SOU’s ‘Count Me In’ Campaign a Success


October 24, 2014

(Ashland, Ore.) — The Southern Oregon University Foundation’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign for student scholarships was a great success, raising more than $210,000 for the SOU Scholarship. More than 400 alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members participated in the 100-hour campaign.

“The Count Me In campaign really brought the community together in support of SOU students,” said Eric Baird, Executive Director of the SOU Foundation. “Community partners Radio Medford, Jefferson Public Radio, KOBI 5, the SOU Digital Media Center, and Southwick Specialty Advertising helped the campaign become a reality.”

The SOU Scholarship is awarded to students based on financial need with preference given to those who are first in their families to attend college. It is designed to help students bridge the funding gap between other forms of financial aid and the cost of attendance at Southern Oregon University.

“Thanks to the inspirational gifts from Jed and Celia Meese, Lithia Motors, an anonymous donor and the rest of the more than 400 individuals who contributed, we collectively raised scholarship funds that will inspire and change the lives of many students,” Baird said. “We are very thankful for the support and look forward to awarding the SOU Scholarship.”

Four Honored at SOU President’s Dinner


October 15, 2014

(Ashland, Ore.) — Four alumni of Southern Oregon University were honored during the fifth annual President’s Dinner Oct. 15 at the Inn at the Commons in Medford.

In addition to being a venue for recognizing outstanding alumni, this year’s President’s Dinner also launched the SOU Foundation’s “Count Me In” campaign to raise funds for student scholarships. Through the campaign, which will last only 100 hours, the Foundation hopes at least 500 individuals will make contributions of any amount to the Supporting Opportunities for Undergraduates (SOU) Scholarship fund.

“There is great need for scholarships for our undergraduate students,” said interim SOU President Dr. Roy Saigo. “Approximately 84 percent of our students require some form of financial aid, and more than 60 percent of our students from within Oregon are the first in their families to go to college.”

The campaign can be followed on social media by using the hashtag #SOUCountMeIn, or at

Bryan DeBoer was honored as Distinguished Alumni of the Year. DeBoer graduated summa cum laude from SOU in 1988. He joined Lithia Motors, where he has worked in various corporate capacities, including mergers, acquisitions, and operations. In 2006 DeBoer was named Chief Operations Officer, then in 2012 Chief Executive Officer and President of Lithia Motors Inc., a position he still holds today.

Other honorees included Nicholas Grant, Beth Heckert, and Dr. Michael Parker, who received the Young Alumni, Alumni Service, and Excellence in Education Awards, respectively.

Musical entertainment throughout the dinner was provided by SOU student Nic Temple, the SOU Graduate Percussion Group, and the SOU Jazz Collective.

SOU Named Finalist for Campus Sustainability Award


October 13, 2014

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is pleased to announce that it has been named a finalist for the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award, given annually by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

SOU is being considered for the award for its project, “Creating a Living and Learning Laboratory for Applied Sustainability and Campus Farm Through Collaboration and Student Engagement.”

According to SOU’s sustainability and recycling coordinator, Roxane Beigel-Coryell, the project is a collaborative effort between the campus and local community. “The SOU Center for Sustainability serves as a community resource for sustainability education,” she said. “It fosters sustainable business development, promotes interconnectedness, and facilitates leadership training through thoughtful learning and practice. We are extremely proud to be considered for this award among a very strong group of finalists.”

In addition to being a finalist for the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award, SOU will also serve as a host sponsor for AASHE’s 2014 Conference and Expo, taking place in Portland Oct. 26-29.

Themed “Innovation for Sustainable Economies and Communities, the AASHE annual conference is one of the most powerful forums for empowering higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. With nearly 2,000 participants, AASHE conferences are the largest stage in North America for higher education sustainability thought leadership. This year’s theme provides a multi-day conference that will focus on topics ranging from sustainable curriculums to waste elimination and everything in between.

“We are thrilled to bring exciting keynote addresses, including our featured keynote speaker, Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA Executive Director and “Story of Stuff” creator to the annual Conference and Expo. Attendees can expect high-quality workshops, sustainability tours, the Student Summit, and more,” said Stephanie A. Herrera, Executive Director at AASHE. “Portland is the perfect location for the annual Conference and Expo. With an abundance of thought-provoking sessions as well as scenic bike routes, breathtaking scenery and more, we are confident that everyone will leave the conference feeling invigorated and ready to increase sustainability efforts.”

In addition to the featured keynote speaker, Annie Leonard, attendees can look forward to hearing Marcelo Bonta, founder of the Environmental Professionals of Color and the Center for Diversity & the Environment and Rob Bennett, founder and CEO of EcoDistricts.

