Hello from the SOU Foundation! As you will read in these stories, SOU is a strong community reinforced by students, faculty, staff and supporters who understand the power of a public liberal arts education. Record enrollment, national recognition and transformative gifts to the University marked 2011.
  Entering our 140th year, we celebrate the wonderful gift of education. Thank you for your engagement with SOU and we wish you a wonderful holiday season. 


Warm Regards,  

Sylvia's Signature 

Sylvia Kelley, Vice President for Development


Osher Foundation Awards SOU's OLLI Endowment Additional $1 Million
The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco has awarded the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) an additional $1 million endowment. The news came to SOU President Mary Cullinan in a phone call from Osher Foundation President Mary Bitterman. Read More


Duo Heads to New York's Carnegie Hall  

It's not every day an undergraduate music major has the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall-twice.

  It hasn't really sunk in for her, but that's exactly what Southern Oregon University music student Beatriz Abella, 21, will do before she graduates.

  In December, Abella and her fellow music student, Mandee Light, 20, will travel to New York to perform in the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition's Winners Concert, where they will sing a piece from the opera, "Hansel and Gretel," composed by Engelbert Humperdinck. The opera is based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale. Read More 

SOU Professors Awarded Presidential Funds for Research, Creative Work 
An international study of teen bullying, an artist-in-residence program in Budapest and a live art performance in New York, are just three of the scholarly and creative projects that Southern Oregon University faculty are pursuing.

  Because of the significance of these projects nationally and internationally, SOU President Mary Cullinan chose them as recipients of the 2012 President's Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Fund. This is the second year that these funds have been made available through the SOU Foundation.Read More

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In This Issue
Osher Foundation Supports OLLI
Students to Sing at Carnegie Hall
Professors Awarded Funds for Research
Scholarships for Single Mothers
Campus Events

Scholarships Awarded to Single Mothers
The SOU Foundation awarded three new Columbia Pacific Foundation Scholarships this month-funds that will help three single mothers attend college.
  Business administration junior Daniella Bivens (Grants Pass, pictured above with her daughters) and graduate students Johanna Morris, a special education student (Klamath Falls) and interdisciplinary studies student Kathleen Gamer (Ashland) each received a $2,000 Columbia Pacific scholarship, which was then matched by $1,000 from the SOU Foundation. Read More 





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