Center for the Visual Arts Galleries open new exhibitions

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(Ashland, Ore.) – The Art and Art History program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents three exhibitions in the Center for the Visual Arts Galleries. Works are on display from January 5 to January 29, 2015. Admission is free.

In the Retzlaff Gallery, SOU students Olivia Merkle-Lawler and Rebecca Gabrielle Hanley offer a multi-media installation performance titled “I’m a teaser. That’s my talent.” Installation media include photography, ceramics and found objects. During the course of this exhibition, the two artists will separately visit the space and add to the work, responding to what is already in the gallery, but without the knowledge of the other. Because Merkle-Lawler and Hanley are friends and colleagues, who often dialogue verbally about art, this exhibition is a challenge for them to conduct a dialogue that excludes any verbal communication. A closing reception and performance is planned for Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5:00–7:00 pm.

In the Thorndike Gallery, community artist Al Crane from Grants Pass, Ore., will be showing a collection of digital prints titled “Scan Art and Manipulated Images.” The images are photo-based digital manipulations. Crane often begins by scanning an element from nature or a found object directly on his flatbed scanner. This method is commonly called “scanography.” Working on the images in Adobe Photoshop, Crane combines them with his own original photography or tintypes and vintage photographs.

In the Meyer Gallery, SOU student Elisabeth E. Ervine offers a solo photography show titled “Dolled Up.”  In this series, Ervine studies the physical features of dolls in order to explore the image of the ideal woman that the dolls represent. The goal of this work is to create a dialogue about physical appearance and the obsession to be “ideal.”

For more information, visit sou.edu/art/galleries or call 541-552-6387.

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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Ervine - Dolled Up

Work by Elizabeth E. Ervine

SOU In the News: Jan. 3 – 9

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Daily Tidings – Top Stories of 2014 (“Changes at SOU” No. 1, “National Champion Raiders” No. 6): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150102/NEWS/150109959/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Judge Dismisses Four of Ron Kramer’s Claims Against SOU: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150103/NEWS/150109883/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Judge Dismisses Four of Ron Kramer’s Claims Against SOU: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150103/NEWS/150109957/0/SEARCH

Daily Astorian – Judge Tosses Several Claims Against Radio Station: http://www.dailyastorian.com/judge-tosses-several-claims-against-radio-station-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestf5f8334e9e8b4be9b00b1608dbbc61b5

World News – SOU to Offer Professional Development Opportunities for Early Childhood Development Professionals: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/01/03/SOU_to_Offer_Professional_Development_Opportunities_for_Earl/

KAJO – Former Jefferson Public Radio Exec’s Lawsuit Largely Dismissed: http://www.kajo.com/news/local/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1420372152&ucat=2

Washington Times – Judge Tosses Several Claims Against Radio Station: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/3/judge-tosses-several-claims-against-radio-station/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Mail Tribune – Raiders No. 1…Again (Top Local Sports Stories of 2014): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150105/SPORTS/150109818/0/SEARCH

KTVL – National Title Brings Victorious Vibes (video included): http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_national-title-brings-victorious-vibes-15096.shtml

World News – SOU, WOU Partner on Master’s Degree in Computer Science: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/01/08/SOU_WOU_Partner_on_Master_s_Degree_in_Computer_Science_South/

KDRV – SOU Adds Women’s Soccer, Men’s Wrestling: http://www.kdrv.com/sou-adds-mens-soccer-womens-wrestling/

KOBI – SOU Football National Championship Gear Now Available: http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/sou-football-national-championship-gear-now-being-sold.html?category_id=3#.VLAAI3sYFdc

Daily Tidings – Southern Oregon to Add Men’s Soccer, Women’s Wrestling: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150108/SPORTS/150109867/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – SOU Adds Men’s Soccer, Women’s Wrestling: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150108/SPORTS/150109671/0/SEARCH

SOU Launches New Sports Programs

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ASHLAND, Ore. — On the heels of a successful fall sports season that saw Southern Oregon University finish No. 1 in the NAIA Directors’ Cup standings, win an NAIA championship in football, win a Cascade Collegiate Conference championship and finish second in the nation in men’s cross country and share the CCC volleyball title, SOU has announced the formation of two new intercollegiate athletic programs.

Beginning in fall 2015, SOU will feature a men’s soccer team that will compete in the CCC and a women’s wrestling team to go along with the perennial power of a men’s squad.

