Education

Medford school district, SOU sign agreement to increase college access

May 10, 2022

A new intergovernmental agreement between Southern Oregon University and the Medford School District (MSD) will be “a game-changer for college awareness and access,” providing the basic contact information of MSD high school students so the university can offer them timely enrollment guidance and opportunities. “What this will do is allow us to promote college attendance…

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Late wrestling coach leaves largest-ever gift to SOU

April 6, 2022

Legendary Southern Oregon University wrestling coach Bob Riehm’s influence at SOU and within the wrestling program will continue in perpetuity, with a $3 million donation from his estate announced today that ranks as the largest-ever single gift to the university. The bequest was announced by the university and his surviving sisters at a celebration of…

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SOU President Rick Bailey Jr. – March 2022 Update

April 6, 2022

This is an Otter.ai Transcription of Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey March YouTube video. Hi everybody, this is Rick Bailey, President at Southern Oregon University. Thank you as always for tuning in to our latest video update for our university and our community. Let’s start today with a celebration. As you know earlier this…

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Board Announces Incoming RCC President

April 6, 2022

Rogue Community College (RCC) is happy to announce the selection of Dr. Randy Weber, currently Executive Vice President, Chief Student Success & Strategy Officer at Johnson County Community College (Kansas), as its next president.  Following a unanimous vote of confirmation by all members of the RCC Board of Education present on Wednesday, March 23, Dr. Weber…

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RCC Announces Incoming President

March 23, 2022

Board Announces Incoming RCC President Josephine County & Jackson County – March 23, 2022    Rogue Community College (RCC) is happy to announce the selection of Dr. Randy Weber, currently Executive Vice President, Chief Student Success & Strategy Officer at Johnson County Community College (Kansas), as its next president.  Following a unanimous vote of confirmation by all…

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RCC welcomes Small Business Development Center to Redwood Campus

March 8, 2022

 In spite of pandemic impacts, the Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center team helped 35 new businesses get started in 2020-21, and assisted regional small businesses in securing $88 million in capital and small business loans. Now, the services of the SBDC have an accessible, welcoming new home at RCC’s Redwood Campus. RCC’s dedication…

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SOU recognized as “First-gen Forward” institution

February 28, 2022

Southern Oregon University has been selected to be part of the 2022-23 cohort of First-gen Forward, a nationwide initiative to improve academic outcomes for first-generation college students. SOU will become one of about 300 higher education institutions to have received the designation, becoming eligible for professional development opportunities, community-building experiences and access to the research and resources of…

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SOU to offer Pacific Islander Studies course

February 25, 2022

(Ashland, Ore.) —Southern Oregon University will offer a course this spring on Pacific Islander Studies, as part of the university’s new Ethnic and Racial Studies Program. The course – ERS 399, Introduction to Pacific Islander Studies – will offer students the opportunity to learn about, and from, the Oceania and the Moana peoples. Instructor Kris…

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Meet Dr. Rick Bailey, the New President of Southern Oregon University

February 7, 2022

Interview by Jim Teece I have proudly served on the SOU Foundation Board for over 20 years. Over those years I have had the pleasure of serving under 6 presidents.  The SOU Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Rick Bailey, as the latest president for the university after an extensive national search and unanimous vote. He…

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SOU, Klamath Tribes sign memorandum

December 4, 2021

Southern Oregon University and the Klamath Tribes agreed this week to formalize their joint commitment to educational opportunities and access for members of the Klamath and other Native American tribes, and to offer programs that enable all students to appreciate the cultural and economic contributions of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. Leadership teams from SOU…

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Richard J. Bailey, Jr., named president of Southern Oregon University

December 4, 2021

Richard J. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D., has been appointed as the next president of Southern Oregon University following an extensive national search and a unanimous vote today by the SOU Board of Trustees. Bailey has served as president of Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) in Espanola since October 2016, following a 24-year career in the U.S.…

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A Passion for Innovation

November 3, 2021

Many Southern Oregonians are familiar with entrepreneurs Dena Matthews and Jim Teece. They have multiple businesses and maintain a very active role in the community, including enthusiastically supporting SOU. The couple’s recent gift will encourage innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurial thinking. “I love entrepreneurs,” said Jim. “I love the idea of starting a business and finding…

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