Education

Smith to head SOU Division of Business, Communication and the Environment

July 5, 2021

Dr. Vincent Smith – chair of Southern Oregon University’s Environmental Science and Policy Program and director of The Farm at SOU – has been named director of the university’s Division of Business, Communication and the Environment. Smith has served on the SOU faculty since fall 2011 and has made a mark on campus with innovative courses such as “EcoAdventure” excursions…

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SOU expands online master’s degree programs in education

June 9, 2021

Southern Oregon University has expanded its selection of online advanced degrees in education by adding seven new concentrations or certificates to the three master of science in education options that were launched two years ago. The education programs, designed primarily for working adult learners, provide pathways for career advancement and leadership roles in schools, corporations…

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Esports Matter

May 5, 2021

Comm Program Prof Precious Yamaguchi Helps SOU Link Technology, Culture and Student Learning in a Booming Market for Competitive Videogaming A few years ago, the economic value of watching other people play videogames might have seemed like a losing proposition. But the global esports market exceeded $1 billion in 2019, and by some accounts is…

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Logos Public Charter School is Growing!

May 5, 2021

At the regular session of the Medford School District School Board Meeting, Thursday, April 22nd, the Medford School Board approved a new 5-year contract with an increase to student enrollment at Logos Public Charter School.  With 1060 students currently, Logos was already the largest non-virtual charter school in Oregon. The school has had a waitlist…

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UCC Board of Education selects Dr. Rachel Pokrandt as the College’s 12th president

May 5, 2021

The Umpqua Community College (UCC) Board of Education is pleased to announce a new president has been selected. Following a comprehensive, nationwide search, Dr. Rachel Pokrandt will be joining the College as its 12th president. “We are thankful and thrilled that Dr. Pokrandt has agreed to serve our students, college, and community,” UCC Board of…

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SOU graduate is Oregon’s first female, ROTC-trained infantry officer

April 4, 2021

from SOU News https://news.sou.edu/2021/03/sou-graduate-oregon-first-female-rotc-trained-infantry-officer/ Haleigh Wagman knew long before her graduation from SOU last year that she was on track for something special, but she chose to keep it to herself until the accomplishment was in sight. That happened in the fall of 2019, when Wagman – a four-year Army ROTC participant – let others…

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How E-Rate is Impacting Students Inside and Out of The Classroom 

April 4, 2021

By Anne Tetamore Marketing Director Hunter Communications – HunterFiber.com When COVID-19 shut down schools and libraries across the United States last year, many families with school-aged children who did not have access to high-speed internet were significantly impacted. Ranked 34th in the nation for broadband access, less than half of Oregon’s residents have access to…

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Interview with Moneeka Settles, Program Coordinator of the SOU Innovation & Leadership Program

April 4, 2021

By Chris Cook, Capiche, capiche.us President and CEO of Capiche & Capiche Wine, Chris Cook is a leadership coach focused on happiness, culture, living your brand, and winery marketing & PR. She brings decades of experience in marketing and a love of entrepreneurship. INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY MELISSA L. MICHAELS, CAPICHE CONTRIBUTOR/STRATEGIC PARTNER, MICHAELS & MICHAELS CREATIVE, LLC When Moneeka Settles…

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Local Innovation Lab prepares SOU interns to address disaster issues

March 6, 2021

from SOU News If you’re looking for a silver lining somewhere deep within the dual catastrophes of COVID-19 and last fall’s southern Oregon wildfires, look no further than the Local Innovation Lab. The collaborative project of Southern Oregon University and the Humane Leadership Institute is finding student interns and training them as leaders to tackle some of…

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SOU Honors College director leads the Democracy Project and more

February 4, 2021

Cherstin Lyon is the director of Southern Oregon University’s Honors College, organizes the Democracy Project with Philosophy Department chair Prakash Chenjeri and mentors students. And she has been at SOU for just a year. “Coming to SOU I was immediately impressed by how welcoming the campus is, and by all of the people who reached…

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Pandemic Enrollment Declines at Oregon Community Colleges

January 5, 2021

By Jessica Nelson State of Oregon Employment Department Employment Economist jessica.r.nelson@oregon.gov Enrollment at Oregon higher education institutions declined in fall 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s economic fallout. The enrollment drop affected community colleges much more significantly, declining 23% since fall 2019. Every Oregon community college had a lower headcount compared with last year,…

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SOU retreat for Native American Youth spins off multigenerational program

January 5, 2021

Southern Oregon University’s Konaway Nika Tillicum wasn’t what anyone expected last summer, when the seven-day academic and cultural enrichment residential camp for Native American Youth was shifted to a virtual version of itself because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then the totally unexpected happened: the Oregon Community Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Konaway program, reached…

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