“Bolstering our already outstanding athletics program with these two sports makes sense in our region and within our department,” SOU Director of Athletics Matt Sayre said. “This will not only provide an opportunity to recruit even more student-athletes to SOU, but will further enhance the college experience of all our students and contribute to our campus community.”

SOU will join 198 other schools in the NAIA that already have men’s soccer. The eight-team CCC men’s soccer circuit hasn’t added a new member since Oregon Tech formed its program prior to the 2008 season, but will welcome the Raiders and Eastern Oregon’s start-up program in 2015.

SOU also competes in the CCC in women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, and softball. The Raider football team is a member of the Frontier Conference.

Women’s wrestling is not yet an NAIA-sponsored activity but is one of the fastest growing sports in intercollegiate athletics. SOU will join nearby small institutions like Warner Pacific College, Pacific University and Menlo College (Calif.) that have both men’s and women’s wrestling.

“The women’s wrestling team will compete in the same tournaments as the men against women competitors from other colleges,” Sayre said. “Women’s wrestling is a growing sport with more than 1,000 high school participants on the West Coast alone. This will be a great benefit to our University.”

Coaching searches for the programs will get underway immediately.

“We want to continue to build on our recent successes, and in order to do that, we first need to get quality coaches involved,” Sayre said.

SOU last added to its athletic department with women’s soccer and softball prior to the 2000-01 school year.

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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, WOU Partner on Master’s Degree in Computer Science

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University and Western Oregon University have teamed up on a pilot program that will make SOU’s Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degree available to students on the campuses of both universities.

In a memorandum of understanding agreed upon by both universities, the institutions agree to each offer specific courses toward the degree on their respective campuses, and make those courses available via live, synchronous delivery to students on the other campus.

“By utilizing technology and offering this classes via live, interactive video, we’re not only able to realize efficiencies that make the program more economically feasible, but also serve a broader population and better meet the needs of employers throughout the state,” said Dr. Sherry Ettlich, who oversees science, mathematics, and computer science programs at SOU. Students who complete the program will receive a diploma from SOU regardless of which campus serves as their home campus throughout their studies.

Though there are computer science courses built into the curriculum, the program isn’t necessarily designed just for those with computer science-related undergraduate majors, according to Pete Nordquist, associate professor and chair of the Computer Science Department at SOU. “In many ways this program is kind of like an MBA for scientists,” he said. “We are producing well-rounded professionals with strong computer science backgrounds, but who are also extremely capable of communicating and leading across various departments and disciplines.”

The MOU for the pilot program lasts through the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, at which time it can be renewed if successful. “If, as we expect, this is a successful pilot and this type of partnership proves to be beneficial to students at both institutions, we will certainly look into the possibility of incorporating these interactive, shared classrooms into other programs in order to enrich the curriculum of both institutions,” Dr. Ettlich said. “Ultimately, we’d like to bring other institutions into the fold as well and explore ways in which we can collaborate for more efficient and effective delivery of higher education services across the state.”

Applications into the program are being accepted now, and any prospective students who would like more information are encouraged to contact Nordquist at nordquip@sou.edu or 541-552-6148.

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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. 27 – Jan. 2

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Daily Tidings – Our View: Is Flutie Effect Real? (Editorial on impact of national championship on applications to SOU): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141227/OPINION/141229911/0/SEARCH

World News – Southern Oregon University Offers Two New Courses to Community: http://article.wn.com/view/2014/12/27/SOU_Offers_Two_New_Courses_to_Community_Southern_Oregon_Univ/

The Jefferson Monthly – The Future of Education in Oregon: http://ijpr.org/post/future-education-oregon

The Huffington Post – 6 Biggest Wins for Education in 2014 (SOU mentioned in No. 2): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-lynch-edd/6-biggest-wins-for-educat_b_6395432.html

USA Today – For Fisher, Helfrich, small schools bred big-time coaches: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/12/31/jimbo-fisher-mark-helfrich-naia-players-rose-bowl-college-football-playoff/21106745/

Pac12.com – Positive Juju: Mark Helrich’s alma mater wins NAIA football title: http://pac-12.com/article/2014/12/30/positive-juju-mark-helfrichs-alma-mater-wins-naia-football-title

SOU Raiders.com – Year in Review: The Top 10 Stories of 2014 in Raider Athletics: http://www.souraiders.com/news/2014/12/31/GEN_1231143656.aspx