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What is SOAR?

SOAR is a week-long, campus-wide event. It’s a celebration of the research and projects done by our students and faculty. There’s a variety of events, from presentations to performances. Please refer to the program and look at our website at www.sou.edu/soar for specific information.

How do I apply / participate?

Apply through an online form on the SOAR website. Applications must be submitted by April 19, 2014. All SOU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to apply for SOAR. Only those who apply and are approved will be part of SOAR week activities. All others, such as members of the community, are encouraged to attend the events as audience members.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still get a project or presentation in?

No. April 18 is the deadline for all submissions. Late applications will not be accepted.

I submitted my application. What next?

After you submit your application form, it goes to the SOAR Executive Board for review. The application approval can take 1-2 weeks. If your application is accepted, you will receive an email with further instructions. If there are questions about your application, you may receive a request for more information about your submission. Meanwhile, review the SOAR website for information. If you still have questions, you can email soar@sou.edu or call 541-552-6816.

I’m a SOAR presenter. Where and when do I check in?

All participants (faculty, staff, and students) should check in at the SOAR HQ (Raider’s Nest) in the Stevenson Union during SOAR week. They should do this at least one hour or more before their presentation(s). Early check-in is also available if you attend the Presenter’s Reception on May 12.

When/where is my presentation going to be?

The official schedule is available on the SOAR website before SOAR week starts. If you made a special request in your application, we tried to accommodate that to the best of our ability.

I have an emergency conflict and can’t make my scheduled presentation time.

Please notify us immediately at soar@sou.edu or 541-552-6816 so that we can properly note your absence and inform necessary people. Please understand that rescheduling may not be possible.

Can I invite my friends and family to see my presentation?

Absolutely. All participants are encouraged to invite guests to their presentations.

Can I bring my class/tour group/etc. to SOAR?

Absolutely. This is an open event, and off-campus groups are welcome. There is no fee or registration process for visiting groups, but please contact us so we know you are coming and can assist with planning. If you are interested in arranging an official campus guide for your visit, please contact us as soon as possible: soar@sou.edu, 541-552-6816.

When/where will the activities take place?

SOAR activities occur campus-wide at various times throughout the week. Pick up a copy of the SOAR program or check out the SOAR website for a complete schedule of activities. During SOAR week, you can also visit SOAR HQ in the SU for assistance locating an event.

Are there admission fees for attending SOAR?

SOAR activities are generally free for anyone to attend. There are a few evening performances, held by the Theatre and Music departments, that require purchased tickets to attend. These events are marked with a $.

Where can people park if they are attending SOAR events? Is there a price for parking?

Visitors attending SOAR events can park for free in the large lot on Mountain Street.

My (friend/relative/etc.) is presenting in SOAR. Where can I find their presentation?

Please refer to the program for dates and times. An index in the back lists each presenter by last name.

I applied for a poster presentation. Do I have to attend the poster session event on May 15?

Attending the session is a requirement of poster presentations. If you cannot attend the event, you should withdraw your application immediately; do not submit your poster for printing.

Can I get my poster printed early?

SOAR will not accommodate early printing requests. If you need your poster printed early, you will need to make your own printing arrangements, at your expense. If you have your poster printed anywhere other than SOAR, make sure you submit your printed poster to Student Publications (SU) by May 12 in order to be included in the poster session.

I missed the deadline for submitting my poster. Can I still get it printed?

Only posters submitted by May 2 will be printed, for free, by SOAR. If you miss this deadline, you will need to get your poster printed on your own, at your expense. Contact Library Administration if you need help making printing arrangements. You must bring a printed poster to the Student Publications office by May 12 in order to be included in the poster session.

I’m having trouble with my poster.

If you have questions about the content of your poster, you should speak with your instructor. If you have technical issues, visit the Learning Commons help desk in Hannon Library or attend one of the free poster making workshops. If you have questions about submitting your finished poster, contact us at soar@sou.edu or 541-552-6816.

When/where are the poster workshops?

  •        Tuesday, April 15, 11:00-12:00 in Library 114
  •        Thursday, April 24, 2:00-3:00 in Library 114

When/where will the art exhibitions be displayed?

Featured exhibits will be displayed in the Hannon Library for the entire month of May. Artwork will also be on display in the SU Gallery and the Center for Visual Arts.

What is the SOAR First Friday event?

Every month, Hannon Library hosts a First Friday artwalk open house to showcase its current exhibits. For May, the artwalk will be dedicated to SOAR participants and their work. This will be an open reception for visitors who wish to view the exhibits, but it is also an opportunity for SOAR participants to share and discuss their work. This event is on May 2, 5:30-8:00 PM.

Will there be free parking for the First Friday event?

Yes. During the event, visitors can park for free anywhere in the lot behind the library.

I found an error on the SOAR program/website/etc.

Thank you for the feedback. The organizers will be notified and, if possible, corrections will be made right away. Please understand that some materials cannot be changed at this point.