SOU in the News: Nov. 8 to Nov. 14

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features
KDRV-TV 12 and similar story on KOBI-TV 5 (Nov. 7) – Counseling services through the SOU Student Health and Wellness Center are available for students who were affected by the murder of 20-year-old Avi Feldman at a house party early Sunday morning in Ashland.
The Press, Brentwood, Calif. (Nov. 7) – Mark Stoiber, director of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, is a candidate for the Brentwood City Council. He received bachelor’s degrees from Southern Oregon University in business and economics.
News @ SOU (Nov. 8) – Jad D’Allura, An emeritus professor of geology at SOU, has been awarded a pair of two-year grants for geologic work in Oregon – including one to help create special-purpose maps that show geologic features of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.…ational-monument/
Mail Tribune (Nov. 8) – Dennis Slattery, an SOU business professor and member of the university’s Board of Trustees, won election to the same Ashland City Council seat he first won in 2010, then gave up two years later.
Jefferson Public Radio (Nov. 9) – Rogue Valley native Taylor Olson-Hill tells in a radio interview and a talk at SOU about her work at a refugee camp in Greece for displaced Syrians.
News @ SOU (Nov. 10) – Students from SOU’s Center for Sustainability will harvest bricks from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Green Show plaza” each of the next two Saturday so that the bricks can be reused in pathways at The Farm at SOU.…reuse-osf-bricks/
Mail Tribune (Nov. 10) – A relatively stress-free weather year has produced average yields and high-quality grapes throughout Oregon for the 2016 vintage, according to Greg Jones, an SOU environmental science professor.
The Siskiyou (Nov. 10) – ASSUO Student Body President Colin Davis was impeached and removed from office after it was determined in a Nov. 1 student government hearing that he violated procedures in planning this fall’s “Back 2 Class Bash;” Vice President Tyler Takeshita was elevated to ASSUO president.
KAJO Radio, Grants Pass (Nov. 11) – On Veterans Day, SOU is included in a list of Southern Oregon organizations that offer services to former members of the U.S. military (SOU’s Veterans Resource Center).,4
KDRV-TV 12 (Nov. 11) – SOU revives a Homecoming Parade tradition that had been on hiatus since 1969, with a procession from the Lithia Park bandshell to “The Hawk” dining facility on campus.
News @ SOU (Nov. 11) – On Veterans Day at SOU, President Linda Schott will be among the speakers at a reception to recognize the 247 military-affiliated students on campus; veteran students Justin Jones and Chris Vorgang are honored in the online newsletter of the Colorado-based firm Innovative Educators.
Helena (Mont.) Independent Record (Nov. 13) – Angela Poole, the new manager of the Helena Civic Center, chose to get her education at Southern Oregon University – where she did stage management, costuming and lighting – so she could be close to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
News about SOU academic programs
Daily Tidings (Nov. 7) – Students in Adjunct Professor Tiffany Morey’s Criminology and Criminal Justice 241 class at SOU felt the heat in a series of “shoot, don’t shoot” scenarios based on real-life police incidents.
Coos Bay World (Nov. 11) – Mark Tveskov, an SOU anthropology professor, will discuss “The Archaeology of the Rogue River War” next April 15 as part of a geology lectures series at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.
Daily Tidings (Nov. 13) – Sara Antonuccio, a participant in the Democracy Project of the SOU Honors College, looks at the collaboration of science, democracy and citizenship during a visit to European Council for Nuclear Research’s CERN particle accelerator (Dispatches from Europe, SOU Honors College).
News about fine and performing arts
Mail Tribune (Nov. 8) – SOU’s Department of Performing Arts presents Bertold Brecht’s “The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui” – a satirical allegory about a Hitler-like figure trying to take over the cauliflower market.
Mail Tribune (Nov. 10) – A Rogue Valley production company made up of SOU alumni will make its first independent film in 2017 – a drama about a terminally ill young woman’s decision to end her life under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act.
KDRV-TV 12 (Nov. 9) – Bailey Aldrich, an SOU sophomore who is studying music education, is a contestant in the Nov. 12 Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars, at North Medford High School. (Nov. 9) – Darek Riley, who received his bachelor of fine arts degree in acting/performance from SOU, plays Robin Hood in Greg Banks’ adaptation of “Robin Hood” at Sacremento’s B Street Theatre.
Daily Tidings (Nov. 10) – A performance of American music by the Jefferson State Choral Coalition at SOU’s Music Recital Hall is among five live entertainment options for the weekend.
Mail Tribune (Nov. 11) – SOU’s production of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” and the Jefferson State Choral Coalition’s “American Musical Experience” at the SOU Music Recital Hall are among five weekend options for live entertainment.
Daily Tidings and similar story in Mail Tribune (Nov. 11) – The Rogue Riverkeeper Wild & Scenic Film Festival was presented on Sunday at SOU’s Music Recital Hall. and
News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education:
KTVL-TV 10 (Nov. 9) – Several students contacted on the SOU campus were among the Rogue Valley residents who were upset about results of the Nov. 8 general election.
Portland Business Journal (Nov. 9) – SOU President Linda Schott and the presidents of Oregon’s other six public universities issued a joint statement in the wake of Measure 97’s defeat to say they will work together to convince lawmakers that financial support for higher education should be among Oregon’s top priorities.
Miscellaneous news
Capital Press (Nov. 8) – Weather patterns in the Western U.S. have been a month ahead of the calendar for most of 2016, with the amount of rain and snow that fell during October anywhere from 150 percent to 400 percent of normal, according to Greg Jones, a wine climatologist at SOU.
Jefferson Public Radio (Nov. 9) – Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University visits the JPR studio for a 21-minute discussion of the universe prior to his two lectures at SOU as part of the university’s campus theme of “Shapes of Curiosity.”
Mail Tribune and similar story in Corvallis Gazette-Times (Nov. 10) – Kevin Talbert, a retired SOU administrator, is filling the remainder of the term until January for State Sen. Alan Bates, who died Aug. 5; Republican Alan DeBoer won the seat in last week’s election, accounting for a one-seat loss statewide for Democrats.
Mail Tribune and Oregon Public Broadcasting (Nov. 11) – Students from SOU’s Center for Sustainability are harvesting brings from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show Plaza for use in paths at The Farm in Ashland. and

