SOU, KCC Partner to Increase Degree Completions

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Officials from Southern Oregon University and Klamath Community College have signed an agreement that is designed to increase the rate of students transferring from KCC to SOU and result in more associate and bachelor’s degree completions at the two institutions in coming years.

The memorandum of understanding, which was signed by SOU President Roy Saigo and KCC President Roberto Gutierrez during a signing ceremony at KCC on May 15, promotes seamless transfer with no loss of credits for KCC students who follow articulated pathways to SOU.

It also allows for concurrent enrollment, whereby students can be admitted to and actively enrolled in courses at both institutions simultaneously.

“This agreement provides pathways for us to better serve students and better serve our state and region,” said Dr. Saigo. “By adding KCC to our list of partner institutions, more southern Oregonians will have an opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree at SOU and we come one step closer to achieving the state’s ambitious 40-40-20 goals.”

Klamath Community College president Dr. Roberto Gutierrez, left, and Southern Oregon University President Dr. Roy Saigo shake hands after signing the agreement.

Klamath Community College president Dr. Roberto Gutierrez, left, and Southern Oregon University President Dr. Roy Saigo shake hands after signing the agreement.

Devised by former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and adopted by the Oregon Legislature, 40-40-20 calls for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, 40 percent to have an associate degree or professional certification, and for the remaining 20 percent to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent by 2025.

“This new partnership creates opportunities for our students to pursue further education at SOU in a number of articulated programs,” Dr. Gutierrez said. “We are also working on a reverse transfer option that would allow KCC students who transfer to SOU prior to completing their associate degree to be awarded that degree once required courses are completed at SOU. This is very exciting for our students and our 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.

SOU’s Chelsea Rose Honored

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University historical archaeologist and adjunct faculty member Chelsea Rose was presented with a Jeffersonian Award during the 39th annual State of Jefferson Meeting, which was held May 6 and 7 at SOU.

The State of Jefferson meeting is an annual gathering of scholars and community members to discuss the history, culture, and archaeology of northern California and southern Oregon. Rose earned the Jeffersonian Award, which, since 2001, has been given each year to a scholar who conducts applied research in the State of Jefferson, for her research and efforts to make archaeology more accessible to the public.

In addition to being a research archeologist at the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA), Rose is also a featured cast member on the popular PBS television program “Time Team America.” She routinely organizes and hosts public days at excavation sites that attract hundreds of people, and she serves as mentor to students in the SOULA lab.

Her research and publications are numerous, but most recently Rose has led large-scale excavations that resulted in the discovery of Peter Britt’s original log cabin in Jacksonville.

“Chelsea’s knowledge, enthusiasm, and professionalism are inspiring to everyone she engages with, and she is a committed steward of the history and archaeology of our region,” according to Dr. Mark Tveskov, SOU professor of anthropology and SOULA director. “She is very deserving of the Jeffersonian Award.”

The award was presented by Dr. Tveskov and retired US Forest Service archaeologist Jeff LaLande.

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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.

Mark Helfrich to be Featured Speaker at SOU Commencement

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is pleased to announce that SOU alumnus—and current head football coach at University of Oregon—Mark Helfrich will be this year’s featured speaker during the University’s Commencement ceremony on June 13.

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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. He played football for the Raiders from 1992-1995, earning NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1993. That same season he would set team records for pass attempts in a season, passing yards in a season, passing touchdowns in a season, and total offense.

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Mark Helfrich during his playing days with the SOU Raiders.

Though all of those records have since been broken, Helfrich still ranks as one of the most successful quarterbacks in Raider history, not only on the field but also in the classroom, having been named both an NAIA Scholar Athlete and FA Academic All-Star. He was inducted into the SOU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

After years as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches, Helfrich’s head coaching career got off to a fast start in 2013 as he led the Ducks to an 11-2 record and a victory in the Alamo Bowl over University of Texas. Last season, under Helfrich’s leadership, the Ducks went 13-2, including victories in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game and the 2015 Rose Bowl semifinal game before falling to Ohio State in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

In a letter to SOU President Roy Saigo, Helfrich stated “It is with great humility and pleasure that the offer to deliver the commencement address at this year’s graduation ceremony is officially accepted. Thank you very much for this distinguished honor.”

