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Submitted by Bobby Heiken
Posted on Nov 01 , 2017

The SOU Men's Basketball and Volleyball squads will play in Ashland this week.

The 11th-ranked SOU men's basketball team opens up the 2017-18 season Wednesday night at 7:30 when they host Maine-Fort Kent at Ashland High School.

The SOU volleyball team will close out the regular season this weekend with a pair of home matches. The Raiders host Corban at 7 p.m. Friday night and Northwest Christian at 5 p.m. Saturday.

A reminder that tickets are FREE for SOU students and SOU faculty/staff. We are not doing passes this year for faculty/staff. To get your free ticket, show your SOU ID at the ticket window.



Friday Science Seminar

Submitted by Amy Tucker
Posted on Oct 31 , 2017

My Path in Science: What Comes After Graduation?

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jacob Carlos Miner, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Biology and Biophysics at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Students spend years reading papers and working in laboratories. Following these formative years, and the experiences gained, there are multitudes of paths that can lead to a wide range of potential careers where we can apply our scientific aptitude. Learn about the process of becoming a research scientist, advice for aspiring researchers, and fresh insight for students interested in continuing to work in science after college.

The lecture will be held in the Science Auditorium, Room 108 on Friday, November 3rd, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the STEM Division.


SOU Foreign Language Film Festival

Submitted by Daniel Morris
Posted on Oct 31 , 2017


Please join us for the Foreign Language Film Fesitval
Friday November 3, 2017
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Film Viewings followed by discussion
Free and open to the campus community:
10:00 a.m.


Spansh Film Instructions Not Included," SU Arena

ASL Film: "Sound and Fury," SU Rogue River Room

12:30 pm.

Japanese Film: "Spirited Away," SU Arena

French Film: "Hedgehog," SU Diversion

Clck here to see more informatin and film descriptions.

Campus Theme Truth Series:

Submitted by Daniel Morris
Posted on Oct 31 , 2017

Seeking, Speaking and Selecting our Truths

Please join us for our next campus theme presentation entitled "Seeking, Speaking, and Selecting our Truths," Thursday, November 2, 2017 7pm - Meese Auditorium of the Arts Center for the Visual by Tim Nesbitt, advisor to former governors Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber. 

Reflections on my Catholic schooling (“Don’t ask; only God can understand”), fatherhood (“That’s the truth for me, Dad”), journalism (“Just the facts”), politics (“It’s what you perceive to be true that’s true”) and electoral campaigns (“Stick to the talking points, stupid”) and what I have learned about the biases and values of motivated thinking in pursuit of truth and power.

Presenter: Tim Nesbitt, Advisor to former Governors Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber

Thursday, November 2, 2017 7pm - Meese Auditorium of the Arts Center for the Visual 

Tim Nesbitt bio: 

Tim Nesbitt is a writer, public policy consultant and former labor leader in Oregon. He is a contributing columnist for The Oregonian and served as an advisor to Oregonians for High School Success in the successful campaign for Measure 98 (to improve high school funding and graduation rates) in the November 2016 general election. From September 2013 through October 2015, Tim served as chair of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Prior to that appointment, he served as manager of Governor John Kitzhaber’s Education Investment Project and as a chief deputy and chief of staff for Governor Ted Kulongoski. Before joining Governor Kulongoski’s staff, Tim served as the elected president of the Oregon AFL-CIO from 1999 to 2005 and as the executive director of the Oregon State Council of the Service Employees International Union from 1997 to 1999.

For information on other campus theme events this term, click here:

Newman Center Mass and Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Submitted by Alma Alvarez
Posted on Oct 31 , 2017

The Newman Center Catholic Club will be hosting a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration at the Newman Center (1150 Ashland St) from 6-8pm on Thursday, November 2nd. The celebration will start with Mass. After, we will have dinner, learn about Dia de los Muertos altars and create our own mini altars to our deceased loved ones. Come join us!

2018 Oregon Fringe Festival Applications have opened!

Submitted by Jared Brown
Posted on Nov 01 , 2017

The 2018 Oregon Fringe Festival will take place from Wednesday, April 25 – Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The mission of the Oregon Fringe Festival is to connect students and the community with the contemporary arts. By providing a platform for the expression of self, we work to create an inclusive space for education and nourishing open perspectives toward the arts. This festival is a fantastic opportunity to present your creative work to a varied audience!

If you'd like to apply, please use this link:

If you have questions regarding the festival, please contact the Festival Curator at

Long Night Against Procrastination - Tonight!

Submitted by Julie Anderson
Posted on Nov 01 , 2017

Long Night Against Procrastination is tonight from 8 pm-midnight. Join us at Hannon Library for a night of studying and fun!

