Record number of SOU students to present literary papers

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

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

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

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

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

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About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized campus that provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus. Connected learning programs taught by a host of exceptional faculty provide quality, innovative experiences for students. Visit sou.edu.

SOU in the News: Feb. 13 to March 5

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News about SOU academic programs

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

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

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

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

News about fine and performing arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous news

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

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

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

SOU: Groundbreaking at pavilion dedicated to “outrageous innovation”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power. It is the first university in the nation to balance 100 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

Climate action leader to discuss solutions at SOU talk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power. It is the first university in the nation to balance 100 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU in the News: Feb. 6-12

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and sta news and features

Medford Mail Tribune • Teresa Thomas • Feb 12
‘The man for the job’: Brent Barry, who earned his master’s degree in education from SOU, is named superintendent of the Phoenix-Talent School District

The Siskiyou • Caroline Cabral and Hannah Jones • Feb 12
Remembering Coach Howard: Friends and family of SOU football coach Craig Howard gather to remember his life and his impact

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • Feb 8
SOU receives third Tree Campus USA designation: SOU has received recognition for the third straight year from the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree Campus USA”

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • Feb 7
SOU football coach Craig Howard remembered as big-hearted father figure: SOU football coach Craig Howard is remembered for the love for one another that he instilled in his players

Mail Tribune • Joe Zavala • Feb 7
From academia to mystery writing: Michael Niemann, an international studies professor at SOU, has followed up his academic writing with a pair of mystery novels

KTVL TV-10 • Ariana Rakhshani • Feb 6
Coach Howard taught players more than football, he taught life lessons: Current and former players of SOU football coach Craig Howard – including Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow – remember the man

KOBI-TV NBC5 • Elizabeth Ruiz • Feb 6
Remembering Coach Craig Howard: Hundreds gathered to remember SOU football coach Craig Howard, who passed away Jan. 20

News about SOU academic programs

KTVL TV-10 • Sarina Sandoval • Feb 7
SOU aims to break down stereotypes with new program: SOU’s new Raiders Don’t Hate program is aimed at breaking down stereotypes and exploring individual identities

News about fine and performing arts

Medford Mail Tribune • Feb 10
5 picks for live entertainment: “Shakespeare’s Other Women,” written and directed by Scott Kaiser of the OSF, will be performed at SOU Feb. 18-19

Daily Tidings • Feb 9
LaDuke to share art and stories of local farmworkers: Ashland painter Betty LaDuke presents her book “Bountiful Harvest” as part of the SOU Hannon Library speaker series

Medford Mail Tribune • Feb 7
Cabalito Negro and Left Edge Percussion present ‘Resist’: SOU flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro, along with Left Edge Percussion, performs at Music Recital Hall

KDRV TV-12 • Feb 6
OSF: Beyond The Stage & Into Local Schools: Students and instructors in SOU’s Theatre Arts program discuss collaborating with staff from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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

Jefferson Public Radio • Geoffrey Riley and Emily Cureton • Feb 9
Why People Go To Planned Parenthood: Riah Sadafy and Kendall Bartley from SOU’s Women’s Resource Center talk with Jefferson Public Radio about Planned Parenthood

UnDark.org • Julia Rosen • Feb 6
Connecting the dots: SOU ecologist Michael Parker discusses the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • Feb 9
Get Out: Friday, Feb. 10: Jeanine Moy of the Klamath­Siskiyou Wildlands Center discusses rare plant species Feb. 16 at the SOU Science Building

Medford Mail Tribune • Lee Juillerat • Feb 9
Hiram Towle: Loving life at Mt. Ashland: Mt. Ashland general manager Hiram Towle wants to attract a new generation to the slopes, from elementary to SOU students

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • Feb 8
Christopher Briscoe to discus father-son road trip, share photos in special OLLI lecture: Photographer Christopher Briscoe shares photos and stories of a 2,800-mile bike trip at SOU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

SOU recognized with Climate Leadership Award

NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/Hz6vZs)

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is one of just six U.S. colleges and universities that will be recognized this week with Climate Leadership Awards at the 10th annual Presidential Climate Leadership Summit of the nonprofit organization Second Nature.

