SOU to Offer Professional Development Opportunities for Early Childhood Development Professionals

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Building on priorities set by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), Southern Oregon University will provide professional development opportunities for early childhood education professionals throughout the region in early 2015.

Professors Younghee Kim and Erin Wilder, faculty leaders within SOU’s Early Childhood Development program will work with the OEIB-sponsored Early Learning Hub and others to offer a Jackson County Association for the Education of Young Children professional development conference during the 2015 winter term.

Additionally, during the 2015 spring term, Professors Kim and Wilder will work with Central Oregon Community College to offer a similar professional development conference in central Oregon. “Our ECD program is recognized throughout the state as a leader in the training of early learning providers,” said Dr. Steven Thorpe, interim director of SOU’s Division of Education, Health, and Leadership. “These conferences will be very positive for early childhood professionals throughout our region and for the children with whom they work on a daily basis.”

Participants will have the opportunity to earn professional development credits, which are mandatory for many early childhood education professionals.

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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: Dec. 20 – 26

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Register Guard – He’s Still a Raider at Heart: http://registerguard.com/rg/sports/32569657-81/hes-stilla-raiderat-heart.html.csp

Mail Tribune – A ‘Dream Come True’ for Raiders Fans as SOU Grabs National Title: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141219/NEWS/141219560/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Cheering on the Champs: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141219/NEWS/141219800/0/SEARCH

JPR – SOU Wins NAIA National Football Title: http://ijpr.org/post/southern-oregon-u-wins-naia-national-football-title

Mail Tribune – Fans, Friends and Family Welcome Home Victorious SOU Team at Airport: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141220/NEWS/141229943/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Raiders Bring it Home: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141220/SPORTS/141229983/0/SEARCH

KDRV – SOU Raiders Return Home (video included): http://www.kdrv.com/sou-raiders-return-home/

KOBI – SOU Raiders Bring Their Title Home (video included): http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/sou-raiders-bring-their-title-home.html?category_id=3#.VJhFBECk8

Daily Tidings – Shine a Light Event Sunday at SOU Gym: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141219/NEWS/141219803/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Title Game Special for Raider Followers: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141220/SPORTS/141229965/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – For Fans Who Made the Trip, Game Special: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141220/SPORTS/141229984/0/SEARCH

KDRV – SOU Raiders Parade in Ashland (video included): http://www.kdrv.com/sou-raiders-parade-in-ashland/

KTVL – SOU Champion Football Team Gets Parade: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_sou-champion-football-team-gets-parade-14949.shtml

Mail Tribune – Raiders Parade Trophy Through Downtown Ashland: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141221/NEWS/141229921/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Victorious Raiders Parade Through Downtown Ashland: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141221/NEWS/141229977/0/SEARCH

KOBI – Fans Line Ashland Streets to Congratulate SOU Raiders (video included): http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/sou-raiders.html#.VJhEzECk8

JPR – Oregon’s Other College Football Champions: Interview with SOU Football Coach Craig Howard (audio included): http://ijpr.org/post/oregons-other-college-football-champions

KTVL – SOU Offers Two New Courses for Community: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_sous-new-courses-unenrolled-14955.shtml

The Columbian – Local Open House to Honor Southern Oregon Champs: http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/dec/22/local-open-house-honor-southern-oregon-champs/

Statesman Journal – Congratulations to SOU on National Championship: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/12/23/congratulations-sou-football-win/20830715/

Las Vegas Sun – How a Bunch of Local Kids Made Their Way to Oregon and Won a National Championship: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/dec/25/how-bunch-local-kids-found-their-way-oregon-won-na/

Daytona Beach News Journal – NAIA Event Hailed as Success Despite Smaller Turnout: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20141222/BUSINESS/141229771?Title=NAIA-event-hailed-x2018-success-x2019-despite-smaller-turnout

KOBI – Dr. Saigo on ‘Five on 5’: http://kobi5.com/features/five-on-5/item/dr-roy-saigo-sou-president.html?category_id=11#.VJ8gAAFwA

KOBI – Matt Sayre on ‘Five on 5’: http://kobi5.com/features/five-on-5/item/matt-sayre-sou-athletic-director.html?category_id=11#.VJ8fpAFwA

SOU to Close Over Holidays

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24 to Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.