SOU’s Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, June 13, at Raider Stadium. The processional begins at 8:45 a.m. and the ceremony starts at 9 a.m. Commencement will be aired live on RVTV and archived for later viewing. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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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: April 25 – May 8

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Schneider Children’s Center set to close:

Daily Tidings: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150424/NEWS/150429849/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150427/NEWS/150429659/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings Editorial: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150428/OPINION/150429805/0/SEARCH

The Siskiyou: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/05/06/two-days-to-decide-should-schneider-childcare-center-close-or-not/

KOBI: http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/long-time-ashland-child-care-facility-could-shut-down.html?category_id=3#.VUzQYpO2pCA

Mail Tribune guest opinion: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150508/OPINION/150509682/0/SEARCH

 

SOU takes hosts EMCon, takes part in Southern Oregon Indy Media Week:

Daily Tidings: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150424/NEWS/150429848/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150427/NEWS/150429801/0/SEARCH

SOU News Blog: http://news.sou.edu/2015/04/sou-to-host-emerging-media-convention/

The Siskiyou: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/05/06/insights-from-emcon-own-your-shit/

 

Tuition increase being considered for SOU:

Statesman Journal: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/education/2015/04/28/public-invited-comment-tuition-four-universities/26521229/

KDRV: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/Southern_Oregon_University_Discusses_Tuition_Increase.html

 

Cascades Hub gives ten nonprofits chance to pitch for support:

Daily Tidings: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150427/NEWS/150429800/0/SEARCH

SOU News Blog: http://news.sou.edu/2015/04/ten-new-community-projects-to-be-launched-at-sou/

KDRV: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/New_Organizations_Get_Support_from_SOUs_Cascade_Hub.html

 

SOU to host annual SOAR event:

SOU News Blog: http://news.sou.edu/2015/05/sou-to-showcase-student-faculty-research-and-performance-art/

World News: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/05/05/SOU_to_Showcase_Student_Faculty_Research_and_Performance_Art/

The Siskiyou: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/05/06/technology-imitating-art-or-becoming-the-artist

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: http://ijpr.org/post/soaring-recognition

 

Former SOU quarterback Austin Dodge signs NFL contract with Atlanta Falcons:

KTVL: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_fans-react-austin-dodge-heading-nfl-16018.shtml

KDRV: http://www.kdrv.com/sports/Former_SOU_QB_Signs_With_NFL_Team.html

Mail Tribune: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150502/SPORTS/150509888/0/SEARCH

 

SOU address sexual assault on college campuses:

The Siskiyou: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/04/30/ashland-takes-back-the-night/

SOU News Blog: http://news.sou.edu/2015/04/film-on-campus-sexual-assault-to-be-screened-at-sou/

World News: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/04/30/Film_on_Campus_Sexual_Assault_to_be_Screened_at_SOU_Southern/

 

SOU to host inaugural Foreign Language Film Festival:

Daily Tidings: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150428/NEWS/150429782/101081/NEWS

SOU News Blog: http://news.sou.edu/2015/04/sou-to-host-international-film-festival/

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: http://ijpr.org/post/learning-foreign-languages-dark

 

Miscellaneous:

Pacific Standard – Sorry, They’re Not Sorry (analysis of celebrity apology, Dr. Battistella featured throughout): http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/jeremy-renner-and-chris-evans-arent-really-apologizing

The Siskiyou – Source of Foul Odor on Campus Identified: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/04/30/source-of-foul-odor-on-campus-identified/

The Siskiyou – Football Receives Prestigious Honors in Salem: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/04/30/football-receives-prestigious-honors-in-salem/

The Siskiyou – How to Build a Better University: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/04/29/how-to-build-a-better-university/

Daily Tidings – Editor’s Notes: A Day in the Life (feature on OLLI class): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150430/OPINION/150439992/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – ‘Much Ado’ at SOU: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150429/ENTERTAINMENT/150429504/0/SEARCH

Statesman Journal – House Passes Bill on Student Debit Cards: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/education/2015/04/29/bill-student-debit-cards-passes-house/26610313/

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: Digging Into the State of Jefferson (Interview with Dr. Mark Tveskov and Jeff LaLande, audio included): http://ijpr.org/post/digging-state-jefferson

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: Carol Travis Debunks Beliefs (Campus Theme “Revolution” presenter): http://ijpr.org/post/carol-tavris-debunks-beliefs

KDRV – University Students Speak Out About Riots (video included): http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/University_Students_Speak_Out_About_Riots.html

KTVL – Geologists Say Volcano Erupting Off Oregon Coast Makes Perfect Research (video included, Dr. Charles Lane featured): http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_geologists-say-volcano-erupting-off-oregon-coast-makes-perfect-research-16011.shtml

Rogue Valley Community Press – Ashland Police Arrest Southern Oregon University Trespasser: http://rvcommunitypress.com/2015/05/ashland-police-arrest-southern-oregon-university-trespasser/

Mail Tribune – Social Media Expert to Address Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150507/NEWS/150509661/0/SEARCH

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents pianist Alexander Tutunov in Grand Finale of SOU Tutunov Piano Series

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(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the grand finale concert of the 2014-2015 SOU Tutunov Piano Series on Friday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the SOU Music Recital Hall. The concert features piano virtuoso Dr. Alexander Tutunov, namesake of the series, violinist Terrie Baune and pianist Jodi French.

