SOU in the News: Dec. 13 to 19

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Media coverage and relevant mentions of Southern Oregon University for the most recent week

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

KAJO­ Radio • Sam Marsh •  Dec 17
SOU alum picked to head Utah fire department: Dan Peterson, who received his master’s degree in management from SOU, is leaving his position as chief of Jackson County Fire District 3 to…

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley •  Dec 14
SOU receives NEH grant to preserve “common heritage” histories: The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Southern Oregon University a $12,000 Common Heritage grant to collect and preserve…

North Coast Citizen • Ann Powers • Dec 13
Former SOU faculty member to leave position with Lower Nehalem Community Trust: Dale Cramer Burr, a former adjunct faculty member at SOU and the University of Guanajuato, is leaving her position as executive director of the…

News about SOU academic programs

 Daily Tidings • Dec 16
JPR celebrates 3,000 episodes of ‘As It Was’: SOU’s Jefferson Public Radio honors volunteers who produced more than 3,000 episodes of the daily historical series “As It Was: Tales from the…

Medford Mail Tribune • Dec 16
JPR celebrates 3,000 episodes of ‘As It Was’: SOU’s Jefferson Public Radio honors volunteers who produced more than 3,000 episodes of the daily historical series “As It Was: Tales from the Mystical State of Jefferson”

News about fine and performing arts

 SF Weekly • Jessie Schiewe • Dec 16
Mani Draper releases debut album, The Last Marauder: Mani Draper, who got into music while attending SOU, releases album that mixes hip­hop with jazz and R&B

The Huffington Post • Sean Martinfield • Dec 15
Former SOU student and Tony Award winner to perform in SF holiday concert: Ruthie Ann Miles, an SOU student in the early 2000s who won the 2015 Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical, will perform a series…

Jefferson Public Radio • Soleil Rowan • Dec 14
JPR presents Väsen One World Concert April 19 at SOU Recital Hall: JPR and SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts will present the Swedish trio Väsen in concert on Wednesday, April 19, at the university’s Music Recital…

News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education

KDOV­-TV 18 • Demi DeSoto • Dec 13
SOU President Linda Schott visits Medford Chamber Forum: SOU, which is Ashland’s largest employer and creates a $195 million per year economic impact for Southern Oregon, is beginning a strategic planning…

Daily Tidings • Greg Stiles • Dec 13
Time to rethink college: SOU President Linda Schott told the Medford Chamber Forum that the university is beginning a strategic planning process that will include a re­ examination of the roles higher education should play in Southern Oregon

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • Dec 15
Get Out: Friday, Dec. 16OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Room 161 of the Southern Oregon University Science Building

SOU receives NEH grant to preserve “common heritage” histories

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/sHH5QE)

(Ashland, Ore.) — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Southern Oregon University a $12,000 Common Heritage grant to collect and preserve agricultural and logging family histories in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

horsedrawn-plow-hillcrest-circa-1910 Co-investigators Maureen Battistella (assistant professor affiliate and research anthropologist at SOU) and Victoria Sturtevant, Ph.D. (SOU sociology professor emerita) will work with SOU students, the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, local libraries, historical societies and youth groups to identify heritage families for the project.

“This project is important because it helps Southern Oregon’s largely rural communities trace, preserve and share their heritage,” Battistella says. “It will document how and why population growth, economic development and new agricultural opportunities have affected Southern Oregon’s heritage industries.”

loggingnearbuttefalls-circa-1940Stories, photographs and memorabilia discovered during heritage day events will be digitized and made available to the public thanks to the expertise of SOU librarians and the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library. Retired U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Jeff LaLande, Ph.D., is a consulting historian on the project; his papers and photographs are already in the SOU SODA collection.

Southern Oregon’s landscape has changed dramatically over the past 100 years. Historical family farms have yielded to housing developments, pear trees have been pulled out to plant vineyards, and timber is nearly played out.

The Legacy Labor project is designed to document a way of life that is nearly lost to memory because of cultural, political and economic pressures. It is intended to increase awareness of heritage agriculture and timber occupations and draw attention to the importance of preserving and sharing community values. The project will build upon and extend the heritage preservation model developed for earlier grants awarded to SOU by the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association and the Erath Family Foundation.

For more information about the NEH Common Heritage award to SOU and the Legacy Labor project, contact Maureen Flanagan Battistella at (541) 552-0743 or battistem@sou.edu.

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About Southern Oregon University
As a public liberal arts university, SOU 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 the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

SOU’s Small Business Development Center offers business workshop

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/TAQZak)

(Medford, Ore.) — The Small Business Development Center at Southern Oregon University’s Higher Education Center in Medford will host a free, one-hour workshop on “The Art of Buying or Selling a Business” at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The workshop will be held at the Higher Education Center, at 101 S. Bartlett St., in Medford.

