“Count Me In” Proceeds Awarded

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(Ashland, Ore.) —Scholarship funds raised during the Southern Oregon University Foundation’s “Count Me In” campaign in October have been awarded, with 35 students receiving $2,000 each. The scholarship will again be awarded in the fall, with at least 50 students receiving $2,000 scholarships at that time as well.

The Supporting Opportunities for Undergrads—or SOU—Scholarship is awarded to students based on financial need with preference given to those who are first in their families to attend college. Of the 35 recipients, nearly 70 percent fall into that category.

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“The SOU scholarship helps to offset the costs associated with attending college and earning an undergraduate degree,” said SOU Foundation Executive Director Eric Baird. “The fact that it is awarded primarily to first-generation college students helps to make higher education more accessible to Oregonians who otherwise may not have that opportunity.”

The “Count Me In Campaign” garnered contributions from more than 400 individuals during a 100 hour period in mid-October.

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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: Feb. 7 – 13

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Daily Tidings – Sink or Swim (Story on McNeal renovation, elimination of pool): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150207/SPORTS/150209678/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Sharing Black Culture (Feature on Black Student Union): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150206/NEWS/150209707/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Sharing Black Culture (Feature on Black Student Union): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150209/News/150209843

Daily Tidings – New Pool a Possibility at SOU: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150210/NEWS/150219983/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Bleep Boop to Perform: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150210/NEWS/150219991/0/SEARCH

KDRV – SOU Considers Future Use for Pool: http://www.kdrv.com/sou-considers-future-use-for-pool/

KDRV – Colleges Rally Against Budget Cuts: http://www.kdrv.com/colleges-rally-against-budget-cuts/

KTVL – SOU Students Rally in Salem (video included in link): http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_sou-students-rally-salem-15392.shtml

Daily Tidings – City, YMCA Look at Pool Partnership: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150212/NEWS/150219909/0/SEARCH

SOU Students to Host Valentine’s Dance for Adults with Special Needs

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(Ashland, Ore.) —For more than two decades, students in Southern Oregon University’s Master in Education program seeking a special education endorsement have put on a Valentine’s Day dance for adults with special needs in the Rogue Valley, and that tradition is set to continue this weekend.

“This is a really big deal for the attendees,” according to Heather Richard, student coordinator of this year’s event. “And it’s a great opportunity for those of us in the program to connect with the community and see what the lives of the individuals we’ll be working with will be like once they progress past school age.”

The event is sponsored by the University, the Inter Club Council at SOU, and community partners. “We wouldn’t be able to put this on without a lot of support from the community,” Richard said.

Master in Education students who earn a special education endorsement will spend their careers working with special needs students from kindergarten to adulthood, and part of the curriculum includes organizing events such as the Valentine’s Day dance in order to integrate students with the community, according to Professor April Harrison. “We really want our students to become part of the community in a larger scope,” she said. “It’s integral to the learning process that our students have outcomes in mind for the students with special needs they will be working with.”

In addition to the dance, students in the special education endorsement cohort also work closely with the Special Olympics and Down Syndrome Association to plan events. “These students are out in the community. It’s an important aspect of the curriculum,” Harrison said. According to Harrison, all of the students in the cohort participate in event planning.

This year’s dance will take place from 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Diversions Nightclub inside SOU’s Stevenson Student Union. It is free and open to anyone with special needs over the age of 21. For more information, contact April Harrison at 541-552-7019.

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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.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU Graduate Percussion Group performing “Timber”

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(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU Graduate Percussion Group performing Michael Gordon’s minimalist masterpiece “Timber” on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the SOU Music Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Dr. Terry Longshore, director of percussion studies at SOU describes “Timber” as a “meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.” Since its composition in 2009, Gordon’s minimalist masterpiece has been heralded as a masterwork of polyrhythmic juxtaposition, and a celebration of the essence of percussion.

“Each player is called upon to perform polyrhythms ranging from a simple 3:2 to an extremely challenging 6:5 or 7:4.,” said Longshore. “Simple in its conception, it is exceedingly difficult to perform for each percussionist. Combining multiple percussionists together adds another layer of virtuosity. The swirling textures created by the overlapping crescendos and decrescendos create an atmosphere that must be experienced to be believed.” The hour-long piece is performed without a break, at once meditative and captivating.

The SOU Graduate Percussion Group is composed of Jordan Curcuruto, Joseph Howe, Jeffrey Kolega, Colin Malloy and Tyler Willoughby, who are working toward their Master of Music in Performance degree.

Longshore is a percussionist whose genre-crossing work involves multi-media artists, live music for dance and theatre, and experimental musical notation. In addition to directing and performing with the SOU Percussion Ensembles, he performs with flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro and flamenco ensemble Dúo Flamenco. Longshore has performed at the Bang on a Can Festival in New York City, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Festival of New American Music, the Britt Festivals, the Cycle of Percussion at the National Center of the Arts in Mexico City, and has been featured six times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an artist endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Remo Drumheads. He earned his doctoral degree in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego.

