Dr. Linda Schott Named Next President of Southern Oregon University

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Dr. Linda Schott, president of University of Maine at Presque Isle, has been named the next president of Southern Oregon University following a unanimous vote today of the SOU board of trustees. She will succeed Dr. Roy Saigo, who is retiring in July and has served as president of SOU since July 2014.

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“We are extremely pleased to have a person and educator of Dr. Schott’s quality to be the next president of SOU,” said SOU board chair Bill Thorndike. “Following our nation-wide search, and out of a very deep pool of competitive applicants, her qualifications, experience, and interactions with the SOU community elevated her to the top.”

Schott holds a doctorate in history and humanities from Stanford University, a master’s degree in history, also from Stanford, and a bachelor’s degree in history and German from Baylor University.

Prior to her role as president of University of Maine at Presque Isle, Schott held various positions in higher education teaching and administration, including dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Fort Lewis College in Colorado; associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; and numerous faculty appointments.

“We are certain that Dr. Schott’s leadership style, vision, and values are aligned with the SOU mission and that she is a great fit for the university and the greater Rogue Valley community,” Thorndike added.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected as the next president of Southern Oregon University. SOU has a strong history and a bright future, and I am privileged to be able to serve as its president,” said Schott. “My husband, Tom, and I fell in love with the campus and the community during our interview, and we look forward to doing great work and building new friendships in the years ahead.” Schott will assume the presidency July 29.

 SOU trustee Lyn Hennion, who chaired the university’s Presidential Search Committee, credited the success of the search to the hard work of the committee and the thoughtful participation of the entire SOU and Rogue Valley communities. “I want to thank the search committee, both voting and ex officio members, for their hard work over many months,” Hennion said. “Everyone involved was dedicated to a fair, inclusive process that required a significant commitment of time, dedication, and effort. Our focus from the very beginning was to find the best possible candidate to serve as the next president of Southern Oregon University, and I believe we accomplished that in Dr. Schott.”

The search committee included SOU trustees, faculty, students, and staff; another Oregon university president; and community members. Six ex officio, non-voting members were appointed to the committee to serve in a coordinating or advisory capacity.

Dr. Edwin Battistella was one of the SOU faculty representatives on the Presidential Search Committee. “The search process was a great opportunity to work with colleagues, students, and board and community members to help identify SOU’s next leader,” he said. “I was particularly impressed with Dr. Schott’s strategic knowledge and her record of presidential accomplishments at Presque Isle. In the on-campus interview, she gave very thoughtful answers and showed her commitment to public higher education and student success, and her human touch as well.”

Torii Uyehara is SOU’s student body president and was one of the students on the committee. “It was wonderful to see an open process for the choosing of the next University President for SOU. I believe the student engagement throughout the process will allow the incoming president to start with a strong connection to the student body and allow for a continuation of the relationship that students have come to love and expect from our president,” she said. “This is an exciting time for students and I think students will help guide the new president in the direction of how best to support the student body.”

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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: June 7 – 13

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

KOBI – SOU Student Building School: https://kobi5.com/news/sou-student-building-school-28493/

Portland Business Journal – As Patrick Quinton Steps Down, Interim Director Steps in At PDC (feature on SOU alumnae): http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2016/06/as-patrick-quinton-steps-down-interim-director.html

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Daily Tidings – SOU Dance Club to Perform Saturday: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160531/NEWS/160539958/0/SEARCH

KOBI – Final Recital for SOU Piano Prodigy with Mother in Attendance: https://kobi5.com/news/tatsianas-recital-28501/

Daily Tidings – SOU Keyboard Student Offers Free Community Recital: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609962/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Painting the Town: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160608/NEWS/160609826/0/SEARCH

 

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

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Oregon Saw Biggest Percent Increase in Completed Financial Aid Applications: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/06/oregon_saw_biggest_percent_inc.html#incart_river_index

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Student Federal Aid Applications on the Rise: Editorial Peak: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/06/student_federal_aid_applicatio.html

