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

The Farm at SOU to have “farm mentor” for five-month appointment

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(Ashland, Ore.) — The Farm at SOU will have a new staff member from March through August – a “farm mentor” who will be employed by AmeriCorps and will help inspire a generation of ecologically committed leaders to live and work sustainably.

The farm mentor will work full-time for five months, and will receive a monthly stipend, health insurance coverage and a $2,865 educational award upon completion of the appointment. He or she may also be eligible for childcare assistance.

The mentor will design a master action plan for The Farm’s mentorship program, reach out to local human services programs to recruit participants in the program and develop cohorts based on shared goals and needs. The mentor will also work with the participants on projects that help build life skills, evaluate the program’s effectiveness and coordinate with other staff members at The Farm.

The SOU facility is student-led, organic agricultural project that serves as a hub for education, student and faculty research, and community research.

Those who are interested in the position may apply on the AmeriCorps website. Applicants will be reviewed by Nancy Shea, coordinator of the SOU Center for Sustainability, then will be vetted by AmeriCorps. Shea will make the final selection by mid-February, and the successful applicant will begin March 1.

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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’s groundbreaking football coach passes away at age 64

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Craig Howard, the head football coach who raised the bar at Southern Oregon University and earned the love of his team for the family culture he instilled, passed away Thursday night in his home. He was 64.

The Howard family has asked for privacy but will announce services in the coming days. Grief counseling is available on campus today for students and for faculty and staff.

Coach Howard joined SOU as head football coach six years ago, coming home to Southern Oregon following a successful career as a high school coach in Florida. He grew up in Grants Pass and played high school football there, then played at the collegiate level at Linfield College in McMinnville.

He was hired in February 2011 to take over a team that averaged three wins per year in the eight seasons prior to his arrival, and predicted he would bring the university its first NAIA national championship. He did that in 2014, when he was also named the Rawlings NAIA Coach of the Year. He took the Raiders back to the championship game in 2015, falling just short of back-to-back championships.

SOU President Linda Schott referred to Howard as “a terrific leader for our university and its Athletic Department” in a memo to campus.

“In both of those runs through the NAIA playoffs, Coach Howard instilled confidence in his players that allowed them to overcome others’ expectations of them,” the president said. “His teams were underdogs in six of their eight playoff games during those two years.”

After his team won SOU’s first NAIA football title in Daytona Beach, Fla., Howard stripped down with his team and for a triumphant plunge into the Atlantic Ocean – delivering on a promise he’d made at the beginning of that week.

“Coach Howard was energized, passionate and as full of love as ever,” SOU Director of Athletics Matt Sayre said Friday. “He loved his team, his coaches, the recruits he and his staff were talking with and signing, and – above all – his family.

“He was an amazing man,” Sayre said. “He was an inspiration to all those who knew him. He molded men of character, strength and honor and always placed that above winning football games. We will miss him dearly, but are thankful to have had him as our friend, mentor, coach and role model. We are all better people for having Coach Craig Howard in our lives.”

He compiled a record of 50-23 with the Raiders, giving him the best win percentage (.685) in school history.

Prior to winning the 2014 championship, the Raiders had never been past the second round of the 16-team playoff.

Howard’s previous college coaching experience included two stints as defensive coordinator for Oregon Institute of Technology in the late 1970s and 1980s, two years in the same position at Portland State University and two years as Oregon Tech’s head coach from 1991 to 1992.

As a high school coach in Florida, his teams went 76-23 from 2003 through 2010, went to the state championship game three times and won the state title in 2005. His high school athletes included eventual Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

Howard spent his final hours Thursday doing what he loved: recruiting, and familiarizing future Raiders with the “Character, Strength and Honor” mantra he popularized at SOU.

He is survived his wife, Valerie; daughters Amy and Emily; sons Bo, Jordan and Ryan; and five grandchildren. Bo Howard is an assistant football coach at SOU.

