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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s June 2024 Update

June 11, 2024 – SOU President Rick Bailey welcomes viewers to graduation season – “always the best time of year” on the SOU campus. He says that nearly everything happening on campus this month has “one common ingredient,” which is love. That comes in the form of faculty members offering caring mentorship, staff members bending over backward to guide students, and students themselves helping, congratulating and celebrating their peers. President Bailey invites all members of the community to become a part of the family at SOU. Some may wish to attend performances at the Oregon Center for the Arts, while others support SOU’s athletic teams. Still others may choose to participate in lectures at the Hannon Library or take classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SOU. Many members of the SOU family will be on campus throughout the summer to welcome those who choose to become involved in campus activities.

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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s May 2024 Update

May 21, 2024 – President Rick Bailey offers an update on SOU’s solar ambitions, and also addresses protests on campuses near and far over the tragedies in Israel and Gaza. SOU is a little less than a third of the way to the seven megawatts of solar generating capacity it will need to become the first public university to produce all of its own daytime electricity. New solar arrays are in the works atop Lithia Motors Pavilion and The Hawk dining commons, and SOU’s first solar-covered parking lot will likely be in the works within the year. President Bailey recognizes that both the Oct. 7 massacre in Israel and the ongoing loss of innocent lives in Gaza are “horrific,” and that students, faculty and staff have strong feelings about it. SOU supports the right to speak out about the situation, but urges nonviolence. President Bailey quotes Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s April 2024 Update

April 17, 2024 – President Rick Bailey expresses his gratitude to the current staff at the SOU Student Health & Wellness Center and to La Clinica, which will manage the clinic beginning in September to keep students’ healthcare costs affordable and maintain sustainable operation. He addresses the recent NAIA action that limits participation by transgender athletes in women’s sports, saying he understands the need for both inclusivity and fair competition. He urges students and prospective students to check in with the SOU Financial Aid Office to take advantage of opportunities through FAFSA and the Oregon Opportunity Grant program. And he discusses universities’ value as they produce idea generators, entrepreneurs, scientists and others who contribute to a vibrant economy.

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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s March 2024 Update

March 20, 2024 – President Rick Bailey celebrates SOU academics and athletics, and thanks state lawmakers for their support, in this month’s video message. Graphic design students in the Emerging Media & Digital Arts program completed work on a rebranding project with the city of Shady Cove, four recent Theatre Arts graduates are acting in Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions and SOU students just returned from Guanajuato, Mexico, as part of the Global Innovation Scholars program in the School of Business. Congratulations to the Cheer & Dance team and women’s basketball and wrestling teams for successful seasons. And a paraphrase from The Rev. Jesse Jackson about kindness: Never look down on someone unless leaning over to help them up.

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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s January 2024 Update

January 16, 2024 – President Rick Bailey clicks off SOU’s goals for 2024 in this month’s video message. External objectives include building on “partnerships, collaborations and coalitions” built over the past two years, and moving SOU’s entrepreneurial initiatives – solar projects, senior housing and university business district – from the idea to the “actionable” phase. Internal goals focus on celebrating “loving, passionate, caring things” SOU does to serve its students, consolidating enrollment gains by retaining more returning students and ensuring that all “not just feel welcome here, but feel they belong here.”

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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s November 2023 Update

November 20, 2023 – President Rick Bailey celebrates SOU’s groundbreaking fall enrollment gains in this month’s video message. Increases of 15% in the freshman class and 10% for transfers, along with solid retention gains for all undergraduates, “set SOU apart” from Oregon’s other public universities. He credits data-sharing agreements with Oregon high schools, visits to K-12 districts, data analytics and hard work by admissions staff. The president also discusses SOU’s novel general education core and the “connection” of community members with the university.

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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s October 2023 Update

October 4, 2023 – SOU President Rick Bailey says in this month’s video message that the new academic year is full of possibility. Enrollment figures suggest we’ll have the largest first year student class in at least six or seven years, and that enthusiasm for higher ed is good for the region and state. Also, the positive results from fiscal adjustments made over the past year have changed assumptions. SOU has gone from a “culture of scarcity” where possibilities are limited, to a “culture of opportunity” in which the best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s August 2023 Update

August 14, 2023 – SOU President, Rick Bailey says in his August video message to campus that the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action and LGBTQ+ rights should have a little direct effect on SOU, but the university must assure that everyone not only feels welcome, but also knows that they belong. Student loan debt “is not a behemoth” at SOU, as it is at some institutions, he says, but the university must be mindful, make hard decisions when necessary and be resourceful to keep students’ expenses and debts manageable.

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Watch: SOU President Rick Bailey’s May 2023 Update

May 19, 2023 – SOU President Rick Bailey focuses on two thoughts – a paradigm shift and our commitment to who we are – in his May video message to campus and community members. He says it’s time to “stop just playing defense” and look ahead to what the university should look like in 10, 20 or 50 years. And following a recent visit to campus by agitators seeking division – and the civil, pitch-perfect response by students and employees – he urges a daily commitment by the SOU community to “respect for and belief in the fundamental dignity of all people.”

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March 29, 2023 – SOU President Rick Bailey circles back to something he mentioned over a year ago in his first video message to campus and community members: that with kindness and unity as a foundation, the university can do anything. He acknowledges that there is turbulence and anxiety, but also opportunity as SOU proceeds with its fiscal realignment. And he thanks campus and the community for their support through all of their connections with SOU.