SOU in the News: Feb. 6-12

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and sta news and features

Medford Mail Tribune • Teresa Thomas • Feb 12
‘The man for the job’: Brent Barry, who earned his master’s degree in education from SOU, is named superintendent of the Phoenix-Talent School District

The Siskiyou • Caroline Cabral and Hannah Jones • Feb 12
Remembering Coach Howard: Friends and family of SOU football coach Craig Howard gather to remember his life and his impact

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • Feb 8
SOU receives third Tree Campus USA designation: SOU has received recognition for the third straight year from the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree Campus USA”

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • Feb 7
SOU football coach Craig Howard remembered as big-hearted father figure: SOU football coach Craig Howard is remembered for the love for one another that he instilled in his players

Mail Tribune • Joe Zavala • Feb 7
From academia to mystery writing: Michael Niemann, an international studies professor at SOU, has followed up his academic writing with a pair of mystery novels

KTVL TV-10 • Ariana Rakhshani • Feb 6
Coach Howard taught players more than football, he taught life lessons: Current and former players of SOU football coach Craig Howard – including Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow – remember the man

KOBI-TV NBC5 • Elizabeth Ruiz • Feb 6
Remembering Coach Craig Howard: Hundreds gathered to remember SOU football coach Craig Howard, who passed away Jan. 20

News about SOU academic programs

KTVL TV-10 • Sarina Sandoval • Feb 7
SOU aims to break down stereotypes with new program: SOU’s new Raiders Don’t Hate program is aimed at breaking down stereotypes and exploring individual identities

News about fine and performing arts

Medford Mail Tribune • Feb 10
5 picks for live entertainment: “Shakespeare’s Other Women,” written and directed by Scott Kaiser of the OSF, will be performed at SOU Feb. 18-19

Daily Tidings • Feb 9
LaDuke to share art and stories of local farmworkers: Ashland painter Betty LaDuke presents her book “Bountiful Harvest” as part of the SOU Hannon Library speaker series

Medford Mail Tribune • Feb 7
Cabalito Negro and Left Edge Percussion present ‘Resist’: SOU flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro, along with Left Edge Percussion, performs at Music Recital Hall

KDRV TV-12 • Feb 6
OSF: Beyond The Stage & Into Local Schools: Students and instructors in SOU’s Theatre Arts program discuss collaborating with staff from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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

Jefferson Public Radio • Geoffrey Riley and Emily Cureton • Feb 9
Why People Go To Planned Parenthood: Riah Sadafy and Kendall Bartley from SOU’s Women’s Resource Center talk with Jefferson Public Radio about Planned Parenthood

UnDark.org • Julia Rosen • Feb 6
Connecting the dots: SOU ecologist Michael Parker discusses the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • Feb 9
Get Out: Friday, Feb. 10: Jeanine Moy of the Klamath­Siskiyou Wildlands Center discusses rare plant species Feb. 16 at the SOU Science Building

Medford Mail Tribune • Lee Juillerat • Feb 9
Hiram Towle: Loving life at Mt. Ashland: Mt. Ashland general manager Hiram Towle wants to attract a new generation to the slopes, from elementary to SOU students

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • Feb 8
Christopher Briscoe to discus father-son road trip, share photos in special OLLI lecture: Photographer Christopher Briscoe shares photos and stories of a 2,800-mile bike trip at SOU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

SOU recognized with Climate Leadership Award

NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/Hz6vZs)

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is one of just six U.S. colleges and universities that will be recognized this week with Climate Leadership Awards at the 10th annual Presidential Climate Leadership Summit of the nonprofit organization Second Nature.

SOU and three other colleges or universities will receive honorable mentions during the three-day leadership summit’s awards luncheon on Tuesday. Two institutions – Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College in Kansas – will be named winners of the 2017 Climate Leadership Awards.

Second Nature, which was formed in 1993 to mobilize higher education toward the goal of sustainability, hosts the leadership summit each year as a touch-base opportunity for its Climate Leadership Network – made up of more than 600 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia.

Member institutions each commit to take action on climate issues and prepare students to solve current and future challenges. Members may make a “Carbon Commitment” to work toward carbon neutrality; a “Resilience Commitment” to focus on climate adaptation; or a “Climate Commitment” to do both.