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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: Dec. 28 to Jan. 8

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

Siskiyou Daily News • Danielle Jester • USA • Jan 5
Artist Profile: Roger Emerson, composer and arranger: Roger Emerson of Mount Shasta, who earned his bachelor’s degree from SOU, composes and arranges for the world’s largest music publisher

The World Link • USA • Jan 4
Geology Lecture Series features 12th annual Cascadia lecture: COOS BAY — Southwestern’s geology lecture series will include an April 15 talk by SOU anthropology Professor Mark Tveskov on “The Archaeology…

Wine Enthusiast Magazine • Sally Easton • USA • Jan 4
How Climate Change is Affecting Wine:The assumption that 50 degrees latitude is the northern limit for viticulture has been altered by climate change, SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones told an audience in England

Caminos • USA • Jan 3
A nuestros vecinos del Rogue Valley (To our Rogue Valley neighbors): SOU President Linda Schott assures the readers of Caminos, the Rogue Valley’s monthly Spanish­language magazine, that the university will “remain…

Medford Mail Tribune • Greg Stiles • USA • Jan 2
Irvine Vineyards plans to build winery, tasting room: Doug and Dionne Irvine launched Irvine Vineyards after consulting SOU wine climatologist Greg Jones about which grape varieties would grow best…

Mail Tribune • Cathy Noah • USA • Jan 1
One last look back: The Mail Tribune’s top stories of 2016 included the death of State Sen. Alan Bates, whose position was filled through the end of the year by…

Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 30
Listening to the birds for early signs of spring: SOU biology Professor Stewart Janes writes about the bird songs that announce spring is coming ­­ even if it may be several months away

Herald and News • Holly Owens • USA • Dec 30
2016 Year in Review: July to August: An outdoor, musical performance of “Natural History” by the Britt Orchestra and Southern Oregon University students was among Klamath area highlights

Medford Mail Tribune • Vickie Aldous • USA • Dec 29
Interim sheriff applicants tout experience: Nathan Sickler, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from SOU in 1999, is one of six candidates to become interim Jackson County Sheriff

Corvallis Gazette­Times • Anthony Rimel • USA • Dec 28
On the job with Ryan Noss: Corvallis’ first­-year school Superintendent Ryan Noss earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from SOU

News about SOU academic programs

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 3
SOU business research classes seek projects: SOU’s undergraduate­- and graduate­-level applied business research classes are seeking winter term research projects, for which students will…

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings • USA • Jan 5
New exhibits, new artists highlight Ashland’s First Friday: SOU’s Center for the Visual Arts features art by students, faculty and community in six of its galleries for the monthly art walk

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 27
Gabe Young returns to Ashland for oboe concert: Oboist Gabe Young, who has performed from Colorado to Russia, returned to his hometown of Ashland for a Dec. 30 concert at SOU’s Music Recital…

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

 KOBI­-TV Channel 5 • Craig Smullin • USA • Dec 27
Five on 5 – Dr. Linda Schott – President of Southern Oregon University: SOU president recaps her first term at the university and the strategic planning process that lies ahead

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • Mark Freeman • USA • Jan 7
SOLC hits goal to buy Rogue River ranch for a preserve: The 352­-acre ranch, which will be purchased and protected by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, will be open to use by high school classes and SOU researchers

Mail Tribune • USA • Jan 6
Get Out: Friday, Jan. 6: OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk…

Daily Tidings • Joe Zavala • USA • Jan 5
You’ll make up for this, kids: SOU reopens after two days of weather­related closures; public information officer Joe Mosley explains the university’s process and priorities…

Daily Tidings • Ryan Pfeil • USA • Jan 4
Snow causes closures, slick driving conditions: SOU is among the schools and colleges to remain closed on Wednesday due to inclement weather conditions

Medford Mail Tribune • John Darling for the Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 28
New Ashland convenience market features Indian food: The owner of a new convenience store and Indian deli a few blocks southeast of SOU is banking on customers such as students who are more focused…

Chief of staff for late State Sen. Alan Bates shifts to SOU government relations

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Julie McFadden, who served most recently as chief of staff to the late State Sen. Alan Bates, has been hired to serve as Southern Oregon University’s liaison with state and federal lawmakers. She began work at the university on Monday.

