SOU in the News – August 19 – 21, 2013


SOU, union reach accord

Daily Tidings, August 21, 2013

SOU gets more ‘green’ recognition

Daily Tidings August 19, 2013

SOU among top 25 LGBT-friendly schools

New York Daily News August 20, 2013

SOU climatologist Greg Jones says global warming is ripening fruit sooner and making it sweeter

Scientific American August 21, 2013


SOU among top 25 LGBT-friendly schools

KDRV 12 August 20, 2013


Ashland is one of five small towns in America thriving despite the economy

Value Walk August 19, 2013

Raider Sports

Football Raiders revving up for 2013

Mail Tribune August 20, 2013

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SOU, union reach accord

Three food workers near retirement keep positions

By Sam Wheeler

For the Tidings

August 21, 2013 2:00 AM

A compromise has been reached between Southern Oregon University and the Service Employees International Union over whether 15 union-represented food service workers would remain public employees at the school.

But the outcome of the negotiations has led to a union grievance and some unhappy workers.

“I really thought that we were going to come up with a nice compromise, but I’m sorry, this is not a compromise,” said 56-year-old Cheryl Ramirez, a 16-year SOU employee who was handed a layoff notice earlier this month along with 11 others.

Three who were a few years from retirement were retained by SOU in their original positions. Ramirez and several others with seniority were given the option of filling other open positions at SOU for which they qualify or “bumping” a lower-ranking classified employee and taking his position, said Jay Stephens, SOU director of human resources. Ramirez will be working in admissions.

The rest were left with two options: walk away or work for Minnesota-based A’viands Food and Services Management, which signed a 10-year contract with SOU over a year ago to manage its dining services, Stephens said.

“I understand it was a difficult process,” Stephens said. “Essentially everybody had an opportunity to keep their job or a job … the idea was to make sure everybody had a job.”

Although the opposite has been suggested by some of the employees and union representatives involved, “it certainly wasn’t a push by the university for anyone to lose their job,” Stephens said.

A handful had enough seniority and experience to retain their status as public employees in other positions at the school, said Danielle Wechselberger, SEIU Local 084 president at SOU, but most of them went to A’viands.

The food-service workers who made the jump to A’viands lost their membership in Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System and access to public-employee benefits. But A’viands agreed to fully subsidize their costs for the company’s health insurance plan for as long as they work there.

Though the collective bargaining agreement between SEIU and the Oregon University System requires contractors such as A’viands to retain former public employees for only six months, A’viands agreed to nine months, Stephens said.

Ramirez said there is a clause in the agreement that allows A’viands to terminate any employee at any time for “just cause.”

“What does that mean?” Ramirez asked. “Going to A’viands, there is nothing good about it.”

The new A’viands employees also will not receive reduced tuition rates at Oregon public universities, which they enjoyed as public employees, because is is not possible legally, Stephens said.

“I am very disappointed with the way that this was handled on the administration side,” Wechselberger said. “I feel like that they (the employees) were not treated the way they deserve to be treated after all the years they dedicated to the college. … When you’ve given 15 or 16 years of your life to something, it feels like you are being thrown away.”

A task force formed in January to reach a compromise included university administration, SEIU representatives and classified employees, and it began positively, said Ramirez, who was involved in negotiations. But things began to deteriorate as the school year wore on.

The biggest blow to the group’s confidence came when SOU mistakenly estimated that moving the workers to A’viands would save the school about $105,000 annually. SEIU was challenged to find a way to match that savings, which it did by offering a proposal that would cut the workers’ schedule back from 12 to nine months out of the year.

All of the workers were onboard, but once that proposal was received, SOU realized it had miscalculated. The actual savings that needed to be met was $220,000 annually, and the proposal was rejected.

“How can we save that amount of money?” Ramirez said. “We can’t, they just don’t want us … they want to bust the union.”

Wechselberger wouldn’t go that far, but she doesn’t like the trend she is seeing across the state and nation.

“I feel like it has opened a door that is going to be hard to close. Contracting out does not save money in the long run,” Wechselberger said. “Unfortunately, SOU is looking for shortcuts to fix this budget crisis, and I don’t think it should be done on the backs of our lowest-paid workers.”

SEIU filed a grievance against SOU at the beginning of the year, but it was put on hold pending the outcome of negotiations. It has been reactivated and may lead to outside arbitration, Wechselberger said.

Sam Wheeler is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Email him at

SOU gets more ‘green’ recognition

August 19, 2013 12:45 PM

Sierra, the Sierra Club magazine, listed Southern Oregon University as number 26 on its annual list of green colleges and universities across the U.S.

This is the fourth straight year SOU has been on the list. It was ranked 99th in 2010, 38th in 2011 and 45th in 2012.

The ranking has to do with schools’ commitment to environmental sustainability.

Oregon State University is 11 and University of Oregon is 46 on this year’s list.

Raiders revving up for 2013

Lack of respect, based on polls, mystifies third-year coach Howard

By By Joe Zavala

for the Mail Tribune

August 20, 2013 2:00 AM

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University Raiders may have another two weeks to prepare for their season opener against Montana Tech, but when it comes to motivating his team, head coach Craig Howard appears to be in midseason form.

Howard didn’t mince words when asked about the Raiders’ place in both the national (14th) and Frontier Conference (third) coaches’ polls last week, questioning a perceived lack of respect and pointing out sizable jumps made in the national polls by two of SOU’s league rivals — Carroll College and Montana Tech.

“It’s amazing,” said Howard, who guided the Raiders to the national quarterfinals in 2012, his second season in Ashland. “It just shows that we’re not respected and that people believe we’re a one-year wonder and this program won’t last. They believe that the reason we had success last year was because of Cole McKenzie and Patrick Donahue and Michael Olson, and those guys graduated and we’re not going to be very good.”

Howard felt the Raiders should have been ranked higher in the league poll since they return 14 starters — six on offense, seven on defense, plus kicker/punter Colin Amsler — off a team that tied Montana Tech for the league title. And he doesn’t understand why SOU fell nine spots — the most significant drop in the nation — from its No. 5 spring ranking in the national poll.

“What happened from spring to summer to drop us nine spots?” he asked. “We didn’t even play a game.”

Eventually, Howard laughed off the snub, joked that SOU has won the Frontier Conference every year it has been eligible and finally acknowledged that, yes, Carroll earned the benefit of the doubt by winning six national titles between 2002 and 2010. One of Howard’s goals is to help the Raiders acquire the same kind of respect.

“It doesn’t matter where we’re ranked in the preseason,” he said. “It’s where you’re ranked postseason.”

To that end, Howard and company are busy figuring out, among other things, who will replace the aforementioned receivers, a competition that’s as important as any in SOU’s fall camp. McKenzie, Donahue and Olson combined for 254 catches for 3,980 yards and 34 touchdowns during last year’s record-shattering season, but all three graduated, meaning junior quarterback Austin Dodge must find a new set of targets.

So far, two players have stood out as strong candidates to bear at least some of that burden: Matt Retzlaff, a redshirt freshman out of South Medford High, and sophomore tight end Clay Sierra.

Retzlaff, whose older brother Ryan, a junior, is also vying for playing time, will likely open the season as SOU’s starting “Y” receiver, the right slot position held by Olson last year. Retzlaff knows SOU’s no-huddle spread offense well and has improved both his speed and strength in the offseason.

“He really looks good,” Howard said.

Sierra, SOU’s sixth-leading receiver a year ago with 24 catches for 329 yards and five TDs, is expected to become a bigger part of the Raiders’ offense this season after emerging as a deadly safety valve in 2012. At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Sierra provides a massive target with soft hands. He broke out with five catches for 118 yards, including an 85-yard catch-and-dash against Eastern Oregon, but didn’t see a lot of balls thrown his way down the stretch. That will probably change because Howard believes Sierra is simply too dangerous a weapon to leave on the shelf.

“When you have a true tight end that has that kind of speed and size and the ability to catch the ball, you’ve got to use him,” Howard said. “In a practice drill he caught a pass over the middle and nine guys bounced off him. So he’s got the power to run over you and the speed to run away from you.”

As for the other pass-catchers, Howard said the battles for playing time have been spirited and have yet to reveal definite starters. There are a few front-runners, however.

Teran Togia, a 6-1 sophomore who was a backup last year, has been playing with the starters, while Ryan Retzlaff (6-0, 185) and Dylan Young, a 6-3 junior transfer out of Feather River College, are fighting for snaps at the “Z” receiver spot.

Battling to take over Donahue’s “X” receiver duties are Blakelyn Birks (5-10, 200), a University of Hawaii transfer, and Donald Drisdom (5-10, 180) out of West Los Angeles Community College.

A few darkhorses may also work their way onto the field this season, including the smallest player on the team. Kermit Knight (5-6, 160), a redshirt freshman from Stockton, Calif., is having a great camp, and true freshman Austin Schaffer (6-0, 200), a converted quarterback now vying for time in the slot, has shown why he was the Gatorade prep player of the year for the state of Idaho.

“All the skill guys are going to be new,” Howard said, “but there’s good talent and good competition and right now I’m really pleased with them.”

After roles are ironed out, the Raiders’ receivers will look to sync up with Dodge, whose coming off one of the most productive seasons in NAIA history. Howard says that will be a work in progress.

“Well, it’s developing,” he said. “You don’t just graduate those guys and it hits off again, but the chemistry right now with Clay Sierra and Matt Retzlaff is wonderful.

“The new guys, they’re fitting in, they’re learning. In fall camp, you just add about six plays a day and your mind’s racing, your body’s sore and tired, you’re learning all this stuff and your confidence isn’t there yet because you’re still trying to say, ‘OK, what is the play?’ But pretty soon, you’re going to know the play then execute the play.”

Joe Zavala is sports editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-776-4469, or email

SOU in the News – Aug. 16-19, 2013


SOU’s Academia Latina is “An amazing, inspirational place”

Daily Tidings August 17, 2013


SOU alumni success story: StrapGraphics custom guitar straps

Portland Oregonian August 17, 2013


SOU announces Spring 2013 academic honor rolls

Mail Tribune August 16, 2013




SOU installs solar panels on roof of student union

KDRV 12 August 16, 2013


SOU dorm construction finishing touches

KDRV 12 August 16, 2013




SOU climatologist Greg Jones on climate change, grapes and wine styles

Aspen Daily News Online August 16, 2013


The Greening of SOU

News.SOU August 15, 2013

Raider Sports

Soccer season starts this Wednesday

Raider sports August 19, 2013


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‘An amazing, inspirational place’

Academia Latina continues to build upon a growing tradition of education

By Sam Wheeler

For the Tidings

August 17, 2013 2:00 AM

Providing Latino students with an early first taste of college for the 13th-straight summer, Academia Latina is creating a lifetime’s worth of opportunity for some.

“We’re opening doors for these kids,” said 21-year-old Arturo “Tito” Onesto, who teaches Portuguese to students during the weeklong youth academy held at Southern Oregon University.

Onesto was accepted into the program as a student in 2004, immersed himself and never looked back. He played the role of a junior and senior councilor, a type of group leader, at Academia Latina before he started instructing last year, he said.

“When I came at first, it was mostly to hang out with the girls, but I started to realize there was a lot of value to this,” he said. “It became the only thing I looked forward to in the summer.” Onesto, entering his senior year at University of Oregon as a journalism major, is a good example, said Director Juanita Gomez-Ephraim, of how Academia Latina’s work is beginning to come full circle.

The unique program has swelled from 25 applicants in 2001 to 155 this year — the most ever, Gomez-Ephraim said. This year, 98 students were accepted, while most of the others were turned down because of a lack of funding, she said.

Ending today, the program started Sunday and has been bustling all week, as the nearly 100 seventh- through eleventh-graders work through daily classes across campus. They experience full run of the university, including sleeping in the dorms and eating in the cafeteria.

“This is an amazing, inspirational place,” said third-year student Jose Lariz, a 17-year-old soon-to-be senior at Crater High School. “I feel like I am always going to look back to what I learned here.” Lariz said he will apply to become a junior councilor during next year’s Academia Latina.

“I want to give back … when I become successful, I plan to be a sponsor, that is a dream of mine,” he said.

For the first time, Academia Latina accepted high school sophomore and junior students like Lariz into the program under a leadership role, but those students were required to take complete a more stringent application process. In the past, the program only accepted seventh- through ninth-grade students.

Elementary- and college-level math classes, creative writing, a culture class titled “Aztecs, Mayans and Ipads,” foreign language, nursing and mural art are a few of the classes students can chose from this year.

Salsa dancing is a popular one, Gomez-Ephraim said.

In her third year at Academia Latina, soon-to-be junior at South Medford High School, Tana Garcia, 16, said learning Portuguese has been one of her favorite parts of this year.

“I just tell the students, it’s like Spanish with an accent,” Onesto said. “They are picking it up well.”

“This place feels like a second home to me,” Gracia said. “After my first time here, I knew I would always try to come back.”

To come back to Academia Latina, students previously accepted must maintain a higher grade-point average than the prior year to be considered.

All of this year’s applicants live in Southern Oregon, Gomez-Ephraim said, but many have been accepted from outside of the region and state during years past.

“I really enjoy just getting to know all the kids. They all have passions and you can see they are determined to pursue them,” said Dani Camacho, a senior councilor at Academia Latina.

Camacho, who is entering his senior year at SOU studying business management and marketing, says Academia Latina changed his life.

“I got out of the program for a few years, but came back,” he said.

“All my councilors that I knew, I say that’s the reason I am in college, the reason I am at SOU. They were a really good inspiration for me.” Like many others in the program, both Camacho and Onesto, who grew up together in Phoenix, have siblings in the program.

The program simply can’t keep up with its growing reputation among adolescent Latino students in the area, Gomez-Ephraim said.

Academia Latina draws most of its financial support from a handful of regional sponsors, foundations and federal and state grant programs, which are perpetually on the brink of collapse, said Carol Jensen, director of pre-college programs at SOU.

Nearly all of the students accepted into Academia Latina are given scholarships that pay for $650 of the $700 cost of enrollment, she said. Most students pay a $50 fee to attend.

“Thirteen years ago this program was ahead of its time,” Jensen said. “Now, it’s something that could be replicated on every campus across the nation. We can certainly expand — we turn kids away every year — but we just need the funding.”

Sam Wheeler is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Email him at


Southern Oregon University

August 16, 2013 2:00 AM

Dean’s ListSpring 2013

A total of 851 full-time Southern Oregon University students achieved a grade point average of 3.50 through 3.99, equivalent to letter grades ranging from B+ to nearly straight A, qualifying them for inclusion on the Dean’s Honor List. Undergraduate students taking 12 or more graded credits are eligible for the list.

Ashland: Vanessa Joy Longley, Christina Hokulani Akau, Abdullah Mohammad Aljawaiy, Justin G. Allison, Moayyad Jarad Almalki, Huda Hassan Alrashid, Khalid Musaed Alshowaib, Yousef Abdulaziz Altufiel, Ashley Kristine Andrews, Ryan Paul Ashe, Tatsiana V. Asheichyk, Charles Allen Baker, Trevor Scott Bateman, Michael Brian Bates, Adrienne Marie Baudry, Shyla R. Beaver, Cale Joseph Bickler, Zachary Asher Bizzarro, Megan Joy Bjerke, Fayth Kenworthy Blackwell, Wander Adjanku Boesjes, Jacob Daniel Bonn, Kyla Jill Boswell, Katelyn Elizabeth Bottimore, Elizabeth Suzanne Boulay, Lolita Zouzou Boutet, Ariel Dawn Brand, Casey Nathaniel Brandel, Amanda Marie Brophy, Jae Brown, Jordan Roberta Bucher, Autumn Angelica Buck, Luke McBride Burnham, Derrien Savannah Burns, Daniel Lane Burt, Kayla Marie Bush, Brian Kenneth Busk, Mario Carreau Cambern, Amelia Arwen Carr, Andrea Marianne Carr, Julie Kay Case, Kristine Marie Case, Haley Anne Casebier, Kelly A. Cassinerio, Trinity C. Castner, Shahe Sophia Catranides, Ashley Renee Clark, Seth Alexander Coad-Douglass, Abigail Marie Colombo, Fredrika Helena Condos, Joshua Wayne Cook, Danielle Morgan Courtright, Angelica Crimmins, Ali Summer Daniels, Joshua John Danielson, Elias Deleault, Amy Elizabeth Determan, Michael Ross Dillow, Timothy Austin Duryea, Ian Michael Dusenbury, Coeli Marie Dwivedi, Alyssa Lauren Eckebrecht, Will Evans Fain, Sierra Faulkner, Chad Ference, Robyn J. Fichter, Colin Joseph Finnegan, Rachel Jean Fisher, Brittny Jade Frings, Jason Michael Gerber, Heather Rose Goerger, Mariah Irene Gonzales, Courtney Kristine Goslin, Ariana Bianca Graham-Heuer, Lynette Renae Haberman, Rayna F. Hagie, Anne Elizabeth Hagy, Riley Curtis Hamilton, Casey Boone Hanks, Jami Ann Hanna, Joni Lynn Hansen, Lillian Rose Hardgrove, River Hardy, Heidi Layne Harrison, Jeffrey Allen Hayes, Blake Garret Helmken, Kelsie Jenea Henderson-Weaver, Hollis Cynthia Hiatt, Adam LeGrand Hobbs, Grayson Scott Hockett, Kathryn Olena Hodges, Patrick J. Hoffmann, Samuel Quinn Hoiland, Tomoya Honda, Reid David Honeywell, Wendy R. Hood, Sarah Danielle Jeran, Caley Eileen Johnson, Kody Matthew Johnson, Haley Elizabeth Jonsson, Katheryn Anne Kammerer, Peter Yevgeni Kennedy, Scott David Key, Baback K. Khosroabadi, Holly Denise Kilpatrick, Tyler Andrew Klaus, Erica Danniele Knotts, Rachel Jane Kostrna, Llupus Botan Kulick-Pope, Lily Mae Kurtz, J. Lisa La Pierre, Jordan E. Land, Tamara Elizabeth Lee, Noah Ram Leen, Katheryn Elizabeth Leon, Adam Richard Lion, Heather Christine Long, Mandalynn Brooke Macdonald, Kendra Claire Madaras-Kelly, Regina Lisa Mannino, Dylan James Marchek, Zachary John Marshall, Mila I. Martczyanov, Jonathan Taylor Matthews, Ariana Lee May, Randi Nicole Mayfield, Larry Dean McCain, Brandon David McCowan, Katherine Elizabeth McCredie, Shaelline Nicole McCulloch, Eoghan Patrick Morgan McDowell, Vanessa McNutt, Carly Elizabeth Meister, Brandon Charles Meyer, Emily Grace Miller, Max K. Miller, Logan J. Mitchell, Katherine E. Moeglein, Dylann Moore, Kevin Michael Moore, Leslie Catherine Muir, Crystal Lynn Munoz, Ford Mikhail-Gustave Murawski-Brown, Kaylie Kailani Nakamura, Megan Judith Neufeld, Holly Lucinda Nienhaus, Kevin Edward Novinger, Christian Aleksander Ostmo, Alexandra Brooke Parks, Sarah Jessica Pelzner, Samantha Pennington-Vrsek, Kellie Marie Pertl, Cassandra Leann Pinard, Celeste Alexandra Pylko, Tania Allison Quispe Diaz, Steven Isaac Reeves, Bailee Adair Reimer, Zachary Thomas Reutlinger, Feinn Alexa Rice-Narusch, Tanner Lee Richie, Damian Christiani Rodriguez, Paloma Rubi Rojas, Jazmin Roque, Rebekah Jean Ruby, Muriel Annaliese Sadleir Hart, Colton Zachary Safley, Efren Sanchez, Alexandra R. Schmidt, David Neil Scott, Cara Michelle Sexton, David Charles Sherman, Justin M. Silva, Evan Allen Sims, Lauren Rae Skinner, Anthony Bruce Smallen, Alexander Joseph Smith, Lakia Marie Solomon, Danastasia Paulette Sousa, Michael Robert Springer, Cameron Brittney Stark, Jennifer Renae Steiner, Daniel J. Stephens, Thomas Elliot Stone, Vaughn David Swanson, Nicholas Wade Temple, Shelby Nicole Temple, Eric Anthony Thompson, Lavinia Ema Turian, Cassandra Leanne Van Hout, Mary Teresa Vest, Jeremy David Vik, Jessica Grace Volk, Denise Anne Wagner, Jessica Norine Wanderscheid, Allyson Margaret Ward, Alissa Spelliscy Weber, Stephanie Ann Wehe, Mark Alan Weir, Christa Marie Welcome, Angela May West, Brandon Thomas Worthington, Russell Saiji Yamamoto, Mallory Estellene Young, Cassandra Mckenzie del Nero, Richard Thomas van Zijst

Butte Falls: Janis M. Vorbeck

Central Point: Rachel Anne Albright, Kristina Barton-Diaz, Dylan Matthew Beaman, Shallon M. Beatty, Heidi Jennifer Bosworth, Samantha Lee Cobb, Robert Allen Cole, Robert W. Edwards, Bowen Thomas Feeley, Lauren Marie Hornbeck, Hannah Elizabeth Ironside, Melissa Ranae Keiry, James Darrell Leavens, Livia Jewell Marlowe, Justin John Martin, Tyler Allen Mickelson, John Robert Muswieck, Joshua Edward Muswieck, Rio Jeanne Picollo, Ryan Michael Randahl, Derek James Rodman, Jeremy Daniel Selland, Alsacea Ree Stauffer, Meghan Louise Thompson, Pamela Rei Thoren, Michelle Diane Trowbridge, Kevin Matthew Turner, Mandy Jean Updike, Rebecca Rose Van Duker, Victoria Marie Versteeg, Morgan Grae Williams

