Ashland Sneak Preview, July 2012
More news on our two stellar Dankook Award winners!
Acc Bacc student Jorden Peery is working with Dr. Mark Tveskov and the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology to uncover the secrets of Fort Lane, a US army base built in 1853 to help monitor relations between the large influx of new settlers and the local American Indian population.
Fast-Track Grads: Students in an Accelerated SOU Program Are a Step Ahead of Their Peers, But Face a Still-Soft Job Market
New graduates of the Acc Bacc program have saved significant money on college costs and are already beating unemployment odds.
The Dankook Award commemorates more than thirty years of friendship with Dankook University in Seoul, Korea. Each year at commencement, SOU honors its outstanding female and male graduates with this award. This friendship is also recognized during the graduation ceremony at Dankook University, when their outstanding female and male graduates are presented with the Southern Oregon University Award.
The following criteria are used to select the Dankook Award recipients: 1) demonstration of scholarship as evidenced by cumulative GPA at SOU; 2) contributions to campus life by playing a leadership role; and 3) evidence of citizenship and character.
Melody Condon, from Berthoud, Colorado, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. She has completed her BA degree in professional writing and a minor in creative writing in 3 years as part of the Accelerated Baccalaureate Program. Of her love of writing, Melody states, “I have always been enraptured with the magic of books and, by extension, with the magnificent power of effective written and verbal communication.”
Melody has been a technical writing intern at two software companies, a tutor at the SOU Writing Center (where she explained to many a fascinated student the virtues of the semicolon), an editorial intern for Ashland Creek Press, a writing intern at the SOU Foundation, and a freelance InDesign layout editor. She has also taught karate to both children and adults and is now a licensed Zumba instructor.
Melody’s internship supervisors refer to her as “wonderful,” “exceptional,” and “fabulous,” citing her diligence, knowledge, insight, attitude and sense of humor. Her mentor, Dr. Ed Battistella, simply says of Melody, “Be sure to have her edit this submission. She’ll do better than any of her professors.” While at SOU Melody put her interests to work by designing winning earthquake and a fire safety posters for the Emergency Preparedness Student Challenge and leading a team of student grant writers who wrote a successful grant for the ACCESS Food Share Gardens. Among other awards, she received the Isabel Meyn Scholarship in 2011 and was recognized by her department as the Outstanding Student in Professional Writing.
Melody’s plan for the immediate future is to break into freelance copyediting. Ultimately, she anticipates a career in which she can contribute to the world of young adult literature.
Michael Culp is an Accelerated Baccalaureate student from Eagle Point, Oregon who has completed his degree in economics, with a concentration in economics and finance and a minor in business administration in only three years. Michael graduates with a 3.98 grade point average, having completed his capstone project in only one term, a rarity in economics.
Professor Kip Sigetich says of Michael, "Michael is a serious, dedicated student and a sincere individual. Michael’s academic performance and ability put him clearly in the top echelon of students, both undergraduate and graduate, I have taught at Southern Oregon University."
Of his time at Southern Oregon University Michael states, “My experience at SOU was amazing. The business and economics courses were challenging and the professors in these departments are world class. I want each and every one of them to know how much I appreciate them for sharing their knowledge and experiences with me.”
Michael’s capstone project in economics is titled, “The Collapse of the Greek Economy” and details how the Greek economy took a turn for the worse, entering a recession in 2009 that had a major impact on not only the Eurozone, but the rest of the world economy as well. Michael has received the Fred A. Memorial scholarship, the outstanding graduate in economics award, the outstanding student in applied finance and economics (CAFÉ certificate), and is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Economics honor society) and Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.
Michael has been accepted to many MBA programs throughout the country, but has decided to defer in order to gain work experience in the field of finance.