As SOU’s new Director of Government Relations, McFadden will work with elected officials, legislative staff members and others on measures that will benefit the university, its students and the state of Oregon.

“I look forward to helping deliver the messages that higher education is vitally important to Oregon’s future, and our region relies absolutely on what SOU produces – about a thousand graduates each year who are well-prepared to innovate and lead,” McFadden said.

She has spent the past two years as Bates’ chief of staff and served as a field organizer to promote state and local measures.  McFadden’s previous experience includes work as a teacher, executive director of a non-profit and geriatric care manager.

“Working with Senator Bates was an honor, filled with learning and growth opportunities,” she said. “He embodied integrity and commitment to service; he saw us as people first and politics after. I strive to bring what I learned from him, as a legislator and a person, to all my work.”

As the head of Bates’ legislative office, McFadden developed and maintained working relationships with state and federal legislators and administrative staff, lobbyists, union representatives, local leaders and other stakeholders. That position also involved researching policy concepts and law to ensure the passage of effective policies.

“I have enjoyed rich relationships in the Capital as well as in our local community,” she said. “I am proud to bring a pillar of my local community together with my Capital family.”

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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: Dec. 20 to 27

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

TeenVogue Magazine • Emma Sarran Webster • USA • Dec 27
How to manage college applications stress: Ian Parent, associate director of admission at SOU, joins experts from around the country in offering advice on handling the pressures of college…

Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 27
Business briefs: Tim Johns, who earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from SOU, has been named vice president of information services at Rogue Credit…

Mail Tribune • Vickie Aldous • USA • Dec 26
Youth basketball organizer Crump given lifetime achievement award: Manny Crump, who played college basketball at SOU and OIT before spending the past several decades teaching youth basketball, has been recognized…

Redding Record Searchlight • David Benda • USA • Dec 23
Homecoming for new Sun Oaks owner: Jeremiah Walsh, the new owner of Sun Oaks athletic club in Redding, previously coached tennis at Virginia Military Institute, the University…

Northampton Community College • Myra Saturen • USA • Dec 22
A Family Story: Gary Guidetti, a native and former resident of New Jersey, Guidetti received his bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA from SOU before becoming assistant dean of business and technology at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania

KTVL­TV 10 • Mike Marut • USA • Dec 21
SOU President Linda Schott happy with first quarter: SOU President Linda Schott discusses her first quarter at the University and the opportunities that lie ahead, and Associate Provost Jody Waters…

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • USA • Dec 22
SOU small business leader to address entrepreneurs: Three easy steps to creating an elevator speech – a brief pitch to sell yourself to clients – will be outlined on Thursday, Jan. 12, when Simone…

Publicnow • CAN • Dec 20
Rich Kane named Division of Student Affairs’ Employee of the Semester: Rich Kane, a former SOU employee and current assistant director for Community Standards and Student Responsibility at Ohio University, was named employee of the semester for the Ohio school’s Division of Student Affairs

News about SOU academic programs

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley • Dec 21
SOU professor’s research published in European journal: A research paper on the solution chemistry of aluminum, authored by Southern Oregon University professor Anna Oliveri, was published in the current…
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Jefferson Public Radio • USA • Dec 21
Underground History: Grand Ronde Reservation Digs: Mark Tveskov of the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology talks with guests on JPR program about the summer archaeology program at the Grande Ronde…

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings • Evalyn Hansen • USA • Dec 26
Getting to know ‘Shakespeare’s Other Women’: “Shakespeare’s Other Women,” a new play by author and director Scott Kaiser, will be presented Feb. 16 to 19 at SOU
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News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education

Daily Tidings • John Darling • USA • Dec 23
Expecting 900 for dinner: A chef from SOU was tapped to provide high­quality cuisine for the 37th annual Ashland Christmas Dinner, which was expected to draw about 900…

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • USA • Dec 22
Get Out — Friday, Dec. 23: OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Room 161 of the Southern Oregon University Science Building 

Daily Tidings • USA • Dec 20
Annual Guanajuato Nights dinner bolsters scholarship endowment fund: The annual fundraising dinner and auction, held in November, raised $12,024 for the Ashland Amigo Club’s endowed scholarship fund which is administered by the SOU Foundation …

SOU small business leader to address entrepreneurs

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(Medford, Ore.) — Going up? Three easy steps to creating an elevator speech – a brief pitch to sell yourself to clients – will be outlined on Thursday, Jan. 12, when Simone Stewart of Southern Oregon University’s Small Business Development Center addresses the Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon.

Stewart will discuss how to create a persuasive elevator speech and when to use it. A compelling conversation as brief as 30 seconds is often the tipping point for a business person seeking to gain a client or investor, she says.

As the SBDC’s client services manager, Stewart’s work is aimed at community outreach and economic development. She is a member of the planning committee for the SOU Women’s Leadership Conference and is a Medford Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. She previously owned and operated a consignment and antiques shop in Ashland, and most recently served as director of operations and marketing for a technology services company.

The cost of the Women Entrepreneurs’ January dinner and program – which is open to all – is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. A $3 discount is available for online registration and prepayment, and reservations should be made by 9 p.m. on Jan. 9. The event at the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road in Medford, will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and include networking, dinner and the program. For questions or reservations by phone, call Carol Vandell at (541) 292-6326.

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About Southern Oregon University
As a public liberal arts university, SOU focuses on student learning, accessibility and civic engagement that enriches both the community and bioregion. The university is recognized for fostering intellectual creativity, for quality and innovation in its connected learning programs, and for 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, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

SOU professor’s research published in European journal

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

(Ashland, Ore.) —A research paper on the solution chemistry of aluminum, authored by Southern Oregon University professor Anna Oliveri, was published in the current edition of the peer-reviewed periodical “Chemistry – A European Journal.” Oliveri also provided artwork for the journal’s cover.

The paper describes fundamental research on the molecules present in solutions with high aluminum and amino acid concentrations. Understanding the actual structures of the molecules in solutions can lead to a better understanding of the toxicity, bioavailability and reactivity of the solutions.

chem201605388Colgate Palmolive, which provided funding for the research conducted by Oliveri’s team, uses aluminum in consumer goods such as deodorants and cleaning products. Other potential real-world applications for the research include environmental monitoring of sites near abandoned mines, where acid-mine drainage is creating highly acidic pools with much higher-than-natural metal concentrations.

The research led by Oliveri, an inorganic chemistry professor at SOU, resulted in the first observation of the alpha-isomer of the aluminum molecule in solution. This specific structure had been hypothesized to exist for decades but remained elusive until her observation. A goal of Oliveri’s continuing research is to isolate the alpha-isomer for future studies.

The cover artwork is Oliveri’s second such piece to be featured on the cover of a scientific journal this year. She is enthusiastic about branching out into scientific art to complement her research.

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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: Dec. 13 to 19

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

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

KAJO­ Radio • Sam Marsh •  Dec 17
SOU alum picked to head Utah fire department: Dan Peterson, who received his master’s degree in management from SOU, is leaving his position as chief of Jackson County Fire District 3 to…

News @ SOU • Joe Mosley •  Dec 14
SOU receives NEH grant to preserve “common heritage” histories: The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Southern Oregon University a $12,000 Common Heritage grant to collect and preserve…

North Coast Citizen • Ann Powers • Dec 13
Former SOU faculty member to leave position with Lower Nehalem Community Trust: Dale Cramer Burr, a former adjunct faculty member at SOU and the University of Guanajuato, is leaving her position as executive director of the…