Gary Einhorn, who operates the Entrepreneurial Ear business coaching service in Ashland, will be the featured presenter. He will discuss how to determine what a business is worth, when may be the best time to buy or sell, and the pros and cons of using a business broker to facilitate a sale.

Einhorn has created, owned and managed seven successful businesses over the past 35 years and has faced many of the same challenges as other business owners. He also hosts a local radio show called “The Entrepreneurial Ear” on KSKQ 89.5 FM.

The workshop is presented by SOU’s Small Business Development Center and sponsored by Umpqua Bank. To register or for more information, call (541) 552-8300.

The Small Business Development Center, which offers no-cost guidance to business owners and prospective entrepreneurs, is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. A total of 293 clients met with the center’s counselors in 2015, and 671 people attended its 48 public events.

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About Southern Oregon University
As a public liberal arts university, SOU 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 in the News: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

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Media coverage and relevant mentions of Southern Oregon University for the most recent week

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Oregon OR ­ AmericanTowns.com • Dec 4
City, SOU recognized by bicyclist league: SOU recognized by national organization as a Bicycle Friendly University

KOBI­TV NBC5 • Dec 1
SOU offering “instant admission” for prospective students: SOU’s Joe Mosley interviewed about the “Raider on the Spot” admission program

Oregon Wine Press • Dec 1
AVA Unto Its Own: SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones offers background on Wayne Hitchings’ unique American Viticultural Area near Yoncalla

Oregon Wine Press • Dec 1
Vine with a View: SOU English professor Maureen Flanagan Battistella writes about Del Rio Vineyards’ 150­-year­-old grape vine

News about SOU academic programs

Medford Mail Tribune • Dec 5
Gaining knowledge — and friends: Feature story on the past and present of SOU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Oregon OR ­ AmericanTowns.com • Dec 5
Graduate proposal focuses on outdoors: SOU’s popular Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program plans for master’s degree option

News about fine and performing arts

Urban Milwaukee • Nov 30
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Suitcase Export Fund Launches Fourteenth Funding Cycle: Shane McAdams of Wisconsin participated in an exhibition of mostly Oregonian artists at SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art

Medford Mail Tribune • Nov 29
Holiday music for choir and orchestra: The Rogue Valley Symphony performed John Rutter’s “Magnificat” and the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah”on Dec. 3 at SOU’s Music Recital Hal

News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education:

My Eastern Oregon • Dec 2
UNION COUNTY: University presidents react to governor’s budget: SOU President Linda Schott and the presidents of Oregon’s six other public universities react to the governor’s recommended budget

OregonLive.com • Nov 30
Oregon’s public universities see big increases in Hispanic, multi­racial student enrollment: Five percent of students in Oregon’s seven public universities declined to identify a race or ethnic group, but 35 percent of those ­­ 1,755 ­­ were SOU students

Miscellaneous news

KOBI­TV NBC5 • Dec 3
Hundreds gather for Ashland ski swap: Annual ski swat at SOU benefits the University’s Outdoor Program

SOU offers “Working in the Wine Industry” course to community

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/UBbptO)

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is making one of its winter term courses available to the public. “Working in the Wine Industry” will be offered for credit to admitted SOU students, and will be available at a special tuition rate as a non-credit class for community members who are not admitted SOU students.

“This is in direct response to the needs of our community,” said SOU Professor Greg Jones, director of the university’s Division of Business, Communication and the Environment. “The wine industry is booming in Southern Oregon, and more and more people are turning to the industry for employment. We want to make sure that not only our students, but anyone in the community interested in a career in this exciting field has the opportunity to learn the basics through this course.”

The seminar-style “Working in the Wine Industry” course will focus on the many facets and possibilities of pursuing and performing employment in the wine industry. The course covers vineyard operations, winemaking, and the marketing and selling of wine. Wine’s place in history, culture, science and economics also are incorporated into the curriculum.

“Anyone who is interested in wine and would like to have a more robust understanding of it will benefit from this course,” Dr. Jones said. “But it is particularly well-suited for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries who would like to expand their skillsets.”

“Working in the Wine Industry” will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m., Jan. 10 through March 21 on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

A special tuition rate of $300 has been established for community members who sign up for the course. Admitted students taking the class for credit will pay the standard tuition rate. Anyone interested in learning more or registering is encouraged to contact Connie Lynn in SOU’s Continuing Education Division at (541) 552-6899 or by email at lynnc@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: Nov. 22 to Nov. 28

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SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Mail Tribune (Nov. 22) – Pendleton Woolen Mills to open an outlet in the Rogue Valley Mall; Joan McBee, chair of the SOU Business Department, discusses the Pendleton brand and how it fits in the mall. https://goo.gl/3W6DwV

Capital Press, Salem (Nov. 23) – California-based Jackson Family Wines has bought three Oregon wineries or vineyards and is building a 68,000-square-foot wine production facility in McMinnville; SOU wine climatologist and viticulture expert Greg Jones says larger companies entering new territory need to understand regional culture. https://goo.gl/ZzkDly

Daily Tidings; similar story at AmericanTowns.com (Nov. 23) – David Humphrey, director of SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts, laid the groundwork for an exchange program with the Institute of the Arts Barcelona – Europe’s only international performing arts institution – during a recent trip to Spain. https://goo.gl/AdSyOe and https://goo.gl/j5EoyF

Daily Tidings (Nov. 22) – More than 120 people attended the Amigo Club’s second annual Guanajuato Nights dinner and auction; proceeds go to the Amigo Club’s endowed scholarship fund, administered by the SOU Foundation. https://goo.gl/t2hJ3k

High Country News (Nov. 28) – Gabe and Jill Howe, founders of the Siskiyou Mountain Club and enthusiasts of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, met as students at SOU. https://goo.gl/0XGd0P

News about SOU academic programs

SOU News; reprinted at Public.com News (Nov. 28) – An event to be held in Medford by the SOU Small Business Development Center is aimed at local entrepreneurs who love creating and owning their businesses, but could benefit from improved understanding of their enterprises’ finances. https://goo.gl/BOhf4n and https://goo.gl/qNBqux.

News about fine and performing arts

Village Life-Sacramento (Nov. 21) – Darek Riley, who received his bachelor of fine arts degree in acting/performance at SOU, played the title role in a production of “Robin Hood” at Sacramento’s B Street stage. https://goo.gl/UE4MH8

News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.; similar story in the Lewiston Tribune (Nov. 22) – Austin Brayfield’s painting took on a new urgency after she was diagnosed with brain cancer; an exhibit that offers both pre- and post-diagnosis works is on display in SOU’s Marion Ady Building through Dec. 9. https://goo.gl/ZWvMQA and https://goo.gl/ATOs55

Argus Observer, Ontario; similar stories in The Register-Guard, Brazil Business Today and KTVZ-TV, Bend (Nov. 24) – Kyle Peets, an adjunct faculty member in SOU’s Emerging Media and Digital Arts Department, explores “Gold Fever” through his new exhibit in the SOU Art Building. https://goo.gl/uHDPe2, https://goo.gl/lNMF01, https://goo.gl/IgrxcK and https://goo.gl/WpMDWe

Daily Tidings (Nov. 28) – Ed Wight, who taught music history and music appreciation for 10 years at SOU, offers pre-concert talks and program notes for the Ashland Chamber Music Concerts, the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Rogue Valley Symphony. https://goo.gl/cIwRq7

KSKQ Radio (Nov. 18) – SOU Honors College students Reilly Nycum, Haley Eck and Cole Barnes read their work at the Words and Wine event at Weisingers winery; the radio station offers a podcast of their readings. https://goo.gl/swyNJV

KSKQ Radio (Nov. 18) – SOU Honors College students Mariah Roley, Dante Fumagalli and Samara Diab read their work at the Words and Wine event at Weisingers winery; the radio station offers a podcast of their readings. https://goo.gl/Ytk72G

News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education:

KOBI-TV 5 (Nov. 22) – Transgender Day of Remembrance was observed at SOU for the third year n a row, raising awareness of transgender issues across the U.S. https://goo.gl/NiVBtx

Miscellaneous news

U.S. News and World Report (Nov. 22) – Students who receive their bachelor’s degrees abroad must have their credentials evaluated before applying for graduate school in the U.S.; SOU is an example of a university that conducts in-house evaluations rather than referring prospective graduate students to credential evaluation companies. https://goo.gl/I3R3im

Mail Tribune (Nov. 21) – Full restoration of Medford’s Holly Theatre could begin in early 2017; the building’s façade was renovated in 2012, before the work was stalled by issues at SOU and Jefferson Public Radio. https://goo.gl/IkzVPH

SOU joins ranks of bike-friendly universities

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NEWS RELEASE

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University joined 163 other visionary colleges and universities around the country today when it was recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

SOU was recognized at the “silver” level of the league’s four-tiered system for bicycle-friendly designation. Only 23 institutions were recognized at the “platinum” or “gold” levels, while 46 received silver-level awards. Another 95 received “bronze” awards.

