Recent SOU graduate’s capstone project is documentary on opiate addiction

NEWS RELEASE (video news release available at https://youtu.be/36GBjVPPOxM)

(Ashland, Ore.) — Kyle Simpson’s journey from enrollment to graduation has been a little longer and more difficult than those of most Southern Oregon University students. He spiraled into an opioid addiction during his first two years, left school and was arrested after returning home to Southern California.

Kyle has now been sober for three years and graduated from SOU in December with a bachelor’s degree in communication. His capstone project – a culminating, multi-term academic assignment – is a short documentary titled “Junk,” which shines a light on Southern Oregon’s opiate epidemic through the lens of a recovered addict.

The documentary was produced in cooperation with SOU’s Community of Recovery in Education (CORE) program, which supports and promotes the academic success, recovery and well-being of SOU students recovering from addiction.

“Junk” will screen on Tuesday, April 11, at Meese Auditorium in the SOU Center for the Visual Arts. The event will begin with a short reception at 6:30 p.m., and the film screening at 7 p.m. A panel discussion featuring five key members of the Rogue Valley’s recovery community will follow the documentary.

An SOU video news release features clips of Kyle describing his project. Media outlets may use all or edited portions of the news release in their news products. The video news release is also available upon request in mp4 format.

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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: March 27 to April 2

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and sta news and features

Whittier (California) Daily News • April 1
Santa Fe High theatre teacher named to national advocacy group for the arts: Longtime theatre arts instructor Alison Johnson earned degrees at Cal State Los Angeles and SOU

Albany Democrat-Herald • April 1
At Our Best (April 1): Cassandra del Nero of Corvallis graduated magna cum laude last June from Southern Oregon University (this story also appeared in the Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Estes Park Trail-Gazette • March 29
Inside People Feature – Ranger has life-long love of National Parks: Kathy Brazelton, a naturalist for Rocky Mountain National Park’s East District, earned masters degrees from SOU in education and plant ecology

Sierra News Online • March 28
A Boy And His Dog And Their Community Service: Joe Campbell will pursue International Studies at SOU after he graduates in June from Yosemite High School

News about SOU academic programs

KTVL-TV 10 • April 2
SOU students preserve artifacts before site construction: Archaeology faculty and students from SOU lead a survey of artifacts prior to infrastructure improvements at Hanley Farm

KDRV-TV 12 • April 2
SOULA leads archaeological survey at Hanley Farm: An archaeological survey at Central Point’s Hanley Farm is led by the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology

KOBI-TV 5 • April 2
Archaeological dig at Hanley Farm: Archaeologists and students from the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology help survey and preserve artifacts from Hanley Farm

News about fine and performing arts

News – DailyTidings.com • March 29
Embodying the Bard: Geoff Ridden lectures and acts as William Shakespeare in performances at SOU, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and elsewhere

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

KOBI-TV 5 • March 23
Research symposium shares Cascade-Siskiyou ecology: Annual symposium for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument features research from grad students including SOU’s Kendra Madaras-Kelly

Miscellaneous news

The (Coos Bay) World Link • March 31
Geology lecture series continues April 15: SOU anthropology professor Mark Tveskov to speak April 15 about the archaeology of the Rogue River War

Medford Mail Tribune • March 30
Get Out: Friday, March 31: Kerry Byrne or Oregon Institute of Technology to address conservation efforts for a rare species of milkvetch in a lecture at 7 p.m. on April 20 in Room 161 of the SOU Science Building

SOU archaeologist featured in new book as role model for girls

NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/36Zavo)

(Ashland, Ore.) — As a child growing up in Northern California, Chelsea Rose loved exploring outside and getting her hands dirty. Rose, a research archaeologist at Southern Oregon University, now finds herself in a position to serve as a role model to young girls interested in science, and she encourages them to do what led her to archaeology.

“My advice is to be curious, be brave, ask lots of questions and never pass up an opportunity to get your hands dirty,” Rose says.

She is one of three U.S. archaeologists featured in a new book, “Archaeology: Cool Women Who Dig,” which is aimed at 9- to 12-year-old girls who enjoy looking for clues about life in the distant past. The book, by California author Anita Yasuda, is scheduled for publication April 11 and is available to order now on Amazon.com.

Twenty pages of the 106-page book are devoted to telling the stories of how Rose became an archaeologist and some of her archaeological projects. Rose says she was chosen for the book because of the recognition she gained as a cast member on the PBS series “Time Team America,” which last aired in 2014.

