E-News Winter 2011

OSU Enews

Published by: OSU Extended Campus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; Vol. 12, #8
Winter Edition - December 8, 2010

Announcements and Calendar

Congrats on a great fall term! Before you rush off to enjoy a three-week reprieve from required reading and discussion groups, peruse this edition of E-News for upcoming winter term deadlines, information about receiving emergency alerts, ordering textbooks, and the story of one Ecampus student who completed the Master Gardener program from Afghanistan.

View the Winter 2011 Academic Calendar for details about deadlines, events and university holidays. Dates to note include:

  • Jan. 3: Classes begin
  • Jan. 9: Last day to add a class via the Web without department approval
  • Jan. 14: Deadline to apply for graduation
  • Jan. 15: Last day to drop a class by Web; last day to register or add a class by Web with department approval
  • Feb. 20: Spring term registration begins
  • Mar. 14-18: Finals Week

You still have time to register for winter 2011 Ecampus online courses.

View the Ecampus Schedule of Classes online.

Jay AddingtonFrom Security Manager to Master Gardener: Student Completes Ecampus Program while in Afghanistan

Managing security operations by day; studying the art and science of gardening by night: apparently it's just another day in the life of a Security Manager for Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jay Addington has been working on and off as a private security contractor for CH2M Hill in the Middle East and Southwest Asia since 2004. When a   co-worker informed him that he could pass time and gain knowledge by taking online classes through Oregon State Ecampus, he began exploring his options.

"I've always been interested in plant nurseries and plan to buy and operate my own someday," says Addington. He built a greenhouse for his wife in the States, which made the dream even more alluring. In the process of stocking what's become "his greenhouse," Addington says it was hard to find vendors who were truly knowledgeable about the products they sold. Thus, he saw an opportunity in the market. He discovered Ecampus' Master GardenerTM online program and enrolled, hoping it would arm him with the knowledge he needed to be a well-informed nursery owner...

Read the rest of Jay Addington's story here...

Hear from Your Peers: Tips for success from Gail Fullerton, GIScience StudentSuccess Tips

Gail Fullerton is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science. She just started her first OSU Ecampus courses when she was deployed with FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Cadre as a GIS Specialist to Lexington, Kentucky to assist with recovery operations following severe storms, flooding, mudslides and tornadoes.

Gail's initial work schedule was 12-hour shifts, Monday through Sunday. She says balancing her Ecampus courses with her work schedule was incredibly difficult.

Despite minor setbacks, Gail's story is exemplary, and other Ecampus students can learn from her experiences.

Click here to read Gail's five tips for success as an Ecampus student...

New B.S. in Human Development and Family SciencesHDFS

Oregon State Ecampus and the College of Health and Human Sciences have partnered to offer a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) online.

Oregon State already awards more bachelor's degrees in HDFS than other Oregon universities with similar programs. The option of this online Ecampus degree, which was designed with non-traditional and off-campus students in mind, expands the availability of this popular OSU program.

"There is no question that people who provide direct-line service to individuals and family members are needed in Oregon and beyond. Yet the opportunity for higher education of individuals in far-flung communities has been limited," says Alexis Walker, HDFS department chair. "An HDFS major delivered via Ecampus increases the capacity for people and their families to get the support and services they need right where they live."

Learn more about the new B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences...

Provost's Literary Writing CompetitionProvost's Writing Competition

It's time for the 23rd Annual Provost's Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU. The prize consists of a plaque, a $500 reward, and publication for on-campus distribution. Keith Scribner in the Department of English is chairing the screening committee.

The literary work submitted can be drama, fiction, poetry (including a group of poems), or creative nonfiction written for a general audience.

The contest is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at Oregon State University. Students may submit their own work or have work nominated by faculty members.

Submissions must be the student's original work, typed, no longer than 16 double-spaced pages for prose, or 8 manuscript pages for poetry, and include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer.

Deadline for submission of work for consideration is 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

Submissions should be turned in to the Provost's Literary Prize Screening Committee via Keith Scribner in the English Department (Moreland Hall 238).

Off-campus students can e-mail their final submissions to amanda.sapp@oregonstate.edu by 5:00 p.m. (PST).

Questions may be directed to Professor Scribner at 541-737-2576 or keith.scribner@oregonstate.edu. The Provost will announce the winner in May.

In Case of Emergency, Connect with OSU & Ecampus Wintry Conditions

Last term, you may have tried to sign into your ONID account or simply access the OSU Ecampus website on Wednesday, November 24, only to be denied.

An electrical fire occurred in OSU campus' steam tunnels that Wednesday morning, knocking out power to at least 26 buildings, along with data service and even phone service to much of campus. The fire's damage was so widespread that the university closed at noon that day.

Those of you unaware of the situation and trying to access OSU Ecampus from anywhere but the Corvallis campus may have experienced frustration, for most of OSU's online properties were down.

To enhance communications in the future, make sure you are signed up for and following these resources that stream communications from our ‘home base' in Corvallis, OR:

OSU Campus Alert (sign up to the Alert RSS Feed and customize where updates are sent)

OSU Ecampus Facebook

Oregon State University Facebook

OSU Ecampus on Twitter @osuecampus

Oregon State University on Twitter @oregonstateuniv

Get Your Textbooks Before the Rush order textbooks online

With the shipping rush of the holidays and potentially inclement weather, it's wise to order your textbooks for winter term early.

Ordering books early is especially important for those who are outside the continental United States. In some cases, books have to go through customs when being shipped internationally, which can take an unpredictable amount of time.

Fortunately, Patrick Cady is a Textbooks Assistant and Ecampus Student Liaison at the OSU Bookstore, and is well-versed in shipping textbooks to various countries. Patrick can be reached by emailing him at textorder@osubookstore.com or calling him at 541-737-1506 if you have any questions or recommendations for shipping your textbooks internationally.

Along with superb customer service, perks of getting your textbooks from the OSU Bookstore include:

All required and recommended books for your courses are available

Largest used book inventory saves students money

Students can reserve used books before the term starts

"Regardless of where students are located, this is their campus bookstore," says James Howard, Academic Materials Manager. "To the greatest extent possible, we provide off-campus students the same options that on-campus students get."

Get your textbooks from the OSU Bookstore now!

ANTH 446 is Open!forensic anthropology

There are still open seats for ANTH 466 - Forensic Anthropology.

In the past, there has been a prerequisite for taking this course but the instructor has incorporated that material into ANTH 446.

This course will examine the role of the forensic anthropologist and history of the discipline. Students will become familiar with the goals, techniques, and broader applications of forensic anthropology through lectures, readings, labs, in-depth projects, and videos.

View all new winter 2011 courses online...