Wine History is Climate History

Affiliate Professor Greg Jones, Ph.D., appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes recently to discuss climate change and winemaking in the Southern Oregon region. A prominent climatologist and world-renowned wine grape expert who taught at SOU from 1997 to 2017, Jones told 60 minutes that “wine grapes have often been called the canary in the coal mine,” and that the ongoing story of climate change may be measured through wine.


Raider Winter Athletics Updates

Like events around the country, maintaining health safety protcols for winter athletics has involved extra effort and energy by SOU‘s wrestling and basketball programs. In some cases it has meant that planned competitions couldn’t happen, like the recent cancellations of men’s wrestling duals in California as well as men’s and women’s basketball games against Lewis-Clark State.

Despite these challenges, the programs are working hard to keep safe and find success in competition. Last week, the women’s wrestling team, ranked 3rd nationally in the NAIA, captured third place in the NAIA division of the U.S. Marine Corps/NWCA National Dual Meet Championships in Louisville, KY. The women’s and men’s wrestling teams are prepapring for the Cascade Conference Championships in February and NAIA Championships in March.

The Raiders women’s basketball team has mained a perfect 8-0 record at home this season with a 14-2 record overall (not counting the recent win by forfeit over LC State). With a victory over Walla Walla last week, the men’s basketball team is now on a four game winning streak, improving to 8-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

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SOU receives ODVA Campus Veteran Grant Award

The Social Justice and Equity Center (SJEC) Veterans & Military Families at Southern Oregon University has been awarded a $58,163 grant from the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) to help improve outcomes for veterans who are also students at the university. This is the second consecutive year that SOU has secured the Campus Veteran Grant Award.

The Campus Veteran Grant Award will enable the Veterans & Military Families program to amplify existing campus programs that support veterans and military family members. The grant highlights three pillars: successful transition from military service to college life, success in college and completion of educational goals, and the transition from college to the workforce and community.

Jesse S. Watson, Ph.D., SOU’s equity coordinator for VMF, said the new grant award will be used to create a two-pronged cultural competence training course for incoming students and for staff and faculty; provide funding for orientation and outreach; hire a graduate assistant; and add new programs to support the university’s veterans and military families.

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Featured Alumna: Dr. Susan Ramos-Hunter ’10

Susan Ramos-Hunter ’10, Ph.D., grew up in the northern California town of Placerville, amidst the rural rolling hills and oaks of the Sierra foothills. Initially studying at Rogue Community College to earn credits and save money, Susan came to SOU at age twenty-one as a non-traditional student. “I connected with Dr. Mark Krause in the psychology department as a teacher and human being. He had me involved with the psychology honor society, Psi Chi, which gave me the opportunity to meet people, fellow majors and students from other universities,” she said. “The volunteer aspect of it all was a good fit for me.”

During her junior year she became involved in the Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program. The McNair program provides tools for non-traditional and underrepresented minorities entering graduate level education. “I had no history in my family of any graduate studies or degrees so connecting with Dr. Dee Southard, who headed our McNair program, I began to diversify my academic load and take more science courses and grew to really enjoy them,” said Susan. By her senior year she had finished her core psychology courses and took as many biology and chemistry courses as she could, finding a particularly love of organic chemistry in Dr. Hala Schepmann’s series of classes.

In June of 2010, Susan earned her bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in chemistry. “I felt so privileged and proud to graduate that day. I was so excited for my future.” Susan recalled. In the fall of 2010, Susan entered an accelerated chemistry masters and doctorate program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She completed the doctoral program in organic synthesis and chemical biology in 2016.

Susan began her professional scientific career for the Department of Energy at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. Later, she became the senior scientist at Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals in Madison, WI, researching oligonucleotide therapeutics. Recently, she accepted the role of senior scientist in oligonucleotide discovery chemistry at Entrada Therapeutics in Boston, MA. “I often recall on my undergraduate chemistry courses for even daily tasks! I didn’t appreciate how well-prepared I was for industry with the chemistry training at SOU.” As a senior scientist at Entrada, Susan is a part of a team synthesizing cutting edge bio-therapeutics, collectively working towards a cure for Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.

“I didn’t have the opportunity to take advanced placement courses in high school so it was a challenge for me to dive into science as an undergrad. But in the chemistry program at SOU, I found my happy land even though I was a psychology major. I felt right at home, challenged, and respected for my journey despite being a non-traditional student. I’ll always be grateful for my time in Ashland and my mentors on the SOU campus.”

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A new film from SOU Alumni Association board member and Southern Oregon BASE leader Vance Beach ’11, MiM ’14 will premiere with a live chat discussion on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 2:00PM PT. In the film, the children of BASE’s AfroScoutz program explore issues identified by Dr. King in Why We Can’t Wait, including education, economics, civics, and policing. A discussion about how to apply Dr. King’s wisdom to current issues in the Rogue Valley and beyond follows on Facebook.

See the premiere on Facebook and RVTV Prime.

Friends of Hannon Library Lecture Series

SOU Athletics

  • 1/14 4:50 PM PT: Men’s Wrestling vs. Embry-Riddle (home)  Stream game here
  • 1/14 5:30 PM PT: Women’s Basketball vs. Multnomah (away)   Stream game here
  • 1/14 7:30 PM PT: Men’s Basketball vs. Multnomah (away)   Stream game here
  • 1/21 4:30 PM PT: Women’s Basketball vs. College of Idaho (away)    Stream game here
  • 1/21 6:30 PM PT: Men’s Basketball vs. College of Idaho (away)    Stream game here

And find more streaming athletic events at the Stretch Live SOU portal.

Oregon Center for the Arts

And enjoy past performances on-demand on the OCA Youtube Channel.

The Weepies, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen are known for heartfelt lyrics and distinctive harmonies. NPR says “Deb Talan and Steve Tannen couldn’t write a bad song if they tried. As the folk-pop duo The Weepies, the two have found their groove with a comforting synthesis of husky vocals and springy guitar that makes any combination of words and melodies shine like gold.” Both singer-songwriters, each has won critical acclaim for their solo work and as a duo. The Weepies have announced that their January 2022 tour will be their last — don’t miss this opportunity to see The Weepies live on their final tour! Get tickets here to the January 18 show at the SOU Music Recital Hall.