All University offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled time on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

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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 Offers Two New Courses to Community

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is making two winter term courses available to the public. Working in the Wine Industry and Digital Marketing Strategies will both not only be offered for credit to admitted SOU students, but will also be available at a special tuition rate for members of the community who are not admitted students to SOU.

“This is in direct response to the needs of our community,” said SOU Professor Greg Jones, director of the University’s Division of Business, Communication and the Environment. “The wine industry is booming in Southern Oregon and more and more people are turning to the industry for employment. We want to make sure that not only our students, but anyone in the community interested in a career in this exciting field has the opportunity to learn the basics through this course.”

Working in the Wine Industry is a seminar-style course that will focus on the many facets and possibilities of pursuing and working in the wine industry. The course covers vineyard operations, winemaking, and the marketing and selling of wine. Wine’s place in history, culture, science, and economics are all incorporated into the curriculum as well.

“Anyone who is interested in wine and would like to have a more robust understanding of it will benefit from this course,” Dr. Jones said, “but it is particularly well-suited for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries that would like to expand their skillset.”

Working in the Wine Industry will meet Fridays from 8:30-10:20 a.m. from Jan. 5 to March 20, 2015, on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

Digital Marketing Strategies will also be offered Friday’s at the University’s main campus in Ashland. It runs Feb. 13 to March 13, 2015, and will meet from 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

“Digital Marketing Strategies is an introductory course designed to create a foundation in various digital marketing methods, including social media, search engine optimization, paid digital advertising, content writing, and more,” according to Dr. Jones. “It will be a great asset to small business owners and managers who may not be familiar with the various digital and online marketing opportunities available to them,” he said.

Participants in the class will have the opportunity to apply their learning by designing a marketing strategy for a selected business of their choosing.

The special tuition rate for community members is just $150 for each course. Admitted students taking the classes for credit will pay the standard tuition rate. Anyone interested in learning more or registering is encouraged to contact Connie Lynn at 541-552-6899 or via email at lynnc@sou.edu.

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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: Dec. 13 – 19

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Mail Tribune – SOU’s Campus Choice Program Presented to U.S. Senate: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141214/NEWS/141219781/0/SEARCH

World News.com – SOU Announces 2015 Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program Cohort: http://article.wn.com/view/2014/12/12/SOU_Announces_2015_Ronald_E_McNair_Achievement_Program_Cohor/

KRQE (Albuquerque TV station) – Few Campus Sex Assaults Reported to Police: http://krqe.com/2014/12/14/few-campus-sex-assaults-reported-to-police/

KDRV – Interest in SOU Grows (video included): http://www.kdrv.com/interest-in-s-o-u-grows/

Jefferson Public Radio “The Jefferson Exchange” – SOU Lauded for Sexual Assault Response (audio included): http://ijpr.org/post/sou-lauded-sexual-assault-response

Mail Tribune – Logos May Offer “Fifth Year” at RCC or SOU: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141216/NEWS/141219691/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU’s Campus Choice Presented to US Senate: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141216/NEWS/141219850/0/SEARCH

SOU In the News: Dec. 6 – 12

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Portland Oregonian – SOU, Ashland Police Team Up Against Sexual Violence: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2014/12/southern_oregon_university_ash.html

Mail Tribune – SOU Business Students Seek Research Projects: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141205/NEWS/141209767/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Local Rep to Testify Before US Senate Panel: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141206/NEWS/141209875/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Our View: Raiders are Winners (Editorial highlighting sports successes): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141206/NEWS/141209891/0/SEARCH

Portland Oregonian – Editorial Peaks and Valleys: A Smart Approach in Addressing Sexual Assault: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/12/editorial_peaks_and_valleys.html

NPR: All Things Considered – Senate Panel Looks at Taking Sexual Assault Investigations Off Campus (audio link included): http://www.npr.org/2014/12/09/369667246/senate-panel-looks-at-taking-sexual-assault-investigations-off-campus

Yahoo! News – Few Campus Sex Assaults Reported to Police: https://news.yahoo.com/senate-hearing-address-campus-sexual-assault-064346337–politics.html

USA Today – Senate Hearing Focuses on Campus Sexual Assault Reporting: http://college.usatoday.com/2014/12/09/senate-hearing-focuses-on-campus-sexual-assault-reporting/

USA Today – Senate Expects to Act Next Year on Campus Sex Assault Bill: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/12/09/campus-sexual-assault-senate/20148677/

In The Capital – Senators are Holding a Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault Reporting: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/12/09/senate-subcommittee-hearing-on-campus-sexual-assault-reporting/

Associated Press – Few Campus Sex Assaults Reported to Police: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CAMPUS_SEXUAL_ASSAULT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Video links to Senate hearing on campus sexual assault – SOU’s Angela Fleischer remarks: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4518613/remarks-angela-fleischer

full hearing: http://www.c-span.org/video/?323149-1/hearing-sexual-assault-college-campuses

SOU Announces 2015 Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program Cohort

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University has completed the selection process for its 2015 cohort of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The program uses federal grant funds to prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

The SOU Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program is one of just 158 such programs in the nation. It is specifically designed to ensure that the student scholars complete their bachelor degrees, enroll in graduate school, and have the knowledge, skills, and background preparation that are required to successfully complete a doctoral program.

The goal of the federal program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented segments of society.

The 2015 cohort includes ten students: Thomas Burns (Veneta, Ore.), Shannon Connolly (Roseburg, Ore.), Alexa Gonzalez (Menifee, Calif.), Anna Humphreys (Boulder, Colo.), John Pogue III (Medford, Ore.), Cristian Ramirez-Martinez (Ashland, Ore.), Carolina Regalado (White City, Ore.), Tamara Robertson (Camas, Wash.), David Sparks (Carey, Idaho), and Amy Waters (Grants Pass, Ore.).

The program’s namesake, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, was killed in the Challenger explosion in 1986, leaving behind a wife and two children. He earned a PhD in Laser Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976 at age 26.

For more information, visit www.sou.edu/mcnair.

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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: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

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KOBI – Ferguson Protests Come to Southern Oregon: https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/ferguson-protests-come-to-southern-oregon.html?category_id=3#.VH3x-tbZXWo

KDRV – Ashland Students Walk Out for Ferguson: http://www.kdrv.com/ashland-students-walk-out-for-ferguson/

Daily Tidings: SOU Students March through Ashland in Ferguson Protest: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141201/NEWS/141209971

Mail Tribune: SOU Students March Through Ashland in Ferguson Protest (video in link): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141201/NEWS/141209956/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – SOU to Host All Percussion Concert: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141203/ENTERTAINMENT/141209870/101097/TEMPO

Daily Tidings – Our View: A Morning Well Spent (Editorial in support of SOU student activism regarding Ferguson): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141204/OPINION/141209919/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Letter to the Editor: Maybe Not at SOU, But a Pool Still Needed: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141204/OPINION/141209923/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – SOU MBA Candidates Lend Talents for Free: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141204/NEWS/141209789/0/SEARCH

SOU Invited to Testify at Senate Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault

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(Ashland, Ore.) — During a year in which sexual assault on college campuses has received a lot of attention nationwide, Southern Oregon University continues to be lauded for the manner in which it handles such reports.

A collaborative relationship between SOU’s Campus Choice program and the Ashland Police Department’s You Have Options program is at the center of the positive attention that the University has received regarding its handling of reported sexual assault on campus.

Angela Fleischer, SOU’s Assistant Director of Student Support and Intervention for Confidential Advising, has been invited to testify at a U.S. Senate hearing. “As you well know, the Ashland program—and the partnership SOU and the Police Department have—are seen as models around the country,” read an email from the office of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. “We would love to hear your views as to what makes collaboration between schools and law enforcement successful and how the federal government might be able to help incentivize such collaboration,” the email continued.

“It truly is an honor to be invited to testify before a Senate hearing on the issue of campus sexual assault,” Fleischer said. “I’m extremely pleased that the hard work and effort of those of us at SOU and the Ashland Police Department to do what is right has garnered such positive response and results.”

The hearing, “Campus Sexual Assault: the Roles and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement,” is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

“I hope that other law enforcement organizations and college campuses will adopt programs like these, offering more options to survivors, and contributing to the safety of both campuses and communities,” Fleischer said.

A bipartisan bill, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, has previously been proposed by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). The bill, which was co-sponsored by 17 Senators, was introduced in July and is expected to receive a hearing in early 2015. Among other guidelines, it would increase campus coordination with law enforcement similar to the partnership between SOU and APD.

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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.