News about SOU academic programs

 Daily Tidings • Dec 16
JPR celebrates 3,000 episodes of ‘As It Was’: SOU’s Jefferson Public Radio honors volunteers who produced more than 3,000 episodes of the daily historical series “As It Was: Tales from the…

Medford Mail Tribune • Dec 16
JPR celebrates 3,000 episodes of ‘As It Was’: SOU’s Jefferson Public Radio honors volunteers who produced more than 3,000 episodes of the daily historical series “As It Was: Tales from the Mystical State of Jefferson”

News about fine and performing arts

 SF Weekly • Jessie Schiewe • Dec 16
Mani Draper releases debut album, The Last Marauder: Mani Draper, who got into music while attending SOU, releases album that mixes hip­hop with jazz and R&B

The Huffington Post • Sean Martinfield • Dec 15
Former SOU student and Tony Award winner to perform in SF holiday concert: Ruthie Ann Miles, an SOU student in the early 2000s who won the 2015 Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical, will perform a series…

Jefferson Public Radio • Soleil Rowan • Dec 14
JPR presents Väsen One World Concert April 19 at SOU Recital Hall: JPR and SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts will present the Swedish trio Väsen in concert on Wednesday, April 19, at the university’s Music Recital…

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

KDOV­-TV 18 • Demi DeSoto • Dec 13
SOU President Linda Schott visits Medford Chamber Forum: SOU, which is Ashland’s largest employer and creates a $195 million per year economic impact for Southern Oregon, is beginning a strategic planning…

Daily Tidings • Greg Stiles • Dec 13
Time to rethink college: SOU President Linda Schott told the Medford Chamber Forum that the university is beginning a strategic planning process that will include a re­ examination of the roles higher education should play in Southern Oregon

Miscellaneous news

Medford Mail Tribune • Dec 15
Get Out: Friday, Dec. 16OSU horticulturalist Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges in a free talk at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Room 161 of the Southern Oregon University Science Building

SOU receives NEH grant to preserve “common heritage” histories

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NEWS RELEASE (online at https://goo.gl/sHH5QE)

(Ashland, Ore.) — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Southern Oregon University a $12,000 Common Heritage grant to collect and preserve agricultural and logging family histories in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

horsedrawn-plow-hillcrest-circa-1910 Co-investigators Maureen Battistella (assistant professor affiliate and research anthropologist at SOU) and Victoria Sturtevant, Ph.D. (SOU sociology professor emerita) will work with SOU students, the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, local libraries, historical societies and youth groups to identify heritage families for the project.

“This project is important because it helps Southern Oregon’s largely rural communities trace, preserve and share their heritage,” Battistella says. “It will document how and why population growth, economic development and new agricultural opportunities have affected Southern Oregon’s heritage industries.”

loggingnearbuttefalls-circa-1940Stories, photographs and memorabilia discovered during heritage day events will be digitized and made available to the public thanks to the expertise of SOU librarians and the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library. Retired U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Jeff LaLande, Ph.D., is a consulting historian on the project; his papers and photographs are already in the SOU SODA collection.

Southern Oregon’s landscape has changed dramatically over the past 100 years. Historical family farms have yielded to housing developments, pear trees have been pulled out to plant vineyards, and timber is nearly played out.

The Legacy Labor project is designed to document a way of life that is nearly lost to memory because of cultural, political and economic pressures. It is intended to increase awareness of heritage agriculture and timber occupations and draw attention to the importance of preserving and sharing community values. The project will build upon and extend the heritage preservation model developed for earlier grants awarded to SOU by the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association and the Erath Family Foundation.

For more information about the NEH Common Heritage award to SOU and the Legacy Labor project, contact Maureen Flanagan Battistella at (541) 552-0743 or battistem@sou.edu.

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About Southern Oregon University
As a public liberal arts university, SOU focuses on student learning, accessibility and civic engagement that enriches both the community and bioregion. The university is recognized for fostering intellectual creativity, for quality and innovation in its connected learning programs, and for 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, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.