Southern Oregon University

Jefferson Exchange | November 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 3, 2014

SOU Considers Biomass For Fuel

Biomass burners use waste products from the wood products industry.
Credit Public Domain

Southern Oregon University prides itself on its environmental friendliness and sustainability efforts. 

But its next big project in this area could take a big sales job. 

Two of the university's aging steam boilers need to be replaced. 

And the next boilers could be fired by biomass, woody waste material. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 31, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Fixing Up The Old Alma Mater

It's still a struggle for state universities to get the money to run all their programs. 

Getting money for construction is another matter. 

Southern Oregon University just embarked on another round of renovation, thanks to the Oregon Legislature. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Southern Oregon U's New President

Dr. Roy Saigo
Credit Southern Oregon University

Roy Saigo stepped into the college president's office at a time of upheaval: both faculty and students were unhappy about many issues. 

And that was at his LAST job. 

Dr. Saigo inherits a similar situation as the interim president at Southern Oregon University, following program cuts and a faculty vote of no-confidence in the previous president. 

Saigo has work cut out for him in a time of change across the Oregon state university system. 

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SOU President Moves On
4:39 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Cullinan Takes Top Post At Eastern Washington University

SOU president Mary Cullinan is leaving to head Eastern Washington University
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Second time's the charm.

Just a month after being a finalist for a job at Youngstown University in Ohio, Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan has announced she's leaving SOU at the end of June to assume the presidency of Eastern Washington University near Spokane.

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Education
5:55 am
Wed March 5, 2014

SOU Faculty To Forgo Salary Increases

Faculty members at Southern Oregon University say they have agreed to forgo salary increases this year and next in an effort to soften cuts proposed across the university.

The Mail Tribune reports the faculty union has settled a new two-year contract with university administration.  

Union President Jim Rible said the union hopes that giving up raises will help save positions and money for the university.

University administration announced in November its plan to embark upon retrenchment, a process in which it can cut staff and academic programs as it sees fit.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 12, 2014 | 8:00
4:19 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Retrenchment Looms At Southern Oregon U.

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"Retrenchment" is not a word used lightly on the Southern Oregon University campus.

It is the term required when the university considers program cuts that would result in faculty jobs being lost.

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Several Majors Eliminated
5:57 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

SOU Releases Plan For Cuts

Hannon Library, in the heart of the SOU campus.
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Southern Oregon University will move ahead with plans to cut programs to save money.

On Thursday, SOU administration released plans for "retrenchment"--cutbacks in academic programs that allow the elimination of faculty jobs.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Why Southern Oregon University Must "Retrench"

Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University
Credit SOU

The use of the word "retrenchment" at Southern Oregon University this week is more than euphemism.

The retrenchment process allows the administration to cut programs and faculty without breaking contracts.  And SOU needs to make cuts to stay within its budget. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2013
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Oregon Universities And Constant Change

Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.
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The Oregon University System (OUS) is starting to look very different.  On organizational charts, anyway.

Last summer's legislative session produced a law allowing the big three schools, Oregon, Oregon State, and Portland State, to form their own governing boards.

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