Hannon Library Chinese New Year: “Forbidden Citizens” with Author Martin Gold

Southern Oregon University
News Release


For immediate release: 

January 22, 2014              

For further information contact: 

Anna Beauchamp


(541) 552-6823    

(Ashland, Ore.) – Hannon Library and the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association are pleased to host author and attorney Martin Gold as part of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.  He will speak at Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus on Friday, February 7th, at Noon.

Forbidden Chains

Forbidden Citizens: Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress: A Legislative History” traces the timeline and background of a series of laws passed by the U.S. Congress between 1879 and 1943 which prohibited the Chinese as a people from becoming U.S. citizens.  “Forbidden Citizens” recounts this long and shameful legislative history quoting both supporters and opponents of the bills in full detail.  Ted Gong, 1882 Project co-chair of the Chinese American Alliance will also join Mr. Gold in a discussion of the recent passage of Senate Resolution 201, expressing regret for the 1882 Chinese exclusion laws.


Martin Gold, 2014Martin Gold, an attorney from Washington D.C., has over 35 years of legislative experience, advising U.S. Senate Majority Leaders, Senators, and serving on a number of Senate committees.  He is one of the country’s leading experts on congressional procedures, and is on the faculty of TheCapitol.Net.  He has presented hundreds of seminars for government, academic, and private sector audiences, has lectured in China, Russia, and the Ukraine, and has received numerous awards for his work in public affairs.


This Friday Noon event is free and kicks off the Chinese New Year celebrations which will continue Saturday in Jacksonville.  More Year of the Horse events are posted at: <http://soccachinesenewyear.org/>.  Contact Hannon Library at (541) 552-6023.


SOU Screening New Documentary: “The State of Arizona”

Media Alert

The Campus Theme Program at Southern Oregon University (SOU) will present a free screening of the new documentary film The State of Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:00 pm in the SOU Meese Auditorium, Center for the Visual Arts.

The film tells the story of Arizona’s controversial “papers please” immigration law. The program is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a panel discussion.  This is a special pre-release “sneak preview” of the film which premieres later in January on PBS.
The State of Arizona, directed/produced by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval, interweaves the volatile themes of immigration and race portrayed through a mosaic of characters and their responses to the law, SB1070. The film is built around the turbulent arc of the law, from the Governor’s signing the bill in 2010 to the Supreme Court’s June 2012 pronouncement on its constitutionality. Through the personal stories of individuals impacting and impacted by immigration policies, the film explores the social and political circumstances that gave rise to SB1070, examining the roles played by government and business, as well as the human consequences of the policy.

Panel Facilitator:  SOU Professor Echo Fields, Sociology

Discussants: Virginia Camberos, regional organizer for Rogue Valley Oregon Action; Pancho Becraft, SOU alumni; John Almaguer, immigration attorney

Carlos Sandoval, Producer/Director

Filmmaker Carlos SandovalCarlos Sandoval is the co-director/producer of the award-winning documentariesA Class Apart (American Experience 2009, Imagen Award), soon to be a major motion picture, and Farmingville (P.O.V. 2004, Sundance Special Jury Prize), which was about a small suburban town in the wake of the hate-based attempted murder of two Mexican day laborers. A lawyer and writer, Sandoval’s work has appeared in anthologies and The New York Times. His experience as a lawyer includes telecommunications and complex litigation. Prior to attending law school, Sandoval worked on immigration and refugee affairs as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, and as a program officer for The Century Foundation.

Catherine Tambini, Producer/Director

Filmmaker Catherine TambiniCatherine Tambini is the co-director/producer of the award-winning documentaryFarmingville. Ms. Tambini co-produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse, which aired on PBS’s Great Performances/Dance In America. She field produced and shot portions of MTV’s series I’m From Rolling Stone and TLC’s Pageant Perfect. She was the production manager for Connie and Ruthie, Every Room in the House (HBO) and Best Man (Cinemax). Tambini assisted in the production design of many well-known Hollywood films, including The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Steel Magnolias, True Colors, and The Secret of My Success. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Professor Robert Arellano Receives 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship

Literary Arts announced this week that Southern Oregon University Professor Robert Arellano is the recipient of a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship. “Oregonians are passionate about books,” reads the announcement of the awards, sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust. “And ideas, and great writing. Our mission is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.”