SOU’s ECOS Sustainability Resource Center first applied for bicycle-friendly designation three years ago, but fell just short of the list and received an honorable mention. This year’s designation follows a significant upgrade to the SOU Bike Program over the past two years: after receiving startup capital from the SOU Green Fund, the program has gone from six rental bicycles to a fleet of 42 Trek commuter bikes that are available to students for term-by-term rental. The program also hired a dedicated student bicycle mechanic and student program coordinator, and has developed programing and curricula to integrate bicycling into the campus culture.

“We hope to continue to build on the momentum of this new effort and expand our service to the SOU community,” said Joseph Stout, student coordinator of the SOU Bike Program.

Stout said he hopes to expand the program to include hands-on maintenance workshops for students, group rides and easily-available information about the environmental and health benefits of bicycling. “Our rental program is extremely popular and we are also working on bolstering and expanding this, to provide bikes for even more students,” he said.

The Bicycle Friendly University program is now in its fifth year. The League of American Bicyclists is leading a movement to create a “bicycle-friendly America.” The organization also sponsors Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State and Bicycle Friendly Business programs.

“We applaud this round of Bicycle Friendly Universities for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for students, staff and visitors alike,” said Bill Nesper, director of the league’s bicycle-friendly programs.

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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. It is the first university in the nation to balance 100 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU Workshop to Help Small Business Owners

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/jhw10V)

(Medford, Ore.) — An event to be offered this Friday in Medford will be aimed at local entrepreneurs who love creating and owning their businesses, but could benefit from improved understanding of their enterprises’ finances.

The Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center (SOU SBDC) will present the workshop, “Understanding Financials for the Everyday Business Person.” Facilitators Jack Vitacco and Russ Kennedy will speak in down-to-earth terms that will increase participants’ confidence in managing their money and businesses.

The three-hour, interactive workshop will cover:

  • Why business owners must understand income statements, balance sheets and cash flow analysis
  • How to use financial statements to make intelligent business decisions
  • How to determine if a business is fiscally fit and sustainable

“The ‘Understanding Financials’ workshop is part of our ‘Fueling Up!’ series, where we offer in-depth information on topics our clients most often request,” says Jack Vitacco, SOU SBDC director. “Managing expenses and income are essential to the health of any business.”

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 at the SOU Higher Education Center in downtown Medford. The investment is $40 for those applying for a scholarship made possible by Umpqua Bank (without a scholarship the fee is $75). Register online and download a scholarship application at sou.edu/sbdc/fuelingup.html

About Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center
The SOU SBDC is partially funded by the Small Business Administration and the Oregon Business Development Department. In-depth and confidential, no-cost business advising services and affordable workshops, presentations and access to business resources are available.

SOU SBDC Director Jack Vitacco has worked with small business owners throughout his career. Areas of expertise include business start-up, marketing, sales, distribution and strategic planning. Russ Kennedy, an SBDC Business Advisor, was chief financial officer for various Silicon Valley businesses and is a former CPA. He has extensive experience in financial planning, business buy-outs, high-tech start-up companies, business planning and international finance.

For SOU SBDC information
Contact Simone Stewart, (541) 552-8300, stewartv@sou.edu or sou.edu/sbdc

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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. It is the first university in the nation to balance 100 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU in the News: Nov. 15 to Nov. 21

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SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Chinook Observer of Long Beach, Wash. (Nov. 15) – Weather patterns in the Western U.S. have been a month ahead of the calendar for most of 2016, with the amount of rain and snow that fell during October anywhere from 150 percent to 400 percent of normal, according to Greg Jones, a wine climatologist at SOU. http://www.chinookobserver.com/co/local-news/20161115/western-weather-is-a-month-ahead-of-the-calendar

Estacada News (Nov. 17) – Prakash Chenjeri – an SOU professor of philosophy, program chair and Democracy Project co-director – will lead a Dec. 6 discussion in Estacada on human nature and technology; the event is sponsored by Oregon Humanities and the Estacada Arts Commission. http://www.pamplinmedia.com/en/30-news/332647-211010-around-town

Press Banner  of Scotts Valley, Calif. (Nov. 18) – Steve Walpole, who received his bachelor’s degree in criminology from SOU, was named interim police chief for Scotts Valley, Calif.; Walpole, who is currently a lieutenant for the Scotts Valley department, is also a candidate for the permanent police chief position. http://www.goldenstatenewspapers.com/press_banner/walpole-named-scotts-valley-interim-police-chief/article_6e38b090-ad69-11e6-9c4c-6ff1efb7db62.html

Cumberland Times-News of Frostburg, Md. (Nov. 18) – Joseph Yungen, who received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at SOU, is featured in the faculty artist series at Frostburg State University, where Yungen is a member of the music faculty. http://www.times-news.com/news/slice_of_life/faculty-artist-series-features-pianist-joseph-yungen/article_7b64cc05-8150-53f5-9af7-725a3698edf7.html

KOBI-TV 10 and similar stories on KDRV-TV 12 and KTVL-TV 10 (Nov. 18) – About 600 prospective students attended Friday’s Preview Day at SOU, breaking the attendance record set a year ago and offering participants a look at the university (interviews with Joe Mosley, SOU public information officer; and both SOU and prospective students). https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/600-perspective-students-tour-sou-40453/, http://www.kdrv.com/news/local/Record_Number_of_Prospective_Students_Expected_at_SOU.html and http://ktvl.com/news/local/checking-out-campus-sou-preview-day

The Siskiyou (Nov. 21) – Tyler Takeshita – who ran for ASSOU vice president on the same ticket as ASSOU presidential candidate Colin Davis – takes over as student body president following Davis’ removal from office for procedural irregularities involving a back-to-school concert; Takeshita will frame Davis’ impeachment as a growing opportunity for the student government. http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/11/19/tyler-takeshita-takes-over-as-student-body-president/

News about SOU academic programs

Herald and News (Nov. 20) – The new Tribal Attendance Pilot Project (TAPP) at all Chiloquin schools includes sending students to Konaway Nika Tillicum, an eight-day academy at SOU that includes a range of classes, lectures, cultural experiences and recreational activities for Native American students. http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/tapp-ing-into-absenteeism-strategies/article_4f59b5a9-28ab-509a-ba4e-cad13e1792b5.html

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings (Nov. 17) – Musica Matrix, a new collaboration that features Medieval-Renaissance music, has its inaugural performance; its board includes Stephen Bacon, conservator of the Jack Schuman collection of early instruments at SOU. http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161117/diving-into-musica-matrix

Mail Tribune (Nov. 20) – Five performances by SOU alumnus and recording artist John Nilsen count as one of seven seasonal offerings that are full of holiday songs. http://www.mailtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20161120/7-seasonal-shows-full-of-song

Mail Tribune (Nov. 21) – Austin Brayfield’s painting took on a new urgency after she was diagnosed with brain cancer; an exhibit that offers both pre- and post-diagnosis works is on display in SOU’s Marion Ady Building through Dec. 9. http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20161121/artists-work-changes-after-brain-cancer-diagnosis

Miscellaneous news

Daily Tidings (Nov. 16) – The Ashland Amigo Club’s second-annual Guanajuato Nights Dinner/Auction on Saturday night at the Ashland Elks Club is a fund-raiser for an endowment that supports an exchange program between SOU and the University of Guanajuato. http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161116/guanajuato-chef-culinary-scene-investigator

Mail Tribune and a similar story in the Daily Tidings (Nov. 19) – SOU men’s cross country team wins the NAIA National Championship, SOU women’s team places seventh. http://www.mailtribune.com/sports/20161119/raider-men-claim-second-national-title and http://www.dailytidings.com/sports/20161119/sou-men-claim-second-national-title

‘OregonLive.com blog (Nov. 20) – SOU men’s cross country team named “Team of the Week” for Nov. 14-20 by the Cascade Collegiate Conference after winning the NAIA National Championship on Nov. 19. http://blog.oregonlive.com/cascadeconference/2016/11/southern_oregon_mens_cross_cou_5.html

Record number expected for SOU Preview Day

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/3uofhw)

(Ashland, Ore.) — About 600 high school students are expected to be on the Southern Oregon University campus on Friday (Nov. 18) for Preview Day, the institution’s main Fall Term college visitation event for prospective students.

Currently, the record number of Preview Day attendees is the 469 who visited during last year’s event.

Preview Day activities introduce students to various aspects of campus life, to the opportunities an SOU education can make available to them and to the people that make the university a special place. Prospective students will tour the campus and residence halls, meet with faculty in academic areas that are of most interest to them, explore resources and facilities, and dine on campus. 

schott-photo-smAll participants will take part in a session at the Music Recital Hall from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Music will be provided by SOU’s acclaimed Left Edge Percussion group; President Linda Schott will welcome the visitors; and Lee Ayers, director of the Undergraduate Studies Division, will discuss the university’s House Initiative – which offers opportunities for students to collaborate on big ideas in either the Green House or the Skeptic House.

Students will split into smaller groups for the remainder of the day for a variety of discussions, tours, faculty presentations, contests, workshops and informational sessions.

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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.