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

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SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

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

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

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

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

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

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

News about SOU academic programs

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

News about fine and performing arts

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

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

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

Miscellaneous news

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

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

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

SOU in the News: Nov. 1 to Nov. 7

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SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Oregon Wine Press (Nov. 1) – The current year will represent the third in a string of warm vintages for Oregon wine grapes, which were harvested beginning in August rather than the traditional September time period (interview with SOU’s Greg Jones, who studies the dynamic between climate and wine grapes). http://www.oregonwinepress.com/august-rush

Oregon Wine Press (Nov. 1) – Stephen Reustle of Reustle-Prayer Rock Winery planted Grüner Veltliner grapes in his Umpqua Valley vineyard after consulting climatologist Greg Jones of SOU about the property’s heat unit accumulation. http://www.oregonwinepress.com/gruner-the-great

Jefferson Public Radio (Nov. 1) – An essay by the producer of the Jefferson Exchange call-in program at SOU’s Jefferson Public Radio; a disproportionate number of men are callers to the program, but a recent segment guest-hosted by SOU’s Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble attracted more women callers than usual. http://ijpr.org/post/hi-there-you-re-air#stream/0

Mail Tribune (Nov. 5) – Crater High School drama director Matthew Reynolds and Rogue River High’s Kelly Gibson, who connected when both were in SOU’s Master of Theatre Studies Program, collaborated for their students’ 24 Hour Play Cabaret event. http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20161105/students-create-round-the-clock-drama

Jefferson Public Radio (Nov. 7) – SOU’s Department of Performing Arts brings to life Bertold Brecht’s “The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui” – about a Hitler-like figure trying to monopolize the cauliflower market. http://ijpr.org/post/mon-830-hitler-look-alike-found-stage#stream/0

News about SOU academic programs

Daily Tidings (Nov. 3) – Dylann Lovero, a participant in the Democracy Project of the SOU Honors College, looks at the historical and contemporary roles of women in Europe’s political decision-making (Dispatches from Europe, SOU Honors College). http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161103/from-homemaking-to-policy-making-european-women-in-political-leadership-roles

KDRV-TV NewsWatch 12 (Nov. 3) – Students in Tiffany Morey’s Criminology and Criminal Justice 241 class at SOU each got a taste of being a police officer in a life-and-death situation, with a series of “shoot, don’t shoot” scenarios based on real-life incidents. http://www.kdrv.com/news/SOU_Students_Test_In_Shoot_Dont_Shoot_Scenarios.html

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings (Nov. 3) – Galleries open late for First Friday art walk (“Art on Paper: 10 Women Artists” and six exhibits by students, faculty, alumni and community members are among the SOU events included in the monthly art walk). http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161103/from-homemaking-to-policy-making-european-women-in-political-leadership-roles

Daily Tidings (Nov. 3) – Soprano Deborah Voigt and a concert of arias at SOU among five live entertainment options. http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161103/5-picks-for-live-entertainment

The Siskiyou (Nov. 7) – SOU showing of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” was one for the books – more for the audience’s theatrics than for the movie itself. http://siskiyou.sou.edu/2016/11/03/rocky-horror-rocks-campus/

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

Times Higher Education (Oct. 17) – Academic research is in crisis in much of the Middle East and North Africa due to security concerns and poor infrastructure, according to scholars in 14 Arab countries (Ken Kempner, professor emeritus of education and international studies at SOU, co-wrote the paper on which the story is based). https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/arab-research-in-crisis-due-to-regions-growing-instability

Jefferson Public Radio (Nov. 1) – The films “Elementary Genocide,” parts one and two, by filmmaker and activist Raheim Shabazz, screened this week at SOU. http://ijpr.org/post/documenting-school-prison-pipeline#stream/0

KOBI-TV 5 (Nov. 1) – A presentation in Ashland on implicit bias – immediate reactions to people based on factors such as race, gender, religion or income – was led by SOU Director of Diversity Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble. https://kobi5.com/news/implicit-bias-education-in-ashland-39253/

Daily Tidings (Nov. 3) – SOU’s Native American Student Union is among local groups that raised money and materials to support protests against the Dakota Access Pipe Line near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161103/ashlanders-turn-out-to-support-standing-rock

KTVL-News 10 (Nov. 2) – The Jackson County clerk recommends that voters submit their ballots only at official ballot drop boxes, but the Oregon Student Association maintains an unofficial drop box at SOU’s Stevenson Union to make voting more convenient for students who may not drive or have stamps. http://ktvl.com/news/local/jackson-county-urges-voters-to-not-use-ballot-delivery-services

Oregon Business (Nov. 3) – Warm Springs Ventures, a business arm of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, envisions a tribal economy powered by engines of commerce including cannabis; tribe member Brent Florendo, native nations liaison for SOU, says housing, health and education on the reservation all have suffered, but “something good is finally happening.” http://www.oregonbusiness.com/article/item/17304-pot-gamble

Miscellaneous news

The Preface at Indiana University South Bend (Oct. 31) – IU South Bend Chancellor Terry Allison, who was one of three finalists earlier this year for the president’s position at SOU, told the student newspaper that he is committed to remaining at the Indiana campus despite his candidacy last month for another presidential post. President Linda Schott was hired as the top choice for the SOU position. https://iusbpreface.net/2016/10/31/chancellor-staying-put/

MagicValley.com Idaho (Nov. 6) – High school seniors in south-central Idaho had various plans as they worked on admissions paperwork during College Application Week; 18-year-old Kelsi Cox, who wants to become a teacher, is considering some Idaho schools along with Southern Oregon University and Virginia’s James Madison University. http://magicvalley.com/news/local/education/is-idaho-s-college-initiative-working/article_e00e7957-109c-5dc2-b152-924e7a9cfd50.html

Daily Tidings (Nov. 6) – Lawrence Krauss, director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and an internationally known physicist and author, will take participants on a pair of intellectual adventures when he offers public lectures Wednesday and Thursday nights at Southern Oregon University. http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161106/renowned-theoretical-physicist-to-speak-at-sou