Arellano, the author of six novels including the Edgar Award-finalist Havana Lunar (Akashic Books, 2009), will hold the Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship in fiction for 2014. “I’m blown away,” says Arellano. “Four years after moving here with my family, it’s really just hitting me as an author: Oregon embraces me.”

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Last year, together with fellow Creative Writing professors Kasey Mohammad and Craig Wright, Arellano founded the Institute of New Writing \ Ashland at Southern Oregon University. “A lot of people love visiting the Rogue Valley for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or for outdoor adventuring. Craig, Casey and I want to put SOU on the map as the Northwest destination for literary inspiration.”

Arellano and seven other 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship honorees will engage with Oregonians this year at events across the state, beginning with the 27th annual Oregon Book Awards in Portland later this winter. But Arellano says his real second passion is teaching: “My online course for SOU right now is called Writing the Novel, and it’s packed with students who log on from Seattle to San Diego: 30 authors, ages 18 to 60-something, mastering the art of storytelling.”

 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.

About Literary Arts

Oregonians are passionate about books. And ideas, and great writing. Literary Arts shares this passion. Our mission is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature. The programs of Literary Arts include: Writers in the Schools, Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, Portland Arts & Lectures, and Delve: Readers’ Seminars.

For more information about the programs of Literary Arts please contact 503.227.2583 or visit literary-arts.org.

About the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust

The Commission offers a variety of matching grants to support arts programming in Oregon. Grant programs are supported with general funds from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, the Commission shares its grant-making resources with the Oregon Cultural Trust to provide a more efficient and cost effective process for both organizations.

The Cultural Trust is a statewide cultural plan to raise significant new funds for Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Funds are distributed to local communities to support cultural priorities, through competitive grants for projects of regional and statewide significance, and through grants to Oregon’s statewide cultural agencies to support their ongoing efforts.

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SOU To Test New Mass Notification System

Southern Oregon University will test a new public address safety system on Tuesday, December 17, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and lasting most of the day. The drill will include loud speaker announcements that will be heard across campus and possibly in neighborhoods surrounding SOU.

“This system will allow University officials to alert the entire campus to emergencies, saving valuable time in the event of life threatening situations,” says Tom Bieber, SOU manager of environmental, health, safety and risk management.

The system includes five stations located in the new North Campus Village, Churchill Hall and Taylor Hall, plus several outdoor speakers. The emergency notification system was added to the buildings during recent construction and remodeling.


SOU President formalizes need for “retrenchment” to meet fiscal and student needs

Ashland, OR – December 5, 2013: Southern Oregon University president Mary Cullinan made the formal announcement today that the university needs to make academic program reductions to ensure its long-term fiscal strength and student affordability. Termed “retrenchment,” the formal move enables the faculty contract to be opened so that a process of eliminating and reducing programs can begin.

The retrenchment announcement came this morning during a University forum at which Dr. Cullinan as well as faculty senate president Dave Carter and student body president Tommy Letchworth addressed faculty, staff, and students on the need to cut programs in order to balance the budget and reinvest in core programs.

“Retrenchment is the only option for SOU,” said Cullinan. “It will enable us to sustain and advance our university, offer our students a high quality, affordable education, and serve our regional mission. The new landscape offers less certainty about enrollment and state funding, and a greater certainty that only through affordable tuition can we keep SOU accessible for Oregonians. We need resources to support and enhance in-demand degree programs and help students stay in school and earn a degree.”

The next step of the retrenchment process is to develop a provisional plan that provides a draft of program eliminations and reductions. The plan, to be released in January, will be consistent with SOU’s mission and reflect academic needs and enrollment priorities, but also enable the university to meet its budgetary goals. The campus community has a 15 university-day period in which to provide their comments for consideration in the final plan.