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 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

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Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU Wind Ensemble performing “All American”

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(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU Wind Ensemble performing “All American” on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 pm in the SOU Music Recital Hall. The program explores the rich tradition of American music from the late 20th century and its influence on contemporary American composers.

Dr. Mark Jacobs, adjunct Music faculty at SOU, composed “321GO,” which will have its world premiere at this concert. The composition features the percussion section of the SOU Wind Ensemble. Bradley White on trumpet and Lorin Groshong on English horn, both graduate students in the Master of Music Performance program, will play Aaron Copeland’s “Quiet City.”  Other works in the concert include “Acrostic Song” from Final Alice by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Del Tredici, “Candide Overture,” by nine-time Grammy winning composer Leonard Bernstein, “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli and “Walls of Zion” by Greg Danner.

“I had this signature work  ̶ ‘321GO’  ̶  commissioned especially for the students of the SOU Wind Ensemble,” said director Dr. Cynthia Hutton.. “I am so grateful for these student musicians and their constant attitude of curiosity and voracious appetite for new music. We call it ‘fresh ink,’ and it’s just a joy to watch them learn.” The SOU Wind Ensemble has approximately 45 members and is open to talented student musicians from all campus disciplines. It is dedicated to the study of a diverse repertoire from masterworks to new compositions for wind and percussion.

Hutton is Associate Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University. She teaches classes in conducting, music theory, aural skills, brass methods and instrumental music education. In addition to her role at SOU, Dr. Hutton is the Music Director of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and has served as Conductor of Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra since 1995. She has served on the boards of the Oregon Music Educators Association and College Band Directors National Association, Northwest Division. As a horn artist, Dr. Hutton is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony and the RVSO Brass Quintet.

Tickets are $10, $5 senior and free to full-time students. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Music Recital Hall lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at sou.edu/performingarts. Contact the box office for discounts offered to SOU alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants and SNAP/Oregon Trail cardholders.

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 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

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Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents jazz duo Kocurek and Eggert

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(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the jazz and café music that made Paris famous in “American in Paris,” performed by Dan Kocurek and Christine Eggert, on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 pm in the SOU Music Recital Hall.

Kocurek and Eggert are both classically trained professional musicians. This performance was inspired by their desire to infuse the experience of musical performance with a compelling story, allowing each listener to watch a movie in their own mind as the music unfolds. The narrative element engages the audience on multiple levels, making the music more accessible.

In “American in Paris,” Kocurek is the narrator and the American and Eggert represents the beautiful Parisian. As the story unfolds, the duo performs wonderful music by Debussy, Gershwin, Stravinsky and Piazzolla, as well as some risqué cabaret songs and music made famous by singer Edith Piaf. Their repertoire is from the great legends who visited and worked in Paris during the 1920s, as well as charming  ̶  and disarming  ̶  music that made it big on the radio and on stage.

“My favorite part of performing ‘American in Paris’ is the reactions we get from the audience,” said Kocurek. “After every performance, audience members tell me how it made them feel. So many people have told me that it made them recall their last trip to France, or that it transported them straight to Paris.”

Kocurek leads the trumpet studio in the SOU Music program, the Southern Oregon Jazz Ensemble and SOU Raider Band. Eggert teaches courses at SOU in the piano and theory programs. As Les Deux, they have been called a “musical powerhouse” whose programs have been hailed as being “musically provocative, presented with charm and a deliciously human touch.”

Kocurek is former lead trumpet for the world-renowned Dallas Brass and he’s performed with Jens Lindemann, Mark Gould, Ryan Anthony, Marty Hackleman, Alain Trudel, Nancy DiNovo and Bobby Shew. He has also performed as a soloist with the University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings, the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Pro Nova Ensemble and the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, among many others.

Eggert debuted on CBC radio as a piano soloist at age 16 and has performed across Canada and in the United States, Austria and Ireland. She has appeared in Vancouver, B.C., with the Out For Lunch series at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Silk Purse Series, the Ryerson Summer Concert Series, The Bluthner Piano Series and the Dodson Room Concerts. Her training has included collaborative piano studies at the prestigious Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, under the world’s foremost lieder specialists including Rudolf Jansen, Elly Ameling, and Julius Drake.

Tickets are $10, $5 senior and free to full-time students. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Music Recital Hall lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at sou.edu/performingarts. Contact the box office for discounts offered to SOU alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants and SNAP/Oregon Trail cardholders.

