OSU Ecampus awards and appointments

Here is a showcase of Oregon State University faculty and Ecampus staff, students and courses that have won awards, or OSU faculty and Ecampus staff who have been appointed or elected to prestigious positions outside of the university.

Computer science faculty fêted for their innovation

April 16, 2014 – The collective excellence of instructors in OSU's post-baccalaureate online program in computer science are a major reason why the program is attracting a record number of students. That excellence also helped those instructors win the 2014 Innovation in Online Credit-based Teaching Award.

The honor is part of the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence ceremony, which is presented by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement. The award is given to candidate(s) who have pioneered an innovative approach to the design or execution of teaching online. Instructors and program administrators who were honored are Terri Fiez, Justin Wolford, Justin Goins, Joseph Jess, Samina Ehsan, Karti Mayaram, and Padma Akkaraju.

U.S. News & World Report labels OSU a "Best Online Program"

Jan. 8, 2014 – Oregon State Ecampus is now a badge-eligible "Best Online Program" as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Of the 275 universities and colleges who submitted data for U.S. News' second annual Best Online Education rankings, OSU ranked 46th in the category of Best Online Bachelor's Programs. That places OSU in the top 16.5 percent of all universities who submitted data. Among land grant universities in the report, Oregon State ranks No. 5 nationally.

Website redesign, focus on responsiveness nets bronze medal

Nov. 7, 2013 – Members of the Oregon State Ecampus marketing team took home the Interactive Media Bronze Medal at this year's University Professional and Continuing Education Assocation marketing conference. Ecampus earned the third-place prize for its mobile-responsive website redesign, making the site more user friendly across all browsing platforms and enabling learners and prospective students to gather the information they need more effectively.

OSU named one of nation's 10 best public online colleges

Sept. 25, 2013 – Citing Oregon State's quality academic standards, student learning outcomes, technological advances and the availability of financial aid, editors of the highly utilized website AffordableCollegesOnline.org today ranked OSU 10th on its inaugural list of the nation's Best Public Online Colleges. Delivered online by Ecampus, OSU's online programs enable students to be "part of a diverse global community at an institution that is respected nationally for its work in sustainability and renewable energy."

Hawaii's Hurley, professor Gregory win UPCEA West's top honors

Sept. 2, 2013 – Mary Ellen Hurley, a 2013 OSU graduate, is this year's recipient of the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Assocation's West Region. Mary Ellen earned a B.S. in Sociology online while living in Kauai, and her inspiring story was featured by OSU President Ed Ray in his commencement speech in June. This is the third straight year an Ecampus student has won the West Region award, following Erika Busch in 2011 and Sarah Price in 2012.

Stan Gregory earned UPCEA's Excellence in Teaching Award based on his never-ending commitment to improving the learning experience for his distance students. Stan is known for his innovation as an online course developer, outstanding mentorship of students and colleagues, and overall expertise as an ecologist. He is the second Ecampus instructor to win the award in the last three years; Dan Edge (also from fisheries and wildlife) won the regional and national awards in 2011-12.

Four years and counting for Ecampus on national top 25 lists

July 16, 2013 – In what has become an annual theme for Oregon State University, its online education programs are considered among the very best in America according to a newly released ranking for the 2013-14 school year. SuperScholar researched and evaluated regionally accredited online schools and determined that OSU Ecampus is the 12th best in the nation when it comes to online education.

The independent website based its findings on program quality, marketability and affordability. This marks the fourth straight school year in which Ecampus was ranked by a national organization.

Ecampus adviser, faculty member snag awards for student service

April 23, 2013 – A good adviser is invaluable to a college student, and OSU Ecampus is fortunate to have plenty on hand. Kerry Thomas fits the bill, and the College of Liberal Arts adviser has been honored for her excellent work by the National Academic Advising Association. Thomas is a 2013 recipient of NACADA's Certificate of Merit in the Primary Advising category.

The role of adviser often extends to faculty, too, and highly popular Ecampus instructor Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., is this year's winner of the NACADA Outstanding Faculty Advising Award. Ahern teaches courses in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and he is also OSU's director of undergraduate research.

Price's resolve helps her net UPCEA's highest student honor

Sarah Stevenson Price Play

Ecampus grad Sarah Price shares her story and how she overcame a predetermined path to poverty.

Feb. 21, 2013 – Nine months after earning her Oregon State degree online and meeting Michelle Obama, the rewards keep rolling in for Sarah Price. The 27-year-old Ecampus graduate has been named the nation’s Outstanding Continuing Education Student by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), which serves more than 350 institutions in North America.

Price's lifelong struggle against poverty was beaten back by her quest for an education. The San Diego resident, military wife and mother of three earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies online last June.

Sidlauskas' inventive methods yield teaching award

Oct. 29, 2012 – Due to his tireless efforts to deliver the best education possible to his Ecampus students, fisheries and wildlife sciences instructor Brian Sidlauskas won the honor for Innovation in Online Credit Teaching at the 2012 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence ceremony. The awards were presented by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement.

Linda Brewer, the coordinator of Ecampus horticulture online degree program, won the Program Support Award thanks in part to her continuous efforts to work with instructors and give students a broader selection of online courses. 

National prizes come in silver and bronze for Ecampus marketing

Oct. 4, 2012 – The Oregon State Ecampus marketing department maintained its place as an industry leader by winning awards in three diverse categories at the UPCEA Marketing and Publications Awards seminar.

The Ecampus team won a silver award in the Most Improved category for the Ecampus overview fliers, which are sent to prospective students who request more information about Ecampus online programs and courses. 

