Historical Writing and Printing Collection on Display at SOU

(Ashland, Ore.) –Southern Oregon University’s (SOU’s) Hannon Library will host a dedication honoring the Lily Hearn History of Writing and Printing Collection on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 3 p.m.

The event showcases the new, permanent exhibit of manuscripts and artifacts and begins with an opening ceremony at the exhibit on the library second floor, followed by a reception in the Meese Room. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome to the free event. Continue reading

SOU Breaks All Enrollment Records – Most Students Ever

Rate of Growth is the Highest of All Oregon Public Universities

(Ashland, Ore.) –Californians have discovered Southern Oregon University (SOU). So have Oregonians, Hispanics, foreign students, transfer students and graduate students. SOU experienced record growth this fall in every category the university measures.

SOU President Mary Cullinan notes, “All of Oregon’s public universities grew this fall. We’re an affordable option in a difficult economy. But SOU’s growth is exceptional. We’re the only university of its kind on the West Coast. We’re a public university with a focus on connecting students with faculty and with the region. We’re committed to powerful programs in the arts and the sciences—but also to professional programs in education and business that educate the professional workforce of this region. We’ve worked hard to get the news out about SOU. And now we’ve been discovered.”

  • The following are highlights from fall term 2010 enrollment figures: • Headcount is 6,443, a 26.2% increase over fall 2009, and the highest enrollment for any term in the university’s history.
  • Full Time Equivalent (FTE) enrollment is 4,524, 15.1% more than fall 2009, and also an all time record.
  • Hispanic enrollment saw a dramatic increase, up 46.3% this fall, helping to raise minority student enrollment to 12.5%. This is the most diverse fall term in SOU history.
  • Fall 2010 represents SOU’s largest new transfer class ever – 674 students, an increase of 36% over fall 2009.
  • Fall term 2010 includes SOU’s largest new graduate class in the institution’s history, a 3.9% increase over fall 2009.
  • California student enrollment is up 37.9% over last fall, the largest number of California students in institutional history. Total non‐resident enrollment is up 22.6%. In total, 37.4% of the new class this fall is non‐resident.
  • Resident first time freshmen enrollment is up 15.5%. Campus housing is filled to capacity this fall.
  • Freshmen retention increased to 70.4%, reflecting a continuing trend of improved retention rates. By comparison, SOU retained 62.8% of new students in 2003.
  • Foreign student enrollment increased 22.2% from fall 2009. Even with the dramatic growth, SOU still has capacity and is busily recruiting more students. Applications for fall 2011 are already well ahead of this time last year.

SOU is also developing new programs. Agreements were recently signed with several Chinese campuses to send business students to SOU. The university’s Emerging Media and Digital Art program is expanding this fall and has a new program director. On‐line course offerings have increased 144% over 2008 offerings. The National Science Foundation has recently awarded close to a million dollars in grants for equipment and expansion of laboratories.

“No other undergraduate liberal arts campus in the West can top SOU for quality, affordability, accessibility, and location,” says President Cullinan. “SOU’s inspiring faculty, connected learning, creative spirit, and beautiful location make this campus a magnet for motivated students. I couldn’t be happier about that.”

International Children’s Support Advocate to Speak at SOU

(Ashland, Ore.) – Sebastien Marot, principle founder and executive director of Friends International, a non-governmental organization providing refuge and support for street kids around the world, will speak at Southern Oregon University Friday, November 12. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. in room 29-30 of Taylor Hall with a short film, “What I See When I Close My Eyes.” Marot’s talk, “Hope for Cambodia,” begins at 2:00 p.m. The film and talk are free and open to the public.

The presentation is to raise awareness for 1,200 homeless juveniles in the Rogue Valley, and show examples from other places in the world where derelict children have been saved. Marot’s organization works in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Honduras, Mexico, Egypt and Hong Kong, where young children in cities are in danger of disease, starvation, exploitation and sexual slavery.

The film and discussion are co-sponsored by the SOU International Studies Program, the SOU United Nations Club and the Maslow Project Leadership Program.

Congressman to Attend SOU Veterans Day Celebration

(Ashland, Ore.) – Congressman Greg Walden will attend the Veteran’s Day reception at Southern Oregon University, Thursday, November 11.

