SOU to showcase innovation at annual SOAR conference

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(Ashland, Ore.) — The Southern Oregon Arts & Research conference – an annual showcase of Southern Oregon University talents, interests and innovations – will begin Tuesday, May 16, and continue through Friday, May 19. The 10th annual event will feature a variety of presentations and performances by more than 600 students, faculty and staff from throughout campus.
SOAR presentations – which come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 20-minute demonstrations or performances to four-day exhibitions – seek to capture SOU’s unique and inclusive spirit. This year’s topics range from microbiology to European travels, from cryonics to infection prevention, and from a pollinator walk to an Honors College trivia competition. SOU student-athletes will demonstrate skills such as shooting a basketball and getting out of the starting blocks in a sprint. There will even be a Quidditch tournament – a magical competitive sport from the world of Harry Potter.
A total of 123 demonstrations, exhibitions, performances, poster exhibits and symposia are listed on the SOAR schedule website.
All SOAR events are free and open to the public. Those who are attending SOAR events may park for free in SOU’s Mountain Street parking lot.
More information is available on the SOAR website.
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