Eagle Point: Kamie Lynn Blevins, Clinton Louis Caffee, Hillary Elizabeth Daves, Carrie DeCicco, Andrew Louis Farina, Juan Luis Gonzalez, Jessie Lynn Grissom, Trenton Dean Kaiser, Nicole Elizabeth Leaf, Shelley Elizabeth Lindenman, Lesley Inez Neilson, Lindsey Renee Patrick, Meghan K. Payne, Alicia Heather Polendey, Caitlin Whitley Ralls, Luca Jay Ryan

Gold Hill: Lisa Gabrielle Fecteau, Kyle Anthony Hayes, Amber Marie Myer, Steven Harold Sagert, Natasha Amber Schroeder, Garrett Marshall White

Grants Pass: Amanda Joy Baird

Jacksonville: Johanna Marie Boyd, Melissa Anna Boyd, Thomas Jesse Burns, Kate Colleen McDonald, Andrea Monet Miller, Amber Rozanna Savage, Lindsey Pamela Thomas, Angela Marie Wood

Medford: Cynthia Ahlo, Nancy L. Alegria, Ryan J. Allen, Alan Amezcua Aranda, Jacob Michael Barnett, Patrick A. Barnett, Kelsie Ann Bartley, Laurie Bates, Megan Elizabeth Beamish-White, Michelle Thalia Benitez, Sawyr Dakota Benzley, Lindsey Evangeline Blodgett, Lea Beth Bonney, Shane William Boyd, Geoffrey James Brabham, Jamie Kathleen Buckley, Susan Rene’e Burnette, Jessica Anne Carr, Joshua Carroll, Adrianne Rose Claassen, Brenda Dawn Clopton, Nathaniel Russell Coddington, Mark Andrew Combs, Timothy Luke Crane, Kyle Wilson Crebbin, Emily Kristine Cutting, Alyssa Marie DeLisle, Sean M. Dega, Kenneth John Kekoaponohe’oia’i’o Depp, Courtney Mary Ellen Dickinson, Jacquelyn Aisha Dix, Morgan Nicole Dixon, Elisabeth Esther Ervine, Chelsea Lee Fankhauser, Jillian Marie Frakes, Donna June Freeman, Mayra Alejandra Garcia, Amber Lin Garner, Jonathan Matthew Gomes, Lily N. Gorbun, Jessica Joy Grissom, Jerrica Ford Harboldt, Lori Ann Harms, Carol Jo Hasskamp-Valdez, Drusilla L. Hebert, Danielle Mariah Hinkley, Ashley Shantell Hughes, Jordan Mari Hurd, Allison Lynn Inscore, Kyndra Alexis Irigoyen, Stephan Matthew Janakes, Kevin Leiel Jenkins, Kathleen Louise Johnson, Sara Jolin Keith, Thielsen James Lebo, Randal Marcus Lee, Blake Donald Lykins, Alice Morgana MacIver, Orion F. Malamed, Cory Antone Massei, Michelle Lia Kliever McClung, Sarah Joelle McGrew, Ashley Noell McGuire, Michael Paul Means, Corey Austin Metcalfe, Kaitlyn Breanne Mobley, Taylor James Mullaney, Melinda Jean Nagle, Dominique Louise Newman, Michaela B. Nuss, Elijah J. Oberlander, Holly Elizabeth Oberlander, Ernesto Sanchez Ortiz, Liberty Neisler-Walker Parnell, Ashley Marcella Parret, Katherine Alexandra Pearson, Tiffany Nicole Pinkstaff, Alicia Renae Preston, Daniel Lee Rester, Russell Ray Ridge, Brittany Michelle Ripley, Juan Luis Rivas, Zachary Dee Roberson, LesLee Diane Roberts, Adam James Robertson, Christian James Roeske, James Michael Rothstein, Dillon Matthew Rotz, Danielle L. Saiz, Mathew L. Scheytt, Sage Byron Shaw, Christopher David Shawl, Cody Alan Shilts, Genevieve Rose Shultz, Patrick Silva, Eric James Simpson, Stephen Dale Sleezer, Alexander Christopher Smith, Talon Michael Smith, Kelly J. Stringer, Kirstin Renae Stroud, Andrea Lyn Sukraw, Trevor Eugene Thorndike, Amanda Jean Thoyre, Jared Alan Thoyre, Alexa McKenzie Trost, Callen Dieter Trost, Ryan Paul Ulbricht, Reena Fae Van Duzer, Trevor Brent VanWinkle, Jessica Anne Elizabeth Vietz, Patricia Lorraine Volosin, Wesley Michael Wade, Kelley Nicole Walker, Lacey Avon Elizabeth Weathers, Jake Anthony Weigel, Jeffrey Scott Wilcox, Caryn Cherie Williamson, Anjanette Ruth Wright

Phoenix: Jason R. Couch, Devlin Grey Damico-Ivy, Kalee Dawn Firestone, Kimberly Pearl Hartwell, Matthew Aaron Libante, Crystal Mena, Rachel Lea Pedersen, Lauran Kelli Rose, Marilee Reye Stainbrook

Prospect: Caree Marie Mickelsen, Scott Allen Williams

Rogue River: Heather Rene Kuntz, Bryan George Laskey, Laura Sky Perry, Laci Rose Smith, Tyler Joshua Stickler

Shady Cove: Ashley Barrett, Karla Jane Geigle, Trinity Christine Tippin

Talent: Heather Michelle Alimossy, Ibrahim Alsayary, Saud Faisal Alzenaidi, Jordan Douglas Anderson, Rose Ellen Averbeck, Sara Marie Averbeck, Brandon Barker, Danielle Rene Berryessa, Kerri Ruthann Brooks, Kaila Patricia Calhoun, Jessica Marie Daly, Anja Sofia DuBois, Kayla C. Elrod, Tyler Brent Hawkins, Jeri Lou Jackson, Grant Allen Jolliffe, Ahmad Daghim Karikar, Jacob Walker Kulyn, Rachel Ann Lawson, Samuel Russell Longnecker, Sean Michael McLeary, Robert Joseph McLellan, Emily Minasian, Rory James Owens, Isaac Stephen Park, Mckenzie Deon Peters, Ahmad Salah Sairafi, Stefanie Marie Scowden, Jade Evelyn Stevens, Carolyn Maxine Stone, Brystan Gayts Strong, Courtney Elizabeth Wettstein

White City: Jesse J. Case, Mayra Cristina Garcia, Brian Edward Murphy, Cristal Ibarra Salas, Wendy R. Hood, Tamara Elizabeth Lee


President’s ListSpring 2013

A total of 262 full-time Southern Oregon University students achieved a grade point average of 4.0, equivalent to letter grade “A,” thus qualifying for the President’s Honor List. Undergraduate students taking 12 or more graded credits are eligible for the list.

Ashland: Dylan Steven Adams, Sheldon Michael Aguilar, Rakan Abdulrahman Alassaf, Carlos Huberto Amaya, Aaron Heber Anderson, Lindsay Auzenne, Benjamin Charles Bennett, Katherine Irene Bennett, Natalie Marie Blaustone-Dye, Rachel Elisabeth Blazinski, Coleen Rose Bremner, Maggie Buktenica, Trevis M. Caplinger, Juan Daniel Chavez Solano, Christian Thomas Chesterman, Sarah Ashley Clark, Michael Brandon Crafts, Matthew Thomas Del Selva, Katherine Louise Doan, Nicole L. Doran, Kirsten Louise Ericksen, Austen Montgomery Fisher, Randall Connor Fitzpatrick, Amy R. Foust, Blair Kendra Fraser, Winston Friedman, Amber Jovon Fuson, Elisabeth Renae Goss, Brandon William Glen Gray, Patricia Cecelia Halleran-Cislo, Tara Irene Hanst, Timothy Matthew Hill, Emily Ann Holgen, Karl R. Hudson, Megan Wagner Janssen, Nolawit Mengiste Kebede, Nicole A. Keller, Jem Rochelle Kloor, John R. Koerschgen, Evan Gray Lasley, Victoria Avalon Lipski, Haley Morgan May, Yu Morita, Clinton James Nichols, Noelle Amanda Novotny, Nikolos Peyralans, John FC Piazzini, Melanie Marie Rankin, Kathryn Joy Richardson, Jessica Nicole Ring, Anastasia K. Risley, Austin Seaver Rose, Daniel Embra Shaw, Rosetta Ann Shaw, Cathryn Rose Siegl, Dakota Alexander Slaton, Steven Dale Stafford, Eli Ryan Stotsky, Mohammed Abdulaziz Sultan, Christopher Michael Vinson, Caryn Alyssa Westrick, Marc Jason Wheeler, Lindsay Anne Wiegel

Central Point: Angelica Maria Banuelos, Shawna Linn Fisher, Brittni Michelle Kellum, Janel Lei Lajoie, Eilish CH Lambrechtsen, Jessica Anne Legler-Prewitt, Christina Louise Patton-Cattolico, Almyra Jean Perry, Walter Eric Schimke, Heather May Shepherd, Jake T. Watson, Marc Andrew Wells, Jessica Rae Worley

Eagle Point: Taylor Nicole Anderson, Daniel A. Cardenas, Christopher Shane Doran, Amanda Lynn Elrod

Gold Hill: Roxanna A. Jolly, Cynthia Levesque-Couch, Leah Katrina Wilson, Kelly Rene Woody

Jacksonville: Lacey Alexandra Bendell, Max Luis Goldman

Medford: Patrick Eugene Arthur, James M. Bachman, Leticia Barrera, Ethan Taylor Barrus, Blake Edward Bloomquist, Matthew Louis Bowers, Adam G. Callaway, Carissa Moriah Cornelius, Kaylan Colleen Dugan, Benjamin James Eaton, Shane Mark Elsdon, Christopher Wayne Evans, Amy Kristine Haskett, Alisha Nicole Higley, Sandra Dee Horn, Ashley Nicole Hyde, Terah Suzanne Kropp, Collin Marshall Krum, Trevor Daniel Kuyper, Amanda Kay Light, Lila Marie Marroquin, Thomas Ben Martinez, Trevor Thomas McCarthy, Lauren K. Miller, Angela Lynn Minneci, Ashlynn Marie Ortiz, Barbara Ellen Panfil, Michael D. Paradis, Eric Pyka, Paul Allen Rock, Ashley Elaine Spires, Angela Beth Stephens, John Matthew Stranahan, Laura Ivette Velazquez-Rangel, James Thomas Wagner, Laura Grace White, Kali Marie Wiedrich, Joseph William Wilson

Phoenix: Jesse Jack Allred, Aaron Hooker, Guadalupe Stephannie Ortiz, Karla Ivette Parra, Jocelyn Claire Redding, Shaun Ryan Wolff

Rogue River: Katherine Grace Barkley, Amber Katrina Cross

Talent: Eva Lenore Albert, Tracy Lynn Charlesworth-John, Tully B. Doyle, Ana Lucia Gutierrez, Amy Janette Lindgren, Raven Katherine Ann MacLachlan, Malina Nicole Martinez, Sabrina Lee Podsobinski, Angelica Christine Polkowitz, Steve Isaac Santoni, Christopher Ferry Seaman, Hannah Kathleen Stafford

White City: Shawna Davis, Marie Jane Poppa, Carol Louise Pruett,

SOU in the News: August 11-15 2013

SOU climatologist Greg Jones says global warming is affecting apples, grapes and other fruit

Nature August 15, 2013

SOU professor Craig Wright entertains with his band Spawn of Satin tomorrow night as part of the Institute for New Writing/Ashland

Daily Tidings August 15, 2013

Alumnus John Reid, former editor of the Medford Mail Tribune, loses battle with Parkinson’s disease

Longview Daily News August 14, 2013

Kids attend veterinary medicine summer camp at SOU

Mail Tribune August 13, 2013

Writers from across the country gathered on the SOU campus this week

Mail Tribune August 11, 2013

65 years of emerita professor Betty LaDuke’s art on display at SOU’s Schneider Museum

Mail Tribune August 11, 2013


SOU climatologist Greg Jones on the effects of forest fire smoke on wine

August 11, 2013


Former SOU School of Business Dean Raj Parikh is the new dean of the Walker School of Business and Communication at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA August 11, 2013


Raiders are #14 in preseason football rankings

Mail Tribune August 13, 2013

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Spawn of Satin

August 15, 2013 2:00 AM

Southern Oregon University’s New Institute of Writing will sponsor an open dance party featuring guitarist and songwriter Craig Wright’s new music project featuring Paul Turnipseed on guitar, Thomas Mackay on vibes, Joe Cohoon on upright bass and Mike Fitch on drums. Expect to hear some original tunes as well as “familiar covers, lively neo-retro, never-heard-before nostalgia and memories of the future,” Wright says. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Club 66, 1951 Ashland St. There is no cost to attend.

Arf school

Kids attend veterinary medicine camp at Humane Society

By Janet Eastman

Mail Tribune

August 13, 2013 2:00 AM

Trinity Stewart and Ella Bloom have been best friends since preschool because they are both crazy over creatures.

So instead of staying inside this summer watching reruns of “Animal Planet,” the 12-year-olds participated in a weeklong veterinary medicine camp offered by Southern Oregon University Youth Programs.

For a week, they spent afternoons at the Southern Oregon Humane Society in Medford, taking in the sights and scents of dogs and cats, and learning about pet physiology and how to interpret animal postures.

“You can tell if a dog is nervous if he stays still and puts his tail under his bottom,” says Trinity, who attends McLoughlin Middle School in Medford with Ella and would like to be a veterinarian or volunteer for the Peace Corps someday.

The girls, along with a dozen other students ages 10 to 14 enrolled in the July 29-Aug. 2 course, also studied a model of a dog skeleton and the similarities of animal organs, muscles and soft tissue compared to humans.

“Dog appendixes actually do something, unlike ours,” says vet tech Kayla McLean of the Animal Medical Hospital in Ashland.

McLean fascinated the hopeful dog docs by showing them a cat heart floating in a jar and X-rays of a canine’s fractured leg.

She then told them to volunteer at an animal shelter or clinic, and take science and math classes to eventually get a job working with critters.

Programs such as vet med camp engage, educate and challenge children, says Stephanie Butler, SOU’s pre-college youth programs coordinator.

Experts recommend kids participate in fun educational activities during the summer to prevent learning loss, also known as “summer slide,” when classes start up again in September.

The vet med campers are among 600 kids enrolled this summer in SOU’s hands-on day camps and classes, which cover a variety of fields, from law to music.

An additional 400 youngsters are participating in activities during the day and getting an early taste of college life by sleeping in the Ashland campus dorms and eating in the cafeteria.

Last week, high school students shadowed health care professionals as part of Camp M.D. (Medical Detectives).

This week, about 100 Latino students in seventh through ninth grades are taking math, creative writing and dance classes on campus.

One of SOU’s residential camps, called Academy, has been orienting fifth- through eighth-graders on campus life and learning for 33 years.

“Young people who attended our programs as youth are now returning, filled with enthusiasm to teach for our programs because their experiences were so memorable,” says Butler.

Ashland mom Roxanna Stapp required her four children to take summer classes of their choice offered through SOU, the Ashland Family YMCA and Ashland Parks and Recreation.

“Summer can be a good balance between relaxing, recharging and keeping active,” she says. “They take a music, art or theater class that interests them now but may connect to their education or career in the future.”

She has noticed that starting the new school year is less stressful on her children because of their summer courses.

Her son, Kyle Storie, 14, attended band camp earlier this summer and then vet med camp.

Afterward, while vacationing on a ranch, she noticed that Kyle could read fear in a calf separated from its mother. The Ashland Middle School student caught and calmed the animal and returned it to its mother.

“He was confident in knowing what to do,” says Stapp. “He was also comfortable feeding pigs.”

Kenn Altine, executive director of the Southern Oregon Humane Society, says the vet med camp is a broad-based look at a career working with animals. And more.

“Our biggest hope,” he says, “is that these children have a better understanding of animals, their moods and needs, and learn that pets are more than cute puppies. There are shy dogs and freaked-out cats who need their help.”

After five days of instruction, Trinity and Ella were ready to shake off any hesitations they had about putting Dexter, a mix of poodle, terrier and Jack Russell, into a tub and shampooing his black fur.

Together, they reassured the 1-year-old pup as they brushed him. Then they wrapped him in a towel, and Dexter relaxed in Ella’s arms.

“I can’t believe no one has adopted him,” she says, holding him like a swaddled baby. “He’s so easy to take care of.”

Reach reporter Janet Eastman at 541-776-4465 or




Keep kids’ brains active

Experts recommend children do the following to prevent learning loss over summer months:

  • Join a summer reading program
  • Explore parks, nature preserves
  • Visit museums, cultural centers
  • Practice math skills while baking, shopping, playing board games

Southern Oregon University Youth Programs offers classes and camps for elementary to high school students. Summer courses continue through Friday, Aug. 23. Call 541-552-6452 or

The Southern Oregon Humane Society accepts volunteers at 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford, Volunteers ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Children enrolled in Southern Oregon University’s veterinary medicine camp were given this information from the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association about keeping pets safe and healthy:

  • Exercise a pet but not in the midday summer heat or on hot pavement.
  • Feed a pet a balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Provide a pet with plenty of clean, cool drinking water.
  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle.
  • Protect a pet from sunburn with pet-specific sunscreens.
  • Have a pet examined yearly to help detect problems.
  • Vaccinate a pet against potentially deadly diseases such as distemper, parvo, panleukopenia and rabies.
  • Keep a pet free of parasites, including fleas, ticks, heartworm.
  • Spay/neuter a pet.

Information at

Writers will gather for SOU conference

Workshops, readings and more scheduled for weeklong event

By John Darling

for the Mail Tribune

August 11, 2013 2:00 AM

Noir Night readings at a local bar, a walking tour of literary spots and talks by nationally noted writers highlight the first Institute for New Writing, which starts Monday at Southern Oregon University.

The weeklong conference provides workshops in short story, poetry and noir for undergraduate and graduate credit. But it also offers activities for the public, such as Noir Night — “flash readings from the dark side,” or three-minute readings of poetry, fiction or dialogue in the mood of hard-boiled detective stories — starting at 10 p.m. Monday at Omar’s restaurant, 1380 Siskiyou Blvd. There’ll be jazz and a cash bar, too.

“I suspect we’ll get a lot of interesting stories from the dark side of human experience,” says Robert Arellano, director of SOU’s Center for Emerging Media and one of the institute’s organizers and speakers. The readings are free.

Thirty students from as far away as the East Coast and the United Arab Emirates are enrolled for the workshops, which include Arellano’s exploration of noir, SOU professor Craig Wright’s “Advancing Constructions of the 21st Century Short Story,” and SOU associate professor K. Silem Mohammad’s “21st Century Poetry and the Inheritance of Experimentalism.”

“We saw an opportunity, with the beauty of Ashland and the strength of the writing faculty, to create this year-round institute with a summer conference, as they are very popular with people working on manuscripts and for aspiring writers as well,” Arellano says.

Arellano has written six novels, including “Havana Lunar,” a 2010 Edgar finalist. Mohammad has written three books and experiments with revolutionary poetry forms such as flarf, which is composed of words plucked from random Internet search results. Wright is the author of the short story collection “Redemption Center,” a songwriter and current Pushcart nominee for “The Things Other People Do.”

Afternoon panels, which are open to the public, will focus on defining the new institute, the state of the language, the future of fiction and “Digital Textuality and Noir.” The panels are from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Hannon Library on campus.

Readings take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art, followed by a reception and social time. Wright and his band will perform at a 9 p.m. Friday dance party and open mic at Club 66, 1951 Ashland St.

Arellano will lead a walking tour of literary spots in Ashland on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The tour will stop by the house where Vladimir Nabokov wrote “Lolita” and include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Lithia Park.

The institute closes Saturday afternoon with INWApalooza, a literary festival featuring noted writers Kevin Killian, Vanessa Place and Sharon Mesmer. Killian is part of the New Narrative literary circle in the Bay Area. Mesmer is a noted poet and teacher in New York. Place is a criminal defense attorney and a director of Les Fiques Press. The festival will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Schneider museum.

“If you’re a writer, all roads lead to Ashland next week, whether you enjoy reading literature or want to discover a new interest in writing,” Arellano says. “The evening events are going to be darn fun. It’s one of those perfect examples of SOU’s commitment to creativity with community and we hope to make it an annual event.”

John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Email him at

Institute for New Writing

The schedule of events is at For more information, call 541-552-6260.


Sorrow and Joy

Artist Betty LaDuke has been inspired by normal people around the world

By John Darling

for the Mail Tribune

August 11, 2013 2:00 AM

For 65 years, with no agent or gallery representing her, Ashland painter Betty LaDuke has been creating her colorful images of common people, farming, peace, spirituality and the Third World.

Now 80, the tireless and soft-spoken LaDuke presides over a dazzling art retrospective of her life at Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum of Art, stretching from her first pencil sketches of working people in her native Bronx in 1948, then paintings from her first scholarship in Mexico in 1953 and onward, with long and creative stays in Africa, India and Latin America — and a study of farm workers in the Rogue Valley.

An SOU art professor from 1954 to 1996, LaDuke says her work shows “how people need each other. It shows we’re not isolated beings. We need to have compassionate understanding and not dwell on rights and wrongs. It’s about the ability of people to connect. There is great sorrow, but also great joy, and that usually happens when we see ourselves as part of the larger whole.”

Her vividly colorful works show people at work in fields, tending flocks, cuddling their babies and grieving their losses in war and as refugees from it, something she saw up close in Eritrea, at war for 30 years with neighboring Ethiopia.