SOU in the News: Nov. 1 to Nov. 7

SOU student, alumni, faculty and staff news and features
Oregon Wine Press (Nov. 1) – The current year will represent the third in a string of warm vintages for Oregon wine grapes, which were harvested beginning in August rather than the traditional September time period (interview with SOU’s Greg Jones, who studies the dynamic between climate and wine grapes).
Oregon Wine Press (Nov. 1) – Stephen Reustle of Reustle-Prayer Rock Winery planted Grüner Veltliner grapes in his Umpqua Valley vineyard after consulting climatologist Greg Jones of SOU about the property’s heat unit accumulation.
Jefferson Public Radio (Nov. 1) – An essay by the producer of the Jefferson Exchange call-in program at SOU’s Jefferson Public Radio; a disproportionate number of men are callers to the program, but a recent segment guest-hosted by SOU’s Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble attracted more women callers than usual.
Mail Tribune (Nov. 5) – Crater High School drama director Matthew Reynolds and Rogue River High’s Kelly Gibson, who connected when both were in SOU’s Master of Theatre Studies Program, collaborated for their students’ 24 Hour Play Cabaret event.
Jefferson Public Radio (Nov. 7) – SOU’s Department of Performing Arts brings to life Bertold Brecht’s “The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui” – about a Hitler-like figure trying to monopolize the cauliflower market.
News about SOU academic programs
Daily Tidings (Nov. 3) – Dylann Lovero, a participant in the Democracy Project of the SOU Honors College, looks at the historical and contemporary roles of women in Europe’s political decision-making (Dispatches from Europe, SOU Honors College).
KDRV-TV NewsWatch 12 (Nov. 3) – Students in Tiffany Morey’s Criminology and Criminal Justice 241 class at SOU each got a taste of being a police officer in a life-and-death situation, with a series of “shoot, don’t shoot” scenarios based on real-life incidents.
News about fine and performing arts
Daily Tidings (Nov. 3) – Galleries open late for First Friday art walk (“Art on Paper: 10 Women Artists” and six exhibits by students, faculty, alumni and community members are among the SOU events included in the monthly art walk).
Daily Tidings (Nov. 3) – Soprano Deborah Voigt and a concert of arias at SOU among five live entertainment options.
The Siskiyou (Nov. 7) – SOU showing of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” was one for the books – more for the audience’s theatrics than for the movie itself.
News about politics, policy and national trends impacting SOU and higher education:
Times Higher Education (Oct. 17) – Academic research is in crisis in much of the Middle East and North Africa due to security concerns and poor infrastructure, according to scholars in 14 Arab countries (Ken Kempner, professor emeritus of education and international studies at SOU, co-wrote the paper on which the story is based).
Jefferson Public Radio (Nov. 1) – The films “Elementary Genocide,” parts one and two, by filmmaker and activist Raheim Shabazz, screened this week at SOU.
KOBI-TV 5 (Nov. 1) – A presentation in Ashland on implicit bias – immediate reactions to people based on factors such as race, gender, religion or income – was led by SOU Director of Diversity Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble.
Daily Tidings (Nov. 3) – SOU’s Native American Student Union is among local groups that raised money and materials to support protests against the Dakota Access Pipe Line near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.
KTVL-News 10 (Nov. 2) – The Jackson County clerk recommends that voters submit their ballots only at official ballot drop boxes, but the Oregon Student Association maintains an unofficial drop box at SOU’s Stevenson Union to make voting more convenient for students who may not drive or have stamps.
Oregon Business (Nov. 3) – Warm Springs Ventures, a business arm of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, envisions a tribal economy powered by engines of commerce including cannabis; tribe member Brent Florendo, native nations liaison for SOU, says housing, health and education on the reservation all have suffered, but “something good is finally happening.”
Miscellaneous news
The Preface at Indiana University South Bend (Oct. 31) – IU South Bend Chancellor Terry Allison, who was one of three finalists earlier this year for the president’s position at SOU, told the student newspaper that he is committed to remaining at the Indiana campus despite his candidacy last month for another presidential post. President Linda Schott was hired as the top choice for the SOU position. Idaho (Nov. 6) – High school seniors in south-central Idaho had various plans as they worked on admissions paperwork during College Application Week; 18-year-old Kelsi Cox, who wants to become a teacher, is considering some Idaho schools along with Southern Oregon University and Virginia’s James Madison University.
Daily Tidings (Nov. 6) – Lawrence Krauss, director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and an internationally known physicist and author, will take participants on a pair of intellectual adventures when he offers public lectures Wednesday and Thursday nights at Southern Oregon University.

Oregon Higher Education Board endorses institutional board for Southern Oregon University

For further information contact:
Liz Shelby,, 541-552-6733
April 4, 2014
Today, the Oregon State Board of Higher Education Board voted to endorse with conditions an institutional board for Southern Oregon University.  Per House Bill 4018, which the Oregon Legislature passed in February and the Governor signed earlier this week, negotiations on the conditions will begin between the President and the OSBHE, and recommended to the Governor within the next 45 days.  Over the next 15 months, SOU will transition to the new governance model.  The Board of Trustees will officially assume governance on July 1, 2015.
Rep. Peter Buckley, who attended today’s Board meeting in Portland, stated, “This is an extremely important change for SOU. For so many years, the university has been governed by people from outside our region who have meant well, but in my view, have never fully understood the needs or the great potential of our university. We will now have the chance to have top local leaders in education, business and our communities help guide SOU and the vital role it plays in our region.”
SOU has received support for an institutional board of trustees from our faculty, our students, our business and community leaders, and our legislative delegation in southern Oregon. All have expressed great interest in working with SOU’s institutional board members to help achieve the state’s 40-40-20 educational goals. Supporters also see the significant value that an institutional board will bring to the region by promoting even stronger ties between university curricular planning, workforce needs, and private contributions.  This will also increase professional career options for SOU graduates while helping to keep them employed in southern Oregon.
President Mary Cullinan who was also at the Board meeting this morning, stated, “With our powerful connections to our region and our distinctive programming and mission, Southern Oregon University welcomes the opportunity to assume the responsibilities of its own governing board while continuing powerful collaboration with our partners in Oregon and around the country.”
About Southern Oregon University
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