Ashland, OR, United States

Southern Oregon University
Ashland, OR, United States

Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts college located in Ashland, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1926, it was formerly known as Southern Oregon College and Southern Oregon State College . SOU offers criminology, natural science, including environmental science, Shakespearean studies and theatre arts programs. It is headquarters for Jefferson Public Radio and public access station Rogue Valley Television. SOU is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of Oregon’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the 22 four-year schools that made the list, Willamette University, Linfield College, University of Portland, Pacific University and Lewis & Clark College scored highest. Of the 16 two-year schools that were also included, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Clackamas Community College, Columbia Gorge Community College, Chemeketa Community College and Mt. Hood Community College were the top five schools. A full list of the 38 schools is included below. “The job market in Oregon is rallying, with unemployment recently dropping to a record low,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “The schools on our list have proven they provide the education and employment resources that translate into measurable student success after graduation.” To be included on Oregon’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional metrics such as career and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, financial aid opportunities, student/teacher ratios, and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Oregon” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Oregon for 2017 include: Concordia University-Portland Corban University Eastern Oregon University George Fox University Lewis & Clark College Linfield College-McMinnville Campus Marylhurst University Multnomah University Northwest Christian University Oregon Health & Science University Oregon Institute of Technology Oregon State University Pacific Northwest College of Art Pacific University Portland State University Reed College Southern Oregon University University of Oregon University of Portland Warner Pacific College Western Oregon University Willamette University Best Two-Year Colleges in Oregon for 2017 include: Blue Mountain Community College Central Oregon Community College Chemeketa Community College Clackamas Community College Clatsop Community College Columbia Gorge Community College Klamath Community College Lane Community College Linn-Benton Community College Mt Hood Community College Portland Community College Rogue Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College Tillamook Bay Community College Treasure Valley Community College Umpqua Community College About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

Abrahams S.C.,Southern Oregon University
Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science | Year: 2010

The 62 entries listed in ICSD release 2009/1 under polar space group P31m correspond to 31 families of inorganic crystal structures, some with only one member. Coordinate analysis reveals, over a wide confidence range, 11 of these families as ferroelectric candidates. One includes the well known improper ferroelectric GASH (guanidinium aluminum sulfate hexahydrate), [(C(NH 2)3)Al(SO4)2(H2O) 6], another the previously predicted ferroelectric CsNO3 phase II. Those remaining include K3Nb3B2O 12, the minerals schairerite, galeite and lizardite 1T, LaNi 5D6 and γ-CaNi5D6.1, Ca(OCl)2Ca(OH)2, [N(CH3)4]2Mo 3S13, Li17Ag3Sn6 and Cs3As5O9. Candidate selection is based upon detecting an approach by the reported atomic arrangement to the symmetry of a corresponding nonpolar supergroup. A further 13 families are typified by their reduced predictive properties, with four others likely to remain polar at higher temperatures and the remaining three noted as having a unit cell larger than reported or a misassigned space group. The primary sources of uncertainty in structurally based predictions of ferroelectricity are the reliability of the underlying structural determination and the upper limit assigned to the cationic displacement magnitudes required to achieve supergroup symmetry. © 2010 International Union of Crystallography.

Pricope N.G.,Southern Oregon University
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment | Year: 2013

The Chobe River, characterized by an unusual flood pulsing regime and shared between Botswana and Namibia, lies at the heart of the world's largest transfrontier conservation area (the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area). Significant ecological changes and vegetation conversions are occurring along its floodplains. Various scenarios for agricultural and urban water use are currently being proposed by the government of Botswana. However, the understanding of the river's annual flow regime and timing of the relative contributions of water from three different sources is relatively poor. In light of past and future climate change and variability, this means that allocating water between ecological flows and economic and domestic uses will become increasingly challenging. We reconstruct the inundation history in this basin to help ease this challenge. This paper presents a spatiotemporal approach to estimate the contribution of water from various sources and the magnitude of changes in the flooding extent in the basin between 1985 and 2010. We used time series analysis of bimonthly NOAA AVHRR and NASA MODIS data and climatologic and hydrologic records to determine the flooding timing and extent. The results indicate that between 12 and 62 % of the basin is flooded on an annual basis and that the spatial extent of the flooding varies throughout the year as a function of the timing of peak discharge in two larger basins. A 30-year trend analysis indicates a consistent decline in the average monthly flooded area in the basin. The results may prove useful in future water utilization feasibility studies, in determining measures for protecting ecological flows and levels, and in ecosystem dynamics studies in the context of current and future climate change and variability. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Slawta J.N.,Southern Oregon University
Health promotion practice | Year: 2010

