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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Other Academic Support Programs


Career Services

Involvement Center, Stevenson Union



Southern Oregon University students are encouraged to take an active role in their career develoment as early as their first year at SOU.  SOU CareerLink, an integrated, web-based recruitment system that links students and alumni with employers at the local, regional, national, and international levels helps forge strong partnerships with employers and the community.  This system enables employers to target SOU students for internship and employment opportunities.  Students have access to these postings at anytime and can apply directly through the system.  Career Services coordinates career-related events such as an annual career fair.  

Community-Based Learning

Involvement Center, Stevenson Union



Community-based learning, civic engagement, and volunteer opportunities are important at SOU and play a crucial role in helping students learn, grow, and contribute to the world around them. SOU believes it is crucial that our graduates leave with the skills, ability, and inclination to serve the community. Community-based learning comprises a variety of teaching and learning strategies that allow students opportunities to work and learn in a community environment and to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations. Community-based learning is distinguished by reciprocity and the intent to ensure equal focus on the service provided and the learning in the classroom. Community agencies benefit by having energetic, skilled, and focused students apply themselves to solving real problems and meeting real needs throughout SOU’s service area.

Students, community members, and faculty are encouraged to contact the office of Community-Based Learning to explore ideas and create partnerships that enhance the learning experience and community.

Information Technology

Computing Services Center 117A




In support of the academic mission of the University, the Information Technology (IT) Department provides technology and information resources for the entire campus community. Services are provided to assist students, faculty, and staff in the use of computer labs, technology equipped classrooms, courseware systems, administrative services, web systems, and telecommunications.

Students have access to the campus network and a wide array of facilities and services. Most classrooms on campus are technology-equipped. There are approximately thirty-five computer labs on campus. In the labs, students have access to word processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, and statistical and database software, as well as a wide array of curriculum specific software and equipment. Students are provided with network storage for data files, email, and a personal web page.

Using MySOU the University web portal, students may access email, network files, courseware and administrative systems from anywhere they have an Internet connection. Internet access is available in all computer labs, the residence halls, and via the SOU wireless network. A wide variety of services are available to students interested in conducting business with the University online. These services include bill paying, registering for courses, running a degree evaluation report, purchasing parking permits and other goods and services, accessing grade information, and much more. Registered students automatically receive accounts to access MySOU, the SOU network, email, courseware systems, and other web services. Use of computing facilities and services is free to registered students.

The largest computer lab on campus, the Main Computer Lab has both Windows and Macintosh computers. Areas of the lab are used for classes. However, a large section is available for general walk-in use seven days a week. The Main Computer Lab is equipped with high-speed laser printers, as well as scanners and color printers. Students pay a fee for printing.

Media Services provides instructional support and equipment for classroom use, installation and repair of classroom equipment, audio video setup for campus events, videotaping of lectures and special events, and instructional design and media graphics support for faculty. SOU faculty may arrange equipment checkout for students.


International Programs


Stevenson Union 321




The Office of International Programs Office coordinates and promotes international activities and involvement by students and faculty. There are many ways to add an international dimension to studies at the University. International activities include language and culture courses, study abroad programs and international internships, participation in the International Students Association, involvement in international forums, and a special campus-wide international event each spring. With nearly 120 international students on campus, there are approximately forty countries represented in the student body. Returning study abroad students and internationally oriented faculty also enrich the University and contribute to a focus on global issues.

Education Abroad and International Internships

Many students consider the time they spend studying or working abroad to be one of their richest college experiences. Opportunities range from short summer sessions to year-long programs in 50 countries. Education abroad and internship programs are easily arranged and enable students to live overseas while earning college credit at SOU. Most financial aid applies to most programs.

International Student Advisor

The International Student Advisor assists students with a successful transition to SOU. The advisor is the primary contact for students seeking help with admission requirements, visa regulations, financial issues, lodging, and other topics. The advisor also coordinates social events and other activities for international students throughout the year. International students are encouraged to remain in close contact with the advisor during their enrollment at the University.

Education Abroad Advisor

The Education Abroad Advisor educates SOU students about the wonderful and diverse opportunities to study, intern, or even teach abroad, in 50 countries.  Programs range from 3 weeks, a quarter, a year or longer. The advisor provides information about selecting a program that best suits a student’s needs, admission requirements, financial arrangements, housing, and many other topics. The Education Abroad Advisor is part of a student’s support team and assts with issues that may arise pre-departure or on-site.  Please visit our website and the office!

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The instructional program of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Southern Oregon University is designed to provide a structured program to non-native English speakers who want to improve their skills.  Courses provide students with the opportunity to develop excellent oral and written proficiency for educational and business success.  The curriculum is designed for students at all levels of English language proficiency (beginning through advanced).  Once the student has brought his or her English-language level up to the required level, it is easy to begin taking regular university classes in Ashland.

The IEP is part of Southern Oregon University.  Undergraduate students who do not have the required English proficiency are eligible for Conditional Admission and to enroll in the full-time IEP.  All visa and other U.S. government documents will be handled through the SOU Office of International Programs.  Since IEP students are part of the campus, everyone must use the same forms as any other international student.  IEP students, however, are not required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or other scores in order to receive a Conditional Admission to SOU.  For more information on the IEP program, please visit our website or call 541-552-6336.

The Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library

Library Hours: 541-552-6856

Reference Services: 541-552-6442

Loan Services and Information: 541-552-6860

Hannon Library provides resources for students’ instructional, research, recreational, and general information needs. SOU’s well-trained and enthusiastic staff of librarians and paraprofessionals assist students with reference needs, electronic and web information resources, interlibrary borrowing, and materials checkout. Librarians aid students in developing their research and evaluation skills, providing specialized instruction in library research in a wide range of classes. Subject specialist librarians also offer in-depth research and reference assistance in specific areas.

Hannon Library holds approximately 325,000 printed volumes in the general collection, with more than 2,000 journal, serial, and newspaper subscriptions. The large federal and state government collections total nearly 298,000 items. Some 800,000 microforms provide additional materials, which range from popular magazines to historical materials of scholarly interest.

A growing collection of electronic information resources, including indexes, full-text databases, e-books, and a number of e-journals can be accessed from both inside and outside the library. Other electronic and multimedia resources include videotapes, library web pages, music CDs, and DVDs. Special collections include the 8,000-volume Margery Bailey Collection of Shakespeare and English Renaissance materials, an extensive Native American studies collection, a collection on wine and wine-making, a local history collection covering the six counties of southern Oregon, and children’s literature and art print collections.

The Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) comprise more than 2,500 books that have been scanned and are available on the web. This information is fully searchable and covers the southern Oregon ecoregion and history, as well as regional Native American tribes.

Students may use Hannon Library’s online catalog to find information about SOU collections or to link to Summit, a catalog of more than twenty-seven million items held by thirty-three libraries in Oregon and Washington. The library’s Information Technology Center (ITC) provides access to desktop computing software and electronic information, with expert staff to assist patrons with using these technologies for research, writing, and presentation.

The University recently completed an extensive expansion and renovation of Hannon Library that nearly doubled the size of the building to 123,000 square feet. The project upgraded the library’s technological infrastructure and created a beautiful facility that is now the centerpiece of the campus. New spaces for materials, classrooms, studying, reading, meeting friends, and quiet contemplation invite students in, as does the coffee shop on the first floor.