SOU Awards & Recognitions

Betty LaDuke, recipient of Oregon Arts Medallion

Betty LaDuke receives the second-ever Oregon Arts Medallion

Betty LaDuke, who taught art for more than three decades at Southern Oregon University, has been named the second recipient of the biennial Oregon Arts Medallion. She received the award from SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts at a reception earlier this month. LaDuke has traveled and exhibited her work throughout the world, published books […]

JPR's Paul Westhelle receives public radio award

JPR director receives national innovation award for public radio

(Ashland, Ore.) — Paul Westhelle, the executive director of Jefferson Public Radio at Southern Oregon University, has been awarded this year’s Madison Hodges Innovator Award for Public Radio Advancement by the nonprofit organization University Station Alliance. Westhelle was recognized for strengthening JPR’s market position and finances, and overseeing its move last year into state-of-the-art facilities […]

Paul Condon on mindfulness

SOU’s Paul Condon has essay on mindfulness published

Paul Condon, an assistant professor of psychology at SOU, recently published an article in Current Opinions in Psychology’s special issue on mindfulness about how meditation may increase empathy and altruism in certain contexts. Current Opinions in Psychology, a scientific journal dedicated to recent discoveries and papers in the broad field of psychology, published the special […]

Students learn about excellence and innovation in sustainability at SOU

SOU receives national “Excellence and Innovation Award” for sustainability

(Ashland, Ore.) — The American Association of State Colleges and Universities recognized Southern Oregon University today as this year’s recipient of the organization’s Excellence and Innovation Award for comprehensive sustainability and sustainable development. The AASCU program, now in its sixth year, honored member institutions for excellence and innovation in 2019 by announcing award recipients in […]

SOU's Alison Burke receives Fulbright scholarship

SOU criminology professor awarded Fulbright scholarship to teach in Bosnia

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University criminology and criminal justice professor Alison Burke has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to lecture and teach a course on women and crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Burke will serve at the University of Sarajevo during the current 2019-20 academic year. She received a four-month teaching assignment that will […]

President Linda Schott and husband Tom Fuhrmark at Chamber celebration

SOU recognized for “business-like” operations by Medford Chamber

Southern Oregon University was recognized for its “entrepreneurial and business-like” operations during last weekend’s centennial celebration of the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County. SOU and the Jackson County Library District each received Spirit of Enterprise Awards during the Chamber’s Excellence in Business awards ceremony on Friday night at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts in […]

Grandma Aggie receives President's Medal

Native elder “Grandma Aggie” recognized with SOU President’s Medal

(Ashland, Ore.) — Agnes Baker “Grandma Aggie” Pilgrim, who has been recognized as a “living treasure” by the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, received the Southern Oregon University  President’s Medal in a presentation at SOU’s Thalden Pavilion. Grandma Aggie, who is 95, is the most senior elder of southern Oregon’s Takelma Tribe and has led […]

Students in outdoor classroom at SOU, ranked among top 20 U.S. public liberal arts colleges

SOU rated among top 20 public liberal arts institutions in U.S.

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University has been named one of the nation’s top 20 public liberal arts colleges in a new rating by College Values Online, a website that helps prospective students evaluate colleges and universities. SOU is the only university in Oregon to make the list, and joins Washington’s The Evergreen State College […]

SOU's McDermott (left) is the CCC's Sports Information Director of the Year

SOU’s McDermott named conference sports information director of the year

Southern Oregon University’s Josh McDermott has been named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Sports Information Director of the Year, the league office announced. The annual award is voted on by the sports information directors of the CCC, recognizing outstanding work in promotion, work with CCC and NAIA championship events, publicity and marketing efforts. “Congratulations to Josh McDermott on his selection […]

Student in broadcast booth of SOU radio station KSOR

Still nifty, JPR is fifty: SOU’s public radio station celebrates landmark

Oregon’s newspaper headlines on May 21, 1969, included “Apollo Set for Moon Orbit This Afternoon” and news that the Oregon Senate had rejected a measure to lower the voting age to 19. In Ashland, Jerry Allen – the future “Voice of the Oregon Ducks” – signed on for the inaugural broadcast of a new radio […]