Her “Dreaming Home,” 2001, shows a clearly sad couple with many children standing in a strange land, with little hope of going home, she says, because of the proliferation of land mines.

LaDuke has tried to show “the real world around us … and the people we normally don’t get to see.” They wear common peasant clothing and do their daily chores with the placid expressions of people who don’t know they’re being painted. They’re often surrounded by spirals and zigzags, fanciful birds and stars and people painted within people.

Her “Creation Dance,” 1972, from India, shows Shiva dancing, but as a full-breasted nude female, instead of the traditional male, and standing on a turtle, representing Earth, with a giant black bird behind her.

“I’ve made her into a goddess, celebrating life and dance. I love that energy I found in India,” says LaDuke.

Her acrylic, “The Healer,” from Nigeria, shows an exulting shaman full of lizards, snakes and birds, with an eye in his hand and crescent moon on his head.

“He’s an herbalist, the person who knows all about natural resources, who makes concoctions to heal people, not only the body but the soul,” she says.

In “The Tree of Life,” a mother is the tree, surrounded by images of sorrow, the white-clad mothers who have lost husbands and children to war, she says, noting that branches spring from her body, speaking of eternal renewal of life and “the possibility that the next generation will find ways to stop war.”

Many of her paintings of farming in the Rogue Valley are on permanent display at the Medford airport. Showing the planting and harvesting of regional crops, some are at the Schneider show.

LaDuke has never tried to market her art, preferring to show it in public places and universities rather than having it end up in private homes, she says. Much of it will be donated to SOU and other Oregon universities.

“To view the work of 65 years spent making art is both a humbling and inspiring experience,” wrote acting museum Director Erika Leppmann. “As Betty LaDuke and I looked through stack after stack of drawings, then etchings, racks and racks of paintings, and then the work in progress in her studio, I was overcome by the energy, industry and passion evident in the work and the artist.”

LaDuke’s exhibit will be on view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the Schneider Museum through Sept. 14. A special showing for farm workers will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18. A gala showing, featuring many other artists, musicians, poets and the Ashland International Folk Dancers, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25.

John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Email him at


If you go

What: Exhibit of 65 years of art by Betty LaDuke

Where: Southern Oregon University Schneider Museum of Art

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Sept. 14. A special showing for farm workers will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18. A gala showing, featuring many other artists, musicians, poets and the Ashland International Folk Dancers, will be held from7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25


A hazy harvest?

It’s too early to tell whether wine grapes will taste better with smoke

By Janet Eastman

Mail Tribune

August 11, 2013 2:00 AM

Open a bottle of cabernet sauvignon from the Rogue Valley’s 2009 vintage. Does it taste like black current, spice and tobacco?

If so, those flavors came from the grapes and toasted oak barrels, not from the smoke that hung in the air for a week before harvest.

Wine and smoke, you see, have a complex relationship.

Sooty air can change wine, but it takes time. As of now, two weeks after lightning started five major wildfires in southwestern Oregon, the region’s grapes haven’t been kissed deeply with smoky lips — yet.

There have been short-term impacts. In vineyards from Ashland to the Applegate, unpredictable conditions are forcing weddings, concerts and fundraisers indoors.

And vineyard crews are suffering from burning eyes and that logy feeling from exposure to the smoke.

Last week, vineyard manager Chris Hubert of OVS Results Partners sent workers home under a pall of smoke. They are now back, tucking in grapevines but safely wearing respirators.

As for longer impact, winemakers and grape growers are searching through the gray air for good news.


If the smoke scatters soon, it might have helped enhance the flavor of the wine grapes. If the fires get worse, no one wants to predict the outcome.

“We would be happy to see the smoke go away, but I think it will have a positive effect on the grapes unless there is persistent smoke and more fires,” says Don Moore of South Stage Cellars, whose family owns 300 acres of grapevines from Talent to Jacksonville.

Until now, grapes were ripening two weeks earlier than past years.

“Reducing the sun right now will keep the sugar levels low and add unique characteristics and thorough ripening to the flavor,” says Moore.

Jean-Michel Jussiaume, the longtime winemaker at Del Rio Vineyards in Gold Hill, says Oregon wineries will have to deal with some telltale signs of smoke, due to the length, timing and size of the fires.

But, he adds, no one will know the complete story until harvest and a few years after the wine has developed.

“As I approach each harvest, I will be patient and make the best of what nature has to offer,” he says.


As viticulture experts calmly wait out the hanging haze, they are explaining that there are two types of references to smoke when it comes to a glass of wine.

The classic cigar smoke or leather aromas come from the process of aging wine in oak barrels.

Smoke-tainted grapes, which the Rogue Valley has never experienced, can retain unforgiving odors of ashtray, screeching rubber tires, disinfectant or charred meat.

“Southern Oregon has had fires and smoke events before with little to no smoke issues in wines,” says Greg Jones, a Southern Oregon University professor and research climatologist who has spent time with the world’s foremost authorities studying smoke’s effect on wine.

“There is no reason to think that this year is any different,” he says.

Wildfires swept through Southern Oregon in September 2009 and smoke settled for about a week over ripening grapes. But it wasn’t heavy and it didn’t stay long enough to make a significant impact.

In 2002, the Biscuit fire blazed nearly 500,000 acres in the Siskiyou National Forest and left a lingering mark on the landscape.

Winemakers hoped the constant layer of smoke and haze in August and September would allow for even ripening to the clusters.


Vintner Donna Devine pressed smoke-affected cabernet sauvignon grapes grown at Troon Vineyard in the Applegate Valley and hoped for the best.

Troon’s current winemaker, Herb Quady, then cellared the wine and when it was ready to be released, the winery decided to call attention to its blazing past. Its name: Biscuit Fire Reserve.

The label had red flames in the background. It’s now a collector’s item, once fetching $700 a bottle. Some of the proceeds from that year were given to firefighters, a tradition that Troon continues.

Wine appreciator Kim Hosford, 48, of Talent says that the Troon Biscuit Fire cabernet was one of the most memorable wines she has tasted.

“It was the summer of 2006 and I went winetasting with a group,” says Hosford. “The Troon staff told us about this wine and when we tasted it, it had a distinctly smoky flavor but not overwhelming. The smoke added another layer of complexity. We bought a few bottles and drank them.”

Grape grower Don Moore remembers selling out of South Stage Cellars’ 2002 syrah by winemaker Linda Donovan because of the lightly smoked taste.

Timing and talent, experts agree, are everything.


Grapevines are most susceptible to smoke compounds from veraison through harvest, says Del Rio’s winemaker Jussiaume. Veraison, which is occurring now, is when the grapes start to get soft and change color.

Fire particles are absorbed by the plant and accumulate onto the grape skin, but not the pulp. If necessary, smoke damage can be reduced or avoided by limiting the juice’s contact with the skins.

But, says Jussiaume, red grape skins deliver color and tasty tannin, and some of the molecules that are responsible for the smoke taint are identical to ones in oaked wine and found naturally in some grape varieties.

“The difference is their concentration,” he says. “That is why the influence of smoke, in the best case, can also participate in adding to a wine’s complexity.”

Winemaker Quady is also taking a wait-and-see approach.

“While it’s certain that the smoke will have some effect on the character of the vintage, the type and magnitude of the effect remain to be seen,” he says. “Let’s see what it’s like at the end of August. If we’re still wearing respirators, then we’ll have an idea.”

Reach reporter Janet Eastman at 541-776-4465 or






Science of smoke on grapes

Climatologist Gregory Jones in Southern Oregon University’s Department of Environmental Studies has studied wine grapes around the world. He’s been monitoring the region’s smoky conditions and offers this timeline:

Summer 2013: Warm, dry conditions.

July 26: Dry lightning sparks fires and smoke settles over inter-mountain valleys due to normal summer high pressure and inversions.

Late July: The Applegate, Illinois and Rogue valleys see more smoke than the Umpqua Valley because of north-to-south air flow.

Now: Fires in isolated areas are hard to contain when vineyards are most susceptible.

Fall: October rains may have to snuff out fires.


Raiders are No. 14 in NAIA preseason rankings

August 13, 2013 2:00 AM

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University football team won’t need record-shattering performances this season to get the NAIA’s attention. If a national ranking is any indication, the Raiders already have it.

At No. 14, SOU was included in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll for the first time since 2004, the national office announcedMonday.

The Raiders, in their third year under head coach Craig Howard, began fall camp on Saturday and will host their season opener on Aug. 31against Frontier Conference foe Rocky Mountain (Mont.). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Mel Ingram Field in Grant Pass.

The Raiders went 9-3 to land at No. 5 in the final poll of 2012 after sharing a Frontier Conference championship, making an appearance in the national quarterfinals and averaging 642 yards of offense per game to establish a collegiate record. They broke into the rankings at No. 23 following a 4-2 start and went on to win their next five games.

Morningside (Iowa), which needed overtime to eliminate SOU in a 47-44 quarterfinal decision and went on to play for the national title, was voted into the NAIA’s top spot with 280 total points and four first-place votes. Second-ranked Marian (Ind.) received eight first-place votes but just 267 points.

At No. 7, Montana Tech will start the season as the highest-ranked Frontier Conference squad. Carroll (Mont.), which with Tech was tabbed by coaches as the conference’s co-favorite, is No. 12.

SOU will make its Raider Stadium debut against Montana Tech on Oct. 5.

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SOU activities for kids help slow the summer slide

Daily Tidings August 7, 2013

EDITORIAL: Mail Tribune hopes Phil Knight’s generosity extends to academics, not just athletics

Mail Tribune August 7, 2013

Maslow Project, led by SOU alumna Mary Farrel, helps homeless students continue to college

Mail Tribune August 6, 2013


SOU MM student Shey Yearsley comments on technology leadership for the Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce newsletter

Medford Business Review August 2013


SOU football practice begins this week

Daily Tidings August 7, 2013


SOU volleyball picked to finish third in conference this year

Daily Tidings August 7, 2013


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Caring camp

SOU activities for kids help slow the summer slide

By Janet Eastman

Ashland Daily Tidings

August 07, 2013 2:00 AM

Preteens Trinity Stewart and Ella Bloom have been best friends since preschool because they are both crazy over creatures.

So instead of staying inside this summer watching reruns of “Animal Planet,” the 12-year-olds participated in a weeklong veterinary medicine camp offered by Southern Oregon University Youth Programs.

Last week, they spent afternoons at the Southern Oregon Humane Society in Medford, taking in the sights and scents of dogs and cats, and learning about pet physiology and how to interpret animal postures.

“You can tell if a dog is nervous if he stays still and puts his tail under his bottom,” says Trinity, who attends McLoughlin Middle School in Medford with Ella and would like to be a veterinarian or volunteer for the Peace Corps someday.

The girls, along with a dozen other students ages 10 to 14 enrolled in the course, also studied a model of a dog skeleton and the similarities of animal organs, muscles and soft tissue compared to humans.

“Dog appendixes actually do something, unlike ours,” says vet tech Kayla McLean of the Animal Medical Hospital in Ashland.

McLean fascinated the hopeful dog docs by showing them a cat heart floating in a jar and X-rays of a canine’s fractured leg.

She then told them to volunteer at an animal shelter or clinic, and take science and math classes to eventually get a job working with critters.

Programs such as vet med camp engage, educate and challenge children, says Stephanie Butler, SOU’s pre-college youth programs coordinator.

Experts recommend kids participate in fun educational activities during the summer to prevent learning loss, also known as “summer slide,” when classes start up again in September.

The vet med campers are among 600 kids enrolled this summer in SOU’s hands-on day camps and classes, which cover a variety of fields, from law to music.

Another 400 youngsters are participating in activities during the day and getting an early taste of college life by sleeping in the Ashland campus dorms and eating in the cafeteria.

This week, high school students are shadowing health care professionals as part of Camp M.D. (Medical Detectives).

Starting Aug. 11, about 100 Latino students in seventh through ninth grades will spend the week on campus taking math, creative writing and dance classes.

One of SOU’s residential camps, called Academy, has been orienting fifth- through eighth-graders on campus life and learning for 33 years.

“Young people who attended our programs as youth are now returning, filled with enthusiasm to teach for our programs because their experiences were so memorable,” says Butler.

Ashland mom Roxanna Stapp required her four children to take summer classes of their choice offered through SOU, the Ashland Family YMCA and Ashland Parks and Recreation.

“Summer can be a good balance between relaxing, recharging and keeping active,” she says. “They take a music, art or theater class that interests them now but may connect to their education or career in the future.”

She has noticed that starting the new school year is less stressful on her children because of their summer courses.

Her son, Kyle Storie, 14, attended band camp last month and then vet med camp.

Afterward, while vacationing on a ranch, she noticed that Kyle could read fear in a calf separated from its mother. The Ashland Middle School student caught and calmed the animal and returned it to its mother.

“He was confident in knowing what to do,” says Stapp. “He was also comfortable feeding pigs.”

Kenn Altine, executive director of the Southern Oregon Humane Society, says the vet med camp is a broad-based look at a career working with animals. And more.

“Our biggest hope,” he says, “is that these children have a better understanding of animals, their moods and needs, and learn that pets are more than cute puppies. There are shy dogs and freaked-out cats who need their help.”

After five days of instruction, Trinity and Ella were ready to shake off any hesitations they had about putting Dexter, a mix of poodle, terrier and Jack Russell, into a tub and shampooing his black fur.

Together, they reassured the 1-year-old pup as they brushed him. Then they wrapped him in a towel, and Dexter relaxed in Ella’s arms.

“I can’t believe no one has adopted him,” she says, holding him like a swaddled baby. “He’s so easy to take care of.”

Reach reporter Janet Eastman at 541-776-4465 or


Southern Oregon University Youth Programs offers classes and camps for elementary to high school students. Summer courses continue through Friday, Aug. 23. For information, call 541-552-6452 or



The Southern Oregon Humane Society accepts volunteers at 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford, Volunteers ages 12 to 15 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Children enrolled in Southern Oregon University’s veterinary medicine camp were given this information from the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association about keeping pets safe and healthy:

  • Exercise a pet but not in the midday summer heat or on hot pavement.
  • Feed a pet a balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Provide a pet with plenty of clean, cool drinking water.
  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle.
  • Protect a pet from sunburn with pet-specific sunscreens.
  • Have a pet examined yearly to help detect problems.
  • Vaccinate a pet against potentially deadly diseases such as distemper, parvo, panleukopenia and rabies.
  • Keep a pet free of parasites, including fleas, ticks, heartworm.
  • Spay/neuter a pet.

Information at

EDITORIAL: Knight’s UO generosity needs broader scope

Most of his donations have been to sports as regular students struggle with costs

August 07, 2013 2:00 AM

It should come as no surprise that Phil Knight’s name is among those nominated to serve on the soon-to-be-formed board for the University of Oregon. After all, it appears he’s already calling a lot of shots for the university and the state (such as it is) system of higher education.

Knight, founder and CEO of Nike, was among the 45 names submitted to Gov. John Kitzhaber last week as the governor prepares to appoint new boards for Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State. That certainly seems to make sense as it was evident in the university’s push for independence that the principal motivation was the ability to raise more money. And no one has given more money to the Ducks than Phil Knight, something in the vicinity of $400 million, according to various estimates.

The creation of the board is part of a “governance” change for the Oregon University System in which the “Big 3″ — Oregon, OSU and PSU — will be run by local boards and smaller schools such as Southern Oregon University apparently will be able to do the same at some point in the future. The squishiness of the latter part of that sentence is evidence of the fact that this was a change engineered by the big schools.

Knight’s latest donation is the university’s spanking new Football Performance Center — price tag $68 million. It is a thing of beauty if you’re a rabid Duck football fan: glass and chrome and leather and art and meeting rooms that probably have caused some Fortune 500 executives to call their designers and demand a do-over.

Now, we’re as happy as anyone in the state when the Duck’s football team roars past its opponents on its way to another BCS bowl (before you start yowling, Beavers, we’re equally happy when OSU does the same). But to us, the Football Performance Center is emblematic of everything that is wrong with big-time college football.

Spending $68 million on a football palace is obscene in a state in which only 2 of 10 needy Oregonian students can get state help through the Oregon Opportunity Grants for low- and middle-income families. We have a university system that is increasingly unaffordable for students and yet we have a rock-wall-lined hydrotherapy room for football coaches (not players — coaches).

To be fair, Knight has been generous to UO in areas other than sports, although sports leads the recipient list by several laps. There are rumblings out of Salem that the man from Nike is about to drop another huge payday on the Ducks — and that the payday was contingent on the state approving the new governance model that sets up the individual boards.

We can only hope that if that payday comes, some of it would go toward helping the university become more affordable rather than merely toward helping the football team run up more points on the next Tennessee Tech.


Fund would help homeless students continue to college

By Sanne Specht

Mail Tribune

August 06, 2013 2:00 AM

Maslow Project hopes to create a $10,000 fund to help homeless students continue their educations beyond high school.

The Medford-based nonprofit organization provides services to homeless youths and their families in Jackson County. The organization received an offer of a $5,000 challenge grant, provided it can raise $5,000 for the Maslow Graduate Fund by Nov. 1, said Karen Phillips, development director. The donor has asked to remain anonymous.

“A private donor will match that amount, essentially doubling the fund and helping lots of homeless youth move out of poverty and toward a life of financial stability,” she said.

The Maslow Graduate Fund was created to honor the memory of Judy Baierl DeMaio, who taught inner city middle school students for 32 years. The fund will be available to Maslow’s clients who have graduated from high school or earned their GEDs, and wish to pursue further education, said Mary Farrel, Maslow’s director.

The goal is to remove some of the financial barriers, generally not covered by scholarships, that can stand in the way of the students achieving their goals. The money can be applied to various needs, including: SAT test fees, college application fees, bus fares, college textbooks, laptop computers and course tuition, she said.

“A lot of kids find the idea of continuing on to college to be overwhelming,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell said Maslow has up to a dozen clients each year who, against odds that often include a complete lack of parental support, attempt to attend college. Ferrell said one Maslow client recently managed to navigate his way through four years of high school while homeless. He stayed engaged in his classes, maintaining a high GPA that landed him on the honor roll. Upon graduation, he earned a full scholarship to Southern Oregon University, she said.

“It is a huge success,” Ferrell said. “The student is excited.”

His scholarship covers his tuition, and even room and board, she said. But many other expenses associated with college are not covered. From books to bus passes to laptops to pens and paper, these expenses often become a barrier to young adults looking to continue their transition out of poverty and toward a life of financial stability, she said.

“These are expenses most students take for granted,” Ferrell said.

The organization does what it can. But it has never before had a dedicated funding stream for this effort. The newly established Maslow Graduate Fund may just help to remove a few more of those barriers, she said.

“The goal is to remove any remaining barriers,” Ferrell said. “The money can be used at our sole discretion as long as it supports their education. (The donor’s) goal is that kids won’t feel like they have to take time out after they graduate high school before they can attend college.”

To make a donation to the Maslow Graduate Fund, or to learn more about Maslow Project, call 541-608-6868, or visit

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or email



SOU football braces for start of camp

August 07, 2013 2:00 AM

More than 100 Southern Oregon football players will report to campus this week as the 2013 fall camp officially begins with Saturday’s first practice.

Coming off one of the best seasons in program history, the Raiders will look to defend their 2012 Frontier Conference co-championship this year. Record-breaking quarterback Austin Dodge returns for his junior season to lead an offense that last year set a collegiate football record for both NAIA and NCAA with an average of 642 yards per game.

The players are scheduled to check in on Thursday and take part in meetings to get to know their coaches and fellow players, with the first official practice slated for 6 a.m. Saturday at Raider Stadium. Two-a-days kickoff the following day as the Raiders begin preparations for the first game of the season on Aug. 31.

The Raiders were picked to finish third in the Frontier Conference preseason coaches’ poll. Montana Tech and Carroll tied for first in the poll, released last week.

For the second consecutive season the Raiders will open the year with a Kickoff Classic game. While last season’s opener was at Medford’s Spiegelberg Stadium, this year’s opener will be at Mel Ingram Field in Grants Pass. Southern Oregon will host Rocky Mountain in a Frontier Conference showdown beginning at 1 p.m.



So. Oregon volleyball team third in CCC coaches’ poll

Raiders have four starters back in lineup after tying for second in 2012

August 06, 2013 2:00 AM

The Southern Oregon University volleyball team is ranked third behind College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon in a Cascade Collegiate Conference preseason coaches’ poll released Monday that closely resembles the final league standings of 2012.

College of Idaho, the defending league champions, picked up eight of a possible nine first-place votes and 97 poll points overall to enter the season as the clear favorite, while Eastern Oregon, which tied SOU for second last season, received the other two first-place votes and 88 points.

Southern Oregon received 79 points, five more than fourth-ranked Concordia. Northwest Christian, Warner Pacific, Northwest, Oregon Tech, Corban and Evergeen rounded out the 10-team league’s preseason poll.

Southern Oregon returns four starters from a team that finished 19-11 overall and 14-4 in league play before losing to Eastern Oregon in the CCC tournament semifinals.

All-Cascade Collegiate Conference libero Renee Yomtob, a senior, returns to lead the Raiders. She’ll be joined by fellow seniors Liz Madden and Mona Goudarzian, both outside hitters.

The Raiders began practice Monday in preparation for their first action of the season — the prestigious Biola Invitational, Aug. 22-23. The Raiders will face four ranked teams in the tournament, included top-five programs Biola and Concordia (Calif.).

The top six teams in the CCC’s final regular season standings will earn spots in the conference’s postseason tournament, which begins Nov. 12. The regular season champion and the runner-up automatically qualify for the tournament semifinals, where they’ll face the winners of the quarterfinals contests. The league quarterfinals will be held on campus sites, while the regular season champion will host the semifinals and finals. The CCC’s tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships, which begin Nov. 23.

