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Donor Stories

Donor Stories
  • A Formative ExperienceA Formative Experience
    The first thing April Sevcik thinks of when she recalls her formative experience at Southern Oregon College (SOC) is her mentor, Professor Vaughn Bornet.
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  • A Lesson in Legacy: The Brewold-Teigen ScholarshipA Lesson in Legacy: The Brewold-Teigen Scholarship
    Glenna Brewold '61 still has a receipt from her father's college tuition showing a grand total of eleven dollars. As Glenna smiles at the memory, it's clear...
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  • Business Leader Cheers on SOUBusiness Leader Cheers on SOU
    "College changed my life," says Sid DeBoer, chairman and CEO of Lithia Motors. Although he is a Stanford alumnus, Sid has chosen instead to focus his support...
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  • Finding Community in Southern OregonFinding Community in Southern Oregon
    Jerry and Jeanne Taylor were high school sweethearts in North Platte, Nebraska, before life took them in different directions. Twenty-five years later, they...
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  • Frank Surma: An International LegacyFrank Surma: An International Legacy
    Frank Surma scholars hold positions throughout the world—corporate lawyer in New York, teacher on the coast, financial advisor in Denver. Amazing careers.
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  • Gerhard Heiter ScholarshipGerhard Heiter Scholarship
    "Whatever I have, I worked hard for," says eighty-one-year–old Gerhard D. "Garry" Heiter. "I saved my money for a rainy day, for a good purpose.
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  • Scientists, Investigators, TeachersScientists, Investigators, Teachers
    Those who know Joseph Graf would say he is a dedicated scientist— seeing both the rocks in the mountains and what's needed for scientists to chip away...
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  • Steady SupportSteady Support
    For Bill and Dan Thorndike, supporting higher education is a family thing. "It was ingrained in us," says William (Bill) Thorndike Jr. He and his brother, Dan...
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  • The Quiet Generosity of Sherm and Wanda OlsrudThe Quiet Generosity of Sherm and Wanda Olsrud
    SOU President's Medalists, 2007
    "We both came from humble backgrounds," says Sherm Olsrud...
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  • The Schuman Collection Hits a High NoteThe Schuman Collection Hits a High Note
    Dr. Jack Schuman takes great delight in introducing visitors to instruments in the Schuman Collection of Musical Instruments. Although the collection contains...
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  • The Schweiger FactorThe Schweiger Factor
    John Schweiger loves the Raiders. Really loves the Raiders. And his commitment is unwavering—even after a dozen years. John is so passionate about the Raiders...
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  • The Smullin Foundation: Supporting Oregon ScholarsThe Smullin Foundation: Supporting Oregon Scholars
    Meeting scholarship recipients is "always delightful," says Carol Anne Smullin Brown, President and Executive Director of the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin...
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  • The Wright StuffThe Wright Stuff
    David Wright has a soft spot in his heart for Southern Oregon University. As he says, "My mom and dad met each other there, and, if that hadn't happened..."
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