Jefferson Public Radio Wins Edward R. Murrow, Associated Press Awards

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(Ashland, Ore.) —Southern Oregon Unviersity’s Jefferson Public Radio is among the winners of the 2016 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrows are presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to recognize outstanding broadcast and online journalism.

JPR was also recognized by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA).

JPR took top honors for Best News Series in RTDNA’s small market division among public and commercial radio stations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The Murrow award was for the four-part series Silent Epidemic: Addiction In Southern Oregon, in which JPR reporter Liam Moriarty explored what public health officials call an epidemic of addiction to heroin and prescription opioid pain relievers, through the eyes of people on the front lines.

The Associated Press award was chosen among submissions from small market public and commercial radio stations in the 13 western states, including California, Oregon and Washington. Liam Moriarty’s To Shoot Or Not To Shoot won for Best Use of Sound in a Feature.

“These awards recognize the outstanding work of the JPR newsroom exploring the community issues that are central to citizens in Southern Oregon and Northern California,” said JPR Executive Director Paul Westhelle. “They also celebrate the essential relationship that exists between JPR, Southern Oregon University and our listeners which makes our work possible.”

“JPR is very deserving of these honors,” said SOU President Roy Saigo. “The awards serve as recognition of what we have long known: that Jefferson Public Radio is a vital and important part of not only our campus community at SOU, but the entire region. These reports are examples of the kind of journalism that makes a difference by focusing our community on a complex issue.”

Regional Murrow winners are automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow competition. National winners will be announced in June.

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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: April 5 – 18

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Mail Tribune – Obituary: Bradford “Brad” David Lowe: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160329/OBITUARIES/160329653/0/SEARCH

KDRV – Ashland Woman Appointed to Oregon Heritage Commission (feature on SOULA’s Chelsea Rose): http://www.kdrv.com/news/Ashland_Woman_Appointed_.html

Oxford University Press Blog – Shakespeare’s Linguistic Legacy (feature by Professor Edwin Battistella): http://blog.oup.com/2016/04/shakespeare-linguistic-legacy/

Reader’s Digest – 9 Ways You Secretly Sabotage Your Apology When you Say Sorry (featuring Professor Edwin Battistella): http://www.rd.com/slideshows/saying-sorry-mistakes/

 

News on SOU Academic Programs:

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: Getting Through SOU in Three Years: http://ijpr.org/post/getting-through-sou-three-years

Mail Tribune – SOU Leadership Program Accepting Applications: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160407/NEWS/160409669

JPR – Jefferson Exchange: Oregon Finds Few “Hang Up and Drive” (feature on SOU student research project with ODOT): http://ijpr.org/post/oregon-finds-few-hang-and-drive

KAJO – SOU Research Team Helping ODOT Strengthen Oregon Distracted Driving Laws: http://www.kajo.com/news/local/stories.php?subaction=showfull&id=1460353378&ucat=2

 

News on SOU Environment and Sustainability Initiatives:

Statesman Journal – Global Warming is a Hot Topic for Oregon Students: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/education/2016/04/06/global-warming-hot-topic-oregon-students/82429332/

JPR – Jefferson Exchange: Rogue Valley Cities Head the Bee City USA List (SOU featured as Bee Campus USA): http://ijpr.org/post/fri-830-rogue-valley-cities-head-bee-city-usa-list

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Mail Tribune – Schneider Museum Presents ‘In Scene’: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160404/ENTERTAINMENT/160409988/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – ‘In Scene’ at Schneider Museum of Art: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160407/NEWS/160409835/0/SEARCH

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

Daily Tidings – Ashland Pollinators Conference Will Feature Bee City USA Leader: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160412/NEWS/160419935/0/SEARCH

The Siskiyou – Earth Week is HERE!: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/04/18/earth-week-is-here/

KOBI – SOU Plans Full Schedule of Events for Earth Week: https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/sou-plans-full-schedule-of-events-for-earth-week-25784/

KDRV – Businesses Promote Local Food and Wellness for Earth Week: http://www.kdrv.com/news/Businesses_Promote_Local_Food__Wellness_for_Earth_Week.html

 

News on Politics, Policy, and National Trends Impacting SOU and Higher Education:

Register-Guard – College Aid is for those Who Need it: http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/34216427-78/college-aid-is-for-those-who-need-it.html.csp

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Higher Ed Reading List: What a 2013 Oregon Audit Said About Relying on Out-of-State Students: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/04/higher_ed_reading_list_what_a.html#incart_river_index

Oregonian/Oregon Live – The Good News About Enrollment in Oregon’s Public Colleges and Universities (OPINION): http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/04/the_good_news_about_enrollment.html#incart_river_index

The Washington Times – Oregon Moves Neediest to Front of Line for College Funds: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/28/oregon-moves-neediest-to-front-of-line-for-college/

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Report: More Oregonians Attend College But Don’t Finish Degrees than National Average: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/04/report_more_oregonians_attend.html#incart_river_home

 

News on SOU governance and Board of Trustees:

KOBI – SOU to Raise Tuition, Fees Starting this Fall: https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/sou-to-raise-tuition-fees-starting-this-fall-25757/

 

Miscellaneous News:

The Siskiyou – April Fools Stabbing No Joke: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/04/06/april-fools-stabbing-no-joke/

KDRV – More than 100 Workers to Receive $924,000 from SOU Wage Settlement: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/More_Than_100_Workers_to_Receive_924000_from_SOU_Wage_Settlement.html

KTVL – Workers from Southern Oregon University Project to Receive Settlement: http://ktvl.com/news/local/workers-from-southern-oregon-university-project-to-receive-settlement

Daily Tidings – Final $924K to go Out to SOU Project Workers: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160405/NEWS/160409898/0/SEARCH

The Siskiyou – A Letter from a Former Siskiyou Writer: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/04/11/a-letter-from-a-former-siskiyou-writer/

KOBI – Students Fight to Save Campus Newspaper: https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/students-fight-to-save-campus-newspaper-25410/

KTVL – 21-Year-Old Formally Charged in Ashland Stabbing: http://ktvl.com/news/local/21-year-old-formally-charged-in-ashland-stabbing

KTVL – Southern Oregon University Students Trying to Save Online Student Newspaper: http://ktvl.com/news/local/sou-trying-to-save-its-online-student-newspaper

Mail Tribune – SOU Pulls the Plug on Student Newspaper: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160408/NEWS/160409631/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU Pulls the Plug on Student Newspaper: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160410/NEWS/160419991/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Our View: Silenced Siskiyou: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160415/OPINION/160419893/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Our View: Student Newspaper Informs and Educates: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160415/OPINION/160419759/0/SEARCH

Student Press Law Center – Southern Oregon University Student Journalists Fight to Save 90-Year-Old Publication: http://www.splc.org/article/2016/04/southern-oregon-university

Daily Tidings – Unprecedented Plan for Private College Off Buckhorn Springs Faces Myriad Hurdles (SOU mentioned): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160417/NEWS/160419816/0/SEARCH

SOU’s Online Business Administration Program Earns National Ranking

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s online bachelor’s degree in Business Administration has been ranked No. 27 in the nation among similar degree programs by College Choice, an independent online resource dedicated to helping students find the right college for their needs.

According to its website, College Choice’s rankings are based on each institution’s reputation as well as degree affordability. “We suggest that prospective students take both these factors into consideration when selecting a school as well as a program’s particular offerings,” the website says.

“Not every institution with a degree in business administration offers an online option, and for-profit institutions often spend more on marketing,” said David Parker, degree completion advisor and instructor in SOU’s Division of Business, Communication and the Environment. “We’re very pleased to be honored in this manner for making quality, affordable education available online.”

Students in SOU’s online business administration program can choose a concentration from public accounting, managerial accounting, and management.

“The flexible schedule of the online program is in direct response to the need for this degree by professionals already working in the field,” according to Parker. “We are extremely pleased with this ranking and proud of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff working in the program.”

SOU is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The SOU School of Business is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, a leading specialized accreditation association for business education.

More information on SOU’s online bachelor’s degree in business administration is available at www.sou.edu/business/undergrad.

The full list of College Choice’s rankings can be found online at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-online-business-schools-2016/

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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 Accepting Applications for New Cohort of Innovation and Leadership Program

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(Ashland, Ore.) — After working for the same company for almost 15 years, the last 12 of which have been spent in one department, Andrea Budavari was tired of being passed up for promotions and new positions because she did not have a college degree. “I’ve been ready for something different—for a new challenge—for a long time now,” she said.  “But because I didn’t have a college degree and didn’t meet the qualifications on paper, I kept getting passed up.”

For Budavari, and others in a similar position, the Innovation and Leadership (INL) program at Southern Oregon University was just what she was looking for. “I was afraid that I’d be unable to fit a bachelor’s degree program into my already busy work and personal life, but the fast track, accelerated class format provided exactly what I needed.” Innovation and Leadership is a multidisciplinary program designed specifically for working professionals who are emerging as leaders within their organizations.

Amie Mills found herself in a similar situation after spending eight years working in the corporate world. “When I wanted to move up into higher management positions, all of the positions and job postings had minimum qualifications that included a college degree,” she said. “It was really frustrating to be completely overlooked for jobs I knew I could excel in because of the lack of a degree.”

Both Budavari and Mills believe they’ve found the solution to their stagnated careers through the INL program. “I’ve been going to school off and on since 2007, but the regular academic schedule of most programs wasn’t fitting well with my busy life,” Budavari said. “INL was finally the answer.”

SOU is now accepting applications for the next cohort in the INL program. Classes in INL, which are accelerated to meet the needs of working professionals, are scheduled in five-week modules, meeting one night per week at SOU’s Higher Education Center in Medford. Classes for the upcoming cohort are scheduled to begin this summer.

“The INL program develops leaders by focusing on the skills needed to lead effectively in the modern workplace,” according to Moneeka Settles, INL program coordinator. “Courses include Negotiation, Conflict Management, Group Dynamics, Creative Thinking, Applied Business Research, IT Ethical Issues, and much more.”

Due to the accelerated schedule and the fact that classes meet just one night per week in Medford, Settles says the INL program is ideal for interested students who may live in outlying areas. “We have multiple students who live outside of Jackson County in areas like Grants Pass who have found that the schedule works well for them,” she said.

Courses being offered through the program this summer include Organizational Leadership as well as International Business, which will focus on the history, trade, and commerce of chocolate.

“Many of the courses I’ve taken in the program have had a huge benefit on my career already,” according to Mills. “I’ve learned a lot about how to approach a variety of projects in ways that ensure the best outcome and have made outstanding connections with others in my cohort.”

As a degree completion program, INL is designed for individuals with some college experience and at least five years of work experience beyond the entry level. “We also hope that everyone interested in the program will have a sincere desire to lead, innovate, collaborate, and think critically,” Settles added.

For Mills and Budavari, the program has been so beneficial, they would recommend it to anyone else who feels stifled by not having completed a college degree. “I’ve already emailed information about the new cohort that’s starting up to everyone at my work,” Budavari said.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. But be prepared to work hard and contribute in class in order to get the most out of it and have a rewarding experience,” Mills added.

For more information on the program or to begin the application process, contact Moneeka Settles at 541-552-8103 or settlesm@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: March 29 – April 4

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News on SOU Academic Programs:

The Source Weekly – Chinese History in Oregon (feature on SOULA project): http://www.bendsource.com/bend/sides-notes-3-30-4-6/Content?oid=2615235

KDRV – SOU Master’s Students Study Distracted Driving: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/SOU_Masters_Students_Study_Distracted_Driving.html

KTVL – Study: Distracted Driving Results in 60 Percent of Fatal Crashes: http://ktvl.com/news/local/study-distracted-driving-results-in-60-of-fatal-crashes

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Daily Tidings – ‘In Scene’ Artist Plans SOU Lecture: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160330/NEWS/160339968/0/SEARCH

 

News on Politics, Policy, and National Trends Impacting SOU and Higher Education:

KTVL – Oregon Moves Neediest to Front of the Line for College Funds: http://ktvl.com/news/local/oregon-moves-neediest-to-front-of-line-for-college-funds

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Needier Oregonians Will Get First Chance at $72 Million in College Grants: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/03/needier_oregonians_will_get_fi.html

Bend Bulletin – Student Grants to be Allotted By Need: http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4168371-151/student-grants-to-be-allotted-by-need

Inside Higher Ed – Graduation Gap Widens: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/03/23/graduation-gap-between-black-white-students-public-colleges-widens-despite-overall?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=e645fae13a-DNU20160323&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-e645fae13a-198630913

Statesman Journal – PERS Deficit Climbs to $21 Billion: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2016/03/28/pers-deficit-climbs-21-billion/82328500/

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Oregon Universities Request $100 Million More from State Amid ‘Significant Retirement Costs’: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/03/oregon_universities_want_100_m.html#incart_2box

 

News on SOU governance and Board of Trustees:

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Live Stream Not in the Picture at Oregon State, Portland State Trustees’ Meetings: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/03/live_stream_not_in_the_picture.html

Bend Bulletin – Editorial: Make it Easier for Public to Watch Public Meetings: http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/editorials/4173077-151/editorial-make-it-easier-for-public-to-watch#

 

Miscellaneous News:

Daily Tidings – Search for Housing Solutions: Reuse Abandoned Dorms?: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160329/NEWS/160329827/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Our View: A Nice Idea, But…(editorial on Cascade Hall use): http://www.dailytidings.com/opinion/20160330/our-view-nice-idea-but-

Daily Tidings – Ashland Parks Director Offers Up New Public Pool Option: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160330/NEWS/160339970

Daily Tidings – SOU Opens The Nest, an Allergen-Focused Pantry for Students who Qualify: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160401/NEWS/160409994/0/SEARCH

KDRV – Police Arrest 4 After Ashland Stabbing: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/Police_Arrest_4_After_Ashland_Stabbing.html

KTVL – Friends of Stabbing Victims Tell Their Side of the Story: http://ktvl.com/news/local/friends-of-stabbing-victims-tell-their-side-of-the-story

KTVL – Police: Four Arrested in Ashland College Party Stabbing: http://ktvl.com/news/local/police-four-arrested-in-ashland-college-party-stabbing

KOBI – Four Arrested Following Stabbing Near SOU: https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/four-arrested-following-stabbing-near-sou-24798/

Daily Tidings – Four Partycrashers Jailed After Fight, Stabbing Near SOU: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160401/NEWS/160409980/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Four Partycrashers Jailed After Fight, Stabbing Near SOU: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160401/NEWS/160409960/0/SEARCH

KAJO – Four People Arrested in Stabbing of Two People During House Party in Ashland: http://www.kajo.com/news/local/stories.php?subaction=showfull&id=1459571356&ucat=2

SOU to Host Interactive Marketing Speaker Panel

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(Ashland, Ore.) —Southern Oregon University will host its sixth annual Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce Panel on April 14. The panel, which is free and open to the public, features executives and managers from Fire Mountain Gems, Harry & David, Lithia Motors, and Griffin Creek Partners discussing the latest interactive marketing practices as well as employment opportunities in the field.

“Though the Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce Panel is organized with an emphasis on SOU students in related fields, it is certainly open to the public and we feel there are many in the community who may benefit from it,” said to Dr. Joan McBee, chair of SOU’s School of Business. “Small business owners and managers may be interested learning about the latest developments in interactive marketing and e-commerce.  They can also learn about what our students are doing to prepare for careers in this field.”

This year’s panel will feature Todd Bushman, Digital Sales Manager at Fire Mountain Gems; Catilin Ott, Digital Marketing Manager at Lithia Motors; Tiana Kai Madera, Social Media Specialist at Harry and David; and Michael Birkhead, Senior Partner at Griffin Creek Partners

“We really want to thank our community partners who make this annual event possible,” said Professor McBee. Anyone interested in learning more about SOU’s Certificate in Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce is encouraged to contact Dr. McBee at mcbeej@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 to Hold Educator Job Fair

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(Ashland, Ore.) —Southern Oregon University will hold an Educator Job Fair on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rogue River Room inside the Stevenson Union on the University’s main Ashland campus. The fair is designed to provide an opportunity for schools and school districts across Oregon to meet and interact with SOU students and soon-to-be graduates regarding job opportunities within the field of education.

While created with SOU students in mind, the fair is open to anyone in the community who would like to learn more about employment opportunities in education that are available throughout the state.

“This is a great opportunity not only for our students and community members to see what is available in the field, but for those schools and districts with positions to fill to meet with a crop of soon-to-be graduates who are ready to go to work,” said April Harrison, an education faculty member at SOU and one of the organizers of the fair. “Our students who will be graduating this spring are very excited to get out into communities around the state and put their education and training to work!”

There is no charge for attendance to the fair.

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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: March 1 – 7

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

SOPTV – Jeffersonian: Jefferson’s Budding New Industry (Professors Echo Fields and Matt Vogel featured): http://www.soptv.org/jeffersonian-jeffersons-budding-new-industry/

Mail Tribune – Hannah Pearcey Named Miss Rogue Valley (Pearcey is an SOU student): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160306/NEWS/160309747

 

News on SOU Academic Programs:

NPR – Fixing a Broken Freshman Year: What an Overhaul Might Look Like (feature on “Re-Imagining the First Year of College” initiative): http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/02/25/466454645/fixing-a-broken-freshman-year-what-an-overhaul-might-look-like

KOBI – JCSO Looks to Improve Jail Release Standards with Help from SOU: https://kobi5.com/news/jcso-looks-to-improve-jail-release-standards-with-help-from-sou-23145/

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

The Siskiyou – Exploring Queer Realities: The First Annual Queer Arts and Film Festival: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/03/03/exploring-queer-realities-the-first-annual-queer-arts-and-film-festival/

The Siskiyou – The BODYlogues Promotes Body Positivity at SOU: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/03/03/the-bodylogues-promotes-body-positivity-at-sou/

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: Who Fired the Female Gods: http://ijpr.org/post/who-fired-female-gods

JPR – The Jefferson Exchange: Onstage with “The Vagina Monologues”: http://ijpr.org/post/onstage-vagina-monologues

 

News on SOU governance and Board of Trustees:

The Siskiyou – SOU Burns Natural: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/03/05/sou-burns-natural/

 

Miscellaneous News:

Daily Tidings – SOU In Line for $3.5 Million from State: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160301/NEWS/160309977/0/SEARCH

The Siskiyou – My Big Fat Greet Article: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/03/05/my-big-fat-greek-article/

Daily Tidings – Winning Comes at a Cost for SOU: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160305/NEWS/160309895/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Successful Post-Seasons put SOU Athletic Budget in the Red: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160307/NEWS/160309726/0/SEARCH

Legislature Approves Capital Funding for SOU Projects

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(Ashland, Ore.) — The full Joint Ways and Means Committee of the Oregon Legislature has approved $3.5 million in bond funding for capital construction projects at Southern Oregon University. Votes of the House and Senate Chambers, and the Governor’s signature are expected to follow.

“These capital projects will provide jobs in southern Oregon,” said Senator Alan Bates, “in addition to improving the access and safety of SOU’s facilities for students, employees, and our community.”

The funding includes an additional $2 million in state XI-Q bonds for the McNeal Hall renovation project, which previously received approval for nearly $22 million in state funding. The additional monies that have been approved for the project will not expand the scope of the renovation, but were necessary in order to address the ongoing increase in the cost of construction since the project was first approved. Debt service on this funding will be paid by the state.

Additionally, the Legislature approved the sale of $1.5 million in XI-F bonds to help fund construction of a new facility for Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) on campus at SOU. “Building a new studio facility for JPR on the SOU campus as part of the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU will have real benefits for both JPR listeners and SOU students,” said Paul Westhelle, JPR’s executive director. “We look forward to expanding our newsroom, creating a live performance studio that will engage our listeners, and developing new, exciting opportunities to collaborate with the community and the campus.”

Still in the design phase, the JPR project is being constructed as an addition to the SOU Theatre Building, which will simultaneously be undergoing a major renovation and classroom space addition. Groundbreaking is expected to occur this summer, with completion scheduled for mid-2017.

“As we continue to grow and change in order to meet the needs of our students and community, it’s imperative that we have support from the state,” according to SOU President Roy Saigo. “Approval of this funding further illustrates that we have that support, particularly from our delegation representing Southern Oregon, which was instrumental in ensuring that this funding was made available.”

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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: Feb. 23 – 29

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

The Atlantic – The Art and Science of Apologizing (features Professor Battistella): http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/02/how-to-apologize/470457/

KOBI – NBC5 Special Report: Political Controversy in Oregon (Professor Prakash Chenjeri featured): https://kobi5.com/news/nbc5-special-report-political-controversy-in-oregon-22462/

KGW – Climate Change May Help Oregon’s Wine Industry (Professor Greg Jones featured): http://www.kgw.com/money/business/climate-change-may-help-oregons-wine-industry/53328260

Capital Press – Oregon’s Cool-Weather Grapes Challenged by Warming (Professor Greg Jones featured): http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20160224/oregons-cool-weather-grapes-challenged-by-warming

KOBI – NBC5 Special Report (SOU Professors featured): https://kobi5.com/news/nbc5-special-report-political-controversy-in-oregon-part-2-22520/

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Mail Tribune – Pianist Plays to Bring Her Mother to SOU Graduate Recital: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160222/NEWS/160229866/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – ‘The Crucible’ Opens at SOU: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160225/ENTERTAINMENT/160229743/0/SEARCH

 

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

Rogue Valley Messenger – The Vagina Monologues at Southern Oregon University: http://www.roguevalleymessenger.com/event/the-vagina-monologues-at-southern-oregon-university/2016-03-03/

 

News on SOU governance and Board of Trustees:

Daily Tidings – SOU Now Plans to Heat with Gas, Not Biomass: http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20160222/sou-now-plans-to-heat-with-gas-not-biomass

Daily Tidings – Our View: Cognitive Dissonance (editorial on biomass decision): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160224/OPINION/160229907/0/SEARCH

 

Miscellaneous News:

The Siskiyou – SOU Community Speaks Out: FDA Ban Discriminatory: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/02/25/sou-community-speaks-out-fda-ban-discriminatory/

Daily Tidings – OLLI Announces Spring Class Lineup: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160225/NEWS/160229856/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – OLLI Announces Spring Class Lineup: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160225/NEWS/160229719/0/SEARCH