A video on the world-class faculty of Ecampus won a bronze award in the Streaming/On-Demand Content category, and the Strategic Recruitment Marketing Plan bronze award was given for OSU's efforts toward the Natural Resources Leadership Academy.

OSU alumna Price deemed 'Outstanding' for dedication, success

Oct. 3, 2012 – Sarah Price, an Oregon State University graduate from San Diego, won the Outstanding Non-traditional Student award from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association at their Region West conference in Park City, Utah, marking another recent milestone in a life that was previously plagued by adversity.

Price earned a liberal studies degree online with Ecampus in June 2012. Her childhood was beset by homelessness, extreme poverty, food insecurity and teen pregnancy, but she always saw a college education as her ticket to a better future. She is now being considered for UPCEA's national award.

Ecampus again ranked among the nation's 10 best

Aug. 2, 2012 – For the fourth time in two years, Oregon State Ecampus is being touted by an independent organization as one of the nation's 25 best online colleges – and this time it resulted in our highest ranking yet.

SuperScholar places OSU Ecampus at No. 8 on its updated "25 Best Online Colleges" ranking, up from No. 9 in January. The list is designed as a tool to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to earn an online degree. Regionally accredited universities were evaluated based on market credibility and prestige, academic quality, student support, student satisfaction and bachelor's degree selection.

Ecampus was ranked No. 16 by TheBestSchools.org in a similar list in 2012 and No. 18 by TheBestColleges.org in 2011.

O&E associate provost King recognized for career excellence 

June 2012 – Dave King, the associate provost for Outreach and Engagement at OSU, was awarded the 2012 Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) Professional Award – the highest award conferred by ACE.

The award recognizes King's contributions to the communication and information technology profession over an extended career and his leadership in a variety of efforts.

King has 36 years experience at land-grant universities and nonprofit organizations. While at Purdue University and under the auspices of the USDA in 1992, he developed the national impact reporting system which was adopted by all land-grant universities in the country. In 2000, King and Mike Boehlje designed the national “eXtension” initiative, providing an online and information technology outlet for Extension programming nationwide.

Templeton the new chair of UPCEA's management and innovation team

Lisa L. Templeton

Lisa L. Templeton, Extended Campus executive director

May 2012 – Lisa L. Templeton, the executive director of OSU Extended Campus, has been selected as the chair of the Program Management & Innovation Network for the University Professional & Continuing Education Association. UPCEA is the nation's leading organization for universities engaged in professional, continuing, and online education.

“Lisa has distinguished herself for several years by actively supporting and building UPCEA programs, and her appointment as chair of this network shows the confidence we have in her,” said CEO Robert Hansen. “She is one of the rising stars of UPCEA.”

National award puts Oregon State on the cutting Edge

February 2012 – Dan Edge, the head of OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Science, was recognized nationally for his exemplary work as an educator in the field of online and continuing education. Edge won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, which serves more than 350 institutions in North America. He was one of only two in the nation to receive the award this year. It is UPCEA's highest national honor.

OSU Ecampus makes national top 10 list

January 2012 – The Ecampus distance education program at Oregon State University was ranked ninth in the nation by SuperScholar for the quality and strength of its program. The ranking was made in a survey of “Best Online Colleges and Universities in 2012,” and builds on similar recognition made last year to the program, when a different national organization also recognized it as one of the top 25 nationally.

Impact, innovation, support lead to accolades for profs and advisers

December 2011 – A pair of Oregon State faculty members who teach Ecampus courses and the OSU fisheries and wildlife advising team capped the year in notable fashion, each winning a Vice Provost Award for Excellence from the division of Outreach and Engagement.

Mark Edwards, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, earned the Strategic Impact Award for achieving meaningful outcomes relevant to the signature areas of the OSU Strategic Plan. Edwards was also instrumental in helping Ecampus launch an online undergraduate degree in sociology in 2011.

Paul Ries won the Innovation in Online Credit-based Teaching Award for his work as an affiliate faculty member in the College of Forestry. Ries employs an interactive approach to his forestry and horticulture courses that enhances student access to enrichment by prompting them to think critically about the local and global environment.

The fisheries and wildlife distance education advising team was honored with the Program Support Award. The advisers group furthered OSU's mission of outreach and engagement by going above and beyond their job expectations while serving a large Ecampus student population.

Busch named Most Outstanding Student despite tumultuous year

October 2011 - Here's a feature article on Ecampus student Erika Busch, who this month was named Outstanding Non-traditional Student by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association's West Region, a group that represents more than 60 universities and colleges. Busch lives in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is on track to graduate cum laude from OSU with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences.

Ecampus students earn OSU's prestigious Waldo-Cummings Award 

Dirk Gard

Dirk Gard is a Waldo-Cummings Award winner for academics.

May 2011 – OSU Extended Campus (Ecampus) students Dirk Gard and Carmon Thomas joined elite company as they were honored with the university's Waldo-Cummings Award, given annually to 10 undergraduates in recognition of academic excellence.

Gard is a wind farm manager from Casper, Wyo., who graduated magna cum laude in June 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources. (Read a complete profile of Gard online.)

Thomas, a single mother of three living in Philomath, Ore., is a human development and family sciences major. She plans to pursue a career as a licensed social worker after graduation, and she currently works as a volunteer for the Benton County School District's Special Education Advisory Board, which she helped create in 2005.

Fellow Ecampus students Christopher Condry (Kokomo, Ind., B.S. Political Science), Lynda Green (Florence, Ore., B.A. Liberal Studies) and Dazzia Szczepaniak (Eugene, Ore., B.S. Liberal Studies) received Honorable Mention status for the Waldo-Cummings Award. All three earned their OSU degrees in June.


For previous Ecampus awards and appointments, visit our awards archives.

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