CCC Volleyball Preseason Poll

Team Points

College of Idaho (8) 97

Eastern Oregon (2) 88

Southern Oregon 79

Concordia 74

Northwest Christian 51

Warner Pacific 51

Northwest 45

Oregon Tech 29

Corban 22

Evergreen 14

* First-place votes in parentheses


SOU in the News: July 25-31, 2013

IEditorial: Mail Tribune endorses “pay it forward” plan for Oregon universities
Mail Tribune July 31, 2013

SOU’s Hannon Library gathers a local wine industry treasure trove
Mail Tribune July 31, 2013

SOU professor earns Fulbright Award
Mail Tribune July 25, 2013



Federal magistrate denies SOU request to dismiss Ron Kramer’s lawsuit

KMVU July 30, 2013


SOU earns national acclaim for video

Mail Tribune July 27, 2013


Conference coaches pick Raiders to finish third in football this year

Mail Tribune July 31, 2013


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Investing in human capital

State treasurer’s plan would ask voters to approve state bonds for college grants

July 31, 2013 2:00 AM

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has joined the chorus of reformers bent on improving higher education in Oregon, but he is focusing on the people who, ultimately, are supposed to benefit from post-secondary studies: the students.

The state’s largest universities — the University of Oregon, Portland State and Oregon State — got a bill from the 2013 Legislature allowing them to create their own governing boards. The idea is that independent decision-making and large-scale fundraising could free those campuses from micromanagement by the Legislature and help keep tuition from continuing to soar.

Wheeler’s approach is less sweeping, but it could have a big impact on college affordability by tapping the state’s bonding authority to expand Oregon Opportunity Grants to students pursuing college or vocational training.

Wheeler notes a new study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce that examines where job growth will occur through 2020 and what level of education will be required to qualify for those jobs in each state. In Oregon, 70 percent of jobs will require at least some education beyond high school, above the national average of 65 percent. That’s because much of Oregon’s job growth is expected to be in technical fields.

Lawmakers responded positively to Wheeler’s proposal, but insisted that voters should be asked to sign off on it.

The bill that passed will ask voters in November 2014 whether state bonds should be sold to expand the money available to help low- and middle-income Oregon students pay for postsecondary education.

The state regularly issues bonds, essentially borrowing against future revenue. The proceeds usually pay for capital construction projects — buildings, roads, bridges and the like — but there is no reason why the money can’t be invested in human capital instead.

The Oregon Opportunity program has been in effect for decades, but suffered cuts along with the rest of state government during the recession. At the same time, demand soared as unemployed people returned to college or delayed entering the workforce to increase their education.

Now, only two of every 10 qualified students receive an Oregon Opportunity Grant.

If voters agree to use bonds to finance college grants, that would not mean higher taxes. But the state’s capacity to issue bonds is limited by law. Every dollar borrowed to fund college grants would be a dollar not available for other purposes — such as new buildings on state college campuses.

For our part, we endorse the idea of investing those dollars not in more bricks and mortar, but in human potential.


A sip of history

Hannon Library at SOU gathers a treasure trove from Southern Oregon’s wine industry

By Janet Eastman

Mail Tribune

July 31, 2013 2:00 AM


Inside a climate-controlled storage room, Eric Weisinger is tasting his past.

For 25 years, the Weisinger family has been making wine in Ashland and it’s time, says the second-generation winemaker, to evaluate every vintage and varietal, and decide which to continue to age, sell or distill.

Weisinger’s of Ashland was the first winery in the city to bottle wines made from a tiny patch of gewürztraminer grapevines John Weisinger planted in 1979.

Now, there are about 200 acres of grapevines quilting nearby hillsides and enough wine producers to create a map to hand out to customers wanting to visit one tasting room after another.

The local enology enterprise is so long-lived and interesting that Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library is archiving historic documents — photos, wine labels and reports — donated by local grape growers and wine producers. These will be preserved, organized and made accessible online.

The Wine of Southern Oregon project, in partnership with Linfield College’s statewide project, will be added to SOU’s vast collection of enology and viticulture books and journals donated by retired winemaker Will Brown of Ashland.

Today, people in the wine industry will be able to see the collection and meet some of the original quixotic pioneers and self-taught winemakers who defied pessimists and planted the roots to an industry that has taken hold. The state’s wine industry was estimated as worth $3 billion annually at last count.

The next wave of wine producers in family-owned businesses are stepping in. Many spent their youth in vineyards, carrying buckets during harvest and sitting on oak barrels as their parents tasted and blended what would later be bottled and sold.

“My dad handed over the reins this year and he likes to say he’s retired, but I still keep him in the loop on current activities and future planning,” said Eric Weisinger, 44, who was underage when he tasted his dad’s first vintage, a 1988 gewürztraminer. “He likes where things are going.”

After graduating from Ashland High School, Eric Weisinger took classes at U.C. Davis, surrounded himself with reliable mentors and spent three years learning New Zealand’s wine production techniques. Newly married, he’s home for good now and facing a hard chore.

As he slowly takes over from his 72-year-old father, he is setting up the business for the future.

He sees his label, with the telltale image of an American kestrel, as representing his family, the region’s history and terroir. The fourth pillar is quality, and to improve the taste and ageabilty of his wines, he has to evaluate what the soil, sun, rain and a series of winemakers, including himself, have produced before.

Over the last week, he has tasted about 100 different bottles from the “wine library,” which is a fancy term for the cases that he has sorted and stacked on the concrete floor in a storage building that is a parking lot away from the winery and tasting room.

He quickly sniffed, sipped and then spat out a taste from each bottle. He then rated it and wrote its future on a simple chart: Keep it. Sell it. Distill it.

Weisinger picked up a bottle of 2001 merlot that captured an impressive 89 points from Wine Spectator and caused a rush of sales in the tasting room. The family kept a few cases.

As he did with other wines, he looked at the label and sentimentally spoke about that year. Where he was living. Where the family was on their quest to make good wine.

“I have winemakers friends who endured sadness during a year and they won’t even drink their wine made then,” he said, before sniffing at the merlot’s earthy, fruity scent.

Absent or distracted winemakers affect the wine, he said. If they’re unable to work early in the morning until late at night, or systematically check on wine aging in a barrel, it can be tasted in the bottle.

“I know all these wines intimately,” he said, “and I know how they should taste.”

He then shook off emotions, and recalled that the merlot was made with the old winery equipment and a yeast carefully selected to bring out the flavor.

He sipped, spat and then graded the merlot as excellent on his chart.

“This is the best wine I’ve had in here,” he said, adding that he may create a special event at the tasting room to celebrate it being released from storage. “We will do something fun with it. Right now, though, I’m going to take a few bottles home.”

Digging deeper, he found a case he hoped had been saved. It contains bottles from the earliest year, a wine so precious that John Weisinger and his wife, Sherita, signed and numbered the first 100 bottles.

“This,” said Eric, holding a bottle high as if offering it to the heavens, “is what I will donate to the history project.”

He then carefully puts bottle No. 16 back into the box and closes the lid without a single taste.

Reach reporter Janet Eastman at 541-776-4465 or


Learn more

The Wine of Southern Oregon history project is at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. For more information on the project, contact Mary Jane Cedar Face, 541-552-6836 or

In addition to new documents online and oral history interviews, SOU Hannon Library’s has nearly 1,300 enology and viticulture books and journals, most of them donated by Will Brown of Ashland, who was a winemaker at Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point.

More information can be found on SOU’s Special Collections Enology and Viticulture page at


SOU professor earns Fulbright Award

July 25, 2013 12:00 PM

A Southern Oregon University English and literature professor has received a Fulbright Scholar Award, providing her with funding to do research at the University of Liverpool.

Professor Diana Maltz will do research for her new book, “The Child in the House: Lifestyle Aestheticism, Visual Culture, and Family Identity, 1880-1910.” In a news release announcing the award, she described Liverpool as a remarkable city for any scholar of Victorian studies, praising its libraries, art galleries, and university community.

SOU officials said the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program that offers awards for study or research in any field.


SOU earns national acclaim for video

Documentary of 2012 football season earns top honor in contest by

By Kris Henry

Mail Tribune

July 27, 2013 2:00 AM

Sometimes from small ideas come big things.

When Craig Howard was debating whether to take on the challenge of guiding the Southern Oregon University football program in 2011, he did what anyone might do in this age of technology.

“I just typed in Southern Oregon football,” Howard said of an internet search from his Florida home. “The only thing I really saw was a thing about their bus on one of their trips that caught fire. It really didn’t talk much about Southern Oregon University or Southern Oregon football.”

He made it through that first season just fine, but couldn’t shake the desire to shed more light on the Raiders program if possible. Then came his directive prior to the 2012 campaign that seemed innocent but wound up taking on a whole life of its own.

“I just talked to our young coaches and some of our older players and said, ‘Get a camera and start filming stuff,'” said Howard. “My intention was just to get more stuff on the internet and more stuff recruits could see to spread the word about Southern Oregon University and Southern Oregon football, something that told our story and let people know who we are and what we’re about.”

What transpired after that could not have been predicted, even by the ever-optimistic Howard.

With student assistant football coach Matt Adkins taking the lead, a series of promotional videos were borne through a breakthrough 2012 season by the Raiders. That ultimately led to a full-length documentary titled “Team of Firsts” that’s available on YouTube.

“It turned into a storybook season last year and they just happened to have a camera crew filming it all,” said Howard, whose team earned the Frontier Conference championship, advanced to the NAIA national quarterfinals and finished ranked No. 5 in the final NAIA poll.

Southern Oregon submitted one of the video trailers to a contest sponsored by and, as a result, learned Tuesday that it had been named Video of the Year for the non-FBS division.

“I’m so tickled for Matt and all of them,” Howard said of those involved in the project. “He didn’t have any money to do that, just some guys with a video camera and some creative minds. They put together music and all those things you have to do in a production like that with the editing and telling a story without really any budget. You really have to know what you’re doing and they did a fantastic job, I’m just so proud of them.”

Adkins served as director for the project, which followed the SOU football team from the opening of practice through a dramatic postseason run. The documentary was produced by a company called “Dose of Dopeness” that included Adkins and current SOU players Chris Kammel of Phoenix and Colin Amsler, Zach Urrutia, Mike Bibbee, Grant Torgerson, Zac Ward and Nick Kurland.

The group was given full access and wound up telling a compelling story on what life is like in a small-college atmosphere. In an honest, straightforward and informative way, the group was able to capture the bond that can be created as a member of a football team as well as the life lessons that can be learned through victory and defeat through a series of interviews and season highlights.

Howard said there was no direction given from his office to the crew, other than one basic ideal.

“I always wanted it to be positive, upbeat and clean and portray the story of Southern Oregon football,” he said. “What they were attempting to show in this film was so many of our guys weren’t recruited by big-time schools but still found joy at playing football at our level, which is maybe the purest level of football there is, and that the emotions of a big loss or big win or big game are just as magnified and important as they’d be at the big-time football level.”

The full-length documentary is 1 hour, 48 minutes but there are a handful of shorter video trailers for the “Team of Firsts” project also available on YouTube. The film premiered at the Ashland Street Cinemas in February and drew a tremendous response.

“People were really moved by it,” said Howard. “People were crying by the end of it because it was such a good movie with such a great message. We didn’t realize it was going to go on and be a nationally recognized video.”

SOU’s submission to was selected as one of six finalists in its category, and subsequently evaluated by a panel that consisted of Sports Illustrated senior writer Andy Staples, Bleacher Report lead college football writer Adam Kramer, Smart Football editor and author Chris Brown and SB Nation managing editor Brian Floyd.

Howard said he’s proud of the project as a whole, but his favorite moment likely involves the special moment shared in the locker room by seniors Cole McKenzie and Patrick Donahue after his team’s season-ending 47-44 overtime loss to Morningside.

“They had full access to everything we did and the cameras were right there in the locker room after we lost that game and guys who were seniors and knew they wouldn’t play again were there and didn’t want to take their uniforms off,” said the coach. “They’re crying together over their bond, and there’s Pat Donahue and Cole McKenzie both consoling one another, one’s the No. 1 receiver in the nation and the other’s No. 2, and they had bought into everything we were about. When you see them hugging each other and consoling each other, it kinda makes you cry, too.”

While the documentary provides a great time capsule of memories for SOU’s breakthrough season, Howard hopes it also will help promote the idea of coming to Ashland for future Raiders.

“I think it sells the program and what we’re trying to accomplish and our core values that we try to teach of character, strength and honor,” he said. “When you go to recruit and go on the road and go to a high school that hasn’t seen us play, as coaches we can get a laptop out and break that out and show that video and give them a flavor of what Southern Oregon football is all about.”

Adkins was in Sweden on vacation and unable to respond to interview requests, but Howard said he has no desire to stop chronicling his team’s seasons anytime soon.

“We want to keep it going in the future,” he said. “I don’t know if we’ll have a guy as talented as Matt Adkins, and our budget’s still zero, but we still want to do things in a big-time way here at Southern Oregon.”

Reach reporter Kris Henry at or



WHAT: In-house video production chronicling Southern Oregon University’s breakthrough 2012 football campaign.


  • OF NOTE: Recently was named Video of the Year for the non-FBS division by



Raiders picked to finish third in Frontier

SOU shared conference crown last season

July 31, 2013 2:00 AM

WHITEFISH, Mont. — Defending Frontier Conference football co-champion Southern Oregon University will enter its second season as a conference member once again looking to out-perform preseason expectations after the league’s coaches predicted the Raiders to finish third this season.

The Raiders tied Montana Tech with an 8-2 record to share the 2012 conference title, with Tech claiming the league’s automatic bid to the national playoffs. Southern Oregon qualified as an at-large team and advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals. They were No. 5 in the final poll.

Southern Oregon defeated Montana Tech and Carroll during the final three weeks of the 2012 regular season, but those two teams were ranked ahead of the Raiders in the 2013 poll.

Montana Tech claimed four first-place votes, Carroll got three and they both had 43 points and go into the season as conference co-favorites. Southern Oregon landed the final first-place vote and totaled 40 points.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Southern Oregon’s season-opening opponent, Rocky Mountain, tallied 34 points to rank fourth. The Raiders will host Rocky Mountain on Aug. 31 at Mel Ingram Field in Grants Pass for the 2013 Kickoff Classic.

Montana State-Northern was picked to finish fifth (22 points), followed by Eastern Oregon (18), Montana Western (17) and Dickinson State (7).

The Raiders will host Montana Tech on Oct. 5 and will visit it in Butte in the final game of the regular season on Nov. 16. Southern Oregon will travel to Helena, Mont., on Nov. 2 to face Carroll.

SOU in the News: May 8-9, 2013


SOU showcases research and art

Mail Tribune May 9, 2013

Documentary developer to speak Monday at SOU

Mail Tribune May 9, 2013


SOU academic support prioritization report released

The Siskiyou May 8, 2013


It’s track and field conference championship time, and the Raiders want a title

SOU Raiders May 8, 2013

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SOU showcases research and art
May 08, 2013 9:40 AM
southern oregon arts and research

Each year, Southern Oregon Arts and Research showcases faculty and student research and artistic achievement at Southern Oregon University. The event will take place Monday through Friday, May 13-17, at SOU and will include student research projects, lectures, open laboratories and studios, live music and theater performances, faculty panels, art exhibits and a student film festival. All SOAR presentations are free, unless indicated otherwise. Free parking will be available in the lot off South Mountain Avenue. Seewww.souledu/soar for information.

Highlights include a demonstration of a hexacopter created by computer science faculty member Lynn Ackler. The small, radio-controlled, six-bladed helicopter is used by computer forensics classes to investigate crime scenes. It will fly over the SOU campus during SOAR opening ceremonies, videotaping scenes below.

SOAR kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday with a talk by Richard Hutton titled, “Communicating Happiness,” presented in the Meese Auditorium of the SOU Art Building. Hutton is executive producer of the PBS series “This Emotional Life.” Jackie Apodaca, associate professor at SOU, will moderate. At 7:30 p.m., the Faculty Brass Quintet will present “An Evening of West Coast Brass Music” in the Music Recital Hall. Admission is $5 but is free for students.

On Tuesday, SOAR opening cermonies are at 12:30 p.m. in the Stevenson Union courtyard. Following the ceremony, laboratories and studios — including Jefferson Public Radio in Central Hall, various departments of the Hannon Library, and RVTV’s multimedia studio, 345 Webster St. — will be open to visitors from 1 to 3 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m., the costume and scene shops in the Theatre Arts Building will be open, along with the anthropology and geospatial labs in Taylor Hall; the computer data center in Computer Science West; digital arts in Computer Science East; the chemistry, biotechnology and physics labs in the Science Building; the nursing simulation center in Britt Hall; and the art studios in the Marion Ady Building. From 7 to 9 p.m., short films directed by SOU students will be showcased at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St. Admission is free. Call 541-482-3321.

From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, students and faculty will present art, lectures, panels, demonstrations, live music and performance art at various campus locations. From noon to 1:30 p.m., students and faculty will present and discuss their research in the Rogue River Room in Stevenson Union. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., SOU’s theater program will present “Avenue Q” in its Center Stage Theatre. Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students.

On Friday, student recitals will be held from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, and students will present theatrical performances in front of the Theatre Arts Building.

Documentary developer to speak Monday at SOU

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University’s annual campus theme, “Exploring Happiness,” comes to a close Monday, May 13, with “Communicating Happiness.” The presentation features Richard Hutton, developer of many award-winning documentaries and the executive director of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Carsey-Wolf Center, which supports media research, teaching and literacy.

SOU Associate Professor of Theatre Jackie Apodaca will moderate the conversation at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, in the Meese Auditorium of the SOU Art Building. Admission is free, and is open to the public. Parking is available in the metered lot off Indiana street adjacent to Cox Hall, along Indiana street, and in a few spaces behind the Schneider Museum of Art.

SOU in the News: April 29 – May 2

SOU’s theater program is bursting at the seams
Daily Tidings April 30, 2013

Illegal immigrant will get driver’s license and “full-ride scholarship” to SOU’s Honors College
Mail Tribune May 1, 2013

Conference at SOU will explore generational differences and bias in the workplace
Mail Tribune May 2, 2013

Celso Machado this Saturday in SOU’s Music Recital Hall
Mail Tribune May 2, 2013


SOU recognized for commitment to sustainability
The Siskiyou April 29, 2013


SOU Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Development Erin Wilder says preschools need better funding

KOBI 5 April 29, 2013


Raiders wrap football practice with annual spring game Friday night
SOU Raiders April 30, 2013

Raiders offensive coordinator Ken Fasnacht thinks Tim Tebow still has a career in the NFL
Sporting News April 30, 2013


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SOU theater program bursting at the seams

Popular program has no problem attracting talented students

By Vickie Aldous

Ashland Daily Tidings

April 30, 2013 2:00 AM

Southern Oregon University’s Theatre Arts Program is garnering praise from theater professionals, even as it turns away students because of a lack of space.

Built in 1982, the Theatre Arts building was designed to accommodate 60 students.

The building now hosts 250 theater majors, said Program Coordinator Deborah Rosenberg.

Each year, 120 students want to get into the program but only 65 are admitted, she said.

“We only have two actual classrooms. We teach in the lobby. Kids rehearse in the bathroom,” Rosenberg said.

The theater program needs $11 million to remodel its building and add classrooms, bathrooms, rehearsal space and other facilities, she said.

But with tight state funding for higher education needs, faculty members and students don’t have high expectations that the money will come through.

The university is also seeking donors for the building remodel, Rosenberg said.

In the meantime, theater professionals in Ashland are praising SOU’s students and a program that turns out well-rounded graduates.

“They are hard-working young people,” said Oregon Shakespeare Festival Director of Company Development Scott Kaiser, who crisscrosses the country scouting universities for theater talent. “Most are putting themselves through school by working. They take classes by day and do shows at night.”

Veteran OSF actor Michael Hume, who has directed students in SOU plays and taught in classrooms, said the students are hard-working, focused and savvy.

Last year, several aspiring stage managers in the SOU program asked him to write letters of recommendation, he said.

“I was able to say, ‘These will be professional stage managers,'” Hume said.

Rosenberg said students are required to study multiple aspects of theater.

“We expect every student to understand all of theater,” she said.

That helps break down the cliques and hierarchy that can develop in a theater company, and also creates multi-skilled graduates, she said.

“We have actors learning to sew for the first time. We have costume designers take acting and understand how scary it is to be on stage,” Rosenberg said.

Some students who come into the program expecting to focus on one area, such as acting, discover they have talents in another specialty, such as costume design, she said.

The students take classes and also work on the six plays that SOU produces each year, Rosenberg said.

In a recent makeup class, aspiring actors, lighting designers, costume designers, technical directors and singers all practiced how to apply makeup to transform themselves into animals.

In a previous class, they became aliens, and in an upcoming class, they will replicate the blood and gore of wounds.

Senior Alex Groveman had dark circles around his eyes and had created the look of fur with makeup. He held up his source of inspiration, a photo of a snarling raccoon.

His classmates offered critiques of the results, with instructor Rosenberg guiding the discussion.

“Good luck with that rabies,” Rosenberg told Groveman.

“Thank you,” he responded. “I’m heading to the vet later.”

Senior Laurel Livezey had given herself a wrinkled muzzle and brow, replicating the look of a pug dog.

She said acting is her main focus, but she’s gained experience in all aspects of theater.

“Theater is so much more collaborative than people tell you,” Livezey said. “You really have to know what each side goes through. I’ve been up in the catwalks adjusting lights. As an actor, I know how much work went into this one light that’s hitting me. I know how much pressure everyone is under. It’s empathy — knowing what everyone is going through and respecting that.”