“Losing valued faculty members will be the hardest part of this process,” said Cullinan. “Because of the length and nature of this process, those whose programs face reduction or elimination will know well in advance, so they will have preparation time and help from SOU with their transition.

“SOU is incredibly important to present and future generations of students. Our university is vital to this region and to the state of Oregon. We need to do what is best for the short and long term. This means cutting low-enrollment, low-demand programs and retargeting resources so that SOU remains affordable and provides the programs student need most.”

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SOPTV’s “Immense Possibilities” Partners with SOU’s Digital Media Center

Public TV and community TV are joining hands for “Immense Possibilities.”

The SOPTV public affairs program “Immense Possibilities” is moving its production to Southern Oregon University’s high-tech Digital Media Center (DMC) at Rogue Valley Community Television. The program is also expanding its reach to Portland, Redding and other parts of the West.

“This is a great example of regional collaboration,” says SOU President Mary Cullinan. “We’re harnessing DMC’s exceptional technology and SOU’s talented Digital Media students to work with the experienced staff and talent from Southern Oregon Public Television. Together they’ll create a compelling TV program that can be viewed broadly in the West. It’s a wonderful showcase for southern Oregon.”

“With the help of SOU, we plan to make ‘Immense Possibilities’ a more regional program,” says Mark Stanislawski, President & CEO of SOPTV.  ”KIXE in Redding begins broadcasting ‘Immense Possibilities’ in January, and this season of ‘Immense Possibiliites’ will be seen on Oregon Public Broadcasting.   We hope more stations on the west coast broadcast the series and so we can expand the exchange of community-building experiences even further.”

The DMC’s state-of-the-art “green screen” technology was a big reason for the move from SOPTV’s studio in Medford to the SOU campus in Ashland. The green screen technology allows the host and studio guests to be superimposed on a variety of virtual sets, enhancing the visual appeal of the program.

DMC's green screen allows the program host and guests to be superimposed on a variety of virtual sets.

DMC’s green screen allows the program host and guests to be superimposed on a variety of virtual sets.

SOU’s participation in the partnership also creates opportunities for dozens of students to gain real-world experience in producing a program aired on PBS stations in the West, on-air presenting and social media campaigning. “The University has made it a strategic priority for our students to be more engaged, more visible and more productive in the world outside of our campus,” said SOU faculty member Erik Palmer.

“We plan to bring more intergenerational activity to the show,” says “Immense Possibilities” host and producer Jeff Golden. “We’d like to see someone in their 20s host a regular segment within ‘Immense Possibilities’’ That’s an important element of the community building that our program is all about.”

The “Immense Possibilities” partnership will be formalized on Friday, December 6 at 2:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Digital Media Center on the SOU campus. President Cullinan and SOPTV President and CEO Mark Stanislawski will view a student demonstration of the virtual set to be used for “Immense Possibilities.”

About Southern Oregon University

As the public liberal arts university of the West, Southern Oregon University focuses on student learning, accessibility, and civic engagement that enriches both the community and bioregion. The university is recognized for fostering intellectual creativity, for quality and innovation in its connected learning programs, and for 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.

About Immense Possibilities

“Immense Possibilities” is a weekly public TV and Internet visit with guests whose social creations are building vibrant communities.  In the process they are infusing others with realistic hope and inviting them to engage in the activities around them.  Says one recent IP guest,  ”With Americans waking up almost every day to a barrage of discouraging, disempowering news stories, ‘Immense Possibilities’ is exactly what we need right now.  It inspires us with proof that positive, life-affirming solutions to our big challenges aren’t just possible — they’re actually unfolding around us everyday”

—Ocean Robbins, Founder of YES!

Immense Possibilities video highlights.

About the Digital Media Center

The Southern Oregon Digital Media Center (DMC) provides a space where people, tools and technology blend together to inspire relevant and compelling media for the 21st century. The center serves both Southern Oregon University (SOU) and the larger community in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The DMC builds on and expands the mission of SOU’s Rogue Valley Community Television organization (RVTV), and supports the teaching function of multiple academic programs at SOU. We are #thehouseofyes.