The program runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union. Congressman Walden is scheduled at Noon. Veterans service providers will have exhibits.

All veterans and their supporters are welcome at the free event

SOU Schneider Museum of Art Receives Miller Foundation Grant

University Art Museum to Use Funds for Rural Outreach

(Ashland, Ore) The Southern Oregon University (SOU) Schneider Museum of Art has received a $15,000 dollar grant from the Miller Foundation in Portland Ore. to share its exhibits with outlying towns in Oregon.

“Our goal is to use the power of aesthetic experience to provide people with joy, an opportunity to contemplate social experience, and to promote community identity through shared responses to the exhibits,” says Michael Crane, Schneider Museum Director.  “We are also giving real-world experiences to our arts-management students who help run the program.”

Crane patterned the traveling show after an award-winning outreach program he created and ran for seven years at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  After piloting the exhibits in Eagle Point and the Rogue Valley Manor, the Schneider Museum has received requests for shows in Ashland, Jacksonville, Klamath Falls, Medford, Rogue River, Ruch and the Umpqua Valley.

“This generous grant will allow families all over Oregon to experience and explore the incredible exhibits of the Schneider Museum,” says Sylvia Kelley, VP for Development and Executive Director of the SOU Foundation.  “We strongly believe this program embodies SOU’s commitment to serving our surrounding communities.”

For more information on the outreach program contact the Schneider Museum of Art at 541-552-6245.

Large Residence Hall Conference at SOU this Weekend

(Ashland, ORE.) Southern Oregon University is hosting a large leadership training and development conference this weekend for students and advisors who supervise campus residence halls in the Pacific region. Four hundred and fourteen students and advisors from 48 colleges and universities are expected to attend “PACURH: A Friend Request to Leadership,” November 5-7. It will be the largest PACURH conference in the organization’s 31-year history, and SOU will be the smallest school to host a PACURH Conference.

“We are very excited about this amazing opportunity to showcase the student leaders in the residence halls at Southern Oregon University,” says SOU Director of Residential Education Jason Ebbeling. “We look forward to introducing students and advisors all across the West to all that Ashland has to offer”

The theme of the conference is social networking. The keynote speaker is Eric Stoller, a nationally known educator and blogger on higher education, student affairs, and technology. Attendees will have more than 60 programming sessions to chose from to help build their skills as leaders and develop ideas for activities to take back to their home campuses. More than 60 students at SOU have volunteered to organize and manage the conference.

PACURH, the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH) is a regional affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). PACURH encompasses California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska, Hawaii, and Australia and geographically is the largest of the eight regions in NACURH.

NACURH advocates for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth through leadership development, honoring diversity, recognizing achievement, as well as stimulating engagement and involvement among students who reside in college and university residence halls.

SOU Offers Business Degree Programs in Coos Bay

(Coos Bay, Ore.) Southern Oregon University (SOU) is now offering the bachelor’s degree in business administration in Coos Bay at the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC) campus. Students can earn their degree in accounting or management by taking classes in both the face-to-face and online formats. An advisor is on campus each term to meet with students.

The core business classes meet several Saturdays each term. Students already enrolled in the program say they appreciate the options offered by the online and face-to-face format.

“I like the fact that one class gets together once a month to discuss the class,” says Kory Isley, one of the first students in the program. “I joined the hybrid program because I didn’t want to leave town to get a bachelor’s degree, nor did I want to quit my job.  I also didn’t want to completely lose the face-to-face interaction with teachers and students.”

Valarie Zito, a student working on the accounting option, believes this degree will give her greater financial stability and a broader range of job opportunities. “The hybrid program in Coos Bay gives me the freedom to follow my dream of getting my degree of choice without moving to a city with a university.”

The Coos Bay program began last spring and has grown to 12 students.  “Each term new students join the program, and I hope to have 20 by spring,” says Joan McBee, the coordinator of the SOU program.  “People in Coos Bay don’t have much choice when it comes to earning a bachelor’s degree. Having been an instructor at SOCC at one time, I’ve seen how excited students are when they get their associate’s degree.  They want to continue on and get their bachelor’s, and I’m glad we can provide them with a few more choices.”

For more information, visit www.sou.edu/degreecompletion/bus/ or contact Dr. Joan McBee, 541-552-8151 or business@sou.edu.