 

News on SOU governance and Board of Trustees:

Daily Tidings – Second SOU President Finalist Announced: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160531/NEWS/160539959/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Second SOU President Finalist Announced: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160531/NEWS/160539943/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Candidate Praises SOU Model: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609959/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Second SOU Candidate Embraces Liberal Arts: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609926/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Third Finalist for SOU President Here Thursday, Friday: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609961/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Third Finalist for SOU President Here Thursday, Friday: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609979/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Third Presidential Candidate Makes Her Case: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160602/NEWS/160609933/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – President Candidate Schott Talks About Securing SOU’s Future: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160602/NEWS/160609877/0/SEARCH

WAGM – UMPI President is a Finalist for President at University in Oregon: http://www.wagmtv.com/content/news/UMPI-President-is-a-finalists-for-University-in-Oregon-381988371.html

Daily Tidings – Picking a President: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160609/NEWS/160609821/0/SEARCH

 

Miscellaneous News:

The Siskiyou – Student Films Spotlighted at Annual Festival: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/06/02/student-films-spotlighted-at-annual-festival/

KTVL – Student Filmmakers Present at SOU Film Festival: http://ktvl.com/news/local/student-filmmakers-present-at-sou-film-festival

Daily Tidings – Our View: Hope Personified: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160602/OPINION/160609964/0/SEARCH

The Siskiyou – Letter From the Editor: Journalism at SOU: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/06/06/letter-from-the-editor-journalism-at-sou/

Mail Tribune – Letters to the Editor: Diversity Born of Prejudice: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160608/OPINION/160609702/0/SEARCH

KDRV – Fueling Up! Marketing Workshop Welcomes Business Owners: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/Fueling_Up_Marketing_Workshop_Welcomes_Business_Owners.html

Oregonian/Oregon Live – As Stanford Rape Survivor’s Story Goes Viral, Oregon Colleges Try to Evolve (SOU featured): http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/06/as_stanford_rape_survivors_sto.html#incart_river_index

JPR – Jefferson Exchange: Regional Reactions to the Orlando Massacre (SOU’s janelle wilson and Thomas Arce featured): http://ijpr.org/post/mon-830-regional-reactions-orlando-massacre

KDRV – Raiders Celebrate Graduation: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/Raiders_Celebrate_Graduation.html

KOBI – SOU Graduation: https://kobi5.com/news/sou-graduation-29227/

Daily Tidings – SOU Begins New Tradition with Alumni Breakfast: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160610/NEWS/160619968/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU’s 90th Commencement Saturday: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160610/NEWS/160619969/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU Newspaper The Siskiyou to Continue: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160611/NEWS/160619966/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU Graduates 1,000 in Class of 2016: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160612/NEWS/160619960/0/SEARCH

SOU to Host Inaugural Alumni Breakfast

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University will initiate a new tradition this weekend, when the institutions inaugural Alumni Breakfast takes place prior to Commencement Saturday morning.

“This event provides an opportunity to recognize the contributions of several outstanding SOU alumni on a day when we are also celebrating our current graduates,” said Janet Fratella, vice president of development and executive director of the SOU Foundation. “Our new alumni will join 40,000 other SOU graduates who live and work around the world, and we are proud of all that they do.”

Five alumni awards will be given out during the breakfast:

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Gary Miller. Miller is an SOU business graduate from the class of 1968. He is recognized for his 32-year career as area manager for U.S. West and Qwest as well as his volunteer work around the Rogue Valley. He is former CEO of Access, Inc., which provides food, housing, and other services to low-income children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. He has served on various local boards and is a past president of the Medford Rotary Club and the Miles Field Renovation Soceity.

The Young Alumni Award will be presented to Brandi Jo Moles. Moles graduated from SOU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and began a career as a child welfare caseworker for the State of Oregon. In 2015 she received statewide recognition as a recipient of the Tom Moan Memorial Award for Excellence in Child Welfare Casework Practice. Last weekend she received her Master of Science degree in social work from Portland State University.

