of the Civil War. The remains of the camp have long been lost to history. Can Time Team America find the original site of the camp? What artifacts are buried beneath the ground and what do they tell us of the hellish experiences of the prisoners once held captive here?

-      The site of what is believed to have been a 1,200-year-old village is located near Mesa Verde, Colorado, where ancient peoples built one of the first permanent settlements in North America. What did this settlement look like and how did life here shape human history?

To join the conversation, “like” Time Team America on Facebook:facebook.com/timeteamamerica. View behind-the-scenes footage, interactive content and past episodes online at pbs.org/time-team.

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About Time Team America

Time Team America is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and Videotext Communications, Ltd. and is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The co-executive producer for OPB is David Davis and the co-executive producer for Videotext is Tim Taylor.

About OPB  


OPB is the largest cultural and education institution in the region, delivering excellence in public broadcasting to 1.5 million people each week through television, radio and the Internet. Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most-used and most-supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by members across Oregon and southern Washington. For more information, visit opb.org.

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 Health and Wellness Center Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

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For Immediate Release

May 20, 2014

For more information contact:

Laura Robin, DO

Student Health & Wellness Center at Southern Oregon University

541-552-6137

robinl@sou.edu

The SOU Student Health and Wellness Center in Ashland, OR Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

[Ashland, Oregon] The Student Health and Wellness Center at Southern Oregon University has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this integrated medical/mental health university health center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its clients and patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means the SOU Student Health and Wellness Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health and mental health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

“We believe our patients and clients deserve the best,” stated Laura Robin, Medical Director of the Student Health and Wellness Center. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our clients and patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” said Robin.

The mission of the Student Health and Wellness Center is to promote the optimal health and well-being of students through quality educational, primary medical care, mental health and health promotion services. These services are confidential, convenient and economical and delivered in a setting and manner that facilitates the healing and learning process that recognizes the unique needs of students and is supportive of their academic success at SOU.  Our caring and dedicated staff of doctors, nurse practitioners, counselors, nurses, health educator, medical assistant, lab/dispensary tech, and administrative and support staff strive to provide quality medical and mental health care to the thousands of students we see annually.

The Student Health and Wellness Center is located between Indiana St and Cox Hall above Siskiyou Blvd; more information about us and our services can be found at: www.sou.edu/health or by calling, 541-552-6137.

About The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

Founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC  accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.

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.

 

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Southern Oregon University Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

April 22, 2014

For more information contact:

D. Roxane Beigel-Coryell, Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator

beigelcod@sou.edu

541-552-8139

 

SOU is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review

The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings, and guidebooks profiles SOU in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.  The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Published a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 216-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind: it can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools’ sustainability initiatives.  A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide’s profile on Southern Oregon University, The Princeton Review highlights the school’s  leadership in renewable energy, green building, academic programs, student engagement, and innovation in becoming the first university to offset 100% of its water use.

”SOU is honored to be featured in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges,” said Roxane Beigel-Coryell, SOU Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator. “Being green is an important part of our culture at SOU, both for students and the administration.”

Said Rob Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, “We are pleased to recommend SOU to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices.”

Franek noted his Company’s recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. “Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 61% said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said.

Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, commented “In collaborating with The Princeton Review on this annual guide, we have seen that sustainability on campuses continues to be an important deciding factor for today’s four-year college bound students.  We are excited to once again provide prospective students and their parents with a resource to help them navigate this often daunting decision-making process.”

How Schools Were Chosen for the Book

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey the Company conducted in 2013. The survey asked administrators at hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Using survey data that covered more than 25 fields, The Princeton Review tallied its “Green Ratings” (scores from 60 to 99) for 832 schools and reported them in the school profiles on the Company’s website and in its college guides in summer 2013. The 332 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools 1 to 332, nor does it report their Green Rating scores in this book.) Information about the Company’s Green Rating and its “Green Honor Roll” list of 22 schools that received the highest possible score, 99, is at www.princetonreview.com/green.aspx

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 Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. Every year it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation, tutoring, and admissions services, its online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House LLC. The Company delivers its services via a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A. and Canada, and through its international franchises in 14 other countries. The Company also partners directly with school districts and non-governmental organizations to provide students with college readiness services including college selection, test preparation, financial aid advice, and admissions support. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA, and is privately held.  For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com and www.facebook.com/ThePrincetonReview.  Follow the Company’s Twitter feed @ThePrincetonRev

About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit centerforgreenschools.org or find us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For more:

The Princeton Review: Jeanne Krier, 212-539-1350, pressoffice@review.com, or Kristen O’Toole, 888-347-7737 ext. 1405, kotoole@review.com

U.S. Green Building Council: Jacob Kriss, 202-595-3992, jkriss@usgbc.org

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Southern Oregon University Announces President’s Medal Recipients


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

April 16, 2014                                   

 

For further information contact: 

Liz Shelby

Chief of Staff, Southern Oregon University

shelby@sou.edu

541-552-6111

 

Senator Bates and Representative Buckley will be recognized at an awards ceremony at Southern Oregon University on April 30

(Ashland, OR.) – Senator Alan C. Bates and Representative Peter J. Buckley have been selected to receive the 2014 Southern Oregon University President’s Medal.

“It is truly an honor to receive the President’s Medal,” said Senator Alan Bates. “Southern Oregon University is an important entity in the complex and delicate fabric that represents both the past and future of southern Oregon. I am humbled to be recognized in this manner.  It’s a pleasure to work alongside those who strive for a bright and successful future for SOU.”

The Southern Oregon University President’s Medal is awarded each year to a member of the community. “This is the highest service award presented by SOU,” said SOU President Dr. Mary Cullinan. “The President’s Medal recognizes individuals who have served the University, the region, and the greater community in an exemplary manner. It represents qualities such as compassion, integrity, and service. Receiving the medal is a true honor.”

“While I appreciate the acknowledgement of our work, Senator Bates and I both know there is still a long way to go to turn around Oregon’s investment in higher education,” said Representative Peter Buckley. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to help SOU thrive.”

Senator Bates and Representative Buckley will be recognized at an awards ceremony at Southern Oregon University on April 30.

 

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SOU Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 14, 2014

For more information contact:

D. Roxane Beigel-Coryell, Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator

beigelcod@sou.edu

541-552-8139

Sustainable building practices were employed throughout the design and construction of the Raider Village residence and dining complex. 

Southern Oregon University (SOU) announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Gold for the new Raider Village residence and dining complex. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

“SOU is pleased to receive LEED Gold Certification for the new Raider Village,” says Drew Gilliland, SOU Director of Facilities Management & Planning. “This is the campus’ largest project to date. We are proud to have surpassed our goal of LEED Silver Certification for all new construction and look forward to continuing to meet and exceed this goal with future projects.”

The Raider Village is the newest development in sustainable campus living and a unique experience that has no equal in the Oregon University System. The Village includes 195,000 sf of new student housing, 24,000 sf of dining opportunities and over 6.8 acres of renovated landscaping, parking and pedestrian paths. Raider Village is an interactive learning community of environmental stewardship and inspiration.

SOU achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. “SOU’s Raider Village LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and SOU serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

Sustainable building practices were employed throughout the design and construction of the Raider Village residence and dining complex. The project sourced 26% of materials within 500 miles and diverted a staggering 86% of construction waste from the landfill. Students enjoy daylit common spaces, thermostat controls for each unit, and bicycle storage in each room. The site also features six electric vehicle charging stations, improved pedestrian crossings to enhance walkability, and 160 covered bicycle stalls throughout Raider Village.

Additional sustainable building strategies featured in Raider Village include:

  • 11.2% on-site renewable energy generation for all new buildings including solar water heating and photovoltaic electricity generation;
  • 45% water reduction beyond building code with water conserving plumbing fixtures;
  • Lighting sensors and advanced controls to reduce energy use in vacant spaces;
  • Non-potable water used for landscaping;
  • Reduced on-site parking;
  • LoVOC or NoVOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) materials and furnishings used inside buildings and during construction.

About US Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. http://www.usgbc.org/

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.

 

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SOU Hosts First Annual Arbor Day Celebration

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MEDIA ALERT

April 8, 2014

For more information contact:

Michael Oxendine, SOU Facilities Management and Planning

oxendinem@sou.edu

541-552-6117

 

SOU Students, staff, and faculty will be joined by Ashland High School, Ashland Middle School, and the community to accomplish something great together!

(Ashland, OR) — On Wednesday April 9, 2014, SOU Landscape Services along with Facilities Management & Planning, ECOS, SOU Dining, SOU Green House, and SOU Civic Engagement Program will host our first annual Arbor Day Celebration sponsored by Plant Oregon.

We will host several environmental organizations that will be in the Stevenson Union Courtyard all day to answer questions and provide current environmental information.

From 10:00am to 11:45am we are going to have free Arboriculture, Environmental Awareness, and Arbor-focused research presentations in the Diversions Room of the Stevenson Union.

At 12:00pm, we would like everyone on campus to join us at the Stevenson Union Courtyard to help us plant thousands of perennial flowers; one for every student enrolled this year.