She serves currently as research faculty member in the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology, where her focus has been on archaeology of the American West, including the dispersal of an early Chinese migrant population in Oregon.

“I love being able to be a role model for young girls interested in archaeology,” Rose says. “I know I don’t look like your average everyday scientist, and I think it is important for young women – or anyone, really – to discover that if they have an interest or passion for a certain subject, then there is a place for them in that field.

“If all you see is pictures of male scientists in white lab coats (or fedoras and bull whips in the case of archaeology), it is understandable that young girls might not think they belong,” she says. “But they do!”

Other archaeologists featured in the new book are Alexandra Jones, founder of the nonprofit Archaeology in the Community; and marine archaeologist Justine Benanty, a cofounder of ArchaeoVenturers. Both are based in Washington, D.C.

Yasuda, the new book’s author, has written more than 100 books for children and adults, including “Astronomy: Cool Women in Space.” The archaeology book is part of the Nomad Press “Girls in Science Series,” which also includes titles from various authors about “cool women” in astronomy, technology, forensics, engineering, aviation, marine biology, zoology, architecture and meteorology.

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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: March 20-26

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and sta news and features

BroadwayWorld.com (Salt Lake City) • March 25
Photo Flash: The British Royal Family Comes to Pioneer Theatre in KING CHARLES III: Guest director David Ivers holds a BFA from SOU and an MFA from the University of Minnesota

News – DailyTidings.com • March 24
SOU grad will detail solo sea kayak adventure: West Coast author, adventurer and SOU graduate Susan Marie Conrad will share stories and images from her 1,200-mile…

Siskiyou Daily News • March 22
A love for students and a passion for art: Rangel retiring after 25 years at Yreka High: Rangel decided to continue his education at Southern Oregon University, less than an hour north of Yreka…

Sussex County Post (Delaware) • March 20
Indian River band in tune to Mohler’s music passion: High school band director Nathan Mohler is pursuing a unique master’s degree at SOU in band conducting…

News about SOU academic programs

News – DailyTidings.com • March 22
Five SOU students to present scholarly papers: Record number of literature students at SOU were accepted to present scholarly papers at this year’s NUCL event

News @ SOU • March 20
Record number of SOU students to present literary papers: A record number of SOU students present scholarly papers at PSU’s Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature

News about fine and performing arts

Medford Mail Tribune • March 23
Ashland New Plays Festival presents ‘Edward III’ in modern verse: The festival is in at the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus…

The Curry Coastal Pilot • March 21
Friends of Music concert set Sunday: A special, free concert on May 21 by Alexander Tutunov, a professor of piano, includes performances by young artists from SOU

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

Aeon digital magazine • March 26
When nations apologise: SOU Professor Edwin Battistella’s essay examines the societal psychology of national apologies and non-apologies

Miscellaneous news

My Eastern Oregon • March 26
HALFWAY: Cornucopia Arts Council, Fishtrap win grants: A partnership of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and SOU’s Native American Studies Program is one of 36 projects to receive “Arts Build Communities” grants from the Oregon Arts Commission

SOU in the News: March 6-19

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Mar 14
New director hired for SOU’s small business center
: Marshall Doak begins work as director of SOU’s Small Business Development Center at the Higher Education Center in Medford

Wine Press Northwest • USA • Mar 13
2017 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year: Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyard: Early on, Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard turned to SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones, who now is one of the…

Press Release Point • Mar 11
ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award Posthumously Bestowed to Earl H. Potter III: Earl Potter, the former president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, served previously as executive vice president and provost at SOU

Medford Mail Tribune • Lee Juillerat • Mar 9
No more passing the Buck: Dan Rubenson, an economics professor at SOU, participates in a cross-country skiing excursion at Buck Prairie

Great Northwest Wine • Eric Degerman • Mar 8
2017 vintage off to cool start in Pacific Northwest: SOU wine climatologist said in a report to the Pacific Northwest wind industry that the region has gotten off to a cold start for 2017

KAJO 1270AM • Sam Marsh • Mar 7
Three Rivers School Board Appoints David Valenzuela as Permanent Superintendent: David Valenzuela holds a Masters of Arts in Secondary Education from SOU and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Oregon University

KTVL-10 TV • Mike Marut • Mar 6
Dutch Bros helps fundraise for SOU’s Coach Howard scholarship: Ashland locations of Dutch Bros donate proceeds to help fund scholarship in memory of SOU football coach Craig Howard