SOU and 14 other public and private colleges and universities in Oregon are Climate Leadership Network members, and SOU is one of four institutions in the state that have made the Climate Commitment.

SOU has also been honored with the Best Case Study Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, was the nation’s first certified Bee Campus USA and offers LEED Gold campus housing at its Raider Village complex.

The Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience. The awards are made in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.

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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: Jan. 23 to Feb. 5

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • USA • Feb 5
Local author to release second book in series: Michael Niemann, an international studies professor at SOU, has followed up his academic writing with a pair of mystery novels

Medford Mail Tribune • Teresa Thomas • USA • Feb 3
North Medford senior lands prestigious Navy ROTC scholarshipJovanna Salvador­McColly inherited work ethic from her mother, who graduated from SOU after giving birth in high school

Jefferson Public Radio • USA • Feb 3
Professor Launches Rogue Valley Symphony in 1967: Violin professor Frederick Palmer started the Rogue Valley Symphony almost 50 years ago, just after arriving to teach at SOU

Herald and News • USA • Feb 3
Newsmaker: Sergio Cisneros; contributing to the communitySergio Cisneros, a Klamath Falls teacher working on his master’s degree at SOU, was expected to take over the family restaurant

Mail Tribune • Kevin Breck • USA • Feb 1
Eno Files: Celebrating Oregon tempranillo growers and wines: SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones leads a blind tasting of Oregon tempranillos at an Oregon Wine Alliance event

Herald and News • Kurt Liedtke • USA • Jan 31
Roots grow deep at Oregon wine exhibit: SOU research anthropologist Maureen Battistella facilitates a showing of the exhibit “Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine” in Klamath Falls

Fruit Growers News • USA • Jan 31
WSU to host symposium on extreme climate effects on grapes: SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones to speak at March 17 event on the impact of climate trends on the grape industry

Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 27
Birds Eye View: Acorn eater has a sweet tooth: SOU biology Professor Stewart Janes writes about the acorn woodpecker that raids a hummingbird feeder in his backyard

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 24
Transferring credits event held at RCC: Rogue Community College students learned to transfer their credits to state universities including SOU at events on Feb. 1 and 2

AffordableCollegesOnline.org • Katy McWhirter • USA • Jan 24
Graduate Student Financial Aid Guidebook: SOU scholarship and compliance coordinator Stephanie Hanigan’s interview, “Expert Advice on Paying for Grad School” included on web site

Herald and News • Holly Owens • USA • Jan 23
SOU football coach’s memorial set: A memorial service for SOU football coach Craig Howard, who died Jan. 20, will be at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Raider Stadium

News about SOU academic programs

KTVL News­10 • Mike Marut • USA • Jan 28
SOU students take advantage of nice weather by rappelling at Emigrant Lake: Nathan Swanson, climbing manager for the SOU Outdoor Program, took students rappelling as an introduction to rock climbing

Jefferson Public Radio • Dennis Jenkins • USA • Jan 24
Underground History: The Old Horse Bones Of Paisley: SOU archaeologist Chelsea Rose and anthropologist Mark Tveskov discuss details of horse bones found near Paisley in eastern Oregon

News about fine and performing arts

The Press Tribune • USA • Feb 5
Renowned guitarist to play Roseville’s Strum Shop: Guitarist David Rogers, who taught at SOU and was a longtime performer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, plays in California

Daily Tidings • USA • Feb 2
Cabalito Negro and Left Edge Percussion present ‘Resist’: SOU flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro, along with Left Edge Percussion, to perform at Music Recital Hall

OregonLive.com • Amy Wang • USA • Jan 28
Bookmarks: Readings by Ayelet Waldman, Laurie Frankel and more: A reading of Japanese avant­garde poetry at SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art is one of six literary readings

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • USA • Jan 27
A passion for poetry: Ashland High graduate Sho Sugita returns to read from his book of translated Japanese poetry at SOU’s Schneider Museum

Daily Tidings • Vickie Aldous • USA • Jan 26
SOU hosts six new art exhibits: Jay Zheng’s Instagram­inspired photos are one of six new exhibits of student, alumni and community art at SOU

News about politics, policy and national trends im pacting SOU and higher education

Medford Mail Tribune • Julie Akins • USA • Feb 2
Hundreds rally in Ashland against hate speech, blocking refugees: SOU English Professor Alma Rosa Alvarez tells protesters they don’t have to tolerate hatred or division

Jefferson Public Radio • Geoffrey Riley and Emily Cureton • USA • Jan 31
Bracing For Immigration Action: SOU student Ricardo Lujan, an undocumented immigrant, tells his story and shares his concerns

KDRV­12 TV • USA • Jan 31
SOU President Issues ‘Message of Support: SOU President Linda Schott sends letter to students, faculty and staff, expressing support for students affected by changes to immigration policy…

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 30
Former Bates chief of staff now SOU legislative liaison: Julie McFadden, the former chief of staff for the late state Sen. Alan Bates, has been hired as SOU’s director of government relations

Herald and News • Rob Manning • USA • Jan 30
Presidents Of Oregon Universities Decry Trump Travel Ban: Oregon public university presidents push back against travel ban; SOU has one student directly affected

Mail Tribune • Nick Morgan • USA • Jan 29
Trump’s immigration actions worry local Latinos, could threaten Oregon’s sanctuary law: Ricardo Lujan, a senior at SOU, says he is worried about losing protections as an undocumented immigrant who entered the U.S. as a child

Daily Tidings • USA • Jan 28
Guest Opinion: Grateful for expanded monument: SOU biology professor Michael Parker thanks those who enhanced protection for the Cascade­Siskiyou National Monument

Miscellaneous news

News @ SOU • USA • Feb 3
SOU center offers free presentation on debt­ reduction for businesses: SOU’s Small Business Development Center offers a free presentation for businesses on reducing debt and increasing cash flow

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Feb 2
Get Out: Friday, Feb. 3: Jeanine Moy of the Klamath­Siskiyou Wildlands Center to discuss rare plant species Feb. 16 in Room 161 of the SOU Science Building

Daily Tidings • Julie Akins • USA • Feb 2
SOU students unhappy with facility conditions: SOU theatre arts students and university spokesperson Joe Mosley discuss improvements to temporary facilities in the Cascade Complex

SOU receives third Tree Campus USA designation

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

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University has received recognition for the third straight year as a “Tree Campus USA.” The Arbor Day Foundation honors select U.S. colleges and universities with the Tree Campus designation, based upon management of their urban forests and efforts to engage students and staff in conservation.

SOU first received the designation for its efforts in 2014, and the 2016 honors were announced last week. The university has ramped up its Arbor Day activities as part of its ongoing campaign to become and remain a designated Tree Campus – 24,000 plants and 173 large trees have been planted on campus by volunteers during the past three annual celebrations, and a five-acre arboretum has been created.

“We have had a combined Arbor Day outreach of over 2,000 volunteers who have participated in everything from tree planting, pollinator garden creation and planting, botanical tours, pruning demonstrations and world-renowned educator presentations,” said Mike Oxendine, SOU’s landscaping, equipment and motor pool superintendent.

All trees planted at SOU’s Arbor Day celebrations have been donated by Plant Oregon, a Talent nursery that specializes in native plants, shrubs and trees. SOU offers free t-shirts to its Arbor Day volunteers, and those interested in participating can find more information on the SOU Landscape facebook page. This year’s Arbor day is on Friday, April 14.

The Arbor Day Foundation created its Tree Campus USA program in 2008. For 2016, 296 campuses nationwide received the recognition – including four universities and one community college in Oregon.

To qualify for the honor, colleges or universities must meet five standards: maintain a tree advisory committee, employee a campus tree-care plan, dedicate funding each year to the campus tree program, observe Arbor Day and engage students through a service-learning project.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management efforts during 2016.

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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 center offers free presentation on debt-reduction for businesses

NEWS BRIEF (online at https://goo.gl/Fp4J2Z)

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free presentation, “For Love & Money:  Reduce Debt and Increase Cash Flow in Your Business,” from 12:15 to 1:15 on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 132 of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, at 101 S. Bartlett St., in Medford.

Certified financial coach Kathy Kali will serve as presenter at the session. She has been helping small business owners to grow and manage their income for 10 years.

Attendees will learn how to reduce debt by following the “seven baby steps to wealth-building in business,” retain earnings and pay themselves for their work, and use a monthly budget to maximize profit and cash flow.

Space for the presentation is limited, so those who are interested are advised to register ahead of time at www.sou.edu/sbdc.

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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.

Statement on immigration and support for all students

ANNOUNCEMENT

The following statement was sent this morning from SOU President Linda Schott to all students, faculty and staff.

Dear students and colleagues,

Southern Oregon University is a place where diverse backgrounds intersect and where all members of our academic community are supported and respected – as are their thoughtfully shared views on any issues they consider important.  We do not apply religious tests before admitting students or hiring employees, and we do not discriminate against people based on their nationality, race, gender or sexual orientation. Students and employees who come to SOU – whether from Medford or Mexico, Salem or Somalia – all have the right to be treated fairly and to be valued for who they are.

SOU does not stand alone but is part of a larger network of higher education institutions spread across our nation.  Many of these universities are stepping forward at this point to reiterate their commitments to liberal education and democracy. For example, President Muriel Howard of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities – of which SOU is a member – has issued a statement asking the Trump Administration to reconsider its recent executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and banning travel into this country for the citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations.

“America’s state colleges and universities have been strengthened by the presence of students and faculty from around the globe, including those from the seven countries specifically targeted by the president’s executive order,” President Howard wrote. “We share in the collective commitment to protect our national security while at the same time enriching our nation with invaluable contributions from abroad.”

I share President Howard’s support for diversity – geographic, religious and otherwise. Although SOU has few students from the list of seven countries affected by the executive order, we have many international students who now wonder about their futures in our nation.  Thus I want to be clear that during this period of uncertainty and unrest, as we have throughout the history of our institution, SOU will continue to support all students and employees who wish to learn, grow, and make contributions to our campus and communities. 

Each morning, I walk into Churchill Hall under an inscription that reads, “The difficulties of democracy are the opportunities of education.” As we listen to our political leaders disagree about policies and principles and as we watch protestors take to the streets; as we pen our individual letters to elected officials or otherwise demonstrate our personal political views, it is apparent that our democratic system is being tested. It has been tested before, and we have always emerged from those tests with a new appreciation for both the daunting difficulties and amazing possibilities of self-governance. That self-governance is made possible at least in part by an educated populous and by the schools, colleges and universities providing that education. We at SOU are engaged in a serious, vital endeavor. We will continue our efforts, with renewed commitment, mutual respect and vigorous care for each other.

Respectfully,

Linda Schott
President, Southern Oregon University

SOU in the News: Jan. 9 to 22

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Daily Tidings • Evalyn Hansen • USA • Jan 23
Using acting craft to change people’s lives: Simone Stewart, office manger of SOU’s Small Business Development Center, is interviewed on acting

Herald and News • By Kurt Liedtke • USA • Jan 22
Malin friends take leadership roles on city council: Ryan Bartholomew, who attended SOU before returning to the Klamath Basin for work, is a new member of the Malin City Council

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Jan 20
SOU’s groundbreaking football coach passes away at age 64Craig Howard, the head coach who led his SOU team to the 2014 NAIA national championship, died at his home Jan. 19 at age 64

StAugustine.com • Justin Barney • USA • Jan 20
Craig Howard, Tim Tebow’s high school coach at Nease, dies: SOU’s Craig Howard, who coached Tim Tebow in high school and won championships in high school and college, died unexpectedly at age 64

Victory Sports Network • USA • Jan 20
SOU football coach Craig Howard passes away: Victory Sports Network, a promotor of NAIA collegiate athletics, reports on the passing of SOU’s Craig Howard

OregonLive.com • Tim Brown • USA • Jan 20
Craig Howard: Southern Oregon University football coach dies at age 64: The SOU head football coach who led the Raiders to an NAIA National Championship in 2014 died unexpectedly at age 64

Jacksonville.com • Justin Barney • USA • Jan 19
Craig Howard, Tim Tebow’s high school coach at Nease, dies: The death of SOU football coach Craig Howard, who coached quarterback Tim Tebow in high school, touches those he knew in Jacksonville, Fla.

Publicnow • CAN • Jan 19
Guest speaker Matt Vogel returns: SOU Health promotion specialist Matt Vogel will speak with EOU students, faculty and staff about campus life, relationships and substance use…

InsideSOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Jan 19
SOU theater student gets in­flight movie with personal touch: SOU student actress Maddy Flemming meets the author and inspiration for the acclaimed movie “Denial” after watching the film in­flight

KOBI­TV NBC5 • USA • Jan 17
Get to know Jackson County’s new Sheriff, Capt. Nathan Sickler: SOU graduate Nate Sickler, previously a captain in the Jackson County Sherif’s Department, is named sheriff by the county’s board of commissioners…

Mail Tribune • Vickie Aldous • USA • Jan 17
Sickler appointed as new Jackson County sheriff: SOU graduate Nate Sickler is appointed to serve as sheriff by Jackson County Board of Commissioners

The World • USA • Jan 17
Marshfield Hall of Fame inductions will be Feb. 2: Mark Helfrich, a former SOU quarterback and UO coach, is inducted into Marshfield’s Hall of Fame with his late father, Mike

Publicnow • CAN • Jan 17
March 17: Effects of extreme climate on grapes, wine: SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones to be a primary speaker at WSU symposium, ‘Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?’…

Military Technologies News • POL • Jan 16
Dirk Wall Featured in The Wall Street Journal: Meridian, Idaho investment advisor Dirk Wall, who graduated from SOU in 1983, is named a “Master of Success” by The Wall Street Journal

News about SOU academic programs

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Jan 20
The Farm at SOU to have “farm mentor” for five­month appointment: The Farm at SOU will have a five­month “farm mentor,” employed by AmeriCorps, to help inspire a generation of ecologically committed leaders

Publicnow • CAN • Jan 17
March 17: Effects of extreme climate on grapes, wine: SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones to be a primary speaker at WSU symposium, ‘Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?’…

The Bellingham Herald • Eric Degerman • USA • Jan 11
Oregon’s rieslings are overlooked gems: Last year’s Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report, prepared for the industry by SOU, indicates that riesling production is losing ground

The Register­Guard • USA • Jan 11
Expanded monument could benefit economy: Expansion of the Cascade­Siskiyou National Monument will benefit wildlands research, already being conducted by SOU and OSU

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • USA • Jan 9
Preserving history: SOU research anthropologist Maureen Battistella and sociology professor emeriti Victoria Sturtevant are leading a project to preserve local agricultural…

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings • USA • Jan 22
5 picks for live entertainment: Chamber Music Concerts present the Brentano String Quartet at SOU’s Music Recital Hall

Daily Tidings • Jeffrey Gillespie • USA • Jan 19
‘Shapes of Curiosity’ curator interested in ‘in­betweens’: SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art picks artist and curator based out of New York and London to curate upcoming “Shapes of Curiosity” exhibition

Medford Mail Tribune • Joe Zavala • USA • Jan 17
Barton adds his own piece to Stafford reading: As reading of former Oregon poet laureate William Stafford’s work is hosted at SOU’s Hannon Library

The Register­Guard • Francesca Fontana • USA • Jan 15
An artist at heart: Eugene artist Robert “Bob” Cipes’ varied past includes stints as a college professor, both in California and at SOU

Apg ­WI.com • USA • Jan 14
Area bands, choir welcoming new members: Mike Joosten, who received his master’s degree at SOU, directs the Communiversity Symphonic Band at University of Wisconsin­Barron County

News about politics, policy and national trends im pacting SOU and higher education

Medford Mail Tribune • Tammy Asnicar • USA • Jan 17
Local women to march with ‘sisters’ around the country Saturday: Retired SOU Professor Jeanne Crosby organizes a women’s march in the Mexican village of La Manzanilla, where she lives six months out of the…

Medford Mail Tribune • Julie Akins • USA • Jan 16
In the face of fear, love: SOU English Professor Alma Rosa Alvarez, keynote speaker at Ashland’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration talks of social change through love

Daily Tidings • Angela Decker • USA • Jan 13
Alvarez shares King’s antidote for division: SOU English Professor Alma Rosa Alvarez is the keynote speaker at Ashland’s 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration

Daily Tidings • USA • Jan 12
New state representative Marsh speaks Saturday in Ashland: Newly elected State Rep. Pam Marsh speaks at a meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at SOU

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Jan 11
Chief of staff for late State Sen. Alan Bates shifts to SOU government relations: Julie McFadden, who served most recently as chief of staff to the late State Sen. Alan Bates, has been hired to serve as SOU’s liaison with state…

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 12
Get Out: Friday, Jan. 13 : OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert to focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of n and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk at the SOU Science…

Daily Tidings • Julie Akins • USA • Jan 12
Ashlanders explore electric bus: A Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) electric bus makes tour stops at several Ashland locations, including SOU, during promotional trip

The Farm at SOU to have “farm mentor” for five-month appointment

NEWS BRIEF (online at https://goo.gl/HUog5W)

(Ashland, Ore.) — The Farm at SOU will have a new staff member from March through August – a “farm mentor” who will be employed by AmeriCorps and will help inspire a generation of ecologically committed leaders to live and work sustainably.

The farm mentor will work full-time for five months, and will receive a monthly stipend, health insurance coverage and a $2,865 educational award upon completion of the appointment. He or she may also be eligible for childcare assistance.

The mentor will design a master action plan for The Farm’s mentorship program, reach out to local human services programs to recruit participants in the program and develop cohorts based on shared goals and needs. The mentor will also work with the participants on projects that help build life skills, evaluate the program’s effectiveness and coordinate with other staff members at The Farm.

The SOU facility is student-led, organic agricultural project that serves as a hub for education, student and faculty research, and community research.

Those who are interested in the position may apply on the AmeriCorps website. Applicants will be reviewed by Nancy Shea, coordinator of the SOU Center for Sustainability, then will be vetted by AmeriCorps. Shea will make the final selection by mid-February, and the successful applicant will begin March 1.

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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’s groundbreaking football coach passes away at age 64

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

(Ashland, Ore.) — Craig Howard, the head football coach who raised the bar at Southern Oregon University and earned the love of his team for the family culture he instilled, passed away Thursday night in his home. He was 64.

The Howard family has asked for privacy but will announce services in the coming days. Grief counseling is available on campus today for students and for faculty and staff.

Coach Howard joined SOU as head football coach six years ago, coming home to Southern Oregon following a successful career as a high school coach in Florida. He grew up in Grants Pass and played high school football there, then played at the collegiate level at Linfield College in McMinnville.

He was hired in February 2011 to take over a team that averaged three wins per year in the eight seasons prior to his arrival, and predicted he would bring the university its first NAIA national championship. He did that in 2014, when he was also named the Rawlings NAIA Coach of the Year. He took the Raiders back to the championship game in 2015, falling just short of back-to-back championships.

SOU President Linda Schott referred to Howard as “a terrific leader for our university and its Athletic Department” in a memo to campus.

“In both of those runs through the NAIA playoffs, Coach Howard instilled confidence in his players that allowed them to overcome others’ expectations of them,” the president said. “His teams were underdogs in six of their eight playoff games during those two years.”

After his team won SOU’s first NAIA football title in Daytona Beach, Fla., Howard stripped down with his team and for a triumphant plunge into the Atlantic Ocean – delivering on a promise he’d made at the beginning of that week.

“Coach Howard was energized, passionate and as full of love as ever,” SOU Director of Athletics Matt Sayre said Friday. “He loved his team, his coaches, the recruits he and his staff were talking with and signing, and – above all – his family.

“He was an amazing man,” Sayre said. “He was an inspiration to all those who knew him. He molded men of character, strength and honor and always placed that above winning football games. We will miss him dearly, but are thankful to have had him as our friend, mentor, coach and role model. We are all better people for having Coach Craig Howard in our lives.”

He compiled a record of 50-23 with the Raiders, giving him the best win percentage (.685) in school history.

Prior to winning the 2014 championship, the Raiders had never been past the second round of the 16-team playoff.

Howard’s previous college coaching experience included two stints as defensive coordinator for Oregon Institute of Technology in the late 1970s and 1980s, two years in the same position at Portland State University and two years as Oregon Tech’s head coach from 1991 to 1992.

As a high school coach in Florida, his teams went 76-23 from 2003 through 2010, went to the state championship game three times and won the state title in 2005. His high school athletes included eventual Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

Howard spent his final hours Thursday doing what he loved: recruiting, and familiarizing future Raiders with the “Character, Strength and Honor” mantra he popularized at SOU.

He is survived his wife, Valerie; daughters Amy and Emily; sons Bo, Jordan and Ryan; and five grandchildren. Bo Howard is an assistant football coach at SOU.

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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. 28 to Jan. 8

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Siskiyou Daily News • Danielle Jester • USA • Jan 5
Artist Profile: Roger Emerson, composer and arranger: Roger Emerson of Mount Shasta, who earned his bachelor’s degree from SOU, composes and arranges for the world’s largest music publisher

The World Link • USA • Jan 4
Geology Lecture Series features 12th annual Cascadia lecture: COOS BAY — Southwestern’s geology lecture series will include an April 15 talk by SOU anthropology Professor Mark Tveskov on “The Archaeology…

Wine Enthusiast Magazine • Sally Easton • USA • Jan 4
How Climate Change is Affecting Wine:The assumption that 50 degrees latitude is the northern limit for viticulture has been altered by climate change, SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones told an audience in England

Caminos • USA • Jan 3
A nuestros vecinos del Rogue Valley (To our Rogue Valley neighbors): SOU President Linda Schott assures the readers of Caminos, the Rogue Valley’s monthly Spanish­language magazine, that the university will “remain…

Medford Mail Tribune • Greg Stiles • USA • Jan 2
Irvine Vineyards plans to build winery, tasting room: Doug and Dionne Irvine launched Irvine Vineyards after consulting SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones about which grape varieties would grow best…

Mail Tribune • Cathy Noah • USA • Jan 1
One last look back: The Mail Tribune’s top stories of 2016 included the death of State Sen. Alan Bates, whose position was filled through the end of the year by…

Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 30
Listening to the birds for early signs of spring: SOU biology Professor Stewart Janes writes about the bird songs that announce spring is coming ­­ even if it may be several months away

Herald and News • Holly Owens • USA • Dec 30
2016 Year in Review: July to August: An outdoor, musical performance of “Natural History” by the Britt Orchestra and Southern Oregon University students was among Klamath area highlights

Medford Mail Tribune • Vickie Aldous • USA • Dec 29
Interim sheriff applicants tout experience: Nathan Sickler, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from SOU in 1999, is one of six candidates to become interim Jackson County Sheriff

Corvallis Gazette­Times • Anthony Rimel • USA • Dec 28
On the job with Ryan Noss: Corvallis’ first­-year school Superintendent Ryan Noss earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from SOU

News about SOU academic programs

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 3
SOU business research classes seek projects: SOU’s undergraduate­- and graduate­-level applied business research classes are seeking winter term research projects, for which students will…

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings • USA • Jan 5
New exhibits, new artists highlight Ashland’s First Friday: SOU’s Center for the Visual Arts features art by students, faculty and community in six of its galleries for the monthly art walk

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 27
Gabe Young returns to Ashland for oboe concert: Oboist Gabe Young, who has performed from Colorado to Russia, returned to his hometown of Ashland for a Dec. 30 concert at SOU’s Music Recital…

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

 KOBI­-TV Channel 5 • Craig Smullin • USA • Dec 27
Five on 5 – Dr. Linda Schott – President of Southern Oregon University: SOU president recaps her first term at the university and the strategic planning process that lies ahead

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • Mark Freeman • USA • Jan 7
SOLC hits goal to buy Rogue River ranch for a preserve: The 352­-acre ranch, which will be purchased and protected by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, will be open to use by high school classes and SOU researchers

Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 6
Get Out: Friday, Jan. 6: OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk…

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • USA • Jan 5
You’ll make up for this, kids: SOU reopens after two days of weather­related closures; public information officer Joe Mosley explains the university’s process and priorities…

Daily Tidings • Ryan Pfeil • USA • Jan 4
Snow causes closures, slick driving conditions: SOU is among the schools and colleges to remain closed on Wednesday due to inclement weather conditions

Medford Mail Tribune • John Darling for the Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 28
New Ashland convenience market features Indian food: The owner of a new convenience store and Indian deli a few blocks southeast of SOU is banking on customers such as students who are more focused…