SOU Campus News

SOU approaches COVID as endemic

SOU shifts to endemic approach on COVID-19

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University announced this week that its COVID-19 policies will shift from a pandemic footing to an endemic approach, emphasizing safety and caution as changes are made in practices such as masking, quarantines and restrictions on campus visitors. Masks will not be required either indoors or outdoors at SOU beginning March […]

SOU prepares for transformational change to software infrastructure

SOU to begin “transformational” shift in tech infrastructure

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is heading into the first stages of a transformational change to its primary operational software that will result in far-reaching improvements for both students and employees. Students will see streamlined registration options, an adaptable academic planner, and an integrated and effective mobile app. Employees will juggle fewer systems and […]

February food drive time at SOU

It’s February – food drive time at SOU

It’s February, and at Southern Oregon University that means it’s time to support students who may have issues with food insecurity. President Rick Bailey recently appealed to SOU employees to donate this month during the Governor’s State Employee Food Drive, in which all food and funds gathered at SOU support the Student Food Pantry’s operations […]

Native American Program

SOU Native American Program to co-host vaccination clinics

Southern Oregon University’s Native American Program is partnering with the local Natives of One Wind Indigenous Alliance to offer free COVID-19 vaccination clinics in February and March for anyone 5 years of age or older, and currently eligible for shots or boosters. There will even be free dinners for participants. The clinics will be held […]

Late wrestling coach leaves $3 million to SOU

Late wrestling coach leaves largest-ever gift to SOU

(Ashland, Ore.) — Legendary Southern Oregon University wrestling coach Bob Riehm’s influence at SOU and within the wrestling program will continue in perpetuity, with a $3 million donation from his estate announced today that ranks as the largest-ever single gift to the university. The bequest was announced by the university and his surviving sisters at […]

Grant will fund the Indigenous Gardens Network

Indigenous Gardens Network again receives Oregon Cultural Trust grant

(Ashland, Ore.) —  Southern Oregon University, tribal partners and others have received a $30,154 grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust to continue the work of the Indigenous Gardens Network – a hub for Indigenous-led land projects centering on food sovereignty, land stewardship, educational opportunities and habitat restoration. The purpose of the Indigenous Gardens Network is […]

JPR's online silent auction is underway

Jefferson Public Radio launches first virtual silent auction fundraiser

Jefferson Public Radio is inviting the Southern Oregon University community and others to participate in its first JPR Online Silent Auction, featuring a variety of getaway packages, wine bundles, one-of-a-kind items, fine dining certificates and more. “JPR is grateful to everyone who has contributed and is participating in this new exciting venture,” said Sue Jaffe, […]

geriatrician to speak at SOU

Leading geriatrician to address SOU audience

(Ashland, Ore.) — Dr. Louise Aronson – a leading geriatrician, writer and educator – will lecture on “Aging, Ageism and the Future of Elderhood” in a Jan. 10 event presented via Zoom by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University in partnership with SOU’s Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Aronson is the […]

SOU receives ODVA Veteran Grant

SOU receives ODVA Campus Veteran Grant Award

The Social Justice and Equity Center (SJEC) Veterans & Military Families at Southern Oregon University has been awarded a $58,163 grant from the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) to help improve outcomes for student veterans at the university. This is the second consecutive year that SOU has secured the Campus Veteran Grant Award and the […]

Vaccination clinic on SOU campus

COVID, flu vaccination offered on SOU campus

A free vaccination clinic for SOU employees and family members seeking either flu shots or COVID-19 boosters will be held next Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union. Face coverings will be required. Those interested in receiving any of the vaccinations at next week’s clinic are asked to complete this […]