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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Alena Ruggerio’s study abroad adventure in Spain

Through a recent study abroad program, 18 Southern Oregon University students and one professor set out to explore and experience the richness of Northern Spain’s culture. Communication professor Alena Ruggerio organized and led the students on a three-month study abroad excursion to Oviedo, Spain. Ruggerio says the time she spent with her 18 “tesoros” (her […]

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SOU student’s grant writing project bears fruit for preschoolers

SOU English major Shelee Juarez was paired up with the Jackson County Library Foundation when she needed a project last spring for her Grant Writing and Workplace Literacy Class (ENG 329). The result, several months later, was a $9,000 grant for the JCLF to buy giveaway books for preschoolers in full-time child care – and […]

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Master’s of environmental education at SOU: 50 years in

(Ashland, Ore.) — “Eventful” pretty well sums up the 1968-69 academic year: The decision was made at Yale University to admit female students. USC running back O.J. Simpson won the Heisman trophy. A music festival called Woodstock would be held during the summer. And Southern Oregon University launched its Master of Science in Environmental Education […]

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Student set to complete turnaround after transfer to SOU

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University accounting student Mary Jane Feetham is on track to graduate next June and then take an exam to become a certified public accountant – the final step in a personal turnaround from near-homelessness and reliance on public assistance. Feetham recognized that something had to change five years ago when […]

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SOU’s student-produced “Jeffersonian” news magazine to air on public television

(Ashland, Ore.) — It’s a show with the feel of “Oregon Field Guide” and the personality of Charles Kuralt’s “On the Road” segments of the late 20th century. It features in-depth reporting and richly colorful subjects. And each segment of “The Jeffersonian” is conceived and produced by students at Southern Oregon University. “Life on the […]

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Help change students’ lives; become an ASPIRE mentor

(Salem, Ore.) – The Office of Student Access and Completion at Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating commission is encouraging community members statewide to sign up as ASPIRE volunteer mentors at OregonStudentAid.gov/ASPIRE to help students find pathways to success. ASPIRE is the state’s mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. The program matches trained and […]

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Winners announced in SOU English Program’s scary story contest

How many words does it take to send shivers down a reader’s spine? For SOU student Peter Doolin and other entrants in the English Program’s “13-Word Scary Story Contest,” a baker’s dozen was plenty. “In the mirror, a set of eyes stare back that aren’t my own,” Doolin wrote in his winning entry. His eerie […]

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SOU alumna to offer Friday Science Seminar on zebrafish study

SOU alumna and doctoral candidate Sarah Stednitz will offer a lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday that examines the social interactions of zebrafish and their implications on autism research and other deficits in humans’ social behavior. The Friday Science Seminar event will be in the Science Building Auditorium (Room 151). The lecture is […]

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SOU summer field course to include Mayan Riviera trip

SOU’s Environmental Science and Policy program will mix academics with vacation-type fun in a field course next summer that will focus on marine biology, sustainable development and tourism. The course, Ecoadventure: Mayan Riviera (ES 408), is worth six credits and will take place beginning in June on SOU’s campus, online and during an 11-day trip […]

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SOU journalism student earns honor and experience

Aspiring journalist and SOU senior Caroline Cabral spent her summer break in southern Oregon chasing and reporting stories for the Herald and News, the daily newspaper in Klamath Falls. She earned the paid internship as part of the prestigious Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism program, administered by the University of Oregon and committed to […]