SOU in the News: Dec. 20 to 27

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Media coverage and relevant mentions of Southern Oregon University for the most recent week

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

TeenVogue Magazine • Emma Sarran Webster • USA • Dec 27
How to manage college applications stress: Ian Parent, associate director of admission at SOU, joins experts from around the country in offering advice on handling the pressures of college…

Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 27
Business briefs: Tim Johns, who earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from SOU, has been named vice president of information services at Rogue Credit…

Mail Tribune • Vickie Aldous • USA • Dec 26
Youth basketball organizer Crump given lifetime achievement award: Manny Crump, who played college basketball at SOU and OIT before spending the past several decades teaching youth basketball, has been recognized…

Redding Record Searchlight • David Benda • USA • Dec 23
Homecoming for new Sun Oaks owner: Jeremiah Walsh, the new owner of Sun Oaks athletic club in Redding, previously coached tennis at Virginia Military Institute, the University…

Northampton Community College • Myra Saturen • USA • Dec 22
A Family Story: Gary Guidetti, a native and former resident of New Jersey, Guidetti received his bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA from SOU before becoming assistant dean of business and technology at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania

KTVL­TV 10 • Mike Marut • USA • Dec 21
SOU President Linda Schott happy with first quarter: SOU President Linda Schott discusses her first quarter at the University and the opportunities that lie ahead, and Associate Provost Jody Waters…

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Dec 22
SOU small business leader to address entrepreneurs: Three easy steps to creating an elevator speech – a brief pitch to sell yourself to clients – will be outlined on Thursday, Jan. 12, when Simone…

Publicnow • CAN • Dec 20
Rich Kane named Division of Student Affairs’ Employee of the Semester: Rich Kane, a former SOU employee and current assistant director for Community Standards and Student Responsibility at Ohio University, was named employee of the semester for the Ohio school’s Division of Student Affairs

News about SOU academic programs

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • Dec 21
SOU professor’s research published in European journal: A research paper on the solution chemistry of aluminum, authored by Southern Oregon University professor Anna Oliveri, was published in the current…
(Also published by Targeted News Service: https://goo.gl/nFSbzn)

Jefferson Public Radio • USA • Dec 21
Underground History: Grand Ronde Reservation Digs: Mark Tveskov of the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology talks with guests on JPR program about the summer archaeology program at the Grande Ronde…

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings • Evalyn Hansen • USA • Dec 26
Getting to know ‘Shakespeare’s Other Women’: “Shakespeare’s Other Women,” a new play by author and director Scott Kaiser, will be presented Feb. 16 to 19 at SOU
(Also published by AmericanTowns.com: https://goo.gl/BLdwa5)

News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education

Daily Tidings • John Darling • USA • Dec 23
Expecting 900 for dinner: A chef from SOU was tapped to provide high­quality cuisine for the 37th annual Ashland Christmas Dinner, which was expected to draw about 900…

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 22
Get Out — Friday, Dec. 23: OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Room 161 of the Southern Oregon University Science Building 

Daily Tidings • USA • Dec 20
Annual Guanajuato Nights dinner bolsters scholarship endowment fund: The annual fundraising dinner and auction, held in November, raised $12,024 for the Ashland Amigo Club’s endowed scholarship fund which is administered by the SOU Foundation …

SOU small business leader to address entrepreneurs

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NEWS BRIEF (online at https://goo.gl/A5DpTF)

(Medford, Ore.) — Going up? Three easy steps to creating an elevator speech – a brief pitch to sell yourself to clients – will be outlined on Thursday, Jan. 12, when Simone Stewart of Southern Oregon University’s Small Business Development Center addresses the Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon.

Stewart will discuss how to create a persuasive elevator speech and when to use it. A compelling conversation as brief as 30 seconds is often the tipping point for a business person seeking to gain a client or investor, she says.