SOU joins Edmonds Community College, Lane Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Pacific Lutheran University, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Seattle Colleges and University of Washington as campus hosts of the AASHE 2014 Conference and Expo.

SOU Early Childhood Development Program Ranked No. 3 in Nation


October 9, 2014

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s Early Childhood Development program has been ranked No. 3 in the nation for affordability among online bachelor’s degree programs in Education, according to Nonprofit Colleges Online, which released its Students Before Profits Award Oct. 7.

According to a press release from Nonprofit Colleges Online, the Students Before Profits Award was created “to highlight nonprofit colleges and universities that offer quality online programs of study at an affordable price.”

“Online bachelor’s programs in education are relatively rare, and for-profit schools tend to dominate in terms of marketing,” said Brett Gershon, lead editor for the ranking. “We hope this award will draw attention to some of the lesser known, but high-quality and affordable nonprofit options available to prospective education students.”

SOU’s Early Childhood Development program is designed to be a degree completion program, meaning most students complete their general education and approved prerequisite courses at their local community college or online, then transfer to SOU to complete the degree online.

“This flexible schedule is in direct response to the need for this degree by professionals already working in the field of early childhood education,” according to Dr. Steven Thorpe, Interim Dean of SOU’s Division of Education, Health, and Leadership (DEHL). “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 Early Childhood Development program is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

More information on the Early Childhood Development program is available online at

Ada Lovelace Day Celebration


October 9, 2014

(Ashland, Ore.) — When historian Victoria Law was a young computer programmer in 1984, she felt very comfortable working in a profession where close to half of the employees were women. She didn’t realize at the time that she was working at the peak of women’s inclusion in the high-tech industry.

In 1984, more than 37 percent of computer science undergraduates were women. Today that number is less than 13 percent. In 2009, leaders in science and technology fields set about to make some changes. Out of this movement came the first Ada Lovelace Day.

Ada Lovelace Day was founded by Suw Charman-Anderson in London and aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM fields, inspiring others and creating new role models.

Ada Lovelace, born in 1815, was the daughter of English poet Lord Byron and was a mathematician and writer. She has long been considered the world’s first computer programmer and wrote the first computer algorithm in 1843 for Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer.

Southern Oregon University will host the first Ada Lovelace Day celebration in Ashland on Oct. 14. It will take place in the Meese Room inside Hannon Library from 7-9 p.m. The celebration will include a brief presentation by Law on the life of Lovelace and her role as the world’s “first computer programmer.” This will be followed by a panel discussion on increasing diversity in the STEM fields. Priscilla Oppenheimer, a local software and network designer, will lead the panel, which is composed of business and academic leaders in science and technology.

Oppenheimer is an educator and author with ties to Silicon Valley where she worked at Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems. The panel includes science professors, IT managers, and entrepreneurs from SOU, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Sustainable Valley Technology Group. “This presentation about Ada Lovelace and diversity should attract anyone interested in history, science, math, Lord Byron, or innovation,” Oppenheimer said. “The presentation isn’t just for women. Everyone should come and enjoy the first Ada Lovelace Day event in Ashland.”

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

SOU Professor Appointed to State Advisory Committee


October 8, 2014

(Ashland, Ore.) — Dr. Mark Tveskov, professor of anthropology and director of the Laboratory of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University, has been appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation.

The committee, which is comprised of members with backgrounds in anthropology, history, architecture, archaeology and other related disciplines, is tasked with reviewing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

“Collaboration and stewardship with our communities on issues of historic preservation are foundational concepts we hope to teach in our classes,” Dr. Tveskov said, “so I am greatly honored to have this opportunity to serve on this committee.”

Dr. Tveskov has been a faculty member at SOU since 1998. He is a member of the Society of American Archaeology, the Society for Historical Archaeology, and the Association of Oregon Archaeologists.

“We have wonderful faculty at Southern Oregon University, and we’re very pleased that Dr. Tveskov will be able to share his expertise in a manner that benefits the entire state,” said Dr. Roy Saigo, SOU President.

The advisory committee next meets Oct. 9-10 in Newport.

SOU Welcomes New Students During Convocation Ceremony

October 1, 2014

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University will formally welcome the 2014 entering class of students during a convocation ceremony Friday, Oct. 3, at Raider Stadium.

The ceremony, which will take place at 3:30 p.m., marks the official recognition that all of the students entering SOU this fall have met the criteria for admission and matriculation into the university. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for SOU faculty and staff to welcome and greet new students.

“The faculty and staff are very excited to welcome the incoming 2014 class, which includes students from every corner of our region,” said Dr. Susan Walsh, SOU’s Provost. “We are especially looking forward to hearing from Dr. Edwin Battistella, who will speak on behalf of the faculty to invite our new students to join the SOU community.”