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 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

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SOU In the News: Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

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KDRV – Body Found Near Greensprings: http://www.kdrv.com/body-found-near-greensprings/

Daily Tidings – SOU Field Trip Uncovers Body of Klamath Falls Fugitive: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150130/NEWS/150139982/0/SEARCH

KTVL – Body Found Near Ashland Missing Suspect: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_osp-body-found-near-ashland-missing-suspect-osp-pipe-bomb-incident-15284.shtml

KTVL – Autopsy Report: Body Found Near Ashland: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_autopsy-report-body-found-near-ashland-15289.shtml

KOBI – Body Found Near Greensprings Identified: http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/body-found-near-greensprings-identified.html?category_id=3#.VM1LX1XF9Aw

Herald and News – Body Found in S. Oregon Identified: http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/oregon/body-found-in-s-ore-is-driver-who-fled-after/article_acf1ffb3-aca9-55b3-97ef-0e80274d15bb.html

Herald and News – Chase Suspects Body Found Near Greensprings: http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/chase-suspect-s-body-found-near-greensprings/article_f1deb604-a8ea-11e4-8cd9-1f2ed3a7441e.htmlDaily Tidings – Our View: Wood-Fired Steam Plant at SOU Makes Sense (Editorial in Support of Biomass Proposal): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150201/OPINION/150209969

Mail Tribune – Lawmakers Have Plenty to Tackle (SOU mentioned in “Budget and Education” section): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150131/NEWS/150209966/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Our View: Wood-Fired Steam Plant at SOU Makes Sense (Editorial): http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150201/OPINION/150209969/0/SEARCH

KDRV – SOU Hosts Bobby Seale: http://www.kdrv.com/sou-hosts-bobby-seale/

KOBI – New Program to Reduce Driving Kicks Off at SOU: http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/new-program-to-reduce-driving-kicks-off-at-sou.html?category_id=3#.VNEQ4S4YFdc

KTVL – Black Panthers Co-Founder Speaks at SOU: http://www.ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_black-panthers-cofounder-speaks-at-sou-15302.shtml

Daily Tidings – SOU Board Names Officers, Committees: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150202/NEWS/150209958/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Campaign Encourages SOU Students to Drive Less: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150202/NEWS/150209971/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – SOU Board Names Officers, Committees: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150202/NEWS/150209914/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – SOU Students Targeted in Drive Less Campaign: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150202/NEWS/150209932/0/SEARCH

JPR – Jefferson Exchange: Making a Legislative Case for Tuition Relief (audio included in link): http://ijpr.org/post/making-legislative-case-tuition-relief

Mail Tribune – SOSC to Recognize Local Athletes, Top Stories: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150203/VARSITY/150209870/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Klamath Falls Fugitive Died of Hypothermia: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150203/NEWS/150209871/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU Welcomes 2015 Recruiting Class: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150203/SPORTS/150209939/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Raiders Ink 40 On Signing Day: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150204/SPORTS/150209814/0/SEARCH

Jacksonville Review – Artifacts 4: Chinese Bone Dice: http://jacksonvillereview.com/artifact-4-chinese-bone-dice-sage-king/

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The Siskiyou – SOU’s “You Have Options” Makes Headlines: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2015/02/04/sous-you-have-options-makes-headlines/

Daily Tidings – SOU Students Create Thought-Provoking Art: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150206/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/150209909/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Our View: The Benefits Are Mutual (Editorial on SOU student project): http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150206/OPINION/150209911/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Since You Asked: SOU Raiders Are No Longer Red: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150206/NEWS/150209802/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – SOSC Honors: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150206/SPORTS/150209763/0/SEARCH

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Migration From Metropolitan Portland to Southern Oregon Reaches Peak: National Signing Day 2015: http://highschoolsports.oregonlive.com/news/article/-5802666842179147613/migration-from-metropolitan-portland-to-southern-oregon-reaches-peak-national-signing-day-2015/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents “She Stoops to Conquer” by Oliver Goldsmith

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(Ashland, Ore.) – The Theatre Arts program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents “She Stoops to Conquer” by Oliver Goldsmith in the Center Stage Theatre on the Southern Oregon University campus. Performances run on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28 and March 5-7 at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 at 2 p.m.

One of the most popular comedies of all time, “She Stoops to Conquer” centers on the misadventures of Marlow, a young gentleman who can barely speak to genteel ladies but easily flirts with lower-class women. Enter Kate Hardcastle, a cousin of Shakespeare’s resourceful comic heroines, who conquers—and reforms—our callow hero by stooping to the disguise of a serving girl. Subtitled “The Mistakes of a Night,” Goldsmith’s play abounds with pranks and deceptions and some of the most memorable comic characters ever created.

“This is possibly the funniest, most accessible play of the Restoration comedy of manners genre,” said director Dennis Smith. “At the time that Goldsmith wrote the play, there were two types of comedies: romantic comedies, intended to create emotion in the audience, and laughing comedies. This play is a laughing comedy in the style of Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors,’ with lots of satire, farce, mistaken identities and physical theatre.”

Smith, an emeritus professor with the SOU Theatre Arts program, has directed 30 productions in 26 seasons at Southern Oregon University, most recently “Lucky Stiff” by Ahrens and Flaherty, “Taking Steps” by Alan Ayckbourn, “Wild Oats” by John O’Keeffe, his adaptation of “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen, and “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard. He has also directed productions for the Rogue Opera, Britt Festivals, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and Lyric Theatre.

The ensemble features Sarah Brizek, Mark Brown, Connor Bryant, Connor Chaney, Charlie Melville, Karl Osladil, Chandler Parrott-Thomas, Jonathan Reeves, Kyle Sanderson, Neal Schoonmaker, Erik Weiss, Mig Windows and Aleah Zimmer. “This production is a wonderful chance for the cast to explore a classic genre and develop technical comedic skills,” said Smith. “Such modern-day playwrights as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Noël Coward and Tom Stoppard carry on Goldsmith’s comedic tradition.”

The scenic designer is Sean O’Skea, costume designer is Clara Painter, lighting designer is Katherine Landon and sound designer is Evan Carbone. The assistant director is Geoffrey Brabham, technical direction is by Jesse Purkerson and stage manager is Steven Beatty.

Tickets are $21 regular admission, $18 senior, and $6 for students. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the SOU Music Recital Hall lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at sou.edu/performingarts.

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 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

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SOU Campus Theme on Revolution: Creative Arts and Power in the 21st Century

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s Campus Theme series on Revolution continues this week with a panel discussion exploring the relationship between the creative arts and power. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Miles Inada, Professor of Art and Emerging Media at SOU, who will be joined by other SOU faculty in the creative arts. The event will be held Wednesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in the Meese Auditorium inside the Art Building on the SOU campus.

Rapidly changing forces of finance and technology are revolutionizing the way in which people across the globe understand and interact with each other and the world. The panel will address questions on how these changes impact the role and work of contemporary creative artists and how their work is made, seen, and understood by the public.

The SOU Campus Theme Series promotes intellectually stimulating and healthy conversations on a different theme each year, creating opportunities for the campus and community to engage in discussions across disciplines on a topic important to us all. The series will continue with additional lectures and panel discussions throughout the year. All campus theme events are free and open to the public.

Panelists joining Dr. Inada for Thursday’s presenation include: David Bithell, Professor, Art & Emerging Media; Melissa Geppert, Assistant Professor, Art & Art History; Robert Arellano, Professor, Creative Writing & Emerging Media

For more information, visit the campus theme website at www.sou.edu/humanities, where you can also find information on other campus theme events this term, or call Prakash Chenjeri (541 552-6034) or Daniel Morris (541 552-6740).

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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 Board Elects Leadership

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(Ashland, Ore.) —The Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees elected leadership positions during its meeting Friday, Jan. 30, naming Trustees Bill Thorndike and April Sevcik Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.

Both were elected by unanimous vote.

Chair Thorndike is a 1972 graduate of Medford Senior High, and graduated in 1976 from Lewis & Clark College with a BS in Business Administration. His honors include the SOLV/Tom McCall Leadership Award and the Glenn Jackson Leadership Award from Willamette University. A third-generation Rogue Valley resident, he resides in rural Jackson County with his wife Angela Littlefield, an equestrian judge.

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“This is a tremendously exciting time for SOU to be moving forward in its mission,” Thorndike said. “I look forward to participating in this new local governance of the University.”

Vice Chair Sevcik earned a Bachelor of Science from SOU in 1969. She has also completed extensive post-graduate work in training, sales, human resources, accounting and board development. Her honors include being named the Medford Chamber of Commerce’s First Citizen and being a recipient of the Southern Oregon University President’s Medal.

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In addition to electing leadership, the Board also adopted a series of organizational documents, including bylaws, conduct, delegation of authority, committees, and Board performance and responsibilities.

The Board created three standing committees: Executive and Audit, Finance and Administration, and Academic and Student Affairs. Trustee Paul Nicholson was appointed chair of the Finance and Administration Committee and Trustee Teresa Sayre was appointed chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Chair Thorndike will also serve as chair of the Executive and Audit Committee.

Trustee Nicholson is Executive Director Emeritus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he served as Executive Director from 1995 – 2012. Trustee Sayre is currently Superintendent of the Phoenix-Talent School District.

The Board will officially take over governance of SOU on July 1 of this year, but has been empowered by Governor John Kitzhaber to take the organizational steps necessary in order to begin governing effectively on that date.

“Today marks a milestone for Southern Oregon University,” said SOU President Roy Saigo. “We are very pleased to have such a dedicated and supportive group of citizens helping to chart the future of the University.”

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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.