Posts

Student presentation at 2018 SOAR conference

SOAR conference returns to SOU with 80-plus events in four days

(Ashland, Ore.) — The Southern Oregon Arts & Research (SOAR) conference – an annual showcase of Southern Oregon University talents, interests and innovations – will begin Tuesday, May 14, and continue through Friday, May 17.

The 12th annual forum will feature a film screening and discussion about citizen activists’ creative efforts to bridge America’s deepening divides; a “language roundtable” at which international students and language club members discuss the importance of language programs in the global era; and more than 80 other separate events presented over four days by SOU students, faculty and staff.

SOAR’s events – which come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 20-minute demonstrations or performances to multi-day exhibitions – capture SOU’s unique and inclusive spirit.

This year’s conference features a total of 16 exhibitions, or displays of original creative work; 25 presentations of projects, capstone experiences, research elements or theories; 20 symposia on group projects; 11 performances of music, drama, dance, readings and other creative expressions; five demonstrations of skills or activities; and six food outlets. There will also be 120 poster presentations.

All SOAR events are free and open to the public. Those who are attending SOAR events may park for free in SOU’s Mountain Street parking lot. Information about this year’s conference is available on the SOAR website.

The Oregon Writing Project at SOU and the university’s Multicultural Resource Center will cohost a screening of the PBS documentary “American Creed,” which first aired in March 2018. The documentary – with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer-winning history David Kennedy – explores the efforts of prominent and everyday citizens to overcome philosophical or political differences in America. The screening is at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the Hannon Library’s Meese Room and will be followed by a discussion moderated by Alma Rosa Alvarez, chair of SOU’s English Program.

SOU language club students and international students will discuss the importance of languages and language programs, despite the current trend language programs being cut at universities across the nation in a symposium on Tuesday, May 14. The students will share the experiences they could not have had without a second or third language—from study abroad and internship possibilities, to personal growth and cultural exchanges that have led to life-long multinational friendships. The event will be at 12:30 p.m. in Room 323 of the Stevenson Union.

A full schedule of this year’s SOAR events is available online.

-SOU-

SOU to showcase innovation at annual SOAR conference


NEWS RELEASE (available online at https://goo.gl/TY6MKz)
(Ashland, Ore.) — The Southern Oregon Arts & Research conference – an annual showcase of Southern Oregon University talents, interests and innovations – will begin Tuesday, May 16, and continue through Friday, May 19. The 10th annual event will feature a variety of presentations and performances by more than 600 students, faculty and staff from throughout campus.
SOAR presentations – which come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 20-minute demonstrations or performances to four-day exhibitions – seek to capture SOU’s unique and inclusive spirit. This year’s topics range from microbiology to European travels, from cryonics to infection prevention, and from a pollinator walk to an Honors College trivia competition. SOU student-athletes will demonstrate skills such as shooting a basketball and getting out of the starting blocks in a sprint. There will even be a Quidditch tournament – a magical competitive sport from the world of Harry Potter.
A total of 123 demonstrations, exhibitions, performances, poster exhibits and symposia are listed on the SOAR schedule website.
All SOAR events are free and open to the public. Those who are attending SOAR events may park for free in SOU’s Mountain Street parking lot.
More information is available on the SOAR website.
-SOU-
About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized campus that provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus. Connected learning programs taught by a host of exceptional faculty provide quality, innovative experiences for students. Visit sou.edu.