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Shaun Franks

Shaun Franks

ASSOU term 2013 - 2014
assoucommrelations@sou.edu

Major: Business Management

Minor: Environmental Studies

Class: Senior

About Me:

      Hi my name is Shaun Franks, I'm a husband, father, student, activist, brother, employee, intern, son, etc. I'm from Fullerton, CA; before coming to SOU I backpacked across the John Muir Trail. I'm 2013- 2014  ASSOU Director of Community Relations. I work at the SOU Foundation raising money for student scholarships. I'm an intern at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival working with the Green Task Force on sustainability initiatives. I'm currently the president of SOU Net Impact a green business club. I love networking and meeting new passionate people; I'm looking forward to creating lasting connections with the community.
     I'm very passionate about sustainability and I'm currently working with students, faculty, and staff around campus on various projects including divestment of fossil fuels and establishing a sustainability center that would grow organic food for the SOU community (students, faculty, SOU Dining). In 2011-2012 I was the Director of Sustainability for ASSOU and helped establish the green fund that charges every student less than $15 to fund sustainability projects.
     I'm working on my BA in Management, minor in Environmental Studies, and the Sustainable Leadership Certificate. I was able to attend school in Germany Summer 2011 at Hochschule Harz in Wernigerode to study Renewable Energy: Alternatives and Best Practices. I hope to become an entrepreneur and establish a green energy company here in the US.

Job Description: Director of Community Relations

  • Director of community relations will be the student ambassador to the
    Rogue Valley business community so as to foster a mutually beneficial
    relationship between the school and community, identifying, developing
    and strengthening job, internship and research opportunities for students
    while they are in school and after they graduate.
  • Director of Community Relations will research, compile and centralize
    information on the ASSOU server regarding past and present
    partnerships between the university/ departments/ programs and the
    community.
  • Director of Community Relations will serve as the student liaison to the
    Ashland Chamber of Commerce.
  • Director of Community Relations will sit on the City of Ashland Planning
    Commission.
  •  Director of Community Relations will work with the Arts and
    Performance Senator to get a student representative seated on the City of
    Ashland Public Arts Commission.
  • Director of Community Relations will work with the Business and Social
    Sciences Senator to get a student representative seated on the City of
    Ashland Historic Commission. 
  •  Director of Community Relations will work with the Housing Senator to
    get a student representative seated on the City of Ashland Housing
    Commission.
  • Director of Community Relations will work with the Student Advocate to
    secure cosponsorship from stakeholders in the community when setting
    up the SOU Safe Shuttle.

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