LNAP is a night when extra hours of library and student services are made available in order to help you get on track with class work, projects, and academic planning.

This term’s LNAP features advising for student success, career, and financial aid; research assistance; tutoring for math, science, and writing; drop-in sessions on boosting your productivity; snacks; prizes and more!

Hope to see you tonight!


General Announcements

Building the Hubble Telescope of Biology: Understanding Health and Disease at the Single Cell Level

Submitted by Amy Tucker
Posted on Oct 31 , 2017

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Michael Stadnisky, VP/GM Informatics at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) Life Sciences, Biosciences and CEO of FlowJO, LLC.

It has been recognized for over 150 years that heath and disease occur at a single cell level, and we are finally at the precipice of understanding everything about each individual cell -- an advance which will fundamentally change the way we research, diagnose, and treat diseases.  In this talk, Mike will discuss his team's work in helping researchers bring a new type of therapy to the clinic, their work with the world's leading gene sequencing company to develop a complete understanding of cellular gene expression and discuss new technologies which will bring together measurements of DNA, RNA and protein together.  

The lecture will be held in the Science Auditorium, Room 151 on Friday, November 3rd, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the STEM Division.


Botancial Tour Recap

Submitted by Michael Jones
Posted on Nov 01 , 2017


SOU officiated its own Botanical Tour last Friday, October 27th at the Plunkett Center with a speech by Linda Schott, University President, and Michael Oxendine, head of Landscape Facilities and member of Ashland’s Tree Commission. The speeches were followed by a tour of about thirty featured specimen trees.

The Botanical Tour boasts 107 trees stretching the length of SOU’s main campus from the south side of Siskiyou Boulevard, all the way to the sports fields and Raider Village on the north side of the boulevard. Each tree on the tour has a plaque with its common name, scientific name, and a brief description. The plaques also have QR Codes travelers can scan with their smartphones, linking them to SOU Landscape’s website for more detailed information on the trees they see in the tour. Such information includes how wide and tall that tree grows, and a brief history of it too. Each QR Code is designated for that tree the plaque is describing on the tour.

“The Southern Oregon University Botanical Tour offers everyone who visits the SOU Ashland campus the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the many wonderful and important benefits of the diverse SOU urban forest through both the digital realm with the campus map tour, and the physical realm through the botanical plaques placed along each of the over 100 stops on the tour,” said Oxendine.

Oxendine wants to use the Botanical Tour as a means to educate students and citizens about the value of healthy urban forests. It’s Oxendine’s hope citizens also use the tour as a resource when selecting trees to plant in their yards and home landscapes. Oregon falls into plant hardiness zones 7 and 8, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), meaning citizens have a lot of choice for plants when touring SOU’s tour, because the local climate can support a wider variety of plants compared to most other areas in the U.S. Oxendine is working to get the Botanical Tour to be commissioned as part of Ashland’s network of trails, currently mapped from Lithia Park to Mt. Ashland.

Other SOU faculty have expressed their own enthusiasm in the upcoming unveiling as well.

"We are excited for the opening of SOU's Botanical Tour to celebrate the diverse and extensive array of trees that enhance the natural beauty of the SOU campus and to highlight key initiatives that contribute to sustainability,” said Roxane Beigel-Coryell, SOU’s Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator.  

The Botanical Tour started with a local family, the Thaldens asking Oxendine to identify a tree behind Susanne Homes for them out of curiosity. The Thalden’s suggested to Oxendine the various species around campus should be labeled, and the idea for the tour was formulated. The Thaldens even generously donated funds to make the plaques for the tour. Environmental Science student Daniel Collay, then put it on himself to make the plaques for his senior capstone project for the 2016-17 school year. His goal working alongside Oxendine, was to use the tour as a means to provide insight to SOU’s sustainability efforts and campus biodiversity.

“The Southern Oregon University Botanical Tour provided a hands-on outlet for my senior capstone project. It allowed me to transfer my skills from classroom into tangible objects that will hopefully be around forever. This will help students and the public become more educated about the multitude of species at SOU,” said Collay about his portion of the project.

Many of the trees around campus have been supplied by Plant Oregon since the 1980s, and some are part of the tour. Other trees were planted in the decades past as SOU’s landscape changed through the ages. There are even some trees on campus outdating the school itself. 

SOU became a Tree Campus in 2014, and was the first Bee Campus in the nation, with its pollinator beds and bee habitats. The Botanical Tour will include these and other plants not currently slated for the original 107 tree tour.

For those interested, the SOU Landscape Facilities website contains its own “How to Guide” as a reference for other colleges to become tree campuses. Stay tuned for further projects hosted by the Landscape Department.