This article describes the inclusion of Be a Fit Kid in the fourth-grade curriculum. Be a Fit Kid is a fitness-emphasized physical activity and heart-healthy nutrition education program for elementary school children. Five parent-education lessons were offered and nutrition workbooks were distributed to parents. Following the 10-week intervention, significant improvements in fitness, body fat, nutrition knowledge, dietary habits, and levels of lipids and lipoproteins were observed in the intervention group compared with baseline levels. Changes in fitness, body fat, and nutrition knowledge were significant compared with the control group. These findings suggest that comprehensive physical activity and nutrition programs included in the school curriculum may be effective for improving cardiovascular health and reducing future risk for lifestyle-related diseases.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Fellowship | Program: | Phase: GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS | Award Amount: 92.00K | Year: 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a highly competitive, federal fellowship program. GRFP helps ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. This award supports the NSF Graduate Fellows pursuing graduate education at this GRFP institution.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: PALEOCLIMATE PROGRAM | Award Amount: 635.74K | Year: 2010

This project aims to explore the relationship between atmospheric moisture and climate as recorded in trees. The researchers postulate that fog is a strongly integrative measure of interannual summer climate variability at the ocean-land-atmosphere interface of the U.S. Pacific Coast. They further suggest that there is strong coupling to coastal wind, sea-surface temperatures (SSTs), land temperatures, and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO).

The broad aim of the research is to assess changes in the nature of high-frequency (El Nino Southern Oscillation-scale) and multi-decadal (PDO) variability in the isotope records and to provide new information on the character of the Little Ice Age and Medieval Climate Anomaly on the U.S. Pacific coast.

The researchers argue that the climate of coastal northern California sets the stage for recovering a novel high-resolution paleoclimate record using stable isotopes from tree-rings. They propose to focus their attention on the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens [D. Don] Endl.), a long-lived tree species, with some individuals exceeding 2,000 years in age.

The researchers hypothesize that stable isotope analysis of ancient redwood tree rings could provide annually-resolved proxy information on large-scale climate mechanisms over the last 1,000 years and they aim to place warm-season changes in long-term context so that the range of natural and anthropogenic variations can be assessed.

This hypothesis is based on the teams previous research that established the feasibility of reconstructing climate, including northern California precipitation and fog in the spring and summer seasons, from the U.S. Pacific coast using stable isotope analysis of carbon and oxygen of redwood tree-ring cellulose. Their research also shows that over the past century, coastal northern California summer climate has changed substantially, including a ~33% reduction in fog frequency and a coastal SST increase of ~0.8°C.

The broader impacts involve pursuing a high risk research plan that could yield a new perspective on reconstructing climate from environmental and ecological data. The research could be of value to a broad range of users that include climatologists and forest managers. The project includes a strong collaboration between a non-PhD degree granting institution and a high performing research laboratory.

Roger Christianson of Southern Oregon University will oversee an international symposium on the role of German, Austrian, and Japanese anthropologists in annexed territories (in Eastern Europe and Asia) during the first half of the twentieth century through the Second World War. The research will aid in our understanding of the role that anthropological science played in colonial and wartime Europe and Asia. They will discuss the roles these anthropologists played in consigning Polish people from immediate death to mindless labor, the records they created, how the records were used to find Polish survivors after the war, and what transpired once survivors were found. Also to be discussed will be research relating to the investigations of Japanese anthropologists in Asia, beginning with the colonization of Taiwan in 1895 through military expansion during World War II.

This anthropological research documents little known information about the role of anthropologists during wartime, how their services were used to support German and Japanese ambitions, and how anthropologists today search for survivors.

This symposium will be conducted before scientists, graduate students, and high school students at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division, annual conference at the University of California, Riverside. Abstracts of the presentations will be published.

News Article | February 17, 2017

— The ranking took into account accreditation, costs, acceptance rate, student satisfaction, and other factors that accounting students look for in potential programs, such as salary outcomes of each program. University of Massachusetts Amherst took the top spot. The second and third spots went to, Northeastern University and Auburn University, respectively. Six of the sixteen schools in the ranking have achieved AACSB accreditation, which is highly prestigious and has only been given to 170 schools in the nation. Along with rankings, the report includes pertinent information about each ranked school and degree program. The complete list of schools can be seen below (listed alphabetically): Auburn University Bellevue University Indiana Wesleyan University Liberty University Northeastern University Penn State World Campus Regis University Saint Leo University Southern New Hampshire University Southern Oregon University University of Alabama Birmingham University of Maryland University College University of Massachusetts Amherst University of the Incarnate Word Washington State University Western Governors University The ranking placement and information about each school can be found at According to managing editor of, Ivor Lee, “These schools stand out from among their peers not because of their size, or their reputation but because of their dedication to making education available to all students online. Online education is a field that is constantly changing and these schools have made the effort to stay relevant and agile--and in doing so have been able to help many students earn their accounting degrees.” Lee says, “Congratulations to these schools for maintaining high standards in their traditional and online programs and ensuring an equitable and educational experience for their students. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and faculty at these schools.” Top Accounting is an independent and objective resource for current and prospective accounting students. We offer data-based rankings of on-campus and online accounting degree programs, as well as career and education advice. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce accounting school and program rankings and accounting resources. For more information, please visit

News Article | September 20, 2016

Southern Oregon University’s Roxane Beigel-Coryell shares the school’s major initiatives to drive eco-literacy and sustainability leadership on campus. USGBC® and Second Nature recently announced the winners of the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards, which recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Commitments. We sat down with this year’s Honorable Mention recipients to get their insight into how they demonstrate sustainability leadership and the impact the awards program has had on their communities. Southern Oregon University’s Roxane Beigel-Coryell talks about some of their major initiatives to drive eco-literacy and sustainability leadership on campus and throughout the community. Tell us a bit about Southern Oregon University and your role here. Southern Oregon University provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus. I have the privilege of serving as SOU’s Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator. In my role, I manage the campus recycling and waste diversion programs, working with students and departments throughout campus to reduce waste and increase diversion from the landfill. When I’m not peeking in the trash, I manage and facilitate campus sustainability initiatives, including integration of sustainability in our operations, policies and academics. My role includes ongoing collaboration across campus to foster the university’s progress toward our climate action and sustainability goals. From implementing energy efficiency and solar power projects to conducting waste audits with students to making inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, SOU is perpetually advancing our goal to model sustainability. How has your institution approached sustainability throughout campus and in the classroom? SOU has made a deep commitment to sustainability that is modeled throughout our campus, and students, staff, faculty and administration work together to implement innovative and progressive sustainability policy, curriculum and action. SOU offers several majors, minors and certificates with a focus on sustainability, such as a certificate in sustainability leadership and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy. Additionally, sustainability curriculum is integrated into nearly 10 percent of all courses offered. Students and faculty also use the student-led organic campus farm as a living-learning laboratory. The Farm at SOU is a hub for education, student and faculty research and community outreach to the Rogue Valley. It produces healthy, sustainably harvested food and inspires a generation of ecologically committed leaders who promote a vision of living and working sustainably in community and on the land. The Climate Leadership Awards provided our campus the opportunity to pause for a moment to highlight the incredible work we have been doing to cultivate a sustainable community. It brought together people from all corners of campus, highlights value and contributions of areas that don’t typically consider themselves part of sustainability. Are there any campus initiatives that have made a demonstrated difference in operations, practices or attitudes? One of our recent and most exciting initiatives is earning the designation of the first Bee Campus in the U.S., which was a result of the dedication, collaboration and innovation of students, faculty and staff. The initial idea, inspired by the Bee City USA movement, was to create a similar designation for college campuses to allow institutions of higher education to serve as models of pollinator-friendly practices. Through our efforts to help create the program, SOU has expanded on our sustainable landscape management practices, introduced pollinator gardens throughout campus, and provided courses for students and the community on the role and value of pollinators and how to foster a sustainable environment for all. From your perspective, what has been key to developing, maintaining and growing your sustainability commitments? The key to our success has been the support and dedication at all levels of the university, from students to faculty and staff to upper administration. SOU truly exhibits a culture of sustainability that can be felt throughout the campus. It is also important for us to celebrate our accomplishments, big and small, to acknowledge the positive impact we are having on our campus and in our community. Do you have any advice on how others can demonstrate sustainability leadership? In SOU’s experience, the best way to demonstrate leadership is to try new things! We have been pioneers in several endeavors: in addition to our work with Bee Campus USA, we were one the first universities to offset 100 percent of our energy use, and have so far diverted more than 62 percent of campus waste from the landfill. Additionally, we’ve increased onsite solar generation by 164 percent, and are among the first universities to offset all water use with Water Restoration Certificates. Our other advice is to work together to leverage one another’s passion, expertise and diverse perspectives. Students come into the university with fresh minds and innovative concepts that can lead to extraordinary results when mindfully mentored by faculty and staff. Is there anything else that you would like to share? Throughout this year and into the next, SOU is participating in the development of a Climate and Energy Action Plan for the community of Ashland, an inspirational and important endeavor that we are honored to play a role in. In addition, SOU will be reviewing and updating the campus Climate Action Plan, evaluating the relevance of the goals and actions written in 2010 and updating it to include resilience. Finally, we are looking forward to the addition of several LEED buildings on campus, including the newly renovated Science Building and a Student Recreation Center and Athletics Building that is currently under construction.

SPRING, TX, February 23, 2017-- Christina Rene' Murata, Owner, Chief Executive Officer, and Process Safety Consultant with Risk Integrity Safety Knowledge, Inc. (RISK, Inc.), has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional in her field through Women of Distinction Magazine. Christine Rene' Murata was recently featured in Women of Distinction Magazine and will soon be featured in the Top 10 of 2016 edition.After completing her undergraduate work in 2004, Christina Rene' Murata began her career as an Assistant Engineer for an electrical firm in their Research and Development Department developing internal policies and procedures. Several years later, she relocated to California with her husband and took a position as an Administrative Assistant working in refinery before being promoted to Engineering Assistant turned Assistant Engineer. It was during that time that she became educated on Process Safety Management (PSM) that was required of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.As a Process Safety Consultant in the gas, oil, chemical, and petrochemical industries, Murata has been serving as Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Risk Integrity Safety Knowledge, Inc. (RISK, Inc.) for the past seven years. With two locations, one in Spring, Texas and one in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the company strives to offer a higher level of quality and integrity in PSM.Comprised of engineers, process safety specialists, and several other highly trained professionals in the field, RISK, Inc. offer a full range of technical consulting, training, and staffing services for OSHA's PSM and the Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Management Program."When I first got started in the industry in 2005, there were a series of minor incidents that impacted my husband, brother-in-law, and several friends due to undocumented changes in the field. Although minor, they had the potential to become quite serious and potentially life threatening. That was when I became actively involved in the PSM program. I work in this field today because it impacts lives in a positive way. I believe that everyone can and should go home to their loved ones safely and a quality PSM program can be critical. Today, I work to help other companies improve their safety programs, while also educating and working with them on improvements."In addition to Murata's daily responsibilities, she is training an assistant to take on the role of US Manager to run the US office so that she can focus on getting the organization's Brazilian office up to speed. When not working on RISK, Inc., Murata is working on an online course to coach women, specifically healers, teachers, and entrepreneurs, in the successful development of their own business through another business venture, CEO Essence. She has also recently partnered with Salvatore Laureano to develop a line of fashionable business attire for women.Murata holds a BA in Applied Physics and a BS in Applied Mathematics from Southern Oregon University, as well as a Master of Business in Global Enterprise Management from Jones International University. In her down time Murata is an active member of Center for Chemical Process Safety and American Institute of Chemical Engineers, participates annually in several events pertaining to her industry, and attends various events to both support and learn from colleagues.For more information, visit About Women of Distinction Magazine:Women of Distinction Magazine strives to continually bring the very best out in each article published and highlight Women of Distinction. Women of Distinction Magazine's mission is to have a platform where women can grow, inspire, empower, educate and encourage professionals from any industry by sharing stories of courage and success.Contact:Women of Distinction Magazine, Melville, NY631-465-9024

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