SOU and three other colleges or universities will receive honorable mentions during the three-day leadership summit’s awards luncheon on Tuesday. Two institutions – Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College in Kansas – will be named winners of the 2017 Climate Leadership Awards.

Second Nature, which was formed in 1993 to mobilize higher education toward the goal of sustainability, hosts the leadership summit each year as a touch-base opportunity for its Climate Leadership Network – made up of more than 600 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia.

Member institutions each commit to take action on climate issues and prepare students to solve current and future challenges. Members may make a “Carbon Commitment” to work toward carbon neutrality; a “Resilience Commitment” to focus on climate adaptation; or a “Climate Commitment” to do both.

SOU and 14 other public and private colleges and universities in Oregon are Climate Leadership Network members, and SOU is one of four institutions in the state that have made the Climate Commitment.

SOU has also been honored with the Best Case Study Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, was the nation’s first certified Bee Campus USA and offers LEED Gold campus housing at its Raider Village complex.

The Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience. The awards are made in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.

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About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power. It is the first university in the nation to balance 100 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU receives third Tree Campus USA designation

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

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University has received recognition for the third straight year as a “Tree Campus USA.” The Arbor Day Foundation honors select U.S. colleges and universities with the Tree Campus designation, based upon management of their urban forests and efforts to engage students and staff in conservation.

SOU first received the designation for its efforts in 2014, and the 2016 honors were announced last week. The university has ramped up its Arbor Day activities as part of its ongoing campaign to become and remain a designated Tree Campus – 24,000 plants and 173 large trees have been planted on campus by volunteers during the past three annual celebrations, and a five-acre arboretum has been created.

“We have had a combined Arbor Day outreach of over 2,000 volunteers who have participated in everything from tree planting, pollinator garden creation and planting, botanical tours, pruning demonstrations and world-renowned educator presentations,” said Mike Oxendine, SOU’s landscaping, equipment and motor pool superintendent.

All trees planted at SOU’s Arbor Day celebrations have been donated by Plant Oregon, a Talent nursery that specializes in native plants, shrubs and trees. SOU offers free t-shirts to its Arbor Day volunteers, and those interested in participating can find more information on the SOU Landscape facebook page. This year’s Arbor day is on Friday, April 14.

The Arbor Day Foundation created its Tree Campus USA program in 2008. For 2016, 296 campuses nationwide received the recognition – including four universities and one community college in Oregon.

To qualify for the honor, colleges or universities must meet five standards: maintain a tree advisory committee, employee a campus tree-care plan, dedicate funding each year to the campus tree program, observe Arbor Day and engage students through a service-learning project.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management efforts during 2016.

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About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized campus that provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus. Connected learning programs taught by a host of exceptional faculty provide quality, innovative experiences for students. Visit sou.edu.

 

SOU center offers free presentation on debt-reduction for businesses

NEWS BRIEF (online at https://goo.gl/Fp4J2Z)

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free presentation, “For Love & Money:  Reduce Debt and Increase Cash Flow in Your Business,” from 12:15 to 1:15 on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 132 of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, at 101 S. Bartlett St., in Medford.

Certified financial coach Kathy Kali will serve as presenter at the session. She has been helping small business owners to grow and manage their income for 10 years.

Attendees will learn how to reduce debt by following the “seven baby steps to wealth-building in business,” retain earnings and pay themselves for their work, and use a monthly budget to maximize profit and cash flow.

Space for the presentation is limited, so those who are interested are advised to register ahead of time at www.sou.edu/sbdc.

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About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power. It is the first university in the nation to balance 100 percent of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

Statement on immigration and support for all students

ANNOUNCEMENT

The following statement was sent this morning from SOU President Linda Schott to all students, faculty and staff.

Dear students and colleagues,

Southern Oregon University is a place where diverse backgrounds intersect and where all members of our academic community are supported and respected – as are their thoughtfully shared views on any issues they consider important.  We do not apply religious tests before admitting students or hiring employees, and we do not discriminate against people based on their nationality, race, gender or sexual orientation. Students and employees who come to SOU – whether from Medford or Mexico, Salem or Somalia – all have the right to be treated fairly and to be valued for who they are.

