“My personal experience as an immigrant in this country highlighted the importance the Spanish language plays in my cultural identity. I wanted to share the joy of being bilingual or multilingual with my new community in the United States,” says Ecampus Spanish Senior Instructor Loren Chavarría-Bechtel.
The goal of the trip was to offer students a unique honors experience during which they connect with faculty, build community with other students and learn about topics, such as Newton or early modern English literature, that have strong and specific ties to the city of London and its resources.
With a baby girl on the way in his native Hawaii, Shiloah Teo put his campus-based studies at Oregon State on hold and returned home to take care of his family. Thankfully, Oregon State Ecampus allowed him to finish his liberal studies degree requirements online. His first trip back to Corvallis was to receive his OSU diploma — with his daughter and family by his side.
“One of the best things about Ecampus is that it provides opportunity for individuals to pursue the goals of education and career advancement that might otherwise be denied to them,” says Sociology Associate Professor Scott Akins.