Local Eighth Graders Pledge to Work Hard, Attend SOU After High School

(Ashland, Ore.) — The room was packed at Talent Middle School on Thursday evening as students and their families came to learn about “Pirates to Raiders,” a new partnership designed to open doors for Hispanic students.

The program forms an alliance with eighth-grade students, their families, the Phoenix-Talent School District and Southern Oregon University. Each member of the partnership agrees to participate in ensuring that these students take all the right steps over the next five years. If they do, they will be accepted to SOU.

“I’ve been envisioning a program like this ever since I came to Oregon,” said SOU President Mary Cullinan. “It really does take a village to help students get to college. This program creates that village. With Pirates to Raiders, these students can fulfill their dreams.”

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International Children’s Support Advocate to Speak at SOU

(Ashland, Ore.) – Sebastien Marot, principle founder and executive director of Friends International, a non-governmental organization providing refuge and support for street kids around the world, will speak at Southern Oregon University Friday, November 12. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. in room 29-30 of Taylor Hall with a short film, “What I See When I Close My Eyes.” Marot’s talk, “Hope for Cambodia,” begins at 2:00 p.m. The film and talk are free and open to the public.

The presentation is to raise awareness for 1,200 homeless juveniles in the Rogue Valley, and show examples from other places in the world where derelict children have been saved. Marot’s organization works in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Honduras, Mexico, Egypt and Hong Kong, where young children in cities are in danger of disease, starvation, exploitation and sexual slavery.

The film and discussion are co-sponsored by the SOU International Studies Program, the SOU United Nations Club and the Maslow Project Leadership Program.