As the SBDC’s client services manager, Stewart’s work is aimed at community outreach and economic development. She is a member of the planning committee for the SOU Women’s Leadership Conference and is a Medford Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. She previously owned and operated a consignment and antiques shop in Ashland, and most recently served as director of operations and marketing for a technology services company.

The cost of the Women Entrepreneurs’ January dinner and program – which is open to all – is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. A $3 discount is available for online registration and prepayment, and reservations should be made by 9 p.m. on Jan. 9. The event at the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road in Medford, will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and include networking, dinner and the program. For questions or reservations by phone, call Carol Vandell at (541) 292-6326.

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About Southern Oregon University
As a public liberal arts university, SOU focuses on student learning, accessibility and civic engagement that enriches both the community and bioregion. The university is recognized for fostering intellectual creativity, for quality and innovation in its connected learning programs, and for 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 professor’s research published in European journal

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/QQBrqS)

(Ashland, Ore.) —A research paper on the solution chemistry of aluminum, authored by Southern Oregon University professor Anna Oliveri, was published in the current edition of the peer-reviewed periodical “Chemistry – A European Journal.” Oliveri also provided artwork for the journal’s cover.

The paper describes fundamental research on the molecules present in solutions with high aluminum and amino acid concentrations. Understanding the actual structures of the molecules in solutions can lead to a better understanding of the toxicity, bioavailability and reactivity of the solutions.

chem201605388Colgate Palmolive, which provided funding for the research conducted by Oliveri’s team, uses aluminum in consumer goods such as deodorants and cleaning products. Other potential real-world applications for the research include environmental monitoring of sites near abandoned mines, where acid-mine drainage is creating highly acidic pools with much higher-than-natural metal concentrations.

The research led by Oliveri, an inorganic chemistry professor at SOU, resulted in the first observation of the alpha-isomer of the aluminum molecule in solution. This specific structure had been hypothesized to exist for decades but remained elusive until her observation. A goal of Oliveri’s continuing research is to isolate the alpha-isomer for future studies.

The cover artwork is Oliveri’s second such piece to be featured on the cover of a scientific journal this year. She is enthusiastic about branching out into scientific art to complement her research.

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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. It is the first university in the nation to balance 100 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU in the News: Dec. 13 to 19

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Media coverage and relevant mentions of Southern Oregon University for the most recent week

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

KAJO­ Radio • Sam Marsh •  Dec 17
SOU alum picked to head Utah fire department: Dan Peterson, who received his master’s degree in management from SOU, is leaving his position as chief of Jackson County Fire District 3 to…

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley •  Dec 14
SOU receives NEH grant to preserve “common heritage” histories: The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Southern Oregon University a $12,000 Common Heritage grant to collect and preserve…

North Coast Citizen • Ann Powers • Dec 13
Former SOU faculty member to leave position with Lower Nehalem Community Trust: Dale Cramer Burr, a former adjunct faculty member at SOU and the University of Guanajuato, is leaving her position as executive director of the…

News about SOU academic programs

 Daily Tidings • Dec 16
JPR celebrates 3,000 episodes of ‘As It Was’: SOU’s Jefferson Public Radio honors volunteers who produced more than 3,000 episodes of the daily historical series “As It Was: Tales from the…

Medford Mail Tribune • Dec 16
JPR celebrates 3,000 episodes of ‘As It Was’: SOU’s Jefferson Public Radio honors volunteers who produced more than 3,000 episodes of the daily historical series “As It Was: Tales from the Mystical State of Jefferson”

News about fine and performing arts

 SF Weekly • Jessie Schiewe • Dec 16
Mani Draper releases debut album, The Last Marauder: Mani Draper, who got into music while attending SOU, releases album that mixes hip­hop with jazz and R&B

The Huffington Post • Sean Martinfield • Dec 15
Former SOU student and Tony Award winner to perform in SF holiday concert: Ruthie Ann Miles, an SOU student in the early 2000s who won the 2015 Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical, will perform a series…

Jefferson Public Radio • Soleil Rowan • Dec 14
JPR presents Väsen One World Concert April 19 at SOU Recital Hall: JPR and SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts will present the Swedish trio Väsen in concert on Wednesday, April 19, at the university’s Music Recital…

News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education

KDOV­-TV 18 • Demi DeSoto • Dec 13
SOU President Linda Schott visits Medford Chamber Forum: SOU, which is Ashland’s largest employer and creates a $195 million per year economic impact for Southern Oregon, is beginning a strategic planning…

Daily Tidings • Greg Stiles • Dec 13
Time to rethink college: SOU President Linda Schott told the Medford Chamber Forum that the university is beginning a strategic planning process that will include a re­ examination of the roles higher education should play in Southern Oregon

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • Dec 15
Get Out: Friday, Dec. 16OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Room 161 of the Southern Oregon University Science Building

SOU receives NEH grant to preserve “common heritage” histories

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/sHH5QE)

(Ashland, Ore.) — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Southern Oregon University a $12,000 Common Heritage grant to collect and preserve agricultural and logging family histories in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

horsedrawn-plow-hillcrest-circa-1910 Co-investigators Maureen Battistella (assistant professor affiliate and research anthropologist at SOU) and Victoria Sturtevant, Ph.D. (SOU sociology professor emerita) will work with SOU students, the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, local libraries, historical societies and youth groups to identify heritage families for the project.

“This project is important because it helps Southern Oregon’s largely rural communities trace, preserve and share their heritage,” Battistella says. “It will document how and why population growth, economic development and new agricultural opportunities have affected Southern Oregon’s heritage industries.”

loggingnearbuttefalls-circa-1940Stories, photographs and memorabilia discovered during heritage day events will be digitized and made available to the public thanks to the expertise of SOU librarians and the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library. Retired U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Jeff LaLande, Ph.D., is a consulting historian on the project; his papers and photographs are already in the SOU SODA collection.

Southern Oregon’s landscape has changed dramatically over the past 100 years. Historical family farms have yielded to housing developments, pear trees have been pulled out to plant vineyards, and timber is nearly played out.

The Legacy Labor project is designed to document a way of life that is nearly lost to memory because of cultural, political and economic pressures. It is intended to increase awareness of heritage agriculture and timber occupations and draw attention to the importance of preserving and sharing community values. The project will build upon and extend the heritage preservation model developed for earlier grants awarded to SOU by the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association and the Erath Family Foundation.

For more information about the NEH Common Heritage award to SOU and the Legacy Labor project, contact Maureen Flanagan Battistella at (541) 552-0743 or battistem@sou.edu.

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About Southern Oregon University
As a public liberal arts university, SOU focuses on student learning, accessibility and civic engagement that enriches both the community and bioregion. The university is recognized for fostering intellectual creativity, for quality and innovation in its connected learning programs, and for 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 National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

SOU’s Small Business Development Center offers business workshop

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/TAQZak)

(Medford, Ore.) — The Small Business Development Center at Southern Oregon University’s Higher Education Center in Medford will host a free, one-hour workshop on “The Art of Buying or Selling a Business” at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The workshop will be held at the Higher Education Center, at 101 S. Bartlett St., in Medford.

Gary Einhorn, who operates the Entrepreneurial Ear business coaching service in Ashland, will be the featured presenter. He will discuss how to determine what a business is worth, when may be the best time to buy or sell, and the pros and cons of using a business broker to facilitate a sale.

Einhorn has created, owned and managed seven successful businesses over the past 35 years and has faced many of the same challenges as other business owners. He also hosts a local radio show called “The Entrepreneurial Ear” on KSKQ 89.5 FM.

The workshop is presented by SOU’s Small Business Development Center and sponsored by Umpqua Bank. To register or for more information, call (541) 552-8300.

The Small Business Development Center, which offers no-cost guidance to business owners and prospective entrepreneurs, is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. A total of 293 clients met with the center’s counselors in 2015, and 671 people attended its 48 public events.

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About Southern Oregon University
As a public liberal arts university, SOU focuses on student learning, accessibility and civic engagement that enriches both the community and bioregion. The university is recognized for fostering intellectual creativity, for quality and innovation in its connected learning programs, and for 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 to Dec. 5

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Media coverage and relevant mentions of Southern Oregon University for the most recent week

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Oregon OR ­ AmericanTowns.com • Dec 4
City, SOU recognized by bicyclist league: SOU recognized by national organization as a Bicycle Friendly University

KOBI­TV NBC5 • Dec 1
SOU offering “instant admission” for prospective students: SOU’s Joe Mosley interviewed about the “Raider on the Spot” admission program

Oregon Wine Press • Dec 1
AVA Unto Its Own: SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones offers background on Wayne Hitchings’ unique American Viticultural Area near Yoncalla

Oregon Wine Press • Dec 1
Vine with a View: SOU English professor Maureen Flanagan Battistella writes about Del Rio Vineyards’ 150­-year­-old grape vine

News about SOU academic programs

Medford Mail Tribune • Dec 5
Gaining knowledge — and friends: Feature story on the past and present of SOU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Oregon OR ­ AmericanTowns.com • Dec 5
Graduate proposal focuses on outdoors: SOU’s popular Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program plans for master’s degree option

News about fine and performing arts

Urban Milwaukee • Nov 30
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Suitcase Export Fund Launches Fourteenth Funding Cycle: Shane McAdams of Wisconsin participated in an exhibition of mostly Oregonian artists at SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art

Medford Mail Tribune • Nov 29
Holiday music for choir and orchestra: The Rogue Valley Symphony performed John Rutter’s “Magnificat” and the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah”on Dec. 3 at SOU’s Music Recital Hal

News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education:

My Eastern Oregon • Dec 2
UNION COUNTY: University presidents react to governor’s budget: SOU President Linda Schott and the presidents of Oregon’s six other public universities react to the governor’s recommended budget

OregonLive.com • Nov 30
Oregon’s public universities see big increases in Hispanic, multi­racial student enrollment: Five percent of students in Oregon’s seven public universities declined to identify a race or ethnic group, but 35 percent of those ­­ 1,755 ­­ were SOU students

Miscellaneous news

KOBI­TV NBC5 • Dec 3
Hundreds gather for Ashland ski swap: Annual ski swat at SOU benefits the University’s Outdoor Program

SOU offers “Working in the Wine Industry” course to community

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/UBbptO)

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is making one of its winter term courses available to the public. “Working in the Wine Industry” will be offered for credit to admitted SOU students, and will be available at a special tuition rate as a non-credit class for community members who are not admitted SOU students.

“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.”

The seminar-style “Working in the Wine Industry” course will focus on the many facets and possibilities of pursuing and performing employment 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 also are incorporated into the curriculum.

“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 who would like to expand their skillsets.”

“Working in the Wine Industry” will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m., Jan. 10 through March 21 on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

A special tuition rate of $300 has been established for community members who sign up for the course. Admitted students taking the class for credit will pay the standard tuition rate. Anyone interested in learning more or registering is encouraged to contact Connie Lynn in SOU’s Continuing Education Division at (541) 552-6899 or by email at lynnc@sou.edu.

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About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized campus that provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus. Connected learning programs taught by a host of exceptional faculty provide quality, innovative experiences for students. Visit sou.edu.