The Alumni Excellence in Education Award will be presented to Patti Kinney. Kinney graduated from SOU in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education. She then earned a Master of Science degree in general studies with an emphasis in outdoor education in 1977. In 2007 she was awarded the Oregon Middle Level Association’s first Distinguished Service Award—an award that was named in her honor. She has earned various awards for her work as a school administrator, including the Met-Life/National Association of Secondary School Principals National Middle Level Principal of the Year Award.

The Stan Smith Alumni Service Award will be presented to Karen Amarotico. The Alumni Service Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the community and service to people. Amarotico earned a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from SOU in 1990 and a Master’s Degree in management in 2008. Since moving to Ashland in 1986, Amarotico has logged hundreds of hours volunteering for a range of non-profit organizations, including Rotary, SMART, Ashland Schools Foundation, and the Elks. In 2011, Karen began a year-long project in pie baking to express her gratitude. For 365 days, she chose a friend, neighbor, or stranger who she knew could use a pick-me-up and baked them a pie.

The Alvin Fellers Memorial Scholarship will also be awarded for the first time during the Alumni Breakfast. Dr. Alvin Fellers’ distinguished career in education spanned more than 40 years, nearly half of which were as dean of men and dean of students at SOU (then Southern Oregon State College). This new scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated the characteristics and qualities of Dr. Fellers: a warm, friendly demeanor; extraordinary professionalism and integrity; and a devotion to human values. The inaugural recipients of this scholarship are Kaylin Murdoch, Andria Rasmussen, and Myana Dhenin.

Also being recognized at the breakfast and Commencement ceremony are SOU alumni celebrating their golden anniversary. Fourteen members of the class of 1966 will be on hand for the breakfast and Commencement ceremony to follow.

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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.

Year-End Recycling Event Enables Students to Help the Community and the Environment

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University and Southern Oregon Goodwill® Industries have teamed up for the fifth annual Move Out Donation Drive.

The year-end event enables students clearing out their rooms and apartments in SOU residence halls to dispose of things they no longer need in an environmentally responsible way that also supports job training and employment programs for people with the most need locally.

“It’s a great partnership,” said Roxane Beigel-Coryell, Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator at Southern Oregon University. “We started it to reduce the garbage volume and expenses related to that, but it also introduces our students to the opportunity to donate to an organization that creates jobs and provides affordable goods in the community through reuse.”

In the past, SOU had to order several large garbage bins to handle what students threw away as they moved out of residence halls. Much of what was tossed in the trash was useful — in some cases unused — including clothes, shoes, small appliances, electronics, books, office supplies, linens, furniture, rugs, and more.

Since 2012, SOU students have brought 29,795 pounds of donations to Goodwill bins on campus during the Move Out Donation Drive. Donated items are either sold in Goodwill stores or recycled if not in gently used condition. Revenues from donated items fund employment training and placement programs in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Find a complete list of on-campus donation locations and items that will be accepted at www.sou.edu/sustainable/moveout.html or learn more at www.sogoodwill.org/moveoutsou/.

For more information contact:

Roxane Beigel-Coryell, M.M.
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator, Southern Oregon University

541-552-8139

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About Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries:

Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries is headquartered in Medford Oregon and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the mission: enable employment by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. The agency is one in a network of over 160 Goodwill agencies in the US and Canada. Revenue generated through the sale and recycling of donated goods is used to fund job training and support programs for the people in Southern Oregon in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake Counties and Siskiyou County in California. For more information about Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries, go to www.sogoodwill.org.

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’s 90th Commencement to Take Place Saturday

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University will confer degrees on approximately 1,000 new graduates at its 90th Commencement ceremony Saturday at Raider Stadium on the University’s main campus in Ashland. The processional will begin at 9:45 a.m. with the ceremony following immediately thereafter.

