SOU’s Design Thinking Course Builds 21st-Century Skills in Collaboration & Innovation

In a year in which the global pandemic has disrupted almost everything about everyday life, the theme of Southern Oregon University’s course in Design Thinking seems especially on-target: Reinventing College.

Student holds prototype constructed with paper
In Design Thinking, students start by building low-tech prototypes, then build up to more complex solutions

Offered in a special five-week format, COMM325 directs students to complete a Design Sprint, in which they conceive, prototype, test…

New Documentary Production Certificate Brings Video Skills to SOU Students and Community Members

Southern Oregon University’s new 36-credit Documentary Production certificate gives non-fiction filmmakers the tools they need to tell stories that matter about our world’s most pressing challenges.

Young woman with camera in Guanajuato, Mexico

The Documentary Production program is designed for both non-degree-seeking students and traditional degree-seeking students majoring in other disciplines. …

Comm Grad Autumn Micketti Explores Diversity in Southern Oregon Via NPR’s NextGenRadio Training Program

Qualifying for a competitive national program in radio journalism gave 2021 Communication grad Autumn Micketti an opening to explore the intersection of race and everyday life in the Rogue Valley.

Autumn Micketti wearing headphones in sound studio
Autumn Micketti

Sponsored by National Public Radio and organized by Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, the NextGenRadio program provides training and mentorship…

SOU’s Alena Ruggerio Joins Scholarly Dream Team to Author New Book on Feminist Rhetoric

For Comm Program professor Alena Ruggerio, feminism is not just a theory, but an urgent practice, and her latest book advocates for feminist theory’s role in guiding everyday living, thinking, and speaking.

Photo of Alena Ruggerio holding her latest book
Feminism in Practice: Alena Ruggerio’s new book explores the practical connection between feminist ideals and action

Published last month by Waveland Press, Feminism in Practice: Communication Strategies for Making Change connects theory and practice…

Virtual Whiteboards, Inventive Selfies and Zoom Collaborations Make Remote Learning Personal as Fall Classes Start at Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University kicked off its Fall term last week with a return via remote learning in most classes, and Communication program faculty and students led the way with inventive online learning experiences to help get the campus community ready for in-person learning on Oct. 11.

In Associate Professor Erik…

Student Film Showcases Small Group Communication at SOU

With the driest possible wit and a little Adobe Premier, award-winning Digital Cinema senior Nathanael Lathrop used visual storytelling to create a satirical advertisement as a project in a recent section of COMM225 — Small Group Communication at Southern Oregon University.

Using stock footage of small groups, at-home workers, families…

Student Teams Prototype & Pitch for $30,000 in Prize Money at the Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge

Two teams from Southern Oregon University have advanced to the finals of the Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge, Oregon’s premier statewide showcase for student startups. The SOU student entrepreneurs behind Music Mix and Connect Her will compete for $30,000 in venture funding this week (June 22–25).

The teams formed in a…

Comm Program Grad Mylz Blake’s Success Formula Combines Meaningful Clients, BIPOC Advocacy and Public Service

Before Digital Cinema was Digital Cinema, Comm program grad Mylz Blake set out to build a career in film and video production informed by his commitments as a Black storyteller in a time of change.

On set with SOU grad Mylz Blake

Since graduating from SOU in 2017, Blake has gone on to complete a graduate degree…

Comm Grad Erika Soderstrom Drove Straight From Commencement to a Production Role with Public Radio’s Marketplace Morning Report

Erika Soderstrom didn’t know where life would take her when she began writing for Southern Oregon University’s student newspaper, The Siskiyou during her sophomore year.

Erika Soderstrom holds camera while covering a national cross country meet in Vancouver, WA
Erika Soderstrom covered the NAIA national cross country championships for The Siskiyou in 2017

But that simple choice led to a strong internship in public radio journalism, and eventually a full-time position as the Director/Assistant Producer for American Public…

Comm, Media & Cinema @ Southern Oregon University

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