Dancing, singing and ceremonial drums were undaunted by cloudy skies and light rain as several hundred people from across Oregon celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day at Southern Oregon University on Monday. This was the sixth official observance by SOU since 2019.
Southern Oregon University is now a member of the Age-Friendly University Global Network — a collection of more than 100 universities across five continents that have committed to age diversity and inter-generational interactions on their campuses and in their communities.
Southern Oregon University has a new trustee on its 15-member governing board. Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek has appointed Jason Mendoza, an area coordinator for Southern Oregon University’s Housing Department, to serve on SOU’s Board of Trustees. Kotek also reappointed current board chair Daniel Santos to his second full, four-year term.
Southern Oregon University has relocated its Career Connections office on campus and expanded its services to help students prepare for finding a job before and/or after graduation. SOU faculty and staff are invited to an open house to see the new space on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m.
The Southern Oregon University campus came alive Wednesday as students made their way to classes for the first day of the fall term. According to a SOU spokesperson, preliminary admissions data suggest that there will be a small increase in overall headcount, led by about a 10% increase in new students.
Local historian and archeologist Jeff Lalande will discuss his new book, “The Jackson County Rebellion” — a chronicle of a historic populist uprising during the Great Depression — at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Meese Room at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library, the Friends of Hannon Library have announced.
Former Southern Oregon University Vice President of Finance and Administration Greg Perkinson has been on paid administrative leave since mid-August, a status that continues through Nov. 10, according to a severance agreement obtained by Ashland.news through a public records request, and, depending on vacation accrual, he may continue to be paid through Dec. 31.
Corrections that had to be made to its budget don’t undermine the “SOU Forward” fiscal realignment plan adopted earlier this year, according to Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey, who reviewed budgetary errors with the university board of trustees at a special meeting Monday. The changes amount to about 1% of the budget, he said.
Southern Oregon University has earned Campus Pride’s top ranking for the 11th consecutive year as one of the nation’s top 30, “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has announced plans to offer free opioid overdose reversal kits to middle and high schools throughout the state. Ashland Superintendent Samuel Bogdanove shared his support for the increase in availability of Narcan, the brand name for a device that delivers naloxone, to Oregon schools, including in Ashland.
With local rescue groups still overflowing with cats and kittens, those wishing to bring home a new family member for the holidays will have opportunities to do so on two upcoming December weekends. On Saturday, Dec. 9, Ashland-based Friends of the Animals (formerly Friends of the Animal Shelter) will partner with Feral Cat Advocacy (FCA), Melly Cat Rescue, and Hero Tails Animal Sanctuary for a Feline Fair at the Rogue Valley Mall.
Dozens of area residents ushered in a spirited first night of Hanukkah on Thursday, gathering on the Ashland Plaza late Thursday afternoon to light the first flames on the menorah.