Medford Mail Tribune • Joe Zavala • Mar 10
Ashland’s Hall chosen SOU’s head football coach: Ashland High football coach Charlie Hall has been named the head coach at SOU, Athletic Director Matt Sayre announced

News about SOU academic programs

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Mar 14
New director hired for SOU’s small business center
: Marshall Doak begins work as director of SOU’s Small Business Development Center at the Higher Education Center in Medford

Business Insider • Aine Cain • Mar 11
4 things Hollywood gets wrong about archaeologists — and 2 things it gets right: SOU research archaeologist Chelsea Rose chimes in on what Hollywood gets right and wrong in depictions of archaeology (This story appeared in at least 15 other publications throughout the U.S.)

News – DailyTidings.com • Mar 10
New pavilion going up on ‘The Farm’ at SOU: SOU and community folk broke ground Thursday for a pavilion on “The Farm” on Walker Street. The Thalden Pavilion will be used for university and community events (This story also appeared March 17 in the Medford Mail Tribune)

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • Mar 7
SOU: Groundbreaking at pavilion dedicated to “outrageous innovation”: March 9 groundbreaking marks start of construction on SOU’s “Thalden Pavilion: dedicated to outrageous innovation in sustainability and the arts”…

News about fine and performing arts

Revels – DailyTidings.com • Mar 8
Five picks for live entertainment: The rock musical “Spring Awakening” was in SOU’s Music Recital Hall March 9-11

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

News – DailyTidings.com • Mar 17
Session focuses on monument research
: Students and scientists to talk about their research during fifth annual Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Research Symposium on March 23 (This story also appeared March 16 in the Medford Mail Tribune)

News – DailyTidings.com • Mar 15
Disarmament activists to give public talks in Ashland Thursday and Friday
: Prominent nuclear disarmament activists visit Ashland to discuss global security under the Trump administration

Herald and News • Pat Bushey • USA • Mar 14
State universities, students paying for poor decisions of Oregon’s past
: SOU and other public universities in Oregon are eyeing tuition increases because of the state’s feast-or-famine history of funding higher education

KTVL-10 TV • Mike Marut • Mar 10
Latino high school students attend Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at SOU: SOU hosts 300 Latino students from southern Oregon high schools at sixth annual Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference

Medford Mail Tribune • Nick Morgan • Mar 7
Indivisible members support press freedoms; a dozen Trump advocates gather at Vogel: Southern Oregon University professor told several hundred anti-Trump demonstrators Tuesday that the president’s attacks on the media….

Miscellaneous news

News Review Today • Vera Westbrook • USA • Mar 18
Sutherlin High School students take first place at regional National History Day competition
: Sutherlin 11th-graders were among about 60 students in the regional competition at SOU earlier this month

Yahoo! Finance • Mar 8
Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference of SO (Southern Oregon) to Feature National Keynote Speaker Mona Patel: The Women’s Leadership Conference of SO is presented by SOU with the sponsorship of more than 20 regional… (This story appeared in more than 90 other publications throughout the U.S.)

ZING Blog by Quicken Loans • Mike Young • Mar 7
What You Should Know About Delinquency and Default on Your Student Loans: Stephanie Hanigan, Scholarship Coordinator and Compliance Supervisor at SOU, is in favor of using automated payments

Record number of SOU students to present literary papers

NEWS BRIEF (online at https://goo.gl/lR98M6)

(Ashland, Ore.) — A small but significant trend has developed among literature students at Southern Oregon University – a record number of whom have been accepted to present their scholarly papers at this year’s Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature.

In a typical year, one SOU student is accepted to present at the conference. Three SOU students were accepted last year, and five have been invited to present their papers at this year’s conference on March 25.

The conference – held each spring at Portland State University – is an opportunity for undergraduate and advanced high school students to present their academic papers or creative works in organized panels of fellow students. Participating students share their papers and discuss their knowledge, take part in the presentations of their peers and may attend keynote speeches by noted literary academics and writers.

The SOU students who will participate in this year’s conference include Dante Fumagalli, who will present “The City that Glowed Before Him: Segregation and the Effects of the City in ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain“; Jake Woods, who will present “The Stain on a Nation”; Alexis McDonald, who will present “James Baldwin and the Development of Identity: A Lacanian Approach”; and Caroline Cabral, who will present “Reclaiming Leda: Michael Field’s Interpretation.” A fifth student has not consented to be identified.

Prizes at the conference are given for best critical paper, best creative submission and best high school paper. The “Brass NUCL Award” is given to the hardest-hitting paper overall. All students who are accepted to present their work at the conference receive official records of their participation.

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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.

New director hired for SOU’s small business center

NEWS RELEASE (available online at https://goo.gl/4vVUdC)

New director hired for SOU’s small business center

(Medford, Ore.) — Marshall Doak, who has served previously with Oregon Small Business Development Center offices in Tillamook and Salem, began work today as director of Southern Oregon University’s SBDC office at the Higher Education Center in Medford.

Doak served most recently as executive director of the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association and has worked in a similar role in Sunnyside, Ore. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and his master’s of business administration degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

He replaces Jack Vitacco, who recently retired from SOU’s SBDC office. The university has had an affiliation with the SBDC for more than 20 years, and the current office in Medford collaborates with Rogue Community College’s SBDC office in Grants Pass.

All offices of the organization provide advising and training opportunities to anyone who operates or is planning to open a business. Oregon’s 19 SBDC offices are part of a national network and is associated with both the Oregon Business Development Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SOU’s office of the SBDC – which employs a director, office manager, graduate assistant and two to four business consultants – works closely with the university’s business program to teach and advise students, and collaborate with faculty. The office also runs a Market Research Institute that can offer in-depth, applied market research to SBDC clients around the state who are seeking to grow their businesses and create jobs.

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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: Feb. 13 to March 5

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

BroadwayWorld.com • News Desk • USA • Mar 4
Pioneer Theatre Company Plays in Palace Intrigue in KING CHARLES III: Guest director David Ivers holds a B.F.A. from Southern Oregon University and an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota

The Press Democrat • ESTEFANY GONZALEZ • USA • Mar 3
Santa Rosa aerialist soars with ease: Aerial acrobat Sierra Faulkner transferred to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, to complete her bachelor’s

Rogue Valley Messenger • Charles Fischman • USA • Mar 2
Public Profile: Charles Douglas – training the non-mainstream media: Feature story about Charles Douglas, public access coordinator for SOU’s Rogue Valley Community Television

Siskiyou Daily News • Danielle Jester • USA • Mar 2
Local artist profile: Angelica Owens, photography: Angelica Owens obtained her bachelor’s of arts degree in business from Southern Oregon University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude

Medford Mail Tribune • Julie Akins • USA • Feb 23
Darrow chosen for Ashland council seat: Traci Darrow, an Ashland resident since 1984, is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and a registered nurse

Oklahoma’s Own • USA • Feb 23
Women of Distinction Magazine Selects Christina Rene’ Murata as a Distinguished Professional in Her Field: Cristina Rene’ Murata holds a BA in Applied Physics and a BS in Applied Mathematics from Southern Oregon University, and a master of business (this story appears in more than 40 other publications)

The Register-Guard • USA • Feb 18
A Eugene commercial real estate firm recognizes a female partner: Stephanie Seubert grew up in Florence and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing (this story also appeared in the Daily Astorian)

Medford Mail Tribune • Mark Freeman • USA • Feb 16
Fairy shrimp wrangling: Molly Morrison will be joined by biologist and fairy shrimp discoverer Michael Parker from Southern Oregon University for a guided hike

News about SOU academic programs

News Review Today • Carisa Cegavske • USA • Feb 24
Southern Oregon University surveys Douglas County residents about parks: Southern Oregon University business students and the Douglas County Parks Department are teaming up to survey the people who use parks

TulsaCW.com • USA • Feb 16
Top Accounting Releases Top 16 Online Bachelor in Accounting Degree Programs for 2017: SOU ranks as No. 13 nationally among the top online bachelor’s degree programs in accounting, according to an independent accounting review journal (this story appeared in more than 20 other publications)

Medford Mail Tribune • Nick Morgan • USA • Feb 14
SOU students learn how to safely control volatile situations: Cara Davis, an SOU sophomore, was one of about 50 students who participated in “shoot/don’t shoot” exercises in adjunct professor Tiffany Morey’s Intro to Law Enforcement class

Daily Tidings • John Darling • USA • Feb 14
A hotbed of social invention: SOU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) adds to Ashland’s abundance of “social inventors,” who act on community need

News about fine and performing arts

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Mar 2
Five picks for live entertainment: The Enso String Quartet performs March 3 in SOU’s Music Recital Hall

News – DailyTidings.com • USA • Mar 1
Allaboard for First Friday’s art walk: The Allaboard Trolley runs from SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art to various galleries, studios and restaurants

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Mar 1
Rogue Valley Symphony announces 50th season: Concluding performances April 20-22 will open with local composer Ethan Gans-Morse’s “How Can You Own the Sky?” with Native American drumming organized by Brent Florendo, SOU professor of Native American studies

Caminos Magazine • USA • Mar 1
Celebra la poesía con un Día Familiar GRATIS taller de lenguaje dual en el Museo de Arte Schneider: SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art offers free Family Day on March 11 with a focus on poetry, led by creative writing professor Robert Arellano

Medford Mail Tribune • Laurie Heuston • USA • Feb 23
Rogue Valley Symphony showcases trumpeter Dan Kocurek: He is director and conductor of Rogue Valley Symphonic Band and the SOU Concert Choir, and leads the trumpet studio at SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts

News – DailyTidings.com • Feb 22
Five picks for live entertainment: The newspaper’s picks include events at SOU’s Center for the Visual Arts galleries and at the university’s Music Recital Hall

Ashland Sneak Preview • Julie VandenBerg • USA • Feb 13
Tunnel 13 Films presents Refuge: SOU videographer Charles Douglas and alumni Ron Huffstutter and Mohammed Sultan produce independent film on Syrian refuge

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

News – DailyTidings.com • Mar 5
Homelessness forum seeks solutions: The United Nations Club at SOU sponsors a Feb. 23 forum on poverty and homelessness

KAJO 1270AM • Sam Marsh • USA • Mar 4
Southern Oregon University May Be Forced to Raise Student Tuition by About 12%: The president of Southern Oregon University warns the school might have to raise tuition by 12 percent if the state doesn’t come through (this story appeared in more than 30 other publications throughout the U.S.)

OregonLive.com • Andrew Theen • USA • Mar 4
Double digit tuition increases? University leaders point fingers at Salem: SOU is among the public universities in Oregon contemplating the possibility of tuition increases exceeding 10 percent

KTVL-10 TV • Mike Marut • USA • Mar 2
SOU students respond to possible tuition increase: ASSOU President Tyler Takeshita addresses the budget situation from a student perspective and calls for legislative funding

Medford Mail Tribune • Cathy Noah • USA • Mar 1
SOU tuition could rise 12 percent: SOU President Linda Schott is proposing a 12 percent hike in student tuition

Herald and News • Holly Dillemuth • USA • Feb 26
OIT planning for tuition hike: SOU and the University of Oregon are also considering tuition increases

Herald and News • Holly Dillemuth • USA • Feb 24
SOU president shares challenges of state budget: Flat state funding could send SOU tuition up by at least 10 percent, President Linda Schott told the Herald and News editorial board

News – DailyTidings.com • Feb 22
Discussion on homelessness set for Thursday night: Panel discussion on homelessness in the Rogue Valley is sponsored by SOU’s UN Club and is held Feb. 23 in the Stevenson Union

Medford Mail Tribune • John Darling • USA • Feb 22
SOU recognized for ‘climate leadership’: After years of striving to reach “carbon zero,” SOU has won more national recognition — this time honorable mention from Climate Leadership Awards

KAJO 1270AM • Sam Marsh • USA • Feb 22
State Ways and Means Committee Holding Public Hearing in Ashland on Friday: Meeting on legislative budget issues is held at SOU’s Stevenson Union

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Feb 19
State legislators to host budget town hall meeting in Ashland: The budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee meets at SOU as part of a series of meetings across the state

EnvironmentGuru.com • USA • Feb 15
SOU among tops in Climate Leadership: SOU receives honorable mention at 10th annual Climate Leadership Awards for colleges and universities

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Feb 13
SOU recognized with Climate Leadership Award: SOU is recognized with a Climate Leadership Award at the annual Presidential Climate Leadership Summit

InsideSOU • USA • Mar 1
Videos: SOU Fiscal Issues relevant to all SOU Students: Six videos with ASSOU President Tyler Takeshita and Mark Denney, SOU associate VP for Budget and Planning, discussing budget issues

Miscellaneous news

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Feb 27
Climate action leader to discuss solutions at SOU talk: KC Golden, a longtime leader in the U.S. climate action movement, to visit SOU on March 9

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Feb 27
Climate action leader to give talk at SOU: KC Golden, a longtime leader in the U.S. climate action movement, will visit SOU on Thursday, March 9 (this story also appeared on EnvironmentGuru.com)

The World Link • USA • Feb 24
Geology Lecture features soil expert and wine maker: Lecture series includes discussion by SOU’s Mark Tveskov of “The Archaeology of the Rogue River War”

SOU: Groundbreaking at pavilion dedicated to “outrageous innovation”

NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/qrn3Nn)

(Ashland, Ore.) — A groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, will mark the start of construction on “Thalden Pavilion: dedicated to outrageous innovation in sustainability and the arts” – a cutting-edge, education and performance facility at The Farm of Southern Oregon University.

A generous donation from Ashland residents Barry and Kathryn Thalden is paying for design and construction of the new pavilion. The Thaldens, who moved to Ashland five years ago after successful careers as architects, have immersed themselves in several community projects, including downtown Ashland’s flower basket program and outdoor murals at the Ashland Emergency Food Bank and outside Sesame Asian Kitchen on the Ashland Plaza.

“Philanthropy will play an increasing role as we position Southern Oregon University over the next several years to best meet the needs of our students and our region,” SOU President Linda Schott said. “The Thaldens exemplify the kinds of people whose collaborative support will help us imagine what we can be, and then bring that vision to reality.”

Barry Thalden, whose architectural career included work on several casinos in Las Vegas and throughout the West, said he and his wife were inspired by the opportunity to create a landmark space that can be used by the entire community. Kathryn Thalden had her own landscape architecture and planning firm in the Midwest before she and her husband moved to Las Vegas and she became a Unity minister.

The Thaldens and SOU envision a facility at The Farm that can bring together the creative forces of the university, the city, the business community and local theaters.

“This place should be an inspiration,” Barry said. “That’s why we say it’s dedicated to outrageous innovation in sustainability and the arts.

“This building has to be outrageous; it has to be totally unique so that it’s recognized for what it is, and brings attention to the idea of sustainability and an experimental farm.”

Thursday’s ceremony will include remarks by President Schott, the Thaldens and others.

The Farm is a student-led agricultural and learning center at SOU. The 3 ½-acre property on Walker Street in Ashland serves as an organic farm for the production of healthy, sustainable food for the SOU community. It is also a center for sustainability and a hub for education, student and faculty research, and community outreach to the Rogue Valley.

The Thalden Pavilion has been designed by Chris Brown of the Ashland firm Arkitek: Design & Architecture.

“It is a rare occasion, indeed, to have a client from the design profession – let alone both an architect (Barry) and landscape architect (Kathryn), on one project,” Brown said. “The evolution from a simple outdoor gazebo into what it has become, has definitely been an adventurous ride.

“We worked specifically with the idea of ‘open’ space rather than a fully enclosed structure, and sought to let light in through the cracks, allow sails to billow in the wind and make explicit the movement and response of structure to wind, sun and change of seasons.”

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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.

Climate action leader to discuss solutions at SOU talk

NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/PT3tHz)

(Ashland, Ore.) — KC Golden, a longtime leader in the U.S. climate action movement, will visit Southern Oregon University on March 9 for a talk that explores the need to turn a corner on the climate crisis and focus on solutions.

His free presentation, “Climate solutions: We have met the hero, and it is us,” will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 151 of the SOU Science Building. The talk comes as the city of Ashland works on its Climate and Energy Action Plan, and just a few weeks after SOU was one of six U.S. colleges and universities recognized with Climate Leadership Awards at the Presidential Climate Leadership Summit.

Golden will talk about the movement toward climate solutions that has begun over the past five years. The climate crisis has become real, and the cost of impacts is growing too high to ignore. He says a clean-energy revolution has been launched by the strong, citizen-driven climate movement that is challenging the status quo use of fossil fuels.

Climate change is coming to be understood as a moral watershed for our times, and Golden asks how we can drive the transition as fast and as far as is necessary.

Golden, who will speak on Jefferson Public Radio prior to his SOU presentation, is the current board chair of 350.org – a worldwide organization that seeks collaboration among activist groups to focus attention on climate change issues.  The organization’s name is derived from the goal of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the current level of more than 400 parts per million to fewer than 350 parts per million.

He also helped Seattle City Light become the country’s first major, carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s. He was named one of the “Power 25” most influential people by Seattle Magazine, and was the magazine’s “Eco-Hero.”

Golden has served as the Seattle mayor’s special assistant for clean energy and climate protection initiatives and directed Washington’s Energy Policy Office as an assistant director in the state’s Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. He was the executive director of the Northwest Energy Coalition – an alliance working for clean, affordable energy – from 1989 to 1994.

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