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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