Featured speakers at this year’s ceremony include SOU President Dr. Roy Saigo and Bill Thorndike, who is speaking on behalf of the SOU board of trustees.

This year’s Commencement address will be given by Dr. Harry “Doc” Kloor. Dr. Kloor is the first—and only—person to have earned two Ph.D. degrees simultaneously, having earned them in Physics and Chemistry at the same time from Purdue University. He is also an alumnus of SOU. Dr. Kloor is a writer, scientist, educator, researcher, inventor, editor, producer, national technology policy advisor, and chief technology officer.

Associated Students of Southern Oregon University President Torii Uyehara, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, has been selected as the student speaker.

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

Alexander will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a 4.0 GPA. Comer will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a 4.0 GPA.

Nicole Doran will be honored during the ceremony with the Universidad de Guanajuato Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. Doran graduates with a master in management and a 4.0 GPA.

Gates to Raider Stadium open at 8 a.m. the morning of Commencement, and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Free parking is available in all parking lots on the SOU campus throughout the day. The ceremony will be broadcast live on RVTV and archived for later viewing.

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

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About Southern Oregon University

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

SOU In the News: May 31 – June 6

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SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

KOBI – SOU Student Building School: https://kobi5.com/news/sou-student-building-school-28493/

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Daily Tidings – SOU Dance Club to Perform Saturday: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160531/NEWS/160539958/0/SEARCH

KOBI – Final Recital for SOU Piano Prodigy with Mother in Attendance: https://kobi5.com/news/tatsianas-recital-28501/

Daily Tidings – SOU Keyboard Student Offers Free Community Recital: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609962/0/SEARCH

 

News on SOU governance and Board of Trustees:

Daily Tidings – Second SOU President Finalist Announced: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160531/NEWS/160539959/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Second SOU President Finalist Announced: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160531/NEWS/160539943/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Candidate Praises SOU Model: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609959/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Second SOU Candidate Embraces Liberal Arts: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609926/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – Third Finalist for SOU President Here Thursday, Friday: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609961/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Third Finalist for SOU President Here Thursday, Friday: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160601/NEWS/160609979/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – Third Presidential Candidate Makes Her Case: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160602/NEWS/160609933/0/SEARCH

Mail Tribune – President Candidate Schott Talks About Securing SOU’s Future: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160602/NEWS/160609877/0/SEARCH

 

Miscellaneous News:

The Siskiyou – Student Films Spotlighted at Annual Festival: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/06/02/student-films-spotlighted-at-annual-festival/

KTVL – Student Filmmakers Present at SOU Film Festival: http://ktvl.com/news/local/student-filmmakers-present-at-sou-film-festival

Daily Tidings – Our View: Hope Personified: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160602/OPINION/160609964/0/SEARCH

SOU Students Monitor Changing Landscape of Family Farms

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Third year Southern Oregon University sociology students Alessandra de la Torre and Kate Hillis have a unique understanding of sustainable agriculture—from a historical perspective.

Thanks to a 2015 grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission to SOU’s sociology/anthropology program, de la Torre and Hillis are researching Jackson County family farms that have been in the same family and in production for over 100 years. The students are finding that it takes commitment, strategy, and sometimes a bit of luck to keep land in the family over the course of four or five generations.

As an object lesson in the complexities of heritage agriculture, de la Torre discovered the sale of the 1852 Birdseye Ranch donation land claim to Del Rio Vineyards as it was happening in March 2016. In April, she met with the family, walked that historic Gold Hill property along the Rogue River, and talked with three Birdseye generations as they prepared to move from the home they’d lived in for 160 years. The Birdseye’s were pleased that their family heritage was documented for the project, and for de la Torre, it was a powerful and emotional experience.

Hillis researched Reginald Parsons’ 1908 Century Farm in East Medford, Hillcrest Orchards (now also Roxy Anny Winery). The property is owned by the Cogswell Limited Partnership, a partnership of Parsons family descendants. At the same time Hillis was tracing Hillcrest through the generations, Medford City Council held public hearings about annexing the property into the city’s Urban Growth Boundary. An aerial view of Hillcrest Orchards shows that housing and mixed use properties surround the green of the vineyard and Medford’s growth means more housing is needed. Jud Parsons is a member of the Cogswell Limited Partnership; he’s not sure how the partnership will vote if the land is annexed and the family is able to develop the property as housing. Hillis is scheduled to interview Jud Parsons later this spring.

You might not think that a farm established a hundred years ago would be of interest today but de la Torre and Hillis’s research shows that Southern Oregon agricultural landscapes continue to change and that family legacies change as well. Under the Oregon Heritage Commission grant, these two SOU students are researching 20 multi-generational farms to identify factors that contribute to how and why some properties stay in agricultural production and others do not.

“Understanding the patterns of agricultural land changes in Southern Oregon reveal the interweaving of environmental, economic, political, social, and personal influences that give nuance to why these changes occur,” said de la Torre. “It is certain that these factors continue to guide the path of our lives today, making the past an emblem of human lessons we can all learn from.”

For more information on the heritage agriculture project, contact Maureen Flanagan Battistella, affiliate faculty in SOU’s sociology/anthropology program, at 541-552-0743 or battistem@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.

Third SOU President Candidate to Visit University

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(Ashland, Ore.) — After a nationwide search, three finalists have been named in the search for a new president of Southern Oregon University. The finalists were recommended to the SOU board of trustees by the Presidential Search Committee, which was comprised of key members of both internal and external constituent groups, including, but not limited to, the board of trustees; SOU faculty, staff, alumni, and students; an Oregon public university president; and members of the Rogue Valley community.

Each of the three finalists will visit Southern Oregon to meet with various SOU constituent groups as well as hold town hall-style forums that will be open to the public.

The third of the finalists to arrive on campus will be Dr. Linda Schott, who is scheduled to be in the Rogue Valley June 2 and 3. Schott currently serves as president of University of Maine at Presque Isle. She holds a doctorate in history and humanities from Stanford University, a master’s degree in history, also from Stanford, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Baylor University.

Prior to her role as president of University of Maine at Presque Isle, Schott held various positions in higher education teaching and administration, including dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Fort Lewis College; associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, and numerous faculty appointments.

The public will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of Schott during an open forum on June 2 at 3:30 p.m. The forum will take place in Room 151 inside the Science Building on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

“We are hoping that not only our campus community, but the entire Rogue Valley will want to be involved in this process and meet these candidates,” said Bill Thorndike, chair of the SOU board of trustees. “We will be soliciting feedback from all who attend, and that input is very important in our decision making process.”

The other two finalists, Dr. Michael Tidwell and Dr. Terry Allison previously visited the Rogue Valley on May 25-26 and June 1-2, respectively. More information on the search and the candidates is available at presidentialsearch.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 Board Narrows Field of Presidential Candidates

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(Ashland, Ore.) — After a nationwide search, three finalists have been selected in the search for a new president of Southern Oregon University. The finalists were recommended to the SOU board of trustees by the Presidential Search Committee, which was comprised of key members of both internal and external constituent groups, including, but not limited to, the board of trustees; SOU faculty, staff, alumni, and students; an Oregon public university president; and members of the Rogue Valley community.

Each of the three finalists will visit Southern Oregon to meet with various SOU constituent groups as well as hold town hall-style forums that will be open to the public.

The second of the finalists to arrive on campus will be Dr. Terry Allison, who is scheduled to be in the Rogue Valley June 1 and 2. Allison currently serves as chancellor of Indiana University South Bend. He holds a doctorate in literature from University of California, San Diego; a master’s degree in comparative literature, also from UCSD; a master’s degree in library and information science from University of California, Berkley; and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, also from UC Berkley.

Prior to his role as chancellor of Indiana University South Bend, Allison held various positions in higher education teaching and administration, including provost and vice president of academic affairs at Governors State University in Illinois; dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Los Angeles; and numerous faculty appointments.

