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SOU takes action against COVID-19

SOU takes steps to protect campus, slow COVID-19 spread

Southern Oregon University continues to both anticipate and react to challenges in the global COVID-19 outbreak, implementing a variety of new measures this week to protect the health and well-being of the campus community and enable continuity in academic and student support programs. The SOU campus remains open and active even as students, faculty and […]

SOU named Tree Campus USA

SOU is designated as “Tree Campus USA” for sixth year

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University has earned recognition as a 2019 Tree Campus USA – an honor it’s held since 2014. Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program started in 2008, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. “Communities […]

Study shows SOU's economic impact on region

Study confirms SOU’s vital economic impact role in region

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is a powerful economic engine for its region, responsible for a total of $282.5 million in annual output in Jackson County, according to a recent economic impact study by Portland-based consulting firm ECONorthwest. SOU also is responsible for a total of 2,146 direct, indirect and induced jobs in its […]

SOU board receives Nason award

SOU board receives national Nason award for exceptional leadership

(Ashland, Ore.) — The Board of Trustees of Southern Oregon University has been selected to receive the 2019-20 John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership, given by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) – the premier organization representing higher education governing boards. The Nason Award, established in 1992, is presented in partnership […]

New hires bring energy to SOU Computer Science Department

SOU Computer Science Department gets new hires

Southern Oregon University’s Computer Science Department received a big boost this year with the hiring of two new professors – including a new department chair who will bring an international perspective to the program. Daniel DeFreez and Fabrizzio Alphonsus Alves de Melo Nunes Soares joined the SOU Computer Science Department for fall term, with Soares […]

SOU's Lock-In event for criminology students is Friday

19th annual “Lock-In” brings police to teach at SOU

SOU’s Criminology and Criminal Justice students will get plenty of hands-on training when representatives from a variety of local law enforcement agencies will be on campus to present workshops at a “Lock-In” event on Friday (Feb. 28). The 19th annual Lock-In will draw on the expertise of agencies including the Ashland and Medford police departments, […]

SOU's Stevenson Union, which will host a Pub Night

Upcoming “Pub Night” a test run for potential campus pub

SOU’s Stevenson Union will host a “Pub Night” in the Diversions Room from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb 25) – and depending on the outcome, it could be a precursor to an ongoing event. The Stevenson Union, Campus Dining, and EPIC Events are collaborating to create a fun night of sipping, eating and […]

From trailer of "Illegal, the Project"

SOU alumnus premieres first documentary, “Illegal,” at film festivals

Southern Oregon University alumnus Nick Alexander premiered his documentary film, “Illegal the Project,” on Sunday at New York City’s 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival. It will be shown locally in April during the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The feature-length documentary – which focuses on Salvadoran immigrant and successful Rogue Valley entrepreneur Laz […]

SOU Digital Cinema launches Crew Experience

SOU Digital Cinema program launches “The Crew Experience”

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s Digital Cinema program has launched its new “Crew Experience” initiative with a crowdfunding campaign through the SOU Foundation on IndieGoGo. The campaign had raised more than a third of its $6,000 goal in less than 24 hours. Crew Experience is the benchmark project of juniors and seniors in SOU’s […]

SOU is designated as military friendly

SOU added to Military Friendly School list by VIQTORY

SOU has been designated a Military Friendly School by Viqtory, a veteran-ownd marketing company that connects the military community to civilian employers, and educational and entrepreneurial opportunities. Viqtory’s Military Friendly awards are given to schools, nonprofits and companies that meet their data-driven assessments and take their proprietary survey. The difficulty of the survey increases each […]