SOU does not stand alone but is part of a larger network of higher education institutions spread across our nation.  Many of these universities are stepping forward at this point to reiterate their commitments to liberal education and democracy. For example, President Muriel Howard of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities – of which SOU is a member – has issued a statement asking the Trump Administration to reconsider its recent executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and banning travel into this country for the citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations.

“America’s state colleges and universities have been strengthened by the presence of students and faculty from around the globe, including those from the seven countries specifically targeted by the president’s executive order,” President Howard wrote. “We share in the collective commitment to protect our national security while at the same time enriching our nation with invaluable contributions from abroad.”

I share President Howard’s support for diversity – geographic, religious and otherwise. Although SOU has few students from the list of seven countries affected by the executive order, we have many international students who now wonder about their futures in our nation.  Thus I want to be clear that during this period of uncertainty and unrest, as we have throughout the history of our institution, SOU will continue to support all students and employees who wish to learn, grow, and make contributions to our campus and communities. 

Each morning, I walk into Churchill Hall under an inscription that reads, “The difficulties of democracy are the opportunities of education.” As we listen to our political leaders disagree about policies and principles and as we watch protestors take to the streets; as we pen our individual letters to elected officials or otherwise demonstrate our personal political views, it is apparent that our democratic system is being tested. It has been tested before, and we have always emerged from those tests with a new appreciation for both the daunting difficulties and amazing possibilities of self-governance. That self-governance is made possible at least in part by an educated populous and by the schools, colleges and universities providing that education. We at SOU are engaged in a serious, vital endeavor. We will continue our efforts, with renewed commitment, mutual respect and vigorous care for each other.

Respectfully,

Linda Schott
President, Southern Oregon University

SOU in the News: Jan. 9 to 22

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Daily Tidings • Evalyn Hansen • USA • Jan 23
Using acting craft to change people’s lives: Simone Stewart, office manger of SOU’s Small Business Development Center, is interviewed on acting

Herald and News • By Kurt Liedtke • USA • Jan 22
Malin friends take leadership roles on city council: Ryan Bartholomew, who attended SOU before returning to the Klamath Basin for work, is a new member of the Malin City Council

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Jan 20
SOU’s groundbreaking football coach passes away at age 64Craig Howard, the head coach who led his SOU team to the 2014 NAIA national championship, died at his home Jan. 19 at age 64

StAugustine.com • Justin Barney • USA • Jan 20
Craig Howard, Tim Tebow’s high school coach at Nease, dies: SOU’s Craig Howard, who coached Tim Tebow in high school and won championships in high school and college, died unexpectedly at age 64

Victory Sports Network • USA • Jan 20
SOU football coach Craig Howard passes away: Victory Sports Network, a promotor of NAIA collegiate athletics, reports on the passing of SOU’s Craig Howard

OregonLive.com • Tim Brown • USA • Jan 20
Craig Howard: Southern Oregon University football coach dies at age 64: The SOU head football coach who led the Raiders to an NAIA National Championship in 2014 died unexpectedly at age 64

Jacksonville.com • Justin Barney • USA • Jan 19
Craig Howard, Tim Tebow’s high school coach at Nease, dies: The death of SOU football coach Craig Howard, who coached quarterback Tim Tebow in high school, touches those he knew in Jacksonville, Fla.

Publicnow • CAN • Jan 19
Guest speaker Matt Vogel returns: SOU Health promotion specialist Matt Vogel will speak with EOU students, faculty and staff about campus life, relationships and substance use…

InsideSOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Jan 19
SOU theater student gets in­flight movie with personal touch: SOU student actress Maddy Flemming meets the author and inspiration for the acclaimed movie “Denial” after watching the film in­flight

KOBI­TV NBC5 • USA • Jan 17
Get to know Jackson County’s new Sheriff, Capt. Nathan Sickler: SOU graduate Nate Sickler, previously a captain in the Jackson County Sherif’s Department, is named sheriff by the county’s board of commissioners…