The concert begins with Tutunov and Baune performing the “Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major” by Maurice Ravel, followed by “Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108” by Johannes Brahms. Tutunov is joined by French playing the orchestral reduction of the “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

A new Concert Steinway D (with two actions), donated by James Havstad, will be dedicated at the concert.

Tutunov is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University. “Over the past few years, I felt there were enough people in the Rogue Valley who are as passionate about the things I do and love doing as I am,” said Tutunov. “We have a fortunate combination of a great venue, terrific supportive audience, and my personal connections in the classical piano music world with the result that we can bring high quality music-making to the Rogue Valley.” Tutunov describes each featured artist’s uncompromising quest for finding “the deepest meaning and perfection in the music they perform” as the common thread through the series.

Baune is concertmaster of the Eureka Symphony, concertmaster of the North State Symphony, and co-concertmaster of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. She is a member of Earplay, a professional new music ensemble based in San Francisco, and the associate director of the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop. She has been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra of New Zealand, and concertmaster positions with the Fresno Philharmonic, the Rohnert Park Symphony and the Santa Cruz County Symphony. She is an active chamber musician as a member of the Empyrean Ensemble in residence at University of California, Davis, the Gabrielli Trio and the Helmholtz Trio.

French is an accomplished soloist and accompanist whose talented style is familiar to Rogue Valley residents. She has been playing piano since the age of three and her favorite hobby as a child was trying to play every piece she knew in every possible key. She studied with Dr. Alexander Tutunov at Southern Oregon University. She is a professional accompanist for the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, has played with the Rogue Valley Symphony for many years, and with virtually every other musical organization in southern Oregon. She has had several sacred works for choirs and soloists published. She is also an adjunct faculty, teaching piano in the Southern Oregon University Music program.

Tutunov is the Artistic Director of the SOU International Piano Institute. He has served as director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China; a voting member of the Grammy Academy; and as the artist in residence at the University of Alaska Southeast. Tutunov was named the Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and the Official Soloist with the Port Angeles Symphony orchestra last year. He maintains a busy performing schedule in Europe, China, Mexico and the United States as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and on radio and television. He is also in demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions. A successful piano pedagogue, he prepares award-winning students.

Reserved tickets are $20 general and free to full-time students. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Music Recital Hall lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at oca.sou.edu.

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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SOU to Showcase Student, Faculty Research and Performance Art

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(Ashland, Ore.) —Southern Oregon University is planning once again to showcase student and faculty research and performance art projects during its 8th annual Southern Oregon Arts and Research (SOAR) event, taking place May 11-15 throughout SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

A weeklong event with a program of ongoing concurrent sessions, SOAR brings together an array of disciplines, projects, and displays, with the students and faculty responsible for the work available to discuss and explain it.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Jeffrey Gayton, Director of SOU’s Learning Commons and University Librarian. “There is a wide variety of multi-disciplinary work that will be presented during SOAR week. This event really serves as a bridge between the classroom and the community and provides an opportunity for students to share some of their creative and academic accomplishments with a wide audience.”

SOAR week begins with an opening ceremony Monday, May 11, at noon, then continues with demonstrations, performances, and presentations throughout the day for the rest of the week.

Art exhibitions that will be on display in Hannon Library during SOAR week—and throughout the month of May—include “10 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, and 5 Days,” a multi-media display and introduction to the topic of modern-day atrocities; “BECOMING,” a documentary film chronicling the SOU football national championship season; and “Jim Rock Historic Can Collection,” a series of images of historic cans assembled by Jim Rock over his career as an archaeologist with the US Forest Service.

Another highly anticipated presentation is “Vulnerability of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure,” a demonstration by Dr. Lynn Ackler and seven computer science students that focuses on the Rogue Valley and includes research posters, architectural models, technology hardware, and visually compelling graphics illustrating what could happen should a hacker disable or disrupt local civil infrastructure. The goal of the project is to create awareness regarding the liabilities of these important computer systems. The group will also display the demo in Salem on May 19.

“There will be academic presentations on topics including an analysis of the battle at Captain Jack’s Stronghold during the Modoc War, food insecurity, the impacts of agriculture on water quality, voter engagement, the effects of urban forestry on crime in Josephine County, the benefits of bilingual education, and much, much more,” according to Gayton. “There truly is something for everybody during SOAR, and far too much going on to name everything.”

Admission to all SOAR events is free and open to the public, and free parking will be available campus-wide during SOAR week. For more information, and a complete schedule of events, please visit www.sou.edu/soar.

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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.