Dr. Battistella has been a professor at SOU since 2000. He is the author of five books, including his most recent work, “Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology,” which was published by Oxford University Press and released earlier this year.

Students will also hear from Dr. Roy Saigo, who took over as President of SOU on July 1. “As a new president and new member of this community myself, it brings me great pleasure to welcome a new group of students to Southern Oregon University,” he said. “This is a very strong and diverse group of students and we know they will make positive contributions to the University and the community. We are very excited to have them here.”

Following Convocation, students, faculty, and staff will make their way to Raider Village, where a “Rock the Block” party will take place, marking the culmination of the first week of fall term.

Southern Oregon University Sells Carbon Credits to Chevrolet


Aug. 27, 2014

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:

Roxane Beigel-Coryell, Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator, Southern Oregon University; Tel:

Sharon Basel, Sustainability Communications Manager, General Motors; Tel:

Campus Engages Students on Clean Energy Efforts

Southern Oregon University is participating in Chevrolet’s carbon-reduction initiative. It is selling carbon credits for the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Raider Village residence halls to Chevrolet for one year. This unique program enables the university to receive funding for reducing the campus’ carbon footprint through green building practices.

“Chevy’s efforts offer an exceptional opportunity to recognize top-performing, LEED-certified projects, while encouraging them to continue to operate in ways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate global climate change,” said Chris Pyke, Ph.D., vice president of research for the U.S. Green Building Council.

SOU has long been a leader in campus sustainability, adopting a Climate Action Plan in 2010. The plan outlines the university’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint 10 percent by 2020 and 100 percent by 2050. One of its strategies to reach carbon neutral is investing in green buildings, such as the LEED Gold-Certified Raider Village. The Village is the newest development in sustainable campus living and a unique experience that has no equal in the Oregon University System. The buildings feature daylit common spaces, variable refrigerant flow technology, and 153 kilowatts of solar photovoltaics.

In 2010, Chevrolet was also working to set carbon goals of its own beyond its efficient vehicles and responsible manufacturing efforts, striving to reduce up to 8 million tons of carbon dioxide in certified carbon projects across the country. To achieve this commitment, the company rolled out its voluntary carbon-reduction initiative. Most recently, it helped develop the methodology funding the energy efficiency work of universities like SOU.

Chevrolet is purchasing carbon from campus greenhouse gas reductions and retiring them, meaning the company will never use them to offset emissions related to its own operations or products.

Chevrolet and SOU first connected on this project during a conference last year, when student Shaun Franks introduced the opportunity to university staff. During the program’s validation process, SOU discovered that the LEED buildings were not performing to their full potential. This is a common problem for LEED projects, as the green building practices only focus on design and construction, and one of the reasons LEED increasingly emphasizes the need to link project goals with operational performance measures.
Once aware of the opportunity for improvement, SOU engaged the student residents to help reduce energy use to achieve the buildings’ optimal performance.

“Discovering that the buildings weren’t performing to the design standards was just the push we needed to ramp up our student engagement efforts in the residence halls,” reflects Roxane Beigel-Coryell, sustainability and recycling coordinator, SOU. “It also underlines the importance of monitoring all campus buildings to ensure they are operating as efficiently as possible.”

This fall, student leaders will run an energy conservation campaign in the new halls to educate and engage student residents in the university’s conservation efforts.

“We know there are ways to fuel the clean-energy movement beyond our electric vehicles and use of renewables at our manufacturing facilities,” said David Tulauskas, director of sustainability at General Motors. “The leaders in the higher education community, like Southern Oregon University, are doing big things to leave a smaller footprint, and engaging their students along the way. This effort supports their ingenuity and continued investment in energy efficiency.”

SOU plans to use revenue from the carbon transaction to fund additional energy conservation projects on campus, such as lighting retrofits, equipment upgrades, or to expand existing solar arrays.

“SOU will further its clean energy leadership through this partnership with Chevrolet,” said Dr. Roy Saigo, President of Southern Oregon University. “The funds gained will be reinvested in carbon-reduction projects on campus that will brighten the future of our students and benefit our community.”

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

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Southern Oregon Historical Society Honors SOU Archaeologists


June 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Mark Tveskov, Director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, Southern Oregon University; Tel: 541-552-6345,

Rob Esterlein, Executive Director, Southern Oregon Historical Society; Tel: 541-773-6536 Ext.1005, Email:

Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology to Receive Southern Oregon Heritage Award in Presentation on June 28

The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) will present its 2014 Southern Oregon Heritage Award to the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) for its contributions to the scientific study of the History of the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon. The award, given annually for outstanding contributions to the preservation and promotion of history, will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Oregon Historical Society on June 28.