Mail Tribune • Vickie Aldous • USA • Jan 17
Sickler appointed as new Jackson County sheriff: SOU graduate Nate Sickler is appointed to serve as sheriff by Jackson County Board of Commissioners

The World • USA • Jan 17
Marshfield Hall of Fame inductions will be Feb. 2: Mark Helfrich, a former SOU quarterback and UO coach, is inducted into Marshfield’s Hall of Fame with his late father, Mike

Publicnow • CAN • Jan 17
March 17: Effects of extreme climate on grapes, wine: SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones to be a primary speaker at WSU symposium, ‘Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?’…

Military Technologies News • POL • Jan 16
Dirk Wall Featured in The Wall Street Journal: Meridian, Idaho investment advisor Dirk Wall, who graduated from SOU in 1983, is named a “Master of Success” by The Wall Street Journal

News about SOU academic programs

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Jan 20
The Farm at SOU to have “farm mentor” for five­month appointment: The Farm at SOU will have a five­month “farm mentor,” employed by AmeriCorps, to help inspire a generation of ecologically committed leaders

Publicnow • CAN • Jan 17
March 17: Effects of extreme climate on grapes, wine: SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones to be a primary speaker at WSU symposium, ‘Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?’…

The Bellingham Herald • Eric Degerman • USA • Jan 11
Oregon’s rieslings are overlooked gems: Last year’s Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report, prepared for the industry by SOU, indicates that riesling production is losing ground

The Register­Guard • USA • Jan 11
Expanded monument could benefit economy: Expansion of the Cascade­Siskiyou National Monument will benefit wildlands research, already being conducted by SOU and OSU

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • USA • Jan 9
Preserving history: SOU research anthropologist Maureen Battistella and sociology professor emeriti Victoria Sturtevant are leading a project to preserve local agricultural…

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings • USA • Jan 22
5 picks for live entertainment: Chamber Music Concerts present the Brentano String Quartet at SOU’s Music Recital Hall

Daily Tidings • Jeffrey Gillespie • USA • Jan 19
‘Shapes of Curiosity’ curator interested in ‘in­betweens’: SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art picks artist and curator based out of New York and London to curate upcoming “Shapes of Curiosity” exhibition

Medford Mail Tribune • Joe Zavala • USA • Jan 17
Barton adds his own piece to Stafford reading: As reading of former Oregon poet laureate William Stafford’s work is hosted at SOU’s Hannon Library

The Register­Guard • Francesca Fontana • USA • Jan 15
An artist at heart: Eugene artist Robert “Bob” Cipes’ varied past includes stints as a college professor, both in California and at SOU

Apg ­WI.com • USA • Jan 14
Area bands, choir welcoming new members: Mike Joosten, who received his master’s degree at SOU, directs the Communiversity Symphonic Band at University of Wisconsin­Barron County

News about politics, policy and national trends im pacting SOU and higher education

Medford Mail Tribune • Tammy Asnicar • USA • Jan 17
Local women to march with ‘sisters’ around the country Saturday: Retired SOU Professor Jeanne Crosby organizes a women’s march in the Mexican village of La Manzanilla, where she lives six months out of the…

Medford Mail Tribune • Julie Akins • USA • Jan 16
In the face of fear, love: SOU English Professor Alma Rosa Alvarez, keynote speaker at Ashland’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration talks of social change through love

Daily Tidings • Angela Decker • USA • Jan 13
Alvarez shares King’s antidote for division: SOU English Professor Alma Rosa Alvarez is the keynote speaker at Ashland’s 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration

Daily Tidings • USA • Jan 12
New state representative Marsh speaks Saturday in Ashland: Newly elected State Rep. Pam Marsh speaks at a meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at SOU

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Jan 11
Chief of staff for late State Sen. Alan Bates shifts to SOU government relations: Julie McFadden, who served most recently as chief of staff to the late State Sen. Alan Bates, has been hired to serve as SOU’s liaison with state…

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 12
Get Out: Friday, Jan. 13 : OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert to focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of n and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk at the SOU Science…

Daily Tidings • Julie Akins • USA • Jan 12
Ashlanders explore electric bus: A Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) electric bus makes tour stops at several Ashland locations, including SOU, during promotional trip