SOU in the News: September 13 – September 19


SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff features

KTVL 10 – SOU moving up in college rankings:

The Siskiyou – SOU student government president gets his wish for a rap concert:

KDRV – Fire extinguisher training sprays through SOU:

Mail Tribune – SOU alumna Janette Booth is named new finance director of city of Phoenix, Oregon:

News on SOU Academic Programs

Hillsboro Tribune – Incoming SOU freshman uses computer programs to create event poster:

News on Fine and Performing Arts

Daily Tidings – Schlitt’s ‘Patriot Act’ comes to SOU:

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

Oregonian – Oregon’s sad, sad record of educating its young:

Bend Bulletin – Measure 95: Securing public universities’ right to make investments:

New York Times – Why college rankings are a joke:

Eugene Register Guard – The Central Oregon Prize:

Washington Post – The coming era of consolidation among colleges and universities:

Miscellaneous News

Daily Tidings – Friday’s grass fire near the SOU campus was quickly extinguished:

SOU in the News: September 6 – September 12


SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff features

KOBI – 5 on 5 with SOU President Linda Schott:

Jefferson Public Radio – New SOU president’s long journey:

East Bay Times – Former SOU theatre major D’Arcy Carden featured in new NBC comedy series “The Good Place” this fall:

Mail Tribune – SOU alum and recent first-time father, Ryan Ghelfi, wins 100-mile endurance run:

Oxford University Press – SOU Professor Ed Battistella takes issue with Olympian Ryan Lochte’s apology:

Klamath Falls Herald and News – New Klamath Falls principals are profiled including Klamath Union High School Principal Charlene Herron, an SOU alumna:

Daily Tidings – SOU student thrift shopper finds rare Nike prototype outfit:

Daily Tidings – SOU student Emily Berlin is running for Talent city council:

News on SOU Academic Programs

Mail Tribune – SOU business students need research projects:

Capital Press, Salem – Southern Oregon University Research Center’s report on the state’s wine industry shows growth:

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

New York Times – Measure 97 splits Oregon voters:

Portland Oregonian – Guest Opinion by PSU President Wim Wiewel:

KEZI TV Eugene – Lane Community College welcomes its first cohort of “Oregon Promise” students:

Miscellaneous News

Daily Tidings – Celebrate fall in Ashland with the return of students to Southern Oregon University:

SOU in the News: August 30 – September 5


SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff features

KATU, Portland, OR – Former Miss America wins scholarship to Southern Oregon University:

Daily Tidings – SOU says ‘no’ to Greek life:

Daily Tidings – Kevin Talbert selected to fill Alan Bates senate seat:

Bend Source Weekly – Former SOU art students show their work together more than 30 years after they met in college:

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

Eugene Register Guard – Editorial: Is three a crowd?:

SOU in the News: August 23 – August 29


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

New York Times – Public colleges chase out-of-state students, and tuition:

Boston Globe – SAT subject tests lose favor for colleges:

New York Times – Grad students win right to unionize in an Ivy League case:

 New York Times – University of Chicago Strikes Back Against Political Correctness:

Miscellaneous News

KTVL – SOU ranks top 30 in LGBQT-friendly campuses:

Mail Tribune – SOU named among top LGBQT-friendly campuses for fourth year:

Daily Tidings – SOU again ranked among most LGBTQ-friendly campuses:

Oregonian – Two Oregon universities make most LGBQT-friendly campus list:

SOU in the News: August 16 – August 22


SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff features

Daily Tidings – SOU faculty members introduce a garden of film noir delights beginning Tuesday:

News on SOU Academic Programs

Daily Tidings – The Oregon Vineyard and Wine Census report compiled by the Southern Oregon University Research Center (SOURCE) shows growth across the state:

News on SOU Governance

Daily Tidings – Our View: SOU board off to a good start:

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

Eugene Register Guard – Editorial: Socking it to students:

Bend Bulletin – OSU-Cascades funding requests clear hurdle:

Oregonian – New Portland college hopes to transform higher education, starting in St. Johns:

Portland Tribune – Portland’s poor welcome: report finds immigrants, refugees more educated but worse off:

Miscellaneous News

Mail Tribune – SOU hosts a fond farewell for the late Senator Alan Bates:

Mail Tribune – Former SOU Chief Information Officer Kevin Talbert is on the short list for interim replacement for the late Senator Alan Bates:

Washington Post – SOU Professor Ed Battistella is quoted in Washington Post article about Donald Trump’s apology:

SOU in the News: August 9 – August 15


SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff features

Mail Tribune – ‘Sorry About That’ book expands:

KDRV – Former SOU Raider Kicker Aldrich Rosas Makes His NFL Preseason Debut:

News on SOU Academic Programs

Mail Tribune – Graduate students take youngsters into the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument:

Klamath Falls Herald and News – KCC partners with SOU for degree program:

News on SOU Governance

Daily Tidings – A year in, members of SOU’s Board of Trustees say local control’s a good thing:

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

Oregonian – Oregon commissioners approve ‘aggressive and ambitious’ higher education budget:

KLCC – UO Report Sheds Light on Oregon’s Racist Past:

Miscellaneous News

Daily Tidings – Unpacking Racism gathering draws big crowd:

Oregonian – Memorial Service this Saturday at SOU for Senator Alan Bates:

SOU in the News: August 1 – August 8


SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Daily Tidings editorial – Vision Quest:

Daily Tidings – New SOU president gets to work:

KOBI 5 – Linda Schott steps in as president of SOU:

KTVL 10 – New SOU president impressed with campus community diversity:

JPR – SOU Professor Ed Battistella’s book, “Sorry About That” is now in paperback:

Mail Tribune – SOU grad, and new head of Cascade Christian school, wants to enhance Advanced Placement and dual credit programs:

News on SOU Academic Programs

OPB – Battlefield Archaeologists Find Oregon Indian War Anything But Ancient History:

News on Fine and Performing Arts

Mail Tribune – First Friday filled with new art exhibits:

L A Weekly – SOU grad Laurel Bustamante shows her work in L A Gallery:

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

Christian Science Monitor – Oregon Asks, What if camp were part of school?:

Oregonian – Portland State sketches plan to find its next president:

Miscellaneous News

Mail Tribune – Lead found in four more SOU facilities:

KDRV – SOU finds lead in five plumbing fixtures, makes repairs:

KTVL – Continued water testing shows little lead issues:

SOU In the News: July 26 – August 1


SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Mail Tribune – Editorial: A historical perspective on fear of others:

Daily Tidings – Exit Interview: SOU’s Roy Saigo looks back:

Mail Tribune – Retiring SOU President Roy Saigo recalls days in Japanese-American campus:

Daily Tidings – Editorial: Terroir on the Map:

News on Fine and Performing Arts

Klamath Falls Herald and News – SOU Music students performed at Crater Lake National Park over the weekend:

Miscellaneous News

Oregonian – Wiewel announces surprise resignation as PSU president:

Southern Oregon University’s New President Begins Work Monday


Dr. Linda Schott Travels 3,000 Miles from Maine to Ashland

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University (SOU) welcomes its new president, Linda Schott, Ph.D., on Monday, Aug. 1. She succeeds Dr. Roy Saigo, who is retiring and has served first as interim president and then president since July 2014.

Schott is SOU’s 13th president. Her appointment runs until 2019.

The new president has a busy schedule on her first day, meeting with faculty, staff, students, and the local news media, as well as attending a campus reception on her behalf at the end of the day.

“I am honored and thrilled to begin my work as SOU’s president. I’m impressed with the turnaround I’ve seen at SOU over the past few years, and with that same dedicated SOU spirit, I look forward to building upon that momentum to continue advancing the institution. It’s too early to make any big pronouncements, but I want the SOU community to know that I’m ready to listen, learn, and lead,” President Schott said.

As she steps into her new role as SOU’s president, Schott will work with the university’s board of trustees to face the challenge of limited state financial support, higher tuition costs, and an ongoing retrenchment plan. She also inherits a campus with innovative academic programs, stable enrollment, newly renovated buildings, and a strong national reputation in the arts, environment and athletics.

“In Dr. Schott, the board saw an experienced visionary with a commitment to academic excellence, student success, collaboration, and an overall roll-up-yoursleeves type of leader,” said Bill Thorndike, chair of the Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees. He added, “At this pivotal time in SOU’s history, we believe she’s exactly what SOU needs to continue building a bright and sustainable future.”

SOU’s governing board chose Schott unanimously over 75 other applicants who were identified with the help of an executive search firm. In addition to her strong academic background, Schott also has a compelling and positive life story. She is a first generation college student who grew up on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, where she helped raise angora goats, cattle and pigs. Neither of her parents graduated from high school, but Schott went on to attend Baylor and Stanford University, ultimately earning a doctoral degree.

Schott comes to SOU from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she had served as president since 2012. Commenting on her departure for SOU, James H. Page, Chancellor for the University of Maine System said, “President Linda Schott brought innovative and engaged leadership to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, positioning the university as a national leader in personalized education that aligns with the Maine Learning Results transition currently underway in K-12 education.”

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

Schott received a B.A. in history and German from Baylor in 1979. She then attended Stanford University, earning an M.A. in history in 1982 and a Ph.D. in history and humanities in 1986. She is a specialist in intellectual history and the history of women in the United States. Schott has published several articles on women in Texas, women in the peace movement and is the author of “Reconstructing Women’s Thoughts: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1941,” published by Stanford University Press in 1997.

Schott is married to Thomas Fuhrmark and has parented five children. She enjoys hiking and camping, baking pies, trying out vegetarian recipes, reading mystery novels, and watching basketball.

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SOU In the News: July 1 – July 25


SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Features:

Portland Oregonian – Exit Interview: Roy Saigo Says He’s Leaving Southern Oregon on Right Path:

Daily Tidings – SOU Professor Chairs International Terroir Conference:

Jefferson Public Radio, the Jefferson Exchange: SOU Faculty Members are Helping Unearth the Secrets of Oregon’s Past:

Daily Tidings – Scott Malbaurn Becomes the New Executive Director of SOU’s Schneider Museum:

Mail Tribune – SOU Professor and Political Activist Jay Mullen Dies:

WNYC, the Brian Lehrer show – SOU Professor Ed Battistella Explains How to Apologize (and Make People Believe You):

Mail Tribune – SOU Alum Takes Over South Medford Basketball Program:

Portland Oregonian – SOU Alumnus Helps an Oregonian Columnist’s Father During His Final Hours:

Albany Democrat Herald – SOU Alumnus Helped Drive the ‘Stand By Me’ Train:

Daily Tidings – An SOU Ceramics Class Led Wataru Sugiyama to a Life in Sculpture:

Monticello, MN Times – SOU Alumnus Rocks with His Cousin in the Shane Martin Band:

News on SOU Academic Programs:

Daily Tidings – SOU athletic teams honored for academic prowess:

Mail Tribune – Rogue Indian War: Artifacts tell of starvation, desperation:

Coos Bay, The World – Visit the SOU archaeological dig in Curry County:

KOBI – SOU Receives Grant for Battlefield Preservation:

News on SOU Fine and Performing Arts:

Klamath Falls Herald and News – SOU Music Students Perform at Crater Lake National Park This Weekend:

Mail Tribune – SOU’s Schneider Museum shows Oregon biennial artists:

Jefferson Public Radio – SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts and JPR Present the Jerry Douglas Band in October:

News on Recent and Upcoming SOU Events:

Daily Tidings – SOU’s OLLI program welcomes lifelong learners:

News on SOU governance and Board of Trustees:

Portland Oregonian – Oregon’s Public University Presidents Hire Key State Staffer to Run New ‘Council of Presidents’:

Miscellaneous News:

Daily Tidings – SOU Faculty Member Helps Lead Support for Victim of Racism:

KDRV – People Express Themselves at OSF/SOU Open Mic Night:

KDRV – SOU and Ashland Community Spreading Awareness About  Racism:

Mail Tribune – SOU Students Help Erase Red Cross Summer Blood Shortage:

Daily Tidings – SOU Students are Joining the Pokemon Go Craze:

KTVL – New Ashland Ordinance Could Change Student Rentals:

KTVL – Ashland and Guanajuato Keeping Sister City Relationship Alive Through Future Generations:

Daily Tidings – SOU Athletic Department is Making Plates for the Greats: