SOU In the News: Jan. 3 – 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOU Launches New Sports Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coaching searches for the programs will get underway immediately.

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

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

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU, WOU Partner on Master’s Degree in Computer Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU In the News: Dec. 27 – Jan. 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOU to Offer Professional Development Opportunities for Early Childhood Development Professionals

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Building on priorities set by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), Southern Oregon University will provide professional development opportunities for early childhood education professionals throughout the region in early 2015.

Professors Younghee Kim and Erin Wilder, faculty leaders within SOU’s Early Childhood Development program will work with the OEIB-sponsored Early Learning Hub and others to offer a Jackson County Association for the Education of Young Children professional development conference during the 2015 winter term.

Additionally, during the 2015 spring term, Professors Kim and Wilder will work with Central Oregon Community College to offer a similar professional development conference in central Oregon. “Our ECD program is recognized throughout the state as a leader in the training of early learning providers,” said Dr. Steven Thorpe, interim director of SOU’s Division of Education, Health, and Leadership. “These conferences will be very positive for early childhood professionals throughout our region and for the children with whom they work on a daily basis.”

Participants will have the opportunity to earn professional development credits, which are mandatory for many early childhood education professionals.

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU In the News: Dec. 20 – 26

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Register Guard – He’s Still a Raider at Heart: http://registerguard.com/rg/sports/32569657-81/hes-stilla-raiderat-heart.html.csp

Mail Tribune – A ‘Dream Come True’ for Raiders Fans as SOU Grabs National Title: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141219/NEWS/141219560/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Cheering on the Champs: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141219/NEWS/141219800/0/SEARCH

JPR – SOU Wins NAIA National Football Title: http://ijpr.org/post/southern-oregon-u-wins-naia-national-football-title

Mail Tribune – Fans, Friends and Family Welcome Home Victorious SOU Team at Airport: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141220/NEWS/141229943/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Raiders Bring it Home: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141220/SPORTS/141229983/0/SEARCH

KDRV – SOU Raiders Return Home (video included): http://www.kdrv.com/sou-raiders-return-home/

KOBI – SOU Raiders Bring Their Title Home (video included): http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/sou-raiders-bring-their-title-home.html?category_id=3#.VJhFBECk8

Daily Tidings – Shine a Light Event Sunday at SOU Gym: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141219/NEWS/141219803/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Title Game Special for Raider Followers: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141220/SPORTS/141229965/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – For Fans Who Made the Trip, Game Special: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141220/SPORTS/141229984/0/SEARCH

KDRV – SOU Raiders Parade in Ashland (video included): http://www.kdrv.com/sou-raiders-parade-in-ashland/

KTVL – SOU Champion Football Team Gets Parade: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_sou-champion-football-team-gets-parade-14949.shtml

Mail Tribune – Raiders Parade Trophy Through Downtown Ashland: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141221/NEWS/141229921/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Victorious Raiders Parade Through Downtown Ashland: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141221/NEWS/141229977/0/SEARCH

KOBI – Fans Line Ashland Streets to Congratulate SOU Raiders (video included): http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/sou-raiders.html#.VJhEzECk8

JPR – Oregon’s Other College Football Champions: Interview with SOU Football Coach Craig Howard (audio included): http://ijpr.org/post/oregons-other-college-football-champions

KTVL – SOU Offers Two New Courses for Community: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_sous-new-courses-unenrolled-14955.shtml

The Columbian – Local Open House to Honor Southern Oregon Champs: http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/dec/22/local-open-house-honor-southern-oregon-champs/

Statesman Journal – Congratulations to SOU on National Championship: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/12/23/congratulations-sou-football-win/20830715/

Las Vegas Sun – How a Bunch of Local Kids Made Their Way to Oregon and Won a National Championship: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/dec/25/how-bunch-local-kids-found-their-way-oregon-won-na/

Daytona Beach News Journal – NAIA Event Hailed as Success Despite Smaller Turnout: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20141222/BUSINESS/141229771?Title=NAIA-event-hailed-x2018-success-x2019-despite-smaller-turnout

KOBI – Dr. Saigo on ‘Five on 5’: http://kobi5.com/features/five-on-5/item/dr-roy-saigo-sou-president.html?category_id=11#.VJ8gAAFwA

KOBI – Matt Sayre on ‘Five on 5’: http://kobi5.com/features/five-on-5/item/matt-sayre-sou-athletic-director.html?category_id=11#.VJ8fpAFwA

SOU to Close Over Holidays

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24 to Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.