Afterwards we invite everyone to attend our Arbor Day Block Party at the HAWK.  SOU Dining will be offering great discounts on lunch and also free samples.

SOU Students, Staff, and Faculty will show the world what they can accomplish when they pull together and work as a team to make SOU a better, more sustainable place.

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About Arbor Day:

The Arbor Day Foundation with a mission “to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees” was founded in 1972 by John Rosenow. The foundation is supported by donations, selling trees and merchandise, and by corporate sponsors. https://www.arborday.org/

 

About Plant Oregon

From large, specimen trees and native plants to small, ready-to-plant restoration species, Plant Oregon’s nursery is filled to the brim with thousands of happy, healthy trees and shrubs. Plant Oregon also provides a wide array of landscaping services, from full landscape consulting, design, and installation to hydroseeding, irrigation, and restoration projects. We make and sell high quality compost and wood chips, and we are also the one and only distributer of the well-known and loved HOLMAC tree digging machine in North America. http://www.plantoregon.com/pilot.asp

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.

 

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Oregon Higher Education Board endorses institutional board for Southern Oregon University

 

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PRESS RELEASE

For further information contact:

Liz Shelby, shelby@sou.edu, 541-552-6733

April 4, 2014

Today, the Oregon State Board of Higher Education Board voted to endorse with conditions an institutional board for Southern Oregon University.  Per House Bill 4018, which the Oregon Legislature passed in February and the Governor signed earlier this week, negotiations on the conditions will begin between the President and the OSBHE, and recommended to the Governor within the next 45 days.  Over the next 15 months, SOU will transition to the new governance model.  The Board of Trustees will officially assume governance on July 1, 2015.

Rep. Peter Buckley, who attended today’s Board meeting in Portland, stated, “This is an extremely important change for SOU. For so many years, the university has been governed by people from outside our region who have meant well, but in my view, have never fully understood the needs or the great potential of our university. We will now have the chance to have top local leaders in education, business and our communities help guide SOU and the vital role it plays in our region.”

SOU has received support for an institutional board of trustees from our faculty, our students, our business and community leaders, and our legislative delegation in southern Oregon. All have expressed great interest in working with SOU’s institutional board members to help achieve the state’s 40-40-20 educational goals. Supporters also see the significant value that an institutional board will bring to the region by promoting even stronger ties between university curricular planning, workforce needs, and private contributions.  This will also increase professional career options for SOU graduates while helping to keep them employed in southern Oregon.

President Mary Cullinan who was also at the Board meeting this morning, stated, “With our powerful connections to our region and our distinctive programming and mission, Southern Oregon University welcomes the opportunity to assume the responsibilities of its own governing board while continuing powerful collaboration with our partners in Oregon and around the country.”

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.

 

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Moss Adams and the Moss Adams Foundation make $50,000 gift to SOU Honors College

 

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For further information contact:

Sylvia Kelley
March 25, 2014

 

The scholarships will support students pursuing business degrees with a focus on accounting.

Medford and Ashland, OR – March 18, 2014: The Medford office of Moss Adams and the Moss Adams Foundation generously made a $50,000 scholarship gift to support Southern Oregon University Honors College students. The scholarships will support students pursuing business degrees with a focus on accounting.

The SOU Honors College offers talented students the opportunity to work closely with faculty in small classes and to build dynamic relationships with employers and community leaders through a personalized mentoring program.

“We are proud to support Southern Oregon University and the Honors College. It is important to our region and the business community that SOU continues to be competitive and attract the best and the brightest students. SOU helps build a talented pool of educated employees that Moss Adams, our clients, and the entire community benefit from,” says Jason Lukaszewicz, Partner in Charge of the Moss Adams Medford office.

About Moss Adams

Focusing on assurance, tax, consulting, risk management, transaction, and wealth services, Moss Adams has a staff of over 2,000 that includes more than 260 partners. The firm serves public, private, and not-for-profit enterprises across the nation through specialized industry and service teams. Moss Adams has 22 offices in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Kansas. The Moss Adams Foundation, funded by the firm, its partners, and employees, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports accounting and business related study and students at colleges and universities throughout the West and worldwide disaster relief.

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 Honors College

Combing real world projects with intellectual rigor, The Honors College at Southern Oregon University aims to provide a challenging learning environment. Our creative curricula take advantage of the university’s unique location by drawing on the rich natural, cultural, and artistic resources that are Southern Oregon. Southern Oregon University seeks to create a community of learners prepared for a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, inquiry, scholarship, and service.

 

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