The public will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of Allison during an open forum on June 1 at 3:30 p.m. The forum will take place in Room 151 inside the Science Building on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

“We are hoping that not only our campus community, but the entire Rogue Valley will want to be involved in this process and meet these candidates,” said Bill Thorndike, chair of the SOU board of trustees. “We will be soliciting feedback from all who attend, and that input is very important in our decision making process.”

One of the three finalists, Dr. Michael Tidwell, visited the Rogue Valley May 25 and 26. The third finalist will be announced in advance of his or her visit to SOU. More information on the search and the candidates is available at presidentialsearch.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: May 24 – 30

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News on SOU Academic Programs:

Daily Tidings – It’s a Plot: Deer Overrun Ashland: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160525/NEWS/160529896/0/SEARCH

 

News on SOU Environment and Sustainability Initiatives:

4-Traders – SOU Joins New Climate Commitment: http://www.4-traders.com/news/Southern-Oregon-University-SOU-Joins-New-Climate-Commitment–22406356/

The Siskiyou – The Bees Are Here to Stay: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/05/26/the-bees-are-here-to-stay/

 

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Daily Tidings – SOU’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ a Spoof of Ashland: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160523/NEWS/160529936/0/SEARCH

 

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

Oregonian/Oregon Live – Oregon’s Anemic Higher Education Funding (Opinion): http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/05/oregons_anemic_higher_educatio.html#incart_email

CNN – College Enrollment is Dropping. Bad Sign?: http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/20/news/economy/college-enrollment-down/index.html?section=money_pf

NPR – A First: Pell Grants for High School Students Who Take College Courses: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/05/17/478260017/a-first-pell-grants-for-high-school-students-who-take-college-classes?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20160522&utm_campaign=&utm_term=

 

News on SOU governance and Board of Trustees:

KOBI – First of Three SOU Presidential Candidates Announced: https://kobi5.com/news/first-of-three-sou-presidential-candidates-announced-28112/

Daily Tidings – Our View: Meet SOU Finalist Today: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160525/OPINION/160529903/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU Board Narrows Field of Presidential Candidates: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160525/NEWS/160529899/0/SEARCH

KDRV – 3 Finalists Selected for SOU President: http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/SOU_Selects_3_Finalists_for_President.html

Daily Tidings – Michigan Dean Among Finalists for SOU Presidency: http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20160525/michigan-dean-among-finalists-for-sou-presidency

Mail Tribune – President candidate says SOU must be enterprising: http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160525/NEWS/160529664/0/SEARCH

The Siskiyou – Dr. Michael Tidwell Wants to be SOU’s Next President: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/05/31/dr-michael-tidwell-wants-to-be-sous-next-president/

KAJO – Southern Oregon University President Search Now Down to Three Final Candidates: http://www.kajo.com/news/local/stories.php?subaction=showfull&id=1464331053&ucat=2&

 

Miscellaneous News:

The Siskiyou – Davis Retains Presidency…For Now: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/05/25/davis-retains-presidency-for-now/

Daily Tidings – SOU President Visits University of Guanajuato: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160525/NEWS/160529898/0/SEARCH

Campus Reform – Student’s Campaign Suspended for Criticizing Gender-Neutral Bathrooms: http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7613

The Siskiyou – Davis Secures Presidency Under Probationary Measures: http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/05/29/davis-secures-presidency-under-prohibitionary-measures/

KOBI – SOU Student Film Festival: https://kobi5.com/news/sou-student-film-festival-28439/

Daily Tidings – OLLI Seeks New Teachers to Expand Course Offerings: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160526/NEWS/160529853/0/SEARCH

Daily Tidings – SOU Student Films Screen Tuesday in Free Showing at Varsity Theatre: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160530/NEWS/160539989/0/SEARCH

The College Fix – Army ROTC Student’s Political Campaign Suspended for ‘Transphobic’ Facebook Comments: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/27598/