Women’s Basketball are CCC Champs and More Athletics Updates

Congratulations to the SOU women’s basketball team, who showed up in a big way last week for the title game of the Cascade Conference Championships. The Raiders dominated 19th-ranked Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 56-34 leaving the top-seeded Warriors with their lowest point total in at least 20 years. The women’s team is now preparing for the NAIA National Tournament as a 10th seed facing Georgetown (Ky.) for a Round of 64 matchup on March 11.

The men’s basketball team also played for the CCC championship last week after a buzzer beater for a thrilling win in the semi-finals before succumbing to the College of Idaho in the CCC championship game. SOU’s Tez Allen and Josh Meyer were selected to the All-Cascade Conference men’s basketball team for the second year in a row.

Men’s Wrestling NAIA championships (results will be added after tournament is completed on 3/5)

Track and Field results (will be added after meet is completed on 3/5)

SOU recognized as First-gen Forward institution

Southern Oregon University has been selected to be part of the 2022-23 cohort of First-gen Forward, a nationwide initiative to improve academic outcomes for first-generation college students. SOU will become one of about 300 higher education institutions to have received the designation, becoming eligible for professional development opportunities, community-building experiences and access to the research and resources of sponsoring organizations.

“This is a recognition of our hard work to level the playing field for first-generation and other non-traditional students,” said Neil Woolf, SOU’s vice president for enrollment management and student affairs. “Our strategic planning process a few years ago identified seven ‘strategic directions’ for SOU, one of which is to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where all learners will flourish. We are committed to providing services to assist students from under-represented backgrounds to be successful.”


Two more coaches confirmed for new SOU sports

Jasmine Dalton, who has led the Southern Oregon University cheer and dance programs since 2018, will stay on as head coach when the teams are elevated to varsity status in 2022-23. A former Raider cheerleading captain, Dalton graduated from SOU in 2018 with degrees in psychology and criminology/criminal justice. Later that year, after serving for two seasons as an assistant cheer coach, she was selected to take on the head job for both the cheer and dance teams. LEARN MORE.

And Southern Oregon local and nationally-lauded instructor Noah Horstman has been selected to build the Southern Oregon University men’s and women’s golf teams as the programs’ first head coach. This will be his second collegiate head coaching job: from 2009-13 he guided the men’s and women’s programs at Willamette University, taking them from last place in the conference and turning them into top-25 teams at the NCAA Division III level within two years. LEARN MORE.

SOU Rotaract Club raises $10,000 for ShelterBox

The SOU Rotaract Club, an entry-level version of Rotary International geared toward young adults, has raised $10,000 in a three-year fund-raising commitment to ShelterBox, a charity that works in international disaster relief by providing families with shelter and other supplies. Students from the club did multiple fundraisers, including selling Christmas decorations, hosting an Easter egg hunt, and volunteering at local events.

ShelterBox was established in 2000, and has since provided disaster relief in 97 different countries. The organization, an official partner organization of Rotary International, offers relief to displaced families who have lost their homes due to natural disasters.

Read More and Listen to an interview with Club President Teal Hamner

Watch SOU President Rick Bailey Jr. give his monthly campus message and updates

Dr. Bailey is getting into his rhythm as SOU president with a monthly video update to the SOU campus and community, and soon you’ll be able to find him on a monthly student-led podcast as well.

SOU grad to be principal at new Oakdale Middle School in Medford

Congratulations to Karina Chavez Rizo MAT ’03 on being named by the Medford School District as the Principal of the new Oakdale Middle School! The school will open in August of 2023.

In a letter to the district, Superintendent Brett Champion said their choice of Rizo brings “a wealth of experience” from her previous nine years as principal of White Mountain Middle School in the Eagle Point School District.

Champion said Rizo “truly embodies our leadership definition by fiercely dedicating herself to learning for all, and believing that connections among students, employees, families, and community will lead to a more hopeful future.” He adds that Rizo has a proven track-record in “helping students succeed and connecting students and families to the school experience.”

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, we are thrilled that improving conditions permit us to plan the 2022 Commencement in a fashion that our students, families, faculty, and staff can cherish. Additionally, students who graduated in 2020 and 2021 are invited to RSVP for the event and be celebrated.


Friends of Hannon Library Lecture Series

Oregon Center for the Arts

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

SOU Athletics

As we move into spring, you can find an increasing number of events to attend, including basketball, softball, wrestling, and track and field. Visit souraiders.com to see what’s coming, and find online streaming athletic events at the Stretch Live SOU portal.