Led by Dr. Mark Tveskov and staff archaeologists Chelsea Rose and Katie Johnson, the Laboratory of Anthropology at SOU has conducted detailed archaeological investigations at some of the most important historic and prehistoric sites in Southern Oregon. Recent and ongoing investigations include the old Chinese quarter in Jacksonville, Fort Lane in Central Point, the Peter Britt estate in Jacksonville and the site of the Battle of Hungry Hill in 1855 during the Rogue River Wars.

In describing the reasons the Southern Oregon Historical Society chose to honor SOULA, SOHS Executive Director Rob Esterlein commented, “We, the Southern Oregon Community, have benefited immeasurably from the work that Dr. Tveskov, his associates and students have done to apply discipline and scientific method to the study of Southern Oregon’s Past. Not only have they revealed aspects of the lives of individuals and communities that could not have been brought to light otherwise, they have regularly involved the public in the process of archaeological and historical discovery.”

“We couldn’t be more honored to receive this award,” Tveskov commented, “SOULA’s mission is to not only provide an educational opportunity for students seeking jobs in heritage fields, but also to serve Southern Oregon in the stewardship of our collective history.  This award reflects, we feel, the success and spirit of the public partnerships we have collectively developed between not only SOHS, but also local Indian Tribes and municipalities, federal and state agencies, and the public.”

The Annual Meeting of the Southern Oregon Historical Society takes place June 28, from 5pm – 7:30pm at historic Hanley Farm, 1056 Hanley Road in Central Point. The event, which includes entertainment, tours of the historic Hanley farmhouse, refreshments, presentation of awards and a talk by author Dennis Powers, is open to all members of the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

About the Southern Oregon Historical Society The Southern Oregon Historical Society is nonprofit 501c3 organization governed by its elected Board of Trustees, who act in accordance with SOHS bylaws and standard museum practices. The SOHS Director, appointed by the Board, is supported by a dedicated staff. Together, they work with many volunteers who keep the Library open, keep Hanley Farm running, and assist with programs, funding and outreach. More:

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

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SOU Archaeologist Chelsea Rose Featured on National TV Series



For more information contact:

Chelsea Rose, Archaeologist, Southern Oregon University; 541-261-3087;

or, Kelsey Wallace, OPB; 503-445-1893;

June 16, 2014

The second season of Time Team America, the OPB national series that combines archaeological discovery with good storytelling, will premiere exclusively on OPB stations this month—eight weeks ahead of its PBS air date. Produced entirely in Oregon and shot throughout the U.S., each of the four new episodes explores a different region and time in American history through the eyes, ears and expertise of a team of adventurous archaeologists. Time Team America debuts Monday, June 16, at 10 p.m. on OPB.

Working against a ticking clock, scientists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Jeff Brown and Southern Oregon University’s Chelsea Rose join forces with host Justine Shapiro to uncover historical secrets buried beneath the soil. Combining technologically advanced tools and old-fashioned elbow grease, every one-hour episode takes viewers on a journey into the earth and back in time.

“We’re thrilled to be back for a second season of this terrific series,” says OPB’s vice president of TV production David Davis. “There’s nothing else quite like it on TV. Viewers will feel they are right in the trenches with working archeologists as they uncover the artifacts of our past.”

Here’s what’s in store for the team in season two:

-      Tucked between upscale homes in suburban Maryland just outside Washington, D.C., are the remains of an 1830’s plantation—once home to Josiah Henson, the enslaved man who inspired the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. What remains here of his life and legacy?

-      In western Oklahoma, the bones of massive 10,000-year-old bison mingle with the remnants of early human-made weapons. What strategies did hunters use against these mammoth beasts before the advent of bows and arrows? What can these bison bones teach us about our ancient past?

-      Camp Lawton, near Millen, Georgia, housed 10,000 Union prisoners at the end of the Civil War. The remains of the camp have long been lost to history. Can Time Team America find the original site of the camp? What artifacts are buried beneath the ground and what do they tell us of the hellish experiences of the prisoners once held captive here?

-      The site of what is believed to have been a 1,200-year-old village is located near Mesa Verde, Colorado, where ancient peoples built one of the first permanent settlements in North America. What did this settlement look like and how did life here shape human history?

To join the conversation, “like” Time Team America on View behind-the-scenes footage, interactive content and past episodes online at


About Time Team America

Time Team America is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and Videotext Communications, Ltd. and is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The co-executive producer for OPB is David Davis and the co-executive producer for Videotext is Tim Taylor.

About OPB  

OPB is the largest cultural and education institution in the region, delivering excellence in public broadcasting to 1.5 million people each week through television, radio and the Internet. Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most-used and most-supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by members across Oregon and southern Washington. For more information, visit

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