Education

Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey celebrates 2 years at the helm

January 16, 2024

By Jim Teece JimTeece.com  I got a “Happy New Years” card from the President of Southern Oregon University, Rick Bailey, this year and proudly held it above my head and danced around the room showing it to Dena and the dogs. With the dance moves I was making you would…

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SOU to help lead research initiative for undergraduate institutions

December 14, 2023

Southern Oregon University is part of a consortium of 11 colleges and universities across the country that will use a new, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to plan and host three regional workshops intended to advance research enterprises at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs). The goal of NSF’s GRANTED…

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SOU’s new Office of Student Belonging and Engagement (BE)

December 14, 2023

Southern Oregon University students searching for Student Activities, SJEC, ASSOU, New Student Programs, EPIC, the Food Pantry, Stevenson Union and information on general campus involvement can now turn to a single source: the new Office of Student Belonging and Engagement, located in the former Student Activities suite (Stevenson Union 312).…

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Innovation Jam draws 30-plus students

November 19, 2023

More than 30 Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College students gathered at CraterWorks Makerspace on Saturday, Nov. 4, for the second annual Southern Oregon Innovation Jam. Students participated in design thinking exercises, created big ideas to solve local problems and pitched solutions, while local business professionals and entrepreneurs were…

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SOU alumnus and Foundation Board member inducted into inventors’ academy

October 11, 2023

Daniel A. Henderson, a 1984 graduate of Southern Oregon University and emeritus member of the SOU Foundation Board of Trustees, is among 169 innovators worldwide who have been inducted in this year’s class of fellows in the National Academy of Inventors. Henderson is best known for his patented invention of wireless picture and…

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New solar arrays move SOU toward energy self-sufficiency

September 12, 2023

Southern Oregon University is taking big strides toward becoming the first public university in the U.S. to produce all of the daytime electricity used on its campus, with a $1.56 million contract signed this month to install new solar arrays and a battery storage facility, and on-site construction work set…

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OIT Students present research at annual IdeaFest and compete for prize money

July 16, 2023

Annually, Oregon Tech hosts IdeaFest, an event that celebrates student research while enhancing students’ ability to present their findings. Held at both the Klamath Falls and Portland-Metro campuses, IdeaFest is the university’s largest display of student research. With the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsoring the May 31 Portland-Metro event,…

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SOU shifts to four academic “schools”

July 16, 2023

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s 46 undergraduate and 10 graduate-level academic programs will be distributed among four “schools” rather than the university’s seven current “divisions” when the 2023-24 academic year begins in September. The organizational shift will eventually eliminate the cost of three director-level positions and will build greater…

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Unveiling the Crater Foundation’s New Site: Empowering Education through Online Donations

June 10, 2023

By Project A News Release – https://projecta.com/crater-foundation/ In an era where technology plays a vital role in shaping philanthropy, the Crater Foundation is stepping into the future with the launch of their brand-new website. Designed and developed by the esteemed team at Project A, Inc., this website not only showcases…

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SOU receives additional $1 million in state support for solar arrays

June 10, 2023

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University continues to leverage state and federal support for renewable energy projects, with the Oregon Department of Energy announcing last week that the university will be awarded a $1 million grant for the second straight year to build solar arrays on campus. SOU also received…

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SOU Board of Trustees approves realignment plan

May 11, 2023

The Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to adopt the SOU Forward fiscal realignment plan – a four-plank strategy that balances expenses with revenue and then prepares the university for strategic growth by diversifying its sources of revenue. The board focused primarily on the plan’s first plank – immediate…

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short, or the Value of a Bachelor’s Degree

April 9, 2023

A 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly all adults believe a college degree is valuable. The data reveals that 61% of adults feel a college education is important while an additional 31% feel a college education is essential. Folks are split, however, on the purpose of…

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