SOU In the News: June 6 – 12

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Mail Tribune – Invested in Learning: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150605/NEWS/150609706/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Ashland’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Honors Two Grand Marshals: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150608/NEWS/150609833/0/SEARCH

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: SOU Success Story Daniel Breaux: http://ijpr.org/post/sou-success-story-daniel-breaux

 

News on SOU Academic Programs:

Daily Tidings – SOU Business School Seeks Research Requests: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150607/NEWS/150609864/0/SEARCH

 

News on SOU Environment and Sustainability Initiatives:

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Topix – Oregon Fringe Festival: http://www.topix.com/forum/colleges/southern-oregon-university/TB5VR58MNB5OD9E39

Daily Tidings – Southern Oregon University Arts Market: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150609/NEWS/150609828/0/SEARCH

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

 

News on Politics and Policy Impacting SOU and Higher Education:

Mail Tribune – Guest Opinion: SOU Is On Its Way to a Successful Future (Guest Opinion by Dr. Saigo): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150607/OPINION/150609725/0/SEARCH

 

Miscellaneous News:

Detroit Free Press – How Should Campus Sexual Assault Cases be Handled (SOU mentioned): http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/06/08/sexual-assault-summit-solutions/28659249/

KTVL – SOU Gets Approval to Rebuild McNeal Pavilion: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_sou-gets-approval-rebuild-mcneal-pavilion-16365.shtml

Daily Tidings – Guanajuato Delegation Ready for Departure (SOU connection mentioned): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150610/NEWS/150619976/0/SEARCH

SOU Commencement to Take Place Saturday

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University will confer degrees on approximately 1,000 new graduates at its 89th Commencement ceremony Saturday at Raider Stadium on the University’s main campus in Ashland. The processional will begin at 8:45 a.m. with the ceremony following immediately thereafter.

Featured speakers at this year’s ceremony include SOU President Dr. Roy Saigo and Bill Thorndike, who is speaking on behalf of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Thorndike is also Chair of the SOU Board of Trustees, which will assume governing authority of the University on July 1.

This year’s Commencement address will be given by University of Oregon head football coach 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.

Patricia Halleran, who is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in anthropology and certificates in both Native American studies and applied anthropology has been selected as the student speaker and Vance Beach will speak on behalf of the SOU Alumni Association. Beach earned a Bachelor of Science in communication from SOU in 2011 and a master’s degree in management in 2014.

SOU students Sabrina Podsobinksi and Hayden Teachout will receive the Dankook Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Students. This award commemorates more than thirty years of friendship between SOU and Dankook University in Seoul, South Korea. Each year at Commencement, SOU honors its outstanding female and male graduates with this award. The criteria used to select the Dankook Award recipients are: demonstration of scholarship, contributions to campus life by playing a leadership role, and evidence of citizenship and character.

Podsobinski will graduate with a double major in communication and psychology and a 4.0 GPA. After graduation, she plans to continue her studies in organizational psychology and business. Teachout will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in emerging media and digital art. He was a member of SOU’s cross country and track teams while maintaining a 3.99 GPA.

Margartet Newcomb and Jennifer Clark will be honored during the ceremony with the Universidad de Guanajuato Award for Outstanding Graduate Students. Newcomb graduates with a Master of Art in French language teaching and a 3.9 GPA, Clark with a Master of Science in education and a 4.0 GPA.

Gates to Raider Stadium open at 7 a.m. the morning of Commencement, and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Free parking is available in all parking lots on the SOU campus throughout the day. The ceremony will be broadcast live on RVTV and archived for later viewing.

More information on SOU Commencement ceremony is available online at www.sou.edu/commencement.

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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: May 30 – June 5

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Daily Tidings – Invested in Learning: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150605/NEWS/150609882/0/SEARCH

World News – SOU Announces New VP of Development: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/05/29/SOU_Announces_New_VP_of_Development_Southern_Oregon_Universi/

Foundation and Endowment Intelligence – Southern Oregon University Foundation Names Executive Director: http://www.foundationendowment.com/Article/3458987/Default/Southern-Oregon-University-Foundation-Names-Executive-Director.html

Save Oregon Wrestling – First Female Edges Out Men to Earn 1st Place $3,000 Scholarship (featuring SOU commit Jessica DeHart): http://www.saveoregonwrestling.org/home/2015/05/2015-scholarship-awards-announced/

Daily Tidings – Ashland Map App Complements Popular Hard-Copy Version (SOU alumnus featured): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150531/NEWS/150539992/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Ashland Police Honor SOU Student for Using CPR to Save a Life: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150602/NEWS/150609938/0/SEARCH

Noodls – SOU Team Ranks No. 7 in World in Business Strategy Game: http://www.noodls.com/view/9DEF4355D21AC96E07B25C5D0A6A81350557300D?3070xxx1433271531

 

News on SOU Academic Programs:

Mail Tribune – Other views: Credit Transfer Agreement a Big Step (editorial about SOU/KCC partnership): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150530/OPINION/150539992/0/SEARCH

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: Sending Kids Outdoors to Learn (discussion on SOU’s Fall in the Field program): http://ijpr.org/post/sending-kids-outdoors-learn

 

News on SOU Environment and Sustainability Initiatives:

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Daily Tidings – Oregon Fringe Festival: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_vid_16307.shtml

The Siskiyou – On the Fringe: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/on-the-fringe/

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

Daily Tidings – Art Museum Hosts Free Family Day: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150528/NEWS/150529817/0/SEARCH

Noodles – SOU Students to Release Economic Forecast: http://www.noodls.com/view/11DF3974D5D69B5F43C2C8A3710AD01A00C43CCC?512xxx1432925894

World News – SOU Students to Release Economic Forecast: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/05/29/SOU_Students_to_Release_Economic_Forecast_Southern_Oregon_Un/

Rogue Valley Messenger – SOU Economics Students to Issue Forecast for US Economy: http://roguevalleymessenger.com/events/community-commerce-classes-lectures/sou-economics-students-issue-forecast-us-economy

Daily Tidings – Helfrich to Deliver Commencement Address Saturday: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150604/NEWS/150609884

The Siskiyou – Helfrich to Delivery Commencement Address: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/helfrich-to-deliver-commencement-address/

 

News on Politics and Policy Impacting SOU and Higher Education:

Daily Tidings – Council Corner: SOU Scholarship Would Add Value: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150602/OPINION/150609979/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Our View: Good Idea Needs Work (editorial on City of Ashland SOU Scholarship proposal): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150604/OPINION/150609923/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Oregon Universities Pledge Tuition Limits if Lawmakers Hike Funding: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150601/NEWS/150609930/0/SEARCH

KGW – Oregon Universities Pledge Tuition Limits if Lawmakers Hike Funding: http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/06/01/universities-pledge-tuition-limits-if-lawmakers-hike-funding/28333505/

KTVL – Universities Pledge Tuition Limits if Lawmakers Hike Funding: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_universities-pledge-tuition-limits-if-lawmakers-hike-funding-16295.shtml

Mail Tribune – Our View: Any Extra Higher Ed Funds Should Limit Tuition: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150603/OPINION/150609881/0/SEARCH

 

Miscellaneous News:

Mail Tribune – Class of 2015 Valedictorians (Many planning to attend SOU): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150531/NEWS/150539952/0/SEARCH

The Dartmouth – Hanover Police Implement “You Have Options Program”: http://thedartmouth.com/2015/06/01/hanover-police-implement-you-have-options-program/

The Siskiyou – Schneider Children’s Center Remains Uncertain: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/schneider-childrens-center-remains-uncertain/

The Siskiyou – When it Goes Wrong, Who You Going to Call?: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/when-it-goes-wrong-who-you-going-to-call/

The Source Weekly (Bend): Brian Magnet or Brain Drain (feature on OSU Cascades, SOU mentioned prominently): http://www.bendsource.com/bend/brain-magnet-or-brain-drain/Content?oid=2451557

The Siskiyou – One-on-One: Dr. Roy Saigo, President of SOU: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/06/04/one-on-one-dr-roy-saigo-president-of-sou/

Two Recognized for Life-Saving Efforts at SOU

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(Ashland, Ore.) —A Southern Oregon University Campus Public Safety Officer and SOU student were both honored with Life Saving Awards by University President Roy Saigo during a June 1 ceremony on campus.

The officer, Robert Gibson, and student, Kala Griffith, were honored in their role in saving the life of a man found unconscious in SOU’s Education and Psychology Building on April 6.

SOU President Roy Saigo presents Officer Robert Gibson with the Citizen Life Saving Award. Officer Gibson's wife, Tammy, joined him for the ceremony.

SOU President Roy Saigo presents Officer Robert Gibson with the Citizen Life Saving Award. Officer Gibson’s wife, Tammy, joined him for the ceremony.

Griffith was among the first people to notice that the individual was unconscious and began giving chest compressions. Upon his arrival, Officer Gibson took over giving chest compressions until emergency medical technicians with Ashland Fire and Rescue arrived and began administering CPR. The man was subsequently transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

Dr. Saigo presents the Citizen Life Saving Award to Kala Griffith.

Dr. Saigo presents the Citizen Life Saving Award to Kala Griffith.

“It is truly my honor to present you with this award today,” Dr. Saigo said. “Your quick and responsive actions that day saved a man’s life, and for that you should be very proud, just as we are very proud to have you as part of the SOU 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 Team Ranks No. 7 in World in Business Strategy Game

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Students in Southern Oregon University’s Business Administration program recently ranked No. 7 in the Overall Score category in an international business strategy simulation game. “The Business Strategy Game” is a Web-based business simulation game where groups of students form and run simulated companies. Participating teams make a wide range of decisions, including production, quality assurance, product mix, pricing, marketing strategies, human resource, financing, plant capacities, and international trade. While competition is local, the teams’ performances in Overall Score, Return on Equity, Stock Price, and Price-to-Earnings Ratio are pitted against the other teams worldwide.

In the past year, almost 3,200 teams from nearly 600 colleges and universities in 52 different countries participated in the Business Strategy Game. “To reach No. 7 out of more than 3,000 teams competing for global ranking at any given time illustrates the caliber of our students in understanding and applying their business acumen to a simulated situation,” said Dr. René Ordoñez, SOU business professor. “This is a very detailed simulation that gives students real-world business decision-making scenarios, where they apply the concepts and competencies they have acquired through the program.”

“This is not the first time one of our teams made it to the Global Top 100 lists. Each term, we have a handful of teams that make it to the list. The MBA program has an unbroken streak of making the list since 2007 when the program was re-instated,” Professor Ordonez added.

In a recent email to Professors Ordoñez, Joan McBee, and John Kinard, who all teach the undergraduate course in which the game is played, the authors of the Business Strategy Game lauded the team and instructors for their efforts. “You should be quite proud of your students for such an excellent performance—a performance that reflects quite well on you and the caliber of instruction that students are receiving in your course,” it read.

SOU’s Business Strategy Game team is comprised of students in the School of Business’ BA 427: Business Policy course, a required core in the Business program. Participation in the game is required for completion of the University’s MBA program.

The students that comprise the team that achieved the No. 7 international ranking are Chauntell Arwood, Andrew Bemiller, Hector Aleman, and Irina Bakun.

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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: May 23 – 29

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Oregonian/Oregon Live – Pinot Noir Celebrates 50 Years in Willamette Valley. Will there be 50 More? (Greg Jones featured): http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/05/pinot_noir_celebrates_its_gold.html

Inside Higher Ed – Commencement Speakers Announced: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/05/26/colleges-announce-commencement-speakers

Bozeman Daily Chronicle – Graduating Grandmother’s Research Examines Painful Native American Boarding School History (feature on SOU alumnae): http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/dailyfeatures/graduating-grandmother-s-research-examines-painful-native-american-boarding-school/article_425157a1-14f8-5633-8f45-91447a40b0b1.html

The Siskiyou – Ready for Summer? Not so Fast: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/05/28/ready-for-summer-not-so-fast/

Daily Tidings – SOU Digs Deep Into ‘The Winter’s Tale’: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150527/NEWS/150529835/0/SEARCH

KTVL – Citizen Life Saving Award Given to Brandon Montague (SOU student): http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_citizen-life-saving-award-given-brandon-montague-16252.shtml

Mail Tribune – SOU Launches Arts Institute for High School Students: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150529/NEWS/150529612

Mail Tribune – SOU Names New Development, Foundation Leader: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150528/NEWS/150529610/0/SEARCH

SOU Students to Release Economic Forecast

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(Ashland, Ore.) —The US economy has been slowly recovering since the Great Recession ended in 2009, but what’s the outlook for the next few years? A group of advanced economics students from Southern Oregon University believes they have the answer, and they will be sharing that information during a public presentation Wednesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m.

The students will describe the current status of the economy and explain their analysis of the future outlook. Although the students use sophisticated models and analytical tools to prepare their forecast, the presentation itself is non-technical and designed for a general audience.

“Although the recession has been officially over for a number of years now, most people’s incomes have not increased significantly: wages and employment growth have been lackluster,” according to SOU economics professor Dan Rubenson. “Is this pattern apt to persist in coming years, or will the economy’s growth remain tepid?  Should we be preparing for significantly higher inflation?  How is the economy likely to be impacted by higher interest rates, or international developments such as oil prices and fluctuations in the exchange rate value of the dollar?  These are the types of questions that this group of students has analyzed in preparing their economic forecast.”

SOU economics students have been presenting forecasts of this nature for several years, and their track record has proven comparable to that of professional forecasters, according to Dr. Rubenson. “This is another excellent and skilled group of students, and I anticipate that they will continue that strong tradition,” he said.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Meese Room inside the Hannon Library on SOU’s main Ashland campus.

 

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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 Announces New VP of Development

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is pleased to announce that Janet Fratella has joined the University as vice president of development and executive director of the SOU Foundation.