SOU in the News: Nov. 22 to Nov. 28

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SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Mail Tribune (Nov. 22) – Pendleton Woolen Mills to open an outlet in the Rogue Valley Mall; Joan McBee, chair of the SOU Business Department, discusses the Pendleton brand and how it fits in the mall. https://goo.gl/3W6DwV

Capital Press, Salem (Nov. 23) – California-based Jackson Family Wines has bought three Oregon wineries or vineyards and is building a 68,000-square-foot wine production facility in McMinnville; SOU wine climatologist and viticulture expert Greg Jones says larger companies entering new territory need to understand regional culture. https://goo.gl/ZzkDly

Daily Tidings; similar story at AmericanTowns.com (Nov. 23) – David Humphrey, director of SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts, laid the groundwork for an exchange program with the Institute of the Arts Barcelona – Europe’s only international performing arts institution – during a recent trip to Spain. https://goo.gl/AdSyOe and https://goo.gl/j5EoyF

Daily Tidings (Nov. 22) – More than 120 people attended the Amigo Club’s second annual Guanajuato Nights dinner and auction; proceeds go to the Amigo Club’s endowed scholarship fund, administered by the SOU Foundation. https://goo.gl/t2hJ3k

High Country News (Nov. 28) – Gabe and Jill Howe, founders of the Siskiyou Mountain Club and enthusiasts of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, met as students at SOU. https://goo.gl/0XGd0P

News about SOU academic programs

SOU News; reprinted at Public.com News (Nov. 28) – An event to be held in Medford by the SOU Small Business Development Center is aimed at local entrepreneurs who love creating and owning their businesses, but could benefit from improved understanding of their enterprises’ finances. https://goo.gl/BOhf4n and https://goo.gl/qNBqux.

News about fine and performing arts

Village Life-Sacramento (Nov. 21) – Darek Riley, who received his bachelor of fine arts degree in acting/performance at SOU, played the title role in a production of “Robin Hood” at Sacramento’s B Street stage. https://goo.gl/UE4MH8

News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.; similar story in the Lewiston Tribune (Nov. 22) – Austin Brayfield’s painting took on a new urgency after she was diagnosed with brain cancer; an exhibit that offers both pre- and post-diagnosis works is on display in SOU’s Marion Ady Building through Dec. 9. https://goo.gl/ZWvMQA and https://goo.gl/ATOs55

Argus Observer, Ontario; similar stories in The Register-Guard, Brazil Business Today and KTVZ-TV, Bend (Nov. 24) – Kyle Peets, an adjunct faculty member in SOU’s Emerging Media and Digital Arts Department, explores “Gold Fever” through his new exhibit in the SOU Art Building. https://goo.gl/uHDPe2, https://goo.gl/lNMF01, https://goo.gl/IgrxcK and https://goo.gl/WpMDWe

Daily Tidings (Nov. 28) – Ed Wight, who taught music history and music appreciation for 10 years at SOU, offers pre-concert talks and program notes for the Ashland Chamber Music Concerts, the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Rogue Valley Symphony. https://goo.gl/cIwRq7

KSKQ Radio (Nov. 18) – SOU Honors College students Reilly Nycum, Haley Eck and Cole Barnes read their work at the Words and Wine event at Weisingers winery; the radio station offers a podcast of their readings. https://goo.gl/swyNJV

KSKQ Radio (Nov. 18) – SOU Honors College students Mariah Roley, Dante Fumagalli and Samara Diab read their work at the Words and Wine event at Weisingers winery; the radio station offers a podcast of their readings. https://goo.gl/Ytk72G

News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education:

KOBI-TV 5 (Nov. 22) – Transgender Day of Remembrance was observed at SOU for the third year n a row, raising awareness of transgender issues across the U.S. https://goo.gl/NiVBtx

Miscellaneous news

U.S. News and World Report (Nov. 22) – Students who receive their bachelor’s degrees abroad must have their credentials evaluated before applying for graduate school in the U.S.; SOU is an example of a university that conducts in-house evaluations rather than referring prospective graduate students to credential evaluation companies. https://goo.gl/I3R3im

Mail Tribune (Nov. 21) – Full restoration of Medford’s Holly Theatre could begin in early 2017; the building’s façade was renovated in 2012, before the work was stalled by issues at SOU and Jefferson Public Radio. https://goo.gl/IkzVPH