SOU Alumni Spotlight

Bruce Guenther

The Power of Art in the Political World

“It is possible to make a life in the arts and to live in the world of ideas as an intellectual,” says Bruce Guenther (’71) when reflecting on his 50-year career as a curator, artist and educator. For Guenther, who retired in 2014 after serving 14 years as chief curator for the Portland Art Museum, […]

Jesse Molloy Saxophone

Saxophone sensation: On Tour with Panic! At the Disco

Gratitude is a recurring theme for saxophonist Jesse Molloy (’01). Whether the topic is music, bands or his education, Molloy said he wants to take the time to be thankful for the opportunities that have come his way. “I have been trying to express my gratitude in different ways, whether it is through producing music […]

SOU Chris Briscoe Photographer

Constant motion: Photographer Christopher Briscoe tells story through adventure

Photographer Chris Briscoe (’75) will flat-out tell you he did not enjoy most of his time at college. Not because of SOU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification, but because of his love for adventure. “I’m just wired that way,” Briscoe said. “When I went back for my teaching certificate, I think […]

SOU Abbi Rosewood

Burning Bright: Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood’s commitment to creativity

The encouraging creative-writing community at SOU was an ideal fit for 27-year old writing dynamo Abbigail Nguyen- Rosewood (’13). Since graduating, she has written numerous essays, reviews, articles and creative works for online and print publications. And now, after recently finishing graduate school at Columbia University, Nguyen-Rosewood anxiously awaits the U.S. release of her first […]

SOU Luders Manuel Writer

Luders-Manuel: Writer addresses race with creativity and compassion

Shannon Luders-Manuel (’07) wasn’t sure what a thesis statement was when came to SOU as an English major. She now makes her living as a writer, essayist and critical mixed-race scholar who has been published in a number of academic, news and creative publications. Luders-Manuel garnered national attention earlier this year when the New York […]

SOU Delaney Matson Sewing

Life in stitches: Delaney Matson’s passionate patterns

The old axiom says that if you do  something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. That may not hold true every single day for SOU alumna Delaney Matson, but she is coming pretty close. Matson, who graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts with an emphasis on costume […]

SOU Ferrell homeless

Serving the Underserved: Maslow Project a one-stop resource for homeless youth

Jackson County has the third-highest number of homeless and at-risk children in Oregon – an estimated 2,500, according to the Department of Education. Homeless youth are more likely to miss school or drop out, receive lower scores on standardized tests and have a higher probability of suffering from depression, physical illnesses, and learning disabilities. Mary […]