Fratella, who most recently served as chief of staff for the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, has more than two decades of work in the field of university advancement. She has held numerous development-related positions throughout her career, including vice president of alumni and donor relations for the OHSU Foundation as well as director of donor relations and director of outreach projects for the University of Oregon.

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“This is a great opportunity. Southern Oregon University has a long tradition of support from residents in the Rogue Valley, and it is positioned to achieve equal support from SOU alumni throughout the country,” Fratella said. “There are many positive things taking place on the SOU campus, and I look forward to connecting with all our constituents to share and to learn about their experiences with our campus.”

Fratella holds Master of Public Administration, Public Policy and Management and Master of Science, Educational Policy and Management degrees from University of Oregon as well as a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in English from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

“A lot of great work has been done over the years at the SOU Foundation to build a base of supporters who believe in the future of the university,” she said. “I hope to build on that work to further strengthen the University and continue to support our students and faculty.”

 

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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: May 16 – 22

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Herald and News – KCC, SOU Ink Joint Partnership: http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/kcc-sou-ink-joint-partnership/article_6ff321c0-be5f-5804-af86-0bea51bf50f7.html

Mail Tribune – Rising From the Ashes: SOU Student’s Project Tells Story of Devastating Weed Fire: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150514/NEWS/150519642/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Documentary ‘When Giants Fall’ Tells Tragic Story of Elephant Poaching: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150517/NEWS/150519836/0/SEARCH

Herald and News – SOU, KCC Smooth the Way for Students (editorial): http://www.heraldandnews.com/members/forum/editorials/southern-oregon-kcc-smooth-way-for-students/article_a7ae4c66-6e76-5e85-8d2e-af83db8541cf.html

Oregonian/Oregon Live – The Higher-ed Mississippi of the West Coast (opinion on Oregon higher ed funding): http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/05/david_sarasohn_the_higher-ed_m.html#incart_river

The Siskiyou – Klamath CC Partners with SOU: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/05/20/klamath-cc-partners-with-sou/

The Siskiyou – Saving Schneider: Parents Taking Action: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/05/20/saving-schneider-parents-taking-action/

KDRV – Beer and Wine Industry Featured at Ashland Innovators Conference: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/Beer_and_Wine_Industry_Featured_at_Ashland_Innovators_Conference.html

Daily Tidings – A Day in the Life of Ashland (feature on OLLI class): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150519/NEWS/150519794/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – SOU Presents Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150520/ENTERTAINMENT/150529995/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU Presents Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150521/ENTERTAINMENT/150529994/0/SEARCH

KDRV – SOU Now Owns One of the Most Expensive Pianos in the World: http://www.kdrv.com/news/Southern_Oregon_University_is_now_the_proud_owner_of_one_of_the_most_expensive_pianos_in_the_world.html

World News – SOU Receives Gift of New Grand Piano: http://article.wn.com/view/2015/05/21/SOU_Receives_Gift_of_New_Concert_Grand_Piano_Southern_Oregon/

SOU Presents 2015 Kieval Lecture Series

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(Ashland, Ore.) —The Harry S. Kieval Lectures Series continues at Southern Oregon University this month with a presentation by University of Oregon mathematics professor Dr. Jonathon Brundan.

Dr. Brundan, who joined UO in 1997 and has authored more than 40 research articles, will provide a lecture tailored to the general public on Friday, May 29, at 3:30 p.m. in Taylor Hall on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

The presentation, “Counting Tilings Using Determinants” will explore methods for using graph theory and linear algebra to figure out how many different ways one might tile around an 8-inch by 8-inch board using 2-inch by 1-inch tiles.

“We people are sometimes turned off by presentations like this because they assume it will be over their head or uninteresting,” said Dr. Kemble Yates, professor of mathematics at SOU, “but Dr. Brundan is a great presenter and this lecture is specifically designed for the general public. No prior knowledge of the subjects will be necessary in order to attendees to appreciate the material, have a good time, and learn something new.”

The Harry S. Kieval Lecture Series was endowed in the early 1980s by a generous gift from the late Harry S. Kieval. The SOU Mathematics Department invites speakers to address broad, popular aspects of mathematics with the goal of attracting undergraduate students and the general public to the lectures.

More information is available at http://bit.ly/1ExHKPo.

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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.

About Dr. Jonathon Brundan

Dr. Jonathon Brundan joined University of Oregon faculty in 1997, and has been there since, promoted to full Professor in 2008. He received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, in 1996. Dr. Brundan’s research interests include: representation theory of Lie algebras, algebraic groups and quantum groups, algebraic combinatorics, modular representation theory of finite groups, and invariant theory. His distinguished career includes authoring more than 40 research articles, delivering more than 50 invited presentations at conferences and universities, serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics and AMS’ Representation Theory, being the dissertation advisor for five doctoral students, and winning multiple outstanding teaching awards.