Residential Life in Ashland, Oregon
The international dormitory is located in Ashland, Oregon on the campus of Southern Oregon University (SOU), approximately 15 minutes south of Medford.
The dormitory is a fully supervised facility with a wide array of activities and services including a cafeteria, in-room broadband internet access, recreational opportunities, student lounges and library access all within steps of the dormitory.
Bus transportation to and from St. Mary's School is provided each morning and afternoon. There is an additional bus for athletes who have team practices and games.
Ashland is a small, charming town with many unique shops, restaurants, art galleries and movie theaters. The community is a safe, friendly and welcoming place for students to live and study.
Medford and Ashland are located half-way between San Francisco and Portland. Ashland is only a thirty-minute drive from Mount Ashland, where students can ski and snowboard in the winter.
Ashland is also the home of the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival which has professional performances nine months out of the year.
To learn more about Ashland, please visit the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.
Living at Southern Oregon University, Cedar Hall
The dormitory for St. Mary's students is located at Cedar Hall on the beautiful Southern Oregon University Campus.
- Two students per room (Single rooms may be available.)
- A game room where students can have parties, play video games or play ping pong
- A kitchen, a living room and a laundry facility
Please click here to see pictures of the city of Ashland and the SOU campus.
Please click here to see pictures of the dormitory.
Every week, the entire dormitory gathers after dinner to share information, address dormitory issues, and promote elements of character education and community membership.
The meetings deal with serious issues as well as aspects of safety, health, personal responsibility, and community needs. The residential faculty also carry out a series of formal programs addressing community responsibility, dorm values, conflict resolution, time and stress management, and personal wellness and safety.
To ensure that the students have enough time to study and to rest, the dormitory's curfew is 11pm during the week and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. We also have study hours between 8-11pm Sunday through Thursday.
One of the best parts of boarding life is the diverse activities that are organized each month. There are also a variety of school-wide activities like dances, which are open to all high school students.
Residence Hall Staff
Daniel Griffiths, Director
Dan Griffiths has worked with teenagers for over 15 years in both the private and public sectors. He is proud to have mentored youth from over 10 countries in his many years of professional service.
Dan has a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College, MN and a Master's degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Youth Identity Formation from Crown College Adult and Graduate Studies.
Jenessa attended Oregon State University, Zhengzhou University in Henan, China, and is currently a student at Southern Oregon University majoring in psychology and minoring in education.
A 2008 graduate of St. Mary's, Jenessa is in her second year working with our international students. She loves the opportunity to guide and help students daily.
Sophia Palosaari graduated from St. Mary's in 2006. She attended Chapman University as a vocal performance major and plans to study psychology at SOU. Sophia has worked in hotel management and loves to meet new people and hear of their travels.
Sophia has traveled to Africa, South America, and Europe--but never to Asia! She now has the chance to experience Asian cultures in the dorms with her awesome kids and is enjoying every minute of being a "mom away from mom".
Residential Life Handbook 2013-2014
PDF of the Student Handbook