Senior Delaney Matson had turned herself into a “Planet of the Apes”-worthy chimpanzee.

She said she is learning the intricacies of a variety of jobs, including costume design and stage management.

“I love it here. It’s really great. I like that they’re training us to be professionals, even though we’re students,” Matson said. “They expect us to be just as professional as they are.”

The next productions to take the stage at SOU are “Avenue Q,” from May 16 through June 2, and “The Illusion,” from May 23 through June 2.

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Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or




OSF and SOU forge theater links

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University’s Theatre Arts Program have forged a relationship that sends dozens of students and theater professionals back and forth between the two institutions.

Students are funneled into internships and acting roles at OSF, while actors, directors, stage combat experts, voice instructors and others teach classes and help with SOU plays.

OSF Director of Company Development Scott Kaiser — who scouts universities across America for theater talent and also heads OSF’s actor training program — said SOU is unique.

“It’s our local feeder department. We have relationships with schools all over the country, but we have a special relationship with SOU because they’re right down the street,” Kaiser said.

He said he auditions SOU seniors who are ready for a significant commitment to OSF.

Many universities in large urban areas have ties to their local professional theater companies. SOU is able to have ties with a world-class theater company even though it’s not in a big city, Kaiser said.

That ends up benefitting SOU students, he said.

“We’re building a bridge for them between college experience and a professional career or graduate school,” Kaiser said.

Kaiser has directed at SOU, making him one of many OSF company members who has directed or taught at the university.

“Not only do they come to OSF, we go down the street. It goes in both directions,” he said.

OSF actor Michael Hume, who has directed productions at SOU, said in the 1990s, there were only a few SOU students at OSF.

“Now we have 30 or 40 kids down here,” said Hume, noting that they can be found working in stage management, acting, design, dramaturgy, lighting, sound, carpentry, the costume shop and many other areas.

Hume credited the community-oriented focus of OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch for much of the increase.

Rauch became artistic director for OSF in 2007 and is co-leader of the theater company with new Executive Director Cynthia Rider.

Hume said OSF company members enjoy having the SOU students around because of their youthful energy and enthusiasm.

With the two institutions in such close proximity, it makes sense to build ties, he said.

“To me, it’s the perfect marriage,” Hume said.


A license to drive

Driver’s card bill for illegal immigrants passes Oregon House, expected to be signed by governor

By John Darling

for the Mail Tribune

May 01, 2013 2:00 AM

A driver’s licensing program for illegal immigrants that passed the Oregon House of Representatives Tuesday would have been a welcome gift for Luis Ayala of Medford — if it had come a couple of years ago.

Ayala has to walk, take buses and grab rides with friends, but will finally get his license and a small, inexpensive car when he turns 18 in July. At the same time, he will be preparing to start his studies at Southern Oregon University’s Honors College.

A perfect 4.0 student at South Medford High School, he was awarded a full-ride scholarship by SOU. He plans on a medical career and hopes to become an optometrist.

“It’s hard for me to get places. I have to ask for rides. I walk a mile to school. I’m too close for the school bus,” Ayala said Tuesday, following a driving lesson with his cousin. “It’s unfair. A license is a right in this country. It’s like something was taken away from me. I felt less than others.”

Ayala came to America in the sixth grade and, he said, was determined to excel in school, make friends, volunteer and master English in two years. He accomplished all those goals.

“I came here for self-improvement,” he said. “I didn’t have many friends. I put so much effort into the language and school. I mentored and tutored language at Kids Unlimited.

“We come to this country to work and get better schooling, not to make problems — and we need to drive to have a better life.”

Ayala will be able to get a driver’s license this summer, a half-year before the new driver’s cards will be available, because he was accepted into a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a federally authorized pathway to work permits and driving for children of illegal aliens.

The driver’s card bill, which earlier passed the Senate and on Tuesday passed the House, 38-20, is expected to be signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber. It grants driving rights for four years for a fee of $64. Supporters from both parties say it will make streets safer because applicants have to learn the rules of the road and pass a driving test — and the card makes it possible for them to get insurance.

Opponents have said the bill provides a benefit that should be available only to those in the country legally and ignores the immigrants’ law-breaking.

The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2014, opening the way for up to an estimated 110,000 unlicensed drivers to get cards in the first 18 months. Those applying must have proof of residency and have lived here for a year.

The card cannot be used to register to vote, board a plane or purchase a firearm. The restricted driver’s license would be marked “Driver’s Card” to distinguish it from a standard Oregon license.

The driver’s card will guarantee more drivers on the road are trained and insured, said Medford State Farm agent Oscar Rodriguez, a 26-year legal immigrant.

“That’s the big issue, rather than who’s a legal immigrant,” he said. “They have to make sure and pass the tests so they’re going to have to learn to drive properly.”

The bill wipes out the 2008 state rule requiring proof of legal residency in the country for a driver’s license, an act that made it difficult for many immigrant families to get to work, school or shopping, said Dagoberto Morales of Unete Center for Farmworker Advocacy in Medford.

“This is a big relief for everyone,” said Morales. “We’ll be able to get to work and take the children to school. It will be big revenue for the state. People have been driving in fear, afraid to lose their car if they’re driving without a license. … Now, they’ll be able to feel more secure and comfortable. It’s a really good thing for people.”

His wife, Kathy Keesee, a Unete worker, said the 2008 law caused “a lot of suffering,” including deportations. Previously licensed illegal immigrants could not renew or replace an expired or lost license under the law, she said, and some were sold fraudulent insurance.

“Now, hopefully, all this is going to change,” she said.

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said illegal immigrants without licenses will continue to be cited if stopped by police until they get driver’s cards in January. Police do not check drivers for immigration status during traffic stops, he added.

All opposing votes on the bill in both chambers were Republicans, though several supported it.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland. “It makes sure everyone on the road in Oregon is licensed, insured and driving legally. It’s been fascinating to see the change of opinion in Oregon, where agricultural interests say they need these people here and they need them driving safely.”

The son of legal immigrants, Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, opposed the bill.

“They broke the law getting in the country, broke the law working, broke the law driving and broke the law by being uninsured. … I don’t see where the card makes them buy insurance. Let’s face the facts. They’re not going to buy it.”

After polling constituents online, Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, said he found himself torn.

“The issue is: Are we promoting illegal action for people who are already breaking the law? It’s not a black-and-white world anymore. You’re dealing with real people with real families, but if they crash (under present law), they’re off the hook and our premiums go up.”

When driver’s cards were made legal in Utah and New Mexico, they chopped uninsured driving by one-half and two-thirds, respectively, according to Richardson’s online message.

Richardson voted against the measure.

Most of the new revenue from driver’s cards — $4.7 million — will go toward hiring six full-time workers and 58 temporary workers to handle applications in the first 18 months.

John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. E-mail him at


Conference explores generational differences and bias in the workplace

The free, daylong workshop is set for May 10 at Southern Oregon University

By Paul Fattig

Mail Tribune

May 02, 2013 2:00 AM

Melissa Wolff is an astute person who keeps tabs on generational changes and social bias.

After all, she is a member of the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Diversity Committee for Jackson and Josephine counties. She is also the department’s local program manager for self-sufficiency.

But she recently got a lesson in communications etiquette from the younger generation.

“I was informed the other day by one of my children that, ‘Mom, it is so rude that you call me — you interrupt me,’ ” Wolff said. “From my perspective they should pick up the phone right away. From their perspective, they would prefer that I text them when they are in the middle of a college class or whatever.”

The incident illustrates the generational differences we all experience, observed Wolff, 41, a member of Generation X. Her children, ages 18 and 20, are of the text-savvy Millennial Generation.

Those differences are among many issues to be tackled in “Unconscious Bias and Generational Differences in the Workplace,” a day-long conference scheduled for Friday, May 10, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

The free event in Stevenson Union will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. that day.

The workshop will feature Carol French and April Lewis, educators and diversity trainers who engage audiences with humor, fun and provide an interactive learning experience, according to organizers.

The morning workshop will focus on unconscious bias, including how to lessen its impact on personal and professional levels. The afternoon workshop will explore generational differences, both personally and organizationally. Participants will learn how to develop strategies for improving inclusion, harmony and synergy in a multigenerational working environment.

The conference is being organized by the Oregon Department of Human Services, ACCESS, Rogue Community College, SOU, United Way of Jackson County, Southern Oregon Goodwill, OnTrack, Jackson County Health and Human Services and RCC’s Diversity Programming Board.

About 400 participants are expected, although there is room for 500, Wolff said.

“We encourage anyone interested in the different generations to attend to learn more about the differences and how unconscious bias plays a part in how we interact with each other,” she said, noting that most workplaces represent a myriad of values, beliefs and work ethics.

A bias against a group of people can be very detrimental in a workplace, she said.

“It is the way we are as human beings to organize information and make decisions quickly based on that,” she said. “It is normal to have bias.

“However, in order to be open to people, we have to be aware we might be acting on some sort of bias that is either conscious or below the level of consciousness,” she added.

Understanding the point of view of others improves workplace efficiency and cohesion, she said.

Events in a person’s life shape that person’s view of the world, she noted.

“If you are working with somebody from a different generation, you need to be aware of that to be able to work effectively together,” she said.

“Let’s say I’m a member of the Silent Generation (those born from 1920 to 1942) and have generalized feelings about Millennials (those born from 1983 to 2000) coming into the workplace who are maybe more collaborative and not as interested in hierarchy as I am,” she said.

“If you develop a personal relationship with somebody from the Millennial Generation, that helps you let go of that bias,” she added.

To register for the conference, call Margaret Wales at 541-776-6172, ext. 705. Although there is no charge for the conference, participants are requested to bring three cans of food to be donated to ACCESS.

Reach reporter Paul Fattig at 541-776-4496 or email him at


Celso Machado at Southern Oregon University

May 02, 2013 10:50 AM

Composer, guitarist and percussionist Celso Machado will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Machado’s music is a mix of European, African, Portuguese and Brazilian styles of jazz, classical and folk. Rooted in Brazilian rhythms, it also reflects his fascination with other world-music traditions. He finds similarities in the music of southern Italy and northeast Brazil; Egyptian maqsoum and Portuguese baiao; Moroccan rhythms and the Brazilian instrument afoxe and samba dancing. He blends all of these influences into his own sound, creating a unique contribution to the evolution of Brazilian music.

“If there ever was one person who could be described as being music, it is the Brazilian Machado,” wrote Tom D’Antoni, contributing editor for Oregon Music News, about Machado’s 2010 performance in Portland. “He played guitar, ngoni, drums, flutes and other assorted little instruments. “… He created a rainforest in the theater, complete with bird calls and a rainstorm. “… He isn’t a one-man band, he’s a one-man symphony.”

Drawing on his study of classical guitar, Machado composes for solo and ensemble. He has performed in music halls around the world for 40 years.

Tickets cost $15 general admission, are free for students, and may be purchased at the SOU Performing Arts box office on South Mountain Avenue, online at or by calling 541-552-6348.

SOU coordinator: Tebow still has NFL future

Raider offensive coordinator remembers Tebow form high school days in Florida

By Ken Bradley

Sporting News

April 30, 2013 2:00 AM

The New York Jets don’t think Tim Tebow has a future with them, and certainly there are a number of other teams and coaches who feel the same way.

But Tebow has picked up plenty of believers along his career path, and there’s at least one who still thinks the 25-year-old lefty has a future in the NFL: Southern Oregon University offensive coordinator Ken Fasnacht.

“The day I met him and saw him throw the first time — even sitting down for the first time and talking ball with him — I knew he was going to be an NFL football player … at quarterback,” said Fasnacht, who was Tebow’s offensive coordinator at Nease High School.

Under head coach Craig Howard and Fasnacht, SOU led the NAIA in scoring (52.8 points) and total offense (642.0) in 2012.

“I still think he should be a quarterback in the NFL,” said Fasnacht. “I just think that league is spoiled, doesn’t coach those guys. If he’s not ready to go, if they have to work on something, they don’t want to fix anything. They want him already ready to go. I knew he’d play quarterback in the NFL and I still think he can.”

Fasnacht and then-Nease head coach Howard put the St. Augustine, Fla., high school on the map with their high-powered, throw-it-all-over-the-field offense led by Tebow.

Tebow arrived at Nease as a sophomore, and Fasnacht said it was obvious from Day 1 that he was a different sort of athlete.

“The kid wanted to be a quarterback since he was a little kid,” said Fasnacht in an interview prior to Tebow’s release Monday. “Football was not his sport — playing quarterback was his sport. He was a very focused individual.”

Tebow led the Panthers to their first state title in 2005 as a senior. In three seasons at Nease, he threw for 9,810 yards and 95 touchdowns and ran for 3,186 yards and another 62 scores.

Fasnacht says those numbers and those wins didn’t come with luck. He recalled the first time he watched Tebow throw before spring practice of his sophomore season in 2003.

“He’s out throwing balls, having fun, and we have nine kids that think they can play receiver at that point and none of them are very good at the time,” Fasnacht said. “He’s throwing balls, and I remember that I don’t think I saw a kid catch one because they were coming in so hard, zipping in like a real quarterback, bouncing off kids’ chests. I told coach that we needed to find some receivers because this guy can throw it.”

And despite being released Monday by the Jets and traded by the Broncos to make room for Peyton Manning prior to last season, Fasnacht doesn’t think that’s it for him.

“They talk about an elongated throwing motion, and he has a little bit of a pitcher’s delivery, but he didn’t throw like that in high school,” he said. “He was a very tight delivery guy. I think part of it is because (Florida) had an offense where he was such a good runner. He threw for a lot of yards at Florida, too. … Percy Harvin caught a lot of touchdown passes. All those guys caught balls in that system.

“But I think you let bad habits form because he was such a runner and nobody paid attention to coaching him on the passing game and I still think it’s that way in the NFL.

“Part of it, too, is they over-coach it. Leave his throwing motion alone — just make him go through reads and progressions, throw the ball on time and some of that stuff fixes itself. There’s so much attention brought to it that it’s even in his head now. I think if one guy just said, ‘Timmy, you’re going to be a great quarterback,’ he’d be fine.”

SOU in the News: Nov. 17-19


Guest opinion: SOU is unsustainable as a regional university

Mail Tribune November 18, 2012

Letter to the editor: SOU’s impact is widely felt

Mail Tribune November 18, 2012


Raiders football team wins first playoff game this season

Mail Tribune November 18, 2012

Raiders next football game is back in Iowa

Mail Tribune November 19, 2012

Men’s cross country team takes second at nationals, men’s basketball team wins

Mail Tribune November 18, 2012


Raider women’s basketball is on a roll, wrestlers do well at SOU Open

Mail Tribune November 19, 2012


Mr. Raider Football

Mail Tribune November 17, 2012


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SOU is unsustainable as a regional university

By By Timothy E. Dolan

November 18, 2012 2:00 AM


“It is difficult to make a man understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it.”

— Upton Sinclair

The chronic underfunding of SOU is structural in nature; a matter of being in an awkward tier between a community college and flagship university with a constituency insufficient to generate the political will to credibly assert its claim as Oregon’s public liberal arts university and properly support it as such. It would be unfair and wrong to blame its administration for its fiscal woes and conversely utter hubris for the administration to claim that it can blaze a path out of the wilderness it finds itself in.

Regional public institutions of higher learning are, by their nature, largely at the mercy of the fiscal climate and political landscapes where they are situated. This author’s experience at regional universities in Hawaii and Texas found similar problems. What compounds the challenges facing SOU over the past decade has been the aggressive expansion of Rogue Community College coupled with an ongoing and now acute squeeze on place-bound Southern Oregon households’ ability to afford sending their offspring out for an ever more expensive four-year degree. Clever and thrifty students can strategically take their general education course requirements at RCC. They can then transfer to SOU with these courses when they are ready to move into upper-division degree programs. If they are especially clever and talented they can then transfer after a year or so to a flagship university, taking the course credits earned at SOU with them. They can then receive a University of Oregon, Oregon State University or Portland State degree without undergoing the full expense of taking all of their coursework at those schools. This is why SOU’s retention rates, while recently touted as rising, still are significantly low by national norms (70 percent first-year student retention with a transfer-out rate of 23 percent and a four-year graduation rate of 13 percent according to the National Center for Educational Statistics). Compare this with the University of Oregon’s first-year student retention rate of 86 percent, transfer-out rate of 6 percent and four-year graduation rate of 44 percent. The result is that what most people might assume is a four-year university with a few professional graduate programs actually is more of a one- or two-year way station of sorts, or a place they can go to take courses on a part-time basis while working to pay the bills.

The problem is compounded by rampant grade inflation at RCC that floods SOU with underprepared students without the basic skills needed to perform at the undergraduate level. Plagiarism is up, and the need for remediation reflected in the amount of resources allocated to student support services (tutoring) is way up.

To make matters worse, we lie at the state’s political margins with a legislative delegation unwilling or unable to champion SOU in any credible way. We no longer have a Lenn Hannon to advocate effectively for SOU in Salem.

The bottom line is that U of O is just at the upper third of American public universities in student investment and SOU is right at the bottom third. (

Among those inside there is recognition that SOU is now under stresses that have been at least two generations in the making. Because of this, faculty and staff adapt to the fact that yet another shoe will drop or ax fall in the next budget cycle. A kind of crisis fatigue is firmly set in with employees at all levels immersed in a kind of bunker mentality to hold onto whatever turf they can in the face of consolidation, downsizing or whatever the master plan du jour holds.

One should not ask this administration for guidance out of this mess for the same reason one should not ask locals for directions. Their cognitive maps are constructed around their experience. They will invariably tell you to turn left at the laundromat oblivious to the fact that it is behind a 7-Eleven that they never go to and thus literally don’t see. It is beyond them the same way the Phyrigians could not untie the Gordian Knot, leaving it to an outsider (Alexander the Great) to provide his radical solution. This also would be a good time to reread the quote at the top of this piece.

This is the diagnosis. To cut now to prescription would take another article to effectively describe.

There is a way and it will not be easy, but playing musical chairs with existing schools, programs and departments is not going to resolve the problem. Expanding residential student capacity is especially ill-advised, as they are the most expensive segment to educate. The last thing we want is for SOU alumni to echo a comment made at another regional university: “It’s a beautiful campus … . Too bad there isn’t a university there.”

Timothy E. Dolan of Ashland was associate professor of political science and director of the SOU Master in Management Program from its inception in 1998 to 2005. He was most recently professor of public policy and administration in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. He has written and presented research on higher education policy including at the Global Higher Education Forum in Penang Malaysia last December. He is an active member of the World Futures Studies Federation and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Futures Studies.



November 18, 2012 2:00 AM

SOU’s impact is widely felt

SOU’s impact reaches out far and above the town of Ashland. There are people all over the world in the fields of science, business, the arts, academia, athletics and education who received their degrees here in our Rogue Valley.

Exciting things are happening at SOU, not only in Ashland, but here in Medford at their Higher Education Center. Concerts, lectures, plays, art shows, recitals and other venues are open to the public. There are youth programs from Academy for able fifth- to ninth-graders, to sports, Lego, science and ethnic camps.

As for athletics, SOU has nationally ranked men’s and women’s teams participating in everything from football to lacrosse. The games are exciting. The student-athletes and coaches are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to their sports and academics.

If you have ever attended SOU you are eligible to join the SOU Alumni Association. For less than the cost of one mocha a month you could be supporting the Alumni Association in providing scholarships for exceptional students and promoting the university, as well as receiving the benefit of special deals from local businesses. Details can be found at, or contact the alumni director, Mike Beagle at 541-552-6874.

— Carol Moody, Medford



No. 10 Raiders rally, knock off No. 8 St. Ambrose

By By Doug Green

Quad-City Times

November 18, 2012 2:00 AM


DAVENPORT, Iowa — The St. Ambrose football team went into halftime with all the momentum on its side.

In the second half, though, the Fighting Bees found none.

10th-ranked Southern Oregon knocked eighth-ranked Ambrose out of the NAIA playoffs 45-28 at Brady Street Stadium on Saturday. The Raiders scored 28 points in the fourth quarter while shutting out Ambrose in the second half.

“I don’t think they did anything special compared to what they did in the first half,” Bees junior quarterback Eric Williamson said. “They may have sent more pressure. We couldn’t get our run game going, and we got pinned down in our own end a couple of times.”

The Raiders (9-2), who have won seven games in a row, will find out who their quarterfinal opponent will be, and where that game will be played, today when the NAIA announces the elite eight pairings.

The Bees (9-2) rolled into halftime, scoring 22 unanswered points in the second quarter while getting good play from all three phases. The defense forced three second-quarter turnovers. On offense, Williamson threw a 46-yard touchdown to Sam O’Donnell and ran for another while senior running back Anton Wilkins scored on a 17-yard run. Freshman Quinn Treiber hit a 21-yard field goal as time expired to send Ambrose into halftime up 28-17.

“We game planned for most of it, but we didn’t get to spend the time on it like you normally do,” Bees cornerback Jordan Bell said. “You just got to touch things and go on the fly. In the first half, we took care of it, but in the second half, they made some adjustments and we couldn’t pull it out in the end.”

That good play in the second quarter would be the highlight of the afternoon for the Bees.

In the second half, St. Ambrose managed only 140 total yards with 12 of those coming on the ground. Freshman receiver Zach Grant was held to four catches for 38 yards.

Southern Oregon, the No. 1 scoring team in the NAIA during the regular season, took the opening kickoff and cruised down the field for an early touchdown. The Bees defense stymied the Raiders’ attack in the middle two quarters, but SOU found life in the fourth as sophomore Austin Dodge tossed two touchdowns and Manny Barragan ran for another before Josh Leff returned a Williamson pass 39 yards for a touchdown to ice the game.

Barragan rushed for 192 yards and SOU finished with 547 total, well below its average but good enough thanks to Leff (two interceptions) and the rest of the Raider defense.

“They had forced us to make some mistakes,” Southern Oregon coach Craig Howard said. “We were on the verge of panic. They pushed us right to the edge at halftime. I think our coaches and our players did a good job of not panicking. I take my hat off to their coaching staff. They had them well prepared, and their pass rush was the best we seen all year.”

For the Bees, it was all about failing to capitalize.

“We had some chances there to make a statement at the start of the second half and put some pressure back on them,” Ambrose coach Mike Magistrelli said. “We missed some opportunities there in the second half.”

Dodge completed 28 of 51 passes for 307 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cole McKenzie on third-and-goal to give the Raiders the lead for good, 31-28, with 11:03 to go in the game. After the teams traded possessions, SOU’s Mike Olson returned a punt 37 yards to set up the Raiders at the St. Ambrose 34. Seven plays later, Barragan charged into the end zone on third-and-8 from the nine, extending SOU’s lead to 38-28.

No. 10 Southern Oregon 45,No. 8 St. Ambrose 28

At Brady Street Stadium

Southern Oregon 17 0 0 28 —45

St. Ambrose 6 22 0 0 —28

SOU — Olson 4 run (Amsler kick)

SAU — Wilkins 19 run (kick failed)

SOU — Olson 17 pass from Dodge (Amsler kick)

SOU — FG Amsler 20

SAU — Williamson 4 run (run failed)

SAU — O’Donnell 46 pass from Williamson (run failed)

SAU — Wilkins 17 run (Treiber kick)

SAU — FG Treiber 21

SOU — Donahue 32 pass from Dodge (Amsler kick)

SOU — McKenzie 5 pass from Dodge (Amsler kick)

SOU — Barragan 9 run (Amsler kick)

SOU — Leff 39 interception return (Amsler kick)



First Downs 31 23

Rushes-Yards 54-240 31-163

Passing Yards 307 309

Comp-Att-Int 28-51-1 26-43-2

Total Yards 547 472

Punts 3-24 7-37.6

Fumbles-lost 4-2 2-1

Penalties-yards 5-36 5-50



Southern Oregon — Barragan 30-192, Marshall 12-41, Dodge 3-7, Olson 7-3, team 2-(-3).

St. Ambrose — Kelly 22-143, Wilkins 2-36, Klingler 1-(-3), Williamson 6-(-13).


Southern Oregon — Dodge 28-51-1 307.

St. Ambrose — Williamson 26-42-2 309, Wilkins 0-1-0 0.


Southern Oregon — Donahue 6-83, Barragan 6-47, Olson 5-81, McKenzie 4-39, Marshall 3-21, Sierra 2-30, Kirkpatrick 1-5, Otaguro 1-1.


St. Ambrose — O’Donnell 9-157, Grant 4-38, Munro 3-43, Cappaert 3-30, Kelly 2-24, Overstreet 1-12, Friederich 1-7, Wilkins 1-(-1), Williamson 1-(-1).


Raiders to return to Iowa for quarterfinals

November 19, 2012 2:00 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After knocking off No. 8 St. Ambrose 45-28 in Saturday’s NAIA Football Championship Series first round, the 10th-ranked Southern Oregon football team will return to Iowa this weekend for a quarterfinal match, traveling to Sioux City to face No. 3 Morningside.

Southern Oregon was one of only two road teams to win last weekend, and the Raiders will be looking to hand the Mustangs their first loss of the season on Saturday. Since 2000, home teams in the FCS quarterfinals are 35-12.

Morningside, 11-0 this season, will be appearing in the quarterfinals for the seventh time in the last nine years and will host for the first time since 2009. The Raiders, 9-2 after Saturday’s win, will be looking to make program history with a win in the quarterfinal round for the first time. Southern Oregon is 0-3 all-time in quarterfinal games, while Morningside is 1-5.

The Raiders will again charter a flight from Medford to Iowa, with the plane set to leave the Rogue Valley on Friday morning and fly direct to Sioux City. The team will return immediately following the game on Saturday. This week, however, the plane will have 80 extra seats available for fans and family to purchase and join the trip.

Seats will cost $500 each and will include transportation from the airport to the hotel and game in Sioux City, but will not include the hotel costs. Southern Oregon Athletics will reserve a block of rooms for fans at the team hotel for those traveling to purchase.

For more information about joining the team on its trip to Sioux City this weekend, contact associate athletic director Bobby Heiken at 541-552-6824 or by email at


SOU takes second at cross country championships

November 18, 2012 2:00 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Southern Oregon earned its third consecutive top-three national finish Saturday as the Raiders placed second at the 2012 NAIA men’s cross country championships at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The Raiders, who entered the season ranked No. 1 in the NAIA poll, totaled 153 points to finish behind team champion St. Francis (138) by 15 points. California State San Marcos took third with 165 points in an extremely close championship race.

“I thought overall the team ran very well,” SOU head coach Grier Gatlin said. “We had a race plan and we executed it. There were just a few things that maybe didn’t go our way, and that’s the difference between first and second.”

Tyler VanDyke from Eagle Point High led the Raiders with a 19th-place finish (25 minutes, 6 seconds), followed closely by teammate Scott McIntyre in 22nd place (25:10) to give SOU a pair of All-American finishers. Eric Avila finished in 51st (25:40), followed immediately by Nathan Normo in 54th (25:41). Brett Hornig placed 63rd (25:47), Eric Ghelfi took 29th (25:57) and Jared Hixon finished 94th (26:04), as all seven Raider runners finished within one minute of each other.

“While we’re disappointed to not walk away with the title, taking a conference championship and finishing second at the national meet with two All-Americans is a huge accomplishment,” Gatlin said.

After claiming its fifth consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference two weeks ago, Southern Oregon earned its second-best national finish in program history Saturday.

In the women’s race earlier in the morning, Anne Hagy represented the Southern Oregon women’s team with a 94th-place finish. Hagy ran the 5,000-meter race in 19:26 as the only Raider in the competition.


Men’s Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 82, WILLIAM JESSUP 70 — At Klamath Falls, 23rd-ranked Southern Oregon continued its hot shooting and held off a late William Jessup run to defeat the Warriors at the Midland Empire Insurance Classic.

Southern Oregon improves to 4-2 with the win, while William Jessup falls to 1-5. The Raiders return to action Tuesday evening in a nonconference rivalry showdown, hosting No. 2 Oregon Tech at 7:30 p.m. at Bob Riehm Arena.

Southern Oregon shot 56 percent in the contest (28-for-50), including 60 percent in the second half (15-for-25). David Sturner connected on 8 of 13 shot attempts to lead SOU with 19 points, while Eric Thompson scored 15 points on only eight shot attempts. Terriel Thomas tallied 11 points with eight rebounds, and both Kyle Tedder and Dex Daum added 10 points for the Raiders.


SOU women rout Hope International

November 19, 2012 2:00 AM

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon opened the game on a 35-4 run and shot better than 60 percent as a team in a 99-58 nonconference women’s basketball victory over Hope International Sunday evening at Bob Riehm Arena.

Southern Oregon improved to 6-0 win the win, while Hope International fell to 4-1 with its first loss of the season. The Raiders return to action Friday afternoon at the 2012 Flagship Inn Classic, hosting Lewis-Clark State at 3:30 p.m.

Alexi Smith scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Raiders, while Carly Meister connected on eight of nine shot attempts to score 17 points. Allison Gida scored 14 points, Angelica Cahee added 11 points and Molly Doran finished with 10. Andrina Rendon tallied a double-double for Hope International, scoring 13 points with 15 rebounds, while Rina Towne scored 17 points and Brittany Bauman added 13 points.

The Raiders connected on 60.9 percent of their shots (42-of-69) while limiting the Royals to 22.2 percent shooting (18-of-81). Southern Oregon scored the first 10 points and stretched its lead to 31 points when a Meister layup made it 35-4 with 8:50 to play in the first half. From that point, the Raiders coasted to a 49-22 halftime advantage and a 99-58 final score.



SOU OPEN — At Ashland, the top-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team hosted the annual SOU Open Saturday and Sunday, with three SOU wrestlers coming away with individual championships.

Top-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt dominated the 125-pound bracket for the Raiders, winning all three of his matches by fall in a total of less than four minutes.

Jimmy Eggemeyer, ranked No. 1 in the 149-pound class but wrestling in the 157 bracket, won all three of his matches to claim the title for the Raiders. He picked up a pair of injury default victories and a 5-1 decision victory en route to the 157-pound championship.

Eighth-ranked Taylor Johnson, wrestling unattached, won the 197-pound bracket. He earned a first-round bye and earned a pin en route to the final match, where he won the title.

The Raiders are 1-0 in duals this season, defeating No. 8 Great Falls 23-17 on Friday at Bob Riehm Arena. Southern Oregon will have a break from competition for the next week, returning to action with a home dual against No. 15 Menlo on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.



Mr. Raider Football

Stan Smith was on the last undefeated team in 1946 and remains an integral part at SOU

By Tim Trower

Mail Tribune

November 17, 2012 2:00 AM

Stan Smith did what he typically does on autumn afternoons when Southern Oregon University has home football games. He sat in the stands on the home side and watched his beloved Raiders.

Halftime was about to run its course last Saturday when the SOU players returned to the field.

The next thing Smith knew, a player, one he’d befriended the past couple years, veered from formation, headed across the track, up the steps and into the stands. Linebacker Daniel Breaux got to Smith, the 88-year-old patriarch of Raider football, and knelt to give him a hug and say a few words.

Smith, a World War II veteran and one of two remaining starters from the Raiders’ last undefeated team in 1946, isn’t one to mince words.

“They had dedicated the game or something to me,” he said Friday in his Medford living room. “S—-, I couldn’t even hear it. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. The damn kid comes running up the steps and the second half is about to kick off.”

Told of Smith’s reaction over the phone as the team holed up Friday in a Davenport, Iowa, hotel awaiting today’s NAIA playoff game against St. Ambrose, Breaux, a decorated linebacker, howled in laughter.

It was Stan being Stan, said the sophomore from Greenfield, Calif.

After his playing days, Smith coached at high schools from Cave Junction to Baker City, but for years he made his mark as a Rogue Valley restaurant owner and cook. He started the Raider Golf Tournament in 1990, and it’s become the university’s biggest fundraising event. He was on the Raider board of directors for years, served on coaching search committees, purchased equipment for the football team and generally, in step with his late wife, Tommie, has given of himself whenever possible.

So when SOU coach Craig Howard learned before last week’s game against Montana Tech that Smith will have surgery next month to remove an aneurysm, it weighed heavily on him.

Howard often calls Smith “Mr. Raider Football.”

Smith coached Gary Mires at Baker City, and Mires was Howard’s high school coach at Grants Pass. The three remain deeply connected.

“He is the most loyal alumni I’ve ever seen,” said Howard.

The coach was emotional when he informed the Raider players of Smith’s condition before the game and dedicated the contest to him. Breaux’s gesture was strictly his own, catching even Howard by surprise.

“I just told him thank you and we’re doing this for him,” said Breaux. “Stan is a big part of where our team is and all the success we’ve had. He’s one of ours. He’s a Raider and he bleeds Raider red.”

To what end? His doctor wanted to do the procedure sooner, but Smith — aware of the risks — asked that it be moved back until after football season.

He doesn’t want to miss a moment of SOU’s exhilarating ride.

The Raiders are ranked 10th in the country and have won six straight games on the strength of a dizzying offense.

It’s a far cry from Smith’s days in the game. His coaching playbook would look “pretty conservative” next to the Raiders’, he said.

Smith recalled a Baker High team reunion and a conversation with a former running back.

“He said, ‘Well damn it, coach, we only had six plays,’ and I said, ‘Well, that’s not true. We had 12 … six right and six left.'”

It wasn’t much different when Smith played.

At Medford High, his coach was Bill Bowerman, who would later gain fame as the University of Oregon track coach.

Smith recalled running sprints his junior year in front of Bowerman. The coach was impressed by his speed and agility for a big man — in college he played at 6-foot-11/2, 225 pounds — and suggested he might try out at fullback his senior year.

That year never came.

Smith went to war in August 1942, joining the Navy. His ship mostly convoyed from the Panama Canal throughout the Atlantic.

Upon his return, he joined a number of other war veterans at what was then Southern Oregon College of Education. The school was on the verge of closing because of low enrollment, but when the war ended, the number of students rose from 42 to more than 500.

A by-product was the resurrection of the football team. It had been suspended in 1939 after back-to-back winless seasons, then was shut down a year later when the war siphoned its male enrollment.

Football wouldn’t return until the soldiers did, and that was in 1946. The team was about 30 strong, said Smith, and “we were like brothers, you know?”

Most of them lived in veteran housing, and they quickly regained their football acumen.

Al Simpson was the coach. He took over the Medford High team when Bowerman enlisted, winning state in 1944. When Bowerman returned, Simpson was out of a job and SOCE needed a coach.

He ran a 6-2 defense — “Hell, it was real simple,” said Smith — and the T-formation offense, as opposed to the single wing favored by most teams.

Smith was a tackle on both sides of the ball. At the time, if you played one position on offense, there was a correlating position on defense, he said. Quarterbacks also played safety, fullbacks and centers were the linebackers, halfbacks were the defense backs.

“It was automatic,” said Smith. “Apparently you had some skill that had a connection with offense and defense.”

The Red Raiders, as they were dubbed then, went 8-0, coming from behind four times and claiming the inaugural Pear Bowl. Two of the victories were over the Oregon and Oregon State junior varsity teams, which included seniors and some players who saw varsity action, said Smith.

SOCE won its first seven games the next year for a 15-game winning streak but finished 1947 with a 7-2 mark.

During Smith’s career, from 1946-49, SOCE was 25-9-1 and captured three Far West Conference titles.

The success was unexpected by some.

Smith told of Simpson walking down an Ashland street before the season started when a man approached. He told the coach he’d seen a couple players drinking beer at the Elks Club, adding, “I don’t think you’ve got a chance with those guys.”

Simpson’s response?

“Well, I know fella, but it’s really difficult to tell a bunch of guys who spent two or three years in a foxhole they can’t drink a beer.”

“I thought that was classic,” said Smith. “Every day was like liberty.”

It’s a different time, of course, but one thing is constant: Smith’s affection for Raider football.

He’s weathered bad seasons. This is only the second winning campaign since 2003.

“I’ve had quite an interest in the program and many times I’ve been disappointed,” he said. “Not disgruntled, really, just wishing they could do better, you know, something to be proud of. It is very satisfying and fun for me to enjoy the success they’re having.”

How long it will last is anyone’s guess.

Based on recent conversations with Howard, Smith said the Frontier Conference title the Raiders claimed in their first year in the league doesn’t seem to be enough.

“He’s not satisfied,” said Smith. “He wants to win the national championship.”

Regardless of how it ends, there’s no doubt a big piece of this season belongs to “Mr. Raider Football.”

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or

SOU in The News – Nov. 12-15


‘New direction” sought in SOU program study
Mail Tribune November 15, 2012

Authorities serve search warrant at SOU family housing unit in connection with murder investigation
Mail Tribune November 15, 2012


SOU students undaunted by pay scale study
November 13, 2012


SOU student Simon Brooks. miraculously survives skateboard accident, urges skateboarders to wear helmet

Mail Tribune November 12, 2012


Former Oregon secretary of state to discuss climate change at SOU tonight
Daily Tidings November 13, 2012

Iranian to speak at SOU next week about his country’s future
Daily Tidings November 14, 2012


Hal Cloer, SOU emeritus professor of psychology
Daily Tidings November 14, 2012



Apartment in SOU family housing complex is searched as part of murder investigation
KOBI 5 November 15, 2012


SOU Associate Professor of psychology Doug Smith on the problem of bullying
KOBI 5 November 15, 2012



SOU’s football opponent this Saturday has a similar story to the Raiders
Mail Tribune November 15, 2012



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‘New direction’ sought in SOU program study

Faculty, staff to evaluate current offerings with a focus on establishing priorities

By Sam Wheeler

for the Mail Tribune

November 15, 2012 2:00 AM

Southern Oregon University is embarking on a yearlong effort to evaluate and prioritize its academic programs and student support services to take a “new direction” academically and to ensure an optimal future for the institution, according to an SOU official leading the effort.

Two teams of about 20 faculty and staff members are carrying out most of the work, said Dan DeNeui, a psychology professor at SOU who is overseeing the effort.

The plan was announced to the campus community Nov. 6, a day after SOU President Mary Cullinan selected the two prioritization teams, DeNeui said.

The teams are slated to provide recommendations to Cullinan before June, according to a website established to disseminate information about the process to the campus community.

The university is still defining many of the details surrounding the effort, and the teams have yet to meet, said Chris Stanek, director of institutional research at SOU, who is overseeing the effort with DeNeui.

“We’re establishing priorities at the university “… this is not a cost-cutting type of initiative or endeavor,” said Stanek. “It’s a matter of making sure all of the programs that we have are the ones that we should have. “… We want to know where we would best be suited to put our resources in alignment with our new vision.”

The prioritization plan does not rule out cutting programs or services, according to the website.

DeNeui said the effort is a proactive response to the changing landscape of higher education in the United States — the ways in which it’s made available to students, and how it’s being funded.

“We’re consistently confronted with a pretty strong reality that we are going to continue to face budget challenges “… state support is always dwindling,” said DeNeui. “What we’ve decided to do is look at ways that we can transform the university to make us sustainable, and to make us attractive to students.”

Other initiatives that are part of the effort include strengthening ties between SOU and the Higher Education Center in Medford, remodeling SOU’s general education classes, bolstering student job opportunities on campus and developing a new four-year “house,” a program that groups students from their freshman through senior years for collaborative academic work and research.

“We’re trying to take one big look at all of our programs … and we’re going to try to create some consistent metrics to evaluate their relative contribution to the university,” said DeNeui. “We have to look at who we are, what we do and how we can do it better, and what we can do strategically to make the university distinct and recognized nationally, while still serving the needs of our regional students “… we’re breaking down the traditional barriers of higher education.”

Reach Ashland Daily Tidings reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-499-1470 or email


Authorities hunt Grubbs’ killer

Tip leads about a half-dozen agencies to search for evidence in David Michael Grubbs murder

By Sam Wheeler

for the Mail Tribune

November 15, 2012 2:00 AM


Police served three search warrants in Ashland and on the outskirts of Talent Wednesday looking for evidence related to the nearly year-old investigation into the brutal murder of David Grubbs.

Ashland police Chief Terry Holderness, who is leading the investigation, said police were acting on a tip but declined to say whether they were looking for anything specific or what may have been found during the searches.

Holderness also declined to comment on whether a suspect had been identified in the case.

“We obviously have somebody in mind or we wouldn’t be serving search warrants,” Holderness said.

“Just because we’re searching doesn’t mean the person who did this lives at one of these locations,” he added. “We’ve issued several search warrants in this case already.”

About 50 police and search and rescue volunteers from across the region, using dogs and armed with diving gear and metal detectors, combed over wide fields and thick blackberry patches on an 18-acre parcel at 225 W. Rapp Road Wednesday morning. They searched a home, old barns and sheds, junk piles and an irrigation pond on the property.

Leonard Parrish, who owns the home with his wife, Sally Parrish, wasn’t present when searchers arrived at about 10:30 a.m.


“That’s my property, and I don’t have a clue what’s going on,” he said early in the search, adding he was on his way to the property.

Neighbors said the Parrishes were a nice family and cared for grandchildren at the home.

“What I know of them, they are really nice people,” said neighbor Michele Bashaw, 59.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County Search and Rescue, Talent and Medford police departments, Klamath and Siskiyou county sheriff’s offices, Oregon State Police and FBI agents assisted in the search on Rapp Road, Holderness said.

In Ashland, about a half-dozen Ashland police and Southern Oregon University campus public safety officers searched an apartment at 72 Wightman St., just a few blocks from where Grubbs was murdered, starting just before noon. The apartment is part of SOU’s family student housing complex.

Phone records list Rebecca Jeanne Doran, 44, as a resident at the apartment, which a neighbor confirmed. It was unclear Wednesday how Doran might be related to the Parrishes, but she owns a 2006 Jeep Wagon registered to the 225 W. Rapp Road address, according to Driver and Motor Vehicle records. Phone and court records list her as a resident at the Rapp Road address as recently as 2011.


Serving another warrant, police seized a vehicle from the Ashland residence, said Kip Keeton, APD community service officer, but he declined to say who the vehicle belonged to or what type it was.

Grubbs was 23 when he was killed with a bladed weapon on Nov. 19, 2011, while walking home at dusk from his job at Shop’n Kart.

His body was found on the Central Ashland Bike Path near Hunter Park by a passer-by less than 30 minutes after he was murdered, police said.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-499-1470 or email Reporters Mark Freeman and Mandy Valencia contributed to this story.


SOU students undaunted by pay scale study

By John Darling

for the Mail Tribune

November 13, 2012 2:00 AM

In a survey of earnings of graduates from 95 West Coast colleges, Southern Oregon University has been ranked near the bottom at number 88, with grads in full-time employment earning an average starting pay of $37,000 and a mid-career income of $67,100.

Scientific and technical schools crowded the top ranks of the survey by PayScale College Salary Report, with Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls at No. 26 with starting incomes of $54,400 and mid-career salaries averaging $86,900.

Unfazed by the ranking, SOU spokesman Jim Beaver said the school attracts its students because it’s not a specialized science school but epitomizes the idea of liberal arts, with students able to get an “accessible and affordable” education at a place that’s “a college for everyone.”

Junior Lily Hammer, a business major, agreed.

Emerging from the Lenn Hannon Library on campus, she said, “I like SOU because it is liberal arts. It’s well-rounded and you can be involved in the community and lots of classes outside your major. It makes you a better candidate for jobs, in my opinion.”

Anthropology sophomore Sarah Lind dismissed the study, saying, “I know I can find a good job with no trouble. I have lots of interviews and volunteer experience and good self-advocacy training.”

Lind says she’s glad her studies are not highly specialized, as at OIT and that “My life is not going to be based on how much I can earn. I want a decent standard of living, where I’m comfortable and don’t have to worry. People with lots of money are not all that happy with their work.”

Chris Stanek, SOU’s director of institutional research, questioned the PayScale study. He said it is not comprehensive, uses “smaller data sets” and samples only those who return the survey, giving it a statistical reliability of plus or minus 10 percent.

“Their charts are plastered with ‘not enough data’ for all the large employers in the Rogue Valley,” he said. “In fact, that seems to be the case for many of the schools’ reports, including OIT.”

Beaver noted that the marketplace skews its financial rewards toward engineering, medical technology, science and math, while teachers are “unfortunately, notoriously underpaid.”

“Not everyone wants to be a med-tech or engineer,” he said. “We offer 36 majors to choose from. Some may not be the best pay, but pay isn’t the only measure of success in life. Happiness and challenge are the best measure of success for lots of people.”

SOU senior Chad Magruder, who is majoring in art, said he came home to Ashland, where he grew up, and gave up his corporate finance studies at an out-of-state university because “it didn’t have that passion and soul that art has.”

“I asked myself where I could get that passion and it’s here,” he said. “I love it and I’m much happier.”

OIT grads earn one of the highest starting salaries in the nation, placing the school 38th among 1,058 colleges in the U.S., with a starting salary of $54,600. That salary is also the highest in Oregon and the fourth highest in the western United States.

PayScale reports that OIT’s mid-career salaries average $86,900 per year, placing it first in Oregon and within the top 15 percent in the nation.

In Oregon, the mid-career rankings, in descending order, were: OIT, Oregon State University, Willamette, Reed, Pacific Lutheran, University of Portland, University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark, Portland State, Linfield, SOU, George Fox and Western Oregon University.

The top 10 majors for earnings were mostly in engineering, with a few in math, computer science or statistics, according to PayScale. The top earners in the nation came from Princeton.

The survey is at

John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. E-mail him at


College grads average pay

Rank College Starting Mid-Career

26 Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) $54,400 $86,900

27 Oregon State University (OSU) $47,000 $86,300

33 Willamette University $41,300 $84,800

36 Reed College $44,200 $84,400

37 Pacific Lutheran University $44,100 $83,500

39 University of Portland $47,700 $83,200

58 University of Oregon $39,500 $76,600

64 Lewis & Clark College $35,300 $75,700

82 Portland State University (PSU) $40,300 $69,400

85 Linfield College $45,800 $68,000

88 Southern Oregon University $37,000 $67,100

90 George Fox University $42,100 $65,100

93 Western Oregon University $39,200 $60,800

Chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data for bachelors’ degree graduates without higher degrees who are full-time employees in the United States. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions and overtime, if applicable, but does not include equity (stock) compensation.


Skateboarder lives to tell about necessity of helmets

By Greg Stiles

Mail Tribune

November 12, 2012 2:00 AM


When Simon Brooks stepped onto the Bear Creek Greenway to run a half-marathon on Sept. 23, he wasn’t just racing the clock.

Every stride the 20-year-old Southern Oregon University sophomore took was symbolic of the great lengths he’s covered in a remarkable comeback from the brink of eternity.

A year and a day earlier, on Sept. 22, 2011, Brooks was the focal point of two other races: One to extend his life after he suffered traumatic head injuries in a skateboarding accident, and the other by family and friends to reach Providence Medford Medical Center from hundreds of miles away before the clock timed out.

Simon Brooks doesn’t remember much about what he was doing on the Wednesday night a week before he was to begin his sophomore year at Southern Oregon University. There’s little doubt, however, that he was partying where alcohol and drugs were involved, obscuring the potential danger when he and a friend, Zach Lough, set off early Thursday morning on their longboards.

As they cruised down Mountain Avenue around 2 a.m., Lough dismounted because of the steep, curving nature of the road as they headed toward North Mountain Park.

“He decided to take it easy and didn’t realize I was less-skilled in my current state,” Brooks said.

Not only was Brooks careening out of control, he wasn’t wearing a helmet. As his friend walked down the hill, “he heard me make some unsettling noises,” Brooks related, as he lay bleeding on the concrete near Larkspur Lane.

Emergency responders took Brooks to Ashland Community Hospital, where triage was performed, but it was quickly apparent his head injuries required a higher level of response.

He was rushed to Providence, where a trauma team, including a neurosurgeon, awaited Brooks’ arrival. Louise Sakraida, who coordinates critical care activity, had just arrived for her shift when Brooks came in.

“It was a devastating head injury,” Sakraida said. “He was almost a certain donor candidate, and it’s not often you feel that certain right off the bat. The CT (computed tomography) scan showed pressures that were incredibly high.”

Initial readings and activity gave little hope to the medical team.

“With his injuries, we did not anticipate he would last more than a few days,” Sakraida said.

State law requires that hospital personnel who believe somebody may become brain dead to begin a review leading to organ donation.

“We did that, and we don’t often do that so early,” she said.

No surgeries were needed, but drugs to reduce swelling were applied, and Brooks was placed on a ventilator.

While the medical team fought for Brooks’ life, other hospital staff tried to reach his family — made more difficult because his cellphone was password protected.

“Three of his friends were there, and they were not able to offer information other than he was from Alaska,” said Alisia Howard, clinical coordinator for the Providence Emergency Department.

Eventually, with help from Ashland police, a Providence chaplain was able to track down Michael and Valerie Brooks, Simon’s parents, in Alaska at 5:30 in the morning.

“We knew when the chaplain called — and not a doctor — it was obviously a clue, but we weren’t told he wouldn’t survive,” said Valerie Brooks.

Was it serious enough for their older son, Andrew, to come? Yes.

Should his sisters in Portland and San Diego come? Yes.

“That’s how we knew it was bad,” she said.

Under the best of circumstances, Ketchikan to Medford is no easy task with iffy connecting flights. Standby flights are even less sure, but the Brookses found friends who were willing to swap out their seats to go standby.

“If we hadn’t made arrangements to trade tickets, we might not have made it that day,” Valerie Brooks said. “That was a marathon.”

Dealing with dying patients whose family members are hundreds of miles away is not unusual for Howard’s staff.

“I’ve held a phone to dying patients’ ears so their family members could tell them goodbye,” she said.

While older patients often have living-will instructions for medical staffs, that’s not the case with younger patients who have suffered traumatic injury.

“We’re using every life-saving measure available to us.” Howard said. “They don’t have a living will, per se, so we do everything.”

By noon, Kathryn, one of Simon’s two older sisters, arrived from Portland. Emily, who lives in San Diego, had hopscotched from Las Vegas to Portland and driven down from there.

Both were at Simon’s side when their parents arrived at 8 o’clock Thursday night.

While the medical staff didn’t share its prognosis with the sisters, Emily Brooks, a registered nurse, was able to size things up.

“She prepared us before we went in,” Valerie said. “It doesn’t look like him with the tubes and alarms. After we saw him quickly, that’s when we were told it was a nonsurvivable injury.”

Over the next couple of days, Simon’s parents faced a decision no parent wants to ponder.

“It’s a terrible process for parents to go through,” Michael Brooks said. “Simon is a strong, young man. If he was going to live, he had to have a chance to live on his own. We told the medical staff to take the breathing tube out.”

That step had to be delayed, however, because the sedatives first had to wear off, otherwise they might have kept him from breathing.

While the Brookses were away from the hospital at a friend’s house, the sedatives wore off, and Simon sat up and started removing his IV and other tubes.

“That was a definite sign things had turned,” Valerie Brooks said. “We had been sitting with the organ donor team all evening. Because he was so severely injured, we were told it could be involuntary sitting up and taking tubes off.”

Even though he wasn’t conscious, there was hope.

“We could clearly see he was attempting a comeback, and they removed his breathing tubes shortly after that,” she said.

In the days after that accident, Simon was attended by a dozen family members and friends. They had put together drawings and Facebook collections.

“The first thing I remember is waking up and looking at a picture my sisters had put on the wall,” he said. “Rodney Manabat, my good friend in high school, showed his graphic design skills when he made a silhouette based on a picture with blue hair and a red hat and ‘Go Simon’ on it.”

It was touch and go at times, but Brooks kept defying the odds. He remained under intensive care until Sept. 27 and left Medford long before anyone expected. By November, Brooks was heading north for rehab at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. What was supposed to be a monthlong ordeal was completed in two weeks.

Brooks returned to school last winter, becoming a creative writing major.

A few days ago, Brooks stopped by Providence with flowers in hand.

“It took a while, but his recovery was beyond anything we could have anticipated; it was off the charts,” said Sakraida. “He brought flowers … he’s back in college, has a job and a girlfriend. He’s totally articulate and can keep you laughing.”

Brooks retrieved his longboard from the police department, but he didn’t ride it. Instead, he parked it beneath his computer. These days he gets around on a Specialized mountain bike that has lights — and he wears a helmet.

There still are aspects of recovery ahead — his sense of smell hasn’t fully returned.

“If he simply would have been a breathing, functional young person,” his mother said, it would have been beyond great.

“The fact that he could be at school and have the wherewithal to train himself and finish a race is really quite incredible. He’s a quiet guy with goofy sense of humor, but he’s really determined. I think the race was indicative of the way he’s going to approach everything in the future. He’ not a perfect kid, but he’s a really good kid.”

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By Greg Stiles

Mail Tribune

Simon Brooks never gave helmets much thought before his near-fatal accident. Now he is a staunch proponent of helmet safety.

“I’m the epitome of a person who knows the importance of a helmet,” Brooks said. “My parents thought I was dead because of the lack of helmets. I want to tell whoever has the chance to ride a longboard or anything with wheels, they should definitely have a helmet, because there is no seatbelt.”

Last spring, Brooks participated in an Oregon State Public Interest Research Group safety campaign on the Southern Oregon University campus.

“I told the students I could think of only two reasons not to have a helmet,” Brooks said.

“One was a conscious decision not to buy one because they think it’s cooler not to wear one, or they can’t afford to buy one, and OSPIRG is selling discounted helmets.”

Skateboarders don’t like to be considered cowards and take severe risks to prevent that perception, he said.

“Recklessness is brave and cool,” Brooke said. “In my opinion, the most cowardly thing in the universe is disregard. If a person has the ability to easily take measures that can prevent his or her family’s pain and suffering, and these measures are not taken, this person is being really uncool. In society today, maybe we need to be brave against the people who think we are cowards for being safe. It is so much more cowardly to disregard the feelings of our loved ones so that our friends will think we look cool.”

Alisia Howard, clinical coordinator for Providence Emergency Services, has dealt with severe, disabling injuries involving skate- and longboarders in recent years. As a result, she is spearheading an effort by nurses to reach students before they suffer traumatic injuries. She was part of a group trained at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, and hopes to launch a program here early next year, going into classrooms with presentations and videos to share with children.

“Simon has said he would work with us, which is really good,” Howard said. “Because it’s most impactful when it’s coming from someone who had it happen to them.”

— Greg Stiles


Former Oregon secretary of state to discuss climate change

Bill Bradbury says he’s seen skepticism diminish over time

By Paul Fattig

For the Tidings

November 13, 2012 2:00 AM


Bill Bradbury figures you don’t have to be a climate-change expert to know which way the wind is blowing.

The former Oregon secretary of state, who will discuss “Climate Reality” Thursday evening at Southern Oregon University, said he has seen denial over climate change slowly fade since he began giving talks about it in 2006.

“When I first started giving presentations, it was very normal to have a small group of deniers attending,” said Bradbury, 63. “Now I don’t need to convince anyone that climate change is happening.

“The focus has changed to, ‘OK, so what are we going to do about it?’ ” he added. “There are some who believe there is not much we can do to change the direction we are going. But most believe we can change how we act and effect climate change.”

Bradbury was one of the first 50 people trained in Nashville to spread the climate-change gospel according to former Vice President Al Gore. Bradbury has given about 300 presentations on climate change in Oregon, outlining the need to reduce carbon pollution caused by dependence on oil and coal.

In addition to recent weather extremes, including the fact this past July was the hottest on record for the nation, Bradbury will talk about energy needs in Oregon and strategies to reduce carbon pollution. As part of Gore’s Climate Reality Project, he met with leading climate change scientists this past summer.

Recent nationwide polls indicate that about 70 percent of the population believes the global climate is changing because of human activity.

“Those polls are very encouraging,” he said. “Everyone acknowledges the severe weather we are having, that this is exactly what climate scientists have been talking about. Sandy is just the latest horrible example.”

Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey just before the general election, killing about 90 people and leaving some 7 million without power.

Although climate change was seldom mentioned by either President Obama or Mitt Romney during the presidential race, Obama has demonstrated he wants to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, Bradbury believes.

“Obama very rarely mentioned the words ‘climate change,’ but if you look at his recovery program and strategies in terms of energy, about 90 percent is the kinds of steps we need to take in terms of reducing climate change,” he said.

“He is very committed,” Bradbury added. “He just has learned politically not to wrap the issue in climate-change paper. He just wraps the issue in energy-independence paper. I’m OK with that.”

Bradbury, who was a Democratic state representative from the Southern Oregon coast for 14 years, including serving as state Senate president in 1993, was appointed to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in 2010, as one of two representatives from Oregon.

Created by Congress in 1980, the council is charged with developing an electric energy supply plan for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Its mandate is to issue a 20-year plan every five years that guarantees adequate and reliable energy at the lowest economic and environmental cost to the Northwest.

He also serves on the board of the Ashland-based Geos Institute, a nonprofit group dedicated to educating the public about climate change issues.

In addition to finding alternatives to power sources relying on fossil fuels, there is a need to cut back on energy consumption, he said.

“The Northwest in general, Oregon in specific, has done more in energy conservation than most of the rest of the country,” he said. “We have become national leaders in terms of energy efficiency.”

However, while describing himself as an eternal optimist, Bradbury sees solving the climate change problem as extremely difficult.

“The challenges are quite daunting, both for the country and the world,” he said, noting that the U.S. uses 25 percent of the energy consumed worldwide.

“There are those in the rest of the world who haven’t enjoyed the economic success the U.S. has had over the years,” he added. “They want a taste of that, too. But the world cannot survive if everybody uses energy like we do. We have to change.”

Bradbury also will give presentations in Grants Pass and Klamath Falls this week.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Paul Fattig at 541-776-4496 or email him at


If you go

What: “Climate Reality,” a presentation by Bill Bradbury, former Oregon secretary of state

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15

Where: Room 330, Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland

Cost: Free

Sponsors: Ecology Center of the Siskiyous at SOU, Geos Institute, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Rogue Valley Climate Protection Organization



‘I want my country to be free’

Iranian to speak at SOU about his hopes for that nation’s future

By Teresa Ristow

For the Tidings

November 14, 2012 2:00 AM

Reza Mohajerinejad was a 26-year-old student at Iran’s Tehran University in 1999 when he and a small group of students began protesting the closure of the region’s reformist newspaper.

The newspaper supported the reformist beliefs of the country’s president, and organized opponents of the president had ordered the newspaper closed.

After the protest, more than 300 military opponents of the president came to the Tehran University dorms in response to the demonstration.

“After our peaceful demonstration, the dormitories of Tehran University were attacked by government-backed militia who ransacked the dorms, beating, terrorizing and shooting students,” wrote Mohajerinejad in his 2010 memoir, “Live Generation.”

Because the police and military in Iran are not controlled by the president, but by a greater political organization, similar attacks on universities in nearby cities took place, beginning the region’s first student uprising and showcasing a large divide in the country between Iranian youth and those in political power.

“In my mind, the Islamic regime had sunk to a new low in what they were willing to do to control the people of Iran, and particularly the youth,” Mohajerinejad wrote.

A few days after the original protest, Mohajerinejad was arrested and spent more than four months in prison, where he was tortured and nearly died, he said.

After escaping prison and leaving Iran, Mohajerinejad traveled through Turkey and Germany and sought refuge and protection in the United States.

He has remained in the U.S. since, where he continued his schooling at San Francisco State University, earning a master’s degree in political science last spring.

Mohajerinejad will speak Monday evening at SOU in an attempt to bring awareness to the current situation in Iran and conflicts between the country and the United States in a talk called “The Case for Not Bombing Iran: The Case for Peace.”

Mohajerinejad said though he can’t return to Iran and hasn’t seen his family for more than 12 years, he is determined to spread awareness about the country’s political state and the citizens’ desire for democracy.

Since the original uprising in 1999 and another, more widespread social uprising in 2009, Mohajerinejad said it’s clear that the people of Iran want to change the way the country is operated.

“This new generation showed they wanted a democracy,” said Mohajerinejad, now 40.

Bombing the country would mean that students and all citizens would be legally required to support the government, and acting out against the government or advocating for a regime change would be illegal, according to Kathleen Gamer, an SOU master’s student who helped organize Mohajerinejad’s visit.

“We have so much hype about the idea of bombing Iran,” said Gamer, who founded SOU’s United Nations Club six years ago.

Gamer said that SOU students should be better informed about international issues such as what is happening in Iran, especially because the uprisings there were led by students.

“We’re very far away from what’s really happening,” said Gamer, who lived in Tehran in the 1990s while her parents were in the U.S. diplomatic service.

Hosting a talk by Mohajerinejad shows that students from SOU support the students of Iran, Gamer said.

“We’re backing the students of that country,” she said.

Mohajerinejad said in “Live Generation” that he hopes to one day return to a different Iran than the place he left.

“I want for Iran a world where people don’t live in fear of their government,” Mohajerinejad wrote. “I want a secular, democratic government for Iran. I want to return to my home in Babol. I want to smell the salt air as it blows in from the Caspian Sea. I want my country to be free.”

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Teresa Ristow at 541-776-4459 or


If you go:

What: “The Case for Not Bombing Iran: The Case for Peace,” talk and discussion with Reza Mohajerinejad, author and participant in the 1999 Iranian student uprising

When: 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19

Where: Rogue River Room, Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Admission: Free


Harold Angus Cloer

November 14, 2012 2:00 AM


Hal Cloer, 89, passed away October 5, 2012. Hal was an emeritus professor of psychology at Southern Oregon University. He resided in Ashland for 56 years. He grew up on a farm in Central California during the Depression. He attended the College of Pacific, joined the U.S. Navy after Pearl Harbor, was sent to the University of Oklahoma to complete a degree in electrical engineering, was commissioned an ensign at the U.S. Naval Academy, was sent to Bowdoin College for additional training in electronics, then served as communications and division officer on an attack cargo ship in the Pacific.


After discharge from the Navy, Hal obtained a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and taught electronics at Eastern Arizona Junior College. He later returned to Stanford to obtain a doctorate in counseling and higher education. In 1952, he accepted the position of Director of Guidance Services and Testing at Southern Oregon College of Education. His professional focus was career counseling, social psychology, and adult development. His research in those areas resulted in presentations at regional and national psychology conventions. He attended international psychology conventions in Moscow and in London.


Hal spent a sabbatical year in Europe, attending the University of Grenada in Spain, skiing in Austria, and touring Western Europe in a Karman Ghia. He and Barbara Rankin were married in Carmel, Calif. in 1968, and spent a month touring Mexico. After his marriage to Barbara, and for a number of years before they both retired, Hal was a silent partner in Barbara’s gift shop in Medford. The couple made a three-month, 15,000-mile trip around the U.S. in a travel trailer; made six trips to Europe; five trips to Mexico; two to Asia; three to Canada; and cruised the Panama Canal.


Hal was president of the Ashland Library Board when it was a city department, then served on the board that set up the county library system. He was interim chairman of the committee of 50 that set policy for the $5.4 million Ashland Redevelopment Project; served on the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee that updated Ashland’s Comprehensive Plan; was a member of the Historic and Planning Commissions; and served as treasurer for several civic funding measures. In 2001, Hal received the Ragland Community Service Award. He was a member of the Ashland League of Women Voters, Rotary Club, and Ashland’s Charter Revision Committee.


Surviving are his wife, Barbara Cloer; brother, Bob Cloer; sister, Pat Chambers; sister-in-law, Jean Gorton; stepson, Bill Rankin and wife, Denise; and Rankin grandsons, Brian, Pat, Chad, Craig, and Will. Hal was a humble and kind man, who will be truly missed.


No services are planned. Memorial donations can be made to the scholarship funds, Southern Oregon University Foundation, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520,



SOU’s opponent has similar story

By By Joe Zavala

for the Mail Tribune

November 15, 2012 2:00 AM


Southern Oregon’s season-long comeback from unranked and 2-2 all the way to 10th-ranked and playoff bound behind six straight wins is one of the feel-good stories of the NAIA Football Championship Series.

But the Raiders’ first-round opponent — the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees of Davenport, Iowa — has a pretty good story going in its own right.

The eighth-ranked Bees, like the Raiders, suffered a painful double-overtime loss in Week 4, to Grand View, but also like the Raiders won their final six regular-season games to secure a spot in the 16-team playoffs. Now, the two comeback artists will square off in a first-round game Saturday, at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport, Iowa.

“I think it’ll be a very competitive game,” St. Ambrose sixth-year head coach Mike Magistrelli said. “It’s hard to predict, but I know we’ll come out and compete and put our best out there.”

St. Ambrose (9-1), which finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League, was riding high following two straight wins over ranked teams when it hosted then No. 18 Grand View on Sept. 29. The Bees were in good position after Eric Williamson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Zach Grant midway through the second quarter to give St. Ambrose a 15-3 lead.

But Grand View, thanks in part to St. Ambrose’s turnover woes, battled back to take a 26-23 lead with 1:12 to go. St. Ambrose, showing some of the poise that would come to define its regular season, forced overtime when Quinn Treiber drilled a 48-yard field goal as time expired, but eventually succumbed in overtime, 29-26.

St. Ambrose ran the table from that point on, dominating most of its opponents with a balanced offense that ranks 13th in the nation in yards per game (437.4). Williamson has been one of the main reasons. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior out of Springfield, Ill., has completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 34 touchdowns with only eight interceptions to rank third in the nation in passing efficiency.

Grant, Williamson’s top target, is also having a banner year. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound freshman out of Rochester, Ill., leads the nation with 87 receptions and ranks fifth with 1,132 yards receiving.

That, combined with St. Ambrose’s more-than-adequate rushing attack — the Bees average 164 yards rushing per game — makes the Bees one of the most difficult teams in the nation to defend.

“We’ll have to continue to maintain some of that balance we have in our passing and running game (Saturday),” said Magistrelli, whose team is scoring 33 points per game. “It’ll be a good matchup for us. And I think Southern Oregon, when they chose to bring pressure (on defense), they do it pretty well. So that’s something we’ll have to be prepared for.”

The Raiders’ defense certainly brought timely pressure last Saturday against Montana Tech, sacking Orediggers’ quarterback Nick Baker six times and forcing several hurried throws under pressure. SOU (8-2), which is surrendering 32.5 points per game, is hoping for more of the same Saturday.

“We’ve watched the film, we’ve analyzed it and we’ve been breaking it down to the point where we can see where their weaknesses are and where our defense can fit and what our strong points will be,” SOU sophomore linebacker Daniel Breaux said. “They’re a run-first team and our run defense has shown lots of prominence in the past. We’re really confident in that. We’re going to try to force them to throw the ball and our secondary will do their best to keep those receivers covered.”

The St. Ambrose defense allowed 16.3 points per game during the regular season and is led by junior linebacker Jeremy Wallace (6-foot-1, 215), who has 123 tackles to rank fourth in the nation.

The Bees appear to be well equipped to deal with Southern Oregon’s high-octane offense, which ranks No. 1 in the nation in both yards per game (657) and points per game (54.4). That’s because St. Ambrose has roughed up opposing quarterbacks to the tune of 27 sacks, good enough to rank 19th nationally.

Not that Magistrelli believes the Bees will be spending lots of time in SOU’s backfield — Raiders quarterback Austin Dodge, the nation’s leading passer, has only been sacked once this season.

“I don’t know that you’re going to sack (Dodge),” Magistrelli said. “He does a really good job getting rid of the ball quickly, so I’d be surprised. But I think what we’ve got to do more is just put pressure on him, make him have to make decisions a little faster than he wants to. At least try and pressure him.”

The Bees will be making their 12th playoff appearance and first since 2008. They last hosted a postseason game in 2006.

The Raiders will be making their first playoff appearance since 2002.

“I don’t think that’s a factor,” Magistrelli said. “We don’t have a kid in our program that’s been in the playoffs.”

There’s no telling how much of a home-field advantage the Bees will have at Brady Street Stadium, a gorgeous 10,000-capacity facility that has synthetic turf. The weather report calls for temperatures in the low 50s and sunny, so SOU’s pass-happy offense — Dodge throws 45 passes per game on average — will likely be unaffected by the elements.

The Raiders will take a charter plane Friday morning and practice at the stadium in the afternoon. To prepare for playing on synthetic turf, which SOU has yet to experience this season, the Raiders have been practicing this week at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

All things being equal, Magistrelli believes that the team that keeps its emotions in check will probably win.

“I think these are two good teams,” he said, “and any time two good teams play like this I think the team that handles some of the highs and lows the best will have an advantage. We talk to our kids about not getting too high and not getting too low and continuing to stay focused.”





  • WHAT: First-round NAIA playoff game.
  • WHEN, WHERE: Saturday, 1 p.m., at Davenport, Iowa.
  • OF NOTE: This is Southern Oregon’s first trip to the postseason since the 2002 season.

SOU in the News – Nov. 8 – 9


SOU enrollment drops while Oregon’s eight-university system expands overall
Mail Tribune November 9, 2012

Profile of Associate Professor Jackie Apodaca
Daily Tidings November 8, 2012


The Cecelia String Quartet performs tonight in SOU’s Music Recital Hall
Daily Tidings November 8, 2012




Enrollment growth slows at Oregon universities
Associated Press November 8, 2012


SOU archaeologists Mark Tveskov and Chelsea Rose to speak next Wednesday in Coos Bay
Coos Bay World November 9, 2012




Record enrollment at SOU
KDRV Newswatch 12 November 8, 2012


SOU sees second-largest enrollment in its history
KTVL 10 November 8, 2012




Deep thoughts at Southern Oregon University
Mail Tribune November 9, 2012


Letter to the sports editor: Eagle Point HS band and SOU football
Mail Tribune November 9, 2012


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SOU enrollment drops while Oregon’s eight-university system expands overall

Officials can’t point to any one reason why enrollment might have fallen

By Sam Wheeler

Ashland Daily Tidings

November 09, 2012 2:00 AM

The number of students at Southern Oregon University this fall dropped from the previous year’s headcount for the first time since 2005, according to figures released by the Oregon University System Thursday.

The university didn’t attract as many Hispanic students, community college transfers or incoming freshman compared with the past few years, but enjoyed another increase of new Californian students, said James Klein, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The university has 6,481 students enrolled compared with last fall’s 6,744, Klein said.

The 3.9 percent drop-off was the largest of any school in the Oregon University System, which saw a 1,077-student increase overall across its eight universities, which total 101,393 enrolled students.

SOU’s full-time equivalent numbers, a standard measure based on credits earned that accounts for full- and part-time students, fell 2.2 percent, to 4,573 this fall from 4,678 a year ago.

Hispanic student enrollment, which skyrocketed 82 percent in the last two year, fell by less than 1 percent compared with this time last year, and transfer students from community colleges and other universities dropped 19.2 percent compared with last fall’s student population, Klein said.

“Hopefully it’s because people are getting back into the job market,” he said of the drop in transfer students.

Klein said, it’s unclear why Hispanic student enrollment didn’t match increases SOU experienced at the beginning of the past two academic years.

The university can only speculate why fall enrollment didn’t increase for the seventh consecutive year, Klein said, but he didn’t attribute the decline to this year’s 9.9 percent tuition hike.

SOU students are paying $102, or 4.2 percent, more per term this year for 15 credits, accounting for reductions in student fees.

Klein said a recent change to eligibility for the Pell Grant also may have contributed to the decline in enrollment. Last fall, students were eligible to receive the Pell Grant for 18 semesters, that has been shortened to 12 semesters in an effort by Congress to save money.

The university enrolled 10.3 percent fewer incoming freshman, and 13.8 percent fewer graduate students compared to the previous fall term, but saw a 4.4 increase in students from California. Last fall, California-student enrollment was up 15 percent.

California students make up about 15 percent of the student population at SOU, Klein said, which is a record.

The university’s student population has swelled 40 percent over the past four years, enrollment reports show.

“That’s really unprecedented growth. “… It’s kind of nice to catch a breath,” Klein said. “It’s been really challenging to staff up, and find faculty, and get all of the support services that have to grow.”

During fall term 2010, SOU saw a 26.2 percent enrollment increase over the prior year’s fall term.

Compared with this time last year, Portland State University reported 227 fewer students, Eastern Oregon University reported 90 fewer students and Western Oregon University reported 30 fewer students.

All other OUS institutions reported slight gains in student population.

Oregon State University saw the largest jump, reporting 1,416 more students. The University of Oregon gained the second most students, with a 144-student increase.

“Overall, we’re happy with where our enrollment is at,” Klein said.

Reach Daily Tidings reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-499-1470 or email


Jackie Apodaca

By Evalyn Hansen

For the Tidings

November 08, 2012 2:00 AM


Actor, director and associate professor Jackie Apodaca directed Jose Rivera’s “Marisol,” which is playing this week at Southern Oregon University’s Center Stage Theatre. The production’s sensational staging, ensemble acting and stage movement blend bizarre and beautiful elements to create a compelling theatrical experience. Jackie and I met over breakfast at Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland.

EH: What is unique about the theater experience?

JA: It is the live experience of it. Everyone is experiencing the exact same moment and will have the shared experience. There is something exciting about that fleeting and momentary experience. And you experience it as the actor, as the director, as the stage manager, as the run-crew, and as the audience. The experience is so close and intimate between the audience and the performers in that way.

Whereas in film, everyone experienced something, and then someone took it away, changed everything about it, and brought it back and showed you what it was. Film seems more intimate in that you see the actor’s face close up, but it has gone through so many processes before you got to see it. Did you really get to see what they did? Probably not.

I worked with filmmakers when I taught in the Film and Media Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I loved that, but film is completely the medium of the director and the editor. We would change the actor’s performance in the editing room. And we would talk about how we could make them seem to be doing different things. There is so much that can be controlled outside of the actor and outside of the moment. In post-production, the moment is gone and completely changed.

EH: What does a theater arts education give young actors?

JA: I teach a business of acting class at SOU so that they have some preparation for what’s coming. The reality of how much you are at the whim of other people, to do the thing that you consider your art, is really shocking. It can be a hard situation.

In theater training, in acting training, you learn to work in ensemble, with a group of people. Working in a group is complicated and difficult; and you learn to do it to a degree that most people don’t get an opportunity to prepare for, in any kind of a way.

You learn an incredible work ethic in theater. You learn basic human requirements for being a good worker. You also are working towards a common goal with a group of people, making this goal paramount, and getting it done. You learn to work towards a specific goal rapidly and with complete focus.

It’s true that most of them won’t go on to be professional actors. What we are giving them will make them successful doctors and lawyers, whatever they decide to do, more than pre-professional disciplines. If you pretrain for something, and you are only training to get into the profession, and you have not looked outside of it, it can be very limiting.

People are attracted to acting because they are interested in humanity; and they’re usually quite empathetic people. A lot of them go on and become social workers or psychologists because they care about people. In theater arts, we’re looking at the human condition and learning hard work and group dynamic skills that can take you far in whatever profession you decide to apply yourself to. To allow that kind of exploration is fantastic.

“Marisol”, by Jose Rivera, plays at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, November 8-10, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov 10-11, in the Center Square Theatre at Southern Oregon University. For tickets and information, call 541-552-6348.

Evalyn Hansen is a writer and director living in Ashland. She trained as an actor at the American Conservatory Theatre and is a founding member of San Francisco’s Magic Theatre. Reach her at

Cecilia String Quartet

November 08, 2012 2:00 AM


Based in Toronto, the quartet is winner of the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition and takes its name from the patron saint of music. The group will present works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak and Dmitri Shostakovich at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Tickets cost $30 and $35, $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders, and are available or by calling 541-552-6154.




Deep Thoughts

At Southern Oregon, the deep ball’s the thing

By Dan Jones

Mail Tribune

November 09, 2012 2:00 AM

ASHLAND — A plane was leaving its contrails high above the practice field at Southern Oregon University just as head football coach Craig Howard was explaining one of his favorite things — the deep ball.

The smile that was already on Howard’s face began to widen as the aircraft whizzed by. He had found his simile.

“The threat is the shot,” he says, his twinkling eyes looking skyward. “A vertical shot downfield where the ball goes up like that jet right there and drops down 40 yards down the field.”

Nearby, one of Howard’s favorite people — SOU sophomore quarterback Austin Dodge — cranked out darts to open receivers during a passing drill.

Together, Dodge and Howard have helped pilot the 12th-ranked Raiders to a season brimming with video-game statistics, shattered records and momentous wins.

The Raiders’ weapon of choice has been the deep ball, which Dodge wields early and often.

When the smoke clears most Saturdays, SOU has left its own contrails in the sky.


Few can find comparisons for what the Raiders (7-2) do on offense. They aren’t like the Oregon Ducks, who rely heavily on a rushing attack, and they aren’t the same as quick passing teams seen at Texas Tech, West Virginia or Houston. SOU is Nick Saban’s worst nightmare, a frantic menace to the society of traditionalists, a no-huddle up-tempo raid that begins in the air with brash passes unleashed relentlessly and with remarkable success. With the defense on its toes, SOU will blend some running and short pass plays into the boiling stew before dropping another rock deep inside it. Will there be a trick play? Yep, Howard guarantees it. Will it return next week, next month, or get buried for a year? Howard’s not telling.

Defenses are left to guess.

The Raiders average around 94 plays a contest while most college squads execute around 65, offensive coordinator Ken Fasnacht says. Once this year, they had 110.

“We get another quarter’s worth of offensive output,” Fasnacht says.

The Red Bull system leaves opponents flustered.

“There have been a couple teams and a couple defensive backs actually where we’ll make catches and they just can’t believe it,” receiver Cole McKenzie says. “I heard a defensive lineman a couple weeks ago say, ‘Not this again.'”

SOU’s numbers are disorienting.

The 6-foot-2 Dodge, in his second season with the Raiders, leads the nation in passing yardage (3,839 total, 426.6 per game) and total offense (3,933 total, 437 per game). He has 862 more passing yards than the NAIA’s second-best arm. The 2010 Skyview High graduate has already set new program records for season passing, completions (266), attempts (402), touchdowns (31) and total offense.

The snapshots of his success are astounding. He registered 42 completions against Montana Tech last month and 550 passing yards against Eastern Oregon last week. Against Carroll earlier this year, Dodge recorded 10 passes that went for 22 or more yards — 62, 48, 47, 46, 44, 43, 37, 30, 23, 22.

SOU, which has broken more than 10 team and individual game and season program records, has tallied 498 total points this season, 24 more than the 2001 team’s previous program record. The Raiders’ 5,873 offensive yards broke the old team record by more than 1,300 yards.


“We are gonna stretch the field 100 yards in length and 53 yards and a-third in width, and we’re gonna try to use every bit of it through the passing game first, and then have the running game come in second,” Fasnacht says. “And when it’s all said and done we’ll actually be balanced.”

Howard has dreamed up wild football notions and Dodge has put them into action. The two need each other, like a pilot and co-pilot. Dodge is a quietly confident athlete who transferred from NCAA Division II Central Washington University. Howard is a flamboyant coaching veteran of 38 years. The eccentric style that results from their synergy is electric, and it’s put a buzz back into a program that just two years ago finished the season 3-7.

The Raiders have not ventured into the postseason since 2002 and were picked to finish fifth in the coaches preseason poll. Things changed though. In a hurry.

SOU hosts No. 7 Montana Tech (8-1) on Saturday with a chance to clinch a share of the Frontier Conference championship with a win.


Howard and Dodge both moved to Ashland prior to last season. Dodge says he never felt entirely comfortable at Central Washington. Howard, a Grants Pass native, came from Florida, where he coached Tim Tebow.

“Central was great, but at the end of the year it wasn’t the place for me,” says Dodge, who first caught wind of SOU after talking with a former high school teammate who was going to be a freshman here.

Dodge called Howard.

“It was the second kind of phone call I’ve got like that in my career,” Howard recalls. “When I took the Nease (High) job (in Florida), a young fellow named Tim Tebow called. And so building the program goes hand in hand with finding the gunslinger. So Tebow came to me and won the state title. Dodge came here and all of a sudden we are leading the nation in scoring, we are leading the nation in total offense and we’re playing for a conference title on Saturday.”

The team went 5-5 in 2011. When preseason camp began, eight quarterbacks were competing for the Raiders’ starting job, with Dodge No. 8 on the list. But after an 0-3 start, Howard called upon Dodge, who hasn’t missed a start since.

“When I took this job, I knew we wanted to be exciting, we wanted to be wide open, and we needed a gunslinger to do it,” Howard says.

He’s got one now.

The Offense

Taking a note from the popular comedy film Talladega Nights, Howard refers to his system as the “Ricky Bobby” offense.

“We are going to try to play the game as fast as humanly possible,” Fasnacht says. “We have the need for speed.”

With proven power and accuracy, Dodge has been given the keys to the car at SOU. Each possession, he makes split-second decisions after the play is signaled in, based on how many defenders are stacked in the box. Poise amid the storm is essential.

“He is the master of that,” Howard says. “He is really calm, cool and collected.”

The dagger in Dodge’s arsenal is the deep shot, which Howard defines simply as a pass that gains a good bit of yardage. Howard says Dodge took 18 against Carroll and completed 16. The momentum that the heaves create, Howard adds, can not be underestimated.

“The momentum they create is uncanny,” Howard says. “I’ve done research and some schools attempt that many deep passes in an entire season.”

For SOU, it’s a typical day on the job.

“We’ll take shots on second and short just to keep them on their toes,” McKenzie says.

Potential recruits and coaches have taken notice. Howard says he receives 30 to 50 emails a day from athletes around the country interested in playing for him. He speaks with Division I coaches often. At Florida, he got to know Urban Meyer, who was recruiting Tebow. He shared ideas with Rich Rodriguez when Rodriguez was at Tulane. Here, he’s bouncing ideas around with UO head coach Chip Kelly.

“We actually run more plays than Oregon,” adds Howard, who also coached at Oregon Tech. “We’re sort of creating our own little Oregon here.”

Credit Spread Around

On Tuesdays, Dodge participates in a pass-under-pressure, or PUP, drill. The offensive line has kept him upright all season long, allowing just one sack. Dodge has plenty of time and space to find his top receivers, McKenzie and Patrick Donahue. Both excel at hauling in deep throws in a hurry.

McKenzie has 1,215 receiving yards, the most in SOU history. His 14 TDs are two more than the previous record. Donahue has a school-record 78 receptions, with McKenzie’s 68 close behind.

“Everyone wants to be a play-maker in this offense,” Dodge says.

The system, the quarterback, the linemen and the receivers make for the perfect storm.

“It’s easy to say you want to take shots, but it’s easy to drop back and get sacked and throw to the wrong guy or an incomplete pass,” Howard says. “That really doesn’t do you any good. You are punting after three plays. We have the guys to do it.”

The players love the idea of going deep, Dodge says. The trick is getting used to it. Donahue transferred before last season from Glendale Community College and didn’t grasp the offense until the ninth week.

“When I got here I was dog tired,” says Patrick, a senior from Los Angeles. “The offense was mind boggling. I was all over the place.”


Adds Howard: “It’s no different than a biology or science class.”

To catch up, Donahue, McKenzie and many of their teammates improved their stamina during the offseason. Donahue returned home only for the Fourth of July during the summer.

“I can go fast, but it’s not how fast you can go one play,” Donahue says. “It’s how fast you can go on multiple plays.”

Now, he’s like Dodge: a player who can adjust on the fly.

“There is never just one route you run,” Patrick says. “When a backer does this, you do this. If a corner does that, you do the opposite. I feel like the offense is one now.”

The receivers’ comfort level is evident.

“That is the bonus of this season,” says McKenzie, a senior from Red Bluff, Calif. “We all know the playbook and know what to expect and where to go for certain routes.”

Dodge continues to do his part to get better, too.

“Not all players go to that level where they get up at 6 or 7 or 8 o’clock on Sundays, come in and break film down before he goes to church,” Howard says of Dodge.

Howard and Fasnacht worked together in Florida, where they guided Nease to a 76-23 overall record and broke 30 school records. They won a state title with Tebow in 2005.

“But (Dodge) is the best quarterback I’ve ever been around as far as talent level and being a student of the game,” Fasnacht says.

Off the field, Dodge is easy-going and grounded, teammates say. He’s funny — well, “he’s funny sometimes,” Donahue says. “He’s not as funny as he thinks, but he’s a cool guy.”

Dodge recently visited a local pizza parlor with his parents. Upon entering, he observed members of the 1962 Raider squad that was inducted into the SOU Hall of Fame last month. The former players whom Dodge chatted with came away impressed with his attitude, SOU alumni director Mike Beagle says.

“He’s kind of old-fashioned,” Beagle says. “A great kid.”

The encounter made Dodge think about his own future, which seems to be moving as fast as a jet streaking across the sky.

“It was crazy knowing that 40 years from now I’ll be doing the same thing,” he says. “This is going to be a special year and I feel like we are gonna be the team that comes back in 40 years and celebrates our reunion and gets in the Hall of Fame.”

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email



WHO: Southern Oregon University sophomore quarterback.


  • WHAT: Dodge and the Raiders are demolishing records this year in head coach Craig Howard’s up-tempo offense.
  • UP NEXT: Saturday, Montana Tech at Southern Oregon, 1:05 p.m.




November 07, 2012 2:00 AM


Eagle Point High School band and SOU football

This year the Eagle Point High School pep band has played for Southern Oregon University football. Truly an amazing group of outstanding young people who are proud of their school and their band. We, the SOU fans, are proud of them, too, and thank them so much for supporting our team.

SOU, having joined the NAIA Frontier Conference this year, was picked to finish last but with a win over No. 7 Montana Tech this Saturday at Raider Stadium at 1 p.m., the No. 12 (in the nation) Raiders would earn a share of the Frontier Conference championship. Quite an honor for a very young team with our second-year coach, Craig Howard. This combination has truly brought great excitement to SOU fans.

If you like fast-paced, no-huddle, U of O-style football, come to the game this weekend. This team has four 60-plus-point games. Our quarterback is NAIA national player of the week; leads the NAIA in passing yards per game and total passing, amongst other titles. Our receivers are awesome; in fact, the whole team is. Come join us, the 3,000-plus fans and the EP pep band, to cheer the Raiders on to victory. Go Red Raiders!

— Dana Smith Tuley, Medford