About Southern Oregon Public Television

Southern Oregon Public Television (SOPTV) is a nonprofit, community-owned, governed and operated educational television station.  Using television, the Internet and community outreach, SOPTV connects communities in five southern Oregon counties and a portion of northern California by partnering with local organizations and corporations. Made possible by the financial support of its viewers, SOPTV is accessible to all regardless of their means. SOPTV is available from Roseburg to Happy Camp, CA and from Brookings to Klamath Falls. Its headquarters are located in Medford, Oregon.  More information on SOPTV and its programs and services is available at www.soptv.org. 


SOU’s Enrollment Spike Recedes, large graduating classes lower overall headcount

Fall 2013 Enrollment Down 5%, reflecting national trends of lower post-recession college attendance

(Ashland, Ore.) –As the economy turns up, Southern Oregon University’s enrollment numbers are turning down, following a national trend at many universities. SOU headcount is 6,140 this fall, 5.3% less than the previous year, and 8.9% less than fall 2011, SOU’s record enrollment year. 2011’s enrollment was a 32% spike from 2009.

SOU’s numbers follow a trend at Oregon’s other public regional universities and community colleges, and at many campuses across the country. These institutions serve growing numbers of low- and moderate-income students whose families have been hard hit during the recession, making it harder to go to college or stay there. SOU also saw its two largest-ever graduating classes exit in 2011 and 2012, and enter the work force.

The drop in enrollment comes at a time when SOU is increasingly dependent on student tuition to offset a steady decline in state support. Twenty years ago tuition provided just 30% of education costs, and state support supplied most of the balance. Today 70% of the cost of education is covered by students and their families.

SOU President Mary Cullinan notes that “Lack of state support for public higher education puts the burden on students. Although SOU remains one of the most affordable universities in Oregon, students still struggle with the cost.  Many are working several part-time jobs. As the employment picture improves,” she adds, “significant numbers of students are increasing their work hours and not enrolling in university classes.”

Oregon’s regional campuses are the most sensitive to economic downturns. 72% of SOU’s students receive financial aid, and more than 60% of students who receive financial aid are eligible for federal Pell grants to low income families.

The US Census Bureau reported in September that the demographic group showing the largest decrease on college campuses is adults 25 and older.

Although most SOU enrollment categories were down, some continued to go up:

  • Headcount is 6,140, 341 students or 5.3% less than 2012.
  • Full Time Equivalent (FTE) enrollment is 4,351, or 4.9% less than 2012.
  • New freshmen enrollment is down 6.7% and new transfer enrollment is down 1.1%. Rogue Community College transfer enrollment is down 17.7%.
  • Although total California enrollment is down 19 students or 2.0%, new California freshmen and California transfers were both up slightly.
  • Latino enrollment continues to grow, up 5.8% from fall 2012.
  • Freshmen retention decreased slightly from the year before.
  • Foreign student enrollment is up 22 students or 16.1%. The biggest increase is students from South Korea.

SOU Ten-Year Fall Enrollment History

sou-enrollmentAbout Southern Oregon University 

As the public liberal arts university of the West, Southern Oregon University focuses on student learning, accessibility, and civic engagement that enriches both the community and bioregion. The university is recognized for fostering intellectual creativity, for quality and innovation in its connected learning programs, and for 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 Department of Performing Arts presents SOU High School Honor Choir

(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Department of Performing Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU High School Honor Choir at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. The concert will be held in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU Campus. Admission is free. Continue reading

SOU Celebrates Constitution Day

(Ashland, Ore.) — In recognition of Constitution Day, Southern Oregon University will host activities on the Ashland Campus commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.  Across the country on the week before or after September 17, education institutions host events to remember the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading

SOU Archaeologists Return to Jacksonville’s Chinese Quarter

Public Archeology Day is October 12 at the Site

(Ashland, Ore) The Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA), in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Jacksonville, will conduct archaeological excavations at the Chinese Quarter Site in Jacksonville, Oregon Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 a.m through 2:00 p.m. The archaeological excavation will be open to the public. Continue reading