SOU in the News: Oct. 25 to Oct. 31

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features
Great Northwest Wine website (Oct. 24) – Climate change presents possibilities and challenges for Washington wine industry – vineyard acreage in the Puget Sound area could grow from the current 80 acres to 2,000 in the next 20 years. (SOU Professor Greg Jones featured.)
Business Journal (Oct. 25) – SOU alumna Jessi Lyons (environmental studies) is appointed to the board of directors of the Onondaga County (N.Y.) Resource Recovery Agency.
Daily Tidings (Oct. 26) – Drawings by SOU sociology student Leia Pastizzo are included in the “Wild Women Adult Coloring Book,” which features pictures of women in nature and has been published by a Medford couple.
The Siskiyou (Oct. 27) – SOU students and community members came together on Friday, Oct. 21, at The Farm at SOU to celebrate the first-ever Octoberfeast – an event created to raise awareness and appreciation for food and its origins.
Mail Tribune (Oct. 27) – Jeff LaLande – an archeologist, historian and former SOU adjunct professor – wrote two essays for the new journal, “From Fremont to Kingsley: The Military in the Land of the Lakes,” published by the Shaw Historical Library at OIT.
Daily Tidings (Oct. 28) – Students in Pavlina McGrady’s Culinary Tourism class at Southern Oregon University trade their iPads and notebooks for aprons and carving knives to host a dinner and silent auction to benefit The Farm at SOU.
Herald and News (Oct. 28) – Teresa Wicks, a former SOU graduate student who is currently pursuing her doctorate in environmental science at OSU, is trying to get Klamath Basin students “outside into the classroom” to promote a stronger connection with natural and human communities.
Daily Tidings (Oct. 28) – Southern Oregon wine grape growers gathered last week and welcomed two new faculty members at the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center and two new faculty members at SOU – Golnaz Badr, Ph.D., of the Environmental Science and Policy Program, and Pavlina McGrady, Ph.D., of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program.
Mail Tribune (Oct. 28) – Stewart Janes, a professor of environmental education at SOU, explains how greater white-fronted geese and other birds learn and follow the migration routes of their ancestors.
News about SOU academic programs
Daily Tidings (Oct. 25) – Reflections from Vienna on youth participation in democracy in the age of social media. (Dispatches from Europe, SOU Honors College, SOU Democracy Project). (Oct. 27) – Switzerland and Oregon practice democracy in surprisingly similar ways, with surprisingly different results (Dispatches from Europe, SOU Honors College student Brynne Webb).
News about fine and performing arts
Vicksburg (Miss.) Post (Oct. 25) – Pianist and recording artist John Nilsen, an SOU alumnus (1979), to perform piano concert (includes an interview with Nilsen).
Daily Tidings (Oct. 27) – The works of 10 famed women artists – from the collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his family foundation – are displayed through Jan. 7 at SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art.
The Siskiyou (Oct. 28) – The Center for Visual Arts has opened an exhibition showcasing art from SOU faculty and staff, titled “I Show Work at Work.” Artists whose works are displayed work in departments including Theatre, Emerging Media and Digital Arts, English and Business.
News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education:
Daily Tidings (Oct. 24) – Ashland scores low on nationwide survey of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, but in a separate ranking, SOU is in the top 10 on the West Coast for the third year in a row.
Daily Tidings (Oct. 25) – Expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would protect valuable ecosystems (column by Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center cites hearing at SOU with federal officials).
Daily Tidings (Oct. 26) – Jackson County Board of Commissioners to hold its own public hearing on the proposed expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument after earlier meeting at SOU attracted mostly expansion supporters.
Daily Tidings (Oct. 28) – Dennis Slattery, an associate professor of business at SOU, is endorsed by the Daily Tidings to serve on the Ashland City Council.
Miscellaneous news
Wallowa County Chieftan (Oct. 24) – Enterprise man who received his teaching certification at SOU and first taught in Ashland returns to the classroom following a career in construction.
Jefferson Public Radio (Oct. 24) – Scientist, photographer and ocean explorer David Cothran, who lives in the Siskiyou Mountains, leads dives into frigid Arctic and Antarctic waters. He speaks at SOU on Oct. 27 and previews his talk on The Jefferson Exchange program.
Mail Tribune (Oct. 28) – Get Out listing: Guest speaker Steve Sheehy will share his photos and knowledge of lichens, which he is inventorying at the Lava Beds National Monument, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the SOU Science Building, Room 161.

Fundraiser for The Farm at SOU on Oct. 28

(Ashland, Ore.) — An elegant dinner and silent auction will serve as a barn-raising on Oct. 28.  The “Feast for The Farm” will generate money for a new structure at The Farm, a student-led organic agricultural and learning center at Southern Oregon University.
The dinner will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., at EdenVale Winery, 2310 Voorhies Road, in Medford. Tickets will be $60 per person or $100 per couple.
Jukka Moilanen, arainbow_over_farmn award-winning chef from Finland, will be joined by students in the Culinary Tourism class at SOU for the preparation of a three-course meal. The dinner will focus on locally sourced ingredients.
The local folk band “Savannah” will provide entertainment, and a silent auction will be held.
The goal of the event is to raise money for a barn that will be built by students next spring at The Farm. 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. The Farm is also a center for sustainability and a hub for education, student and faculty research, and community outreach to the Rogue Valley.
Tickets may be purchased online (
For further information contact:
Joe Mosley, SOU Director of Community and Media Relations
Phone: (541) 552-6719 |

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SOU in the News: Oct. 18 to Oct. 24

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features

KATU-TV 2 (Oct. 17) – Early harvest, great grapes for southern Willamette winemakers (mentions of Southern Oregon University Research Center and SOU Professor Greg Jones).
The Siskiyou (Oct. 19) – ASSOU members critical of expense and planning clarity of Back 2 Class Bash on Oct. 1.
Pacific University (Oct. 21) – Pacific University graduate Debbie (Kerlinger) O’Dea is now a financial aid counselor at SOU, where she tries to help students have the same kind of amazing college experiences that she had.

News about SOU academic programs

Daily Tidings (Oct. 18) – SOU students receive initial two Amigo Club scholarships to study at the University of Guanajuato, in Ashland’s Sister City.
Daily Tidings (Oct. 21) – Switzerland and Oregon practice democracy in surprisingly similar ways, with surprisingly different results (Dispatches from Europe, SOU Honors College).
Jefferson Public Radio (Oct. 20) – SOU’s Small Business Development Center helps present the Oct. 22 Business Resource Forum in Medford, to help new businesses.

News about fine and performing arts

Daily Tidings (Oct. 20) – Ashland High School presents “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” (directed by veteran SOU director Michael J. Hume).
Daily Tidings (Oct. 24) – A Southern Oregon University class on art as activism encourages students to move out into the community and move out of their comfort zones.

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

Herald and News (Oct. 17) – Seven ballot measures face Oregon voters (Measure 95 would allow public universities to invest in equities; Measure 97 would benefit education).
Daily Tidings (Oct. 17) – Renters protest high cost of Ashland housing (SOU student McKenna Smith quoted).
KTVL-News10 (Oct. 18) – SOU students conflicted on election.
Western Journalism (Oct. 18) – Conservative website calls BLM’s proposed expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument a “land grab” and maintains environmentalists associated with SOU were given special notice of planning meeting
KDRV-NewsWatch 12 (Oct. 19) – The Associated Students of Southern Oregon University has registered 1,186 students to vote in next month’s General Election; some prepare to watch final presidential debate.

Mail Tribune (Oct. 19) – Kristen “Kay” Brooks, the grants coordinator for WorkSource Rogue Valley and a sociology student at SOU, is endorsed for the Ward 3 Medford City Council seat.
KTVL-News10 (Oct. 19) – Housing a major issue in Ashland election (council candidate and SOU Professor Dennis Slattery quoted).
The Siskiyou (Oct. 22) – Southern Oregon University is setting a national example for support and intervention through campus programs that address the needs of sexual assault survivors.

Miscellaneous news

Jefferson Public Radio (Oct. 19) – Ashland High School student sparks sexual assault awareness (her efforts mirror those of Ashland Police and SOU).
YouTube (Oct. 21) – Student Giovanni Pulido, in a 29-second video of campus images, urges others wanting to “take that next big step in life” to join him at Southern Oregon University.

SOU in the News: October 11 – October 17

SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff features
Newswatch 12 – The October 15 football game had special meaning for SOU junior Isiah Carter:
Roseburg News Review – SOU alumnus Carl Bone has been teaching and coaching for 46 years:
Jefferson Public Radio – Dr. Precious Yamaguchi talks about her book spotlighting World War II internment camps:
News on SOU Academic Programs
KTVL10 – SOU offers an accelerated degree program:
Daily Tidings – Another SOU Honors College dispatch from Europe:
News on Fine and Performing Arts
Mail Tribune – SOU and OSF co-sponsor “Multi-Cultural Shakespeare”:
Daily Tidings – Tiny Art Show at SOU:
News on Politics, Policy, and National Trends Impacting SOU and Higher Education:
Oregonian – Portland Community College moves to take in stranded ITT Tech nursing students:
The Chronicle of Higher Education – The New Performing-Arts Curriculum:
Washington Post – Are traditional college campuses going the way of Blockbuster and Circuit City?:
Miscellaneous News
Mail Tribune – Monumental debate at SOU:
Daily Tidings – SOU seminar will focus on implicit bias:
Daily Tidings – SOU wins Princeton Review “green guide” honor:
Mail Tribune – Wyden says SOU leading nation in response to sexual assault:
Newswatch 12 – SOU discusses sexual assault reporting on campus:
Daily Tidings – Editorial: SOU leads the way:
KOBI5 – SOU kicks off Count Me In:
The Siskiyou – SOU shows off pride at annual parade:
Eugene Register Guard – SOURCE and SOU’s Dr. Greg Jones both mentioned in a story about this year’s wine grape crop in the Willamette Valley:
Daily Tidings – SOU’s Hannon Library hosted the Ashland Literary Festival October 8:

SOU in the News: October 4 – October 10

SOU Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff features
Vox – Apology expert Dr. Ed Battistella of SOU deconstructs Donald Trump’s “apology”:
Oxford University Press blog – Dr. Ed Battistella explains how to write a grant proposal:
Newswatch 12 – SOU’s student body president leads on and off the field:
Mail Tribune – SOU students marched in the Southern Oregon Pride Parade:
Roseburg News Review – SOU climatologist Greg Jones says the Umpqua Valley is a “Goldilocks” wine growing area:
Daily Tidings – SOU alumna is the new president of the Ashland Soroptimists club:
Newswatch 12 – Three former Raider football stars are now coaching at Ashland High School:
Mail Tribune – SOU Music Instructor Bryan Jeffs and his group, Band du Pays, just released a new album:
News on SOU Academic Programs
Mail Tribune – Innovators and leaders:
Newswatch 12 – SOU students take a look at the homeless camps on the Bear Creek Greenway:
KTVL10 – SOU students learn during greenway clean up:
Daily Tidings – Dr. Lee Ayers and SOU Honors College students report from Europe:
News on Fine and Performing Arts
Mail Tribune – Mosaic art on display in SOU galleries:
Mail Tribune – Professor Paul French leads the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers in a performance at the SOU Music Recital Hall:
Klamath Falls Herald & News – SOU Music students helped boost attendance at Crater Lake National Park this summer:
News on Politics, Policy, and National Trends Impacting SOU and Higher Education
Eugene Register Guard – Portland State University tries free tuition:
New York Times – An online education breakthrough? A master’s degree for a mere $7,000:
Miscellaneous News
Daily Tidings – Indigenous people’s day celebration is today at SOU:
KTVL – Veterans learn about LGBTQ support at SOU:
Albany Democrat Herald – Newspaper opposes an Oregon ballot measure that’s based on an idea conceived at Southern Oregon University 59 years ago:

SOU in the News: September 27 – October 3


News on SOU Academic Programs

Daily Tidings – SOU Honors College students explore democracy through travel:
Miscellaneous News

KTVL – Nearly a year after UCC shooting, SOU students have new campus security mind set: