SOU Alumni News Archives

Jason Atkinson

Alum lives a life of public service

“You can accomplish anything if you are willing to give the credit away!” This selfless philosophy from Jason Atkinson ’92, perfectly describes his combined three decades plus of public service in the Oregon legislature and private conservation efforts to restore the legendary Klamath River.
Dr. Kendra Taylor

Talented alumna uses diverse arts background at WOU

Dr. Kendra Taylor ’11 MAT ’13 grew up in Medford and graduated North Medford HS. She took piano lessons starting in the 2nd grade because she saw her mother taking piano lessons and wanted to join in. She then joined the orchestra, playing cello, in elementary school
Jennifer and Sean Bagshaw

Alums met as students and became a lifelong team

It’s always special to hear stories of alums who met at SOU then end up spending a lifetime together. Jennifer ’93 and Sean ’92 Bagshaw have a very unique story about how they met during their campus employment as students and how they ended up together. 
Dr. John Lohrfink ’06

Servant leadership inspires alum in law enforcement career

Dr. John Lohrfink ’06 took multiple paths to get to SOU, but his latest one is predicated on servant leadership. Growing up in a suburban town north of New York City
Nick Perrino ’ 15

Alum serves in the US Army JAG Corps

Nick Perrino ’ 15 grew up in Reno, Nevada and graduated from McQueen High School. At that time, there was a sort of pipeline of McQueen student-athletes attending SOU
Dr. Dolores Christensen ’10

Alumna promoted to direct program at the University of Oklahoma

Dr. Dolores Christensen ’10 grew up in the foothills of the northern California Sierras in the community of Paradise. After graduation from Paradise HS, she decided to stay close to home and save financially by attending nearby Butte Community College in Oroville
Laurie Easter showing her book "All the Leavings "

Alumna’s book about family, love and loss was finalist for Oregon Book Award

Laurie Easter ’09 grew up in Palo Alto, CA but moved to Oregon in 1989. Once here with her husband Steve ’07 and MS ‘11, they moved to the quiet open space and country living of Williams, in the Applegate Valley.
Gene Pelham

From SOU to Community Champion: Alumnus Gene Pelham’s Journey of Service

There are certain extraordinary qualities that emanate from a leader: authenticity, respect, and self-awareness, and SOU alumnus, Gene Pelham ’83 and MiM ‘06, embodies those characteristics to the core.
Dr. Sin

Music alum’s talent and work takes him to advanced degrees

If you want to find an alum who is highly motivated to work hard, engenders professional success and serves society at the same time, then look no further than Dr. Anson Sin ’19 MMC.
Erik Kabik ’97

From rock bands to scenic beauty, alum finds calling in professional photography

Growing up on the east coast, Erik Kabik ’97 didn’t have the opportunity to explore the west but it was after a year at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey