Ecampus E-News Summer 2011

OSU Enews

Published by: OSU Extended Campus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., Vol. 13, #3
Summer edition – June 16, 2011

Announcements and calendar

Check out this edition of E-News for a recap of Ecampus' record-setting graduation, as well as information on a new online degree program, OSU Extension's summer road trip, a pair of OSU Summer Session history courses and two well-to-do OSU individuals.

It's still not too late to register for summer classes, which start June 20, but some sessions also begin in July and August. And here are some key dates to remember as you plan ahead for the fall term:

  • June 2 - Oct. 2: Continuing fall term registration and course add/drop
  • Sept. 20: Verification of enrollment
  • Sept. 26: Fall term begins
  • Sept. 26: Late registration begins ($50 late fee assessed)

Be sure to view the Ecampus schedule of classes online.

Ecampus grads bigger and badder than ever in 2011

dirk-gard-enewsOSU Ecampus celebrated its largest graduation class in history during the June 11 commencement ceremony where 386 distance students received their diplomas.

The record number of Ecampus graduates was nearly twice as many as last year, when 210 earned their college degrees, and they accounted for 14 percent of all of this year's OSU graduates.

"OSU Ecampus is proud to play an integral role in providing access to an OSU education through our comprehensive online degree programs," said executive director Lisa Templeton. "We prove year after year that we can meet the educational needs of adult learners no matter where they are."

A special Ecampus commencement reception drew 46 distance students to the Memorial Union on June 11, including some from Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.

To watch a short video, check out our 2011 graduation main page. And to read feature articles on and testimonials of more than 30 brand-new Ecampus alumni, go to the grad profiles page.

Degree program with environmental focus makes it a baker's dozen for Ecampus

EEP OSU Ecampus announced the addition of its 13th online undergraduate degree program this week, giving distance students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy(EEP) beginning in the fall.

The environmental economics and policy major focuses on the development of strong economic skills and their use in the analysis of environmental and natural resource stewardship. The new degree program is conducted in collaboration with OSU's world-renowned Agricultural and Resource Economics Department.

For information on course requirements for this degree, see the EEP curriculum page. You can also view specific courses through our online schedule of classes.

Here's the book on OSU's new head librarianFaye Chadwell

At this rate, Faye Chadwell may soon take over all of OSU. Well, maybe not, but the newly appointed Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian is adding prestigious job titles left and right.

Chadwell was named OSU's head librarian on May 11 after serving in the role on an interim basis since last fall. In addition to her OSU Libraries duties, the North Carolina native will serve as director of Oregon State University Press.

Read more about Chadwell, including why she chose the Beavers over the Ducks and how she thinks e-books such as Kindle might affect the library's future.

Student in Atlanta is a natural-born trailblazerTodd Barker Enews

Todd Barker was so eager to take part in Ecampus' Master of Natural Resources program that he was taking relevant courses before the program officially existed last year. And just nine months after its approval by the Board of Higher Education, Barker became the first MNR student to complete the program.

OSU informed Barker, an Atlanta-based student and management consultant, that he successfully defended his capstone project last week, making the first MNR student its first-ever graduate, as well.

"It's quite a thrill to be the first one to graduate," Barker said. "I have encountered and coordinated with students pretty much all over the world. So I guess I can say I was the first in the world to do something."

Barker's capstone project, in short, was an intricate study of a Georgia wetland nature preserve to determine how it could operate more effectively and increase community involvement despite a lack of funding.

Eight days. 36 counties. Unlimited Orange.

orange-tourOSU is hitting the road this summer. The Orange Tourwill travel across Oregon from June 22-30 – logging more than 2,000 miles along the way – in celebration of OSU Extension's centennial.

The road trip is an effort to recognize and pay tribute to businesses and individuals across the state for their positive impact on the community and their support of OSU. Through videos and photos, the Orange crew will help tell the story of the people of Oregon and OSU Extension.

Follow along online to find out when the tour will be in your area.

Wanted: People who take healthiness to an extreme OSU Healthy People

Do you run marathons? Are you an avid cyclist? Prone to going on wild adventures in the outdoors? OSU Ecampus wants to hear – and tell – your story.

As part of OSU's Healthy People Initiative, we're in search of students, faculty and staff who have a uniquely healthy story to tell. If you think you fit the bill as a health nut, send us a quick email and join OSU's campaign for a healthier world.

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The best way to stay in touch with Ecampus news and events is through our social media sites. Our online community expands each day, so be sure you "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Everyone's doing it. 


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