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Retirees News letter

The SOU Retirees Newsletter is published each academic quarter, and contains a wealth of information about issues pertaining to our members. 

Future issues will be posted here, so please check back regularly.  We will post news items when new issues are released, so you will be automatically notified by subscribing to this Website.  Call for details.

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Winter 2023 Greetings Everyone, We hope your holiday season was a good one and you are looking forward to a wonderful year filled with great activities with family and friends. Southern Oregon University has recently received the largest single donation -- over 13 million dollars -- in its 150 years as an academic institution. Curious about how that grant from Lithia Motors will be used to best serve the university, its students and the community? Find out the details by attending the 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 Retirees Association luncheon in the Rogue River room of the Stevenson Union. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Vincent Smith, Director of SOU's Division of Business, Communication and Environment. He will be one of four distinguished faculty members and two administrators who will lead the grant-funded Institute for Applied Sustainability in its efforts to identify and implement initiatives that move the University toward a sustainable campus. We would like to remind everyone if you have not made your $20 donation for 2022-23, you may do so by submitting your membership form and donation to: SOU Foundation, 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland OR 97520. (If you do not have your membership form, you may go to the website and print it out. Our website is: Click on “information update and reservation form,” then click on “SOU_re_membership form,” and then print.) Membership forms can also be picked up at the luncheon on Feb. 10th. This donation helps to pay for the coffee, tea, and water for each of our luncheons plus the printing of our newsletter. Any remaining funds go to our scholarship fund. Free parking for the February 10th luncheon will be as usual in the lots across from the Music Building on Mountain Avenue. For those eligible for annual parking permits, please be sure you are current for this year. If not, contact the Parking Department by email at: to obtain this year’s virtual parking permit. Our scholarship recipient for this year is Morgan T. Ulu. We have included Morgan’s thank you at the end of this newsletter and are hoping Morgan has time to be able to attend our luncheon on the 10th. The following is Morgan’s resume: “Morgan is a senior environmental science policy major seeking a minor in military science. After graduating in 2023, she plans to become commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Oregon Army National Guard working in military intelligence or aviation (UG-60 Blackhawks). Additionally, Morgan intends to pursue a career in life insurance. (Over) Morgan is currently in the ROTC program and is the current ROTC company cadet commander. She has been recognized as a distinguished club cadet and multiple times been on the Provost list for her high grades. She is also a recipient of the 4-year Minuteman Scholarship. Morgan volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland and is a member of the Samoan Club on campus. She is interested in Samoan dancing and enjoys watching TV series and spending time with family.” Your Leadership Council has been very busy this past quarter. We met with President Rick Bailey on November 29th. We went over the history of the organization and what direction we might take to help the University. The President also gave us a short overview of some of the ideas he and the Board of Trustees have for the University. The Leadership Council presented the current contract we have with the University as well as a proposed revision of this contract. He will present this to the Board and get back to us. All in all, it was a great, informative meeting! The Council met with Janet Fratella and Cristina Sanz, our liaisons with the SOU Foundation, on December 22nd. This meeting was called in order to clarify our relationship with the Foundation and University. Some of our members felt we were an affiliate organization. Affiliate status actually means being a fund-raiser organization where all monies collected are given to a particular department on campus. Since we only contribute to the scholarship for an award to a student (not a department), we qualify as a “donor” organization not as an affiliate. We also discussed ways to better communicate what is happening on campus to the retirees general membership. The University and the Retirees Association Leadership Council have agreed that the method ot accomplish the above goal would be to have the weekly on-camps news and event publication “Southern Exposure: be distributed via email to retiree association members. This would enable retiree readers and viewers of local media (and those who don’t read or view it) to receive much more information than the media may carry. Another means of improving communication with retirees will be to include all association members on the mailing list for the “The Raider,” the quarterly magazine published by the SOU alumni office. It is hoped that retirees will find value in receiving these publications, but those who choose to not receive them may opt out of one or the other or both by contacting one of the leadership council members listed below. We encourage each one of you to invite a friend to the luncheon on Friday, February 10th. If you know someone in your department who is close to retirement, extend an invitation to them as well. This is a great way to let people know of the existence of the Retirees Association and lets them get to know us before they retire! (Next Page) Our last luncheon of the year will be on May 12, 2023 with President Bailey as our program. . Until then February 10th, take care, stay safe, and stay healthy. Bev De La Zerda Other Council Members: Leadership Council Volunteer Ron Bolstad- Phil 541-245-2797 Jim Dean- Ralph Fidler Tom Pyle-

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2022 Fall Newsletter

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2022 Spring Newsletter

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2022 Winter newsletter

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2021 newsletter

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PDF - Winter 2020   HIDDEN HISTORY OF ASHLAND.PDFSpacer(108.7KB)
This is a review by John Darling of Joe Peterson's new book on Ashland.

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Upcoming luncheon, new virtual parking permits, revision of association structure.

This is a delightful piece by Dennis Powers about local history and his upcoming book promoting stories of our area.

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Letter from Ralph Fidler

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Ralph Fidler's Letter to Retirees

Ralph & Marilyn Fidler's cruise reflections

Articles submitted by retirees that others may find interesting.

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Note from President Ralph Fidler and articles by Wayne Schumacher, Wayne Linn, and Jim Dean

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Articles by Peggy Evans, Claude Curran, & Mike Baughman.

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Articles by SOU President Roy Saigo, Frank Lang, Tom Nash, and Association Co-Presidents.

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Articles by Jim Dean, Tom Pyle, Carol McNair, and Karen Shafer. Additional suggestions on movies and series.

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Volunteerism, travel, book excerpt, message from the co-presidents.

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Dave Hoffman Reminiscences, Laura Young on Pete Seeger, Jim Dean: Lunch @ Morning Glory.

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Reflections from Bill Meulemans, Betty LaDuke & Connie Battaile as well as Ralph Fiddler's column.

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Mystery Trips by Ron Nitsos, tribute to Art Kreisman

Articles by Jerry Insley, Dennis Powers, Darlene Southworth, Claude Curran, Phil Campbell and Frank Lang

Youth Revisited, Hal Cloer & the Kitchen Cabinet, articles by Claude Curran & Connie Battaile, tribute to Mike Haynes.

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Retirees Benefits, Tributes to Doug Legg and Ron Taylor, AARP Tax Aide Program, The Alcohol Report, and Bloomsbury!

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Ed Hungerford's Italy trip, Ron Bolstad's new career with the Old-Time Fiddlers Association, a tribute to Don Mitchell, and Michael Baughman's writing.

Survey results for retiree benefits, tribute to Dan Bulkley and Joe Brown, Swedenberg ghost, and more!

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Tribute to Lawson Inada, remembrances of deceased faculty, stories from Priscilla Hunter and Gene Stringer.

Comments by Rick Barot

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What is a Dramaturg by Alan Armstrong, Underwriting and Undertaking by Jim Dean, Spring Luncheon info and Sue Corp's note.

Luncheon Updates; Sue Corp's Column; Remembering Friends: Ray Tumbleson, Don Lewis, John McCollum; Rodney Badger's Boat Experience.

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Travels of Harold Ottness, memorials to deceased faculty.

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Travels by Reider Peterson and Herman Schmeling, book review by Ed Hungerford, update from Fran Madachy, thoughts from Jim Dean.

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Multiple articles on lifelong learning!

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Nov. 5 fall luncheon will have a surprise speaker. Cecile Baril gets ready for Doctors Without Borders, Lorrine Skaff-Winger gives a thumbs up to Baxter Fitness Solutions, Darlene Southworth locates underwater mushrooms and Frank Lang aka Nature Notes writes about Geezerdom.

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President Cullinan and Provost Klein luncheon program, Karen Shafer recollections, Jim Dean and Herman Schmeling on Friends of the Library, Ernie Ettlich on Endowed Scholarships, Carol McNair as next editor, Loses: Bob Alston, D'Anne Ghea.

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Winter Luncheon Speaker: Andy Baxter, Humorous Campus Flashbacks, Website Update, Obituaries: Beverley Bennett, James Naiden, Bob Seevers, Tim Kelley.

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Fall Term Luncheon Announced

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2008 Retirees Interviewed. Spring Luncheon set.

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Learning about Lifelong Learning.

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Sharon Johnson speaks about "The Healing Power of Laughter."

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SOLIR Receives Grant, Includes Emeritus.

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Retirees asked to join Emeritus group. Planning for Winter 2007 luncheon.

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Highlights: President Cullinan to speak at Fall Luncheon; Oregon's Loyalty Oath; A Deluxe Elderhostel in the Greek Isles.

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Highlights: President's Spring Reception; Catching up with Marythea Grebner; The faculty revolt of 1965; A letter from the president of the Emeritus Council; new guidelines for membership in the Southern Oregon University Retirees Association.

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Don Lewis and Mary Christleib recall years at SOU

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The annual Emeritus Fall Luncheon Friday in the Rogue River Room and the Town Hall meeting moderated by Don Laws.

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James Sours obituary, Herman Schmeling Encounters Lyle Matoush, Library Tour event, Nominations open for Emeritus Council, Doug Legg on SOU in the 60's, News from emeriti

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Letter from President Zinser, Art Kreisman on architect Robert Keeney, Bill and Sue Sager featured at Fall event, SOU Library honored, Jim Dean recalls SOU in 1966.

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The Multiplication of Giving: Bob Alstrom's Example; Library Remodel Highlights; Winter Luncheon a Success; President's reception slated; The Sours: A Turkish Prelude to SOC; On the Web; News notes about us...

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International Luncheon; Dan Bulkley; The Changing Face of Geography; Obituaries: Gaston, Brierty, Versluis; Emeritus Scholarship Fund; The Emeritus Faculty Website from Project A; Provost Positive about Emeritus Role; Remeber When.

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