Press Releases

Pollinator Friendly

Cool School: SOU named nation’s top pollinator-friendly campus

NEWS RELEASE (Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University – which became the original Bee Campus USA three years ago – has been named the nation’s top pollinator-friendly college by the Sierra Club, as part of its annual “Cool Schools” rankings. “Besides the fact that the campus boasts more than a dozen pollinator gardens, professors have […]

SOU Student Recreation Center

SOU accommodates smoke-weary public in recreation center schedule

NEWS RELEASE (Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is continuing to help community members find refuge from the area’s wildfire smoke, even during an upcoming maintenance period for the university’s Student Recreation Center. The center’s annual closure for maintenance and training had been scheduled for 16 days next month, but has been reduced to 10 […]

SOU Bryce Smedley Kenya

SOU School of Education makes global connections at Kenya conference

Southern Oregon University’s School of Education is acting globally this week, serving as one of the leading organizers for the inaugural World Conference on Transformative Education in Kenya.

SOU Smoky Ashland

SOU offers opportunities for community members to get fresh air

NEWS RELEASE Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is making the best of a smoky situation, taking steps to protect students and employees from the area’s unhealthy air while offering a respite for community members in several air-conditioned facilities across campus. “We’re lucky enough to be located in what we consider in many ways to […]

SOU LGBTQ Friendly

SOU earns high LGBTQ-friendly ranking in online guide

NEWS RELEASE (Ashland, Oregon) — Southern Oregon University has been recognized by a third publication in the past year as one of the nation’s most LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. Affordable Colleges Online, a popular website that offers various rankings and advice for prospective students, placed SOU seventh on its list of the 69 most LGBTQ-friendly […]

SOU STEM science

Region’s schools send “Chief Science Officers” to visit SOU for STEM skills

NEWS RELEASE (Ashland, Oregon) — A group of 30 “Chief Science Officers” – students from 15 middle and high schools throughout Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties – will meet at Southern Oregon University Monday through Wednesday, July 16-18, to gain leadership skills and learn to be ambassadors for STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. […]

SOU Trustees

New slate of officers named for SOU board

NEWS BRIEF (Ashland, Ore.) – Lyn Hennion, an original member of Southern Oregon University’s Board of Trustees, has been elected to serve as the board’s second-ever chair. Her term as chair began July 1 and will continue for a year. Paul Nicholson, another trustee who has served since the board was empowered by the Oregon […]

Diversity Shenethia

Interim diversity and inclusion director named at SOU

NEWS BRIEF (Ashland, Ore.) — Shenethia Manuel, a respected higher education administrator, has accepted an offer to serve as Southern Oregon University’s interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion from July through December as the university launches its search for a permanent director. Marjorie Trueblood Gamble, who has served in the SOU position for the past […]

SOU Commencement 2018

Recognitions to lead off SOU commencement event

NEWS RELEASE (Ashland, Ore.) — Seven alumni of Southern Oregon University will be honored – two with special posthumous recognitions and five with annual awards – as part of Saturday’s 2018 commencement activities. All of the awards will be presented at the Pre-Commencement Alumni Breakfast on Saturday morning. Steven Nelson, who passed away this spring, […]

online marketing fronek

SOU internet marketing class features real-life experience

NEWS RELEASE (Ashland, Ore.) — Undergraduate- and graduate-level business marketing students at Southern Oregon University will complete their first interactive, real-time and real-life Internet Marketing and e-Commerce course this month. The innovative course – designed by SOU Adjunct Instructor Karen Fronek, the president of Make It Happen Marketing in Medford – has taken students from […]