All University offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled time on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

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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 Offers Two New Courses to Community

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is making two winter term courses available to the public. Working in the Wine Industry and Digital Marketing Strategies will both not only be offered for credit to admitted SOU students, but will also be available at a special tuition rate for members of the community who are not admitted students to SOU.

“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.”

Working in the Wine Industry is a seminar-style course that will focus on the many facets and possibilities of pursuing and working 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 are all incorporated into the curriculum as well.

“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 that would like to expand their skillset.”

Working in the Wine Industry will meet Fridays from 8:30-10:20 a.m. from Jan. 5 to March 20, 2015, on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

Digital Marketing Strategies will also be offered Friday’s at the University’s main campus in Ashland. It runs Feb. 13 to March 13, 2015, and will meet from 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

“Digital Marketing Strategies is an introductory course designed to create a foundation in various digital marketing methods, including social media, search engine optimization, paid digital advertising, content writing, and more,” according to Dr. Jones. “It will be a great asset to small business owners and managers who may not be familiar with the various digital and online marketing opportunities available to them,” he said.

Participants in the class will have the opportunity to apply their learning by designing a marketing strategy for a selected business of their choosing.

The special tuition rate for community members is just $150 for each course. Admitted students taking the classes for credit will pay the standard tuition rate. Anyone interested in learning more or registering is encouraged to contact Connie Lynn at 541-552-6899 or via email at lynnc@sou.edu.

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU in the News: Dec. 13 – 19

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Mail Tribune – SOU’s Campus Choice Program Presented to U.S. Senate: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141214/NEWS/141219781/0/SEARCH

World News.com – SOU Announces 2015 Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program Cohort: http://article.wn.com/view/2014/12/12/SOU_Announces_2015_Ronald_E_McNair_Achievement_Program_Cohor/

KRQE (Albuquerque TV station) – Few Campus Sex Assaults Reported to Police: http://krqe.com/2014/12/14/few-campus-sex-assaults-reported-to-police/

KDRV – Interest in SOU Grows (video included): http://www.kdrv.com/interest-in-s-o-u-grows/

Jefferson Public Radio “The Jefferson Exchange” – SOU Lauded for Sexual Assault Response (audio included): http://ijpr.org/post/sou-lauded-sexual-assault-response

Mail Tribune – Logos May Offer “Fifth Year” at RCC or SOU: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141216/NEWS/141219691/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU’s Campus Choice Presented to US Senate: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141216/NEWS/141219850/0/SEARCH

SOU In the News: Dec. 6 – 12

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Portland Oregonian – SOU, Ashland Police Team Up Against Sexual Violence: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2014/12/southern_oregon_university_ash.html

Mail Tribune – SOU Business Students Seek Research Projects: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141205/NEWS/141209767/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Local Rep to Testify Before US Senate Panel: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141206/NEWS/141209875/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Our View: Raiders are Winners (Editorial highlighting sports successes): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20141206/NEWS/141209891/0/SEARCH

Portland Oregonian – Editorial Peaks and Valleys: A Smart Approach in Addressing Sexual Assault: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/12/editorial_peaks_and_valleys.html

NPR: All Things Considered – Senate Panel Looks at Taking Sexual Assault Investigations Off Campus (audio link included): http://www.npr.org/2014/12/09/369667246/senate-panel-looks-at-taking-sexual-assault-investigations-off-campus

Yahoo! News – Few Campus Sex Assaults Reported to Police: https://news.yahoo.com/senate-hearing-address-campus-sexual-assault-064346337–politics.html

USA Today – Senate Hearing Focuses on Campus Sexual Assault Reporting: http://college.usatoday.com/2014/12/09/senate-hearing-focuses-on-campus-sexual-assault-reporting/

USA Today – Senate Expects to Act Next Year on Campus Sex Assault Bill: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/12/09/campus-sexual-assault-senate/20148677/

In The Capital – Senators are Holding a Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault Reporting: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/12/09/senate-subcommittee-hearing-on-campus-sexual-assault-reporting/

Associated Press – Few Campus Sex Assaults Reported to Police: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CAMPUS_SEXUAL_ASSAULT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Video links to Senate hearing on campus sexual assault – SOU’s Angela Fleischer remarks: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4518613/remarks-angela-fleischer

full hearing: http://www.c-span.org/video/?323149-1/hearing-sexual-assault-college-campuses